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Publication Date: September 13, 2006
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Third person may have

been in Anna Nicole

Smith's hospital room

Tribune Staff Reporters
A THIRD person may have
been in the hospital room with
tUS celebrity Anna Nicole
SSmith when her son died on
S Sunday.
The Tribune yesterday
learned from a high-placed
source that .a friend of Ms
Smith also spent the night at
Doctors Hospital.
According to the source,.38-
year-old Ms Smith, the
deceased Daniel Wayne
Smith, 20, and a third person
were in the room.
TheTribune was also told
that patients overheard Ms
Smith screaming loudly and
S blaming someone for the
death of her son.
Ms Smith was quoted as
shouting: "You caused this."
S The patient further claimed
that Ms Smith could be heard
crying from 9am until lpm.
Although the resultsof the,
autopsy had not yet been
released at press time last
night, The Tribune was told
by its source that Daniel's
organs were all found to be in
"excellent condition."
Police yesterday were not,
able to release any new infor-
mation, but vehemently
denied reports circulating in
the Bahamian media that stat-
ed that blood and vomit had
been found at the scene.
Assistant Commissioner of
Police, officer in charge of

crime, Reginald Ferguson yes-
terday emphasised that the
first officer to arrive at the
scene observed no sign of
trauma to the body of 20-year-
old Daniel Wayne Smith, nor
did he see any "blood.. vomit
or any liquid on the floor."
Mr Ferguson said that had
there been any blood or vom-
it at the scene it would have
been highlyl unlikely" that
hospital personnel would have-
removed it.
While the autopsy on the
body was being completed
yesterday, Butler's Funeral
Homes and Crematoriums
stood by to prepare Daniel's
body to be sent to California.
"Once the hospital has
released the remains to our
establishment, we are then
able to process all of the doc-
uments for repatriation to Cal-
ifornia," Loretta Butler-Turn-
er of Butler's Funeral Home
told ABC News.
In a special press conference
held yesterday at Doctors
Hospital, Barry Rassin, the
hospital's president and CEO,
sought to set the record
straight on the circumstances
surrounding the death of the
former playmate's son.
Mr Rassin said that the hos-
pital can confirm that Daniel
arrived at around 11pm last
"He spent the entire
evening in the room and
remained as a visitor with his
SEE page 12

* BARRY RASSIN, CEO of Doctors Hospital, peaks to local and foreign press yesterday at Doctors Hospital.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune stafJ)

US Ambassador visits training class

for new airport security machines

Tribune Staff Reporter
Rood paid a sunrise iIt yes-
terday to one of two training
classes that will be utilising the
new CTX security scanning
machines at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport.
The new CTX (computerized
tomography X-ray machines
\.ill be used to scan luggage for
explosives, and is quite similar
to that of a conventional CAT
Scan machine found in any
modern hospital.
The 40 persons in the training
programme are all employees
of the Airport Authority, and
will be trained by tepresenta-
tives of the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA).
This is the first group to be
trained outside the United
States to use the new CTX
machines, which are believed
to have cost the Bahamas gov-
ernment more than $6 million.
Congratulating the class and
some of his "hometown" Jack-
sonville friends their team
had just beat their arch rivals,
the Dallas Cowboys Ambas-
sador Rood thanked the class
for their service to both the
United States, and the
Also present at yesterday's
"surprise" visit was Minister of
Transport and Aviation Glenys
Hanna-Martin, her permanent
secretary, Mr Archie Nairn, and
general manager of the Airport
Authority, Mr Joseph Reckley.

John Rood

Speaking on behalf of gov-
ernment, Mrs Hanna-Martin
also thanked the group for their
service, and encouraged them
to do all they can to protect and
ensure the safety of the coun-
try's borders.
Dan O'Connei, the chief
political and economic officer
at the US Embassy, said that
passengers with connecting
flights will definitely see
improvements with such screen-
ing machines. He explained that
once luggage was scanned, it
would not have to be examined
a second time, allowing passen-
gers to connect with other
flights more easily without the
interruptions and time-con-
suming process of being
screened and checked again.

Man is fighting

for his life after

drive-by shooting

THE latest victim of a dri-
ve-by shooting is in hospi-
tal today fighting for his life
after he was gunned down
in a residential area.
Just two weeks after the
drive-by shooting death of
23-year-old Hosea Light-
bourne in Black Village,
which caused unrest in the
community and sparked talk
of retaliation, another man
was violently shot in the
According to police
reports, a man believed to
be in his mid-30s was
standing in front of his
home in Garden Hills short-
ly after 7pm when a car sud-
denly stopped in front of
"The Honda pulled up
and a man wearing a hand-
kerchief in front of his face
exited the vehicle," press
liaison officer Inspector
Walter Evans told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
The driver of the Honda
suddenly opened fire on the
man and wounded him

several times.
"He had multiple gun shot
wounds about the body and
is currently in serious con-
dition," Mr Evans said.
Police are now asking
anyone with any informa-
tion on the case to come for-
Mr Evans said that police
at this time are not disclos-
ing the exact location of the
shooting as such informa-
tion may affect the investi-
He could not say whether
police are concerned that
this latest shooting could
spark a similar reaction as
the one in Black Village.
"What is important, what
we want people to know is
that they need to be forth-
coming with the police," he
Mr Evans appealed to all
Bahamians, who feel that
someone may hold a grudge
against them that could
escalate into acts of vio-
lence, to share information
with the police.


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* STUDENTS of the AF Adderley Junior high school were dismissed early yesterday on the account of a sit-in by their teachers
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)

AF Adderley teachers stage

sit-out again

* By KRYSTEL ROLLE they told us that we have to
keep them in until 3.15 pm,"
IN an act of defiance more she said.
than two thirds of AF Adder- Ms Thompson explained that
ley Junior High School teach- the administration was trying
ers have withdrawn their ser- to get two days off Monday
vices in an attempt to show and Tuesday to give the con-
Government that they are not tractors time to get the cam-
interested in being "baby-sit- pus prepared to receive the stu-
ters." dents. "But the children came
To prove how serious they here so we had to accommo-
are, 54 teachers staged a sit-in date them, but the teaching
to protest the breaking of what staff refused to accept any
they claimed was an agreement responsibility with the children
they had with government. This being on a construction site, so
is the second sit-in since the we withdrew ourselves," she
start of school last Monday. said.
According to science teacher Even though their request
Indiana Thompson, after the for two days off was denied,
first demonstration it was : the government did agree to
agreed that students would stay allow students to leave early,
in school until noon. "Now Ms Thompson said. "As com-

promising persons and reason-
able persons we functioned -
the first week of school we
functioned and we can speak
with intelligence as to where
the problems lay because we
entertained children in the class
even though we couldn't do
anything with them."


Ms Thompson said the
teachers were willing to over-
look some of the problems
only because the administra-
tion planned for them to have
the students leave at twelve
o'clock. "But that was taken
away from us," she claimed.
According to her, none of

the staff who participated in
the sit-in will return to class
until the campus is safe and the
school is functional.
"To show the persons above
us that we are not accepting
that, and any liability for the
children falling down br being
hurt on this campus, and to
show that %\e are not interested
in being baby-sitters, we hate.
withdrawn. We want to func-
tion as teachers, that's what we
were hired for. So we have
withdrawn .our services until
. e can get our school environ-
ment safe enough for children
and teachers to function."
Another teacher complained
that there were not enough
classrooms to accommodate the
1,200 students now enrolled.

Several of the classrooms are
used for storage and about 12
teachers are left without any-
where to conduct classes.
"The ministry needs to bring
in additional help the rest of
the week and move things, out
of the rooms so we can start
teaching," she said.
Teachers at AF Adderley
spoke to the Director of Edu-
cation yesterday and are await-
ing a response to their
'demands. The response is
expected today.
"Common sense says chil-
dren should not be on a con-
struction site with construction
equipment. We don't under-
stand what is preventing com-
mon sense from prevailing,"
Ms Thompson said.

China partnership 'could double growth'

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THE Bahamas' economy
can double its growth rate in
the next ten years as a result.
of the partnership with Chi-.
na, Prime Minister Perry
Christie said yesterday.
Speaking at the opening of
the China Ship and Shop two
day conference held at the
Wyndham Resort yesterday,
Mr Christie said ,that th'e
country's current growth rate
of 6.5 per cent could soon
reach heights similar to Chi-
na's impressive 13.5 per cent.
He said that if all Bahami-
ans took advantage of this
partnership, the country could
soon become the "envy; of the
Mr Christie also told small
business owners to stay
focused and not let politics
deter the success of their busi-
"You cannot become suc-
cessful with taking a political
season off," he said.
He urged the Bahamian
people to take full advantage
of the partnership with Chi-
na, adding: "The key to suc-
cess is knowing what is going
on in your country."
SMr Christie pointed out that
the rapidly growing partner-
ship with China has already
allowed the Bahamas to be

the beneficiary of a $30mil-
lion national stadium.
SAt the Global United's Chi-
na Shop and Ship Conference
held two weeks ago Rodney
Collie, the conference's pro-
ject co-ordinator, said that
with Bahamian merchants
purchasing goods from Chi-
nese wholesalers and manu-
facturers'- cutting out the US
as the middleman the
Bahamas could be on the
verge of an "economic break-
Mr Collie also said: "The
partnership can change the
Bahamian economic land-
scape by showcasing a new
market where cost-effective
purchasing can be achieved."
He added: "In addition to
selling products purchased
directly from China to tourists
and Bahamians, merchants
will also be able to open trade
with other countries in the
Caribbean region."
SMinister Li Zhaoxing of
China has in the past
expressed his appreciation of
the Bahamas-China partner-
ship, which he said include
co-operation in tourism,
transportation, trade, invest-
ment, economy, finance and
human resources develop-

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Man charged
with assault
and intent to
rape woman

A 36-YEAR-OLD man was ;
arraigned in court yesterday and
charged with assault with the
intent to rape and threats of
It is alleged that on Wednes- ;
day, September 6 Anthony 1
McKenzie assaulted a woman -
with the intent to rape her.
A second charge alleged that
on the same day, McKenzie
threatened the woman, putting
her in fear of death.
He was not required to enter
a plea to the charges and was ,
granted bail in the sum of
The case was adjourned to
November 24.

'to support
Venezuela in
UN vote'

THE Caribbean will likely
support Venezuela in its bid for
a non-permanent seat on the
UN Security Council despite
lobbying efforts for the post by
US-backed candidate Guate-
mala, a key regional diplomat
said Tuesday, according to
Associated Press.
Most of the 15-member
Caribbean Community is set to
back Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez, Guyana's For-..
eign Minister Rudy Insanally
said before leaving for the
weeklong summit of the Non-
aligned Movement that began,,
Monday in Havana.
Guatemala's Foreign Minis-.
ter Gert Rosenthal visited some
island nations in August to seek-
support. Neither his efforts, nor
those of Guatemala's backers
in Washington who want to
keep fierce U.S. critic Chavez
off the decision-making body.
seem to have paid off.
"There will be a lot of lobby-
ing between now and when the
vote takes place but the gener-
al thrust seems to be with
Venezuela," Insanally said.
Venezuela and Guatemala
are campaigning for a two-year
term on the 15-seat Security
Council. The Oct. 16 vote is a
secret ballot among the Gener-
al Assembly's 192 members.
Several heads of state in the
Caribbean Community said
they are backing Chavez .
because of his financial aid to-
the region. Some member
nations, such as Haiti, remain

Venezuela to
provide St
Lucia with
1,700 barrels

VENEZUELA will supply
the Caribbean nation of St.
Lucia with 1,700 barrels a day of
oil, the state oil company said
Tuesday, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.,
or PDVSA, said in a statement
that it will shortly sign the sup-
ply deal as part of its Petro-
caribe program under which
Venezuela sells oil to Caribbean
nations with preferential financ-
PDVSA said it has also
signed an agreement with Hess
Oil Saint Lucia to use its 9 mil-
lion barrels of storage capacity
on the island, which will help
in distributing oil in the region.
Petrocaribe has pledged to
sell fuel to 14 Caribbean nations
under preferential financial
terms. But it has had trouble
meeting some of those obliga-
tions as it lacks a storage and
distribution network in the
President Hugo Chavez
launched the Petrocaribe effort.

in June 2005 calling it a step
toward regional solidarity. The
program provides for
Venezuela to sell oil at market
prices but requires only partial
payment up front.
Venezuela is the world's fifth
largest oil exporter.

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Man is

accused of

trying to

affect trial

A 48-YEAR-OLD man %\as
arraigned in court on Monday.
accused of attempting to cause a
person to refrain from giving
evidence at a criminal trial.
It is alleged that sometime in
the month of August, with the
intent to pervert the course of
justice, Hylan Smith attempted
to cause William Wong to
refrain from giving evidence at
the trial of Cyshae Strachan
who is charged with the armed
robbery of Mr Wong's store.
Smith was arraigned before
Magistrate Susan Sylvester at
Court 11, Nassau Street. He
pleaded not guilty to the charge
and was granted $4,000 bail.
The case was adjourned to
November 23.


leader to

begin new


THE political leader of
Trinidad's opposition party quit
his post to start what supporters
called a new "multiracial par-
ty", according to Associated
Winston Dookeran launched
the Congress of the People par-
ty Sunday night at a rally, dur-
ing which he sprinkled a speech
with Chinese proverbs, African
spirituals and references to
Mohandas Gandhi in an
attempt to reach out to
Trinidad's various races and
"We are the voice of the Hin-
dus. We are the voice of the
Muslims. We are the voice for
the Christians," he shouted to
the crowd of over 15,000 sup-
porters. "We have room for
Trinidad and Tobago's poli-
tics have been dominated for
the past 15 years by the primar-
ily black People's National
Movement and the United
National Congress, which is
made up mainly of Trinidadi-
ans of East Indian descent.
The Caribbean country of 1.3
million people is 40 percent
black, while another 40 percent
is of East Indian descent. The
rerr: dining 20 percent includes
a ';de mix of races.
Dookeran, 64, has been the
political leader of the UNC
since last October.
The crowd was made up pri-
marily of Indo-Trinidadians
with about 20 percent of sup-
porters from other races.
Kenrick Kanhi, 58, said, "This
political division between Indi-
ans and blacks has to stop.
That's why we need this mul-
tiracial party."


plead guilty
to weapon


exile who virulently opposes the
communist government of Pres-
ident Fidel Castro pleaded
guilty Monday to weapons
charges arising from seizures
last year of machine guns, a
grenade launcher and thousands
of rounds of ammunition,
according to Associated Press.
Santiago Alvarez, 65, a
wealthy developer and key
benefactor of jailed Cuban mil-
itant Luis Posada Carriles,
pleaded guilty to a single crim-
inal conspiracy charge.
Alvarez's longtime employee,
64-year-old Osvaldo Mitat, also
pleaded guilty.
Alvarez is a longtime associ-

ate of Posada, a former CIA
operative who is accused by the
Cuban and Venezuelan gov-
ernments with masterminding
the 1976 bombing of a Cuban
airliner in which 73 people died.
Alvarez and Mitat were
arrested in November after an
informant tipped the FBI that a
large cooler full of military-style
weapons was being transport-
ed from apartments in Broward
County owned by Alvarez to
Mitat in Miami.
Later, investigators discovered
more weaponry and ammuni-
tion at the apartment complexes
and on Guinchos Cay, Bahamas,
an island about 12 miles from
Cuba that was linked to Alvarez.


Government under

fire for not reacting

to the clearing of

biodiversity site

and Bahamians have
expressed dismay and frustra-
tion at the government's
silence over the clearing of a

* TERRY Miller from bash speaks to the press yesterday at the
National Trust.
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

the clearing of the area, or
knowing anything about who is


"biodiversity hotspot" in Nas- Negotiations had been tak- "
sau. ing place between the
At a conference called yes- Bahamas National Trust and
terday at The Bahamas the government over whether
National Trust, the president the rest of the 220 acres of
and director of the trust lam- broadleaf forest assessed by
basted the Ministry of Hous- world class botanists and
ing and the Water and Sew- ornothologists to be the most .
erage Corporation for their diverse coppic system on New. ,
inaction since the clearing of Providence could be made .
10 acres of land in the Per- into a National Park. "
pall Tract Wellfields on Mon- However, with the removal ,\ ,
day. of a further ten acres it is ..; -.
Clearing unexpectedly feared that the biodiverse area
began in the area which trust is becoming too small: "We
president Glen Bannister, would like to see all of it pro- .-" ..I-.,. .-..
described as "vital for the tected all of it is critical habi-
health of our nation" at the tat", said Eric Carey, director
beginning of the week. Con- of the trust.
cerns were first raised when it 'The thing about biodiver- E PRESIDENT of the Nation
came to the attention of the sity conversation is that one protected land
Bahamas National Trust and has to have a size that's
local group Bahamians for acceptable if it's too small
Social Health (BASH), who it's almost worthless to pro- trust's president.
say it was outside of the tect". "We plan to continue to
bounds formerly negotiated by "This is an area that's impor- advise the government of the
the government and environ- tant for biodiversity conserva- importance of this area and we
mental groups for clearance tion. Right in the heart of Nas- hope that we can prevail upon
for a government housing sau we can have an intact func- them the necessity for protect-
development, tioning ecosystem that protects ing it for future generations of
Low-cost affordable hous- biodiversity, whether it's birds, Bahamians," added Mr Ban-
ing had been agreed by both snakes, insects, there is wet- nister.
groups to be a priority worthy land area which is a home for The trust is at present seek-
of sacrificing 12 to 15 acres of waterbirds and the old well- ing to find out exactly who
the Perpall Tract Wellfields field troughs have fish", he owns the land, in order to take
area. added. further action.
However, on Monday a dri- The two men said there was At the close of the confer-
ver operating the tractor in the a need for the government to ence Mr Miller said the con-
area told Terry Miller of "step up to the plate" over the tested clearance may simply
BASH that he had been hired issue. be the effect of one lone oper-
'by a private company. This "So far we have had no ator seeking to gather soil from
was denied by the private com- answers from Water and the area.
pany implicated. Sewage or the Ministry of The area has formally been
The Ministry of Housing Housing, but we intend to go assessed by the Bahamas
also denies having advocated further up the line" said the Environment Science and

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Ta arces
Rahaming of
Yellow Elder
School takes a
lest yesterday
as his teacher
Edith Rolle
drills him.
Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)

Fort Charlotte residents sign

petition to protect wetland area

SCONCERNED residents of
'Fort Charlotte are raising a
petition protesting about a
proposed new housing devel-
opment which, they claim, will
destroy a valuable wetland
The petition, which calls for
clearance work to be halted
immediately, will be sent to
the local MP, Mr Alfred Sears.
The housing scheme is
planned for land behind the
Bahamas Association for
Social Health premises at Per-
pall Tract. The site borders
The Grove, West Bay Street,
Rockcrusher Road and the
Chippingham area.
Last night, a source said:
"Residents are very angry.that
land which is a habitat for
wildlife is being set aside for
projects of this kind."
The petition points out that
the site in question is "the
only remaining piece of wet-
land situated between East-
ern Road and Fort Charlotte."
It says the Bahamas has no
environmental protection
agency which would designate
the area as unsuitable for res-
idential development.
Describing themselves as
"custodians of our communi-
ty", petitioners point out the
need to preserve "for our chil-
dren and their children" areas
of this kind.

"We take our role very seri-
ously," the petition adds, "The
wetlands are natural habitat
for a number of migratory
birds and wildlife essential for
the balance of nature and
ecology in our country."
The petition urges the gov-
ernment "and relevant author-
ities" to seek alternative sites
for housing, "otherwise future
generations will suffer the
consequences of such a devel-
Clearance work should stop
until a full investigation has
taken place, it says.
One source said: "The peo-
ple are extremely upset. The
petition has been copied to
Housing Minister Neville Wis-
dom and other members of
Cabinet as well as the prime
minister himself."
He added: "There is a
strong feeling that the gov-
ernment is rushing through
such housing projects to get
more known PLP voters into
the area before the general
"They seem to want to
build in areas where they fear
losing seats. People are
annoyed that some houses are
going to single men with
known PLP affiliations instead
of families."
The petition message is
signed by Miss Geniece

Rolle, chairperson of the Fort
Charlotte Urban Renewal

al Trust Glen Bannister speaks to the press yesterday concerning

Technology (BEST) commis-
sion as being of special impor-
tance for biodiversity conser-
vation being home to over 156
different tree species, includ-

ing some endangered types -
and has played host to numer-
ous scientists, students and
nature lovers.


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Harbour Green Centre, Lyford Cay
P.O. Box N-121, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 362-6656, Fax: (242) 326-9953

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THERE are thousands of tragic stories
from Sept. 11, 2001. Of men and women
who rushed to catch a plane, who hap-
pened to go to breakfast at Windows on
the World or who simply went to work
that clear blue morning.
The vast majority of those stories will
never he widely known. Among the ones
we do know, those of Rodney Dickens,
Asia Cottom and. Bernard Brown stand
out for their poignancy.
Five years ago, the three were 11-year-
old students in the District of Columbia
schools. The National Geographic Society
had selected them to participate in a
research programme at the Channel
Islands National Marine Sanctuary near
Santa Barbara, Calif., part of a research
project known as Sustainable Seas Expe-
Rodney was taking his first trip on an
airplane. "He was so excited," his grand-
mother told NBC News. "He said he'was
going to all about it, when he got
"You sure I can't go?" Clifton Cottom
asked his daughter as he dropped her at
Dulles International Airport. "She gave
me a hug. She said, 'I'll see you soon."'
The night before his big trip, Bernard
confided to his father that he was scared.
"Just listen to what the people tell you,
and the instructions, and you'll be all
right," Bernard Brown Sr. told his son.
"You'll be fine."
The three.children, with three accom-
panying teachers and two staff members of
the National Geographic Society, boarded
American Airlines Flight 77.
Members of the hate-America crowd'
and jihadist sympathizers occasionally
hold forth about the bravery required to
pull off the 9-11 attacks. As Bill Maher
infamously said about crashing planes into
buildings, "Say what you want about it, it's,
not cowardly."
When I hear swill like that, I think about
the five terrorists at Dulles, mingling with
the other passengers, waiting to board the
plane. They saw those three children, full
of promise and hope. As Flight 77 hur-
tled toward the Pentagon, they looked
into the terrified eyes of Rodney Dick-

ens, Asia Cottom and Bernard Brown.
If that is bravery, then the callous child
murderers of Hitler's SS were among the
most heroic figures in human history.
Such sentiments repulse decent human
beings because they minimize crimes that
transcend politics or ideology. To absolve
the killers, much less to justify or glorify
their actions, is to defile their victims
There's another way to vindicate the
terrorists and desecrate their victims -
by promoting outlandish conspiracy the-
ories about 9-11, such as the one that a
-U.S. military missile not a Boeing 757
passenger plane struck the Pentagon.
What the peddlers of such tripe are real-
ly saying is that Rodney Dickens, Asia
Cottom and Bernard Brown are merely
props. Their families are dupes or liars, as
are the hundreds of witnesses who saw
Flight 77 bear down on the Pentagon.
And, by the way, the U.S. government,
not Islamic extremism, is the real enemy.
Science can't penetrate the small minds
that cultivate such irrational beliefs. For
the rest of us, the new book "Debunking
9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories
Can't Stand Up To The Facts" systemat-
ically dismantles all the conspiratorial non-
; Building on the initial work of Popular
Mechanics magazine, the book's editors'
draw on more than 300 experts and orga-
nizations in the fields of air crash analysis,
structural engineering, forensic analysis,
metallurgy and image analysis to estab-
lish a factual account of the events of 9-11.'
"By refuting destructive beliefs in fan-
ciful tales of mayhem," Sen. John McCain,
R-Ariz., writes in the book's foreword,
"Popular Mechanics has produced a valu-
able work that ..... represents the inno-
cent thousands who perished on that ter-
rible day those innocent thousands who
deserve to be remembered with honour
and truth."
Rodney Dickens, Asia Cottom and
Bernard Brown are worthy of nothing
(This article was written by
Jonathan Gurwitz of the San Antonio
Express-News c.2006)


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9/11conspiracy theories debunked

EDITOR, The Tribune.
SINCE her arrival earlier this
summer COB President Janyne
Hodder has launched into her
job with the same verve and
enthusiasm that has characterized
this fine educator from our first
acquaintance of her back in the
mid-seventies when we were col-
leagues at the fledgling institu-
tion. Certainly much water has
passed under the bridge in the
intervening thirty years and she
has been engaged in a variety of
academic challenges which seem
to have fortuitously prepared her
for the enormous challenge that
she has undertaken at the COB
- to expand and upgrade the
administrative and academic
infrastructure of its college-level
programme offerings so as to
qualify the institution for uni-
versity status.
In her most recent revelations
('President outlines the new
strategic direction for COB' in
the September 1, 2006 issue of
The Tribune, page eight) Janyne
Hodder outlined the necessity of
some adjustments and additions
to the administrative structure
and spelled out the delegated
responsibilities of her six vice
presidents and the other admin-
istrative staff, including the new
position of secretary-general
which serves as the institution's
legal counsel and secretary of the
The COB Council's new ad
hoc Advisory Committee on aca-
demic governance appears to be
the other outstanding addition
to the administrative infrastruc-
ture. We would expect that this
committee would also be recep-
tive to (consultative) invitations
to other members of the local
academic and business commu-
nity and are reassured by its
chairpe-rson being Dr Keva
In our very modest adminis-
trative experiences as an acade-
mic at a university-college in
Canada and at COB I too was
led to appreciate some of the
fundamentals of tertiary educa-
Firstly, that the quality of the
educational experience that a stu-
dent had at any tertiary level
institution was up until the
advent of the internet the
quality of the institution's library
and the easy availability and
access to information. With the
advent of the computer and the
information age perhaps the
emphasis on the number of vol-
umes and the exterisiveness of
the library's journal holdings has-
n't so much of the priority it once
had especially as with suffi-

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mation (from other libraries as
well) available to one via the
internet. The emphasis (on
teaching as opposed to research)
which characterized both the lib-
eral arts university-college and
COB can no longer be deemed
sufficient in an institution that
seeks recognition as a fully
fledged university. This is yet
another reason that this aspect
of the institution (its research
activities) has to be significantly
upgraded and expanded. In this
regard distance education pre-

sents many challenges to an
archipelgic nation such as the
Bahamas (and we are reassured
by Dr Pandora Johnson's being
the one responsible for :"devel-
oping a distance education
As a former colleague I take
great pleasure in observing the
development and blossoming of
our COB and am reassured that
it is indeed in good hands. I.wish
to take this opportunity to offer
President Hodder and her team
every support and wish them
every success in their worthy

Former Lecturer COB
September, 2006.

A clear distinction between

a merger and acquisition
EDITOR, The Tribune.
RECENT articles written in The Tribune's Business Section on the
Stamp Tax involving business mergers and acquisitions warranted my
comments. Obviously, the Minister of Finance has expert advisers to call
on for good guidance on tax matters rather than to consider advice
from an armchair tax amateur such as myself.
Nevertheless, here is my simple observation. I propose there be a clear
distinction between a business merger (pooling of assets/shares of a
company) and a business acquisition (full outright purchase of
assets/shares of a company) for purposes of the stamp tax.
For example, a merger where essentially an exchange of one compa-
ny's shares for that of another and where both companies become one
and same and operates as such thereafter should be exempt from stamp
tax, altogether.
Unlike, an acquisition where one company purchases outright the full
shares or assets of another company and remains the same, in my hum-
ble opinion this should be treated as "taxable" and subject to the applic-
able stamp tax.
In a circumstance where a company purchases partial assets of an exist-
ing company involving real property and perhaps other assets, including
tangible and intangible assets, I suggest that real property only be sub-
jected to the stamp tax. This presents less drag on business transac-
tions and greater benefit to consumers and the economy and allows the
government to collect its vital revenues.
I make the case that at least there can be clear advantages for those
companies doing business in the Bahamas and wanting to avoid the
stamp tax who honestly and legitimately want to pool their shares or
assets of a business for competitive advantage which results in good ben-
efits for consumers and the overall health of the economy.
Conversely, for those who will seek to use this benefit as a tax loop hole
- avoidance of the stamp tax where a sale of company assets or an
acquisition of company shares was originally intended, government
should simply plug it by subjecting any resale of partially held shares .f
new companies created after mergers of my description, up to ten y:, -
as of the date of the merger or pooling of company shares to the appY
able stamp tax.
This tax benefit should not be available to passive investment com-
panies that have no operations or subsidiaries without operations created
solely for the purposes of holding real property to avoid the stamp tax,
ie a company created to hold real property with no purpose other than
to avoid stamp tax. It amounts to hopelessness if governments cannot col-
lect revenues to do its job such as maintain public infrastructure. What
then happens to overall property values? We all will become losers.
September, 2006.

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AN 18-year-old Bamboo
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court yesterday on charges
of housebreaking and steal-
It was alleged that on
Thursday, September 7
Jerome Smith broke into the
home of Rosyin Missick in
Bamboo Town.
There, he allegedly stole
several items including jew-
elry together valued at
Smith pleaded not guilty
to the charge and was grant-
ed bail in the sum of $3,500.

Tourism body
plan for beach

DOMINICA'S tourism
association on Monday crit-
icized a plan for a hotel to
privatize one of the
Caribbean island's most
popular beaches, according
to Associated Press.
The Dominica Hotel and
Tourism Association called
for all of the island's beach-
es to remain public, includ-
ing a white-sand beach
where developers plan on
raising a luxury resort and
restricting access to the
stretch of coastal land.
In a statement issued
Monday, the association
said all steps must be taken
to ensure that visitorss and
nationals alike are able to
enjoy use of the beaches
without any hindrance or
The Tourism Ministry
announced last month that
unidentified investors were
interested in building a lux-
ury resort and privatizing
the beach at Woodford Hill
- one of only four white-
sand beaches on this 289-
square-mile (750-square-
kilometer) volcanic island.
Dominica, one of the
poorest islands in the region,
has been trying to promote
its tourism industry as it
recovers from a recession
with the help of an austerity
program designed by the
International Monetary
All of the island's beaches
are open to the public, but
most have coarse, black
sand. The beach at Wood-
ford Hill draws residents
from across the country of
69,000 people, and is espe-
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Dive company says work permit

problems are crippling business

* THE Grand Bahama base of Underwater Explorers Society

Successful firm 'brought

to its knees' by changes

to immigration policy

AN internationally-
renowned dive company which
has been in the Bahamas for
40 years could grind to a halt
because of continuing work
permit problems.
A string of refused permits
and endless delays have had a
"crippling" effect on its busi-
ness, it was revealed yesterday.
The firm, Underwater
Explorers' Society Ltd, the old-
est dive operation on Grand
Bahama, says it is reeling under
recent changes to immigration
The company's attorney,
Fred Smith, told The Tribune:
"Despite its tremendous con-
tribution to the economy, and
provision of jobs for Bahami-
ans, it is being brought to its
knees by the Immigration
He added: "Unexso is one of
many businesses in Freeport
being abused and mistreated by

the Immigration Department in
an economy which is already
severely depressed."
Mr Smith's outburst follows
denials of three permits, one for
a SCUBA instructor and two
for marine mammal trainers.
"We were told by the Immi-
gration Department only last
year that they understood the
need for non-Bahamians in
these two positions in order
do do business, so these
denials come as a complete
shock. This is a very urgent
One of those refused a permit
is Cristina Zenato, a dive
instructor and boat captain.
"She has been living on Grand
Bahama for nearly 12 years and
has an exceptional list of quali-
fications. The denial of her per-
mit is nothing less than per-
verse," said Mr Smith.
Company manager Steven
Riely said not only was Ms

M ON a dive

Zenato extremely well-quali-
fied, she was able to teach in
five languages.
With the firm chasing the Ital-
ian and German, as well as
French, markets, such staff were


"Without Ms Zenato, or oth-
er instructors capable of teach-
ing in these languages, we limit
greatly our ability to market
"For an activity with inher-
ent dangers, such as SCUBA,
an instructor must have full
competency in the student's lan-
guage. Simply put, without her,
Unexso will not market to the
European clientele."
The other two permits
refused were for marine mam-
mal trainers Amber Heavner
and Jamie Doglione.
"Again, they have qualifica-
tions that are needed at the

Dolphin Experience and no
Bahamian has currently applied
for the positions. Without them,
we would have to go through
the lengthy, and expensive,
process of recruiting two other
marine mammal trainers from
Unexso is also upset at the
"appalling delay" in getting
answers to pending applications.
Mr Smith said: "Unexso
spends thousands of dollars to
recruit and interview qualified
candidates once it has satisfied
itself that there are no Bahami-
ans for the position.


"In a recent case, it was
almost two months to get the
approval. The letter was dated
three weeks before it was signed
and delivered to Unexso."
Qualified people are not like-
ly to wait that long for approval.
In the past year, the company

has lost two candidates as a
result of delays.
Mr Smith said: "Unexso
emphasises that this is an
extremely urgent matter,
because not only have the lives
of three-employees been put on
hold, but serious business deci-
sions must be made.
"If these permits are not
granted, a staff reduction of as
many as ten Bahamians will also
have to occur due to cancelled
programmes and lost revenues."
He added: "We cannot
expect investors to stay in busi-
ness in the Bahamas under
these circumstances. They will
leave. Freeport will be worse.
Bahamian jobs will be lost.
"Opportunities for Bahami-
ans to learn will disappear.
There will be less entertain-
ment for tourists. Unexso will
simply go elsewhere in the
Caribbean. Why do we make
it so difficult for business in the
Bahamas, and in particular

TALK of secession for Aba-
co has split public opinion on
the island, with critics describing
the idea as "laughable" non-
Since outspoken resident Mrs
Yvonne Key first raised the
question on Radio Abaco last
month, secession talk has
spread through Marsh Harbour
and surrounding communities.
But yesterday 73-year-old
Abaconian Patrick Bethel said
secession was not being seri-
ously considered by anyone on
the island.
"It is laughable," he said, "My
friends and I have been joking
about who would become our
police commissioner."
Mrs Key first raised the vexed
question of AIM the Abaco
Independence Movement,
which failed in its first bid for
secession 33 years ago on
August 25.
Then, two weeks later, she
went back on air to test public
response. Since then she has
received plenty of support and
one or two rebukes from out-
raged listeners.
The matter was highlighted
in The Tribune's INSIGHT sec-
tion on Monday, with business-
men Dale Hill and Doug Evans
adding their own thoughts
about the feasibility of such a
Both felt secession talk was
more a sign of local frustration
than a real declaration of intent.
Now there has been a back-
lash, with Mr Bethel describing
many comments in the article
as misleading. He said there
were 17 specific points which
he challenged.
But a Marsh Harbour source
who didn't wish to be named.
said: "This talk of secession will,
we hope, serve one purpose.
We hope it will stir up things
so that Nassau will pay more
attention to us."

She added: "The fact that it
has now hit The Tribune and
ZNS will focus the government
on our needs. The fact is that
we don't get a fair piece of the
"There are a lot of people
here who think independence
for Abaco is a feasible idea.
This island has been victimised'
by the PLP because it is seen
as FNM.
"The PLP has victimised
Long Island, it has victimised
Abaco and now it is victimising
Grand Bahama. From Mr Pin-
dling onwards, this island has
got a raw deal. It is time some-
thing was done about it."
The row has taken on racial
undertones, with one radio lis-
tener claiming secession would
turn the clock back.
"All blacks would have to be
out of Marsh Harbour by night-
fall," she said.
Another said secession was a
"pack of foolishness" thought
up by the island's white popu-
But disgruntlement being felt
throughout Abaco centres on
alleged government inaction on
several important issues.
These include road mainte-
nance, power supplies, dump
congestion and most impor-
tantly safety and security issues
:at Marsh Harbour airport.
It is felt Abaco gets little
return from the estimated $110
million it contributes annually
to the national treasury.
In yesterday's Tribune, Mr
Evans invited Prime Minister
Perry Christie and Opposition
leader. Hubert Ingraham to vis-
it Abaco for a meeting to thrash
out locals' concerns.
He said: "We have grown to
the point where we have out-
stripped the infrastructure. Cen-
tral government must catch up
with the growth, otherwise the
growth is going to flatten out."

Critics describe

secession idea

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Government makes

first scholarship

awards since 2000

FOR the first time in six years the
Bahamas government yesterday
awarded special scholarships to stu-
The Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology yesterday announced
the recipients of the National Merit,
Academic, and Technical Training
These scholarships are the first
scholarships awarded by the govern-
ment since the Bonded Scholarship
Programme was abolished in 2000.
The National Scholarship Pro-
gramme was launched on July 13, by
the Minister of Education Alfred
In 2000, the bonded scholarship pro-
gramme was abolished and replaced
by the Education Loan Fund and the

Guaranteed Loan Programme.
The loan programme, by its very
nature, served the most financially
capable persons, said Minister Sears,
who noted that "many persons do not
qualify even though they might be
"This is particularly evident in the
Family Islands where families engaged
in farming or seasonal work, are
excluded because they would not meet
the financial requirements," he said.
The remedy this problem, the gov-
ernment last year agreed to introduce
the new National Scholarship Pro-
To this end, the National Scholar-
ship Advisory Committee (NSAC)
was formed to develop and implement
the scholarship programme through

public and private sector partnerships.
Headed by Willimae Salkey, a for-
mer permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Education, who serves as chair-
person, and Arnold Forbes, who
serves as co-chairman, the committee
is comprised of individuals from vari-
ous sectors of the community, and
includes representatives from the pri-
vate sector.
The programme is designed to pro-
vide financial assistance to deserving
Bahamians who otherwise might not
have access to post-secondary educa-
Scholarships are awarded on the
bases of academic merit, financial
need, and the relevance of study to
the economic, social and develop-
mental needs of the Bahamas.

International lawyers' conference comes to the Bahamas

A LOCAL law firm has been
chosen to host a top-level con-
ference for attorneys from
around the region.
The International Lawyers
Network (ILN) an association
of 5,000 top lawyers from 62
countries will hold its region-
al meeting of the, Americas in
the Bahamas for the first time in
its history with the Nassau-
based firm of Halsbury Cham-
bers selected to host the event.
"For a relatively young firm
founded in 2000 to be selected to
host such a prestigious event is
truly an honour and we at Hals-
bury Chambers are extremely
proud to have been chosen,"
said the firm's founder Branville
'Bran' McCartney. "But beyond
the honour'it represents for the
firm, we are proud to be part of
bringing this important confer-
ence to The Bahamas."
Mr McCartney was invited to
be te ,Bahamian legal industry
representative in the third,

IDB/CDB Caribbean Region-
al Conference Civil Society
Conference in Trinidad and
Tobago recently, and the firm
has just held its second free
legal clinic at Superclubs
The conference, set for
November 16-19, will be held
at Atlantis.Bringing attorneys
from internationally recognized
firms based in Europe, North,
Central and South America and
Asia to The Bahamas for one of
its most important conferences
of the year raises the profile of
this island nation to a new level
for lawyers networking ip a
global environment.
ILN lawyers who will gather
in Nassau for the 2006 regional
meeting will deal with legal
issues related to corporate and
commercial law, securities, com-
mercial litigation, employment
and expatriate law, government
contracting, intellectual prop-
erty law, estate planning and

administration and alternative
dispute resolution.
ILN chairman Lowell Lif-
schultz said the worldwide
organisation improves service
to clients by allowing for pro-
fessional exchange of informa-
tion combined with the reputa-
tion, knowledge and resources
contributed by the local mem-
ber firm.
"Many of our member attor-
neys are among the most
esteemed in their particular
areas of expertise," he explained.
"Network firms must also have
demonstrated their expertise in
working successfully with inter-
national companies."
Past conferences. have been
held in New York, Asia, Gene-
va and other high profile centres
of commerce.
Halsbury Chambers is head-
quartered at Halsbury Com-
mercial Centre, Village Road,
and has offices in Exuma and

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* A GANG leader known as 'Bibi' passes through the crowd holding a rusty submachine gun as he
surrenders it during a disarmament in the slum of Solino in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Monday. A
gang leader and two followers surrendered a rusty submachine gun and two loaded pistols to UN
peacekeepers Monday in the first weapons handover of a UN-led effort to disarm hundreds of
(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Haitian gang members

surrender guns under

disarmament plan

THREE gang members sur-
rendered their guns Monday
'in the first handover of
weapons in a UN-led effort to
disarm hundreds of Haitian
criminals, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The men held the guns above
their heads as they approached
Brazilian peacekeepers to the
cheers of supporters during the
handover ceremony in the grit-
ty Port-au-Prince slum of Soli-
no. They agreed to disarm after
peacekeepers promised they
would not be arrested.
Haiti's government and UN
peacekeepers are trying to per-
suade up to 1,000 gang mem-
bers to lay down their arms with

offers of money, food and job
The impromptu ceremony
marked the start of what offi-
cials acknowledge will likely be
a lengthy campaign to disarm
the gangs, which are blamed for
a recent wave of kidnapping
and shootings in the capital,
Port-au-Prince. A UN
spokesman declined to com-
ment on the weapon handover.
The men handing in guns -
one gang leader and two fol-
lowers said they were tired of
fighting with rival gangs in the
slum, a warren of crumbling cin-
derblock homes, dirt roads and
open sewers only a few blocks
from the National Palace.
"Now we want the freedom
to go where we want without
being arrested by police," said

the gang leader in Solino,
known as "Bibi."
The guns and about two
dozen rounds of ammunition
were splayed out on a table in
front of a mural of Jean-
Bertrand Aristide, the former
Haitian president who has
retained the loyalty of some
gangs since he was toppled in a
2004 revolt.
' A government commission
was appointed last week to
oversee the UN disarmament
The UN special envoy to
Haiti, Edmond Mulet, has said
only gang members not want-
ed for killings, human rights
abuses or other serious crimes
would be eligible for the bene-
fits after they give up their



Bahamians urged to register quickly

* PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner Errol Bethel


A NEW drive is being launched to
encourage Bahamians to register to vote -
with less than half of estimated voters so far
signed up to the few roll.
An election this year which would be
based on the current register is looking
increasingly unlikely, and registration for
the new register has been slow.
So far 78, 648 of an estimated 160,000
voters throughout the islands have regis-
tered for the new register.
"The numbers presently are much too
low for the Boundaries Commission to be
able to make any reasonable judgment
about constituencies," said Parliamentary
Commissioner Errol Bethel.
Adelaide and Blue Hills are leading the.
way each with 2,900 registered, with Dela-
porte (2,800) and South Beach (2,700) fol-
Registration centres set up in densely
populated locations throughout New Prov-
idence have now been increased to 22,
including the headquarters on Farrington
Road. They are opened at night. In addition,
Family Islands administrators have been
instructed to push for increased voter reg-
istration there.
"We have to register at least another
85,000 throughout the country," said Mr
Bethel. "I urge the public to get registered
so that at least we will have some reasonable
figures for the Boundaries Commission to
be able to consider when they make their
decision about constituency boundaries."

New wave could mean

trouble for Bahamas.


A VERY strong tropical
wave coming from the coast of
Africa could have a serious
impact in this region, an expert
has warned.
However, it was also noted
that the Bahamas has so far
done "very well" this hurricance
season in terms of the level of
impact it has experienced.
The island chain was entirely
spared the' effects of Tropical
Storm Florence this week -
which has now moved into cool-
er waters a little over 300 miles
north-north east of Bermuda -
and is expected to have little
cause for concern from the

effects of Tropical Storm Gor-
Speaking yesterday, chief
meteorologist Basil Dean said
that the rain and cloud cover
which were forecast to hit New
Providence early this week had
not materialised as tropical
storm Florence recurvedd a lit-
tle -quicker than we anticipat-
As a result not even the out-
er fringes of the storm passed
near enough to cause havoc
within our weather system.
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currently expected to becom-
ing a hurricane within the next
day or two is expected to
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over the weekend. It is cur-
rently moving northwest at
around 8mph and has maxi-
mum sustained winds of
"Bermuda might get brushed
from that, but I expect there
will be no direct hit", said Mr
However, a "very strong"
tropical wave coming off the
African coast is looking
"promising in terms of devel-
opment", according to the
"Again, it's too early to say
whether we'll get any effect but
that's certainly something we'll
be looking at over the n.ext cou-
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but voters are required to register again
when it expires
"It does not matter that your name was
on the old register because when that reg-
ister is is dead. Only those whose
names appear on the new register will be
able to vote in the elections. We want the'
public to understand that.
"(Registration of voters) is slower this
time than it was during the last exercise
and it is time for us to get the numbers up,"
said Mr Bethel
The current register is showing 150,968.
The new register is expected to exceed that
by about 15,000 voters, he said.
All Bahamian over 18 years, and ordi-
narily residing in a constituency, are entitled
to be registered to vote upon proof of citi-
New voters' cards will not be issued until
the new register comes into effect.
"The Bahamas has a strong democratic
tradition," said Mr Bethel. "Bahamians
have always turned out in very large num-
bers to vote.
"We have confidence in our electoral sys-
tem as being free and fair. The people have
an important say in who governs our coun-
try and everybody who has the privilege to
exercise the vote should do so.
"We don't expect the numbers to go
down. Every election we have in excess of
90 per cent of the people voting. We expect
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The history of the

Non-aligned Movement

OST Bahamians
don't have a clue
what the Non-aligned
Movement is and could care
less, but our government
has been taking part in
NAM meetings for the past
two decades without both-
ering to tell us about it.
In all likelihood that's
because the government
itself could care less and
was just going through the
motions. But for the first
time we have an ideologi-
cally driven foreign minis-
ter who appears to have
some latitude to set policy,
whether by default or oth-
And that sometimes
means playing international
games that can get us need-
lessly into hot water. So we
should watch what comes
out of this week's summit

use this week's meeting to
try to refocus Third World
grievances into a broad anti-
Western front.
This is something that
Bahamians should wish to
avoid. As a spokesman for
the US Embassy here said,
the Bahamas should work
for a more positive and con-
structive approach to the
issues discussed at the sum-
Created in 1961 by leg-
endary liberation leaders
like Tito of Yugoslavia,
Nehru of India, Nkrumah of
Ghana and Sukarno of
Indonesia to play off the

"More than 50 heads of state
and thousands of delegates from
more than a hundred countries
are attending the conference,
where they will discuss a Cuban
plan to update the movement's
goals and refocus its activities.
Guests include UN secretary
general Kofi Annan and leaders
of the Arab League and
African Union."

of the Non-aligned Move-
ment in Havana, where
.Fed Mitchell is said to be
representing the prime min-
This event will likely be
Cuban President Fidel Cas-
tro's last stand. Although he
is too ill to participate fully,
officials say he is involved
in all decision-making. And
it is clear that Castro will

major Cold War powers, the
NAM became utterly irrel-
evant following the collapse
of the Soviet bloc in 1989.
According to British
expert Jonathan Fryer, "The
Cold War came to an end
and suddenly the Non-
aligned Movement thought,
well, what really are we for?
In other words, it was meant
not to be associated with

Washington and not to be
associated with Moscow. It
is very much a child of the
Cold War."
The movement tried to
revive itself as the voice of
the developing world on
debt, aid and trade issues -
and now a new turning
point may have been
reached, with radical
nations like Cuba,
Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Syr-
ia, North Korea and Iran
forging strategic ties while
the new economic power-
houses of India and China
seek to expand their global

Americans have
always taken a
sceptical view of the Non-
aligned Movement that
is, when they thought of it
at all. Referring to the
attempt at revitalisation
Robert Mclean of the con-
servative Washington-based
Centre for Security Policy
complained: "The United
States finds itself once again
confronted by those who
seek excuses for their fail-
ures and legitimacy for their
(Although the US has
attended previous summits
as an observer along with
other Western countries, it
has no plans to take part in
the Havana meeting, citing
poor relations with the host
But opinion in developing
countries is perhaps best
summarised by a recent edi-
torial in the Jamaican
Observer: "Despite the
changes the world has
undergone over the last 20
years, we still believe that
the Non-aligned Movement
is relevant and has a signif-
icant role to play in the set-
ting of world political and
economic agendas."
This week's meeting is
the 14th summit (they are
held every three years), and
the second to take place in
Havana. Cuba hosted its
first summit in 1979, when
Castro was at the peak of
his power and world affairs
were polarised between the
US and the USSR.
More than 50 heads of
state and thousands of del-

egates from more than a
hundred countries are
attending the conference,
where they will discuss a
Cuban plan to update the
movement's goals and refo-
cus its activities. Guests
include, UN secretary gen-
eral Kofi Annan and leaders
of the Arab League and
African Union. More than
a thousand journalists from
around the world are cov-
ering the event.
And somewhere among
this maddening crowd is
Fred Mitchell. It is report-
edly only the second time
that a Bahamian cabinet
minister has attended a
summit. The Pindling gov-
ernment joined the NAM in
1983, when it became a
member of the Caribbean
Community. And Dr David-
son Hepburn, our former
ambassador to the UN, was
the sole Bahamian delegate
at those early meetings:
"We attended all of the
non-aligned meetings at the
UN," Dr Hepburn told
Tough Call. "But it is fair
to say that the Bahamas was
not a mover and shaker in
the organization, which was
largely a talking shop any-
way. I believe it was a mat-
ter of solidarity and the
thing to do. But the current
summit in Havana is defi-
nitely a coup for Cuba."
Although the term non-

ed the first major confer-
ence of the world's non-
aligned nations. Tito used
the prestige gained from the
meeting and from his
denunciations of neocolo-
nialism to enhance the
leverage gained by posi-
tioning Yugoslavia between
East and West."

But even in its hey-
day, the movement
was largely discredited. For
example, at the 1979
Havana summit,,Castro
declared the Soviet Union
as the movement's "natural
ally" against "imperialism,
colonialism, neo-colonial-
ism, apartheid, racism and
Zionism". But two months
later the Russians invaded
Afghanistan, a non-aligned
Now the Cubans who
were isolated by the col-
lapse of the USSR in 1991
- are seeking to "relaunch"
the NAM in an effort to
exert greater influence on
World affairs and ensure the
survival of Castro's Stalinist
Along with others like
Venezuela, Cuba wants the
movement to attack the US
role as a world policeman,
while moderates such as
India seek to avoid turning
the summit into an anti-
American slugfest.

"Another perennial issue is
support for the independence
movement of Puerto Rico,
which is a territory of the
United States. The Spanish
colony was ceded to the US
inf1898 along with the
Philippines and Guam."

alignment was coined by
Indian Prime Minister Jawa-
harlal Nehru in a 1954
speech referring to relations
with China, the real impe-
tus for the movement came
from the post-Second World
War split between
Yugoslavia's communist
leader, Josip Broz Tito, and
the Soviet dictator, Josef
After the split,
Yugoslavia began building
relations with newly inde-
pendent countries like
India. According to the US
Library of Congress, "Tito
found common ground with
Egypt's president Gamal
Abdel Nasser and India's
prime minister Jawaharlal
Nehru, and they worked
together to organize a
movement whose collective
statements on international
issues would carry greater
weight than their individual
"In 1961 Yugoslavia host-

To understand what that
means, look no further than
a September 6 commentary
in the official Cuban news-
paper, Granma, which
describes the US as "the
most brutal, hegemonic,
racist and fundamentalist of
empires", whose aim is "to
convert the South into game
reserves*..and which is con-
ducting genocidal wars of
aggression launched with
At the 2003 summit in
Malaysia, the NAM con-
demned American refer-
ences to certain countries as
evil, and backed Iran in its
pursuit of nuclear technolo-
gy. Israel was repeatedly
condemned for "war crimes
and systematic human rights
violations" against Pales-
tinians, among other things.
According to the Cubans,
"this week's final declara-
tion will deal with Iraq, the
Israeli aggression in
Lebanon and Palestine,

democratization of the'
United Nations, multilater-
alism, and the US govern-
ment's blockade of Cuba."<
.Other issues will included
trade, cooperation between
developing countries. migra-,
tion, drug trafficking and
arms control.
Moderate leaders'want
the meeting to focus on
global governance pro-
moting multilateralism as
the best way to solveint-er-
national problems/
They also want tq restruc-
ture the UN to give devel-
oping nations more author-
ity, and to reduce th' power
of the five permanednt'mem-
bers of the Security Council
-the US, Russia, China,
Britain and France. China,
by the way, is not a mem-
ber of the NAM but is
attending the summit as an
Another perennial issue is
support for the indepen-
dence movement of Puerto
Rico, which is a territory of
the United States. The
Spanish colony was ceded
to the US in 1898 along with
the Philippines and Guam.
Puerto Ricans are
zens, run their own affairs,
and have voted in several
plebiscites to maintain the
status quo but islanders
support a strong Indepen-
dence and cultural identity
One big news item at the
conference may be a meet-
ing between Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh
and Pakistani President Per-
vez Musharraf.
The peace process
between these two nuclear-
armed but non-aligned
:neighbours has been stalled
since terrorists killed 180
Indians in July, putting in
jeopardy twlo'and :a half
years of negotiations. India
and Pakistan have fought
four wars over disputed ter-
ritory since Independence
in 1947.
But it is American power
(some including many in
the Bahamian political class
would say blackmail)
that is the name of the game
in Havana this week. And
it remains to be seen how
the muscular-nationalism
unleashed in the US by the
9/11 terror attacks will play
out, in our 21st century
Meanwhile, thoughtful
leaders like South Africa's
President Thabo Mbeki
believe the NAM can make
its greatest contribution by
helping to set the interna-
tional agenda, especially
with regard to the world
If the movement has a
future, perhaps that is
where it lies.

What do you think?
Send comments to
Or visit

Joseph H. Albury originally of
Harbour Island
From St. Petersburg, Florida
Born Oct 31, 1916 Died Sept 7, 2006
In Florida


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Poverty, Middle East top agenda

for Non-aligned Movement summit

' POVERTY, health care and
'the Middle East top the agenda
for a weeklong summit of the
Nonaligned Movement that
began Monday and will culmi-
nate with the meeting of 50
'heads of state, including anti-
American leaders from Iran
and Venezuela, according to
'Associated Press.
-' Cuba takes over the chair-
'manship this week from
Malaysia, and the communist
government's foreign minister
opened the event with a force-
ful call for smaller, developing
countries to band together to
resist the intervention and
aggressions of more powerful
nations in this "unjust world."
"Today we can affirm ... that
Sthe movement is more neces-
sary than ever," said Felipe
Perez Roque.
"We need the united force of
,118 nations," he added, refer-
ring to the current members
plus Haiti and St. Kitts and
SNevis, expected to join the
movement this week.
The movement, which
"includes about two-thirds of the
,world's nations, was developed
during the Cold War as a Third
'World alternative to the United
'States and Soviet Union. Diplo-
mats say it has lost direction in
recent years, but expect the
Cuban leadership to deepen the
bond between member nations
that share similar social and
economic struggles.
Illiteracy, lack of access to
decent health care and energy
conservation are high on
Cuba's agenda, along with a
group statement calling for the
lifting of the decades-old U.S.
trade embargo against the
island. Iran's delegation will
seek support for its efforts to
become a nuclear power.
Leaders from Pakistan and
India will meet as part of their .

peace process.
Organisers will work on a
final declaration that rejects all
terrorism against civilian popu-
lations, including "state terror-
ism" in a statement that will
chastise Israel and the United
States for invasions in Lebanon
and Iraq.
And many nations want to
send a sharp message to the
developed world that wealthy
countries need to do more to
share the finite resources and
respect the rights of all coun-
tries to determine their own
governments and economic sys-
Formed in 1961, the move-
ment has survived long after
the Soviet Union's collapse.
Today, many of the members
are united in a shared distaste
for U.S. foreign policy. Lead-
ers like Iranian President Mah-
moud Ahmadinejad and
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez, who arrive later in the
week, are expected to use the,
.summit to blast the "imperial-
ist" world view of President

But other countries attend-
ing say they are not interested
in battering the United States.
Nations such as India and
South Africa are improving
relations with the United States
and aren't willing to point fin-
gers at the Bush administration.
The member nations include
most of Africa, the Middle
East, Asia and Latin America.
China is' attending as an observ-
er nation, an opportunity the
United States passed up.
The attendance of one of
Bush's top foes, ailing Cuban
President Fidel Castro, is still
up in the air. The 80-year-old
leader announced July 31 he
was temporarily giving up pow-
er for the first time in 47 years

- to recover from intestinal
He has made no public
appearances since then,
although the government
released two videos it filmed of
visits with Chavez in Havana.
Defense Minister Raul Cas-
tro is Cuba's acting president
and will head the island's dele-
gation in. the elder Castro's
Fidel Castro said he would
be able to receive some visit-
ing dignitaries, but the govern-
ment statement gave the sense
that those meetings would be
small and private. ,.
Cuban organizers said they
would urge the'United Nations
leadership to strengthen its loy-
alty to developing nations. U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
will attend as an observer, and
was expected to meet person-
ally with FidelCastro. Many of
the global leaders will continue
on to New York for the U.N.
General Assembly session, and
some plan to meet Bush in
Among Other well-known
leaders attending are Presidents
Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan,
Bashar Assad of Syria and
Thabo Mbeki of South Africa,
as well as Prime Ministers Man-
mohan Singh of India and
Thaksin Shinawatra of Thai-
Musharraf said he will meet
with Singh on the sidelines as
part of an ongoing peace
process between Pakistan and
India. The two countries share
a history of hostile relations,
mainly because of their com-
peting claims on the border
region of Kashmir.
Arco Progresista, one of
Cuba's dissident groups, noted
that protecting human rights is
a priority of the movement and
urged the government to
expand freedom of expression
and allow multiparty elections
in Cuba.

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First Class Petty Officer Wayne

Luther Cooper laid to rest
.Luther Coper .

* COMMODORE Davy Rolle, Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (right) pre-
sents Mrs Anglade Cooper with the flag that covered the coffin of her husband, First Class Pet-i
ty Officer Wayne Luther Cooper, at his burial on Friday, September 8, 2006. At left is Mr
Dwight Cooper, brother of Petty Officer Cooper.
(BIS photo: Raymond A Bethel)

* FAMILY and friends of first Class Petty Officer Wayne Luther Cooper at the Western Cemetery
(BIS photo: Raymond A Bethel)

* THE Guard of Honour of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force give a gun salute at the burial of
their comrade, First Class Petty Officer Wayne Luther Cooper, at the Western Cemetery on Friday,
September 8. 2006.
(BIS photo: Raymond A Bethel)

* ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officers remote and fold the fag that co-ered the coffin of First
Class Petty Officer % aayne Luther Cooper at the gra'e site on Friday, September 8, 2006.
(BIS photo: Raymond A Bethel)

* THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band.

(BIS photo: Raymond A Bethel)


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By ALISON LOWE "All through
been calling
NOT since the double mur- other things c
der of two Austrian aristocrats they want to
in Bimini has the Bahamas cause of deal
received so much international sort of stuff."
media attention as in the last Since the dc
several days, police say. old Daniel W
In the wake of the mysteri- Sunday, Britis
ous death of the 20-year-old pean newspa]
son of former playboy play- sion stations
mate and millionaire heiress, ing information
Anna Nicole Smith, assistant their bases ab
police commissioner Ferguson ing to Nassa
said that calls from mainly US police and atte
based media outlets have been ences.
coming in to police "all through At a confere
the day." tor's Hospital,
"There has been quite a bit visiting when
of interest generated I don't than 15 US me
know exactly why, but there present, inclu
has been," he said. tantives from

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mother and newly born sister. On Sunday, Sep-
tember 10, at 6.20am, it was noted by one of
our associates that Daniel was attending to his
mother's comfort," he said.
Mr Rassin said that Daniel was also subse-
quently observed to be asleep on "multiple
"At 9.38am the nurse was called, following
which physicians on the floor were immedi-
ately summoned. Recognising Daniel was unre-
sponsive, they initiated CPR. A code blue was
called and the team responded from the Emer-
gency Room," Mr Rassin said.
He said that resuscitative efforts, using
advanced life support protocol continued for 22
minutes, without response.
Daniel was then pronounced dead at 10.05am
on Sunday.
Also addressing Bahamian and foreign media
at the conference, Dr Hubert Minnis, the obste-
trician who delivered Ms Smith's baby, said
that his patient had undergone "an uneventful
caesarean section" on Thursday at Doctors
"At which time a live female infant was deliv-
ered with no complication.
"Both the mother and the baby had done
well post-operatiyely and are presently doing
well and are recuperating well. Both are expe-

h the day they've
for updates and
if that nature -
know what the
h is and all that
eath of 20-year-
layne Smith on
h, US and Euro-
pers and televi-
have been seek-
on both from
road and by fly-
u to meet with
end press confer-
ence held at Doc-
where Smith was
he died, more
edia outlets were
hiding represen-
the well known

entertainment channel E!
Elsewhere in the world, Peo-
,ple Magazine, and newspapers
as far away as the Guardian
and Times in the UK, and
including the Ottawa Citizen
and Winnipeg Sun in Canada,
and Detroit, Seattle, Louisville,
San Francisco and New York
based US newspapers have
covered the story.
A representative of a
Swedish newspaper also
appeared at the offices of The
Tribune on Monday having
flown in as soon as he could to
find out more about the inci-
At press time the results of
an autopsy on the 20-year-old's
body were pending.

Anna Nicole Smith
riencing no problems at this time," Dr Minnis
Ms Smith was named Playboy Playmate of
the Year in 1993, but it was not until one year
later when she married Texas oil tycoon J
Howard Marshall II that she became a house-
hold name.
She was 26 and he was 89 at the time. He
died the following year in 1995.
In the long-running court battle, Ms Smith
initially was awarded $474 million of her late
husband's estate, which was subsequently cut to
$89 million, and eventually reduced to zero.
The Texas state court ruled that Mr Mar-
shall's youngest son was the sole heir to his
However, the US Supreme Court ruled in
May of this year that the former playmate
could continue to pursue her claim in federal
courts in California despite this.
In recent years, Ms Smith has become known
as being the face of the weight management
system Trimspa.
Her now deceased son Daniel was the prod-
uct of Ms Smith's 1985 marriage to Billy Smith.
The couple reportedly met while working
together at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken in Mex-
ia, Texas.
They divorced in 1987.

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Tribune Business i
HUNDREDS of Bahamians
attended the first day of the
China Shop and Ship Confer-
ence hosted by Global United
Shipping eager to benefit from
expert advice on how to start
the process of buying anid ship-
ping goods directly from Chi-
na. i
Global United organised the
two-day event to introduce ,
local merchants to the tremen-
dous potential for establishing
trade between the two'coun-.
tries which they said in many
-' cases willreduce the cost of'
products by eliminating the!
need for a "middle man" or
third country through which
goods were shipped.
During the first day of thei
conference, Mr Chen Jinghsen,.
a representative of the Peo-;
pie's Republic of China, gave.
delegates an insight into the.
customs, and culture of doing
business in the country, noting;
that the establishment of
strong personal relationships'
were vital.
He also discussed the merits
and disadvantages of doing
business in China, noting that
the distance and language bar-
rier may be a hazard for some
Mr Chen encouraged
Bahamian merchants to ensure
they had strong sale agree-
ments in place to ensure that
all the terms of shipment were
set out.
Also giving advice was Mr



Philip Simon, executive direc-
tor of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce, who noted that
a recent memorandum of
understanding between the
two countries would be very
helpful for merchants.
He also pointed to a num-
ber of resources that should
assist persons with establish-
ing contacts with Chinese man-
ufacturers, including the Chi-
nese Ministry of Commerce.
Also scheduled to address
the delegates were Ed Curry
on trade finance from Scotia
Bank and Zhivargo Laing on
the emerging China, "What do
they have to offer?"
Although delegates said the
conference was off to an inter-
esting start, some were disap-
pointed that there were not
actual Chinese,companies in
attendance so that they could
have a sampling of products
on display.
Others complained that,
while the information was rel-
evant, they would have liked
to have been given actual
names of actual companies.
However, organizers of the
event encouraged delegates
to wait until today when more
would be said on the actual
process of buying goods.
Also Rodney Collie, one of
the organizers, noted that
bringing in vendors would not
have been a practical option.
He said that, given China's vast
market, it was more practical
to give delegates the informa-
.tion so that they could make
their own informed choices.
The conference ends today.

'Don't mix business

with politics'

Tribune Business Reporter
Bahamian business owners
need to ensure they do not
let the political climate of
th- day affect their bottom
lines, Prime Minister Perry
"Christie and Foreign Minister Fred
Nitchell said yesterday.
The two men weie speaking at the Chi-
na Ship and Shop Conference held at the
Wyndham Resort organisied by Global
United Shipping Company to introduce
Bahamian merchants to the advantages
of bu% ing goods directly from China.
Officially opening the two-day event.
Mr Christie acknowledged the significant
level of friendship enjoyed by the two
countries and the potential stimulation of
the Bahamian economN establishment of
a trade relationship could bring.
However, Mr Christie warned attendees
not to allow politics to cause them to lose
focus on opportunities before them.
"You cannot be successful by taking a
political season off," he said. "Business is
His comments were echoed by the For-
eign Minister.
Acknowledging the establishment of
China-Bahamas relations, Mr Mitchell
said it was the right thing to do. He noted
that there had been an explosion of
Bahamian trade in recent years an esti-
mated $150 million US between countries
just last year,-up from the $35 million
annual trade was pegged to a few years
S"What this means is that Bahamian busi-
nessmen and women are going with their
feet and seeking goods and services in
markets which are not traditional to the
Bahamas and thereby getting better prices
and making good profits and investing
those profits in the Bahamas."
Bahangians are taking advantage of the
container port to accomplish this, he
This, he said, allowed goods to be
shipped here without going through anoth-
er port. "Diplomatic relations with China
have been good for business in the
Bahamas," he added.
Some, however, take the view that what
is patently obvious on the face of the pol-


icy decision is not so ob iouis:
."We have this year alone witnessed in
our media sources the most incredible raft
of nonsense masquerading as fact on mat-
ters that touch and concern the foreign
policy of the country, despite the fact that
the infoi -maiion i- there for allto see.
"Where Bahamians are interested in
trade, and their go\ ernment seeks to pro-
tect their interests, some people seeide-
ology. Where a go\ ernient acts in accor-
dance with law to honour its internation-
al and domestic legal obligations, obliga-
tions to the law-abiding citizens of The
Bahamas, some people see. ideology.
"The public at large and businessmen
should not be intimidated by the steady
raft of disinformation that appears week-
ly and daily in newspapers about public
policy on this issue. They should pursue
their best interest. This is about trade not
Mr Mitchell said his ministry is com-

mitted tI assisting business persons in
both countries address their business
He said that, while the embassy is not
yet able to process documents to issue
visas, a visa expert from the Common-
wealth Fund for Technical Co-operation
will be visiting The Bahamas again on
September 13.
"He is reviewing all of. pur processes
and I expect that w within a short time there-
after, the anomalous situation that we find
in Beijing will no longer exist. At least in
the short term it should be possible to
have applications," the minister said.
Mr Mitchell added that he would also
like to see a Business, Culture and Trav-
el Resource Centre in the Chinese
Embassy to facilitate travellers.
Prime Minister Christie also encour-
aged business persons to know their coun-
try and take advantage of their opportu-

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Senior Manager, Trust &
Fiduciary Services Department
SG Hambros, part of the SG Private Banking, is a private bank providing
a comprehensive wealth management service with offices in the UK,
Guerney, Jersey Gibraltar and The Bahamas.
SG Hambroe Is currently looking to recruit a Senior Manager, Trust &
Fiduciary Services Department The Individual will be required to:

a visit on a regular basis significant
clients whose business with the Bank
is important clients enough that
it warrants direct client contact in
a meeting
Work with team colleagues to ensure
that there is a high quality of
Relationship management provided to
clients of a trust and fiduciary
services team
* develop new ient relationships from
a particular target marketing region or
country for the Dank
* deo,,eop new business horn eating
and new clients, enr maintenance
ana proftalitv of existing client
reationstips all towards achieving
income and sales goals for the team
that wil be set by Senior Management
* develop a deflaild knowledge arnd
understanding of client sale planning
and financial needs and provide
advice to existing clients and
prospctva clients on tre
Bank s produce and services, raising
with product specialists as appropriate
in priading more detailed piodupl
re.:orrnnoalUons In particular, work
closely and c-operatiely with
Pnvati Bankers to introduce
specialized nrstmenl products and
sarvces in accordance with the
dients needs
* ensue that the Bank Is properly
compensated for services rendered
to clients.

SG rieirros Fw* & TIute IEmjWuaol LUted s
tenid -ao ire Bert & tii ri 'Companre sel5oi

The roe wil entail supervisory and
training function and ensuring that
polices and procedures are being
followed with the department.
You should Ideally have:
m a Bachelor's Degree in Banking &
Finance, and have at least 7-10
years' experience n Trust and
Fiduciary Services
Sa superior numeric, writing and
communication sells
Sa superior knowledge of rusts, trust
law, companies and company law
*thu a iiy L o road and undersland
financial ilatemetnrs, valiliona and
related lonri of linarcial raortlng
0 a management and sales experience
ard proven aNibr iro 0rik with others
SIn a multl-fceted financial
services organization.
The position offers an artracTlve salary
and benalits package
Applications should be submitted to the
following address, to arrive on or before
'i5 September 2006
Manager, Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas)
PO Box N7789

Bank's newest

to open in til

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* GROWHNG GAINS Commonwealth Bank's newest branch grows a step nearer completion with a roof-topping ceremony.
The $3 million building at Golden Gates is set to open in time for the busy holiday season.

THE first new retail bank
building in New Providence in
more than five years drew a
step closer to completion last
week when the roof was sealed
during a formal roof topping-

out ceremony.
Bank officials, construction
workers and onlookers gath-
ered at the site of the new $3
million Commonwealth Bank.
Golden Gates branch for the
event marking a major mile-
stone in the construction of the
stand-alone building.
Cheers were followed by a
celebratory on-site lunch that
united W"rkers and executi es.
Located on a 1.5-acre site on
Blue Hill Road at the north-
eastern side of the Golden
jGates Shopping Centre, the
9,000 square foot building will
house a full financial services
centre, drive-through and auto-:
mated banking and will be

Re: Armored

The Government of The Bal
Car Sernices to service somi
sites. Interested firms may
Ministry of Fi
Cecil Wallace
West Bay Stre
P.O.Box N-30
Nassau, Baha

Deadline for subm
October 6

staffed by a complement of the premises committee which
about 20 staff. oversees the bank's existing
Ground was broken on the, and new real estate.
building just over one year ago "We are extremely pleased
and the bank is expected to with the progress that has been
open for business in time for made and it is hard to say on
the busy holiday season with this daywho is more enthusi-
a grand opening set for early astic the construction team,
2007. the architect or Common-
"It is always an exciting day i wealth Bank management,
when the roof topping-out cer- i staff, directors and sharehold-
emony takes place, second ers." . .
only to what I call the turning, Architect is Kenneth Lam,
points of construction day' AIA, RIBAofthefirmArchi-
one when you turn the first tect Ken Lam and Associates.
shovel of dirt and the final day Contractor is Osprey Devel-
when you turn the key and opment.
unlock the new building," said Groundbreaking took place
Commonwealth Bank director in May, 2005, and construction
Franklin Butler, chairman of i began in January, 2006.
SCommonwealth Bank presi-
dent and CEO William B.
i Sands, Jr. has said the bank
Selected the site to meet the
Needs of the growing popula-
t iionof the Carmichael Road,
S i Blue Hill Road and southern
Areas of the island.
ice : The' location is one of the
i e i ,most heavily-trafficked in the
Car Services : c. :ountry.. ,
S"Btuilding a new branch in
h Golden Gates reaffirms our
hamas is seeing Armored commitment to taking com-
e of its revenue collection munity banking to the people
collect bid specifications and our belief in the strength
Sof the Bahamian economy."
Said Mr Sands.
Golden Gates will be Com-
inance monw~alth Bank's 10th branch
Whitefield Centre and its sixth in New Provi-
eet dence. 4
17 The bank has more than
6.500 shareholders and $970
mas million in total assets.
Besides its current five
mission of bids is: branches in New Providence,
the bank has branches in Aba-
ith, 2006. co and Grand Bahama.

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Senior Clerk

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is seeking a suitably qualified
individual %with ambition and drive to fill the vacant position of Senior
Clerk. The specific duties of the post will include day-to-day adminis-
trative functions, records management, word processing, spreadsheets
and presentation matters.

Applicants must possess an Associate's Degree or equivalent from a
leading institution and five years advanced clerical experience. The
applicant must also possess BGCSE English Language or equivalent,
advanced qualifications in Microsoft Office applications including
word processing, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.

Interested applicants ma) deliver or fax resumes to the Executive
Director, Public Utilities Commission, 4th Terrace, East, Collins
Avenue, Nassau. The Bahamas, so as-to be received by 22 September,

Only applicants w ho have been short-listed will be contacted.

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'a dream

come true'

THE Lyford Cay Foundation has donated a
CD4 machine through the Clinton Foundation
HIV/AIDS Initiative to the Bahamas, slicing
diagnostic ime from two weeks to two to three
days while providing free diagnosis in New Prov-

This negates the timely, costly and often wor-
risome prospect of couriering blood samples to
Canada on a weekly basis.
With the CD4, diagnosis and proscribed treat-
ment is free and the confidentiality of the doc-
tor/patient relationship is secure.

.NOTICE is hereby given that MAXENE RAYMOND, of
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 13th day of September, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Abaco, Bahamas.



Prior experience on repairs to
heavy trucks advantageous.


Three (3) years working experience preferred.

Top wages and incentive program.

Uniforms furnished after probationary period.

Please send resume or come by and fill
application or give us a call at 328-2463

OFFSHORE BANK is looking for:
Resident Banker
MBA degree or equivalent 15 years minimum experience in banking and trust business.
Fluent in Spanish, read and written. Extensive knowledge of Argentine Financial and Tax
systems, as well as a detailed knowledge of banking laws and regulations in the Bahamas.
Experience of reporting to the Central bank, and capability in the areas of compliance and
AML are prerequisities. Duties will include It supervision, knowledge of RPG and OS
400, data base adminsitration, SQL 400 will be needed.

Applications should be mailed to:
Offshore Bank
P.O.Box N4779
Nassau, NP

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Manager I (Human Resources)
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Human Resources Manager I,
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public Hospitals Authority.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-
Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, Human Resources or
equivalent qualification (a Masters degree would be an advantage); and at least five (5) years relevant
experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills and computer skills are essential.
Job summary
Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Human Resources Department including planning,
organizing, coordination and delegating duties; the supervision of the staff of the Human Resources
Department; the coordination of the activities and assisting with the training, education and development
of the Human Resources Department staff.
Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Coordinates the development of Human Resources policies, procedures and practices in the hospital
and assists Corporate Office with policy development.
2. Prepares the Human Resources component of the Personnel Emoluments Budget.
3. Prepares the Human Resources Department budget.
4. Develops general quality standards for the Human Resources units.
5. Identifies and analyses Human Resources problems and recommend/implement solutions..
6. Develops and implements Human Resources and related training programs for relevant staff.
7. Advises and assists with interpretation of Human Resources policies for department heads, Area
Supervisors, Administrative Officers and Human Resources Officers.
8. Assists with the coordination of joint activities of Training and/or Payrolls Departriients.
9. Serves as advisor to the Executive Management Committee on Human Resources issues.
10. Develops and designs systems and surveys to ensure a proactive approach t thie Managementof
Human Resources.
11. Interacts and assists in Labour Relations and Negotiations.
12. Assists Area Supervisors with the recruitment of staff by developing interview formats, serving on the
interview panel, testing and conducting background and reference checks.
13. Develops career paths for new and existing staff in collaboration with Human Resources Officers, Area
Supervisors and Administrative Officers.
Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3) references should be
submitted no later than 18th September, 2006, to the Director of Human Resources, Public Hospitals
Authority, P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. (Serving
officers must submit their application through the Head of Department).


BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established
international Private Bank, with its headquarters, in Lugano, Switzerland,
specializing in wealth management, is presently accepting applications
forthe position of


Candidates for the post of Investment Specialist Latin America/Europe
must have at least 10-years' experience at an international private
bank with particular focus on European & Latin American clientele
and emphasis on commitment to service excellence. The successful
candidate must have good understanding of local and Swiss
regulations, banking practices & standards and in-depth knowledge of
international financial markets and excellent capabilities in managing
relationships with clients, advisors & internal Relationship Managers.
Fluency in English. Italian and Spanish is required, and the position
entails travel. The job requires the individual to

Research, develop and implement strategies for new bank
Liaise with Relationship Managers, head office and third parties
regarding development of products
Provide investment proposals and markets' analyses to
Relationship Managers and Senior Management
Guide and assist staff in the training of bank's products
Provide advisory services to sophisticated European and Latin
American clientele
Manage allocated clients both in Europe and Latin America
Cooperate with the Group's South American network regarding
business plan

The individual will report to the Head of Private Banking.

Resumes should be faxed to #702 1253 or mailed or delivered to the
offices of BSI, addressed to:-

Personnel Officer
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, W. Bay St. & Blake Road
P. 0. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas

Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.


0 THE photo above shows
Health and Foundation
officials, including Health
Minister Dr Bernard Not-
tage, flanked by Lyford
Cay Foundation Chairman
Manuel Cutillas and Foun-
dation Gifts & Grants
Committee members along
with Belynda Bady, of the
Clinton Foundation
HIV/.AIDS Initiative, front
row, next to Minister. Dr
Perry Gomez (second
from left), director of the
National, AIDS Pro-
gramme, called the dona-
tion "a dream come true."

L- -r LiE I B.EU

dollar traded mixed against
major currencies Tuesday after
Washington, reported the trade
deficit had hit a record high.
The 12-nation euro bought
$1.2689 in afternoon New
York trading, down from
$1.2701 from late Monday in
New York. The'British pound
rose to $1.8743 from $1.8645.
The dollar gained on the
Japanese currency, climbing to
117.95 yen from 117.51 late

The Commerce Department
reported Tuesday that the July
deficit jumped five per cent
from the June imbalance.


Analysts had expected the
deficit to grow slightly, but the
overall imbalance was larger
than expected and surpassed
the monthly record of $66.6
billion set last October. "It's
only one piece of data in a big-
ger picture," said David Solin,

partner at Foreign Exchange
Analytics in Essex, Conn. "The
markets are biding their time
until they get a clearer picture
of what the Fed will do, so one
report won't move the market
dramatically.". The yen was
also weighed down after a
weak reading of Japanese
machinery orders Monday
spurred speculation that the
JBank of Japan will hold off
tightening credit for some time.
The pound was bolstered
Tuesday after a report showed.

British consumer prices rising
above the government's infla-
tion target pnd matching the
fastest pace m almost a decade.
These latest figures are likely
to add pressure on the Bank
of England to raise rates again.


In other trading, the dollar
bought 1.2499 Swiss francs,"
down from 1.2446 late Mon-
day, and 1.1195 Canadian dol-
lars, down from 1.1212.

Executive ar er "t
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SG Hambros, part of the SG Private Banking, is a private bank
providing a comprehensive wealth management service with
offices in the UK, Guernsey, Jersey Gibraltar and The Bahamas.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit an Assistant to
Executive Management. Your main responsibilities will be to:

* schedule meetings,
appointments and travel
* organize and maintain an
appropriate and accurate filing
* produce a variety of written
* conduct research for special
* coordinate and follow-up on
detions-and deadlines for
projects sponsored by
Executive Management
* attend meetings with
Executive Management with
the view to draft minutes and
action plan
* perform as requested ad hoc
analysis or research and
prepare synthesis to facilitate
decision making process by
Executive Management.
You should ideally have:
* a Bachelor's Degree in Business
Administration or the Certified
Professional Secretary
designate (CPS)

* at least 5-7 years' experience in
the related field
* the capacity to learn quickly and
in an independent manner
i excellent written skills
" excellent communications'
*skills (experience in making
" advanced Excel skills including
formulae, with check boxes,
buttons, drill down. etc
* a keen sense of business

The position offers an attractive
salary and benefits package,
Applications should be submitted
to the following address, to arrive
on or before 15 September 2006
Manager, Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Lmited
PO Box N7789

NOTICE is hereby given the JULIA DOLCE, OF 6TH ST. THE
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 13th ,day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

(No. 45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sectionl38 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), LAPAZ LTD., is in dissolution. -
CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and canbe contacted at
60 Market Square, P. O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator. before October 11,2006,


Applicant must have a bright, pleasant
personality, strong organizational skills, and
the ability to multi-task, along with
exceptional computer, telephone, and creative
writing skills. This is a small firm for which
responsibilities will include support for the
salespeople, accountant, and administrative
staff and to maintain the web site
on a daily basis.

Please send resume to

SG Hambros Bank &Trust(a harnas Limited is
license under the Banks & Trust Companies Regulation Act.

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NOTICE is hereby given thai DENNIS DELEVEAUX, OF #33 GOLD
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
6th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
*Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN LOUIS LAGUERRE, OF
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 6th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.Box N- 7147,


NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES PIERRE, OF ST. JAMES
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. 13th 'day of
SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY MEREUS, OF
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 6th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given the JULIA DOLCE, OF 6TH ST.
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 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Is seeking qualified and experienced applicants to join its
Title Search Department

Attractive salary and benefits to the successful applicant.
Please address resume and cover letter to:

The Managing Partner
P.O. Box N-272
Nassau, Bahamas
Facsimile (242) 323-0012 or email

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NOTICE is hereby given the VALIO VALCON, OF
N 3528, 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 13th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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SBank of The Bahamas
"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"


Core responsibilities:

0 Manage delinquent loan portfolio for the branch.
0 Conduct credit risk assessments.
0 Coordinate repossession activities.
0 Make field calls as necessary.
0 Conduct research and prepare report.
0 Liaise with attorneys on legal issues relative to delinquent

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

0 Associates Degree in relevant area (e.g. Accounting/Business
Administration/Finance). 1
0 Certificate in Credit and Collections
0 Knowledge of laws governing contracts and properties.
0 Working knowledge of appraisals and land value
0 Excellent oral and written communications skills.
0 Three years banking experience.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and
life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than September 22nd 2006

The Senior Manager, Human Resources & Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O.Box N-7118
Nassau, Bahamas

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International Offshore Bank with Latin
American ties is seeking an
with general office duties, loan
documentation, filing. Applicant must
be fluent in Spanish. Proven
knowledge of MS Office products.
Please submit your resume to Managing
P. O. Box CB 11903, Nassau, NP.

Eligible Candidate must posses:

* Bachelors of Business Administrative
Degree with main concentration in

* 4to 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

Interested persons should submit resume to:

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


Risk Manager II
Princess Margaret Hospital
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of jisk Manager II, Princess Margaret
Hospital, Public Hospitals Authority
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-
Bachelors Degree in Healthcare or Business Administration with a minimum of two years relevant experience.
Proficient use of a Personal Computer Software including presentation graphics and statistical reports.
Experience in healthcare environment preferred.
The Risk Manager II must be able to plan effectively, organize and direct various activities relating to risk
and insurance functions, and demonstrate effective communication skills with individuals at all levels of
the organization, including clinican,.patients and families.
Job summary
The Risk Manager coordinates the hospitals risk management program, i.e., risk detection, assessment,
prevention and appraisal.
1. Centralizes the risk program, maintains and coordinates the administrative activities and reports relating
to both internal and external risks.
2. Investigates and follow-up of potentially compensable events identified through the incident occurrence
reporting system.
3. Establishes hospital-wide methods to avoid, reduce or minimize risks including reviews of risk
management data and intra-departmental policies and procedures with department heads.
4. Reviews the language of pertinent hospitals policies and procedures to assure their defensibility.
5. Maintains close liaison and cooperation with Corporate Risk Manager and Legal Advisor for the purpose
of reporting, investigating, analyzing, setting and defending claims.
6. Confers with all departments of the institution including the medical staff as the need arises to investigate
a potential risk situation.
7. Develops and implements and evaluates patient/family complaint system.
8. Integrates risk management activities with quality assurance.
9. Coordinates risk management activities with medical staff, infection control, employee health, Legal
Advisor, Corporate Risk Manager, engineering, nursing, preventive maintenance, patient representative, etc.
10. Provides ongoing educational sessions and assistance, for relevant risk management issues, to all levels
of staff.
11.' Conducts periodic appraisals of hospital management activities to determine program effectiveness.
12. Maintains current knowledge I risk management through attendance at local, regional and national
meeting and through review of current literature.
Letters of application, resume and three (3) references should be submitted, no later than 18th September,
2006, to the Human Resources Director, Public Hospitals Authority, P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate
Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street.

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Athletes urged to change diet






Senior Sports Reporter

BAHAMIAN athletes stand a
better chance of improving on
their performances if they change
their diet and eating habits,
according to Dr. Patti Symonette,
the CEO and founder of Well-
ness Centre:
Mrs Symonette spoke on Mon-
day night at the National Sports
Advisory Council's monthly
meeting at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Casino.
The consultant at the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Housing
spoke on the topic: "Nutrition for
Top Performances."
Symonette advised her audi-
ence, which included visiting del-
egates from ten islands, inclusive
of Eleuthera, Exuma, Abaco,
Grand Bahama, Crooked Island,
Cat Island, Andros, San Salvador,
Acklins and Inagua, that they
need to pay more attention to the
athletes' training regime and their
dietary programme.
"A lot of athletes are not aware
of how important the role of
nutrition plays, not only in main-
taining a certain level of perfor-
mance, but taking it to the next
level," she reflected.
"A lot of athletes focus on
developing skills, which is impor-
tant, but power; strength, agility
and flexibility are all necessary

for success." ,
Drawing an analysis, Symon-
ette said one can put the best
engine in a car, but if you don't
put the proper fuel in it, the car
-won't run.
"Food is fuel for the body," she
reflected. "So in order for ath-
letes to perform at a higher level
of performance, they need to use
a high level of fuel.
"We're not talking about the
fast food, deep fried breaded
food, but food that will give the

muscles the opportunity to per-
form at a higher level."
Foods rich in complex carbo-
hydrates, vitamins and minerals,
fruits and vegetables are key to
giving the athletes a more whole-
some diet.
"So we want to encourage
them to lay off the fatty foods,
the deep fried foods and concen-
trate more on the healthy foods,"
she pointed out.
"So instead of just missing
being a champion or winning a
medal, they will be able to
achieve those goals."
Good nutrition, according to
Symonette, affects athletes in
their training, their performances
and their academic abilities as
The first Bahamian female to
receive a full athletic scholarship
to attend prestigious Harvard
University in 1975, claimed the
performances of the men and
women national teams at the
recent Caribbean Volleyball
Championships at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium was a prime
example of how our athletes need
Sto change their eating habits.
"Athletes and coaches need to
be aware that what they consume
after competition is what is
important as what they eat
before," she stressed.
The former national team
'member in volleyball, basketball

and golf said athletes need to be
at 95-100 per cent in order to get
their maximum.
"In the case of our athletes, if
you look back at the tapes, you
could see that their hearts were
there, but many times, some of
the players just couldn't get up
to block," she pointed out.
"It's not that they were not at
the net, but they just couldn't get
up because they were trying to
conserve energy. So it pft pres-
sure on the rest of the players on
the court because if you know
you have two strong hitters and
you don't have that wall of
defense, you put a lot of pressure
on the rest of the team defen-
In order for the national team
players to improve their diet,
Symonette said she knows that
the fast food outlets are not going
to be pleased with her, but her
advice is to consume more whole
potatoes, whole .grain bread,
whole grain spaghetti, brown rice,
macaroni in tomato sauce and sal-
And she suggested that the ath-
letes stay away from drinking
beer before and after the games
and concentrate on taking more
sports drinks to replace the elec-
trolytes that they lose and cause
them to dehydrate and cramp up.
She said the best drink that an
athlete- could use is the coconut

water that comes directly from
the coconut and they also need.
to be aware of how close they eat .
and drink before competing.
"If you want this plane to fly
high, you need to put jet fuel in
it," she summed up. "It's the same
way with our athletes, who have
been giving it all they can and
have been getting trouble getting
to the next level, they need to
look at what they are eating and

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about the fast food, deep fried
breaded food, but food that will
give the muscles the opportunity
to perform at a higher level.'
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Wins for Calvary Bible and Transfiguration


CALVARY Bible and Transfiguration pulled off
two lop-sided victories to emerge out front of their
respective divisions in the Baptist Sports Council's
Deaconess Joann Webb Softball League.
Over the weekend at the Charles W Saunders High
School, Jean Street, Calvary Bible posted the best
win-loss record in the men's division at 3-0 as .they
blasted previously undefeated Temple Fellowship 20-
And in the marquee game played in the co-ed divi-
sion, Transfiguration improved to 2-0 as they routed
Macedonia 19-5 to hand the defending champions
their second straight loss.
Also on Saturday, Calvary Deliverance made their
debut in the men's division with a 20-0 whitewashing
of Golden Gates No.II; Faith United held off Mt.
Tabor 10-8 in a co-ed game and Golden Gates out-
slugged Faith United 26-23 in a 19-and-under game.

Here's a summary of the games played:

Calvary Bible 20, Temple Fellowship 4 (Men):
Baron Ferguson went 3-for-4 with two runs batted
in, scoring three times; Terrance Pinder was 3-for-3
with three RBIs and three runs scored and winning
pitcher Basil Miller had two hits with two RBIs, scor-
ing three times.
Kevin Grant was tagged with the loss. Rodney Tay-
lor scored twice for the losing side.

Transfiguration 19, Macedonia 5 (Co-ed): Rashad
Seymour had a pair of hits with three RBIs, scoring
four times to help his own cause as he led the attack
for Transfiguration.
Thela Johnson had two hits with an RBI, scoring

, four times and Denise Sears and Nelson Farrington
both had one hit with an RBI, scoring three runs
apiece. ,
Tim Clarke was tagged with the loss for Macedonia,
who got the relief help from Rosemary Greene. Prest-
cott Wilson had a homer with two RBIs
and Stenard Duncombe was 2-for-3 with two runs

Calvary Deliverance 20, Golden Gates No.II 0
(Men): Danny Stubbs only allowed three runners to
get on base to pull off the win in the shutout.
Taja Wright went 4-for-4 with a homer and five
RBIs, scoring four times and Brad Wood Jr, Jason
Clarke and Brad Wood Sr all scored three times for
Calvary Deliverance.
John Webb was the losing pitcher.

Golden Gates 26, Faith United 23 (19-and-under):
Giovanni Willie and Hosea Wallace both went 5-for-
5, scoring five and four runs respectively and Danreko
Carey was 4-for-5 with four runs, while Lazano Rolle
was 3-for-6 with four runs scored to lead Golden
Wallace 'picked up the win on the mound.
Deangelo Archer suffered the loss.
Rashad Williams, Pedro Williams and Lataro
Albury all had three hits in the loss.

Here's a look at Saturday's fixtures:
10 am St. Paul's vs Golden Gates (Co-ed).
11 am New Bethlehem vs Macedonia (M).
Noon Faith United vs Transfiguration (19-and-
1 pm Golden Gates vs Faith United (15-and-under).
2 pm Golden Gates No.1 vs Mt. Calvary (M). .
3 pm Faith United vs Calvary Deliverance (M).

Here's a look at the team standings:

Men's Division (Mother Webb)
St. Paul's 2 0 1,000
Golden Gates 1 0 1,000
Mt. Tabor 1 0 1,000
Macedonia 0 1 .000
Mt. Calvary 0 1 .000
New Bethlehem 0 0 .000

Men's Division (Rev. Munroe)
Calvary Bible 3 0 1,000
Calvary Deliverance 1 0 1,000
Temple Fellowship 1 1 .500
Transfiguration 0 1 .000
Faith United 0 1 .000
Golden Gates No.II 0 2 .000

Co-Ed Division
St. Paul's
Golden Gates
Faith United
Mt. Tabor

19-and-under Division
Macedonia 3
Golden Gates 2
Transfiguration 1
Mt. Tabor 0
Faith United 0

15-and-under Division
Golden Gates 1
Macedonia 0
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AUSTRALIAN teammates celebrate the first one-day wicket by Chris Cosgrove, forth right, dismissing the West Indies' batsman WaveH Hinds, right, for 2 runs in their match that is part of a tri-series
tournament featuring Australia, India and the West Indies. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006. Australia won the match by 78 runs. (APPhoto/Rick Rycroft

A dramatic victory for

Australia over West Indies

Associated Press

SAUSTRALIA snatched a
dramatic 78-run victory over the
West Indies Tuesday in the first
match of the DLF Cup tri-series,
dismissing the last nine
Caribbean wickets for 29 runs
with Shane Watson claiming
SChasing Australia's 279 for 9
in 50 overs under floodlights at
the Kinrara Oval, West Indies
were all out for 201 in 34.3 overs
despite a solid 136-run opening
* partnership by Shivnarine Chan-
..- derpaul, who made 92, and Chris
- Gayle, who hit 58.
-At one stage the West Indies
were .a comfortable 174 for 1,
coasting toward almost certain
.victory. But they lost the remain-
ing nine wickets for 29 runs with
Dnly Ramnaresh Sarwan (22)
reaching the double figures
'besides the openers. Dwayne
'Bravo made 8 and no other
'West Indies batsman scored
more than 2.
Man of the match Watson
took four wickets for 43 runs
including the prize scalps of
Gayle and Sarwan.
"Once we were on the roll (it
was) pretty hard to stop. We
thought we had a win probably
when they were six wickets
down," Watson said.
Australian captain Ricky
Pointing said the team "felt des-
perate when the partnership
between Gayle and Shiv was
on." But the West Indies col-
Slapse and the Australian victory
-"is one of the most dramatic
t urnarounds I have seen."
"I always felt going into the
game it was going to be hard to
bat second. Once we got those
wickets (of the openers) we got
on a roll," he said.
It was an ill-fated start of the
tournament for West Indies,
who will travel to India next
month to defend their title in the
Champions Trophy tournament,
a prelude to the World Cup next
For world champions Aus-
tralia, playing international crick-
et for the first time in more than
three months, the victory was all
the more sweet as it experi-
mented with the lineup by
including several inexperienced
The Australian innings was
based around Michael Clarke's
81 and a fluent 54 by Ponting,
who won the toss and decided
to bat first.
Playing his 83rd one-day inter-

national, Clarke also shared a
69-run, fourth wicket partner-
ship with Mark Cosgrove (34)
and a 53-run partnership for the
sixth wicket with Brad Haddin
The right-handed Clarke, who
has scored only two centuries in
his one-day international carrier,
completed his 18th 'one-day 50
with the help of nine fours.
Earlier, Ponting shared a 97-
run partnership with Simon
Katich to pull Australia out of
trouble after it was reduced to
one down for nine runs with
opener Phil Jacques out in the
fourth over for two.
Jacques and Katich opened as
part of the experimental lineup
in the absence of Adam
Gilchrist, who is being rested
and did not travel to Malaysia
for the tournament that also
includes India.
Matthew Hayden, the other
regular opener, was not included
Tuesday as Australia played an
international match for the first
time in more than three months.,
In the West Indies reply,
Chanderpaul launched, an
onslaught in the eighth over, hit-
ting Nathan Bracken for a two
followed by three consecutive
Bracken's next over was pun-
ished with greater vehemence
by Chanderpaul, who pasted the
third ball through midwicket
with an elegant on drive. He
walked across the stumps to flick
the fourth ball soaring over long
leg. The fifth ball, a slower deliv-
ery, was whacked over mid-
wicket for a flat trajectory over
the ropes for his second six.
He brought up the 50, his 39th
in one-day matches, with a short
arm pull to the long leg off
Mitchell Johnson.
At that stage West Indies
were 67 for no loss, and Gayle
on 9. He and Chanderpaul went
on to make 136.
Chanderpaul, whose 82-ball
knock contained 10 fours and
four sixes, survived a close call
on the first ball of the 20th over
bowled by Watson. Whipping it
high over midwicket, the ball
was caught by Glenn McGrath
just in front of the ropes.
McGrath, however, stepped
back on the rope, resulting in a
WEST INDIES' batsman
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hits for
six against Australia. in their
match that is part of a tri-series
tournament featuring Australia,
India and the West Indies in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tues-
day, Sept. 12, 2006.
(APPhoto/Andy Wong)

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GENA Mackey is expected
to lead the Bahamas team into
battle at the 34th Central
America and Caribbean
Bodybuilding and Fitness
Mackey's name was
amongst the 13-member team
ratified once again by presi-
dent of the Bahamas Body-
building and Fitness Federa-
hp|n (BBFF) Danny Sumner
j Ksterday.
ySumner choose not to
respond to the rumours circu-
lating about Mackey's possi-
S ble no-show at the games,
which are set for Jamaica on
September 28th.
It has been alleged that
Mackey had been suspended
by the BBFF after making
several comments about offi-
However, Mackey is listed
imongst the bodybuilders'
names he read off to The Tri-
bune during an interview, yes-
This year's tournament will
mark eight years of competi-
tion at the CAC games for
Mackey, now that she is back
in the line-up.
Sumner said: "All I can tell
you is that Gena is a part of
the team I just called on her
name, I have no comments to
make on that allegation what-
Mackey's return will
strengthen the Bahamas'
chances at clinching medals,
S as she will partner up with
" Raymond Tucker..
The pair have been success-'
ful in every CAC Games in
the mixed pairs category.
Tucker, no stranger to the
competition level or podium
stands in tournaments around
the Caribbean, will compete
in the Masters Men 40-49 divi-
sion. He will be joined in this
division by Desmond Bain.
The Bahamas will also turn
to James (Jay) Darling, anoth-
er highly decorated Bahamian
S in these competitions for lead-
Darling will compete in the
men's lightweight division.
Sumner added: "We are
now in the final stages of mak-
ing last minute adjustments to -
routines and work-outs. I can
confidently say that we are
ready to go out there and
"We have meetings every
Saturday with the athletes,
making sure that they are
physically and mentally pre-

pared. This year the federa-
tion has assisted the athletes
with the purchasing of their
supplements and whatever
else they need.
"I think the team is now in
higher spirits now that the
tournament is fastly approach-
The BBFF continues to
expand their fitness pro-
gramme, this year they will be.
taking four females to com-
pete in the various fitness cat-
Competing in the body fit-
ness short will be Dominique
Wilkinson, in the body fitness
tall will be Cecilee Hilton and
Lizzette McKinney, while
Samantha Sweeting will strut
her stuff in the body fitness.
Other members include:
Charmaine McNabb, She-
vaughne Dean, Ian Williams,
Paul Wilson.

N GENA MLACKEY is in the Bahamas team for the 34111 CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships

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