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TURNQUEST
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IN LESS than four hours,,
American pathologist Dr
Cyril Wecht has completed
his autopsy of Ddniel Wl ain I
Smith, and while he could not
definiti\. .1 Idclntit a cause
oft dJcill, lhei has ruled out the
possibility of foul play.
Speaking outside the Rand
Lab at the Princess Margaret
Hospital yesterday, Dr Wecht
said that the cause of death,
of Anna Nicole. Smith's 20-
year-old son has been offi-
cially listed as "pending or
reserved" until toxicology
and tissue examinations can
be done.
Dr Wecht said that the rea-
son for the terminology is


because it is still necessary to
examine representative sec-
tions of all the body tissues
and organs under the micro-
scope.
He did, however, say that
in his professional opinion he
has ruled out any possibility
of foul play.
"I do want to say that as I
examined the body of Daniel
Smith, I find nothing to sug-
gest to me any kind of foul
play. I don't find anything
that would cause me to
believe there is something
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SBy ALISON LOWE
HAVANA, Cuba The
Bahamas disagrees with 'the
"extreme" views expressed
by some of the countries rep-
resented at the Non-Aligned
Movement Summit, accord-
ing to Foreign Affairs Minis-
ter Mr Fred Mitchell.
In an interview\ on Satur-
day with The Tribune at the
Bahamas embassy in Havana,
Mr Mitchell said that'the
Bahamas "certainly disagrees
with a number:of the extreme
views that are advanced by
many countries", and in par-
ticular stressed that the
Bahamas is not in accord with
the anti-US sentiments
expressed by numerous dele-
gates.


* By MARK HUMES
THE furor over the Grand
Bahama Port Authority con-
tinues to escalate with Sir Jack
Hayi"ard threatening to seek
compensation foi damages
done to the company's repu-.
tation as a result of the recent
controversy brewing over his
late partner's estate.
Making his first public state-
ment since the squabbling
I'.iii over Edward St
George's interest in the Port
Authority, Sir Jack expressed
increasing horror after read-
:ing recent news articles in
which Mary St George the
late St George's ex-wife, has
stated her intentions to initi-
ate. legal.proceeding in the
United States to acquire 25 per
cent of the company's shares.
"As I understand it," said
Sir Jack, "there are claims
against the estate of my late
colleague, Edward St. George,
which may or may not have
any validity."
Noting that his family owns
50 per cent shares in the Port
Group, Sir Jack said that he
has no knowledge of or


Instead, the most valuable
aspect of the summit for the
Bahamas is the opportunity
to create a forum facilitating
diplomatic contact between
large numbers of small coun-
tries, including the Bahamas,
he said.
Speaking of the statements
made by some delegates, Mr
Mitchell said:
"In these organizations you
always have people with
different views;, even in
the UN there are different
views.
"The Bahamas is rather
more neutral on most of these
questions."
In a number of opening
speeches at the beginning of
SEE page 13


First public statement
since the squabbling over
Edward St George's

interest in Port Authority


involvement in claims against
his former business partner's
estate.
Continuing, Sir Jack -.jd. "It
is quite intolerable that Mary
and Caroline St George or any
other persons should seek to
damage the reputation of the '
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty by making irresponsible:
remarks about its operation."
Expressing concern at the
insecurities engendered to the
licensees and staff of the Port
Authority and to the people
of Freeport by the recent
onslaught of attacks and "-inju-
dicious" remarks against the
Port Group, Sir Jack said that
if these "unfounded and
unwarranted" attacks continue
he would have to consider
seeking "substantial compen-
satiol for any damage caused."


In her statement issued last
week, Mary St George alleged
that she owns 25 per cent in
the prii\ at sector coIpan%
Shich has quasi-go\ ernmental
responsibilities to de elop 230
square miles that constitute
Freeport.
Mary St George warned
companies that had invested
in Freeport since Mr St
George's death that their
agreements with the Port,
Authority "may be later chal-
lenged in court," and if her
legal action is successful, she
would "explore selling or
assigning her rights to owner-
ship of 25 per cent of the Port
Authont\ and its subsidiaries."
There is speculation that the
SEE page 14


US Ambassador: GB

pre-clearance could

depend on meeting

with Mitchell, Rice


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
WHETHER or not Grand
Bahama retains its US pre-
clearance capabilities could
depend on the outcome of the
upcoming meeting with Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell and. US Secretary
Condolezza Rice planned for
later this month.
Speaking with The Tribune,
US Ambassador John Rood
said: "I think that will be an
issue that really we'll know a
lot more about when the US
Secretary and the Minister
hase had a chance,to discuss


it. For me to speculate at this
point might be a little prema-
ture.
"We have been briefing the
secretary and answering
numerous follow-up questions
relating to the pre-clearance
facility, and I think that is being
looked at."
Ambassador Rood explained
that there are two issues sur-


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Bahamas and Cuba 'continue




to enjoy excellent relations'


* By PACO NUNEZ 'The Tribune was in Havana
last week to cover the 14th Sum-
HAVANA, Cuba The new mit of the Non-Aligned Move-
Bahamian ambassador to Cuba ment, and paid a visit to the
reports that the two nations con- ambassador at his office.,
tinue to enjoy "excellent" rela- The new Bahamian Embassy'
tions. has taken its place among the'
Less than two months into his consular headquarters of dozens
new post, Ambassador Carlton of nations on Fifth Avenue in an
Wright said he finds the area of the city known as Mira-
job both exciting and demand- mar.
ing. 'Ambassador Wright, who was
"It is a very interesting coun- stationed in Haiti in 1985, said
try, a country with a.lot of cul- that what stands out about
ture, a country with a lot of his-.. Havana is the very large diplo-
tory," he said during an exclu-'; matic corps and the number of
sive interview on Saturday. functions and engagements that


have presented themselves since
his arrival.
The Embassy officially began
work on July 24. Since then, the
ambassador- said he.has not
been faced with ain real difficul-
Sties.-.' ., .
"Bahamians are happy to see
a friendly face from home, but I
have had to deal with very few
problems most Bahamians
just want to contact us to sa) hel-
lo," he said.
S "A couple have come with
lost documents or find that they
have expended their funds. In
that case. we have a mechanism


in place where we can assist
them."
He said that throughout his
efforts to assist Bahamians who
have found themselves in such
situations, Cuban officials have
been "very helpful in facilitating
matters for us."
Ambassador Wright said the
100 or so Bahamian students in
Havana are also very pleased
that their country has a nearby
presence.
He also noted that there are
around 10 Bahamians serving
prison sentences in Cuba a
greatly diminished number since
the "exchange of sentence"
agreement was signed between
the two countries.
The ambassador explained
that Bahamians imprisoned in
Cuba can be transferred to Her
Majesty's Prison in Nassau to
serve out their time if they so
choose one advantage is they
get a shorter prison year in the
Bahamas and Cuban inmates
in the Bahamas can opt toddo the
same.
"There is nothing compulsory


about it; the decision is entirely
up to them," he explained.
Ambassador Wright said that
while in Cuba, it is also his
responsibility to promote the cul-
ture and other positive aspects
of the Bahamas. .
He explained that a wealth of
cultural and historical ties exists
between the two countries to
an extent that he did not fully
appreciate until he began to work
there.
A case in point, he said, is the
planned celebration in Havana
of the life of the late Charles
Ingraham-Johnson, a Bahamian
who moved to Cuba as a young
man and immersed himself in the
culture particularly the musi-
cal scene to such an extent
that he became widely known
and appreciated.
The new embassy has been
very busy with many cultural pro-
jects, like the recent visit of a
Bahamian choir,'and the ambas-
sador promised that there will be
more to come in the future.
"Things are looking pretty
good thus far,"'he said.


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14th Nonaligned Summit in Havana, Wednesday, Sept 13,2006.
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Mbeki: fighting


poverty must


be a major


focus for NAM

'i By PACO NUNEZ


HAVANA, Cuba A major
focus for the Non-Aligned Move-
ment must be to fight poverty
and the struggle for the realisa-
tion of the Millennium Develop- ''
ment Goals, according to South
African President Thabo Mbeki.
He said that central to this is ,:
the question whether the efforts
of member-states as a group can
affect the outcome of major UN ,.~
conferences and summits, which
are crucial to the future of bil-
lions. .
"Throughout its existence, the
NAM has always been a move- '4)
ment of the people driven by the :''
passionate determination to wres- .
tie the fate of their own destiny +
from the hands of those who
falsely believed that their.long- ;
term prosperity, stability and .
security is predicated on the per-
petual marginalisation, exploita-
tion and underdevelopment of, 7
the majority of the human race," "
he said.
Mr Mbeki was speaking at the >
14th Summit of the Non-Aligned
Movement on Friday as the ,
chairperson and representative .
of the Group of 77 and China.
"I would like to take advan-
tage of this important summit of
the NAM to reiterate the com- -'
mitment of the G77 and China, "'
within the context of its mandate,
to address the economic chal- -',
lenges facing all member-states
of both the NAM and the G77
and China, especially in the light ,-
of the failure of the Doha Devel-
opment Round and the continu- '
ing marginalisation of large parts
of the developing world by the
processes of.globalisation," he
said. .
Mr Mbeki said the G77 and r
China understand that many -
developing countries are finding .
it difficult to meet the Millenni-
um Development Goals, espe-
cially in Africa.
This, he said, is "precisely '7
because of the failure of the rich '
to transfer adequate resources to .
the needy countries 'of the
South." ..
"These billions, on. whose., ;-
mandate we participate in- this.,
summit,,believe that with better .
focus. enhanced co-ordination.,'
increased utilisation of our col-
lective strength as well as better
monitoring mechanisms to ensure'-
that agreed decisions are imple-
mented, it is possible to change '.
their living conditions for the bet- -
ter. -
"These masses of our people
always urge us to speak with a
unified voice and act together to
ensure that the developed North
do indeed transfer resources to
the developing South. They '
know, as we do, that without '
these resource transfers the vision
of a better life will forever remain ',
a mirage." .
Mr Mbeki went on to note
that the unilateral actions of "big
power interventions" without
regard to the sovereign rights of
nations, is affecting the entire
international community.
He said that because of this, "*
the developing South, organised b'
under the NAM "as well as its
sister organisation, the G77 and .
China," have voiced their sup-
port for reforms leading to a
more effective United Nations. -,
"The outcome of this reform
process would be the strength-
ening of multilateralism as well as
increased capacity of the UN so
as to better respond to the con-
terporary requiremfiiets of fietir-
ber states.
This would be a UN that is
able to give the necessary atten-
tion to the implementation of
development priorities and the
defence of the sovereignty and
integrity of our countries," he
said.
Mr Mbeki continued:
"Clearly, the billions of people
that we represent want us to
ensure that whatever we are
doing, within the NAM and with-
in the UN we should, at all times
guarantee them peace, security "
and stability."
"As the NAM confronts all
these and other challenges, the ',
central task facing all of us is to
strengthen South-South cooper-
ation, especially with regard to '
maintaining the relevance of the
organizations and groupings of ',
the South. These various organi-
sations, armed with specific man-
dates and occupying different
political, economic and cultural
spaces, are important in our all-
round struggles against poverty,
underdevelopment, unfair trade
and political and socio- econom-
ic exclusion and marginalisation."


THE TRIBUNE


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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2006, PAGE 3


LOCAL NEWS


0 In brief


Six-year-old

recovering

after

abduction

* By MARK HUMES

ACCORDING to a family
member, the six-year-old girl,
hospitalized since she was
abducted and sexually molested
last week, is said to be resting
and recovering well.
Speaking with The Tribune
- yesterday, the family member
said that the young girl is still
awaiting surgery for injuries
which she sustained during the
attack, but assured the public
that none of her injuries are life
threatening, as reports began
circulating that the young girl
had died.
"She said she was just painful
yesterday (Saturday)," said the
family member. "But I didn't
stay very long because I got
very emotional because of the
condition she was in."
The young child was discov-
ered by a passerby around 9 am
Friday in the vicinity of the
BEC station on Blue Hills and
Soldier Road as she struggled
to get out of an abandoned car.
At the time, she was report-
edly dressed in a tee-shirt cov-
ered in blood and had been so
badly beaten that her face was
described as "disfigured."
As the young girl's condition
continues to steadily improve,
however, the family member
expressed anger over the way
the child had been so savagely
attacked.
"She was beaten brutally like
she was some growh-up person.
The little darlings of this coun-
try need to be protected. We
need to stand as one and we
need to stand up for the chil-
dren. This should be an exam-
ple for us to protect our other
young girls," the concerned
family member said.
Issuing a statement on the
recent attack,. Bahamian
Fathers for Children Every-
where's Cleva Duncombe
agreed with the young girl's
family in calling for more to be
done to protect the youth of the
nation.
"We of Bahamian Fathers for
Children Everywhere have
.been advocating for the past
four years for the government
to do away with outdated social
policies and bad laws, and to
enact into law domestically the
convention of the rights of the
child, which they have signed
on to internationally.
"To date we have no new
social policies or new laws to
suggest that the government is
interested in protecting this
nation's youths," said Mr Dun-
combe.
"The previous administration,
in record setting time, recorded
over 13 or 14 pieces of new leg-
islation as relates to the finan-
cial services. This government
has brought legislation to pro-
tect our grouper, our conch, our
.environment, but to date
despite our greatest efforts in
terms of advocating for the pro-
tection of children, there is
nothing to show for what has
been done.
"The only thing we can show
is these alarming statistics which
continue to wreck havoc on the
nation."
In relation to last week's
attack, a man, also hospitalized
in the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital with two broken arms and
a broken leg, is said to be assist-
ing police in their inquiries into
the abduction and molestation
of the child.


Arson is

suspected

as cause

of car fire

FREEPORT Grand


Bahama police are investigat-
ing a car fire which occurred
early Friday morning in the
Spinney Road area.
According to reports, at
about 3.20am firemen discov-
ered a black 2003 Mercury Mar-
quis license number 38778,
owned by Gifford Martin, 31,
engulfed in flames in Spinney
Road. The blaze caused dam-
age to two other vehicles
parked nearby.
Supt Rahming said that arson
is suspected as the cause of the
fire.


'We must unite against imperialism'


* By PACO NUNEZ

HAVANA, Cuba The
member-states of the Non-
Aligned Movement must come
together in response to the
growing threat posed by impe-
rialism and neo-liberalism,
Raul Castro said.
He said that in recent years,
several member countries have
been the victims of "inadmissi-
ble acts of aggression" moti-
vated for the most part by a
strategic desire for resources -
which have affected the peace
and security of the internation-
al community.
"The current international
situation, characterized by the
one superpower's irrational
attempts to control the world,
aided by its allies, shows that
we need to be increasingly unit-
ed in defence of the principles
and purposes upon which the
Non-Aligned Movement was
established, which are those
enshrined in the international
law and the Charter of the Unit-
ed Nations," he said on Friday.
Raul Castro was speaking
during the meeting of the
Heads of State of Government,
in place of his brother Fidel,
who is recovering after intesti-
nal surgery. This year, Cuba
takes over the chairmanship of


the movement from Malasia.
He continued:
"The announcement and
immediate application of doc-
trines of preventive war and
imposition on other states, the
pretexts for which have been,
inter alia, the fight against ter-
rorism, the promotion of
democracy or the existence of
rogue states, has made the risk
of attack and of successive wars
of imperial conquest more seri-
ous and widespread than ever
before.
"We are speaking with the
experience of a country that
has withstood more than 45
years of blockade and aggres-
sion of all kinds. With the appli-
cation of their irrational policy
against Cuba, the United States
has gone to the extreme of pre-
senting an official plan aired at
destroying our social system,
openly announcing that it has a
secret annex containing mea-
sures and actions to achieve
this end.
"We assume that here pre-
sent are the representatives of
the majority, or maybe all of,
the 'sixty or more dark corners
of the world,' cited as possible
targets of future attacks."
Castro said that only a unit-
ed stance in defence of com-
mon goals and interests can act


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as an alternative to the "over-
whelming danger" that faces
member-states.
"Rather than worrying, we
are proud that we form an
amalgam of ideologies, reli-
gions, cultures, stages of devel-
opment, past experiences and
specific interests. It is precisely
This diversity that should be a
source of strength and creativ-
ity for us," he said.
"Building on its solid foun-
dations of past victories in the
struggle for decolonization and
the eradication of apartheid;
using the abundant'experience


of our tireless efforts to secure
a New International Economic
Order, and campaigns for
peace, disarmament and the
true exercise of the right to
development, the Non-Aligned
Movement now has to wage
courageous battles against uni-
lateralism, double standards
and the impunity granted to
those in power; for a fairer and
more equal international order
in the face of neo-liberalism,
plundering and dispossession;
and for the survival of the
human race in the face of the
effects of rich countries' irra-


tional consumption."
He said that under these cir-
cumstances, the Non-Aligned
Movement must defend inter-
national law; advocate for the
unlimited exercise and respect
of sovereignty; defend peace
and actively oppose war; push
for the democratisation of inter-
national institutions like the UN
Security Council; and defend
the value of plurality in a diverse
world "in which the right of
all peoples to choose the politi-
cal, economic and social system
that they consider best suited
to national interests, and to pre-
serve and develop their own cul-
ture, are respected."
Castro said the movement
must defend the rights of immi-
grants, and fight against
exploitation, racism and xeno-
phobia.
He also condemned the
"intensified aggression" by
Israel against the Palestinian
people, and denounced the
attack on Lebanon as an exam-
ple of double standards.
S"We all know who provides
economic and military support
for the Israeli government, who
time and again vetoes the pro-
posed resolutions in the Securi-
ty Council and hampers plans
for this organ to meet to discuss
their brutal conduct," he said.


Castro describes global economy as 'ridiculous'


* By ALISON LOWE

HAVANA, Cuba The cur-
rent world economic order is
"unsustainable and ridiculous,"
according to Raul Castro,
brother of ailing president
Fidel Castro.
He said the primary objec-
tive of the Non-Aligned Move-
ment should be to create a
"better and fairer world" by
opposing this order.
Speaking at the 14th Summit
of'the Non-Aligned Movement
in Havana on Friday, Raul Cas-
tro, President of the Councils
of State and Ministers of the
Republic of Cuba, expressed


his disdain for the "'neo-liberal
discourse (that) has tried to
convince us that the key to eco-
nomic success is unlimited pri-
vatisation, minimum State inter-
vention in the economy and the
complete opening to the world'
market, and transnational cor-
porations".
This discourse, he said, has
led to immense gaps in living
standards between the rich and
the poor, depleted energy sup-
plies, developing countries' loss
of control over their natural
and human resources, and epi-
demics that could have been
avoided had "just a few cents
been spent".


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"The outlook for our coun-
tries is becoming more terrify-
ing by the minute," he claimed.
According to Castro the 118
states that are members of the
movement which includes
the Bahamas could be a sig-
nificant force for change:
"The strength of our united
countries is very great. Those
of us meeting here represent
the vast majority of the peo-
ple of the world.
"Let us close ranks and unite
the growing forces of oir vig-
orous Movement in the United
Nations and in all other inter-
national forums to demand eco-
nomic justice for our peoples
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and an end to. for-
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our resources'and
the theft of our
labour. Let us close


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ranks in demanding
respect for our right
to de\eloprnent, to
life and to .the
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PAGEF 4 MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 18. 2006


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Friends talk of five Cubans: which five?


FIFTEEN Bahamians to be known as
"Bahamian Friends of the Cuban Five" -
have banded together to free from prison five
Cubans, who in our language are called
"spies", but in the doublespeak of Cuba are
called "heroes."
Mr Alexander Morley, co-chairman of the
"Bahamian Friends" drew a distinction
between the imprisoned men and terrorists
by explaining that the five Cubans were in the
United States "hunting down terrorists this
was their job, they were just looking for infor-
mation they weren't using weapons."
Well when you clandestinely go into anoth-
er man's country to snoop around without
informing the officials of that country what
you are about and you are caught, you are
automatically arrested. A spy's life is like walk-
ing too near the edge of a cliff. One false step
and you plunge to eternity. And so if a spy is
caught, he knows it means life imprisonment.
When those five Cubans entered the spying
business this-was the risk they were willing to
take. They should be thankful they were
caught committing their underground activities
in the US, where they probably live in Hilton-
like conditions compared to the dungeons they
would have been consigned to if they had been
arrested doing "their job" in Cuba. In a reverse
situation they probably would have been exe-
cuted in Cuba.
COB science lecturer, Felix Bethel, who is
also a member of the "Friends", believes his
students have the right to know as much as he
knows, "and perhaps a little bit.more, about
the importance of the Cuban revolution ..."
We agree. We believe that the "little bit
more" that Mr Bethel obviously does not
know, but his students should be told, is how
Fidel Castro betrayed his revolution. There
are many Cubans, vrho believed as much in the
revolution as did Castro. However, when they
discovered that their leader was a man of
straw, they abandoned him and the revolu-
tion. Today, some of them live in exile in the
Bahamas. Mr Bethel should invite these men
to lecture to his students if, indeed, it is the
whole truth and not propaganda he
wants them to know.
According to the "Friends", when the five
spies uncovered information about planned
terrorists' activities in the US, they sent it to
Cuba and shared it with US authorities. The
Americans took their information, but instead
of hunting down the terrorists arrested the
Cuban "investigators." This certainly doesn't
seem very sporting of them.
Of course, that is Castro's story. But that is
not the whole story. All the Cuban govern-
ment seems willing to talk about are five


Cuban "heroes." They have nothing to say
about the other five in the spy network the
ones who in fact talked to US authorities,
implicating themselves and the five who are
still in prison. Nor do Cuban officials talk
about the other two Cubans in the spy ring
who escaped arrest and returned to Cuba.
The "Bahamian Friends" are telling the
truth when they say that five Cubans gave
their information to US authorities. However,
the question is: Which five? One can be certain
that the information was not given by the five
who the "Friends" are now trying to spring
from jail.
In September 1998 the FBI arrested 10
Cubans based in Miami. Linked to Cuba's
General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI),
the 10 were accused of. spying. Further inves-
tigations implicated 12 persons in the Wasp
Network. However, as we have already said,
two skipped town before they could be arrest-
ed.
News of the arrests, trial and sentencing
were reported in the United States and around
the world, but Cuba kept it quiet for three
years, announcing it only after the group was
convicted. The US honoured Cuba's official
Request for information about the proceed-
ings, but Cuban authorities shared none of
that information with their own citizens. Even
today the Cuban people do not have the full
story. And so, we would suggest to the
"Friends" that before they start their propa-
ganda mission on behalf of the Cuban gov-
ernment, they should get the full report of the
trial. At present they are satisfied with Cuba's
version that only five agents who had done
nothing wrong were convicted. What about
the other five agents who pleaded guilty and
cooperated with US authorities? And the oth-
er two who slipped through the net?
When you start telling stories, you should
gather all your facts and tell them straight.
The case is too long and complicated to try
to condense it in this column, but tomorrow we
shall report the tie between the Wasp Net-
work and the Cuban Air Force's shooting
down of the two Brothers to the Rescue air-
craft over the straits of Florida on February 24,
1996. All readers of The Tribune should
remember that tragic case..
We shall also report on the espionage case
of Ana Bel6n Montes, a US citizen, attached to
the Pentagon who also spied for Cuba.
These are all related, and so before our
readers get too bleary-eyed over the tall tale
about to be told by the "Friends", we shall
try to put some solid flesh on their story to give
it more meaning. Our readers can then decide
for themselves where the truth lies.


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EDITOR, The Tribune
THE average Bahamian does
not bother. Whatever you ram
down their throats, they swal-
low it. It may not be palatable
but they endure it nonetheless.
If they have a high bill they pay
it and then complain. The pow-
ers that be know this about
Bahamians and they make most
of their decisions based on that
fact.
Thursday BaTelCo or BTC
held a Town Meeting at the
BCPOU Hall on Farrington
Road. Present Chairman of
BTC Mr Owen Bethel tried his
hardest to show some enthusi-
asm or pretend to be positive
about what some may describe
as the "lousiest" corporation in
the Bahamas, if not the world.
Bahamians have been
exploited by BTC, so many
were amazed but not amused
by his comments, neither were
they impressed with Acting
President Mr Leon Williams'
presentation.
In times past I can remem-
ber Mr Bethel emphasising best
practices and encouraging peo-
ple to save their money and oth-
er good stuff that many
Bahamians do not practice. So it
was safe then to conclude that
Mr Bethel would not be sur-
prised if a customer of BTC
wanted and even expected val-
ue for the exuberant rates and
other charges by BTC.
I was present at the Town
Meeting to seek answers about
the lousy service customers
were receiving with their GSM
and TDMA phones, and if the
public could expect some reduc-,
tion in rates, especially since
BTC was bragging about having
made $32 millions in.profit.
Titi Actig President, who is
not a people person, in his arro-
gance took almost five minutes
to give the audience a history
of BTC spending and never
really addressed the question.
Well I was not surprised about
the answer. The public present
then quickly realized that the
Town Meeting was just a PR
event and not a genuine fact-
finding mission.
What is so puzzling is that
BTC's record is that they can-
not get anything right, and
because there is not a real busi-
ness-minded person at the lead-
ership, then the decisions made
would not make sense? TDMA
was introduced; the general
public never got their moneys
worth. Subscribers of TDMA
could only receive calls if they
were driving through certain
streets. That problem existed
from the day it was introduced
until today, which are many


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person who was overseeing it
bought a bus that could only
carry ten passengers knowing
that there was a great possibili-
ty that one hundred thousand
persons would want to get on
the bus. My question is who
could be that daft to have made
those arrangements in the first
place, especially if the planning
was done with the future in
mind? Now they say that the
problems for GSM that is "on
today off tomorrow" would be
rectified by December of one
of these years.
Now BTC is excited about
Blackberry, a system that has
been around for at least four or
five years, I stand to be cor-
rected. How long would, it be
before they iron all of the kinks
on that? If the truth be told,
TDMA has been here for many
years, BTC never tried to cor-


rect that system. GSM came
and the serious technical diffi-
culties existed from day one, yet
they have not been addressed,
now it's the Blackberry, you be
the judge.
Judging from their track
record BTC will not service
their mobile phones. They
either don't know how or they
simply do not care, or both.
BTC's record is to collect as
much money as they can, brag
about their profit and give lousy
service and, just like Perry
Christie, promises they will fix it
later. I guess after some consul-
tation, then they will get around
to it. Oh by the way, I heard
that the Blackberry is already
experiencing difficulties.
After complaining, the BTC
staff present took my name and
promised to call me, I laughed
and suggested that she was just
pulling my leg, she insisted she
would. They haven't called yet,
but I am not surprise it's just
par for the course.
IVOINE INGRAHAM
Nassau
September 2006


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and politicians play
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EDITOR, The Tribune
As a former CFO here in
the States and a homeowner
in the Bahamas, I felt the
need to comment on the fol-
lowing.
Lateness of school repairs
Since the fiscal year ends
on July 1 the politicians in
power want the year end
financial statement to look
very "rosy." That is why they
drag out the repairs until after
the fiscal year ends. The $20
million which was spent on
repairs makes the govern-
ment look that much better
as of July 1 if it appears in the
cash account. The correct
thing to do is since the repairs
occurred during the fiscal
then "book" this as an
expense during that period
and start repairs when sum-
mer vacation begins.
The only way to stop this
stupidity is get the cronies out
of the whole public educa-
tion mess and elect an inde-
pendent superintendent. Also
stop co-mingling private
school results with the pub-
lic school debacle resulting in
a D+ average. It is very mis-
leading. I would estimate
without the private school
results the public schools
might average F+.
BEC accounting gimmicks
Much has been made
about the fuel surcharge with
Mr. Bethel saying that fuel


costs have doubled in one
year and tripled in three! Not
so fast here that is not true
unless he has been buying
gas on Mars. He indicated
that BEC's financial state-
ments have been tabled in
parliament and would verify
that. The problem is that
expense classifications are not
the role of an outside audi-
tor. As long as an expense is
truly. as classified it can be
"dumped" into any category.
The role of the auditor is to
primarily verify assets, liabil-
ities and Stockholder's equity.
So in summation ANY veri-
fiable expense can be called
"fuel Surcharge."
What would be informa-
tive would be to have access
to the auditor's workpapers
or the actual chart of accounts
along with the general ledger.
This would, of course require
the government's approval
and that will not happen.
Of course privatizing this
dinosaur would be the best
thing to do, but with the foot-
dragging on the BTC sale,
this is a dream which will not
come true. When will think-
ing Bahamians become tired
of paying three times what we
pay in Florida for electric and
six times what we pay for cel-
lular phone service?
JOHN SMESTAD
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September 2006


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Dominican
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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TWELVE former
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cials, ex-union leaders and
businessmen convicted of
embezzling millions of dol-
lars via a program to help taxi
and bus drivers buy new vehi-
cles will appeal a court's rul-
ing to uphold the decision,
according to Associated Press.
The group faces up to five
years in prison on charges
of embezzling US$56 mil-
lion through Plan Renove, a
vehicle replacement pro-
gram set up by former Pres-
ident Hipolito Mejia.
They will make a final
appeal to the country's
Supreme Court of a lower
court's decision on Friday
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in 2005, said Antonio Marte,
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PLP 'responsible for making



Knowles a heroic figure'


* By MARK HUMES
RESPONDING to detractors
of Samuel "Ninety" Knowles,
civil rights activist Rodney Mon-
cur asserts that it is the PLP gov-
ernment who has made the sus-
pected drug dealer a "folk hero"
by virtue of, what he deems to
be, their disregard and disre-
spect for the rule of law, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Mr Moncur's remarks come is
response to an interview that St
SMargaret's MP Pierre Dupuch
gave to The Tribune on Wednes-
day, in which he claimed that
upholding a suspected drug lord
as some sort of local hero would
be a sign of a "sick society."
"I stand to be corrected," said
Mr Moncur, "but I have heard
no judiciary within the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas to
have declared Samuel Knowles a
drug dealer or a drug smuggler."
At the time of his initial incar-
ceration, Mr Knowles was
remanded to Fox Hill Prison to
serve an 18 month term for drug
possession, and it was during
this time that extradition pro-
ceedings were initiated against


* RODNEY Moncur


him. Knowles, it had been
alleged, was the mastermind
behind a multi-national drug
smuggling operation that stretch
from Canada to Jamaica.
Mr Moncur, however, said
that he and most who have cho-
sen to speak out against the
government's move to extradite
Mr Knowles to face drug
charges in the United States is
not based on any attempt to
make Knowles out to be a local
or folk hero, but based on the
fact that Knowles is a citizen of
the Bahamas whose rights have


been violated.
"Mr Knowles is not a "folk"
hero, but a victim of political
interference with the judiciary,"
Mr Moncur claimed.
The activist is not alone in his
views, as several public figures
have come forward in opposi-
tion to the handling of Mr
Knowles's extradition, with one
PLP official going as far as to
say that the executive branch
of government has put the judi-
ciary in an uncomfortable and
"quite inexplicable" position.
Appearing as a guest on-
More94's "Real Talk Live,"
Senator Damian Gomez
claimed that that the judiciary
may be put in a position of hav-
ing to either make an order of
committal against Minister of
Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell
and Attorney General Allyson
Maynard with the potential of
imprisonment or, should no
action be taken, risk playing a
part in the erosion of the credi-
bility of the Bahamian courts..
"As a country that should
operate on the basis of the law,"
Mr Moncur said, "people
should not be convicted based


on speculations, rumors, and
conjectures, but on evidence
presented in a court of law, with
that evidence being tested
under cross examination."
"I am advised that there are
drug smugglers occupying vari-
ous seats in Parliament" said
Mr Moncur, "but that is merely
speculation and conjecture,
since none of them have been
convicted or declared."
"As far as I am concerned we
have had at least two consecu-
tive Commission of Inquiry
reports which has linked Sir
Lynden to drug smugglers, and
today he is not only our father,
but he is the father of the
nation, a national hero extrodi-
naire, and there is an airport
which is leaking and in a terrible
state of disrepair that has been
named after him."
"Why is Perry Christie now
willing to safeguard Sir Lyn-
den's name and legacy and
throw his former client, Samuel
Knowles, to the wolves?" ques-
tioned Mr Moncur.
Not going as far as Mr Mon-
cur does in aligning Mr Pindling
with Mr Knowles, Mr Dupuch
said that there is "a thin edge to
the wedge," as one has been
charged and one has not been.
However, hoping not to
have his statements miscon-
strued, Mr Dupuch said that
his simple point has always
been that "there is a serious
problem in our society, where


we have no standards."
"Something has to be done
in this community to change the
direction that we are following,"
he said. "And this Ninety thing
is the continuation of the bad."



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* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Two of the
three men onboard a fishing
boat that sank in 30 feet of
water off Moore's Island on
Monday are still missing.
US Coast Guard officials have
been unable to find Michael Pin-
der, a resident of No 3 Widgeon
Road, and Lenward Davis, also
known as 'Big Ben', of No 67
Pioneers Way, who were last
seen swimming about hine miles
off Moore's Island.
SAccording to reports, the
third man onboard the vessel
- Cephas Taylor, 52, of
Freeport was rescued from
the water by a passing boat near


Moore's Island after surviving
some 20 hours in rough seas.
Mr Taylor was treated at the
Moore's Island clinic for dehy-
Sdration and hypothermia. He
told police at Moore's Island on
Wednesday afternoon that he,
Pinder and Davis set out from
SMcClean's Town aboard "Slop-
py Patrol", a 21ft Chaparral
speedboat, on a fishing trip to
Moore's Island.
On their way to the island,
they stopped in the vicinity of
Bersis Cay, where they fished
for a while before continuing to
Moore's Island around,5.30pm.
Taylor said as they were
about three to four miles off
Lily Bank, which is approxi-
mately nine miles froMb oore's
[Lh.


Island, the stern of the boat
broke apart. The boat quickly
began taking on water and sank
in about 30ft of water.
According to Taylor, they
began swimming in choppy
waters, battling strong currents
as darkness fell.
He said he lost sight of Pinder
and Davis in the darkness, but
continued swimming until he
got to an area off Moore's
Island, where he was rescued
by a passing boat and taken to
Moore's Island.
Supt Basil Rahming said that
local boaters out of Moore's
Island, in addition to the US
Coast Guard, have been search-
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Family suing Bahamas Baptists and


school finally get their day in


court


A FAMILY who have been
fighting for justice for four years
have finally been granted an
:appearance before a trial judge.
Greg and Tanya Cash will
appear before Judge John
Lyons on September 22 seek-
ing damages against the


Bahamas Baptist education
establishment.
Mr Cash, a physical educa-
tion coach, is claiming wrongful
dismissal from Jordan Prince
William High School in 2002.
He and his wife are further
alleging defamation of character


and violation of their constitu-
tional rights.
The couple appeared before
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall
on August 31 at a dispute reso-
lution hearing.
As no settlement was
reached, Sir Burton referred the


matter to Judge Lyons.
Mr and Mrs Cash are taking
action against the Bahamas
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Issued under The Bahamas Registered Stock Act, and authorized by Resolutions of the House of
Assembly, 21st June, 2006.

Applications will be received by The Banking Department beginning at 9:30 am on 11th September, 2006
and will close at 3:00pm on 20th September, 2006. Allocations will commence at 9:30 a.m. on 21st September,
2006 and will cease at 3:00p.m. on 22nd September, 2006.

If the total subscriptions exceed the sum ofB$100,000,000.00 (Nominal) partial allotment will be made to
subscribers, and a proportionate refund will be made as soon as possible after allotment. No interest will be
paid on amounts so refunded.

The date of this Prospectus is llth September, 2006

The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas invites applications for Bahamas Registered
Stock totalling B$100,000,000.00. The Stock will be available in a range of maturity dates; the earliest being
repayable in 2021 and the latest in 2026. The total amount of Stock offered, the rate of interest and the issue
price are given below :-


Rate Of Interest

5/32% Above Prime Rate
3/16% Above Prime Rate
7/32% Above Prime Rate
1/4% Above Prime Rate
9/32% Above Prime Rate
5/16% Above Prime Rate


Bahamas Registered Stock 2021
Bahamas Registered Stock 2022
Bahamas Registered Stock 2023
Bahamas Registered Stock 2024
Bahamas Registered Stock 2025
Bahamas Registered Stock 2026


Amount
B$
10,000,000.00
10,000,000.00
20,000,000.00
15,000,000.00
20,000,000.00
25.000.000.00
100.000,000.00


Issue
Price
B$
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00


The Stock shall be repaid on 22nd September, in the year appearing in the name of the Stock.

INTEREST

The Stock will bear interest from 22nd September, 2006, at the rate shown against the name of the Stock as
the percent per annum over the Prime Rate (i.e. the prime commercial interest rate from time to time fixed by
the Clearing banks carrying on business in the Island of New Providence in The Bahamas. If there shall be any
difference between them, then that which is fixed by Royal Bank of Canada): Interest shall be payable half-
yearly commencing on 22nd March, 2007 and thereafter on 22nd September and 22nd March in every year until
the Stock is repaid.


CHARGE UPON CONSOLIDATED FUND

The principal monies and interest represented by the Stock are charged upon and payable out of the
Consolidated Fund and assets of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
Issue of Stock The Stock will be issued by the Registrar (The Central Bank of The Bahamas).
Applications will be received by The Banking Department beginning at 9:30 am on 1 Ith
September, 2006 and will close at 3:00 pm on 20th September, 2006. Allocations will
commence at 9:30 a.m. on 21st September, 2006 and will cease at 3:00p.m. on 22nd
September, 2006. All envelopes enclosing applications should be labelled "Application
For Bahamas Government Registered Stocks".

Units The Stock will be in units ofB$100.00.

Applications Applications must be for BS100.00 or a multiple of that sum.

Application Forms Applications for the Stock should be made to the Registrar on the form attached to the
Prospectus and may be obtained from the Registrar offices in Nassau and Freeport, The
Treasury Department (Marlborcugh Street & Navy Lion Road, Nassau) or any of the
following banks:

1. Bank of The Bahamas International
2. First Caribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
3. Finance Corporation of Bahamas Limited
4. Commonwealth Bank Limited
5. Royal Bank Of Canada
6. Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited
7. Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited (formally British American Bank(1993)
Limited)
8. Citibank, N.A.

PUBLIC DEBT

Provisional estimates from the unaudited accounts as at June 30, 2006 show the Public Debt of The
Bahamas to be B$2,823,456,000.*

GOVERNMENT REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE

The following information is extracted from the unaudited accounts of the Government of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


Revenue


Recurrent Expenditure (excluding
Repayment of Public Debt)

Capital Development
Expenditure (excluding loans
contributions and advances
to public corporations) -


FY2004/2005p**
B$


1,039,376,000


1,053,095,000




90,374,000


FY2005/2006p**
B$
Approved Budget

1,132,774,000


1,145,691,000




132,901.000


FY2006/2007p**
B$
Approved Budget

1,338,971,000


1,269,560,000




162.356,000


** Provisional .stimatcs from the unaudited accounts.
The Public Debt amount is inclusive of The Public Corporations contingent liability which as at June
30, 2005 totalled BS505,687,000.


THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
BAHAMAS REGISTERED STOCK 2021. 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 AND 2026


FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
APPLICATION No
ALLOTMENT No.

DATE:


The Registrar
c/o The Central Bank of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4868
Nassau, Bahamas

Sir:


I/We hereby apply for the following amount of Bahamas Registered Stock:


Insert below the amount applied for
in Tnits of R100n


5/32%
3/16%
7/32%
1/4%
9/32%
5/16%


Above Prime Rate
Above Prime Rate
Above Prime Rate
Above Prime Rate
Above Prime Rate
Above Prime Rate


Bahamas Registered Stock 2021
Bahamas Registered Stock 2022
Bahamas Registered Stock 2023
Bahamas Registered Stock 2024
Bahamas Registered Stock 2025
Bahamas Registered Stock 2026


and undertake to accept any less amount which may be allotted to me/us.


I/We enclose B$


in payment for the Stock applied for.


In the event of the full amount of Stock(s) applied for above is/are not allotted to
me/us, I/we request that the sum refundable to me/us be applied for the following Stock:


% Bahamas Registered Stock
% Bahamas Registered Stock
% Bahamas Registered Stock
% Bahamas Registered Stock
% Bahamas Registered Stock
% Bahamas Registered Stock


BANK DRAFTS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE CENTRAL BANK OF THE BAHAMAS.


I. (One Person)
Ordinary Signature__


Name in Full (BLOCK LETTERS, state whether Mr., Mrs., or Miss and titles if any.)




Address (Corporations etc. should give Registered Addresses)

P. O. Box





Telephone Nos. (H) (W)


2. (Where two or more persons apply as joint subscribers, the additional names and addresses should
be given below.)

Ordinary Signatures


Names in Full


And/OR


Address


Telephone Nos.(H


(Wt


I/We hereby request semi annual interest to be paid to:


Bank Name


Bank Branch


Account Number


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SERVICES must be
improved to meet the needs of
*investors, if Bahamians are to
continue enjoying the high stan-
dard of living to which they
have become accustomed, said
permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Finance, Helen Ebong.
To better meet the needs of
all of its clients, which includes
Bahamians, businesses and the
international community, the
government is putting all of its
services online.
But public servants must
actively be involved in all stages
of planning if this goal is to
become reality, Mrs Ebong told
a group of e-representatives and
other government officials at a
Bahamas Government Online
(BGOL) workshop.
"We look forward to. your
interactive participation on how
we could bring about this vision
because we all have an input in
bringing about this vision," she
said.
She added: "If we want to
continue to enjoy this high stan-
dard of living, we have to reform
and transform ourselves. You
see this happening in developed
countries and in other countries
throughout the region.
"So I challenge you today to
think outside of the box and, as
you leave today, be committed
to this change. Be committed
to making the BGOL the
household word internationally
where you go when you .want
information on The Bahamas."
Three consultants from the
Canadian government also
attended the workshop to
Explain the draft strategies and
frameworks of the initiative.


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Consultant Elena Mantagaris
told public servants that if they
are going to better serve their
clients, they must come out of
the mindset that each ministry is
a separate entity.
Ms Mantagaris said when she
spoke with various government
employees, she found that
clients could not go to one
office and get service.
"Very often they have to go
to three or four government
offices before they can get the
service they actually wanted in
the first place, so there is a lot of
wasted time and effort, and time
is money in this world.
"We want to make sure that
we streamline business process-
es so that we encourage a little


more of that one stop shop kind
of thinking," she said.
Although clients will be able
to access services online, that
does not mean they will not use
other channels of access such
as the telephone, Ms Manta-
garis warned.
"They don't need to call and
ask where they can find a form
- they have that. Now they want
to know, 'How do I fill out 3C,
because I'm not sure if I know
how to answer out that ques-
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Ms Mantagaris said all public
servants should be aware of the
services offered online and
speak with one voice, as that is
how the government will build
credibility among clients.


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10 mph (16 kph).
Gordon, classified as a Cat-
egory 1 storm, was moving sig-
nificantly faster than Satur-
day, when forecasters said it
was inching along at 3 mph (5
ph). The hurricane center said
it expected Gordon's speed to
continue to gradually increase.
The National Hurricane
Center's latest forecast for the
season expects between sev-
en and nine hurricanes, a
slight reduction from earlier
predictions.
Scientists said this week that
weak El Nino conditions had
inhibited hurricane develop-
ment by bringing higher ocean
temperatures that increase


crosswinds over the
Caribbean. The winds can rip
storms apart or stop them
from forming.
But National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
scientists warned that the El
Nino effect on hurricanes has
been small so far. And the
season, which lasts until Nov.
30, is still at its traditional
peak.


* MIAMI
HURRICANE Helene
strengthened into a Category
2 storm Sunday but continued
churning in the open Atlantic
hundreds of miles (kilometers)
from land, forecasters said,
according to Associated Press.
The storm had maximum
sustained winds near 105 mph
(170 kph), significantly
stronger from a day earlier,
when winds of 80 mph (130
kph) were recorded. At 11
a.m. EDT (1500 GMT),
Helene was centered about
935 miles (1,504 kilometers)
east-northeast of the northern
Leeward Islands and moving
northwest at 10 mph (16 kph).
Helene's speed makes it a
strong Category 2 storm and
the National Hurricane Cen-
ter said the season's fourth
hurricane could strengthen
further.
Still, the storm, like Huiri-
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diate threat to land.
At 11 a.m. EDT (1500
GMT), Gordon had top sus-
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Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-,
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three (3) years post qualification experience in Human Resource Management. Computer
skills'a must.
The Manager II will report to the Manager I, Human Resources and as a part of the
Human Resources team at the Grand Bahama Health Services, will share responsibility
for the day-to-day administration of Human Resources transactions and services in
support of the organization.
Duties:
1. Processes all recommendations in connection with:
SAppointments
Confirmations
SPensions/gratuity benefits
SPromotions
Disciplinary actions
SDismissals
Transfers
Reassessment of salaries
SRetirement
Reemployment and renewal of contracts
Salary advances and medical loans
Salary progression
Resumption of duty after study leave and un-coding of increment month
2. Researches all matters of complaints from assigned areas, prepares documentation
and submits recommendations for consideration.
3. Reviews Human Resources systems and makes recommendations for update
periodically.
4. Assist with annual Budget preparation of Personal Emoluments.
5. Liaises with the Payrolls Unit in connection with matters relating to salary
adjustments and financial clearance.
6. Participates in the recruitment and selection process, as well as, completes
background checks on prospective employees.
Opportunities will also be given for the involvement in Human Resources Strategic
Planning.
Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 29th September, 2006 to The Director,
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Caribbean tourism:


competition demands


wider participation


in decision making


By Sir Ronald Sanders
S (The writer is a business exec-
-.. utive and former Caribbean
Diplomatt.
REPORT by John
Collins in the publi-
cation, The
Caribbean Investor, on warn-
ings to the Caribbean tourism
Industry deserves more atten-
tion for it emphasises the
urgency of taking action to
'maintain Caribbean competi-
Stiveness in the global market.
Collins reported on the obser-
6'vations of Bill Freeman, the
SCEO of the Freeman Group, a
SDallas based hospitality and
improvement company, which
has been active in the
SCaribbean over the last 20
years.
Mr Freeman made two very
important observations.
The first is that competition
From the rest of the world is set
Sto increase.
Drawing on the work of the
Freeman Group in the

The advertising
of a Caribbean
brand does not
O conflict with the
promotion of an
individual
country. Indeed,
there is great
value in doing
'both.

Caribbean and other parlstof
the world, Mr Freeman: is
reported to have said that
.Caribbean countries are "so
intent in blindly competing with
one another that they overlook
i the necessity of collectively
g cooperating to face other parts
4 of the world." He drew particu-
I lar attention to the challenges
1 being posed by countries in the
I Pacific and the Indian Ocean
: where "service is guaranteed".
"The Caribbean," he said, "is
under assault."

he importance, of
Caribbean cooperation
to compete with the rest of the
World is not a new point. It is
Sone that was made tirelessly by
,A the former CEO of the
Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
Stion, Jean Holder, and has been
repeated by his successor Vin-
Scent Vanderpool-Wallace.
But, there remains a fear
amongst government officials
and national tourism organisa-'
"4 tions that the allocation of
financial resources to promoting
Sthe Caribbean would deprive
,national groups of the funds
>I they need to pull tourists to
their destination, and that larg-
er and better know destinations
1 would benefit from advertising
> of a Caribbean brand.
or This is a fear that national
h organizations should overcome.
The advertising of a
SCaribbean brand does not con-
Sflict with the promotion of an
# individual country. Indeed,
there is great value in doing
: both.
Mr Freeman's second obser-
Svation was a wake-up call. He
said: "More and more visitors to
destinations are increasingly
judging their vacation experi-
ences on the standards of ser-
vice rather than on the facili-


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WORLD VIE'

ties." He added that "the same
attention paid to hotels has to
be extended to their airports,
retail sales, taxi service and
tours."
If we are candid about it, ser-
vice in the Caribbean is not uni-
formly excellent. There are out-
standing taxi drivers as there
are diligent workers in the
hotels, at airports and in
shops. But, generally speaking,
service falls behind in compari-
son with other destinations, par-
ticularly in the Pacific and Indi-
an Ocean.

f this pattern continues,
Caribbean countries will
lose market share as tourists opt
to spend their vacation money
in destinations where they
believe they get the best value.
In this regard, trade union
organizations need to join man-
agement of hotels, airports, tour
operators and taxi driver asso-
ciations in mounting seminars
to educate them about the
importance to their jobs of good
service, and to train them to
deliver it.
And, this should be an ongo-
ing arrangement, not a special
one. Training seminars, jointly
arranged.by management and
trade unions to train new work-
ers and to refresh the attitudes
of seasoned ones should
become a permanent feature of
the industry.
A recent report by the -World
Travel and Tourism Council
reveals that Caribbean employ-
ment in tourism is estimated at
2,643,000. in 2006 or one in
every 6.5 jobs (15.4 per cent of
total employment), and the
industry is expected to gener-
ate US$51.3 billion in econom-
ic activity in 2006 and account
for 16.4 per cent of GDP.
This means that the entire
private sector and work force
of many Caribbean countries
have a vested interest in making
Caribbean tourism competitive
in the world, and in ensuring
that the quality of service is
improved considerably.
For, if the Caribbean's share
of the world tourism market

The time has
come for wider
participation in
decision-making
about, and
funding for,
the tourism
industry at both
the local and
regional levels.

declines, so too will the
economies of many
countries, With such a decline
will come an adverse effect on
business ranging from telecom-
munications and banking
through retail stores to local
agriculture.

T he time has come for
wider participation in
decision-making about, and


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funding for, the tourism indus-
try at both the local and region-
al levels.
As a start, the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation and the
Caribbean Hotels Association
might consider inviting the
Caribbean Labour Organisation
and the Caribbean Association
of Industry and Commerce to
a joint meeting to consider how
together they could maintain
the Caribbean's competitive-
ness id the global market place
and improve the quality of its
service.
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become a major medical con-
cean, both locally and interna-
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BahamaHealth, the group
health division, of Family
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recognized-the need to educate
its members on the adverse
health effects of obesity and
promote lifestyle, exercise and
dietary changes for weight loss
and fitness.
Health Minister Dr Bernard
Nottage gave opening remarks
on behalf of his Ministry and
applauded BahamaHealth for
this important undertaking to
help improve the lives and
health of Bahamian adults and
children.
Patricia Hermanns, President
and CEO of Family Guardian,
welcomed Dr Nottage, partici-
pants and sponsors to the kick-
off of the 6-Week Challenge and
reiterated Family Guardian's
commitment to promoting and
supporting .health initiatives


within the community.
Linda Jarrett, vice president
of Family Guardian's Group
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BahamaHealth, and a team of
BahamaHealth staff members,
healthcare providers and
experts in nutrition and exer-
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programme spanning seven Sat-
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"A major feature of the
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associated serious health risks,
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director, Dr Kirtland Culmer,
said: "Obesity is perhaps the
most pervasive medical prob-


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lem faced by medical providers
today: It is a common condition
in any patient population in
countries with a western diet
and lifestyle. There are many
complications associated with
obesity and the importance of
prevention of obesity from the
cradle to adulthood cannot be
overly stressed."
. Beginning September 16 and
continuing through October'28,
BahamaHealth members will
begin their Saturday mornings
with a weigh-in, warm-up, and
brisk walk.

Tests

The morning programme
continues with cholesterol and
glucose testing conducted by
representatives from Doctors
Hospital and The Walk-In Med-
ical Clinic. Light, healthy
refreshments, spot prizes, and
presentations by health
providers and exercise instruc-
tors will keep members moti-
vated throughout the morning.
Among the health experts.
who have partnered with
BahamaHealth is Dr. Kathryn
de'Souza of the Sports, Spine
and Rehabilitation Clinic, who
will lead the Saturday morning
exercise routine and group
walk. Doctors Kirtland Culmer.


Duane Sands, Cyprian Strachan
and Carlos Thomas will address
participants on health issues
related to obesity and give
direction on weight manage-
ment and health maintenance.
Nutrition expert Mrs Julia
Lee and Chef Winifred Rolle
will discuss healthy meal plans.
Mrs Lydia Ferguson of Weight
Watchers will outline dietary
measures for weight manage-
ment and Curves and Bally's
Total Gym will demonstrate
exercise techniques. Yoga,
Pilates and dance also will be
showcased as options for weight
control and improved health.
Also joining BahamaHealth
in the 6-week health initiative
are a number of major spon-
sors, including Bahamasair,
American Airlines, Platinum
Travel, Premier Travel, Bally's,
Micronet, The Armoury Com-
pany, Bahamas Bus and Truck,
Commonwealth Building Sup-
plies, Dockendale Shipping and
Master Technicians.
BahamaHealth's 6-Week
Slim-Down Challenge includes
a competitive element; mem-
bers will vie for exciting prizes
to be awarded to participants
who achieve weekly and final
health goals.
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Students of St Matthew's with certificates and special achievers as they moved into,
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oured last Sunday during a Assistant priest Father Don The students are also joined
special youth service for out- Haynes (far right) delivered by Rector Father James Moul-
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Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-
Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, Human
Resources or equivalent and five (5) years post qualification relevant experience. Excellent
oral and written skills and computer skills are essential.
The Manager I will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Human Resources
Department including planning, organizing, coordinating and delegating duties; the supervision
of the staff of the Human Resources Department; the coordination of activities and assisting
with training, education and development of the Human Resources Department staff.
Duties:
1. Manages and supervises the daily operation of the Human Resources Unit, ensuring
that all assignments are delegted, including special projects.
2. Applies the Policies and Regulations of the Public Hospitals Authority, to daily human
resource matters ranging from recruitment and appointments to annual performance
appraisals, disciplinary procedures and involuntary and voluntary terminations.
3. Coordinates the development of Human Resources policies, procedures and practices
in the hospital and assists Corporate Office with policy development.
4. Assists the Administrator with policy development and ensures that policies and
regulations are disseminated throughout the Grand Bahama Health Services and that
they are adhered to.
5. Develops and disseminates annual human resources strategic action plan and conducts
periodic review to ensure completion of identified projects.
6. Ensures that the Registry functions efficiently and files are accurately compiled and
available on request.
7. Prepares and maintains reports of departmental statistics and outstanding Payroll
issues.
8. Prepares all Personal Emoluments and applicable allowances for the annual Budget
in consultation with the Administrator.
9. Conducts orientation and coordinates continuous training of all personnel in collaboration
with Supervisors.
10. Liaises and consults with the Director of Human Resources on human resource issues.
11. Liaises with the Financial Officer and Payrolls Unit on matters relative to:
Salaries
Allowances
Financial Clearance
12. Manages the annual Employee Recognition exercise.
13. Oversees the processing of Human Resource Management Information System reports.
14. Ensures that all Departments obtain Performance Appraisal records and conducts the
appraisal process in a timely manner.
Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3) references
should be submitted, no later than 29th September, 2006 to the Director, Human resources,
Public Hospital 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
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LOA NEW


Mitchell: the Bahamas disagrees with


'extreme' views by some at NAM Summit


J.| FROM page one

the week, and later in those
of some prominent leaders
o "ucb as Venezuela President
"Hugo Chavez, anti-US
iemarks in particular were
Denying that he has
Ngny particular concern"
"l'out such remarks, Mr
I Mitchell said: "We're not
Sa-nti-US there are a num-
ber of international fora
: '"fhat we're a part of and
countries express them-
lives in various ways".
SUltimately, according to
,. _r Mitchell, the capacity
"'"for the summit to be an
"access point" is of the
"r-lrmost significance.
'"l's important for the
hamas to touch base in
many international fora
i. it can because a small
.ecuntrv like ourselves
.gr*ould never have the range
S~ f embassies and diplomat-
Sic personnel to come
into contact with 116 coun-
tries anywhere else," he
said.
Marilyn Zonicle, under-
secretary in charge of the
International relations divi-
sion in the Bahamas,
described the "almost vit-
Sriolic" statements that have
been made by some dele-
gates, and by Cuban
i leader Fidel Castro, as a
product of their country's
historical experience.
In light of their "histori-
cal context" it is not sur-
Sprising that countries such
as Cuba and Venezuela
speak-"bluntly," according
S to Ms'Zonicle.
Y,ou have to see the
Whole thing in perspective
in terms of truly evaluat-
ing what the NAM move-
? ment is all nbout. Es.cii -
tially the NAM is the voice
o the developing so.uth,-,
r se said.
rr- Oi Saturday, during the
; climactic meetings of the
summitt, Mr Mitchell took
p art in a vote on-the draft
4 declaration of the Move-
|.2 lent:,The foreign ministry
waxf- each\ member country
Within the movement was
.onl a copy of, the draft
'declaration on the "pur-
.4oses, principles, and role"
of the Non-Aligned Move-
ment before the summit
ld requested to offer their
Sown contributions to the
'document.
Mr Mitchell said that the
Bahamas was in agreement
with the majority of the
Declaration as it originally
stood, apart from one par-
ticular clause regarding
Iranian use of nuclear
energy.
He said, "We wanted to
-see a text which, while it
-dealt with the question of
Style rights of someone who
jss using peaceful nuclear
encrgN. also reflects the
obligations of someone
t*ho is using nuclear energy
w-"which is to conform with
the letter and the spirit of
the conventions that
they're a part of and to fol-
low all the rules and regu-






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THE Catholic Archdio-
cese is sponsoring an eight-
week parenting skills
workshop to be held at
Emmas centre from
7.30pm to 9.30pm on Tues-
days starting on September
26.
The video-based pro-
gramme attempts to teach
good communication skills,
'aiming to enable parents to
.raise well-behaved chil-
dren.
Facilitator Vincent Fer-
guson is also available to
meet with adolescents
whose parents/guardians
are in the programme.
Parents, teachers and
,other interested persons
F;"n contact the Archdioce-
san Family Life Office at
328-43 1(1 v for more infor-
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lations with the full disclo-
sure that comes with that."
Minister Mitchell and
the rest of the Bahamas
delegation landed in
Havana on Thursday dur-
ing a busy period at Jose
Marti International Air-
port, which saw the arrival
of a large number of
world leaders, including
UN secretary-general Kofi
Annan, who acted
as an observer at the sum-
mit.
Though the meeting had
been in motion since Mon-
day, September 11, the last
three days for which Mr
Mitchell was present -
were considered the most
crucial.
According to the minis-
ter, this is the first summit
since the 1983 New Delhi
meeting that a delegation
has been sent by the
Bahamas adding that this
was partly due to the
proximity of the event this
year.


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I think we have a tragic death
of a young man and ultimately
without repeating everything
I've said, the cause is going to
be determined," he said.
Dr Wecht said that he
could not say exactly when
the tissue and toxicology
reports could be done, but
did mention that they could
take between one to three
weeks to complete.
He said that at this time
he has not seen any abnor-,
mality in Daniel's system,:
and will need to review the
medical records from
Daniel's doctors in the. US
before forming his ultimate
conclusion.
However, in the meantime,
he said that he has no rea-
son to believe either that poi-
sons or drugs may have been
involved in Daniel's death.
Making certain to note that it


is not an impossibility, Dr
Wecht said that any drug
heard or read of would not
leave any external or internal
manifestations therefore
the need for a toxicology
report.
He said that he has ruled
out at this time, heart dis-
ease, cancer, systemic infec-
tion, or a.congenital anom-
aly that had not manifested
itself "for whatever reason."
"So there are some things
that can be ruled out, and I
believe we can say at this
time, that we have done that,
as we'have I believe ruled
out something to make one
believe that there may have
been something of a foul
play nature. There is just
nothing like that here," he
said.
The tissue samples are


expected to be FedEx'd to
the US as soon as possible.
The body of Daniel Smith
has since been released to his
family, but Michael Scott, the
attorney for Ms Smith did
not clarify if it will ultimate-
ly be released to Butler's
Funeral Home as expected.
"I think she wants people
to stop jumping to conclu-
sions," Mr Scott said, "she
wants people to take a
breath and'step back, and
await the outcome of any,
forensic reports. . ,
"And to stop'fueling all
this speculative, and in sorte
respects ridiculous specula-
tion going on in the media.
Just step back, like she is.
take a deep breath, andwait
for the results to come out.
and to wait to find out what
happened," he said.


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FROM page one


rounding the continuation of
the pre-clearance facility.
"One is, anytime there is a
pre-clearance facility it presents
security concerns to our coun-
try. Because we are taking our
security, we are moving it off-
shore where we don't have full
control of the airports and the
facilities and it creates a vul-
nerability. No matter how good
the security is, it is still more
vulnerable than being in the US.
"And as a followup to that, if
people are arrested or caught
with drugs, they are tried in the
country in which they are
caught. In this case it is the
Bahamas but it could be
Aruba, or it could be Canada
- in most of these countries
the penalties for trafficking
drugs are less than they would
be in the US. And so that pre-
sents a concern to us," he said.
Ambassador Rood said that
there are some airports where
having a pre-clearance facility
is in the US' best interest -
New Providence being one of
them.
He explained that it would
be incredibly difficult for them
to absorb the number of flights
that must go through customs
into the US. However, unfor-
tunately for Grand Bahama,
such an option is not beyond
the realm of possibility.
"Freeport on the other hand
we can absorb. We can absorb
those flights to the US. It also
has had three years of declin-
ing traffic. And it is very, very
expensive. Customs officials*
cannot comprehend paying
$5,000 a month for a home in
the US, it is unheard of. And
yet we have to pay that in some
cases in Freeport.
"So it becomes very expen-
sive. It becomes a combination
of security and the cost, and if


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FROM page one


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pressure to settle her claim on Mr St George's widow, Lady Hen-
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we can handle it in the US. And
unfortunately this is a case
where it is clearly not in our
interest, and as a result is being
looked at, both to improve secu-
rity and to reduce cost. Now I
would say there have been
some significant improvements
in the situation at the airport
over the last six months, and we
think the security at the airport
is operating very well," he said.
The Ambassador said that
while security has improved at
the Freeport airport, it still does
not mean that it is as secure as
one in the US. He said that just
by the nature of it being in
another country "it is not as
secure as being in our own
country."
When asked if the Bahamas
government had offered to help


subsidize some of the cost of -.
running the pre-clearance facil-
ity Ambassador Rood said that
only the Port Authority had
offered at one point.
"But it would be problematic
in terms of how that would
work.
"When we originally talked
to Homeland Security about
this, and they were expressing .
concern over the cost of the
facility I said, 'Well if there is a I
way that we can get the Port
Authority or the governmentt
to share in some of these costs
would that help,'they said 'we
can't do that'.
"So for some reason they felt
they could not do that. And I ^
really think this is an issue that
we need to look at in terms of
'what can we do for our friends
in the Bahamas, and our friends *.
in Freeport'. And I'm hopeful p ''
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perspective and will push to
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co-chairman (MELA) Foundation; Captain Paul Aranha (MELA) Foundation; Lynishka Arnett,
scholarship recipient; Governor General Arthur Hanna, who presented the awards;Damien
Howard Sturrup, scholarship recipient; Cheryl Carey, director of financial aid housing at the
College of the Bahamas and the consultant to the Mamie E L Astwood Foundation and Andrew
Wilson, (MELA) foundation and former student of Mrs Mamie Astwood.


THE first Mamie E. L. Ast-
wood Meritorious scholarship
Awards were presented by Gov-
ernor General Arthur Hanna.
Members of the Mamie E. L.
Astwood Foundation made a
courtesy call at Government
House, where Mr Hanna pre-
senibd the first Mamie E. L.
Astwood Meritorious scholar-
ship Awards to two students to
attend The College of the
Bahanas.
Tie Mamie E. L. Astwood
Foundation (MELA) was
formed shortly after Mrs. Ast-
wood's death in March 8,2005,
to carry out and fulfil her wish
of advancing educational pur-
suits among talented young
people' in the Bahamas, help-
ing thdse who need aid and giv-
ing hope to the downtrodden.
For this a Maanue E. L. Astwod
Meritorious Scholarship award
was established to give scholar-
ships tp deserving Bahamian
students who have been accept-
ed to attend the College of the
Bahamas and who meet the col-
lege's prescribed qualifications.
TheiMamie E. L. Astwood
Meritorious Scholarship Award
- is also based on academic
achievement, merit. extracur-:


ricular activities, good character,
and good references.
Formal presentations were
made by governor at Govern-
ment House to Lynishka
Arnett and Damien Howard
Sturrup, both students of the
College of the Bahamas.
Lynishka Arnett is a gradu-
ate of St Augustine's College,
and Damien Sturrup is a grad-
uate of CC Sweeting Senior
High School.
Mrs Astwod was an educa-
tor, administrator, church-
woman, wife and mother who
was undaunted in her pursuit
of excellence in education, civic
duties and helping others, said a
release from the Foundation.
The awards are available for


full-time and part-time Bahami--
an students who qualify, and
who have been accepted by the
College of the Bahamas for the
2006-2007 Academic Year.
To qualify a student must
have a minimum high school
GPA of 2.5 and a high school
diploma. For further informa-
tion and/or application forms,
interested persons may contact
Mrs Patrice Y Astwood
McDonald at 356-5716; or Miss
Cheryl Carey, Director of the
Financial Aid and Scholarship
Unit of the College of The
Bahamas at 302-4300.
The deadline for the submis-
sion of applications has been
extended to November 30, for
the spring semester.


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The International Military Educa-
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drug identification, boarding of ves-
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fication of different types of vessels.
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illegal weapons, as well as testing and
identifying controlled substances.
During the mock boarding exercises,
participants were required to conduct
the boarding of vessels in a legal man-


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This also included the use and expo-
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* BERLIN
A FAR-RIGHT party was
poised to enter a second state
parliament in once-communist
east Germany, according to ear-
ly returns from two regional elec-
tions Sunday that also showed
eroding local support for Chan-
cellor Angela Merkel's party,
according to Associated Press.
A projection for ZDF public
television based on partial
returns and exit polls showed the
National Democratic Party with
7.1 per cent of the vote in Meck-
lenburg-Western Pomerania.
That was well above the five
per cent threshold needed to
enter the legislature in the
depressed, rural region that
includes Merkel's home con-
stituency.
"That's the most depressing
result," said Erwin Sellering,
deputy leader of the Social
Democratic Party in Mecklen-
burg. "Depressing for us all
because it was our common
goal to prevent it."
The other parties in the race
had urged people to turn out
and vote for anyone but the far-
right. The National Democratic
Party is a fringe player at the
national level, where its affinities
with Adolf Hitler's Nazis deters
Sthe vast majority of voters.
Still, it has found some sup-
port in the economically strug-
gling east, where it already.sits
in the parliament in Saxony'
state.
The results in Mecklenburg
and in a simultaneous state vote
in Berlin were doubly worrying
for Germany's dominant par-
ties Merkel's conservatives
and her coalition partner in the
current federal government, the
Social Democrats. Her party
lost support in both regions
compared with elections in 2001
and 2002.
As well as the strong showing
for the National Democrats,
neither of the big parties was
scoring much above 30 percent
in either election, confirming
the fragmentation of German
politics and opening the door
Sto more cumbersome coalitions
Including smaller parties such
as the Greens.
Projections put the two major
parties neck-and-neck with
about 30 per cent each in Meck-
lenburg. It was uncertain if the
Social Democrats, whose sup-
port fell sharply, could continue
their coalition with the ex-com-
munist Left Party.
The Social Democrats were
clearly the strongest party in the
capital, again with about 30 per-
cent. Still, support for their Left
Party partner was down
markedly.
Social Democrat Mayor
Klaus Wowereit said he would
hold talks with both the ex-com-
munists and the resurgent


ment that has afflicted much of
east Germany since reunification
in 1990. The jobless rate there
was 18.2 percent in August, the
highest in the country.


Greens on a coalition, snubbing
Merkel's conservatives.
In Mecklenburg, successive
governments have failed to
reverse the massive unemploy-


* ELECTION posters of the far right National Democratic Par-
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PAGfF 20. MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 18. 2006


IN RATOAL


At least five dead or missing as




typhoon batters southern Japan

* RAILWAY workers gather near the overturned cars of an express train after it was blown off the
tracks by strong winds, injuring five people in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sun-
day, Sept. 17, 2006. At least five people were reported dead or missing and more than 100 injured, as
strong Typhoon Shanshan swept toward southwestern Japan on Sunday unleashing heavy rains and
fierce winds.
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* TOKYO
A STRONG typhoon swept
toward southwestern Japan with
fierce winds and heavy rains
Sunday, leaving at least five
people dead or missing and
injuring more than 100, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
More than 300 flights were
grounded, cars were blown over
and strong winds were suspect-
ed in an express train derail-
ment that injured five people,
local media reported.
Thousands of people, mean-
while, sought refuge in public
shelters.
Although Typhoon Shanshan
had weakened overnight, it was
still lashing the region with max-
imum sustained winds of 100
mph. It was forecast to continue
churning northeast toward


Japan's southwestern island of
Kyushu, Japan's Meteorologi-
cal Agency said.
Heavy rain warnings were
issued for much of western
Japan, and the storm killed four
people before even making
landfall.
A father and teenage daugh-
ter died Saturday when their
car was hit by a flash flood,
Kyodo News agency and public
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er man was swept away in high
waters, Kyodo said.
One man was killed and
another missing in Hiroshima
prefecture, NHK said.
More than 100 others have
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which started churning toward
Japan early Saturday after
sweeping past Taiwan.
Authorities suspected that a


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ed two train cars from their
tracks in the southern prefec-
ture of Miyazaki, injuring five
people, reports said. The train,
was moving slowly because of
the storm.
Some super-express bullet-
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because the storm and ship traf-
fic was disrupted.
Gusts of 155 mph were
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strongest winds ever observed
there, Kyodo said. Up to 14
inches of rain were expected to
fall in some areas of southwest-
ern Japan by midday Monday,
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* RAMALLAH, West Bank
COALITION talks between
Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas and the militant group
Hamas have stalled over U.S.
demands that a national unity
government recognize Israel,
Palestinian officials said Sun-
day, according to Associated
Press.


Tel: 356-2070
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Nassau, Bahamas

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ADDERLEY, Gwennie
ALMIRA, Dindo
ANDERSON, Patrice
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BAIN, Catherine
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BAIN, Jennifer
BANNISTER, Stephanie
BELLE, Rudolph
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JACKSON, Pauline
JOHNSON, Barbara
JOHNSON, Elsa
JOHNSON, Janice
JOHNSON, Robert
JOLLY, Jarrod
JONES, Antonies
JONES, Ricardo


The suspension of negotia-
tions underscores the difficulty
Abbas is having in trying to get
Hamas to soften its anti-Israel
ideology, a move that would
pave the way to ending inter-
national sanctions that are crip-
pling the Palestinian economy.
Israeli officials, meanwhile,
said they were making progress
in talks to win the release of an


Israeli soldier captured three
months ago by Hamas-linked
militants in Gaza. That attack
sparked an Israeli offensive in
Gaza that further worsened the
plight of Palestinians.
Abbas will use a meeting this
week with President Bush on
the sidelines of the U.N. Gen-
eral Assembly session in New
York to try to win U.S. support


for a coalition that doesn't fully
meet international demands for
a changed stance on Israel,
Palestinian officials said.

Failure
They said he would warn that
failure to work out a unity gov-
ernment could lead to a Pales-.
tinian civil war.


Still, some Palestinians offi-
cials wondered whether Abbas
and Hamas can bridge their dif-
ferences.
"What's the point of forming
a government if this govern-
ment is saying that it won't rec-
ognize agreements signed with
Israel?" Palestinian lawmaker
Saeb Erekat, an Abbas confi-
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"The whole point is to break
the deadlock in the peace
process and bring an end to the
siege."
The so-called Quartet of
Mideast peacemakers the
U.S., European Union, Russia
and United Nations insist
Hamas must renounce violence,
recognize Israel and accept past
peace agreements before aid
can resume.
Hamas has long sought
Israel's destruction, with its fol-
lowers killing hundreds of
Israelis in suicide bombings. But
the group caved in to months
of economic sanctions, and
announced last week that it
would form a coalition govern-
ment with Abbas' more mod-
erate Fatah Party.
The Hamas Cabinet resigned
Wednesday, and Abbas said the
Palestinian Authority's 165,000.
civil servants would be paid in
the coming days. The employ-
ees have not been paid their full
salaries since Hamas took con-
trol of the government in March
after winning elections, leading
Israel and international donors
to cut off aid and other money
to the new hard-line govern-
ment.
But the current platform for
the planned unity government


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falls short of the requirements ,
set by the West to restore the
flow of money, and Hamas
leaders said they would not .,',
compromise any further. i

Pressure
Palestinian Prime Minister -
Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said '?';
Sunday that the group would
not recognize past peace deals
despite the international pres-
sure.
"If we were to always bend
to the will of America, we "
would absolutely never have a
state, an existence or honor,"
he told reporters, adding that
talks with Abbaswould resume' "
when the reiIent returned '';'.
from Ne -York.
The digg ing by I{amas has .
infuriated Abbas, Palestinian
officials said. .r,
"America was not very hap-
py, Europe was rot so happy.
Nobody was happy, but Abbas
was doing his best to convince *
them," said Yasser Abed Rab-
bo, an Abbas aide. "Hamas has
undermined his efforts."
On Saturday, U.S. Consul- %' *
Generaallles told Wa>lto
Abbas the new government
would be unacceptable unless '
the international conditions
were met, officials said.
"We expect, any government
to accept the Quartet princi- -'
ples," said Micaela Schweitzer-
Bluhm, a spokeswoman at the 'A
consulate in Jerusalem. J'
At a meeting Wednesday, ''
Abbas will try to convince Bush
that the alternative to a Fatah-
Hamas government is f Pales-
tinian civil war and ask him to
accept less than full compliance
with the international demands r;
to let Hamas sign on to a coali-
tion, Palestinian officials said.


Establish
Although Hamas-Fatah talks
will continue, Erekat and Abed
Rabbo both questioned
whether it would be possible to
establish a joint government.
"I don't know if the deal is
aborted. We will see in the near
future," Abed Rabbo said.
Israeli security officials said
they were making progress in
efforts to secure the release of
Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was cap-
tured by militants affiliated with
Hamas in a June 25 raid.
The comments were the first
time Israeli officials confirmed
movement toward a deal in
which Shalit would be freed in
return for the release of hun-
dreds of Arab prisoners held by
Israel. The Israelis had initially
ruled out releasing any prison-
ers in exchange for Shalit.
As part of the negotiations,
overseen by Egyptian media-
tors, Shalit's father received a
letter from his son as a sign that
he is alive, the security officials
said, speaking on condition of
anonymity because they were
not authorized to talk about the
negotiations.
The officials cautioned that
Shalit's release could still take
days, or weeks.
Palestinian officials also said
there was progress in the talks,
but said Israel had not answered
demands for the release of hun-
dreds of prisoners.


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SA TOP NATO general said
Sunday an offensive aimed at
driving Taliban militants out
of their safe havens in south-
ern Afghanistan has been
"successfully completed."
Meanwhile, violence per-
sisted in parts of the country.
Suicide bombers attacked
Canadian and U.S. troops in
separate incidents Sunday,
killing two civilians and
wounding six soldiers,
according to Associated Press.
Lt. Gen. David Richards,
head of the 20,000 NATO-led
force in Afghanistan, said the
insurgents had been forced to,,
abandon their positions and
r.ec o n s truct ion anj d:;
development efforts would
Soon begin in the volatile for-
mier Taliban heartland, he
said.
-He said the insurgents had
"suffered significant casual-
ties" and "had no choice but
to leave."
-Alliance officials have said
more than 500 militants were
killed during the two-week-
lo0ng operation, centered
mainly in Panjwai. Pashmul
Sand Zhari districts in south-
ern Kandahar province.
'In Sunday's violence, a
youth carrying explosives
jumped in front of a U.S. mil-
itary convoy east of Kabul.
killing a bystander and
wounding three American
soldiers, Afghan police- said.
Earlier in the day, a suicide
bomber plowed his explosive-
laden vehicle into a Canadian
military convoy in southern
Afghanistan, killing one civil-
an and wounding three sol-
The bomber targeted the
convoy west of Kandahar
city, said Zulmai Khan, a
police official at the scene.


Eight civilians were also hurt
in the blast, police said.
Separately, the mutilated
body of an Afghan engineer
was found Sunday in Ghazni
province, where he had been
kidnapped earlier in the week
by suspected Taliban mili-
tants, said Ali Ahmad Fakuri,
the provincial governor's
spokesman.
The victim had worked for
a local aid agency involved in
rural development, he said.
The completion of the
NATO offensive in the south
came as U.S. and Afghan
troops made a renewed push
against the Taliban in central
and eastern Afghanistan.
Dubbed Operation Moun-
tain Fury, the new offensive
involves 7,000 U.S. and
Afghan soldiers in the cen-
tral and eastern provinces of
Paktika, Khost, Ghazni, Pak-
tya and Logar, the military
said. Fighter planes and heli-
copters will back the forces.
A separate U.S.-led oper-
ation called Big Northern
Wind has been under way in
Kunar province's Korangal
Valley since late August.
, Taliban and other Islamic
extremist groups, including
al-Qaida, are known to oper-
ate in the east, especially.in
the area bordering Pakistan
where the reach of the gov-
ernment is weak and militants
find sanctuaries.
The renewed American
push to defeat the Taliban-
led insurgency comes nearly
five years after the U.S.-led
invasion ousted the hardline
militia from power.
The commander of NATO
forces in Afghanistan said
Saturday in London that he
expects the military campaign
against the Taliban to
last another three to five
years.


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MILLIONS of Swedes voted
Sunday in a close parliamentary
election that could see the
Social Democratic government
lose its 12-year grip on power to
a center-right alliance vowing
to trim the Scandinavian coun-
try's famed welfare state,
according to Associated Press.
The four-party opposition
bloc led by Fredrik Reinfeldt
.surged in last-minute opinion
polls to overtake Prime Minister
Goran Persson's Social Democ-
rats and their two supporting
parties.
Persson has said that Swe-
den's social model a market
economy blended with a high-
tax welfare state is at stake.
The opposition insists it would
not dismantle the system but
help it survive by promoting
jobs over welfare handouts.
Sweden is enjoying strong
economic growth, but that does
not appear to have given
Persson's government the boost
it expected.
"I think we need new blood,"
said Kao Lindstrom, 40, after
casting her ballot for Reinfeldt's
Moderates t a Stockholm
polling station. "But many peo-
ple I know are not sure."
Lars Hallen, a 59-year-old
retiree in Stockholm, said he
has always voted for the Social
Democrats. "I guess I'll stick
with them now," he added.
First results were expected
within hours of the polls closing
at 2 p.m. EDT.
Pollster Synovate Temo
showed the opposition ahead
with 50.8 percent compared to
43.9 percent for the Social
Democrat aand their allies late
Saturday. Ab6pt 1,700 people
wert interviewed in the Sept.
13-16 survey, which had a mar-
gin of error of plus or minus 3
percentage points.
"We are confident that we
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ACROSS
1 Garment forshow? (6)
7 Upset because of a nasty
shock (8)
S Fllerat sea? (4)
10 Coat shared by a
couple (6)
11 Get what'scoming to you at the
reception (6)
14 Bitof a good-time gir? (3)
16 Rings for payment (5)
17 Takes action over,
some Issues (4)
19 It goes backand forth as it
spins (5)
21 Small but possibly
prominent part (5)
22 No bare-headed bird? (5)
23 Debatable test about love (4)
26 Attack with a stone (3,2)
28 Such alot can
mean little (3)
29 Facts about a female in tedious
extremes (6)
30 Needed for a sickly boy (6)
31 An Italian cross-country
Runner (4)
32 Beef or grouse (8)
33 Strangely, one may find some merit in
Ely (6)


Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS:1, Scrap 6, Ca-U-se 9, Gent-lan 10, Un-L-et 11,
Storm 12, Forte 13, S-add-led 15, VE-t 17, I-dea 18,
Cur-ate 19, Deb-u-t 20, Cutter 22, Ribs 24, Era 25, Sine
die 26, Ra-p-id 27, On top 28, Tilth 29, Sorters 30, As-ke-d
31,Yearn
DOWN: 2, Co-nra-d 3, Agenda 4, Pet 5, Stood 6, C-as-t out
7, Ante 8, Sorbet 12, F-ever 13, S-ince 14, Delta 15,
Valid 16, Terse 18, C-up-ld 19, Decap-od 21,
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8 Long story (4)
10 Tradesman (6)
11 Crib (6)
14 Allow (3)
16 Regions (5)
17 Performs (4)
19 Myth (5)
21 Man-made
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22 Disgusting (5)
23 US coin (4)
26 Body part (5)
28 Equal (3)
29 Quarter (6)
30 Corsair (6)
31 Mimics (4)
32 Elucidates (8)


DOWN
1 Wild humorists? (6)
2 There's more about me than fancy
feathers (6)
3 Thunderous bit of drumming? (4)
4 Turnip-headed variety of carrot, as on
afarm (7)
5 Water bird seen at the riverside (5)
6 Sailors can tie them at speed (5)
8 A pontoon bridge component? (4)
9 The direction to glance? (3)
12 Franco-Russian exclamation? (3)
13 Mickey Mouse's pet planet (5)
15 Provider of a rondo arrangement (5)
18 Kind of crust insufficient
for ameal(5)
19 Go fast, helping to raise
one's spirits(3)
20 To dose down at high speed (3)
21 You may see a chap opening one in
the road (7)
22 In court, nothing is usually
barred (3)
23 Many a girl has the right style (6)
24 German cotton centre (4)
25 Not exactly tidily, being a bit drunk (6)
26 Bear punishment (5)
27 Wherein to put the tuck (5)
28 Distant from the heart of Arizona (3)
30 Weaken anew? (4)


Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Groan 6, Board 9, Recover 10, Overt 11,
Dance 12, Libel 13, Glisten 15, Her 17, Lent 18, Finite
19, Anvil 20, Report 22, Head 24, Eat 25, Clearly 26,
Decoy 27, Bison 28, Idiot 29, Parasol 30, Creel 31,
Needy
DOWN: 2, Revile 3, Arrest 4, Net 5, Robin 6, Bedevil 7,
Oral 8, Racket 12, Leant 13, Glare 14, Inapt 15, Hiker 16,
Ready 18, Filly 19, Arsenal 21, Easier 22, Handle
23, Almond 25, Coral 26, Dope 28, ion


DOWN
1 Sports arenas (6)
2 Weighing device (6)
3 Wound mark (4)
4 In general (7)
5 Forest clearing (5)
6 Yields (5)
8 Seasoning (4)
9 Obtain (3)
12 Plural of is (3)
13 Loaded(5)
15 Crazy (5)
18 Egyptian capital (5)
19 Obese (3)
20 Wicked (3)
21 Fundamental (7)
22 Distant (3)
23 Profession (6)
24 Ages (4)
25 Dozen (6)
26 Bid (5)
27 Fish (5)
28 Stone (3)
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Piotr Gawrys' one-spade bid, North,
Roger Bates, leaped to four dia-
monds, a "splinter" bid showing
heart support and a singleton or void
2 in diamonds.
Lasocki responded in kind by
bidding the opponents' suit, and
EAST Rosenberg, perhaps carried away by
9 3 the giddiness of the moment, re-
6 turned the compliment. After eight
A QJ 8 6 5 2 consecutive bids, Lasocki made the
A 9 3 first pass of the auction, and.Rosen-
berg ended up at five hearts doubled.
With only two minor-suit tricks
to lose and the king of hearts favor-
ably placed, it appeared Rosenberg
5 would have the last laugh. But when
he played trumps, Rosenberg forsook
est North the normal percentage play of finess-
+ 44 ing, playing for East to hold the sin-
+ 5 gleton king. When the king did not
ble fall under the ace, he was.down one
)f diamonds, for a loss of 100 points.
in the final of At the other table, with a Polish
championship pair holding the North-South cards,
1 States come the auction was decidedly more sub-
ast quarter, to dued. Chip Martel and Lew Stansby,
tle. The deal is East-West for the United States,
e it featured a reached four spades in an uncon-
uction during tested auction. Cezary Balicki, look-
ve bids were ing at four virtually sure tricks in the
North hand, doubled, and Stansby
ed innocently lost three spades, a heart and.a club
of Lasocki of to finish down two minus 500.
ast hand with The 600-point combined gain
hen Michael gave the Poles a 12-IMP pickup on
S. elected to the deal, and a 21-IMP lead overall,
py heart suit, before the U.S. began its surge at the
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and no words with a hyphen or apostrophe
permitted. The first word of a phrase is permitted
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Horoscope


By LINDA BLACK


MONDAY,
SEPTEMBER 18

ARIES March 21/April 2U
Tempers flare up on Wednesday,,
Aries, and you're smack-dab in'the
middle. Try to extinguish those feel-
ings of anger. Be the bigger person,
and end the argument early.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
It will probably be a dull week.for
you, Taurus, as everything momen-
tous is scheduled for the weeks.to,
come. Enjoy the quiet time by catch,
ing up on some rest and relaxation.'
GEMINI May 22/June 21;
Your dual personality comes into full
play at work. You're playing both sides
of a tricky situation late in the week. If
either party catches you, there's bound to
be trouble. Rethink your strategy.
CANCER June 22/July 22
Your amiability could have yod
taken advantage of on Tuesday:
Being friendly is one thing, being
gullible is another. Keep your eyes
wide open to avoid the trap.
LEO July 23/August 23
You expected good news this week,
Leo, but it's not going according to
plan. .Rest assured, that it should.
arrive shortly, so keep a positive atti-
tue toward the situation.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
A tr6hblesome housemate is causing
all types of turmoil in your usually
organized life.-You're at your wit's,
end with the situation. It may be best.
to sever all ties.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You've reached a roadblock in your
career path, Libra. If you can't'.
decide what steps to take, consultta
close confidant for some advice:
Expect things to change next week.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 .
You have your eye on someone who.
isn't your current partner. If you're
single, go for the adventure. If
you're married, it's not worth the
risk of discovery.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21-
You have much planning in store
for the weeks to come, Sagittarius.
There are parties galore, and
you'll be at the center of every cel-
ebration. Enjoy the rush.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Home life has been putting a damper
on your usually adventurous spirit.
This week stays at status quo. Don't
fight the quiet, embrace it; things are
bound to bounce back shortly.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 .
Your finances continue to be a sub-
ject of angst. You're making the sit-
uation worse that it really is. Crunich
the numbers again and you'll find
that you are in good shape.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20&
That special someone who got away
is back in the picture. Don't blow
things a second time around make
your plans now for the right moment.


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Jim Plaskett v Karl Burger,
Gausdal 1983. Many UK chess
experts have successfully used
their analytical, calculating and
memory skills in computer
programming, the City, or online
poker. Former British champion
Plaskett went about it a
different way, spending several
years aiming for a big win on
Millionaire. After a couple of his
attempts failed at the fastest
finger stage, Plaskett finally got
his chance. Viewing the
questions with a serious
deadpan expression the
grandmaster nursed his three
lives, displayed impressive
knowledge, and emerged
250,000 richer. Plaskett, who
remains one of the top UK
players, has material equality,
bishop and knight for rook and


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* HOUSTON
SPACE shuttle Atlantis
pulled away from the inter-
national space station Sun-
day for a return trip to
Earth after its six astro-
nauts bade farewell to the
residents of the orbiting
lab with hugs, handshakes
and the traditional ringing
of a bell, according to
Associated Press.
"IThe crew of Atlantis is
"departing," station resident
Jeff Williams radioed to
Mission Control in Hous-
tori.
Pilot Chris Ferguson
carefully eased Atlantis
through a tight corridor
away from the station.
About 450 feet away, he
fired jets to maneuver
Atlantis around the space
lab so the crew could take
photos of their handiwork
a newly expanded sta-
tion.
The space station
gleamed in the reflection
ofthe sun.
After the trip around the
space station was complet-
ec,' Williams thanked the
shuttle crew for their
labors.
'~"Enjoyed the time
together," Williams
radioed. "Look forward to
seeing you back in Hous-
tdW."
Atlantis, commander
Brent Jett responded, "It
was fun working with you
guys. Be safe the rest of
your mission."

Orbiting
;.It has been years since,
NASA and its internation-
ti'lpartners have gotten a
complete view of the orbit-
ing space lab, and ,the
space station.is quite dif-A,
fotent from how Atlantis'
ci'ew found it six days
ag6.
In three arduous space-
walks with the blue-green
Earth as a backdrop, the
crew unpacked and
installed a 17 1/2-ton addi-
tiolb which contained a pair
of solar wings that will ulti-
mrttely generate a quarter
,f the space station's pow-
The wings are the first
addition to the orbiting
space lab since the 2003
Cblumbia disaster.
"IWASA will affix two
more pairs of solar wings
on the space station
before it is completed in
2010.
The crew woke up to
Kenny Loggins' "Danger
Zone." Pilot Chris Fergu-
s6n, whose family request-
ed the song for him, told
Mission Control in Hous-
ton: "That's great music for
... what will be a bitter-
sweet day for us today,
undocking from the sta-
Stidn."
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ing supplies and equipment
from their spacecraft to the
station, and getting ready
for the undocking and fly-
around.
Atlantis returns to
Earth Wednesday
morning after 11 days in
space.
On Monday, a Russian
Soyuz rocket carrying cos-
monaut Mikhail Tyurin,
U.S. astronaut Michael
Lopez-Alegria and the
world's first female space
tourist is expected to blast
off from the middle of the
Kazakh steppe.
Anousheh Ansari is an
Iranian-American entre-
preneur who is paying an
estimated $20 million to be
only the fourth amateur
astronaut to visit the
international space
station.
Ansari, 40, of Dallas, will
be conducting several
blood and muscular exper-
iments for the European
Space Agency during
her eight days on the sta-
tion.

Inhabitants
She will return to Earth
on Sept. 28 along with two
of the station's current
inhabitants Williams
and Russian cosmonaut
Pavel Vinogradov, who
have been on the station
since April.
European Space Agency
astronaut Thomas Reiter
of Germany, who arrived
aboard the space shuttle
Discovery in July, will
remain on the station and
help Tyurin and Lopez-
Alegria with the flurry of
planned construction pro-
jects that kicked off with
Atlantis' arrival.


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Storm hits Mexico's Pacific coast:


I MAZATLAN, Mexico
"'HURRICANE Lane
weakened to a tropical
depression Sunday after


slamming into a sparsely
populated stretch of Mexi-
co's Pacific coast, flooding
streets and knocking out
power in parts of the resort
of Mazatlan, according to
Associated Press.
. The storm, which had
been a 'Category 3 hurri-
cane when it made landfall
a day earlier, prompted the
cancellation of flights and
the traditional. Indepen-
dence Day parade in this
resort and retirement com-
munity popular with Amer-
icans.

Weaken
At 11 a.m. EDT, the
storm was about 95 miles
northeast of Los Mochis,
moving north at 7 mph and
was expected to weaken
further as the its center
moves farther inland, the
U.S. National Hurricane
Center in Miami said.
It had maximum sus-
tained winds of 30 mph -
down from 125 mph on
Saturday.
The hurricane center
warned that up to 6 inches
of additional rain could
fall over western and cen-
tral Mexico, causing possi-
ble flash floods and mud-
slides.
Earlier this week, rains
from the storm lashed
coastal towns to the south,
causing a landslide that
killed a 7-year-old boy in
Acapulco and flooding
across western Mexico that
forced hundreds of people
to abandon their homes.


Dozens of surfers pad -:
died out Saturday to mas-
sive waves whipped up by.
the storm, and residents,
splashed in knee-deep
water.
People living in low-lying
areas were evacuated and. -
shelters were set up for the-
displaced.
"It was strong.
"It hit badly, but it could
have been worse," said
Carlos Borcio, a 25-yeaf-
old tourist visiting from
Culiacan who was watch'-
ing the waves and drinking
beer with two friends.
Jesus Martinez rode his
bike to work through
flooded streets.
"It's better this way," he
said.
"Normally, it's really hot,
and now it's nice."
Killed

Lane was the second hur-
ricane to strike the region
this month. Hurricane John
earlier unleashed wind and
rain on Cabo San Lucas, a
remote enclave on the Baja
California's southern tip.
It killed five people and
damaged highways and
homes in the area.
Meanwhile, Tropical
Storm Miriam churned far
off Mexico's Baja Califor-
nia peninsula, the Nation$l,
Hurricane Center sait.,
Forecasters said there wa'
a slight chance it would
turn toward land later in
the week, hitting a sparsely
populated section of the
peninsula's coastline.


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Insurance Ltd.


RND shareholders






reach agreement


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter

shareholders in
RND Holdings,
Jerome Fitzger-
ald and A. Brent
Dean, have announced that Mr
Fitzgerald, the chairman of the


company and a group of insti-
tutional investors, have pur-
chased Mr Dean's 30 per cent
interest in the company.
The settlement comes fol-
lowing a furious battle lasting
several months between the
former partners.
In a press release late last
week, Mr Fitzgerald stated, "I
am happy that Mr Dean and I


Cuban scientists


deny any effort to


develop biological,


chemical weapons


HAVANA (AP)
- Cuban scientists
at the Nonaligned
Movement summit
denied any effort to
develop biological or
chemical weapons,
dismissing US alle-
gations that Cuba's
biotechnology centre
doubles as an under-
cover weapons fac-
tory. FI.DE
"We have no ties
to anything related (A
to biological
weapons, it has noth-
ing. to do with what vye focus
on," said Luis Herrera Mar-
tinez, director of the Centre
for Genetic Engineering and
BiotechnologN.
For \ears. LiS officials have
raised suspicions about the
centre. John Bolton, now the
US ambassador to the Unit-
ed Nations, alleged in 2002 the
communist state had "at least


a limited offensive
biolocjcal warfare."
But Herrera said
his scientists would
have to be "stupid"
to develop biological
or chemical
weapons.
We don't have
the money to be ded-
icated to that, and we
are not interested,"
SCASTRO Herrera said. "We
would have tobe stu-
P Photo) pid to be doing what
these accusations
imply, we wouldn't
even be able to do anything
like that." Herrera said the
centre makes 91 products,
including 33 drugs developed
to fight infectious diseases,
and that Cuba has 12.000 reg-
istered scientists, impressive
for a relatively poor nation,
reflecting the importance the
Cuban government places on
medicine and science.


were able to reach an agree-
ment and I wish him all the
best as he pursues his personal
interests."
Last year The Tribune
reported that Mr Fitzgerald
had claimed in an open letter
to other investors attached to
the 2005 annual reports that
Mr Dean was removed from
his post as president because
he "was more of a detriment
than an asset."
Mr Fitzgerald also described
as "reprehensible" Mr Dean's
decision to initiate legal action
against the company and
claiming two year's salary in
lieu of notice.
At the time, Mr Fitzgerald
vowed the company would
defend the action "vigorous-
ly" because le claimed that Mr
Dean was costing the troubled
company and its shareholders
further money in legal fees,
The row first surfaced in
February 2005 at the compa-
ny's annual general meeting
(AGM) for fiscal year 2004
with Mr Fitzgerald saying that
his former business partner
had rejected his offer to pur-
chase his 31 2 per cent stake
in the company-at "net book


"I am happy that Mr Dean
and I were able to reach an
agreement and I wish him all
the best as he pursues his

personal interests."
Jerome Fitzgerald


value."
He also said that Mr Dean
was removed from his post
after fellow executives lost con-'
fidence in him.
Another factor was an
alleged dispute over an RND
employee's contract with RND
which involved the company
in a major battle that cost it
more than $30,000 in legalfees.
Mr Fitzgerald also alleged
that Mr1 Dean had taped a
board meeting without the
consent of his fellow directors;
The claims came in response
to Mr Dean's request for an
Extraordinary General Meet-
-ing (EGN) to discuss corpo-
rate governences he held.


Mr Dean said that RND
Holdings refused to call the
EGM on the grounds of the
extra costs it would have
incurred and the fact that its
2005 AGM was scheduled for
that June.
Among Mr Dean's concerns
was a lack of transparency and
timely financial reporting but
in his May 30 letter, Mr
Fitzgerald said the board found
this "somewhat peculiar" in
that he had been responsible
for this during his ten years as
a director.
RND Holdings has interests
in cinemas, shopping plazas.
health clubs and health stores.
besides real estate.


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hear an appeal challenging an
environmental study approv-
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Court said Wednesday that it
would not review the study for
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resort, which said the project
would not harm the environ-
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study was faulty and that the
coastal land near Fajardo
should be declared a natural
reserve.
Environmental activist Luis
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road," he said.
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resorts on the 3,200 acres
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They have said the projects
were planned to minimise the
damage to the environment,
and their supporters have said
the businesses would generate
thousands of jobs for the eco-
nomically depressed area.
Environmental groups and
other opponents have been try-
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island's courts and before the
planning and environmental
quality boards.
They say the beach, which
is ringed by forested moun-
tains, is a prime nesting spot
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THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
CHAPTER 339
THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)
(AMENDMENT REGULATIONS, 2002


The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for Lead Free
gasoline and Diesel Oil sold by TEXACO will become effective on Monday,
September 18, and Monday September 25, 2006 respectively.


MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING MAXIMUM
PRICE PER U.S.GALLON RETAIL
SELLING PRICE
PLACE ARTICLE MAXIMUM MAXIMUM PERU.S.
SUPPLIERS' DISTRIBUTORS' GALLON
PRICE PRICE
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NEW INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
PROVIDENCE
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BAHAMAS LEAD FREE 3.60 3.60 4.04
LIMITED DIESEL OIL 3.30 3.30 3.49
PART C
GRAND BAHAMA INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
(NOT FREEPORT)
TEXACO
BAHAMAS LEAD FREE 3.50 3.68 4.10
LIMITED DIESEL OIL 3.18 3.34 3.53
PART D
ABACO,ANDROS NOT INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
ELEUTHERA
TEXACO
BAHAMAS LEAD FREE 3.60 3.83 .4.22
LIMITED DIESEL OIL 3.31 3.47 3.66

ALLOTHER NOT INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
FAMILY ISLANDS
TEXACO
BAHAMAS LEAD FREE 3.61 3.85 4.25
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assisting with the day to day operations of the Accounts and

payroll Department.


Skills Required:

Matured/responsible

Excellent written and oral communications skills

Knowledge of Quickbooks/Peach Tree Accounting


Minimum Education Required:

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9.50 Bahamas Property Fund
6.55 Bank of Bahamas
0.70 Benchmark
1.26 Bahamas Waste
1.10 Fidelity Bank
8.81 Cable Bahamas
1.39 Colina Holdings
9.00 Commonwealth Bank
4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs
2.10 Doctor's Hospital
4.12 Famguard
10.60 Finco
9.50 FirstCaribbean .
9.21 Focol
0.95 Freeport Concrete
8.65 ICD Utilities
8.50 J.S.Johnson
5.30 Kerzner International BDRs


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2.9513 2.4403 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9513"*.
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Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 August 2006
Change -Change, in closing price from day to day EPS $ -'A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value ** 31 August 2006
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STAFF VACANCY INTERNATIONAL
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"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"
Assistant Director, Networking
The Management Information Services Department is seeking applicants who will be VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:
responsible for the Networking/Technical Services area and will provide the highest ANA T T A O T ONT
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Managing medium to large infrastructure and core technologies installed base.
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maintenance requirements and availability of system 0 Responsible for preparing the Bank's annual and long-term budgets.
SWorking with a variety of hardware and software networking platforms Assisting Department heads and Branch Managers ithbudget
Experience of working with networking technologies including TCP/IP, routing Assisting Department Heads and Branch Managers with
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management tools, CLI, wireless, security, 802.1X, multi-homing to the internet 0 Prepare budgetsfor any special projects or programs being considered
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Networking "big picture" issues including security by the Bank.
Troubleshooting specific detailed network problems to resolution 0 Ongoing analysis of the Bank's budget performance.
0 Gather, analyze, and compare sector and competitors' financial position
Qualifications & Experience to the Bank's.
A Bachelor's Degree preferably in Computer Technology or a related area along 0 Prepare reports to track interest yields, loan distribution, asset quality,
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No less than 8 10 years experience with at least 4 years of supervisory
responsibility.
Recent experience managing medium to large infrastructure and core technologies
installed base. Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:
S* Experience managing enterprise PBX installation, with AMC request, CDP and
CDR plans, maintenance requirements and availability of system.
Experience with a variety of hardware and software networking platforms. 0 Three (3) to five (5) years of banking experience.
Specific experience with networking technologies including TCP/IP, routing Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting or Finance
protocols (RIP, RIPII, OSPF, etc.) addressing, DNS, DHCP, AD, Proxy, network 0 Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting or Finance
management tools, CLI, wireless, security, 802.1X, multi-homing to the internet ., Analytical capability to assess information, examine alternatives,
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Specific experience with networking "big picture" issues including security, and use judgement to provide reasoned recommendations.
Ability to troubleshoot specific detailed network problems to resolution. 0 Excellent oral and written communications skills to communicate
Working knowledge of Ethernet and LAN/WAN technologies, financial balance sheet information to internal and external persons.
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to:
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Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
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Nassau, Bahamas Bank of The Bahamas International
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NOTICE
ESSO EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
ANGOLA (BLOCK 21) LIMITED

Pursuant to the provision of Section 137 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby given that the
above-named Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by
the Registrar General on the 31st day of August, A.D., 2006.

Dated the 14th day of September, A.D., 2006.


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The Government of The Bahamas is seeking Armored
Car Services to service some of its revenue collection
sites. Interested firms may collect bid specifications
from:
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitefield Centre
West Bay Street
P.O.Box N-3017
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline for submission of bids is:
October 6th, 2006.


Vacancy for the Post of Executive Director
Bahamas National Trust

Applications are in ited fromnsuitably;qqu1if.ed persons for the Post of Executive
Director of The Bahamas National Trust. Nissau, Bahamas.
Requirements for the post:
1. Minimum of seven years experience in senior administrative post. Experience
in the domestic or international civil service, NGO, regional or international
environmental agency or similar organization would be an advantage.
2. A relevant first degree, e.g. in Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences,
Conservation, Management or Administration (a Graduate Degree would be
an advantage).
3. Experience/Knowledge of the Bahamian natural environment would be an
asset.
4. Experience in capital fund raising would be an asset.
The successful candidate will:
1. Be the Chief Executive Officer of The Bahamas National Trust.
2. Be responsible to the President of the Bahamas National Trust and to the
Council for the effective management and operation of the Bahamas National
Trust and oversight of all national staff.
3. Oversee the day-to-day management and administration of BNT's annual
budget.
4. Serve as an Ex-Officio Member of the Executive Committee, and on all other
Standing Committees of the BNT Council or Executive Committee.
5. Be responsible for the maintenance of good public relations.
Specific duties of the post include but are not limited to:
1. Implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Bahamas National Trust.
2. Contribute toward the development of new policies and implement policy
decisions of the Council.
3. Stay informed and advises the President, Executive Committee and Council
on issues relevant to BNT mandate.
4. Review and report on the progress of projects and programmes.
5. Oversee management of existing national parks.
6. Manage the development/expansion of the national park system.
7. Provide leadership and oversight of BNT staff.
8. Coordinate with the Council and Executive Committee representation of the
BNT on Government Advisory Boards
9. Represent the BNT in all negotiations for the development of partnership
agreements with national and international affiliates.
10. Ensure the BNT's compliance with all relevant national laws and regulations.
11. Provide management oversight to ensure the protection of the legal position
of the BNT.
12. Oversee the maintenance and upkeep of all BNT real property assets.
13. Provide administrative support to the President of the BNT in the preparation
of agepdas and documentation for Meetings of the Executive Committee; the
Council and the Annual General Meeting of the BNT.
Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. In
additional to base salary the post of Executive Director receives Health Insurance
coverage, the use of a Trust vehicle, and annual vacation leave of 25 working
days.
Applications must include cover letter, candidate's resume and three letters of
reference and will not be considered if all requirements are not met. Applications
should reach the Chair of the Search Committee, Bahamas National Trust, by -
Monday, October 16th, 2006. Applications may be delivered to BNT Headquarters
at The Retreat, Village Road, Nassau, or mailed via registered mail to P.O. Box
N-4105 Nassau, Bahamas so as to be received prior to the deadline stated above.
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NOTICE


FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
COMPANY LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that the dissolution of the above-named
Company has been completed. A certificate of
Dissolution dated the 7th day of September, 2006 has been
issued and the Company has been struck off the Register.




JEFFREY BENEBY
Liquidator



Legal Notice

NOTICE


FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that the dissolution of the above-named
Company has been completed. A certificate of
Dissolution dated the 7th day of September, 2006 has been
issued and the Company has been struck off the Register.




JEFFREY BENEBY
Liquidator





NOTICE

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


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



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


NOTICE is hereby given that GEORGE ORANGE, OF NO #46
LAKEVIEW DRIVE, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
18th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,Freeport, Bahamas.


RBC
FINCO

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.247,
Dorsettville Subdivision situated in the Southern District on the
Island of New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Triplex consisting of (2)1-
Bedroom, 1 Bath 1-(2) Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,981 sq. ft.
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.This property is being sold under P. Aer of Sale conmilned in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O.
Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 1967". All
offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 pm, Friday
29th September, 2006.



RBC
FINCO

NOTICE

RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the'purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 20, Lexington
Estates situated in the Southern Districts on the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon
is a Single family Residence consisting of (3) Bedrooms, (2) Bathrooms.
Property Size: 7,296 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,175 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau,
Bahamas and marked "Tender 3005". All offers must be received by the
close of business 4:00 pm, Friday 29th September, 2006.



RBC
FINCO

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #21, Blk#7, Winston
Estates Subdivision situated in the Eastern District on the Island of
New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of
(3) three Bedrooms, (2) two Bathrooms.
Property Size: 18,007 sq. ft.
Building Size: 3,014 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-7549,
Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 1011". All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 pm, Friday 29th September,
2006.


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that MARILYN SAUNDERS, OF
GREEN TURTLE CAY, ABACO, 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
18th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Abaco, Bahamas.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

DELPHINA HILLS S.A.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above named
company is in dissolution; which commenced on
the. 13th day of September 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice

NOTICE

SILVER SEA

HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above named
company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 13th day of September 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


RBC
FINCO

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #209, Sunshine Park,
situated in the Southern District on the Island of New Providence one
of the islands of the Commowealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon
is a Fourplex Apartment consisting of (2) 2-Bedrooms, (1) Bathroom,
and 2-2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
Property Size: 4,957 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,940 sq.ft
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-7549,
Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 2910". All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 pm, Friday 15th September,
2006.


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GEORGETOWN, Guyana
(AP) A Russian aluminum
conglomerate that owns exten-
sive bauxite deposits in east-
ern Guyana has started talks
with Montreal-based Cambior
Inc. and the government to
buy out their stakes in the
country's southern mines,
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds
has said.
OAO Rusal, the world's
third-largest aluminum pro-
ducer, plans to continue its
expansion by buying out Cam-
bior's 70-per cent stake in
Omai Bauxite Mining Inc., a


private company that owns or
controls several bauxite
deposits in the Linden region
of Guyana, Hinds said.
Guyana owns the remaining
30 percent.
In June, Cambior
announced it was prepared to
sell its stake in the company
and asked for offers. Cambior
said it wanted to focus on its
core gold business rather than
make significant new invest-
ments in mining bauxite.
Hinds said Rusal, which has
invested more than US$20 mil-
lion (eurol5.7 million) in reviv-


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owned bauxite mines in the
last 18 months, sent a 19-per-
son team to Guyana in recent,
days to move negotiations for-
ward.
Cambior was forced to halt
production for two months
because cheaper Chinese prod-
ucts were flooding the inter-
national market. Mining
restarted this month, said com-
pany spokesman Norman
McLean, adding that he was
"hopeful" that negotiations
with Rusal would be produc-
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SUPREME COURT


COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

2006/PRO/npr/00467

Whereas STEPHANIE
JOHNSON (nee) CURRY of
Robinson Road, New
Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate
of ERROL M JOHNSON
(aka) ERROL JOHNSON
late of Robinson Road, New
Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar




I COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006


No. 2006/PRO/npr/00468

Whereas TERESA PINDER
and JENNIFER PINDER
both of Spanish Wells,
Eleuthera, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas have made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of
LAVENUS V. JAMES
PINDER (a.k.a) LAVENUS
PINDER (a.k.a) LAVENUS
VIVIAN JAMES PINDER late
of, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera,
one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006


No. 2006/PRO/npr/00469

Whereas BUNNY
INGRAHAM and RUTH
SANDS-GLINTON both of


New Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, have made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate
of CECIL HOWARD
INGRAHAM late of
McKinney Drive, New
Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar




COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006


No. 2006/PRO/npr/00473

Whereas LORI ELIZABETH
LOWE of Lakeview Road,
New Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of
NANCY ANN BONISTEEL
CALCUTT (a.k.a) NANCY
B. CALCUTT late of,
Traverse City, Grand Traverse
County in the State of
Michigan, one of the United
States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that
such applications will be
heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereoff.
Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006


No.


2006/PRO/npr/00475


Whereas BERYL QUAMIE
of 280 Gates Avenue,
Brooklyn, New York, King's
County, New York, United
States of America, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of IVY
ROKER late of, 280 Gates
Avenue, Brooklyn, New York,
King's County, New York,
United states of America and


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formerly of Rupert Dean
Lane, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006


No. 2006/PRO/npr/00477

Whereas MONIQUE
TAYLOR of Bethel Avenue,
Stapledon Gardens, New
Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate
of MARGARET BROWN late
of Taylor StftyN ew
Providence, 6ono.,fli.the
Is Iands of" o t he
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006


No. 2006/PRO/npr/00478

Whereas ERIKA
GUTKNECHT KUGLER of
Paradise Island, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme
Court 'of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of
HANS-PETER KUGLER late
of, Paradise Island, one of
the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad out, but there were "enough
(AP) Production at so we couldn't function safely
Trinidad's only oil refinery was if we were running."
temporarily suspended for two Negotiations between the
days due to a high level of refinery and the Oilfields
worker absences. Workers Trade Union have
Arnold Corneal, a stalled, with the union seeking.
spokesman for state-owned wage increases of up to 35 per
Petrotrin, said he could not say cent and the company offering
whether the absences were 10 per cent increases over
related to a nine-month salary three years.
dispute. Union officials could not
, Work was stopped for days immediately be reached for
in July in what the refinery comment.
called a coordinated union The plant, located at
protest over contract negotia- Petrotrin's Pointe-a-Pierre site
tions.' on Trinidad's southwest coast,
S"It's been off-line for 48 produces some 160,000 barrels
hours," Corneal said by tele- of refined gasoline, diesel and
phone. "Production is zero." oil a day for domestic use and
He said he did not know export to other 'Caribbean
how many employees were nations and the United States.



Fishermen, farmers

protest Alcoa's testing

of proposed smelter site


CAP-DE-VILLE, Trinidad with.the government to own
(AP) Fishermen and farm- and operate the smelter in
ers blocked access to the site southwestern Trinidad for 30
where US-based Alcoa hopes years.
to build an aluminum smelter, The smelter would produce
reciting Bible verses and light- 375,00 tons (341,000 metric
ing candles before Trinidadi- tons) of aluminum a year and
an police removed them. emppjyup, to 89O workers,
The 50 protesters, some tot- company spokesmap,Wade.
ing children, held police at a Hughes said. ,
standoff for three hours until Demonstrators say the
authorities escorted in a tractor smelter will poison their water
that will perform soil tests on supply for generations and
the proposed site of the US$1.5 have set up a protest camp at
billion (eurol.2 billion) the site, which is near small.
smelter. farms and a fishing village.
At least five people were Alcoa and Trinidadian
detained and released later Prime Minister Patrick Man-
without charge, ning have said the smelter will
"The government doesn't be environmentally safe aid
have the sole right to decide boost the economy.
what happens to a community, The soil sample tests, which
That community must have a begin Wednesday, involve dig-.
say,"said Sherif Mohammed, going scores of holes to a depth
64, a retired farmer. of nearly100 feet (30 meters)
Pennsylvania-based Alcoa as part of a required environ-
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the general public and its c
service as its main priority


Requirements:


* Management experience
degree
* Leadership skills
* Customer Service Oriel
* Results Oriented
* Interpersonal Skills
* Excellent Oral and Rep
* Flexible Hours
* Advanced computer ski
mainframe and PC apple
* Insurance administrative


Benefits:
* Pension
* Group Insurance
* Others


Please submit
Human Resou
P.O. Box
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The Ba


Production


suspended at


state-owned oil

refinery amid


worker absences ,
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THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS MONDAY ,SEPTEMBER 18, 2006,PAGE 11B
1 [ I I I I I '


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
AS OF JUNE 30, 2006
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


2006


ASSETS
Cash and due from banks (Note 3)
Account with The Central Bank of The Bahamas (Note 3)
Investments (Notes 4 and 14)
Loans and advances to customers, net (Notes 5 and 14)
Accrued interest receivable (Note 14)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (Note 14)
Goodwill (Note 7)
Customers' liabilities under acceptance,
guarantees and letters of credit
Fixed assets, net (Note 6)
TOTAL

LIABILITIES
Deposits from customers and banks (Notes 8 and 14)
Bonds payable (Notes 9 and 14)
Cheques and other items in transit
Accounts payable and other liabilities (Note 14)
Accrued interest payable (Note 14)
Acceptances, guarantees and letters of credit
Total liabilities

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital (Note 10)
Share premium (Note 10)
Treasury shares (Note 11)
General reserve (Note 10)
Retained earnings
Total shareholders' equity


$ 28,978,706
15,220,224
28,903,000
452,692,159
3,056,103
3,494,037
1,115,277


2005


$ 28,242,098
30,149,106
25,527,300
352,434,376
2,969,882
1,745,180
1,115,277


3,840,839 2,999,464
7,929,077 7,962,491

$ 545,229,422 $ 453,145,174


$ 441,616,912
17,000,000
2,093,391
2,778,943
3,081,526
3,840,839
470,411,611


15,600,000
28,587,866
(245,739)
1,400,000
29,475,684
74,817,811


$ 381,280,413
17,000,000
1,398,963
2,623,309
3,526,092
2,999,464
408,828,241


12,000,000
7,589,064
(264,270:
1,400,000
23,592,139
44,316,933


TOTAL


oee notes to consolidated balance sheet.

This consolidated balance sheet was approved by the Board of Directors on July 24, 2006, and is
signed on its behalf by:


Director


Deloitte


Deloitte & Touche
Chartered Accountants
and Management Consultants
2nd Terrace, Centreville
P.O. Box N-7120
' Nassau, Bahamas


Tel: + 1(242) 302-4800
Fax: +1 (242) 322-3101
http://www.deloitte.com.bs
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT

To the Shareholders of
Bank of The Bahamas Limited:

We have audited the above consolidated balance sheet of Bank of The Bahamas Limited (the
"Bank") as of June 30, 2006. The consolidated balance sheet is the responsibility of the Bank's
management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the consolidated balance sheet based on
our audit.

We conducted our'audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing.. Those Standard~ -
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance aboul whether the
consolidated balainc'e kie is' free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test r'
basis, evidence supi~'inrg the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated balance sheet. An audit
also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. We,
believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Bank as of June 30, 2006, in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards.



July 24, 2006

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
AS OF JUNE 30, 2006
1. GENERAL

Bank of The Bahamas Limited (the "Bank"), trading as Bank of The Bahamas International, is
incorporated under the laws of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.' The Bank is licensed
under the provisions of the Bank and Trust Companies Regulations Act 2000. The Bank is
also licensed as an authorized dealer pursuant to the Exchange Control Regulations Act.

The Bank's shares are publicly traded and listed on The Bahamas International Securities
Exchange. The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and The National
Insurance Board own 51% of the issued shares. The remaining shares are owned by
approximately 4,000 Bahamian shareholders. The Bank's head office is located at Claughton
House, Shirley and Charlotte Streets: The registered office is located at Sassoon House,
Shirley Street, Victoria Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Bank's services include providing commercial and retail banking and trust services,
private banking and the issuance of prepaid cards. The Bank has eleven branches: four in New
Providence, two in Grand Bahama, two in Andros, one in San Salvador one in Exuma, and one
in Inagua. On January 17, 2006, a resolution was approved by the Board to wind down the
activities of Bank of The Bahamas Trust Limited a wholly owned subsidiary, and transfer the
activities and management of that company to the Bank. Ii is management's intention to
continue the private banking and trust services as a unit within the Bank itself. A subsidiary
named BOB Financial Services Inc. was incorporated in Coral Gables, Florida on June 30,
2005. The main activities of BOB Financial Services Inc. will be the provision of trade
financing, debit card arid other financial services.

The Bank carries out international business through its correspondent banking relationships
with Bank of Americh, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of Montreal, Citibank NA and Lloyds Bank
PLC. The Bank is also an agent for American Express and MoneyGram.
2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Statement of compliance The consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance
with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRSs") as promulgated by the
International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), interpretations issued by the
.International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee of the IASB, This requires
management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and
liabilities, and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated
balance sheet and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reported period.
Actual results could differ from those estimates.

The following accounting policies have been consistently applied by the Bank:

a. Revenue recognition Income is recognized on an accrual basis, except for loans and
advances to customers placed on non-accrual basis and fees, which are recognized on a
cash basis.

b. Subsidiaries Subsidiaries are those enterprises controlled by the Bank. Control exists
when the Bank has the power, directly or indirectly, to govern the financial and
operating policies of an enterprise so as to obtain benefits from its activities.

This consolidated balance sheet includes the financial statements of the Bank's wholly-
owned subsidiaries, BOB Financial Services Inc. and Bank of The Bahamas Trust
Limited.

Upon consolidation, all significant intercompany balances and transactions arc
eliminated.


c. Impairment Fixed assets, investments, goodwill, other assets and loans and advances
to customers are reviewed at each balance sheet date to determine whether there is any
indication of impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset's recoverable amount is
estimated.

In the case of fixed assets an impairment loss is recognized whenever-the carrying
amount of an asset exceeds its recoverable amount. The recoverable amount of an asset
is the greater of its net selling price and value in use. Impairment losses are recognized in
the consolidated statement of income.

Goodwill represents the excess of cost of the acquisition over the fair value of net assets
acquired by the Bank. Goodwill is tested annually for impairment and is stated net of
impairment at year end.

d Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and due from
banks and account with The Central Bank of The Bahamas.

e. Loans and advances to customers Loans and advances to customers are stated at the
principal amounts outstanding net provisions for losses on loans and advances.

Non-accrual loans and overdrafts are identified as impaired and placed on a cash (non-
accrual) basis when it is determined that the payment of interest or principal is doubtful
of collection, or when interest or principal is past due 90 days or more, except for loans
that are fully secured and in the process of collection. A loan is fully secured when the
net realizable value of the collateral equals or exceeds the principal and outstanding
interest. A loan is considered to be in the process of collection if the collection efforts
are reasonably expected to result in repayment of principal and interest, or restoration to
current status.

A loan that is contractually 180 days in arrears' is classified as non-accrual in all
situations, except for loans to or guaranteed by The Government of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas. When a loan is identified as non-accrual, the accrual of interest is
discontinued and any previously accrued, but unpaid interest is charged against current
earnings. Thereafter, interest is included in earnings only to the extent actually received
in cash. When there is doubt regarding the ultimate collectibility of principal, all cash
receipts are applied to reduce the principal. Further, while interest continues to accrue,
it is not added to the principal nor recognized as income, but rather is suspended.

Cash basis loans are returned to accrual status when all contractual principal and interest
amounts are reasonably assured of repayment and/or there is a sustained-period of
repayment performance in accordance with contractual terms.

Provision for credit losses Provision for loan losses represents management's estimate
of probable losses inherent in the loan portfolio. The provision for possible loan losses
is increased by charges to operating expense net of recoveries. Provision for loan losses
is comprised of specific and general provisions.

Specific provision is maintained to reflect anticipated losses related to specific loans, or
in the case of consumer loans that are not secured by real estate, on the aggregate
portfolio. Specific provision is established for non-consumer loans and consumer loans
secured by real estate individually when, in management's view, collection of interest
and/or principal is doubtful. The amount of specific provision is based on the extent to
which the principal is judged to be uncollectible.

The specific provision for an impaired collateral-dependant loan, where repayment is
expected to be provided solely by the sale of the underlying collateral, is set at an
amount equal to the difference between the principal balance and the net realizable value
of the collateral. Net realizable vahi', represents the discounted market price of the
collateral less all costs associated with its disposition. For unsecured loans, the Bank
calculates the provision applying factors based on the past due status of the loans.

The general provision represents management's estimate of probable but unrealized
losses inherent in the loan portfolio against which specific provisions have not been
established.

Loans write-off Consumer loans are written-off when they are contractually in arrears
more than 180 days. All other loans are written-off when the following conditions exist:
i) contractually in arrears; ii) underlying collateral has been exhausted; and iii) no
payment has been received within 180 days thereafter. Where a loan is being written-
off, specific provision is increased to the principal amount of the loan and thereafter the
loan is written-off against the provision for credit losses.

f. Investments Investments classified as held-to-maturity are carried at amortized cost.
All unrealized gains and losses are included in the consolidated statement of income as
they arise. ; f : ..:...

g. Repurchase agreements Securities purchased under agreements to resell are recorded
as loans and advances to customers. Revenue derived from these transactions is recorded
to interest revenue as earned. At the 'consolidated balance sheet date there were no
positions in repurchase agreements.

h. Foreign currency The reporting currency of the Bank is the Bahamian dollar (B$).
Foreign currency monetary assets and liabilities are converted into B$ at market rates of
exchange prevailing on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary assets and liabilities
denominated in foreign currencies that are stated at historical.cost or amortized cost, are
recorded at the exchange rate ruling at the date of transaction.

. Fixed assets Fixed assets (excluding building) are stated at cost less accumulated
depreciation and amortization. Building is stated at estimated salvage value of $290,150
with subsequent additions at cost less a cumulated depreciation.

Depreciation and amortization are calculated on a straight-line basis using the following
annual rates:


Building
Leasehold 'improvements
Furniture, fixtures and equipment


2%
20 33.33%
20 50%


Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of the economic useful life of
the asset or the lease term takes into consideration any extension of the lease term if
there is reasonable expectation of renewal. The amortization term however cannot
exceed five years.

j. Accounts payable and other liabilities Accounts payable and other liabilities are
recognized in the consolidated balance sheet when the Bank has a legal or constructive
obligation as a result of a past event, and it is probable that an outflow of economic
benefits will be required to settle the obligation.

k. Acceptances, guarantees and letters of credit The contingent liability of the Bank
under acceptance, guarantees and letters of credit is recorded as a liability in the
consolidated balance sheet. An offsetting asset is recorded to reflect the Bank's recourse
against customers in the case 9f a call on any of these commitments.

1. Related party transactions Related parties include all Ministries and Departments of
The Bahamas Government, Government Corporations, Subsidiaries and Agencies as
well as Directors and key management personnel of the Bank. All transactions with
related parties are based on rates and terms used in the normal course of business, except
for reduced rates for key management personnel's borrowings.

m. Assets and liabilities under administration Assets and liabilities under administration
on behalf of clients are not included in the consolidated balance sheet.


3. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

The following is an analysis of cash and cash equivalents in order of maturity:


Under 16 days
16- 30 days
31 90 days
91 180 days


2006
$ 27,190,330
9,016,178
7,642,422
350,000


2005
$ 52,997,780
5,043,424
150,000
200,000


$ 44,198,930 $ 58,391.204

Included in cash and cash equivalents is the statutory reserve account with The Central Bank of
The Bahamas of $14,213,100 (2005: $12,534,562). All balances with The Central Bank of
The Bahamas are non-interest bearing.

The following is an analysis of cash and cash equivalents by geographical location:


Caribbean
England
United States


2006
$ 25,675,718
233,990
18,289,222


2005
$ 38,648,123
348,424
19,394,657


$ 44,198,930 $ 58,391,204


I --L I - L~ I- I r- I I I


S545 229 422 $ 453,145,174






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4. INVESTMENTS
Investments, all of which are classified as held to maturity, are held with related parties and
consist of the following: mn


Bahamas Mortgage Corporation Bonds


Interest Rate
5.000% effective rate
3.500% effective rate


SKrie
K
K


.1562% above prime
1% above prime
.25% above prime
.28125 above prime
6.375%
.625% above prime
7.000%
.750% above prime
1% above prime
.1875% above prime
.5625% above prime
.15625% above prime
.1875% above prime
.21875% above prime
.25% above prime
.28125 above prime
.46875% above prime
.25% above prime
.5% above prime
.34375% above prime
.1875% above prime
.21875% above prime
.375% above prime
.25% above prime
.3125% above prime
.40625% above prime
.34375% above prime
.28125% above prime
.31250% above prime
.2500% above prime
.2813% above prime
.31250% above prime


Interest Rate
1.25% above prime


1 Share held in The Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (fully written off)
Total investments


$ 2,000,000
700,000
2,700,000

2006


.-
1,000,000
795,400
787,700
3,000,000
683,500
3,000,000
4,000,000
675,000
459,900
244,000
328,100
642,100
400,300
290,100
218,300
273,600
1,546,100
1,600
884,600
723,200
650,700
869,000
65,200
2,352,300
216,000
1,418,400
79,600
110,700
223,900
102,000
25,200
26,066,500
2006


$ 2,000,000
700,000
2,700,000

2005


$ 86,300
1,000,000


3,000,000
683,500
3,000,000
4,000,000
675,000
459,900
244,000






273,600
1,546,100
1,600
884,600
723,200
650,700
869,000
65,200
2,352,300
216,000
1,418,400
79,600
110,700
223,900
102,000
25,200
22,690,800
2005


$ 136,500 $ 136,500


$ 28,903,000 $ 25,527,300


At year-end the Bahanlian dollar prime rate was 5.5% (2005: 5.5%). The 2005 prime rate
decreased from 6% to 5.5% in February 2005.
LOANS AND ADVANCES TO CUSTOMERS, NET

Loans and advances to customers are as follows:


2006


Mortgage loans
Commercial loans
Consumer loans
Business overdrafts
Personal overdrafts'
Government guaranteed student loans


$ 239,900,873
143,830,078
35,899,021
19,312,694
9,210,408
11,044,893
459,197,967


LESS: PROVISION FOR LOSSES ON LOANS AND ADVANCES:


At beginning of year
Amount written-off
Recoveries
Provision charged to expense
At end of year

Loans and advances to customers, net


3,569,603
(221,676)
465,499
2,692,382


2005

$ 161,018,512
132,325,737
24,287,378
18,900,991
6,161,258
13,310,103
356,003,979


2,282,688
(376,456)
773,397
889,974


6,505,808 3,569,603

$ 452,692,159 $ 352,434,376


Included in commercial loans were repurchase agreements totaling $nil (2005 $11,240,800).

During the year, the Bank wrote-off loans totaling $221,676 (2005: $376,456) against its
specific provision. These loans, however, are subject to the Bank's ongoing collections efforts.
PROVISION FOR LOSSES ON LOANS AND ADVANCES ARE AS FOLLOWS:


2006


Specific provisions:
Commercial loans
Consumer loans
Mortgage loans


General provision
Total
NON-ACCRUAL LOANS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Mortgage loans
Commercial loans
Consumer loans

Total
Expressed as a percentage of loan portfolio-


$ 576,923
1,648,387
357,538
2,582,848
3,922,960


2005

$ 284,400
459,379
314,548
1,058,327
2,511,276


$ 6,505,808 $ 3,569,603


2006
S 5,078,591
2,647,111
3,483,695

$ 11,209,397
2.44%


2005
$ 7,338,860
3,085,360
1,817,400

$ 12,241,620
3.44%


The following is an analysis of loans and advances to customers in order of maturity


2006
$ 96,220,309
52,405,073
123,043,069
187,529,516


2005
$ 77,384,900
44,304,950
101,621,033
132,693,096


$ 459,197,967 $ 356,003,979

The following is an analysis of the concentration of loans and advances to customers by
outstanding balances:


2006

Value


$ 11,901,426
16,006,764
14,442,006
.9,837,813
10,914,379
396,095,579


2005


No. of
Loans

2,272
1,083
586
281
243
1,834


Value

$ 10,130,135
13,640,072
8,616,743
8,642,358
8,703,898
306,270,773


No. of
Loans

2,685
945
347
244
199
1,262


SI 4 9 6


6. FIXED ASSETS, NET


The movement of fixed assets during the year is as follows:


Maturity
2007
2007


Aww


2006
2007
2024
2025
2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
2015
2018
2021
2022
2023
2024
2025
2019
2019
2020
2020
2021
2021
2021
2022
2021
2022
2022
2023
2024
2022
.2023
2024


9.


In 1999, The Central Bank of The Bahamas established the DepositInshanCorpoq ion (the
"Corporation"). The Bank paid an annual premium of $111,696 (005: $85,399) to the
Corporation, which insures the funds of all individual Bahamian dollar depositors of the Bank
up to a maximum of $50,000...

BONDS PAYABLE .

Bonds payable were issued to the National Insurance Board on My I,; 2002, and bear interest
at the Bahamian dollar prime rate which at year-end was 5.50% (2005: 5.50%). These bonds
are secured under a trust agreement by specific performing loan granted under the
Government Guaranteed Advanced Education Loan Scheme and/or other qualifable assets as
per terms of the Education Guarantee Fund Act, 2001. .. ;.. .'

The amounts and maturity dates are as follows:

Description Amount M: t
Prime bond series A $ 3,500,000 Due December31, 2012
Prime bond series B 4,800;000 Due December 31, 2013
Prime bond series C 2,600,000. Due December 31, 2014
Prime bond series D 6,100,000 pu ecember31, 2015
.S ... 17,000,000 ; '


10. SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

SHARE CAPITAL
Share capital consists of the following:



Preference shares:
Authorized 25,000 shares of B$1,000 each
Issued Nil

Common shares:
Authorized 25,000,000 shares ofB$S each
Issued and fully paid 15,600,000 shares


0 2005


$: ~ '-Sr


(2005: 12,000,000 shares) 56W000 ,12,000



Effective January 2006, the Bank had a successful rights ofirig resuhA i tma proceeds of
$25 million. Costs related to the Rights Offering in theamnotinm.. 01,9l, were netted
against the proceeds.

At the Bank's Annual General Meeting on November 18, 2004, the Bank's shareholders
approved a resolution to increase the authorized share capital of the Bank and allow for the
issuance of non-voting redeemable preference shares redee matle.at te iscretion of the Board
of Directors.

On June 30, 2006, the Bank offered a private placement ofp B ,$1~ 000,r0 deemable
preference shares at a rate of 7.5% to a number of investors. Thiie shaire t.demaiblc at
the option of the Bank. Subsequent to the year end the issY I 'attllyi "..,"l i

SHARE PREMIUM

The increase in this balance is the rcsull of raddtilimil rmmnir.tmg lrmi tlh righl oil'cring
during the year. '. .;. ..:


GENERAL RESERVE

The general reserve was established lor flilure ca pital expndtlnu : ... ;.. .
., ' ; '.+, '.. t..':.'! ,o ,


COST:
Beginning balance
Additions
Disposals
Ending balance

ACCUMULATED
DEPRECIATION AND
AMORTIZATION:
Beginning balance
Depreciation and amortization
Ending balance

NET BOOK VALUE:

June 30, 2006
June 30, 2005

7. GOODWILL


Goodwill


Bahamas Government Registered Stocks
Matuty Interest Rate


Goodwill arose during the bank's acquisition of the business of bte Ifomer Workers Bank
Limited. Goodwill is allocated to the Harold Road branch where thebook of business is being
managed. The impairment charge is determined by taking the difference between the present
value of the branch's projected cash flow' and its book value... As ;l June. 30, 2006,
management determined that there was no impairment to the carrying value of goodwill.

8. DEPOSITS FROM CUSTOMERS AND BANKS '

Deposits from customers and banks are as follows:



Term deposits $ 332,093,730 $ 258,780,012
Demand deposits 77,750,754 93,709,859
Savings accounts 31,772,428 -' 28,790,542

$ 441.616912 S 3831280,413

The following is an analysis of the concentration of deposits from customers and banks by
maturity:

Atl# .2006

Under 31 days S 191,544,443 $ 205,422,155
31 90 days 50,447,857 82,619,811
91 180 days 72,136,323 53,961,928
Over 180 days 127,4188389 39276.519

S 441,616,912 $. 381.280,413

The following is an analysis of the concentration of deposits from eisonr an banks by size
of deposits: . : .

2006 : ...', ': ~: i ,'.i;: 2 : ..
oo .i:.::::: ::, Noo.f:
"- ,"Value i -e.i. .

S $0 $10,000 $ 20,611,620 22,091 $ 17,774,643 20,663
$10,001 $20,000 10,746,754 778 9,803,658 708
i $20,001 $30,000 8,080,874 -3281' ;" 7,307,471 302
$30,001 $40,000 5,707,880 165 5,661,722 165
$40,001 $50,000 5,641,829 124 4,347,619 ..97
Over $50,000 390,827,955 737 3 659

$441,616,912 24 $2 3 1,230,413' 22594


Bridge Authority Bond


Maturity
2019


0- 2 years
3 5 years
6 10 years
Over 10 years


$0
$10,001
$20,001
$30,001
$40,001'
Over.


- $10,000
- $20,000
$30,000
$40,000
-$50,000
$50,000


-- illlrrr~r


2.0m


Furniture,
Land and LeaaehoMl Fixtures and
Building Improvements Equiproei Total

$4,872,073 $ 3,316,321 6,90,33JS)4,978,427
) 6 4 993 9 1.67;7,2 3
(3.3)9) ( 21339)

$4,872,073 $S 3,9961 7.76j3 .S6634,371





$ 791,510 $ 1,644,813$ 4;,579,613 $ 7,015,936
37,260 467.37 1 .184727 689,358
$ 828,770 $ 22 170594


$4,043,303 $ 4. 87.43rt $ 1I991M 43 7929,O77

$4,080,563 $ 1,671,508 S 2210,420 .$. 962.491



200 77 115006
S I. 15,Z77 3 1,115277


S356,003,979 5,682


S 459,197,967 6,299


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11. TREASURY SHARES

In 2004, the Bank acquired 45,000 of its shares for the purposes of establishing an employee
stock incentive plan (see Note 19). To date 3,795 (2005: 600) of these shares have been
purchased by employees leaving a balance of 41,205 (2005: 44,400).


12. CONTINGENCIES

Various legal proceedings are pending that challenge certain actions of the Bank. Most of
these proceedings are loan-related and are in reaction to steps taken by the Bank to collect
delinquent loans and enforce rights against collateral securing such loans. Management
considers that the aggregate liability resulting from these proceedings will not be material.


13. COMMITMENTS

a. The approximate minimum rental commitments (exclusive of the effect of escalation
clauses as to taxes, maintenance, etc.) under operating leases for the years ending June
30, are as follows:


2007
2008
2009


$1,044,563
$334,615
$9,600


Rental expense (including service charges) totaled $1,067,665 (2005: $781,214) net of
rental income of $38,481 (2005: $32,583).

b. The commitment for loans at June 30, 2006 was $29,883,039 (2005: $59,657,991).

c. The Bank has a commitment for future capital expenditure of $2,975,000 (2005:
$3,622,000).


14. TRANSACTIONS AND BALANCES WITH RELATED PARTIES

Transactions and balances with related parties are as follows:


2006


Investments


Loans and advances to customers, net

Accrued interest receivable

Prepaid expenses and other assets

Deposits from customers and banks

Bonds payable

Accounts payable and other liabilities

Accrued interest payable


2005


$ 28,903,000 $ 25,527,300

$ 38,884,993 $ 33,880,733

$ 985,945 $ 1,058,131

$ 214;157 $ 125,238

$ 117,603,116 $ 99,598,773

$ 17,000,000 $ 17,000,000

$ 409,703 $ 978,829

$ 1,266,831 $ 1,797,645


Included in-accrued interest receivable from related parties is interest receivable on Bahamas
Government Registered Stocks, Bridge Authority Bonds, and Bahamas Mortgage Corporation
Bonds.


15. PENSION PLAN

The Bank has a defined contribution plan (the "Plan") in which eligible employees (those
having attained 25 years, of age and confirmed in their positions) contribute a minimum of
3.5% of their annual'salaries and the Bank contributes 6.5%. Employees become fully vested
after 2 years' of plan membership.

Contributions for the year ended June 30, 2006 totaled $377,415 (2005: $330,653).

The Plan owns 210,856 (2005: 210,826) shares of the Bank. The holdings represent
approximately 30% (2005: 30%) of the Plan's net assets.


The Plan has deposits totaling $3,766,859 (2005: $3,099,390) with the Bank.
16 ASSETS UNE :' 2 MINIST TIO .

16. ASSETS UNDE DMINISTRATION


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Assets under administration for clients in the Bank's fiduciary capacity are as follows:


2006


Government-guaranteed student education loans

Trust assets

Private banking


2005


$ 62,761,068 $ 60,107,478

$ 12,093,838 $ 7,278,229

$ 27,000,000


17. EMPLOYEE STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN

On October 28, 2002, the Board of Directors approved an employee stock incentive plan for all
employees with a grant of up.to 100,000 shares through June 2007.' Under the plan, employees
are granted options to acquire shares at a defined price over a maximum of two years. On June
30, 2004 the Bank issued 25,000 share options to employees entitling them to acquire 25,000
shares at $5.80 per share..During the year, employees exercised the option to purchase 3,195
(2005: 600) shares.


18. FINANCIAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

The estimated fair values represent values at which financial instruments could be exchanged
in a current transaction between willing parties. Where there is no available trading market,
fair values are estimated using appropriate valuation techniques. The fair values of non-
financial instruments, such as fixed assets, are notexplained below.

The following methods and assumptions have been used in determining fair value:

Cash and cash equivalents, other assets and other liabilities Due to their short-term
maturity, the carrying values of these financial instruments are assumed to approximate their
fair values.


Investments The estimated fair values of investments are based on quoted market prices,
when available. If quoted market prices are not available the estimated fair value of
investments are deemed to reflect cost or amortized cost.

Loans For floating rate loans that are subject to repricing within a short period of time, fair
values are assumed to be equal to the carrying values.

Deposits The estimated fair values of deposits are assumed to be equal to their carrying
values due to their short-term nature.


19. REGULATORY CAPITAL

The Bank is subject to regulatory capital requirements defined by The Central Bank of The
Bahamas. Two measures of capital strength are employed, capital-to-asset ratio and risk-
adjusted capital ratios.

The Bank's capital to asset ratio was 13.72%, (2005: 9.79%) at the end of the fiscal year,
substantially above the 5% standard established by The Central Bank of The Bahamas.

In the evaluation of risk-adjusted capital ratios, best standards require the Bank to maintain
Tier 1 and total capital ratios of 4% and 8% respectively. At June 30, 2006 the Bank's Tier 1
and total capital ratios were 20.18% and 21.26% respectively (2005: 14.65% and 15.50%
respectively).


20. COMPARATIVES

Loans and advances to customers, net was disclosed in the prior year as $31,330,485, this is
now disclosed as $33,880,733, to account for additional related party balances and conform
with the current year's presentation (Note 14).


21. RISK MANAGEMENT

There are a number of risks inherent in commercial banking that the Bank manages on an
ongoing basis. Among these risks, the more significant are credit, operational, currency,
liquidity, and interest rate risks.

Credit risk Credit risk arises from the failure of a counterpart to perform according to the
terms of the contract. From this perspective, the Bank's significant exposure to credit risk is
primarily concentrated in cash and current accounts, investments and loans. The deposits and
investments are predominantly in Bahamian dollars and have been placed with high quality
institutions. Credit risk arising from loans is mitigated through the employment of a
comprehensive credit policy regime that sets limits for sector concentration, as well as single
and related party exposure. The Board of Directors approves credit granting limits. In
addition, credits are subject to regular review by the Bank's internal audit department and
annual review by credit officers. The vast majority of the Bank's loans are collateralized and
guaranteed thus providing further mitigation of credit.

Operational risk Operational risk relates to the risk of direct or indirect loss resulting from
inadequate or failed internal processes, people and 'systems or from external events. .It is
mitigated by documented policies and procedures, staff training and a rigorous risk-based
internal audit regime.

Currency risk The Bank holds assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than
Bahamian dollars, the measurement currency of the Bank. Consequently the Bank is
exposed to currency risk since the values of the assets and liabilities denominated in other
currencies will fluctuate due to changes in exchange rates. The Bank manages these
positions by matching assets with liabilities wherever possible.

Liquidity risk Liquidity risk reflects the risk that the Bank will not be able to meet an
obligation when it becomes due or honor a deposit withdrawal request or service loans. The'
Bank maintains a proportion of its deposits in cash and other liquid assets to mitigate this risk.
On a daily basis, the Bank monitors its cash and other liquid assets to ensure that they
sufficiently meet the Bank's standards. In addition, the Bank performs regular gap analyses
showing the maturity exposure arising from the different maturity of assets and liabilities. As
is the case throughout the sector, those gap analyses show that the Bank is liability-sensitive in
the short term. Regular scenario tests are performed to determine the extent to which the Bank
can withstand unforeseen withdrawals and the cost associated with meeting such demands
should they arise..

Interest rate risk Interest rate sensitivity or interest rate risk results from differences in the
maturities or repricing dates of earning assets and paying liabilities. Interest rate risk
i exposures may produce favorable or unfavorable effects on interest margins depending on the
nature of the gap and the direction of interest rate movement and/or the expected volatility of
those interest rates. Interest rate gaps are carefully monitored and scenario tests performed to
determine the potential impact of various gap exposures.





The following table summarizes the carrying amount of consolidated balance sheet assets, liabilities and equity to arrive at the Bank's
interest rate sensitivity gap based on the earlier of contractual repricing or maturity date:


As of June 30, 2006
Assets
Cash and cash equivalent
average yield
Investments
averageyleld
Loans and advances to customers, n
averageyleld
Fixed assets net
Other assts


TOTAL


Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Depsits from customers and bank
averageylield
Bonds payable
average yield
Other Liabilitie
Shareholders equity
TOTAL
INTEREST RATE SENSITIVITY GAP
CUMULATIVE INTEREST RATE SENSITIVITY GAP
Average Yield Earning Assets
Average Yield Paying Liabilities


Not Interest
Within 3Months 3- 6 months 7 -12 months 1 5 Years Over 5 yeas Rate nsitive


s
0,00%
* I


42,057,625
9.40%


s
1,000,000

26.727.400 3,207,997
60S% 7.47%


S s 44,191,930 5 44.191930


9,383,500
158%
74.819,926
&O0%


18,519.5b6
S.7%
305.179,211
&47%


29.03,000

452.692.159

7,929,077 7929077
11.MS 6 IIJ 6"


42,057.625 26.727,400 4,207.997 84,203.426 324,398,711 63,634,263 $45,229.42


187.942,567 59.397,939 79.606,402 6.266.223 1.185,409
3.47% 4.03% 4.28% 4.75% 4.94%
17.000,000
0.00% o0.0% 0.0 0.00% s.50%


107.21.8372 441.616.912

17,000.000


11,794,699 11.794,699
S- 74.817,811 74.817,811
187,942,567' 59,397,939 79606.402 6266223 18.185.409 193,830,882 545.229,422
(145,884.942) (32,670.539) (75.398.405) 77,937.203 306,213.302 (130,196.619)__
S (145.88949421 S (178,555,481) S (253,953,886) S (176,016.683) S 130,196,619 S -IS
940% 6.05% 7.01% 7.73% 8.32% .7
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TRIBUNE SPORTS


PAGE 14B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2006


THE Cinderella season
came to an abrupt end for
Antoan Richardson and the
Augusta Greenjackets on Fri-
day night in the 2006 South
Atlantic League Champi-
onships.
After clinching the South-
ern Divisional title, the
Greenjackets went up against
the Northern Divisional cham-
pions Lakewood Blueclaws,
but lost 3-1 in the best-of-five
series.
The Blueclaws, who took a
commanding 2-0 lead, secured
the title with an 11-0 white-
washing of the Greenjackets,
who had posted the best
record in minor league base-
ball.
Despite the heartbreaking
loss, Richardson said it still
turned out to be a great year
for him and the Greenjackets.
"I accomplished a lot of
things that I wanted to accom-
plish," he admitted. "The only
thing I wasn't satisfied with
was the way I started the sea-
son.
"I started off kind of slow,
but I've committed myself to
working hard during the off-
season so that won't happen
again. From a team stand-
point, we accomplished the
best record in minor league
baseball, so that was a major
accomplishment for us."
After posting a 53-16 win-
loss record, Richardson said
the Greenjackets got beat
because they played against
the Blueclaws, (47-23), who
played much better than they
did.
Blueclaws' all-time leader in
wins Matt Maloney pitched a
complete game with 12 strike
outs for the win in the finale
on Friday night at First Ener-
gy Park in Lakewood.
The night before, the
Greenjackets avoided being
swept by blasting the Blue-
claws 11-1. The Blueclaws had
S taken a 1-0 lead in the series
with a 6-4 win and they took
game two 2-1.
Now that the series and the
season is over for Augusta,
Richardson will turn his focus
on completing his studies
towards his degree in engi-
neering at Vanderbilt.
He will start classes today in
his final semester.
"School is going to be on my
agenda for the next three
months," said Richardson, the
5-foot-8, 165-pound out-field-'
er, who was drafted by the
Chicago Cubs as a member of
Vanderbilt's baseball team.
Richardson, who was the
lead off batter for Augusta,
was one of 40 players invited
to Arizona for a one-month
instructional camp with the
Cubs from September 25-
October 30.
But he turned down the
invitation so that he can con-
centrate on school. He will
worry about his future with
Chicago when spring training
gets underway next year.
"It was a decision that I had
to make anid one that I think
would have been beneficial for
me in the long run," Richard-
son admitted. "I just thought
getting my education would be
smarter if I do it now.
"If I don't ever do it now,
the chances of me going back
to school is going to be
unlucky because, once I'm fin-
ished, I want to concentrate
on trying to get a shot at the
Major League."
Richardson, who finished
tied with three others for 15th
spot on the individual batting
standings in the league at .292,
said it's going to be difficult
getting used to college life all
over again.
"We didn't have the best
living situation (in Augusta),
but I did the best I could," he
pointed out. "Now I'm going
back to school and it's differ-
ent from being out there in the
real world.
"I have to get adjusted to it
all over again, but, other than
that, I think I will be alright."
Richardson, who played in a
total of 124 games for the
Greenjackets, had 418 at-bats
with 122 hits and 78 runs. He
had 17 doubles, four triples
and two home runs.
He also drove in 28 runs,
walked 54 times, and struck
out 73 times.
When he complete his stud'-
ies at Vanderbilt, Richardson
said he intend to come home
in December and will hopeful-
ly put on a baseball clinic for


aspiring young players.


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By BRENT STUBBS
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RELAY coach Frank 'Pan--
cho' Rahming said he couldn't
ask for a better performance
from the athletes representing
the Americas Team at the 10th
IAAF World Cup in Athletics
this weekend in Athens,
Greece.
"We had some good girls and
we had some good guys. They
just went out and did what they
had to do," Rahming summed
up. "They got the baton around
and they ran."
The Americas' team, show-
ing athletes from the
Caribbean, South America and
Canada, won both the women's
4 x 100 and 4 x 4 metre relays,
while the men's 4 x 1 was dis-
qualified and the men's 4 x 4
were second.
Moments after winning the
women's 100 metres, Jamaican
Sheron Simpson ran the anchor
leg of the women's 4 x 1 relay
team that comprised of
Jamaican Aleen Bailey (lead-
off), Bahamian Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie (second) and
Cayman Island's Cydonie
Mothersill (third) in a world
leading time of 42.26.
"We played it safe and won,"
said Rahming as the Americas
repeated as champions from the
2002 meet in Madrid, Spain,
while the United States was dis-
qualified with Russia coming
in second in 42.36 ahead of
Africa (43.61).
The Americas' team of
Jamaica's Dwight Thomas
(lead-off), Trinidad & Tobago's
Marc Burns (second) and
Jamaicans Christopher
Williams (third) and Asafa
Powell (anchor) were disquali-
fied as the United States won in
a championship record of 37.59.
"Those things happen in the
relay. You don't like when they
happen, but they do," said Rah-
ming, about an exchange
between Burns and Williams
that just didn't connect.
"Christopher was gone, he put
his hand back, but when Marc
tried to pass the baton to him, it
dropped.
"Nobody could catch any-
body at that point. I think if the
exchanges were close, it would
have been a good finish
because Asafa, in my opinion, is
running that much faster than


any other 100 metre runner
right now. So all we needed to
do was connect."
Yesterday, as the two-day
meet came to a close, the
Americas also won the wom-
en's 4 x 4 relay, comprising of
Tonique Williams-Darling and
Christine Amertil, while the
men's 4 x 4 team, featuring
Chris 'Bay' Brown had to settle
for second behind the United
States.
Jamaica's Shericka Williams
ran the lead off leg with
Bahamians Williams-Darling
and Amertil on second and
third and Jamaica's Novlene
Williams on anchor.
"They ran a good race and
they won it," Rahming
declared.
As for the men's 4 x 4 team
that saw Brown lead off, pass-
ing the baton to Jamaican
Michael Blackwood to Domini-
can Republic's Santa Carlos to
Grenada's Francique Alleyne,
Rahming said the team should
have won.
"Those things happen," he
stated. "We got second, just
nipped at the line."
Alleyne, who carried the
America's flag in the 400 where
he was fourth, was caught and
passed just before the finish line
by United States' Darold
Williamson.
The United States didn't run
world champion Jeremy
Wariner.
Despite splitting the relays,
Rahming said they used what
they had and they put together
the best team possible and they
performed as best as they
could.
But he said they didn't spend
a lot of time with exchanges,
especially for the 4 x 1 relays, as
Simpson and Powell both
arrived on Thursday and they
had to run on Friday.
Likewise, Brown didn't
report in until Friday, which,
had the men's 4 x 4 team on
edge as only three runners were
present before he got there.
E USA's DeeDee Trotter
hand's the baton to her teammate
Monique Henderson while run-
ning for the Women's 4X400
metres Relay during the 10th
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* VOLLEYBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
AFTER suffering a heart-
breaking season opener last
Sunday, the Scotia Bank
Defenders rallied back to
win their first game in the
New Providence Volleyball
Association (NPVA).
The Defenders cruised
past the Sbarros Gold yes-
terday, 25-14, 25-21 and 25-
21 to improve their win-loss
record to 1-1.
Opting to save their fire-.
power for a tougher attack-
ing team, the Defenders'
powered through for the
win by cleaning up on their
defence.
According to Ian Pinder,
the team's best scorer, the
reason for not going hard
on the offensive end for the
entire game was based on
the defensive responds from
their opponents.
In total the Defenders
attempted 65 kills, 32 of
which were unreturnable.
Pinder led the Defenders on
the offensive side, drilling
8-of-10, picking up the slack
was Ronald Duncombe who
was 6-for-10 on the night.
Pinder said: "It was an
average game for the team,
we still haven't found that
extra edge we need to have
when it comes to playing
bigger teams. We're still
searching for that one thing
which will bring our team
together. We realise that
this is just the second match
and that we will need a little
more time to gel.
"The best thing about this
game is we were able to
work in some of the other
players. Fitting them in at
the easier match-ups will
give us a better opportunity
so when we play tougher
teams we would have a
clearer picture as to who
would go where."
But the Defenders found
themselves in a whole in the
second set, Gold was able
to minimise on the mistakes
made in the first set, also
making the much need
adjustments at the net.
It was the combo of Terry
McCay and Ruel Williams
that placed fear in the eyes
of the Defenders' players.
With the two in the front
court Gold went ahead 12-8.
Williams would lead.his
team on both the offensive
and defensive end.
He finished the game 5-
for-18 attacks, two service
aces,and one successful
block.
But the Defenders quick-
ly found the solution to
their problem, William.
With Pinder back in front
court the Defenders' offen-
sive game picked up" once
again. It was too late for
Gold. When they tried to
adjust, the Defenders had
closed the gap and were
making a run towards
Clinching the set.
Play in the NPVA will
continue on Tuesday with'
two games on schedule:
Quencom Lady Techs tak-
ing on the Scottsdale
Cougars in the opening
match.


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By BRENT STUBBS
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DEBBIE Ferguwon-NMcKenzie.
Tonique Williams-Darling. Chris-
tine Amertil and Chris 'Bay'
Brown,; presenting the America's
team.at the 10th IAAF World Cup
ih Athletics, were all quite pleased
with their performances over the
weekend in Athens, Greece.
The quartet led the Americas'
teams, coached by Frank 'Pancho'
Rahming, to victories in the wom-
en's 4 x 100 and 4 x.400 metre relays
and second in the men's 4 x 4.
Ferguson-McKenzie, running on
the second leg, helped the Americ-
as' team of Jamaica's Aleen Bai-
ley (lead-off), Chyman Island's
Cydome Mothersill (third) and
Jamaican 100 champion Sheron
Simpson (anchor) to repeat as
champions in the women's 4 x 1 on
Friday. ,
They ran a world leading time
of 42.26 seconds to beat out Russia
in a season's best 6B 42.36 with
Africa third in a season's best of


43.61. The United States were dis- third leg ahead of Jamaica's Nov-
qualified lene Williams (anchor) as the
"Comrpared to 2002 at the last Americas' also repeated hs cham-
World Cup when we ran 42.91, we pions.
ran 42.26, but that came after we They ran a 'world leading time
had no time to practise with Sheron of 3:19.84 to leave the-United States
and Cydonie," Ferguson-McKen- in second in 3:20.69 and Russia
Szie reflected. came in third in 3:21.21.
"With the little practice that I "I just felt good. It was really a
had with Aleen and Cydonie and 'Aifun time. I haven't ran on a relay
for us to pull it off the way we did, like that in a long time," Williams-
I think the girls ran very well. Aleen Darling reflected. "It felt good
and Simpson were experienced, but being out there as a part of the
Cydonie was a little anxious, but team. We all went out there and
we calmed each other down and ran well."
did what we had to do best and that Williams-Darling said she got the
says it all for us." baton first from Williams and she
Ferguson-McKenzie said she wAs kept the Americas' team out front
particularly-proud in the team until she passed the baton to Amer-
repeating because the United States til, who got into a little shoving
and Russia came in more-confident 'match on the final 200 with United
because they were complete teams, States' Moushaumi Robinson.
whereas the America's was made .' Amertil managed to getiout of
up of athletes from different coun- the jam, and got the baton off to
tries. Williams out front and she was able
In her first World Cup appear- to pull it off, despite being tired
ance, Williams-Darling ran the sec- from.running the open 400 where
ond leg behind Jamaica's Shericka she was third in 50.24 in a rate that
Williams and Amertil was on the saw United States' Sanya Richards


post a world leading mark of 48.70.
"It was an excellent race. It was a
good split for me," Amertil said. "I
went out strong, I had a bit of a
tussle with the girl from the US.
But once we got untangled, I went
out and ran a great leg."
Amertil, who ran-on the last
team that won in 2002, said every-
body was looking for the Americas'
versus the United States showdown
and it was just a matter of how fast
they would all go.
"There was a big rivalry going
on, unknowingly to us, as to
whether or not we were going to
win it or the United States was
going to win it and it built up right
to the starting line," she noted. "But
* we came out on top."
The United States didn't use
Richards, who pulled off an
unprecedented double in the wom-
en's 200 and 400, but Amertil said it
would not have made a difference.
"All four legs we had out there
were pretty strong and we were
beating the four girls they had out
there all year long, so even though


they would have had a strong
leg with her on anchor, we feel
we would have been too far
ahead of them for her to catch
us."
In the men's 4 x 4 that brought
the curtain down on the meet,
Brown ran the open leg for the
Americas' team of Michael Black-
wood, Carlos Santa and Francique
Alleyne.
They ran a season's best of
3:00.14 for second as the United
States' anchor Darold Williamson
stormed back to nip Alleyne for
the victory in 3:00.11.
"The race was pretty good," stat-
ed Brown, who competed in his
first race in three months.
"I gave all credit to the Lord
because he helped me to come out
here and perform.
"Anybody else would have fold-
ed up after being out for so long. To
compete here and compete with
these guys was good.
"A lot of people had counted me
out, but I just came out and let my
foot do the talking."


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