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Disaster expert claims 80%

of Nassau would be wiped

out by category five storm


EIGHTY per cent of Nas-
sau's population would be
wiped out by a direct hit from a
category five hurricane, it was
claimed last night.
With no proper evacuation
strategy, and nowhere for peo-
ple to escape massive storm
surges, New Providence would
become a wasteland, a disaster
expert warned.
And, with global warming
combining with the peak of a
30-year weather cycle, it's pos-
sible and maybe even probable
that the island could be hit by a
major storm within five to ten
year---------
The doomsday scenario was
outlined by Mr Darren Adler,
chief of operations for the inter-
national relief organisation
Humanitarian Operations.
His claims came with the
release of The Hurricane Guide,
an ambitious full-colour publi-
cation which outlines the horri-
fying reality of a major hurri-
cane strike, and the opening of
a new hurricane co-ordination
centre on the island.
He told The Tribune: "The
fact is that, as far as Nassau is
concerned, a major hurricane is
many years overdue. And the
truth is that a category five
storm is not survivable as things
stand at the moment."
Mr Adler said a 35-foot sea
surge typical of a top category
storm would flood New Provi-
dence south of the ridge,
destroying the entire over-the-
hill area.
Homes would be crushed by
the incoming surge, then car-
ried out to sea. Those living on
high ground would be pound-
ed by winds of up to 175mph.
While some feel their homes


could withstand strong wind,
"could they stand up to a sharp-
ended flying boat, a flying tree
or a flying car?" asked Mr
Adler, whose agency specialises
in mass evacuation exercises.
He said with no evacuation
strategy in place, no proper pro-
vision for getting people out of
harm's way, Nassau was one of
the least prepared cities in the
Caribbean region when it came
to hurricane facilities.
Mr Adler said Bahamians
were relying heavily on the fact
that they had survived previous
storms. But they had never had
to contend with a category four'
or five hurricane, he added.
"New Providence has been
lucky," he added, "they say it
can't happen here because of
the shallow seas around the
island, but the fact is the people
of New Orleans were telling me
exactly the same thing a year
and a half ago."
Several factors make Nassau
particularly vulnerable to a
major hit. Like New Orleans, it
is low-lying, with few homes
standing more than ten feet or
so above sea level.
With only 72 to 100 hours to
act as a hurricane approaches,
roads to the airport would be
jammed in short order, leaving
the population at the mercy of
the storm.
By putting up shutters and
battening down, people facing
up to a category four or five
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Outrage

after child

becomes

accessory

to break-in




* By ALISON LOWE
A GRANDMOTHER visit-
ing the Bahamas is outraged
after her t ight-yelr-old grand-
son became an accessory to a
break-in apparently as part of
a love spat between two police
officers.
Otilda Lamont who is on
vacation from New York with
her grandson Olrick Robinson -
sent the boy on an errand from
where she is staying in the
Ridgeland Park area on Mon-

SEE page 10

Pharmacy at

PMH under fire
By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE pharmacy at Princess
Margaret Hospital has once
again come under fire this week,
with patients claiming that the
facility closed before time and
handed out unlabelled medica-
tion.
Betty Bain, a 42-year-old
patient suffering from hyper-
tension, told The Tribune that
after receiving a prescription
from her attending doctor at the
out-patients department at
PMH, she visited the pharmacy
only to find it closed some 45
minutes before the regular clos-
ing time.
"I went there at about 2.45pm
and the pharmacy is supposed
to close at 3.30pm, but the phar-
macist said that he couldn't fill
my prescription because they
were already closed," she said.
Mrs Bain claimed that after
arguing with the pharmacist he
finally gave her an unlabelled
medication.
"He said it was the medica-
tion my doctor had prescribed
me, but it had no label. I wasn't
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Govt 'should be held in contempt over Ninety'


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
GOVERNMENT should be
held in contempt of court for
extraditing Samuel "90"
Knowles before all of his legal
manoeuvres and appeals were
exhausted, lawyer Paul Moss
told The Tribune yesterday.


However, Mr Moss said that
government was not operating
within the perimeters of the
law by sending Knowles off
without allowing all of his legal
manoeuvres being exhausted.
"In reading the Privy Coun-
cil judgment it makes refer-
ence to an outstanding habeas
corpus matter before our


courts and I understand from
his counsel that this matter was
to be heard on the 28 and 29 of
September, before Justice
Lyons.
"This'concerns me because I
know the extradition act and
treaty provides that.a person
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John Bull van robbed Manager resigns,
So f das engineer suspended
of thousands of dollars t Water a nd Sewerage
at Water and Sewerage


A JOHN BULL vehicle was robbed of thou-
sands of dollars and the driver seriously injured
in an armed robbery by a masked man yesterday
morning.
According to police, the van which had been
collecting money from various John Bull loca-
tions yesterday morning to deliver to a bank
on Paradise Island was intercepted at 11.20am
by a white Honda car.
A masked man jumped from the Honda and
dragged the 'driver of the John Bull vehicle -
who has been identified as David Barr Jr of
Reeves Street, Fox Hill into the road, assistant
SEE page 10


*.By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MANAGER has resigned and an engi-
neer at the Water and Sewerage Corpora-
tion has been suspended for "improper cor-
porate governance", The Tribune has
learned.
According to sources at the Water and
Sewerage Corporation (WSC), the two were
involved with the barging operations at
Arawak Cay. Since questions were raised
about their action, management at the cor-
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their own tombs, he said.
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became traps for people taking
refuge in their attics from ris-
ing floodwater.
"Over-the-hill communities
would disappear," he said,
"Sewage would be floating
everywhere. Even a building
like Atlantis would be under
massive pressure from storm
surge."
Mr Adler said the famous
1929 storm which ravaged Par-
adise Island and the Montagu
area would be nothing along-
side a category five.
"For a start, the population
was much smaller then," he
said, "Also, it is unlikely that
the storm was the equivalent of
a four or five.
"If this island took a major
hit, the economy would be
destroyed overnight; If tourists
died, it would take years for the
country to recover as a tourist
destination."
Mr Adler said a category five
could actually change the shape
of the Bahamas,.with some


smaller islands and parts of big-
ger ones disappearing altogeth-
er.
Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay,
Port New Providence and any
development built on reclaimed
land would be left in ruins, he
added.
"Eighty per cent of people on
this island would die," he said,
"With immigrants and tourists,
you are probably talking about
300,000 people living on this
island.
"The airport would be able
to shift a capacity of 30,000 a
day. The most you could get out
would be 100,000 and that's
being optimistic. There could
be up to 200,000 lives lost."
Mr Adler's organisation,
which has conducted mass evac-
uations in disaster zones all over
the world, is now working on a
Bahamas-based plan to consid-
erably boost people's chances
of escape.
Apart from the control cen-
tre, it has plans for ji "flying


* STAFF working at the centre

hospital" a plane fully fitted
with medical equipment and a
special pets evacuation aircraft.
These would be available for
global use, but be based in Nas-
sau.
He said there was also a plan
for mass evacuation by heli-
copters to waiting cruise ships.
In a few years, he said, it was
possible that most Nassau peo-
ple could be evacuated in the
face of a category four or five
storm if a proper strategy and
the right equipment were in
place. .


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THE TRIBUNE


Ernesto disrupts




travel in Florida




and Bahamas


* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
AIR and sea travel has been
severely disrupted across the
Bahamas and in parts of Florida
as a result of the weather con-
ditions accompanying Tropical
Storm Ernesto, officials
announced yesterday.
Basil Smith, chief director of
communications at the Ministry
of Tourism said several airlines
including Bahamasair and
American Eagle have cancelled
flights going to and leaving from
South Florida and Fort Laud-
erdale.
Spirit airlines diverted its
flights and found alternative
routes for passengers flying in
the Florida area. However Spir-
it's management announced
that they are not taking passen-
gers whose final destination is
Fort Lauderdale.
Yesterday, Bahamasair
stopped all flights to South
Florida at 3.45pm while Delta's
'last flight left after 7pm. Amer-
ican Eagle and Gulf Stream has
cancelled all flights today and
tomorrow.
Fort Lauderdale Internation-
al Airport officially closed at
6pm yesterday evening until fur-
ther notice and officials at
Bahamasair said the same could
happen in Miami, if weather
conditions take a turn for the
worst.
Although domestic flights are
not expected to be interrupted,
an official at Bahamasair said


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* TREVOR Basden, senior deputy director at the depart
of meteorology and lead meteorologist with NEMA.


that some scheduled flights
could be stopped.
Joseph Albury of the Civil
Aviation Department said pilots
cannot safely fly under present
conditions. If the wind reaches
50 knots, flights leaving out of
Miami's airport will also be sus-
pended, he said.
Mr Albui'y also, noted that
visitors were given a "heads up"


before the last flights le:
sau and each person was
chance to determine w
they wanted to remain
Bahamas before it was tc
or stay and weather the
Additionally, major
lines have terminated tra
Nassau and Freeport.
According to Mr Smith
the Port of Miami and


* BASIL Smith Chief, director of communications for the Ministry of Tourism, and Carl Smith,
Interim Director of NEMA
(Photos: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune Staffs,


Everglades were closed yester-
day and will remain shut today.
Carnival's Celebration, Fas-
cination and Inspiration cruise
ships have all cancelled stops to
Nassau and Freeport and the
Royal Caribbean Majesty of the
Seas cancelled its stop to the
capital yesterday.
The Discovery cruise ship in
Grand Bahama remained there
for safety last night.
Although Tropical Storm
Ernesto is not expected to inflict
any serious physical damage to
the Bahamas, the financial impli-
ment cations that will result in these
cancellations could be great.
The full ramifications had not
ft Nas- be calculated up to press time,
given a but officials reported that once
whether available, the public will be
in the made aware.
oo late, Bahamasair will waive the,
storm. usual $60 penalty that accom-
cruise panies rearranged flights for all
ivels to persons affected.
Herbert Bain, logistics offi-
h, both cer for National Emergency
d Port Management Agency, remind-


ed boaters to remain alert.
"I'd like to remind the
boaters that thunderstorms of
this nature oftentimes create
significant challenges with nav-
igation. Take the necessary pre-
cautions. "
He warned boaters to anchor
their boats and to chose appro-
priate anchorages.
The heavy rains and strong
wind conditions are expected
to continue in the capital until


Thursday, deputy director of
the department of Meteorology
Trevor Basden said.
Currently, Tropical Storm
Ernesto is in the Gulf Stream
and is expected to intensify. Its
present path will take it into the
Florida peninsula.
"We are quite fortunate -
tropical storm force winds, most'
of our structures can withstand
that. Our main malady in my
opinion is the rainfall," ihe said.


Grand Bahama watchful




as Ernesto draws near


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand
Bahama weather officials and.
residents are keeping a close
watch on Tropical Storm
Ernesto as it approaches the
northwest.
The islands of the northwest
Bahamas, including Andros, the
Berry Islands, Bimini and
Grand Bahama were under a
tropical storm warning and hur-
ricane watch on Tuesday.
According to officials at the
Freeport Weather Department,
conditions are expected to
rapidly deteriorate on Wednes-
day with gusty winds to near
gale strength and squall showers
as Ernesto makes its way north-
ward.
Freeport Administrator
Alexander Williams is urging
residents to stay tuned to impor-
tant weather advisories on the
storm.


"We are carefully watching
the system and how it is moving
and we are ready to open the
emergency centre should con-
ditions warrant it," he said.
Mr Williams stated that by
yesterday afternoon, all resi-
dents should have taken the
necessary precautions in secur-
ing their homes and any loose
items in their yards.

Advice

He also said that fishermen
should have secured their boats
in safe harbour and residents
should have stocked up on
emergency provisions.
On Monday; Grand Bahami-,
ans were seen stocking up on
bottled water and supplies at
the food stores, service stations
and convenience stores;
The two major foodstores in
Freeport and Lucaya, and some
of the smaller stores had run


out of five gallon bottled water
by Monday evening.
Don Roberts of Dolly Madi-
son Home Centre reported that
persons began coming into the
store on Saturday.
"I am glad to see that resi-
dents are getting prepared," he
said. "We have been swamped
with people on Saturday, Mon-
day, and today who are buying
their hurricane supplies and
items, such as batteries, lamps,
gas stoves, and sand bags for
flooding."
Administrator Williams stat-
ed that persons living in coastal
areas prone to flooding should
know where the nearest shelter
is located in their areas.
"Those persons intending to
utilise shelters should prepare
and be ready for evacuation if
the need arises," he said.
Mr Williams said all emer-
gency preparation work in place
should conditions change. "We
are ready to activate our emer-


agency centre and have put our
all our personnel on standby."
Freeport Meteorologist Don-
na Duncombe reported that
Ernesto is expected to strength-
en before its centre reaches
Florida. She noted that the cur-
rent track still has the storm
moving up the Florida Penin-
sula on Wednesday and re-
emerging off the northeast
Florida coast in the evening.
"Given this scenario, we
expect to be in a better position
to avoid the full brunt of the
storm. However, residents are
cautioned not to relax and must
continue to complete all prepa-
rations as they monitor all
future advisories on the
progress of Ernesto," she said.


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Still delays on airport contract


WHILE PRIME Minister Perry Christie
waited in Nassau for recommendations from a
government-negotiating team before handing
over full management of the international air-
port to a Vancouver group, the Canadians
patiently waited for a "response from the
Bahamas government" as to what was hap-
pening to the unsigned contract.
In June Airport Authority general man-
ager Joseph Reckley told The Tribune that
the negotiations over the final agreement had
been unexpectedly drawn out. We are not
surprised. The contract over the months had
been changed drastically from the offer on
which bids were invited.
Although government's original advertise-
ment offered a contract for a 30-year lease, in
the end YVARS of Vancouver was awarded a
10-year management contract for Nassau's
airport. Instead the 30-year lease is to go to
Newco, a company owned by the Airport
Authority.
With government so entangled in the new
venture remembering that political inter-
ference is the airport's main problem we are
surprised that YVRAS is still interested in
the proposal.
"We still have some 't's' to cross and 'i's' to
dot," Mr Reckley told The Tribune. "We
would have thought that negotiations would
have been wrapped up a lot sooner than this,
but it didn't happen."
The public would have also thought that
negotiations would have been wrapped up
sooner, especially as a Memorandum of
Understanding had been signed in January
and government had promised an airport han-
dover by April. By now YVRAS has learned
that this government takes an incredibly long
time to cross its "t's" and dot its "i's".
According to Mr Reckley, final negotia-
tions hit some unexpected snags.
We think Montagu MP Brent Symonette
located the main snag when he suggested to
House members that the delay in signing the
YVRAS agreement might have been caused
by "exclusive rights of certain tenants at the
airport controlled by supporters" of the PLP.
The exclusive rights to which he referred are
probably the retail and liquor concessions.
We suggest that as soon as the House recon-
venes after its summer recess, the Opposition
makes it its business to uncover the story
behind these concessions.
Even baggage handlers are giving their ver-
sion of the holdup as explained to an Ameri-


can visitor, who, in a letter to The Tribune,
said a handler told him that "the poor per-
forming retail stores had 'connections' and
there was some hesitance in making that
change for fear of losing their locations." So
the word is getting around.
As government plays its cat-and-mouse
game, the airport continues to deteriorate. It
is as though, not only is no one in charge, but
no one seems to care any more. In July The
Tribune reported that almost every represen-
tative attending this year's National Tourism
Conference blamed conditions at the airport
for negatively affecting the tourism industry
and the economy. But no one is taking it seri-
ously. They are still crossing "t's" and dot-
ting "i's".
We have heard so many complaints about
the airport broken carousels, dirty bath-
rooms, lack of flight information and inability
to make reservations after hours the infor-
mation desk opens at 9.30am and closes at
4.30pm. The list goes on.
But a new twist comes from a passenger
who had to report to the airport at 5am last
week for a 7am flight to Ft Lauderdale. He
arrived at the departure lounge at about
6.10am where a line of about 15 people had
already started to form to get something to eat
and drink. However, "Cafe in the Clouds"
was still closed.
The passenger said that as he wanted noth-
ing to drink, but was hungry, he passed those
waiting in line for a drink, went to the refrig-
erator and took out an $8 tuna sandwich. He
went up to the man behind the counter to
pay.
The passenger was told that the cashier
was not there.
"I asked who he was," said the passenger.
"He said he was the manager. So I asked why
he could not cash me out. He said it was a
union issue and he could not use the cash reg-
ister. I asked him when the cashier was expect-
ed. He said between 8 and 9am. I said: 'You
got to be joking!' He asked: 'Why?' I told him
that it was disgraceful in an international air-
port to be operating in this manner.'" It was
then shortly after 6am.
The manager told the passenger that the
union bus driver was having a dispute with
the staff this was an explanation as to why
staff was late. He said the bus driver will no
longer pick up staff in front of their homes
because they are never ready when he arrives.
He now picks them up at the bus stop.


A troubling





situation at




City Meat


EDITOR, The Tribune
IN the process of the sale
who would be successful in
purchasing Winn Dixie's shares
in Bahamas Supermarkets
there was a reported comment
of the Financial Adviser to
BSL Holdings, I believe the
person's name was Anwar Sun-
derji of Fidelity, that there
would be no changes at City
Meat why change things that
are working!
Good public relations at that
time, however, 1 as a customer
who always shops City Meat am
wondering why since the pur-
chase by BSL Holdings it seems
across the store there have been
considerable price increases and
worst of all there are hundreds
of popular items out of stock,
unavailable, week-in week-out?
If the new management of
City Meat thinks the stupid cus-
tomer is going to pay for their
investment because they should
know many of my friends are


-i
already shopping around at the
competition because we simply
do not have the time going from
one City Meat to the other to
complete our weekly grocery
requirements or are we willing
to accept such inexcusable price
increases. I ask is this price
gouging?
Why would a basic item like
Winn Dixie Solid White Alba-
core tuna, 6-oz, go from a week
ago of $1.39 to this week $2.19
for the same 6oz tin? That's an
increase of 80 cents or about a
36 per cent increase. This is not
isolated its across the store,
higher and higher prices each
week with no rational explana-
tion.
I compare Rosetta Street to
Harbour Bay and sometimes
Sea Grape stores as I live east


- it is as if these three stores
belong to three different com-
panies.
Also why is it that no Man-
ager can give you a straight
answer when you ask them any-
thing? City Meat Managers,
under past General Managers,
Jim Bradley and Bruce Souder
knew how to talk to their cus-
tomers not today.
The cashiers, respectfully, I
release the school system dishes
out 'D' grade people, but City
Meat looks as if they are
employing only those with an
'F' or lower grade. They have,
not a clue what is on special and
worst of all don't care. Is there
any training?
Where is price control? 24-7
all food stores are constantly
changing prices of merchandise
that is already on the shelf I
thought that was illegal?
J MOORE
Nassau
August 20 2006


EDITOR, The Tribune relative, could not find a single
reasonable: buyer during this
YOUR Business Editor, Neil process not a single person
Hartnell writes without any wanted to purchase their
doubt the most informative sec- shares.
tion of any newspaper, there is Mr Hartnell raised the Rule
no speculation just facts which in England where a party
can be substantiated. acquiring a majority of control
I wish to raise what I see as a is also required to offer the
very serious problem as we go same deal to the minority share-
forward and that in a Publicly holders subject to their accep-
Subscribed Company, a Comn- tance or refusal.
pany on BISX, that the minori- Why. is this required this
ty shareholders' interests must should be( a compulsory require-
be safeguarded to the fullest. ment here.
We have seen in the process It is simple, a majority share-
of the purchase by BSL Hold- holder without the approval or
ings of Winn Dixie Bahamas knowledge of the minority
shares in Bahamas Supermar- shareholders can seriously
kets that an owner of shares in weaken the trading and asset
Bahamas Supermarkets, from position of the company they
actual experience on behalf of a are buying into. Creating of a

Kerzner should fund


EDITOR, The Tribune
IN the Editorial column of the
Nassau Guardian dated August
19, 2006, comments are made
concerning William Street and
Mackey Street, where there are
problems created because of the
traffic reversal since May 1998.
The Editorial stated a plan
with the assistance of Kerzner
International to correct the sit-


uation. William Street and
Mackey Street are not the only
disaster areas. Shirley Park"
Avenue, as well as others are
just as dangerous. The best solu-
tion is to install traffic lights.
William Street north is also in
need of traffic lights, as this
street has become a highway.
Cars come streaming onto Bay
Street without stopping.
Mr Kerzner should finance


substantial amount of debt or
deciding rationally or otherwise'
to make substantial arguable
expenses which will basically
not improve the service level or
the profitability.
Debt influence Dividend pol-
icy and the payment level. From
what I see Bahamas Supermar-
kets minority shareholders have
been disadvantaged by this
majority buy-out and legally
there is nothing they can do but
to raise all hell at the upcoming
AGM of Bahamas Supermar-
kets.
Minister of State, Finance,
Senator Hon James Smith note.
B FERGUSON
Nassau
August 17 2006

correction

reversing the traffic reversal as
it is or rumoured that it was
done to satisfy him. The traffic
reversal has been a complete
failure. If you are stuck in traf-
fic there is no way out, you can't
turn off anywhere to get where
you want to go.
NO NAME
Nassau
August 23 2006


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006, PAGE 5


THE TRIBUNE


LOCALNEWS


OIn brief

51-year-old
in hospital
following
shooting

FREEPORT A 51-year-
old Freeport man is in seri-
ous condition at Rand
Memorial Hospital following
a shooting on Monday in the
Hearn Lane area.
Robert Coakley, a resident
of Epsom Road, Mayfield
Park, was shot in the right
arm following a heated argu-
ment with another man.
I. According to reports,
Shortly before 4pm on Mon-
day Mr Coakley was in a
backyard on Hearn Lane,
where he worked as a handy-
man.
A man reportedly called
him to the fence and there
was an exchange of words
between them.
The man pulled'out "a
long gun" and shot Coakley
in the right arm near the
elbow, according to police
reports.
The victim was taken to
hospital, where he was treat-
ed and detained.
Doctors have listed
Coakely's condition as seri-
ous. No arrest has been
made in the matter, and Offi-
cers of Central Detective
Unit are continuing their
investigations.
Anyone with information
S about the shooting is urged
to call police at 350-107/8.
i.

Teenagers
charged
with drug
possession

FREEPORT Two
Grand Bahama teens were
arraigned on drug charges in
New Providence on Monday.
Appearing before Magis-
trate Susan Sylvester in
Court 11 were Lakell Per-
S pall, 19, of Coach.Road,
Windsor Park, and Chrishen-
da Bain, 19, of Sapodilla
Road, Hanna Hill, Eight
Mile Rock.
It is alleged that on August
25, Perpall and Bain were
found at Grand Bahama
International Airport in pos-
session of drugs, which was
allegedly hidden in a birth-
day cake.
Both women were repre-
st. rted by lawyer Willie
.'iOSS.
They were not. required to
enter a plea to the charges
of possession of dangerous
drugs with intent to supply,
and taking preparatory steps
to export dangerous drugs
from the Bahamas.
The women were each
granted $14,000 bail with two
sureties.
They were required to sur-
render their travel docu-
ments to the court and report
to Central Police Station in
Freeport on Wednesdays
and Saturdays before 6pm.
The matter was adjourned
to November 9.


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A GROUP of disabled children have
been without essential equipment for
more than two weeks after a shocking
burglary at their sanctuary.
Upon returning to the Crippled Chil-
dren's Committee headquarters after a
holiday break, the administration was
appalled to discover that they had been
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Located on Dolphin Drive at the
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Also stolen were gas cylinders, linens,
and groceries. The thieves even took the
children's school supplies and toys.
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children," said administrator Linda Smith.
The committee is a non-governmental
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relies on donations to stay running.
"The cost of repairs for the very min-
imum amount of work necessary to have
school open on Monday is going to cost
us at least .$6,000 and that's before
accounting for other things like food and
new stationary," said Smith.
An employee had been asked to check
up on the property three times a week


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vacation, but the robbery occurred the
weekend before staff returned.
Police Inspector Walter Evans said he
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police investigation is still underway. He
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been identified.
Other offices in the BAPD building
were also affected by the robbery.
The building houses various offices
and facilities that provide for and house
disabled members of the community.


* PARLIAMENTARY secretary for the Ministry of Tourism
and author John Carey
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)


yet to be addressed.
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* BY ROYANNE
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Tribune Staff Writer
A GOVERNMENT parlia-
mentary secretary has released
a book on various topics affect-
ing the Bahamas.
John Carey wrote the mate-
rial for the book between 1998
and 2000 a series of columns
covering myriad of topics relat-
ed to national issues
"Over that two year period
it was really a development
process for me as a young per-
son," Mr Carey parliamentary
secretary in the Ministry of
Tourism said.


THE fifth-annual Marco City
Back-to-School Bash attracted
more than 1,000 youngsters and
was a huge success according to
organizers.
Sponsored by Marco City MP
Pleasant Bridgewater, the event
reportedly attracted students
from throughout the con-
stituency and surrounding areas
this past weekend.
"This event, in some small
way, helps us to help the par-
ents in the constituency prepare
their children for school," said
Ms Bridgewater. "I wish to
express my most sincere appre-
ciation to all those who volun-
teered to assist with the distrib-


"As a result of writing these
columns I was able to under-
stand more about the political
process instead of being critical
of the then Free National
Movement government at the
time. My talk was that if you
are not a part of the solution
you're a part of the problem.
So instead.of just criticising the
FNM government, I decided to
offer myself as a candidate to
oppose them because of some
of the fundamental philosophies
developing out of that govern-
ment. "
Mr Carey said the book also
gives insight to a number of
existing issues which were "hot


ution of the items and a special
thank-you to the barbers, the
hair braiders and the hair-
dressers who spent the entire
afternoon cutting hair and
grooming the young girls.
The students reportedly all
received a strong and durable
backpack stuffed with books and
school supplies and many took
advantage of the free hair braid
ing, and hair styling services.
Organisers said the event
continues to grow with each
passing year and parents and
children look forward to attend-
ing not only to collect school
supplies, "but to also enjoy an
afternoon of fun, frolic, food


button topics" during the
FNM's reign.
"My intention when I put the
columns into a book was to
challenge young Bahamians
not just to accept the status quo
or accept what politicians say,"
Mr Carey explained, "but to
challenge politicians because
politicians are no different form
everybody else on the streets.
They just have an opportunity
to serve in a capacity that others
may not have had the opportu-
nity to do."
Many of the topics discussed
in the book, he added, raise
questions about issues in
Bahamian society which have


and games".
Yvonne Smith, one of the
organiscrs and a volunteer, said
that the distribution went very
smoothly and all were pleased
at the end of the day.
"There are still some supplies
to be distributed to parents who
for one reason or another could
not get there.
-Ms Bridgewater and her
team visited the homes in the
constituency and gave coupons
to the parents of all school age
children and invited them to par-
ticipate. We were able to assist
some parents from outside the
area, but that is what it is all
about helping," said Ms Smith.


MP releases book of


articles on political life


. . ....:


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bash 'a huge success'


SCROWDS turned out the arco City akto-School Bash
CROWDS turned out for the Marco City Back-to-School Bash


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THE TRIBUNE


On globalisation and choosing a




future we want for the Bahamas


T'S strange when you
think about it, but the fact
is that globalisation began right
here in the Bahamas when
Christopher Columbus landed
on San Salvador 500 years ago.
That event shrank the world
and opened trade between the
continents. So it's all the more
odd that we are now being
told the world is not round but
flat in the sense that tech-
nology has placed us on the
brink of an entirely new era in
human history.
This flat earth metaphor is
used to good effect by a New
York Times columnist named
Thomas Friedman, who in
less than 16 months has pub-
lished two hardcover editions
of his best-selling 575-page
book, The World is Flat: a Brief
IHistory of the 21st Century.
Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize-
winning author of several books
on globalisation and his
columns reach millions of peo-
ple. He is best known as a pop-
ulariser who can lucidly
explain complex economic ideas
and processes to the rest of us.
The flat world he talks about
was created in less than two
decades by, several develop-
ments beginning with the
end of communism in 1989, the
coming to life of the world wide
web in 1995, the standardisa-
tion of workflow software, and
the global spread of the Internet
made possible by dot.com era
over-investment in fibre-optics.
Although these trends have
been traced by many writers
over the years, Friedman puts
the pieces together for us easily
as he recounts his personal voy-
age of discovery, through con-
versations with international
entrepreneurs, corporate and
political leaders, financial con-
sultants and trade experts.
The "platform for the flat-
tening of the world" that he
writes about has enabled new
forms of economic collabora-
tion through outsourcing, off-
shoring, community-based soft-.


ware, global supply chains,
information access via Inter-
net search engines, cell phones,
wireless connectivity and
video conferencing.
"The flattening started
around the year 2000," he
wrote, "when millions of peo-
ple on different continents
sensed that they were in touch
with people they'd never been
in touch with before, were com-
peting with people with whom
they had never competed
before, were collaborating with
people they had never collabo-
rated with before, and were
doing things as individuals they
had never dreamt of doing
before."
According to Friedman, what
they were feeling was a new



Membership in
the CSME would
have allowed
West Indian
investors to set
up businesses
here and bring
in their families
as well as their
own superviso-
ry and technical
staff to run
those businesses



global web-enabled platform
that would henceforth be at the
centre of everything: "Wealth
and power will increasingly
accrue to those...who get three
basic things right: the infra-.
structure to connect with.
this flat-world platform, the
education to get more people
innovating on, working off, and


A UGH CALL


tapping into this platform, and,
finally, the governance to get
the best out of (it) and cushion
its worst side effects."
Experts say the recent past
has just been a warm-up for the
main event when technology
will transform every aspect of
life in every society: "The great
challenge for our time will be
to absorb these changes in ways
that do not overwhelm people
or leave them behind," Fried-
man says, offering his book as a
"framework for how to think
about this task."

interestingly, the point is
also made that most
politicians today especially
those who are lawyers don't
know the difference between a
server and a waiter, which
brings us.right back to 21st cen-
tury Bahamian reality, where it
takes two weeks to move mail
from one post office box to
another.
Our economy is rather puz-
zling to a non-expert. Tourism
produces more than half of our
gross domestic product, caters
to millions of foreigners and is
completely open to interna-
tional investment. And finan-
cial services is, by its very
nature, a true flat earth industry
one that offshores private
wealth to low-tax centres like
the Bahamas.
But about a third of our econ-
omy is still protected that is,
the distributive trades, real
estate, the media, entertain-
ment, fishing and public trans-
portation (not to mention the
civil service) are all reserved for
Bahamians under the National
Investment Policy drawn up by
the Pindling government 30-odd


years ago and reaffirmed by
both the Ingraham and Christie
administrations.
And there is strong resistance
from most quarters to any open-
ing of these sectors, in terms of
both investment and employ-
ment. This was most recently
demonstrated by the govern-
ment's aborted attempt to sign
on to the Caribbean Single Mar-
ket & Economy. Although the
previous government had avoid-
ed economic integration with
our friends down south, the
Christie administration stirred
up a hornet's nest when it pro-
posed to reverse that policy.
Membership in the CSME
would have allowed West Indi-
an investors to set up business-
es here and bring in their fami-
lies as well as their own super-
visory and technical staff to run
those businesses. Apd although
the government said it would
seek exemption from the free
movement of labour, that is one
of the region's key goals a
single economic space with a
single labour force, irrespective
of nationality.

N ow that the CSME
argument has died
down, the government seems to
have digested the political mes-
sage and reverted to the Hanna-
Roker-Pindling Bahamianisa-
tion axe as an election tool.
Hatchet man Shane Gibson is
out to make life difficult for
Haitians and their employers,
without actually doing anything
to solve the very real problems'
we face from Haitian immigra-
tion. And he is also wielding the
policy in a clumsy effort to dis-
credit The Tribune as an infor-,
mation source.
The contradictions of this pol-
icy are self-evident. Despite the
government's stated goal of pro-
moting agriculture, farmers are
complaining about the impos-
sibility of finding enough field
workers to maintain their cur-
rent production levels, just as
newspapers are faced with
declining newsroom standards
should foreign experts be with-
drawn. We don't even have an
official immigration policy it
is all ad hoc. The financial ser-
vices industry's recent attempt
to rationalise the work permit
system aroused a storm of
protest from Bahamians claim-
ing discrimination in the job
market.
This resistance to foreign
expertise in an economy that
desperately needs more know-
how in order to grow is remark-
able considering the brain drain
we have suffered over the past
few decades. According to the
International Monetary Fund,
many Caribbean countries have
lost as much as a quarter of
their labour force due to emi-
gration including 70 per cent
of those with a post-high school
education.
Although Bahamian emigra-
tion is lower on the order of
12 per cent of our work force
from 1965 to 2000 that still
represents some 60 per cent


of those with more than 12
years of schooling. And the loss
of these highly skilled workers
has a dampening effect on pro-
ductivity among those who stay
behind and wastes the public
money spent on education in
the first place. This translates
into a loss of about 4 per cent of
GDP, analysts say.

n the meantime, we are
finally coming around to
the realisation that our educa-
tion system is shattered and pro-
ducing social misfits rather than
future leaders. According to
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank, "The co-existence
of acute skills shortages, notably
in trades, and unemployment
rates consistently above 7 per
cent raise questions about the
relevance of education, partic-
ularly for males."
As Central Bank economist
John Rolle said recently: "Eco-
-

Our politicos
and educators
are not
leading the
Bahamian
people down
this new road.
Rather, they are
putting
,up obstacles and
acting as if it is
business as
usual.


atomic success in a competitive
world requires greater produc-
tivity, which is achieved by dili-
gcnils applying skills we have
been taught. If we are not learn-
ing the fundamental skills of lit-
eracy, numllleiic and techno-
logical literacy we are only
digging a big hole for our-
selves."
In short, experts say, our stan-
dard of living is related to the
productivity of our workforce
and the value that it adds to
economic output. And that val-
ue is related to the average edu-
cational level of our workforce
if that level drops, so will our
standard-of living.
Mr Rolle argues for a flat
world agenda like that proposed
by Friedman and many others.
He says we should focus imme-
diate attention on extending
school hours and changing the
curriculum to devote more time
to maths, communications, lan-
guages and computer science:
"Our goal should be to advance
(these) skills by at least two
years beyond those targeted for
the BGCSE."

Others call for greater
accountability, argu-
ing that we should run schools
like airlines, which are governed
by international safety stan-
dards: Pilots must be qualified
and certified to fly the aircraft
type. There must be ongoing
pilot training and pilots who
don't perform can be fired,
whereas planes that don't meet


the safety code can't be used.
But the government is only
just beginning to configure
reform using funds allocated
by the IADB years ago. The
goals are to expand the num-
ber of pre-schools and imple-
ment a new technical-vocation-
al programme by 2010. That's
more than three years away and
it doesn't take any account of
the problems in our schools
today. As Mr Rolle said, the
students that we are churning
out now will be running things
in a few years does that
make you think?
The main point here is that
there is no sense of urgency
among policymakers confronted
with our education problems -
even though they sometimes
casually refer to it as a national
crisis. Things just seem to carry
on in the same indolent way,
with petty politics trumping
everything.
According to Friedman, we
have to find ways to educate all
of our young people to a high
standard, because if we don't
upgrade their skills, the only
way the low-skilled can com-
pete is by driving down wages,
which can generate social
unrest. And we should remem-
ber here that Friedman was
talking about American young-
sters.
Today, you can source the
best product, service or skill
from anywhere in the world
thanks to the evolving global
infrastructure. The costs will be
cheaper and the productivity
and quality level will be greater.
The only limiting factor is our
readiness to make use of that
infrastructure.
But our politicos and educa-
tors are not leading the Bahami-
an people down this new road.
Rather, they are putting
up obstacles and acting as if it is
business as usual. And the pri-
vate sector cannot be counted
on to make ip for the failure
of the state to deliver good gov-
ernance.
As Owen Bethel said recent-
ly: "We must avoid creating
unnecessary bureaucratic mea-
sures and self-serving kingdoms
where politicians, bureaucrats
and regulators perceive their
designated tasks as being hin-
drances or hurdles rather than
facilitators to the investor and
participants in economic devel-
opment."
In Friedman's words "we
need to help the poor by
improving I. '1
government, infrastructure a.
education so they can acquire
the tools to participate in the
flat world. What the poor resent
most is not having a pathway to
get rich themselves to cross
the line into the middle class -
that is what we should be-
about."
What .is needed is for
Bahamians to engage in a
national debate about where we
are, where we want to be in the
next 10 to 20 years, and how we
will go about getting there. If
we do not have this debate as a
matter of urgency, we will all
be left behind stuck with a
statue of Columbus on a
pedestal in the centre of town.

What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-
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immigrants were taken into cus-
tody at the South Bimini Air-
port on Sunday after they failed
to produce proper documenta-
tion authorising them to be in
the Bahamas.
According to reports, a police
officer on duty observed two
Cuban men and a Jamaican
man acting in a suspicious man-
ner after disembarking an West-
ern Air Flight from New Provi-
dence.
When they allegedly could
not produce documentation,
they were arrested and later
flown to New Providence,
where they are being detained
at the Carmichael Road Deten-
tioin Centre.

Raul Castro
to be leader
for summit
of nations

* CUBA
Havana
ACTING president Raul
Castro received a Syrian dele-
gation over the weekend, state
media said Tuesday, as the
younger brother of ailing leader
Fidel Castro began taking on a
leadership role for the summit
of nonaligned nations to be
hosted by Cuba next month,
according to AssociatedPress.
The younger Castro met Sun-
day with the delegation led by
Syrian Information Minister
Mouhsen Bilal, which con-
firmed President Bashar Assad
will attend the mid-September
gathering in Havana, the Com-
munist Party daily Granma said.
The group gave Raul Castro,
the defense minister and No. 2
man in the communist-led gov-
ernment, a message from Assad
wishing his older brother a
speedy recovery and affirming
Syria's solidarity with the island
nation amid "a toughening of
threats and aggressions by the
Bush administration toward
Cuba," the newspaper said.
The article was the first
strong indication by Cuba's gov-
ernment that Fidel Castro will
not be well enough to host the
event, which opens in 2 1/2
weeks, and that his younger
brother Raul would be assum-
ing that role.
While some government offi-
cials have privately expressed
hopes that Fidel Castro will at
least make an appearance at the
gathering, others have said they
consider it doubtful. There has
been no official word yet on
whether he will attend.


* By ONAN BRIDGEWATER
MEMBERS of the Harbor
Island Youth Marching Band
have embarked on a trip to
the small town of Porretta
Terme in the Bologna
Provence of Italy.
The project has been in the
making since last year
November and centres around
the cultural exchange between
the Bahamas and Italy.
The group of 23 band mem-
bers and instructors intends
to spend three weeks in the
small town where they will
share Bahamian music, cul-
ture and native dishes with
the local residents.
Director of the project
Jonathan Simmons spoke to
The Tribune on Monday at
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport, as the group
was about to depart.
He explained the many
challenges they encountered
in trying to formulate the trip.
Mr Simmons said there
were difficulties in obtaining
the proper funding, but with
the aid of private sponsors
and many fund raisers (such
as cookouts and car washes)
they managed to make the
dream reality.
"I hope this trip will expand
the minds of Harbour Island
youths" he said. "Like I
always tell them keep seek-
ing and never give up, with
out struggle there is no
progress."
Mr Simmons went on to
explain that he hopes the vis-


it to Italy would bring an
"awareness of Bahamian cul-
ture" to Italians and encour-
age them to travel to the
Bahamas.
Junkanoo is an aspect of
Bahamian culture that the
band wishes to share with the
people of Porretta Terme.

Efforts

Troy Higgs, conductor of
the Harbor Island Junkanoo
groups Native Sun and Novus,
explained the lengths to which
they will have to under go to
properly execute the craft
overseas.
"We'll make most of the
costumes there, because we
can't take the load with us.
"Even with the drums -
we'll have to convert them
from normal drums into
Junkanoo drums. This
includes removing the legs of
the drums, taking out the bot-
tom and adding a shoulder
strap, among one or two oth-
er things."
Members of the Harbour
Island Youth Marching Band
told The Tribune they have
dreamed of having such an
opportunity
Band member Sedale Pen-
nerman said that he looks for-
ward to sharing Bahamian
dishes with the people of Por-
retta Terme. "Above all we
will be sharing our way of
food and music. I'd also like to
see them come to us in the
future," he said.


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THE sudden extradition of
Samuel 'Ninety' Knowles to the
United States is expected to
provoke a fierce political back-
lash against the PLP govern-
ment.
The move, while widely
praised by most people, has
prompted charges of "betray-
al" in over-the-hill areas where
Knowles was a popular figure.
Yesterday, at Fort Charlotte,
where Knowles was seen as a
"Robin Hood" character who
looked after the poor, there
were cries that the government
had broken promises in handing
over Knowles to the US Drug
Enforcement Agency.
Knowles, who had been held
at Fox Hill Prison for six years,
was flown from Nassau to Mia-
mi on Monday in a hush-hush
operation. For the man called a
"cocaine kingpin" by President
George W Bush, it was the end
of a long legal battle to stay in
the Bahamas.
A recent Privy Council rul-
ing brought to an end the
appeals process for Knowles,
who had spent a fortune hiring
top British lawyers to fight his
case.
While most welcomed the
government's move as right and
proper, some grassroots PLP
supporters took a different
view.
A well-informed political


source said yesterday: "This is
going to cost the PLP a lot of
votes at the general election. In
Fort Charlotte, particularly,
there will be a major reaction
because Ninety did so much for
the people there."

Popular

Knowles' largesse in the area
around Farrington Road, Bald-
win Avenue and Eden Street
was renowned, especially at
"back to school" time and
Christmas.
The convicted drug dealer
was noted for buying shoes,
books, backpacks and other
items for poor families. And at
Christmas, his friends were
overwhelmed by gifts of hams
and turkeys.
The source said: "Those he
helped saw him as a great char-
acter without taking into
account the many families
destroyed by drugs.
"In this country alone, there
are too many vagrants who are
strung out on drugs the result
of drug activities by the likes of
Ninety."
The source said Ninety's
departure would also have an
impact on some over-the-hill
churches, which benefited from
his generosity. "Some of them
were kept afloat by his money,"


must obey the law, the rule of
law," Mr Moss said.
After six years and losing a
number of appeals at the Privy
Council level Knowles was
extradited to the US on Mon-
day.
Sources say that Knowles
would have appeared yester-
day or sometime this morning
before a US federal judge who
would have read the charges
against him.
This will befollowed by the
holding of a proper cause for
detention hearing at which his
defence team will be present.
All of this will take place
over the next few days, fol-
lowed by an evidentiary hear-
ing where his defense team
would have the opportunity to
challenge any of the evidence
presented.
This will then be followed by
the setting of a trial date.
As for the perception that
pressure was put on Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell
to extradite Knowles, Mr Moss
said that this is also cause for
concern.
"We know that under arti-
cle 48 of our constitution there
should be no foreign duress in
making decisions. So as lawyers
and persons generally interest-
ed in the rule of law that is
what we look at. We don't look
at alleged crimes because this
could have been anybody. This
could have been someone who
was innocent or guilty, this
does not matter. The rule of
law is what we are guided by
and this is something that
should shock the consciences
of every person in this country
knowing that there can be the
breach of the law," he said.
In addition Mr Moss said,
there is a court order dated
May 2004 saying that the
requested state represented by
the Attdrney General's office
agreed that Knowles would not
be extradited until all of his
matters were respected.
"One must be concerned
that the government is going
to be in contempt of court by
breaking a court order. It
means that there is no one who
will steadfastly uphold the rule
of law," he said.
Mr Moss conceded, however,
that it would be impossible for
Knowles to be returned to the
Bahamas before a trial begins.
This fact, however, does not
prevent Knowles or his family
for suing the government.
"I know that there is some
international human rights
manoeuvres they can look at
because there should be some


he added.
At an over-the-hill bar yes-
terday all the talk was of how
the government had "messed
up" Ninety in spite of donations
he allegedly made to certain
politicians at the last election.
"This has undermined the
PLP in some areas. People are
feeling betrayed," said one
observer. "At this time of the
year, when the kids were get-
ting ready to go back to school,
Ninety would pay barbers to cut
their hair and so forth.
"Ninety also made loans to
people. His extradition has left
a lot of people devastated."
Likeliest victims of the Nine-
ty move are Alfred Sears, the
PLP's representative in Fort
Charlotte, and Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell, who
signed the formal papers allow-
ing his release to the US author-
ities.
According to one political
source, both will lose "plenty
votes" in the election. "It's
going to be very interesting to
see how the Ninety thing plays
out when people go to the
polls," he said.
"While 1 expect many PLPs
to lose votes, the biggest impact .
will be felt at Fort Charlotte,
and Fox Hill."
Knowles was wanted by US
authorities to face a number of
drugs charges.


* SAMUEL 'Ninety' Knowles


breach of human rights some-
where and I imagine that his
family or he can sue the gov-
ernment for this breach
because he has the matter set
for trial and the judge could
have set him free," Mr Moss
said.
While not familiar with the
case, lawyer and president of
the Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association, Fred Smith
said that if there were matters
still before any of the courts in
the Bahamas it should be
expected that these processes
would be completed before
Knowles was extradited.
"I think it is important for a
county that purports to respect
the rule of law and due process'
that people have full recourse
to all of their rights. There is no
sense in having courts or rights
if the executive branch of a
country deprives a litigant from .
having their full and final day
in court.
"This is a fact that should
apply to every matter before
the courts. The right to have
your full and final day in court
should be entrenched in a
democracy," Mr Smith said.
Knowles was first indicted
on May 25, 2000 by a federal
grand jury in the Southern Dis-
trict of Florida on a charge of-
smuggling cocaine. The grand
jury returned a separate indict-
men', n ,n Decemberr 8, 20!(! on
charges of conspiracy to pos-
sess with intent to distribute
cocaine and marijuana. con-
spiracy to import cocaine ac o
marijuana, possession with
intent to distribute cocaine and
marijuana, and importation of
cocaine and marijuana.


FROM page one

should not be extradited before
legal manoeuvres and appeals
have been exhausted. This flies
in the face of that," Mr Moss
said.
Failure to obey the law, he
said, sends the wrong message
to criminals and if the law has
been broken by the very
authorities who have taken
note to protect it, "one must
not feel safe".
"I am not interested in the
offence that was alleged. I am
interested to the extent that we


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day at around 7pm.
She was shocked and
appalled to hear what he had
to say on his return.
On his way back from buy-
ing a comb for his grand-
mother, the boy said his
attention was caught by a
woman calling to him from
a verandah.
"Hey! I'm locked out of
my house can you help me
get in?" the woman asked,
according to Olrick, who also


spoke to The Tribune yes-
terday.
The boy said he agreed,
and she lifted him through a
hole in the mesh of a win-
dow to open the door for her
from the inside.
Having done what the
woman asked of him, the boy
said he "ran straight back
home".
Hearing what had
occurred, the boy's grand-
mother was stunned and
went to investigate "I want-
ed to find out what woman
pushed my grandson through


that window," she said.
When she arrived at the
house that her grandson
pointed out, a man came to
the door.
According to Ms Lamont,
he appeared unaware of
what had taken place, and
reluctant to talk. "I want you
to come out and talk to me -
I want to talk to the woman
inside who put my child
through this window," Ms
Lamont said she told the
man but he replied that
"there's no woman inside."
Ms Lamont said that after


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she informed him of what
had occurred he checked the
house, only to find that some
items had been stolen.
Realising what had hap-
pened, he told her that the
woman he suspected is, in
fact, a police officer and so
is he.
Ms Lamont said the male
police officer told her that
the woman had stolen his
cellphone, among other
things, and "broken up" his
window.
Yesterday, Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Reginald
Ferguson, the officer in
charge of crime, said: "This
was between a boyfriend and
girlfriend," when questioned
about the incident, adding
that the fact that the two
officers were in a relation-
ship "puts a different light
on the matter".
Speaking to The Tribune,
Ms Lament expressed shock
and disbelief that such a
thing could have occurred
and was fearful that her
grandson's safety had been
compromised.
"If the man had come
back, she'd run and leave my
grandson and he could've
been shot! Y'all could shoot
his head off inside your
home!"
The visiting woman said
she took her grandson to the
Grove Police Station, where
both gave statements.
"They told me the woman
was going-to be locked up,"
said Ms Lamont, referring to
the officers who heard her
case at the station.
However, when The Tri-
bune inquired at the Grove
station about the incident
yesterday, the officer who
answered the phone said
they "don't know about this
mattei4 .
.


John Bull van robbed

of thousands of dollars


FROM page one

commissioner of police in
charge of crime, Reginald Fer-
guson, told The Tribune yes-
terday.
The robber then reportedly
"gun-butted" the driver on the
head, leaving him with a
severe wound, and drove


away in the John Bull
vehicle.
The white Honda car fol-
lowed, driven by an accom-
plice.
Police have confirmed that
an eyewitness reported the
incident at this point, and
stepped in to aid the wounded
driver. Mr Barr is being treat-
ed in hospital.


Water and Sewerage

FROM page one
portion has taken disciplinary measures, and an internal inves-
tigation is currently in process.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday WSC General Manag-
er Donald Demeritte confirmed the reports.
"The corporation continues to look at proper corporate gov-
ernance," Mr Demeritte said, "and we encourage all of our
employees to focus oh their duties, and to shy away from any-
thing that looks like or speaks to a conflict of interest."
Mr Demeritte assured the public that his team, in spite of any
semblance of "bad apples", is doing all it can to turn around the
image of the corporation.

FROM page one Pharmacy


going to take anything with no
label, where I wasn't sure what
I was taking," she said.
Mrs Bain said that she con-
tacted her doctor, who assured
her that she would look into
the matter.
However, public relations
administrative officer at the
PMH Thelma Rolle told The
Tribune yesterday that no
complaint had been made
against the pharmacy by any
of the hospital's doctors.
Just two weeks ago, dozens
of patients were forced to wait
to be served for prolonged
lengths of time, when PMH's
pharmacy reportedly closed
for two days.
At that time The Tribune
was told by hospital senior
assistant administrator Jessi-
ca Cartwright-Rolle that it will
happen that the pharmacy will
not open on time, at 8am.
She emphasised, however,
that such late-starts do not
happen all the time.
Yesterday, the opposition
party also joined with other


voices of criticism against the
public health care system.
In a press statement, the
FNM said that considering the
unresolved complaints by both
patients and employees
against the hospital, the PLP
government "must not be seri-
ous about the health of our
nation."
The FNM accused the cur-
rent government of "playing
slack and easy with health care
facilities and with public
health programmes."
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would be better spent ensuring
that those who have been
placed in authority in the
health care facility are respon-
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and obligations to the
Bahamian people," the party
said.


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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Operators mull Athol





Island Judicial Review


May challenge government on


decision not to release EIA for


proposed Kerzner golf course


I* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE tour operators forming the
Save Athol Island lobby group are
:'considering" whether to apply for a
Judicial Review of the decision by the
1Ministry of Energy and the Environ-
ment not to provide them with the
Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) for Kerzner International's pro-
posed golf course.
Fred Smith, the attorney for the
Save Guana Cay Reef Association,
which has been fighting to stop the
$175 million Baker's Bay Golf &


Ocean Club project, yesterday con-
firmed to The Tribune that he had
been retained to act for the Save Athol
Island group.
He added that the lobby group,
which has been formed from tour
operators such as Hartley's Undersea
Walk and Crystal Lady Cruises, felt
the decision not to provide them with
the EIA would prevent them from
providing accurate feedback on an
issue that affects their livelihoods.
Mr Smith said: "The Save Athol
Island lobby is considering whether to
apply for Judicial Review to quash the
Permanent Secretary's decision to


refuse to give interested parties the
EIA prepared by the developers, so
those stakeholders and parties most
affected by the golf course can com-
ment on it."
In a letter written to the tour oper-
ators earlier this month, Camille John-
son, permanent secretary at the Min-
istry of Energy and the Environment,
said: "It is not the Government's pol-
icy to provide access to 'all information
(studies, approvals, scope of works
etc)' requested by your facsimile of
July 31,2006, nor is it policy to provide
SEE page 5B


* FRED Smith


National Health plan to raise labour costs


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CONTRIBUTIONS to the Gov-
ernment's proposed National Health
Insurance (NHI) plan could either
raise costs, reduce wages or force
employers to shed workers, none of
which "would have a favourable
impact on the Bahamian economy",
the Bahamas Dental Association
(BDA) warned last night.
In its official position paper on the
NHI plan, the BDA said the proposed
contribution rates would leave employ-
ers facing "the prospects of absorbing
additional labour costs", something
that would force them to react in one
of three ways to maintain the compet-
itiveness of their business and the
wider economy.
The response of Bahamian busi-
nesses, the BDA said, would either
result in a reduction in real wages; an
increase in the cost of goods and ser-


Dentists warn that NHI would 'debilitate' private insurance
industry; suggest industry be used as 'linchpin' for revised scheme


vices without wages rising by the. same
amount, thus increasing the cost of liv-
ing; or employers cutting costs and
jobs to remain competitive without
:raising prices and lowering wages..
The Government's NHI plan is
proposing that contributions be set at
5.3 per cent of a salaried worker's
income. This would be split 50/50
between the employer and employee,
meaning that each would contribute
the equivalent of 2.65 per cent of the
employee's income to NHI.
The BDA said: "None of these
would have a favourable impact on
the Bahamian economy. The concern
is that government insists on not char-
acterising NHI as a tax, when in actu-


ality it will either decrease the real
wages of the average Bahamian or
increase the costs of goods and ser-
vices to Bahamians and tourists alike,
raising the already high costs of living
and doing business in the Bahamas.
"It is worthy to note that we are
contemplating increasing the cost of
labour at a time when there is grave
concern within the private sector about
the dearth of qualified skilled workers
available to meet the demands of an
expanding economy.
"Government wants small busi-
nesses to invest scarce financial
resources, resulting in an increase in
the cost of labour, at a time when
many potential.employees lack the


requisite skills."
The BDA said this mirrored the
problems facing the Ministry of
Tourism and Bahamian tourism indus-
try, which faced the challenge of deliv-,
ering value for noneyin terms of vis-
itor experience in an already high-cost
environment.
Thle BDA added that if Bahamian
firms chose to raise the cost of goods
and services, without increasing wages,
in response to the NHI plan, "the
Bahamas would be further disadvan-
taged if costs continue to increase dis-
proportionate to the level of service".
"The BDA is left to ponder whether
SEE page 6B


Symonette's

$12.2m deal

falls through

N By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Symonette Group, the
holding company for investments
made by Craig Symonette, chair-
man of Abaco Markets and
Bahamas Ferries, has failed in its
$12.2 million bid to acquire Dev-
con's construction division, it was
Revealed yesterday, according to
Associated Press.
Devcon, which is listed on New
York's Nasdaq stock exchange,
said the May 2006 Letter of Intent
that it had signed with the Symon-
ette Group-led investor group for
the purchase had expired.
Devcon said it "currently does
not expect talks to resume" with
the Symonette Group, and
planned to continue its ownership
and operation of the construction
division "for the foreseeable
future".
Stephen Ruzika, Devcon's chief
executive, said in a short statement:
"After numerous meetings with
representatives of the private
investment group, it became appar-
ent a transaction could not be struc-
tured that would be in the compa-
ny's best interests."
His language had changed com-
pletely from when the Letter of
Intent was announced, as Mr Ruzi-
ka had said then: "The Symonette
Group is a fine buyer for this oper-
ation, as it has ample resources
and a seasoned management team
who have a successful track record
in operating construction-related
businesses.
"This combination means our
customers and employees are
being placed in good hands and'
will be well-served in the years
ahead."
...:,, T1h failure to complete the put -
" LIih.' J.'L 1 noi con' e as aI to.il
shock, as Devcon had said in the
Form-10Q that accompanied its
2006 second quarter results that it
"hoped to determine in 'a few
weeks" whether the Symonette
Group- transaction would go
through.
,Dco.,III -djid at Ihe time: "The
company is in the process of nego-
tiating definitive terms and condi-
tions with respect to this divesti-
ture, but cannot provide assurances
that it will be able to produce defin-
itive agreements to which the
Symonette Group will agree or,
even if such agreement is reached,
SEE page 6B


Association calls for

Save the Bahamas


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter
THE Save Guana Cay Reef
Association is inviting all
Bahamians to join them and
establish a Save The Bahamas
Association, which in addition
to protecting the environment
could also serve as an advisory
source to potential investors.
The Association's attorney,
Fred Smith, yesterday said his
clients had been buoyed by
their recent legal success at the
Privy Council, and felt that with
larger numbers they could have
a similar impact in protecting
the entire country.


Mr Smith said: "Please under-
stand that I nor my clients are
against investment, but we are
against investment that is not
proportionate and respectful to
the Family Islands.
"The Save Guana Cay Reef
Association has been, from the
beginning, about preserving the
environment, and the culture
heritage and rights of Bahami-
ans."
Mr Smith said the Associa-
tion felt it had been acting
somewhat in isolation, and
could generate much more
political strength by drawing on
SEE page 5B


Charter firms back


sports fishing limits


D By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter
THE proposed amendments
to the sports fishing catch limits
.have bene welcomed by some
Bahamian charter companies,
who said yesterday they are
rebounding from one of the
worst years ever for fish sup-
ply.
Captain Mike Russell, of
Chubasco Charters at Bayshore
Marina, told The Tribune he
though the proposed amend-
ments, which will decrease the
catch limits for foreign sports
fishermen, are a good idea
because some were taking
advantage of the fish in
Bahamian waters.


His only hope, he said, was
that once passed into law, the
amendments would be strictly
enforced by Bahamian officials.
"It is no good to have the leg-
islation on the books if it is still
not enforced," he said.
Captain Russell said enforc-
ing catch limits was essential.
We have got to do some-
thing to preserve the fish," he
said.
He added that this past year
was one of the worst he had
ever seen because the supply of
fish was not there, althoughh
we don't know if that was the
effect of overfishing, weather
patterns or fish cycles".
SEE page 4B


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Islanders form Task Force


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Long Island businesses and
the wider community have
formed a Task Force to deal
with air transportation to the
island, whose economy "cannot
face another year like the one
we are having now" due to the
problems with the Stella Maris
airport.
The Long Island Air Trans-
portation Task Force includes
representatives from businesses
affected by the airport's closure
earlier this year, and its now
limited service.
The island's economy hinges
on the future of the airport,
which was closed in February
2006 by the Government for
safety reasons, interrupting the
peak tourism season.
Since then, the Government
has repaved the runway but fur-
ther improvements are still
needed., The airport is now
open to small private aircraft,
but its limited service cannot
handle scheduled commuter
flights from Nassau or direct
flights from the US.
More improvements are
needed to enable the Stella
Maris airport to accommodate
commuter flights from Nassau,
beginning this No, embet_i:Z_.-
"Our economy and cuwpom-
munity cannot face anwher
year like the one \ e are having
now. We are presently con-
ducting a survey of businesses to
better understand the degree to
which the airport situation has
affected jobs and businesses this


year and how, if left uncom-
pleted or if a temporary solu-
tion cannot be found, the air-
port situation will impact us
during the coming year and
beyond" said the Task Force in
a statement.
While appreciative of the
Government's repair efforts to
date, the Task Force is hoping
to work with it to bring about
more medium-term and long-
term relief.
The Task Force said one US
airline had expressed interest
in providing direct flights, if
Stella Maris underwent further
improvements.
"We are extending a request
to the Government to work
with us to come up with solu-
tions to this problem. We know
that the Ministry of Transport
and Aviation is working on the
matter and hope that something
can be done quickly before we
lose another year," said the
Tfsk Force.
"Right now, our economy
depends on the business which
is generated primarily by two
hotel properties, Cape Santa
Maria and Stella Maris
Resort. Their survival effects
lIhe survival of, and Niability,
of many of our businesses and
jobs. .
-Unless an interim solution
can be put in place by Novem-
ber, while we work toward the
long-term solution, we may find
the entire economy in jeop-
ardy."


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P.O. Box N-7757
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Tour operators back new limits


FROM page one
Captain Russell said he
doiibted the new limits will neg-


actively impact charter compa-
nies.
"Most of the people who
come to us are into sports fish-


CABINET

OFFICE


PUBLIC TENDER NOTICE

The Cabinet Office invites tenders for the following
printing equipment/items:

1. Heidelberg Off Set Press

2. VVES Camera Model #202 MS

3. Baum Paper Cutter PM 55 Standard

4. GTO 46 Printing Machine

5. 1nage Setter

Equipment may be inspected at the Government
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Monday through Friday.

Sealed tenders marked "Tender for Equipment -
Cabinet Office" should.be submitted to reach the
Office of the Secretary to the Cabinet, P.O. Box
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September, 2006.

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position of:

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Must be computer literate
Must have experience operating in multi outlet facility with
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Ability to work on own initiative is important

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Applications can be directed to:
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Director, Human Resources and Training
P.O. Box AB20766
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
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ing as a sport for the fun of
catching the fish; you know,
they like the struggle and, in
most cases, once they catch a
few fish they throw the rest
back, so it won't matter to them
how many they can take away
anyway," he said.
However, in June some fish-
erman had expressed concern
that if the catch limits were set
too low, persons would be reluc-
tant to charter boats.
Mario Cartwright, owner and
proprietor, of the Flying Fish.
Marina, said that in his experi-
ence, sports fishing vessels did
not remove significant quanti-
ties of fish from Bahamian
waters.
He added that most of the
time, fishermen take photos of
the fish and then throw them
back.
Mr Cartwright said that given
the amount of money persons
spent on fuel and fishing
licences, it was not unreason-
able for them to leave the
Bahamas with a freezer full of
fish.
Leslie Miller, minister of agri-
culture and fisheries, is propos-
ing that the catch limits be
changed from per person to per
vessel.
He would like to reduce the
catch limits to:
Crawfish and conch from
six per person per day to six per
vessel per day
Demersal fish, such as snap-
pers and groupers, when in sea-
son from 20 pounds per person
per day to 20 pounds per vessel
per day.
Dolphin, Kingfish and
Wahoo from a total of six per
person per day to three per ves-
Ssel per day.
In addition, Mr Miller would
like to establish a catch limit for
tunas, and include these species
in the pelagic fish category.
He wants to establish a
requirement that all fish
retained be kept with head
and tail intact until landed
ashore, to facilitate identifica-
tion and eliminate the pro-
duction of filets while the ves-
sel is at sea.


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member of the CFA Insti-
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1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.44 1.44 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.7 3.47%
9.60 8.80 Cable Bahamas 9.43 9.42 -0.01 4,300 0.618 0.240 15.2 2.55%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 300 0.009 0.000 211.1 0.00%
11.10 9.00 Commonwealth Bank 11.10 11.05 -0.05 1,500 0.943 0.600 11.7 5.43%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.40 5.50 0.10 0.130 0.045 41.5 0.83%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.45 2.50 0.05 5,000 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.00%
3.21 4.02 Famguard 6.15 6.15 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.51 10.60 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 500 0.763 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.50 9.50 FirstCaribbean 13.50 13.50 0.00 0.885 0.550 15.3 4.07%
11.21 9.00 Focol 11.21 11.21 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.7 4.46%
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.09 0.532 0.270 16.3 3.12%
8.50 8.27 J.S. Johnson 8.74 8.74 0.00 0.527 0.560 16.6 6.41%
8.08 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.08 8.08 0.00 0.160 0.000 50.6 0.00%
10 00 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9 1.95%
iF ,.,, Fkdi Over-The-Counter Securities
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4 13. 12 25 Bahamas ,up r.,--. I-iI 1sd 25 1525 13 50 7 09J 1 923 :,:, '_,7 ~, .., -
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0 E4 0 20 RND Holdinas 0 29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
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0 60 0 35 RND Holdings 0 45 0 55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038***
' 4500 2.2636 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.450018"
S1R20 1 1246 Colina Bond Fund 1 182038*""
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Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZABETH GODIN, OF
POLHEMUS ST. OFF NASSAU ST., NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not.be.granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 21st day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE

MARDAT LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MARDAT LIMITED is involuntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act
2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 28th August, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by
the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit
Suisse Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17
bis Geneva, Switzerland.


Dated this 30th day of August, A.D. 2006


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator




PRESS RELEASE

BAILLOU HILL ROAD

REHABILITATION

PROJECT


The Ministry of Works and Utilities
wish to serve notice that Baillou Hill
will be closed between Palm Tree
Avenue and Robinson Road from 28th
August to September 1st 2006.


A diversion route will be in place using
Palm Tree Avenue and First Street for
both directions.


We requesting the Public to find
alternative routes and avoid this area,
if possible.


We apologize for any inconvenience
this may cause.


BKG/410.03

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS
GOVERNMENT TREASURY BILLS

Sealed Tenders for B$59,100,00.00 of 91
Day Treasury Bills will be received by the
banking manager, The Central Bank of The
Bahamas, Frederick Street, Nassau up to 3:00p.m
on Friday, September 1, 2006. Successful Tenders,
who will be advised should take up their bills against
payment on Tuesday September 5. 2006. These
bills will be in minimum multiples of B$100.00.
Tenders are to be on special forms obtainable from the
Central Bank of The Bahamas or Commercial Banks,

Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of
one cent) and should be marked "Tender". The Central
Bank of The Bahamas reserves the right to reject any or
Small tenders.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006, PAGE 5B


TIF TRIRI NF


The Ministry of Tourism last night estimated
that Tropical Storm Ernesto had cost the
Bahamas $573,284 in lost revenue as a result of
flight cancellations and cruise ship diversions.
The Ministry described this as a "minimal" loss,
adding that while there had been a slight impact on
hotel occupancies, the storm was not expected to


have a long-term impact on the industry.
The Bahamas Hotel Association indicated that
while some hotels experienced early departures,
some cancellations and extended stays, "the timing
of the storm has resulted in less of an impact, com-
ing as it did at this time and not during the upcom-
ing American Labour Day holiday weekend".


Operators mull review


Association calls for support
FROMpage one tionally through the media. bers of the public "along with
The new association would other interested representa-
support from elsewhere in the also be able to lobby the Gov- tives from the island commu-
Bahamas. ernment to protect the nities, the scientific communi-
Mr Smith said the Associa- Bahamian environment. ty, and other concerned par-
tion believes there is strength Mr Smith said the Save The ties to discuss the issues we
in numbers. Bahamas Association could are all currently facing.
Once established, he added also help to educate the public "We recognize that the
that the Save The Bahamas and help the Government to development of mega resorts


Association could act as an
initial sounding board for
investors coming into the
Bahamas, offering advice on
all issues of development, par-
ticularly those of a sensitive
nature.
In addition, Mr Smith said
the proposed association will
be the voice for all communi-
ties in the country which are
affected by development, just
as the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association told that island's
story nationally and interna-


develop a sound land use pol-
icy for developers.
He said the Bahamas need-
ed and wanted develop-
ments to create job opportu-
nities for Bahamians, but these
must be done correctly.
Mr Smith it was important
for Bahamians to remember
that investors were in the busi-
ness to make money, and up
to Bahamians to protect their
country.
The Save Guana Cay Reef
Association is inviting mem-


and the rampant environmen-
tal destruction of our islands is
a problem that is affecting us
all. We also realise the issue is
a large one that encompasses
the giving away of Crown
land, the permitting process
and the lack of consultation
with local government by cen-
tral government and develop-
ers."
The meeting is to take place
at Freeport's Pelican Bay
Hotel on September 29-30,
and October 1.


FROMpage one
copies of EIAs to anyone oth-
er than the client ministry."
Ms Johnson said the EIA for
the proposed Athol Island golf.
course, prepared by the
Bahamas Environment, Science
and Technology Commission
(BEST), and the lobby group's
concerns had been sent to the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments.
The revelation that it is not
government policy to release
EIAs to interested parties and
those who might be affected by
development projects, let alone
the public, is again likely to fuel
concerns over transparency and
accountability in the investment
approvals process.
In a letter sent on August 14
to Vincent Peet, minister of
financial services and invest-
ments, the tour operators said
that at their meeting with Ms
SJohnson and the minister, Dr
Marcus Bethel, two BEST
Commission executives said
they were a week away from
completing the final Athol
Island assessment.
The letter, sent by Charlie
Lightbourn of Crystal Lady
Cruises, and Christopher and
Marilyn Hartley of Hartley's
Undersea Walk, said the tour
operators had "great economic
and environmental concerns"
over the proposed golf course.
They added that the Bahamas
National Trust and BREEF had
also sent correspondence to the
Government over the golf
course, and said they wanted it
to "put their minds at rest".
Mr Smith yesterday said the
Government's refusal to allow
the Save Athol Island group to
see the EIA "demonstrates a
complete ignorance of what an
EIA is all about".
He argued that the EIA
process should allow. develop-
ers and interested parties to par-
tiG .,ate in the studies assessing
i/Aat the likely economic and
social impact would be from
development.
Only then, he added, would
all parties be able to make
informed comments on the like-
ly environmental impact, and a
decision taken on whether to
approve the project based on
feedback from all sides.
"The Save Athol Island lobby
has been told that their com-
ments and views have been for-
warded to the Ministry of
Financial Services to take into
consideration," Mr Smith said.
"If we do not have the oppor-
tunity to review the studies that
form part of the EIA, how will
we be able to give sensible com-
ment?"
It is unclear whether or when
Kerzner International will pro-
ceed with the planned 18-hole
golf course on Athol Island,
which according to the Phase
III Heads of Agreement is sup-
posed to be a 50/50 joint ven-
ture with an entity nominated
by the Government.
Kerzner International has in
the past said a decision on
whether to proceed with the
Athol Island golf course would
depend on whether its joint ven-
ture 495-unit condo hotel
attracted enough reservations.
It appears that it has done so,
given that construction began
in June on The Residences at
Atlantis, the joint venture with
Turnberry Associates.
Deposits for 179 units more
than a. third have now been
received, and in July the joint
venture partners finalised a
$277 million loan to finance
construction and sales and mar-
keting for the property. '
The Save Athol Island lobby
is understood to be especially
concerned about the possible
impact on the Sea Gardens,
which was declared a protect-
ed area in 1892, becoming the
first marine sanctuary in the
world.
Tour operators frequently
take their customers there, but
both Kerzner International and
the Government are under-
stood to dispute claims that the
golf course would impact the
Sea Gardens.


* Tel: 356-2070
* P.O.Box N7508
* Nassau, Bahamas


NT A AEi


ADDERLEY, Andrea
ADDERLEY, Christine
ADDERLEY, Heathcliffe
ADDERLEY, Jerry
ADDERLEY, Lesea
ALTEME, Yvonne
ANDERSON, Gregory
ARANHA, Winston
ARCHER, Betty
ARCHER, Jamal
BAIN, Michael
BAIN, Mona
BODIE, Emmerson
BOWLEG, Christine
BRICE, Whitney
BRIDGEWATER, Dianne
BURNSIDE, Henrika
BURROWS, Cara
BUTTERFIELD, Samantha
CAINE, Deralyn
CAMPBELL, Donald
CARDET, Julio
CINEUS, Rigot
CLARKE, Tiffany
CLEAR, Austin
CLEAR, Carlin
COLEBROOK, Craig
COOPER, Louise
COOPER, Tiffany
CUNNINGHAM, Adelphos
DARLING, Dorothea
DAVIS, Cheryl
DAWKINS, Rosanna
DEAN, Frances
DEAN, Glendera
DEAN, Janette
DEMERITTE, Latoya
DEVEAUX, Edvardo
DORSETTE, Denise
DORSETTE, Franco
FARRINGTON, Candina
FEASTE, Dena
FERGUSON, Albert
FERGUSON, Arenetta
FERGUSON, Sheriece
FERNANDER, Bathsheba
FINLEY, Arnette
FLOWERS, Willamae
FOWLER, Genevieve
GAITOR, Tieco
GARCIA, Sanchez Jorge
GARDINER, Lavern
GIBSON Aldean
GIBSON, D'Soraji
GIBSON, Raquel
HALEY, Jason
HALL, Valencia
HARRIS, Andrew
HEPBURN, Stephen
JOHNSON, James
JOHNSON, Lenita
JOHNSON, Michelle
KELLY, Kelsene
KEMP, William
KNOWLES, Andrea
KNOWLES, Carmille
KNOWLES, Portia
KNOWLES, Randolph
LAZARD, Marcelline
LEWIS, Joshua
LINDEN, Andre


UNCOLLECTED SHORT-TERM BENEFIT

CHEQUES NEW PROVIDENCE LOCAL OFFICE

173 Short-Term Benefit Cheques Await Collection By Eligible
Claimannts. All Claims Were Processed In New Providence.

The names of persons with outstanding cheques are listed below. These persons are requested to
collect their cheque(s) from the Cashier's Department, located on the ground Floor of the
National Insurance Board's Building in Jumbey Village, Baillou Hill Road,
between 9:15a.m. 4:45 p.m. on weekdays.
Claimants are asked to collect heir cheque(s) in person and to produce photo identification.


rennoxMcCartne(uMr.)
Director


NJ. Number


11387750
11468572
15143724
14504693
23655674
14865726
13583522
10172564
10267395
11004800
11802618
11826819
17033675
23657626
14898616
14186667
10066756
13565842
23085673
82027668
10173625
15402681
17104769
13408828
16981677
10224467
14414864
17518598
12746819
13543822
10235469
10798617,
15297527
13455591
11507861
15745651
12595764
11524839
13748734
14104776
11907762
12316733
11274549
12617504
16947665
30535700
14236834
10105581
16737601
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15401731
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32024614
14984628
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70025673
10347747
12304867
12588490
10195610
13738720
10953647
14025876
54031605
12743607


NAME


LUNDY, Tameka
MACKEY, Claretta
MAIS, Madge
MAJOR, Michelle
MARCH, Juva
McKENZIE, Iris
McKENZIE, Tameca
McKINNEY, Xavien
McPHEE, James
MILLER, Daryl
MILLER, Louise
MORTIMER, Albert
MORTIMER, Stanley
MOSS, Rosalie
MULLING, Lilith
MURPHY, Barbara
NEWBOLD, Joann
ORENUS, Julian
PAUL, Devon
PETERSON, Pamela
PORTER, Leonardo
RAHMING, Lorraine
RECKLEY, Tracy
RICHARDSON, Christopher
RICHARDSON, Jonathan
RICHARDSON, Lisa
RITCHIE, Philip
ROBERTS, Lelah
RODGERS, George
ROLLE, Don
ROLLE, Elizabeth
ROLLE, Eulalee
ROLLE, Kimberley
ROLLE, Lavern
ROLLE, Lefred
ROLLE, Monique
ROLLE, Samuel
ROLLE. Shelly
ROSA, Horacio
ROSS, Lenroy
RUTHERFORD, Kachena
SANDS, Archie
SANDS, Craig
SANUSI, Akeem
SAUNDERS, Dennis
SEYMOUR, Hansi
SHERMAN, Audrey
SIMEUS, Celaner
SKINNER, Stacey
SMALL, Noel
SMITH, Britley
SMITH, Frankie
SMITH, Ralph
SMITH, Rudolph
STERLING, Douglas
STORR, Loraine
STURRUP, Rochelle
STURRUP, Tonya
SWEETING, Colleen
SWEETING, Cynthia
TAYLOR, Shelly
TAYLOR, Shirley
THOMPSON, LaShannon
THOMPSON, Shayne
THURSTON, Peggy
WALLACE, Natasha
WATKINS, Deborah
WILKINSON, Renaldo
WOODSIDE, Clarence
WOODSIDE, Pedro
YOUTE, Annie


N.I. Number


10186751
58078541
14885549
11816686
76016722
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19903677
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12357421
10296867
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21244634
14468832
13844423
15422623
12695734
58054464
11"121572
10372679
16334701
14083787
62036696
15512754
15115801
16444574
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84041706
12772585
19823673
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15328686
13225758
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12368555
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11523840.
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THE TRIBUNE


National Health plan to raise labour costs


FROM page one
the added cost of labour may
deter prospective employers
from hiring new workers, or
prompt them to justify elimi-
nating the jobs of some of their
current employees," the BDA
said.
"Said differently, will the
introduction of NHI, combined
with our country's overall poor
level of educational achieve-
ment, force small businesses to
make difficult decisions that
would contribute to greater lev-
els of national unemployment?"
The Association also point-
ed out that failure to contain
costs, or underestimating them,
in the NHI plan would force the
Government to increase contri-
bution rates.
Given the political ramifica-
tions of such a decision, which
would be unpopular with
Bahamian voters because it


could further reduce wages and
living standards, the BDA
pointed out that a government
would probably be reluctant to
increase contribution rates.
It pointed out that any fail-
ure to raise contributions could
leave the NHI scheme heavily
under-funded, leading to fur-
ther treatment delays and
rationing of healthcare services.
In addition, the BDA said the
NHI scheme as currently pro-
posed would "debilitate" the
Bahamian private health insur-
ance industry, which had played
a major role in modernising the
healthcare sector.
"The private insurance indus-
try has played an instrumental
role in the aforementioned
modernisation of health care
within our country," the BDA
said.
"It is our contention that the
existing proposal would debili-
tate the private insurance indus-


LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
International Business Companies Act
(No45 Of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with'
Section 138 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 45. of 2000, ITMOBILE
MANAGEMENT INC. is in dissolution.
PANAMERICAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES
(BAHAMAS) LTD. is the liquidator and can be contacted
at Malborough & Queen Streets, P.O. Box N-10429,
Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having cliams the aboved-
named company are required to send their names, addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the liquidator
before the 16th day of Septmeber, 2006.

Signed: r? PANAMERICAN MANAGEMENT
SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Liquidator


LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of
2000), GREENLEAF INVESTMENTS INC. is in
dissolution, GUIDO OMAR JESUS MONTI is the
Liquidator and can be contracted at Viamonte 740 4th
(C1053ABP) Buenos Aires, Argentina. All persons having
claims against the above named company are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of their debt or
claims to the Liquidator before the 16th day of September,
2006.


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Manufacturing Equipment Technicians

Potential candidates should meet the following criteria:

A minimum of an Associates Degree along with
several years of experience in a similar position.

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Must be a team player & motivated

Willing to work flexible hours


Please note that we are located in
the western district near the airport.

All interested persons are asked to call
377-0444-6, or submit resumes to
jobs@NautilusH20.com prior to September 8, 2006.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.


try, thereby causing a signifi-
cant contraction of this sector,
extending to a loss in local
health care professionals to for-
eign countries with less captive
health care systems.
"This would inevitably result
in a more expensive and inferi-
or system than we now have.
As this is an undesirable out-
come, we believe it would be
preferable for the Government
to incorporate the private insur-
ance sector as one of the linch-
pins of a revised plan, to fuel
further innovation and devel-
opment within our health care
system.
"This revised plan would
involve a collaborative agree-
ment between government,
health practitioners and the
insurance industry. Terms of
this plan would'involve govern-
ment enacting legislation that
would mandate the purchase of
health insurance by all Bahami-
ans, but coverage would be pur-


chased from private insurers
who already possess the admin-
istrative wherewithal, while the
Government retains responsi-
bility for the construction and
renovation of new and existing
health care facilities."
The BDA said the Govern-
ment should act as regulator,
limiting the number of insur-
ance companies participating in
the plan.
It explained that this would
lead to industry consolidation,
creating a smaller number of
stronger private health insur-
ers.
"Under this agreement,
insurance companies would
derive greater revenue from
premiums, allowing govern-
ment to negotiate a favourable
fixed profit margin on all
health services, which would
promote affordable health cov-
erage for all Bahamians," the
BDA said.
"Under this proposal, insur-


Symonette deal collapses


FROM page one
that it will be able to consum-
mate the sale of the company's
construction division."
Apart from acting as the
holding vehicle for Mr Symon-
ette's investments in Abaco
Markets and Bahamas Ferries,
the SymonetteGroup is also the
financial backer for Lucayan
Tropical Produce, the agricul-
ture producer located near Nas-
sau International Airport.
The company effectively acts


as a private equity fund/ven-
ture capitalist on behalf of Mr
Symonette, the current Cham-
ber of Commerce businessper-
son of the year, who has been
extremely active lately.
Mr Symonette is also an
investor in BSI Holdings, the
group that won the auction and
US Bankruptcy Court
approval to acquire Winn-Dix-
ie's 78 per cent majority stake
in Bahamas Supermarkets for
$54 million. That deal has since
closed. ,


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that HANSFOREL ALEXANDER
BROOKS, OF HIGH TREE ESTATE, P. O. BOX N-9048,
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.


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME DEED POLL
The Public iShereby advised that I, ADbLINE HYPOLYTE of
Godet Avenue off Carmichael Road, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to ADELINE EUGENE. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Deputy Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box F-43536, Grand Bahama, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.



Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that JORL BAPTISTE, OF PODOLEO
ST., P. O. BOX N-7060, 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.


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SUPREME COURT



THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
August 31, 2006

PROBATE DIVISION
2006/PRO/NPR/00420

In the estate of CYNTHIA HOWE ARMOUR, late of the
City of New York, in the State of New York, one of the
United State of South America,

deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Side by LORI ELIZABETH LOWE, of Lakeview
Road, in the Eastern District on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Testamentary in the above estate granted to
WINTHROP RUTHERFURD JR. AN FIDUCIARY TRUST
COMPANY, Executors, by the Surrogates' Court of New
York County in the State of New York, on the 6th day of
August, 2004.

Signed
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00430

Whereas OTIS DEVEAUX of The Northern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney
for the brother has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate of VENSIL B. DEVEAUX
late of Our Lucaya in the Southern District, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00431

In the Estate of JOAN HARRISON late of 31 Sudeley
Street, Camden Passage in the Town of Islington in the
County of England,
deceased.


Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof, application will be made
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by RHONDA L. C. HULL of The Township of Marsh
Harbour, Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the iResealed
Grant to Probate in the above estate granted to KEITH
GEORGE STUART, The Personal Representative, by the
District Probate Registry at Winchester in the High Court
of Justice, England on the 9th day of March, 2005.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00432


Whereas CARRIE MAE GRAY GARDINER, of No. 129
Poinciana Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Lawful
Widow has made application to the Supreme Court of
the Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of JAMES GARDINER late of No.
129 Poinciana Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00433
Whereas RONALD LLOYD, of The Western'District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, the Eldest Lawful Son has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of OTIS
LLOYD late of Mayor's on the Island of Crooked Island,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00434

Whereas RICHARD HERBERT ROGER LIGHTBOUR,
of Mareva House, 4 George Street, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for USBANK, the
Executor has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with the Will
annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of LILLIAN
RAWLINGS, LILLIAN M. RAWLINGS,' LILLY M.
RAWLINGS, LILLIAN MAY RAWLINGS, LILLIE M.
RAWLINGS, LILLY MAY RAWLINGS late of 41 Chalfonte
Place, Ft. Thomas'in the County of Campbell in the State
of Kentucky 41075, U.S.A.,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OFTHE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00436

IN THE ESTATE OF BEATRICE A. RUSSELL a.k.a.,
BEATRICE ANN RUSSELL, late of 114 Hesketh Street,
Chevy Chase, Montgomery, Maryland,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the-date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Side by FREDERICK F. GOTTLIEB, of,Marsh
Harbour, Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Administration in the above estate granted to
JOHN B. DUNN, Personal Representative, by the State
of Maryland Montgomery County, Office of the Register
of Wills, on the 23rd day of January, 2006.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00437

IN THE ESTATE OF JULES GRIFFING a.k.a., JULES D.
GRIFFING, late of the City of Rutland, Vermount, U.S.A.,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourten days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Side by FREDERICK F. GOTTLIEB, of Marsh
Harbour, Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Appointment of Administrator in the above estate granted
to PATRICIA W. GRIFFING, Administratrix, by the Probate
Court for the District of Rutland on the 21st day of June,
2005.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00441

In the Estate of ANNA L. BOUDREAULT, late of the City
of Los Gatos in the State of California, U.S.A.,
deceased.


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Side by JETHRO L. MILLER, of the City of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Testamentary in the above
estate granted to BRENDA BAINS and ROBERT
BOUDEREAULT, the Executors by the Superior Court
of California, County of Santa Clara Probate Department
in and for the State of California, U.S.A., on the 14th day
of September, 2005
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00442

In the Estate of GEORGE MUSGROVE late of The city of
New Haven in the State of Connecticut, U.S.A.,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate Side by JETHRO L. MILLER, of The City of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in the above
estate granted to ALTHEA NORCOTT, the Personal
Representative by the Court of Probate, District of West
Haven in and for the Stat of Connecticut, U.S.A., on the
19t day of March, 2004.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00443

Whereas LYNDON O'BRIEN CURTIS, of Florida Court,
Englerston, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Only
Son has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of VELMA CURTIS late of Florida Court,
Englerston, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006, ,~/npr/00444

Whereas ARLINGTON WOOD, of Carmichael Road, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate of JOSEPH HENRY WOOD,
late of Gregory Town, Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar


.. COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00445

In the Estate of KATHLEEN CASSIDY, late of 49 Dennis
Park, Crescent, Wimbledon, Lodon of the United Kingdom,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to te Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate Side by ROSHAR G. BROWN of George Town,
Exuma, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Probate in the above estate granted to PETER DAVID
LANSDOWN SCOTT and DAVID AERON EVANS, the
Executors by the High Court of Justice District Probate
Registry at Brighton, London on the 26th day of May,
2004.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
PO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
August 31 2006

NO.2006/PRO/npr/00446

In the estate of MARJORIE MARY FURLONG, late of
46 Marina Court, 35-37, Marina, Bexhill on Sea, East
Sussex of The United Kingdom,


deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Side by ROSHAR G. BROWN of George Town,
Exuma, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining Resealed Grant of Probate
in the above estate granted to GEOFFREY FURLONG,
the Executor by the High Court of Justice District Probate
Registry at Brighton, London on the 21st day of February,
2005

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar.


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10 i s easy to get a century and a lot
moral (5)
13 Wi's olo-lasnionedl (4)
14 Budingb hotel for everybody (4)
15 There haven been days of it very
recently (4)
16 The sound you heard in the wood (3)
17 as nea may De local (4)
19 Lying about a late finish
could De Dad (4)
21 Cnaracter providing a sailor with
replacement parts (4,5)
23 You can't mae any brass
wrtnnult 141
24 Tna game'14)
26 He has many a little cough (3)
27 One *ro operates some
nouse rules 14)
29 A canine getting a bovine out

iD breaMn (4
32 Brcugnt up on sound daily food (4)
33 nsoL East mate (5)
34 Figure a use for a section of the
contract (6)1
35 Mow ar dets can vary (8)
36 Stops working in the theatre? (6)


Yesleraays cryptc solutions
ACROSS: 1 Mait .c 7, He-reward 8, Bike 10, Snipe-r 11,
Amla 14, Low 16 Motel 17, Slid 19, Mose-Y 21, Major 22,
Japan 23. Ste* 26 S-Eve-r 28, Le-a 29, P-rat-ie 30,
Airmen 31. CLI-p 32, The earth 33, Ensign
DOWN 1. M.asss 2, Tripod 3, Cher 4, Heal-her 5, Hab-l-t
6 i-aeal 8 Bi 9 Kew 12, To-y 13, Leave 15, Kojak
18 irrer 19 MA-p 20, Son 21, Marital 22, Jet 23, S-Erie-S
24 LauTp 25 Wnarl on 26, Spots 27, V-ale-t 28, Lil 30,
Acne


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1 You may strike one as being
illuminating (5)
2 Like a board game? (5)
3 Many a politician is apt to flop (4)
4 A vocal group can lose heart and still
"-get rich:(5) ..
5 With diplomacy, deputise for the
titular head (4)
6 Seemed lazy, getting 50 in dole,
perhaps (6)
9 How, In races, a novice
jumps a fence (6)
11 Caught in possession? (3)
12' Nominal occupant of a provincial
bank (5)
13 It's woven and beaten (7)
15 Animal talk? (3)
16 Still even (3)
18 Ours includes a metric measure,
as it happens (6)
20 Charlie's in the city group (5)
21 Lucky chap? (3)
22 Peruse uselessly, yet get by (3)
23 To large laxly would be unlike one (6)
25 My day on the Continent! (3)
28 Checks out many with growing
potential (5)
30 Beast showing extremes of hostility
outside the pub (5)
31 Makes war for pay (5)
32 One with an eye for a
central position (4)
33 Quote it between
notes (4)


Yesterday's easy solutions
,ACROSS: 1, Repast 7, Relevant 8, Code 10, Allure 11,
SBuckle 14, Any 16, Moses 17, Rant 19, Repel 21, Coped
i 22, Latin 23, Rite 26, Carol 28, Let 29, Erotic 30,
SMeteor 31, Adam 32, Abnormal 33, Tinned
DOWN: 1, Repair 2, Amount 3, Tree 4, Resumed 5, Backs
6, Sties 8, Clan 9, Dry 12, Col 13, Least 15, Sepia 18,
Altar 19, Rot 20, Pen 21, Calibre 22, Lot 23, Retain
24, Item 25, Errand 26. Cedar 27, Round 28, Led
30, Malt


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4 Continent (6)
7 Adolescent (8)
8 Frightened (6)
10 Horrify (5)
13 Rope (4)
14 Fewer (4)
15 Left (4)
16 Agent (3)
17 Rip(4)
19 Grim (4)
21 Logic (9)
23 Vehicles (4)
24 Kernels (4)
26 Ready (3)
27 Afterwards (4)
29 Cupid (4)
32 Burn (4)
33 Stow (5)
34 Log (6)
35 Regularity (8)
36 Condition (6)


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By Steve Becker


9


Bidding Quiz


You are South, both sides vulner-
able. The bidding has'been:
South West North East
1 V Pass 2 + Pass
2 Pass 2+ Pass
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What would you now bid with
each of the following four hands?
1. 4 KJ64 V QJ9852 AK + 3
2. 4 832 V AKJ964 J5 + K3
3. + 95 tAQ8753 AQ + Q102
4. 4 AJ V KJ7542 93 + K86


1. Four spades. The value of a
hand goes up and down as the bid-
ding. progresses. Take this one, for
example. When you open the bid-
ding, your hi d is considerably bet-
ter than a nunnmum opening bid.
Although you have only 14 high-
card points, the 4-6-2-1 distribution
increases the value of the hand by
two or three points, pending subse-
quent developments in the bidding.
When partner responds two clubs,
your hand certainly does not improve
and actually shrinks somewhat in
value re.The lubl response doesn't
help your hand one bit, and about all
yo-rcan count-on at this stage is your
14 high-card points.


But when partner next bids spades,
the situation changes again. Your
hand is now worth an additional
three or four points in distributional
values, and you show this by jump-
ing to four spades to inform partner
about the improved nature of your
hand.
2. Three hearts. Here you have no
choice but to stick to your story that
you opened with minimum values,
since neither of partner's responses
has helped you at all. Partner might
go on, depending upon his hand, but
you've done your duty by hoisting a
red flag.
3. Three notrump. The two-heart
bid on the.preceding round was a
slight underbid, and you now make
up for it by jumping to three
notrump. A tvdo-notrump bid at this
point would make it appear that you
started with -a bedrock minimum,
which is simply not the case..
4. Three clubs. All you can do
here is to indicate a preference for
partner's first suit. You started with a
relatively weak hand, and you have
to bid weakly in order to try to slow
partner down. If partner proceeds in
the face of two signoffs, he does so at
his own risk.


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Good 16; very good 24; excellent
32 (or more). Solution tomorrow.


DOWN
1 Take unlawfully (5)
2 Maintains (5)
3 Drop (4)
4 Fire-raising (5)
5 Peruse (4)
6 Smart (6)
9 Believe (6)
11 Favorite (3)
12 Flower (b)
13 Medical examiner (7)
15 Type of element (3)
16 Mat (3)
18 Religious festival (6)
20 Beginning (5)
21 Rodent (3)
22 Pious woman (3)
23. Building material (6)
25 In favour (3)
28 Hell (5)
30 Oarsman (5)
31 Feeling (5)
32 Gentle (4)
33 Ditty (4)


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Horoscope


By LINDA BLACK


WEDNESDAY,
AUGUST 30

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You're called into action at work,
Aries. Prepare yourself mentally for a.
challenging week ahead. There will be.
no time to party or relax, as all eyes
will be on you.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
You are put to the test, Taurus, when
a coworker is absent from work for a.
few days. It will be your responsibil-
ity to cover for this person. Show,
higher-ups you can handle it.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Don't shy away when a challenge is
presented to you, Gemini. Now's your
chance to prove to others that you have
what it takes to get the job done. A lit-
tle help from friends could be a benefit.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
A work opportunity arises on
Friday;. Cancer. Don't check out
early just because the weekend has
arrived. Put in a few extra hours to
finish a project.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
A getaway is just what yop need,
Leo. Pack light and head out on your
own for a much-needed rest. If oth-
ers look at you strangely, just smile
and continue with your plans.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sep 22
A surprise is in store for midweek,
Virgo. It has romance written all
over it. This could be the opportu-
nity you've been waiting for. Use it
to your advantage.
LIBRA Sep 23/Oct 23
Misunderstandings at work put you
in the hot seat, Libra. Cool down
flaring tempers with some well-
crafted wdrds. Expect opposition to
your apologies.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
You can't fit another thing into
your week, Scorpio, so why try?
Slack off after Wednesday you
deserve and need some time to
yourself for a change.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Put the breaks on that big idea you
have, Sagittarius. It really is too
good to be true. Trust others when
they offer their opinions, because
they know what's right.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
You're acting selfishly, Capricorn,
and making enemies in the process.
Remember, the world doesn't
revolve around you, so give others
some time to shine.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
A responsibility at home calls you
away from work for a few days.
Don't let it worry you. Your super-
visor will understand that this is
important business.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
Stop and smell the roses, Pisces,
instead of just running -from one
appointment to another. Enjoy the
scenery for a change.


CHES y-eonar,.Brde


Alisa Galliamova v Victorja
Cmilyte, women's world
championship, Ekaterinburg
2006. Success in top-level
matches is not usually about
deep strategies or fantastic
imaginative concepts. Bread-
and-butter tactics often swing a
game, and sometimes both
players spot a sneaky trap and
avoid it in the actual moves.
Here it's the world semi-final
and Galliamova has serious
pressure. Her main threat is
(either) Nxc5! dxc5 Rxd7 Nxd7
Rxd7 when White has won a
pawn while Black's position
remains passive. Black's obvious
counters seem ineffective, for
example R7c7 Nxd6 or Nf6 Nxd6
or e5 Bxe5 or d5 cxd5 all lose a
pawn for nothing. Cmilyte's
actual choice seemed no better,


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* TRACK
WORLD CUP
DATES

THE IAAF World
Cup in Athletics will
b staged from Sep-
tember 16-17 in
Stuttgart, Germany
and not from August
16-17 as reported in
The Tribune on Tues-
day.
Additionally, Lavern
Eve's name was omit-
ted from the list of
Bahamians who have
achieved individual
medals at past World
Cups. She won a
bronze in the women's
javelin with a toss of
60.32 metres in 1989 in
Barcelona, Spain.
That brought the
Bahamas' total of indi-
vidual medals to five,
inclusive of a gold, two
silver and two bronze.
The Tribune apolo-
gises for the error.

* CRICKET
BCA DOUBLE
HEADER RESULTS

COMMONWEALTH
amassed a total of 288
runs as Calvin Frazer
scored 87, Eric Greene
79, Terrance-Seeper-
saud 34 and Jack Gan-
pat 30 in the win in one
of the two games
played in the Bahamas
Cricket Association
over the weekend at
Haynes Oval.
Bowling for the
Police were Calvin
Neita with three wick-
ets for 57 runs and
Mike' Graham with two
wickets fopr 25' runs.
The Police team bat-
ted and reached a total
of 274. Outstanding
among the Police bats-
men was Greg Taylor
Jr, who thrilled specta-
tors with a well made
126 runs George
Irvin and Calvin Neita
contributed 54 and 36
runs respectively.
Bowling for Com-
monwealth was veteran
Henry Williams with
four wickets for 38
runs in a fine second
spell of spin bowling.
Police lost a hard
fought match by 14
runs.
On Sunday, the
youthful St. Agnes
team batted first and
were all out for a mea-
gre total of 72 runs
after losing their cap-
tain Hesketh Dean to a
head injury while he
was batting.
Top bowlers for
Dockindale were
Narendra Ekanayake
with four wickets for
four runs and Dwight
Weakley with two
wickets for 28 runs.
Dockendale at bat
made 74 runs for the
loss of four wickets to
win the match by six
wickets. Dwight Weak-
ley was the top score
with 29 runs.
On Saturday, the
Rising Star team will
play T-Bird and on
Sunday, the Police will
play Scotiabank Par-
adise. Both games are
league matches.


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* VOLLEYBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
KELSIE Johnson was recog-
nised by her stellar performance
as the top female scorer and
blocker at the XI Caribbean
Volleyball Championships.
But she would have preferred
to give up the individual acco-
lades and help the Bahamas win
a medal at the championships
that concluded on Sunday at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
A determined Haitian team
rallied for a 16-25, 22-25, 25-23,
25-14, 15-9 triumph to leave the
Bahamas holding onto fourth
place for the second consecu-
tive tournament.
"They are my awards, but
they're really my team-mates
awards because I really couldn't
have won them without them,"
Johnson reflected.
"But it feels pretty good to
come out with the awards, but
not as good as if we had won
the championship, or even if we
had gotten a medal."

Surprised


While Haiti surprised the
Bahamas with their gallant
comeback effort, Barbados
were dethroned by Trinidad &
Tobago as the champions with a
i, 25-17, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 15-
S 12 decision.
.... Johnson was the only
Bahamian on both the men and
S women's teams to win an indi-
vidual award. She was also one
'. of three females to win two or
.*:! more awards.
';'i The others were Trinidad &
Tobago's Kelly-Ann Billingy,
the most valuable player, best
spiker and best server and Bar-
;: bados' Katrina Wickham, the
best digger and libero player.
No player on the male side
picked up more than one indi-
viduaLtaward.
Team-mate Krystel Rolle,
one of three other players to
make the top 20 in the best
scoring category, said Johnson's
performance was exceptional.
"Against Haiti in our first
game, I thought Kelsie did a
phenomenal job. She put down
over 20 kills and 10 blocks. She
won almost two sets by herself


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KELSIE JOHNSON, the top hitter for the Bahamas, holds up
the best scorer and best blocker awards she collected from the XI
Caribbean Volleyball Championships on Sunday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Making the presentation is Dr. Greg
SSwann, the tournament director.


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just on points alone," Rolle
reflected.
"Against Trinidad, her blocks
were crucial. She was the
biggest hitter that we had. We
had to depend on her for the
majority of the blocks because
she was the best we had to
defend against players like Kel-
ly (Ann Billingy).
"And against Barbados, she
knew the players because she
played with them in college, so
she was able to tell us what type
of hitters and blockers they
were," Rolle stressed.
As a co-captain, Rolle said
Johnson lived up to their expec-
tations, not only with her per-
formance, but the manner in
which she tried to motive every-
body.
"She certainly deserved the
awards she got," Rolle summed
up.
Johnson said she was just
elated that she did her accom-
plishments at home.,
"Compared to the results last
year, it was surprising," said
Johnson, of the championships
that were held in Barbados two
years ago. "I was fifth in the
ranking last year. To come out
on top, it feels good."
As for the crowd support,
Johnson said she was a little dis-
appointed.
"I think the crowd support
could have been better, but I
think everybody was just wait-
ing for one of the Bahamas
teams to get into the final," she
stated.
"But they still should have
come out and supported the
teams."
Having defeated Haiti in their
round robin match-up, Johnson
said there was no excuse for the
way the Bahamas went down
in the bronze medal game.
"But when you sit down and
scout a team, things like that
happen," she 'summed up.
"They just came better pre-
pared to play us than we were
prepared to play them."
With the next CVC sched-
uled for 2008 at a site yet to be
named, Johnson is not certain if
she will be around to play again.
"I'm getting up in age," said
the 25-year-old. "So I'm really
thinking about settling down
(and starting a family)."


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THE Jamaican men's national team receives their bronze medals and third place trophy at the Xl Caribbean Volle ball Championships on Sunday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The team expressed
its gratitude to the Bahamas government for assisting them in coming over for the tournament.
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* VOLLEYBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Jamaica men;s nation-
al team dedicated their bronze
medal at the XI Caribbean
Volleyball Championships to
the Bahamas government.
Dany Wilson, the captain
and top hitter, said they owe a
debt of gratitude to the gov-


Captain: we owe


a debt of gratitude


ernment for assisting them in
coming to the tournament.
"We didn't come here pre-


pared because we didn't have
the financing, but after the
government invited us, we


made up our minds to win a
medal," stated Wilson, who
won the best server award.
Jamaica were knocked out
of contention for the gold
medal game by Trinidad &
Tobago. They ended up play-
ing for the bronze and they
made sure that the medal did-
n't get away from them.
They had to dig down deep
to come back for a 17-25, 23-


25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-13 victory
to emerge as the third best
team in the Caribbean.
"We want to say thanks to
the Bahamas Government,".
Wilson stated. "We really
wanted to go out there and do
it for them and for our coun-
try."
Head coach Marcello
Gooden said it's a gesture that
he and his players will cher-


Bahamian Ellis eyes




semis place in CFL


* FOOTBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
WITH his second season in the pro-
fessional football league winding down,
Bahamian Godfrey Ellis is counting
the days to his second semi-final
appearance.
Ellis, the only Bahamian to play in
the Canadian Football League (CFL),
has less than five days to prepare for a
game, which will secure the Calgary
Stampeders' playoff berth.
The game against Edmonton on
Monday, will be aired live on CBC,
and is the deciding match for the first
place spot in the western conference.
Ellis is hoping that his team can pull
off the win over Edmonton, especially
since they fell to the hands of the team
earlier this season.
The Stampeders currently have a
win-loss record of 6-4 and are trailing
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Lions, who have a record of 7-3. The
Lions will also play on Monday
evening.
But for Ellis, clinching the pennant
title is not a hard a task for his team,
who are confident heading into Mon-
day night's game.

Matured
He said: "This season is we are play-
ing very well, our team has matured,
especially the rookie players, and we
are ready to handle the closing part
of the season.
"Although we've only played ten
games, we have noted where the
improvements need to be made and
are willing to make the adjustments.
The biggest improvement is our
record. Compared to last year, we are
on a fast start and our appearance in
the Western Semi-Final is almost guar-
anted."


The CFL is in the 12th week of play,
with four games scheduled for this
weekend.
After an impressive 2005 season with
the Calgary Stampeders, Ellis revealed
that his most anticipated moment pri-
or to the season's start was looking
forward to walking on the field as the
team's starting center, a position he
successfully secured five games into
his first season.
Since playing in. his first starting
game, Ellis has cracked the line-up as
starting center in 16 regular season
games adding the Western Semi-Finals
to his already impressive playing
resume.
Standing at 6-foot-2-inches and
weighing in -t 300 pounds, Ellis has
tried his hand at various positions and
can be referred to as one of the team's
most versatile players.
The former offensive linesman was
converted to the center position
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Crysdale's injury.
With this season being no different
than last year's, Ellis told The Tribune
yesterday that he has played guard for
several matches.

Transition
"The transition from the positions
isn't as hard as they appear to the
naked eye," said Ellis.
"There isn't that big of a difference
between the center and guard, so that
made it easier for me. I am ready to
play any position, if it means assisting
my team with the win, I am ready to do
that."
Although Ellis' name doesn't appear
in the team's statistics, he said he feels
as though his job is being done to the
best of his abilities.
"Statistics don't determine if you are
giving your all to the team or the
game," he added.


ish for a long time.
"It's good that they did
that," Gooden said. "We actu-
ally had a very good relation-
ship with *the Bahamas team
over the years, but somehow,
we had lost that along the
line.
"But we have since re-con-
nected and we hope that we
can continue the relationship.
We certainly want to say
thanks to the Bahamas Gov-
ernment."
Gooden said it would have
been good if they had played
for the gold medal, but he was
still pleased with his team's
performance.
"We haven't really had a
chance to practise in Jamaica
after we realized that we were
not coming anymore," he
revealed. "So when we came
here, we got our first practice
together when we played our
first game against the'US Vir-
gin Islands."
All things considered,
Gooden said it was good to
still go back home with at least
the bronze medals around.
their necks.
"The Trinidad team have
been doing well lately. They
just came back from the CAC
Games and they had a little
more experience than we
had," he said.
"We expected to come out
fighting against them. A 3-0
victory against us is not some-
thing that me as a coach would
be pleased with. But we didn't
stick to the game plan and that
caused us the match."
With the next champi-
onships in 2008, Gooden said
they hope to improve on their
mistakes here and work;
toward another appearance in
the championship like
they did against Barbados in
2004.


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