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Publication Date: 6/7/2007
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agistrate suspended


'Suspected, along with

police prosecutor,

of pocketing fines'


* By PAUL
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAGISTRATE and a
police prosecutor have report-
edly been suspended and are
under active investigation on
suspicion of pocketing fines,
The Tribune has learned.
Well placed sources claim
that the magistrate in ques-
tion, and the police prosecutor
are suspected of using the
court system to pocket fines
paid into court by persons sen-
tenced and fined for various
offences.
It is reported that persons
have been complaining for
sometime that they have not
been able to get a receipt for
fines they have paid into the
particular magistrate's court.


The alleged scam exploded
last month, it was claimed,
when a person, who was fined
by the magistrate, complained
to a lawyer that, despite
repeated complaints, he was
not able to get a receipt for
monies he paid to the court.
Allegedly the magistrate has
been called before Chief Jus-
tice Sir Burton Hall, and has
been suspended pending
investigations into the com-
plaint.
It is also claimed that an
official audit is being con-
ducted in that particular court.
It is reported that a number
of court officials are believed
to be under suspicion for
being complicit in the matter,
either by accepting monies for
lunch or for not reporting the
matter.


Forensic experts to ask for

state-of-the-art laboratory
* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE Forensic experts are to put their case to the new govern-
ment soon about the need for a state of the art forensic laboratory to
be made a reality in the Bahamas.
Speaking outside PLP headquarters yesterday about the fire that
occurred on Saturday at that site, Director of Forensic Sciences, Quinn
McCartney stressed that while the force has the expertise in the field
of forensics, they do not have the necessary facilities to use those
skills to their full potential.
This claim was backed up by Assistant Commissioner Ellison
Greenslade, who added that the deficiency was "no secret."
Both men were speaking at a press conference arranged to coincide
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as a dumpyard. Construction tools, hundreds of cars including a church bus and
parts of boats have been strewn throughout the area between Joe Farringto Road and
Sea Breeze.
SEE PAGE TWO
(Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff)

Govt satisfied with Warning that long-range
Cuban version of cordless phones pose
shooting events threat to air traffic safety


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas government is satisfied with the
chain of events, as described by the government of
Cuba, regarding the shooting of three Bahamians
in a speedboat off the Cuban coast on April 30th.
Foreign Affairs Minister Brent Symonette, in an
interview with The Tribune yesterday, said that
although satisfied with Cuban claims, the govern-
ment is still investigating a protest from members
of one of the families of one of the men involved.
This family has taken issue with Cuba's version of
what happened.
"We're still investigating. You know there's
allegations from one of the members of the family
that it was possibly not the way it was relayed to us.
SEE page 12


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Public Utilities Commis-
sion has urged persons on Grand Bahama not to
use long-range cordless phones, which pose a seri-
ous threat to air traffic safety.
Donovan Dorsett, legal counsel for the PUC,
said that such phones are of grea concern to the
commission because they interfere with aeronau-
tical communications used by air traffic controllers.
"The dangers are quite obvious, if there is a
communication break between an. aircraft and air
traffic control," said Mr Dorsett.
"And, we know that there are persons who pos-
sess these pieces of equipment, and are using them
to the detriment of the Bahamian society as a
SEE page 12


Concern over
reports of officers
betraying political
affiliations in
public statements
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
SENIOR police officers are
concerned about some "very, very
disturbing reports" of lower, mid-
dle and senior ranking officers
making public statements that
may betray their political affilia-
tions and create public fears
about the neutrality of the police
force.
On the day that an official from '
the Broward County Sheriff's
office arrived in New Providence
to join in and police empha-
sised provide independent
oversight in the investigation into
the Gambier House fire, Assis-
tant Commissioner Ellison
Green'slade admitted that while
he is certain both he and detec-
tives "working under my remit"
are committed and non-partisan
public servants, this perhaps may
not be said for every member of
SEE page 12

Brother of
Jay Damianos
claims police
refused to allow
outside help in
investigation


eBy BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter


THE brother of Jay Damianos
- whose family maintains he was
murdered has criticised police
for bringing in foreign investiga-
tors to assist with the Gambier
Hbuse fire, but refusing to allow
his family to bring in outside help
to assist in the stalled investiga-
tion into his brother's death.
Nick Damianos told The Tri-
bune that his family asked sever-
al officers if they wanted or could
use the help of foreign experts in
the investigation into Jay's death.
Each time, he said, they were told
by these officers that this would
not be necessary.
"I wonder why it (foreign
help) is necessary to investigate
arson, yet it is not necessary to
investigate homicide," he asked.
The Damianos family has
become increasingly critical of the
investigation into Jay's death.
George Damianos, the father
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AGGRAVATED residents
claim that a piece of property off
Pineyard Road is being used as a
dumpyard.
For years an area between Joe
Farrington Road and Sea Breeze
has been sitting while junk is
piled up and rots away.
The property was originally
protected by a wall, but a mem-
ber of the public said "the wall
was broken down intentionally".


Construction tools, hundreds
of cars including a church bus,
and parts of boats have been
strewn throughout the over-
grown segment of land ..
The Department of Environ-
mental Health Services was con-
tacted and.a member of the
department claimed that he had
not personally received any com-
plaints about the junkyard.
When asked if this may create
health risks for those living in
the area, the response was that


there should not be any health
concerns immediately "although
there would be environmental
concerns," the spokesman
said.
The public should also be
aware that if there are environ-
mental problems, they could lead
to health risks, not only to
humans, but animals as well.
Once they were told the loca-
tion of the property, the Depart-
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US visitor

drowns

while scuba

diving

A 51-YEAR-OLD American
visitor on vacation in Grand
Bahama drowned tragically
while scuba diving off Club For-
tuna Beach Resort on Tuesday.
Dawn Tina Golby, of
Philadelphia, was pronounced
dead on arrival at Rand Memo-
rial Hospital around 4.03pm.
Mrs Golby, who was discovered
unconscious in the water, was
on a scuba diving trip with her
husband.
According to police, at about
2.52pm, an employee at Club
Fortuna Scuba Diving Shop
alerted police at Lucaya that a
diver had surfaced unconscious
anid requested an ambulance.
An ambulance and police
officers were sent to the scene.
Supt Loretta Mackey said
reports indicated that dive
instructors noticed that Mrs
Golby's actions were unusual
and assisted her to the boat.
The instructor said she
appeared to be unconscious.
Investigations are continuing.

Suspect in

alleged JFK

airport plot

surrenders
* TRINIDAD
Port-of-Spain
A FOURTH suspect in an
alleged plot to attack New
York's John F Kennedy Air-
port surrendered Tuesday in
Trinidad as some US authori-
ties raised concerns about the
potential for a Caribbean ter-
ror threat, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Abdel Nur, a Guyanese
national accused of seeking sup-
port for the alleged plot from
the leader of a radical Muslim
group in Trinidad, smiled as he
turned himself in at a police sta-
tion outside the capital of Port-
of-Spain.
.Nur has'become ExbibitA'"
for those-who-fear deep social
inequality in the Caribbean
could foster virulent anti-US
sentiment and even make the
islands another recruiting
ground for terrorists.
The 57-year-old suspect, who
worked odd jobs at a currency
exchange house and lived in a
poor neighborhood back in
Guyana, seemed to dismiss such
concerns as he entered a court-
house later Tuesday. "It is a
conspiracy and a set up," a smil-
ing Nur told reporters.
Trinidad, which is about 6 per
cent Muslim, is home to Jamaat
al Muslimeen, a radical group
that staged the only Islamic
revolt in the Western Hemi-
sphere, a deadly 1990 coup
attempt sparked by still unre-
solved land claims.
. Nur allegedly met with the
group's leader, Yasin Abu
Bakr, in an unsuccessful effort
to get support for the airport
attack.

Castro looks

healthier in
long TV
interview
* HAVANA

SPEAKING slowly and
focusing on past memories
rather than his recovery and
future, a healthier looking Fidel
Castro appeared on Cuban tele-
vision Tuesday, giving the world
its first long look at him since he
fell ill and gave up power last
summer, according to Associat-
ed Press.
The 80-year-old's now grayer
beard and hair were well-
trimmed and he seemed rested
and alert no longer the pic-
ture of a man on the verge of
death. But he did not speak in
depth about international issues
and did not mention any plans
to govern Cuba again.


"I tell my compatriots, I'm
now doing what I should be
doing," Castro said, during an
official interview with Randy
Alonso, host of the govern-
ment's nightly "Round Table"
program, that was taped Mon-
day and lasted about 50 min-
utes. "There are no secrets."


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Mitchell stresses




need for public




sector reform


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
FRED Mitchell, former for-
eign affairs and public service
minister, continued his call for
Public Sector Reform in his
address to the House of
Assembly yesterday on the
Budget.
Mr Mitchell said that when
he was the minister responsible
for the public service he went
into the job expecting to find a
"professional" body capable
of following lawful instructions
given to them; and capable of
acting in a "neutral manner"
toward their political authori-
ty.
"I left office with a clear
understanding of the gap
between my expectations in
that regard and the reality. I
came to office preaching pub-
lic sector reform. I left office
preaching the same thing," he
said.
Mr Mitchell said the public
sector reform that he pushed
had only "limited success"
because of a struggle between
the Ministry of Finance and
the Public Service Department
as to who would lead the
effort.
"In the end, Finance won,
and for reasons that mystify
me, we have not gotten to
where we should have gotten in
that time. But I want to say
that there are some public ser-
vants, and public servant lead-
ers who understand the system.
"There was a group of per-
sons who formed a team who
worked to conclude some
landmark agreements in the
public service: An agreement
with the Bahamas Public Ser-
vices Union which gave an
enforceable industrial agree-
ment for the first time in the
history of that union. .
-'There was a similar land-,
mark agreement with the
Bahamas Union of Teachers:
For the first time in the history
of the country they got an
enforceable industrial agree-
ment. The agreements sought
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decision making, and make
permanent secretaries more
like CEOs and responsible for
the conduct of the affairs of
their departments.
"This was a reform that was
resisted to the very bitter end,
and I am not sure where it is
headed. I would suggest that
the government must continue
the effort toward public sec-
tor reform," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that during
his tenure as minister, the PLP
sought to instil a "new culture"
in the public service; one that
was not "atavistic or tribal",
but one that was "consultative
and collegial".
"This'ws broad ejected
by the public ser :e nd the
public as the right approach.
He added: "I would simply
at this juncture remind the
government that the public
service is now governed by an
industrial agreement, and it
also is governed by the gener-


al public law, including the
employment act. Many of the
instances that have been
reported to me amount to con-
structive dismissals, where
public servants of senior stand-
ing have been sent into Elba,
into offices with nothing to do
or with nowhere to sit.
"Last week a number of
them from the Ministry that
was dismantled had to be sent
home for four days because
they showed up at a Ministry
and the permanent secretary
knew nothing about them
coming. Compare this to the
approach that we took when
we came to office and found
that 300 people had been. hired
in 2002 on short-term three-
month contracts, and when
their contracts were up we
heard their petitions and took
them into the service on a full
time basis. That is a govern-
ment that cares about people,"
he said.


Maynard: no clause to keep bleachers


THE infamous Junkanoo
bleachers will not become
the property of the Bahami-
an people when the contract
ends with C3 after this year's
parades, Minister of State
for Culture Charles May-
nard said yesterday during
his contribution to the bud-
get debate.
Mr Maynard said despite
much talk in the House
about the Bahamian people
owning the bleachers at the
end of the contract period
there is no such clause in the
actual signed agreement.
However, he said that
government has started dis-
cussions to resolve all out-


standing issues and has initiated
proposals and explored ways to
reduce the parade ticket prices
according to the commitment
of the FNM during the election
campaign.
The State Minister said that
government has to ensure also
that the prize money from the
2006-2007 parades are paid
which is "another matter left
unaddressed by the member
from Farm Road."
In short order, the govern-
ment is expected to complete
the delayed refurbishment of
the national Junkanoo Muse-
um.
"The National Junkanoo
Museum will open in 2007 and


will not only be a great tribute
to this remarkable art form but
will also be a valuable addition
to our national tourist product,"
Mr Maynard said.
He said that the Junkanoo
community through the muse-
um gift shop will have poten-
tially another stream of rev-
enue that will be available to
them.
"This colleagues will be just
one of the many steps in build-
ing the Junkanoo industry's
infrastructure that will serve the
dual purpose of on the one
hand helping to enhance
Bahamian cultural education
and on the other tap into the
sector's business potential.


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The GOP New Hampshire debate


THE VARIETY of opinions expressed by
the Republican presidential candidates in Tues-
day night's New Hampshire debate made for an
engaging evening of aired differences.
On Iraq war strategy, immigration, abortion
rights, health care, trade, and English as the
official US language, the ideological diversity on
stage in Manchester Tuesday night was far
broader than what the Democrats displayed
two nights earlier. At one point Representa-
tive Duncan Hunter of California even accused
the three top-tier candidates John McCain,
Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani of being
"from the Kennedy wing of the Republican
party," because of their more moderate stances
on certain issues.
The Republicans are fighting a steep uphill
battle to hold on to the White House in 2008.
Perhaps that longshot status frees them to be
more candid in expressing their views, unlike the
play-it-safer Democrats.
As the field narrows into fewer candidates
and more is at stake, the refreshing variety may
not last. But Tuesday night about the only things
all 10 candidates agreed on was that the "don't
ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military
should remain, and that they believed in God.
McCain, a senator from Arizona, had sever-
al good moments: when he walked to the edge
of the stage to speak directly to a Bedford,
N.H., resident whose brother has been killed in
Iraq, and when he refused to engage in bashing


even legal immigrants. "Spanish was spoken in
my state before English was," he said, respond-
ing to the bluster of Representative Tom Tan-
credo of Colorado, who pledged never to allow
Spanish to cross his website.
Mitt Romney did not have a good night,
sp making of non sequiturs and null sets and
finding himself on the defensive for signing a
healthcare law some of his opponents called a
big government mandate. His attempt to play
the Reaganesque role of optimist looking to a
bright future fell flat.
Moderator Wolf Blitzer asked the Democrats
on Sunday how they would use Bill Clinton in
their administrations. He tried for parity Tues-
day night, asking the Republicans how they
would use George W. Bush. It made for some
awkward moments, as when former Wisconsin
governor Tommy Thompson tried to quip,
"Well, I wouldn't send him to the United
Nations" and Tancredo scowled that he would
tell him not to darken his door.
But the candidates also used that question,
and another one later, to do some soul search-
ing about why the Republican Party took such
a beating in the 2006 elections. They lost cred-
ibility, they all said, by becoming more like the
Democrats big spending, interventionist, cor-
rupt. It was a mea culpa to the Republican Par-
ty'\ base, but strikingly, did not mention Iraq,
and in that way missed the most important mes-
sa,- of 2006.


THE JAIL SENTENCE and fine imposed
on Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff for
Vice President Dick Cheney, are an appropriate
- indeed necessary punishment for his
repeated lies to a grand jury and to FBI agents
investigating a possible smear campaign orches-
trated by the White House. Although Libby
plans to appeal, as he has every legal right to, the
judge ought to send him to jail now as a lesson
that such efforts to frustrate justice will not be
tolerated.
Libby was convicted in March for lying about
his role in revealing the identity of Valerie
Plame Wilson, a CIA officer, as part of a cam-
paign to discredit her husband, Joseph Wilson.
He was a diplomat whose inquiries abroad had
shot holes through a key premise for the war in
Iraq, that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy
uranium from Niger for a secret nuclear
weapons programme. Although Libby's sup-
porters make much of that no one was ever
indicted for leaking Wilson's name, that should
not obscure the fact that Libby did his best to
derail efforts to find out who did it and why.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton sentenced


Libby to two and a half years in prison and
fined him $250,000 based on "overwhelming
evidence" of Libby's guilt on four counts, includ-
ing obstruction of justice, perjury and giving
false statements. The jail term was at the low
end of what the prosecutor had recommended
but much harsher than the probation sought
by Libby's attorneys.
Although Libby partisans sometimes suggest
that he is being railroaded because of anger
over his zeal in promoting the disastrous war in
Iraq, that is hardly the case here. Walton, who
was appointed to the federal bench by the cur-
rent President Bush, is simply known for a
tough-on-crime attitude that transcends poli-
tics.
Libby's attorneys are asking that he be
allowed to remain free while his appeal goes
forward.
Some analysts suggest that the Libby strategy
is to run out the clock with an appeal and then
co t on a last-minute pardon from President
Bush as he leaves office.
(The first article was written by the New Times
and the second by the Boston Globe c. 2007).


Serving


Politicians must




'bend or break' to




deliver promises


EDITOR, The Tribune.

DURING the past twen-
ty-five years that I have
resided on Grand Bahama,
the government of the
Bahamas has changed three
times. Each time when there
has been a change in gov-
ernment, there is much opti-
mism and expectation that
this change will be the turn-
ing point for Grand Bahama.
After twenty-five years, I
am not convinced that Grand
Bahama has realized its true
potential and promises made
by politicians just sit on the
shelf and gather dust.
After the rallies, political
rhetoric and bar room talk,
the time comes when politi-
cians must either "bend or
break"' to deliver on their
promises.
Despite the fact that there
were persons in the Cabinet
from Grand Bahama previ-
ously, their true ability may
not have been realized as
there are other forces at
work here on Grand
Bahama, notably the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.
In 1992, the FNM govern-
ment under Hubert Ingra-
ham came to power.
Despite the widespread
support from "FNM coun-
try" and several Cabinet
Ministers from Grand
Bahama, ten years later in
2002, the FNM was voted out
of office by a landslide.
More people in "FNM
country" voted for the PLP
thianfihey did for their FNM
government. In other words,
the-people of Grand Bahama
were dissatisfied with the
delivery of promises made
by the FNM and concerns
continued to be voiced about
the state of development on
Grand Bahama.
In 2002, once again the
hopes of Grand Bahamians
were raised with the victory
of the PLP and a promise
that "help and hope" was on
the way, Furthermore, Mr
Edward St George, the force
behind the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA)
promised the "best five years
Freeport had ever seen!"
Unfortunately, with the
untimely demise of Mr St
George and three hurricanes,
once again Grand Bahami-
ans had their hopes dashed
that there would be any turn-


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Bahama economy. To the
contrary, things only seem to
have got worse including the
closure of The Royal Oasis
Resort that resulted in the
unemployment of 1500 per-
sons.
The recent 2007 victory by
the FNM has also created an
atmosphere of optimism.
Oswald Brown of the
Freeport described it as "an
exhilarating air of optimism"
in trying to analyse the
euphoria resulting from the
victory. However, the mil-
lion-dollar question is
whether or not this time, a
change of government would
actually translate into a sig-
nificant improvement in the
security and well-being of the
average Grand Bahamian?
One of the first announce-
ments with regards to Grand
Bahama by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was the
future appointment of a Cab-
inet Minister specifically
responsible for Grand
Bahama.
This announcement was
well received by enthusias-
tic crowds at the FNM vic-
tory rally. This appointment
is not a new concept and the
past two governments has
had in place a Minister at
least on paper charged with
this responsibility.
The only difference this
time is that this Minister
would have the necessary
staff in place to get the job
done. The portfolio of such a
Minister would be most
interesting. Yes, some would
agree that due to its popula-
tion it makes good sense to
appoint such a Minister.
However, the bulk of the
Grand Bahama population
resides in Freeport, an area
under the control of the
Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity. In his previous FNM gov-
ernment, Prime Minister
Ingraham had delegated the
affairs of Freeport to the
Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity.
Has there now been a
change in his attitude
towards the GBPA?
Nothing in Manifesto 2007
reflects this! Would this Min-
ister then be only responsible
for East and West Grand
Bahama? If so, then should-
n't a Minister be appointed
to all the major islands such
as Abaco, Eleuthera,
Andros, etc?


Prime Minister Ingraham
has placed relations with the
GBPA directly under his
portfolio, but any appoint-
ment of a Minister should
come with some authority
for that Minister. This
appointment would come at
a crucial time as the GBPA
is now experiencing its own
crisis. Clearly, they have
their own agenda and their
top priority may not neces-
sarily be the people of
Freeport. All too often, the
people of Freeport have
been left to the mercy of the
GBPA. For example, for
years on the early 1990's, I
lobbied the GBPA to permit
the construction of bus shel-
ters. Such shelters would
have protected school chil-
dren from the wind, rain,
sun, etc and would have
resulted in a better develop,
ment of the children. Such
an essential facility was
denied by the GBPA, even
when such a scheme was sup-
ported by credible commu-
nity groups such as the
Rotary Clubs. The percep-
tion was the fact that the
GBPA was only important.
in the economic develop-
ment and not the social, cul-
tural or educational devel-
opment of Freeporters.
There is also the issue of,
the Licensees of the GBPAN
who has to deal with an insti-,
tution that is not accountable
to them and pay exorbitant
license fees.
Their efforts over the years
to have some say on issues
directly impacting their busi-
nesses has been well docu-.
mented in the various media,'
but to no avail!
The Licensee Association
must play a crucial role in
any restructuring of the
arrangement with the
GBPA.
It may be timely that the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
1955 is amended to address
the concerns of today's
Freeport (Calvin Kemp must
be turning over in his grave
as this is something he has
been advocating for years).'
However, such changes
must only be implemented
after a diligent effort and
widest possible consultation
with all the parties involved.
Yes, it is so easy to make
incredible statements at the,
spur of the moment in such
places as public rallies,
but now the work must be
done!

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OIn brief

US embassy
donates
$5k to AIDS
programme
'UNITI'ED States charge
d'affaires. Dri Brcnt Hardt,
presented a chequCe or $5,000()
to The Bahamas National
HIV/AIDS programme
director Dr Perry Gomez.
The funds will be used by
the HIV/AIDS Centre to
fund a public service cam-
paign aimed at the Haitian
community in the Bahamas
in support of the centre's
"Know Your Status Cam-
paign" an ongoing pro-
gramme that encourages
Bahamians to be tested for
HIV/AIDS.
The funding supports an
ambitious Creole language
outreach el'oit being under-
taken by the HIV/AIDS Cen-
tre. To this end, Creole lan-
guage posters with the "Know
Your Status' message will be
distributed to community
health clinics in New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands.
In addition, 'Know Your
Status' public service
announcements will be
broadcast in Creole on radio
stations that reach the Hait-
ian community.
' In November, 2006, three
local non-profit HIV/AIDS
organizations (the HIV/AIDS
Centre; the Bahamas
HIV/AIDS Foundation, and
New Providence Communi-
fy Centre) received cheques
totalling about $25,000 from
the United States Embassy
in support of their ongoing
efforts in the fight against
HIV/AIDS.



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A BAHAMIAN artist with
intriguing theories about the
famous Alcatraz escape in 1962
is renewing his efforts to alert
authorities to his views as the
45th anniversary of an escape
approaches.
On June 11 that year, three
prisoners fled the island fortress
in San Francisco Bay, even
though US officials declared
Alcatraz to be escape-proof.
The men, plot leader Frank
Morris and two brothers John
and Clarence Anglin were pre-
sumed drowned in the turbulent
currents surrounding the jail. But
their bodies were never found.
Nassau painter Freddie Pin-
der, after what he describes as
long years of research, believes
the men did escape with their
lives and set up home in the
pine barrens of Grand Bahama.
His beliefs have already been
discounted by police, but he has
never wavered from his view that
Clarence Anglin still lives on the
island under an assumed name.
He also claims that Anglin
murdered both his brother and
Morris to get hands on the mon-
ey they accumulated during
their lives of crime.
Yesterday, Mr Pinder told The
Tribune: "There is no doubt in
my mind that my version of
events is true. What's more, US
marshals in Florida also say they
are 99 per cent sure I'm right."
His views are based partly on


N BOATS are seen sailing in San Francisco Bay in front of
Alcatraz
(Photo: Sid McLean)


childhood memories. He claims
he cut mangoes for the three
men when he was growing up in
Rocky Creek.
He said the fugitives lived in
shacks they built near a saw-
grass swamp in the Rocky
Creek area.
When Mr Pinder's theories
last surfaced in 2004, senior
police officers dismissed them
as "fantasy", saying full investi-


gations had been carried out
with negative results.
But Mr Pinder said: "Anglin
still lives on Grand Bahama. I
know it, and so do all the people
living in the communities round
about."
On Monday, the 45th
anniversary of the famous
escape, INSIGHT outlines.Mr
Pinder's riveting story, and the
basis of his unshakeable belief.


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Being aware of the amount
of work needed to plan a possi-
ble evacuation, HOPE has
made it possible for a relief
operation to take place in New
Providence in the event of a
strong hurricane.
If a category four or five hur-
ricane was to make landfall,
"the casualty toll would be hor-
rendous", said Darren Adler, a
representative from HOPE.
He explained the need to
learn from past hurricanes and
prevent what happened to the
Cayman Islands after Ivan, and
New Orleans after Katrina,
from happening here.
Hurricane Frances was only a
category three and the effects
throughout the country were
disastrous.
Mr Adler also emphasised
the importance of evacuating
as many people as possible
beforehand. His belief is that,
after the hurricane, those who
remain will want to leave. This
creates a delay before people
to rebuild can be brought in to
aid NEMA, especially when it
is unlikely that NEMA could
handle the aftermath on their
own.
To use HOPE's services, a


ticket is bought in case of a
future hurricane for each person
in the family, pets included.
HOPE contacts their ticket-
holders when a hurricane has
reached a seven on their scale.
Persons must confirm their
flight 24 hours beforehand.
The organisation is based at
Million Air and has created a
Disaster Management Centre.
On location are 300-plus trained
personnel to run a disaster evac-
uation without affecting the
main terminal.
The facility includes 13 check-
in desks where persons check-in
before taking their luggage to
the plane themselves to assure
them it is on the plane before
boarding. Persons will then be
taken to one of HOPE's 13 des-
tinations throughout North
America and the Caribbean.
Million Air's location was
chosen due to their highly-
trained staff, advanced facili-
ties, 24-hour security, and the
belief that it is on par with air-
ports in the US.
The decision also stems from
the fact that Nassau's main air-
port can only accommodate 80-
100,000 persons at maximum
capacity.
Another problem arises
because a great number of per-


sons will already be booked on
commercial flights, along with
others trying to buy any of the
remaining seats, which creates a
chaotic environment.
Although a full-scale air and
sea based evacuation has not
been conducted in the
Caribbean, at this point the
main terminals in the country
cannot even sustain a partial
evacuation.
HOPE realises this and is try-
ing its best to reduce the num-
bers of people left in the coun-
try if necessary. Careful plans
have been made to avoid panic,
careless mistakes, and ulti-
mately failure.
The humanitarian operation
was formed after the 9/11
attacks to help cope with disas-
ters. Based in the Bahamas
since 2002, they have a fleet of
aircraft and can evacuate
around 10,000 people daily.
HOPE is funded by the Unit-
ed States, the United Kingdom
and the European Union. They
have invested at least $2 mil-
lion in their operations in the
Bahamas.
Their operation has three
goals, being to provide educa-
tion about hurricane relief,
evacuation solutions and to
relief aid assistance.


* HURRICANE Frances, although only a category three, had
devastating effects in the Bahamas. HOPE has warned that a
more powerful storm could mean a catastrophic number of
casualties


OIn brief

Man faces
charge after
claiming he
was shot

FREEPORT A man
who claims he was shot while
walking in the Coral Gardens
area last week, has been
charged in Freeport Magis-
trate's Court with deceiving a
public officer.
Tyrrad Moss, 22, of
Flamingo Drive, appeared
before Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Helen Jones on Tues-
day in Court Two, where he
was charged with deceit of a
public officer.
It is alleged that on May
31, Moss with intent to evade
the requirements of the law,
tried to deceive a Central
Detective Unit officer, act-
ing in the execution of his
duty, by giving a false state-
ment.
According to reports, Moss
had been taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital on May
31 with a gun shot injury to
the left thigh. He alleged that
he had been shot by an
unknown person while walk-
ing in the area of the basket-
ball court in Coral Gardens.
Moss was represented by
lawyer Carlson Shurland. He
pleaded not guilty to the
charge. He was granted
$2,000 bail with surety and
released. The matter was
adjourned to March 4, 2008.

Abaco man
charged
with assault
of couple
A RESIDENT of Abaco
was charged in Marsh Har-
bour Magistrate's Court on
Tuesday in connection with
an alleged assault of a Nassau
couple.
John Jack Albury, 64, of
Pelican Shores, Abaco,
appeared before Magistrate
Crawford McGee. He was
charged with assaulting
Vanessa and Ivan Thompson
with a shotgun.
Albury, who Was a"vicltim
of housebreaking and theft,
pleaded not guilty and was
granted $1,000 bail with sure-
ty. He was represented by
Alex Maillis. The matter was
adjourned to July 25, 2007.


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The poor service at Bahamasair is an oft-lamented fact, but


* By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor
A Tribune journalist wit-
nessed first-hand the poor cus-
tomer service that Bahamasair
has become known for when he
was ignored and threatened by
an airline supervisor while try-
ing to catch a flight.
The incident took place in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, after
the supervisor Charles Cor-
nish refused to say whether
several successive flights were
overbooked, despite the fact
that another Bahamasair
employee had already admitted
as much.
"Our plans were already
ruined by a Bahamasair
employee in Nassau who either
took down our travel informa-
tion incorrectly or issued the
wrong return ticket. We
explained that we needed to
return to Nassau urgently.
"Instead of sympathising and
being helpful, this man told me
that by asking him certain ques-
tions, I was making it hard for
myself and my companion to
get back to Nassau that day,"
the journalist explained.
"I consider that a threat. He
was saying that if I don't shut up
he will make sure I stay strand-
ed in Abaco.
"It is appalling that a cus-
tomer would be treated this way
by anyone in the service indus-
try, but particularly by a
Bahamasair employee, whose
salary and benefits I pay for as a
member of the Bahamian pub-
lic."
The issue arose when, after
spending the Labour Day week-
end in Abaco, the journalist
noticed that the wrong date was
printed on his return ticket.
"I made it clear to the per-
son who took my travel infor-
mation how important it was
that I be back on Sunday after-
noon. Nevertheless, I found
myself with a ticket that read


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* LATENESS and overbooking are'recurrent problems with
Bahamasir flights


Monday, June 4."
The journalist and his com- *
panion arrived at the airport
two-and-a-half hours before the
Sunday flight they had original-
ly opted to take, and were met
at the Bahamasair counter by
employee Marilyn Simms, who
said there was nothing she could
do except place them on a
standby list.
Reluctantly, after some coax-
ing, Ms Simms admitted that
the chances of getting on this
flight were very slim, as it had
already been overbooked by
five passengers who would take
priority.
"I understand that her hands
were tied, but she could at least
have tried to be helpful. Instead,
she seemed unconcerned, even
amused,-that two ticket-hold-
ing customers were in distress.
"All of her answers were
facetious or sullen. When told
of the urgency of the situation
and asked if there was any oth-
er flight leaving Marsh Harbour
that afternoon, she replied: 'Not
from Bahamasair'. She then
told me without prompting that
there would be a penalty to pay


before I got on any flight, as a
result of the change in my trav-
el plans."
The passengers then asked to
speak with the manager, who
was not there at the time. When
they returned an hour later, Mr
Cornish was at the counter, but
could only say that the flight
was full and that he could offer
. no new information for another
hour.
"When I asked him about my
chances of getting on a flight
before the next day taking
into account the fact that some
flights were overbooked he
became irritated.
"It was a simple request for
information, so I could assess
my chances of leaving that day.
If there was no possibility of
help from Bahamasair, I needed
to know so I could make plans
with another airline or at least
make sure I could find accom-
modation for the night.
"This man's confrontational
attitude and unwillingness to be
helpful in the slightest was most
upsetting.
"He and Ms Simms seem not
to care if passengers are left in


---I


and were graced with a great
deal more attention and care
than we were. Some of them
actually got on a flight. It was
our feeling that the employees
knew some of these people per-
sonally."
After issuing his threat, Mr
Cornish simply ignored the two
passengers, walking away when
they attempted to speak to him
further.
"At the end of the day," the
journalist said, "it is Bahama-
sair as a company that is at fault
for this situation.
"It was the airline, not Mr
Cornish, who overbooked these
flights. It was the airline that
trained the employee that


messed up our original book-
ing in the first place."
The Tribune contacted
Bahamasair Family Island man-
ager Howard Hall for comment
on the matter yesterday.
Mr Hall immediately apolo-
gised and asked that the details
of the incident be forwarded to
him. He explained that the
information will be passed on
to the Customer Relations
department and an official com-
plaint will be filed.
"Management's focus is defi-
nitely on customer service," Mr
Hall said. "We are running a
number of training programmes
every week in an effort to elim-
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always right everywhere in the
world except at the Bahamasair
counter."
After the initial conversation
with Mr Cornish, the journalist
identified himself as such,
informed both Bahamasair
employees that he planned to
write about the incident and
gave them a chance to amend or
retract any of their earlier state-
ments.
"Mr Cornish then decided to
initiate a school-yard game with
me, in which I asked him if the
next three flights were indeed
overbooked and if there was
therefore any reason for us to
remain at the airport, and he
simply responded 'the flights
are full'. Yes, I said, but are they
overbooked? 'The flights are
full' and so it went.
"This scenario was repeated
several times, until the scene
became quite absurd, at which
point, Mr Cornish issued his
threat: 'You are making it hard
for you to leave Abaco today,'
he said.
"That comment told us many
things; it showed the contempt
this man holds for paying cus-
tomers and the press; it showed
that he felt there was no rea-
son to fear making such an out-
rageous comment in a crowd-
ed airport; but most of all, it
showed that, despite saying
there was nothing he could do
about my dilemma, he believed
it was in his power to help, since
he was threatening to withhold
that help unless I improved my
behaviour.
"We felt we were discrimi-
nated against from the begin-
ning actually, when as we
approached the counter for the
second time, Ms Simms whis-
pered something to Mr Cornish
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Separation of God and Mammon


I NEVER liked the
phrase "the voice of the
people is the voice of God"
nor was I partial to a sugges-
tion that God placed a partic-


ular person at the helm of a
country because it was what
he wanted.
To me "the voice of the peo-
ple is the voice of God" sug-
gests that God ought to do
what man wants, instead of


man following God's will. In
addition, to say that God
chooses the leader of the coun-
try is to say that a merciful and
loving God chose Joseph Stal-
in, Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler and
Francois Duvalier to lead their
respective nations.
The Bahamian public heard
much of this during the time of


the former administration and
they used it as often as they
could. Many times it was sug-
gested that criticism of the
nation's leaders was to criticise
the choice of God Himself.
Believe it or not I don't have
a quarrel with the former gov-
ernment for not discouraging
this mainly because I do believe
(as sad as this statement is)
Marx was right: "religion is an
opiate of the masses".
They are politicians, not
saints and theologians
(although I think too many
thought they were) so if they
could wrap their place in soci-
ety in the veneer of divine will
it is not surprising that they
would.
No, my quarrel in this
respect was with the preach-
ers who, through the philoso-
phy of a "Gospel of prosperi-
ty", helped to promulgate this.
This idea that prosperity and
success in business is external
evidence of God's favour is
currently in vogue with many
of the newer Christian denom-
inations and is creeping into
some of the more established
Protestant ones.
This idea that favour may be
preordained, or granted in
return for prayer or merit-


R U P E R T M I S S I C K J R
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making, justifies their idea that
a party which secures a win in


lay volunteers, operating 610
missions in 123 countries.
In the secular sense she had
a "corporation" of consider-
able size and success with one
exception, it did not make her
wealthy. Her mission has not
made anyone rich and never
will. She never asked for a dol-
lar for herself. Her prosperity
lay in how well she could serve
others and was measured by
how much she could give of
herself.
She has written no book that
has made her millions of dol-
lars, had no Megaa church" to
call her own, did not own a car
much less a private jet, a house
or anything that many preach-
ers who support this prosperi-
ty Gospel seem to value. In
fact, when she died she owned
nothing but her rosary beads


a general election must be
blessed with God's favour.

T he use of prosperity
in a Christian church
as the sole, or even primary,
evidence of God's good grace
is aberrant and contrary to the
message of the Gospels which
downplay material prosperity
and emphasises repeatedly the
importance of helping the
poor.
I have always wondered how
these people regard a person
like Mother Teresa, who chose
to give up material wealth and
live in poverty to operate hos-
pices and homes for people
with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and
tuberculosis. She also ran soup
kitchens, children's and family
counselling programmes,
orphanages and schools.
Mother Teresa was not with-
out health problems herself.
She suffered a heart attack
twice, broke her collarbone,
suffered from malaria and fail-
ure of the left ventricle.
However, when she died on
September 5, 1997, nine days
after her 87th birthday, Moth-
er Teresa's Missionaries of
Charity had over 4,000 sisters,
an associated brotherhood of
300 members, and over 100,000


where Christians are supposed
to believe it is, in heaven.
Christ was not a rich man,
nor did God see it fit to make
him one. He was born to "low
class" people in what amounts
to, by today's standards, a
backwater town in a third
world country.
Jesus' wealth was not built
in what the world regarded
as wealth. In fact, he died a
painful, degrading death for a
crime he did not commit and
was spat on by the very peo-
ple he came to help. Was
Jesus' favour not preor-
dained? Did He not pray
hard enough for the right
things? Did He fail to merit .
the favour of God?
God does not guarantee us
wealth, power and prestige, he
does not even guarantee that
we will see the end of this day;
he guarantees us that he will
love us. We can only hope to '
be at best reasonably happy in
this life and supremely happy
in the next.
Much of this philosophy has
to do with being a person of


God does not guarantee us wealth,
power and prestige, he does not even
guarantee that we will see the end of
this day, he guarantees us that he
will love us. We can only hope to be
at best reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy in-the next.


and her distinctive white-and-
blue sari.
Even her death was not
widely published in the west-
ern media because it was over-
whelmed by the death of
Princess Diana.

Was her favour not
preordained? Did
she not pray hard enough for
the right things? Did she fail
to merit the favour of God?
Where then is the reward for
this woman of God who gave
so much?
Simply, her reward was


presumption rather than a per-
son of faith. We are not enti-
tled to wealth, to power, to
prestige or success as the world
views it. God is not a genie
who will upon our request give
us our heart's desire.
Our faith or devotion to
God is not seen through what
we receive but through what
we give. It is not in the
acknowledgments of the rich
and powerful but our acknowl-
edgment of the poor and dis-
enfranchised. It is not the
rewards of this life that Chris-
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Working with the OAS



its many advantages


* By Dr Brent Hardt
US Charge d'Affaires
COUNTRIES throughout
the hemisphere, including the
United States and the Bahamas,
came together in Panama this
week at the 37th general assem-
bly of the Organisation of
American States (OAS).
The OAS continues to-lead
the way in supporting the peo-
ple of the hemisphere who seek
the benefits of democracy, pros-
perity, personal security and
social justice.
The OAS's Inter-American
Democratic Charter makes
clear that democracy is the
foundation of the political, eco-
nomic, and social development
of our hemisphere.
One of the fundamental pil-
lars of democracy is freedom of
expression, especially a free
press, and protecting this free-
dom is one of the OAS's core
missions.
The press occupies special
ground in a democracy, calling
upon government officials to
account for their actions and
holding their actions to scrutiny.
Despite the ill treatment he
received from the press,
Thomas Jefferson had no doubt
of its importance: "Were it left
to me to decide whether we
should have a government
without newspapers or news-
papers without a government,"
he wrote, "I should not hesi-
tate a moment to prefer the lat-
ter."
A free press is the best watch-
dog for democracy, bringing
people the information they
need to exercise independent
judgment in electing public offi-
cials. It enables people to make
informed choices. It exposes
fraud and abuse. And it gives
voice to the oppressed.

While countries like
the Bahamas move
to solidify press freedoms
through efforts to make the
press more independent and


YOU R -,


OPINION P

provide free access to informa-
tion, others in our region and during the meetings in
elsewhere are moving in the Panama, OAS Secre-
Gr / Pn amrfl I1 n d r man v


One of the
fundamental
pillars of
democracy is
freedom of
expression,
especially a free
press, and
protecting this
freedom is one
of the OAS's
core missions.

opposite direction.
In Venezuela, democracy suf-
fered a serious blow last week
when its government forced pri-
vate television station RCTV
off the air after 53 years of con-
tinuous broadcasting as the
result of its criticism of the gov-
ernment.
The independent Commit-
tee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
commented on this decision by
observing: "This arbitrary deci-
sion thwarts Venezuelans'
right to seek and receive infor-
mation and represents a set-
back for democracy in this
country."
Freedom House now ranks
Venezuela with the world's.
worst press abusers, giving, it
the shameful "not free" rating.


LrlJ UtIeneraI Insu IlIza anI iny
OAS members spoke out force-
fully against Venezuela's actions
against RCTV. Secretary Rice,
in calling for the OAS Secre-
tary General to consult with
Venezuelan authorities on the
closure, told the delegates:
"We, the members of the OAS,
must defend freedom where it is
under siege in our hemisphere
and we must support freedom
whenever and wherever it is
denied."

The Speech
from the
Throne this year
reinforced the
importance of
transparent
government,
pledging a new
Freedom of
Information Act

The United States welcomes
the support of The Bahamas
and other countries where free-
dom of the press is respected
and valued in defending press
freedom throughout the hemi-
sphere.
For as Secretary Rice
observed in Panama: "Free-
dom of speech, freedom of
association, and free.,jl ol t.
conscience are, not a t ti fqin


* BRENT Hardt


the side of government. They
are the beginning of justice in
every society. The unfettered
public discussion of ideas is the
greatest guarantee for the rule
of law and the surest protec-
lion against the whims of
rulers."
We applaud the Bahamas for
its commitment to "the unfet-
tered discussion of ideas" in its
press. Already a beacon for
democracy in the hemisphere,
the Speech from the Throne this
year reinforced the importance
of transparent government,
pledging a new Freedom of
Information Act that will allow
even better media and public
access to government informa-
tion.

A t a time when such
access is under siege
elsewhere in our region, this
strengthening of public discus-
sion of ideas is something to cel-
ebrate. By working together,
the United States, The
Bahamas, and our OAS part-
ners can ensure that the rest of
the hemisphere enjoys these
same freedoms.


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High Rock as its second name
for its "Name that Beer" com-
petition, which started last year.
"Name that Beer" was
launched to allow Grand
Bahamians to help name two
of the beers that the new
Bahamian Brewery and Bever-
age Company will create.
The competition gave Grand
Bahamian residents the chance
to win $3,000 by coming up
with a winning name for the
new brewery's beers. Each res-
ident was allowed three chances
to enter the competition with
two original names to be select-
ed.
Early in December, the first
name was chosen and eleven
contestants won with the name
"Sands", a reference to the
owner's family.


At that time the president,
Jimmy Sands, gave each winner
$500 instead of the $273 split of
the total offering, increasing the
win to $5,500 for the first name.
Now, after finishing all the legal
procedures, the brewery has full
rights to the new name it can
now be released.
The winners are two women,
who both submitted High Rock
as one of their two names. They
are Ethel Bethel and Garnell
Frith.
Mrs Bethel was ecstatic to
hear that she had won, espe-
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three weeks ago and the win-
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along with a Bahamian Brewery girl


will be a great beer."
Mrs Frith, joint winner with
Mrs Bethel, is well-known to
most Grand Bahamians as man-
ager at the Royal Bank of
Canada. She was also elated to
win.
"I saw the ad for the compe-
tition in the newspaper and my
daughter and I went online and
entered our names," she said,
"We entered local names as we
thought a new brewery might
like an indigenous name, one
that represents the island, one
that is stable and reflects the
quality of the product.
"I told Mr Sands that we are
very pleased he has decided to
build his brewery here. It brings


new employment, diversifica-
tion to our economy and adds
yet another feature to the
island."
Sands, who is ecstatic with
the way his building has pro-
gressed, said: "I have been very
pleased with the progression of
the company. I started all of this
in June, 2005, with my
announcement to build a $15
million brewery in Freeport
over the next two years.
"I am very pleased to let you
know that the local Grand
Bahamian builders and the Port
Authority have made it all pos-
sible and are looking to com-
plete the brewery within my
time constraints."


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promote excursions to

travellers and agents


LUDOT Corporation, a US-
based company with offices in
South Miami, has just launched
Shore Adventures, a global
marketing company whose mis-
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sion and tour operators' to the
world and to make each of their
companies recognisable in the
global marketplace.
"As with any new business,
our concept started with a


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"Because of my many discus-
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Events being held to

promote 'real men'


REAL Men Ministry of
Bahamas Faith International
Ministries is holding an out-
reach and evangelism breakfast
at the Simpson Penn School for
Boys on Saturday.
A spokesman for the ministry
said that it had decided to take
the boys under their wing and
"show them what being 'Real
Boys' and 'Real Men' are all
about".


The theme of the event is
"Mentoring Young Boys", and
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The ministry is also holding
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Centre, Carmichael Road,
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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, PAGE 11


THE TRIBUNE


Students lectured on power safety


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT Primary stu-
dents at Sunland Baptist Acad-
emy have been instructed on
important home safety tips as
the summer holidays approach.
The Fun Safety Talk initia-
tive from the Grand Bahama
Power Company is aimed at
sensitising students from kinder-
garten to grade six about gen-
eral power safety tips.
Hailon Nottage, environ-
mental health and safety co-
ordinator at the Grand
Bahama Power Company's
steam plant, and Solana Deal,
community/customer relations
officer, spoke to students about
the importance of keeping their
pets away from Christmas trees
and power cords.
The students were also told of
the importance of not overfill-
ing the refrigerator. They were
also reminded to make sure that


all electrical appliances are
turned off when leaving a room.
In addition to the talk, stu-
dents were presented with
school supplies such as rulers
and pencils, along with an elec-


trical safety activity book, by
the Grand Bahama Power
Company.
The visits are part of Grand
Bahama Power Company's
ongoing commitment to the


* HAILON Nottage, environmental steam plant health and
safety co-ordinator,spoke to these young students about safe
power practices.


community, and most impor-
tantly, its ongoing commitment
to I he youth of the nation.
"The company is a firm
believer that the safety of our


children is imperative, especial-
ly as we are leading up to a pro-
jected active hurricane season,"
said a GBPC spokesman.
The visits will resume again at


the beginning of the new school
year in September, when the
safety team hopes to conclude
its visits to all primary level
schools on the island.


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* Functional knowledge of the reporting tool IBM Query Utility.
* Excellent problem solving skills to address issues to closure.
* The ability to interact with a variety of users within the organization.
* Power/Water industry experience would be considered an asset.
* Knowledge of Accpac and/or Crystal Report would be an asset.
Applications with supporting documentation including a clean Police Certificate and proof of
Bahamian citizenship should be sent to:


* HAILON Nottage handing out fun activity books to the students at Sunland Baptist Academy.
All students received these activity books, which are grade appropriate and will help them learn
more about staying safe around electricity.


Computers

are donated

to centres for

girls and boys

RMF Investment Manage-
ment donated four computers
to the Willie Mae Pratt Centre
for Girls and the Simpson Penn
Centre for Boys on Tuesday, to
assist the residents with their
school work and to aid in the
overall development of resi-
dents at both centres.
This donation came about
through the request of the
Pathfinder Organisation, which
conducts weekly programmes
at both facilities.
RMF and the Pathfinder
Club announced that this is the
first of such donations and they
will soon announce other dona-
tions to local organizations in
need.

LEFT to right are: BS
Saunders, Pathfinder
co-ordinator; Mrs Kelly,
school principal; Mr Hall, asst
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Collie, RMF; Bob Hudson,
CEO, RMF; Mr Curry,
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: FROM page one

'And our officers are checking into that," Mr
'Symonette said.
Four Bahamians were involved in the incident.
Two were killed and two are in custody in Cuba.
One of the men in custody was wounded.
Cuba's national paper, Grandma, reported that
a Cuban Border Guard vessel attempted to iden-
tify a speedboat off the Cuban coast, heading
towards Paso de Los Vientos. The boat tried to
evade the Cuban officials, the report continued,
-leading to a collision between the vessels. Shots
were fired from the fleeing vessel at the Cuban
authorities, the report further alleged, leading
Cuban officials to retaliate, killing two of the men
and wounding one. The wounded man and the
survivor were taken into custody by the Cuban
government, where they remain.
On board the confiscated vessel, the report
continued, Cuban officials recovered 30 packages
and 13 plastic tanks containing 590 kilograms of
marijuana.
When asked about the status of the bodies of


FROM page one Concern


the force.
This revelation came in
response to a query as to
whether external authorities had
been introduced to avoid police
conclusions about the incident
'being tarred with the accusation
'of being the product of partisan-
ship.
In the course of a press con-
ference outside PLP headquar-
ters, the senior officer said that
US arson investigator Ryan
Gustin had indeed been brought
in to "reassure" the public that
this would not be the case, and
that the force is doing "every-
thing (it) can" in its investiga-
tion.
"What you are witnessing
here is due diligence," he
said.
However, he further added
that he was aware of reports that
"officers at the lower level, some
officers at the mid and senior
level (have been) offering com-
ments publicly that would cause
you to ask the question that you
have just asked me."


Govt satisfied with

Cuban version

the dead men, Mr Symonette said that "the
Bahamian authorities in Cuba have been liaising
with the family and the Cuban government for
the recovery of the bodies."
Mr Symonette said that some of these families
may have already gone to Cuba to collect the
remains of their relatives, though at this time, he
was unable to confirm when exactly, or if, this has
vet occurred.
The foreign minister said that cooperation has
been good between the governments of the
Bahamas and Cuba regarding this incident.
The Cuban report said after the event that
although the Cuban government regrets the loss of
life, "Cuba reaffirms that its territorial waters will
never be used as a secure transit point for drug-traf-
fickers, and condemns the growing violence and
use of firearms by unscrupulous persons involved
in internationally organised criminal operations."


whether or not the incident was
arson.
However, Mr Greenslade said
yesterday a report on the matter
could be expected from senior
officers "as early as next week."
This came as he played down
statements, allegedly made by a
senior police officer to a member
of the press, that the fire was the
result of an electrical fault.
"I do not wish to be disre-
spectful to any colleague in law
enforcement, but I will tell you
that we are still in the middle of
an investigation," said Mr
Greenslade, adding: "I am not
at this stage able to tell you what
the cause of the fire is."
Acknowledging the atmos-
phere of "unrest" that some
commentators have sensed pre-
vailing in the country in the wake
of the general election, Mr
Greenslade was enthusiastic in
issuing a stern warning to anyone
considering carrying out a crim-
inal act, stating that the force
"will spare no effort in bringing
offenders to justice, (and) in our
pursuit of justice whatever those
crimes are, no matter the per-
son."


"The fact that you are asking
me the question suggests that the
country harbours a sense of
reservation about some of our
people," Asst Commissioner
said.
Mr Greenslade condemned
"that kind of behaviour" and
emphasised that police must
remain "professional" if they are
to maintain the trust if the corn
munity at large.
However, the senior officer
did not mention any specific
action that has been taken to
address such reports.
The politically-sensitive blaze
struck the headquarters last Sat-
urday, causing considerable dam-
ap_ to the building which was
stiil being cleared up yesterday
ready foi repairs.
Several commentators have
noted the importance of the
cause of the fire being made pub-
lic as soon as possible to ease
public tensions.
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with the arrival of a fire and forensics of the
expert Ryan Gustin from Florida, tors, r
who will "partner" with Bahamian after
authorities in their investigations into public
the fire. ly and
Police have stressed that the invitation iM
extended to the US investigator is not indep,
due to local skill shortfalls but in order strange
that the outside body can provide inde- suspi
pendent oversight. Th
Mr McCartney said, however, that stage,
due to the gap in police resources in the tigatic
shape of this key facility the official InGn
would be taking certain "exhibits" back Greet
with him to Florida to be processed, kept,
The forensic expert noted that the Mr D
need for a forensic facility is one that Niq
has been an issue for several years. quest
"We were making some significant office
progress in that regard and so with the "S
change in government we will now put were,
forward our attention again and hope- their i
fully we will get the focused attention," disgra
he said. Mr
According to the director, resources the fa
and location were some of the key issues matte
holding back the project, which he esti- solve
mated could cost over $10 million. wN
Although significant at this time in will e
light of last weekend's fire, such a labo- very s
ratory would also be fundamental to the very f
successful completion and implementa- dence
tion of a DNA database in the Bahamas. W
Officers have collected around 800 Gleni
DNA samples from across the Bahamas meet
and are containing in this effort in could
order to obtain a collection of speci- young
Mr
mens representative of the population at sified
large, said Mr McCartney. sier
"We have sufficient specimens now it wex
to make a local database but again we "
need space and we need resources in on thi
house to be able to do that," he said. still i
Such a database is crucial, having the comp
potential to provide police with the -
capacity to produce statistics detailing pects
the probability of a particular individual that s
being the culprit of a particular crime. Ja
Investigations into crimes such as Parac
homicide, sexual attacks, and burglary at Atl
for example would take on a new forth
dimension. them

FROM page one

whole."
Mr Dorsett and several other PUC officials,
including Kathleen Smith, financial accountant,
Chance Farrington, assistance accountant, Charles
Kemp, telecommunications engineer, and Lisa Bel-
lot, consumer affairs officer, are in Grand Bahama
on a three-day visit to promote consumer rights,
but also to inform persons of their role and function,
and to enforce the Telecommunications Act.
The commission, which regulates telecommuni-
cations in the Bahamas, is mandated to pursue and
prosecute individuals who violate the Act.
In addition to the use of long range cordless
phones, Mr Dorsett said that VOIPs, and unautho-
rised use of ihe radio frequency spectrum are also
illegal, and violates the Act.
"We would like persons to discontinue using this
equipment, but most importantly, we would prefer
that they do so voluntarily," he said.
Mr Dorsett said that there is also a proliferation of


other of Jay Damianos

IOM page one
deceased, and one of the nation's most prominent real-
recently sympathised with Mrs Bernadette Christie
hots were fired at her mother's home, and Mrs Christie
:ly questioned whether the police intended to proper-
1 thoroughly investigate the matter.
r Damianos repeated the family's claim that several
endent experts have ruled that Jay was murdered by
gulation, yet police still classify the death as merely
vicious "
e elder Mr Damianos went further, declaring that at this
police don't even return his calls regarding the inves-
on.
response to this Senior Assistant Commissioner Ellison
islade pledged to contact Mr Damianos a pledge he
although the parties were not able to speak because of
amianos' recent illness.
ck Damianos echoed the frustration of his father. He
ioned the commitment of some of the investigating
rs.
ome of the officers who were on the investigating team
very helpful and very hardworking and very diligent in
investigation. And, some other officers were an absolute
ace to the Royal Bahamas Police Force," he said.
* Damianos suggested, based on comments from experts
mily consulted, that police may not have classified the
r as a homicide yet, as it would force them to have to
the matter.
bodyy in my family has any real hope that the matter
ver be solved. It was not treated properly from the
start and we feel that at this point in the game there is
little chance that the police will put together enough evi-
to arrest and convict somebody," he said.
hen contacted about the case Chief Superintendent
i Miller announced that he had recently come from a
ng at which the case had been discussed. He said he
d assure them that the police investigation into the
g man's death would be intensified.
r Miller said that although police have not officially clas-
it as a homicide, they are investigating the matter as if
re a homicide.
/e don't want anyone to suggest that we went to sleep
is," Mr Miller said. "There is a whole lot of work that is
eft to be done in this. Some of these things you cannot
lete right away."
ie chief detective said that there are additional sus-
the police still have to interrogate. He emphasized
ome cases are more complicated than others.
y Damianos was found dead near an apartment on
lise Island last December. He was last seen socialising
lantis on the night of December 17th. He left the hotel
he parking lot with friends who expected him to rejoin
downtown, but he never showed up.


Cordless phones
the use of VOIPs (Voice Over Internet Protocol)
technology in the Bahamas by persons who do not
possess a valid license from the' PUC.
He explained that under the Telecommunications
Act persons within the Bahamas are required to be
the holder of a valid license in order to provide
voice telephone services.
"VOIP as a technology allows for voice telephone
services, and if you don't have a license then you are
operating outside the scope of the law.
"What we found in Grand Bahama, in particular,
is that there are certain operators here who pro-
vide voice telephoning services through VOIP, and
who do not have a license. And in doing so, they
offend against the Telecommunications Act, and it
is the intent of the PUC to investigate these matters,
and perhaps to prosecute these individuals," he said.
Mr Dorsett noted that the VOIP technology by
Vonage and Skype are more widely used and pop-
ular brands.










THE TRIBUNE THHURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007,LPAGEN13


Dolphin Encounters poster



contest winners announced


MORE than 500 students
from schools throughout the
Bahamas went head-to-head this
year in the Dolphin Encounters
2007 poster competition.
In the end, 17 students, includ-
ing five Family Islanders, walked
away with top honours at an
award ceremony held on Blue
Lagoon Island.
Hundreds of students logged
on to Dolphin Encounters' web-
site to download applications for
this year's contest, which fea-
tured the theme "Sea Lions:
Meet Our Pinniped Pals."
Students were invited to learn
about sea lions and create
posters that reflected their
thoughts about the species. The
competition, which is in its sev-
enth year, was open to all stu-
dents throughout the Bahamas
from kindergarten through 12th
grade and the winning entries
were chosen by a panel of judges
at a recent judging ceremony at
Bahamas National Trust.
This year's winners won a
number of exciting prizes, includ-
ing a tour of Blue Lagoon Island,
a goody bag of gifts and a once-
in-a-lifetime chance to come
face-to-face with a group of lov-
able sea lions.
The students headed over to
Blue Lagoon Island with their
families and friends to take part
in the awards ceremony. Each
winner received an authentic
Bahamian award and gift bag
with marine related prizes.
During the ceremony the stu-
dents had an opportunity to see
the many dolphins at the facility,
take turns kissing and playing
with the sea lions and visiting
the touch tank.
The annual poster competi-
tion is part of Dolphin Encoun-
ters' ongoing marine education
programme. The goal of this
year's theme was to give students
the opportunity to learn about
another marine mammal species.
The winners of the six entry
categories are:
K-2 First Place: Ashley Nairn,
Our Lady's Primary School
1-3 First Place: Jolena Sagaya,
Our Lady's Primary School
1-3 Second Place: Jade Mar-
shall, Our Lady's Primary School


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1-3 Third Place: Sage Morris,
Lyford Cay School
1-3 Honourable Mention:
Kaicee King, St Francis and
Joseph Catholic School
4-6 First Place: Ashton Sweet-
ing, St Francis and Joseph
Catholic School
4-6 Second Place: Jaran Carey,
Tarpum Bay Primary School
4-6 Third Place: Lyford Cay
School
4-6 Honourable Mention:
Hanna Valdovinos, Lyford Cay
School
7-9 First Place: Eleanor Rio,
Wild Tamarind Exuma (Home
Schooled)
7-9 Second Place: Felicia Tay-
lor, Lyford Cay School
7-9 Third Place: Kory Lednik,
Lyford Cay School


7-9 Honourable Mention:
Enrico Rio, Wild Tamarind Exu-
ma (Home Schooled)
10-12 First Place: Amelia
Amoury, Queens College High
School
10-12 Second Place: John
McIntosh, Eight Mile Rock High
10-12 Third Place: Chriska
Rahming, Eight Mile Rock High
10-12 Honourable Mention:
Deakwood Lightfoot, R M Bai-
ley High
Teachers: K-2 Shane Stewart;
1-3 Shane Stewart; 4-6 Mr
Caragan; 7-9 Leonora Rio; 10-
12 A Burbal.
Eleanor and Enrico Rio, a sis-
ter and brother duo from Wild
Tamarind, Exuma, won first
place and honoifable mention
respectively. ;;,. '


Ms Rio thanked Dolphin
Encounters for the opportunity
to learn about the sea lions and
shared what she learned from
the experience.
"Most people don't know
much about sea lions, and they
don't realise that their careless
actions endanger these marine
mammals' lives. The sea lion
population has decreased a num-
ber of times because of the grow-
ing threats that these animals
have to suffer.
"The number one killer of sea
lions is pollution, and our oceans
are becoming giant, floating,
trash bins because of the human
waste that get accumulated as
the years pass by."
Ashton Sweeting, of St Francis
and Joseph Catholic School, said
he decided to submit his poster
after his friends kept encourag-
ing him to enter the competition.
"I entered because I wanted
to show people my talent. I'm a
really creative person and I
wanted to show that off," he
said.
"I've won a lot of competi-
tions from track and field to art
and my classmates and friends
knew that I could do it and kept
telling me to enter. So 1 did, and
I'm proud of myself."
Managing director of Dolphin
Encounters, Robert Meister,
commended the students on
their posters and encouraged
them to continue fostering their
creative side.
"You should all be so proud of
your achievement. We certain-
ly are. You've done a fantastic
job and there's no doubt in my
mind that you are deserving of
these awards," he said. "I want
to encourage you to continue
entering these competitions and
I commend all of the parents for
supporting their children in these
positive activities."
Each winner received a tro-
phy and an award donated by
marine vendors throughout the
country. The winning posters
have been laminated and are
posted at the Mall of Marathon
and throughout the community.
All winning posters can be
viewed on www.dolphinencoun-
ters.com.


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any subject or scene that illustrates the theme. All photographs must be taken in
The Bahamas.
2. Deadline for entries is June 22, 2007
3. All entries are to be delivered to Bahamas First General Insurance's office,
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5. Only colour images in horizontal format will be considered. Images must be provided as
digital images on CD. Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger).
Digital images showing any signs of photo manipulation, resolution enhancement or
compression will be rejected. To ensure the best colour reproduction, digital images
should be supplied in RAW, TIFF or high quality JPEG and in the original colour format the
camera uses (LAB or RGB). All entries must be supplied with prints which will be used in
the judging process. The photographer's name and photo subject should be written on
the CD and on the reverse of the print.
6. Judging of entries will be based on creativity, imagery, composition, colour, originality
and quality of photograph. The photos selected will appear in Bahamas First's 25th
Anniversary 2008 calendar. The decision of the judges will be final.
7. All entries are submitted at the owner's risk. It is the company's intention to return all
entries in their original condition. However, Bahamas First will assume no liability for any
loss, damage or deterioration.
8. A gift certificate valued at $500 will be presented for each of the photographs selected.
More than one entry from a single photographer may be selected. Photographic credits
will be given in the calendar. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a
maximum of five photos.


9. The winning photographs, along with all publication and
reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of
Bahamas First and the company reserves the right to use such in
the future.
10. Employees of Bahamas First, its affiliated companies or family
members are not eligible.


Name
Tel: Business


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P.O. Box _Street address


Signature


Date


No. of photos entered (maximum of 5)


I agree that in the event one or more of my photographs is selected as
a winner in the 2008 Bahamas First 25th Anniversary Calendar Photo
Contest it will become the property of Bahamas First General Insurance
Company and I assign to Bahamas First all rights pertaining to its use in
any way whatsoever. I also confirm that the photos entered in this
contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned and have not
been previously published.

Return with photos to:
25th Anniversary Calendar Contest
Bahamas First
P.O. Box SS 6238


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sick; Allison Tucker; Robert McPhee; Dwayne Jones; Dawn-
denezza Sands; and Constance Edwards, Director of Human
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Associate of the Month
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House, Associate of the
Month Dawndenezza Sands.
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the International Telecommunication Union
FREEPORT- The Public Utilities Com- (ITU).
mission (PUC) is in Grand Bahama for a The Road Trip awareness programme is
three day visit, as part of its Road Trip also expected to build brand awareness, and
outreach programme to the Family allow the PUC to inform consumers of their
Islands. rights relative to telecommunications, as
The visit to Grand Bahama began yester- well as inform the public of its role in pub-
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PULC's second official visit to the island,
since 2003. Com portable
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istrator's Office in the Teachers and Salaried plying with the laws under the Telecommu-
Workers Cooperative Credit Union Building nications Act," said the PUC in its state-
on West Atlantic Drive. ment.
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located in Nassau and has a responsibility receiving the best service from utility service
and duty under the PUC Act and providers in the areas of telecommunica-
Telecommunication Act 1999, to ensure that tons and radio communications, which it
the entire Bahamas is serviced by the regulates.
PUC. Several persons representing telecummu-
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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, PAGE 15


THE TRIBUNE


Government

officials tour

Bahamasair

facilities

MINISTER of Tourism
and Aviation Neko Grant
and Minister of State,
Branville McCartney toured
Bahamasair facilities at Lyn-
den Pindling International
Airport on Monday prior to
a formal meeting with the
national flag carrier's execu-
tive-management team.
During the walk-about, the
Ministers chatted with the
airline's staff and reviewed
the state of facilities at
the nation's premier gate-
way.
It was the second visit by
the Ministers to the LPIA in
the past three weeks as part
of their first hand familiari-
sation of the challenges
faced by Bahamasair and the
airport.
The Ministers' visit includ-
ed the airline's international,
domestic, customer service,
engineering, baggage han-
dling, cargo and reservations
areas.
The Ministers expressed .
concern about Bahamasair's
drain on the country's purse
and pledged to seek to sig-
nificantly improve the air-
line's customer service to the
travelling public.

RIGHT: Pictured left to
right are Bahamasair Manag-
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WRK branches throughout Nassam and the Scores of RBC employees planned a major For staff appreciation RBC's 600 plus
Family Islands. as well as branches In eight week of activities that celebrated RBC's employees were given the royal treatment
countries in the Caribbean region recently gratitude to employees and customers. For with specially prepared breakfasts, gift bags,
puten a week of celebrations to deliver The Customer Appreciation, RSC clients visiting sodcialsand massages at some branches along
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Ateam of nurses from Doctors Hospital were on hand in various
branches during Customer and Employee Appreciation week to
provide free blood pressure and glucose testing. This is in keeping
RBC Royal Bank of Canada, Main Branch presents a lucky client with RBC's efforts to promote wellness among clients and Nathaniel Beneby, Jr. Vice President and Country Head, RBC Royal Bank
prize during Customer Appreciation festivities last week. employees, of Canada participates In awarding employees in Exuma one of nearly
o right are: RenaeWalkine, Account Manager Personal Financial 700 gifts given to all employees during employee appreciation.
ginia Gibson, Manager Customer Service; Janice Mackey,
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* FRANK Ruehli of the University Zurich stands next to the
frozen corpse of a mummy named 'Oetzi' in Zurich, Switzerland
in a photo released by Frank Ruehli yesterday. More than 5,000
years after the prehistoric hunter known as Oetzi drew his last
breath on a snow-covered Alpine mountain, scientists said
Wednesday they have determined how he died.
(Photo: AP/Frank Ruehli, HO)


* SWITZERLAND
Zurich
MORE than 5,000 years after
the prehistoric hunter known
as Oetzi drew his last breath on
a snow-covered Alpine moun-
tain, scientists said Wednesday
they have determined how he
died, according to Associated
Press.
Researchers from Switzer-
land and Italy used newly devel-
oped medical scanners to exam-
ine the frozen corpse to reveal
that the man bled to death after


being struck in the back by an
arrow, according to an article
published online in the Journal
of Archeological Science.
The arrow tore a hole in an
artery beneath his left collar-
bone, leading to massive loss
of blood and shock and caus-
ing Oetzi to suffer a heart
attack.
Even today, the chances of
surviving such an injury long
enough to receive hospital treat-
ment are only 40 per cent,
according to the article.
The fact that the arrow's shaft


was pulled out before his death
may have worsened the injury,
said Frank Ruehli of the Uni-
versity of Zurich, who carried
out the research with scientists
from Bolzano, Italy, where the
iceman's body is preserved.
The use of high-resolution
computer tomography nor-
mally used to diagnose living
patients allowed the
researchers to create three-
dimensional images of Oetzi
without having to use surgical
procedures that would have
damaged the body.


"Five years ago this would
definitely have been more diffi-
cult," Ruehli told The Associ-
ated Press.
Oetzi became a celebrity after
his well-preserved body was
accidentally discovered by hik-
ers in 1991 on a glacier 10,500
feet above sea level on the bor-
der between Austria.and Italy.
Archaeologists believe Oet-
zi, who was carrying a bow, a
quiver of arrows and a copper
axe, may have been a hunter or
warrior killed in a skirmish with
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* KENYA
Nairobi
PARAMILITARY police
fired tear gas Wednesday in a
Nairobi slum believed to be a
stronghold of an outlawed sect
accused of terrorizing Kenyans
and leaving behind string of
beheaded corpses, including five
this week, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The sect, called the Mungiki,
was inspired by the 1950s Mau
Mau uprising against British
rule but has become a street
gang linked to murder, politi-
cal violence, and extortion.
Police found a beheaded
corpse overnight in the Mathare
slum, according to an officer
who did not want his name pub-
lished because he is not allowed
to speak to the media. Another
police official, Gideon Amalla,
said authorities fatally shot two
suspects overnight.
Another person was shot
dead late Tuesday at a round-
about near the Mathare slums,
said police spokesman Eric
Kiraithe. The man was killed
by suspected members of
Mungiki who tried to extort
money but the man resisted,
Kiraithe said.
Several Mathare residents


said they were terrified of the
Mungiki as well as the police,
who have vowed to crack down
on the sect mercilessly. Police
killed more than 20 Mungiki
suspects late Monday and early
Tuesday and arrested 100.
"We have been living in
peace for quite some time, but
now everything has fallen apart
because police come at night,"
said a man who did not want
his name used for fear of retri-
bution. "We don't sleep, we
don't go to work."
Police fired tear gas Wednes-
day during a protest by about 20
women, who were shouting at
them to leave, saying: "We
chased away the Mungiki! They
no longer live here!"
Mungiki is suspected in the
deaths of at least 19 people in
the past three months, including
11 found mutilated or beheaded
since May. Besides the violence
in Nairobi, there have also been
beheadings in Muranga, 40
miles north of the capital, and
other villages outside the city,
police said.
The bloodshed has raised fears
that Mungiki members are out
to disrupt elections in Decem-
ber, when President Mwai Kiba-
ki will seek a second term.
Leaflets allegedly circulated


by the group call on Kenyan
youth to join and prepare for
an uprising against the govern-
ment. The leaflet includes a
threat that "If one youth is
killed we shall kill 10 police."
Mungiki claims to have thou-
sands of adherents, all drawn
from the Kikuyu, Kenya's
largest tribe. The group, whose
name means "multitude" in the
Kikuyu language, was inspired
by the bloody Mau Mau rebel-
lion. Members traditionally
wear dreadlocks, inspired by the
Mau Mau who wore them as a
symbol of anti-colonialism and
their determination not to con-
form to Western norms. In
recent years, however, many
Mungiki have shaved their
heads, believing dreadlocks are
too conspicuous.
Sect members pray facing
Mount Kenya, which the
Kikuyu believe to be the home
of their supreme deity. The
group also encourages female
genital mutilation and using
tobacco snuff.
Mungiki was outlawed in
2002 after at least 20 people
were killed in fighting between
it and another gang called the
Taliban, whose members come
from the Luo tribe of western
Kenya.


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* MATHARE slum residents run from tear gas fired by police yesterday. Paramilitary police fired
tear gas Wednesday in a Nairobi slum believed to be a stronghold of an outlawed sect accused of
terrorizing Kenyans and leaving behind a string of beheaded corpses, including five this week. The
sect, called the Mungiki, was inspired by the 1950s Mau Mau uprising against British rule but has
become a street gang linked to murder, political violence, and extortion.
(AP Photo)


Polish president expects decision 'pretty



soon' on US anti-missile deployment


BELGIUM
Brussels
POLISH President Lech
Kaczynski said Wednesday his
country was closing in on a deci-
sion on whether to accept a US
* request to deploy anti-missile
interceptors in his country
despite Russian objections,
according to Associated Press.
Kaczynski said he would give
the Americans an answer "pret-
ty soon." He is due to meet US
President George W Bush in
Poland in Friday for talks,
which the Polish government
says will be crucial to its deci-
sion.
However on a visit Wednes-
day to NATO headquarters in
Brussels, Kaczynski declined to
tell reporters what he expected
from the talks with Bush. "I do
not want to behave like a for-
tune teller," he said.
Washington has opened for-
mal talks with Poland on the
deployment of 10 interceptor
missiles in the country, and with
the Czech Republic on a radar


base that would also form part
of the defense shield.
The US administration says
the two sites are needed to sup-
plement existing bases in Alas-
ka and California to create a
network to defend Europe and
North America from a poten-
tial threat from Iran or North
Korea.
Moscow has denounced the
plan as a threat to Russia's
nuclear deterrent, and President
Vladimir Putin this week
warned of possible "retaliatory
steps" including pointing Russ-
ian warheads at Europe for the
first time since the Cold War.
Although polls in both coun-
tries show widespread public
concern over the deployment,
the Polish and Czech govern-
ments have said the system
should enhance their own secu-
rity and are widely expected to
agree to the deployment.
However, diplomats expect
the Poles may seek strength-
ened guarantees of protection
from its NATO allies following
the threats from Moscow, and


may seek additional support
from Washington to modernize
Poland's armed forces
"We've got a sense of securi-
ty from the alliance," Kaczyns-
ki said through a translator.
"But NATO, as any defense
system, could be improved."
NATO spokesman James
Appathurai said the Poles
made no requests for addition-
al protection or military sup-
port from the alliance at
Wednesday's meeting. Western
officials stress that Poles and
Czechs are covered by the orga-
nization's central treaty guar-
antee, which states that an
attack on one member is con-
sidered an attack on the whole
26-nation alliance.
Kaczynski and NATO Secre-
tary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
stressed that any missile defense
plan in Europe must cover all
26 NATO members. US offi-
cials say the missiles based in
Poland would cover most of
NATO's European members
from an attack launched in the
Middle East, but not Turkey,


Cr


Greece, Bulgaria and parts of
Romania.
To cover those gaps, NATO
is considering developing a
shorter range missile defense
system that could be attached
to the proposed US shield.
"There should be full coverage
for continental Europe and all


NATO allies wherever they
are," de Hoop Scheffer said.
Kaczynski urged NATO to
move faster with a debate on
the alliance's role in protecting
energy installations such as
pipelines and refineries. He said
Poland's reliance on energy
imports from Russia under-


scored the need for greater
security.
"If to the East we had a part-
ner which would be closer to
our values and a partner which
would capable of a broader
cooperation, there would be no
problem for Poland," Kaczyns-
ki said.


M POLAND'S President Lech Kaczynski, left, and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop
Scheffer address the media at NATO headquarters in Brussel yesterday
(AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

German court rules to build bridge despite

threat of World Heritage list removal


* BERLIN

GERMANY'S highest court
ruled Wednesday that a disput-
ed bridge can be built across
the Elbe River near the city of
Dresden, despite UNESCO's
warning that it would be
grounds for removing the
region from its World Heritage
List, according to Associated
Press.
The Karlsruhe-based Consti-
tutional Court ruled in favor of
a local citizens' referendum to
build a road bridge across the
Elbe to ease traffic in the east-
ern German city of Dresden,
often referred to as the Florence
of the Elbe for the baroque


architecture that gives it a dis-
tinctive skyline.
The judges, in their ruling,
said the citizens' decision was
an expression of democracy and
should have priority over the
development of a cultural land-
scape.
The World Heritage Com-
mittee of the Paris-based
United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Orga-
nization has said a bridge over
the Elbe River "would have
such a serious impact on the
integrity of property's land-
scape that it may no longer
deserve" to be included on the
list.
UNESCO's office in Ger-


many could not immediately be
reached for comment.
If the organization decides to
scrap the Dresden Elbe Valley
from its list, it would be the first
site ever to be removed from
the World Heritage List, which
identifies over 800 places
around the world with "out-
standing universal value."
The city council of Dresden,
which relies heavily on tourism
to generate income, took the
case to court to prevent con-
struction of the bridge, because
it did not want to lose the
UNESCO title.
It was not immediately clear
when construction of the bridge
would begin.


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THE U.N.'s celebration of World
Environment Day on Tuesday featured a
melting polar bear, youngsters dancing
with cardboard fish, children painting
shoes to symbolize carbon footprints,
and an appeal from the daughter of late
wildlife expert Steve Irwin to skateboard
or take public transportation to school,
according to Associated Press.
Dozens of students gathered in the
outdoor plaza at U.N. headquarters to
hear Bindi Irwin, the 8-year-old star of a
new wildlife show to air on the Discovery
Kids Channel in the United States and
on the Australian Broid4s!ing Corp.,
read a children's book 'W this year's
theme: "Melting Ice: A Hot Topic?"
"We really do have to save our
oceans," said Irwin, whose father, the
late Australian "Crocodile Hunter," was
killed by a stingray last fall while filming
one of his popular television documen-
taries.
Her biggest message to kids around
the world was "Don't buy wildlife prod-
ucts." She also encouraged people to
take public transportation, skateboard,
bike ride or walk to school and work "to
help the ozone layer," she said.
As she spoke, a polar bear ice sculp-


ture behind her melted in the 80 degree
(26.67 Celsius) heat a visual represen-
tation of the effects of global warming on
animals and their habitats.
New York Knicks basketball player
Stephon Marbury donated 1,000 shoes
from his footwear line "Starbury" to a
global campaign to get children and
adults to focus on reducing their carbon
footprints the amount of carbon diox-
ide released by a single household or
individual. Carbon dioxide contributes
to global warming.
The project, Art Miles Shoes of Hope,
has recruited over 600 students in New
York City schools to paint shoes. They
will be sent to children in developing
countries along with notes on the stu-
dents' hopes to prevent climate change.
The painted shoes were placed along
an artwork called "Uniting Painting" by
artist and cartoonist Ranan Lurie, that
runs from inside the U.N. building to
New York's East River, and to Roosevelt
Island. There are also panels in coun-
tries around the world.
Lurie said the artwork provides a phys-
ical link between people on different
continents "to create a common denom-
inator, especially now that we have to
unite around the subject of global warm-
ing."


Margaret Chan, the World Health
Organization director-general, estimated
that 60,000 people die every year most-
ly in the developing world because of
climate-related natural disasters.
"Limiting the impact of climate change
is about saving lives and livelihoods, as
much as it is about protecting the natur-
al environment," she said in a statement.
The day's focus was clearly on getting
that message to youth.
"We're all concerned about climate
change, but most kids don't know what
to do," said Edwin Gragert, executive
director of the International Education
and Resource Network which is part of a
project launched Tuesday to get young
people to help spread the message on
climate change on the Internet.
The project, called "(OF)2: Our Foot-
prints, Our Future," aims to get 1 million
students to measure their carbon foot-
print and to develop strategies for reduc-
ing personal carbon usage.
"We want to give them the tools so
that they change the lifestyles of our
population," Gragert said.
Thirty fifth-graders from PS 124 in
New York's Chinatown neighborhood
put together a performance for World
Environment Day that addressed the
plight of fish in the affected oceans.


Al Gore wins Spain's top award for


work in defence of environment


* MADRID, Spain
FORMER U.S. vice presi-
dent and global-warming cru-
sader Al Gore won Spain's
most prestigious prize Wednes-


day for his work in defense of
the environment, the latest
feather in the cap of the politi-
cian-turned-activist, according
to Associated Press.
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some to be a warm-up for the
Nobel Prizes, for which Gore
is nominated this year in the
peace category.
The jury meeting in the
northern city of Oviedo said it
was honoring Gore for his
"decisive contribution to
progress in solving the grave
problems of climate change
which threaten our planet."
It called Gore "a public man
who, with his leadership, has
contributed to making societies
and governments around the
world aware of this noble and
transcendental cause.".
The prize is named after
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe
and is one of eight given out
annually in categories ranging
from arts to sports.
Gore won an Oscar this year
for "An Inconvenient Truth",
his documentary film about
global warming, and in Octo-
ber he will learn if he has won
the Nobel peace prize.
Gore, a Democrat who lost
the 2000 presidential election
to George W. Bush despite
winning the popular vote, has
said he has no plans to run


again for the White House in
2008, despite a campaign to
recruit him. At book a launch
last month in California, atten-
dees wore "Gore 2008" buttons
and some held signs that read
"Re-elect Gore 2008."
In winning the Spanish prize,
Gore beat out candidates that
included the aid group Inter-
mon-Oxfam and the Geneva-
based World Meteorological
Organization.
The award is defined as going
to the "person, persons or orga-
nization whose work has con-
tributed in an exemplary and
relevant way to mutual knowl-
edge, progress and brotherhood
among peoples."
Last year's winner was the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foun-
dation, and in 2005 it went to
Simone Veil of France, a Holo-
caust survivor and former pres-
ident of the European Parlia-
ment.
The prize carries a
US$68,000 cash stipend and a
reproduction of a statue by
Spanish artist Joan Miro.
The awards are handed out
each year in October in
Oviedo, capital of the Asturias
region.


Balloon protest against greenhouse gasses
CHILDREN run through six thousand balloons outside Congress in Brasilia, Tuesday, June 5, 2007. The World Wildlife Fund
Brazil placed the balloons in protest against the country's daily emission of six million tons of greenhouse gasses.
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General Ban Ki-Moon, before a meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid yesterday. Spain's
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UN Secretary-General Ban
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Wednesday that upcoming talks
between Morocco and Polisario
Front rebels will break a three-
decade deadlock over the future
of the Western Sahara, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
"I've urged the parties to
enter dialogue without precon-
ditions. I hope that the forth-
coming meeting could serve to
reach a lasting solution to the
issue," Ban said at a news con-
ference with Spain's Prime Min-
ister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zap-
atero. The talks are set for June
18 in New York.
Morocco and the Polisario
Front agreed to meet after a UN
resolution on April 30 urged
talks between them. It would be
the first time they negotiate
directly since discussing a UN
peace proposal in 1997.


Morocco invaded the West-
ern Sahara after Spain with-
drew in 1975 from what was
then its colony. Following a 16-
year war between Morocco's
army and Polisario guerrillas,
the United Nations brokered
a cease-fire in 1991 and
installed a mission to pave the
way for an independence ref-
erendum.
Morocco refused a 2003 UN
peace plan, accepted by Polis-
ario, that envisaged temporary
autonomy followed by a refer-
endum in which both Saharawis
and Moroccan settlers would
vote.
The three-decade-long con-
flict has stranded 160,000
refugees in the Algerian desert
and it poisons relations between
regional powers and neighbors,
Morocco and Algeria. The lat-
ter backs the rebels.
"I've urged and hope the par-
ties will see this moment as an
opportunity to address their


concerns," Ban said, adding that
Mauritania, France and Spain
will also monitor the talks.
* Zapatero also said he vowed
a new attempt to find a peaceful
solution.
"If we don't try it again, there
will never be a way out to .the
conflict," said Zapatero.
Morocco has proposed limit-
ed autonomy under Moroccan
sovereignty for Western Sahara.
Polisario has maintained its
demand for a referendum, but
offered to share administration
of Western Sahara's resources -
including fishing grounds and
possible offshore oil with
Morocco if an independent
state finally emerges.
Apart from the Western
Sahara conflict, Zaparero and
Ban also focused on other inter-
national issues, such as the pre-
carious situation in Sudan's
Darfur region, the conflict in
Lebanon, climate change, and
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Police use water


cannon to disperse



protesters outside G-8



summit in Germany


* GERMANY
Hinter Bollhagen

POLICE used water cannon
to scatter stone-throwing
demonstrators Wednesday as
several thousand protesters
gathered at a seven-mile fence
surrounding the Group of Eight
summit meeting involving Pres-
ident Bush and other leaders,
according to Associated Press.
An estimated 10,000 demon-
strators had reached the fence
by the afternoon, police said,
while about 9,000 protesters
blocked roads leading from the
airport to the summit site of
Heiligendamm in northern Ger-
many as leaders arrived on the
first day of the three-day meet-
ing.
At least eight officers were
injured in clashes with protest-
ers, police spokesman Lueder
Behrens said, none seriously.
There was no immediate word
on injuries among demonstra-


tors.
Police said the protesters
bypassed security checkpoints
to reach the fence, but they had
not breached the barrier itself at
any point. At one section, pro-
testers chanted "Peace" and
"Free G-8! Free G-8!" while
riot police wearing helmets and
bearing transparent shields
massed inside.
"What they're doing behind
that fence is illegitimate," said
Philipp Schweizer, a 26-year-
old social worker from Munich.
"They're making decisions
about countries who don't have
any representation."
Some protesters pelted two
police control points with stones
before authorities turned the
water cannons on them, police
spokesman Manfred Luetjann
said.
"We wanted to prevent this
from happening but now they
are there and we are handling
it," Luetjann told The Associ-


ated Press by telephone, declin-
ing to say if there were any
arrests.
Police held the leashes of
dogs as they watched more than
150 protesters near the small
town of Hinter Bollhagen, less
than two miles from the sum-
mit site.
Elsewhere, a group laid
branches across a railway used
to transport journalists to Heili-
gendamm from the summit cen-
ter in nearby Kuehlungsborn,
while thousands of protesters
blocked the main traffic routes
around Heiligendamm and the
Rostock airport, Behrens said.
Bush had landed at the air-
port aboard Air Force One on
Tuesday, and Russia's Vladimir
Putin and Britain's Tony Blair
were expected to arrive there
later in the day.
"If we can block them, if they
can get their lunch with a few
hours' delay, that is fine,"
activist Emil Begtrup-Bright


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told Denmark's TV2 News
channel.
Behrens said police planned
to clear the routes, insisting they
would do so in a way that would
"de-escalate" thesituation.
After the protesters rushed
to the fence, Germany's consti-
tutional court upheld a lower
court's ban on a protest march
that would have begun at vari-
ous points and converged on


Heiligendamm. The Karlsruhe-
based federal court upheld a
ban against protests within 200
yards of the fence.
Wednesday's incidents came
after a protest Saturday in near-
by Rostock where several thou-
sand black-hooded protesters
hurled rocks and bottles at
police near the end of a march
and rally by some 25,000 peo-
ple. Some 400 police officers


(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

were injured.
A police spokesman, Frank
Scheulen, said most of the
demonstrators who had reached
the fence Wednesday were
peaceful, "but of course we
have to assume that there could
be potentially violent protest-
ers among them."
"We will take all necessary
measures," to ensure the secu-
rity, he said.


Russia emphasises rejection of independence for Kosovo


* MOSCOW

RUSSIA on Wednesday
emphasised its opposition to a
Western-backed plan that
would grant Kosovo supervised
independence, and reiterated
its demand for a solution that
would be acceptable to Serbia,
according to Associated Press.
Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov met with his Ser-
bian counterpart Vuk Jeremic,


underscoring Moscow's support
for traditional ally Serbia. The
Serbian province's demand for
independence and Belgrade's
insistence that it remain part of
the country has been a source of
tension between Russia and the
West.
"We cannot agree with and
unilateral, forced decision that
will be unacceptable to Bel-
grade," Lavrov said, according
to a transcript of his remarks


following a meeting with Jere-
mic. He said Russia supports
Serbia's call for further talks on
the issue.
Lavrov and Jeremic "noted
the unacceptability of the sug-
gestion of resolving the status
of Kosovo through 'controlled'
independence," the Russian
Foreign Ministry said in a state-
ment, stressing opposition to
the Western-backed plan.
It said they expressed a "neg-


ative view" of a Western-
backed draft UN Security
Council resolution that would
give Kosovo independence
under international supervision.
The United States has
expressed hope for a vote on
the resolution this week, while
Russia has hinted it could use its
veto.
The Foreign Ministry state-
ment said Lavrov and Jeremic
stressed that the resolution of


Kosovo's status would be a
"precedent for the settlement
of similar conflicts in other
world regions" a reiteration
of Russia's warnings that inde-
pendence for Kosovo would
bolster self-determination dri-
ves by other separatist regions,
including pro-Russian provinces
in the ex-Soviet republics of
Georgia and Moldova.
While Kosovo remains a
province of Serbia, it has been


under UN and NATO adminis-
tration since a 78-day NATO-
led air war that halted a Serb
crackdown on ethnic Albanian
separatists in 1999. Russia,
which has close cultural, historic
and religious ties to Serbia,
vehemently opposed the bomb-
ing campaign, and the dispute of
Kosovo's status is one of sev-
eral strains in Moscow ties with
Washington and the West.


SBasque separatists urge EU to help end conflict with Spain


* ARNALDO Otegi, leader of the outlawed Basque Batasuna
party speaks during a news conference in San Sebastian,
northern Spain on Tuesday. The armed Basque separatist group
ETA called off its 15-month-old cease-fire in a statement
Tuesday, formalizing what many saw as the demise of a
once-promising peace process already struck down by a deadly
bombing in December.
(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)


* BELGIUM
..Brussels

BASQUE separatists urged
ihe European Union on
\\ wednesday to step in and help
ie -establish the peace process
S\ith the Spanish government,
a day after the pro-indepen-
dence group ETA announced
an end of its 15-month truce,
11L L wording to Associated Press.
"It is absolutely necessary for
there to be a political and demo-
cia tic solution to the conflict in
thi Basque country," said
K:.rmelo Landa, a former mem-
her of European Parliament and
a member of ETA's outlawed
political wing, Batasuna.
ETA said Tuesday its truce
would end at midnight. It
blamed Socialist Prime Minis-
ter Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapa-
tero for ruining the peace
process by continuing to arrest
and try ETA members and bar-
ring most pro-independence
candidates from Basque local
e-ictions on May 27.
Despite a self-imposed "per-
mainent cease-fire" announced
March 22, 2006, ETA detonated
a massive car bomb at Madrid's
international airport on Decem-
ber 30, demolishing a five-story
car park and killing two people.
Landa described Tuesday's
announcement as "very bad
news."
"It is necessary to re-estab-
lish conditions leading to a just


peace. For this we need the
European Union's help," he
told journalists.
Spain's Supreme Court out-
lawed Batasuna in 2003 on
grounds that it was part of ETA,
leading to its offices being shut
down and its members barred
from engaging in political activity.
Gorka Elejabarrieta, a Bata-
suna representative in Brussels,
said the EU "could and should"
play a role in re-establishing a


peace process.
,.."The resolution of the
-_- Bpque conflict should be a pri-
ority on the EU agenda," he
said, but added that so far the
EU had backed only "the inter-
ests of the Spanish state and not
those of the Basque country and
the union itself."
Meanwhile, the president of
the European Parliament,
expressed the legislature's sup-
port for the Spanish government.


ETA, which stands for
Basque Homeland and Free-
dom, is accused of killing more
than 800 people since 1968 in a
violent campaign for indepen-
dence from Spain.
The opposition conservative
Popular Party claims Zapatero's
government has shown weak-
ness in dealing with ETA, which
has been classified in Madrid,
Brussels and Washington as a
terrorist organization.


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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION


Vacancies For Public School Administration


In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number
of vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while
the exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisements, for the following posts:-

District Superintendent, Scale SEDI
Principal Grade "A" Secondary School, Scale S 1
Principal Grade "A" Primary School, Scale S2
Principal Central Secondary (Family Island), Scale S3
Principal Grade "B" Primary, Scale S4
Vice Principal Grade "A" Secondary School Scale S4
Vice Principal Grade "A" Primary School Scale 55
Principal Grade "C" Primary School Scale S6
Senior Master/Senior Mistress Grade "A" Secondary School, Scale S6
Vice Principal Central Secondary School, Scale S6
Vice Principal Grade "B" Primary School, Scale S6
Vice Principal Grade "D" Primary School, Scale S9
Senior Master/Mistress Grade "A" Primary School, Scale S9
Vice Principal Grade "C" Primary School, Scale S9

The foregoing guidelines apply to all of the vacancies listed above.




VACANCIES FOR DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND HOUSING
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the post of District
Superintendent, New Providence, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports
and Culture (former Ministry of Education, Science and Technology).


Requirements for tne post

(i) A Bachelor's degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

(ii) A minimum of ten years successful teaching experience;

(iii) A minimum of least three years excellent administrative experience as a
Principal or Vice Principal preferably at both primary and secondary schools;

The successful candidates will be expected to:

(i) serve as the chief administrator of the school district and the principal advisor on
district matters to the Ministry of Education;

(ii) ensure that all aspects of the school district operations comply with Ministry of
Education's policies and regulations;

(iii) have a high level of administrative competence, interpersonal, organizational and
communication skills and be a strong team motivator;

(iv) be committed to improving the quality of education, evaluating student progress and
creating a conducive learning environment in district schools;
Specific duties of the post include:

(i) advising school administrators in all aspects of school organization, administration
and supervision;

(ii) evaluating district needs and recommending an action plan, inclusive of goals,
objectives and priorities to the Ministry of Education;

(iii) ensuring implementation of all Ministry of Education approved curriculum and
inclusion of mandated programmes and assessment procedures;

(iv) overseeing school facility management, the maintenance of the physical plant and
ensuring the efficient use of district resources in the daily operations of schools.

(iv) organizing further educational programmes by liaising with tertiary institutions at
home and abroad;

(v) facilitating purchase, delivery and distribution of supplies and equipment;

(vi) liaising with relevant persons to ensure efficient and effective management of the
District.

(vii) co-ordinating professional development of staff, evaluating staff performance and
developing guidelines for improved monitoring of instructional program.

The salary of the post is in Scale SEDI $43,800 x 700 $50,800 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which they
wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant proof of
academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide same may result
in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their I lead of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 141h June, 2007.




Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies for Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.


A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.


VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'A' SECONDARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the position of Principal
Grade 'A' Secondary School, New Providence and Grand Bahama, Department of Education,
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education Science and
Technology), for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution,

A minimum often (10) years successful teaching experience,
Training and post graduate training in school administration and supervision,
A minimum of three years experiences as a Vice Principal Grade 'A' Secondary school.

The successful candidates will:

be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with
particular emphasis on promoting and supervising activities.
be committed to the philosophy of education;
possess evidence of leadership ability;
possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniquesvwhich contribute t.o
studentt development;
be a team player

Specific duties of the post include:

organizing and supervising schedules;
managing students behaviour;
supervising curriculum development;
providing clinical supervision of teachers;
evaluating the performance of support staff;


promoting academic and professional development of staff
budgetary planning and resource allocation;
scheduling internal and external examinations;
co-coordinating special programs;
promoting a productive relationship among teachers, parents and the wider community.

The salary of the post is in Scale Sl $41,800 x 700 $48,800 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14th June, 2007.




Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.


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GOERMET OTCE /PBLC ERIC CMMSSO


VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'A' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position
of Principal, Grade 'A' Primary School (New Providence) Department of Education,
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum often years successful teaching experience.

A minimum of three years experience as Vice Principal grade 'A' Primary or grade 'B'
Primary School.

The Successful candidates will be expected to:

be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with
particular emphasis on promoting and supervising activities.

be responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations and procedures
of the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe child-centered learning environment;

work collaboratively to maintain effective school/community relationships;

have excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills and the ability to
motivate staff;


have extensive experience in scheduling, program development and evaluation
procedures;

Specific duties of the post include:

leading the development, implementation and evaluation of all school programs and
activities;

providing and supervising an effective discipline system;


communicating with the Superintendent regularly about the needs, successes and general
operation of the school;

establishing and promoting high standards and expectations for all staff and students for
academic performance and responsible behaviour;

supervising instructional programs of the school ensuring that they address student needs,
interests and skill levels;

overseeing financial and personnel management, procurement and distribution of
resource materials and the maintenance of healthy and safe facilities.

The salary of the post is in scale S2 $39,800 x 700 $46,800 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana, Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14'~1 June, 2007.




Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an effort to
facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service Commission will no
longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead, applicants are required to
submit letters indicating their interest and outlinilng their qualifications and experience along with copies
of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2,007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.



VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL CENTRAL SECONDARY (FAMILY ISLAND)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the post of Principal
Central Secondary, (Family Island), in the Department of Education, Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology).

Requirements for the post:

1) A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications
from an approved institution;
2) A minimum often (10) years teaching experience;
3) A minimum of three(3) years experience at the level of Senior Assistant
or higher at a Secondary School.

The successful candidate will:
be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the
school, with particular emphasis on promoting and supervising activities;
be committed to the philosophy of education;

possess evidence of leadership ability;

possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and
techniques which contribute to student development; and
be a team player.


Specific duties of the post include:
+ organizing and supervising scneauies;
,* managing students' behaviour;
+ supervising curriculum development;
+ providing clinical supervision of teachers;
evaluating thie performance of support staff;
+ promoting academic and professional development of staff;


+ budgetary planning and resource allocation;
*" scheduling internal and external examinations;
*:* co-ordinating special programs; and
-*- promoting a productive relationship among teachers,
parents and the wider community.

The salary of the post is in Scale S3 $38,500 x 700 $44,800 per annum.
Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for
which they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach
relevant proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure
to provide same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.


Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14'h June, 2007.




Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments'and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.


VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'B' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters.of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the position of Principal,
Grade 'B' Primary School, (New Providence) Department of Education, Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for the
beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

* A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution;

* A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience

* A minimum of three years experience as a Vice Principal, Grade 'B' Primary School
6r

* A minimum of three years experience as a Senior Master/Mistress of a Grade 'A' Primary
School or

* A minimum of three years experience as a Principal of a Grade 'C' Primary School.

The successful candidates will:

* be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with
particular emphasis on providing and supervising activities,
* be committed to the philosophy of education;

* possess evidence of leadership ability;

* possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;

* be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;
* be a team player

* be expected to work on the Family Islands.


Specific duties of the post include:

* organizing and supervising schedules;

* supervising the implementation of programmes to prove student performance/outcome;
* managing student behaviour;

* supervising curriculum development;

* providing clinical supervision of teachers;

* evaluating the performance of support staff;

* initiating, promoting and participating in school and community activities.

The salary of the post is in scale S4 $37,800 x 700 $44,100 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for
which they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach
relevant proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure
to provide same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14"t June, 2007.


Secretary
Public Service Commission


(Continued)


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GOVERNMENT NOTICES0 PUBLIC SEVICECOMMSSION


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.


The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.

VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
GRADE 'A' SECONDARY SCHOOL
NEW PROVIDENCE
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the position of Vice
Principal, Grade 'A' Secondary School, New Providence, in the Department of Education,
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)
for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

* A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institutions;

* A minimum often years successful teaching experience;
* Training and post graduate training in school administration and supervision;

* A minimum of three years administrative experience as a Senior Master/Mistress in a Grade
'A' Secondary School.

The successful candidates will be expected to:

* assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;

* be committed to the philosophy of education;

* possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;
* be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;
* be a team player.

Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the principal in the following
areas:

* organizing and supervising schedules;
* supervising the implementation of programmes to improve student performance/outcome;
* supervising curriculum development;

* providing clinical supervision of teachers;


* evaluating the performance of support staff;

* promoting academic and professional development of staff;
* budgetary planning and resource allocation;
* scheduling internal and external examinations;

* promoting and coordinating special programmes.


The salary of the post is in scale S4 $37,800 X 700 $44,100 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14'h June, 2007.


Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.


VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
GRADE 'A' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Vice Principal, Grade 'A' Primary School (New Providence) in the Department of Education,
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology), for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

* A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution.
* A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience

* A minimum of three years experience as a Vice Principal, Grade 'B' Primary School or

* A minimum of three years experience as a Senior Master/Mistress of a Grade 'A' Primary
School or
* A minimum of three years experience as a Principal of a Grade 'C' Primary School.


The successful candidates will be expected to:

* assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;

* be committed to the philosophy of education;

* possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;

* be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;
* be a team player;
* be expected to work on the Family Islands.


Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the Principal in the following
areas:

* organizing and supervising schedules;
* supervising the implementation of programmes to prove students' performance/outcome;
* managing student behaviour;

* supervising curriculum development;

* providing clinical supervision of teachers;
* evaluating the performance of support staff;

* initiating, promoting and participating in school and community activities.

The salary of the post is in scale S5 $36,400 X 700 $42,700 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to
provide same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14th June, 2007.



Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined, below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.

VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'C' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Principal, Grade 'C' Primary School, (New Providence) Department of Education, Ministry of
Education, Youth Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)
for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of seven years successful teaching experience.

A minimum of 3 years experience as a Vice Principal grade 'C' Primary, Principal of
grade 'D' Primpry School or Senior Master/Mistress Grade 'B' Primary School.

The successful candidates will:

be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with
particular emphasis on promoting and supervising activities.

be responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations and procedures
of the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe child-centered learning environment;

work collaboratively to maintain effective school/community relationships;

have excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills and the ability to
motivate staff;

have extensive experience in scheduling, program development and evaluation
procedures;

Specific duties of the post include:

leading the development, implementation and evaluation of all school programs and
activities;

providing and supervising an effective discipline system:

communicating with the Superintendent regularly about the needs, successes and general
operation of the school;

establishing and promoting high standards and expectations for all staff and students for
academic performance and responsible behaviour;

supervising instructional programs of the school ensuring that they address students'
needs, interests and skill levels;

Overseeing financial and personnel management procurement and distribution of
resource materials and the maintenance of healthy and safe facilities.

The salary of the post is in scale S6 $35,700 x 700 $42,000 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

(Continued)


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Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 30th June, 2007.




Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacanzeia For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.




VACANCY FOR SENIOR MASTER/SENIOR MISTRESS
GRADE 'A' SECONDARY SCHOOLS
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)



Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the
position of Senior Master/Mistress Grade 'A' Secondary School, New Providence and
Grand Bahama, Department of Education, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture,
(former Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) for the beginning of the
2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;


* A minimum of seven years successful teaching experience;


A minimum of two years experience at the level of Administrator, Level I: Head of
Department, Grade Level Head.

Successful candidates will be expected to:

assist the school's administrative team in instructional and administrative leadership


* possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;


be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute
to student dev616riMent;' I ,?

be a team player.

Specific duties of the post include:

assisting with designing, developing and supervising the implementation of programmes
to improve student performance/outcome;

.assisting with supervising curriculum development;

assisting with managing of student behaviour;


assisting with the clinical supervision of teachers;

assisting with the evaluating the performance of teaching and support staff;

coordinating special activities;

assisting with the scheduling of internal and external examinations.

The salary of the post is in Scale S6 $35,700 x 700 $42,000 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and
scale for which they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their
responsibility to attach relevant proof of academic qualifications, experience and
positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide same may result in their disqualification
from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14"' June, 2007.




Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number ol
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.



VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL GRADE 'B'
PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF YOUTH, SPORTS AND HOUSING
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letter of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Vice Principal, Grade 'B' Primary School, New Providence, Department of Education,
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.



Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience;

0 A minimum of two years administrative experience as a Senior Master/Mistress in a
Grade 'C' Primary School;
or
A minimum of two years administrative experience as a Principal, Grade 'D' School


The successful candidate will be expected to:

assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;

possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute
to student development;

be a team player.


(Continued)


VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
CENTRAL SECONDARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position
of Vice Principal, Central Secondary School, Family Island, Department of Education,
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology) for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post:

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution;
A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience;

A minimum of three years administrative experience as a Senior Master/Mistress in a Central
Secondary School.

Successful candidates will be expected to:

assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;
be committed to the philosophy of education;

possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;
be a team player.

Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the Principal in the following
areas:

organizing and supervising schedules;

supervising the implementation of programmes to prove students' performance/outcome;

managing student behaviour;
.supervising curriculum development;
providing clinical supervision of teachers;
evaluating the performance of support staff;


promoting academic and professional development of staff;
budgetary planning and resource allocation;
scheduling internal and external examinations;

Promoting and coordinating special programmes


The salary of the post is in scale S6 $35,700 X 700 $42,000 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and
scale for which they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their
.responsibility to attach relevant proof of academic qualifications, experience and
positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide same may result in their disqualification
from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14th June, 2007.



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Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the Principal in the
following areas:

'organizing and supervising schedules, assignments, records, and procedures;

designing, developing and supervising the implementation of programmes to improve
students' performance/outcome;


supervising curriculum development;

managing student behaviour;

providing assistance and guidance to Levels I & II Administrators;

providing clinical supervision of teachers;

evaluating the performance of support staff;

budgetary planning and resource allocation;

coordinating special activities;

scheduling internal and external examinations.

The salary of the post is in scale S6 -$35,700 x 700 $42,000 per annum.


Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide,
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.



Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14th June, 2007.



Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

i. an sort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an effort to
facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service Commission will no
longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead, applicants are required to
submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications and experience along with copies
of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
o" appointments and regret W1ifl be-issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all'offiCers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.




VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADED' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Principal Grade 'D' Primary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) for the
beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.



Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of seven years teaching experience;

A minimum of three years experience at the level of Senior Master/Mistress Grade 'D',
'C', or 'B' Primary School.

The successful candidates will be expected to:

be responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations and procedures
of the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe child-centred learning environment;

work collaboratively to maintain effective school/community relationships;

have excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills and the ability to
motivate staff;


have extensive experience in scheduling, program development and evaluation
procedures;

Specific duties of the post include:

leading the development, implementation and evaluation of all school programs and
activities;

providing and supervising an effective discipline system;

communicating with the Superintendent regularly about the needs, successes and general


operation of the school;

establishing and promoting high standards and expectations for all staff and students for
academic performance and responsible behaviour;

supervising instructional programs of the school ensuring that they address student needs,
interests and skill levels;

Overseeing financial and personnel management procurement and distribution of
resource materials and the maintenance of healthy and safe facilities.

The salary of the post is in scale S9 $31,300 x 700 $36,900 per annum,

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for
which they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach
relevant proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure
to provide same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.


Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14th June, 2007.





Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an effort to
facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service Commission will no
longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead, applicants are required to
submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications and experience along with copies
of this information.

A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.





VACANCY FOR SENIOR MASTER/MISTRESS
GRADE 'A' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of Senior
Master/Mistress, Grade 'A' Primary School, New Providence and Grand Bahama, in the
Department of Education, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, (former Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology) for the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.



Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of seven (7) years teaching experience;

A minimum of two years experience at the level of Administrator, Level 1, Team Leader
or Grade Level Head, Principal/Vice Principal Grade 'C' Primary School.



Successful candidates will be expected to:

assist the school's administrative team in instructional and administrative leadership;

possess evidence of leadership ability;

possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute
S to student development;

be a team player.



Specific duties of the post include:

assisting with the designing, developing and supervising the implementation of
progranimes to improve student performance/outcome;

assisting with the supervising curriculum development;


assisting with the management of student behaviour;

assisting with clinical supervision of teachers;

evaluating the performance of teaching and support staff;

assisting with the coordination of special activities;

assisting with the scheduling of internal and external examinations.

The salary of the post is in Scale S9 $31,300 x 700 $36,900 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which they
wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant proof of
academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide same may result
in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 14tb June, 2007.





Secretary
Public Service Commission


Vacancies For Public School Administrators

In an effort to streamline the process of promoting/appointing School Administrators and in an
effort to facilitate the conclusion of this exercise by June of each year, the Public Service
Commission will no longer require interested Bahamians to complete application forms. Instead,
applicants are required to submit letters indicating their interest and outlining their qualifications
and experience along with copies of this information.


A further change in the process has resulted in the advertisement of all administrative
positions in the school system because it is very difficult to determine the level or number of
vacancies for the following school year because of late notice of resignations and transfers.
Letters of interest for the 2007/2008 academic school year will be held on an active file while the
exercise is being processed, and until it has been determined which vacancies have materialized
based on retirements, resignations and transfers. Interviews are planned for June 2007 and letters
of appointments and regret will be issued during July 2007.

The Public Service Commission has approved the advertisement outlined below. It should be
brought to the attention of all officers and posted on a notice board until after the closing date for
receipt of letters of interest.

(Continued)


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VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
GRADE 'C' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(FORMER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the position of Vice
Principal Grade 'C' Primary School, New Providence, Department of Education, Ministry of
Education, Youth, Sports and Culture (former Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
< the beginning of the 2007/2008 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution,
A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience,
A minimum of three years administrative experience as Senior Master/Mistress, Team
Leader or Year Head. or
A minimum of three years experience as a Principal of a Grade 'D' Primary School.


The successful candidates will be expected to:

assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;
be committed to the philosophy of education;
possess evidence of leadership ability;
possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;

* be a team player'
* be expected to work on the Family Islands.

Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the Principal in the following
areas:
* organizing and supervising schedules;
* supervising the implementation of programmes to prove student performance/outcome;

* managing student behaviour;
* supervising curriculum development;
* providing clinical supervision of teachers;
* evaluating the performance of support staff;
* initiating, promoting and participating in school and community activities.

The salary of the post is in Scale S9 $31,300 x 700 $36,900 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Applican ts must. subnmjt.Jq s ,of.. interest, and, supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 141h June, 2007.



Secretary
Public Service Commission


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M THIS satellite image provided by NASA and acquired Tuesday June 5, 2007 at 9:35 local time
shows Cyclone Gonu over the Arabian Sea approaching the northeastern shore of Oman. Oman evac-
uated tens of thousands of people Wednesday, suspended oil exports, and closed the major port of
Sohar as a weakening Cyclone Gonu roared toward the Strait of Hormuz- the world's major transport
artery for Persian Gulf oil.
(AP Photo/NASA, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center)



Oman evacuates



tens of thousands,



closes port as



weakening Cyclone



Gonu lashes coast


refueling and ship-to-ship supply
operations had been halted. Ships
were being allowed to berth but
other marine activities were sus-
pended, officials said.
A few ships were still sailing
through the nearby Strait of Hor-
muz, the transport route for two-
fifths of the world's oil, despite
4- to 6-foot swells and strong
winds, according to Suresh Nair
of the Gulf Agency Co. shipping
firm.
"The entire area is unsafe. Ves-
sels that were bound to call here
say they are diverting because of
the storm," Nair said. "Some are
still going through the strait."
Manouchehr Takin, an analyst
at the Center for Global Energy
Studies in London, said the real
fear is that the loading of tankers
might be delayed by the storm.
"About 17-21 million barrels a
day of oil are coming out of the
Persian Gulf. Even if only some
of the tankers are delayed, that
could reduce the supply of oil and
increase prices," Takin said.
Omani Interior Minister Saud
bin Ibrahim Albousaidi instructed
residents to leave their houses
near the sea and seek shelter on
hilltops.
Police officials reported a dead
body washed ashore in the east-
ern coastal city of Sur and there
were reports of people trapped
inside homes in low-lying areas
around the capital.
Rains had subsided slightly ear-
lier Wednesday but had intensi-
fied again by midmorning, with
almost zero visibility, and were
expected to remain strong
through mid-afternoon.
Shareefa bint Khalfan, Omani
minister of social development,
said more than 20,000 people
were evacuated and housed in
government-provided dwellings
outfitted with medicines and nec-
essary supplies.
In Iran, authorities evacuated
hundreds of people living in the
port city of Chabahr on the coast
of the Sea of Oman, believed to
be next in the cyclone's path.
Maximum sustained winds of
about 86 mph were reported with
gusts to nearly 104 mph, regional
weather services said.
As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm
was reported about 60 nautical
miles southeast of Muscat, mov-
ing in a northwesterly direction,
the services said. A tracking map
posted on the Web site of the
U.S. military's Joint Typhoon


Warning Center predicted the
center of the storm would skirt
the capital Muscat later in the
day.
Blogger Vijayakumar
Narayanan told The Associated
Press in a telephone interview
that many city streets were flood-
ed and that visibility was near-
zero in Muscat at midmorning
Wednesday.
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Web site with 98,000 members in
3,500 communities worldwide,
reached out to the blogger in
Oman. The AP began working
with NowPublic this year to
obtain citizen journalism images
and video for distribution to news
organizations.
At 5:50 a.m. local time,
Narayanan wrote in his blog that
the rains "have subsided consid-
erably." He said some of the
wadis or dry riverbeds have
flooded, causing roadblocks. But
at 9 a.m., he said rains had again
become strong in the city.
Narayanan said the storm has
alarmed many Omanis, unaccus-
tomed to cyclones. "They haven't
had this kind of fear before."
Oman's eastern provinces were
cut off, with heavy rains making
the roads unusable and commu-
nication lines severed. "We have
no communication with them,
nothing," said a senior police offi-
cer, speaking on condition of
anonymity as is customary habit
for security and police officials in
Oman.
Gonu, which means a bag
made of palm leaves in the lan-
guage of the Maldives, was
expected to hit land in southeast-
ern Iran on Thursday or Friday,
according to the Joint Typhoon
Warning Center.
First hit by the storm.Tuesday,
Oman's Masirah Island, includes
one of four air bases that the
Omani government allows the
U.S. military to use for refueling,
logistics and storage, although lit-
tle has been revealed about U.S.-
Oman military ties.
The Masirah base hosted U.S.
B-1B bombers, C-130 transports
and U.S. Special Forces AC-130
gunships during the war in
'Afghanistan, and the United
States has continued to have bas-
ing rights on the island.
On Masirah, authorities said a
state of emergency had been
declared. Troops and police were
mobilized to help provide shel-
ter and medical services.


* MUSCAT, Oman

OMAN evacuated tens of
thousands of people Wednesday,
suspended oil exports, and closed
the major port of Sohar as a
weakening Cyclone Gonu roared
toward the Strait of Hormuz -
the world's major transport artery
for Persian Gulf oil, according to
Associated Press.
Oil prices rose amid forecasts
that the strongest storm to threat-
en the Arabian Peninsula in 60
years was barreling toward Iran.
As heavy rains lashed coastal
areas, authorities closed all oper-
ations at the port of Sohar and
evacuated the 11,000 workers,
port spokesman Dirk Jan De
Vink said.
Sohar's oil refinery and petro-
chemical plant remained running
at very low levels, with authorities
considering a total shutdown, he
said.
De Vink said he and the other
beachfront residents of the city
of 60,000 were leaving their
homes, all threatened by rising
tides and large waves pushed by
the approaching storm.
"These people know the force
of the sea and they're doing the
right thing," he ,said. "Most of
them are leaving or have already
left."
Nasser bin Khamis al-Jashimi
of the Ministry of Oil and Gas
said rough seas prevented tankers
from sailing from Omani ports,
effectively halting the country's
oil exports.
But production was continuing
except in one small field, he said.
Electricity went out in Muscat
by noon Wednesday, as winds of
62 mph hit the capital. Oman tele-
vision broadcast video of flooded
streets and buildings. Health min-
istry official Ali bin Gaafar bin
Mohammed said rescue workers
nad difficulties reaching affected
areas.
"Even helicopters cannot fly,
so it is very difficult," he said. In
the nearby Al-Amriyat town, a
flood-related mudslide closed a
main road.
Flights in and out of Oman's
Seeb International Airport were
canceled Wednesday, according
to an official Hamad bin Ali al
Abri. Flights that were en route to
Muscat were diverted to other
airports in the region, he said.
Further northeast, in the UAE
port of Fujairah, the world's third-
largest shipping fuel center, all









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By Steve Bker


A Dazzling Accomplishment


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North East South West
Pass Pass 1 Y Pass
3 T Pass 4 Pass
44 Pass 54 Pass
54 Pass 7V
Opening lead jack of clubs.
Of all the plays that confront the
experienced declarer, one of the most
difficult is the dummy reversal. This
is not because the execution of a
dummy reversal is difficult it is
rather that declarer simply does not
recognize the opportunity to employ
it when the occasion arises.
For example, take this deal where
North-South reached a contract of
seven hearts. This appeared to be a


highly ambitious undertaking, since
South had only 12 tricks in sight.
One way to proceed is to muffthe
club lead and draw two rounds of
trumps, hoping the adverse hearts are
divided 2-2. If this turns out to be the
case, the contract is made because a
spade can later be discarded from
dummy on South's fourth diamond,
after which declarer's third spade can
be ruffed in dummy.
The trouble with this method of
play is that it depends on a 2-2 trump
break, which occurs in only two
deals out of five. But a dummy rever-
sal will succeed about 90 percent of
the time, and therefore offers a much
better chance of success. It works
like this:
Declarer ruffs the club high and
leads a low heart to the eight. He
trumps another club high and leads a
heart to the ten. He ruffs a third club
and leads a spade to the king.
Declarer then ruffs dummy's last
club and leads a spade to the ace.
South is now out of trumps, hav-
ing ruffed four clubs and led trumps
twice. When dummy's king of hearts
is next cashed, drawing West's last
trump, South gets rid of his remain-
ing spade. He then takes the rest of
the tricks with the A-K-Q-J of dia-
monds.
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once only. Each must contain
the centre letter and there must
be at least one nine-letter word.
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TODAY'S TARGET
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40 (or more). Solution tomorrow.


ACROSS
1 Pay in prison? (5) i
6 Due to naughtiness being a
bit nice? (5)
9 Go with Edward to get articulated (7)
10 How witches see a cooker (5)
11 The force behind the current (5)
12 Terry in the bathroom? (5)
13 Points to a bird in al movie (7)
15 Sort of service for 51
pence? (3)
17 Breathe on her and she's a
colleenI (4)
18 Certainly not pommy talk (6)
19 Depend on getting a
soft answer! (5)
20 Nearer the shutter? (6)
22 She ain't wrong! (4)
24 Female in the nursery (3)
25 Modern broadcasting?
Enjoy it, boy! (7)
26 Gather there's a real possibility of a
finished education (5)
27 Might one crave to be
in a hole? (5)
28 Saintly figure with a new suit (5)
29 Such tablets may be in pairs (7)
30 The nonet in a weighty
composition (5)
31 Wildly eager to correspond (5)


Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 3, Upper 8, Wo-MA-n 10, Re-act 11, Mar. f2, Le-
gal 13, Went for 15, Sabre 18, Nun 19, Be-yon-d 21, B-
egg-ars 22, Igor 23, B-ETA 24, Bounder 26: Harrow 29,
Dad 31, Sid-Ed 32, RA-MP-ant 34, Given 35, Opt 36, Me-
t-al 37, Aster 38, Lying
DOWN: 1, C.o.-Met 2, Par-tner 4, Pier 5, Erases 6, Relay 7,
A-corn 9, Man 12, Long-bow 14, Fug 16, Boxer 17, Edgar
19, Bren-Dan 20, Sighs 21, Board 23, B-edpost 24, Bodily
25, Dam 27, Aired(-ale) 28, Regal 30, Inter 32, Rein 33,
A-pt


DOWN
2 Plant a lot too many (6)
3 Throws oneself out of an
aeroplane? (6)
4 Just one point ahead, gained the
victory (3)
5 He shows a girl around some of the
town (5)
6 At which age it's not odd to be in a
pig pen (7)
7 Figure one can get old (4)
8 Botanic bit for a feline family? (6)
12 Judge to be a persevering type? (5)
13 She has her own craft (5)
14 Is he simply saintly? (5)
15 Not illegal, I see, in having started a
fire (5)
16 Something afoot in the organ loft (5)
18 Killed due to the vice around Los
Angeles (5)
19 What a backward learner can
surely do (7)
21 Smoothly, Leo gets out a gun (6)
22 Can it make a joke funnier in
seconds? (6)


23 Mother is kind (6)
25 Many drops will ru
26 Depend on in a ma


n away (5)
manner


not upright (4)
28 By way of being six to one (3)


Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 3, Ceded 8, Grebe 10, Later 11, All 12, Treat 13,
Admiral 15, Tepid 18, Gel 19, Beside 21, Replied 22, Heac
23, Tout 24, Deficit 26, Abided 29, Tug 31, Laden 32,
Actress 34, Torch 35, Eli 36, Bidet 37, Asked
38, Refer
DOWN: 1, Grade 2, Obliged 4, Earl 5, Elated 6, Dates?7,
Fetid 9, Elm 12, Tallied 14, Rep 16, Pivot 17, Delta 19,
Bewitch 20, Shoal 21, Rapid 23, Tigress 24, Denote 25,
Cut 27, Basin 28, Deter 30, Osier 32, Ache
33, Elk


ACROSS
1 Tag (5)
6 Supply (5)
9 Director (7)
10 Velocity (5)
11 Navigation aid (5)
12 Undress (5)
13 Believes (7)
15 Moist (3)
17 Possessive
pronoun (4)
18 Commotion (6)
19 Mountain range (5)
20 Log (6)
22 Vegetables (4)
24 Devour (3)
25 Protection (/)
26 Quoted (5)
27 Small
mammal (5)
28 Sensational (5)
29 Narrator (7)
30 Command (5)
31 Wheel
covers (5)


DOWN
2 Hope (6)
3 Corrects (6)
4 Boy (3)
5 Desires (5)
6 Grave (7)
7 Snare (4)
8 Bomb-hole (6)
12 Bear (5)
13 Errand (5)
14 Upright (5)
15 Females (5)
16 Modck (5)
18 Celebrated (5)
19 Judge (7)
21 Religious
festival (6)
22 Poverty (6)
23 Uvely (6)
25 Subtract (5)
26 Be
concerned (4)
28 Allow (3)


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S Tribune

Horoscope


By LINDA BLACK


THURSDAY,
JUNE 7

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
Things are looking up this week, and
you can expect to hear some good
news. Make the most of this stroke of
luck, Aries. Share your good fortune
with others.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
You will have much more responsi-
bility to deal with this week, Taurus.
Don't let it get you down, though.
Higher-ups will be watching and tak-
ing note of your work ethic.
GFINI May 22/Jun 21
You may think you have everything
under control, but when you least
expect it, your life will go topsy
turvy. The only thing to expect,
Gemini, is the unexpected.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
Eliminate the negative thinking that
has been holding you back, Cancer.
By changing your outlook, you'll
certainly change the way others
interact with you.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Expect hidden issues that will leave
you with a dilemma. Avoid relation-
ships with coworkers, Leo; it could
only lead to trouble. And you don't
need any more trouble in your life,
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Don't overspend on entertainment just
to impress someone, Virgo. This per-
son should like you for who you are,
not what you have. Move on if you
feel unappreciated.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 a
You're confused about a particular
situation, Libra, and not seeing
events for what they really are. Keep
quiet or else you're bound to start
trouble unnecessarily.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22'
Someone is trying to take advantage
of you, Scorpio. Don't give away fll
of your secrets you know you're
smarter than that. A "friend's" trtie
colors will show through.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
You're invited to be part of 'an
influential group, Sagittarius.
Don't pass up the opportunity,
even if it requires a financial cqn-
tribution to get you started. .
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Don't mix business with pleasure this
week, Capricorn. Otherwise you'll'be
the center of attention for all (he
wrong reasons. Pay attention to subtle
clues from your peers.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Think about what your partner
would love to do, Aquarius, and then
plan the week's events around his or
her likes. You'll win plenty of
brownie points.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
Watch out for potential moneymak-
ers in the week to come, Pisces. You
can end up with more cash in your
pocket if you play your cards right.


Lukomsky v Pobedin, Moscow
1929. Both players were
unknowns, but finishes like
today's began to make
observers realise that a mighty
chess nation was developing
amid the repression of Stalinist
Russia. Black has
comprehensively mishandled
the opening, so for the price of a
mere pawn White has a fierce
attack against Black's oddly
placed king. Black still hopes to
get back into the game, since
White's d4 pawn is doubly
attacked and there is also a
threat to go d7-d6 opening up
the queen against White's dl
king. White has to act fast, and
his next two turns launched a
dramatic finish which brought
mixed critical reactions. The
writer Savielly Tartakover


a b c d e t g h
pronounced it "splendid" but
another grandmaster, Richard Reti,
was contrastingly dismissive,
calling White's concept "banal and
uninteresting". Work it out, and
see what you think. What was
White's winning sequence?
LEONARD BARDEN


Chess solution 8378 1 Rb3! Bxd4 2 Qxg7+! Kxg7 3
Rg3+ Kh6 4 Bcl+ Kh5 5 Be2+ Kh4 6 Rg4+ Kh5 7 Rg7
mate.


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Iran detains FRinns who allegedly strayed intoiI Its M wates


* TEHRAN, Iran
IRAN has detained three Finns who allegedly
strayed into its territorial waters during a fishing
trip in the Persian Gulf, an official said Wednesday,
according to Associated Press.
Ahmad Akhoundi, deputy governor of Iran's
Hormozgan province, was quoted by the official
IRNA news agency as saying that the three Finns
were being questioned by authorities, although he
did not say where they were being held.
He said they had "entered Iranian territorial
waters" around Abu Musa island, about 700 miles
southeast of the capital, Tehran, off the coast of
Dubai.
Earlier, Finnish Ambassador Heikki Puurunen


Rare wallaby on show with mother

AN ALBINO Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) female and its Joeyy" (young) look alert
at the Zlin zoo, the Czech Republic, on Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Albino wallabies usually bear brown
offspring and an all-white Joeyy" just like its mother is a rarity, spokeswoman of the zoo Romana
'Bujackova said.
(AP Photo/CTK, Zdenek Nemec)


\Two NATO soldiers, two suspected


Taliban killed in Afghan fighting c


* KABUL, Afghanistan
TWO NATO soldiers died
,battling militants in southern
S.Afghanistan Wednesday, while
',U.S.-led and Afghan troops
.backed by airstrikes killed two
militants and detained nine
others, officials said, according
,to Associated Press.
The. two soldiers from
.NATO's International Security
Assistance force died in "sepa-
rate engagements with enemy
.fighters," an ISAF statement
..said. ISAF did not release oth-
,er details such as the soldiers'
""nationalities or where the com-
bat took place.
In the central province of
Uruzgan, militants attacked
,'.U.S.-led troops and Afghan
'"forces in the Khas Uruzgan dis-
-'trict ont Tuesday, a statement
from the U.S.-led coalition
said.
SThe guerrillas retreated into


a compound that was later
bombed by coalition aircraft,
the statement said.
Two suspected militants
were found dead after the clash
and nine "enemy fighters"
were detained, it said. Troops
also recovered weapons and
ammunition from the com-
pound.
To the southeast, coalition
and Afghan troops on Wednes-
day raided a suspected Taliban
hide-out in Zabul province,
detaining 10 suspected fight-
ers, the coalition said.
Two of the 10 were: appre-
hended while trying to flee
with a rocket-propelled
grenade launcher and three
grenades.
Southern and eastern
Afghanistan are at the center
of the Taliban-led insurgency
against Afghan and foreign
troops.
Both military and militant


operations are intensifying,
.raising doubts about the
prospects for stability more
than five years after a U.S.-led
invasion drove the Taliban
from power.
In eastern Paktika province,
a local district chief wai killed
in an explosion Wednesday
caused by a mine he tried,to
remove from a road, said
Mohammad Akrem Akhpel-
wak, the provincial governor.


ALSO F


said Iranian officials had assured him the three
were in good condition and had been treated well
since they were seized Saturday. But Puurunen
said Iran had not yet agreed to a Finnish request to
see the men in accordance with consular agree-
meifits between the two countries.
"The only message we have got from the Irani-
ans is that they are in good condition and they are'
taking good care of them," Puurunen told The.
Associated Press. "They said that they will inform
us as soon possible. ... In Iran, it usually it takes
some time to get these things."
In Helsinki, Foreign Ministry spokesman Pasi
Tuominen said Iranian officials had told Finnish
diplomats Wednesday that "there is reason to
expect them to be released within 48 hours."'


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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Payments system soon


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with the top banking centres'



* Clearing Banks select New York-based Montra as software provider for Automated Clearing House

Contract set to be finalised 'within two weeks', and pilot test completed in 90 days

System to boost payments system integrity and efficiency, 'harmonising' banking

activities and boosting cash flow for business community


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Clearing Banks Asso-
ciation (CBA) is hoping
to finalise the agreement
with the chosen software
supplier for its Auto-
mated Clearing House "within the
next two weeks", completing pilot
testing of the system inside 90 days
from then and giving the Bahamas a
modern, electronic payments system
"on par with the major banking cen-
tres of the world".
Paul McWeeney, Bank of the
Bahamas International's managing
director and head of the Association's
ACH working group, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that they had selected


New York-based payments solutions
provider, Montran, as the clearing
house software provider.
Montran, which was the same com-
pany that installed the Real Time
Gross Settlement (RTGS) for the
Central Bank of the Bahamas, won
the bid after a lengthy tendering
process.
But Mr McWeeney cautioned: "We
have not finalised an agreement with
them yet. We're in the process of
doing that as we speak. Hopefully,
we can finalise the agreement within
the next couple of weeks.
"We anticipate being able to set up
a pilot test within 90 days of signing. It
can be a fast-track process, getting
the framework in place and testing."
He added: "There's no reason to


* PAUL McWEENEY


believe pilot testing will not be suc-
cessful in 90 days, and then it will be a
matter of all the clearing banks sign-
ing up to it and agreeing to participate
in the ACH."
This was virtually assured, with Mr
McWeeney explaining that the CBA
would act as the ACH's owners.
The RTGS system installed by
Montran cleared 31,438 transactions
worth $9.3 billion involving the major
clearing banks and Central Bank in
2006. The volume of transactions rose
by 65.2 per cent, and their total value
by 19 per cent, compared to 2005.
Mr McWeeney said the "success-
ful implementation" of the RTGS sys-
tem was "one of the most important
features" for the ACH working group
in deciding to award the software con-


tract to Montran. This would ensure
"the interaction between the RTGS
and the ACH should be a seamless
one".
The Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional managing director said this was
not the only factor that influenced
the working group, which was advised
by the World Bank, to go with Mon-
tran.
He said: "They're solution gave us
the best economic value, which is
important. It gave us what we deemed
the appropriate equitable value we
were looking for.
"They came down here on more
than one occasion to give demonstra-

SEE page 11


'Can you imagine a Shipping firm to raise fuel surcharges July 1


Slbn unregulated By NEIL HARTNELL But says no 40 per cent rate increase across the board
iTk B i. Ed


I IIUIIne DUsII In torUIUI
A BAHAMAS-based ship-
ping company yesterday told
The Tribune that it was set to
raise its fuel surcharges from
July 1, 2007, onwards in
response to global oil prices,
with others likely to follow suit,
but said it was not increasing
rates by 40 per cent.
Kristof Lingier, Seaboard
Marine's country
manager/owner's representa-
tive, contacted this newspaper
yesterday after Bahamas


* High vessel costs per container and small export cargo volume
from Bahamas leave shipping rates in this nation relatively high


Supermarkets' chief executive,
Ken Burns, said his company
was facing a 40 per cent rate
increase to emphasise that this
was not being applied across
the board by all Bahamas-
based shipping companies.
Mr Lingier acknowledged
that Seaboard Marine was set
to increase its bunker fuel sur-


charge from July 1 in response
to fuel costs and global oil
prices, which were likely to rise
further this summer due to a
combination of world demand
and reduced production by
Organisation of Petroleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC)
members.
Emphasising that the


increases were far short of 40
per cent, Mr Lingier said
Seaboard Marine was increas-
ing its bunker fuel surcharge
for a 20-foot container by $12 -
from $96 to $108 per container.
For a 40-foot container, the

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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE estimated $1 billion
Bahamian private pensions
industry is one of the few sec-
tors that size not governed by a
leading piece of legislation, the
Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA)
president told The Tribune yes-
terday, saying the introduction
of such laws as promised by
the FNM Manifesto was "key".
Encouraging the. Govern-
ment to follow through on its
pre-election promises,
Kendrick Christie told The Tri-
bune said it was difficult to
think of any $1 billion-industry
in the world that was not reg-
ulated by single piece of lead-
ing legislation.
"The concern we have is
over regulation," Mr Christie


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
AN Abaco-based resort is
undertaking a three-block,
43-unit condominium expan-
sion worth $18.37 million,
documents tabled in the
House of Assembly by Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
have revealed.
The agreement providing
the extension to the Great
Abaco Beach Resort and
Boat Harbour Marina with
exemption from customs
duties payable on building
materials imported for the
project, signed on February
15, 2007, but never disclosed
by the Christie government,
detail plans to expand the
property in two phases.
The first phase includes
construction of the three
condominium buildings, plus
a new pool area which will
include a bar, storage hut,
outside showers and the
erection of a life guard tow-


Accountants join
call for private
pension legislation,
and promoting
retirement savings

said. "We're talking about an
$833 million industry, which
was the amount of assets held
by private plans in 2004. That
may have hit $1 billion.
"There is some regulation,
but no one piece of legislation
that covers pensions. Basically,
you're relying on companies'
internal controls and best prac-
tices."
Mr Christie and BICA have

SEE page 14


The Hotels Encourage-
ment Act agreement
requires the resort owners to
complete construction by no
later than May 9, 2009. It
provides the resort with a 20-
year real property tax
exemption on the new condo
units, even if they are placed
in the hotel's rental pool.
According to the Hotels
Encouragement Act agree-
ment, the Great Abaco
Beach Resort and Boat Har-
bour Marina is requesting all
of the exemptions and con-
cessions applicable under the
Act, including customs
exemptions on supplies.
The resort also agreed that
within one month after the
date the agreement com-
mences it will hire Bahamas-
based contractors and sub-
contractors wherever possi-
ble: operate the property as a
condo hotel with the highest
standards attainable; and
make the property available
to members of the general
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PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007


* MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE ZHIVARGO LAING


I


By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
T he Bahamas'
national debt now
stands at $2.881 bil-
lion, with 83 per
cent or $2.382 billion repre-
senting a direct charge on the
Government, the Minister of
State for Finance told the
House of Assembly during the
Budget debate.
Zhivargo Laing said the
direct charge grew by 32 per
cent under the previous PLP
government, while the total
national debt taking account
of government guarantees giv-
en to support borrowing by
public agencies and corpora-
tions had grown by $656 mil-
lion or 29 per cent between
2002-2006.
"'This represents an average
annual increase of some 5.8
per cent," Mr Laing said, look-
ing to score some political
points.
Growth
"This level of growth of the
national debt has had the con-
sequence of pushing debt ser-
vicing in terms of interest pay-
ments upward from $103.4 mil-
lion in 2003-2004 to $141.4 mil-
lion in 2006-2007, an increase


of some $38 million or 37 per
cent."
Mr Laing said the FNM
administration will seek to
reverse this trend.
Point
"The point here is that sus-
tained deficit spending pro-
duces increase indebtedness
and an increase burden on
future generations to service
that deficit. The consequence
of all this is to tie up future
revenue increases or otherwise,
making it more difficult to
achieve some of the desirable
spending the Government
might have," said Mr Laing.
He said the 2007-2008 Bud-
get calls for an overall GFS
deficit of 1.8 per cent, slightly
lower than the planned GFS
deficit of 1.9 per cent for 2006-
2007. The GFS measurement
strips out the cost of debt
redemption from the calcula-
tions, focusing on current gov-
ernment cash flows.
However, Mr Laing said the
1.8 per cent GFS deficit was
acceptable given that the Gov-
ernment is planning a recur-
rent surplus of $25 million, as
well as reducing borrowings by
$38 million from $228 million
in the current fiscal year to
$190 million this year.
He added that the FNM
administration was committed


to bringing the ratio of Gov-
ernment Debt to GDP down
from its projected level of 37.3
per cent of GDP in 2007-2008
to within the range of 30-35
per cent by no later than 2010-
2011.
Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment intended to have a det to
GDP ratio of just over 35 per
cent by 2009-2010.
This drift in the debt to GDP
ratio outside the range of 30-35
per cent began in 2004-2005,
and continued climbing so that
in the 2006-2007 budget it was
projected to reach 37.9 per
cent of GDP. It is projected to
fall in 2008-2009 to 36.3 per
cent, and to 35.2 per cent in
2009-2010.
Ratio
"Thus in 2010-2011, the ratio
will be back within 30-35 per
cent of GDP. In the remain-
ing years of our term of office
we will maintain the ratio with-
in the range 30-35 per cent. as
we did in the years 1998-1999
to 2001-2002," Mr Laing said.
He explained a low debt to
GDP ratio ensures that if there
is any major disturbance in the
global economy, the Bahamas
will have 'headroom' provid-
ed by a low debt ratio to toler-
ate some relaxation of fiscal
controls and increase spend-
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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE


Abaco Markets enjoys



successive quarter



profits for first time



in five years


ABACO Markets yesterday dollars rose to $6.1 million. c
announced it had recorded con- The company added that with t
secutive profitable quarters for expenses remaining flat at $5.7 f
the first time in five years, gen- million, and sales rising, expens-
erating a $766,000 net profit for es as a percentage of sales fell to 1
the three months to April 30, 27.7 per cent in the three 1
2007, on the back of a 7.1 per months to April 30, 2007, com- r
cent sales increase and 5.2 per pared to 29.9 per cent for the s
cent gross margin rise. same period in 2006. e
The BISX-listed retail group With the completion of Aba- b
said it generated gross operating co Markets' divestment pro- c
profits of $529,000 for the first gramme through the sale of
quarter in its current fiscal year; Cost Rights Turks & Caicos, t
compared to $168,000 for the the company also gained a i
same period the previous year. $350,000 write back on a o
After interest costs, operating restructuring charge taken out r
profits for the quarter stood at for this disposal, as well as net- f
$238,000, compared to a ting a $150,000 gain on the sale
$215,000 loss the previous year. of its $2.5 million stake in BSL c
The net profit compared to a Holdings the owner of the C
$1.847 million loss for the same majority 78 per cent stake in (
period in 2006, which included a Bahamas Supermarkets. i
$1.5 million restructuring r e
charge. President r
The consecutive quarters of i
profitability may be a signal to Gavin Watchorn, Abaco t
long-suffering Abaco Markets Markets president, said in a i
shareholders that their four- statement: "We have been i
year torment may be coming to reporting steady progress in
an end, its start marked by the recent quarters, and our results c
$25 million loss sustained in fis- are a good indicator that our a
cal 2003. progress is being sustained by a
Since then the company has the measures we have taken c
divested itself of non-core, non- over the past year. i
performing assets, eliminating "A tremendous amount of s
its term debt with Royal Bank ground has been covered in the t
of Canada which once stood at first quarter of this year, with
$22-$23 million, shrinking to the completion of our divest- t
grow by focusing on the core ment process a major part of i
New Providence and Grand our core market strategy. r
Bahama markets. "We have eliminated our i
Abaco Markets said the 7.1 term debt, which obviously w
per cent sales rise took total eliminates those debt-related C
sales to $20.6 million, as the costs that have had a significant \
group continued where it left impact on our resources in i
off in the final quarter of its recent years. This means we are p
2007 fiscal year that ended on a smaller, more streamlined s
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in our core strengths which, in
urn, is establishing a solid plat-
orm for growth for the future."
Abaco Markets confirmed
Tribune Business's report ear-
ier this week about the early
repayment of 25 per cent, or
some $267,000, of the prefer-
ence share debt due on Decem-
ber 31, 2007, with the payment
due to be made on June 30.
"This quarter really embodies
he transition from divestment
and change to a complete focus
on our core market and on
rebuilding the group's platform
or growth," said Mr Watchorn.
"It is now the realisation of
our core market strategy, based
on growing in what we consider
our core markets and address-
ng the basics of our business -
enhancing the customers' expe-
*ience, increasing sales and
increasing net margin dollars,
hat represents the next stage
n realising our return to prof-
tability.
"Moving forward, we remain
committedd to addressing the
areas that have brought us oper-
itional improvements in recent
quarters improved buying and
improvements in our customer
service through product consis-
ency, selection and delivery.
"While we are pleased with
he results, we are still very
much aware that these areas
must receive our full attention
and, to this end, we still have a
way to go. However, there is no
doubt that we are progressing
well along our return to prof-
tability and expect that our
progress will translate into con-
sistent increases in sharehold-
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NOTICE

GLORIOUS LEGACY INVESTMENTS LIMITED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that GLORIOUS
LEGACY INVESTMENTS LIMITED has rescinded
its intention to wind-up and dissovle under the
provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

Dated the 7th day of June, A.D., 2007

CITITRUST (BAHAMAS)LIMITED

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company





NOTICE

WONDERKID ENTERPRISE LIMITED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WONDERKID
ENTERPRISE LIMITED has rescinded its
intention to wind-up and dissovie under the
provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

Dated the 7th day of June, A.D., 2007

CITITRUST (BAHAMAS)LIMITED

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


* By CRAIG S SMITH
c.2007 New York Times
News Service
LONDON Britain's largest
retailer, Tesco, is finally ready
for its American debut.
It has sent executives to board
with American families, watch-
ing what they cat and where they
shop. The scouts have built a
clandestine store inside a Cali-
fornia warehouse to test the
reactions of selected people,
telling any busybodies who
inquired that it was a movie set.
They have run computer models
and pored over economic data
and mapped demographic
trends.
And, of course, they have
sized up the competition.
"We've been looking at the
United States for 20 years," said
Greg Sage, a spokesman at the
company's headquarters in
Cheshunt, England.
This year, the company will
begin showing the results: neigh-
bourhood convenience stores
called Fresh and Easy, selling
mostly food, in Los Angeles,
Phoenix, Las Vegas and San
Diego.
It may sound like a modest
parry for a company known for
bold thrusts, but Tesco is tread-
ing lightly where other big
British retailers have fallen
before: the supermarket chain J
Sainsbury left the American
market in 2004, and the venera-
ble dry goods retailer Marks &
Spencer sold Brooks Brothers
in 2001 for less than a third what
it paid 13 years earlier.
Other retailers have found the
United States perilous, too. The
Dutch supermarket giant Royal
Ahold has faced a series of
crises, from accounting irregu-
larities to restive unions, at its
American operations.
The Tesco strategy can be
considered an end run around
the world's other giant retailers,
Wal-Mart and Carrefour, which
have recently been withdrawing
from difficult markets after a
race to plant flags in as many


countries as possible.
Wal-Mart's growth at its
superstores has faded while Car-
refour is pulling back to con-
centrate on thinning margins in
France, its home market. Tesco,
meanwhile, is at the top of its
game in Britain, where its busi-
ness is generating plenty of cash
for investment overseas. Tesco
knows that confronting Wal-
Mart head-on in Wal-Mart's
home market would be suicidal.
By slipping in through a neglect-
ed niche, Tesco hopes to build a
business where even Carrefour
feais to tread.
Dangers
"One of the dangers for any
company producing a lot of cash
flow from their home market is
that they invest poorly over-
seas," said Alastair Johnston, a
retail analyst at JP Morgan.
"That has not been the case for
Tesco as it has been for Car-
refour and Wal-Mart."
Tesco hopes to avoid the pit-
falls that have tripped up other
foreign retailers in the United
States by starting small and
growing organically rather than
entering the market with a
splashy acquisition. Still, it will
spend $500 million on the new
stores this year, and analysts pre-
dict that figure will grow to near-
ly $1 billion annually within two
or three years.
"They are one of the few
food-retailing expansion success
stories internationally," said Tim
Attenborough, an analyst at
Exane BNP Paribas.
The company has long been
a household name in Britain and
since the mid-1990s has been
expanding into markets over-
seas. It now operates in a dozen
countries, including China,
Turkey and Poland. It has four
basic store formats, from corner
convenience stores to hyper-
markets a la Wal-Mart.
Fresh and Easy will be based
on the company's Tesco Express


or Metro stores in Britain,
though with a local twist that
Tesco prides itself on taking in
international markets.
The company will not yet say
what that twist will be in the
United States, though the stores
will be geared toward south-
western American sensibilities,
offering a "fresh&easy" line of
branded products free of trans
fats, artificial colours or artifi-
cial flavours.
"They'll be neighbourhood
markets of 10 to 15,000 square
feet, offering fresh, nutritious,
affordable food close to where
people live," Sage said. The
stores, a fifth the size of an aver-
age American supermarket, will
offer an expanded range of
chilled, rather than frozen or hot
ready-to-eat foods, a market that
is much more developed in
Britain than the United States.
Tesco is building an 800,000-
square-foot distribution center
(the size of 14 football fields) on
a former Air Force base near
Riverside, California, and has
moved 150 employees to its
regional headquarters in El
Segundo, California. The team is
led by Tim Mason, a 25-year
company veteran and possible
successor to the chief executive
of Tesco, Terry Leahy. It is the
first time Tesco has sent a main
board member to develop a new
market overseas.
Tesco has begun recruiting
local employees, hoping to avoid
California's tough unions for
that could be a real vulnerabili-
ty. Already, the powerful Food
and Commercial Workers union
has begun a low-key campaign
to stop Tesco stores from get-
ting liquor licenses in Arizona.
But Tesco is ducking the most
serious barrier competition
by other big food retailers by
entering at an unexpected point
in the market.
"They are not going head-to-
head with Wal-Mart or with the
big supermarket operators,"
Attenborough said. "They have


seen a niche opportunity in the
market on the West Coast where
they think they can make some
serious money."
Its direct competition, analysts
say, include Trader Joe's and
Famima mini-markets, both also
foreign-owned, by Germans and
Japanese, respectively. But
Tesco is expected to move faster
than either of those chains.
There are only about a dozen
Famima stores in California and
Trader Joe's, which has been
around for many years, has
about 220 stores so far, mostly in
California and the South. Ana-
lysts expect Tesco to pass that
number within three or four
years.
"This is their best-researched
project ever," said Attenbor-
I ough, the Exane BNP Paribas
analyst, adding that the company
is hoping for a 15 per cent return
on its investment. That would
allow the American operation
to finance further expansion on
its own.
Operation
Tesco has said that it expects
its United States operation to
break even by the end of 2009.
"I think this business can have a
turnover of more than $4 billion
in five years," Attenborough
said.
The investment world has
cheered Tesco's move. Berkshire
Hathaway, controlled by War-
ren E Buffett, took a two per
cent stake in the company after
it announced its American
expansion plans.
And the stock has been steadi-
ly rising, closing Tuesday in Lon-
don at 450 pence ($8.94), though
that is slightly below its peak on
May 14 of 472.25.
Wal-Mart, meanwhile, has
been put on notice. As Tesco
learns more about the Ameri-
can market, JP Morgan noted,
"We would not be surprised if it
looks to add larger supermarket
formats, or even hypermarkets."


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ELEUTHERA LOT NO. 14B & 7B, PALMETTO POINT
.All that piece parcel or lot of land and improvement comprising of 20,355 sq. ft. being Lot #14B and 7B and situated in the Palmetto
ll 1 Point District of the Island of Eleuthera, Northward of the public road which runs from the Palmetto Point settlement to Savannah
S1 Sound in the coastal area northward of Ingraham's Pond, and which said piece, parcel or Lot of land and improvements forms a
Portion of several parcels of land containing 2.947 acres or thereabouts and which also includes Lot No. 7B. This site encompasses a
2-storey structure comprising 3-bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathorooms, front room, dining room, dining room, family room, utility room, pantry,
kitchen, stairwell, basement, 2-car garage and attic office. The entire house is equipped with central air-conditioning. The upper floor
to the porch area has been converted into a storage and an area for the irrigation system and equipment. There is a pool area at the
rear of this building approximately 537.14 sq. ft. with the garage area approximately 777 sq. ft. This area is complete with all utilities
and services available.
Appraisal: $513,959.00

SDUNDAS TOWN (ABACO)

3 two bed, 1 bath fourplex 9,000 sq. ft., lot no. 18b with an area for a small shop. Age 12 years the land is a portion of one of the Dundas Town Crown Allotment
Parcels stretching from Forest Drive to Front Street, being just under a quarter acre in size and on the lowside. A concrete block structure, with asphalt shingle roof
and L-shape in design with a total length of 70x26 ft, plus 50 x 22 ft., 2,920 sq. ft., the interior walls are concrete blocks, ceiling is sheet rock and the floors of vinyl
tiles.
Appraisal: $265,225.00



LOT NO. 1, BLOCK NO. 45,
All that piece parcel or lot of land having an area of 9,644 sq. ft. being lot #1 in block 45, Section "E" in the subdivision called and known as Eleuthera Island
Shores Subdivision, situated in the vicinity of Hatchet Bay Harbour, on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahams. This site
encompasses a two storey building which is approximately 14 yrs old and is abandoned. There is a wooden landing approximately 7'-4" wide by 20'-0" on the
upper level, approximately 1,610 sq. ft. of enclosed living space, with 3-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, front room, dining room, den, kitchen, and utility room. The
wooden porch on the upper level is approximately 148sq. ft. There is also a water cistern under the dining room floor area. All utilities and services available.
Appraisal: $151,007.00
This property is situated in Eleuthera Island Shores.




MURPHY TOWN ABACO
Al' AII that parcel of land having an approximate area of 9,000 sq ft, located on the above mentioned lot is a single family wooden structure, 25ft by 40 ft
with asphalt shingled roof. This house is approximately 15 yr old and comprising of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining area and kitchen. This house
is in need of some serious repairs. The future life of this house depends on the repairs that will be carried out. Without repairs it is not more than about 5
years. If upgrading and maintenance is carried out it could be longer the land rises above road level, to a height in excess of approximately 15ft above
sea level, with no likelihood of flooding in a hurricane.
Appraisal: $30,000.00
This house is located off the main Murphy Town Road about 150 ft to the Northeast of the corner and is painted blue trimmed white.







LOT NO. 6 BLOCK 13 WOODLAND WAY, WINTON HEIGHTS (NASSAU)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having an area of 14,897 sq. ft. being lot 6, block 13, in the Subdivision known as Winton Heights, this property is comprised of a 26 year old
11/2 storey single family resident consisting of approximately 2,567 sq. ft. of enclosed living space with 3 bed rooms, 2 baths, upstairs and downstairs consisting of a foyer,
S, guest bedroom and bath, laundry room, kitchen, powder room, sunken living area, tv room and dining area. Climate control is provided by wall air conditioning units throughout
the house quality of construction and maintenance is fair as a good amount of remedial work is needed on the roof and plumbing system. The effective age of the building is
seven years the property is rectangular in shape on flat terrain, and on a level grade slightly elevated above the road to disallow flooding during annual heavy rainy periods. The
grounds improvements include a concrete wall with two double gates at the front with chain-link fencing otherwise, open patios atthe-frontand back, and a 20,000 gal. rainwater
cistern under the front patio overall, the grounds are attractive and well kept.
Appraisal: $385,369.75
Traveling east on Prince Charles Drive go pass Winton Super Value, then second left to T Junction, turn right at T junction and the subject property is the third house right painted
yellow trimmed white.


LOT NO. 12, BLOCK 3, MILLER'S HEIGHTS


All that lot of land having an area of 7,500 sq. ft., being lot 12, of the subdivision known and designated as Millar's Heights, situated in the Southwestern district of New
Providence, Bahamas. This property is comprised of a 25 yr old single family residence consisting of approximately 2,375 sq. ft of enclosed living space with three 2-
bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living/dining rooms, and kitchen apartment complex. The land is on a grade and level and appear to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the
possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds are fairly kept, with improvements including parking area, walking pathway and low shrubs. The
yard is enclosed with chain linked fencing at the back and southern sides.
Appraisal: $239,500.00
Traveling west on Carmichael Road, enter West Avenue, on the South side immediately after Topps Laundromat. Take first right which is Wimpole St., go around the
curve on the left which is London Avenue, traveling south on London Avenue the subject property is the 9th building on the right before the T, Junction (high street) the
subject building is an L shape triplex, painted green, trimmed white.


DUNDAS TOWN

Lot # 21, crown allotment, this is vacant land approximately 10,810 sq. ft. situated off s.c. bootle drive. APPRAISAL: $17,836.50


LOT NO. 10B, PALMETTO POINT
All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land containing 9,000 sq. ft., and being Lot No. 10B situated North of Ingraham's Pond and Eastwardly of North Palmetto Point, on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, and is bounded and abutting as follows:- on the north by Lot No. 3B and running thereon for a distance of (90) ft; on the East by Lot No. 11 B and running thereon for a distance of (100) ft; on the south by a 20'
wide road reservation and running thereon (90) ft on the west by Lot No. 9B running thereon for a distance of (100) Ft, the said Lot is overgrown with shrubs and is in close proximity of a white sandy beach. This neighborhood is
zoned residential development and is quiet and peaceful with a topography of approximately 50ft and because of this there is no danger of flooding. The area is approximately 80% developed with all utilities and services available.

APPRAISAL: $72,000.00


MUTTON FISH POINT NORTH ELEUTHERA
All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land containing 44,714 sq. ft., and designated "E" which forms a portion of land known as "Mutton Fish Point" situated about two miles northwestward of the settlement of Gregory Town on the
island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and is bounded and abutting as follows:- Northwardly by the land now or formerly the property of Coridon Limited, and running thereon for a distance
of 393.13 hundredth ft.; outwardly by a 30' wide road reservation and running thereon for a distance of 402.57 hundredth ft; eastwardly by the main Queen's Highway and running thereon for a distance of 109.73 hundredth ft;
westwardly by land now or formerly the property of Caridon Limited andl running thereon for a distance of 110.75 hundredth ft. this property having an area of approximately 44,714 sq. ft. this neighbourhood is zoned commercial/residential
development and is quiet, peaceful and has a topography of approximately 2 ft. with all utilities and services available.

APPRAISAL: $51,421.00



MUTTON FISH POINT NORTH ELEUTHERA
All that piece, parcel or tract of land containing 1 acre situated about two miles northwestward of the settlement of Gregory Town on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and is bounded
and abutting as follows:- Northwestwardly by the main Queens Highway and is running thereon for a distance of 125.462 feet northwestwardly by the land now of formerly the property of Corldon Limited, and running thereon for a
distance of 390.274 hundredth ft.; southwestwardly by a 30' wide road reservation and running thereon for a distance of 128.128 hundredth ft; southeastwardly by the land now or formerly the property of the Venor and running
thereon for a distance of 322.955 hundredth ft. This property having an area of approximately 44,847.76 sq. ft. This neighbourhood is zoned commercial development and Is quiet and peaceful with a topography of approximately 2
ft. with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $51,421.00
This lot is vacant land and is located in the area known as "Mutton Fish Point"


MUTTON FISH POINT NORTH ELEUTHERA
All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land and improvements containing approximately 44,587 sq. ft. and designated "F" which forms a portion of land known as "Mutton Fish Point" situated about two miles northwestward of the
settlement of Gregory Town on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and bounded and abutting as follows:- Northwardly by the land now or formerly the property of Coridon Limited,
and running thereon for a distance of 383.56 hundredth ft; southwardly by land now or formerly the property of Caridon Limited and running thereon for a distance of 393-19 hundredth ft. eastwardly by the main Queen's Highway
and running thereon for a distance of 113.40 hundredth ft. westwardly by land now or formerly the property of Coridon Limited and running thereon for a distance of 113.40 hundredth ft. this neighbourhood is zoned commerciaVresidential
development and is quiet, peaceful and has a topography of approximately 2 ft. with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $51,276.00








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company was raising the fuel
surcharge from July 1 by $24
per container, and for 45-foot
containers the fuel surcharge
was being increased from $207
to $234 an increase of $27.
Although Mr Lingier said he
could not speak for other ship-
ping companies, he added that
it was likely that they would -
or were contemplating fuel
surcharge increases.
"The bunker surcharge is
obviously the surcharge we
apply to the fuel costs," Mr
Lingier said, adding that the
shipping companies linked
these surcharges to the West
Texas Intermediate index. The
fuel surcharge was reduced in


Since then, Mr Lingier
explained that Seaboard
Marine had incurred ongoing
security costs through the hir-
ing of extra security guards,
compliance procedures and
drills, forcing the company to
add a security surcharge to its
bills of lading to cover at least
part of the rise.
Mr Lingier said his compa-
ny's clients sometimes ques-
tioned why shipping and
freight rates to the Bahamas
were relatively expensive com-
pared to other destinations,
and why it cost the same
amount to ship a 20-foot con-
tainer from Amsterdam to
Miami as it did for the Miami
to Nassau route.
The Seaboard Marine coun-
try manager explained that
there several factors in play,
namely that the Bahamas was
"a small market" compared to
other countries, and its size -
coupled with draught restric-
tions meant this nation could
only be served by smaller ves-
sels.
As a result, "vessel costs per
container are a lot higher" for
shipping companies serving the
Bahamian market. Ships trav-
elling from Amsterdam to


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Miami can carry as many as
8,000 20-foot containers, but
Seaboard Marine's vessel can
typically carry just 80 contain-
ers on a roll-on-roll-off basis.
In addition, Mr Lingier
pointed out that the Bahamas
was "not an export market",
meaning that while vessels may
came into this nation fully
laden with containers, they
tend to leave with just one or
two full containers on the
return journey.
Containers
"I can put 100 containers on
my ship, and if we have two
full containers to go back,
that's a good number," Mr
Lingier said, explaining that
exports that his company car-
ried from the Bahamas to the
US were typically 1 per cent
of imports.
As a result, the inbound voy-
age to the Bahamas had to
cover the costs of both that and
the return trip to the US, again
impacting shipping rates for
Bahamian companies.
"We make money on vol-
umes, which we do not have
in this market. It's extremely
tight," Mr Lingier said.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, PAGE 7B


THE TRIBUNE


US economic




growth forecast




down to 2.3




per cent


E By JEANNINE AVERSA
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -
The White House on Wednes-
day lowered its forecast for
economic growth this year
even as it slightly upgraded its
outlook for unemployment.
Under the administration's
new forecast, gross domestic
product, or GDP, will grow by
2.3 per cent as measured from
the fourth quarter of last year
to the fourth quarter of this
year. That's down from a pre-
vious projection of 2.9 per cent.
The main reason for the
downgrade: The first three
months of 2007 got off to an
extremely weak start. Eco-
nomic growth at that time had
skidded to nearly a halt,
increasing at a rate of just 0.6
per cent, the worst showing in
more than four years.
Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke, the adminis-
tration and private economists
expect the economy will
rebound in the months ahead.
The one wild card, though, is
whether the nearly year-long
housing slump which has
been a damper on overall eco-
nomic activity gets worse.
"So it is just not quite clear
where we are in terms of the
housing market, whether it has
bottomed out," Edward
Lazear, chairman of the White
House's Council of Economic
Advisers told reporters.
The economy grew by 3.1
per cent in 2006. The persis-
tence of the housing slump is a
factor behind the economy's
projected loss of momentum
this year. *
The White House, however,
expects the economy will
regain speed and grow by 3.1
per cent a solid perfor-
mance in 2008 and 2009.
Those forecasts are unchanged
from previous estimates.
Gross domestic product
measures the value of all goods
and services produced within
the United States. It is the best
barometer of the country's
economic fitness.
Meanwhile, the nation's
unemployment rate, which
averaged 4.6 per cent last year,
a six-year low, is expected to
dip to 4.5 per cent this year
under the administration's new
forecast. That is slightly better
than its old forecast that the
unemployment rate would


hold steady at 4.6 per cent.
Next year, the administra-
tion predicts the unemploy-
ment rate will edge up to 4.7
per cent. Still that's also a bit
better than the old projection
of a 4.8 per cent jobless rate. In
2009, the White House
believes the jobless rate will
nudge up to 4.8 per cent,
unchanged from its previous
estimate.

Employment

The employment climate has
remained healthy even as the
economy has endured a slug-
gish spell. That's because trou-
bles have mostly been con-
tained in the ailing housing and
the struggling automotive sec-
tors and have not spread wide-
ly, affecting other types of
employers.
On the inflation front, surg-
ing prices for gasoline and oth-
er energy products prompted
the administration to raise its


inflation forecast for this year.
The White House now expects
consumer prices to rise by 3.2
per cent this year. That's high-
er than the 2.6 per cent
increase previously projected.
"Because of the robustness
of the United States economy
we've actually been able to sur-
vive high energy prices with-
out a great deal of economic
shock," observed Lazear.
After this year, inflation
should settle down. The
administration expects con-
sumer prices to rise by 2.5 per
cent in 2008 and edge down to
2.4 per cent in 2009.
The White House's eco-
nomic forecasts are issued
twice a year. The projections
were developed mainly by a
team from the Council of Eco-
nomic Advisers, the Treasury
Department and the Office of
Management and Budget. The
administration's projections
are in line with those offered
by private analysts.


(401) Lots #17 & #18 Crown
Allotments, Love Hill Settlement,
Andros. Containing a two-sto-
rey residence. Appraised Value
$100,000.
(806) Lots #1 & #2, Block 3 with
a parcel situated between Lot #1,
Block 3, containing a 4 bedroom
condominium Sunset View Vil-
las, West Bay Street. Appraised
Value $750,000.

(806) Lot #13, Block 4 of Coral
Waterways, Section One, Coral
Harbour, N.P. with two houses
and a swimming pool, #312 N.P.
bounded Northwardly by a canal
or waterway of the said Subdivi-
sion known as Flamingo water-
way and running 102.004 ft. East-
wardly by lot #14 and 146.145ft
Southwardly by a reservation for
a-private road. Appraised Value
$530,000
(433) Lot #27 of Village Allotment
#14 in the Eastern District, con-
taining residence situated on Den-
ver Street off Parkgate Road in the
Ann's Town Constituency, N.P.
Property size 2,500 sq ft Build-
ing size 990 sq ft Appraised value
$50,000.
(304) Lot #2 in block #8, Steward
Road, Coral Heights East Subdivi-
sion situated in Western District
of N.P., approx. size 8,800 sq ft
with a split level containing two
bed, two bath, living, dining &
family rooms, kitchen and util-
ity room-approx. size of build-
ing 2,658 sq ft. Appraised value:
$322,752
(702) Lot #20 with residential
property located Skyline Heights.
Appraised value $280,000.

(902) Lot #14, Block #23 (125 x
80) situated Rainbow Bay, Eleu-
thera containing a one storey
house with 2 bed/I bath, kitchen,
living room and 2 linen closets.
Appraised value $89,998.


(902) Lot of land 94 x 94 x 150 x
150 on Queens Highway just south
of Palmetto Point with a two sto-
rey stone building containing two
apartments. Each unit has 3 bed/2
1/2 bath, kitchen, living room and
3 linen closets. Appraised value
$287,209.

(903) Lot #15 located Johnson
Harbour View Estate, Harbour
Island, size 6,750 sq ft with a 3
bed, 2 bath residence. Estimated
value $95,000.
(902) Lot (8,000 sq ft) situated
Sand's Alley, North Palmetto Point
with incomplete triplex (concrete
structure belt course 2,529.6 sq
ft). Appraised value $49,414.

(100) Developed property Pinder's,
Long Island containing a split
level Mediterranean style home
with kitchen, living room, din-
ing room, master bed & bath,
two guest rooms, full and half
guest bathroom on lower level.
Also garage and breezeway a
gross area 4,212 sq ft. Kitchen-
ette, master bedroom and bath
and front entry porch features the
upper level, gross area of 780 sq
ft. Porches all around .the concrete
structure which is 90% complete.
Appraised value $650,000.
(400) Property situated in Cala-
bash Bay on the Island of Andros.
75'x150' and containing thereon
a small grocery store 480 sq ft
and an incomplete 3 bed 2 bath
house 900 sq ft. Appraised value
$65,000.
(565) Lot #12 in Block #2 contain-
ing 4 houses (3 wooden, one partly
concrete block, partly stucco build-
ing), 4,763'sq ft situated di.ar-
rington Road h-the West6i.bDis-.
trict of New Providence. Appraised
value $68,000.
(902) Lot containing 3 bed 2
bath residence situated in the
settlement of Governor's Harbour


bounded northwardly by a 19ft
road and running thereon 50ft east-
wardly and running thereon 100ft
southwardly and 50ft westwardly.
Appraised value $90,000.
(902) Lot #17, Block# 7 of Section
"A" of the Eleuthera Island Shores
Subdivision situated 3 miles North-
eastward of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera
containing residence. Appraised
value TBO.
(400) Lot #14 situated in the set-
tlement of Love Hill on the Island
of Andros totaling 20,000 sq. ft.
Property contains a two storey 5
bedroom, 3 bathroom residence.
Appraised value $185,000.
(203) Lot B situated on the
north side of Shell Fish Road,
being the third lot west of Fire
Trail Road and east of Hamster
Road with a one half duplex resi-
dential premises. Appraised value
TBO.
(701) Lot of land having the
number 16 in Block number 16
in Section Three of the Subdivi-
sion called and known as Sea
Breeze Estates situated in the
Eastern District of New Prov-
idence. Property contains a
three bed, two bath residence.
Appraised value TBO.

(701) Lot of land being lot
number 11 in Block number 10
on a plan of allotments laid out
by Village Estates Limited and
filed in the dept of Land & Sur-
veys as number 142 N.P. and
situated in the Eastern District
of New Providence. Property
contains three bed, two bath
*residence.
(105) Lot containing 2 sto-
rey bldg. with three bed, two
arid a half bath residence, and
30' X 86'situated Bailey Town,
North Bimini. Appraised value
$235,000.00


I, PROPmEIRTIES I


(304) Lot D-2,415 west of Fox
Hill Road and 659 ft. south of Joe
Farrington Road, N.P. Appraised
value: TBO

(565) Vacant lot #5 located Eleu-
thera Island Shores, Seaside Drive
Section B, Block #15, Eleuthera.
9,691 sq. ft. Appraised value
$21,805.

(902) Lot #46, Block #32, Bahamia.
Section 1X Freeport, Grand Bahama
90 ft wide along Stratford Way
and 150 ft along Stratford Court.
Appraised value $26,000.

(565) Vacant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sq.
ft.) situated in Mango Lane Section
"B" Block #15, Eleuthera Island


Shores on the island of Eleuthera.
Appraised value $25,665.

(902) .281 acre of vacant land off
Queen's Highway in the settlement
of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera.
Appraised value $31,320.

(800) Vacant property located
Bahamia South. Block 16 lot
9A, .Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Appraised value $52,000.00

(717) Vacant residential lot #25
(6,513 sq. ft) in James Cistern
North Subdivision, Eleuthera.
Appraised value $12,375

(401) Lot No. 17456 Bahama
Sound off Exuma No. 18, located


approximately 2.5 miles northwest-
wardly of George Town, Exuma.
Appraised value $18,000.

(802) Vacant lot #26, Block
No: 27 Caravelle Bay, Freeport
Grand Bahama consisting of
35,000 square feet. Appraised
Value $150,000.

(802) Vacant lot #27, Block No:
27 Caravelle Bay, Freeport Grand
Bahama consisting of 38,047
square feet. Appraised Value
$150,000.


OFFICER


COMMERCIAL
BANKING CENTRE
Tel: 242-356-8567
(800) Mrs. Monique Crawford
(802) Mr. Brian Knowles
(805) Mr. Jerome Pinder
(806) Mrs Lois Hollis
(807) Mr. Wayne Kendall
(808) Mrs. Hope Sealey
PALMDALE SHOPPING
CENTRE BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-4426/9
or 242-302-3800
(201) Ms. Nicola Walker
(202) Mr. Frank Dean
(203) Mrs. Cedricka Clarke
NASSAU INT'L AIRPORT
Tel: 242-377-7179
(433) Mrs. Suzette Hall-Moss
GOVERNOR'S HARBOUR,
ELEUTHERA
Tel: 242-332-2856/8
(902) Mr. Brian Hanna
HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH
Tel: 242-333-2230
(901) Ms. Velderine Laroda (903)
Mrs. Rose Bethel


ANDROS TOWN
Tel:242-368-2071
(400) Mrs. Vanessa Scott
NASSAU MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-8700
(701) Mrs. Stephanie Saunders
(702) Ms. Cherelle Martinborough
(703) Mrs. Renae Walkine
JFK DRIVE BRANCH
Tel: 242-325-4711
(401) Mr. James Strachan
PRINCE CHARLES
SHOPPING CENTRE
Tel: 242-393-7505/8
(501) Mr. Keith Lloyd
(505) Ms. Patricia Russell
CABLE BEACH
Tel: 242-327-6077
(466) Mrs. Winnifred Roberts
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
Tel: 242-367-2420
(908) Mr. Antonio Eyma
(909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
(910) Mr. Travis Spicer
BIMINI BRANCH
Telephone: 242-347-3031
(105) Mr. Kermit Curry


GRAY'S, LONG ISLAND
Telephone: 242-337-0101
(100) Mrs Lucy Wells
LOAN COLLECTION CENTRE
Tel: 242-394-3560
(716) Mrs. Ingrid Simon
(717) Mrs. Nancy Swaby
(723) Mrs. Deidre King
(724) Mrs. Faye Higgs
(725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson
(565) Mrs. Catherine Davis
MACKEY STREET
Tel: 242-393-3097
(601) Mrs. Anastacia Knowles
BAY & VICTORIA BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-2451/3
(301) Ms. Thyra Johnson
(303) Mr. Desmond McIntosh
(304) Mrs. Alicia Thompson
FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-352-6631/2
(101) Ms. Garnell Frith
(103) Mrs. Damita Newbold-
Cartwright
(104) Ms. Jackie Knowles
(108) Ms. Sylvie Carey


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CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -
The productivity of American
workers slowed sharply in the
first three months of this year
but wage pressures eased as
well, providing evidence that
inflation is being restrained.
The Labour Department
reported that the amount of
output per hour of work for
nonfarm businesses rose at
annual rate of one per cent in
the January-March quarter.
That was the slowest advance
since the third quarter of last
year and was below the gov-
ernment's initial estimate that
productivity rose at a 1.7 per
cent rate in the first quarter.
Labour costs rose at an
annual rate of 1.8 per cent.
That was up from an initial
estimate of 0.6 per cent growth
in unit labour costs but was still
lower than the 8.9 per cent
surge reported in the final
three months of last year.
Wages
While higher wages are good
for workers, increases that out-
strip the growth of productivi-
ty can trigger unwanted infla-
tion as employers are forced
to boost the cost of their prod-
ucts to meet their higher pay-
roll costs.
Rising productivity means
that employers can boost
salaries because of workers'
increased efficiency. It is the
- single most important factor


supporting rising living stan-
dards.
Revision
The revision to productivity
in the first quarter reflected
the sharp downward revision
to overall economic growth,
which got slashed to 0.6 per
cent from an initial estimate of
1.3 per cent.
The latest reading on unit
labour costs should ease con-
cerns at the Federal Reserve
about wage pressures.
The Fed pushed interest
rates higher for two years in
an effort to slow the economy
and keep inflation under con-
trol. The central bank has not
raised rates in a year and many
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the rest of this year, watching
to see if they have done
enough to produce an eco-
nomic soft-landing.
Despite the weak start to the
year, recent indicators have
bolstered the view that the
economy began to rebound in
the spring, despite lingering
problems in housing.
In a new economic forecast,
the National Association of
Realtors on Wednesday pre-
dicted that sales of existing
homes will fall by 4.18 per cent
this year, lowering a previous
forecast which had called for a
2.9 per cent decline this year.
"Home sales will probably
fluctuate in a narrow range in
the short run, but gradually
trend upward with improving
activity by the end of the year,",


US

said Lawrence Yun, the Real-
tors' chief economist.
He predicted that sales,
which had set records for five
straight years before falling in
2006, will resume rising in
2008, increasing by a projected
3.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Bush admin-
istration released an updated
economic forecast for 2007,
predicting that the economy
will grow by 2.3 per cent this
year, when measured from the
fourth quarter of last year.
That is down from a forecast of
2.9 per cent the administration
made six months ago. Officials
said the lower figure reflected
the much slower growth that
occurred in the first three
months of this year.
Chairman
Fed Chairman Ben
Bernanke said in a speech
Tuesday that he believed the
economy would strengthen as
the year progresses, comments
that were read by Wall Street
as lessening the chances for a
rate cut to boost a lagging
economy.
The one per cent rise in pro-
ductivity in the January-March
quarter was below the 1.6 per
cent average growth rate of last
year and that figure has been a
drop from the 2.1 per cent
increase in 2005.,
Analysts are watching pro-
ductivity carefully to see
whether a rebound in efficien-
cy starting in the mid-1990s
was a temporary spurt or the
start of a longer-range trend.


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AP GE 10B THURSDAYJUNE 7 07


* By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -
The heads of the domestic auto
industry are pressing congres-
sional leaders to revisit a plan
to increase fuel efficiency stan-
dards that automakers say
could hurt their industry.
Leaders of General Motors,


Ford and the Chrysler Group
on Wednesday were to discuss
the impact of health care, trade
and energy policies on their
companies, and urge congres-
sional leaders in private meet-
ings to consider an alternative
to a proposed overhaul of Cor-
porate Average Fuel Econo-
my standards for vehicles.
"It looks like within the cli-


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that RAWVER KELLY of
MINNIS SUB. off CARMICHAEL RD, 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 7th day of June, 2007 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, SERVIANNA
MARINDA THOMPSON of Tynam Ave., New
Providence, intend to change my name to SABRINA
MARINDA THOMPSON. If there are any objections
to this change of name by deed poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.RO. Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas, no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of the publication of this notice.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that NEOISHE PAUL OF #3
SEARIDGE, 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 ,an. poasopwhp kokws.any
reason why registration/ naturalization. should not be.
granted- should send a written' and'signed statement"
ofth6e facts within twenty-eight days 4r6m the 3+ST day
of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.






NOTICE


IN THE ESTATE OF ANNA
S. PHILLIPS a.k.a. ANNA R.
PHILLIPS late of 221 Burgandy E.
Delray Beach, Palm Beach, Florida,
United States of America, deceased.


NOTICE is hereby given that all


persons having


demand


against t


any claims or
he above Estate


are required to send the same duly
certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 20th day of June,
2007, after which date the Personal
Representative will proceed to distribute
the assets having regardonly totheclaims
of which he shall then have had notice.


AND NOTICE is hereby also given that
all persons indbted to the said Estate are
requested to make full settlement on or
before the date hereinbefore mentioned.




HIIGGS & JOHNSON
Attorneys for the Personal
Representative Chambers
PO. BOX N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas


mate that's being experienced
now, it's very likely there will
be increases in CAFE," Rick
Wagoner, General Motors
Corp. chairman and chief exec-
utive, said Tuesday in Wilm-
ington, Del. "I think our con-
cern is, let's make sure that we
also fix the real problems while
we're doing that."
Senate
The Senate is expected to
vote next week on a proposal
to raise CAFE standards to a
fleet average of 35 miles per
gallon for a manufacturer's
cars and trucks by 2020, an
increase of about 10 mpg over
current levels. From 2020-2030,
the auto industry would face
four per cent annual increases.
Auto industry officials have
called the Senate bill unwork-
able and resisted attempts to
increase the requirements in
the past. But they concede that
Congress is likely to impose
higher standards this year as
.consumers deal with $3-plus
gasoline prices and remain
worried about global warming


and want to help shape any
new requirements.
In Washington, Wagoner
was to be joined by Ford
Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally,
DaimlerChrysler AG's
Chrysler Group CEO Tom
LaSorda and United Auto
Workers President Ron Get-
telfinger.
Michigan's two Democratic
senators, Carl Levin and Deb-
bie Stabenow, are working on
an alternative that would direct
regulators to improve stan-
dards to 36 miles per gallon for
cars by 2022 and 30 mpg for
pickup trucks, sport utility
vehicles and vans by 2025. The
approach would be more palat-
able to the industry because it
would give them more time to
improve vehicle efficiency and
keep separate the standards
for passenger cars and light
trucks.
House
In the House, a draft bill
recently released by a com-
mittee led by Rep. John Din-
gell, D-Mich., would push for


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, KE'NAZ SERAIAH
THOMPSON of Tynam Ave., New Providence, intend
to change my name to KEN'AZ SERAIAH
THOMPSON. 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 the publication of this notice.,




TROPICANA OF THE BAHAMAS. INC.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) TROPICANA OF THE BAHAMAS. INC. is dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business'Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
31st May, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Felicia C. Robbins, 1341
Rutherford Road, Greenville SC 29609, United States of America
Dated the 6th day of June, A.D., 2007.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY
MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named Company



YOUTH DIRECTOR
JOB DESCRIPTION
GRANTS TOWN WESLEY METHODIST
CHURCH


Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church is
seeking a part-time Youth Worker to work
with its Children, Youth and young adults.
This person must:

*:. Be a mature Christian with a personal
dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.
*:* Have experienced a Call for working with
Youth; and
4* Desire to see them develop as Christians.


Duties:
*:* Oversee and co-ordinate exciting Christian
and age appropriate Youth programmes
:* Recruit and train volunteers for Youth work
:* Design and implement community outreach
programmes for Youth
-** Coordinate Youth activities and events

This applicant should have at least an
Associate's Degree in a relevant discipline and
a minimum of two years experience in Youth
Ministry.

Work hours 15-20 hours per week

Interested persons may send a resume to fax no
356-0854 or to E-mail: gtwesley@coralwave.com
by 16 June, 2007.


standards that would mirror
the Levin/Stabenow approach.
Economy
Attempts to raise fuel econ-
omy standards have made little
progress in the past 20 years. A
manufacturer's fleet of pas-
senger cars is required to get
an average of 27.5 mpg for any
given model year, while a man-
ufacturer's SUVs, pickup
trucks and vans must get an
average of 22.2 mpg. That's a
combined average of about 25
mpg.
A trade group that repre-
sents the.threb companies,
Toyota Motor Corp. and oth-
ers has aired ads saying the
Senate fuel economy proposal
would hurt the industry and
force them to limit vehicle
options.
Environmentalists have


charged automakers with
returning to their roots of
opposing fuel economy
increases, concerned that a
compromise could jeopardize
any significant reductions in
gas consumption.
David Friedman, research
director for the clean vehicles
program at the Union of Con-
cerned Scientists, said Levin's
approach would set "feeble
goals and gives the automakers
a free pass. We need guaran-
tees, not promises, for cutting
fuel consumption."
Manufacturing companies
are expected to discuss health
care, trade and energy issues
during a series of meetings,
organized by Stabenow. Lead-
ers of ArvinMeritor Inc., The
DuPont Co., Dow Chemical
Co., Whirlpool Corp. and
United States Steel Corp. are
expected to attend.


NOTICE

TROPICANA OF THE BAHAMAS. INC.

Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send
particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P. 0. Box
N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before 23rd
July A.D., 2007. In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
by the Liquidator.


Dated the 6th day of June, A.D., 2007.

Felicia C. Robbins
Liquidator
1341 Rutherford Road
Greenville SC 29609
U.S.A


Legal Notice


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

WHA RHU ENTERPRISES LIMITED
In Voluntary liquidation
"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
WHA RHU ENTERPRISES LIMITED is in Dissolution."
The date of commencement of dissolution is the 25th day of April,
2007.
Mr. Paul Evans
c/o Helvetia Court
South Esplanade,
St. Peter Port,
Guernsey, GY1 4EE
Liquidator


Annual General Meeting

To: All members of The Bahama Islands Resorts &
Casinos Co-operative Credit Union (BIRCCCU) Ltd.
The Eugene Cooper Building, #9 Village Road.

Notice is hereby given that the Twenty-second (22nd)
Annual General Meeting of the Paradise Island Resort
& Casino Co-operative Credit Union Limited (Now
Bahama Islands Resorts & Casinos Co-operative Credit
Union Ltd.) will be held at the Credit Union's premises,
#9 Village Road, Nassau, Bahamas on

Saturday, June 16th, 2007 commencing at 9:00a.m.

For the following purposes:

To receive the Report of the Board of Directors for 2006.
To receive the Audited Accounts for 2006
To take action on such matters as may come before the meeting.
To elect members of The Board of Directors
THERE WILL BE NO SECOND CALL MEETING AS
PER THE CO-OPERATIVE ACT 2005 SECTION 22

Linda Symonette
Secretary
May 2007


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THE TRIBUNE


THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, PAGE 11B


* By KEITH BRADSHER
c.2007 New York Times
News Service
HONG KONG The Chi-
nese government is learning
the dangers of intervening in
stock markets, as policy shifts
by the government and even
speculation of policy shifts
have led to sharp swings in
share prices on the Shanghai
and Shenzhen stock markets
over the last week.
Chinese shares plunged sev-
en per cent on Tuesday morn-
ing, continuing a steep descent
that began last Wednesday
when the government tripled
taxes on share transactions to
halt three months of steep
stock market gains.
But by early Tuesday after-
noon, the panic selling abrupt-
ly gave way to frenzied buying
as rumors circulated that the
government might defer the
introduction of a capital gains
tax for up to three years. State-
controlled newspapers also
reported that the government
had authorized four large
funds to raise money for the
purchase of stocks.
The Shanghai A Share mar-
ket ended the day with a gain
of 2.58 per cent, while the


Shenzhen A Share market
gained 2.34 per cent. Investors
outside China have reacted
fairly little to the recent ups
and downs of the Chinese mar-
kets.
The remarkable volatility in
the markets underlined again
the extent to which stock mar-
ket investors continue to look
to the government for cues on
when to buy and when to sell.
Many experts have warned
that this dependence on the
government could bring the
wrath of investors on Beijing
officials if the market was to
suffer a deep and prolonged
drop.
But the Chinese government
has been wary of letting strict-
ly market forces determine the
path of stock prices. "It's a
government that likes to be in
control," said Carl B Wein-
berg, an economist at High
Frequency Economics, a con-
sulting firm in Valhalla, N.Y.
The turnaround in the Chi-
nese stock market on Tuesday
afternoon seemed to occur in
the nick of time for other
Asian stock markets. After
largely ignoring the Chinese
stock market's troubles
through Monday, stock mar-
kets began to dip on Tuesday


morning in Hong Kong, South
Korea, Thailand, Malaysia,
Singapore, Indonesia and
India.
The losses were modest in
each case, however, with a
broad measure of Thailand's
market showing the heaviest
loss, down one per cent in ear-
ly afternoon. In Japan, the
Nikkei index bucked the trend
and eked out a gain of 0.31 per
cent by early afternoon.
Chinese stocks began to turn
around with the rumor of gov-
ernment intervention and as
investors paid more attention
to reports in state-controlled
newspapers in the morning
that the government had
authorized the creation of four
funds that will be allowed to
raise up to $1.3 billion each
from investors for the purchase
of stocks.
Newspapers also published
articles suggesting that
investors focus, on potential
long-term gains.
By the end of the day, with
the Chinese market rising
again, most Asian markets
were posting gains. Share
prices climbed 0.54 per cent
for the day in Hong Kong,
while the Nikkei 225 index
rose 0.45 per cent in Tokyo.


The current calm contrasts
with the steep declines in mar-
kets around the world when
Chinese shares suddenly fell
nine per cent on February 27.
Jing Ulrich, the chairwoman
of China equities at J P Mor-
gan, said the difference was
that the Japanese yen was
strengthening in late February,
so investors were already look-
ing for holdings around the
world to sell so that they could
repay money they had bor-
rowed in yen. But the yen has
been fairly weak for the last
week, so investors have been
less eager to sell in response
to the Chinese market's diffi-
culties, Ulrich said.
The Chinese government is
also likely to prevent stocks
from falling too far because
that could risk antagonizing


many citizens who are already
upset by the steep rise in the
price of pork and other meats
this year, she added.
Most economists and mar-
ket analysts continue to main-
tain that a drop in China's
stock market is unlikely to
affect the powerful Chinese
economy. If the Chinese econ-
omy stays strong and contin-
ues buying a lot of imports
from its Asian neighbours,
then the neighbours'
economies may also prove
resilient.
Qu Hongbin, an economist
at HSBC, wrote in a research
note on Tuesday that China's
economic growth depended
mainly on fixed asset invest-
ments and exports. Chinese
companies depended on the
stock market for only six per


cent of the outside money they
raised to pay for their invest-
ments.
Many Chinese companies
are so profitable that they
barely need outside financing
and can make investments with
the cash they generate from
current operations.
"Any potential crash in the
stock market is unlikely to
cause a meaningful reduction
in the funds available for the
corporate sector's investment
and production," he wrote.
The sharp rise in the Chi-
nese stock market this spring
also seems to have done little
to stimulate consumer spend-
ing by families with gains on
their share holdings, so a rever-
sal of the market should not
be much of a drag on.con-
sumer spending, Qu added.


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tions, and have a vast amount
of experience in the automa-
tion of ACHs and RTGSs."
Among the central banks
that Montran has implemented
such solutions for are Iraq,
Israel, Romania, Georgia,
Kuwait, Barbados, Bulgaria,
Ghana, Chile, Tanzania,
Guatemala and Albania. It has
also done work for institutions
such as FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank, BNP Paribas
and Commerzbank.
The ACH's arrival is seen
by many s a long overdue
upgrade to modernise the
Bahamas' financial services
infrastructure and payments
system, reducing the reliance
on cheques and cash. It had
originally been hoped to imple-
ment the ACH by end-June
2007, although this deadline is
likely to be missed but only
slightly.
The ACH will boost the
integrity and efficiency of the
banking payments system and
wider Bahamian economy,
enabling businesses to learn
about bounced cheques earlier,
boosting overall cash flows in
the economy and reducing the
time Bahamians spend in bank
queues waiting to deposit
cheques.
Mr McWeeney said yester-
day of the ACH: "This is the
focal point of the. modernisa-
tion of the payments system in
the Bahamas. It allows the
commercial banking system to
have a structure and reime on
a par with the major banking
centres of the world.
Introduction
"With the introduction of
the ACH and expansion of
technology, the potential is
amazing for the harmonisation
of banking activities and allow-
ing a more efficient flow of
funds throughout the business
community."
Mr McWeeney added that
once the Bahamas "max-
imised" the ACH's potential
here, it could looking at out-
sourcing the technology and
system used to other
Caribbean countries.
He said the ACH's first


phase would focus on cheque
clearing and imaging, plus the
introduction of direct debits
and credits.
Then the commercial banks
would use the ACH to estab-
lish a SWITCH system,
enabling all bank branches to
communicate with those from.
other institutions. For instance,
SWITCH would allow
Bahamians to withdraw cash
from any Automatic Teller
Machine (ATM) in this nation,
regardless of whether it
belonged to their bank, as all
would be linked by this mech-
anism, providing direct access
to their accounts.
Consumer
Consumer and business
demands would determine fur-
ther ACH applications, Mr
McWeeney added, saying:
"The opportunities thereafter
will be tremendous the con-
solidation of banking opera-
tions in this nation, and the
harmonised development of
services throughout the archi-
pelago in a much more effi-
cient fashion.
"This is the tremendous
potential we have for a more
efficient payments system. It
completes the cycle."
Mr McWeeney said the
ACH would have a cheque
imaging capability attached,
adding: "Technicaally, what
we're getting is a unique solu-
tion to the requirements of the
Bahamas."
Acknowledging that the
ACH process had suffered
delays, at one point being sus-
pended while it was reconfig-
ured, Mr McWeeney pointed
out that in Barbados it took
seven years to implement an
ACH.
"We feel that at the end of
the day, what we've done is in
the best long-term interests of
the country," Mr McWeeney
said.
The proposed ACH third
phase will lead to "full trunca-
tion" and the potential to cre-
ate a National Archiving or
National Processing Centre for
the entire Bahamian commer-
cial banking system.
All the commercial banks
currently have their own sepa-
rate processing centres to
handle clearing and settle-


ment of all monetary transac-
tions, and the creation of a uni-
fied centre could further
reduce costs, generate effi-
ciencies and provide greater
economies of scale.
Bahamas-baesd Providence
Technology Group is the ACH
project manager.


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established trust

organizations in the

world.

We invite outstanding
individuals, wanting to build a
career in trust-and estate
management services, to be part
of our dynamic global team. You
will interact with colleagues from
around the world and across the
organization, providing
specialized services to our high
net worth clients and their
families.

Interested Bahamian candidates
should forward a copy of their
resume by June 22, 2007 to:
Human Resources, Cititrust
(Bahamas) Limited, P.O. Box N-
1576, Nassau, Bahamas OR
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR Email:
janice.gibson@,citigrouD.com


CI


BUSINESS RISK OFFICER


ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Head of Business Risk Management, the position
is responsible for assisting with the implementation and ongoing
monitoring of business risk management program initiatives. Key
responsibilities include ensuring that policies and procedures, as
well as legal/regulatory requirements are implemented, managed
and updated. Additional responsibilities include assisting with
internal and external audits and regulatory inspections, monitoring
mandatory training, preparation of risk management reports, and,
participation on related projects as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS REQUIRED
The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree or
professional qualification in Law or related field and a minimum of
2-4 years of related experience in Compliance, Business Risk
and/or Trust Administration. Additionally, a strong understanding
of the local regulatory environment and of ongoing international
initiatives is required. STEP qualifications are an asset. Strong oral
and written communications skills, excellent organizational skills,
the ability to work with minimal supervision and an aptitude for
analyzing and solving problems are also required.


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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that RENE MAX ALAIN of
#24 ARUNDEL ST., P.O.BOX N-4584, 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/Iaturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7th day of June, 2007 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.









DEPUTY DIRECTOR
NEEDED

The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Individuals for the
position of Deputy Director of Education for
Curriculum and Supervision, beginning September
2007.

The applicant must have a Masters Degree in
Education from a recognized University, with at least
ten (10) years accumulative administrative
experience. The applicant must also be computer
literate.

Only qualified applicants need apply.

For further details and application forms, please
contact the Anglican Central Education Authority
on Sands Road at telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application submitted with copies of Degree
Certificates, Curriculum Vitae, three references, and
three passport size photographs, must be addressed
to:

The Director Of Education
The Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O. Box N-656
Nassau, Iahamas

The deadline for Application i~ Friday, June 29,
2007.

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Kingsway Academy is seeking applicants for teaching
positions in the following areas:
ELEMENTARYe
Physical Education Teacher
Music Teacher
Teacher for grades 1 through six
HIGH SCHOOL
Religious Studies/Christian Values
Mathematics/Information Technology
Mathematics/Physics
Physics/Biology
French and Spanish or Literature
English language and Literature
Food and Nutrition/Needlework/Art
Male Physical Education
Business Studies (Accounts and Office Procedures)
High School applicants should be qualified and willing
to teach to the BGCSE, S.A.T. II, and AP level with at
least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, with 6 years
experience at High School level in the particular subject
area along with a Teacher's Certificate. A Masters Degree
in education, in teaching and learning or the content area,
would be an asset.All successful candidates should have
the following:
An Academic Degree in the area of specialization
A Teaching Certificate
Excellent Communication Skills
A love for children and learning
High standards of morality
Be a born again Christian

Letters of application together with a recent color
photograph and detailed Curriculum Vita (including
the names and addresses of at least three references,
one being the name of one's church minister) should be
forwarded to:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business Office
Bernard Road
Nassau, Bahamas
Salaries would be commensurate with qualifications and
experience.


Chub Cay resort plans



$90.5m expansion


Be the principal contact for our bank with all
regulators.

Run our bank when the Managing Director is not
in the office or on the island

Have either a CA or CPA designation.

Have experience making stock and bond
investment decisions.

We offer an attractive work environment and
compensation package based on your ability to
perform the functions of a Senior Officer #2 and
the level of new business that you can generate.

Submit resume and salary requirements in
confidence to: Seniornumber2@yahoo.com








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* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
The Berry Islands-
based Chub Cay
Resort & Marina is
planning a $90.506
million expansion to further
develop the property as "an
upscale eco-tourist resort", a
Hotels Encouragement Act
agreement made with the for-
mer Christie government ear-
lier this year reveals.
The agreement, dated Feb-
iuary 26, 2007, discloses the
intent to expand the existing
resort through construction of
a further 48 villas, marine facil-
ities and club house.
Expansion
The expansion includes the
club house, pool and bar, spa
facility, mega yacht bar and
entertainment facility and pool,
reception ship store, munici-
pal facilities, utilities, Port of
Entry warehouse and storage
facilities, gazebos throughout
the development, staff hous-
ing, dining and laundry facili-
ties, marina improvements and


general landscaping and site-
work.
According to the Hotels
Encouragement Act, the
developers requested and
received approval to import all
the necessary construction
materials and supplies duty
free, meaning they are exempt
from customs duties and stamp
tax.
Agreement
In the agreement, there is a
provision that the extension
will be completed no later than
four years after the start of
construction, which is Septem-
ber 28, 2010.
The Government agreed to
a number of incentives, name-
ly customs duties exemption
on furnishing, equipping and
maintaining the facilities.
Other incentives are that for
a 10-year period, starting on
the date of the agreement, no
real property taxes or rates of
any kind shall be levied,
charged or collected on the
new buildings, and that for a
period of 20 years no taxes
shall be levied directly upon
or against the earnings of the
resort or its amenities.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that SHAMINEE SUGRIM OF #9 DUKE
DRIVE, ARDEN FOREST, P.O. BOX F-40309, 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 7TH day of JUNE,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.






PAT STRACHAN

is pleased to announce
the opening of his
mortgage service business

SUCCESSFUL

MORTGAGE LTD.

Offering a wide range of
mortgage services.

Located at] -

No.7 S.I.G. Court
Winchester St. West
Tel: 328-5884
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British Colonial Hilton
Nassau
is inviting applications for a:
* FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER
Responsible for the overall organization, sales and profitability of the Food
and Beverage Department including restaurants, bars, banquets, room
service, mini bar departments
The successful applicant must have:
* 5-7 years comprehensive experience in Food and Beverage Management
inclusive
of the above areas with a proven record of accomplishments
* Strong product knowledge of food and beverage including current trends
in the business.
* Excellent use of creativity with ability to develop calendar of events,
special promotions and activities.
* Experience in menu engineering both food and wine.
* Strong leadership skills with ability to select, train and
develop employees, maintaining a positive and productive
environment
* Excellent guest and employee relation skills
* Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and strong
organizational abilities
* The ability to proactively and successfully manage the financial aspect?
of the food and beverage operation including budget preparation;
revenue enhancement; and food and beverage cost control
* Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and
Micros.
* Experience in renovating and refurbishing food service facilities

A Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Management will be an asset
Resumes should be submitted to.
Director of Human Resources
BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON, NASSAU
1 Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-302-9040
E-mail: recruitment.nassau@hilton.com


BUINS














Top executive apologises for




45.7m card numbers theft


* By JENN ABELSON
Globe Staff
c. 2007 The Boston
Globe
ATLANTA At her first
shareholder meeting as chief
executive of TJX Cos., Carol
Meyerowitz Tuesday apolo-
gised for the Framingham mer-
chant's recent security breach
that involved the theft of at
least 45.7 million credit and
debit card numbers and said
she wished the incident the
biggest loss of personal data
reported never happened.
Meyerowitz, who took the
helm of the company in Janu-
ary, said increasingly sophisti-
cated cybercriminals are a


global and complex problem
for government agencies, hos-
pitals, universities, and retail-
ers, which have all suffered
attacks in recent years. Despite
the company having security
measures in place, TJX said,
hackers managed to get into
its systems and steal informa-
tion.
"But we had locks,"
Meyerowitz said.
Tuesday's meeting was one
of the first times TJX held its
annual shareholder event out-
side of its hometown of Fram-
ingham. Only a handful of
investors attended the meet-
ing, and no one asked about
the security breach. The com-
pany, which runs more than


2,500 stores worldwide includ-
ing TJ Maxx and Marshalls
brands, refused questions from
the media.
Company
A company spokeswoman
said the shareholder meeting
coincided with a yearly off-site
trip by the board of directors.
This year, Atlanta was selected
because it is one of TJX's
largest markets, and the com-
pany operates a distribution
center in a nearby town.
Since disclosing the breach
in January, TJX has spent at
least $25 million to deal with
the fallout and has come under
widespread criticism from


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MESSENGE_^ ^R]^ "


Position Summary
To perform a variety of responsible messenger duties in support
of all attorneys, including filing litigation documents, stamping
and recording conveyances and related commercial documents,
undertaking searches at the Supreme Court Registry the Companies
Registry and the Registry of Records, delivery of mail and banking
and other miscellaneous duties.

Experience Requirements
One (1) year minimum experience as a messenger would be an
advantage along with access to a vehicle.

Benefits Offered

Major Medical Insurance -

To apply: All applicants must submit a resume
by 8th June, 2007 to:

The Human Resources Manager
Fax: 393-4119


financial institutions, cus-
tomers, and lawmakers for fail-
ing to properly safeguard con-
sumer data and potentially
exposing customers to identity
theft. The only arrests so far
have been a group of people
in Florida believed to have
used credit cards manufactured
using data originally stolen
from TJX. The Framingham
retailer already faces about 20
class action lawsuits, including
one by a group of New Eng-
land banks whose members
have spent significant funds to
replace hundreds of thousands
of compromised credit and


debit cards.
Meanwhile, TJX also faces
investigations from about 30
states, along with the Federal
Trade Commission, which is
trying to determine whether
the company violated federal
law regarding consumer pro-
tection and other matters.
Massachusetts lawmakers
recently approved bills that
would require businesses to
disclose breaches of customer
data and allow consumers to
lock down their credit reports.
So far, technology analysts
have estimated the total cost
to TJX may exceed $1 billion.


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CABINET OFFICE

The Government announces the sale of the 2004 Updates to the Statute Law and
Subsidiary Legislation of The Bahamas commencing Friday, 8th June, 2007. The Laws
will be available at the Government Publications Office, Bay Street. Costs are as follows: -

Loose-Leaf Updates (Inserts) $700.00

Compact Discs


Single user


Multi users


-$500


- $700 $800


The public is advised that company cheques, bank draft, postal
money orders or cash will be accepted as payment.








Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited, a Citi subsidiary, a leading financial institution
with a presence in over 100 countries and over 100 million customers
worldwide, is seeking candidates for the positions of Project Manager and
Senior Infrastructure Engineer.

Functional/Department Information
Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore trust
companies servicing non-U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas, Cayman
Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Islands, New Jersey and Singapore.
Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structures. The
Technology Department supports all locations and local applications of the
business.

Project Manager
This role is responsible for all phases of the Technology Project Management
lifecycle including documenting business requirements, preparing project
plans, writing technical design documents, coordinating production support,
overseeing user acceptance testing and managing all related project estimates
and financial budgets. All projects must be designed and implemented with
full adherence to all internal technology standards and controls, information
security requirements and any related policies.

Requirements for the position include a Bachelors degree in Information
Technology or Engineering and a minimum of five years of related experience.
Additionally, Microsoft Certification MCP or higher, solid knowledge of
Oracle and SQL databases, and experience with vendor management are an
asset. Excellent Project Management skills, strong oral and written skills,
and proven leadership skills will round out the ideal candidate.

Senior Infrastructure Engineer
As a senior member of the Infrastructure Team, this position will act as
Team Deputy and senior technical advisor on all infrastructure matters.
Additional responsibilities include being a primary liaison on all technology
audit-related matters, coordinating production support activities and providing
production support as required, and supporting all business applications
including SQL and Oracle specifically as it relates to server/work
station/network device support.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelors degree in Information Technology,
5 years of related experience, sound knowledge of SQL and Oracle, expert
knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory (installation and management),
MCSA certification or higher, and, experience in a Citrix environment.
Excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and superior
time management skills are also required.

Interested candidate should forward a copy of their resume to:

Gieselle Campbell
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-1576
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 302-8552 or
Email: gieselle.campbell@citigroup.com
Deadline for application is June 16th, 2007


NOTICE OF VACANCY
A vacancy exists for a Bahamian at The Grand Bahama Port Authority,
Limited in the Building and Development Services Department.

Vacancy:

Director of Building and Development Services. The position reports
directly to Management.

Qualifications/Pre-Requisites:

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a minimum of fifteen
(15) years experience with substantial knowledge in the construction
industry w.r.t. building services, substantial familiarity with building
codes, substantial knowledge in urban engineering, and substantial
experience in management of projects. Legal mindedness, computer
literacy, the ability to communicate effectively and speak publicly,
and a character of integrity are essential.

Responsibilities:

Managing the day to day operations of the Building and Development
Services Department with respect to Building and Planning Code
matters, contracts administration of capital projects, implementation
of management's physical planning of subdivisions and overseeing
the City Management Department.

R6sum6s with supporting documentation should be submitted to:

The Personnel Department
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
P.O. Box F-42666 Freeport,
Grand Bahama
or
Email: personnel@gbpa.com
On or before June 29, 2007


THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, PAGE 13B


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PAGE 14B. THURSDAY. JUNE 7, 2007


'Can you imagine a $lbn unregulated in


FROM page 1


thus added their voices to the
likes of CFAL principal,
Anthony Ferguson, and Larry
Gibson, vice-president of pen-
sions for Colonial Pensions
Services (Bahamas), who have
urged the Government to
make the enactment of legis-
lation regulating private pen-
sions in the Bahamas and the
development of a savings cul-
ture a top priority.
BICA yesterday said it was
"imperative" that a Pensions
Act be brought in to regulate
the operations and manage-
ment of private pensions, in
addition to providing incen-


tives for companies to estab-
lish pension schemes for their
employees.
Mr Christie added: "The reg-
ulation of this industry is criti-
cal, in my view, to ensure the
protection of participant assets
for persons who rely on admin-
istrators to guard their live sav-
ings.
"There are many issues that
can arise in the absence of
robust pension regulations.
These include the following
very real concerns, [such as]
conflict of interest. For exam-
ple, a company can place sig-
nificant pension assets in sis-
ter or parent companies,
increasing the plan's exposure
while not necessarily for the
benefit of pension participants,


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that KENNETH SUGRIM OF #9 DUKE
DRIVE, ARDEN FOREST, P.O. BOX F-40309, 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 7TH day of JUNE,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.








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but rather to fulfill business
objectives.
"Secondly, there is the irreg-
ular mailing of pension plan
statements, which is quite com-
mon in the Bahamas; inade-
quate investment controls and
a general lack of fiduciary care
for plan participants."
Laws and regulations to gov-
ern private pension plans have
long been discussed, there
being a general need to ensure
an independent board of
trustees is in place to scruti-
nise the activities of plan
investment managers, ensure
pension assets are segregated
from those of the firm, portfo-
lio assets are properly diversi-
fied, and prevent funds from
being used as working capital
by companies.
A Central Bank of the
Bahamas survey in 2004 found
that private pension plans con-
tained at least $833 million in
assets, equivalent to 14.7 per
cent of this nation's gross
domestic product (GDP).
That survey found that only
25 per cent of private sector
employees were covered by a
private pension plan in 2004,
a figure consistent with other
Caribbean nations, but Mr
Christie pointed out that with


the Bahamian population
expected to increasingly age in
coming years, this was storing
up major social and retirement
problems.
The BICA president said the
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) had projected that
the percentage of the Bahami-
an population aged 60 years-
old and over would increase
from 7 pe recent today to 18 per
cent by 2025, the latter num-
bering some 60,000 people
using current population num-
bers.
This will leave the Bahamian
workforce to support an
increasing number of elderly
people, and the rising number
of retirees makes it critical for
private companies to supple-
ment the National Insurance
Board and Employment Act
provisions with a private pen-
sion scheme, Mr Christie
added.
He told The Tribune that
with almost 90 per cent of
Bahamian$ accounts having
less than $1,000 in them, "it
shows there is a lack of sav-
ings, pensions and that we're
not really planning for the
future. It shows we're credit
heavy".
Mr Christie said private pen-


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RONNIE MATHURIN of
SANDBANKS, TREASURE CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 31st day
of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.








WMNOINO BAY
AefACO. BAHAMAS

Bookkeeper/Office Assistant
Provide administrative support duties for a busy Construction
office
Process and prepare invoices/bills for payment
Reconcile vendor statements
Data entry duties
0 Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
1-3 years experience in a similar role

IT Support
Will support a Construction Management Team using a variety
of software applications on both stand alone systems and in a
networked environment.
Well experienced in day to day troubleshooting and problem
solving of IT hardware and software issues
Part-time position

Construction Project Manager
Minimum 5 years experience in construction management
Working knowledge of timber and masonry construction methods
Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
Proficient in performing material take-offs and placing material
orders
Working knowledge of construction materials
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Good communication skills


Resume should be sent to Nick Sims, Development Department,
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, P.O. Box AB-20571, Marsh
Harbour, Abaco or fax # 242-367 2930.


sion legislation "should
encourage rather than man-
date" companies to introduce
plans, and that regulatory
responsibilities be handed to
either a new or existing regu-
lator to implement the legisla-
tion.
He added that external audi-
tors engaged by private com-
panies to perform end-of-year
audits were not always asked
to audit their employee pen-
sion plans, this responsibility
often being handed to another
firm.
"I was really pleased to see it
in the manfesto of the FNM,"
Mr Christie said of pension
fund regulation. "Our concern
is that we have been talking
about it for some time, and we
think it's long overdue."
He urged the Government
to consult with industry stake-
holders when it came to intro-


during and drafting any legis-
lation.
Mr Christie added: "It has
been pointed out many times
that we are a spend heavy
nation, and the shift must
begin now towards saving and
planning for financial security
in the future and the creation
of true wealth. Pension plans
are and can be one of the
pillars of this financial security
for our older persons in the
Bahamas.
"Despite the 25 per cent par-
ticipation rate, the success sto-
ry for us has been the tourism
sector, which according to the
survey boasts of a 70 per cent
pension plan participation rate,
while financial services disap-
pointingly is at the low end at
10 per cent. We must take
measures to increase this par-
ticipation rate and regulate the
industry."


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MYRLANDE GERMELUS OF
KENNEDY SUBDIVISION, COLLIE AVENUE, 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 31 st day of May, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.






by owner 57 acres with waterfront at Cage Point,
Abaco, Excellent possible marina site and home site
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Asking-3.5 Million Dollars
Tel:364-3682 after 6:00 p.m.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ROSNY ST. SURIN, GOLDEN
GATES, CARMICHAEL, 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 7TH day of JUNE, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given "that ROSELANDE PAUL OF
WEST END AVENUE, 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 31st day of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.



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12.05 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.548 0.400 7.5 3.45%
9.41 7.10 Bank of Bahamas 9.40 9.40 0.00 0.737 0.260 12.8 2.77%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.130 0.020 N/M 2.35%
2.95 1.30 Bahamas Waste 2.95 2.95 0.00 0.243 0.060 12.1 2.03%
1.49 1.20 Fidelity Bank 1.30 1.30 0.00 700 0.064 0.020 20.3 1.54%
10.44 9.00 Cable Bahamas 10.43 10.44 0.01 1,500 0.949 0.240 11.0 2.30%
2.15 1.80 Colina Holdings 2.15 2.15 0.00 0.245 0.080 8.8 3.72%
14.55 10.60 Commonwealth Bank 14.55 14.55 0.00 1.152 0.680 12.6 4.67%
6.03 4.22 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.27 5.13 -0.14 0.112 0.049 47.1 0.93%
2.76 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.234 0.000 10.3 0.00%
6.21 5.54 Famguard 6.15 6.15 0.00 0.694 0.240 8.9 3.90%
12.60 11.25 Finco 12.60 12.60 0.00 0.787 0.570 16.0 4.52%
14.70 12.43 FirstCaribbean 14.50 14.50 0.00 0.977 0.500 14.8 3.45%
17.30 10.50 Focol 17.30 17.30 0.00 1.657 0.520 10.4 3.01%
1.05 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.54 6.54 0.00 -0.432 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.532 0.100 13.5 1.39%
9.50 8.52 J. S. Johnson 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.868 0.570 10.9 6.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
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2.6629 2.3560 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.662852**
1.2443 1.1695 Colina Bond Fund 1.244286****
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Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week "' 30 April 2007
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
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DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
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consolidated ministerial oversight of all mat-
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Finance as a first step in developing trans-
parency, efficiency and coherence in gov-
ernment.
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efficient use and allocation of resource in
areas where the Government finds itself in
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the late


EDDIE HARRISON

TOOTE SR.
September 1947 June 2006

Our hearts still aches, secret tears still flow. We the family
express profound gratitude for gift of hope for the healing hearts.

To all who visited, telephoned, sent prayerful cards, flowers, gift
baskets, prayed with us and consoled us in our darkest days.
Thank you and God's Blessings always.

Sadly missed but lovingly remembered by his wife Inez, Children,
mother, grandchildren, numerous relatives and friends.

My beloved it has been a very, very, sad day when you left us on
the 7th June, 2006, one year ago. It also, has been comforting
to know, that God took one of his best, a beautiful shinning rose.

God also gave us his best, his son Jesus, and because of this
loving act we have hope of eternal life.


Deeply missed, but beautiful memories will linger
always in our hearts.
Wife Inez.


Cebar Crest funeral 3ome
DIGNITY IN SERVICE
Robinson Road and First Street P.O.Box N-603 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Telephone: 1-242-325-5168/328-1944/393-1352




Martha Elizabeth
Hanna Rahming-
Norman, 68
a residence of St. Croix St. Golden Gates
# 2 and formerly of Matthew Town,
Inagua, will be held I0:00a.m on Saturday,
9"' June, 2007 at Golden Gates World
Outreach Ministries, Cannichael Road.
Officiating will be Bishop Ross L. Oavis
and other ministers. Interment will follow
in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier
Road.
Cherished memory are held by her sons,
Kendal, Franklyn and Leslie Rahming,
Kevin Styles, Lloyd and Conroy Ingraham; daughters, Lynniskha Wilson,
Yvette Styles-Smith, Arlene and Rochelle Rahming; grandchildren, Duran,
Jamal and Bricalcssa Wilson, Adam, Jaydealy, Lezley, Hayley, Josh and Kenjia
Rahming, Christopher, Lisa and Rashad Williams, Martinique Nixon, Deshay,
Deshawn, Deja and Rhianne Ingraham and Jason Davis; mother, Melvina
Hanna-Taylor; brothers, Hercules Hanna, Jr and Lawrence Hanna; sister,
Florance Emmanuel; aunts, Elizabeth Sweeting and Clementine Hanna; brother-
in-law: Granville, Emmanuel, Albert, George and Jephet Rahming; sisters-
in-law, Pandora Williams, Estella Farrington, Sarah Rahming, Kathleen Brice,
Rev. Barbara Rahming, Margaret Wiggs of Palatka, FL, Annabacl Kerr, Marie
Rahming and Zelpha Rahming; twelve nephews and seven nieces including,
Carla Emmanuel and a host of other relatives and friends including, Brian
Wilson, Nicole, Nancy and Avis Rahming, Sheila Styles, Kim Ingraham,
Laterio Rahming, Dellrease Rahming, Mia Alexander, Debbie Bain and family,
Lynn Gibson and family, Marissa, Albert and Chris Rahming, Advara Joos,
Vanria Farrington, Kevin and Randy Rahming, Michelle Cartwright, Linda
Lightbourne, Carol, P J., Steven, Yorick, Charles and Sabrina Rahming, Jamal
Grant, Rev. William and Deverly Peterson of Vero Beach, Fla., Arthur and
Monica Brown, Princess Cuillory, Dawn Bethel, Joy Rolle, Cyril Hanna,
Harry, Mae Symonette, Lydia Lamb, Patrice Minnis, Iris Tynes and family,
Ivy Ingraham, Ivis Emmanuel and family, Cametta Rahming and family, Peggy
Knowles and family, Ray and Sarah Marion, Ft. Lauderdale Fla., George Bain
and family, Phyliss Symonette and family, Effie Hanna and family, Olive
Storr, Frnnkie Brown and family, Marilyn, Paul, David and Cynthia Wilson,
Joann Dames and family, Ann Archer and family, Willie Wilson, Ruth and
Yorick Evans, Gloria Lewis and family, Samuel and Leon Anderson and
family, Charles Newry, Beatrice Anderson, Grand Bahama, Copeland and
Mytle Rone, Steven and Ruth Wilson, Sherry Hanna, Olvita Strachan, Hazel
Emmanuel and family, Gwendolyn Lightboume and family, Francis Wilson,
Corine Smith and family, Glenda Laing and family, Lynette and Mrs. Charlton,
Nathaniel Bridgewater, Anna Musgrove and family Curtis and Mable Hanna,
Cyslin Cooper and family, Eliza Taylor, Bishop Carol Rolle and family, Rev.
Moses Cox and family, Rupert Cox and family, Elizabeth Forbes and family,
Judith and Ednit Williams, PastorVemal Hanna, Lurleane and Oriental Hanna,
Victoria Forbes and family, Vemetta Curry and family, Rosebud Knowles,
Lulu Thompson, Lillymae Deveaux, Aramintha Adderley, Eaulie Johnson,
Anna Mae Forbes, Gerty Mae Beneby, Dottley Moss, Keith Bain, William
Campbell, Naomi Davis, Peter Vernon Sturrnup, Shirley Delancy, Rev. Herman
Ferguson and family, Dorothy Williamson, Maria Frazier and family, John
Styles and family, Lloyd.Ingraham, Maud Sturrup, Charles and Shirley Beneby,
Andrea Adderley, Leona Wilkinson, Vanria and Marion Cash, Lorraine Garcia
and Hortence Rahming, Minister CICQ Cash, Caffine Brice, Wella Simms
and family, Wheatley Wilson and family, Lilly Wilson and family, Susanna
Peterson and family, George Emmanuel and family, Maxine Bannister and
family, Lisa and Ian Greene, the Gibson, Bain, Clarke and Hepburn families
the entire Acklins community and others to numerous too mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home,
Robinson Road and First Street on Friday from 12noon to 6:00p.m, and at the
church on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until service time.


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ELLAMAE WRIGHT, 48

of Ramsey, Exuma, will be held
on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at
Bethel Union Baptist Church,
Ramsey, Exuma. Officiating
will be Rev. Dr. E.C. McKenzie,
assisted by Rev. Cedric Smith.
Interment will be in The Public
Cemetery, Ramsey, Exuma.

She is survived by three sons,
Anthony, Gerad and Wilson;
four daughters, Standeira,
Janell, Rayshanna and Mickela; three grandchildren,
Philicia, Janeah and Jonathan; eight sisters, Theresa
Munroe, Dianne Nicholls, Laura, Ariemina, Rosemary
Wright, Leolean Wright Rolle, Janet Morrison and Anita
Collie; seven brothers, Prince Rolle, Samuel, Richard Jr.,
Justin, Preston, Freeman and George Wright; two sisters-
in-law, Naomi Rolle and Collen Wright; three brothers-
in-law, Manzie Nicholls, Steve Morrison and Garth Rolle;
five aunts, Evelyn, Florine and Myrtis Deveaux, Gloria
Brown and Merciana Storr; three uncles, Amos Wright,
Alfred Brown and Arizona Deveaux; numerous nephews,
George, Craig, Raphael, Tyrone, Robert in, Omar, Jason,
Lamont, Perez, Wilsha, Shavardo, Janano Janano, Javardo,
Ricardo, Martin, Danus, Lavardo, Calvin and Freeman
Jr.; numerous nieces, EInicka, Sameicka, Garnell, Lisa,
Vashinique, Jamika, Patrice, Tina, Manzarene, Darlenne,
Shenique, Tanisha and Sade; grandnieces and nephews,
Rejean and Serina, Patterson, Glen Jr., Emmanuel, Patrick,
Deonte and Teonte; cousins, Virginia, Ingrid, Nyoka,
Judy, Sandra, Donna, Sandra, Yasmine Ann, Therevas,
Benjamin, Wilfred Jr., Hazen, Jerome, Franklyn, Tyrone,
Larry, Patrick, Charles, Dwight, Bertram, Anthony, Deon,
Victor, Chester, Jimmy, Lionel, Kevin, Tony, Godfrey;
other relatives and friends including the following and
their families, Clint Morley, Esther Rolle, Geraline
Armbrister, Sophia and Kevin Brown, the Bullards, Lettuce
and Geleta Clarke, Daisymae Thompson, Rev. Dr. E.C.
McKenzie, Ferguson, Bowe, Ethlyn Nixon, Francine
Rolle, Raoul Miller and entire Ramsey community and
other relatives and -friends too numerous to mention.

The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial Mortuary,
Ramsey, Exuma on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00
p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until
service time.


THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007, PAGE 3


S1i Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026
SFUEAL SEVC FOR


Bishop Harold
Arthur Nairn, 66
of Park Ave., Gleniston Gardens will
be held on Sunday 1:30 p.m. at Church
of God Convention Center, Joe.
Farrington Road. Bishop Victor Johnson
will officiate. Interment will be made
in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.


'---wLeft to cherish his memories is his
dedicated wife of 42 plus years; Mrs.
Agnes Butler-Nairn. His father: Mr.
Leonard Nairn. Six (6) children:
Melanie Hanna, Dwayne, Kenyatta,
Renauldo, Vashon and Shavon Nairn.
One (1) Son in- law: Tyrone Hanna; Three (3) daughters- in laws: Coshell,
Bernice and Lindsay Nairn. Other children and spouses include: Five (5)
daughters; four (4) sons- in laws: Carol (Quincy) Osborne, Sophia (Jeffrey)
Ferguson, Sandra (Ricardo) Fountain, Sonia (Clyde) Stubbs, Renay Nairn.
Twenty-six grandchildren: Tyrah, Tymeka and Tyrone Hanna Jr., Dwayne
Jr., Daniel, Keniece, Kenyatta Jr., Shiloh, Asaunte, Isaiah, Jeremiah and
Obadiah Nairn, Quincy Jr. and Christaris Osborne, Cruiz and Errin Dean,
Jaida, and Janelle Ferguson, Brittany, Ricardo and Sanjay Fountain, Tanielle,
Ceon, and Demetri Stubbs, Rajae Saunders and Hernipha Wilkinson of
(Boca Raton). 6 sisters, 3-brothers in-laws: Lovely Rolle, Lorna (Charles)
Pitts, Donna Reynolds, Vernamae (Roland) Solomon, Rodella Nairn and
Kathleen (Dwight) Moncur. 5 brothers, 5 sisters in-laws: Leonard (Elva),
Michael (Suzette), Johnathan (Angela), Christopher (Jennifer) and Sidney
(Katrese) Nairn.
Mother in-law: Gladys Butler, Other sisters in-laws and Brother in-law
include: Deaconess Laurel, Ethel, Shelia and Allan Butler 18 nieces: Tracey
and Ingrid Rolle, Vanessa Ingraham, Sharmine, Vernetta, Syslena, Rodell,
Randell, Rondell, Angelique, Mekell, Christa, Latoya, Brianna, Jaree Nairn,
Shanell Strachan, Ophelia Sands, Kizzie-mae Solomon. 11 nephews: Ornon
Rolle, Andrew Solomon, Marvin, Mario, Michael, Deangelo, Devin,
Christopher Jr., Marcus, Terrell and Christoff Nairn, numerous grand-nieces
and grand-nephews. Adopted Children include: Margo Laing, Terry Nairn,
Elvis Miller, Rudolph Minnis, Bernadette Smith, Kayla Nixon, Terran Storr
and Roslyn Sumner; two Uncles: Lenford & Garnett Nairn, Three Aunts:
Joyce Nairn, Lillimae Rolle & Rev. Enid Cooper. Other relatives and friends
include: O.C. Pratt & family, Marie Collins, Inez Stubbs, Rosenell
Edgecombe, Patrick, Michael & Janette Laing, Terecita Cunningham,
Regina Rolle, Mitzi Barnett, Synovia Hanna, Evelyn Rolle, Dr. Algar
Clarke, Esther Wright, The Josey Family (Delray Beach Florida) Bishop
Neville Hart & family, Bishop V. G. Clarke & family, Bishop Salathiel
Rolle & family, Bishop Alfred Cooper & family, Dr. John Humes and the
entire Church of God Bahamas Turks & Caicos Islands family; especially
Bishop Samuel Pinder & family, Bishop Charles Dean & family, Bishop
Carlton Stuart & family, Bishop Godfrey Clarke & family Rev. Willard
Dean & family, The Management Team of Atlantis, The Management &
Staff of Bahamian Club, The officers and members of the Vision of Hope
Cathedral, Hon. Melanie Griffin, Hon. Janet Bostwick, Hon. Cynthia Pratt,
and Michel Abraham. Special thanks to: Sis. Patricia Newbold, Sis. Sandra
Moncur (PMH), The Nurses and Staff of The Dialysis Unit (PMH) especially
Nurse Bridgewater, Drs. John Lunn, Adrian Sawyer, Parker, Smith, Robin
Roberts, Dorsett, Jon Bartlett and a host of other relatives and friends to
numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians #44
Nassau Street on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday
at the church from 12:00 noon until service time.
WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.
Rest in Peace.


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PAG 4,saPmnm-~sHrr;-`~; THRSAY JUNE--- 7, 2007. THETRBUE BIUAIE


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TRAIMON ASA CARLYN JOHNSON, 15 1 ELIJAH MEKENNA TATE, 4


a resident of Allen Drive, Carmichael
m Road, will be held on Saturday, June
9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Golden Gates
World Outreach Ministries, Carmichael
Road. Officiating will be Bishop Ross
L. Davis, assisted by other ministers
of the gospel. Interment will be made
in The Southern Cemetery. Services
have been entrusted to Gateway
Memorial Funeral Home, Mount Royal
Avenue and Kenwood Street.

Cherished memory will remain in the
hearts of father, Lionel Johnson Jr.;
mother, Carolyn Johnson; sister, Lynieka Collie; five brothers, Lionel
III, Shawn, Edwin, Daniel and Orlando; one nephew, Lamarque Drew
Jr.; grandparents, Edris and Lionel Johnson, Ruth Saunders and Felton
Collie; 13 aunts, Jennimae Hunt, Cherilyn Antonio, Glenrea Sullivan,
Garnell Johnson, Nicarra Miller, Bernadette Rolle, Sestelle Wallace,
Denise Fritz, Candy, Delarese, Latoya, Victoria and Ann Collie; 11
uncles, Terrance and Prince Johnson, Percy Hunt, Eric Antonio, Patrick
Sullivan, Neil Miller, Bernard, Edward and Alexander Saunders,
Washington Wallace and Racardo Fritz. Host of other relatives and
friends including the following and their families, Betty Bullard, Ella
Thompson, Christopher Thompson, Bernard Thompso, Michael
Symonette, Richard Rolle, Rudolph Ferguson, Apostle Humphrey
Ferguson, Minister Franklyn Ferguson, Claudette Dean, Naomi
Mackey, Paula Ferguson, the Moxeys and Christine Bailey, also
Kenrick Antonio, Ewonka Smith, Kevante, Kynardo, Kavaro, Satario,
Terrance, Reno, Julian and Terranique Johnson, Ashanique Anderson,
Caraneksa Farrington, Akema Smith, Alichia Miller, J'Nae, Janeil,
Bernard Jr., Alexandria, Brent, Samuel, Jasmine, Christopher, McRoy,
Jadia, Kayla McKenzie and Rochelle, the family of H. 0. Nash Junior
High School 9R, Hopewill Community Church, Pastor V. Johnson
and the family of The New Dimension Ministry, the Kemp Road
family and Allan's Drive family, and Golden Gates World Outreach
Ministries, Joan Miller and family, Anderson and Kemp family,
Lillymae Gaitor and family.

Friends may pay their last respects at the Funeral Home on Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00
noon and from 10:00 p.m. to service time at the church.


y N a resident of of William's Drive off
Cowpen Road, will be held on
Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.
at Mekaddist Ministries, Shopping
Centre, Prince Charles Drive.
Officiating will be Bishop Chadwick
James I. Interment will be made in
The Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery,
Soldier Road. Services have been
entruestd to Gateway Memorial
Funeral Chapel, Mount Royal Avenue
and Kenwood Street.

Left to cherish her memory are her
parents, Ellison Jr. and Diana Williams Tate; one brother, Felton
Capron Jr.; three sisters, Fatimah Capron, Mikah Anderson and
Ellesiah Tate; two grandmothers, Monica Williams and Garnelle
Lowe Holmes of Miami, Florida; two grandfathers, Patrick williams
Sr. and Ellison Tate Sr.; eight aunts, Bettyann Williams of Turks
and Caricos, Ruth Williams, Monica Williams, Linda Grace of
Miami, Florida, Monique Scott, Bodie and Carylon Adderley; two
uncles, Patrick Williams Jr., and Charles Williams; 20 cousins,
Darius Ashton, Nemiah Jr., Beyonce, Patrick, Troydeea, Antaniece,
Raysheo, Tierra, Andre, Travelious Jr., Andrea, Andre, Angela,
Adrian, Treco, Sapphire, Melissa and Darian; godmothers, Lorrine
Butler, Keish Johnson, Olivia Robinson and Trdqia Toote, Paula
Demeritte and Carlton Rolle; godfathers, David and Ambrose;
ICU/IMCU and administration staff of Doctors Hospital; Charles
Sealy II, Paul Haven, Nadine DeCosta, Joanne Diah, Dorcena
Nixon, Patrick Laing and Linda Stewart; nursing staff of Princess
Margaret Hospital, Nurse Kayla, Margrette Knowles, Palacious and
N/A. Paula, Dr. Steve Lochan, Dr. Jerome Lightbourne, Dr. Paul
Hennis, Dr. Percival McNeil and other medical personnel; Mekaddish
Ministries, students of Kimmies, Helena Smith, Kimberly Ferguson
and Shenique, Dornell Symonette and staff of Paper World of Print
Max and many others too numerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at the Funeral Home on Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. and fromrn 12:00 noon to service time at the church.


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244 Market Street P.O. Box EE-16634
Tel: 322-2070 or 322-2072


Alfred Joseph Paul, 70

of Oxford Avenue will be held on Sunday,
May 10th. 2007 at 11:00a.m. at Grant's Town
Seventh Day Adventist Church. Officiating
will be Dr. Leonard Johnson assisted by
Elder Kenny Deveaux. Interment will follow
in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

God promised us a life span of three score
years and ten and so we give thanks and
B praise for the seventy (70) years that he gave
daddy to us. He will certainly be missed,
but his fond memeri will forever be treasured
by his loving and devoted Wife of nearly'
fifty years, Vernice Paul; (6) Daughters:
Stephanie Morley, Alfreda Knowles, Patrice
Evans, Denice Paul, Shena Munroe and
Anette, Paul; (3) Sons: Tyrone, Lynden and
Corey Paul; (4) Sons-in-laws: Stephan
Knowles, Brian Evans, Stephen Munroe and Leco Durogene; (3) Daughters-in-
law: Ingrid, Shanique & Aretha Paul; (1) Adopted Daughter: Gail Marie Guy; (27)
Grandchildren: Shaketra, Shakara & Shakeilya Knowles, Jaquel Rigby, Kimaco
& Qutel Morley, Tyrone Jr., Trenton & Trevan Paul, Brian Jr., Joy, Cristy & bria
Evans, Antonio, A.J. & Lynden Paul Jr., Stephanie, Shenae & Stephen Munroe Jr.,
Banygh & Brittney Watson, Andeka, Corey Jr., Coreah & Corahn Paul, Andrew,
Lakera & Jenaye; (2) Great-grandchildren: Jadyn Demeritte & Makai Evans; (4)
Sisters: Sybil Archer, Ruth Beckford, Alice Cherenfant & Olga Pratt-Hinsey; (3)
Brothers: Edward. Fred & Daniel Paul; (6) Brothers-in-law: George Hart, Anthony
Archer, Yvan Cherenfant, Stanley, Garnet, Daniel & Rupert Seymour; (9) Sisters-
in-law: Genovia Florvil, Francita, Atlanta, Mary, & Phenice Seymour, Gweneth
& Bethsheva Paul, Eugie Cadet & Myrton Simmons; Numerous nieces & nephews
including: Sharon Weech, Pete Samuel & Delano Higgs, Keith Cleare, Garth
Johnson, Stuart, Yvan & Alex Cherenfant, Claudine Moxey, Mark & Simone Paul,
David Anderson, Debbie, Deon, Anya, James, Aniska & Anastacia, Joanne,
Bernadette, Sandrina, Genickia, Rodney, Stephen, Ira Corey Jr., Ronald & Jeffery
Hart and a host of other relatives and friends including: Francis, Jeff, Archie,
Lynden, Chips, Rick, Lenora Johnson & family, Rosalie Farrington & Family,
Edith Clarke & Family and the entire Oxford Avenue family.

Viewing will be held at CLARKE'S FUNERAL HOME #244 Market Street on
Friday, June 8th from 10:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday, June 9th from 10:00am
to 4:00pm and on Sunday, June 12th from 10:00am at the church until service time.



Allington Alfred Burrows, 72

of Congo Town, South Andros will be held on Saturday, June 9th. 2007 at 10:00a.m.
at Church of God South West Cathedral, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be
Bishop Robert McPhee assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will
follow in the Lakeview Gardens Cemetery, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Left to reminiscent his cherished memories are his Wife of 52 years Milded
Burrows; (8) Daughters: Lilith Burrows, Rev. Alfreda McPhee, Min. Barbara
Smith, Cheryl King, Monique (Madlyn) Mcintosh, Paulette Darville, Roshell
Murphy & Marva Davis; (5) Sons: Pastor Garth Fyncs J.P., Overseer Roy Burrows
Sr., Derick, Joshua & Maxwell Burrows; (24) Granddaughters: Judy Cox, Cleo
Sawyer, Raquel, Latoya, Latanya. Deldra. Samantha, Samaria, Turkesa, Ryshanda,


Mikiea, Sameaka, Shandea, Shadell,
Joshann, Britney, Deshann, Roshan, Crystal,
.< Christian, Taniel, Arianna, Brashay & Elysha;
(24) Grandsons: Pernell, Oswald, Perez,
Raymond, Davon, PC #2724 Benson & PC
#3037 Ricardo Fynes, Kevin Deltario, De'
Angelo, Blazanio, Sanchez, Decordray,
Cordero, Javon, Michael Jr., Samuel Jr., Roy
Jr.. Elijah Jr., Christopher Jr.. lan, Dante,
'. ^ Max Alex; (8) Great-Grandchildren:
Christzanto, Omar Jr., Latrell, Rashawn,
Eathen. Nathan, Rashay, Nydja; (4)
Daughters-in-law: Staff Nurse Karen
S Burrows, WPC 1348 Alice Fynes, Janet &
Shan Burrows; (8) Sons-in-law: Pastor David
McPhee, Deacon Samuel Smith, Keith King,
\ ., Mieheal Mcintosh. Elijah Darville,
Christopher Murphy, Min. Jason Davis,
Darrin Lloyd: (2) Grandsons-in-law: Omar Cox & Jean Sawyer: (1) Grand Daughter-
in-law: Anita Burrows; (11) Sisters: Arnette Fernander, Cynthia Holmes, Almonica
Neely, Hariette & Bloneva Cartwright, Rose & Mavis Burrows, Jackie Prophete,
Evamae Palacious, Magnoila Barnett, Audrey Cahildressincio; (6) Brothers: Bishop
James Pratt, Bishop Garnette Gibson, Rev. Cedric Duvalier, George & Earl Burrows
& David Duncombe; (14) Sisters-in-law: Sylvia & Min Martha Dauvalier, Rev,
Shirley Gibson, Remilda Sturrup, Emily Rahming, Jessice Rolle, Albertha McPhee,
Ruth Beckwith, Thelma, Mary, Nancy, Priscilla Albertha, Genesta Stuart & Drucilla
Burrows; (13) Brothers-in-law: John Kelly, Glen Humes, Roy Palacious, Ezzard
Cartwright, Tony Prophete, Edmund Rahming Sr., Randy Rolle Sr., Carlton McPhee,
Livit, Christopher, Wilton, Wendel & Bishop Carlton Stuart; (42) Nephews: Pastor
Samuel Duvalier, Mieheal, Jeffery, Anold, Cedric, Terrance, Huey, Emmerson,
Shawn, Neil, Johnny, Rodger, Carl, Allie & Wellington Duvalier, Micheal Fernander,
Johnny & Edison Kelly, Garnet Jr., Elton Ramon, Harvold & Raymond Gibson,
Jetro & PC 2820 Ezekiel Pratt, Frisco, Chester Robert, Min. Wilfred Mckenzie
Harry & Samuel Lynes, Cornell Humes, Keith Gary, Antonio, Earlin. Allen &
Police Supt Tyrone Nelson & Devon Burrows, Hubert & Terry Duncombe, Thomas
Wellington Sturrup, Junior McBain & Eric Cahildressincio; (45) Nieces: Doraline,
Nurse Mitehelle & Sgt# 1354 Cinderetta Johnson, Jennifer, Dellie, Louise, Andrea,
Nadine, Linda. Verline & Sarah Duvalier, Betty & Lavern Kelly, Barbara Price,
Janet, Stephanie & Shelia Forbes, Pauline & Sonia Pratt, Debbie Brown, Yvette
Dorsette, Tarren, Yolande, Claudel Humes, Almina & Keffie Ferguson, Mandrine,
Pandora, Aramilda Mckenzie, Stephanie Clarke, Sabrina, Tamara, Andrea, Natalia
& Charline Burrows, Tonik, Mandisa, Maritka Cartwright, Anita & Ruthie Fernander,
Ann King, Shanna, Leotha & Celia Stuart, Gardina & Joyce Sturrup & Zelrona
Outten; (4) God Children: Linda Davis, Murriel Nottage, Curmit Sturrup & Enamae;
Numerous Ralative & friends Including: Gail & Michael Butler, Rosnell Forbes
& Family, Merle Neymour & Family Eulalee Gibson & Family, Isaac & Rev. Leta
Davis, Kendal Taylor, Eva Bastian, Cynthia Mckenzie, Florrina & Ettermae, Geneva
Stuart & Family, Hartman Stuart & Family, Gary Knowles & Family, Nottage &
Family, Beulah Stuart & Family, Francis Paul & Family, Jeffery & Merl Ferguson,
Eurietta Wright, Ideana Thurston, Lambert Ferguson & Family, Carmen Missick,
Rowena Forbes & Family, Florence Fernander & Family, Idell Bain & Family,
Empor McKenzie & Family, Magnola Rolle, Ezerena & Stanley Forbes & Family,
Dr. LeRodney Rolle & Family, Kathleen Frith & Family, Picewell Forbes M.P
South Andros, Nursing Staff of South Andros Community Clinic, Vision of Hope
Church Family, Word in Action Church Family, Hour of Power Church Family,
Fellowship Church of God Family, Church of God In The Bahamas, Church of
God Family Congo Town Andros, The entire Communities of South Andros.

Viewing will be held at CLARKE'S FUNERAL HOME #244 Market Street on
Friday, 8th from 10:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, June 9th from 9:00am at the
church until service time.


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FREEPORT
11A East Coral Road, Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
P.O. Box F-42312
Telephone: (242) 373-1115 / (242) 373-1471
Pager: (242) 340-8043 Fax: (242) 373-3005


NASSAU
Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 394-8043 / (242) 394-8047
Pager: (242) 340-8043 Fax: (242) 340-8034


FUEAL SEVC FO


ERIC BAIN JR., 47

'., A of Sandy Point, Abaco, will be
held on Saturday, June 9, 2007
at 10:00 a. m. at Mt. Zion Baptist
,. Church, Sandy Point, Abaco.
Officiating will be Rev. Napoleon
". Roberts. Interment will follow in
._ the Sandy Point Public Cemetery,
Sandy Point, Abaco.


_Left to mourn are his Sisters:
S Nadine Bain, Sharon Haynes of
Washington State, and Daphne
Dillon of Coco, Fl., Brothers: Gregory, Raymond,
Timmy, Charles and Kenny Bain, Aunts: Manuella
Lightbourne, Remilda Bain, Jane Bain, Rachel Garcia,
Evenlyn Bain, Mavis Smith and Dorothy Nairn, Uncles:
Morris Bain and Ronald Nairn Jr., Grand Aunts: Ida
Glinton and Dorothy Nairn, Sister-in-law: Zelma Bain,
Nephews: Gregory Bain Jr., Giovanno, Givante, Trae,
Tavez, Timothy Jr., Joseph, David, Samuel, Michael
Haynes, Eugene and Geno Butler and Wade, Nieces:
Kanisha "K. K." Murray, Shondrae Bain, Mia Dillon of
Coco, Fl., Alicia and Rebecca Haynes, Jane Clarke and
Crystal Pinder, Cousins: Shervin, Donald, Wellington,
Freeman and Jenny Pinder, Patricia Leonard, Orlene
Rodgers, Alperna Forbes, Zerma Baker, Solomon, Ross,
Fletcher, Walter and Jimmy Lightboume, Jane, Julia,
Cora, Kelly, Aniska, Michael, and Leon, Marilyn, Karen
Woods, Bonnie Culmer, Raquel, Keith Clarke, George
and David Turnquest, James, Johnny, Richard Bain,
Carolyn Alcine, Judy Heard, Anthony Sr., Maurice Jr.,
Wade, Samuel, Aaron, Jessie and Ruthmae Bain, Seneca
Pratt, and Lawanda Clarke, other Relatives and Friends:
John Meeres Jr., Nelson Davis, Angelo Roberts, Lisa
Dames, Alonza, Robert and Mildred McKinney, Brian
Bethel, Arthur and Michelle Lightboume, Angela Roberts,
Lena Burrows, Hercules and Roselda Clarke, James and


Annie Greene, Rovell Roker, Tony and Eloise Thompson,
Eugene Meeres, Keva Dean, George Bain, Aladice Pinder,
Inez and Felicia Fox, Shirley Saunders, Salomie Gibson,
Daphane Bain, Muriel Russell, Patrick Roberts, Stanley
White, Cyril Dean, Oscar Pinder, Rispah Edgecombe,
Peter McCartney, Tuxbo Johnson, Mrs. Davis, Sharky,
Bumps, Larry, Dolly Russel and Family, Naomi Dames,
Gina Adderley and Family, Nioshie Adderley, Valeria
Lightbourne, Sarah Bowleg, Sandra Meadows, Maxine
and the Knowles Family, Shellie and Evonne, Whitney
Clarke, Carmen Roberts, Mt. Zion Church Family,
Nursing Staff Sandy Point, Sandy Point and Crossing
Rocks Communities.
Viewing will be held at the church in Sandy Point Abaco
on Friday June 8th, 2007from 1:00 p. m. until service
time on Saturday.


DEATH NOTICE

Terry Bain, 34


Friends.

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of Sandilands Village, and
formerly of Sandy Point, Abaco,
died at the Princess Margaret
Hospital on Monday, May 28th,
2007.

She is survived by her Parents:
Rev. Morris and Jane Bain,
Brothers: Anthony, Maurice,
Wayde, Samuel, Aaron and Jessie
Bain, Sister: Ruthmae Bain, and
a host of other Relatives and


Arrangements will be announced later.


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FREEPORT NASSAU
11A East Coral Road, Freeport, G.B., Bahamas Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. Box F-42312 P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 373-1115 / (242) 373-1471 Telephone: (242) 394-8043 / (242) 394-8047
Pager: (242) 340-8043 Fax: (242) 373-3005 Pager: (242) 340-8043 Fax: (242) 340-8034




Rev. Evangelist Mother
Elizabeth Farrington, 91


of Arthur's Town, Cat Island and formerly
of Zion Hill, Cat Island, will be held on
Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 10:00 a. m. at
Arthur's Town Church of God, Arthur's
Town, Cat Island. Officiating will be
Bishop Donnie Storr and Bishop Tueton
Stubbs assisted by other Ministers.
Interment will follow in the Arthur's Town
Public Cemetery, Arthur's Town, Cat
Island.


She is survived by One Sister: Naeomi
Dean, One Adopted Daughter: Elva
Dean, One Adopted Son: Alfred Burrows,
God Daughter: Anna Wilson Smith,
Numerous Nieces: Maeoni Webb, Helena
Newbold, Zilpha Thurston, Shirley Clarke,
Janet Adamson, Ethlyn Turnquest, Cleomie Burrows, Mackell, Lasha,
,Tiffany, Lornia and Jan Dean, Lenora Hepburn, Joann Miller, Betty
Alexander, Jill Farrington, Brenda Cunningham, Marylin Adderley,
Cheryl Stubbs, Andrea, Lynette, Delrona Bonamy, Hesterline Miller,
Nephews: Austin, Philip, Jason and Patrick Adderley, Rev. Charles
Vincent, Howard, Rev. Steve, Rev. Anthony, McNeil, and Travis Dean,
Harry Smith, Dino, Ian Stubbs, Prince Tumquest, Rev. Birthlen Newbold,
Rev. Markum Thurston, James Webb, Elliot and Joe Farrington, Cyril
Campbell, and Bishop Godfrey Clarke, Cousins: Mazalene Larrimore,
William and Livingston Farrington, Cecelia Dean, Ada Strachan, and
Emerald Hepburn, a host of other Relatives and Friends including:
William and Diana Rahming and the Rahming Family, Ivy, Daniel,
Evelyn, Rev. Willard, Rev. Oral and Glen Dean, Beryl Simmons, Corene
Rolle, Norman Dean, Rev. Ezra, Rev. Richard Dean, Rev. Laura Miller,
Effiemae Bonamy, George, Charles, and Inez Farrington, Mary Charlton,
Margaret Rolle, Julia Bain, Beverley, Carolyn and William Wilson, the
entire Church of God Family, the Baptist and Methodist Families of Cat
Island, Bishop Philemon and Sis. Wilson, Bishop Tueton and Sister
Helena Stubbs, Bishop John Humes and Prophetess Humes, Bishop
Neville Hart, Bro. and Sis. D. Penn, Bishop Donnie Storr and Sis. Storr,
Sis. Dorothy Burrows, Bishop William Johnson and Family, Bishop Asa
Sergent and Sis. Sergent, Mother Hilda Johnson, Sis. Rahming and
Family, Vanessa, Eythan and Gawain Clarke, Portia Ingraham, Wanda
and Wescott Burrows, Anastacia, Sheniqua, Dwayne Sturrup, Shirley
Sherman, Malcolm, Matthew, Stephenique, Rodney Jr., Dexter, Audria,
Howard Jr., Loshanta, L. J., Anthony, Anthon and Antonio Dean, Renaldo
Grant, Marvone, Naychelle and Markeen Thurston, Dwight Cunningham,
Rickell, Kenya, Daria, Jerome, Jeremy, Jamie, James, Cheryl, Sherice,
Sherwin, Renardo, Maxwell Webb, the Families of Arthur's Town,
Newbold, Orange Creek, Dumfires, Bennette's Harbour, Bluff and Cat
Island, Community in general both at home and abroad, especially the
Farrington, Dean, Larrimore, Strachan, Thompson, Williams, Stubbs,
Munnings, Newbold, Wilson, McKenzie, Thurston, Wilson, Ambrose
and King Families.
Viewing will be held in the "Celestial Suite" at Restview Memorial
Mortuary & Crematorium Ltd.. Robinson and Soldier Roads on Friday
from 10:00 a. m. until 6:00 p. m. and then again at the church in Cat
Island on Saturday from 1:00 p. m. until service time on Sunday.


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RUSSELL & PINDER'S

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



JOHN SAINT HILARE
LAURISTON, 73


formerly of St. Louis-
du-Nord, Haiti and a
resident of Russell's
Town, Eight Mile
S Rock, Grand Bahama,
will be held on
SSaturday, June 9, 2007
at 10:00 a.m. at Mt.
Zion Baptist Church,
Eight Mile Rock.
Officiating will be
Pastor H. Lindy Russell, assisted by Minister
Madeline Lauriston-Joseph and other
ministers. Interment will follow in Harbour
West Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Cecile Marie
Tanis Lauriston; one son, Saint Claire; five
daughters, Viyolette Lauriston and Annis
Thornton of Miami, Florida, Felicia, Renay
and Calea (Jill) Lauriston; one grandson,
Kareem V.C.; five granddaughters, Cynthia
Brittany, Jasmine Jade, Gabrielle Alicia,
Shavia and Alissa Grace; one sister, Cilie
Lauriston; five sons-in-law, Jean-Claude
Janvier, Mario Pierre, Pierre Martin and
Torrin Carter; one daughter-in-law, Yolanda
Joseph Lauriston-Mufford; forty two nieces,
forty nine nephews; and a host of other
relatives and friends including Monique,
Marise, Maudeleine, Lilaine, Milita, Ti'Alice,
Claudine, Mario, Donna and Darling.

Family will receive friends at Russell's and
Pinder's Funeral Home, Eight Mile Rock on
Friday, June 8, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00
p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to
service time at the church.


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Deaconess Rhoda Virginia Williams, 84

a resident of Rupert Dean Lane, and
formerly of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera,
will be held at St. John's Native
Baptist Cathedral, Meeting Street,
on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating
Will be Rev. Dr. Michael C.
SSymonette and Rev. Anthony J.
Carroll, assisted by Rev. Leroy
Higgins, Rev. Oswald G. Gardiner,
Rev. Margaret Gordon and Rev.
Charles Rolle. Interment follows in
Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Cherishing her memory all the days
of our lives are her children, Marina Miller of Miami, Florida,
Portia (Denton) Cartwright, Monica Flowers, Paul (Sonia), John
(Delores), Gregory, Clifford (Diane), Clement (Artis) and Ricardo
(Agatha) Williams; grandchildren, Rueben (Georgette) Miller,
Lisa (Marvin) Miller-Curry, Darlene, Catina, Keith (Renee),
Alexander and Marina Miller of Miami, Florida, Dietrick Williams
of Atlanta, Georgia, Micah Williams of Deerfield Beach, Florida,
Daniel and Dahlia Williams, Miquel Knowles, Rena Brice, Patrice
(Raymond) Williams of Freeport, Grand Bahama and Floyd (Ann)
Butterfield of New York, Peaches Dawkins, Cornell (Lydia)
Williams, Mia (Darrell) Johnson of Alabama and Johnise Williams
of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Tiffany Bowe, Brandy and Brandon
Clarke, Katie, Clifford Jr., Clifton, Aaron, Theron, Angelica and
Allecia Williams, Ryan, Gregory Jr., John, Jazmine and Jade
Williams, Monique, Clement Jr. and Gerard Williams, Melanie,
Kristianna and Ethan Williams, Giselle, Denton Jr. and Jeremy
Cartwright; Vanessa and Adrian Francis; great grandchildren,
Eldric, Re'Nata, Y'Nandrea and Khimani King, Jameel, Reshay,
Makesha, Kasheera, Keith, Jr. Miller, Alexandria and Taylor Miller,
Dominique, Denisha, Alexis, Dennis, Denique and Dario Dawkins,
Shadia, Tanisha, Elston and Micah Williams, Lenique Williams,
Shene, James Ron Danta, Tyrone and Kenyatta Butterfield, Derek
and Jasmine Brice, Rashad, Paige and Jaide Williams; great great
grandchildren, Adonijah, Nathan and Ne'AIi Miller; sisters-in-
laws, Jeraldine Johnson; Mary Percenti and Petural Williams and
their families; one brother-in-law, Rev. Ivan Neilly and family;
nieces, Lilamae (Ray), Naomi and Franzetta Johnson, Shirley
(Precival) Brown, Izetta Johnson, Judy (Alfred) Symonette, Inell
Archer, Doreen, Dorcas, Solome and Pastor Flora McCoy, Mary
"Maimi" (Leslie) McKenzie, Petural Williams and Margaret
"Muggie" Rolle and Margaret Williams and their families, Agnes
Johnson and lona Miller; nephews, Harold (Sybil), Abraham
(Roanne), Wellington and Chrisfeld (Pat) Johnson, Shannon,
William and Francine Johnson, Felix, Ellis, Ezra and Hosea and
their families; numerous god children, extended family and friends,
Larenza Ingraham, Julia Kelly, Elcena Smith, Mrs. Mable Sherrod,
Ms. Jennifer Williams, Maxwell Flowers, Mrs. Ophelia Munnings,


Evangelist Marena Dean, Minister Gloria Flowers, Minister Delores
Ferguson, Deaconess Collie, Mrs. Grace Cartwright and their
families; The Neely and Lower Bogue Family, Rev. Anthony and
Cheryl Carroll and the Antioch Baptist Church family, Bishop
Simeon and Linda Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Edgecombe, and
their families, Lewis Family, Rahming Family, Audric Ingraham
and Family, Agnis Johnson and Family, luna Johnson and Family,
Barbara Bain and Family, John King and Family. Anderson Dawkins
and Family, Marie and Bienne Johnson The Bain Town Community,
The Scotiabank family, a host of other relatives and friends.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home,
Market Street, from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday
at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time


Phillip


"Sarge" Gardiner, 52

a resident of Milton Street, will be
held at Prevailing Church of God,
Deveaux Street, on Saturday at 1 :00
S p.m. Officiating will be Bishop
George Burns. Inierment follows in
Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.


Left to cherish his memory are his
5 sisters, Pursilla Dawkins, Loretta
Johnson, Brendalee McKenzie, Diane
\ Gardiner and Barbara Rolle of
- . Miami, Fla; 7 nieces. Shantel Cooper,
.... Sherran Mackey, Nicola Farrington,
Krishanda Lewis, Maelinda Dolce,
Erica Bethel, Latoya Butler; 9 nephews, Kevin Co,,per, James
Farrington, Walter Johnson, Eugene, Randon. I atario and Jensen
Mackey, De'Andre Lewis and Jamaal Bethel; 1 2 grand nephews,
James Jr, Chanthorn, Sheron, Eldon Jr, Latario Jr., Latariano,
De'Andre Jr, Jensen Jr, Eugene Jr, Adalric, Vantiko. Vandyke and
Davantae; 9 grand nieces, Jeffrinique, Dakoda, Dolanique,
Randonya, Jensenique, Alexis, Shalarie and Salna; 2 brothers-in-
law, Carlton McKenzie and Augustus Johnson; cousins, Rosheva,
S.A. Hepburn, Elva Hart, Theresa, Daphne, Anqinal, Paul, Basil,
Andrew Lamm, Lillian Clarke, Rebecca Ann, Sybilene Smith of
Freeport; other relatives and friends including, Llewellyn Astwood,
Ms. Dorothy Fernander, Anthony Butler and the Tip Top
Association, Dennis Davis, Sandra, Samantha Greene, Rondica
Moss, Eleazor Goodman, Eldon Cox Sr., Brian Lewis, Kwane
Adderley, Shirleymae, Lilybelle, Kadylee Dawkins, Sheender
Smith, the Milton Street, Deveaux Street and Brougham Street
family.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home,
Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday
from 9:00 a.m.-ll :00 a.m. and at the church from 12:00 noon
until service time.


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Robert Timothy "Bobby" Fisher, 73

a resident of Soldier Road and
formerly of Harbour Island, will
r be held at St. Peter's Baptist
Church, Andros Avenue, on
Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating
will be Pastor Monica Paul,
assisted by Pastor Newbold.
Interment follows in Old Trail
;Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

He is survived by his wife, Linda
Fisher; two sons, Timothy and
Kelsey Fisher; two daughters, Sherrine Fisher and Rebertha
Petty; five stepchildren, Richard, Elizabeth and Terry
Levarity, Agnes and Louvise Roker; one brother, Joseph
Fisher; one sister, Rowena Gonzales of Queen's, New
York; two sisters-in-law, Hazel and Nancy Fisher; nieces,
Maria Gonzales, Cestina Fisher Ferguson, Ceola Dupuch,
Patricia Ward, Brenda and Patrice Ramsey; nephews,
Junior Gonzales, Trevor, Philip and Lamont Fisher;
grandchildren, T'meisseya Fisher, Kelsey Fisher Jr.,
Shevaronne, Cadesha Thompson, Aaliyah and Deion Petty,
Kingsley and Kinesha Wilson, Desmond and Dezario
Newbold, Richardete Levarity, Ricarido Jacques and
Talyia McKenzie; 6 grand nieces, 7 grand nephews and
5 great grand children; other relatives and friends including,
Pastor Vincent and Olga Dorsett and family, Pastor Monica
Paul and church family, Mr. and Mrs. Vervie Thomas,
Mia, Marie and Tom Thomas, Lee, Heartlee and Agatha
Levarity, Raulph and Patrick Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Sherman, Pam Watkins, Simeon and Leanda Higgs,
Shereica Ferguson, Joseph and Monica Woodside, Nez
and Rowena Edgecombe and family, Mr. and Mrs. Derick
Bethel, Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Brice, Kaylisa Sweeting,
Pastor Newbold, Sandra North, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilson,
Mrs. Hall, Enamae Bowen, Kevin Sylvain, Keith Fowler,
Tyrone McKenzie, Randolph Richardson and Harrold St.
Brave.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday
and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service
time.


Sonny Alday, 41
Sa resident of Rock Sound, Eleuthera
Swill be held at Assemblies of God,
Rock Sound, Eleuthera on Saturday
at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be
Pastor Tyrone Sands, assisted by
Pastor Cedric Hall. Interment follows
in Rock Sound Public Cemetery.
Left to cherish his memory are his
mother, Ms Vernetta Bannister; his
daughter, Sunetra Alday; 4 sisters,
.Grace Hall of Freeport, Grand
S, Bahama, Sharmaine Alday, Sheena
Bain of Nassau, and Natasha
Farrington; 6 brothers, Christopher, Glenroy, and Lofton Alday,
Richard Butler, Terry and Randy Alday; 3 aunts, Rowena Hepburn
of Old Bight, Cat Island, Ophelia and Mispah Bannister; 1 uncle,
Harrison Bannister; 10 nieces, Tamika and Aleasha Hall, Erica
Adderley, Nicole, Sabrina, and Megan Pinder, Tasheka and
Dashana Leary, Johnnecia Pinder, and Lynette Farrington; 16
nephews, Franco Farrington, Tarquinn Pinder, Christopher Leary
Jr., Johnathan and Jordan Leary, Alexander and Pedero Bullard,
Navantae Bain, Lynden Farrington Jr., Emmanuel Pinder, Don
Dames, Glenroy Leary Jr., Lionel Johnson, Trae and Anterrio
Alday and Randy Alday Jr.; 3 grand-nieces and 3 grand nephews;
2 brothers-in-law, Lynden Farrington and Nathaniel Bain; 4
sisters-in-law, Monique and Prenell Leary, Veronica and Andrea
Alday; numerous cousins including, Lucille and Mark Adillo,
Anna and Ronald Horton, Elizabeth Femander, Glenda, Theresa,
Daphane, and Loretta Bannister, Lionel Bodie, Emma and Milton
Hepburn, Derika Wolfe, Deron Horton, Ashkell and Anton
Hepburn, Shyanna and Shervantae; other relatives and friends
including, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Maynard, Ms. Hazel Sands, Mr.
John Pinder, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Williams, Mr. and Mrs.
Samuel Culmer, Mr. and Mrs. Harripaul, Pastor Tyrone Sands
and family, Mrs. Alvene Sands and family, Hazel Jackson, Mr.
and Mrs. Ken Bethel, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Knowles, Mr. and
Mrs. Jofinley Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Ingraham, Sgt.
Mack Hall, Buster Brown, Johnny Ferguson, Ruby Nixon, Dr.
Sydney Smith, and the Nursing staff at The Rock Sound Clinic,
the Friends under the Guinep Tree, The Assemblies of God
Church family at Rock Sound, and the entire Rock Sound
community.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home,
Rock Sound, Eleuthera from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.on Friday and
on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.


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Thursday, June 7, 2007 PG 11


Man jumps over security


barrier,


s onto popemobile


during Benedict's audience


* By NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY (AP) --A
German man jumped a security barri-
er and grabbed hold of Pope
Benedict XVI's open popemobile
before being tackled by security
guards Wednesday, reviving a debate
over whether the pontiff should be
better protected during his public
audiences.
Benedict was not harmed and
appeared not to have even noticed:
He did not look back and kept on
waving and blessing the crowd in St
Peter's Square. But security analysts
said he exposes himself to undue risk
by appearing in public at the same
place and the same time each week in
an open jeep.
"If he cannot change the route or
the hour, he must use at least a pro-
tected car," said Claude Moniquet,
head of the European Strategic
Intelligence and Security Centre, a
Brussels-based think tank on security
issues.
In yesterday's incident, the man
vaulted himself up and over the
wooden barrier in St Peter's Square
in an apparent attempt to jump into
the white popemobile. He managed
to grab onto the back of the vehicle
before about eight security guards
who were trailing the car tackled him
and pinned him to the ground.
Without flinching, the German-
born pope kept on waving and bless-
ing the crowd. The jeep kept moving
slowly forward, and the audience
proceeded as if nothing had hap-
pened.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev
Federico Lombardi, identified the
man only as a 27-year-old German
who showed signs of "mental imbal-
ance." The man was questioned by
Vatican police, before being taken to
a hospital for psychiatric assessment.
"His aim was not an attempt on the
pope's life, but to attract attention to
himself." Lombardi said.
The incident rekindled memories
of the May 13. 11 attempt ml Po)pe
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Square in an open jeep at the start of
his general audience, a similar sce-
nario to. that of yesterday.
The gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca of
Turkey, was caught and served his
sentence in Italy before being trans-
ferred to Turkey.
Moniquet, the security expert who
has written about protecting heads of
state, said leaders such as the pope
must balance proximity to the public
with their own security requirements.
But unlike other world leaders who
make occasional forays into the pub-
lic domain, the pope has a regular
appointment with the faithful each
Wednesday morning, precisely the
type of routine that security guards
try to avoid.
"The fact is you cannot ensure 100
per cent protection," he said. "It's
around the Vatican. It's a ritual. I'm
afraid there are not a lot of options"
other than an armoured car.
Nevertheless, Vatican officials said
yesterday there were no plans to
change the long-standing use of open
vehicles for the audience inside the
Vatican.
When the pope travels abroad. he
uses a popemobile outfitted with hul-
letproof glass.
lMoniquet noted that people go to
pap;l audiences to see the pope,
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some going through metal detectors
or being frisked by metal detecting
wands.
Nevertheless, virtually anyone can
attend. Tickets can often be obtained
at the last minute, particularly in
good weather when the audience is
held outside in the piazza.
St Peter's is cordoned off with
wooden barricades to create "routes"
that the popemobile can drive along
to make the pope more visible to the
crowd, which on Wednesday num-
bered some 35,000.
The pope is protected by a combi-
nation of Swiss Guards. Vatican
police and Italian police.
On Wednesday, the head of the
Swiss Guards, Colonel Elmar
Maeder, walked along one side of the
popemobile while the pontiff's per-


sonal bodyguard, Domenico Giani,
took the other. Several plainclothes
security officials trailed them.
Benedict stood up behind the driv-
er. holding onto a bar to steady him-
self, with his personal secretary,
Monsignor Georg Ganswein, seated
behind him.
Asked why the pontiff did not react
to the disturbance, Vatican officials
noted that the incident occurred
quickly, that there was a lot of noise
in the piazza and that the popemobile
kept moving.
The officials, who were not author-
ized to speak on the record, said no
extra security measures were being
considered for today, when the pope
is expected to participate in an annu-
al religious procession outside the
Vatican walls in central Rome.


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The Tribune


National Review Board





has new leader and





four new members


WASHINGTON (AP) The National Review
Board, the lay watchdog panel the United States
bishops created to monitor the church's child pro-
tection efforts, has a new leader and four new
members.
Bishop William Skylstad, president of the US
Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced
Tuesday that he has named Judge Michael Merz of
Dayton, Ohio, to succeed chairwoman Patricia
O'Donnell Ewers.
The bishops created the board at the height of
the abuse scandal in 2002, after revelations about a
predator priest in the Archdiocese of Boston start-
ed a crisis that spread to every US diocese and
beyond. More than 13,000 molestation claims have
been filed against Roman Catholic clergy since
1950. according to reports commissioned by the
bishops, which also found abuse-related costs have
exceeded $1.5 billion in the same period.
The 12-member board works with the bishops'
national child protection office to help oversee
audits of abuse prevention plans in the nation's
diocese. The panel is also overseeing a study about
the roots of the sex abuse crisis in the priesthood.
Merz, who earned bachelor's and law degrees
from Harvard has been a trial judge for 30 years.
He has served for six years on the pastoral council
for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and has volun-
teered for the United Way and on Dayton Public
Library boards.
The four new board members are:
Dr Emmet M Kenney, an adult, child and ado-
lescent psychiatrist at Prairie St John's, a Catholic
health care organisation offering psychiatric and
chemical dependency services in Fargo, N.D.;
Diane Knight, who recently retired as execu-
tive director of Catholic Charities of the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee;
Judge Robert C Kohm, a New York state trial
court judge;
Susan Steibe-Pasalich, a psychologist and


director of the University Counseling Center at the
University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the
lay review board for the Diocese of Fort Wayn, -
South Bend, Indiana.
Clergy ask for review of decision
to reappoint transgender pastor
BALTIMORE (AP) United Methodist clergy
in Baltimore are asking for the denomination's
highest legal authority to review a bishop's deci-
sion to reappoint a transgender pastor to lead a
city congregation.
Bishop John R Schol decided in May to contin-
ue the appointment of the Rev Drew Phoenix as
pastor of St John's United Methodist Church.
Phoenix, 48, has led St John's for nearly five
years. In the past year, he changed his name from
Ann Gordon and received medical treatment to
become a man.
The Methodist church bans sexually active gay
clergy but does not have any rules about transgen-
der pastors.
Clergy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference
of the United Methodist Church have asked for a
decision of law on whether transgender people are
eligible for appointment as pastors, said Wayne
DeHart, the conference's director of human
resources.
Under church procedure, Schol would issue a
decision within a month, which would be reviewed
by the Judicial Council, the Methodists' highest
court. The council next meets in October. Its deci-
sions are final.
Archdiocese sells land to move
administrative offices to suburbs
BOSTON (AP) The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Boston has completed a $65-mil-
lion dollar deal to sell its administrative headquar-
ters in the Brighton neighbourhood to Boston
College. The archdiocese is planning to move to
the suburbs to save money.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino has protested the
move, claiming that leaving the city will hinder the
church's charitable mission. The chancery has been
the archdiocese's headquarters since the 1920s.
"The people most in need of charitable services
provided by the church and archdiocese are here in
our urban neighborhoodss" Menino said in a
statement. "To move the Archdiocese of Boston


out of Boston raises serious concerns about the
future mission and role of the church in serving
this community."
Church officials deny the move will hinder its
charitable work.
The sale of just under 20 acres to the Jesuit insti-
tution, which has already bought other nearby land
from the archdiocese, is scheduled to close by
August 1. It is part of a long-range effort to recov-
er from financial problems related to the clergy sex
abuse scandal that erupted in 2002.
The archdiocese is keeping St John's Seminary,
where it has trained priests since the 1880s, at its
present location in Brighton.
The administrative offices, with about 200
employees, are expected to relocate by next sum-
mer to a modern building in Braintree. Some other
archdiocese employees in the Boston area are
expected to move eventually to the Braintree loca-
tion.
The archdiocese said its spiritual home, the
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, where O'Malley him-
self lives and has an office, will remain in the city's
South End.
The archdiocese said in an annual report in
April its financial condition was steadily improv-
ing, but challenges remain before it can balance its
budget.
Conventual Franciscans select new
leader, Italian Rev Marco Tasca
ASSISI, Italy (AP) The Conventual
Franciscans, one of the three main branches of
Franciscan friars, elected a new leader to head the
order for the next six years.
Italian Rev Marco Tasca, 49, was elected at a
May 26 meeting of friars here to succeed American
Rev Joachim Giermeck, whose six-year term as
minister general of the Order of Friars Minor
Conventual is ending, the friars said on their Web
site.
The Conventual Franciscans are one of three
branches of the First Order of St Francis; the other
two are the Order of Friars Minor and the
Capuchins. St Francis of Assisi founded the
Franciscan order in 1209 to carry on his doctrine of
poverty.
There are about 5,000 Conventual priests and
brothers around the world; several of them live in
Assisi and care for the frescoed Basilica of St
Francis, where the remains of the saint are kept.


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MULTIPLICATION"
TOPIC: "BIG VISION; BIG PROVISION"
By: Pastor Kenneth H.B. Adderley

Read: Genesis 15:1; Habakkuk 2:2-4; Hebrews 11:1;
Genesis 1:1-3; Proverbs 29:18

WHAT IS A VISION?
* It is a Promise of God, a picture for you in the
future, but it starts today.
* It is a process journey to go through
* It is your life; a connection to God where your
passion is.
* It is your purpose, assignment, an outline, a seed
form blessing.

(3) THINGS ABOUT A VISION
* The Vision is always bigger than you can imagine.
* The Vision is something just cannot let go.
* The Vision is something you will give your life to
complete.
* God with a Vision/purpose, assignment, wires you.
Jeremiah 1; 2 Corinthians 4:7

WHAT IS A PROVISION?
* The resources to complete the Vision; the harvest
of the seed (Vision).
* It is the finances needed the favour of God.
* It is your relationships, connections, and your
needs being met.
* It is someone completing an assignment in your life.
* It is taking care of God's business, so He can take
care of your business.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR
VISION?
Christ is your Provision:
* Genesis 22:14; Exodus 3:14; Philippians 4:13

(3) LEVELS OF PROVISION:
* Temporary Provision
Genesis 45:7
* Suffering/Struggling Provision
Exodus 1: 8-14
Exodus 16:1
* Permanent Provision
Joshua 22:43-45

PRAYER
"Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, 1 confess right now,
and realize that I am a sinner. I repent of all my sins. I
change my heart, my mind, my direction and I turn toward
Jesus Christ. I confess with my mouth that God raised
Jesus Christ from the dead, and I believe in my heart that
Jesus Christ is alive and operates in my life. I thank you
Lord that I am saved.
AMEN"


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PG.14 Thursday, June 7, 2007


RELIGION


The Tribune


The Lutheran Church




in the Bahamas


W ith approximately 60
million people in the
world calling them-
selves Lutherans, the
Lutheran Church represents one of
the largest Protestant groups in the
Christian community of the world.
They can be found on every conti-
nent and worship in hundreds of lan-
guages.
The Lutheran Church first came to
the Bahamas in December 1961.
There are two Lutheran groups in
the Bahamas: Our Saviour Lutheran
Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama,
which is affiliated with the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America (ELCA), and the Lutheran
Church of Nassau, affiliated with the
Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
(LC-MS).
The Lutheran tradition started in
the Bahamas when a group of foreign
residents began to hold meetings in
the Mayfair Hotel. Shortly after, the
group moved to the Prince George
Hotel, Bay Street, which has since
been torn down. A short while later,
the group moved to the Shirley
Street Theatre until 1969 when the
church building on the then John F
Kennedy Drive was constructed.
The first pastor to serve the con-
gregation was Rev Eugene 0 Krug of
Boca Raton, Florida who came over
once every month to conduct servic-
es. Following Rev Krug's leadership,
a number of pastors came on a part-
time basis until October 13, 1968
when Rev William Jones was
installed as pastor of the congrega-
tion and held office until his death on
March 7, 1980.


Since Rev Jones died, the congre-
gation has had quite a number of pas-
tors. Presently, Rev Samuel Boodle is
the pastor, and is the first Bahamian
to head the local congregation.
Reverend Boodle completed his
studies at Concordia Theological
Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana,
earning a Master of Divinity degree
in May 2000. He was ordained in
Nassau on August 13, 2000.
Reverend Boodle is married to
Deborah Ann Boodle.
While the Lutheran Church may
not receive the attention of some
other church sects, its elders say that
the church has played an important
role in the Bahamian community
through its social involvement.
The local congregation, which is
affiliated with the LC-MS, has also
contributed in the area of education.
The Lutheran Church has more than
20 universities throughout the
United States and Canada, and it has
contributed to Bahamian education
in this area.
Though the church does not have a
day school in Nassau, it has provided
Christian education to numerous
young persons through the local con-
gregation. In Freeport, the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America provided education from
kindergarten to the secondary school
level for many years until the school
changed hands several years ago.
The Lutheran voice is also heard
over the airways as the church con-
tinues to provide spiritual enlighten-
ment through its radio programme,
"Bringing Christ to the Nation" and
its television programme "This is the


Lutheran Teaching

Lutherans are Christians who hold
beliefs that are shared by many
Christians. They believe that:
God is three persons in one: the
Father, who created and sustains the
world; the Son, who lived as a human
being, died, and rose from the dead;
and the Holy Spirit who works God's
will in the world.
The Bible is God's word, spoken
through human writers.
Sin exists in every person. It is
the cause of the bad things people do
to each other.
Everyone will have existence
after death either in heaven or hell
-forever.
God has a plan to end the world,
when he will judge everyone both
living and dead.
Lutherans often refer to three
"solas" (Latin for "alone") as a sum-
mary of the faith that gives them
hope:
Grace alone God loved the
world, though we do not deserve his
love. He sent his Son to love the
unlovable and save the ungodly.
Faith alone Jesus has provided
for our forgiveness and life; those
who hear this promise and believe it
have what it offers. People don't
"get" faith; God gives it as he gives us
his promises.
Scripture alone The Bible is the
only source that shows God's will and
the only basis for faith.
Lutherans also view baptism and
the Lord's Supper as a means by


which God gives people his grace.

History

The fact that so large a segment of
the visible church is named after
Martin Luther, is really an "historical
accident". On January 3, 1521, Pope
Leo X issued a Papal Bull (Decet
Romanium Pontificem) which
declared Martin Luther, a German
priest, to be a heretic and excommu-
nicated him from the Catholic
Church. The Pope did this because
Luther had posted his 95 thesis on
the castle Church door at
Wittenberg, Germany in order to
engage the church in discussions
about things which he felt were
wrong.
After Luther's excommunication,
the Catholics then called anyone who
sided with Luther Lutherans. This
was to discredit anyone who sided
with Luther. Eventually, as the
grouping of those who sided with
Luther grew, they organised them-
selves into a church and began calling
themselves Lutherans. They rea-
soned that people already knew them
as Lutherans.
However, Martin Luther did not
want the church to be called after
himself. In 1522, he wrote: "Please
do not use my name; do not call your-
selves Lutherans. but
Christians...The doctrine is not mine:
I have not been crucified for any-
one...Why should I, a miserable bag
of worms, give my meaningless name
to Christ's children?"
Luther would later acceded to the
use of his name for the new church.


Presbyterians cut jobs, plan for budget shortfall


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) -
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is
facing more financial troubles.
Anticipating a five per cent budget
shortfall next year, the Office of the
General Assembly, the top policy
making body for the church, is reor-
ganising and cutting seven jobs,
according to a May 23 announce-


ment.
The changes are the latest in a
series of job cuts by the
Presbyterians. Another Presbyterian
agency last year cut 75 positions at
the denomination s Louisville head-
quarters.
Like other mainline Protestant
groups. mcmbhership in the three mil-


lion-member denomination has been
shrinking.
At the same time, Presbyterians
are divided over on the question of
whether gay relationships are prohib-
ited by Scripture. Some theologically
conservative congregations have
been taking steps toward a perma-
nent split.


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THE RIBNE BITARIS TURSAYJUN 7,007 PAE 1


BAHAMAS TO HOST MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
SOMMIIMMU- 7-- I


Rev. Althea Davis
State President


With a delegation of 2 the Bahamas Chapter
attended its first International conference in
1985 held in the United States. Every year since
then, a delegation represented the Bahamas
Chapter and, for many years, received an
award for the largest International delegation.
Some of the awards received by the Bahamas
at these International conferences included:
Life Membership awards 1986, Finance award
1986, 1989 Outstanding President's award 1987,
Ministers' Wife of the year 1990, 1999 Excellence
award 1995, 1996, 1997, Largest international
delegation 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998-2006.
This year's conference will be held June 22nd to
29th at the Wyndham Crystal Palace Cable Beach
under the theme: Keeping the Vision Going;
Reaching out, Reclaiming, Retaining "Called to
Higher Level of Witness and Service" Text: Esther
4: 14. It is anticipated that 1200 to1500 persons
will be in attendance. In addition to re-invigorating
Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows who
have been called to the service of God, the
organization being family oriented, has also
carved out niche targeting PK'(Preacher's Kids)
recognizing that they to have a significant role to
play in ministry. Ministers also accompany their
wives to these international conferences. As a
result, a Husband's Committee has been formed.
While the Bahamas Chapter is cognizant of the
impact this conference would have on ministerial
work globally, the Chapter is also aware of the
impact that a conference of this magnitude would
have on the number one industry of the Bahamian
economy, Tourism. Rev. Althea Davis, the recently
elected President of the Bahamas Chapter along
with her team, recognize the task ahead, given
the enormity of this conference; however, they are
all looking forward to displaying their Bahamian
hospitality. Elder Vernita Josey, past President
of the Bahamas Association MWMW for 8
years, is Chairperson of this year's conference
and is confident that this year's event would
be a great success, not only for the Chapter
but also for the Bahamas. Elder Josey is also
Vice President of the Intercontinental Region,
encompassing Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica,
Canada, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Grenada.


Dr. Janie Charles Holmes
International President


For only the third time in its 67 year history,
will the Annual Convention of the International
Association Of Ministers' Wives and Ministers'
Widows (IAMWMW) Inc. will be held outside
of the United States of America. Of those
three times, this will be the second time
that this conference is hosted here in the
Bahamas. The Bahamas Chapter hosted the
convention in 1990, and will do it again this year.
Recognizing the critical role that the Ministers'
Wives play in ministry, the IAMWMW Inc. is an
International Non-Denominational organization
whose mission is to unite Ministers' Wives and
Ministers' Widows into Christian fellowship
for effective and meaningful service into the
Kingdom of God. The IAMWMW Inc. started with
the vision of a missionary, Elizabeth Coles Bouey
of Richmond, Virginia in 1940, guided by the hand
of God. Under Mrs. Bouey's leadership Ministers'
Wives from more than 30 States, D.C., West
Africa and eight denominations became affiliated
with the Association. Today the IAMWMW, Inc has
a constituency of 43,000 members and consists
of 103 denominations, located in 45 states, D. C.,
eighteen nations on five of the seven continents
with the International Headquarters located at
608 South Davis Avenue, Richmond, Virginia.
Since its formation, this organization has
been steered by unselfish great women of
God who not only led with distinction but with
integrity and the anointing of God upon their
lives. These Presidents, after Founder and first
President Missionary Elizabeth Coles Bouey
were: Dr. Rendella Lucas Gayton 1957-1970,
Dr. Julia F. Keaton McCormick 1970-1978,
Dr. Muriel Lemon Johnson Providence 1978-
1986 Dr. Shirley Alexander Hart 1986-1994
Dr. Celeste Ash Johnson 1994-2002, Dr. Janie
Charles Holmes (President) The Bahamas
Chapter of IAMWMW Inc. was formed March
11, 1985 under the leadership of Rev. Hilda
Symonette, who served as its first President for

13 years. Since 1991, the Bahamas
Chapter has experienced a steady growth
and has Chapters organized in a number
of Family Islands namely Grand Bahama,
Andros, Cat Island and San Salvador.


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Elder Vernita Josey
Convention Chairperson


The Association is appealing to all Ministers'
Wives and Ministers' Widows in the Bahamas to
attend, beyond that of the Local Membership. This
Association is committed to promoting, education,
moral and spiritual excellence, and offers fifteen
self-improvement courses for Ministers' Wives and
Ministers' Widow during its annual conference.
Courses are as follows:

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, Holistic Wellness,
Stress Management, Managing your Finances

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Effective
Leadership, Creative Meeting Dynamic,
Protocol and Art of Entertainment

RESOURCES FOR FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Enhancing your Prayer Life, Communicating the
Gospel, Comprehensive Bible Study

PREPARATION FOR SERVANTHOOD
Reaching Today's Youth, Leading Women's
Ministries, Ministers' wife as counselor

CHURCH MUSIC WORKSHOP Introduction to
Church Music, Music in Praise and Worship,
Hymns for all Time

The night services which will begin at 7:30pm
are open to the general public. The morning
sessions are for Ministers' Wives and Ministers'
Widows only. For registration and other
information, please contact Elder Vernita Josey,
Conference Chairperson at Telephone numbers
324-0034 or 361-4136 or contact Rev. Althea
Davis, at 361-3347 or 324-6386.

The vision of Founder Bouey in 1940 remains
today, that is to Unite Ministers' Wives and
Ministers' Widows into one Christian fellowship
for greater and more effective kingdom
building and to uplift other women especially
those who are hurting, as they remain faithful
and supportive to their husbands in ministry.


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'Like God, like worshippers'


N By CLEMENT JOHNSON

On Sunday past we cele-
brated the Feast of the
Most Holy Trinity. For
many of us this is a diffi-
cult concept to envision three in one
- however allow me to share a few
thoughts with you.
The story is told of St Augustine of
Hippo, a great philosopher and the-
ologian, he was preoccupied with the
doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. He
wanted so much to understand the
doctrine of one God in three persons
and to be able to explain it logically.
One day he was walking along the
sea shore and reflecting on this mat-
ter. Suddenly, he saw a little child all
alone on the shore. The child made a
hole in the sand, ran to the sea with a
little cup, filled her cup with sea
water, ran up and emptied the cup
into the hole she had made in the
sand. Back and forth she went to the
sea, filled her cup and came and
poured it into the hole.
Augustine drew up and said to her,
"Little child, what are you doing?"
She replied, "I am trying to empty
the sea into this hole."
"How do you think," Augustine
asked her, "that you can empty this
immense sea into this tiny hole and
with this tiny cup?"
She answered back, "And you, how
do you suppose that with your small
head you can comprehend the
immensity of God?" With that the


child disappeared.
The doctrine of the inner relation-
ship of the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit is presented in such a way that
each of them is fully and equally
God, yet the reality that there are not
three Gods but one cannot be fully
comprehended by the human mind.
It is a mystery
The readings from the gospel do
not give us a clear and elaborate pres-
entation of the doctrine of the
Blessed Trinity.
The doctrine of three persons in
one God, equal in divinity yet distinct
in personality, is not explicitly spelt
out in the Bible. In fact, the very
word "Trinity" is not found in the
Bible. Early Christians arrived at the
doctrine when they applied their
God-given reason to the revelation
which they had received in faith.
Jesus spoke about the Father who
sent him (the Son) and about the
Holy Spirit whom he was going to
send. He said that the Father had
given him (the Son) all that he has
and that he in turn has given to the
Holy Spirit all that he has received
from the Father. In this we see the
unity of purpose among the three
persons of the Trinity.
In the story of salvation we usually
attribute creation to the Father,
redemption to the Son and sanctifica-
tion to the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless,
though they are distinct as persons,
neither the Father nor the Son nor
the Holy Spirit ever exists or acts in


isolation from the other two persons
of the Godhead.
Like Augustine, we may not be
able to understand the how of the
Trinity, but I think it is very impor-
tant to understand the why. Why did
God reveal to us this mystery regard-
ing the very nature of the Supreme
Being? The importance of this doc-
trine lies in this: we are made in the
image of God, therefore, the more we
understand God the more we under-
stand ourselves.
Experts in religion tell us that peo-
ple always try to be like the god they
worship. People who worship a war-
rior god tend to be warmongering,
people who worship a god of pleasure
tend to be pleasure-seeking, people
who worship a god of wrath tend to
be vengeful, and people who worship
a god of love tend to be loving.
Like a god, so the worshippers.
Therefore, the more important ques-
tion for us to ask today is: What does
the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity
tell us about the kind of God we wor-
ship and what does this say about the
kind of people we should be? On this,
I have two points to share with you.
God does not exist in solitary
individualism, but in a community of
love and sharing. God is not a loner.
This means that a Christian in search
of Godliness (Matthew 5:48) must
shun every tendency toward isola-
tionism. The ideal Christian spiritual-
ity is not that of flight from the world
like that of certain Buddhist monastic


traditions where the quest for holi-
ness means permanent withdrawal to
the Himalayas away from contact and
involvement with people and society.
True love requires three partners.
You remember the old saying "Two is
company, three is a crowd." The
Trinity shows us that three is commu-
nity, three is love at its best; three is
not a crowd. Taking an example from
the human condition we see that
when man A is in love with woman B
they seal their love by producing
baby C. Father, mother and child -
love, when it is perfected, becomes a
trinity.
We are made in God's image and
likeness. Just as God is God only in a
Trinitarian relationship, so we can be
fully human only in a relationship of
three partners. The self needs to be in
a horizontal relationship with others
and a vertical relationship with God.
In that way our life becomes
Trinitarian, like that of God. Then we
discover that the so-called "I-and-I"
principle of unbridled individualism
which is acceptable in modern socie-
ty leaves much to be desired.
The doctrine of the Blessed Trinity
challenges us rather to adopt an I-
and-God-and-neighbour principle. I
am a Christian insofar as I live in a
relationship of love with God and
other people.
May the grace of the Holy Trinity
help us to banish all traces of self-
centeredness in our lives and to live
in love of God and of neighbour.


ISU petition opposes football


lain


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) More than 100 fac-
ulty members at Iowa State University have signed
a petition opposing the football coach's plan to
make a chaplain an official member of the team
staff.


Coach Gene Chizik, hired last November, wants
to hire a chaplain who would be paid by private
donations.
ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard supports the
plan because he contends student-athletes are


under a lot of pressure and need access to spiritual
guidance.
Faculty members behind the petition said hiring
a chaplain is improper at a public university given
the separation between church and state. And they
said the move would favor Christianity over other
religions.
"Are you going to have counseling for Jewish
students? Muslim students? There's no such thing
as one religion or one version of Christianity," said
Dr Hector Avalos, a professor of religious studies
at ISU.
ISU spokesman John McCarroll said President
Gregory Geoffroy has received the petition.
"He really hasn't had a chance to talk with the
athletic director with some of the questions raised
in the petition," McCarroll said. "But he will be
addressing the issues raised by that petition."


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Learning to cope well


* By REV ANGELA PALACIOUS
Over the years, I have come across arti-
cles that punctuate the resilience of the
human spirit and the ingenuity of the
human mind to adapt to a variety of
circumstances. As we begin to operate under the
control of the Holy Spirit and seek to walk accord-
ing to God's Word, we will find ourselves coping
with challenges in ways that are truly God-inspired.
In the March/April 2003 issue of Today's
Christian Woman, there is an article on how to
cope when one person in the marriage has to trav-
el regularly. Several excellent suggestions are
made:-

Buy duplicate bibles and study the same pas-
sages while apart.
Make a note of prayer requests, jokes, mes-
sages, problems already solved or to be solved so
that intimate sharing continues.
Record bedtime stories for children, mail
audiotapes to the absent spouse, show home videos
to keep young children, in particular, connected to
the traveling parent.
One Christmas we sang and read Scriptures for
our parents as their Christmas gift because we were
not coming home until a month later.

Do not allow the enemy to destroy your mar-


ANGELA PALACIOUS

riage and your family by the pain of separation
when it is unavoidable. Those who are abroad for
long periods of time for educational, business or
medical purposes often need the close support of
family members. The sending of e-mails and online
telephone calls have made a tremendous difference
in the last few years.


When it comes to loss of good health and we are
separated from the person we used to be by sick-
ness, there are equally ingenious ways to remain
attached to our true selves.
The experience of Richard Austin as a cancer
survivor in November/December 2002 Sharing
Magazine: A Journal of Christian Healing may be
of value to you or a friend. He used positive visual
imagery "especially in a meditative state, two to
three times daily to script a positive outcome, min-
imize damaging side effects, and strengthen (his)
.immune system."
It is a matter of doing spiritual warfare by keep-
ing the mind positive, while doing a "self-esteem
inventory" to raise low self-esteem when events
trigger negative reactions. A healing workshop, a
healing mission, prayers by Order of St Luke mem-
bers all served to assist in his recovery.
Remembering that Christ, his Healer, lived within
him: "It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives
in me" (Galatians 2:20) was a pivotal Scripture.
Take time to assess whether you are presently
separated emotionally from loved ones, spiritually
from God, or health-wise from your best self. Stop
long enough to do a self-evaluation of body, mind,
spirit, emotions, dreams, goals and accomplish-
ments. The sooner you detect a need to change
some area of your current mode of operation, the
better you will be able to implement the innovative
responses to get you "back on track".


Christian leaders to flock


to IGMG conference


SCORES of Christian leaders
and believers will assemble at the
Hilton Airport Resort in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida for the 4th
Annual International Gathering of
Ministry Gifts Conference
(IGMG), hosted by Bahamas
Christian Fellowship Centre, locat-
ed on Carmichael Road.
The conference, expected to be
held June 27 30, has attracted
speakers from North America,
Africa, the Caribbean, Central
America, France and the
Bahamas.
"God is obligated to bring his
remnant into the company of other
destiny bound people who they
need to know because they will be
critical to them in fulfilling their
divine assignment," said confer-
ence host, Apostle Paul Butler.
"There is a shift from the old
paradigm of how we do the work
of the ministry within the modern
church...so our focus in this confer-


ence is 'Rebuilding an Apostolic
Generation' and allowing God's
original intent for the local church
to be restored through healing,
deliverance and also prophetical-
ly." According to Apostle Butler,
the conference goal is to establish
God's true church, built on his
blueprint and principles, so that
restoration can take place in the
hearts and minds of God's people,
and the full manifestation of His
power can be seen again.
People are searching every-
where, he said, looking to find this
true and living God...when in fact
he resides in each one of us to do
the will of the Father if we allow
Him. "There are apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors,
teachers and bishops who are hear-
ing the divine frequency or sound
on how to re-build the church
apostocially, move prophetically
and grow evangelically in this hour
of apostasy."


'Building a better Bahamas by


building stronger families'


THE Church of God Bahamas,
Turks and Caicos Islands, will host
its National Family Week,
"Building a Better Bahamas by
Building Stronger Families", June
10 17.
Activities for the week include a
special opening ceremony to be
held on Sunday in Rawson Square
at 6pm. Participating in the cere-
mony will be the Bahamas Junior
Brass Band, the Farm Road
Community Band and the National
Children's Choir.
Tuesday evening will feature a
Cultural Night and Gospel
Explosion in the Church of God
Cathedral parking lot, East Street
and Lily of the Valley Corner at
7pm. There will be a Junkanoo
Rush-out, a drama and some of
Nassau's finest gospel artists.
On Thursday, the 'Father of the
Year Service Award' will be given
out during a service at Southland
Church of God, Soldier Road, at


7:30pm.
A one-night Family
Enrichment seminar will take place
on Friday, June 15 at the Church of
God Cathedral, East Street and
Lily of the Valley Corner at
7:30pm. The speakers for the
evening include Stanley Smith,
director of Counseling and Health
Services, College of the Bahamas,
and Pastor Lyall Bethel, senior pas-
tor, Grace Community Church.
Focusing on the whole man,
there will be a Family Fun/Walk at
6:30am on Saturday. The walk will
start and end at the Southern
Recreation Grounds, Blue Hill
Road.
For further information interest-
ed persons can contact the Church
of God National Office at 324.2582
or e-mail chofcogbtci@yahoo.com
They can also contact Rev Sanford
and Denise Rolle at 324.7768 or by
e-mail at
sdrfamilycog@hotmail.com


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RELIGION


Thursday, June 7, 2007 PG 19


s in your house?


* By PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN

As a people, it's fair to say that we've
got a lot of bible reading, scripture
quoting saints throughout the
Bahamas. But what they lack greatly
is the dunamis power of God and the manifested
blessing of Abraham.
In Genesis 13:1-2, when Abram left Egypt, the
bible does not say that he was rich, but rather that
he was "very rich" in cattle (vehicles), and in sil-
ver and gold in our language Abram was
"loaded". The shalowm, shaw-lome' of God was
all over him. There was nothing missing, nothing
broken and nothing lacking in Abram's house.
Today, we live under a far better covenant, the
New Testament, than Abram who lived under the
Old Testament which was established with the
blood of bulls and goats. Our covenant, the New
Testament, was established with the precious
blood of the Father's only begotten son "Yeshuwa
Messiah" and has far greater promise than that of
the Old Testament. This brings me to the ques-
tion, "What's In Your House?"
Abram walked in God's blessings because he
believed God. He was faithful in obeying God's
word and God credited it to him as righteousness.
Therefore, everywhere Abram went, everything
Abram did, despite the circumstances and situa-
tions he faced, the favour of God was with him;
Abram stayed in the FOG.
A vast majority of Christians today will never
experience the favour of God as Abram did
because they are very religious and church mind-
ed, whereas Abram knew nothing about church.
All he knew came about as a result of an obedient
relationship with Jehovah Yahweh; Abram was
strictly kingdom minded.
In Genesis 12:1-4, it was very difficult for Terah,
Abram's father and the rest of his religious, idol
worshiping family to accept or understand that he
(Abram) was going to leave them and follow
some strange God whom they didn't know or had
ever heard about. But rather than listening to his
family and friends Abram said "good bye" and set
out with God leading the way.
Many of the saints today are waiting on God for
their breakthrough or for another prophetic word;
yet they have not been obedient to the written
word of God. Therefore, if He speaks to them,
they won't know because they don't know His
word and most assuredly don't know His voice.
This is one of the reasons why a great percentage
of the body of Christ in the Bahamas worship and
idolize the foreign ministers that come to town;
especially the TV ministers.
The religious Bahamian Christians are known
for worshiping and placing their superstar minis-
ters on pedestal as God. Why? Like the rebellious
children of Israel who told Moses "You go up and
talk with God, then come tell us what He said" so
are the lazy religious Christians here in the
Bahamas who just want the blessings of God but
do not want an obedient relationship with Him.
As a result we've got a lot of itching ear
Christians who go from conference to conference
looking for a word from their gods.
The deception of seeking attention and fame


* MATTHEW ALLEN


"The church today

is somewhat like a

box of breakfast cereal

where we've got a lot

of flakes, fruits and

nuts; and our homes

are mixed up like

conch salad."

Pastor Matthew Allen


encompasses a form of being worshipped and
idolized, and this is the pathway that many of our
church leaders have taken. The fact that many
don't know who they are in Yeshuwa Messiah
(Jesus Christ), have caused them to resort to cap-
turing the style and identity of their international
religious superstars. Therefore we don't know
what we've got in our churches and homes.
The church today is somewhat like a box of
breakfast cereal where we've got a lot of flakes,
fruits and nuts; and our homes are mixed up like
conch salad.
The credit card company Capital One has a TV
commercial with the tag line "What's in your wal-
let?" The question to you is this "What's in your
house?" Psalm 112:1-3 talks about the righteous
and how wealth and riches shall be in his house


and how his children shall be mighty upon the
earth. The righteous that the bible speaks of are
not your so called men of God, your spiritual
fathers, your bishops, apostles, prophets or what-
ever you may call them; but rather this is the
uncompromising righteous those who have com-
mitted themselves to standing upon the word of
God in the good as well as the bad times.
It's through erroneous religious teachings that
the church is jacked up the way it is today, and as
a result the prosperity of God seems to be only
for the religious leaders and not the entire body of
Christ. This also is one of the reasons why we've
got so many churches powerless throughout the
Bahamas, as everybody wants to become a pastor,
an apostle or bishop for their own selfish gain.
Our church houses, homes and families here in
the Bahamas are being destroyed by this decep-
tive spirit, as the many wolves that are dressed in
sheep's clothing go.about doing their religious rit-
uals and duties as they compete against one
another to see who has the biggest church; who
can hoop and hack better than the other. It is this
kind of foolishness that is the mind-set of the
church folks and after which they hunger and
thirst for, rather than the simplicity of the word of
God.
When it comes to serving and worshiping God it
must be done in spirit and in truth, therefore as a
people we've got to say, as Joshua said in Joshua
24:15, "As for me and my house, we will serve the
Lord."
For your house to receive, as Zaccheus' did in
Luke 19:9, when Yeshuwa said "This day is salva-
tion come to this house, for as much as he also is a
son of Abraham", you cannot be religious in your
thinking about the word salvation, as to just going
to heaven. For Yeshuwa was not speaking of
Zaccheus' house going to heaven when He used
the word salvation.
Watch this! In the Greek the word salvation is
soteria, so-tay-ree'-ah; which has several meanings:
rescue, safety, deliver, health and saving.
In the Hebrew the word salvation is yeshuw'ah,
yesh-oo'-aw; which also has several meanings:
saved, deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, deliver-
ance, health, help and welfare.

With all that's being said the question yet
remains, 'What's in your house?'

Time and space would not permit me to really
get into this teaching, but by no means should you
remain ignorant to God's plans and purposes for
your life. On the other hand if you're religious,
then stay right where you are and continue to
receive all the emotional hooping, hacking and
screaming from your religious, traditional so
called man/woman of God.
For questions or comments on this teaching
and more please feel free to contact us anytime at
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l,
Freeport, Grand Bahama. PO Box F43273 or via
e-mail pastormallen@yahoo.com or Ph 242-351-
7368/441-2021

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'The Church as an


agent of social


* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Features Editor
f the Bahamian Church is to continue in its
effort to transform this society for the bet-
ter, then it must seek ways of renewal and
transformation for itself, said senior pastor
of New Covenant Baptist Church Bishop Simeon
Hall.
The traditional demons which the Christian
church has always faced, he noted, are more pro-
nounced in this day as Bahamians, and as people
worldwide, find new ways to find answers for the
perennial human questions. And this new outlook,
he said, has replaced religion which has historical-
ly provided those answers. And this critical truth,
the hub around which the Bahamiap Christian
church revolves, must be the instrument for con-
stant self-renewal.
Bishop Hall, who was addressing a recent meet-
ing of the Rotary Club of Nassau, said that people
today are living longer diseases once incurable
are being cured and life has become so good on
earth that few people are overly concerned about
going to heaven.
"The 'other worldly' emphasis of the church is
fast becoming irrelevant and meaningless to a sen-
sate culture whose highest priority is which
Junkanoo group won the parade or whether my
political candidate had enough money to win his
seat," he said.
Touching on the argument that there aie too
many churches in the Bahamas. Bishop Hall point-
ed out that the number of churches in this nation is
not the issue, but rather the social impact that each
is able to have on its surrounding community. With'
some 4,000 churches scattered across this archipel-
ago, he added, most churches do well and give to
their followers a sense of worth and opportunities
for worship.
"I do not buy into the notion that we have too
many churches. I believe we have too few church-
es who are serious about concretizing the Christian
message into Christian social action. The quality of
social outreach has not kept pace with the quanti-
ty of buildings.


* BISHOP SIMEON HALL


"The poignant question is not whether we have
too many churches if we uphold the principle of
religious liberty we must expect people to have the
concomitant right to chose and with choice comes
abuse and misuse the relevant question is, with
the number of churches we have, do we have suffi-
cient to answer the multiplicity of social ills we
face?"
According to Bishop Hall, during his tenure in
1997 when he served as president of the Christian
Council of Churches, it was estimated that a mere
30 per cent of this nation's 4.000 churches were
structured for social action.
Bishop Hall also took aim at those persons who


change'


have no religious or church affiliation, yet make
demands on the church for assistance and social
support.
"To be sure many persons who have no love for
the church and give no support to it make major
demands of the church to engage in social action.
It always amazes me how some people who have
no connection to the church, its Lord and message,
seem to think they have a right to tell the church
how it should expend it resources."
For the record, Bishop Hall said that New
Covenant Baptist church, on the East-West
Highway, has a feeding and clothing programme, a
counselling service, a scholarship programme and
a monthly stipend for the 27 elderly persons of the
church. The church has also undertaken to reno-
vate one of the nine rooms in its Christian
Education building into a room for battered and
legitimately stranded persons for a three to five
day period.
He said further that because of limited
resources, the church regularly refers persons to
Department of Social Services.
"We do a little something, admittedly we don't
do enough. And I believe other churches would
say the same."
He further underscored the fact that historically,
the Christian church has always been involved in
society. By the very nature of its calling people
come to church at three critical stages of their lives
when the are hatched, when they are matched
and when they are dispatched.
Sometimes, he said, the involvement of the
church in society has been negative. The slave
trade for example could not have lasted as long as
it did where it not for some segments of the church.
The Anglican Church was the religious corner-
stone of colonialism. But positive examples also
abound, the Baptist church, with a few others in
the 60's. rose to the forefront in the cause for
majority rule.
"There are some 20 different Christian denomi-
nations in the Bahamas and even a cursory view of
their history will reveal that they all have made a
positive contribution to the social fabric of our
country."


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