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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: September 8, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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S: By CHESTER ROBARDS
MIAMI, Florida Samuel
"Ninety" Knowles may have
been involved ir the distribu-
tion of $1 billion worth of
cocaine, Federal Prosecutors
alleged..
Following suggestions by the
prosecutors, US Magistrate
Edwin Torres ruled yesterday
that a $10 million court maturi-
ty bond be set tor Kno les.
This came after Judge Tor-
res proposed an initial $1 mil-
lion, but Federal Prosecutor
George Iaravetzos said he
found this too moderate, con-
sidering evidence that suggests
S Mr Knowles engaged in the dis-
tribution of thousands of grams
of cocaine amounting to
S upwards of $1 billion.
Yesterday's court proceed-
ings were scheduled to include
Knowles'-arraignment and bond
S hearing on case numbers 0425
" and 1091, both for conspiracy
to import and conspiracy to pos-
sess, according to his Bahamas
SAttorney Roger Minnis: how -
ever, his Federal Public defence
lawyer Stewart Abrams and Mr
Karavetzos agreed to defer the
proceedings due to the need for
clarification of his extradition
with regard to case number
1091 as wellias a conflict of
interest Mr Abrams said he
might encounter by represert-
ing Knowles. i
Therefore,i the arraignment
was deferred to Tuesday, Sep-
tember 19. ;
Mr Abrams explained to the
court that Knowles is still seek-
ing a private defence attorney
S' and said thatit would be a plea-
sure to represent him if he could


not find private counsel. He
went on to explain to the judge
that he had some time to speak
to Knowles and found that he
was a very nice individual.
According to Mr Abrams the
problem he faces is in.his rep-
r'esenting another person
involved in one of Knowles' cas-
es, which'constitutes a.prohib-
ited conflict of interest.
Knowles' appearance in the
New North Courtroom of the
US District Court, Southern
District of Florida marked his
second court appearance within
days following his extradition
from New Providence.
Knowles sat in the courtroom
in the front row of the jury box
to the left of Judge Torres
together with four other pris-
oners all handcuffed, right arm
to left arm both his hands
were cuffed to two other pris-
oners while he awaited his
arraignment. He and the other
prisoners wore beige prison uni-
forms that resemble doctors'
scrubs with white undershirts..
While his hair was unkempt
he was shaven; he sat upright
during the proceedings holding
a manila folder in his right hand
until he was called to the floor
without handcuffs, but in leg
shackles. He kept the same
acute facial expression through-
out.
US Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA) officers lined
the front row of the courtroom
seating, one agent holding a
copy of a Bahamian newspaper
with a large picture of Knowles
on the front. It w as not known
if any of his family members
SEE page 12


Eleuthera

schools

'grossly

overlooked'
* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
SCHOOLS in Eleuthera
have been grossly overlooked
as work that started two years
ago on one school is still not
complete, Alvin Smith, Mem-
ber of Parliament for North
Eleuthera revealed.
Several schools in his con-
stituency are in a state of disre-
pair. With construction just
starting on Monday the same
day that school opened the
excitement that is generally gen-
erated at the beginning of a new
school year is absent this year.
. The sight of Gregory Town
All-Age School, is a sad one, as
the exterior walls, scraped to
SEE page two


Mary St George alleges Child in
25 per cent ownership shock after
of the Port Authority | Ut.


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE turmoil surrounding the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) intensified last night
after the late Edward St
George's second wife went pub-
lic over the bitter battle involv-
ing his estate, and potentially
opened the gates for investors
to acquire a substantial stake in
the organisation.
In a statement issued last
night, Mary St George said she
had launched a legal action in
the New York Supreme Court
seeking confirmation that she
was entitled to 50 per cent own-
ership of the late Mr St
George's estate.
Given that Mr St George
owned a 50 per cent stake in
the Port Authority, she is alleg-
ing that she owns 25 per cent
SEE page 11


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I By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl
remains in shock following a rob-
bery, as the parents accuse police
of falling down on the job.
In an interview at The Tribune
offices yesterday, Carolina
Lawrence, mother of two,claimed
that police did not respond to her
calls and did not take her case seri-
ously.
She explained that she was pick-
ing up her children from Queen's
College on Friday at 12.45pm,
when the robbery occurred.
Mrs Lawrence said she left her
daughter, Caitlin, 8, in the car as
she went in search of her son,
Luke, 6.
"I was only about two cars
down; talking to my aunt who was
picking up her (son), when it hap-
SEE page 12


Rev Dr CB Moss:
there is no desire
for revenge
in Bain Town
.By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A LEADING pastor said
yesterday there is no desire for
revenge in Bain Town for the
killing of 23-year-old Hosea
Lightbourne.
The Rev Dr C B Moss made
the statement to quell fears of a
"war of vengeance" between
parts of Bain Towri and nearby
Black Village.
Explaining that he has spo-
ken to both sides personally,
Rev Moss said families of the
deceased and his accused
assailant (a resident of Black
Village) had said they would
not initiate, condone or endorse
such action.
"I believe that, because of the
sincerity with which they are
calling for peace, that peace will
prevail. I do not ignore the fact
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prime for painting, are yet to
be painted; It was prepared for
painting about two years 'ago,
according t.oMr Smith.
.A small school with just 44,
students,'Gregory Town All-:
Age School should be easy to
maintain, but Mr Smith says the
school is burdened with electri-
cal problems and the yard is
unkempt,.
, Gregory Town's school is not
the only government school in .
the area experiencing problems.
Spanish Wells All-Age and
Harbour Island All-Age schpols
also ha\e their issues.
Both comprehensive schools
are without pre-school units.
And overcrowding is a "serious
problem" there.
A few years ago Spanish
Well's government operated
school had a little more than
200 students, but now it has 385
students, yet no provisions were
made to accommodate the extra
students. O\er the past several
years, he explained, people con-
tinued to migrate to the island
bringing the population rate up.
Finding teachers is another
problem at the school, but an
even bigger problem is finding-
accommodation. Mr Smith said. '
The government pays about
$700-800 monthly for accom- -
modations, but "you cannot find
an apartment in Harbour Island
for less than $1,Q000," ir Smith
explained.
"The nunistr is going to have
to remove that ceiling of $700 to
reach the fee that landlords are
requesting," he said.
As repairs continue, students
are dismissed at noon each day
so that construction can contin-
ue.
Education Minister Alfred
Sears promised several new
classroom complexes to some
North Eleuthera schools. The
residents of those communities
eagerly await them. Mr Sears
said construction on those class-
rooms is expected to start this
year.


The shambles


Time to look for


excellence rather


than mediocrity


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
THIS year, around 98 per
cent of the schools in the
country opened on time:
While not every school
opened with the same leeel of
functionally, but they opened
nevertheless. It could be much
'worse- so the ministry should
be congratulated.
However, Yellow Elder Pri-
man,. Adelaide Primary and C
R Walker were not so lucky.
They unfortunately must open
a week later than the\ should.
But on the bright side, at
least they can serve as exam-
ples of what happens when
things do go terribly wrong .
Can it possibly be that the
Ministry of Education (and it
hardly matters which party is
in power) is really susceptible
to being taken by surprise
each and every year by the
need for maintenance and
repairs at its schools?
Of course even if memorN
does fail them, common sense
should dictate that the recur-
ring situation could be dealt
with by the adoption of three
simple initiatives:
SA constant maintenance
programme
An efficient planning sys-
tem for w hen major overhauls
are needed
A plan to make school dis-
tricts more'autonomous, plac-
Sing administrators in control
Iof their .own reconstruction
Sand maintenance
If. as some suggest, the first
two on this list are already in
place, it is hard to believe that
that they are working as they
should.
Perhaps next year, which% -
er government is in office at
the end of the day will get it
right and all of the children in
the Bahamas will start school
on time in buildings that are
not rundown or overcro\ ded.
Perhaps they will not have
to attend classes in some trail-
er hurriedly constructed a few
weeks before school opens.
Perhaps next year children


OPINION


and teachers will not have to
navigate around construction
workers and their materials.
SPerhaps next year headlines
in this country ill read: "'100
per cent of schools ready for
new .ear" as if such an
achievement is anything but
the minimum expectation of
."1t4he public.
* But perhaps we should
overlook the fact that .hun-
dreds of children in the coun-
try had to start school a week
late.
Let us all join the apologists,
propagandists, spin.doctors
Sand bureaucrats in forgiving
:'the:ininstry its faihngs.
after all, there were esten-
uating, circumstances that led
to the closureof the three
.schools in the capital.
S,You see, for the first time,
'the month of September fol-
lowed the month of August.
And again. for the first time,
the schools were empty for
three months for a new event
called "summer vacation" .
Because of this and the
whole restructuring of the cal-
endar, someone in the Min-
istry of Education or Ministry
of Works simply torgot that
these three schools would
have bpen empty, and avail-
able for repairs.
Welothey must have.
If this sounds ab-surd I must
apologse. I am siinpl\ n\ing
to find the good in the bad.
trying to explain a\ay an oth-
er%%ise unacceptable and
unforgivable situation.
However. I must give one
piece of respectful ad ice to
those who run the excuse mills
in this country. Stop selling
out your people to niediocrit\.
Their education. theil future
and their dignity arn wortli
more than -40 pieces of sil\ er
But I do see the point. Per-
sons have sold much. much
more for a similar price


* ALFRED Sears


* By KRYSTEL ROLE
DESERTED halls and class-
rooms at schools across the
Bahamas this week are a stark
reminder of the government's
mishandling of the public edu-
cation system for the second
year in a row.
Hundreds of primary school
students and high school stu-
dents continue to be left idle -
as, almost a week on, the new
school term has yet to begin in
any meaningful way.
Instead of children heading
to classrooms this week and
teachers writing assignments on
bljcllhoards, masons, painters
and con-ti uciion .i kcisi jrc
the onl\ poisons ii-ible on the
campuses of lYello\ Elder Pri-
nmr\. Adelaide Primar\ and C
R Walker Senior High School.
Government spindoctors
made much of the fact that.
besides these three, all other
schools opened on time ho. -
e\ ei. critics noted that m mans
cacs.s all this meant was that
til- students of one or mto
grade'. turned up o10 :-i out an
houI lor orientation.
One former educator noted
that in order to gauge the suc-
cess ot such operungs. the\ need


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only be contrasted to the first
day of term at the private
schools where all students
attended a full day.of classes.
Teachers at the three most
affected schools were again
it, :ucted to report to school
ye day, but for the third day

Parents| Iomplain
that their children
were turned away
from schools,
teachers complain
that classes are
overcrowded,
principals
complain that
there are not
enough teachers.


in a row, the\ \ere met by emp-
ty classrooms and hazardous
conditions as they tried to pre-
pare their homerooms for the
start of school on:Monday.
The constant; appeal to the
"massive repair efforts" under-
taken by the government has
left some people saying maybe
the Ministry of Education took
on inore than it could handle.
Spending over $20.5 million
on' repairs this year, the Min-
istry of Education, Science and
Technology has awarded 154 of
the 158 schools across the
Bahamas with repair contracts.
As the days after the start of
school go by, complaints con-
tinue to mount. Parents com-
plain that their children were
turned away from schools,
teachers complain that classes
are overcrowded, principals
complain that there are not
enough teachers and govern-
ment officials complain that the
contractors are constantly chal-
lenged.
Several schools on the Fami-
ly Islands are just beginning to
get paint jobs and have minor
repairs done.
Lloyd Edgecombe, a mem-
ber of Bimini's local district
council, said yesterday marked
the first day since Bimini All-
Age School received any kind
of attention.
Mr Edgecombe said only
after an article under the head-
line 'Anger Over Schools' was
published in The Tribune did
officials begin taking notice of
the school.
The Minister of Education
Alfred Sears and his contingent
were visiting the island yester-
day to access the facility. As
they approached, followed by
cameras and ZNS reporters, Mr
Edgecombe claimed the
painters scrambled to start
work.
Another school this one in
Long Island experienced dif-
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School in Buckley's Town were
dismissed early yesterday after
officials explained that condi-
tions were not conducive to
learning and that the school
could be closed for another two
weeks.
Kaniesha Minnis, a prefect at
NGM, said she was disappoint-
ed and upset after school got
out early.
Ms Minnis, a 12th-grader,
said: "I don't want to be away
from school because I need to
prepare for BGCSEs" a sen-
timent shared by many of her
classmates.'

Upset

Several older students at the
School are upset because they
want to have the best possible
chance of doing well in the
national.exams, she explained.
According to Ms Minnis, they
.are without a commerce and
accounts teacher and caring the
hours when.they were supposed
to be in those classes, she and
her classmates sat outside with
nothing to do.
They also had to sit outside
during their Spanish class peri-
- od as the teacher for that course
is out sick and no replacement
has come in.
Bradley Minnis, Kaniesha's.
father, said all parents were
asked to attend a PTA meeting
that was to begin at 7pm last.
night. He hopes to get an expla-
Snation at that time.
. Ms Minnis said teachers
began to get upset on Wednes-
Sday as the class was interrupted
Sduie to the continued presence
of workers in classrooms. Some
teachers even resorted to mov-
ing their classes outdoors.
Yesterday, she reported that
teachers didn't.even hold class-
es, but just sat around waiting
for school to close.
The situation in Long Island
closely resembles conditions at


o In brief

.Minister
says 'take

better care

of.schools'

MINISTER of Works and
Utilities Bradley Roberts urged
teachers, parents and students
to take better care of educa-
tional facilities.
He was speaking during the
contract signing for the con-
Sstruction of two buildings at the
Dame Doris. Johnson Sec-
ondary School, which opened
in September 2002 and cost
around $9 million to build.
"It should be borne in mind
that the monies spent on unnec-
essary repair works could be put
to better use in providing the
tools and human resources to
ensure maximum teaching and
learning opportunities as this gov-
ernment seeks to raise the edu-
cational bar," Mr Roberts said.
The ministry invited five gen-
eral contractors to submit bids
for the extensions. Scorpio Con-
struction Company was evalu-
ated as the lowest bidder and
awarded the contract for
$2,246,564, including a provi-
sional sum of $125,000 to cover
costs for sinkholes and addi-
tional foundation works. The
construction period is thought
to be 40 weeks.
The company, headed by
Stafford Evans, is to construct:
A two storey building com-
prising 9,065 square feet to
accommodate the physical edu-
cation teachers' offices, students
changing and locker rooms,
physical education class rooms,
and a cosmetology workshop.
It will also construct two bas-
ketball courts, two volleyball
courts, one tennis court and
bleachers. The contract also
includes sidewalks, a courtyard,
lighting, chain-link fencing and


apump house.
"After completion of these
works, the installation of a run-
ning track for athletes will make
This important secondary school
" complete," Mr Roberts said.
"Engaging children and
young people in enjoyable and
positive physical activity will
also make a contribution
toward accomplishing broader
social and community goals
required for national building,"


)ur schools


* YELLOW Elder Primary School is is still not ready for classes


CR Walker Senior High School.
After it opened on time on
Monday morning, students were
asked not to return to school
after Tuesday due to unfinished
work.
Yesterday, The Tribune
reported that contractors were
unable to meet deadlines and
as a result, schools could not
open. Another deadline was set,
this one a week after the origi-
nal date.
Contractors are expected to
work all weekend to complete
the various jobs at the school.
SC McPherson Junior High
School and several other
schools throughout the
Bahamas are making use of
trailers in an effort to relieve


problems of overcrowding, but
not enough teachers are avail-
able to oversee these extra
classes.
According to a teacher at SC,
"chaos" erupted after the school
opened on Monday. Poor plan-
ning and inconsistent timeta-
bles have left teachers fighting
over time-slots that should have
been sorted out during regis-
tration a couple months ago.
Despite the myriad problems
that have persons questioning
the 98.7 opening success rate
the Ministry of Education
announced last week, Mr Sears
maintains that this is the best
year for school repairs during
his time as minister.
As the clock strikes three


today, students at some schools
will not have the pleasure of
looking forward to going home
and completing homework, nor
will teachers be able to sigh with
relief as the students file out of
classrooms.
Instead, some children will
just be getting up, others will
be playing in the yard, and some
might even be reading a book.
None would have had the
chance to go to school and take
part in a learning experience no
child should ever be forced to
miss.
Yellow Elder Primary, Ade-
laide Primary and C R Walker
High Schools are expected to
resume on Monday, ministry
officials say.


Speaker
Mr. Craig Delancy
Building Control Officer, MOW
Mr. Glenn Ferguson
Financial/Retirement Consultant

Mr. Larry Roberts, President
Bahamas Real Estate Association
&
Approved Lending Services
Dr. David Allen
Psychiatrist, Author
Mr. Bradley Ferguson
Agency Manager, CLICO
Mr. Philip Simon, Exec Dir.
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
Paula Wikle
Consular Diplomat & Economic
Officer, American Embassy
Ms. Wendy Warren
CEO & Executive Director, BFSB


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Topic
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9:30 am Budgeting & Recovering:
How to Manage When You
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10:00 am Tips for Buying or Selling a Home

10:00 am Financing Your Home Purchase
10:45 am Conflict Resolution &
Anger Management
11:30 am Getting a Grip on Life, Health
& Property Insurance
12:00 pm Entrepreneurship: Pros & Pitfalls
of Owning a Business
12:30 pm New Travel Requirements


1:00 pm Developments in Financial
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EDITORIA*ULETTES TO THE EDITOR


The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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PLP's years of peace and plenty


THIS WEEK we have dealt with the prob-
lems farmers are having with government's
immigration policies as seen through the
eyes of two farmers, guests on the August 15
radio'programme, "Issues of the Day", and
those persons calling into the show to
express their opinions.
Neither farmer agreed with Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson's new plan that no
work permit application will be processed
unless the person seeking employment is
outside the Bahamas.
Paul Cumberbatch, described as a "small
farmer", with his more than 200 acres of
farmland and his need for at least 500
Haitians to cultivate them, does n6t agree
that more Haitians should be brought into
the Bahamas. He contends that already there
are enough Haitians in the Bahamas and
that those with jobs should be regularised by
the Immigration Department, and those
without work should be sent back to Haiti.
He did not agree with the.Minister's
proposition that a Haitian, already in the
Bahamas, should have to go back to Haiti to
apply for a work permit to return to his job.
"No I don't agree with that," he said, "I
think the Minister is young in this area. He
doesn't know too much about Immigration.
He doesn't know anything about agricul-
ture and he's being political.
"You see," continued Mr Cumberbatch,
"every Minister has been political, but they
have no experience. But when they have no
power, you know, they still go and get those
immigrants to work for them. If you go to
every Minister, every MP in fact he has
my Haitian now working for hinm. Mari is
my Haitian. I had a work permit for him
before 1992. They (the Haitians) were given
to me."
Although he talked of his Haitians as
though he actually owned them, he said he
was very proud of all of them. None of them,
he said, ever wanted to stay in the Bahamas
because of the disrespectful way in which
they are treated. Many of his Haitians have
gone on to the US, where they have done
well, built their ow.n homes, and.put their
children through university.
We found Mr Cumberbatch very inter-
esting.:He harkened back to the halcyon
years of AD Hanna, and Clement Maynard,
both in the Pindling cabinet with immigra-


tion at different times in their portfolio, and
Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling. He said
he would always be grateful to AD Hanna
and Sir Clement Maynard. "They gave me
everything I asked for," he said.
"When Sir Lynden was prime minister,"
he told the radio audience, "no minister
could do what Shane (Gibson) is doing
now."
In those years it depended on which row
of the orchestra one sat in and the sound of
music one played. For Mr Cumberbatch the
years when Mr Hanna, and Sir Clement
would give him whatever work permits he
wanted for his Haitians were years of peace
and plenty.
But for those of us, who didn't sit in the
orchestra and especially for The Tribune
that always played out of tune those years
were far from peace and plenty. They were
years of victimisation, corruption and incom-
petence.
Mr Cumberbatch estimates that-for every
acre of land that he has he needs two
Haitians to cultivate it. He says he has more
than 200 acres. He did not disclose how
many Haitians he had in the Pindling years.
However, he reluctantly admitted to hav-
ing 55 today.
By Mr Cumberbatch's reckoning, the late
Sir Etienne Dupuch, whose orchard was his
hobby, should have been allowed 10
Haitians. He asked government for only
one. He was given none. You see, Sir Eti-
enne never learned how to read the Pin'
dling musical score.
At that time we were told by someone in
the Immigration department that because
of who we were we would never be given a
permit for Sir Etienne's farm. It was recom-
mended that we go to one of the Bahamian
farmers who could get as many permits as he"
wanted, and purchase one through him. We
declined. It is for this reason that we now
find what Mr Cumberbatch is disclosing very
interesting.
SAnother interesting bit of information
he divulged was that all of his Haitians were
legai. "They. never was touched by no
Defence Force," he said. "When they came
here they came on the boat. In fact they
Scame-through the Coral Harbour base."
What is Mr Cumberbatch trying to tell us
about those years of peace and plenty?


Stay out of




our affairs,





Blankenship


EDITOR, The Tribune
As a Bahamian I was
extremely irritated by the article
in the Friday, September 2,2006
Tribune. It was one of the most
egregious examples cf meddling
in the internal affairs of The
Bahamas that I have ever read.
There, on page three, former
United States' Ambassador to
The Bahamas, Mr J Richard
Blankenship, decided to
expound on the part he believes
the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gib-
son, Attorney General of The
Bahamas, played in the recent
extradition of Samuel Knowles,
to the United States. His
remarks regarding not only
Bahamian policy, but Bahamian
politics, as quoted by The Tri-
bune, are beyond inappropri-
ate.
Mr Blankenship's bully tac-
tics, so detrimental to him and
to the country he represented
while Ambassador, are once
again very much in evidence as
he declares that the Hon.
Allyson Maynard Gibson has
"set the stage for her becoming
Deputy Prime Minister." He
.further declares that the Attor-
ney General has, in his opinion,
"emerged as a possible future
Prime Minister."
Mr Blankenship should be
aware, as a former Ambassador
and as someone who professes
to know The Bahamas well, that
it is not his business, nor anyone


else's, to be commenting on an
ongoing court case. Neither is it
his business to be offering sug-
gestions and predictions on the
internal politics of the nation
and the governance and secu-
rity of the country and its peo-'
ple. To do so, as he has done, is
a serious breach of internation-
al protocol.
His comments on Minister
Maynard Gibson's future polit-
ical position are as out of place
as would be those of a Bahami-
an official on the political future
of Vice President Cheney or
Secretary of State Rice. In fact,
if a former Bahamian Ambas-
sador to the United States had
made similar comments on
internal U.S. affairs or Repub-
lican policy structure in a US
daily newspaper, it would be no
less inappropriate and unthink-
able.
Although Mr Blankenship's
current comments do nothing
to promote the interests of the
United States in The Bahamas,.
if truth be told, his remarks may
provide an interesting and
revealing glimpse of how those
who are close to the Bush
administration regard the sov-
ereignty of The Bahamas.
Today in The Bahamas we


have an Ambassador from the
United States, H.E. John Rood,
who should be allowed to con-
tinue the fine job he is doing
without any interference from
someone whose questionable
and controversial performance
here in the same capacity left
some Bahamians wondering
just who our friends really
were.
I am offended by Mr.
Blankenship's cavalier attitude
towards The Bahamas, its gov-
ernment and its politics. I know
that I am not alone in this
response to Mr Blankenship's
remarks. I would ask him to
remember that, although The
Bahamas is a small nation, the
United States and those who
purport to speak for her -
should not feel they can' assume
authority in our sovereign
nation where they have none
and make sweeping statements
about our internal matters
where they have no jurisdiction.
We may be small, but the Unit-
ed States would be hard-pressed
to find a better friend in the
community of nations. I would
not like to see the thoughtless,
irresponsible remarks of Mr
Blankenship damage that very
special longstanding relation-
ship.
SENATOR PHILIP C
GALANIS
Nassau
September 5 2006


A retrospective on our elections


EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me to take
. \our' hain\ rejdert s of this col-
umn back in.time to 1956, it
woul,'6e seen tht iAndros elect-
Sed Cyril St Jolin Stevenson and
Clarence A Bain and rejected
Basil H McKinney and Philip G
D Bethel.
Abaco rejected Joseph A But-
ler and Colin L Rees and elected
Frank H Christie,: Leonard M
Thompson, and Harold A L
Johnson.
Harbour Island rejected C A
Dorsett and elected Joseph T
Albury, A R Braynen and Foster
Clarke.
Eleuthera rejected Cecil V
Wallace/Whitfield and elected C
Trevor Kelly, George Baker and
Asa H Pritchard.'
Cat Island rejected Arthur D
Hanna and elected H G Christie
and Godfrey K Kelly.
Exuma rejected" Henry J
Bowen and elected Frederick W
Brow n and Robert H "Bobby"
Symonette.
:Long Island rejected the


founding father of the PLP Hen-
ry Milton Taylor and elected
Donald E d'Albenas and Peter
D Graham.
Crooked Island rejected their
son of the soil Herbert H L
Heastie and elected Eugene A P
Dupuch.
San Salvador-rejected Raleigh
I Butler and elected Roy M
Solomon.,
Inagua rejected A Leon McK-
inney and elected Geoffrey A
Bethel.
Grand Bahama somehow did
not nominate a PLP candidate,
so C W F Bethel was elected
unopposed.
New Providence with its eight
seats gave four to the PLP and
four to the Bay Street Boys. By
1958, the Bay Street Boys would
form themselves into the United
Bahamian Party, and would run
as such in the 1962 general elec-
tion, which was.the first in
Bahamian history that women
were allowed to vote. However,
many of them did riot use their
vote wisely. The oligarchies,
-received another mandate to


form the government.
.It would take another four
years before the voters would be
given another chance to redeem
themselves, % which to a degree
they did.-; .
"Now we come to the big
questions."
What if George Thompson did
not part company with the UBP
before the 1967 general election?
What if Cyril Stevenson had
won his seat as an independent
candidate for South Andros?
Where would that leave the.
person who would later bc-.,me
the father of the nation?
What if A R Braynen
returned to the UBP?
What if greed had caused .
Randol Fawkes.to cave in to the
UBP offer?
The intention of this writer is
not to frighten anyone retroac- '
tively, if there is such a word, I
just wanted to give the readers
something to think about.
PRINCE G SMITH
Freeport, Grand Bahama
August 2006


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006, PAGE 5


THE TRIBUNE


LOCAL NEWS


OIn brief

iTraining

initiative

postponed

by ministry

THE Ministry of Immigra-
tion and Labour has
announced the one-day post-
ponement of a training ini-
tiative.
The Train Bahamas Work
force Promotional Campaign
has been rescheduled from
-today to Friday, September
8; at 6pm at Wyndham
Resort Convention Centre on
Cable Beach.


Tribune

and COB

plan series
of readings

THE College of the
Bahamas/Tribune partner-
ship for literacy is planning a
series of readings by Bahami-
an authors to celebrate Inter-
national Literacy Day.
The readings will take
place at 6.30pm daily in the
Chapter One bookstore,
beginning on International
Literacy Day, Friday, Sep-
tember 8, when Michael Pin-
tard and Obediah Michael
Smith will read samples of
their work.
The readings will continue
for about a week and will
include COB personages
such as Dr Ian Strachan and
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
as well as otherlocal writers
such as Telcine Turner-Rolle,
SCleveland "Anku" Eneas III
and Victoria Sarnes.
"To engage the public plus
students, staff, faculty and
alumni of the college, these
' activities have been planned
for the early evening and will
hopefully encourage the feel-
ing of a 'college-town' while
providing an opportunity to
learn from and to enjoy our
poets and writers," said COB
in a statement.
"International Literacy
Day is a time for reflection
S and celebration. Each year
on September 8, a communi-
ty of nations hosts local and
national events around the.
world that recognize the val-
-, ue of literacy to individuals,
Families and communities
", COB aims to ensure that it
is a leader in these celebra-
tions," the statement said.




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Fear at growing




garbage problem


DESPERATE residents say
that Nassau could face a major
health problem if the govern-
ment fails to tackle a growing
garbage collection crisis.
People living in Millennium
Gardens, Bain Town, Black Vil-
lage, Garden Hills and Malcolm
Road all say their bins have not
been emptied for two weeks.
And they warn that "some
kind of epidemic" could break
out if the matter is not
addressed immediately.
"With the recent rain and the
hot weather, the conditions are
right for a big health problem,"
said one furious resident. "The
garbage problem seems to be
widespread. Lots of communi-
ties have been affected."
In Black Village, residents say
garbage is piled high because
no collection has been made for
two weeks.
"We have been told that most
of the trucks have broken down.
But the Ministry of Works has
trucks and the government
ought to use those," said one
source.
The matter is made worse by
potcakes, which tear the mount-
ing bags apart and leave rub-
bish scattered over the roads.
"We are going to have a
health epidemic on our hands.
The government needs to act
now to avert a major crisis,"
said the source.


"We have been told that new
trucks are on order, but how
long are they going to wait? We
need garbage to be collected
now."
One young man in Black Vil-
lage has used his own truck to
take his aunt's garbage away.
Director of Environmental
Health Ron Pinder admitted
that they have been experienc-
ing some major problems with
their garbage collection, as
almost all of the garbage trucks
have been out of service.
"This was largely due to the
fact that we have a very old fleet
of garbage trucks. The usual
standard is that these trucks are
usually changed every 10-15
years. Unfortunately some of
our trucks are.over 20 years.
Also because we are working
them on three shifts, we are chal-
lenged in respects to the main-
tenance of the trucks. So as
opposed to preventative main-
tenance, we find ourselves doing
corrective, maintenance given the
age of the trucks, as well as the
frequent use of the trucks.
"We have about 60 to70 per
cent of the fleet back up and
running, and hope to get the
entire island of New Providence
back on schedule sometime ear-
ly next week. But the areas that
are experiencing the problems
are not the night-time garbage
collection, it is the daytime


garbage collection. And that is
very significant as well," he said.
Mr Pinder said this is another
indication that the department
'should switch to night-time
garbage collection, as the trucks
are able to cover more ground,
collect more garbage, and make
more trips to the land fill.
"We make twice as much
trips during the night time
garbage collection, compared
to the daytime trip. Also the
inclement weather has added
insult to injury. While it has not
been the main problem it has
added insult to injury," Mr Pin-
der said.
Mr Pinder said that the gov-
ernment is in the process of try-
ing to purchase six new garbage
trucks. Each one is priced at over
$250,000 and take about nine
months to build. The frame of
the truck is built in Europe, and
the body is put on in the United
States, before they are shipped
to the Bahamas, he said.


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A GROUP of Cuban teach-
ers who are desperately needed
for the public school system will
be arriving in the Bahamas
shortly.
A contingent of 24 teachers
from Cuba was expected to
travel to the Bahamas last week,
but were delayed when Hurri-
cane Ernesto pummelled that
island.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Undersecretary
in the Ministry of Education
Renee Gliriton said that the
Bahamas is eagerly awaiting the
Arrival of the teachers to fill
much needed positionsin the
country's school system.
Ministry officials travelled to
Havana a few weeks ago to
interview and recruit new teach-
ers who came from all over
Cuba.
"We interviewed more than
100 candidates. All of them
were highly qualified, very well
trained. The majority of them
held degrees at the Masters lev-
el. The only challenge we had
was finding people whose Eng-
lish skills were up to par," Mrs
Glinton said.
From more than 100 poten-
tials, the Ministry finally select-
ed 14 new teachers.
A further 10, who had pre-.
viously worked in the
Bahamas, returned to the
country after spending the


POLICE yesterday arrested a
32-year-old man on suspicion
of being in possession of a large
amount of counterfeit US cur-
rency.
Shortly after lam yesterday,
officers from East Street South


summer break in Cuba.
"We had them for the (2004),
term, and Cuba was so gracious
to allow them'to return fr the
(2006/2008) teipj, she s'di,
Mrs Glinton said that 0 to
25 per cent of the new teachers
will be employed where they
are desperately needed in the
field of special education.
"In the Bahamas we have a
dearth when it comes to teach-
ers who can educate students
who are physically and mental-
ly challenged," she said.
The teachers not going into
special education will be teach-
ing classes such as Spanish,
chemistry and other sciences,
she added.
Mrs Glinton said that the
Bahamas first started tapping
into Cuba for teaching profes-
sionals in 2003.
"Before that we recruited in
London; but other countries
had the same idea," she said.
In preparation for the teach-
ers' arrival, housing has been
arranged and paid for by the
Ministry of Education.
"Certain landlords are not
renting out to anybody else
because they are waiting for the
Cuban teachers. They had such
good experiences last time," she
said.
Mrs Glinton said that she
expects word from the Cuban
Ambassador to the Bahamas,
Felix Wilson Hernandez on
Monday as to the exact date of
the teachers' arrival.


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'Less funding for Bay Street under devolution'


BAY Street and other afflu-
ent areas may be forced to fund
their own public services if the
plan for devolution of powers
goes through.
Poorer areas would have pri-
ority in the allocation of public
spending if local government is
implemented in New Provi-
dence, according to a former
cabinet minister.
George Smith, minister of
local government under the first
PLP administration, explained
that if the plan is enacted in the
capital, the island will be divid-


ed into many districts based on
population size, "and by the lev-
el of interest people have in
their communities."
"Wealthy districts such as
Bay Street, Lyford Cay could
make their own money there-
by requiring fewer resources
from central government," he
said.
Speaking on Monday as a pan-
ellist at a town meeting on the
subject, Mr Smith noted that
under local government schemes,
the public usually demands and
expects better services.


He said the aim of local gov-
ernment should be for each dis-
trict to perform efficiently and
develop enough internal
strength to govern itself.
Minister of Local Govern-
ment and Consumer Affairs
Alfred Gray said the people of
New Providence should be giv-
en an opportunity to enjoy local
government like residents in the
Family Islands.
Mr Gray was also speaking
at the town meeting, held at the
Annex Baptist Church on Wulff
Road.


The other panelists at the
meeting were Dr Thaddeus
McDonald, a lecturer at Col-
lege of the Bahamas; and Rev
Dr C B Moss, vice president of
the Senate and pastor of Mount
Olive Baptist Church.
"Central government in New
Providence is willing to divest
itself to allow local government
to. assist in governance," Mr
Gray said. "Local governments
in the out islands are responsi-
ble for garbage collection,
licensing of businesses and
hotels, town planning and road
traffic matters."
He added that local govern-
ment systems in the Family
Islands do not have the.author-
ity to collect and spend mon-
ey.
Rev Moss said the introduc-


* GEORGE Smith


tion of local government is long
overdue for New Providence,
which is geographically suited


for the system.
"Bahamians needs to get
actively involved in the gover-
nance of their country," he said.
Rev Moss urged New Provi-
dence residents to attend the
town meetings to better inform
themselves about local govern-
ment and to voice their opin-
ions.
Dr McDonald added that if
local government is introduced
in New Providence, it must sur-
pass the system established in
the Family Islands.
He suggested that local gov-
ernment partner with urban
renewal programmes to assist
families and troubled young
women and men.
He also recommended that
local government be driven by
schools and churches.


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In Grand Bahama, packages could also be dropped off at the security located
at Settler's Way, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

BTC reserves the right to reject any, or all Tenders.

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o In brief

Mt Moriah

celebrates

44 years

of ministry

Mount Moriah Baptist
Church on Farrington Road.
will celebrate its 44th year of
ministry during a week of ser-
vices beginning Sunday, Sep-
tember 10 and ending Sunday,
September 17.
Schedule of Services
Sunday, September 10 at
2pm the Church will have a
grand fellowship luncheon to
honour 15 senior members for
dedicated service. Venue: San-
dals Royal Bahamian Resort
and Spa.
Monday, September 11 to
Wednesday, September 13 at
7.30pm each day, the Church
will hold revival and recommit-
ment services.
Sunday, September 17 the
Church will hold a divine wor-
ship service at 11am. A special
anniversary and thanksgiving
service will be held at 3.30pm
at the church.
Pastor Dr Wilton Strachan,
Along with pastor emeritus Rev-
,erend Theodore Darling,
extended a special invitation to
all former members of the
church to join them in the cele-
bration.
The public is also invited to
take part.


Florence
heading for

Bermuda,
strengthens

MIAMI
TROPICAL Storm Florence
held its strength in the open
Atlantic early Thursday, still far
from the U.S. but large enough
that forecasters warned it could
create high surf inidrip currents
along the East Coast within the
next five days, according to
.. 'Associated Press.
The storm's forecast path puts
it over the Bermuda area Mon-
day or Tuesday, forecasters said.
"The concern would be
'- Bermuda at this point, how
close the destructive force winds
will move toward it," said Dave
Roberts, a forecaster at the U.S.
S National Hurricane Center.
Florence had maximum sits-
tained winds near 50 mph
Thursday morning and tropical
storm force winds extending up
to 290 miles from its center. Its
sustained winds were expected
to strengthen Thursday and Fri-
day and pass the 74 mph thresh-
old for a hurricane by the time
in nears Bermuda.
At 11am EDT, the storm was
centered 645 miles east of the
Northern Leeward Islands and
about 1,115 miles southeast of
Bermuda. It was moving west-
northwest at about 8 mph.
Florence developed in the
peak of hurricane season in
warm Atlantic waters, the source
of energy for storm development
this time of year. While warm
enough to spur storm intensifi-
cation, forecasters said those
waters are not as warm as last
year's storm season, which had a
record 28 named storms and 15
hurricanes, including Katrina.


Hurricanes 'may



necessitate the



evacuation of



New Providence'


THE evacuation of New
Providence could become a
realistic option in the face of
more violent storms as global
warming worsens.
A local climate expert said
that "retreat" is one of the
three options that the Climate
Change Committee is consid-
ering as part of the national
adaptation plan it is formu-
lating to deal with the medi-
um and long-term effects of
climate change.
In the face of unprecedent-
ed storm activity in the
Atlantic, director of meteo-
rology Arthur Rolle noted
that the effects of global
warming on the country can
already be seen.
"In 2005, we had a record-
breaking number of storms,
but we don't want to jump
the gun and say that hurri-
canes or tropical cyclones are
increasing in frequency but
we do know that they are
increasing in intensity," he
said.
Mr Rolle said the three
options the Bahamas has in
the face of global warming
are: to accommodate, to
retrofit and to retreat.
Firstly, he said, questions
like whether the country can
really accommodate a heavy
storm surge should be asked,
because while some homes
are built well in terms of
structure, surges can lead to
flooding which can destroy
furniture or end human life.
He says the second option
to be considered is retro-
fitting.
"You are talking about
after the destruction has been
done now having to find mon-
ey to replace damaged goods
that has financial implica-
tions," he pointed out.
The third option, said Mr
Rolle, is finding a place to
evacuate Bahamians, espe-
cially those living on the small
island of New Providence.
Low-lying small island
states like the Bahamas will
suffer most if global warming
continues due to increased
amounts of carbon dioxide
and other greenhouse gases
(GHGs), Mr Rolle pointed
out.
Mr Rolle, who is chairman
of the Climate Change Com-
mittee (CCC) said his team
is seeking to form a plan for
the country to adapt without
impacting or reducing the
quality of life of Bahamians,
or compromising sustainable
development activities.

Pressure

He says the best option for
small island states like the
Bahamas is to pressure indus-
trialised countries to reduce
their level of greenhouse gas
emissions so, that small
nations can live peacefully
without the harmful effects
of global warming.
Mr Rolle also warned


about building too close to the
coastline. He said the Hal-
loween Storm of October, 1991,
which was depicted in the 2000
movie, The Perfect Storm,
impacted local western shores
resulting in thousands of dol-
lars in damage to homes.
"You had some huge boul-
ders coming into homes and
that storm destroyed Coral
World. So anyone thinking
about the coastline should real-
ly reconsider given the fact that
the sea level is rising and the
storm surges are getting higher
as the result of the intensity of
hurricanes," he said.
The Bahamian fishing indus-
try will also suffer the effects of
global warming as the seas
begin to heat up, Mr Rolle
warned.
"Right now you know in Bar-
bados and Trinidad, there's a
problem now over the fact that
the flying fish, which is
renowned in Barbados, has now
gone to Trinidad.
"There's a study going on and
it is believed that because of the
warming of the water, the fish
migrate. So it could have the
same impact here in the
Bahamas," he said.


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Bulldozing begins at Perpall Wellfields


considered a sanctuary for
wildlife and home to diverse,
and in some cases, rare varieties
of trees and other flora. It is
claimed to have been a protec-
tive home for many owls, and
one of the few areas where
mahogany trees grow in the
Bahamas.
Today, all of these features
- which have made the area a
popular destination for stu-
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S Winifred Irene
Bethel-Kits, 72

a' of South Palmetto Point and
S fiormerl) of Nassau will be held
S on Saturday September 9th,
2006 10:00 a. m at Ebenezer
h Methodist CL huch. East Shirlen
Street. Rev.. Godfrey Betheil
assisted by Rev. Martin Loyley
will officiate Intermenilt ill be
made in the church's cemetery.

Left to mourn her passing but to cherish happy a memory are
her husband. George Kits, her son, Paul Bethel, one dauohtle -
in-law, Gail Bethel, one granddaughter. Ashley, two grandsons,
Gareth and Bryant Bethel. Three brothers, Garfield, Gillis and
Lincoln Deal; Three sisters. Iva Drakeley of Miami, Florida,
Frances Roberts, and Mlane Stuart; TIhree brothers-in-law,
Kenneth Drakeley. Vaughn Roberts. Livingston Stuart; three
sisters-in law, Debbie. Shen r and \ernell Deal; sixteen nieces,
including, Paula, Gertrude. (ilona. Anna. Jody. Joann. Rosie.
Sherry, Barbara, Jackie. SandN. Cmnd,. Tara, There.e. Kimbe lle\,
Tracy; twenty) if e nephew s including. Carl. Vernon, Ro\.
Fred, Franklyn, Arthur, Edmund. Lincoln, and George Deal,
George Fax, Lyndon, Brian, Georgie. Keith. Kenneth. Gillis
Jr., Miguel, Aurelio, Shariff, Jason. Janne. Luciano. Maano.
Rohan, Rossano. two aunts. Y' onne and Marne Sands. other
relatives and friends including. Sheielle. .-mero. Kuan. Adero.
Jaya, Ball, lan. Noah. Alfred. Monlt. Felicia. Quemsha.
Marcus.. A. Cailand. Gabnelle. Gillis and DeVauguhn Joe,
Paul, Eurene Nottage and Famir\. Ena Thompson and family ,
Anne Bowe, Phil Sands. Aggie miller. Judy Turnquest, Deanne,
Frankie, Angie, Richard. Gregor\. Kc in, June, Nell, Lisa,
Marie Dean, Rena Cargill, Carrie Adderley, Patrice Fox,
Hortense Rahming. Aggie. Oral, Marilyn, ShcriN and Sheila.
Edna Greene, Iris Grant, Valgo Shannon, Leomie Gibson, Val
Stirrup, Lynn Curry, Constance Gibson, Anthony, Pedro, Ferd
and.Gary Gibson, Pearl Cooper and family, Phyllis Culiner
and family, Grenda Colebrooke andfamil.. Anita Wallace and.
family, Genevieve Bethel, Anne Bethel. '\ oiune Thompson,
Mirrie.Knowles, Iris Knowles. Terry Sands, Hayward Bowe
and family, Beryl Bethel-Dillet, Ruth Demeritte, Andrew
Smith, Brenda Knowles, Michelle White. Ella Sands, N h and
Mrs. Josh Culmer, Josh Sands Senior and Junior, Shai on
Pinder, Bertram, Betty and Bunny Knowles; AshwoodFerguson
and Family, Honorable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie and
Family, Honorable Phillip Bethel and family, Lowell and
ThelmaBurrows, Matthew and Edee Burrows, Gus and Sandra
Cartwright and family, Loran and Maxine Rahming, and
family, Leslie and Shirley Russell and family, Tommy, Timothy,
Peter Burrows and family, Doris Hanna, Cora Carey, Phyllis
Knowles, Helena and Pam Ferguson, Jane Adderley, Beverly
Nairn, Constance Gardiner, Veronica Mill of Clayton, North
Carolina, Mitzi Swaby, Merle Trino, Harriet Johnson, Dorothy
Edwards, Minette Clarke, Merce Pedican, Agnes Greene,
Merle Sands, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Roberts, Tony Roberts,
Mildred Pinder, Houston, Gillian, Jennifer, and The Lady in
Red of Spanish Wells, Lady Di of Gregory Town, Eleuthera,
Kenny Cartwright and family, Don and Edith Owens, Dr. Greg
and Bunny Carey, Sister Clare Rolle O.S.B., Honorable Bradley
Roberts and Hartlyn Roberts, Donna Roberts, Keva Nethersole,
Winnifred Roberts, Merle Roberts, Leslie Crawley, Mary Jo
Castro, Brenda Gilbert of Toronto, Canada, Sy Roberts,
Reverends Godfrey and Mina Bethel and family, Reverend
Kenris Carey and family, Reverend Charles Sweeting and
family, Reginald Eldon, Reverend and Mrs. Milton Lightbourne,,.
Dr. and Mrs. Bums Broadhead, leaders and members of Wesley
Methodist Church, North Palmetto Point and of Ebenezer
Methodist Church, the entire Methodist Community, doctor
and staff of the government clinic at Governor's Harbour, the
Palmetto Point, and Ferguson Way, Marathon Estates
communities, and many other friends too numerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians
#44 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
on Saturday at the churchfrom 9:00 a.m. until service time.


* By ALISON LOWE
LOCALS and environmen-
talists are shocked and outraged
that an area of natural beauty of
both ecological and educational
value has been unexpectedly
cleared.
To add to their consternation,
the author of the action is prov-
ing hard to'.pinpoint.
The Perpall Wellfields area
in Chippingham has long been


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Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Tel: (242)373-1471 Fax: (24 373-3005
Page 340-8043


NASSAU
Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N P, Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
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FUNERAL SERVICBilOj


VERONICA
BRIANNE SMITH, 26

OF #13 BARBADOS DRIVE,
FREEPORT GRAND
BAIAMA WILL BE HELD ON
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9,
2006 AT 11:00 A.M AT
CHURCH OF GOD OF
PROPHECY, CORAL ROAD.
FREEPORT. GRAND
BAHAMA. OFFICIATING
WILL BE PASTOR DELANO
TAYLOR; ASSISTED BY


REV. EDWIN PINDER.


Veronica Brianne Smith hves on in the heart of her precious mother:
Lorraine Thomas. father: Austin Smith, three brothers;
Steven.Valance Sr. and Rashad Smith. si\ sisters; Claudine Thomas,
Vanessa and Audra Smith. Janice Brown. Michelle Butler and
Chanelle Green, grand parents: Norl anid Lela Thomas, five uncles;
Wellon Wilton and D\ ayne Thomas. Lawrence Laing and Freeman
Russell. fi\e auntles; Curlene Laing, Shirley Hodge. Iris Russell,
Julie and .lane Thomas, three adopted aunts; Florina Laing. Welma
Pinder and Una Cooper. one grand uncle: Rev. Oswald Russell,
two nephews: Mauricio Johnson and Valance Smith Jr., two nieces;
Santana Thomas and Kiajah Smith, two God-mothers; Beatrice
Pierre and Ann Carey, first cousins; Rickey, Steve, Harvey, Troy,
Shawn and Taniska Laing. Ann Carey, Linda Russell, Tracey
Colebrook, Rachel Rolle. Alma Pinder. Inmn id and Larry McIntosh,
Dave. Charmaine and Marvin and Malik Thomas, Wayne, Deangelo,
Justin, Julian and Javaugh Thomas, Malcolm and Lakeitra Russell,
Kristen and Dwanique Thomas, special friend; Chad Beecham and
a host of other relates & friends including; the family of the late
Leanord Lighibourne, the family of the late Jimmy Lightbourne,
the family of the late Charles & Maude Robins, Rev. Oswald
Russell and Family, the family of the late Obed and Edith Pinder,
Renaia Rolle. Theola Cooper, Jolton L. Johnson & Family, Deandra
Neely, Samantha Miller, Shirley Taylor, Lionel Belford & Family,
Jerminata, Nicole Hanna, Mr,& Mrs. Cornish, Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin
Davis and Family of Radisson Crystal Palace, The Beecham family
of Australia, Management & Staff of Lagan Holdings, Management
& Staff of Computer Service & Training, Bahamas Faith Ministries,
Rhema Word Ministries, New Emmanuel Baptist Church, Mclean's
Town and Shekinah Christian Ministries Int'l

THOSE WISHING TO SIGN THE "BOOK OF
CONDOLENCES" MAY DO SO AT THE "HALCAYON
SUITE" OF RESTVIEW MEMORIAL MORTUARY &
CREMATORIUM LIMITED, 11-A EAST CORAL ROAD,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, ON FRIDAY FROM 10:00
A.M TO 6:00 P.M AND ON SATURDAY AT THE CHURCH
FROM 9:30 A.M UNTTL SERVICE TIME.


even just those seeking some
peace and quiet were threat-
ened, and in some cases
destroyed, as bulldozing began
in the area.
While those due to be affect-
ed had been preparing them-
selves for clearing to take place
at some time this year under
the direction of the ministry of
housing which apparently wants
to build low cost housing in the
area it appears that today's
clearing was not authorised by
that ministry.
It was also outside the bound-
aries that had been agreed upon
in discussions between the Min-
istry of Housing and the
Bahamas National Trust that
would have preserved a signifi-
cant area for a national park.
Earlier today, Eric Carey,
director of the Bahamas
National Trust, expressed his
concern that the agreement
between the ministry and the
trust appeared to have been
reneged on.
Contacting the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Housing yes-
terday, The Tribune was told by
Minister Wisdom that he "knew
nothing about the matter", and
that the director ot housing
might be better informed.
.At 4.35pm Nesterda\ The
Tribune was told that the direc-
tor had left the office for the
day.
Terr\ Miller. founder of the
Bahamas Association of Social'
Health (BASH) and also one
of those present at the site -
said that men driving the vehi-
cles that were clearing the area
claimed the work was in fact
directed by a pri\ ate company.
However, the chairman of the
prit ate housing development
company that was implicated in
the clearing, stated today that
he "knew nothing about the
matter".
While members of BASH
were attempting to negotiate
with the workmen in the area
yesterday. NMr Miller said that
he %as "trying to tollo\w the
paper trail" that may ha'e led
to the action, but was having
little success.
"Any company seeking to.
clear the land should hba\e had
to have gone through Water
and Sewerage and Water and
Sewerage would have'had to
have gone through the BEST


(Bahamas Environment Science
and Technology) commission
- but BEST say they know
nothing about it", he -aid
Adding to the confusion sur-
rounding the work, a Tribune
photographer at the contested
site yesterday returned with
photo of a government vehicle
with its driver apparently
directing one, of the trucks that
was clearing the land.
Previously, the area has been
.praised for its "indispensable"
ecological value. Mr Carey,
director of the Trust, called the
tract a I' ing lab" thanks to its
popularity and educational val-
ue amongst students who have
rsed the area for research in
the past BASH has previously
created nature trails and hosted
meditation and counselling ses-
sions within its bounds, and an
assessment of the area bx a Uni-
xersit) of Tampa professor
found it to contain 156 vascular
plant species, as well as 52
species that have been used
medicinally throughout the
islands of the Bahamas.
At around 4pm, Mr Miller
stated that he estimated around
10 acres of foliage had been
destroyed. Efforts td halt the
clearing were continuing at
press time.


Rev Dr CB Moss

FROM page one
that there may be an incident where perhaps a friend or some-
body feels that for whatever reason they have to become
involved. But I will say that it will not be endorsed by any.
group or indi idual in these two communities.
"I am saying that it will not happen. However, I accept that
there is always a possibility because we are dealing with humans,
and it is a volatile sitiiation already. But I would like to believe
that it will not happen. So I would like to encourage all con-
cerned, on a personal level, because I know all of them, not to
be tempted into doing anything that is against the law, or that
is unethical." he said.
LiLhtbour.ne, reportedly\ a founding member of the Gun-
dogs gang. was said b3 police to have been killed as an act of
retaliation for a previous shooting in Stapledon Gardens some
time before.
For the past week, tension has run high in the Black Village
area as residents feared a "reprisal shooting" would take place.
However. Rev Moss said he has spoken to the families of both
the deceased and the young man in custody accused of his
murder, and stated that theN are both appealing for peace.
"I know them very well. In fact, both families are friends. I
would like to go on record and sa\ that these are wonderfull fam-
ilies. But, unfortunately, bad things happen to good people -
and these are one of those instances," he said.
Rev Moss, w ith other members of the Bain and Grants Town
Clergy Association, announced yesterday that they ill hold a
service of "reconciliation and healing" on Sunday, September
10, for the 'fmihes involved.
Rev Moss said the ceremony w" ill be held at 4pm at the site of
the shooting, \w here Lightbourne was gunned down last week
Saturday on Pratt Alley. The public, and the community of
Bain and Grants Tow n. are in, cited to attend.
"This is in keeping with what we have done in the past. In
February a young man was shot dead on Hutchinson Street. In
April, we did the same thing in Dor.cetle Alley. So this is all in
keeping with what e have alw ay s done. We will pray for the
healing of the families involved and the community of Bain
Town," he said.



RUSSELL & PINDER'S

FUNERAL HOME
Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama
Telephone: (242) 348-2340/348-2131/352-9398/353-7250
P.O. Box F-40557 Freeport, Grand Bahamas




DELORES "

LOUISE
.ROLLE, 76


of Eight Mile Rock,
Grand Bahama will be
held at St Stephen's
Anglican Church Eight
Mile Rock, on
Saturday, September |I
9th, 2006 at 10am.
Officiating will be Rev'd Fr Rudolph V. Cooper and
interment will follow in the Church's Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years Glenville
Rolle, Sr; four sons, Jeremiah, Eddie, Tyrone and
Glenville "Bevin" Rolle Jr; four daughters, Georgina,
Mary, Martha and Jana Rolle; two grandchildren,
Nadio and Renaldo Rolle; one brother, Roland
"Chappie" Bartlett; two sisters, Muriel Berlene
Wildgoose and Shirley Chisholm, adopted daughter,
Bonnie Swann; adopted brother, James "JM" Pinder;
one step sister, Velva Cooper;.one aunt, Rejoina Ross;
three brothers-in-law, Franklyn Stuart, Dorsette Rolle
and Sherwin Cooper; five sisters-in-law, Georgina
Bartlett, Rosena Johnson, Beryl Stuart, Vienna Nesbitt
and Peggy Rolle; one uncle-in-law, Rev Ralph Russell;
two aunts-in-law, Natalie and Doris Smith; numerous
nieces and nephews, other special family and close
friends, Eltha and Linda Rolle, Patricia Daley, Levie -
Rolle, Althea Roberts, Irene Parker Rolle, Fr Cooper
and the St Stephens Church family, Fr Laplant, Rev
Lindy Russell and Mt Zion Baptist Church family,
Community Holiness Church Family, numerous
godchildren, the Russell Town Community and the
entire Settlemen c," Eight Mile Rock.

Family will receive friends at Russell & Pinder Funeral
on Friday, September 8th from 1:00-6:00pm and on
Saturday from 9 until service time at the church.

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Education is a cruel sham


THE Bahamian educa-
tional system has
become the greatest govern-
mental sham of the 21st centu-
ry.
Since the PLP recaptured
the government in 2002, there
has not been one successful
school re-opening campaign
nor has a simple new school
been constructed, though
teachers are constantly com-
plaining about jam-packed
classes (40 students per class).
Senator Tommy Turnquest
is correct in his estimation that
the government has shown a
lack of focus on education, as
this year's school re-opening
was indeed the worst on record,
adding to a series of previously
botched school re-opening
exercises.
The entire leadership of the
Ministry of Education should
resign their posts as that min-
istry has become like the Titan-
ic, uncontrollably headed
towards an iceberg over the
past four years directionless,
clueless and disorganised.
Why is it that over a four
year span the very same prob-
lems regarding school repair,
teacher transfers and teacher
shortages continue to recur?
It appears that from politi-
cians to parents, many Bahami-
ans have themselves not
embraced education as they
should, as I'm certain that
demonstrations and other pres-
sure tactics would have been
in place to ensure that educa-
tion officials were on their toes!
Every year since 2002, Min-
ister Alfred Sears and company
have claimed to have instated
contingency plans to guarantee
smooth school openings. They
have never been successful. It
befuddles me that the minister
should attempt to use varia-
tions of the same failing solu-
tion each year!
The minister should know
that even Albert Einstein,
arguably the smartest man to
ever live, stated that it is impos-
sible to solve today's problems
with yesterday's solutions.
And, if Minister Sears and
his colleagues are so confident
about the public education sys-
tem, I suggest that they lead by
example, take their children


YOUNG MAN'S VIEW


ADRIAN


out of private schools and inter-
national boarding schools and
enrol them in local public
schools.
In my estimation, this would
reveal if they truly believe that
the public education system is
actually as first-rate as the
veneer being portrayed or
whether their words/actions are
merely to score political brown-
ie points.
It is ironic and hypocritical
that Mr Sears demonstrated in
2002 against the FNM,
demanding the construction of
a replacement school for T G
Glover be built to accommo-
date students in Fort Charlotte
but now, as representative and
Minister of Education, a new
school has yet to materialise.
Whatever happened to the
$15 million that the minister
claimed, in 2005, was budgeted
for new schools?
In November, 2005, Mr.
Sears said that a preventative
maintenance programme had
been prepared to prevent pub-
lic schools from opening late
after summer holidays due to
incomplete repair work, yet
more than a handful of schools
have yet to open. My brother,
who is an 11th grade student
at C R Walker, has yet to
attend school since school
opened on Monday!
After a lengthy summer
break, it is a disgrace that edu-
cational institutions such as A F
Adderley, Yellow Elder Pri-
mary, C R Walker, Ridgeland
Primary and others remain con-
struction sites. After months,
why are construction'material,
heavy equipment, debris and
workmen still found on the
school grounds?
Instead of schools and new
classrooms being built, why are
tractors posted at schools such
as S C McPherson to house an
influx of students? Why is this
government creating educa-
tional trailer parks instead of
appropriately utilising taxpay-


GIBSON


ers' dollars and building
schools?
The education budget must
be doubled. The current budget
primarily deals with salaries
and school repairs, but more
money is needed for new
schools, school programmes,
training, placing computers and
cable TV in classrooms, etc.
Under the current administra-
tion, the Ministry of Education
is struggling to enter the 21st
century!
More efficient leaders are
desperately desired in the edu-
cational arena. The top tier of
education has long been large-
ly occupied by cronies and posi-
tion-seekers intent on 'being
vindictive and repressing
progress.
It is high time that political
appointees be a relic of the past
and appointments be based on
vision and leadership ability to
secure our children's future.
ERICKA FOWLER
The gruesome murder of
Ericka Fowler, a colleague at
The Tribune, has left many to
question the sadistic, downward
spiral our society has taken.
I vividly remember the
forthright, extensive conversa-
tions Ericka and I shared at my
cubicle at the back of the news-
room each morning (when I
was an in-house reporter).
Ericka was also extremely
helpful, befriending.me when
I first'arrived, always being
available to assist with over-
seas calls or any aspect of my
pursuit of a good story and
exhibiting a candour that was
most refreshing.
I encourage Ericka's family
to be strong and steadfast dur-
ing their time of grief for, to
quote an Anthony Hamilton
song, "Joy cometh in the morn-
ing". Sleep on Ericka, we'll see
you on the other side.
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N iK MONDAY

* HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meetingtimes and places: New Prov-
idence Community Centre: Mondays -
6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays 7:30pm to
8:30pm
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at
6:30pm at New Providence Community Centre,
Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood
sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is
available. For more info call 702.4646 or
327.2878
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hos-
pital conference room.
* CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton Monday's at 7pm Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach Club 3596 meets
at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at
7pm.
The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the month
in the Board Room of the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Bay St.


"tBB TUESDAY 'Mm

* PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS & RESTAU-
RANTS ..
10.10.2.20. @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at
Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been
dubbed 10.10.2.20. Every tenth female patron is
allowed into the club absolutely free and is given
a complimentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tuesday
nights also include the Carlo Rossi's Hot Body
Competition. Hosted by Daddi Renzi and music
provided by DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Master Chef
Devito Bodie provides scrumptious appetizers.
* HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to
7pm/8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at
Call 323.4482 for more info.

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

SCIVIC'CLUBS

The Kiwanis Club of New Providence meets
every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Holy Cross Com-
munity Centre, Highbury Park.
New Bahamian Forum is back from Summer
break and will resume its monthly meetings
beginning Tuesday September 12 @ 6pm at the
British Colonial Hilton. National cultural icon,
Freddie Munnings will speak on the topic, "Why
is it so hard for Bahamians to be Bahamians in
the Bahamas". Following his presentation,
Bahamian artist Carla Campbell will show two
paintings that depict the essence of the evening's
topic. The public is invited to attend.
The Luncheon Pilot Club of Nassau meets every
third Tuesday at SuperClubs Breezes, Cable
Beach at 12:30pm. We invite all community
minded persons to attend.
ToasImasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm
@ C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room,
College Avenue off Moss Road Club Cousteau
7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the
Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central
Andros Club 7178 meets each Tuesday at 6pm
at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, 3rd Ter-
race, Centreville.


THE MAIN EVENT
Legal advice is not cheap, but Halsbury
Chambers is making it a little bit easier with its
2nd Annual Free Legal Clinic help under the
theme "Information You Need For the Life
You Want" on Sattuday, September 9 at
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street from
9am to 1pm. Various speakers will cover top-
ics including building permits and what to
look for in a contractor; budgeting and recov-
ering: how to manage when you haven't; tips
for buying or selling a home; financing your
home purchase; conflict resolution and anger
management; getting a grip on life, health and
property insurance; entrepreneurship: pros &
pitfalls of owning a business; new travel
requirements; and developments in financial
services in the Bahamas. Lawyers will be avail-
able until 5pm for free consultation. This com-
munity service event is brought to you by
Halsbury Chambers, Andeaus Insurance,
Approved Lending Services, Cable Bahamas,
and CLICO Insurance.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @
the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach.
SKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first
Tuesday, 630pm at the British Colonial Hilton.
Please call 502.4842/377.4589 for more info.

'* i WEDNESDAY

PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports
Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers
and numerous drink specials.
HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New Prov-
idence Community Centre: Wednesday 7pm to
8pm. The Nassau Group: Rosetta Street,
Wednesday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
CIVIC CLUBS

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets
6:30pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas
National Pride Building.
:TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-
8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-West High-
way. TM Club 2437.meets the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month at C C Sweeting
Senior High School, Oakes Field.
International Training in Communication,
Essence Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly meet-
ings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each
month at Doctor's Hospital Coifererbe
Room.
Nassau Council -10415 Knights of Columbus
meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the
month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monestary.
M THEATRE

New James Catalyn & Friends presents "Sum-
mer Madness" Revue 2006, Wednesday, Septem-
ber 13 to Saturday, September 16 at 8:30pm at
The Dundas Centre. A special AIDS Foundation
benefit performance will be held Tuesday, Sep-
tember 12. The Box Office at the Dundas is
393.3728/394.7179.

S*: THURSDAY I -

HEALTH

Free public health lectures featuring distin-


guished physicians are held at Doctors Hospi
every third Thursday of the month at 6pm in
Doctors Hospital Conference Room. Free
screenings between 5pm & 6pm. For more in
mation call 302-4603.

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The N
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursday
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being he
6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doct
approval is required. Call 364.8423 to register
for more info.
REACH Resources & Education for Autis
and related Challenges meets from 7pm 9p:
the second Thursday of each month in the
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill
Road.
* CIVIC CLUBS

The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise has a bre
fast meeting every Thursday morning at 7am
the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. (Fellowsh
begins at 6:45am)
Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, sec
and third Thursday at the Ministry of Health
Environment building on Meeting Street con
fencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to
attend.
TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Su
Clubs Breezes.
International Association of Administrative
fessionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third
Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Bree
Cable Beach, 6pm.
The recently established National Insurance
Baord Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets
every fourth Thursday in the month, in the
National Insurance Board's (NIB) training
room, Wulf Road office complex, at 6pm. Al
retirees are welcome.
New The Rotary'Club of West Nassau hold
weekly meeting every Thursday at Choices
restaurant on the campus of theCollege of the
Bahamas. Fellowship starts at 12:30pm, with
meeting held from 1pm to 2pm."


FRIDAY

N PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Cafe Europa on Charlotte Street North, kick
every Friday night with Happy Hour... special
drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and N
sau's first European Night Restaurant Open
Friday night till Saturday morning 5an, servi
hot food/and take out music, drinks and an
English breakfast. Cafe Europa...the perfect
place to spend your night out till the morning


i I HEALTH

I Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
\ public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to 7pm
& 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart Church -Fri-
days @ 6pm to 7pm New Providence Community
Centre: Fridays @ 7pm to 8pm.
CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second
Friday of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Cen-
tre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more info
call 325.1947 after 4pm.

SATURDAY U

HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings -
10am to 11am.
Bahamas Diabetie Association meets every third
ital Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and Decem-
the ber) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close,
Shirley Street.
for- Doctors Hospital CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Commu- .
nity Training Representative at 302.4732 for
as- more information and learn to save a life today.
s
s CIVIC CLUBS
eld ...
a .. JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling
tor are pleased to offer a cycling clinic for juniors
r or between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held
every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to
cycle. Parents interested in registering their chil-
m dren should contact organizers at
m jarcycling@gmnail.com
AGLOW International Northern Caribbean
Area Bahamas, Nassau West Aglow
Anniversary Thanksgiving Meeting
When: Saturday August 26, 2006 9am to 12 noon
Where: Superclubs Breezes Hotel, Cable Beach
,ak- Speaker: Minister Jacquelyn Dean of Evangelis-
Sat tic Temple, Anointed'women of God, president
-ip of Aglow International, Northern Caribbean
area board New Providence Bahamas.

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PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS
per-
per Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street,
features special entertainment Gerne, Tabitha
Pro- and the Caribbean Express every Sunday from
6:30pm to 9:30pm.
zes,
HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm /
1 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
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of Unity". Categories: Best Female Radio Per-
sonality, Best Male Radio Personality, Best Radio
Talk Show, Best Bahamian Mix Show, Best Radio
* DJ, DJ of the Year and many more
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LOCAL NEWS


Police called in over island-wide outage on Abaco


SPOLICE have been called
in to investigate an island-wide
power outage in Abaco yes-
terday morning.
BEC did not elaborate on
the cause of the outage, but
said the matter was under
investigation "by both the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion and the Royal Bahamas
Police Force."


The corporation said in a
statement yesterday after-
noon, that on Thursday, at
8.35am, two generators in the
power plant in Marsh Har-
bour shut down, causing the
blackout.
"BEC staff immediately set
about the restoration process
and, by noon, with the excep-
tion of a few pockets, cus-


Mary St George alleges



25 per cent ownership



of the Port Authority


FROM page one

in the private sector company
that also has quasi-governmen-
tal responsibilities to develop
the 230 square miles that con-
stitute Freeport.
This, she alleged, would make
her the Port Authority's second
largest shareholder if the court
action succeeds.
Mary St George warned com-
panies that had invested in
Freeport since Mr St George's
death that that their agreements
with the Port Authority "may
be later challenged in court".
And if her legal action is suc-
cessful, she added that she
.would "explore selling or
Assigning her rights to owner-
S ship of 25 per cent of the Port
Authority and its subsidiaries.
"She is particularly open to
the possibility that the Bahami-
an government or other
Bahamian interests might wish
to acquire such a minority inter-
est in the Port Authority....."
Such a statement is likely to
revive interest in the Port
Authority from a number of
potential suitors. PLP Senator
Philip Galanis, and attorney
Harvey Tynes represented an
investor group, thought to
include Captain Jackson
Ritchie, Global United's owner,
who made an offer for the Port
Authority that w as rejected ear,.
lier thiyear by.Sir Jack ,Hiy,
ward. --
S Mr Galanis said the bid he
: represented was 100 per cent
Bahamian, backed by $400 mil-
lion in financing. He added that
SSir Jack had left the door open
Sto revisit their offer.
And'Hannes Babak, the Port
'Authority's newly-appointed
chairminh, was previously look-
ing to put together a group to
acquire the organisation,
although he previously told The
S' Tribune he had dropped all such
Plans. 4
The timing of yesterday's
release indicates that Mary St
George is seeking to put as
much pressure as possible on
Mr St George's widow, Lady
Henrietta, her brother, the Earl
of Euston, and Freeport attor-
ney Christopher Cafferata, who
were the three executors of his
estate, to settle. All are named
as defendants in the New York
lawsuit.
In her statement, Mary St
George said that when Mr St
George divorced her in' 1979,
he drafted a separation agree-
ment that was incorporated into
the divorce decree.
This, she is alleging, gave her-
self and her daughter, Laura,
half his assets at the time of his
death, with the remaining half
to be divided between Lady
Henrietta and Mr St George's
two elder daughters, Sarah and
Caroline.
Mary St George alleged that
attempts to settle her claim
against the estate with the three
executors had broken down,
giving rise to the New York lit-
igation and other potential
actions that miglit target the
estate's England assets and seek
to remove the three executors.
Yet significant questions
remain over what any investor
would be buying if they
acquired the Port Authority,
since it has been divested of
asset ownership since the early
S 1990s, leaving it with just its
-licensing, regulatory and quasi-
- governmental functions.
Behind the scenes, much
interest is focused on the activ-
ities of a little-known company
called Port Group Limited.
This company acts as the pri-
vate investment firm for the St
George and Hayward families,
and is the holding vehicle for
their stake in the Port Author-
1. ity and all other Grand
SBahama-based investments.
Port Group Limited holds
the families' stakes in assets
such as the Grand Bahama
Development Company (Dev-
co), Freeport Harbour Com-
pany, the. Air/Sea Business


Centre, and Grand Bahama
Airport Company.
In most of those 'entities,
Port Group holds a 50 per cent
stake. The ownership structure
usually takes the form of a
joint venture partnership, often
with Hutchison Whampoa
holding the remaining equity.
Several sources have sug-
. gested that all these develop-
ments could be setting the
scene for the assets owned by
Port Group to be separated
from the licensing and regula-
tory functions vested in the
Port Authority.
Yet sources close to the
Hayward and St George fami-
lies have been told that nei-
ther is interested in selling out
and exiting Freeport.
If it is put.up for sale, sever-
al sources have suggested the
best solution for the Port
Authority would be for it to
effectively be bought by or
placed under the control of its
licencees. This would introduce
a high degree of self-regula-
tion into the Freeport business
community, and give compa-
nies a deeper stake in how the
city is managed.
Mary St George's statement
is likely to lead to renewed
calls for the Government to
become increasingly involved
in what happens with the Port
Authority, given its. govern-
mental functions for develop-
ing Freeport.:
Port Authority licensees and
the Government will now have
to play a key role in holding
the Port Authority to account,
and try to shape future devel-
opments as best they can.
What is becoming increas-
ingly clear is that Mr St George
was the glue that held Freeport
and the Port Authority togeth-
er, and following his death the
cracks are' starting to appear.
The facade began cracking
with the recent shake-up at the
Port Authority, which apart
from Julian Francis departing
as chairman, also saw the
departures of executive vice-
president Barry Malcolm and
deputy chairman Willie,Moss.


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the statement said.
Speaking of the involve-
ment of the police force, chief
superintendent of police Regi-
nald Ferguson, who has spe-


cial responsibility for crime,
told The Tribune yesterday
that their involvement in such
matters has become almost
"second nature".
"Usually police will be


checking to ascertain whether
it is one of those legitimate
shutdowns or whether there
is any tampering, or anything
that might suggest sabotage
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A STATEMENT from US
Attorney's Office issued yes-
terday outlined the case that
Samuel "Ninety" Knowles will
face in Miami.
In the release, it is said that
should he be found guilty, he is
liable to have be ordered to for-
feit almost $20 million.
The statement verified that
Knowles who was extradited
last week is indicted on con-
spiracy charges resulting from
his alleged participation in a
1995 to 1996 attempt to import
several thousand kilograms of
cocaine into the United States
using "go fast" vessels.
The attorney and FBI agent
responsible for the announce-
ment describe how "Ninety"
and his co-conspirators are
alleged to have used a variety of
different routes through the
Caribbean to ensure the success
of the ventures.
Knowles will also face other
counts, including that of "sub-
stantive importation" and pos-
session charges..
Each of these charges names
certain other defendants.
The statement pointed out
that if convicted of the conspir-
acy charges the alleged Bahami-


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face life imprisonment on each
count.
Knowles' arraignment and
pretrial detention hearing is set
for September 19, and accord-
ing to the statement, he will be
prosecuted by assistant United -
States Attorney George M Kar-
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Samuel 'Ninety' Knowles

FROM page one
attended the hearing, but his Bahamian lawyer, Roger Minnis,
explained that they were in the Miami area sometime this week.i
Following Knowles' hearing, Mr Minnis pulled Mr Abrams aside
to inquire into Knowles' receipt of medication for diabetes. Mr
Abrams said he was not sure if Knowles had received any med-
ication at all, but said he would look into it, at that time Mr Minnis
handed Mr Abrams Knowles' spectacles, which he took'back into.
the courtroom for him.
Samuel "Ninety" Knowles had been labelled a "drug kingpin" by;
President George Bush, prompting his Bahamas lawyer to appeal
extradition requests by the US, convinced that President Bush's'
label would not enable Knowles to get a fair trial in Miami courts.-
Two extradition requests were sent to the Privy Council in Eng-
land. The request for extradition in case number 0425 was deemed
admissible by the Privy Council sometime last month; however, the
extradition request with regard to case number 1091 was not.
Knowles spent six years in Fox Hill Prison on an unrelated drug
charge. Mr Minnis says he is now optimistic that his client will:be
exonerated.


FROM page one

opened. My daughter suddenly
came running and screaming that
someone had stolen my handbag
out of my tar," she said.
According to the daughter, two
men driving a golden coloured
Honda Accord opened the car
Door and stole the purse from the
car seat.
Mrs Lawrence said that Queen's
College's security personnel did
at "excellent job" and made every
effort to contact police.
"They had some trouble at first
because BaTelCo seemed to be
down that afternoon, but they tried
* everything, called on their cell
phones, to call police," she said.
Police officers, she said, came
shortly after to take a statement
from her.
"The thing was, the men had
disappeared so quickly from the
parking lot, so when my husband
came we decided to check out the
area," she said.
Mrs Lawrence and her husband
Matthew, driving in t\o separate
vehicles, soon discovered the sus-
pected robbers' vehicle parked in
front of a residence on Windsor
Avenue.
At this time, she said, her hus-
band called the Wulff Road police
station to inform them of the cou-
ple's discovery.
The police, however, she said,
never came.
About half an hour later, Mrs
Lawrence said her husband who


Robbery
had dropped her son,off at their
home spotted the same suspected
Honda Accord in-the area of Tuck-.
away off Village Road.
"Once again he called police and
they told him they couldn't send w ,
anyone. We were just extremely.
ticked. All they had to do was take'
i few moments and check it out,
but they wouldn't," she said.
Mrs Lawrence said that she was -
also extremely disappointed in the
way Wulff Road police handled .
her complaint a few days later.
"I had the feeling they,weren't
taking me seriously, that they-.
weren't really listening to me."
When I checked the report I had to. -
make several corrections to it and
I noticed-that they left out all the
details such as what the men.were
wearing, how they looked. I'm not
even sure that they tookdown the
make or year of the car," she said.
Mrs Lawrence said! that her
daughter is still in shock,
"Every time she sees a golden "
vehicle now she gets scared," she
said.
When contacted by The Tribune
yesterday, Assistant Commission-
er of Police, officer in-charge-of-
crime, Reginald Ferguson said that
he was unaware of the incident,,
but would look into the matter .
immediately.
He said that if the incident hap-
pened as Mrs Lawrence described,
the police's behaviour would be
the "height of slackness."


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006


SECTION


business@temediaet Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) last
night told The Tribune its $15
million rights issue was "fully
subscribed" by existing investors,
increasing its stronger Tier 1 core
S capital base and positioning the
bank to deliver "improved prof-
itability and shareholder value".
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-
tive, said the rights issue, which
closed on September 1, had
increased the bank's total capi-
tal by 18 per cent or $5 million
to $33.04 million, compared to
the pre-issue $28.04 million.
The bank's Tier 1 capital ratio
had increased from 23.6 per
cent to 24.1 per cent after the
rights issue, compared to the
" minimum regulatory require-


Rights offering 'fully subscribed', boosting

bank's capital ratios and Tier 1 capital by $15m


ment of 4 per cent.
Meanwhile, Tier 2 capital had
decreased slightly to 43.3 per
cent, but remained comfortably
above the regulatory minimum
of 8 per cent.
The decline in Tier 2 capital
was caused because the $15 mil-
lion rights issue effectively
transferred some of Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) capital base
from Tier 2 into Tier 1, which is
stronger capital.
This was because some $10
million of the $15 million raised


was used to redeem $10 million
worth of preference.shares that
was part of the bank's pre-rights
issue capital base.
Preference shares are Tier 2
capital, and they were replaced
by $10 million worth of ordi-
nary shares, which are included
in Tier 1 capital. Therefore,
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas),
enjoyed a net total capital
increase of $5'million, and rise
in Tier 1 capital of $15 million.
Speaking to The Tribune
after last night's annual general


meeting (.AGNIM of the bank's
shareholders, Mr Sunderji said:
"We increased core capital,
total capital and increased Tier
1 capital by $15 million."
He added that the fact the
rights issue was fully subscribed
"reflected growth in the level
of interest and confidence in the
bank", with its share price hav-
ing increased by 55 per cent
between December 2004 and
June 2006.
SEE page 3B


Bahamas spending

on oil up $112.6m


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas spent
$112.6 million more on oil
imports in the first seven
months of 2006 than it did in
the same period in 2005, caus-
ing the Central Bank to warn
that the "pass through"
effects from higher energy
and gas prices remained the
most immediate threat to this
nation's economy.
In its review of economic
developments for July, the
Central Bank pointed out
that high global oil prices
were increasingly making
their presence felt in the
Bahamas, with consumer.
price inflation for the 12
months to June 2006 up by.
1.9 per cent. compared to 1.5
per cent the previous year.
The Central Bank pointed
out that for the 2006 second
quarter, average pump prices
for diesel and ordinary gaso-
line products in the Bahamas
stood at $3.39 and $4.36


respectively, increases of
$0.50 and $0.78.
Oil imports into the
Bahamas for the month alone,
based on exchange control
data, increased by $20.2 mil-
lion or 68 per cent to $49.9 mil-
lion, prompting the Central
Bank to warn: "The direct and
pass-through effects of higher
energy prices on the local
economy remain a downside
risk to near-term prospects."
Higher oil prices and gas
prices increase the cost of
production for Bahamian
businesses, especially hotels,
manufacturing businesses,
transportation firms and oth-
ers that are heavy consumers
of electricity and gasoline.
These companies try to
absorb the costs, but often
have no choice but to pass
some of the oil-induced ener-
gy price'rises on to the con-
sumer through higher 'shop
shelf' prices. As result, the
cost of living increases.
SEE page 6B


National Health will

not harm Bahamas

'economic progress'


* By NEIL HARTNELL'
Tribune Business Editor


THE Bahamas' economic
growth will not be harmed by
Sthe implementation of a Nation-
Sal Health Iasurtance (NHI)
Scheme, its project co-ordina-
tor said yesterday, pointing out
that similar plans had not
harmed/rival economies such as
Bermuda and-the Cayman
Islands.
Dr Stanley Lalta questioned
whether employer and employ-
ee contributions to the Gov-
ernment's proposed NHI
scheme would reduce econom-
ic growth, given that many of
the nations cited in a rival study
had continued to "progress"
Despite having similar funding
mechanisms for their healthcare
systems.
He was responding; to the
report compiled for theiNassau
S Institute by Nadeem Esmail, of
Canada's Fraser Institute, which
argued that the NHI would act
as a tax on business activity,
lowering workers' take-home
pay and company profits.
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 con-
tribute-the equivalent of 2.65- -
per cent of the employee's
income to NHI.
Dr Lalta responded by say-
ing that all the country case
studies cited in the Esmail
report, including Japan, Aus-
tralia, Singapore, France and.
Switzerland, had healthcare sys-
tems that were funded by con-
tributions from employers and
employees.
He said.that in Japan, contri-
butions were set at 10 per cent
of a salaried worker's income,
and split evenly between
employer and employee. In
France, contributions were set
at 14 per cent, with 13 per cent
paid by the employer;.and in
Singapore, the rate was 12 per
cent, again split evenly between
employee and employer. Aus-
tralia relied heavily on taxes to
fund its health system.
SEE page 4B


Five per cent


revenue limit


on non-audit


service approvals


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas may allow the exter-
nal auditors of Bahamas-based
banks and trust companies to
perform non-audit services for
their clients without prior
approval, provided these
account for no more than 5 per
cent of the total revenues they
- 'pay to the audit firms.
This exception to stipula-
tions that otherwise require
the Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies to approve
external auditors providing
non-audit services to bank and
trust company clients, is con-
tained in the Central Bank's
Proposed guidelines on the
relationship.
The provision of non-audit
services also has tobe approved
by the bank's audit committee
and Board, and the Central
Bank guidelines forbid exter-
nal auditors from performing
internal audit ands bookkeeping
services.
Under section 12 of the
Banks and Trust Companies
Regulations Act 2000, all exter-


nal auditors of Bahamas-based
bank and trust companies have
to be approved by the Central
Bank governor. The guidelines
look to clarify the criteria by
which the Central Bank assess-
es auditors as fit and proper,
and the relationship between
external auditors and its
licensees.
Among the factors taken into
account when approving exter-
nal auditors are whether the
nominated accountant, or part-
ners in the firm, are members of
the Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA) and
have valid licences to engage in
public practice.
Other issues include a firm's
experience in auditing banks
and trust companies, whether
the audit firm has appropriate
professional indemnity insur-
ance, the reputation of the firm,
its management and the indi-
vidual accountant, and the audit
firm's resources.
There must also be no direct
or indirect interests or relation-
ships held by the external audit-
ing firm, its management or the
accountant in the bank and trust
company it is auditing.


'No relief in sight' to



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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter
BRUNO Roberts ended his
tenure as the Bahamas Finan-
p cial Services Board's (BFSB)
chairman by urging members
to create stronger public/pri-
vate partnerships, as there was
"no relief in sight" to the
increasing competition and
pressures impacting' this
nation's financial industry.
Addressing the BFSB's-
annunal general meeting on,
Wednesday night, Mr Roberts'
said: "The pace of change, the
issues facing our industry, the
number of sophisticated com-
petitors and the pressures con- "
fronting international financial
centres such as the Bahamas


have not yet diminished, but
have become' even more
-irtense and, frankly, there-is-
no relief in sight."
Mr Roberts said there was
not a single response to the"
factors affecting the industry.
Rather, he said the issues had
to be addressed on a number,
of different levels in coordmna-
tion with each other. Greater
public/private sector coopera-
tion. he added, was the starting
point to deal with the changes'
and challenges facing the
industry.
Mr Roberts said that while
this has led to many important
legislative and regulatory
developments in recent years ;
"it is inperati\e that we find
an even higher level of coop-


eration, especially as it relates I-'
to strategic developments and M BRUNO Roberts
-" frind g'--- -** :.".-----*- ... *
He pointed to the Bahamas
Strategy and Branding Survey He encouraged the
as a case in point, saying that it ment to look at the
clearly pointed to areas of -completed survey as
strength, weakness and oppor- first step in using an
tunity. These. Mr Roberts said, upon research as a
can and should be addressed marketing and deve
in a cooperative but expedi- tool for the Bahamia
tious manner., cial services industry.
However, he pointed out Mr Roberts addei
that the survey should not be the same time, the ]
viewed as a 'one-time only' needed to work hi
effort. ensure all areas of the
"It and other forms of were working togethc
research and intelligence gath- thing he said was pa:
ering must become fixtures in, true in the provision
our outgoing planning and vices.
Development as a jurisdiction," SEE page
Mr Roberts said. SEE page 51


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advertising is the most
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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter
FACED with the traditional
slow September period, a num-
ber of Family Island hotel prop-
erties have opted to close their
facilities for the month rather
than try to cover operational
expenses.
SAt the Bluff House Beach
Hotel on Abaco, management
takes advantage of the slow
period during September to
close its doors to conduct main-


tenance and repair work on the
property. They are doing
repairs to the wood work and
flooring, in particular this year.
Renae Lawrence, the supervi-
sor of Club Peace and Plenty on
Exuma, said the resort has closed
its doors for four weeks for the
month of September, a reduction,
from the six weeks that they have
always done in previous years.
George Friese, who operates
the Stella Maris Resort on Long
Island, told The Tribune he esti-
mated he had lost about $1 mil-


lion as a result of the airlift
issues on that island since the
airport had to be closed for
repairs earlier this year.
He said the airport's closure,
coupled with the fact that this is
the slow tourism period, made it
necessary for them to simply
close the resort for the rest of
September.
Mr Friese said he was trying
to ensure that none of his 60-80
employees lost their jobs, and
has them working on rotated
schedules


"Also, we tried to schedule
as much vacation tiple during
this period as possible to soften
the blow he added.
Recent statistics from the
Ministry of Tourism indicate
that the Family Islands saw a
slight decrease of 2 per cent in
available room nights, down
from 21,184 last year to 20,758
this year.
The average daily room rate
for May increased by 4.8 per
cent for the entire country, up
to $164.80 from $157.32


Fidelity issue boosts capital


FROM page one
"We're happy with the trend,
happy with the fact we've suc-
cessfully completed the rights
issue, and are well-positioned
to grow, to improve profitabili-
ty and shareholder value," Mr
Sunderji said.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) is
moving to develop a niche for
itself in the highly competitive
Bahamian commercial banking
market as a "one-stop shop",
offering both traditional bank-
S*.ing and credit products, and
1-wealth creation and manage-
-ment tools.
Drawing on the experience
of its majority shareholder,
Fidelity Bank & Trust Interna-
S: .tional, and other affiliates in the
--Fidelity group, the retail bank is
.aiming to differentiate itself
from rivals by offering some-
thing they can, namely experi-
ence, expertise and products
related to brokerage and invest-
ment management.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) has
just re-opened its main Fred-
erick Street branch as a Fideli-
ty Financial Centre, and is aim-
ing to open a similar "brand


new" centre in Freeport next
month.
In addition, the Palmdale and
Wulff Road .branches will be
remodelled as Fidelity Finan-
cial Centres by the end of
December and January respec-
tively, Mr Sunderji said.
"They are all being re-mod-
elled to reflect the new style of
doing business," he added.
"We're carving out a distinct
niche in how we deliver prod-
ucts and services to our clients,
which is different from the oth-
er banks."
Mr Sunderji said Fidelity was
focused on four 'Ps' its people,
premises, and bundling of prod-
ucts to deliver profits.
"That is well underway, and
we're very encouraged with the
response we've had from our
client base to the new way of
banking," he added.
"The retail bank is benefit-
ing hugely from the merchant
bank's, expertise and depth in
wealth management, investment
management. That's giving the
retail bank a.distinct look and
advantage.
"We're focusing not only on
clients' immediate credit


requirements, but their long-
term financial security."
Mr Sunderji said Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) was upgrad-
ing its Internet banking plat-
form, integrating the invest-
ments side so that clients could
check their brokerage accounts
at the same time as their sav-
ings accounts.
The bank is also looking to
introduce credit and debit card
products by the end of 2006.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) said
in its rights offering document
that it was seeking to grow
assets by more than 15 per cent
per year over the next three
years.
Its main business objectives
are to grow net income by
between 5-10 per cent per
annum, and to "achieve and
maintain" a return on equity of
between 15-20 per cent within
the next three years.
It is also seeking to achieve
and maintain an efficiency ratio
of 65 per cent within the next
three years.
For the first six months of its
2006 fiscal year to June 30,
'Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) per-
fornance has been relatively
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We hereby WARN the public not to disclose any personal banking
information to unknown individuals and or entities especially in situations
where the person or entity makes the following representations:

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

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

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

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

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


Signed: Mr. Anthony M. Johnson
DIRECTOR

Fincancial Intelligence Unit
3RD Floor

Norfolk House
Frederick Street
P.O.Box SB-50086
Nasssu, The Bahamas


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Benchmark's net earnings up 24%


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its first anniversary

September 7 through 9

with gifts, gifts, gifts and fun-filled

events for our valued customers


BENCHMARK Bahamas
yesterday said net earnings for
the 2006 first half had increased
by 24 per cent over 2005.
Operationally, the second
quarter and half year results
continued to signal strong rev-
enue growth, as net operating
profits for the periods were
$75,462 and $455,476 respec-
tively.
Julian Brown, Benchmark's
president, said the half-year
earnings performance before
consolidation was $334,988.
"The strength of our invest-
ment portfolio was the catalyst
behind the strong earnings
growth, and also contributed to


offsetting the reduction in rev-
enue from the suspension of
ICD Utilities dividend," he
said.

Performance

"Operationally, Alliance
Investment Management, our
class one licensed broker dealer,
had'a strong first half perfor-
mance with revenue and earn-
ings' growth up 27 and 35 per
cent year-over-year.
"Investment income and bro-
kerage commissions lead the
revenue growth, as trading
activity was strong during the


period. Net profit contributed
for the half year was $418,800.
Benchmark Advisors
(Bahamas), our Bahamian
investment management com-
pany,'contributed net earnings
of $16,738 for the half year."
For the six months period
ending June 30, 2006, earnings
per share was 16 cents per share
or $770,526, compared to 12
cents per share or $584;064 for
the same period ending 2005.
Net assets for Benchmark as
of June 30, 2006, stood at $5.932
million, and book value was list-
ed at $1.20 per share, up 19
cents year-over-year and 16:
cents from year-end 2005.


d NHI will not harm




^ 'economic progress'


FROM page one
"So, again we can logically
ask: did these contributions -
'taxes' deter the economic
progress of these countries?"
Dr Lalta questioned.
Comparing the Bahamas with
Bermuda and the Cayman
Islands, two Caribbean
economies with similar struc-
tures due to their tourism and
financial services models, Dr
Lalta said the same results were
derived.
He added that Bermuda's
compulsory hospital services-
only insurance plan, in place
since 1971, required contribu-
tions equivalent to 4 per cent
of a worker's earnings, again
divided evenly between employ-
er and employee. The govern-
ment also paid for children and
the elderly.
And on the Cayman Islands,
that nation's comprehensive
health insurance package again
split the 7 per cent contribution
rate equally.
"It would also appear that
these compulsory health plans
did not reduce.-business confi-
dence, investment and overall
econoinic activity in these coun-
tries," Dr Lalta said.
His response to the Nassau
Institute study largely attempt-
ed to portray the public health
sector as being able to deliver a
more efficient, equitable and
accessible healthcare system in


the Bahamas than the private
sector.
On Mr Esmail's finding that
the Bahamian healthcare sys-
tem was high cost, and deliv-
ered average quality outcomes
in terms of patient care and
cure, Dr Lalta said this was
nothing new.
He added: "Are costs high
because the Bahamas is trying
to do too much (more than
'necessary') for the health of
the population? Or due to inef-
ficiencies in delivering care in
the public sector given a 15 per
cent allocation of budgetary
funds?
"Or to the high charges for
health services in the private
market, which parallel those in
the US (where per capital
income is more than twice that
in the Bahamas) and which
makes it fortunate that we do
have a public health sector?"
Dr Lalta also criticised the
Esmail report for lauding the
efficiency of private healthcare
insurers.
He said: "The efficiency of
private insurers as claimed in
the report does not stand up to
scrutiny. Administrative costs
(and profits) take up 10-30 per
cent of premiums -contributions
in developed countries, com-
pared to 5 per cent to 10 per
cent for publicly administered
programmes."
Criticising private health
insurers for excluding individ-


uals from coverage because
they were uninsurable or sub-,
standard risks, and failing to pay
healthcare providers quickly,
Dr Lalta said the Esmail
report's call for a private sec-
tor driven health system with
minimal regulation ran contrary.
to the models in most other.
countries.
He concluded: "The report
cautions us about implement-
ing the NHI proposals verba-
tim. The Bahamas should be
even more worried and alarmed
if it chose to implement the rec-
ommendations of the report
verbatim."


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Notice

NOTICE is'hereby given that MAUDLINE COOPER, of
CARIB RD. OFF MACKEY ST., P. BOX N-44 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 1st day of September, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.










Eligible Candidate must posses:

Bachelors of Business Administrative
Degree with main concentration in
Accounting.

4 to 5 years experience in the
related field.

Excellent oral, written and
organizational skills.

Must be team player.

Experience-with supervising 10 or
more people.

Excellent benefits and remuneration
package.


Interested persons should submit resume to:


The Financial Controller
P.O.Box CB 13049
Nassau, Bahamas


r Colirna
-Financial Advisors Ltd.


Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday 7 September 200 6
BISX LST1'=E AD .sCURITIES VISIT WWW BISXBAHAMAS COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
BlS) A Ul HAltt)IDEX: CLOSE 1.606.62 / CHG 01 73,' %.CHG 00.11 / YTD 255.91 / YTD % 18.95
5..-.K- 52-1 k.K-L0V. Securil y Pre.icou. C ...-e T: a. .:i,,_. :r.a,-..l Lj3, ..:,1 EPS 1 D. I. PE Yla, -
1.35 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.7-1 1.7T4 I I':I 1 09 .3 O N 1.1 0 Ou":
12.05 9.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.50 11.50 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.1 3.30%
7.50 6.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.50 ,7.50 0.00 0.738 0.170 10.2 2.27%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0,00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2:50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.143 0.000 10.5 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.44 1.44 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.7 3.47%
9.60 8.81 Cable Bahamas 9.42 9.40 -0.02 2,100 0.618 0.240 15.2 2.55%
2.20. 1.39 Collna Holdings 1.88 1.88 0.00 0.009 0.000 208.9 0.00%
11.35 9.00 Commonwealth Bank 11.25 11.35 0.10 2,500 0.943 0.600 12.0 5.29%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.41 5.51 '0.10 0.130 0.045 41.5 0.83%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 4.12 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 0.763 0.560 15.1 4.87%
13.69 9.50 FirstCaribbean 13.69 13.69 0.0 0.885 0.550 15.5 4.02%
11.21 9.21 Focol 11.21 11.21 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.7 4.46%
1.15 0.95 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.170 0.000 NIM 0.00%
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.532 0.270 16.3 3.12%
9.10 8.50 J.S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.527 0.560 16.6 6.40%
8.09 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.09 8.09 0.00 SUSPENDED 0.160 0.000 50.6 0.00%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9. 1.95%
,' .C. ,., Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52.,k.-H, 52wk-Low Symrool 0 1 ... i La Pr,r.:.:- .'.-l .-k, EP. I. Di. I P E '.elti
14.13 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkela. 14.6 115. : 1-,,a- 1 923j 0 9.10 79 ,
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 29 0 54 0 00 -0.002 0.000 NM 0.00%
.0,-a~~1~.; C.... olina Over-The-Counter Secuntles
J .00 28 00 ABDAB 1 u, -3 .-.:. ti, 220 000 t9 14 u0 iL' ..
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 .0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00
SBISX Lsted Mutual Funds
2wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA v N/TA: L ai 1 [.npins 0. $ Vielo
1 nnMe171-


1.3064 1.2508 Coilna Mones Markaet Iun 1 306371uo
2.9038 2.4403 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038***
2.4606 2.2560 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.460616"*
1 1923 1 1348 Colin aBond Fund 1 192331.""*
S ,''' ,: ?''i FINDEX: flOSE 704.86 / YTD 27.73% / 2005 26.09%
61. 4LL SHS RE INDO 1 iOL0. : *,.; = ..:. : IA ET TER ,I: Et --. lIl 1 .:i J 3: : : :I.- : - "-
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Lo Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price ofColina and fidelity 01 September 200
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 August 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS.$ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value "" 30 June 2006
DIV Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NVM Not Meaningful
P 'Ci TRADE CAL" COLi 24. I FIDELITY 242 .356-7764 FOR 1M E i-. j.... 1 INFORMATION CALL ( 2 314- ; 20
J: 0 1 TRADE CALL: Cl)OUNA, 42,I-A-70 10 1 FIDELITY 242-356-7784 1 FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 394-2503


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'No relief in sight' to Bahamas


financial services pressures


FROM page one
"We will not differentiate
ourselves by simply promising
the best products and services.
We can, however, go a long way
towards differentiating the
Bahamas by delivering the best
products and services, Mr
Roberts said.
He added that the sector's
workers were increasingly
important, adding: "It is the
basis of excellence for our juris-
diction, both short and long
term. In this regard, education
and training must remain a pri-
ority for government and the
private sector."
Mr Roberts said it was critical
that more Bahamians gain
exposure in international juris-
dictions, as this would not only
accelerate professional devel-
opment but provide employees
with an opportunity to under-
stand lifestyle and cultural influ-


ences affecting decision making
by clients and institutions.
He added that the BFSB
must continue to ask for
increased financial resources.
As he left the position of
chairman, Mr Roberts noted:
"We have much to be proud of
as an industry and jurisdiction. I
look forward to continuing to
support the work of BFSB in


overcoming future challenges
and responding to market
opportunities. If we are to be
successful, we must all remain
engaged. If I am able to gauge
your future involvement with
BFSB based on the experience
during my tenure, I am com-
forted that the BFSB will con-
tinue to play a meaningful role
in our sector for years to come."


SThe property is 10,436 sq.
Soft. and comprises a 2 Bed
2 Bath, Living, Dinning
Room & Kitchen all in
one and is located
within 5 minutes walk
,, i from the beach.
Gross floor area 961 sq. ft.



For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
at: 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
to reach us before September 25, 2006.


GN398
MINISTRY OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AND
INVESTMENTS

NOTICE.
S THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)

It is hereby notified pursuant to Section Seven of the Industries Encouragement
Act that the Minister is about to consider whether the following products should
be declared "APPROVED PRODUCTS" for the purposes of that Act. '


PRODUCTS RAW MATERIALS TO BE USED IN
MANUFACTURE


Marble, Granite, Limestone, Shellstone
Natural Stone Fabrication & Slates







It is hereby notified pursuant to Section Five of the Industries Encouragement
Act, Chapter. 326, that the Minister is about to consider whether the manufacturer
specified in the first column of the table below should be declared an
"APPROVED MANUFACTURER" in relation to the products specified in the
third column.


MANUFACTURER LOCATION OF PRODUCTS
FACTORY PREMISES


Pinder Stone Limited Prince Charles Drive Natural Stone Fabrication
New Providence
The Bahamas



Any interested person having any objection to these declarations should
give notice in writing of his objection and of the grounds thereof to the Office of
the Ministry of Financial Services and Investments, before, 19th" day of
September, 2006, by letter addressed to:

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
THE MINISTRY OF FINANCIAL SERVICES & INVESTMENTS
P.O, Box N-7770
NASSAU, N. P.,
THE BAHAMAS

SHEILA CAREY
PERMANENT SECRETARY


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ROCK CRUSHER ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 30th day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


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THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

STAFF VACANCY


Assistant Director, Networking
The Management Information Services Department is seeking applicants who will be
responsible for the Networking/Technical Services area and will provide the highest
level of professionalism and performance possible in the execution of duties. This
individual must be goal oriented, organized, a team player and enthusiastic to meet
all goals set by the College. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Managing medium to large infrastructure and core technologies installed base
* Managing enterprise PBX installation, with AMC request, CDP and CDR plans
maintenance requirements and availability of system
* Working with a variety of hardware and software networking platforms
* Experience of working with networking technologies including TCP/IP, routing
protocols (RIP, RIPII, OSPF, etc.) addressing, DNS, DHCP, AD, Proxy, network
management tools, CLI, wireless, security, 802.1X, multi-homing to the internet
and configuring equipment.
* Networking "big picture" issues including security
Troubleshooting specific detailed network problems to resolution

Qualifications & Experience
* A Bachelor's Degree preferably in Computer Technology or a related area along
with relevant or equivalent professional qualification is required.
* No less than 8 10 years experience with at least 4 years of supervisory
responsibility.
* Recent experience managing medium to large infrastructure and core technologies
installed base.
* Experience managing enterprise PBX installation, with AMC request, CDP and
CDR plans, maintenance requirements and availability of system.
* Experience with a variety of hardware and,software networking platforms.
* Specific experience with networking technologies including TCP/IP, routing
protocols (RIP, RIPII, OSPF, etc.) addressing, DNS, DHCP, AD, Proxy, network
management tools, CLI, wireless, security, 802.1X, multi-homing to the internet
and configuring equipment.
* Specific experience with networking "big picture" issues including security.
* Ability to troubleshoot specific detailed network problems to resolution.
* Working knowledge of Ethernet and LAN/WAN technologies.

Additionally, the successful candidate should'possess the following:
* Strong Supervisory skills
* Ability to work unsupervised
* Good organizational skills
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Proficient knowledge of Ethernet and LAN/WAN technologies

Interested candidates should submit a COB Application Form, a detailed curriculum
vitae and a cover letter of interest, giving full particulars of qualifications and experience
along with three confidential work references no later than September 30, 2006 to:

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


STHE COLLEGE OF THE BAHA/MAS
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BAHAMIAS WASTE LIMITED
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (unaudited)

June30 December31
2006 2005
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 89,459 $
Accounts receivable, net 1,318,439 1,181,584
SL a r,e, Crd mi[aini 450,578 301 373
.Lara 3,0Bl 4,i6l
i, P L, __I -. J)uuI '. 0
1iail CLurrtn l4 al 1,874-1,7 Il, 4
Naon-arreui 4iis
Property, plant and equipment, net 5,994,016 5,793,384
Total assets $ 7,868,473 $ 7,293,802
LLABIILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities
Bank overdraft $ $ 14,402
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 453,921 353,346
Security deposits 308,628 286,458
Total liabilities 762,549 654,206
Shareholders' equity
Share capital 42,000 42,000
Contributed surplus 2,752,113 2,752,113
Retained earnings 4,311,811 3,845,483
Total shareholders' equity 7,105,924 6,639,596
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 7,868,473 $ 7,293,802
See accompanying notes to muaudited condensed interim financial statements.
BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
CONDENSED STATEMENT OF
INCOME AND RETAINED EARNINGS (unaudited)

Six months ended June 30
2006 2005
Sales and services rendered $ 3,396,850 $ 2,602,396
Cost of sales and direct expenses 2,091,677 1,636,453
Gross profit 1,305,173 965,943
Expenses
Operating 832,957 738,743
Interest and bank charges 55888 5,966
Total operating expenses 838,845 744,709
Net income from operations 469,328 221,234
Retained earnings at beginning ofperiod 3,845,483 3,635,169
4,311,811 3,856,403
Dividends (252,000)

Retained earnings at end of period $ 4,311,811 $ 3,604,403
Earnings per share S 0.11 $ 0.05
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed interim financial statements.
BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)


Six months ended June 30
2006 2005
Cash and cash equivalents provided by (used for):
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income $ 466,328 $ 221,234
Adjustments for items not involving use of cash:
Depreciation 524,172 474,783
Bad debt expense 14,229 762
1,004,729 696,779
Change in non-cash working capital items
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable (151,084) 234,899
Increase in inventory and other assets (149,205) (457,604)
Increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities 100,575 151,364
Increase in security deposits 22,170 12,425
Net cash flow provided by operating activities 827,185 637,863
INVESTING ACTIVIMTIES
Purchase of ixed assets (724,804) (440,772)
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets 12,600
Advances (collections) ofloans 1,480 (8,9791
Net cash flow used in investing activities (723,324) (437,151)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Dividends (252,000)
Net cash flow used for financing activities (252,000)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 103,861 (51,288)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning ofthe period (14,402) 152,161
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END
OF THE PERIOD $ 89,459 $ 100,873
Non-cash transaction
Transfer of fixed assets from escrow account $ -S 1,022,268
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed interim financial statements.


PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006


THE TRIBUNE


* By MICHAEL POLLICK
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -
Back in December 2004, when
David Holland paid $315,700
for a new home in an east
Venice Centex subdivision, the
granite-and-tile beauty looked
like an easy flip.
But as Centex's sales slowed
down, his property turned into a
flop.
Last week, Holland cut his
losses. He put his house up for an
"absolute auction," meaning no
minimum and no reserve. Once
the auction company advertised
the house that way, Holland had
no choice but to let the property
go to the highest bidder.
He walked away with
$255,000, a painful reminder


that real properties, like stocks,
do not always go up.
. In a real estate market turned
upside down, auction specialists
find their phones ringing almost
non-stop from would-be sellers
desperate for some action.
As auctioneer Neal Van De
Ree attempted to squeeze as
much money as he could out of
a tight-fisted crowd, six bargain
hunters had to make moment-
to-moment decisions on
whether to raise their paddles
again, or not.
In this case, the winner of
Holland's house was an anony-
mous voice at the other end of a
cell phone, willing to pay
$255,000. Add to that a 10 per-
cent buyer's premium ($25,500)
and all closing costs including
title insurance and document


stamps, and the buyer ended up
with a walk-away price of
$285,000.
Van De Ree has sold roughly
4,000 lots and homes in the 20
years since he took.the reins of
the Van De Ree Auction Co.
from his dad. The younger Van
De Ree boasts on his Web site
that he closed 92 percent of the
auctions he held last year.
Nationally, residential real
estate auctions are the fastest-
growing segment of the U.S.
auction business, according to
the National Auctioneers Asso-
ciation.
Last year, auctioneers sold
$14.2 billion worth of homes in
2005, up 8.4 percent from a year
earlier, the group reports. Full-
year 2006 sales will show anoth-
er strong increase.


INVITATION TO BID




The Airport Authority invites bids from interested firms

to provide services to clear the airfield and establish grassy

areas.


Interested firms may collect bid packages from the

Executive Office of the Airport Authority at the Lynden

Pindling International Airport during normal working

hours commencing Tuesday, September 5, 2006 through

Friday, September 8, 2006.


A site inspection has been arranged for 9 am on Friday,

September 8, 2006. Those person interested in attending

should contact the Authority via telephone 377-1759 no

later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 7, 2006.


Bids are to be returned by 4 pm on Friday, September

22, 2006 to the Executive Offices of the Airport Authority

in plain sealed envelopes marked "Bid for Landscaping

Services" and delivered to the attention of Mr. Bertram

Reckley, Acting General Manager, Airport Authority.


The Authority reserves the right to reject any Or all bids.


FROM page one
Still, the Central Bank %said
the US economy's continued
growth, which was driving
tourism numbers, coupled with
the level of foreign direct invest-
ment in tourism and residential
projects that was driving the
construction industry, meant the
outlook for the Bahamian econ-
omy'remained favourable.
. However, the Central Bank
said it was concerned about
"weakness" in the Bahamian
cruise ship market, which had
sparked a fall in total visitor
arrivals.


BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2006


1. CORPORATE INFORMATION
Bahamas Waste Limited C'BWL") was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas on August 18, 1987 under the name of Bahamas Waste Systems Limited. On December 7,
1999, the Company changed its name to Bahamas Waste Limited. The latest audited accounts ofthe
BWL. ere pepiarnd n De ent.h-r 31.?005
The qwinei er.1i oul B\L till on Mtaren 3i, ;une 30 and September 30, with the gerend.ofthe
Company being December 31. ;'J1Om j
The condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2006 were authorized for
issue by the directors on August 21, 2006.
2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Basis of preparation
These condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 3006 have been
prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting.
The condensed interim financial statements do not include all of the information and disclosures
required in the annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the December 31,
2005 audited financial statements.
The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed consolidated financial
statements are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Group's annual financial
statements for. the'year ended 31 December 2005, except for the adoption of the following
amendments mandatory bfr annual periods beginning on or after I January 2006:
SIAS 39- Financial instruments: Recognition andMeasurement ("IAS39") -Amendmentfor
financial guarantee contacts which amended the scope ofIAS 39 to include financial
guarantee contracts by the issuer;
SIAS 39 Amendment for hedges offorecast intragroup transactions which amended IAS 39
to permit the foreign currency risk of a highly probable intragroup forecast transaction to
qualify as the hedged item in a cash flow hedge, provided that the transaction is denominated in
a currency other than the functional currency of the entity entering into that transaction and
that the foreign currency risk will affect the financial statements;

IAS 39 Amendments for the fair value option which restricted the use of the option to
designate any financial asset or any financial liability to be measured at fair value through profit
and loss.
The adoption of those amendments did not affect the Group results ofoperations or financial position.

3.' EARNINGS PERSHARE
Earnings per share were calculated based on the shares outstanding at the end of the period, which
approximated average shares outstanding during the period.


2006
4,200,000


Shares outstanding at June 30


2005
4,200,000


4. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The tfllowing table provides the total amount of transactions which have been entered into with related
parties during the six months ended June 30,2006 and 2005.
Amounts due
Sales to related Purchases from from related Amouns due to
Related party parties related panies parties relatedparties
Companies with conunon
shareholders:
Bahamas Mack Truck Sales Ltd.
2006 $ 2,379 $ 416,900 $ 290 $ -
2005 $ 2,917 $ 71,820 $ 525 $ -
Bahamas Hot Mix
2006 $ 7,602 $ 8,840 $ 3,974 $ -
2005 $ 7,242 $ 37,617 $ 4,528 $ 1,865
Transactions wilh directors:
2006 .$ 24,180 $ -
2005 $ S $ 24,180$ $

BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2006

5. COMMITMENTS AND CONTIGENCIES
The Company guarantees its compactors for a 60-day period from the date of purchase. The Company
is reimbursed by the manufacturer for any claims paid under such guarantees.




UNAUDITED FINANCIAL.STATEMENTS

BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
June 30, 2006


For the 2006 first half, total
visitors to the Bahamas fell by
1.8 per cent, as a 4 per cent rise
in higher spending air arrivals
was offset by a 4.4 per cent fall
in higher spending sea arrivals.
Total arrivals to New Provi-
dence fell by 3.2 per cent, and in
the Family Islands they
decreased by 4.4 per cent.
On the monetary front,
increased domestic demand and
spending saw excess reserves in
the commercial banking system
fall by $14.8 million in the seven
months to July 2006, compared
to growth of $21.6 million last
year. Banks' liquid assets,
though, grew by $11.1 million
to $56.4 million.
External reserve growth fell
by $27.3 million during the peri-
od to $48.3 million.
Total Bahamian dollar credit
growth rose by almost 75 per
cent in theseven months to July,
2006 to $44.3 million, driven by
increases in consumer lending
and mortgages of $119.5 million
and $203.2 million respective-
Sly.. Private sector credit
increased by $381.1 million,


some $171 million higher than
the previous year.
The Bahamian dollar deposit
base expanded by $27.2 million
to $310.9 million on the back of
improved economic conditions.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank
said the Government finances
reflected the improved econo-
my, with revenue growth out-
stripping increases in spending.
The fiscal deficit fell by 45.5
per cent to $78.4 million in the
first 11 months of fiscal 2005-
2006, with revenues up by
$177.2 million or 19.5 per cent
at $1.087 billion, while spend-
ing rose by $111.6 million or
10.6 per cent to $1.165 billion,
The Central Bank said tax
revenues rose by 17.5 per cent
due to the higher level of
imports, while non-tax revenues
increased by 60 per cent.
Recurrent spending, though,
continued to rise by 9.2 per
cent, reflecting increased wages
and salaries, and goods'and ser-
vices spending. Capital spending
almost doubled in the fiscal year,
to May 31. due to infrastructure
projects. i


Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that MRS CECILE MICHEL, OF
FIRETRAIL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not
be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 8th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147,Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE


LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY

SERVICES LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole
Liquidator on or before the 20th day of September, 2006.
In default thereof they be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 6th day of September, 2006.




Lynden Maycock
Liquidator



Notice

LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY
SERVICES LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN AS follows:

(a) LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES LIMITED is in
Dissolution under the provisions of the Intenational Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 5 September,
2006 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Lynden Maycock of Queen
Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas as
sole Liquidator.

Dated the 6th day of Septemeber, 2006

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
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Opening lead seven of hearts.
There is a certain amount of
guesswork involved in the play of
the cards, but there are times when
tee problem can be resolved by
avoiding the guess altogether.
Consider this deal where the suc-
cess of South's slam contract
appeared to depend upon guessing
which defender held the queen of
clubs. The queen could easily be
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declarer knew where the lady was
located.
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the ten, queen and ace. After leading
a trump to dummy, South played ,a
low spade to the ace, the first step in
a campaign to avoid the crucial club
guess.
Dummy was entered with a
trump, and a low spade was ruffed,
East following with the queen. The
final step in South's plan came when
he again crossed to dummy with a
trump and led the jack of spades.
When East played the king,
South discarded his heart loser. Sad-
dled with the lead, East was forced to
return a heart or a club, either of
which would hand declarer the slain.
A club return would automati-
cally eliminate declarer's club loser,
while a heart return would be equally
fatal. If the king was led, declarer
would ruff, and dummy's jack would
become a trick, while a low heart
return would allow South to discard
a club on dummy's jack then and
there.
Guessing which opponent holds a
critical card is sometimes unavoid-
able. But as South so ably demon-
strated in this deal, why guess when
you don't have to?


--
Target
uses
words in
the main
body of
Chambers
21st
Century
Dictionary
(1999
edition)


HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one nine-
letter word. No plurals
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 16; very good 25;
excellent 33 (or moree.
Solution tomorrow.


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ACROSS
3 At cut price, possibly each Is soft (5)
8 r Horrifying way to make some chap no
end pale (5)
10 No weakling can buyout
both sides! (5)
11 Escaped from tyranny (3)
12 Possibly a prim king,
one imagines (5)
13 See a former conflict as a bloodless
confrontation (4,3)
15 In society, one can lose it (5)
18 Standard of pigheaded
hard-heartedness (3)
19 Nickname for undisciplined
brutes (6)
21 Periods of discontent? (7)
22 With variation, it means very little (4)
23 Sound transport in the Isle
of Wight (4)
24 For me, bad sale mean
a complaint (7)
26 Talktoateetotalerinnearchaos (6)
29 Tight game? (3)
31 Three can rob you of
feeling (5)
32 Nicetime with a girl in good
surroundings (7)
34 Likethe servitude of a
penman? (5)
35 The word for silence (3)
36 Herb's associate? (5)
37 Granted, terrible
deed by Charlie (5)
38 Bobfrom Sandy Lane (5)


VE5ERDA'S CRYFIC SOLUTIONS
ACROSS: 1, Waist 6, TripE 9, Pan-
Dora 10. C-ream 11, Igloo 12, G-rabs
13, Winston 15, Fey 17,Edie 18, At
home 19, A-do-re 20, Sahar-a 22,
Star 24, Hit 25, Pastern 26, Remus
.27,A-gain 28, Groom 29, Fighter 30,
Anita 31, My-rh
DOWN: 2,Afrai-d 3, Spar-se 4, Tam
5, Ado-RN 6, Trib-ut-e 7, Rags 8, Pro
tem 12, Go-UD-a 13, We-l-sh 14,
Night 15, Forte 16, Year-n 18, Arras
19, Ar-men-ia 21, Air-gun 22, Sta-RR-
y 23, Ar-dour 25, Pu-shy 26, Rift 28,
Gem


DOWN
1 Mere child, but could be in
the RAF (5).
2 Its use is child's play, but it involves;
much grit (7)
4 Her'dearest heart" is a German (4)
5 What to use when your maths is.
sliding? (6)
6 Can they play like lions? (5)
7 Mozart's was magic (5)
9 Friend whose dad finished
in hospital (3) .
12 A new parent has an obvious right
to be one (7)
14 The Western one is
pale and weak (3)
16 Remains, keeping a person in (5)
17 The monarch's blushing, having
made a slip (5)
19 City of fashion (7)
20 They can' fly, but succeed in
Souter space (5)
21 In broad terms, withholding a lot (5)
23 See grim potential in certain ways of
living (7)
24 Put your trust on me only (6)
25 Has she a 50-50 chance of being out.
of line? (3)
27 Giant bound to have plans? (5)
28 Ted's consumed half a pint that's
warmish (5)
30 Beast displaying strange calm
around closing time (5)
32 Funny sort of fence (2-2)
33 It's no good turning up again (3)


YESTERDAY'S EASY SUM7TICSG
ACROSS: 1,'Ogled 6, Cause 9,
Martian 10, Hobby 11, Sloop 12,
Usts 13, Averted 15, Sea 17, Desk
18, Recall 19, Trees 20, Reason 22,
Once 24, Ely 25, Minster 26, Idiot
27, Appal 28, Seals 29, Gentler 30,
Decor 31, Tsars
DOWN: 2, Groove 3, Embark 4, Day
5; Said 6, Castles 7, Ants 8, Shovel
12, Learn 13, Adore 14, Essay 15,
Saint 16, Alter 18, Remit 19, Toddler
21, Elapse 22, Osiers 23, Cellar 25,
Mouth 26, lago 28, Set


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8 Type of tree (5)
10 Stream (5).
11 Twitch (3)
12 Step (5)
13 Retort (7)
15 Planet (5)
18 By way of (3)
19 Poverty (6)
21 Refined (7)
22 Fruit (4)
23 European capital (4)
24 Pardon (7)
26 Intensify (6)
29 English river (3)
31 Relaxes (5)
32 Penetrated (7)
34 Blemish (5)
35 Boy (3)
36 Roofing tile (5)
37 Warehouse (5)
38 Command (5)


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2 Regain (7)
4 Overdue (4)
5 Nonsense (6)
6 Temptress (5)
7 Object (5)
9 Melal fastener (3)
12 Position (7)
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16 Hospital worker (5)
17 Church council (5)
19 Marine bird (7)
20 Shovel (5)
21 Yawns (5)
23 Supervise (7)
24 Decay (6)
25 Anger (3)
27 Premature (5)
28 Pasta sauce (5)
30 Singer (5)
32 Yearn (4)
33 Policeman (3)


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By LItDA-LACK&


FRIDAY,
SEPTEMBER 8


ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
Don't change your way of operating
to fit the needs of others, Aries. It
just isn't necessary this week, and
you may lose your personality along
the way if you do.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Start spending quality time with your
family or you will miss some of the.
memorable time along the way. Put,
work on hold for a while and concen.- -
trate on your personal life.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 )
There's no need to make lavish pur-
chases and put on airs, Gemini.
People like you for who you are and. '
not what you own. Don't worry' ,
about keeping up with the Joneses.. "
CANCER -iJun 22/Jul 22
There's no avoiding a blowout with
your spouse or romantic partner this
week, Cancer. You've done some-
thing that just can't be forgotten. ,It "
could take a while for things to settle. .-
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Hold on tight, Leo, because this
week you're in for a wild ride. Just
:when .:'u-' iNough[i -,our life was
getting:boring ,a few spicy .events
:will pop up to change your mind.,
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Revel in the good news you will
receive on Friday, Virgo. It could be a
pay increase at work, or maybe an old
friend is stopping by for a visit.
Whatever the case, enjoy it.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Stop living just in the present and
.start focusing on your future, Libra.
Things may be working now, bur.
you can't always live by the seat of
your pants.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
A personal venture brings you feel-
ings of accomplishment and satisfac-
tion, Scorpio. It's-just what you
needed to get back on track and
focused in a more positive direction.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Trouble seems to follow you this
week,,Sagittarius, but you can turn
things around with the right attitude.
Keep smiling and suddenly you'll
find things will work out.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20;
You're being pulled in too many
directions, Capricorn, and you need
to tell some people you just can't han-
dle any more stuff. They'll under-
stand because you're a hard worker.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb Is .
Domestic projects are at the fore-
front of the week, Aquarius. Even
though you're not in the mood to
tackle them, they cannot wait any
longer, so get started.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
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you're eating, Pisces. Too much
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Membership

Gibraltar will likely
-gain provisional mem-
:bership at a meeting
Oct. 4-5 of UEFA's
executive committee.
Full membership -
7 allowing Gibraltar to
'participate in competi-
tions -can only be
,granted by UEFA's
nCongress, which
- -meets Jan. 26-27 in
'.Duesseldbrf,
Germany.
Spain is expected to
)seek support from
,UEFA members, in i...
zeppoSing full-member.-.
ship' '.. .' *
Gibraltar, on Spain's
(southernmost tip, has
been a frequent source
of tension between
Britain and Spain,
which claims sover-
eignty over the territo-
Xy.
S, Spain said UEFA's
'bwn statutes exclude'
Gibraltar, because the
British colony does not
have individual repre-
s sensation at the United
bNations.
In 1999 Spain suc-
ceeded in having
.UEFA change its rules
so that members were
I:U.N.-recognized states.
Gibraltar's original
:',application pre-dates
,this change and the
*soccer association
hopes to avoid exclu-
sion.

SQuoted
S"There is nothing we
can do about it,"
UEFA president
-Lennart Johansson was
'quoted as saying in
Thursday's edition of
the Gibraltar Chroni-
ple.
The daily newspaper
,lso quoted Johansson
as saying "Gibraltar
Swill be a full member
of UEFA."
Gibraltar's own soc-
cer team is more than
100 years old and drew
2-2 with Real Madrid
in 1949.
A rocky territory
where the Mediter-
ranean Sea meets the
Atlantic Ocean,
Gibraltar has a popula-
tion of around 29,000
and sends teams of
competitors to the
Commonwealth
Games.
But it does not
have a recognized
National Olympic
SCommittee.
It was captured by
-,'Anglo-Dutch naval.
forces in 1704 and ced-
ed to Britain in the
1713 Treaty of Utrecht.
The strategically situ-
ated rock has had a
British military base
ever since.


Trinidadian fighter aims





for clash with 'Choo Choo'


* BOXING
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

THE heat is turning up on
Bahamian and World Box-
ing Council (WBC),
Caribbean Boxing Federa-
tion (CABOFE) and super-
middleweight champion Jer-
maine 'Choo-Choo' Mack-
ey.
Since clinching the WBC
title, scores of boxers from
around the Caribbean have
been trying to reel the
champ in, wanting to give
Mackey his first career
defeat.
Aware of all the propos-
als being offered, Mackey
said he was only waiting on
the right proposition.
Mackey, who is well
known for accepting chal-
lenges, said he is ready to
sign on the dotted line, so
he can annihilate any boxer
who believes that they are
ready to step into the ring
with him.
The latest challenge to
Mackey came from the
World.Boxing Association


Kirt Sinnette hoping to


meet Mackey in the ring


(WBA) FedeCaribe super-
middleweight title holder,
Kirt Sinnette, yesterday.
Sinnette, a naive of
Trinidad and Tobago is hop-
ing to step idto the ring with
Mackey some time next
month.
But a confident Mackey
stated that Sinnette doesn't
have to wait on a month -
that he should set his mind
on a matter of days.

Training

Mackey said: "I don't want
the Bahamas to think just
because I ,haven't had a
match inside the ring that I
haven't been training.
"Training for me never
stops, it just keeps on get-
ting better as my body


becomes stronger. I am
more than happy to accept
the challenge from him, as
long as he is ready to go I
am ready to go.
"I always tell people that
as long as you have two legs
and feet, you can get beat
from me. I am always ready,
ready to take my training to
another level."
According to Mackey's
coach and promotion man-
ager Ray Minus Jr, the
Bahamian champ will not
run away from this fight as
long as the necessary for-
malities are met.
"As long as.the both par-
ties meet the necessary
requirements, we are in the
money," said Minus.
Both boxers are eagerly
awaiting the sanctioning by


SOME of the players on the men's national soccer team inspect their personal inscribed medals
from the Bahamas Football Association on their return home yesterday after qualifying for the sec-
ond round of the Digicel Caribbean Cup in Havana, Cuba.
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater)


the FedeCaribe and the
Caribbean Boxing Federa-
tion (CABOFE).
The match, which is a dou-
ble championship bout, has
to be presented to the
Bahamas Boxing Commis-
sion just in case the fighting
venue is set for the
Bahamas.

Title

Minus said: "We were only
awaiting the sanctioning by
both sides, which has been
agreed upon. Choo-Choo's
title will be on the line,-as
well as the Trinidadian's
title.
"All persons involved
have been contacted and
they have agreed to go
ahead with the match. Once


Jermain and Sinnette's han-
dlers agree to the financial
terms then it is time to rum-
ble.
"Choo-Choo has been
really busy, working over-
time and this is another chal-
lenge for him, but we are up
for it. He is excited and spir-
ited, looking forward to it.
"This will identify him as a
force to reckon with
throughout the Caribbean."
Sinnette recently
improved his record to 12-0
with nine knockouts, stop-
ping Winston Pompey of
Guyana in the first round.
Mackey added: "I am not
focused on his record, if he
didn't have an impressive
record or stand a chance
against me in the ring, the
Fight would have never been
considered.
"I know that he is a good
fighter, and it will totally be
up to me to separate myself.
The coaches can't do it for
me. I am ready if the fight
is today I'll be ready."
Mackey has an 11-0
record, which includes 10
knock-outs.


Soccer coach: we did the


job we went out to do

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it was very difficult and the sun was very hot and everybody was very
tired. So by getting a chance and scoring in the last few minutes, it was
very good."
Jean said although they had a very young team in Cuba, they
performed very well. But he said if they can get the physical fit-
ness in place, they should perform very well.
Ryan Moseley, one of the team captains, said pulling off the
initial win over the Cayman Islands turned out to be the key to
their success.
"We felt this was one of the easier teams in the group and this
would set us up perfectly to get to the next round," he
reflected. "It helped us a lot because it put the Turks and Cacios
Islands on their heels and we just had to go out and get another
one."
Moseley said the strategy by the coaching staff to rest some of
their more seasoned players against Cuba worked in their favour
against the Turks and Caicos because some of them were experi-
encing injuries or had a yellow card."
But based on what he saw from Cuba, Moseley said he was
convinced that the Bahamas would have been capable of playing
against the host team if they were at full strength.
"Winning games, I'm not so sure right now, but we would have
played them close," he stated.
Gavin Christie, another captain, said they've been working
hard in preparation for the trip for the last couple of months and
they prevailed, qualifying for the next round.
"It's something big for Bahamian football (soccer), so it's real-
ly nice that we could make that next step," Christie charged.
"The win against the Cayman Islands was a must win. We knew
that in order to qualify, we had to get that first win and we went
out there and did the job."
Christie, however, said they knew that the last game against
the Turks & Cacios was a big one and they "fought and dug
deep in the heat and somebody gave the ball to Nesley and he
scored."
Other members of the team were Dwayne Whylly, Deron Swa-
by, Bernard Rahming, Leslie St. Flur, Kamal Degregory,
Cameron Hepple, Sean Neville, Daron Beneby, Che Chase,
Julian Smith, Dallas Nassies and Torin Ferguson.


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SOCCER
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
BAHAMAS Football
Association president Anton
Sealy said the men's national
team advance to the second
round of the Digicel
Caribbean Cup was a momen-
tous one.
Sealy, along with secretary
general Lionel Haven and
executive vice president Fred
Lunn, were on hand along
with some of the parents to
welcome the 18-member team
back home from Cuba yester-
day at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport.
The team secured the sec-
ond qualifying spot behind
Cuba with a 2-1 win-loss
record as they beat the Turks
and Caicos Islands 3-2 in the
clincher on Wednesday.
Each player was presented
with a personal inscribed
medal from the federation.-
"This is a historic advance-
ment. This is the first time
that we have advanced to the
next stage of any competition
in recent memory," he point-
ed out to the players.
"We want to thank you for
the effort, the time you put
into training, particularly the
guys from overseas. Thank
you for coming back home.
Thank you to the coaches and
the supporters, Mr and Mrs
Moseley, Who went down.

.Proud
"You have made us proud,
you have made the federation
proud. You have validated
the federation's belief that if
you start with the youth, and I
see many of the members of
this team started with us 7-9
years ago and it's just validat-
S ing the point we are trying to
make that you build the house
from the ground," he added.
Although it's not quite
known yet when and where
they will play the second
round of the tournament,
Haven said it was a tremen-
dous feat.
"This is something that our
association was looking for-
ward to for a long time," he
declared. "We knew the tal-
ent we have here. It was just a
matter of transcending it from
their minds to their feet and it
finally happened."
Haven said the men's team
did what they were hoping the
women's team would have
done recently when they split
the two games they played,
while the Under-21 and
SUnder-17 boys teams both
won one of the three games
they each played.
"This team sort of crossed


MEMBERS of the Bahamas men's national soccer team that clinched a berth in the second round of the Digicel Caribbean Cup this week in Havana. Cuba, pose above
on their return home yesterday at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater) .
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the hump for us and hopeful-
ly this would allow our other
teams to see that they too can
do the same thing," Haven
projected.
At least two of the parents
present said they had no.
doubt that the team would
have prevailed.
Carolyn Hall, mother of
Happy Hall, said she was
pleased with the team's
achievement.

Concerned
"I guess after the game
against Cuba, I was a little
concerned, but going into the
third game, I guess they knew
they had it all together and
they pulled it through," she
stressed.
Hall said she expected the
team to pull through because
the only team that should
have posed a problem would
have been Cuba.
Mike Neville, father of Sean
Neville, said the team couldn't
have performed any better
than they did.
"I had every confidence
that they were capable of
going through this round," he
insisted. "The team is matur-
ing, both in their ability to
play soccer and also it's men-
tal attitude that they know.
they are capable of winning
games."


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MISSION accomphshed.
The men's national soccer team hate
returned from the heat in Havana. Cuba,
having secured their berth in the second
round of the Digicel Caribbean Cup.
They did it with a 3-2 victory over the
Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday to
finish with a 2-1 win-loss record for second
place in the Group E qualifying round.
'"We did the job that we went out to do,"
said jubilant head coach Gary While on the
team's return home yesterday at the Lynden
Pindling International Airport,
"We played very, very well against the
Cayman Islands in what should have been
the biggest goal out. Then we had to make a
decision on how we would play Cuba, who
were the favourites in the group."
The Bahamas will advance to the final 12
out of 24 teams that started the journey, but
they.will have to get ready to plaN team's
like Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba and
Haiti.
But White said although there will be three
different sites for the next round in Suri-
name. Martinique and Barbados. although he'
couldn't say where the Bahamas will end up.
However, he said, based on what they did
in Cuba, the team should definitely be a
position to play for another shot at moving
up the ladder.


* HEAD coach Gary White talks about
the Bahamas men's national team quali-
fying berth in the second round of the
Digicel Caribbean Cup on Wednesday in
Havana, Cuba.
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater)
.After the Bahamas beat the Cayman
Islands 3-1, White said they realized that
their ultimate goal was to qualify and not


necessarily beat Cuba in their second game.
White and the rest of the coaching staff,
inclusive of Kevin Davies, Harvey Mullings
and Trevor McKenzie, decided to rest some
of the key players and after their 6-0 loss to
Cuba and they concentrated ongoing after
the Turks and Caicos in the finale, qualifying
with the 3-2 win.
"We had 21 shots at goal in the first half,
but just couldn't put the, ball in the net,"
White reflected. "Even though !it was very,,
very hot, we managed to score arid we came
through, having qualified." i
White said they were confident that they
had the potential to beat the Turks and
Caicos and so it proved, with lesley Jean
clinching the match in the 87th'minute. ;
In fact, Jean scored the Bahamas' initial
goal in the 51st minute. The lead was short
lived, however, as their opponents scored
six minutes later through a penalty kick.
After another six minutes, Happy Hall
netted the ball to put the Baha mas up again
before Turks & Cacios scored the equaliser
at the 73rd minute.
Then Jean came through td seal the vic-
tory.
"It was a very big win," said Jean, 22, who
recently played in Trinidad & Tobago. "The
problem was we allowed them to come back
into the game.
"They scored two goals after we scored, so
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