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Minister hits back

over Anna Nicole

Smith permanent

residency status


E ALTHOUGH the repaving of Prince Charles Dri'e
and Robinson Road is nearing completion. motorists
travelling from the intersection of Prince Charles Drime
and Soldier Road toward the Sea Breeze traffic lights
may still_ d tI surface a little rough.
S ... (Phot"o:&. &;,l iii erlTribune staff)


By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
STATING that the Depart-
ment of Immigration now tunc-
tions more efficiently than ever
before, Minister Shane Gibson
- hit out at the FNM yesterday for
criticising his handling of US
cclebril Anna Nicole Smith's
permanent residenc) status.
Responding to information The
Tribune received that the pro-
cessing of Ms Smith's residency
S took only three weeks, Mr Gib-
son said he would have acceler-
ated the matter even more if he
could.
"If it could have been done in a
day, then I would have done it in
a day," he said.
Mr Gibson emphasised that the
Bahamas, under the policy of eco-
nomic permanent residency,
advertises to high-end foreigners,
inviting them to come to this


country and invest by buying
property.
"If someone buys a home for
$500,000 and qualifies for perma-
nent resident status, why should
their application languish on
some desk for six months?
"If due diligence is done and
all is in order, why should we
pride ourselves on the fact that
it still takes months to issue per-
manent residency to those for-
eigners that we courted," he said.
The FNM, in a statement on
Thursday, heavily criticized Mr
Gibson for what the opposition
party called "special treatment
being dished out to Miss Anna
Nicole Smith, by a government
which hastily gave her permanent
residency."
The party also said that Minis-
ter Gibson "has been known to
personally visit Ms Anna:Nicole
SEE page 13


AG gives support to decision on Coroner's Court
ATTORNo E General and Minister ol Legal Affairs, Allson Nlay-
nard-Gibsoni, yesterday lent her support to the decision taken by Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall to discontinue designating a particular, magis-
trate's court as the Coroner's Court.
According to a statement from Mrs Maynard-Gibson's office, this,
decision taken by the independent judiciary is grounded in law and rein-
states the procedure followed by coroner's courts to the practice which
existed before 1993.
"Under the previous procedure, each magistrate can act as a cdro-
ner, in accordance with the provisions of the Coroner's'Act. Further,
. all magistrates courts are available for coroner's inquests per the
assignment of cases by the Chief Magistrate.
"Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez properly explained the merits of this
decision well in an interview with the Associated Press pointing out that
the change will allow more magistrates to preside over more inquests,
SEE page 15


Human rights Support mounts for
group calls for end S. r. I
to 'over-zealous Sir Jack Hayward


immigration
apprehensions'
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
THE Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association is calling on
Immigration Minister Shane
Gibson to discontinue "over-
zealous" apprehensions by
immigration officers.
Mr Fred Smith, GBHRA
president, claims that the
alleged unlawful arrest and
detention of Lewis Alman on
June 23 was an abuse of his con-
stitutional rights.
He stressed that such abuse
of rights by immigration offi-
cers must stop.
"I call upon Minister Gibson
to rein in the excesses of his
officers. It mustmu be leadership at
the top which protects the rule
of law," Mr Smith said.
"If he continues to encour-
age over-zealous enforcement
of the Immigration Act, he is
doing an injustice to our fledg-
ling democracy!"
Mr Smith, an attorney, has
filed a lawsuit in the Supreme
Court on behalf of Mr Alman
against the Minister Gibson, the
Director of Immigration Ver-
non Burrows and the Attorney
General.
He is claiming damages for
assault, battery, false imprison-
ment and breaches of his con-
stitutional rights. He is also
seeking aggravated damages,
punitive damages and vindica-
tory damages for discrimina-
tion, unlawful detention, and
SEE page 14


* By'DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Community,
support seems to be mounting on
Grand Bahama for Sir Jack Hay-
ward in a legal battle initiated by
parties seeking shares in Grand
Bahama Port Authort\
Sir Jack. onc it l thc authorix 's
princip:il ;hie holders. has been
descrihbd h\ one Fieepiorter 'as j
pillar of strength for ilic devel-
opment of the city of Freeport." .
"Freeporters are hoping that
such a controversial matter does
not distortot r oveshadow the sig-
nificant contributions made by
the Hayward family, and that of
his father, the late Sir Charles
Hayward, one of the founders of,
Freeport who invested in the city


and its deielopmenr at a time
when few held any confidence in
the ciNs potential. -aid rhe \ell-
known Grand Bahama resident
According to the resident,
many people support Sir Jack and
are deeply saddened by contro-
versial media reports.
Some students and teachers at
Jack Haward High School
e\pre''scd support for their
patron, who has contributed sig-
nificantly to the school.
"He has supported the school
since its construction," said the
resident.. "A number of 12th
graders indicated that they were
fascinated and thrilled to learn of
his accomplishment as it relates to
the development of Freeport
while doing a research on their
SEE page 15


Bacardi representatives in court

over alleged 'toxic fumes'
BACARDI representatives plaintiffs Roosevelt Kamiller
appeared in court yesterday to Whyms, Carolyn Whyms and
face allegations that the rum conm- Venice Bay Holdings Limited.
pany has been releasing toxic The writ alleges that, since
fumes into the air over a number March, 1999, when it had come to
of years. the attention of the plaintiffs, and
Local landowners have filed a on a regular basis since that time,
lawsuit in the Supreme Court Bacardi and Company Limited
against Bacardi for allegedly pro- had been discharging toxic fumes
during disturbing levels of noise and smoke which were "haz-
and wrongfully causing or per- ardous and dangerous" to the
emitting toxic fumes and smoke to health of the agents and servants
be discharged. of the plaintiffs.
However, the court was The writ alleges that both the
adjourned before the case was first and second plaintiffs have
heard by Justice John Lyons, who been caused annoyance and dis-
set a later date for the hearing, comfort and that all the plaintiffs
Attorney Romauld Ferreira 14
has filed a writ on behalf of the SEE page 14


SMitchell heads for
UN, meeting with
Condoleezza Rice
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell left the Bahamas
yesterday at what he termed the
"most important time" for
diplomacy.
He \ as on his way to address
the United Nations General
Assembly and meet with US
Secretary of State Condoleez-
za Rice.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence in the VIP lounge of Lyn-
,den Pindling International Air-
port, Mr Mitchell said that,
upon arrival in New York, he
will begin a week of concen-

SEE page 13

Haitian immigrants
'using substantial

public resources'
A NEW report confirms
that Haitian immigrants in the
Bahamas use substantial pub-
lic health and educational
resources.
However, the report, con-
ducted by the College of the
Bahamas and the Internation-
al Organisation for Migration,
said Haitians use few other
social services, and that the
media portrays the immigrant
population in a way that
heightens the public's percep-
tion of Haitians as a threat.
"Due to their low house-
SEE page eight


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* MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell speaks to the
press yesterday just before leaving to go to the United Nations
General Asssembly meeting
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Mitchell leaves


for week of


concentrated


diplomacy


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell left the Bahamas
yesterday during what he said
was th "most important time"
for Bahamian diplomacy as
he travels to address the United
Nation's General Assembly and
meet with US Secretary of State
Condolezza Rice.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence in the VIP lounge of the.
Lynden Pindling International


Airport, Mr Mitchell said that
upon his arrivall in New York,
he will begin a \ eek of concen-
trated diplomacy on behalf of
the Bahamas starting with his '
p ii\;~:i lunch \ ith the US Sec- ;
Ietaiy of State.
Mr Mitchell said that he and ."
the secrel:rN \ ill discuss a num- -
berof i-sues ranging from trade -
and security issues, to how best
the Bahamas and the US can
work together on the interna-
tional political front. '.
"We consider her a friend of
the Bahamas. She enjoyed
immensely the visit she had in
March and the lunch arises out
of that visit. And of course we
have always been saying to our.
CARICOM partners that its so '
important to have this continu-
ing conversation so that no dis-
tance grows you and the United 4'
States which is so important to
this region.
"Prime Minister Patrick Man-
ning ( ) issued a statement a few
weeks ago in which he indicated
a concern about the withdrawal
of the US from the security
interests and concerns of this
region particularly given the -
N ulnera-bilit\ of our small coun-
tries to drug trafficking. And so
certainly that will be one of the
issues 1 will discuss," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that in par-
ticular as it relates to the ,
Bahamas he will be pushing for ,
the continued support of the
OPBAT mission, and other ,
drug reduction strategies "wher-
evet I can" over the next few
days.
"I think the Ambassador here
(US Ambassador John Rood)
has done a good job in lobbying
for and on the behalf of the
security interest of the
Bahamas. And I certainly will
be seeking to reinforce that
wherever I can in these discus-
sions over the next few days."
However, Mr Mitchell did not
go into detail about the future ,.
of the US pre-clearance facility
in Freeport, Grand Bahama. He
said however that he is "cau-
tiously optimistic" that the mat- '
ter has been "resolved".
"Perhaps upon my return, the
ambassador and myself will
have some kind of a joint state- .
ment about how those discus- i'.
sions turned out," he said.
Mr Mitchell said there will be
opportunities to meet with all
Commonwealth foreign.minis- .
ters as well, giving the Bahamas
a chance to give its principal
statement on foreign policy and
shore-up its relations with a
number of foreign partners.
"The country's principal
address and foreign policy state-
ment will be made at the United
Nations on Tuesday the Sep-
tember 26, and this will be
sometime after 3pm in the after- '
noon. Those who want to watch i
the delivery of the address live
can do so b. watching the UN's
ll\e %%ebcast at un.org," he said.
Mr Mitchell is expected to :
return to the Bahamas on ,
Thursday, September 28.


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Positions

are filled to

promote

Out Islands

The Ministry of Tourism has
announced that Anthony Stu-
art will'be leaving the Ministry
after 22 years to becomeexec-
utive director of the Bahama
Out IslandsPromotion Board.
He wjl'be joined at the pro-
motion board by M argie
Schneider who will assume the
nel\ h created position of direc-
tor of str'.iate'gtPtinning and
marketing.
Ms Schneider was most
recently director.of marketing
and interact e tor the Medicjl
Staffing Network in Boca
Raton, Florida;. :- :,
The Out Islands Promotion
Board, located in PIlantation,
Florida, works.on behalf of its
members by lobbying the gov-
ernment on important issues,
enhancing on-island products
and services, and marketing the
.Out Islands to consumers.
"This expansion at the board
will allow both Mr'Stuart and
Ms Schneider to pursue new
and aggressive strategies in
reaching audiences via con-
.sumer/trade shows, special
events and direct marketing,
while also working to improve
the experience for travellers
throughout the Out Islands,"
said the ministry in a statement.
Ms Schneider will focus on
marketing, messaging and com-
munications, whereas Mr Stu-
art will employ his experience
and depth of knowledge of the
destination in the recruitment
of new members and govern-
ment lobbying initiatives.
"The Out Islands are experi-
encing a great deal of growth
in developments and the pro-
motion board will work closely
with the Bahamian government
to ensure that related products
_ and services develop along with
new resorts," the statement
said.


Airline to

halt its

flights to

Caribbean

TRINIDAD
Port-of-Spain
LONG-STRUGGLING air-
line BWIA will discontinue
flights between Trinidad and
Washington Dulles Interna-
tional Airport as the carrier pre-
pares to close at the end of the
year, the company said Thurs-
day, according to Associated
Press.
The roundtrip flight, which
runs three times a week
between Trinidad and Wash-
ington, will end Oct. 10, the
Caribbean country's national
carrier said.
When BWIA shuts down on
Dec. 31, a new airline will be
established in its place with the
Trinidadian government stay-
ing on as a major shareholder.
Earlier this month, officials
announced that new carrier
Caribbean Airlines was sched-
uled to begin service in early
2007.
Plans call for the new nation-
al airline to provide regional air
transport within the Caribbean
and to major international
cities. Specific routes have not
been disclosed.
Trinidad's government, which
holds more than 97 percent of
BWIA's shares, approved a cap-
ital injection for the creation of
-Caribbean Airlines. Details
about the size of the investment
have not been released.
Trinidad has repeatedly
bailed out BWIA. The airline,
which has been in service for


66 years, laid off a quarter of
its 2,400 workers in 2003 in an
attempt to recover, but it con-
tinued to struggle.





TRPIA


Anna Nicole son




to be buried here


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE son of US celebrity
Anna Nicole Smith is expected
to be laid to rest here in the
Bahamas no later than next
week.
Contrary to the general
assumption that the body of 20-
year-old Daniel Smith would be
returned to California, The Tri-
bune has learned that the fami-
ly has in fact decided to bury
the young man in this country.
According to further infor-
mation, lawyer and family friend
Howard Ster has contacted the


private cemetery of Lakeview
Memorial Gardens Mausoleum
on John F Kennedy to make
arrangements for a burial.
At this time, Daniel's body is
still being held at Butler's
Funeral Home and Crematori-
um, where his remains were
embalmed earlier this week.
Although a final death cer-
tificate has yet to be issued, a
preliminary one has been giv-
en to the funeral home, it was
claimed yesterday.
Daniel died at Doctors Hos-
pital on Sunday, September 10,
while visiting his mother, who
had given birth to a baby girl


three days before.
At this time, the exact cause
of death has not been disclosed
to the public.
Two pathologists Dr Govin-
da Raju of the Rand Lab at
Princess Margaret Hospital and
internationally renowned foren-
sic pathologist Dr Cyril Wecht -
were called in to work on the
case.'
The toxicology report is
expected to be completed with-
in the next two to four weeks.
Should the report show that
Daniel died of natural causes,
an inquest into the matter will
be made redundant.


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US malaria travel advisory is lifted


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE travel warning issued
for persons visiting the
Bahamas to take anti-malarial
prophylaxis has been lifted by
the Centre for Disease Con-
trol in the US.
This was revealed yesterday
as the CDC released its com-
prehensive report on the
malaria outbreak in Great
Exuma earlier this year.
Nineteen persons were
infected with malaria, including
two Americans, one German,
and one Canadian. The cases
were discovered in the Exu-
mas between May and June of
this year.
However, after three months
of intense epidemiological sur-
veillance, no new cases of
malaria have been found.
Therefore the centre has opt-


ed to rescind its previous rec-
ommendation that US based-
travellers take preventive dos-
es of the anti-malarial drug
chloroquine before, during, and
after travel to Great Exuma.
The report read as follows:
"Available evidence indicates
that during May to June 2006,
Great Exuma experienced an
outbreak of introduced malar-
ia that was successfully con-
tained and terminated.
The observations that all cas-
es were caused by P falciparum
and a substantial proportion
of patients were immigrants
from Haiti suggest that malar-
ia was introduced by those
immigrants.
"All patients treated with
chloroquine responded to the
treatment, which is a further
suggestion that the parasites
originated from Haiti, where P
falciparum has remained sen-


sitive to chloroquine. P falci-
parum causes 99 per cent of
malaria cases in Haiti and the
Dominican Republic," the
report read.
According to the document,
the successful containment of
the malaria outbreak can be
attribute to "several factors".
"The first identified case,
detected in a foreign tourist
returning from the Bahamas,
was promptly reported to the
Bahamian Ministry of Health
(MOH), which responded with
several complementary inter-
ventions, including identifica-
tion and treatment of patients
and asymptomatic parasite car-
riers and institution of mos-
quito control measures.
"Fewer than 30 days elapsed
between- diagnosis of the first
identified case in Virginia and
diagnosis of the last case on
Great Exuma," it added.


Government claims lack of services

and legal arrangements caused


Carmichael

* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
THE two Golden Isles.sub-
divisions in the' Carmichael
area have not been opened for
a number of reasons, the gov-
ernment claimed yesterday.
In a release issued yester-
day, the Ministry of Housing
cited ongoing legal arrange-
ments and a lack of electrical
and water services as some of
the factors preventing these
homes for being possessed.
"The public is also advised
of the urgency being placed on
the occupancy of these homes
as some of them are vandalised
even during construction," the
release stated.
The Ministry of Housing
came under criticism earlier
this week for allowing the
houses to stand empty since
April despite the fact that
hundreds of Bahamians are
waiting for government hous-
ing.
Alvin Smith, FNM MP for
North Eleuthera, said there is
no excuse why the subdivisions


subdivisions
should not be occupied by
now.
After hearing about the min-
istry's release, Mr Smith main-
tained that more damage is
done to the homes when left
unoccupied.
"How much more vandal-
ism would there be if they just
left it vacant?" He asked.
"According to a contractor,
houses that remain closed for a
period of time can cause addi-
tional problems."
According to the ministry,
delays were experienced on
the preparation of mortgage
documents, "and in some
instances home owners are
being allowed to occupy their
homes after their down pay-
ments and the necessary mort-
gage approvals have been
received even while the con-
veyances are being complet-
ed."
The ministry said it has
found that this procedure
"assists tremendously in the
development of the various
communities and advances the


not to open

process of home ownership
while at the same time reduc-
ing the instances of vandal-
ism."
An opening ceremony will
take place for one of the two
subdivisions on Monday after
which the ministry said it will
begin to allow qualifying per-
sons to move into second sub-
division.
"Golden Isles II has been
completed and will be ready
for occupancy following the
opening. It should be noted
that in the case of each of the
new being opened by govern-
ment, an attempt is being
made to have the homes all
occupied on an organised and
gradual basis, bearing in mind
the fact that legal arrange-
ments, electrical and water
connection are essential for
occupancy," the release read.
It also said construction of
new homes will begin in Per-
pall Tract and on the Dignity
II and Pride Estates III subdi-
visions within the next two
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Cuban problem in making here?


IN TODAY'S column we shall continue telling
you about the clash in late 1979 between
Jamaica's Gleaner newspaper and Opposition
kader Edward Seaga on the one side, and Cuba's
resident ambassador to Jamaica, Ulises Estrada,
ad Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley on
the other.
Ambassador Estrada at a press conference
called at the Cuban Embassy in Kingston claimed
that the accusations against him in Jamaica were
"based on his political past and because of his
activities that he, as a Cuban revolutionary, has
carried out the international policy of the Cuban
Revolution." This was a reference to Cuba's sub-
versive operations in the Western hemisphere.
What eventually unhinged Estrada was his
threat that "comrades abroad" wold deal with
the Opposition JLP and at that time Jamaica's
only independent newspaper, The Gleaner. And
quoting from his boss, Fidel Castro, Ambassador
Estrada reminded the newspaper that "when we
Cubans say we fight, we fight, we fight seriously."
Having now breached all diplomatic privi-
lege, the Gleaner called on Mr Manley to declare
Ambassador Estrada persona non grata in
Jamaica.
Instead Prime Minister Manley went on gov-
ernment television to tell Jamaicans that the
iand taken by the JLP and The Gleaner was
"making Jamaica a disgrace before the intema--
t onal community."
Cuban ambassador Estrada, he pleaded, had
done no wrong.
Alarmed at their prime minister's reaction
to the Cuban ambassador's violation of protocol
governing the conduct of diplomatic represen-
tatives in a host country, the Jamaica Chamber of
Commerce, the Jamaica Manufacturers Associ-
ation and the Private Section Organisation of
Jamaica urged Mr Manley to "take the strongest
possible action in the Estrada affair." They want-
ed the Cuban ambassador out of the country.
Mr Manley was reminded that when he first
came to office he took offence at a remark made
by the then US ambassador, and had declared
him persona non grata. The ambassador was
immediately recalled by Washington and
replaced by a new appointment. Jamaicans want-
Sed no less for Estrada.
Mr Manley called for a meeting with Mr Sea-
ga to de-escalate tensions in the country. Mean-
while, Governor General Florizel Glasspole in a
speech at a social at the American ambassador's
residence, saw no reason why Jamaica could not
have a tie with the US "with which Jamaica has
had a long and friendly association."
He reminded Jamaicans that, despite what
was then happening in the country, Jamaica was
even then surviving on the help and assistance of


US agencies.
By now Jamaicans were fed up with Mr Man-
ley, his Cuban advisers and Ambassador Estra-
da. Several months later the Jamaican people
went to the polls and made them all persona
non grata. Mr Manley was out.
Not only had Jamaica's economy collapsed,
but tensions were high over the heavy involve-
ment of Cubans and radicals in the Manley gov-
ernment.
After eight years in the wilderness, Mr Man-
ley was back in June, 1988 to fight another elec-
tion. The new Manley, now in a pin-striped suit
having abandoned the informal Cuban shirt-
jacket, promised that if elected he would coop-
erate with the private sector and the United
States, and cut close ties with Cuba and his eco-
nomic experiment of the past.
Mr Manley, calling himself more mature and
wiser after years of analyzing his government's
failing, met with Vice President George Bush, Sr,
in the Regain administration, and international
business leaders. He told them that what had
happened in Cuba should never have happened.
"We're quite clear we would have diplomatic
relations with Cuba as part of the Third World,
part of the Hemisphere, part of the region, etc.
But we do not ever intend again to allow the
relationship with Cuba to become internally divi-
sive or a source of trouble with Washington."
At last Manley had learned that Washington
was more valuable to him than Cuba. He
acknowledged that Cuba had nothing to offer
Jamaica. "Their model of economic develop-
ment is a Marxist-Leninist model, and we are
firmly rooted in parliamentary democracy,
human rights, rule of law and the private sector,"
he said.
He admitted he had made a mistake that was
"obviously provocative of suspicion in Jamaica
and Washington" by allowing hundreds of Cuban
workers in Jamaica while sending a large number
of Jamaicans to Cuba for "training in construc-
tion techniques."
Does any of this sound familiar to any of our
readers?
Today in the Bahamas we have all the ingre-
dients of a Cuban problem in the making,
although on a smaller scale. Cuban workers, in
the form of doctors and teachers, are-here. Our
students are in Cuba, and our sick in Cuban hos-
pitals. But the most worrying of all to'many
Bahadans is the left turn that government has
taken in the country's foreign affairs.
Bahamians must be vigilant if history is not to
repeat itself.
They should not only watch what is happening
internally, but watch every move made in foreign
affairs.


Poor team


spirit in


the


Bahamas


EDITOR, The Tribune.
WHAT follows was inspired
by Bahamian teams competing
recently in the 11th Caribbean
Volley Ball Games in Kendal
Isaac's Gym. What I know of
the team which is Bahamian life,
which is our Bahamian nation,
left me embarrassed watching
our team of men and our team
of women players, struggling to
win but instead not doing very
well, losing to nearly every
country they went up against.
I did not find either team very
impressive. Though performing
at home, they did not seem very
confident. Knowing the country
I live in, knowing how it func-
tions daily, being a functioning
part of it myself, though embar-
rassed, disappointed, I was not
surprised.
Their performing here at
home provided this writer
vision. I was able to look at one
or the other of our teams upon
the court on television, on TV
13, performing and shifting my
eyes ever so slightly, have a view
of the wider Bahamian commu-
nity which I am constantly
observing..
The team upon the court was
our community of 300,000 in
miniature. The larger team, the
real team, the team which is
without end playing, is Bahami-
an life. It is at once practice and
reality and forever ongoing. The
game which is national life is
not played for points. It is
played for survival, a life and
death matter. At once at stake is
the survival of a nation as well
as each individual citizen. All
for one, one for all, all in one,
one in all, which is as it should
be.
This ideal though, in the daily
equation of Bahamian life,
seemg-o be an idea realized not
even Iby those in leadership in
our:,tuntry. iThat it is foreign
to the population generally is
therefore not surprising.
My' observation and my dis-
appointment is that Bahamian
life, from day to day, though it
should be, is not as a team's
works. What we have are indi-
viduals grabbing whatever, any-
way they can: cliques, factions,
races, classes, denominations
competing, undoing, undermin-
ing in every, in any way possible.
Who, I am constantly left to
wonder, is looking out for the
one group, for the one team to
which we all belong? I find it a
wonder that it somehow holds
together find it a wonder that
it does not rip apart, rip into
ever-so-many pieces, no piece
large enough for anyone to float
upon.
In spite of how horribly we
get along, in spite of our


extremely poor team spirit, our
extremely poor team ethics, we
dare put a sample, a drop as it
were, of this Bahamian team
upon a court to compete and
expect it do wonders, expect
them to win.
To me it seemed to be asking
much, quite a bit too much. It
seems artificial, false, to assem-
ble these teams. It seems like
an attempt to lie about who we
are and about how we are, to
expect a team to represent or
rather to misrepresent us as a
country.
For them to work together
like clock work would be a mis-
representation, a lie and a mys-
tery as well, when the country
they are a piece of, a bit of, func-
tions like a clock that's broken,
out-a-date and out-a-time. I
want the truth not some forced,
false image. I want the nation
fixed, the nation functioning, the
nation without end, practising
to be the best team possible. It is
this which such games are
intended to reflect and to mea-
sure ideally.
Of what use and what truth
is a gold medal team if the
nation it represents is not worth
a rusty nickel. Sports results can
in this way be misleading, mis-
guiding but when our accom-
plishments in sports reflect tru-
ly, the national dynamic, as I
think it did in these recent
games, we see clearly what we
need to work on, what moves
we need to practise, how inte-
grated must be the efforts of the
team of 300,000 if we are to tri-
umph, if we are to gain every
possible advantage with every
move, every thought, every
action sealing ourselves
against infiltration of any harm-
ful, foreign substance or agent.
Keeping to an absolute mini-
mum, the production of toxins
within the body politic is anoth-
er imperative. The team cannot
work against itself and expect
to win. It couldn't work against
itself and even expect to sur-
vive.
Let me leave you with one
disturbing example of how the
team which is our nation works
to undermine, to undo itself
while at the same time suggest-
ing that it loves itself and desires
to survive, succeed and to excel.
Let us examine what a politi-
cian does on the one hand and
what a government pretends to
be doing on the other hand.
Both of these, note, are hands of


the same body or body politic.
It was revealed recently on
Steve McKinney's Immediate
Response, according to the Dil-
lon Report, produced by con-
sultants from Canada, that suc-
cessive governments have issued
790 public bus franchises. Two
hundred, eighty of these alone
are in operation, 35.48 per cent
of the number issued and these
produce chaos. Were all 790 to
attempt to operate, the report
points out, the system would
collapse which seems too obvi-
ous to require stating.
These 790 plates have been
granted over time by successive
governments. What this situa-
tion indicates too clearly to be
overlooked, tpo clearly to avoid
using to pinpoint, not necessar-
ily a weakness of our democrat-
ic system but rather the
exploitation of our democracy.
In office, the elected official
must assume the posture of a
statesman. Tb attempt to guar-
antee his return to office though,
we see or rather, we do not see
what he hands out or receives
beneath the table.
In office, we see the politi-
cian, after having undermined
extremely, the health of the
body politic, the health of the
nation, crippling it even to get
himself re-elected. We observe
him in office, in parliament,
attempting to exemplify total
commitment to fixing, to pre-
serving the nation in his hand.
The nation in his hand is the
volley ball in his hand and it is
his turn to serve for the good of
all.
Though I direct focus to gov-
ernment, my aim is not the
game of blame the politician.
Responsible for this writer's
brok~en,heart and disenchant-
ment, is the entire Bahamian
population, the way we serve
and assist each other, the delib-
erate inefficiency, the lack of
law enforcement, how undisci-
plined we are as a.people, our
wanting to outdo, to do in rather
than to do for one another. This
is not team work. This is not
how a team wins.
Instead of on the national
team, too many assume they're
on the FNM team, the PLP
team, the Methodist team, the
Baptist team, the Valley Boys
team, the Saxons team, the
black team, the white team, the
rich team, the poor team, when
we are ultimately on the human
race team, the team of one
species, one planet, one cre-
ation, our captain, one God.
OBEDIAH MICHAEL
SMITH
Nassau,
August 31, 2006.


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@In brief

S&P credit
agency keeps
credit watch
on firm
* PUERTO RICO
CORPORATE credit rat-
ings agency Standard &
Poor's said it will maintain its
ratings on Doral Financial
Corp., despite the company's
agreement to pay a US$25
million to settle a Securities
and Exchange Commission
investigation, according to
Associated Press.
The Puerto Rico-based
financial services company
agreed to pay the civil penal-
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Exchange Commission probe
into the company's restate-
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for the years 2000 to 2004.
Under terms of the settle-
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on CreditWatch due to con-
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new business model, given all
the headwinds it faces."
The agency said it will
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position after the company
releases its financial restate-
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Shares of Doral shot up 40
cents, or 6.6 percent, to
US$6.43 in Wednesday trad-
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Exchange.

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territory
signs to build
sewer plant
* BRITISH VIRGIN
ISLANDS
THE British Virgin Islands
has signed a multimillion dol-
lar contract to build a waste-
water treatment plant in Tor-
tola, officials said Wednes-
day, according to Associated
Press.
'Tortola-based' Global
Water Associates, which
signed the US$2.68 million
contract on Tuesday, vill
begin construction in Novem-
ber, said Joe Daily, a govern-
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The. plant will be able to
treat 250,000 gallons of waste-
water per day. It will be the
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The Urban Renewal programme was heralded as

the personal mission of Prime Minister Perry

Christie. Four years on, how successful has the

project been in reducing crime in communities?


Urban renewal: good



for the Bahamas?


* By ALISON LOWE
TOUTED as the brainchild
of Prime Minister Christie him-
self, the urban, renewal pro-
gramme has been touted as a
major factor in the decision to
have the Bahamas host its first-
ever international crime sum-
mit this year, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The government has said that
a major focus of the programme
is crime and lowering it.
Though the initiative has
been a talking point for sup-
porters and detractors of the
government alike since its
inception, it is now shaping up
to take on a whole new level of
significance in the run up to the
election as a "litmus test" by
which to judge the governmen-
t's credibility.
The government will be look-
ing to play up and play off of
the programme's successes,
while the opposition has long
been claiming that it is at best
ineffective and at worst counter-
effective.
But has the urban renewal
programme helped to reduce
crime?
From the opposition's point
of view, the answer is a
resounding "no".
At the end of August, the
FNM said it was deeply con-
cerned about a rise in violence,
which it believed signified a
"loss of hope" among Bahami-
ans.
The "highly flaunted but inef-
fectual" programme was hav-
ing "little impact" in most
neighborhoods and frustra-
tions were increasingly being
seen taken out "on family,
friends and neighbours with
increasingly tragic effect," said
the party.
Meanwhile, the government
claims the programme has the
capacity to address social ills
ranging from the isolation felt
by some senior citizens, to bad
homework marks, to murder.
Residents in some areas have
praised the government pro-
gramme for the creation of facil-
ities and associations, summer
schools and "empowerment
lessons".
When it comes to crime fig-
ures however, Urban Renewal
cannot be said to live up to its
promises.
In June 2005, Assistant
Superintendent Stephen Dean,
the officer in charge of Urban.
Renewal, described the pro-
gramme as "one of the most
ambitious strategies ever
launched in the country to deal,
with crime, social ills and the
decaying problems in our com-
munity."
However, officials must be
disturbed by the fact that at the
International Crime Summit.
held at the end of.August,
police announced that murder
was up a third so far this year -
the fourth year that the pro-
gramme has been underway in
some areas.
The picture becomes even
bleaker when viewed in light of


the 2005 crime rates, to which
this comparison was being
made.
Already in that year, murder
had shot up by 15 per cent,
armed robbery by 16 per cent
and attempted armed robbery
by a shocking 32 per cent.
On the other hand, in 2004,
rates of serious crime had fallen
by 9 per cent, and in 2003 the
Bahamas' murder rate was
declared "the lowest it has been
since 1999".
However, the subsequent
increase of the rates at a time
when the more mature pro-
gramme should have been
"ironing out creases" lends cre-
dence to detractors' arguments.
While ASP Dean's praise for
the programme did come at a
time when he said crime in the
Farm Road area where a
marching band made up of local
youths has been one of the most
visible outcomes of the initia-
tive was on the decline, over-
all figures make the issue less
clear cut.
Speaking in June 2005, Dean
said that there were "positive
indicators in terms of crime" in
the Farm Road area.
S"Initially when we came in
this area we had a lot of juvenile
problems; juveniles going
before the courts but we've
found that over the past years
we rarely heard of a young per-
son from Farm Road before the
courts for deviant or anti-social
behaviour," he said.
"We were averaging at least
10 murders a year from this
area when we initially came,
now you could get barely one,"
he added.
In a year where murder rates
increased by 15 per cent, this
either means that the ASP was
wrong in his assessment, or that
Farm Road was in the minority.

Benefits

It is clear that some people
have benefited a great deal
from the programme. See, for
example, the much-publicised
marching band formed in the
Farm Road area of children,
many of whom are reported to
have not so much as played an
instrument previously or the
elderly people who have the
chance to meet and socialise
through the senior person's
association in the Kemp Road
programme.
Yet, if crime is one of the pri-
mary focuses of the initiative,
the programme cannot be
viewed as an absolute success.
In January of this year,
Clever Duncombe, founder of
Bahamian Father for Children
Everywhere (BFFCE) said the
programme had failed because
it is "used as a mere clean-up
campaign instead of addressing
the real social ills plaguing the
country".
Children who march in Farm
Road's band, and the 74- year-
old lady who reportedly
received a new wheel chair for
her birthday thanks to the pro-


gramme would have good rea-
son to disagree with this nay-
saying as did Minister Shane
Gibson.
He responded that Mr Dun-
combe had "absolutely no idea"
about what was going on. How-
ever, it does appear that the
effort to address social ills has
not been entirely effective.
Social workers have noted
that engaging young people in
collective activities and helping
them with their homework does
help in the fight against-crime -
as it allows them to feel they
are part and parcel of their com-
munities.
This can help them gain self-
worth and develop in such a
way that.they are less likely; as
a generation, to become frus-
trated and involved in crime.
But what of the 16 to 24-
year-old young men of today
- the demographic statistically
most likely to be the perpetra-
tors and victims of crime, who
are already frustrated and iso-
lated?
The serious crime rates since


* The Farm Road Marching Band is seen as one of the successes
of the urban renewal programme


the programmes implementa-
tion appear to show that these
men have not been engaged by
the programme's efforts.
This has been borne out by
several murders that police have
classed "revenge killings" over
the past four years some of
which happened in the very
areas where Urban Renewal
offices had been set up.
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham has complained that prob-
lems have been caused by the
removal of police from the
streets as part of the pro-
gramme.


'In some areas, police have
been sent to work in schools.
While crime statistics from
past years would appear to
speak for themselves, argu-
ments surrounding the initia-
tive's merits and failures on a
broader basis can only begin to
get louder as the election
approaches.
The Tribune contacted Chief
Superintendent Marvin Dames
yesterday to request the seri-
ous crime figures for 2006, how-
ever up to press time, Mr
Dames was unable to provide
this information.


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FOUR of St Andrew's Year
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25.
The students, who will be
travelling with the head of the
upper school Mr Frank Coyle,
have been invited to attend the
United Nations session.
They will hear Minister of
Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell,
who is due to speak on Tues-
day, September 26.
The invitation was a result of
their winning "The Model Unit-
ed Nations Debate" on March
27, 2006.


The students represented the
United Arab Emirates and won
the first prize for their persua-
sive and articulate discussion
on globalisation, democracy,
freedom and equality from the
perspective of their chosen
country.
"They are, indeed, com-
mended on their well-
researched and well-argued
debate. We are extremely
proud of our students and we
extend our congratulations to
all of them and wish them a pro-
ductive and rewarding session
in New York," a spokesman for
the school said.


New Providence


school is 'vastly


overcrowded'


* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
MASSIVE overcrowding at
a junior high school in New
Providence has left teachers
frustrated and students without
desks to sit at.
S C McPherson has gone far
beyond its student capacity, one
teacher told The Tribune yes-
terday.
"The school is overrun with
students," he said.
The teacher, who wished to
remain anonymous, said the
situation is so bad at his school
that teachers are constantly
complaining and some are
even afraid that a staircase
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weight placed on it on a daily
basis.
Besides the issue of over-
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than usual which is taking
away from time allocated for
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Teachers are supposed to
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In brief

EU proposes
overhaul of
I aid to the
Caribbean
BELGIUM
Brussels
THE European Commission.
proposed an overhaul of the
EU's subsidy program for its
banana producers on Wednes-
day, ending the practice of com-
pensating farmers for price
* changes and instead giving aid
directly to the regions where
the fruit is produced, according
to Associated Press.
"The current aid scheme for
EU banana producers is a relic
from the past and has to
change," said Mariann Fischer
Boel, the EU agriculture com-
missioner. "Producers are arti-
ficially isolated from the mar-
ket."
Homegrown bananas account
for only 16 percent of the EU's
total supply, but the production
is important to the rural
economies of Spain's Canary
Islands, France's Caribbean out-
posts of Martinique and Guade-
loupe and Portugal's Madeira
-and Azores islands.
Under the reform plan the
SEU would scrap the price com-
pensation system and instead
set aside a fixed amount of
US$355 million through a pro-
gram to support farmers in the
EU's most remote regions.
Fischer Boel wants the new
rules to come into force from
next year, following approval
by EU governments.
The EU is the world's biggest
banana market. Over two-thirds
Sof the 4.6 million tons of
bananas that Europeans eat
every year come from Latin
-America, with a further 17 per-
cent from Africa and Caribbean
nations.

Ten survive
after plane
belly lands
at airport
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Charlotte Amalie
NINE Americans walked
away unharmed from a charter
plane that landed on its belly
Without landing gear at an air-
Sport in the British Virgin
SIslands, officials said Wednes-
day, according toAssociated
Press.
The twin-propeller Cessna
400 plane made a controlled
crash landing at the Terrance
B. Lettsome International Air-
S port in Beef Island early Tues-
day evening after its landing
gear failed to deploy, said police
spokeswoman Tamara
Archibald-Gill.
The tenth person on the
plane, pilot Timothy Hackshaw
A of the British Virgin Islands,
Swas also unharmed. The landing
Damaged the plane's nose,
wings, propeller and belly.
SThe plane, operated by Fly
BVI, took off from the Puerto
: Rican capital of San Juan and
was bound for Virgin Gorda
i when pilot Timothy Hackshaw
noticed that the landing gear
would not go down.
Air traffic controllers on Beef
Island diverted the flight to the
airport near Tortola, Archibald-
Gill said.
Air Safety Support Interna-
tional, a nonprofit subsidiary of
the UK Civil Aviation Author-
ity, was investigating.


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coastal clean-up


BAHAMIANS turned out
in record numbers for the
Ocean Conservancy's 21st-
annual International Coastal
Cleanup Day.
Hundreds of volunteers in
Nassau, Abaco, Andros, and
Grand Bahama participated
in the event.
The ICC is the world's
largest one-day volunteer event
aimed at stemming pollution
of the marine environment.
"We are so pleased with this
year's tremendous participa-
tion in Nassau and through-
out the Family Islands," said
Janeen Bullard, education co-
ordinator for Dolphin
Encounters on Blue Lagoon
Island and national co-ordi-
nator of International Coastal
Cleanup Day in the Bahamas.
In Nassau, hundreds of stu-
dent members of the Governor
General's Youth Award chap-
ters from St Anne's, Queen's
College; St Augustine's College,
the College of the Bahamas,
Government High School, St
John's College, Aquinas, Prince
William and C V Bethel took
part.
Also involved were young
members of the Indaba Pro-
ject of the Grants Town Com-
munity Project, Dolphin
Encounters, members of the
Rotary Nassau Sunrise Club,
BREEF, the Bahamas Nation-
al Trust, Caribbean Bottling
Company Bahamas, and many
other public volunteers.
The volunteers teamed-up
at JAWS Beach near Clifton
Pier to clear the coast of trash.
The Beach Buddies pro-
gramme, a year-round marine
conservation field trip offered
by Dolphin Encounters-Pro-
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inspired by the ICC and
designed with the guidelines
from the Ocean Conservancy.
After hours cleaning up the
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refuse by type and wrote
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detailed data cards. These


* MAKING a note of the different types of trash found


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tothe Ocean Conservancy to
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common types of litter and try
to prevent these items from
ending up on Bahamian
beaches in the future.
In Abaco, Friends of the
Environment and the Abaco
office of the Ministry of
Tourism, which are the ICC
co-ordinating organizations for
the island, have been holding
clean-up events throughout
September.
Anita Knowles of the
Friends of the Environment
said: "We have cleaned up
beaches from Sandy Point to
Cooper's Town. Little settle-
ments all over Abaco.have had
their own beach clean-ups,
including the outer cays, and
this year we held our first
underwater clean up," she said.
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tional Coastal Cleanup Day
was also a resounding success
in Andros.
Hundreds of volunteers also
turned out in Grand Bahama
to clean beaches from the
western to the eastern side of
the island.
To learn more about Inter-
national Coastal Cleanup Day
visit www.oceanconservan-
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SAL


Haitians 'should be portrayed better'


THE media should portray
Haitian residents in a more bal-
anced and objective light, a new
report conducted by the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and the
International Organisation for
Migration said.
The report said the press
should try to highlight the many
contributions Haitians make to
Bahamian society, polity and
economy.
The report accused the
Bahamian media of portraying
the immigrant population in a
way that heightens the public's
perception of Haitians as a
threat.
It said that most of the opin-,
ions given coverage over the


past several years were nega-
tive and focused on problems
created by Haitian nationals.
"Rare were any feature arti-
cles exploring the issues with
any depth or any significant
degree of depth and reflection.
Rare also were any reports on
individual Haitian nationals' sit-
uations such as might give them
a human face.
"The opinion columns, edi-
torials and letters to the editor
were critical of the governmen-
t's handling of the migrant situ-
ation. There were repeated
accusations that the government
did not have a plan but was
reacting to events as they
occurred," the report read.


It recommended that the
media try to portray the migra-
tion issue less as a local or
regional problem and rather in
a more global context.
The report said that while
there was good coverage of bilat-
eral Haiti-Bahamas talks and the
political and economic situation
in Haiti, there were few feature
articles about the resident Hait-
ian community or articles that
could promote positive Haitian-


Bahamian relations.
"Debate on the migrant situ-
ation in the media sometimes
follows a trigger-event such as a
natural disaster (fire, hurricane,
flooding). The media portrays
the migrant population in a way
that heightens the public's per-
ceived threat by the migrants."
The report also claimed that
Haitian nationals resident in the
Bahamas do not have a voice
in the media.


Haitian immigrants using 'substantial public services'


FROM page one
hold incomes, typically close to
the poverty line, Haitian nation-
als have no choice but to use the
subsidized government services,"
the report said.
"The use of these services,
notably health and education,
results in Haitian nationals being
seen concentrated in selected
areas such as in the one major
public hospital and their local
public health clinics."'
The report said that, although
this can give the impression that
"Haitians are taking over", in
fact they use few other social ser-
vices outside education and
healthcare.
The report further noted that,
while many Haitians in the


Bahamas live peacefully, sending
back limited amounts of money
to family members in Haiti, "oth-
er members of the Haitian com-
munity are allegedly abused by
the authorities, through extor-
tion and physical ill-treatment."
EDUCATION
A recent student nationality
report gives an overview of stu-
dent numbers by nationality in
early.2005, which referred to
about 75 per cent of the total
school enrolment. That study
indicated that 8.83 per cent of
the entire student population
were Haitian nationals.
In the government school
system, 10.7 per cent of students
were Haitians. Except for Abaco


and New Providence, the enrol-
ment of Haitian children by
island indicates a proportion in
keeping with the relative size of
the Haitian communities.
HEALTHCARE
Figures suggest that Haitian
nationals probably use Princess
Margaret Hospital as much as
would be expected due to the
overall size of the national popu-
lation. During 1996-2003, the most
common reason for Haitians to
be discharged was after normal
deliveries (between 23.1 per cent
and 26.6 per cent) or due to com-
municable diseases (between 13.7
per cent and 18.9 per cent.
It should be noted, the report
said, that between 2001 and
2003, the number of new HIV
infections in the Haitian com-
munity fell from 143 to 123 to
111, and in 2003 represented 18
per cent of all HIV infections.
It is clear that the Haitian com-
munity relies almost entirely on
public health services for its health-
care. The higher than expected
percentage of Haitians using hos-
pitals can be attributed to their
maternity needs. The higher than
expected percentage of Haitians
seen in the public clinics results
from the fact that they, unlike oth-
er nationalities, are unable to
afford private health care.
Despite the illegal status of
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Should Haitians fail to obtain
treatment they require, for what-
ever reason, they could pose a
public health threat to their own
communities and the wider public.
The study also found that the
work permit system seemed to
fail to regulate the use of foreign
labour and may even promote
poverty in the Haitian commu-
nity. Haitian nationals appear to
provide a pool of cheap,
unskilled/semi-skilled labour.
Employers use migrant labour
without respect for the legality of
the employment, so enforcement
should also focus on employers
and employees, said the report.
RECOMMENDATIONS
The report said vigilance at
the major ports of entry should
reduce the use of The Bahamas
as a stopover for Haitians en
route to North America.
It is clearm it added, that until
all levels of enforcement are
improved and a system set up
which will allow only those with
valid work permits to enter the
country, The Bahamas will con-
tinue to be a prime place in which
Haitians will seek work. And
society, although utilising their
cheap labour, will continue to
complain about their presence.
The reports said a migration
unit should be set up to compile
up-to-date information on all
migrant communities in the
country. This unit should pro-
vide an annual report to Cabi-
net oimaigrant groups.'
: G.oxernment departments
should index their data by nation-
ality to form a complete picture
of the participation of national


groups in government services.
Migrants must demonstrate a
set proficiency in English before
being allowed to live in the coun-
try. English, taught as a foreign
language, should be made avail-
able.
Efforts must be made to inte-
grate the Haitian community
into the mainstream of Bahami-
an society and there should be
no decrease in returns of illegal
migrants if government wishes
to stabilize, the size of the Hait-
ian community.
The report said special atten-
tion must be paid to migrants
arriving by airplane and other
ports within New Providence
and enforcement agencies need
to fully enforce the rules on
migration and work permits.
Government should review
its work permit policy and pro-
cedures and enforcement agen-
cies need to work with their
Haitian counterparts to prevent
- the illegal departure of passen-
gers from Haiti to The Bahamas.
It said enforcement agencies
Should investigate claims of cor-
ruption within their ranks and
The Bahamas should seek to fur-
ther expand maritime surveillance
with that of Turks and Caicos and
the United States of America.
Immigration must be regu-
larised between Haiti and The
Bahamas so that the demand for'
labour within The Bahamas can
be met. The government should
open an office in Haiti to facili-
tate this. Government officials-
must counter unsubstantiated
press reports with evidence-
based corrections to reduce eth-
nic tensions in society, the report
added.


COB report criticises media for

coverage of immigrant population


f *

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There is distrust of
Bahamian authorities by the
Haitian community
Press reports are often
incorrect and fuel ethnic ten-
sions within society
Due to a lack of informa-
tion on the Haitian communi-
ty perceptions have replaced
evidence-based rational debate
Many government agen-
cies do not compile data
indexed by nationality
Haitian nationals work
illegally in the construction
industry
It is difficult to distinguish
between the resident Haitian
community and flow-through
Haitian migrants
Official data supports the
hypotheses that in some com-
munities Haitian nationals use
substantial government edu-
cational resources
Official data supports the
hypothesis that Haitian nation-
als use public hospitals dis-
proportionately to the size of
their population
Official data do not sup-
port the hypothesis that Hait-
ian nationals use health clin-
ics out of proportion to the size
of its population
New Providence is the hub
for Haitian nationals entering
the country
Many of the Haitian com-
munity have children who are
not in the country
Many Haitian nationals do
not wish to settle in the
Bahamas, which suggests that
circular migration continues
Respondents claimed that
they were abused either by
persons on the street, or by the
authorities
Haitian nationals arrive
illegally in the Bahamas, and
then regularise their stay
The work permit system
seems to fail to regulate the
use of foreign labour and may
even,promote poverty in the
Haitian community
Haitian nationals appear
to provide a pool of cheap,
unskilled/semi-skilled labour
Employers use immigrant
labour without respect for the
legality of the employment, so
enforcement should also focus
of employers and employees
Haitian nationals have lim-
ited education and language
skills and this constrains their
employment opportunities
Haitian nationals live in
homes which may be at risk in
hurricanes
While Haitian nationals
utilise the public health and
education systems, they make
little use of other social ser-
vices


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THE TRIBUNE


Healthcare systems 'below standard'


Both healthcare systems in
the Bahamas operate below
acceptable standards according
to Minister of Health Dr
Bernard Nottage.
Addressing the Health Sys-
tems Strengthening Summit, Dr
Nottage laid out his "vision" for
a more effective system to
healthcare providers on
Wednesday.
"We have to change the cul-
ture within our health institu-
tions," he said. "Substandard
performance, inordinate waste
and low productivity will have
no place in the new health sys-
tem."
Dr Nottage called on
providers to help shape the
future of health care delivery
as the government moves
towards implementation of its
proposed national health insur-
ance (NHI) plan.
Among those present were
senior representatives from the
public and private health care
providers, Pan American
Health Organisation, and the
World Health Organisation.
The 'NHI team, led by Dr
Perry Gomez and project man-


New culture needed in health


institutions, says Minister


ager Stanley Lalta has been
holding consultative meetings
with stakeholder groups, Dr
Nottage explained.
One of the objectives of the
summit, he said, was to discuss
and receive feedback from
stakeholders about the implica-
tions of the proposals the NHI
Blue Ribbon Commission sug-
gested.
He called for a change in the
"culture within health institu-
tions" public and private.
"What is it that we need to
do to dispel the perception, real
or imagined, that the healthcare
provided in the private sector
is better than that provided in
the public sector?" he asked.
"It's really peculiar in the
Bahamas because the same doc-
tors, to a very large measure,
who treat you in the public sec-


tor, treat you in the private sec-
tor.
"Those of us who work in
both sectors at the same time
know what I am talking about.
Because you see them in the
public sector tired, grouchy,
rowdy. You see them in the pri-
vate sector legs crossed, smil-
ing. Same person.
"We don't need two health
care systems in this small coun-
try. We need one. And don't
take that to mean that I am
against the private sector," he
said.
The private sector has been
"completely integrated" into the
proposed NHI plan, Dr Not-
tage said. "There is no discrim-
ination."
"People will have the chance
to choose where they want to
get their care, whether they


want it in the.public sector or
the private sector. It doesn't
much matter to us.
"All we want is for it to be
accessible, for it to be afford-
able, and for it to be universal,"
said Dr Nottage.
The minister said he is seek-
ing "that elusive coalition that
we haven't been able to capture
over these many years. I believe
it is within our grasp. And it will
not be to the detriment of any
individual or any sector."
The "one profound piece of
advice" given by some of the
government's consultants, he
said, "is that the plan as has
been devised by us including
the cost and the financing
implications, can work. The
single greatest need is for effec-
tive and efficient manage-
ment."


National Health Insurance will be bad

for Bahamas' finances, says think tank


THE proposed National Health Insur-
ance plan will put the country in a pre-
carious financial situation, it was claimed
yesterday.
The Nassau Institute, a local think tank,
said that the Blue Ribbon Commission
(BRC) Healthcare plan is not a legacy
that Prime Minister Perry Christie would
be proud of in the long run.
"It doesn't take rocket science to con-
clude the government's plan, based on
the observable facts of how it 'manages'
existing programmes will put the country
in financial risk," the group said. "Should
either of the two principle sources,
tourism and financial services suffer
downturn, the legacy of the BRC Plan
will be bankruptcy."
According to a statement issued by the
group, the BRC plan is too similar to the
Canadian health system and will have
similar outcomes.
"How good is Canadian. healthcare?
Perhaps.it is a good as it oan be as a gov-
ernment financed monrpoly:.But long


waiting lists and shortages of physicians
are the symptoms of a tragically flawed
system," it said. "Prior to 1962 in Canada
healthcare was not rationed as it is today.
The sick were not turned away from hos-
pitals and clinics if they could not pay."
The statement explained that it is a dif-
ferent story today:
"The Frontiers of Freedom Institute in
2002 printed an article titled 'Access
Denied: Canada's Healthcare System
Turns Patients Into Victims'. They refer
to instances where patients die on the
waiting list because they become too sick
to tolerate a procedure. Their research
describes shortages of doctors and short-
ages of equipment," it said.
The statement also pointed to an article
printed last year in the New England
Journal of Medicine on the exodus of
Canadian physicians to the US, titled:
"The Metrics of the Physician Brain
Drain."
It added that research by the Atlantic
Institute for Market Studies notes that a.,


functioning market and some degree of
privatization is required for an adequate
supply of healthcare.
"The above are only a sampling of hun-
dreds of reports by investigators into the
Canadian system. There are differences
between the BRC Plan and the Canadian
system, but the core principle is the same.
Both are government managed and con-
trolled," the Nassau Institute said.
It also noted that Canada is among the
highest cost developed countries for
healthcare and Canadians also are among
the highest taxed citizens..
"CBS news in March 2005 in an article
'Canadian Health Care in Crisis' writes
that Ontario spends roughly 40 per cent of
every tax dollar on healthcare. By 2035 it
is slated to be 85 per cent," the statement
said.
"Perhaps a country so rich in resources
and a diversified economy can pay the
price, however little Bahamas has but two
main sources for income, tourism and
financial services," it warned.
i hbi


* MINISTER of Health and National Insurance, Dr Bernard
Nottage (right) speaks at Wednesday's Health System
Strengthening Summit. Also pictured are acting chief medical
officer Dr Baldwin Carey (left) and Rev Timothy Stewart.
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MONDAY


* HEALTH


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting times and places:
New Providence Community Centre: Mondays -
6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first Monday of each
month at 6:30pm at New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is
provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is available.
For more info call 702.4646 or 327.2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday every month, 6pm @
Doctors Hospital conference room.
* RELIGIOUS

New Yom Kippur The Nassau Jewish Congregation will hold Yom Kippur
services on Monday, October 2/10 Tishrei, beginning at 10am. A children's ser-
vice will be held at 4pm, Avodah & Yizkor will be held at 5pm, Ne'ilah & Blow-
ing of Shofar will be held at 6pm and Break-the-fast meal will be held at 7:30pm.
Services will be led by Chazzan Gonzalo Vega, of N'nei Israel, Costa Rica, who
will be in the Bahamas from September 21 to October 5. All services will be
held at the New Providence Community Centre, on the covers of John F
Kennedy and Blake Road.
CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Monday's at 7pm *
Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach Club
3596 meets
at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at
7pm.

The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every third Monday of
the month in the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

M-***KI TUESDAY

8 PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS & RESTAURANTS

10.10.2.20. @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue,
have been dubbed 10.10.2.20. Every tenth female patron is allowed into the club
absolutely free and is given a complimentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tuesday nights
also include the Carlo Rossi's Hot Body Competition. Hosted by Daddi Renzi and
music provided by DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Master Chef Devito Bodie provides
scrumptious appetizers.
*HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting times and places:
The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to 7pm/8:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5:30pm on the second Tuesday of
each month at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323.4482 for
more info.

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

The Kiwanis Club of New Providence meets every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Holy
Cross Community Centre, Highbury Park.
The Luncheon Pilot Club of Nassau meets every third Tuesday at SuperClubs
Breezes, Cable Beach at 12:30pm. We invite all community minded persons to
attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's
Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road Club Cousteau 7343 meets Tues-
days at 7:30pm in the Chickchamey Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros Club
7178 meets each Tuesday at 6pm at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas; 3rd Ter-
race, Centreville.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets every second Tuesday,
6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic
House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 6:30pm at the British Colo-
nial Hilton. Please call 502.4842/377.4589 for more info.

WEDNESDAY

PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm.
Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.

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

FREE Health and Wellness Lectures are held the first Wednesday of every month
at 6:30pm at New Providence Community Center Blake Road. For more informa-
tion call 327.1660 or 327.2878. FREE Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol
Screening.

CIVIC CLUBS

The Rotary Club of SouthEast Nassau meets every Wednesday from 1pm 2pm
at East Villa Restaurant, East Bay Street. Always an interesting speaker and
great fellowship. If you would like to attend our meetings please send an e-mail
to bruno.pletscher@gottardo.com or kathyvsmith@hotmail.com.

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporat-
ed meets 6:30pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas National Pride Building.


TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building,
East-West Highway. TM Club 2437 meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each
month at C C Sweeting Senior High School, Oakes Field.

International Training in Communication, Essence Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly
meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Doctor's Hospital Con-
ference
Room.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the second and fourth Wednes-
day of the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monestary.

THURSDAY '

* HEALTH
Free public health lectures featuring distinguished physicians are held at Doctors
Hospital every third Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Doctors Hospital Confer-
ence Room. Free screenings between 5pm & 6pm. For more information call 302-
4603.

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting times and places:
The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The
Kirk: Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau Gym-
Nastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval is required.
Call 364.8423 to register or for more info.
REACH- Resources & Education for Autism and related Challenges meets from
7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill
Road.

* CIVIC CLUBS

The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise has a breakfast meeting every Thursday morn-
ing at 7am at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. (Fellowship begins at 6:45am)
The Kiwanis Club of Over-the-Hill meets every Thursday at 8pm at the Holy
Cross Activity Centre, Soldier Road. Guests are welcome.
Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, second and third Thursday at the Min-
istry of Health & Environment building on Meeting Street commencing at 7:30pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets
the third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
The recently established National Insurance Baord Retiree Association (NIBRA),
meets every fourth Thursday in the month, in the National Insurance Board's
(NIB) training room, Wulf Road office complex, at 6pm. All retirees are welcome.

The Rotary Club of West Nassau holds its weekly meeting every Thursday at
Choices restaurant on the campus of the College of the Bahamas. Fellowship starts
at 12:30pm, with the meeting held from 1pm to 2pm.

FRIDAY ,'

PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Cafe Europa on Charlotte Street North, kicks off every Friday night with Happy
Hour... special drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and Nassau's first European
Night Restaurant Open Friday night till Saturday morning 5am, serving hot
food/and take out music, drinks and an English breakfast. Cafe Europa...the per-
fect place to spend your night out till the morning.
N HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting times and places:
The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to 7pm & 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
Sacred Heart Church Fridays @ 6pm to 7pm New Providence Community Centre:
Friday @ 7pm to 8pm.


* CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of each month, 7.30pm at
Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more info call 325.1947 after
4pm.
AMISTAD is a club which promotes the Spanish language and culture in the com-
munity. Residents of the Bahamas who speak Spanish or are learning Spanish are
invited to attend meetings on the third Friday of the month during the academic
year at 7pm in room 13 of COB's Tourism Training Centre.
* RELIGIOUS

New Shabbat Shuvah The Nassau Jewish Congregation will hold Shabbat
Shuvah Friday, September 29/7 Tishrei. The Kabbalat Shabbat will be held at
7pm at the New Providence Community Centre. The service will be led by
Chazzan Gonzalo Vega, of N'nei Israel, Costa Rica.

SATURDAY


ENTERTAINMENT
NEW 'An Evening of Straight and Smooth Jazz': Roscoe Dames and Ivory
Global Productions presents an evening of jazz, Saturday, September 23 at
Breezes SuperClubs. The Tino Richardson Quartet, featuring Tino Richard-
son on saxophone, and Lou Adams Jr paying tribute to the late Charlie Park-
er and Miles Davis. Headliner for the event will be Three Keys recording
artist pianist Marcus Johnson and his band from Washington DC. Mr John-
son is also the CEO of Three Keys Music, alumnus of Howard and George-
town Universities and business partners with Robert "Bob" Johnson
(founder of BET). Doors open at 7pm and showtime starts at 8pm.
HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting times and places:
The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings 10am to 11am.
Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third Saturday, 2:30pm (except August
and December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital- CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Saturday of
the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Training Repre-
sentative at 302.4732 for more information and learn to save a life today.

NEW The Healthcare Centre for Women presents 'Women's Wellness...A new
paradigm". Members of the public are invited to join Rosemary Christie, Rachel
Culmer, Italia Johnson, Carmen Major and Mildred H.all- Jauon dunng a one daj
seminar held Saturday, September 30 from 8-30am to 2:30pm in the Bayview Room
at SuperClubs Breezes..The luncheon speaker will be Reverend Angela Palacious.
The day promises to be an interactive and stimulating oiie day seminar which will
focus on women's well being. To register call 325.4812.

New Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau will be having its "Service Above Self Ball
S2006" on Saturday, September 23 @ Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort starting
at 7:30pm. The service will be held under the distinguished patronage of Prime
Minister Perry Christie, and the event promises to be a fun-filled and exciting one.
The Police Pop Band will be on hand for your listening and dancing pleasure. Tick-
ets can be obtained from president Bruno Pletscher at 502.2200 or by e-mail at
bruno.pletscher@gottardo.com or kathyvsmith@hotmail.com.

* RELIGIOUS

New Rosh Hashanah The Nassau Jewish Congregation will hold Rosh
Hashanah on Saturday, September 23/1 Tishrei. Three services will be held at
the New Providence Community Centre at 10am, 4pm (a Children's Service)
and 5pm (Tashlich). The service will be led by Chazzan Gonzalo Vega, of N'nei
Israel, Costa Rica.
* CIVIC CLUBS

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a cycling clinic
for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held every Saturday in an
effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents interested in registering their children
should contact organizers at jarcycling@gmail.com

NEW Women Helping Women 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast
Rain Forest Theatre Saturday, September 23 @ 8am.
For further information, contact 326-1929

HHHH2 t^. SUNDAY

0 PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street, features special entertainment -
Gemie, Tabitha and the Caribbean Express every Sunday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting times and places:
The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
RELIGIOUS

New Kever Avot The Nassau Jewish Congregation will hold Kever Avot on
Sunday, September 24/2 Tishrei. The service, which will be led by Chazzan Gon-
zalo Vega, of N'nei Israel, Costa Rica, will be held at the Jewish Cemetery on
Shirley Street at 5pm.

New Erev Yom Kippur The Nassau Jewish Congregation will hold Erev Yom
Kippur services on Sunday, October 1/9 Tishrei. The pre-fast meal will be held
at the Jewish Cemetery on Shirley Street at 5:30pm.



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* By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com,
www.weblogbahamas.com

EX attacks on the
young can, and often
do, have long-lasting psycho-
logical effects.
While I cannot condone
violent behaviour, I can relate
to the angry throngs of
Bahamians who may fall vic-
tim to human urges in their
search for answers and
expression of abhorrence at
such acts.
Earlier this month, the
Nassau Guardian reported
that,,at the opening of the first
annual International Crime
Summit, Attorney General
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
expressed concern at the star-
tling rate at which alleged
offenders, with price tags on
their freedom, patently disre-
spected the law.
Therefore, she announced
that the Commissioner of
Police and the Attorney Gen-
eral's Office were "working
collaboratively to find a way
to track those persons to
ensure that fewer crimes are
committed."
Tracking offenders would
be a noble gesture, as many
offenders commit crimes
repeatedly, contributing to the
high degree of recidivism fac-
ing our society/prison system.
Sex offenders, who should
not be on bail to begin with
but usually are, should
become an urgent priority. As
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sons remanded for murder
should not receive bail,
except in special circum-
stances.
However, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson should take a stride
further and support the cre-
ation of a programme to track
sexual predators.
BDM leader Cassius Stu-
art hit the nail on the head
when he recommended that
a sex offender registration act
that requires all convicted sex-
ual predators to be registered
before they are released from
prison be tabled before
the next parliamentary ses-
sion.
Just like the US, it is crucial
that a sex offender database
be established here. After all,
shouldn't we have the right
to discern if our neighbour is a
serial sex offender, particu-
larly for parents with young
children or women who may
simply ignore overt gestures
enunciating someone's inter-
est?
I support Mr Stuart's
notion that a comprehensive
Bahamian sex offender data-
base must include the offend-
er's name, all aliases used,
date of birth, sex, race, height,
weight, eye colour, driver's
licence number, home address
and/or expected place of
domicile, photograph and set
of fingerprints, and any inter-
net screen names. This infor-


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nation, I believe, is essential
for public access.
In instances where children
are sexually molested, offend-
ers should be subjected to
lashes from the cat-o-nine
tails. It is my belief that a por-
tion of their punishment
should include whips at the
beginning of their terms, mid-
way and at the end! I am sure
this would be an ever-present
deterrent in the minds of
repeat offenders and poten-
tial sexual predators.
Crime is eroding our soci-
ety, and as law-abiding
Bahamians,we mi"; all pro-
.pose innovative schemes to tackle the ever
changing face of crime.
Yesterday, it was brought
to my attention by Christo-
pher Lowe that successive
governments have repeatedly
refused private funding to
efficiently outfit the police
force. This position must be
reconsidered, as crime can
only be fought with well-
equipped personnel and with
the incorporation of commu-
nity stakeholders.
Crime is flourishing, and if,
as Mr Stuart suggested, a
more aggressive effort to
combat crime is not under-.
taken, the future of our econ-
omy and our country is in
jeopardy as more than ever
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THE TRIBUNE


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Mitchell heads for UN, meeting with
FROM page one "Prime Minister Patrick Man-
ning issued a statement a few
weeks ago in which he indicated a
treated diplomacy on behalf of the concern about the withdrawal of
Bahamas starting with his pri- the US from the security interests
vate lunch with the US Secretary and concerns of this region, par-
of State. ticularly given the vulnerability of
Mr Mitchell said he and Ms Rice our small countries to drug-traf-
will discuss a number of issues picking.
ranging from trade to security "And so, certainly, that will be
issues to how best the Bahamas one of the issues I will discuss," he
and the US can work together on said..
the international political Mr Mitchell said that, in partic-
front. ular as it relates to the Bahamas, he
"We consider her a friend of the will be pushing for the continued
Bahamas. She enjoyed immensely support of the OPBAT mission,
the visit she had in March and the and other drug reduction strate-
lunch arises out of that visit. And,
of course, we have always been
saying to our CARICOM partners
that it's so important to have this
continuing conversation so that no
distance grows between you and
the United States which is so
important to this region.

Shane Gibson in
FROM page one
Smith at a dwelling home and, Well Establishe
during her recent moment of
' deep personal loss and distress, Retail/Whol
at her hospital."
Answering these claims, Mr
Gibson said he considers Ms Look
Smith a personal friend.
"We are known as a friendly
country.
"So tell me if a friend is sick A CCO U
and in hospital wouldn't you go CO
visit them? How would it look if
you did not visit them?" he said.
Mr'Gibson also pointed out
that, under the FNM adminis-
tration, Czech-born former C
Lyford Cay resident Viktor C
SKozeny who was indicted in
Sthe US on charges of multi-mil-
lion dollar fraud was granted
his permanent residency in two
months and seven days. SA LES
"I cry shame on the FNM. I SA LES I
am here trying to fix the mess
left by Earl Deveaux (Immigra-
tion Minister under the former
government). This government Please apple
respects the foreigners that qual- Please appi.
ify for permanent residency. P.O. Box
How does the former immigra- Na
tion minister excuse the long Nassau,
waiting list for applicants he left
behind?" he said.


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AUTHORITY


VACANCY


Manager I (Human Resources Department)

Princess Margaret Hospital

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager
I, Human Resources Department, Princess Margaret Hospital, Public Hospitals
Authority.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-
Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Business
Administration or equivalent and five (5) years relevant experience. Supervisory
experience preferred. Candidate must have excellent computer and interpersonal
skills. Must be very flexible and an agent for change.
Manager I will report to the Senior Manager, Human Resources and be responsible
for the day-to-day management of the routine administrative activities of the Human
Resources Department including the supervision of staff.
Duties:
1. Supervises the staff of the Human Resources Department; assigns duties and
ensures that recommendations are completed in a timely manner.
2. Prepares Performance Appraisals for the Human Resources Department and
completes the evaluation process with the appropriate recommendations.
3. Assists Senior Manager with the Performance Appraisal process for the entire
hospital staff.
4. Counsels and advises employees and managers on discipline matters.
5. Assists with preparing functional job descriptions for all staff.
6. Assists the Senior Manager with the mentoring, training, education and
development of the Human Resources Staff.
7. Assists area supervisors with their recruitment and selection process.
8. Develops career paths for new and existing staff in collaboration with Human
Resources Managers, Area Supervisors and Administrative Officers.
9. Ensures that the Human Resources database and all statistical records are
kept current.
10. Advises and assists with interpretation of human resources policies for
Department Heads, Area Supervisors, Administrative Officers and Human
Resources Managers and assists with the development of department policies
procedures and practices.
11. Assist Senior Manager to coordinate human resources activities with the
Corporate Office.
12. Assists the Senior Manager Human Resources with preparation of the
Department Budget.
Letters of application, resume and three (3) references should.be submitted, no later
than 4th October, 2006 to the Human Resources Director, Public Hospitals Authority,
P.O. Box N-8200 or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street.
(Employees of the Public Hospitals Authority must apply through their Head of
Department.


Car crashes on Bay Street

THIS was the scene on Bay Street on Wednesday night after a car crashed by East Street and hit
a jewelry shop post. Three people were in the car, one appeared to be seriously injured.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites
applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of
SENIOR ASSOCIATE in our Materials Planning Department.

JOB SUMMARY:

Supervises all activities with reference to the day-to-day operation of
the Materials Planning Dept.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervises all matters pertaining to the maintenance of the item
master, ordering of inventory and tracking of movement patterns
within the Inventory Mlanagement System.

Assist with the monitoring and requisitioning of stock items.

Keep abreast of technological changes in materials and equipment.

Interact with user groups and monitor quality and performance
of stock items; initiate/ recommend changes as appropriate.

Organize and execute stock cycle counts throughout the year.

Responsible for the supervision of all employees within the
department.

Ensure that polices and procedures are distributed to all staff
and enforced.

Assists the department manager in processing all correspondence,
reports, documents, etc for the department.

Prepare monthly reports of key department activities.

Prepare interim and annual performance evaluations for all staff
within the department.

Any other reasonable job related assignments.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

1. Bachelors, Degree in Business or Engineering/Electronics or
equivalent work experience in related field.

2. Must be able to work effectively with other departments to plan
the materials resource needs of internal and external customers.

3. Must be a team player with keen pl.lnnhin. and follow-through
skills.

4. Knowledge and experience of working in an inventory
management environment would be an asset.

5. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft applications including
Microsoft Word and Excel.

6. Strong written and verbal communications skills.

All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F.
Kennedy Drive, no later than Thursday October 5, 2006 and addressed
as follows:

VICE PRESIDENT
HUMAN RESOURCES, TRAINING & SAFETY
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD
NASSAU, BAHAMAS

RE: SENIOR ASSOCIATE/MATERIALS PLANNING


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Condoleezza Rice
gies "wherever I can" over the next
few days.
"I think the Ambassador here
(US Ambassador John Rood) has
done a good job in lobbying for
and on behalf of the security inter-
est of the Bahamas. And I cer-
tainly will be seeking to reinforce
that wherever I can in these dis-
cussions over the next few days."
Mr Mitchell, however, did not
go into detail about the operation
of the US pre-clearance in
Freeport, Grand Bahama. But he
said he is "cautiously optimistic"
that the matter is "resolved".


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,-\"iE 14, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2006


THE TRIBUNE


LOCALNW


FROM page one

ii.h'man and degrading treat-
rtiint.
Mr Smith claims that his client
was assaulted and battered by
i'nmigration officers, who allegedly


Human rights group
placed him in handcuffs and forced.
him into an immigration van.
He said Mr Alman was also
detained in a cell for 10 hours and
not allowed to call his relatives.


4' Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026



THELMA EULA
CAMBRIDGE, 69

of #3 Poppy Lane, Garden
Hills, will be held on
Saturday 11:00 a.m. at St.
Francis Xavier Cathedral,
i .. West Hill St. Archbishop
Patrick C. Pinder, assisted by
Monsignor Alfred Culmer
and Deacon Andrew Burrows
Swill officiate. Interment will
be made in Woodlawn
....,_._. __ Gardens, Soldier Rd.

She is survived by her husband: Sidney Cambridge Sr;
children, Dr Sytheia, Sidney Jr and Shevonn Cambridge;
adopted son; Dennis Lee; daughters-in-law; Denine and
Vlirielle Cambridge; son-in-law Kim DeGregory;
grandchildrenn: Kelli DeGregory; Simone, Nia, Sidney III,
and Christie Cambridge; sisters, Margaret "Peggy" Culmer,
'ianne Walkes and Denise Smith; sisters-in-laws, Alexina
vlIedley and Desiree Archer; brothers-in-law, Eugene Culmer,
Patric Walkes, Glen Archer, and Jerome Medley; nieces:
Yvette Lockhart-Cummings, Celeste Mitchell, Patrice
Culmer, Tiffany Smith, Kristina Medley and Derecka Walkes;
nephews, Kervan Culmer, Peter Mitchell, Romaine
-'ummings; Ryan and Brandon Archer; grand-nieces and
Nephew, Kerstin Lockhart, Jade and J'Aine Mitchell, and
Dylan Culmer, immediate relatives, Sylvia and David Perry,
Daisy Sparey, Edna Campbell, Alan Davis, Brenda Davis,
,ary Cambridge, Steven Hepburn and Family; Craig,
Sincent and Sanford Perrn, Lorraine Bowleg, Arlene Davis-
Bethel, Ayesha and Brendan Davis, Aurora Ferguson; Wesley,.
Augusto, and Demetrio Campbell, Janet Neely, Vanessa
Rolle, LaKeisha Feaste, Sunday Lunch Bunch, Gloria
Strachan, Jeninifer Wells, Sylvia Sealy-Godet, Edward
Willams and Family, Esther Archer, Trevor and Gina
Sherman and family, John and Melissa Bowleg and family,
Peter and Rosie Symonette and family, and Cheryl and
Thelma Pinder. Other relatives and friends: The Rt. Hon.
Perry Christie and family, Father David Cooper, Deacon
Andrew Burrows, Hellen Burns and family, Denstria Pdoran,
Carlton Tucker, The entire Holy Family Church Community,
The Cambridge Families, The Johnson and Thompson
family of Gregory town, Eleuthera, The Christie Families,
The Treco Families,, Commodore Davy Rolle and family,
Alfreda Cooper and Family, Jackie and Anna March and
family, Ida Rahming and famril3, Mr and Mrs. Nelson
Sands, Natalie E% anas.nd famijl.,RR Adams and famih.
Geneva Ca.h, Gloria Gomez, Doroth3 Lockhart. Jnet
Moncur and family, Justin and Shirley Roberts and family,
Norma Allen and family, Ms. Enith Ellis, Gregory and
Sandra Bethel, Shirley White and family, Mr. and Mrs. U.
Woodside, Dorothy White and family. Vivian Humes and
family Madge Bowleg, Laquela Mackey, Twyman Neely,
Henrietta Saunders, Cheryl Minnis, Deborah Sands, Christine
STaylor, Arlington Higgs, The Staff and students of Xavier's
Lower School. The Pilot Club Of Nassau, The staff of
Tropical A/C, the public Hospital Authority, The staff of
Callender's and Co. The Staff of The, Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, The doctors and nurse of Doctors Hospital
and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Friends may pay their last respect at Bethel Brothers
Morticians #44 Nassau St. on Friday form 10 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until
service time.


Mr Alman, 20, was born in Eng-
land. His father is British, but his
mother is a Bahamian. He and his
mother, Jennifer Alman, the sister
of well-known Freeport business-
man Joe Thompson, returned to
Freeport a year ago.
Mr Alman is employed at Kelly's
Freeport Limited. Before his arrest,
he had applied to be registered as a
Bahamian citizen and was await-
ing his certificate of registration.
Mr Alman claims the entire
ordeal was very traumatising and
degrading. He was with his Bahami-
an girlfriend when he was stopped
and arrested.
In response to alleged physical
abuse, Minister Gibson said that
immigration officers deny that Mr
Alman was abused or manhandled
while in their custody.
Mr Gihson also stated that Mr


Alman was not a Bahamian, and
had no current documents in his
possession on the date in question
to verify his status and was taken in
for questioning.
However, Mr Alman claims that
officers would not allow him to get
documentation from his vehicle, or
to call his mother or relatives.
Mr Smith said because Mrs
Alman is a Bahamian citizen and
because she was married under
Article 9 of the Constitution, Lewis
Alman is entitled to be registered as
a Bahamian citizen.
He said that he had, in fact, prop-
erly filed the papers with the Immi-
gration Department during the
required time and is simply wait-
ing for the Immigration Depart-
ment to issue his certificate of citi-
zenship.
"His position is no different from


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SMITH, 64

of Pinewood Gardens and
formerly of Orange Creek, Cat
S. Island will be held on Sunday
at 1:30pm at Maranatha Seven-
on ." J a Day Adventist Church, Prince
Charles Drive. Officiating will
be Pastor E. D Clarke and Pastor
H. A Roach. Interment in
ia S Lakeview Memorial Gardens,
JFK Drive.

He is survived by his wife,
Laura; sons, Pastor Darial
Smith, Dennis Smith Jr, Kirk Thompson and Elijah Hannah;
daughters, Dala, Tisa, Tamicka and Devanti Smith, Krystle Berry
of Dallas Texas; Marcia Duncombe, Stacey Fernander, Rhoda
Thompson, Dominica Cash.and Lavere Richardson; grandchildren,
Tyrone Johnson Jr, Davon and Daron Smith, Mario, Michael and
Mikah Stubbs, Patrick, Justin and Cortez Fernander, Rashawn
Gordon, Rashard Pinder, Ray Quan, Rayheem and Alfred Smith,
Darial Smith Jr, Rudenko Johnson, DaShawnn, Devonne and
Cedron Hart, Kiran, Kareem, Kenan and Jervin Thompson, Kaidan
and Kariss Berry of Dallas Texas, Maranice Stubbs, Prisca
Fernander, Rayjeen Smith, Yvonna, Dmenique and Latarshia
Smith; brother, Alfred Johnson, Herbert Johnson and Lucien
Stubbs; daughters-in-law, Vanessa and Denise Smith, Eva-Mae
Hanna; sons-in-law, Darren Smith, Brent Fernander, Mario Stubbs,
Kirk Thompson and Terry Berry of Dallas, Texas; sisters-in-law,
Glenda Hepburn, Caroline Thompson, Maria Johnson, Pastor
Natalie Bastian, Irabella Smith, Stephanie Dean, Joanna Johnson
and Sarah Mae Smith; brothers-in-law, Laban Thompson, Phillip
Hepburn, Andrew Dean, Warren Johnson and Roland Seymour;
uncles, McNeil Newbold, Etheral, Lesley, James, Jeremiah and
Maxwell Stubbs; aunts, Evelyn Newbold, Hildred and Irabella
Stubbs; nephews, Inspector Emerick Seymour, Floyd Seymour,
Keith, Anthony and Ira Smith; Danny Smith, Tony, David, Edison,
Headley, Bob, Sealy, Ray, Eugene Jr, Don, Bertram, Patterson and
Alley Smith, Rodney Bain, Dwayne, Patrick and Troy Thompson,
Clifford and Chino Dean; Ostruni Dogl;jg;.n ieceO. Clarice. Shirley.
Louise, Denise, Jayshree, Siekeil .Xrjha.t JU.,hnson. Lcsllie Bain,
Cheryl Williams, Paige, Mathilda, Zoe andAnn Bain, Kate, Patricia,
Betty, Donell, Delarene Smith, Ernestine Pinder, Patrice Sweeting,
Patrel Murray, Kayla and Pheromone Thompson; innumerable
relatives and friends including the staff and nurses at the PMH
Dialysis Unit especially Nurse Stephanie Johnson, Nurse Esther
Bridgewater and Miss Ingrid Foster; Anya and Ruby Fox, Mike
Stubbs and Stubbs Enterprises, Justin Knowles and family, Mr
and Mrs Warren Farquahson, Mr and Mrs Comfort Miller and
family, Mr and Mrs Donald Rahming, Neville McKenzie, Lynbert
Cash, Mrs and Mrs Donald Bain and family, Paula Stubbs, Laban
Ferguson, the Maranatha SDA Church family, CJ's Fruits, Racquel
Marshall, South Beach Preschool and Delrose Thompson, Principal
and staff of the Lyford Cay School, Taxii Union, Ms Louise Grant,
Mollie Green, Hilda Outten, Roscoe Weech, Leon Griffin, Charlene
Lunn and Ms Patsy.

The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial Mortuary, Robinson
Road and Fifth Street on Saturday from 10am until 5pm and at
the church on Sunday from 12:30pm until service time.


mine. I was born in Haiti. My father
was a Bahamian citizen, but I didn't
have to file any papers. I simply
became a Bahamian when the con-
stitution came into effect in 1973.
"His position is no different from
any other Bahamian who was born
in the Bahamas who didn't have to
register. He simply has to make a
choice because when he was born
he was also a citizen of the UK
colonies, and so he is required to
register between the ages of 17 and
21. And he has so registered and
has written confirmation from the
Immigration department. So for all
intents and purposes he is a
Bahamian citizen all he is waiting
for is his piece of paper.
"I know Immigration may come
back and say he is not actually a


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have suffered loss and damage due to the negligence of the company.
The writ also alleges that the company has breached its statutory.
duties under the Environmental Health and Services Act 2000.
Along with general damages, special damages and costs, the plain-
tiffs are seeking an injunction to restrain Bacardi from carrying on their
business in such a manner as to continue to cause disturbing levels of
noise and the discharging of hazardous fumes.
Mr Ferreira said: "We are going to pursue this matter \ ery % igor>ous I
and aggressively."
He said operations at Bacardi were adversely affecting the health and;<
property of his clients.
Venice Bay Holdings Ltd was approved in 1957 as part of the orig-'.
inal Coral Harbour Development. It is a gated community of more than .
200 persons who have built.homes in the area.
A spokeswoman for Bacardi responded to the allegations by stating:
"Bacardi denies that our operation has caused the harm that Mr .
Whyms has alleged in his complaint." '
She also said that Bacardi had been operating a production facility .
in the Bahamas for more than 40 years and that it had been acknowl-
edged by the Bahamian government as an "exemplary corporate citi-
zen."
The matter was adjourned to December 6, 2006.


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SMrs. Mycola "Mic"'Mana
Dixon-Morrison, 71
of #36 Young St.. will be held on Saturday, September
i . 23rd, 2006 at /k30,am at Our Lady's Catholic Church,
.... Deveaux Street. Officiating will be Fr. Michel Kelly and
Msgr. John Johnson, assisted by Rev. Deacon Peter
Rahming and Rev. Deacon Maxwell Johnson. Interment
will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier
Road.
Left tol.ive as she lived and make preparation to die like.,
she died are, children, Edrick and Madge Morrison,
Y vette Morrison, Wilfred and Cherilyn Ferguson, Joel
Morrison, Bumetta Morrison Nichols, Garfield Morrison,
L.E. Vanessa Morrison, Terrance Gerard and RoyAnne
Morrison, Shemond Morrison and Maria Sylvian; adopted
children, Kirsch and Shantel Ferguson, Dwaytne and Daphne Williams; Rev. Ulric and Bonnie
Smith, Eunice and Mack Forbes, Lois Hall, Nurse Joann and Donald Cartwright, Alcondo Hepburn,
Eric Norville Smith, Deon Cleare, Revs. Algernon and Denise Lewis (St. Kitts), Revs. Adrian and
Andrea Smith (Antigua), Rev. Hilton Joseph (Antigua), Marsha Mortimer, Roslyn Rolle, Rose and
John McGillvery; surrogate mother, Anna Nelson; step mother, Sybil Marche; foster family, Urban
and Mabel Bostwick and their children, Edward and Margaret, Anthony (deceased) and Marva
Bostwick, Brenda and Sonia Bostwick, Inga, Tanya, Juan and Anthony Bostwick Jr., Shanelle and
Antonice Louis, Kristian Williamson, Elizabeth Mackey and children, Phaedra Mackey Knowles,
Devon and Dominique Knowles, Michelle and Bertram Popple; grandchildren, Errol Thompson,
Shanelle Elvon, Evia and Elgin Morrison, Kinga, Vadis and Shanderia Morrison, Necado, Chevano
and Chequille Ferguson, Mark, Faith, Dwight and Tracy Morrison, Niall Turquest, Ahmad,
Kadeem and Gealee Morrison, Alexis Rolle, Teranne and Terroy Morrison, Trevor Wallace, Paul
Adderly, Luchino Edgecombe, Lashanda Delancy, Mandi and Montel Archbold and Shannon
Phillips, Kirschtin and Kirshan Ferguson, Ivanne, Eureka and Enrique Forbes, Kerrol Lewis, Y'Mon
and Y'mazie Lewis; great grandchildren, Ellie, Da'Sha and Markielle Morrison, Shanta-jur Pratt,
Lashoona and Rasha Heild, Errol's children; sisters, Petrona Dixon Lewis, Joy Dixon Ferguson,
Brenda Dixon Price, Lonnie Dixon Rolle, Junette Radja Paul, Catherine Butler Sr., Andrea Dixon
(Sister of Charity), Shirley Dixon Thompson, Patricia Dixon Robinson, Lorraine Bethel, Linda
Marche, Bathsheba Smith, Beaulah Dean; brothers, Frank Dixon Jr. (New Jersey), Clement Campbell
(England), Dudley and Gerard and Whitney (New York), Mystro Dixon, Robert Hall, Tyronne
Marche and Geno; adopted sisters, Cametta Clarke, Olive Neely, Helen Sheila Bolt and Delmetta
Seymour, Roselean Conliffe Briggs; adopted brothers, Andrew Conliffe and Rev. Dr. Cawley Bolt;
nieces, Mycola Quant, Viveca Dixon, Vonique Dixoni Deveaux, Vichelle Dixon Roberts, Vashti
Dixon Josey, Valdasah Dixon-Bethel, Phillipa, Monique and Cassie McKenizie, Ashely and Alesia
Dixon, Andrea and Jadean Dixon, Miesha Ferguson, Anika, Alexio and Amanda Roberts, Angelique
Butler, Tamica Symonette, Debbie, Alara, Rhonda, Janelle Morrison, Theresa Ingraham, Sophia
Bethel-Higgs, Syslia and Crystal Bethel, Nadia Clarke-Miller, Kendia Jones, Salvaletta Morrison,
Nettie Dean, Lesona Mitchel, Katrina Mitchel, Leandra Thompson, Margaret, Joann, Martha and
Rosie, Lashae, Dahlia Seymour, Tamesha Deveaux; nephews, Maurice, Mark, Baaron, Frank, Sean,
Jethro and Antonie Dixon, Garvin Roberts, Larry, Kirk, Julius Chuclde, Dwight and Perry Lewis,
Sean and Kevin, Price, Kishno Jones, Nevin and Noel Clarke, Valentino.Bethel, Brent Johnson,
Tavan Symonette, Cedric Rolle Jr., Oswald and Troy Ferguson, Adrian Dixon, Adrian McKenzie,
Valdez Dixon, Steve, Bradley and Kirkwood Morrison, Dexter and Ray Mitchel, Delamn, Deiray
Dames, Delray, Daron, Delbert and Deron Seymour, Perry Dean, Jade Deveaux, Terrance Deveuax
Sr., Terrance Deveaux Jr., Omar Bethel; aunts, Linda Barton (Jamaica), Eliza and Mabel Williams
(United Estates, San Salvador.); uncles, Benjamin Williams and Daniel Variance ;sisters-in-law,
Sandra and Violet Dixon, Mrs. Whitney Dixon, Minister Jennifer Ferguson, Carolyn Morrison,
Brenda Pinder, Rev. Princess Culmer, Caroline Morrison, Enid Kerr, Pasty Mitchel, Mrs. Vincent
Mitchel, Barbara Lazar, Namoi Jones, Claudia Conliffe; brothers-in-law, Cedric Rolle Sr., Leroy
Thompson, Sonny Dean, Oswald Moore, Vincent Mitchel, James Kerr, Norval RadjaPaul; cousins,
Shirley Harper, Sybil Fairweather, Angela Watkins, Ricky Barton, Archie Ferguson, Ella, Lottie
and Godfrey Butler, Granyille and Orion Walker, George Walker of San Salvador; Spiritual Advisors
and prayer partners, Dr. Barbara Williams, Sis. Palace Robinson, Deacon Sheila Strachan, Sis.
Eugenia Thurston, Bro. Eric Smith; Eucharistic Ministers, Henrietta Miller, Mr. Roland Goff and
Roslyn Rolle; cooking pals, Mitylene Moss, Thelma Darling, Ethelee Lockhart, Beaulah Scavella,
Barbara Hall, Eloise Jones, the Our Lady's Soup Kitchen Team and Our Lady's Fair Kitdhen team;
special family and friends, Dora Bartlette and family, Lofton and Francita Neely, Eulean Johnson
and family, Erma Stevens and family, Winston and Gail Saunders, Alice Cleare and family, Marina
Cleare and family, Wendal and Miriam Pratt, the Nesbit family, Clarabell Williams and family,
Lee Saunders and family, Florence Rolle and family, Dorothy Davis and family, Nurse Debbie
Martin, the Martin family, Louis Sinclare and family, Jerome Godfrey and family, Norman and
Idamae Duncombe and family, Erica Duncombe and family, the Swan family, Rudolph and Alice
Cunningham and family, the Marche family, Sis Fredda Clarke and family, Myrtle Thompson and
family, Myrtis Tumquest and family, Rev. Derek and Lucia Brown and family, Rev. Theophus and
Evona Rolle and family, Bishop Delton and Calpumia Fernander and family, Rev. Ranford aid
Julietta Patterson and family, the Sweeting family, Hon. J. Henry and Janet Bostwick and family,
Spurgeon and Janet Lightboume, the Bunch family, Madeline Sylvia Pierre and family, Reuben
and Maud Hamilton and family, Helen Humes and family, Melba Gilbert and family, Ricardo
Knowles and family, Freda Butler and family, Rufus and Hildred Lewis and family (Antigua), the
Davis, Williams, Storr, Ellis, Butler, Reckley and Fernander families, Pastor Ada Forbes (Long
Bay, San Salvador), the Seymour, Kerr, King, Poitier, McDonald, Strachan and Richards families
of Cat Island, the Elks Family, Our Lady of the Holy Souls Parish family, Zion Baptist Church
family, Mt. Moriah Church, the Food Service Dept. family P.M.H., the Young Street family, the
Farm Road Community and the entire Morrison, Dixon, Williams and Bostwick clans; special
thanks to, Drs. James and Renee Ifemeta, Dr. Chea, Dr. Theodore Turnquest, Dr. Vaughn Curling,
Dr. Farquarharson, Lesha Johnson, Samara Sands, Nurse Stephanie Lockhart, staff and Oncology
Consultant, Nurses and Auxiliary Nurses Private Surgical and Medical P.M.H., Mrs. Gibson, staff
of Kelso Lab, Officers of Quakoo Street Police Station, management and staff of Ferguson's Funeral
Directors, Randy Kurtiss and staff, management and staff of the Rich and Famous Limousine
Company, Woodlawn Gardens Director and Members of The Bahamas Youth Brass Band, staff
of Zion Baptist Church, staff of Our Lady's Souls Parish Office, Management and staff of Wong's
Rubber Stamp, all who called and extended kindness.
May the choicest blessing the Lord over take you and your family.
Please forgive us if in error, your name or contribution to Mycola Maria Dixon Morrison was
omitted or over looked. Grief has an uncanny way of dullening one's mental faculties.
The body will repose in the Blessed Redeemer Chapel at Ferguson's Funeral Directors, 7th Terrace
Collins Avenue on Thursday from 12noon-6pm and on Friday from 10am-8pm.
NO VIEWING WILL BE HELD AT THE CHURCH ON SATURDAY.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made tb th; Cancer Society
of the Bahamas.


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Iuirt isa lemnrial Olortuartu1 FROM page one


Bahamian citizen, but he is entitled
to be Bahamian by virtue of the
constitution. And therefore they
cannot deprive him of it. It is not a
matter of discretion on the part of
immigration authorities," Mr Smith
said.
Mr Smith is also expected to file
criminal charges against the immi-
gration officers involved in the mat-
ter.
"I will ensure that they are pros-
ecuted for kidnapping, threats of
harm and assault and battery," he
said.
"They will be taken before the
criminal courts and they will be
charged. People have rights in the
Bahamas and the government
should make sure that they are
respected."











Support mounts for Sir Jack Hayward


FROM page one
school patron."
One teacher was saddened to see
Sir Jack's name used in a contro-
versial manner because to them he
had always been a class act and a
silent contributing partner.
It was hoped that an "overly
ambitious few do not now destroy
the late Edward St George's dream
and all that the late Sir Charles
Hayward and Jack Hayward have
built."
The controversy initially surfaced
several weeks ago when Mary St
George, ex-wife of the late Edward


St George, announced her
intention to pursue legal proceed-
ings seeking shares of Mr St
George.
According to media reports, Car-
oline St George, daughter of the
late Edward St George, who had
also announced her intention to
seek her father's shares in the com-
pany, had made accusations against
Sir Jack.
Sir Jack, who had expressed con-
cern about remarks made by Caro-
line to the media regarding the Port
Authority and the impact it could
have on the company, has denied
her allegations.
The resident said: "He deserves


better because he has been a pillar
of strength for the development of
the city of Freeport, and a key part
of the loyal and dedicatedpartner-
ship with the late Edward St
George.
"In the early days he was the dri-
ving force behind Bahamian land
ownership and was always proud
to note that, when he came into the
Port, licensees were 85 per cent for-
eign and 15 per cent Bahamian, and
celebrates quite the reverse today
with a little over 85 per cent of
licensees being Bahamian and less
than 15 per cent as foreign.
"Sir Jack has always operated
with class and taken the high road


and has made a sound and signifi-
cant contribution in his own quiet
way."
Sir Jack has contributed signifi-
cantly to the local community
through his support of Grand
Bahama Humane Society, serving
as patron of Sir Jack Hayward
High School, and through his
aggressive spirit to see the Grand
Bahama Sporting Complex com-
pleted.
The resident,also pointed out
that Sir Jack dug deep when he
made a $1 million donation to the
government for the restoration
of schools damaged by the hurri-
canes.


FROM page one
which should allow the courts to address the backlog of pending coro-
ner's matters in the system," the release read.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson asked that the "facts" of this matter be accu-
rately reported to the Bahamian public, stating that it is anticipated that
this reinstatement will expedite the inquest process for all those other
Bahamian families "awaiting their day in court".


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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Port licensees can'lawfully





display' duty-exempt goods


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Authority (GBPA)
wholesale licensees
should, be able to
"lawfully display" duty-exempt
goods on their shelves in a way
the Customs Department cannot
object to, a Freeport attorney
revealed yesterday, his speech.
coming shortly after one compa-
ny filed a legal challenge on this
issue:
Fred Smith, the Port Authori-
ty's outside counsel and an' attor-
ney with Callender's & Co, in a
speech to Freeport RotarN Club
said the rights of licensees who
imported wholesale and retail
building materials, and other
hardware goods, had often been'
open to question.
While they sold stock in their
."- stores and displayed these. goods
S-on their shell es. a different prac-
tice was often adopted % hen oth-


er Port Authority licensees sought
to purchase these products as
bonded goods.
The Customs Guide to the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
developed through consultations
between the Ministry of Finance,
Customs, the Port Authority andi
its licensees, requires wholesalers
to retrieve products from bonded
storage in their warehouses when
they are purchased by customers,
entitled to receive them duty free.
Mr Smith said yesterday: "This
is because Customs requires the
licensees to pay duty on all goods
displayed for sale in their stores; it
is only goods in the warehouse
that can be sold duty free.
"This practice, nowhere pro-.
vided for in the Customs,Man-
agement Act or the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, and enforced
by Customs is onerous for
licensees and for their customers.
It means that the same product
needs to be stored in two differ-
ent places, and also means that


Sources: Home Centre has filed writ seeking injunction to stop

Customs charging duties on all products displayed on open shelves


licensees who are entitled to pur-
chase products duty free have to
wait to be supplied with it, rather
than simply being able to pick the
product of the shelf and pay for it.
"Licensees consider that their
business would be greatly
improved if they could simply sell
all their products off the shelf,
without having to pay duty on all
products they place on the shelf
tor sale."
Mr Smith questioned "whether
Customs' present practice of
requiring licensees to pay duty
on all goods displayed for sale on
the shelves in their stores is law-
ful, or whether they could suc-
cessfully be challenged and, if so,
what the is the best form such a
challenge might take".


Separately, The Tribune has
been informed that such a legal
challenge is already being mount-
ed by the Home Centre, the
building materials wholesaler
owned by BISX-listed Freeport
Concrete.
Freeport Concrete's chairman
and largest shareholder, although
he does not have any role in the
company's management or daily
operations, is Grand Bahama
Port Authority chairm;in Hannes
Babak.
Numerous business sources in
Freeport have told The Tribune
that the Home Centre has filed a
writ with the Supreme Court,
seeking an injunction to stop Cus-
toms charging duties on all prod-
ucts displayed on open shelves in


its new $6 million store
Freeport Concrete's chief exec-
utive. Ray Simpson. was said to
be off-island when The Tribune
called,yesterday seeking com-
ment. while the company's attor-
ney, Gregon Nloss. did not return
this newspaper's call before press
deadline.
The Tribune has beentold by
other sources that in practice, the
Customs Guide is not strictly
adhered to. as it has no basis in
statute lav It is understood that
FFreeport licensee wholesalers
have each developed their own,
practices to meet the require-
ments of Customs and the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
Mr Smith yesterday said the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement


allow cd importer licensees to dis-
plaN any items they wished on
their shelves, including goods
imported duty free.
This was provided these good
were not re-sold to consumers for
personal or some other usage, as
opposed to being purchased by
other licensees for, use in their
business. The latter category of
purchases re-duti exempt.
Given that it would be imprac-
tical for lcensees to display duty-
exempt and non-dutl exempt
goods in separate areas within
their stores. Mr Smith said there
was -nothing to slop" wholesale
licensees from putting both cate-

SEE page 6B


Customs' bonded goods plan open to legal challenge


" ". By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A FREEPORT attorney yesterday said he
felt the planned changes to.over-the-counter
bonded good- puichJisi-E' iin tc PoIt A-thi.'r-
ity area, which were shelved by Customs:ear-
lier this year, violated the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement and were open to legal challenge.
Fred Smith, Fred Smith, the Port Authori-
ty's outside counsel and an arrorne\ with Cal-
lenders & Co, in a speech:o Freepori Rotar\
Club, warned that although the Customs,
.. Department did not proceed with their plans,
They had indicated they would revisit the
scheme by the end of 2006.
Under the existing regime, Mr Smith
:.explained that wholesalers such as Dolly
SMadison, Kelly's Freeport, Bellevue and the
S H me Centre are able to import goods duty
free under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
Other Port Authority licensees then pre-
sent these companies with an annual letter
S. indicating they will be buying goods from
-:,them for use in their own trade or business


Attorney warns Customs may re-introduce proposal he

believes breaches Hawksbill Creek Agreement at year-end


during the following year, entitling them to
buy those goods duty exempt.
Mr Smith recalled how Customs had want-
ed to change this practice, so that when a
licensee purchased these bonded goods over-
the-counter, they would first have to go to
Customs and present them with a valid invoice
for those products.
The Customs Department, in its proposal,
n would then appro .. the purchase and send a
stamped versionn ol the invoice back to the
licensee, who could-then proceed with the
purchase.
"This proposal was met with great opposi-
tion by licensees as likely to be unworkable,
given the vast administrative workload it
would place on Customs and the consequen-
tial time-lag in processing applications, many
of which would be urgent," Mr Smith said.


"It was also likely that this \would ha\e had
a severely detrimental effect on the business of
licensed wholesalers and retailers. After nego-
tiations between Customs and the Grand
Bahama Port Authorir\. Customs decided to
temporarily shelve its proposal to change the
practice.
"However, the threat of its re-introduction
at the end of this year remains."
Mr Smith said he was speaking out on the
issue "before it becomes a crisis again", as
Customs proposal would cause "great financial
disadvantage........ and disruption of business",
and prove "catastrophic" for Freeport's econ-
omy.
Mr Smith said the policy changes proposed


SEE page 7B


NHI advocates: Plan not

a tax, is an investment

M By NEIL HARTNELL' ^
Tribune Business Editor
I THE i,.Cm bhhiind the CGo'crrment;i
proposed National Health Insurance i-NHI)
scheme yesterday said contributions from
employers and employees to fund the plan
should be viewed as a "lifelong 'social secu-.
rity' investment", rather than a tax.
In a detailed 19-page response to the
report produced for the Nassau Institute
economic think-tank by Nadeem Esmail, of
the Fraser Institute, the NHI's project
implementation team said Bahamian.
employees and companies would adjust to
the compulsory contribution payments over ,B J NOTTAGE,
time. .Minister of Health &
SThe Esmail study had warned that. the National Insurance
proposed NHI contributions,
pegged, at 5.3 per .cent of an SEE e
-employed worker's salary to be. E page 5B


Health claims cause

23.9% decline in

FamGuard profits


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A "large increase"- in health
insurance benefits, offset strong
policy sales at FamGuard Corpo-
ration, causing its net income for
the 2006 first half to drop by 23.9
per cent to $2.133 million.
In his message to FamGuard
shareholders, chairman Norbert
Boissiere said gross premium rev-
enues had increased by 14.2 per
cent or $3.6 million in the six
months to June 30; as its sub-
sidiary "recorded strong premi-
um growth across all product
lines".
FamGuard is the BISX-listed
holding vehicle for Family


Guardian, its life and health insur-
ance subsidiary, and the latter's
investment income also. rose by
10 per cent during the 2006 first
half to just over $4 million, large-
ly. as a result of price apprecia-
tion in its equity portfolio.
But Mr Boissiere added: "The
increase in premium revenue and
investment income was offset in
part by the large increase in
health claims recorded through
June 2006.
"Benefits payments increased
31 per cent over the period com-
pared to prior year-to-date."
Net premium revenue and


SEE page 4B


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Getting it 'write'




on :advertising


WRITING effective advertis-
ing copy is one of the hardest
things to get right. Yet good copy
will make an enormous difference
to the success of your advertising
campaign. Good copy sells your
product and builds a successful
link between you, as a marketer,
and your potential customers.
There are five key things that
good advertising copy should
have.
1. Your copy must Command
Attention.
Your advert begins and ends
with a headline. According to
David Ogilvy, a headline is the
key thing that will sell your prod-
uct, and if you don't get this right,
you will have wasted 90 per cent
of your money.
The headline should capture
the reader's attention and entice
the reader to keep reading. There
are two types of headlines. The
first tells the reader what he can
gain, save or get done using your
product and how it will enhance
his financial, mental, physical,
social or emotional well-being.
The second tells the reader
how he can avoid financial ruin,
worries, risks, errors or humilia-
tion, and how it will prevent'the
discomfort of monotony, illness,
loneliness or loss f.prestige.
2. Your copy must show the
reader the advantages and bene-,
fits of using your product.
3. Your copy must create a
S nsee of urgency to persuade your
reader to grasp ihat advantage
before it's too late.
4. Your copy must reduce the


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Sense



risk to the reader of purchasing
your product through some form
of cast-iron guarantee.
5. Your copy must make a call
to action, otherwise your advert
hasn't worked. Make sure you
include a toll free number or
some response mechanism to
allow your reader to buy. Offer a
booklet, a sample, a free demon-
stration, introductory price if they
order by phone, or coupon if they
come into your store,
Good copy writing is easier
said than done. It is a blend of
skill and artistry. An antipreneur
will spend just a few minutes writ-
ing something down and waste
his advertising investment. In the
same way that you would get a
sign painter to paint your sign,
copywriting is often best left to
those that demonstrate a skill in
that area. However, if you have
talent and are brave enough to
write copy yourself, here are
some tips to help you get it right.
1. Consider the objectives of
your ad or campaign. Jot down
what you are trying to achieve.
Does each word focus on selling
your product? Does it leave the
reader in any doubt what your
product's benefits are, who should
use it, and where it can be pur-
chased?
2. Consider the reader and not


the writer. Good copy needs to
touch the reader's soul and make
an immediate connection.
Research the readership segment
that you are going to target with
your copy to ensure you get your
tone and style right.
3. Understand your product, its
benefits and features, so that you
can match it to the needs and
desires of your reader. Try and
sell one major benefit and sell it
well.
4. Consider the tone of your
advertising copy. Writing copy
for a children's charity will be
very different to writing copy for
a quirky beer commercial. Get
the tone right and make sure that
you keep this tone throughout
your campaign, so that people
will recognize your adverts.
In the same way that Heming-
way created a distinctive style,
you will need to do the same with
your copy.

SEE page 6B




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Re-opening after
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006.


THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

STAFF VACANCY


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

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

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

Interested candidates should submit a COB Application Form, a detailed curriculum
vitae and a cover letter of interest, giving full particulars of qualifications and experience
along with three confidential work references no later than September 30, 2006 to:
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


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MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF ENVfRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
BAHAMAS GOVERNMENT SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME



INVITATION FOR TENDERS



The Project Execution Unit, under the auspices of the Depariment of Environmental
Health Services (DEHS) and The Ministry of Energy and The Environment, now invites
local firms and joint ventures to participate in this bidding process by presenting sealed
bids for the operation and maintenance of the East Grand Bahama Transfer Station. The
procedures for the contracting for theprovision of service, financed by this program, will
be subject to the provisions of the Ministry of Finance.

Interested parties may obtain further information, including eligibility to participate, and
may collect a copy the bidding document from the'office of the:


Project Execution Unit
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Farrington Road
P.O. Box SS-19048
Nassau, The Bahamas


Interested Tenderers may purchase a complete set of tender documents by submitting a
written application to the Department of Environmental Health Services and upon
payment of a non-refundable fee of one hundred ($100.00) dollars. The method of
payment will be certified cheque or cash. The documents would be ready for review as
of Friday, September 15,". 2006.

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope(s) marked "Tenders for Operation and
Maintenance of the East Grand Bahama Transfer Station", and sent to:


The Tenders Board
do The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas


All tenders must reach the Tender's Board no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October
9. 2006. All tenders must be submitted in triplicate. Tenders will be opened at 10:00
a.m., on Tuesday, October 10 2006, at the office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of
Finance. The Government reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.


U I


insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than September 29nd 2006
to:


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


I


mmmw








THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2006


PROGRESSIVE SERVICE ORIENTED
COMPANY LOOKING FOR A FEW
GOOD PEOPLE

DIESEL MECHANICS

DC/AC ELECTRICIANS

Prior experience on repairs to
heavy trucks advantageous.

EXPERIENCED PARTS SALESMAN

Three (3) years working experience preferred.

Top wages and incentive program.

Uniforms furnished after probationary period.

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



SOM MONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2006/CLE/gen/0013
IN THE SUPREME COURT
(OM \ON LAW SIDE


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
Plaintiff


LOPEZ CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED
First IDefndanI


AND
LENWOOD LOPEZ


Second Defendant


ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grce of God, Queen of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas and of her other realms and territories, Head of the Commonwealth.


TO: Lopez Constuction Company LAmited
( .u Noms R Carroll & Compan.
International Building
Ist Floor, Suite E21
P.O.Box: F-44646
Freepott, Grand Bahama


Lenwood Lopez
P.O,Box: F-44674
Freeport, The Bahamas


WE COMMAND YOU That within Fourteen days after service of this writ
on yo inclusive of the day of such ser ir. ,i I r' .t.-c .n auippcara.nt.c It hbe enlicd fi.r
you in an action atthe suit of BANK OF THE B LHAMAS L IMNI ED F rc .rt BBrmnu h,
PO.Bo F-42608. Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas and whose address for service is
Messrs,.i lInshn Chamber,. HJl hi ',n C.,mmircial Cenir, Village R..id Norh Pi. BB.i\
N-979. N...i.u I he Bahamrl. \lorrei c k.r the Plunnf
S.- I. k.li.e hai in i"ialr.kof oiir i doing the Pimnuft may proceed therein, and
judgement may be given in your absence.
WITNESS, the Honourable Justice Burton Hall
Our Chief Jutice of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas the 24th day of January in the year
of Our Lord Two Thousand and Six.
RKjESIAR
N.B:-' ht s nl mal not be senrid m.or limn i 2 cjlrnj.rr month ulfr the ,aLbo, rs Ja un.
less renewed by Order of the Court.
DIRECTIONS FOR ENTERING APPEARANCE
I he lIel' end.uil min) uellr upriimr.c nie perImnll. Or Ihi al'rn) illther Ir.
handling in the apprnprii lorrrms dul\ ,',mplrlrd.,iil Ih Regioltr if the
Supreme Courtn irncIt J L.oiani) JustiI ( cnrl., in the 1 r i i,
Freeport in thelsland of Randnd t.il,.uin r hI .*eijig themni ii Itiji 1'lte L
post.
STATEMENT OFPCI.1I
THE PLAINTIFF'S CLAIM
SThe Plaintiff is and was at all material times a Company duly organized and
e'.isting under the Iai of thC Cmn.nr% iahli fi Il Bah.iIha.i. i, ; :~.:i on in
bthiinMs' uf m'nuvn lending dii cr, hrJn,.he' hiin Ih the Cu,nuin ,nv cilih 'I
The Bahamas.
The First Defendant was at all material times a customer of the Plainiff's.
The Second Defendantwas all a -iiir;.l Ieij .iu.,rir.ii .rr the First
Defendant's loan
SThat on the 12th day of DecemberA.D., 1,997 the Defendant was granted a
loan in the amount of $29,000.00 with interest at the rate of 13%.
That the amount repaid by the First Defndant is $10.000.00.
lihal thte principal amnIun Jue huur i.il i h ilie Fir' tI fendnil i.. $10. 145.25,
which became due on the 5th day of December A.D.. 2004.
I Ili the diouni ul Intcrc, dueJ uIItrui i ~.i II I which is aecuring attlh
rate of$10.736 per diem.
STio date the First Defendant has filed lto p,- Ihe iuLrnding anuunli due unJ
owing to the Plaintiff as aforesaid despite repeated demands by the Plaintiff
for payment thereof.
9 As a result of the aforesaid matter the First Defendant is indebted to the
Plaintiff in the amount referred to in paragraphs 6 and 7 herein.
it. That the said Loan was guaranteed by the Second Defendivt.
11. T. t he lGu.surnle c,, a\ cIut-,lI lin .hr S1h dl.a DecLcme1 r A .I 1)"I'
12. That the Second Defendant was given Notice of the default of payment by
letter dated the 8th day of December A.D.,2004.
13. As a result of the aforesaid the Second Defendant is indebted to the Plaintiff in
the amounts referred to in paragraphs 6 and 7 herein.
14. By reasons of the matter aforesaid the Plaintiff has Suffered loss.
AN) THE PI.AINTIFF CLAIMS:

i) The principal sum of $30,145.25.


The sum of $13,814.53 being interest due and uncollected and
continuing at the rate of $10.736 per diem;
Cost;
Soc further or other relief as the Court deems just


Dated this 20th day of December A.D.,2005.


CHAMBERS
HALSBURY COMMERCIAL CENTER
P.O. BOXN-79
NASSAU, THI BAHAMAS
ATTORNEYS FORTHEPLAINITIF

This writ issued by HAISBURY CHAMBERS of, and whose address for service is, their
Chambers, Halsbory Commercial Centre, Village Road, North, Attorneys for the Plaintiff.
--


Basden: Bahamas





will benefit from





new category of





college students


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
,Reporter

THE challenge for Bahamian
companies over the next centu-
ry will be the integration of old-
er employees with younger ones
to maximiae the potential of the
country's workforce.
Selvin Basden, director of
human resources at Baha Mar,
told the third Annual Abaco
Business Outlook conference


Baha Mar's human resources director

speaks at annual outlook conference


that the Bahamas will benefit
from a new category of college
students, who are preparing to
enter the workforce with a
tremendous ability to under-
stand new systems.
However, he noted that on


LEGAL NOTICE



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
(No. 45 of 2000)

RIPOLL CORPORATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of
RIPOLL CORPORATION,
has been completed, a Certificated of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has. therefore been struck off the
Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was
September 6, 2006



For: Coninen Liquidators. Inc. -
Liquidtb. ', '



NOTICE

FIELDS ASSETS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a)-FIELDS ASSETS LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 22nd August, 2006 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Diodata Holdings Ltd.,
Wickhants Cay, P. O. Box 146, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 22nd of September, A. D. 2006


Diodata Holdings Ltd.
Liquidator



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(NO. 46. of 2000)
WIRLAND INC.
Registration Number: 77,429B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
section 132 (2) of the International Business
Companies Act (No. 46 of 2000) WIRLAND INC.
is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against WIRLAND INC. is
required on or before the 17th of October, 2006 to send
their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to
the Liquidator of the company, or in default thereof they
may have excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

GSO Corporate Services Limited, of 303 Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of
WIRLAND INC.



GS Cor prate Servcs Ltd.
Lwqiyato


the downside, these students
sometimes cannot deal with crit-
icism or lack the ability to deal
with challenges.
In addition, Mi Basden said
many Bahamian employers
have a tendency to think that
everything new is better, which
often leads to older or matured
workers being denied opportu-
nities because they are simply
not given a chance to prove
themselves.
Mr Basden who spoke on the
topic, The twenty first century
worker, said the challenge was
to find ways to reach a happy
medium to, maximise the poten-


FROM page 1B

deposits rose by 10.34 per cent to
$29.772 million in the 2006 first
half, as net policyholder benefits
rose by over $2 million or 16.7
per cent to $19.977 million.
Operating expenses 'at Family
Guardian increased by almost
$600,000 to just under $7 million,
with commissions to sales agents
and brokers also slightly up at
$5.109 million.
Total benefits and expenses
paid by Family Guardian during'
the 2006 first half reached'$32.379
million, a 13.74 per cent rise on


tial of all employees. He added
that a major challenge will also
be the level of competition,
which will exist as Bahamians
apply for the jobs being created
in the tourism sector.
Mr Basden noted that the
supply of jobs will require
employers to be more creative
with their recruitment process.
"The service will have to go
beyond a pitch," he said.
Instead, he noted that rather
than just try to sell their prop-
erty, employers will have to
offer incentives that are better
than other potential employers
to attract workers.


the $28.467 million paid out in
the 2005 comparative period.
In contrast, while Family
Guardian's total income reached
$34.513 million, this only repre-
sented a 10.37 per cent increase
on the previous year's $31.27 mil-
lion, meaning thaltthe'rate of
growth tn benefits and expenses is
outstripping growth invincome.'
Mr Boissiere said the overall
growth rate in annuity deposits
slowed during the 2006 first quar-
ter, but regained momentum dur-
ing the second period to June 30,
leaving the company $700,000
behind the 2005 comparatives at
the half-year point.


Notice
Re: Armored Car Services

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.







Western Air

Western Air is increasing its fleet of aircraft and
expanding its routes throughout
the Bahamas.

The following positions are now available:

Captains on the Fairchild Metro III:

Applicants must have Airline Transport Rating and a
type rating in the Fairchild Metro, a minimum flight
time of 3,500 total time turbo prop,
500 hours in type.


Mechanics on Fairchild Metro III:

Applicants must have airframe and power plant,
A&P licence, a minimum of 3 years experience and
certified to work on the Fairchild Metro III.


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'Health claims cause 23.9%

decline in FamGuard profits
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If CiftoLrn to 1 oj6I.. i 6VIL0 ,Ja roA- %O


Bahamas Film Studios



faces US legal action


MIAMI (AP) The holding
company for the Grand Bahama-
based Bahamas Film Studios has
denied allegations contained in a
US lawsuit filed against it that it
has failed to meet lease payments
to the Bahamian government on
its 3,500 acre site.
Miami-based Gold Rock Creek
Enterprises has been was in Mia-
mi-Dade County Circuit Court
by the Bahamas Films Studios
Inc, a company unrelated to the
Bahamas Film Studios, which is
where the two Pirates of the
Caribbean sequels were filmed.
The lawsuit, which was filed on
Friday, alleged that the Bahamas
Film Studios have been in finan-
cial turmoil, projects have been
undercapitalised, and it owes sig-
nificant debts to various investors.
It is unclear whether the law-
suit will impact the planned
takeover of the Bahamas Film
Studios by an investor group not
named in the court action.
Bahamian investment banker
Owen Bethel, president of the
Bahamas-based Montaque
Group, helped to put the group
together and is assisting with their
plans to restructure the compa-
ny's financial set-up.
Mr Bethel was off-island yes-
terday and unavailable for com-
ment, but The Tribune under-
stands that the due diligence peri-
od for his group consisting off a
mixture of new and old investors
in the Bahamas Film Studios -
had been extended from August
to this month.
The Tribune had been told ear-
lier this year that the Bahamas
Film Studios and its managing
director, Paul Quigley, one of the
Project's three founding partners,
were coming under increasing


pressure to produce profits and
a return on investment for
investors.
Nashville-based investment
banker Ross N. Fuller, who is
chairman of the Bahamas Film
Studios and its holding compa-
nies, was also named as a defen-
dant in the lawsuit.
He allegedly agreed to sell 100
per cent of the studio's shares to
The Bahamas Films Studios Inc
in 2005.
In exchange, the company
agreed to take ovei the debts of
the ultimate parent for Gold
Rock Creek and the Bahamas
Film Studios, Ashby Bahamas
Holdings, but the shares were
never turned over, alleged
Ronald Weil, attorney for The
Bahamas Film Studios Inc.
"We're in court make sure that
what we bargained for gets deliv-
ered," Mr Weil said.
Mr Fuller allegedly intended
to design a contract where The
Bahamas Film Studios Inc. would
clean up the studio's debts, the
lawsuit said.
Additional defendants also
named in the lawsuit are Arvesu
& Associates, PLLC, and Manuel
Arvesu.
But Gold Rock Creek Enter-
prises has branded the allegations
as untrue, and' said lease pay-
ments on the 3,500-acre site were
current.
A statement from the company
described the allegations as "friv-
olous".


FROM page 1B

split 50/50 between employee and
employer (meaning they both pay
a rate of 2.65 per cent), would act
as a tax on both.
SIt argued that this would'
reduce take-home pay and dis-
posable income for salaried work-
ers, reduce economic growth, and
cause a business-slowdown,
In response, the NHIteana sug-
gested that using the ESmail
report's "logic" would indicate
that premium deductions for pri-
vate group health plans and com-
pulsory,pension plans should also
be viewed as a form of taxation.
They said: "In most countries,
employers and workers share the
NHI contribution and treat is as
an essential part of lifelong 'social
security' investment.
"Lest we forget, business deci-
sions are made in a dynamic, not
static, environment, and an NHI
contribution is one of several fac-
tors that are considered in making
these decisions."
The NHI team said that the
S"evidence" from countries such
as France, Switzerland and Japan
showed that with NHI and other
compulsory contribution schemes,
"businesses and individuals make
adjustments in wages, prices and
spending over time".
Elsewhere, the NHI team said
the assertion by the Esmail report
that NHI should be administered
by the private sector, especially
.private insurers, given the ineffi-
ciencies of the National Insurance
Board (NIB), could be "a leap of
faith".
They argued that the NIB had
a. wider network of offices, sys-
tems and staff than any private
company, indicating this made it
more suited to managing a
national plan.


However, they acknowledged
that private sector involvement
in administering NHI had not
been "ruled out" and "we are
actively considering relations with
private firms for claims processing
and management of overseas
referrals".
And the NHI team said: "In
view of economies of scale con-
siderations, NHI is already con-
sidering a role for the private sec-
tor in providing some specific ser-
vices on an 'exclusive' or 'non-
competitive' basis.
"This is based on the fact that it
may not be economically feasi-
ble to have more than one centre
of excellence for some high tech-
nology services, given our small
population."
The NHI team, headed by
Stanley Lalta, said that by hand-
ing the plan's administration to
the NIB, they were seeking to
avoid "likely difficulties" that
would arise if this was put out to
tender to private companies via
two different options.
The two options were for com-
peting private insurers to act as
administrators, or for a competi-
tive bidding process among these
companies that would result in
one being selected.
The NHI team said results with
the "competing insurers" option
had been mixed in other coun-
tries, requiring extensive regula-
tion, and even in this case, 'sub-
standard' and 'uninsurable' risks
had been "dumped" on the pub-
lic sector.
There were "major concerns in
respect'of the willingness of insur-
ers to make heavy-investments
for administration of a national
plan" due to uncertainty over
whether the contract would be
renewed, negating the competi-
tive bidding option.


Deloitte,


Independent Auditors' Report


Galaz, YamazaKI,
Rui2 Urquiza, S.C.
Paseo de la Reforma 505
Piso 28
Colonia Cuauht moc
06500 Mixko, D.F.
Mixico
Tel: +52 (55) 5080 6000
Fax: 452 (55) 5080 6001
www.deloltte.com/mx


'To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Banco Santander Serfin, S.A., Instituci6n de Banca Multiple,
Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin and Subsidiaries:


We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Banco Santander Serin, S.A., Instituci6n de
Banca Mdltiple, Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin, its subsidiaries and UDI Trusts (collectively the "Institution") as
of December 31, 2005 and 2004, and the related consolidated statements of income, changes in stockholders' equity
and changes in financial position for the years then ended, all expressed in millions of Mexican pesos ofpurchasing
power of December 31, 2005. These financial statements are the responsibility ofthe Institution's management. Our
responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in Mexico. Those standards
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are
free of material misstatement and that they are prepared in conformity with the accounting practices prescribed by
the National Banking and Securities Commission (the "Commission"). An audit includes examining, on a test basis,
evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting practices used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial
statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis fo our opinion.

As explained in Notes 1, 3 and 4 to the consolidated financialstatements, the operations of the Institution and its
financial reporting requirements are regulated by the Commission through the issuance of accounting circulars and
general and specific purpose official letters that regulate the recording of certain transactions and other applicable
laws. Note 3 describes the principal differences between the accounting practices prescribed by the Commission and
accounting principles generally accepted in Mexico, commonly applied in the preparation of financial statements for
other types of unregulated entities in Mexico, as well as those practices derived from general authorizations issued
and specific authorizations granted to the Institution by the Commission and its principal subsidiaries for the
recording of certain transactions. Similarly, Note 4 indicates the change in accounting policies.

As indicated in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the merger between the Institution (the absorbing
entity) and Banca Serfi, S.A., Instituci6n de Banca Multiple, Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin, Factoring
Santander Serfin, S.A. de C.V., Organizaci6n Auxiliar del Cr6dito, Gupo Financiero Santander Serfin, and Fonlyser,
S.A. de C.V. (the absorbed entities) went into effect for the parties as ofDecember 31, 2004. For accounting and tax
purposes, the merger went into effect on January 1, 2005. As a result of such merger the stockholders' equity of the
Institution was increased on January 1, 2005 by MX $16.4 million(face value).

As indicated in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, forpurposes of the comparability of the financial
statements for the year ended December 31, 2004 with those for the year ended December 31,2005, the figures of
the financial statements as of December 31, 2004 of the absorbed entities were included with those of the absorbing
entity (the Institution), as if the merger had been performed since the Institution and the absorbed entities have been
under common control, except for that related to the consolidated statement of changes in stockholders' equity for
the year ended December 31, 2004, in which the merger effects were incorporated into the final reported balances of
the Institution as of December 31, 2004. However, in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the
Institution's management presents the consolidated statement of changes in stockholders' equity as of December 31,
2004, as if the merger had been performed since the Istitution and e.absorbed entities have been under common
control.
S\ Me' mrof
Daoitto Toucha1bhmuau

Deloitte.
In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of
Banco Santander Serfin, S. A., Instituci6n de Banca MUltiple, Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin, its subsidiaries
and its UDIS Trusts as of December 31,2005 and 2004, and the consolidated results of their operations, changes in
their stockholders' equity and changes in their financial position for the years then ended in conformity with the
accounting practices prescribed by the Commission.

This auditors' report onsolidated financial statements have been translated into English for the convenience of
users.


Galaz, Yamal, Rui riza, S. C.
A member of loitte une Tohmatsu



CPC Gui Luvianos
January 19,2006


Banco Saotander Serfin, S.A.,
Institucion de Banca Miltiple,
Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin and Subsidiaries
(A wholly ownid Consolidated Balance Sheets of the Institution with its subsidiaries and its UDIS Trusts

As ofDcmbetr31, 2005 and 2004
(In mllllo of Merian paos of purthaint power fDectmber 31, 2005)


Assets


tMos Wl


Fundsaniabkle


Inveramm tinsEmidiu :
aln tuntaoic:iu
Tridintsecorities
Socuritia available for tule
Secrinesheld to maturity

Securities and derivative Insactions:
Debit bales under reporch se and raile agroemetst
Secanitie received inlo t actionsm
Dcriv c finncbl innstmma transaction;


Crrant lau oon flio:
Commnerl loas
Finacial entieli loans
More loau
Govenmro t lo
FOBAPROAorlPABlout
Total cuat lon portfolio




Cuonmner lowa
Mogapgtloans
* Otherln=
Total part-imneportnoli
Toetallo portfolio
Allowance forloanlosses
Loemportflio(ll)
Other receivables (act)
Foreclosed assets (nct)
Propeties, umitare d fixture (ne)
Invemnts t n sithu
Deferrd tu t (nlt)
Otheruser:
Deferred charge >l intalnibles
Total assl


$ 71,177 $ 60.088


31,219 38.051
52.374 29.439
89,556 18,170

959 35
95 "
25,765 5593


53,323
1,337
28,117
12,243
46,609
164,311



527
731
268

165,839
. .(,377)
162,462
13,610
108
4,372
929
905


45,351
1.018
9.774
54,734
23.113
150,990



496
318
465
l.W2.
152271
4.038)
148,233
7,710
130
4,626


I158
2,858,


Memorandum Accounts
Memorandum Accounts


Third-prty guarsMes paied
Opnin of irrevocable credits
Goods held in r t or utnda mandate
Goods bcld in cuody or Wmund m i niti
Amount committed in opntaio with e FOBAAPROA IPWAS
Uncollected named ine derivd from paude ulo portfolio
Oher contingat oblilatiom
Owr rmcordmg Kccmnt


Repurchase oad mnk ite aoee l:
Scuities ~ acivable uader n k amireoimt
(Las) Resale agremeals
Net

Repurct haseareaoa1t
LAr Secuwriie dJanab dAr c uraineapaea
Net

Total ImtoiWa't on IaMuico


*Umbllties

Dermdrpa
Time dQsw iu
Gemnrlpublic
Mooeymirkel


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Demand lam
Dnaloom
Long-temloar

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SoAy cmrWdi otadwothpayblo


Toal liabiliea


Stockholders' Equity

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Ndpiwasnc
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1.479.,37

28
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210zoS


s 87.120
112,355
238,842


4,472
19.138
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26.609

1.408
11,034
39,456

195
22.732
22.927

31,.055
331,053J


$ 76,169
96.175
36.424
208,768


s,095
40,291
52,044

72
5,420
11,375
147
13587


286,925


4,584 1 ,84
14,315 14.315


3,481
15,353
1,010
9
(70)


(174)
26,51

40590


2.923
10,321
(716)
9
(70)
5
(64)
(166)


2JLI51
32,591


S 2
I6,643
136,068
25,101
19
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The ecaOwpOyng note arepaitt of ucmoonidlted fSau giteed ataota


NHI advocates


VACANCY


The Anglican Central Education

Authority invites applications for the

position of Secretary/Messenger at

St. Anne's School. Applicant should

be in possession of their own vehicle

and a valid Drivers License.



Letters of Applications should be

taken to St. Anne's School, Fox Hill,

attention Principal.


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PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2006


THE TRIBUNE


Port licensees can 'lawfully display' duty-exempt goods


FROM page 1B


gories on the same shelf, "pro-
vided that each of the two cate-
gories were differentiated in some
way perhaps by a different
coloured price tag, or some other
label indicating whether the prod-
uct was duty exempt or not".
The attorney added: "Appro-


private signage could be arranged
at the store to explain to pur-
chasers which of the two types of
goods they should select, and the
correct price would be paid at the
tills.

Similar

"This is similar to how the gas
stations operate by having bond-


ed pumps and non-bonded
pumps. In practice, however,
there dods not appear that there
is even a need to do that. If all
the gas is sold through one pump,
or all the goods are displayed
duty exempt, at point of sale if
the purchaser is a licensee and so
satisfies the seller thereof, and
the sale is registered as having
been made to a licensee, then this


would comply with the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement.

Inspection

"Thereafter, if there was an
inspection by Customs of the
Licensee wholesaler's inventory
of stock or goods, and or their
sales records, the wholesaler
could evidence compliance with
the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment."


Mr Smith said Customs was
entitled to have its inspectors con-
duct inspections of licensees and
their point-of-sale operations, and
fines could be levied when com-
panies could not accurately prove
that 'bonded' goods were sold to
Port Authority licensees.
"Assuming, for ease of inspec-
tion, that the importer licensees'
goods were separately marked as
'duty exempt' and 'duty paid',
Customs could have no legitimate


complaint in this case," Mr Smith"
added.
"The importer licensee would
be able to comply with the oblig-
ations under clause 2(4)(a) of the.
Hawksbill Creek.Agreement in.
ensuring that the goods they','
imported duty exempt were used
only for exempt purposes; they
would at all stages be able to
identify those goods so as to
ensure that they were indeed only
sold for exempt purposes."


Negotiation and Mediation skills

to be held at the British
4 day Certificate ADR Workshop Nov. 21-24, 2006 Colonial Hilton Nassau


Getting it 'write' on advertising


FROM page 3B


5. Write clearly. If the reader is
confused about what you are try-
ing to say, then you have failed.
Are your thoughts organised, or is
your text rambling without any
logical, coherent structure? Write
and rewrite your copy till you get
it right.

6. Write succinctly. Shake-
speare said "brevity is the soul of
wit", and this equally applies to
copy writing. You need to edit
your copy ruthlessly. Robert
Strunk, in The elements of style,
emphasises this point continu-
ously. Write and rewrite your
copy to get rid of superfluous
words and phrases. Keep a bal-
ance of short and long sentences,
pitch the style to match your audi-
ence, and use clear, simple sen-
tences to make your point. It is
easier to write something long
than something short, so spend
the time to make it short.

7. Engage the reader's five


senses. If you are writing travel
copy for a holiday to the
Bahamas, your reader should be
able to visualise the view of the
shoreline, hear the sound of the
waves rumbling in the distance,
feel the sand underneath his.feet,
smell the aroma of hibiscus and
taste that spicy conch salad.

8. Be intuitive and try to
answer the reader's questions
before they are asked. Incomplete
information is the main factor
that leads to most resistance to
advertising.

9. Make it interesting. The
advertising arena is a crowded
place, so your copy must stand
above the crowd. It must make
an impact, or you will have failed.

10. Write the headline last. This
is what will sell your advert. It is
the summary of your copy. Keep
it as short as possible. Make sure
the tone reflects the rest of your
copy. Write and rewrite your
headline till you get it right. Great
headlines rarely arrive at the first


attempt.

It goes without saying that your
copy must be truthful, otherwise
your investment will be in vain.
Don't be an antipreneur and
make any flattering promises that
will come to haunt you later.
Marketing your business is an
important area and will require
constant effort. So, in order to
avoid the trap of antipreneurship,
make sure you spend time on this
area as it could pay large divi-
dends for your future business
success.


NB: Adapted from his upcom-
ing book, Antipreneurship And
How to Avoid It, Mark draws on
20 years of top level business,
marketing and communications
experience in London and the
Bahamas. He is chief operating
officer of www.ezpzemail.com,
currently lives in Nassau, and can
be contacted at markalex-
paimer@mac.com
Q Mark Palmer. All rights
reserved


SFIRSTCARIBBEAN
INTERNATIONAL BANK


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited


Chairman's Review
Of the Results
For the nine months ended July 31,2006

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited earned a consolidated net income of $83.6
million for the nine months ending July 31, 2006. This represented an increase of $12 million or
17% over last year. Earnings per share was 69.6'ceits, 10 cents greater than the amount for the
same period of last year.

The Bank's total revenues, i.e. net interest income and non-interest income, for the nine month
period rose to $135 million, which represented an 11% increase or $13 million over the same
period last year. The higher income was generated largely by the substantial growth (27%) in
loans over last year particularly in business loans and residential mortgages.

Operating expenses for the period were $50.3 million, $3.8 million higher than the same period
last year however the ratio of expenses to revenue improved by 0.8% over last year to 37.2% for
the nine months of this fiscal year.

At July 31,2006, the total assets of the Bank were $3.88 billion, a growth of $461 million or 13.5%
from this date last year and $372 million or 11% since last fiscal year end. This growth was
driven by the increase in loans, both business loans and residential mortgages, which increased
by $294 million and $113 million respectively, from this date last year. Total deposit liabilities
grew by $421 million or 15% since this date last year, and by $402 million or 14% from last fiscal
year end to a balance of $3.24 billion at July 31, 2006.

The return on assets for the nine months was 3.0%, which is an improvement of 0.1% from last
year. The return on tangible equity also improved by 0.8%, increasing to 28% for the nine
months of this year.

The Directors are satisfied with the performance of the Bank for the first three quarters of this
year and we thank our customers and employees for their continued support.





Michael K. Mansoor
Chairman


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Balance Sheet
BS'000


Assets

Cash and advances to banks
Securities
Loans
Goodwill
Fixed assets
Other assets

Total assets

Liabilities

Deposits
Other liabilities

Total liabilities


Shareholders' Equity

Share capital & reserves
Retained earnings



Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


Unaudited
July 31. 2006

611,429
671,748
2,340,333
187,747
28,917
41,828


Unaudited Audited
July 31. 2005 October 31. 2005


832,014
481,904
1,849,325
187,747
32,335
37,499


791,661
468,811
1,972,392
187,747
31,764
57,767


3,882,002 3,420.824 3,510,142



3,260,068 2,837,375 2,856,737
25,523 32,385 73,685

3,285,591 2,869,760 2,930,422




435,525 416,464 417,281
160,886 134,600 162,439

596,411 551.064 579,720

3,882,002 3,420,824 3,510,1F42


Director


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Income
BS'000


Total interest income
Total interest expenses
Net interest income
Non-interest income

Non-interestiepenses .
PrNet incomeri iitl. lu-e

Net income


Unaudited
Quarter Ended
July 31.2006 Jl 31.2005

61,646 46,825
(24,403) (16,048)

37,243 30,777
8,424 10,405
45,667 41,182
18,459 16,398
(1,m21) 1,519
17,338 17.917
28.329 23,265


Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding for the period
Earnings per share (in cents)


Unaudited
Nine Months Ended


July 31. 2006
170,429
'Aismn


Jly 31.2005

137,444
(s4 6n\)


Audited
Year Ended
October31.2005

188,119
M (ats1 m


, ,---, .--.--.
108,049 91,776 126.469
27,352 30,639 39,100
135,401 122,415 165.569
50,359 "' 4,562 " "62,15 "
1,415 4.199 3.918
51,7744 -.,-,50.761 --66.076
83,627 71.654 99,493


120,216,204

69.6


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
BS'000





Net cash provided by operating activities


Net cash used in financing activities


Net cash used in investing activities

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity
BS'000


Share Capital &
Reserves


414,364


2,100


Balance at October 31, 2004

Net income for the period
Dividends
Transfer to Statutory Reserve Fund Turks & Caicos Islands

Balance at July 31, 2005

Balance at October 31, 2005

Net income for the period
Dividends
Revaluation gains/(losses)
Transfer to Statutory Reserve Fund Turks & Caicos Islands
Transfer to Statutory Loan Reserve

Balance at July 31, 2006


120,216,204

59.6


Unaudited
Nine Months Ended
July 31. 2006


33,352


(66,119)


120,216,204

82.8


Unaudited
Nine Months Eided
July 31.2005


13,375


(45.682)


(147,465) (1,539)

(180,232) (33,846)

742,111 '819,798

561,879 785,952


Retained Earnings


110,728

71,654
(45,682)
(2,100)


Total


525,092

71,654
(45,682)


416,464 134,600 551,064

417,281 162,439 579,720
83,627 83,627
(66,119) (66,119)
(817) (817)
4,000 (4,000)
15,061 (15,061)

435,525 160,886 596,411


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Notes to Consolidated Interim Financial Statements
Nine Months Ended
July 31, 2006


1. Accounting Policies
These consolidated interim financial statements are prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting policies used in the
preparation of these consolidated interim financial statements are consistent with those used in the annual financial statements for he year ended October
31,2005.

The consolidated interim financial statements include the accounts of the following wholly owned subsidiaries:
FirstCaribbeaRn International Finance Corporation (Bahamas) Limited
FirstCaribbean International (Bahamas) Nominees Company Limited
.irstCaribbean International Land Holdings (TCI) Limited


2. Comparatives
Where necessary, comparative figures have been adjusted to comply with changes in presentation in the current period.


I --


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FRIDAY; SEPTEMBER 22, 2006, PAGE 7B


THE TRIBUNE


Customs' bonded goods plan


open to legal challenge


FROM page 1B

by the Customs Department were
open to legal challenge on two
grounds a public law challenge,
and on the grounds that it
breached the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement.
On the public law side, Mr
Smith said the basis for any legal
challenge was that the wholesale
licensees' "expectation of prop-
er consultation has been
breached", while on the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement side, the
Customs Department was seeking
to "assert powers" it did not have
in law.
In his analysis of the public law
arguments, Mr Smith said: "In
the present case it is clear that a
regular practice has been adopted
by Customs with respect to the
application of the duty-exemp-
tion provisions of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, and given the
very substantial period over
which this practice has been con-
tinued and the substantial invest-
ments made on the basis of its
continuing, it would be reason-
able for importer licensees to


expect the practice to continue.
"It follows, therefore...............
that importer licensees had a
legitimate expectation that they
would be consulted and given the
opportunity to comment on the
proposed change of practice by
Customs. Their legitimate expec-
tation in this regard has been frus-
trated, and thus the change of
practice could, unless such con-
sultation is provided, be chal-
lenged."
On the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement side, Mr Smith said
that wholesalers had the right to
import goods duty free provided
they could provide assurance, at
the port of entry, that they would
not be resold for personal use.
This was also subject to them
entering into the appropriate
bond with Customs.
"I can see no reason why
wholesalers or retailers should
not import goods duty free on the
basis that they are to be sold only
to licensees for non-personal use,
and then take steps to ensure that
they are so 'sold," Mr Smith said.
"If the wholesalers or retailers
can obtain such assurance by


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that GUITO SIMMELFORT, OF EAST
STREET, MASSON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
22nd day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that KWADWO BOATENG, OF
ELEAUTHRA DRIVE, YAMACRAW BEACH ESTATES, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 15th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,Nassau, Bahamas.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, TAMICO SHANDREA
WOODS, OF #82 PIONEER'S WAY 6. B.I. PO. BOX F-
42706 intend to change my name to TAMICA SHANDREA
WOODS. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Deputy
Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-43536, Grand Bahama,
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication
of this notice.



Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that JOSEPH FRANCIS, OF #2
REDLEAD ROAD, 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
22nd day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas.




Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that DEBORAH MAY HARRIS, OF
EIGHT MILE ROCK, 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
15th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,Freeport, Bahamas.




Legal Notice

NOTICE
BUCKLAN OVERSEAS LTD.

hi Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, BUCKLAND OVERSEAS LTD. is in
dissolution as off September 19, 2006.

International Liquidator Services Limited situated
at 35A Regent Street, P. O. BOX 1777, Belize City,
Belize is the Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR


being provided with, say a copy of
the purchaser's license, or a bond
number to which the wholesaler
or retailer can log the sale to or,
as is presently the practice, the
production of the annual letter
from customs approving over-the
counter-purchases by the licensee
every time such goods are sold, or
an assurance that all purchases
will be for non-personal use in a
given year, then this should be
sufficient to assure the wholesaler
or retailer."
Pointed
Mr Smith pointed out that this
was what happened in relation to
petroleum product sales by the
Freeport Oil Company
(FOCOL). Their gas stations had
bonded and non-bonded pumps
to manage sales to licensees and
non-licensees, enabling them to
sell gasoline duty exempt to vehi-
cles with 'bonded' licence plates.
Customs, said Mr Smith, had
confirmed in conversations with
him that the proposed change to
over-the-counter bonded goods
purchases had been prompted
partly by a ruling he won on
behalf of his client, UNEXSO.
This had heavily curtailed Cus-


toms' ability to conduct arbitrary
audits of Port Authority licensees.
Mr Smith said there was no
requirement under the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement for a
reseller of imported goods to
obtain duty exemption twice -
once at the point of importation,
then at the point of resale as
Customs was seeking.
"The only requirement is that a
proper declaration that the goods
are being imported for exempt
purposes is made upon importa-
tion, and then the goods are
indeed imported and solely used
for those exempt purposes in
accordance with the declaration,"
Mr Smith said.
"Customs approval is only
required at the stage of importa-
tion, it is not required at the stage
of resale and there is nothing.in
the provisions of.the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement to suggest that
it is.
"It seems to me that in impos-
ing the second requirement that
Customs approval, is obtained
upon resale of items already
imported duty exempt, Customs
is going beyond the provisions of
the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
It is, therefore, seeking to exercise
powers which it does not have."


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that GUITO SIMMELFORT, OF EAST
STREET, MASSON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
22nd day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ALANE ALATTE, OF NO #33 GOLD
CHAIN LANE, 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' facts within twenty-eight days from the
15th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,Freeport, Bahamas.



Legal Notice

NOTICE
INCASA HOLDINGS LTD.

hi Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, INCASA HOLDINGS LTD. is in
dissolution as off September 19, 2006.

International Liquidator Services Limited situated
at 35A Regent Street, P. O. BOX 1777, Belize City,
Belize is the Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, MARIE LUNIE MARTHE
CADEAU. P.O.Box N-805, Nassau Bahamas, intend, to
change my name to MARIE LUNIE MARTHE CADOT. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box SS-19478, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this
notice.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, RAMON JAMAL
ANDREWS, intend to change my name to RAMON JAMAL
ANDREWS-MUSGROVE. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.




Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ROSE ARISTE, OF LINCOLN
BLVD, P.O. BOX N 10326, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who, knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
15th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,Nassau, Bahamas.




Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that SYLVIA PAUL, OF CARMICHEAL
ROAD, P.O. BOX CR 54802, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
natu!alizatoqrn.shouJd not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
15th day pf SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-.7147,Nassau, Bahamas.



Legal Notice

NOTICE
SUNATCO HOLDING LTD.

hi Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, SUNATCO HOLDING LTD. is in
dissolution as off September 20, 2006.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P. O. BOX 1777, Belize City, Belize is
the Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR


BIStS SSSSS0
31 C A. L
Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday. 21 September 200 6
B$. ./ : "MSx L rtafti&A TRAflE AC ViRT WWAN HAMASCOM o moeAT A& INY-RMA"TibN
BI& .:.. ALLG -.SHARe~ fNdE: CtOS t. .n ',fYi~Pr~D'- 2'7720 / YTD % 20.52
52*K-Hi 52Nk-.Loiw Securdl y Previous Close Todays Close Cnange Daily Vao EPS } Di. P E iela
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1 74 1 74 000 u l0 10 O00 N4. 0 00:
12.05 9.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.50 11.50 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.1 3.30%
7.50 6.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.50 7.50 0.00 500 0.777 0.330 9.1 4.40%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.208 0.020 3.8 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.51 1.51 0.00 0.168 0.000 9.0 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.44 1.44 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.7 3.47%
9.60 9.05 Cable Bahamas 9.40 9.40 0.00 0.659 0.240 14.3 2.55%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.85 1.85 0.00 0.009 0.000 205.6 0.00%
11.50 9.00 Commonwealth Bank 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.943 0.660 12.2 5.74%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.45 5.49 0.04 3,142 0.130 0.045 41.8 0.83%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 4.20 Famguard 6.15, 6.15 0.00 0.428 0.240 14.4 3.90%
11.51 10.60 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.763 0.560 15.1 4.87%
14.00 9.50 FirstCaribbean 14.00 14.00 0.00 0.885 0.550 15.8 3.93%
11.21 9.21 Focol 11.21 11.21 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.7 4.46%
1.15 0.95 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 8.49 ICD Utilities 8.49 8.49 0.00 0.532 0.270 16.0 3.18%
9.10 8.50 J.S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.527 0.560 16.6 6.40%
8.09 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.09 8.09. 0.00 SUSPENDED 0.160 0.000 50.6 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.291 0.195 7.7 1.95%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.30 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.923 0.960 7.9 6.74%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.00 -0.002 0.000 NM 0.00%
3.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 NIM 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3073 1.2508 Colina Money Market Fund 1.307286"
2.9513 2.4403 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9513**
2.4606 2.2560 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.460616*
1.1923 1.1348 Colina Bond Fund 1.192331***
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing priceNAV KEY
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 08 September 2006
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 earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 31 August 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 31 August 2006


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ACROSS
3 Onthefootballpitch, they'reaptto
be whistled at (5)
I Letterto agirdinLatin(5)
10 Ukethe crusysection
of society? (5)
11 Showerproofmachine part (3)
12 Roofing material possibly from
Newcastle (5)
13 Caneatingthemmeanabit of
shut-eye to the French? (7)
15 Humble workers building
a shack? (5)
18 Allowed out of jail,etc.(3)
19 As we peer perplexedly around us,
we read things (6)
21 A lightweight accomplishment for the
woman in question (7)
22 Providential poet? (4)
23 Dries out a first-class piece of
worsted (4)
24 To get nine wrongly let
out is not hard (7)
26 Howabigheadpossblycaredtoget
fortified (6)
29 Athricenoted bad man (3)
31 Criesyesr, grabbingthe
\50quid(5)
32 Sho ostentatiously how to arrange
aspread(7)
34 Atreeofshkyaspec(S)
35 For oneshortmonth,mumhas a
Romeo (3)
36 Anaudience forbingo? (5)
37 Pronouncedly poky, but possessed
of dry wit(5)
38 Aquiet lineinjokes?(5)


ACROSS: 9, m song 10, Ex-one-rate 12, Note 13,
Fri-end 14, Stemmed 15, As-tounde-d 17, Character 18,
Don-ated 19, Shells 20, M-a-y-O 23, Brill--ant 25,
Implement 26, (O)Ra(n)ge 27, (hor)t-rove 29, Depends
*32, Despe-rate 34, Colonl-sed 35, Tor-men-t 36, Ac-ti-ve
37, Pool rev 38, Feel a fool 39,For-bldden
DOWN: 1 Standard 2, Left standing 3 Corroded
4, A-re-ed 5, He-a-dac-he 6.C "a 7 Seve-R-aM
, Tender-foot 11 Admit 16, Un-told 1 Set 21
Ate one's words 22, De-EP-en 23, Bored stiff 24,
A-tra-ction 25 (fire 28,Overa-L-s 29, Deers 30, Sad
31, General 3, ege 34,Cu-to-ff


DOWN
1 it's funny what kids get to read (5)
2 Had a go at getting to the ball? (7)
4 Medium'greasy, are they? (4)
5 Did Martin hurtle around? (6)
6 It could be thrust in
thefray (5)
7 Speak excitedly of the mountains (5)
.9 He makes a masterly point (3)
12 Having paid, went to live
somewhere (7)
14 t's green but less than leafy (3)
16 Measure and cut out the forbidden
part (5)
17 You may feel horse has it (5)
19 Large bird that figures in breaking a
pane (7)
20 Name the chap holding the soft
pencil (5)
21 The last thing you want is to fail
dismally, having a bit of fun (5)
23 Name appliedto islands" also a
person (7)
24 Smaller boygiven
faultless service (6)
25 One used in auscultation at the
heart centre? (3)
27 Again top upinthe
garden shed? (5)
28 Willtsecure many
asnake?(5)
30 Contemptible fellows who may get
S physical (5)
32 State founder said to be handy at
writing (4)
33 A bird, perhaps, but what happened
to Jack? (3)


.easy solutions
ACROSS: 9, Elaborate 10, Otherwise 12, Type 13, Chisel
14, Napies 15, Regulates 17, Passenger 18, Selects 19,
Employ 20, Halo 23, Orchestra 25, Elevenses 26, Toys 27,
Crater 29 Amounts 32, Fabricate 34, Signalman 35,
Risotto 36, Salami 37, Onus 38, Escalator
39, Centipede.
DOWN: 1, Dentures 2,,Happygoludc 3, Machetes 4,
Versus 5, Lolipop 6, Fhinetone 7, Prophet 8, Censorious
11, ldna16, Ladrey 19, Era 21, Absen-minded 22,
Senora23,Outof order24,Tenacotta 25,Err28,
Treasure29, Argument 30, Sinister 31, Pistols 33, Basic
34, Solace.


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ACROSS
3 Decree (5)
8 Hard question (5)
10 Command (5)
11 Meadow (3)
12 Fur (5)
13 In general (7)
15 Afterwards (5)
18 Anger (3)
19 Adult (6)
21 Temptress (7)
22 Chime (4)
23 Awful (4)
24 Abridge (7)
26 Tap (6)
29 Charged particle (3)
31 Pace (5)
32 Adequate (7)
34 Charwoman (5)
35 Animal garden (3)
36 Brimless cap (5)
37 Unit of length (5)
38 Principle (5)


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By Steve pecer

Bidding Quiz


You have the following hand:
S AKQ4 V 102 + J73 + AQ85
1. You are the dealer. What would
you bid?'
S 2. Your partner deals and bids
One Diamond. What would you
respond?
3. Your left-hand opponent bids
One Diamond, and your. right-hand
opponent responds One Heart. What
would you bid?
4. Your partner bids One Heart,
and the next player doubles. What
would you bid?
5. Your partner bids One Heart,
you respond One Spade, and partner
rebids Three Diamonds. What would
you bid now?
6. Your left-hand opponent bids
One Club, and your right-hand oppo-
nent responds One Spade. What
would you bid?

1. One club. Despite 16 points and
balanced distribution, it's better to
open one club rather than one
) notrump without a stopper in either
red suit As usual, with equal length
in clubs and spades, you open with
the lower suit in order to preserve
bidding space.
2. One spade. Game is certain, but
S that doesn't mean you should make
9 an, immediate jump-response to
announce it. A jump to two spades (a
jump-shift) would suggest a probable
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course, 100 percent forcing.
3. Double. This indicates the val-
ues for an opening-bid and support
for both unbid suits. It would be
wrong to overcall with one spade,
which would indicate greater spade
length and fewer high cards.
4. Redouble. This guarantees 10 or
more points in high cards. You plan
either to get to game eventually or to
double the opponents for penalties.
5. Four clubs. A small slam is
already certain, since partner's jump-
shift promises at least 19 points, and
you're on the verge of a grand slam.
Four clubs is merely a waiting bid
allowing partner to further describe
his hand. He may have: 4 J983
V AKQ74 AK85 4 or 4 10
V AKJ763 AKQ95 4 7 or other
similar holdings. You'll have to wait
to see what happens over four clubs.
6. Pass., The value of a hand
changes as the bidding progresses,
and with the opponents bidding clubs
and spades, your hand has greatly
diminished in offensive strength.
Before the bidding started, you had
reason to hope that partner might
have length in either or both of these
suits. That hope is now largely dissi-
pated. The best policy is to keep
quiet and hope the opponents get too
high.


TARGET


The
Target
uses
words in
the rain
body of
Chambers.
21st
Century
Dictionary
(1999
edition)


HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one nine-
letter word. No plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 12; very good 18; excellent
24 (or more). Solution
tomorrow.


DOWN
1 Unravel (5)
2 Direction (7)
4 Transaction (4)
5 Jacket part (6)
6 Handle (5)
7 Prise (5)
9 Regard (3)
12 Dexterity (7)
14 Craft (3)
16 Italian city (5)
17 Allude (5)
19 Cheerfully (7)
20 Hard work (5)
21 Follow (5)
23 Inhabitant (7)
24 Calm (6)
25 Hill (3)
27 Zodiac sign (5)
28 Military student (5)
30 Coast (5)
32 Plant (4)
33 Obtained (3)


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SEPTEMBER 22


ARIES March 21/April 20
You will feel happy and relaxed this
week if you spend time with people
you feel naturally attuned to. All
friendships will go well, but affairs of
the heart will go even better.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
You seem to feel that someone .is
keeping a big secret from you, and
maybe they are. There's no point in
getting worked up about it soon
you'll be trading gossip.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
Wherever you go, whatever you do
this week, Gemini, you will meet peo-
ple who not only like you for who you
are, but who want to do favors for you
as well. You're the flavor of the week.
CANCER June 22/July 22
The last few weeks have been rather
intense, but now you'll find some
time to relax, Cancer. You will also
find it easy to sit back and let life
take you where it will.
LEO July 23/August 23
People will be surprisingly friendly
to you Leo, and being the attention-
seeker that you naturally are, you're
going to love every minute of it.
Enjoy the extra affection!
VIRGO- Aug 24/Sept 22
Employers and other influential peo-
ple will look favorably on you dur-
ing the next few days. Whatever you
ask of them, they will deliver. Be
sure to ask away.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
The planets will take care of you this
week, no matter what you do or
where you go. Travel plans are espe-
cially promising on Thursday, so
start packing your bags.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Love is in the air, and you can't resist
its call. Not that you want to, but
sometimes you put your relationships
on the back burner. Offer your undi-
vided attention to this sweetheart.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Your feelings for a certain person
are a lot deeper than you have
been letting on, and they will grow
deeper as the week progresses.
This person can do no wrong.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
If you want to be successful and have
employers give you a fair chance,
you have to be a bit more flexible,
Capricorn. If you give some, you'll
get some remember that.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
This is one of those weeks where
everything will go right'for you
without your even trying. It won't
last very long, so make the most of it
while you can.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
This week it will pay to let others
take some of the credit for recent
successes. Say something nice about
colleagues and you'll be rewarded.


Alexandra Kosteniuk v Robert
Kempinski, Aeroflot Moscow 2006. 8
Fashion model Kosteniuk displays
Balmain watches and haute
couture, but at the chessboard she 6
is one of the world's top female
players. Aeroflot was her most
impressive result, a competition 4
against highly ranked male 3
grandmasters where she emerged
with two wins, six draws, and an 2
unlucky final-round defeat She is
cool in a crisis, too, as in today's
position reached dose to the time
control with both players under
pressure from the dock. Kosteniuk
is a bishop down, but her white
queen check will win the Polish
GM's c8 rook since L.f5? allows 2
Qxg6 mate. So Kempinsld has to
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THE Bahamas Darts Feder-
ation is proud of its national
team after they became
Caribbean Cup Champions for
the fifth time in the last 10 tour-
naments.
The Caribbean Cup is a
regional darts tournament that
tests the skill of teams from all
parts of the Caribbean. It was
held July 14th 24th in
Bridgetown, Barbados.
This year 10 teams of 13 play-
ers, participated, and it includ-
ed teams from Flq da,
Trinidad and Tobago, St, Lt4ia,
Guyana, Brazil, Belize, Bertiu-
da, and host country Barbados.
The BDF Team was com-
prised of players from the Nas-
sau Darts Association (NDA),
Grand Bahama Darts Associa-
tion (GBDA) and Abaco Darts
Association (ADA) who qual-
ified through extensive and gru-
eling national tournaments.
Nassau players were Trudy
Johnson, Helen Sweeting, Har-
ry Brown, Tony Moree, Barry
Payne, Victor Cartwright, and
Christian Knowles. Represent-
ing Grand Bahama were.Julie
Nichols, Ashley Poitier and
Ramon McIntosh.
Abaco's proudest were
Angela Russell, Faith Sawyer
and Dwight MacDonald.
The team members were all
excited and proud of this team
particularly because five mem-
bers were national team rook-
ies. Also traveling with the
team was coach Wayne "Fish"
Copeland (GBDA), manager
Justin.Snisky (GBDA) and
BDF President Malcolm Spicer,
who said, "The Bahamas can
be proud, as the squad repre-
sented their country like heroes
and were great ambassadors for
our islands."
The event is a darts
marathon with points awarded
for wins and progression
through the events. The coun-
tries have a round robin tour-
nament as well as a knock out
tournament in men and women
singles, mixed doubles and
mixed triples.
The days of the event were
very long, with the players
shooting from 10 in the morn-
ing until 8 in the evening.
Although The Bahamas did
not win any individual or team
honours they did have three
runners up finishes. Runner up
in the Men's singles was Ramon
McIntosh, runners up in the
Men's doubles were Ramon
McIntosh and Ashley Poitier
and runners up in the mixed
triples were Harry Brown Bar-
ry Payne and Trudy JohAi.


McIntosh, Ashley Poitier,
Christian Knowles, Angela
Russell and Faith Sawyer,
played solid and credited their
success to the encouragement,
support and effort of the veter-
ans.
Spicer was particularly proud
of these rookies and stated:


"The rookies really made their
presence felt, especially Angela
Russell who, although repre-
senting her country for the first
time, threw her darts like a pro
and was one of the star women
at the tournament."
He continued: "Ramon
McIntosh, was astounding. Par-


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ticularly as he was playing on
the international scene for the
first time, and he took the MVP
for the tournament which
included all of the top darts
players in the Caribbean."
The Bahamas will now hold
this title until 2008, when they
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
AT LEAST 12 boats are scheduled to com-
pete in the Harbour Island Regatta next month,
bringing the "peaceful" 2006 sailing calendar to a
close.
Bahamas Boat Owners and Sailing Associa-
tion's commodore the Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee
said they are excited about the direction that sail-
ing is heading in under Minister of Local Gov-
ernment and Consumer Affairs V. Alfred Gray.
McPhee said Gray is expected to chart the new
course for sailing when the Harbour Island Regat-
ta is held over the weekend of October 11-13 for
the A and B Classes only.
Gray is expected to present the organising com-
mittee with a cheque of $30,000 during a press
conference that is scheduled for today.
"Things are looking good,," McPhee stated.
"We are scheduled to have 12 boats, six A and six
B and most of the top boats will be attending
this regatta.
S"With all indications, it should be a very suc-
cessful regatta. All of the clubs are involved in it.
Each of the three clubs in Nassau will have two
boats entered in both the A and B class."
Those clubs are the BBOSA, the Common-
wealth Sailing Association and the National Sail-
ing Regatta Committee. Names of the boats
selected to represent the committees have not
yet been disclosed.
"We had a meeting with the committee and it
turned out to be a very good meeting," McPhee


pointed out. "From the meeting, it
seemed as if everybody is prepared to work
together."
With regattas now coming under the portfolio
of Gray, McPhee said they've had smooth sailng
over the course of the year and they intend to
keep it that way.
"Regatta is certainly at a new level at this pre-
sent time under Minister Gray," McPhee charged.
"He has certainly been the catalyst of bringing
back:the dignity that we once had nlan\ years
ago.
"He's been instrumental in promoting it and
making sure that dignity and accountability' is
back into sailing from all aspects ot de\ elopment.
So we salute him for the impact he's had on sloop
sailing since taking over portfolio in his depart-
ment."
McPhee'said upder Gray, they expect 'to .spe
some drastic changes made to the sport and wifi
Harbour Island being the last regatta, there will be
many meetings and conferences to bring the
"movers and shakers" together to chart the new
way forward.
"We hope to start the new sailing calendar off
under some new directions next year," McPhee
projected. "All of the bickering and pettiness
that we once had came out of our egos. ';
"But these things that have hindered us are
now behind us and we are looking forward to
making sailing what it was many years ago as the
best sport in our country."
With the new changes e.pe6,ted to come,
McPhee said it will only enhance the sport of
sloop sailing in the future.


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prior to the final match-ups,
gave the Bahamas enough to
win the overall trophy by seven
points.
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ry and this year it would have
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BOXING
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
"TWO rounds is all I need to
seal my first win on the profes-
sional level," said Alpachino
'Banger' Allen, yesterday.
Alien, who is preparing for
his professional debut, stepped
into The Tribune newsroom to
find his scheduled opponent
'Big Mouth' Drexell McIntosh
S waiting patiently to hear his
comments.
The tension brought by both
boxers forced promoter and
trainer of Allen, Ray Minus Jr,
to sit in between the fierce fight-
ers.
But Minus warned the boxers
to settle, and leave the big show
for ring. The fight, which is
scheduled for four rounds, will
be held on October 6th at the
Patio Restaurant and Bar.
This will be the first fight in
years for. both Allen and McIn-
tosh and the two boxers are
ready.
During the interview, Allen
told McIntosh that his return to
S the ring is a big mistake and he
will more than happy to send
him into retirement.
He said: "Well since this is
my first fight in a long time,, I.


* RAY MINUS JR, Alpacino Allen, Robert Allen, Drexell McIntosh
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)


am ready to go all out. I am pre-
dicting a two round knockout,
so he needs to come prepared.
"This isn't going to be an easy
task for him, trust me. I know
that this is my pro debut and I
will have to give it all I have. I


am going to teacli him a lesson,
beat him like he has never been
beaten before. I have God on
my side and I won't have any-
thing to fear."
But McIntosh also sent a
strong message to Allen.


For McIntosh, the fight will
not only be used as a statement
directed towards Allen but the
entire boxing community.
McIntosh said this statement
will inform the Bahamas that he
is back and here to stay.


He said: "I am going to say
this much about Mr Allen, I
respect him as a fighter and his
style of fighting. It has been a
while since we've last step into
the ring. I am not going to say
that I am going to destroy him,


punish or hurt him, I am going
to say this much though, he
must bring his best because I
am bringing my best.
"Whoever, he decides .to
bring, his old man, dog, cats,
whoever, I want him to bring it
all when he shows up in the
ring.
"Mr McIntosh doesn't back
down from no one, I am no
one's coward. We shall see who
the real champion is."
But things aren't going as
smoothly as McIntosh planned.
He said a daily workout routine
has been placed on the back
burner, and the enthusiasm he
once had to train has disap-
peared.
Despite all of this, McIntosh
believes that he is still capable
of stepping into the ring and
putting on a great performance
for his fans and the boxing com-
munity.
This fight is also a pro-debut
for McIntosh.
Also fighting on the card will
be Anthony\ 'Sco' \\ood tak-
ing Duran -Hands of Stone
Miller in a six round bout; Deon
Sweeting going up against Hens-
ley Strachan and Ryan McKen-
zie stepping into the ring with
Anthony Drummit in a four
round bout.


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