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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas
Publisher:
Tribune
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2006
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Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
Language:
English
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Spatial Coverage:
Bahamas

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Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.

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Govt vehicle
with child
inside hijacked

ll By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

A HIGH-SPEED chase
through the streets.of Nassau
yesterday afternoon resulted in
an armed robber being shot in
the leg and more than 10 vehi-
cles being damaged.

During the chase, the accused
hijacked a government vehicle
with a child inside.

The car chase between the
police and the suspect started
after 3pm Tuesday.

According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans a man
robbed the Centreville Liquor
Store of an undetermined
amount of cash.

In his effort to flee the scene

S1.2m.
cocaine
seizure

POLICE seized cocaine
valued at more than-$1.2
million over the weekend.

According to police press
liaison officer Walter Evans,
62. kilos of cocaine was
found on a luxury vessel
while in the Cat Cay aréa.

Police have arrested two
Bahamian males. and
charged them with drug pos-
session. -



quickly, he ran to the vicinity
of Bahamas Bus and Truck
where he stole a green Ply-
mouth from a woman driver.

Police were alerted. They
spotted the suspect in the vicin-
ity of Sears Road.

Police chased the suspect,

believed to be a J amaican; from

Sears Road onto Shirley Street
and then to Meeting Street.

On Meeting Street the sus-
pect hit a jeep.

Robert DeSwanton, driver of
a Terios Daihatsu, whose vehi-

cle was damaged, said: “I sawa ©

vehicle coming up, making
speed and he then bounced off
the armour truck. He then came
straight across into my right rear
wheel and spun the jeep round.
I heard two shots being fired
andIjust ducked.”
After hitting the jeep, the sus-

‘pect jumped out of the green

Plymouth and ran to a school
in the Augusta Street area. He
then stole a government vehicle,
licence plate number 1879,
which had a child inside.

The chase.continued until the
suspect drove to the Star Dust
beauty supply store area on
East Street. Mr Evans said the
accused pulled in front of a
store in the area, jumped out of
the government vehicle and ran

‘in the area of Star Dust, trying

to escape the police who were
only a few feet behind him.

A store clerk, who wished not
to be named, described what

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@ ABOVE: This car was
used as a getaway vehicle by
the robber

@ RIGHT: Police at the
scene after yesterday’s high-
speed chase

(Photo: Mario

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Tribune staff)

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ACCORDING to reports ;
police now have in custody
one of three men wanted for

Heads of
agreement
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Refugee: Cuban
dentists would
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- Reports
of gunfire
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Me Andcer ADJUSTMENTS to secu-
economy URN Reporter ‘rity around Prime Minister

Perry Christie’s home are
being considered after police

questioning in connection
with the murder and armed
robbery of businessman i
th Carey.

The Tribune learned yes-
terday that police have Jamal
Glinton in custody for ques-

tioning.
Police are also searching
for Dwight Dellington

Knowles, 25, of Rocky Pine
Road and Sean Brown,-37,
who only has two fingers on
his left hand.

TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN HISTORIC heads of
agreement between the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas and
Boston based I-Group was

Es signed yesterday promising
‘ over $1.8 billion for the econ-

omy of Mayaguana over the
next 15 years. .

The agreement would
establish the Mayaguana

THE two Cuban dentists
held at the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre would be
immediately imprisoned if
returned to their country, a
Cuban political refugee living
in the Bahamas told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

Dr Jose Valentin Aguilera
Lopez has been living in the
Bahamas since 1996 after rep-
resentatives from the United

Nations intervened on his

received reports of gunfire in
the area.

At around 8.10pm Monday
police received reports that
shots were fired in the vicini-
ty of the home of the prime
minister’s mother-in-law, Mrs
Kitty Hanna.

.Mrs Hanna lives next door
to Mr Christie on Cable
Beach.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Chief Supt Hulan

Mr Carey died last week
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Island Developers Limited

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behalf and granted him polit-

SEE page 11

Hanna said that police imme-

SEE page 11

PM won't ‘sit and wait’ for Royal Oasis owners to sell

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said he
can no longer “sit and wait” for the owners
of the Royal Oasis Resort to sell the prop-
erty.

Communicating to the owners of the
Royal Oasis Resort that his patience is
diminishing, the prime minister yesterday
announced that a group of investors had
expressed interest in purchasing the Royal
Oasis.

Addressing the opening of the 8th Annu-

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al Grand Bahama Business Outlook on
Monday, the prime minister said that he
has spoken with the managing director of
the hotel’s owner, Lehman Brothers, about
the matter of the Royal Oasis, which he
said remains of major concern to Grand
Bahama and the government.

Mr Christie said he has indicated to the
hotel owners that he no longer has the lux-
ury to sit and wait.

“The only commodity that I have besides

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debt and what they owe the government
in taxes, is the casino licence. And the casi-
no licence is a value to that property. There-
fore, we have to truly and sincerely begin
the process of discussion; close discussion
with Lehman Brothers, with a view to see-
ing how they could best maintain the option
to have that licence as a part of what they
are selling,” he said.

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Nassau and Bahama Islands’ Leading Newspaper



PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2006



LOCAL NEWS |

THE TRIBUNE



Union campaigns for poll
to become bargaining unit

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@ By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas Association
of Casino Employees is agitat-
ing for a chance for its mem-
bers to decide if it will become
their bargaining unit. '

Despite being hit by a num-
ber of obstacles since the union
first applied in 2002, president
Tyrone ‘Rock’ Morris said the
association hopes newly-
appointed Labour Minister
Shane Gibson will call for the
poll to be conducted.

Mr Morris, who represents
more than 500 casino workers,
said obstacles included being
told it is not government’s pol-
icy to allow casino workers to
unionise because of security

. concerns.

However, Mr Morris claimed

casino workers in Grand:

Bahama were successful in their
appeal to the Department of
Labour for the Bahamas Gam-
ing and Allied Workers Union

‘to be their bargaining agent by

then labour minister Vincent

‘Peet in June, 2002.

He said that when his associ-

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timely maintained, jobs are run on time, do not conflict with one another, jobs run to completion, and the
appropriate people are notified of a production scheduling problem. The second area, billing fulfillment,
requires timely running of bill.cycles, bill stuffing and metering (fulfillment), and timely completion with
prescribed SLAs. The manager ensures that fulfillment technicians are adequately trained and all shifts are
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# LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson

ation initially requested the
poll of employees in 2003, the
Department of Labour agreed
on October 31, but then
changed its mind on Novem-
ber 5.

He claimed the department
had “been asked not to grant
the request.”

Claim

Mr Morris claimed workers
in New Providence are being
denied a fundamental right,
despite the fact that their
employers, the Bahamas Gam-
ing Board, is unionised.

“Not only are we being
denied our right to
unionise, but none other
than the government of the
Bahamas is denying us this

fundamental right.”

Mr Morris maintained that
the association is only asking
for the right for its employees
to decide if they wish to have a
bargaining unit.

“Simply put, just like Super
Value, we wish to have a poll
to determine the wishes of the
employees and let the result
speak for itself.”

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He said that, whatever the .
result, he would be happy if: :

the association was given the
right to make its own decisions.
Mr Gibson has agreed to
meet with the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Casino Employees
on Thursday afternoon.
“Should that meeting be
unsuccessful, we will take the
next step, which will include,

: but not be limited to, court

proceedings,” said Mr Morris.





In brief

Rastafarian
figure dies
in Jamaica
at 85

@ JAMAICA
Kingston

MORTIMO Planno, a
philosopher and poet regard-
ed as a key figure in the devel-
opment of the Rastafarian reli-
gion, has died. He was 85,
according to Associated Press.

‘Planno died Monday at the
University of the West Indies
in Kingston from old age and
complications from a thyroid
condition, said Barry
Chevannes, a longtime friend
and anthropology professor.

Planno, who was born in
Cuba to Jamaican parents and
moved to their homeland as a
child, was one of the most
influential people in the devel-
opment of Rastafarianism, a
sect whose members mostly
regard Africa as the promised
land and former Ethiopian
emperor Haile Selassie as a
divine figure.

Though rejected by main-
stream Jamaican society, the
movement grew into a struc-
tured religion during the fol-
lowing decades, in large part
under Planno’s influence.

Planno taught the principles
of Rastafarianism at his home
in the Kingston ghetto of

- Trench Town to students that

included the late singer Bob
Marley — perhaps the world’s
best known adherent of the
movement.

Clarification
on dredging
action story

THE Tribune wishes to clar-
ify that the dredging action
reported on page 5 in Tuesday’s
paper is taking place just south
of Salt Cay, and not on Salt
Cay, as the story’s headline indi-
cates. {

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of car

and wallet
at ATM

@ By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

MOTORISTS are being
urged to exercise caution when
using ATMs after a man was
robbed of his car and wallet
near a Sandyport machine Mon-
day night.

Financial consultant Richard
Coulson told The Tribune that
as he was leaving the parking
lot of First Caribbean Sandy-
port his car was “bumped” from
behind. ;

He said when he got out to
investigate what damage had
been done, he was mugged by
three men who then knocked
him down and stole his wallet.
One of the men jumped into Mr
Coulson’s car and sped off while
the other two jumped back into
their vehicle and escaped.

“Luckily no knives or guns
were used and I was complete-
ly unharmed,” said Mr Coul-
son. He said the entire incident
took less than 30 seconds.

Yesterday, press officer Wal-
ter Evans urged motorist to pay
close attention to their sur-
rounding when using ATMs.

He said that whenever possi-
ble, they should have someone
accompany them to the
machines to serve as a look-out.

He also urged motorists to
use their cell phones to alert
police to any suspicious behav-
iour. This would also prove use-
ful in the event of their vehicle
being stolen. He said if police
are contacted immediately, they
can dispatch patrol cars to the
area and be on the lookout.

Guyana
invests in
satellite
service |

HB GUYANA
Georgetown

GUYANA’S telephone com-
pany said frequent cuts, includ-
ing sabotage, to a fibre optic
cable that provides internet
access for the South American
country has forced it to add a
backup system to ensure ser-
vice, according to Associated
Press.

The Guyana Telephone and
Telegraph Company will spend
US$1 million to provide an
alternative internet service using
satellites, said Allison Parker,
spokeswoman.

The move comes after van-
dals in Guyana cut the cable —
which runs from French Guiana
to Florida — three times in Feb-
ruary. It was also recently dam-
aged in French Guiana, which

slowed down Internet speed sig- .

nificantly.

The new system should be up
and running in a few weeks,
Parker said. It is not clear why
vandals cut the fibre optic cable.

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@ THE family of the late Keith Carey attending the memorial service
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

@ By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

A FORMER student of Kei-
th Carey, who was shot outside

a bank last week, asked that

his killers be forgiven.

At a Mass of Thanksgiving
yesterday, the St John’s Col-
lege family paid special trib-
ute to their former teacher,
athletic coach and friend. -

Mr Carey’s wife Michelle, .

and three daughters Keishel,
Keva and Kera, heard Mr
Carey praised as “a man who
gave from his heart.”

Last week, Mr Carey, 42,
was shot outside the Bank of
the Bahamas International,
Harrold Road branch, while
going to make a deposit. He
died later that day.

Tyrone Sawyer Jr, a gradu-
ate of 2003 and an athlete who
trained under Mr Carey, asked
that the killers be forgiven.



“It is extremely important

‘that you do not allow the

vicious act that ended his life
to dominate your memory of
him,” said Mr Sawyer.

Speaking from experience,
having lost his mother to can- ,

cer three years ago, he assured
Mr Carey’s wife and daugh-
ters that with time “your tears
of sadness will turn into tears
of joy.”

A letter from former vice-
principal of the school, Edward
Bethel, who is away studying,
said Mr Carey was able to
show persons the simple things
they could do to achieve their
dreams.

“T look at all the lives he’s
touched, all the things he’s
accomplished - the world is
better because of his life,” said
Mr Bethel.

In an interview with The
Tribune, Keva Carey, daughter
of Mr Carey, remembered her

Americans’ anguish
at being locked
out of their home

& By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - An Ameri-
can husband and wife and

.their two children are living
‘in terror after their vehicle

was removed from the airport
and the locks changed at a
home they are leasing in an
exclusive gated community.
Michael and Carol Kelly
have been leasing a house for
the past 18 months at Fortune
Cay, where they live with their
two-children — a four-year-old
daughter and 15-year-old son.
Although the family’s lease
ends on April 1, the Kellys
claim that their privacy was
violated when the home’s

i owner allegedly came onto the

property and had the locks

‘changed without their per-

mission.

Mrs Kelly and her family
had left the island on Febru-
ary 14 to visit her mother who
is very ill in the US. When
they returned on February 16,
she discovered that her Ford
Excursion was missing from
the private lot at the airport.

After taking a taxicab
home, she found that a lock
had been placed on the front
gate, barring her family access
to the property.



The Kellys believe that the
incident is in retaliation to
action in the Supreme Court
against the owner claiming
reimbursement of money they
had spent on repairs to the
home following the hurricanes
in September 2004.

Instead of making monthly
lease payments to the owner,
the Kellys have been deposit-
ing the money in an escrow
account. -

Mrs Kelly alleges that the
owner and several men had a
tow truck remove the family’s
white Ford Excursion from
the airport.

And on February 17, she
alleged, several men came
onto the property with rifles,
baseball bats and billy clubs
and had the locks to the home
changed. .

“We have been violated in
every way,” Mrs Kelly com-
plained. “This has left my fam-
ily emotionally stressed, ter-
rified, and afraid.

“We had a locksmith come
and change all the locks to the
house and my husband has
had to hire a security. But, my
vehicle is still missing,” she
said.

- Mrs Kelly fears for her fam-
ily’s safety and refuses to leave
the confines of the premises.






Elegance.

- father as a person with “a real-

‘Carey will be held today-at

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2006, PAGE 3
LOCAL NEWS

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ly big heart.” She said he
instilled in his children the val-
ue of hard work. He included
them in any business that he
had by seeking their approval
and opinion.

Mr Carey operated Esso On
the Run Carmichael and Faith
Avenue, Keishel’s 99 cents
breakfast stand and the
Junkanoo Shack restaurant.

Ms Carey feels there should
be harsher punishment in place
for criminals. —

“T feel that people are not
being punished enough and
that is why they do not think
twice about doing these crimes.
Everything is delayed and then
it is thrown out of court,” said
Ms Carey.

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Senior Marketing Representative Product
Development for Voice and Cards

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
FOR VOICE AND CARDS in our Marketing Department. ; :

JOB SUMMARY

This position is responsible for performing all functions and tasks necessary to develop and launch
products and services.

Plan/Implement:

e Assess new technology in relation to customer requirements and existing product sets for
product feasibility’
Monitor, research and analyze tehnological, competitive and market factors to drive development
and marketplace activities ;
Practice and monitor Product Development methodologies and processes
Project manage product development efforts, including management and leadership/membership
of cross-functional product development teams
Lead product development activities to ensure timely and successful implementation of product
initiatives and consistent product documentation ‘
Develop business requirements, product descriptions and product support plan
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Relationships:
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within BTC ;

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Goals/Performance:
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Reporting: .
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Initiative:
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Product/Industry Knowledge: 3 *
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@ Be cognizant of technological trends in the telecommunications industry
e Have in-depth knowledge of customers and competitors

Education/Experience:
° Bachelors Degree in Marketing or Business or equivalent combination of education and
professional experience
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Product development and/or product support planning experience
Project management experience
Process development experience
Good verbal and written communication, presentation, organization and time management
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Strong qualitative and quantitative analystical skills

Computer Literacy:
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All applicatons are to be received at BTC’s Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than March
15, 2006 and addressed as follows:

DIRECTOR
HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

RE: SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
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PREPARATIONS were well underway
five months ago for the 15th Iberoamerican
Summit, scheduled for October 14-15 in Sala-
manca, Spain, to be attended by leaders and
heads of state of Spanish and Portuguese
speaking nations from Europe and Latin
America.

On the eve of the summit, according to °

press reports in Madrid, Prime Minister José
Luis Rodrigues Zapatero’s government was
concerned. Cuba’s Fidel Castro and his

Venezuelan buddy, Hugo Chavez, were °

expected to attend.

“Zapatero fears the effect of Casfro and
Chavez at the Salamanca summit,” said
Madrid’s newspaper, El Pais.

On opening day, Castro failed to show.
There was no official explanation, but the
Cuban delegation to the conference gave the
excuse that he had stayed behind to “per-
sonally oversee” the delivery of aid to the
Asian countries hit by an earthquake the
weekend before.

However, El Pais quoted exile organisa-
tions as saying that “Castro did not come for
fear of being detained and accused of geno-
cide while on Spanish soil. The Foundation for
Human Rights in Cuba on Friday (October,
2005) formally filed a criminal suit against
the Cuban leader in Spain’s High..Court,
accusing him of genocide, crimes. against
humanity, torture and terrorism. The move
follows on the heels of a ruling by the Con-
stitutional Court that allows Spanish judges to
see genocide cases regardless of the victims’
nationality. Several anti-Castro groups are
scheduled to hold street protests on Sala-
manca’s streets to call for democracy in Cuba.
The-Cuban seat at the summit ‘must remain
empty until it can be filled with democratically
elected representatives,’ according to the pres-
idents of three of these groups.”

Castro did not show up, but a.voice that he
thought he had silenced got through.

Before the summit opened, Dr Hilda Moli-
na took to the Spanish airwaves with a
recording sent from Havana to be played on
three stations broadcasting nationwide. She
told her story, and begged Spanish grand-
mothers to stand solidly behind her to “ask
Commandant Castro” to permit her to meet
her two grandsons — one 10, the other four
— and see her son and daughter-in-law, who
live in Buenos Aires. Her situation has
already provoked diplomatic conflicts
between the Cuban government and Argen-



tine President Nestor Kirchner’s government.

Hilda Molina first met Fidel Castro when
she was 28 years old. At that time he recog-
nised her as Havana University’s Faculty of
Medicine’s top graduate. She was a commit-
ted communist. However, she was dedicated
to her medical career and her specialisation in
neurological restoration earned her interna-
tional recognition. >

Between 1989 and 1994 she founded and
directed the International Centre for Neuro-
logical Restoration (CIREN). Castro was par-
ticularly proud.

It was because of her scientific career, and
not her politics that in 1993 she became a
member of Cuba’s parliament — the Nation-
al Assembly of People’s Power.

Her centre was a show-piece for Castro’s
government. But then the break came.

Castro needed foreign exchange. He decid-
ed to attract tourists by promoting Cuba’s
health benefits.

He ordered Dr Molina to designate the
more modern areas of the centre for foreign

patients, thus reducing the number of beds for ,
Cubans. Until then the centre treated only '

Cubans. It is reported that she was also asked

to violate international medical protocols by

releasing Cubans early with no proper fol-

low-up-.treatment.so that beds would be avail-

able for foreign patients. She protested.

In 1994, she resigned her job, her mem-
bership in parliament and her position as
deputy in the Communist Party. She also
returned all her medals to the Ministry of
Health.

She then applied to visit Argentina to see
her son, daughter-in-law and meet her grand-
children. She was refused. She was told that
her brain was Cuba’s national property — as
a result she could not leave Cuba. Her son
sought the help of President Kirchner of
Argentina, and the family held out hope of
being reunited. The conflict, which has still not
been resolved, cost both the Argentine
Ambassador to Cuba, and the Cabinet Chief

_ of the Chancellery their diplomatic positions.

Surely, the. Bahamas is not serious about
cosying up to a country that now possesses the
minds of its citizens and destroys the unit of
the family.

These are the conditions these two dentists
will have to face should Mr Christie decide to
return them to Cuba. We hope that whatever
decision he makes will be one that-will allow
him to sleep well with his conscience at night.












EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

ditorial is

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convincing
on Cubans

EDITOR, The Tribune

YOUR recent editorial
“Moral Law is the Answer in
the Cuban case” is a resounding
argument in favour-of sending

| tothe US, and not to Cuba, the
i..two Cuban dentists held in our

wretched Detention Centre, as
they fervently desire.

I would like to provide an
analogy from recent history. At
the end of World War II, Allied
forces discovered in AXIS pris-
oner-of-war camps thousands
of Russian soldiers who had
been seized during the long
campaign on the Eastern Front
and would now have to be
released. Under the brutal pol-
icy of the Soviet Government,
any troops who surrendered or
allowed themselves to be cap-
tured were regarded as no bet-

ter than cowards and deserters"

and were likely to be shot or
imprisoned when repatriated.
Naturally, these unfortunates
were desperate to be accepted

as refugees into Western

Europe.

Nevertheless, under an
understanding between the UK
Government and the blood-



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thirsty regime of Josef Stalin,
the greatest mass killer of his-
tory, the British military were
ordered to force these wretches
at bayonet point into box-cars
headed back to Mother Russia.

‘Often pitched battles resulted,

and several British army units
nearly mutinied at being com-
pelled to carry out this inhuman
policy dictated from London.
Several books have docu-
mented these terrible events.
The British Government made
only feeble efforts to defend its
policy, as required to assure
post-war peace with the Sovi-

. ets. But this-example of the

“Jet’s be nice to Uncle Joe” syn-
drome soon became universally
condemned as one of the black-
est stains on Great Britain’s
generally humanitarian record.

Equally, returning the two
dentists to Fidel Castro, when
their families are waiting to wel-
come them in Florida, would be
one of the blackest marks on

Bahamian history. So we have a
“memorandum of understand-
ing” with Cuba possibly requir-
ing their return. So what? Any
sovereign government has the
right to abrogate a treaty for
higher Reasons of State, and
here we have two such com-
pelling Reasons:

1) To obey the moral law of
compassion to individuals.

2) To maintain good relations
with the United States, a far
warmer, and more useful, friend
than the Republic of Cuba.

Fidel’s swaggering threat to
flood The Bahamas with
refugees should be taken with
the contempt it deserves, as the
futile gasp of a failing and
unloved tyrant. And surely the
United States will be willing and
able to deploy its vast maritime
resources to block any such
invasion if Fidel should try it.

It is shocking that after ten
months of detention our Gov-
ernment still has not made the
obvious decision, that is both

‘humane and rational.

RICHARD COULSON
Nassau
February 28 2006

The Bahamas must not
take beaches for granted

EDITOR, The Tribune

Of our three basic natural
resources, sun, SAND, and

sea, we in the Bahamas fortu-
‘nately cannot negatively affect —
‘the Sun, and ‘our environmen-~
‘talists are“ doing their best to

preserve our Sea, but regret-
tably our SAND is a resource
that we have taken, and contin-
ue to take, for granted.

In my life span, the
Cable/Emerald beaches on the
western shore of New Provi-
dence have been drastically
depleted. This was caused by
pumping the sand from just off
shore to fill the swamp to the
south of West Bay Street and
thereby create Westward Vil-
las.

- In more recent times, during

The Hartford era of Paradise
Island development, sand was
dredged and pumped from
Montagu Bay to improve the
eastern end of Paradise
Island creating the golf course
and expand its southern shore-
line. The deterioration of the
Montagu Beach is the result.

The Sand Banks that used to
exist south-west of Rose Island
supplied the construction indus-
try during the last half of the
1900’s, and before. Boats of four

‘foot draft had to avoid them at

low tide. Now there is a good
10 foot depth. This would have
been the make-up sand for the
Paradise Island beaches.

This was pointed out to Mr
Kerzner at the beginning of his
development, and dredging
there was brought to a halt. Fur-
thermore, there was no more
sand. Dredging of sand was

- then relocated to the Eastern

end of Rose Island, and this is
where it had been coming from.




EDITOR, The Tribune

Attorney General
is a very easy
position to fill

In recent weeks, and maybe
longer, sand dredgers are now
operating immediately south of
Salt Cay (Blue Lagoon Island
for newcomers) and the sand
banks there have been visibly
depleted. Not only Atlantis will
suffer from the depletion of this
resource, but we as a tourist
dependent country: :

With the development now
taking place in The Family
Islands, it is to be hoped that
they will benefit from this sad
experience. as

GODFREY LIGHTBOURN
Nassau
February 28 2006



I WISH there was something outstanding — politically
speaking — that I could offer a critique on, but alas, politicians
and their minions are acting the way they always have, and
by all indications, the way they always will.

_ The recent Cabinet shuffle, while there wasn’t anything
earth shattering about it, did produce one item that caught
my eye. Actually that item has been on my mind‘for some
time now, and I had intended to write concerning it, and now
the final prompting has come from the re-appointments in
the Christie Cabinet.

While we (the people) would hope that Cabinet level
positions will always be filled by the most qualified persons
for their respective posts, there is one position that will
always be able to be filled by just about any member of any
sitting Bahamian government.

The position to which I refer, is that of Attorney Gener-
al. And the reason that this position will always be rela-
tively easily filled, is because there has never been, there is
not now, nor will there ever be, apparently, a shortage of
lawyers in politics in this country. Actually, there will never
be a shortage of lawyers in the Bahamas, period.

I have been mulling over a question for some time now.
The question: Is there really enough legal goings on in this
country to employ all of the lawyers in this country? It
seems that fortune has smiled on a great many Bahamians in
that they are able to afford to send their kids to institutions
of higher learning all over the world, with a definite view to
them becoming “respectable” members of society.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but it still begs my ques-
tion, as there seems-to be a definite imbalance of career:
choices for Bahamians, the greater number of them seeking
law degrees.

Now obviously there will be those who read this letter who
will say — “Yeah, but you’ll be glad for all these lawyers
when you need one”. Absolutely! However, I am still just a
bit nervous that so many people who are trained in the
manipulation of the law, are also our political leaders.

It would seem that if any were so inclined that they have
a distinct advantage in being able to “line their own pockets”,
and to cover their own a—es, PLP and FNM alike. And
besides that, these are people who have risen to loftier posi-
tions in life, and I wonder how concerned they really are
about us bottom feeders.

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Neil Sedaka
to perform
one night at
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Minott the 1950s teen idol

Neil Sedaka will have the
chance to see their star live in

concert forone nightiat Wynd- Mis

ham Nassau Resort.) os

Scheduled to: take“the. Stage:
at the Rainforest Theatre on
Saturday, April 29, Sedaka will
perform his hits, including Oh
Carol, Calendar Girl, Happy
Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Break-
ing Up is Hard to Do and Soli-
taire.

Showtime is scheduled for
9pm. Tickets are available for
‘$69 on the floor level of the the-
atre and $49 in the balcony.
Tickets can be bought at the
theatre box office at the hotel.

With a career spanning six

‘decades and still going strong
-with special guest appearances
on shows like American Idol,
Sedaka is considered one of
rock and pop music’s legendary
pioneers.
"With countless hit singles, and
‘platinum and gold records, he
‘remains as vital a force today
‘as he was when he first achieved
‘his string of hits back in the late
1950s.

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found dead
at home

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Kingstown

»GLEN Jackson, the press sec-
retary to the prime minister of
St. Vincent, was found dead
Monday, police said, according
to Associated Press.

Jackson’s naked body was
discovered by his eldest son,
,Glendon, in a vehicle near his
home. Police have not disclosed
:the cause of death.
.},Jackson,:42, was.one of. the
ichief architects ofthe governing
Unity Labor Party’s, 2001, and
2005 elections.campaigns.

Prime Minister Ralph Gon-
salves’ governing party was
elected to a second five-year
‘term on December 7. The ruling
(party won 12 seats in the 15-
seat legislature, while the oppo-
sition New Democratic Party
gwon three. 3

US attorney
general
defends
‘anti-terror’

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| THE US attorney general

defended his country’s treat-
ment of terror suspects against
criticism from Europe and else-
where, saying Tuesday that the
United States abhors torture
and respects the rights of
detainees, according to Associ-
ated Press. hve

Alberto Gonzales also said
‘the US did not transport. ter-
‘rorism suspects to nations
‘where it was likely they could
. be tortured.

Human rights groups and
‘other European critics have
‘alleged that US planes may be
‘using European airports and air
‘space to send suspects to
‘nations that may torture them.
| They have also criticized the
'US prison camp in Guan-
‘tanamo, and a UN report last
‘month called for the facility to
be closed “without further
' delay” because it is effectively a
‘torture camp where prisoners
i have no access to justice.

The US attorney general — _

‘speaking Tuesday at the Inter-
‘national Institute for Strategic
i Studies think-tank in London
'— vehemently denied such
‘charges, but acknowledged that
‘people might interpret the term
“torture” in different ways. The
‘US abides by its own definition,
:which he said was the inten-
‘tional infliction of severe mental
| or physical suffering.

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anti-smoking campaign —

BISHOP Simeon Hall has
launched a campaign against
smoking after a local business
posted several signs on the East

-.. West Highway.
“Ina statement released yes-
terday, Bishop Hall, senior pas-

tor at New Covenant Baptist

«;Chureh, said, he is.particularly
i urdisturbed that the signs are

‘near two schools.
He plans toussuea statement

@ By Bahamas Information
Services

DEPUTY Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt said crime is a
societal problem that should
be tackled collectively by the
government, police and the
public, and not through fin-
ger-pointing.

She dismissed suggestions
that crime has become a phe-
nomenon under her govern-
ment, saying it has haunted



today at the corner of Abun-
dant Life Road and East/West
Highway at 11am.

Bishop Hall noted that sec-
ond-hand smoke is being dis-
cussed all over the world.

“The health of many
Bahamians might be under
threat from the growing inci-
dence of second-hand smoke,”
he said.

While the government had

the Bahamas for many years.

She said that in 2006, how-
ever, it’s not parliament’s
problem anymore, but Cyn-
thia Pratt’s problem and the

‘government’s problem.

“Crime is something that
knows no colour or barrier,
religion or political affiliation
and when our children are not
raised in the fear of God, the
way they should be, this is
what will happen,” she added.

“Every life is important, no














Christie tells Grand
Bahamians to find
their direction

@ By Bahamas Information
Services



FREEPORT - Prime Minister Perry Christie told Grand
Bahamians that they no longer have the luxury of compet-
ing solely against New Providence for their share of the
tourism market.

Mr Christie touched on the massive tourism and second
home developments in many of the Family Islands, which he
said are designed to attract additional tourists.

He was in Grand Bahama for the 8th Annual Grand
Bahama Business Outlook, sponsored by The Counsellors.

The event was held in the Convention Centre of the
Westin and Sheraton of Grand Bahama at Our Lucaya.

He said the future of Grand Bahama is entirely dependent

. how on the government, Grand Bahama Port Authority,

stakeholders, and resorts making Grand Bahama the leisure
and recreational capital of the Bahamas.
He said there has to be an understanding that Grand

.. Bahama is not going to beat New Providence because of the

historical and cultural impact on the resort industry.

He said one of the greatest challenges of Grand Bahama
is to redefine itself. Also, Grand Bahama needed to under-
stand that even in tourism they are competing against des-
tinations within the country. j

Pointing to the increase in tourism in the Family Islands,

' Mr Christie said there is a need to ensure that Grand
’‘Bahama has maximum returns on its efforts in the resort |

side, because the resort side is the largest employer.

“So it means that we have to fix Royal Oasis; and we have,
to ensure we work with Royal Oasis to truly define itself to
be able to attract the people it has,” he said. i

Construction

Also, Mr Christie said they have to look again at Our
Lucaya. He told those gathered that “there are hundreds of
millions of dollars worth of construction about to begin
again over at Port Lucaya; and that the government has
approved the construction of a new condominium unit
which is also expected to get underway shortly.”

Mr Christie also touched on the development by the
Ginn Group and Marriott, and told the audience that the
Grand Bahama economy has been retarded somewhat
because of the three hurricanes in the past two years.

He said that, despite the ravages, construction will con-
tinue and that already it is difficult to find contractors to
work in Grand Bahama, and it will be difficult to find
labourers.

_ While still talking about Grand Bahama’s potential and

the need to concentrate more on the tourism sector, Mr
Christie pointed to the development of five major proper-
ties in Eleuthera, new undertakings in Cat Island, Exuma,
Bimini, Abaco, Mayaguana, and elsewhere in Bahamas,
noting that these developments in the Family Islands will
also cause many Bahamians who migrated to Grand
Bahama for employment opportunities to return home.

Mr Christie noted that the Bahamian economy today is
very strong and robust. He said external reserves have
increased to $601 million as of February 22, 2006.

Also that domestic credit is up 1.084 billion since May,
2002, and that demand deposits, savings and fixed deposits
have all shown sharp increases since May, 2002, when his
government came to office. He also touched on the increase
in tourism arrivals.

The prime minister also said that much focus must now
come to meaningfully integrating Bahamians into the econ-
omy of the Bahamas.

Mr Christie said the creation of the Domestic Invest-
ment Board was to make sense of all of the avenues that the
Bahamian has to travel to get into business.















already banned smoking at
Nassau International Airport, it
was time to extend that ban to
other public places.

Publicity

“I believe it is time health
authorities go. beyond simply

verbalising that the health of.

the nation is the wealth of the

matter whose it is. Every life
that is lost, it bothers me. Crime
is something that will be with
us as long as we encourage it,”
she said.

The minister said government -
and the police are working very

. hard to bring about a reduction

in crime. However, they cannot
do it alone.

She said they are looking for-
ward to “really doing some dra-
conian things” as it relates to
arresting crime on the streets.

Mrs Pratt said one of the
measures is aimed at countering
the issue of stolen vehicles,
which is.at the centre of many
criminal activities.

She said Police Commission-
er Paul Farquharson will make
an announcement on additional
measures “very soon”.

Recent attempts to discredit
certain police officers can have
a damaging impact on the cred-
ibility of the force, she said.

“These are young men and
women who continue to do
their jobs professionally, but

Health conscious bishop’s

nation and publish information
that will protect the health
interests of non- smokers.

“People who smoke have a
right to kill themselves slowly if
they so wish, but reams of
information are being circulat-
ed that smoking is a killer and
second-hand smoking is equal-
ly dangerous. I think it is time
this silent, insidious issue was
addressed.”

Pratt's appeal for unity on crime

nonetheless they are always crit-
icised. Every time you look
around, they are being criti-
cised,” she said.

“When we discredit the
police force, it takes forever to
get that credibility back and I
think it is unfair that people are
trying to damage the credibility
of an entire force, based. on one
or two bad apples”. .

Mrs Pratt said the public and
parliamentarians should stop
blaming the police for the levels
of crime that are negatively
impacting the country and place
some of that blame where it
ought to be, on the erosion of
the family structure and family
values.

The minister said one criti-
cism the government and police
have faced is for the establish-
ment of the urban renewal pro-
gramme in a number of inner-
city communities.

She said statistics showed that
crime has been reduced “con-
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communities where urban

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He said the time has come
to consider if the country wants
to join the many public insti-
tutions worldwide that have
banned smoking in shopping
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“Second-hand smoke is
deadly and the more individu-
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THE TRIBUNE °





S OME say the reason for
government inaction on
the Cuban dentist issue is the
fear that Fidel Castro will refuse
{o accept other illegal Cubans
from the Bahamas if we allow
any detainee to go to the Unit-
ed States in violation of a treaty
obligation.

This could potentially leave
us with hundreds of unwanted
Cuban permanent residents.
Others go further and say Cas-
tro will flood the Bahamas with
refugees. They argue that either
of these scenarios would be
more problematic than any
American fallout over return-
ing the two dentists to Cuba
might be.

Well, those fears are not
entirely far-fetched. The
Cubans have used mass emi-
gration to pressure the US sev-
eral times. Twenty-five years
ago, they created a crisis that
almost overwhelmed the US
Coast Guard. In just five
months, some 150,000 migrants
poured into South Florida.

In addition to thousands of
criminals, mental health patients
and others cast out of Cuba,
they included tens of thousands
of Haitians trying to take advan-
tage of the situation. Public ser-
vices in the US were swamped
and ethnic tensions were raised,
speeding the departure of non-
Hispanics from Miami.

The Mariel Boatlift, as it was
called, ended Washington’s
“open arms” treatment of
Cuban refugees — a policy that
had applied since the early days
of the 1959 revolution. After
Mariel, US immigration policy
became much stricter towards
Cubans, although they still
received favoured treatment
compared to other nationalities.

All of this is bound up in the

45-year vendetta between Cas-

tro and the United States that
dates back to the dark days of
the Cold War when Cuba

became a communist satellite

ol the Soviet Union, and Castro
almost triggered a nuclear war
in the process.

“Originally we embarked on
a policy of trying to poke Castro
in the eye at every opportunity
and one way we could do that
was to welcome all the refugees

”

from Communist Cuba,” said
law professor Jan Ting, a for-
mer senior official in the US
Immigration and Naturalization
Service. “That policy has been
maintained up to the present
day for political reasons;
(because) the Cuban American
vote is the swing vote in a swing
state.”

‘kz policy began by
accepting more than
200,000 upper and middle class
Cubans in the first three years
after the revolution. A second
wave of emigration began in
1965 when another 330,000
Cubans fled to the United
States on so-called “freedom

‘ flights” until the airlift was

closed in 1973.

For strategic reasons, the
Americans accepted these
migrants as political refugees
and passed the 1966 Cuban
Adjustment Act to facilitate
their integration into American
society. Under this law, Cubans
qualify for permanent residence
in the US after only one year.

The Mariel crisis exploded in
1980 when more than 15,000
asylum-seekers stormed the
grounds of the Peruvian
embassy in Havana. Facing a
loss of control, the Cuban gov-
ernment unilaterally opened the
port of Mariel for mass emigra-
tion by boat, calling on exiles
in South Florida to evacuate
their relatives.

The Miami Cubans did so in
great numbers, providing the
transportation for this unique
boatlift, and effectively co-oper-

ating with the Cuban govern- .

ment against the will of the US.
After five months of chaos, Cas-
tro closed his borders again.
Another wave of emigration
came after the collapse of the
Soviet bloc at the end of the
Cold War, which threw Cuba
into an economic tailspin. As
the numbers of clandestine
boat-people steadily grew in the
early 1990s, Castro once again
opened the flood-gates. In
August 1994 he declared that
anyone could leave the island
by sea. And more than 30,000

sailed for the US on makeshift

rafts.
Most were picked up by the

Coast Guard and taken to
refugee camps at the US naval
base of Guantanamo, from
where they were gradually
admitted to the United States
in the following years. But the
arrival of hundreds of Cuban
boat people daily created polit-
ical pressures on the American
government to stop the influx.

So after secret talks, an
accord was reached in 1994 that
marked another turning-point.
The US agreed that anyone
picked up at sea (who are con-
sidered “illegal emigrants” by

A person who ent ers th
Bahamas, but has legal access.

mmigration, the US and Cub



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remember the plight of the boat
people is the cheapest and the
most effective propaganda tool
that the extreme right wing in
Washington and the-reactionary

; Miami Cuban mob has.”








to a third country, should be |
allowed to go and not be ©
imprisoned at the whim of an

aging dictator



the Cuban authorities) would
not be granted entry, while the

_ visa programme for Cubans

would be expanded to accept a
minimum of 20,000 a year. Cas-
tro then once again closed his
borders to any undocumented
emigration.

"[ 1994 agreement left
a loophole for Ameri-
can special treatment of Cuban
emigrants. While those caught
at sea are returned to Cuba,

those making landfall continue
to benefit from the 1966 Cuban

' Adjustment Act. This so-called

“wet-foot, dry-foot” policy has

‘led to absurd scenes of Cuban

boat-people desperately trying
to escape capture by the US
Coast Guard.

The Cubans say the policy is
“just another dirty trick.. .if the
US has an immigration law that
allows Cubans to leave the
island legally why then does (it)
have another policy enticing

them to leave illegally? You.

cannot have it both ways. But

| National Overseer, Bishop Dr Elparnet’

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BEES

i stry Director

BISHOP DR. E. C. McKINLEY
: State Overseer

BISHOP LEV! CLARKE
‘National Overseer

BISHOP CLARENCE N. WILLIAMS .

National Overseer

MINISTER JANET A. WAITE
Regional Ministry Director

anual Baptisrnal Procession will leave the Tabernacl

Jor the Western Esplanade followed by the live ZNS

“Serve the Lord with Gladnes
Natiorial Overseer, Bishop
Dr. Elgarnec B. Halcles

Ministering in aneinted song and music will be che
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Choir and other Church Choirs and singing Groups, along
_ with the world famous Sahama Brass Band, che Youth Brass

Band, and the Junicr Brass Band.

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Meanwhile, critics in the US
see the policy as a “monstrous”
attempt to normalise relations
with Cuba: “It is a crime to try
to leave Cuba without govern-
ment permission,” said Nation-
al Review writer Elliot Abrams.
“How, under international law,
can we return someone whose
very act of leaving constituted a
prosecutable offence in his
homeland?”

Since the late 1990s, illegal

Cuban immigration to the US

has virtually dried up, whereas
in 1998, for example, half a mil-
lion Cubans applied for US

‘visas. Experts say that uncon-

trolled exit — which is a threat to
Castro’s authority - has become
much less of a problem since
the 1994 agreement.

Despite claims to the con-
trary, Castro has always main-
tained firm control over emi-
gration, making it a once and
for all decision accompanied by
draconian measures such as
confiscation of property, costly
bureaucratic procedures and
social denigration. Some are not

allowed to emigrate at all -
including doctors, dentists, army
officers and party officials.
Enforcement of these cofdi-
tions rests on the regime’s con-
trol over access to international
transportation.





he two. ‘Cuban dentists
that are the focus of

: the present controversy had US

‘but: were denied permis-

sion to’ émigrate by the Cuban
. government. Years after their .

families went to Florida legally,
the pair left Cuba clandestinely
by boat last April and were
picked up by the US Coast
Guard in Bahamian waters. The
Americans turned them over.to
Bahamian ‘authorities as. they
are required to do.

They have been imprisoned
in the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre ever since. Last
summer they applied to the For-
eign Ministry for asylum, but
relatives say no reply was ever
received. Despite numerous
behind-the-scenes attempts by
American interlocutors to free
them, the government simply
stonewalled the matter. So the
family went public recently and
now the case has become a
cause celebre in Florida.

Officially, our hands are said
to be tied by an agreement with
Cuba that dates to 1996, when
there were hundreds of refugees
stuck at the detention centre
with nowhere to go. The only
recourse was to send them back
at our expense. This was similar
to the agreement to return ille-
gal Haitians who had nowhere
else to go.

An amendment to the agree-

ment in 1998 reinforced the ©
Castro’s regime’s position that .
. “all Cuban illegal immigrants

who arrive in the territory of
the Bahamas from Cuba shall
be repatriated to Cuba” within
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tions to the rule.

The Cuban regime says its cit-
izens want to leave purely for
economic reasons and. blames

‘ those conditions on the collapse

of the Socialist bloc and the
effects of the American embar-
go — in other words we are back
to the old vendetta. And we
should not forget that: Castro

- has become a revered figure in

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Hee: this situation
is not as difficult as

some would have us believe.
First, we have no business
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and not allowed to deteriorate.

The two dentists are not ille-
gals who either have to be
returned against their will or
allowed to stay in the Bahamas.
Their case is not the same as
undocumented Cubans,
Haitians or others who arrive
on our shores illegally.

Crocodile tears notwith-
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minister would have allowed
this situation inadvertently to
mushroom. to such alarming
proportions. And it is interest-
ing that the government’s
response so far seeks only to
justify the damage we are pre-
pared to do to our relations with
the US, not to mention our will-
ingness to send two innocent
people back to imprisonment.

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of this case and the publicity it
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St Andrew’s residents discuss improvements

RESIDENTS of St Andrew's Beach
Estates met on Sunday to discuss measures
that can be implemented to better the com-
munity.

During the meeting, residents discussed
issues such as speed bumps, lansdscaping
and the development of a community park.

MP for the Yahmacraw constituency and
Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin
was also in attendance to answer any resi-
dents’ concerns that residents.

David Moss of the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing with the responsibility
for community parks development was also

on hand to tell residents about the govern- —

ment's involvement in the other communi-
ty parks. :

According to Mr. Moss, construction of
the park will begin "right away" once
approval has been given by the Ministry.

Sunday afternoon community meetings
have been an ongoing initiatives of the St
Andrew’s Beach Estates Association since
last year. So far discussions from these
meeting have produced the entrance wall
and crime watch sign that will be placed
throughout the community — all of them
sponsored through donations from resi-
dents and fundraisers.

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DAVID Moss, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Housing; Melanie Griffin, MP for the
Yahmacraw Constituency and Minister of Social Services; and Eric Ingraham, president
of St Andrew’s Beach Estates Association listening to concerns from residents

Maynard-Gibson pays
visit to Bar Council




ATTORNEY General and
Minister of Legal Affairs
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
attended the first Bar Council
meeting tobe held since assum-
ing her new Cabinet portfolio.

President Wayne Munroe
said Mrs Maynard-Gibson was
the first Attorney General he
could recall who attended a Bar
Council meeting.

“We are impressed with the
interest shown by the Attorney
General in the business of our

Council,” said Mr Munroe.

As a matter of law, the Attor-
ney General is a member of the
Bar Council and can attend per-
sonally or can send a represen-
tative.

The council, which has
almost 800 members, is a statu-
tory body that polices the local
Bar Association.

According to Mr Munroe, the
Attorney General was not spe-
cially invited to the meeting, but
when she found out about it,

she made it her business to
attend.

He was pleased by this reac-.

tion as the Attorney General is
charged with the administration
of justice, and the Bar is one of
the actors in that system.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson
explained why she felt it was
vital that she went to the meet-
ing.
“One of the three pillars that
we are going to deal with imme-
diately is the administration of

justice, and as the president

indicated, the Bar Council is a
key player. So once I discov-
ered that there was a meeting
this morning I just had to
attend.”
. She added: “We have a very
ambitious agenda to accomplish
together, not just matters as
they relate to the Bar, but as it
also relates to the administra-
tion of justice.”

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she plans to work closely with

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to be working with them in
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a double act a triumph

ane Edwards Twins

. STAGE REVIEW
as JOHN MARQUIS —

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thing I’ve never done
before — book tickets to see a
stage performance for the third
time.

Frank Sinatra didn’t tempt
me. Nor did Ann Murray, Rick
Nelson or Gladys Knight and
The Pips. Glen Campbell was
good but not that good. And
Wayne Newton? Mmmm...
maybe not.

However, I’d book an air
ticket to Vladivostok to see the
Edwards Twins, who have been
gracing the stage at Nassau’s
Rainforest Theatre, Crystal
Palace Casino, for several -
months now.

In an age when TV deifies
mediocrities, and picks ‘idols’
with feet of very heavy clay
indeed, it’s really good to see
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guys can’t impersonate.
They’re here until the end of
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I wonder if Barbra Streisand
and the rest. know there are

their hit-numbers even better
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Guana Cay residents tell visitors
bout opposition to development

Association organises
beach demonstration







‘GUANA Cay residents have launched a campaign to let visitors
know what they see as the desecration of the environment caused
bythe Bakers Bay development.

At a recent fundraiser in Guana Cay, the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association displayed huge signs on the beach to let interested buy-
ers at Bakers Bay, tourists and visitors know what locals saw as the
desecration of their environmental heritage.

The association is waiting for the Supreme court in Freeport to
deliver judgment in the judicial review which was completed recent-
ly.

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Council and into the international forum if necessary.
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Cr rOwn land was left is being given away to foreigners and



GUANA Cay residents
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Coast and Florida emergency
managers.

The 2006 forecast will also be
a focus of the conference and
featured video podcast. These
short video features will be
posted daily from March 8 to
12 while the conference is tak-
ing place at The Westin, Grand
Bahama Island.

The Bahamas in 1997 became
the first Caribbean country to
address the topic of hurricanes
directly -by creating the
Bahamas Weather Conference,
Since its inception, the confer-
ence has hosted hundreds of
meteorologists from North
America as well as Canada and
Europe.

A ministry Spokesman said:

4

“The success of the-Bahamas
Weather Conference has been
its ability to bring together
media with the top hurricane
experts in the U.S. including Dr.
Bob Sheets, former director of
the National Hurricane Center,
Max Mayfield, director. of the
National Hurricane Center, Dr.
William Gray of Colorado State
University, and many others
from the National Weather Ser-

‘vice and emergency manage-

ment.

“The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism has been recognised
as a leader in the tourism indus-
try for this long-standing initia-
tive and is pleased to lead the
way again by employing this
new technology to expand the
reach of the Bahamas Weather
Conference far beyond its bor-

ders.”

Weather media and other
interested parties can access the
video on the homepage at
www.bahamaswxconference.co
m or click on the Apple iTunes

~ icon to subscribe. Subscription

will automatically deliver new
content to those registered
when they log onto Apple
iTunes and the internet. The
Bahamas Weather Conference
Podcast Center will provide

video for viewing on video:.

iPods, viewing on the site or
download to computer in
Quicktime, Windows Media or
Flash.





MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe opening last year’s
Weather Conference





(Tribune archive photo)

S-DC in
Re-Accreditation Process

Months of prepara-
tion and institutional sel!
study finally paid off in
early January when The
Bahamas campus of SD-
G underwent four days of
critical evaluation by the
Middle States
Association af Colleges
and Schools,

Or Edison 0.
Jackson, Chair at the
Midale States’
Accreditation team made

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feu of the Middle States examining student
Assaciation of Colleges records, tacully profiles,
aid Schools recently pail agministration policies
ant . and fiscal procedures.
assessment visit to the The purpose of the visit
Bahamas campus was to determine the suit-
of SDL ‘ ability of the institution tor
continued mambership in
and endorsement by the

Middle States accreditation body.
“Al accredited institutions are obliged to
underge institutional seli-study and then to submit
ta formal assassment by the accrediting organiza-

Hion,® Dr. Jackson explained. “The visits come at

requiat intervals, usually in ten-year cycles, and my
job is to determine if the particular school is living up
fo it's intended mandate. if if is delivering a quailty

educailanal product, il its record-keeping and finan-
Cai management are sound and if students and

alumni are.satisfied with the end-product. We're

_ also interested to know if the institution is. serving a

worthwhile purpose within the community.”
The Bahamas visit represents ihe first phase
of SD-C's re-accreditation process; the main cam-

pus in Baltimore, Maryland will be assessed in early §
‘April, Onoe the visitation process has been com- §

pleted, institutions receive a final report: from the
accrediting body.

in the meantime, to quote Dr. Jackson, “his
campus can be proud of the great job it is doing in
offering a fine, quality educational product to stu-
‘dents and jin helping them tortransform {heir lives.

The qualifications and credentials of your facully ‘

are aiso very impressive.” - . .
Dr. Jackson is also the president of Medgar

Evers College, one of the colleges of the City é

University of New York,

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Veteran Educator Harriet
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Once again, stu-
dents enrolled in the
Bachelor's Degree in
Early Chitdhood
Educaiion or in
Secondary Education
wilt be under the micro-
scope during the
months of February and
March as they undergo
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course where you actually take the student teachers
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stand before classes and teach.”

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veteran educator and retired District
Superintendent. Mrs. Pratt brings a wealth of expe-
fience and exposure to the role of supervising our
&d majors and we are certain that she will impart
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THE TRIBUNE

Teeter es) It all adds up
for local author

Christine Aylen



i FAMILY AFFAIR — Local author Christine Aylen gets a little help from her son Matthew, 4,
as she reads ‘My First Bahamian Counting Book’ at a Super Storytime event at Logos Bookstore, Har-
bour Bay Shopping Plaza. (Photo: Tim Aylen)













































































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VACANCY NOTICE

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN




The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR ASSOCIATE/IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN in its IT Enterprise
Support Department.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The IT Service Desk is the primary support for all problem reports, break / fix notification, or other
service requests entering IT. The Sr. Associate, IT Service Desk performs level 1 support responding
to inquiries and requests for assistance with the company's enterprise support systems, applications,
and PC's. Responsibilities include first point of contact for end-users, trouble ticket management,
remote problem isolation, resolution and customer follow-up of reported issues. The Sr. Associate
IT Support ensures internal customer satisfaction through diagnosing, troubleshooting and
correcting problems quickly with a high degree of accuracy. The Associate escalates and
coordinates with other IT functional areas to resolve problems as necessary. The Associate, PC
Products Administration works primarily in maintaining PC systems, which include but are not
limited to Desktops, Workstations, Laptops, Servers, Printers, and other peripherals in the:setup,
installation and configuration, upgrade, and troubleshooting of all systems hardware and OS
platforms. Assist in Inventory Control and maintenance of all company owned computer equipment,
peripherals and assets on hand and remote sites according to the defined Asset
Management/Tracking Inventory procedures. Respond, analyze and resolve hardware maintenance
issues within the required service levels and report on issue status and resolution. Effectively and
accurately document failure conditions and repair actions in the IT trouble ticket application.
Ensure internal customer satisfaction through diagnosing, troubleshooting and correcting problems
quickly with a high degree of accuracy. Escalates and coordinates with other IT functional areas
or vendors to resolve problems as necessary

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: ;

e Perform first point of contact (level 1 support) to: receive, monitor and track all end user
requests (trouble reports, bug reports, enhancement requests, PC support and maintenance,
etc.) that come into the IT Service Desk

e Perform daily duties in accordance to defined service level and standard operating
procedures é

e Provide trouble ticket tracking numbers for all service requests to the Service Desk

e Troubleshoot, isolate and resolve all issues that can be solely addressed by the
Service Desk to minimize escalations to the next level support :

© Interact with all IT functional areas to escalate and manage problems to the next levels
of IT support that cannot be resolved by the Service Desk on its own

_¢ Perform follow-up calls to internal customers upon problem resolution for acceptance and
to close trouble tickets

e Advise the Manager, Enterprise Systems and Support Services, of any situation

arising that may affect the overall functioning or performance of the IT Service Desk

Document processes and procedures as required ;

Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by management

Perform PC maintenance, PC software installation, and PC configuration management

Maintain and support existing PC equipment including Desktops, Workstations,

Laptops, Servers, and Printers as well as implement new PC’s, software and

network peripherals as required.

e Perform the installation, configuration, and tuning as well as ongoing maintenance
of PC client software and 3rd party product components and subsystems.

e Perform daily duties in accordance to defined services levels and standard
operating procedures. . ,

e Maintain the company’s computer hardware, software and peripheral asset inventory.

e Test hardware and software components for compatibility and stability within end-
user environment.

e Perform preventive maintenance on all hardware peripherals and off-line equipment
as required.

e Interface with IT Service Desk level 1 support to receive trouble ticket information and
manage issues through to resolution. Interact with all IT functional areas or vendors to
escalate and manage problems to the next levels of support that cannot be resolved.

e Participates in the evaluation and review of software/hardware solutions and
systems, while also assisting in the preparation of reports and recommendations.

e Document software/hardware specific install instructions and other related
processes and procedures as required.

e Advise the Manager, Enterprise Systems and Support Services of any situation arising that
may affect the overall functioning or performance of the PC Product Administration group.

e Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by management.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

e Bachelors degree Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering,
Information Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience
in related fields.

e- 7+ years Help/Service Desk support experience

e 3 years experience utilizing a trouble ticket support system such as Remedy, Heat, or other
system

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

e Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving

e Strong customer service focus and excellent interpersonal skills

e Broad range of network, desktop and application technologies and architecture knowledge
is required, including experience and support skills in the following: Win NT/2000/2003
Servers, Win 95/98/2000/XP Desktops, MS Exchange, MS Office Professional Products,
Anti-Virus solutions

e Experience with technologies such as PeopleSoft, Sentori, ICMS or ROSS Systems is a
strong plus

e Intermediate experience in the following systems knowledge: AS/400, Solaris and AIX

e Basic experience jn the following database technologies: Oracle, SQL Server and DB2

e Knowledge and experience with trouble management, systems management and remote
administration tools and technologies

e General office and phone skills

e Testing and documentation skills

° Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications

e Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with all levels of staff

e Must have a thorough knowledge of Windows Operating Systems (Windows 95, NT, XP,
2000) and Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access) at the end-user level.

e Able to work under time constraints and have the ability to manage a diverse and sometimes
heavy workload.

e A+ Certification, MCP Certification and/or MCSE Certification is a strong plus.




All applications are to be received at BTC’s Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
March 17, 2006 and addressed as follows:

DIRECTOR
HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS ~

RE: SENIOR ASSOCIATE/IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN








“MY FIRST Bahamian

Counting Book” made its offi- .

cial debut at Logos Bookstore,
Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza,
on Saturday, March 4.
Author Christine Aylen
introduced the delightful

. rhyming book at a Super Sto-

rytime event for babies, tod-
dlers and parents.
The North Caribbean chap-

’ ter of the Society of Children’s

Book Writers and Illustrators
co-ordinated the event and
representatives met with pro-
fessional and aspiring chil-
dren’s authors. “Christine is
our newest recruit. We’re
excited to welcome her to our

. SCBWI family of 19,000 mem-

bers in 70 regions worldwide.
Bahamian Alice Bain, who
wrote ‘99 Potcakes’, is also a
member,” said regional advis-

- er Rosemarie Johnson Clarke.

Manuscripts
Published by LMH Publish-

' ing in Kingston, Jamaica, Mrs

Aylen is a first-time Bahamian

author who is working on sev- .

eral other manuscripts, includ-
ing one with her husband,
photographer Tim Aylen.

She studied children’s book
writing at the City Literary
Institute, London, England,
but said she has learned far
more about writing for chil-
dren as a mother to Julia, 7,
and Matthew, 4.

“Reading to my kids, play--

ing with them, just observing
and listening to them has
taught me so much,” Mrs
Aylen said.

In fact, Matthew inspired

‘her to write her first book.

“One night he was helping me



count and identify objects in
a British counting book. When
he saw mittens, he said,
‘hands.’ I realised that many
things our children see in
books are not things we see in
The Bahamas.

“He’d never seen a pair of

‘ mittens before. So I decided
to follow the old rule: ‘Write

about what you know.’”
During discussion time at

Logos, Mrs Aylen recom- |

mended her favourite authors
— Enid Blyton, Dr Seuss and
Judy Blume. One of her
favourite story collections is

“The Sesame Street Library,” |

a childhood gift from her par-
ents.

“They have a cookie recipe
in them and my mother taught
me how to bake them on my
own. My daugliter, Julia, and I
use the same recipe and she is
reading my old Sesame Street
books, which are out of print
now.” aa

As a child, her favourite
series was Enid Blyton’s

“Magic Faraway Tree” books, .

which are still in print. “The
characters are so unique and

‘exciting and all the little

details are so vivid. I felt like I
was peeking into another
world, it was such an amazing
place to escape to.”

Mrs Aylen is a big ‘read
aloud’ advocate. “My dad read
to me nearly every night until

I was too old to be read to but |

we both enjoyed the time
together so neither of us want-
ed to say anything to the other
for fear of hurt feelings. I
guess my love of books came
from him.”

And she has inherited the
writing bug gene. Her great,

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22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

great grandfather, Thomas
Murray Ford, was actually a
playwright and author who
wrote under the pen name
Thomas LeBreton.

She recently bought some.of
his books and is anxiously
awaiting their arrival from.a
rare books archive. “They are.
from the 1920s; they will be
tattered and torn but it means
so much to me to get to know.
him a little, through his writ-
ing. He has always fascinated
me,” she said.

Published

Mrs Aylen’s non-fiction.
writing has been published in’
The Tribune, INARU,
(Bahamian women’s maga-
zine), Island Magazine and
Island Sense in Grand
Bahama. oe

She encouraged Bahamians
and residents with a passion
to write or illustrate children’s,
books to join the Society ‘af
Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators (SCBWI). -

Other countries in the North
Caribbean region include
Bermuda, Cayman Islands,
Dominican Republic, Haiti,
Jamaica, Puerto. Rico, Turks.
and Caicos, and the US and
British Virgin Islands. ae

Founded in 1971, the SCB-.
WI acts as a network wheré
writers, illustrators, editors,
publishers, agents, librarians,
educators, booksellers and
others involved with literature
for young people actively
exchange knowledge.

e For more information
visit www.scbwi.com and
www.caribbeanchildren.com

seca) ae

















VERY REVEREND
FOSTER BANCROFT
PESTAINA, 78

of Mount Vernon, off Eastern Road,
Nassau, The Bahamas, will be held
at Christ Church Cathedral, George
Street, Nassau, on Thursday, 9th
March, 2006 at 11am. -

The chief celebrant will be the Most
Reverend Drexel Gomez Lord Bishop
of Nassau and The Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos and Archbishop of The West Indies and .
Metropolitan and the preacher will be Reverend Canon Dr.

D. Kortright Davis, Rector The Holy Comforter Episcopal ©
Church, Washington, DC, and Professor of Theology, Howard
University School of Divinity.

Cremation will follow and interment will be in The Garden of
Remembrance, Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, on
Friday, 10th March, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.

His wife, the late Ruby Hallpike Pestania, predeceased him
in October, 2000. His survivors include two sisters,|vy Pestania
Jeffers and Daisy Pestaina and three brothers, Earl, Raymond
and Dr Basil Pestaina.

The body of Dean Pestaina will lie in the chancel of Christ
Church Cathedral, George Street on Wednesday, 8th March,
2006 from 2pm to 9pm and again on Thursday, 9th March, 4.
2006 from 8am to 10am. |

Instead of flowers the family request that donations be sent
to Christ Church Cathedral Building Fund, P.O. Box N-653,
Nassau, The Bahamas in memory of Dean Foster B. Pestaina.











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THE TRIBUNE



Refugee: Cuban
dentists would
be imprisoned
if returned to

their country
FROM page one

ical refugee status under the
UN’s 1951 Convention on
the Status of Refugees and
its 1967 Protocol.

Dr Lopez told how he
had escaped from a life of
hardship in Cuba by liter-
ally risking his life on the
high seas to reach the
Bahamas.

“You cannot imagine the
conditions in Cuba,” Dr
Lopez said, painting a
darker and more lurid
Cuba than most visitors to
the island are able to see.

He ‘wondered why the
two dentists, who had
braved the same hardships
as he had, were not simply
granted political asylum,
thus saving them from the
unspeakable horrors they
will face should they be
returned home.

The two dentists, Dr
Marialys Mesa, and Dr
David Mejias, were winners
of a national US visa lot-
tery and were on their way
to join their families in the
US when they were inter-
cepted in Bahamian waters.
For the past 10 months
they have been held at the
Detention Centre. Their
incarceration and the
length of time they have
been héld has attracted the
attention of the interna-
tional media, especially
the Cuban American
community of South Flori-
da. —

Florida Governor Jeb
Bush on his first official vis-
it to the Bahamas met with
Mr Christie and his cabinet
and stressed the impor-
tance and his desire to have
the Cuban dentists’ matter
handled “aggressively”.

Prime Minister Perry
Christie announced in the
House of Assembly last
Wednesday that he had
made a decision in the case
of the two doctors. How-
ever, he did not say what
the decision was, whether
they are to go back to Cuba
or be released to the Unit-
ed States.

He said that certain for-
mal preparations had to be
made before the public
would be _ informed
of the details “in due
course”.

A government
spokesman said that they
also could not confirm if
government was contem-
plating sending the dentists
to a third country. He
declined any further com-
ment on the matter.

FROM page one

(MID) company, which will be
equally owned by the govern-
ment through the Hotel Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas and the
I-Group.

Speaking at the signing yes-
terday, Prime Minister Perry
Christie said.that this project
will place Bahamians in a
position to benefit in a way
that they have never before
benefited from a develop-
ment of this nature.

“To be sure, the mutual
objective of both joint ven-
ture partners in this arrange-
ment will be to bring their
resources together, as set out
in the agreements, in a joint

effort to stimulate new and .

sustainable development and
growth in Mayaguana.

“The I-Group, a solidly
grounded family-owned
enterprise in the northeast-
ern United States will con-
tribute capital of some $14
million in the initial stage,
development expertise and its
management capabilities to
the venture,” he said.

Mr Christie said that for
government’s part, it will con-

LOCAL NEWS

tribute land, development
concessions, and the exper-
tise inherent in the Hotel
Corporation of the Bahamas,
and its one-day planned suc-
cessor, the Tourism Devel-
opment Corporation.

President of I-Group,
Stephen Roy said that they
are just as equally enthusias-
tic about the project, and
look forward to a very fruitful
relationship with the people
of Mayaguana and the peo-
ple of the Bahamas.

The project looks to
include in phase one a num-
ber of items, namely a 10-slip
marina to accommodate large
leisure vessels, a 50-lot resi-
dential community, a golf
course, an equestrian-themed
housing subdivision, and the
rebuilding and upgrading of
the current airport to receive
international flights.

Also an oversized water
plant will be installed to
enable the MID to provide
potable water to local com-
munities of Abraham’s Bay,
Betsy Bay, and Pirates Well.

Beyond the two-year initial
phase, the MID group is con-
templating developing two

PM won't ‘sit and wait’

FROM page one






Mr Christie said that the current owners are aware of the fact
that Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and chairman of the
Grand Bahama Port Authority Julian Francis have been meet-
ing with a group of investors who have expressed interest in not
just buying the Royal Oasis, but also in making a major con-
tribution to the facilities that complement the resort, including
the International Bazaar.

Retailers from the International Bazaar last month
approached lawyer Fred Smith to explore the legal avenues of
putting pressure on Lehman Brothers to bring about a rapid sale































Royal Oasis.

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or re-opening of the Royal Oasis.

Mr Christie would not disclose the name of the group, which
has expressed an interest in taking over the resort, but said
that it has somewhat of an economic relationship with Freeport.

Therefore, he added, the Port Authority is confident in
putting their support behind the group.

“The difficulty for me, however,” he said, “is that I am now
a prime minister who is beginning to hear the beat of the peo-
ple running behind me, that’s politics. I am not speaking to
you (the audience), | am speaking to Lehman Brothers when I
say this: ‘And therefore the level of patience that I had in
approaching the subject matter is diminishing’.

The prime minister added that government has set a date in
the near future for meeting with the hotel owners.

“T expect that meeting to be a good meeting with good results
for Grand Bahama. I know that they have made an insurance
settlement and that therefore that is behind them, the details of
which I should wait for the meeting to discuss further with
them before I speak to the Bahamian public on it,” he said.

The prime minister also said he is aware that Lehman Broth-
ers have had several offers by groups that are within the price
range they are asking for the property.

“I do know that they have represented, that at least one of
those groups they were about to enter into a purchase agree-
ment with. I do know that further representation has been
made to them, with respect to the Grand Bahamian interest, is
having the right purchaser, and not just a purchaser,” he said.

The Tribune reported last month that several groups from the
UK and Canada are among those interested in purchasing the

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VACANCY NOTICE

SENIOR ASSOCIATE INTERNAL AUDIT

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

Duties and Responsibilities:

e Perform or assist in the performance of preliminary research for assigned audits in accordance
with the Internal Auditing methodology, including conducting interviews with operational
managers, supervisors, and staff members; flowcharting audit clients’ operational/financial
procedures and conducting risk assessments;
Determine or assist in the determination of appropriate audit approaches, scope, and tools

for assigned audits;

Perform test of controls using appropriate audit tools and techniques;

Compile findings in a clear and concise manner in accordance with the Internal Audit
Department’s guidelines and format;
Confer with management, consult reference materials and other sources, and use knowledge
and experience to devise practical remedies for deficiences noted and make recommendations

for corrective action;

Document and compile audit evidence and working papers in accordance with the Internal
Audit methodolgy and standards, and present same for review and approval;
Other duties and tasks as required.

Minimum Requirements:
«

Bachedor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related discipline, professional
certification (CPA, CIA, CA, ACCA) and four (4) years internal auditing experience.

Strong data gathering, analytical and report writing skills;
Knowledge of computerized systems and their controls, flowcharting, data extraction and
analysis software, and computer assisted auditing techniques are required;

A thorough understanding of risk assessment methodologies and International Auditing

Standards ar required.

All applications are to be received at BTC’s Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
March 15, 2006 and addressed as follows:

DIRECTOR

HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING

THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

RE: SENIOR ASSOCIATE/INTERNAL AUDIT



200-room hotels, 2,194 resi-
dential sites, two golf courses,
a marina city and expansion
of the marina to 200 slips, and
the development of a 500-
acre industrial park.

Mr Christie explained that
under the agreement, the
land that will be conveyed to
the MID will not include any
parcels of Crown Land pre-
viously gffered by the gov-
ernment#or use by Bahami-
ans.

He also added that the
tract,.some 9,999 acres will
not include, if any, land that
had been previously offered
to other developers that had
applied to government for
purchase or lease.

“At the time of closing, the
I-Group will pay the govern-
ment $2 million and the gov-
ernment would, within 60
days, convey to the joint ven-
ture company MID the first
tranche of 5,825 acres of
Crown Land.

“The transfer of the second
tranche of 2,087 acres to MID
will take place following ver-
ification that substantial com-
pletion of the airport project
has occurred, and that the
airport is open and opera-
tional,” he said.

The final tract of another
2,087 acres will be transferred
to MID after verification that
the “initial project” has been
substantially completed.

“Long forgotten, long
neglected, long forsaken
Mayaguana can now rise and
take its place at the national
table as a full partner,” Mr
Christie said. “With this
agreement Mayaguana joins
all the other islands of the
Bahamas that are helping to
write a new history of eco-
nomic progress and prosperi-
ty for our country.”

“It is a great day for
Mayaguana. It is an historic
day for the southeastern
Bahamas. It is indeed a proud
and happy moment for all the
Bahamas for we all share in
the great promise this won-
derful new development
holds in store for an island
that finally, after all these

-centuries; is coming into-its
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Heads of agreement

Reports of gunfire -
in area near PM’s home

FROM page one

diately rushed to the scene, but could not detect any sign of “mis-
chief.”

“Nevertheless, we called in crime scene investigators to look
over the area, but there was no indication that anything untoward
had happened,” he said.

Mr Hanna said that police are satisfied that the prime minister
and his family members were at no time the targets of a criminal act.

He emphasised that police are committed at all times to ensur-
ing Mr Christie’s safety and his ability to move about unfettered.

Following this incident, he added, police are now considering cer-
tain adjustments to the prime minister’s security.

At least four police cars were at the scene Monday night and late
yesterday afternoon two policemen were seen at the front of the
house with a police car parked in a vacant lot behind the home on
Hampshire Street.

Man in custody for
questioning in connection
with murder of businessman

times at Mr Carey before taking
FROM page.one the deposit bag the business-

man was carrying.

Monday after being shot down
as he was about to enter the
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional, Harrold Road branch.
According to police, a
masked gunman fired several

The gunman then fled the
scene in a white Maxima,
licence plate number 80654.

This latest murder is the
country’s only unsolved homi-
cide.

Robber shot after
high speed chase

FROM page one

lopment Construction Manager

she saw.

“I saw a young guy run from East Street and run through a
track road on the side of the $20 store shop. Isaw CID came out of
acar with a gun. He took the gun from his side and fired three shots
while running behind the man.”

The attempted escape ended when the man was shot in his right
leg. He was taken to hospital where his condition is not considered
life threatening.

Police said the child was unharmed and was reunited with its par-
ents.

The police retrieved an imitation firearm.

“This incident today shows the kind of support that the public has
given to the police and this is the kind of support that we are look-
ing forward to seeing from the public,” said Mr Evans.



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@ GONE but never forgotten — many students sat and thought about memories of their coach and
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@ CELEBRANTS at the memorial service for the late Keith Carey



@ KEITH Carey’s daughter Keishle and son of i SINGING for a lost hero who will live on in
his brother Bill Carey. the hearts of many students of St John’s

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Court of Appeal has

overturned a verdict that

ruled Family Guardian,

the BISX-listed life and

health insurer, did not
have to maintain net reserves of
$1.975 million against potential liabil-
ities arising from 8,564 cash value poli-
-cies it inherited from the Star Insur-
ance acquisition in 2001.

In overturning the verdict of
Supreme Court Justice John Lyons,
the Court of Appeal found in favour
of the Registrar of Insurance, who

was represented by the Attorney Gen-

eral’s Office.

PM threatens
to strip resort’s

Apart from finding that Family
Guardian did not have to maintain
the $1.975 million in reserves against
the cash value policies, Justice Lyons
had ordered that the company was
not required to maintain any reserves
for those Star Insurance policies that
had lapsed for non-payment of pre-
miums as at November 30, 2001 - the

datte the acquisition of Star Insurance ©

was completed.

However, Court of Appeal justices
Ganpatsingh, Osadebay and Longley
allowed the Registrar of Insurance’s
appeal.

But they substituted an order
declaring that Family Guardian was
“only required” to maintain reserves
against insurance policies for which

the cash surrender value exceeded the
accrued premium arrears on the poli-
cy, as this would give “rise to a poten-
tial liability to [Family Guardian]
under the policy of insurance”

In addition, the Court of Appeal

-also declared that where the insur-

ance policy carried a cash surrender
value, it could only be cancelled or
voided by a notice issued in compli-
ance with the Insurance Act’s Section
46, when the policy’s cash value was
exhausted.

Finally, the Court of Appeal
declared that upon a default of pre-
miums due, the insurer was to notify
the policyholder that “unless the net
cash value on the policy is claimed,
the policy will be kept alive by the

$1.8bn project to have
world’s largest runway

application of the cash surrender val-
ue towards payment of the premiums
with interest and any loan instalments
due and payable”

When the cash value of the policy
was exhausted, the Court of Appeal
said it would lapse and be'cancelled.

The Court of Appeal judgement
reveals for the first time the reasons
behind the dispute that arose between
Family Guardian and Star Insurance’s
principal shareholders upon the acqui-
sition’s completion.

Family Guardian withheld monies |

paid into an escrow account, and
reduced the number of shares that
were to be given to Star Insurance’s

principals shareholders, when the dis-
‘pute over “undisclosed liabilities” first

casino licence

. PRIME Minister Perry
Christie yesterday hinted that
the Government might strip
the Royal Oasis resort of its
casino licence. if its private

| equity owner failed to find a

| buyer forthe still-closed

property soon.

“The only commodity that

I have besides debt and what

| they owe the Government in

taxes is the casino licence,”
Mr Christie said.
. “And the casino license is a

|. value to that property. There-

fore, we have to truly and sin-
cerely begin the process of
discussion, close discussion
with Lehman Brothers, with a
view to seeing how they could
best maintain the option to
have that licence as apart of
what they are selling.”
Addressing the eighth
annual Grand Bahama Busi-
ness Outlook, Mr Christie
hinted that some progress in
resolving the future of the
Royal Oasis had been made,
as the insurance claim result-

| ing from Hurricane Frances

in September 2004 had been
settled.

Mr Christie said date had
been set for a meeting in Nas-

sau with Lehman Brothers’ :

private equity arm, the de

| facto.owner of the Royal

Oasis, for a meeting in the
near future.

' “T expect that meeting to
be a good meeting with good
results for Grand Bahama. I

3.5% GDP growth in 2006

@ PRIME MINISTER
PERRY CHRISTIE

know that they have made an
insurance settlement and that
therefore that is behind them,

the details of which I should

wait for the meeting to dis-
cuss further with them before
I speak to the Bahamian pub-
lic.on it,” Mr Christie said.
The Prime Minister alluded
to meetings held by Obie
Wilchcombe, the minister of
tourism, and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority’s co-
chairman and chief executive,
Julian Francis, with a poten-
tial purchaser they thought
would be good for Grand

SEE page 3B

may last for three years

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor



|

THE Bahamas’ real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is
“at the very least” expected to match last year’s 3.5 per cent

@ By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

MAYAGUANA Island Developers
(MID) plan to build the world’s longest
runway on that island as part of a $1.8 bil-
lion development project, Stephen Roy,
president of the Baston-based [-Group,
which is a 50/50 partner in the venture,
said yesterday.

The runway, which will be overhauled by
the I-Group, will be able to accommodate
all commercial jets, connecting Mayagua-
na directly with the rest of the world.

Mayaguana Island Developers, which is
jointly owned by the I-Group and the
Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas, aim
to complete the first phase in a two-year
period, which will include the rebuilding
and upgrading of the current airport.

Mr Roy said his company, which is fam-

ily-owned and has been involved in infra- ~

structural developments throughout the
US such as oil refineries, stell mills and
power plants, plans to build a runway
longer than 7,000 feet, larger than those at

airports in New York, London, Boston

and other major hubs.

Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday ©

said such a runway would connect the once
dormant island not just with Nassau but
with the entire world, through direct flights
to Mayaguana, the next Free Trade Zone
in the Bahamas. .

He said the new runway would be com
plemented with'improved terminal facil
ties and security features which meet Inter-
national Civil Aviation Organisation stan-

dards, and is capable of accommodating ;

international jet traffic.

“The Government agrees that the air-
port rebuilding and upgrading is vital to the
successful execution of the overall devel-
opment, as it will open up greater access
between Mayaguana and the rest of the
world," said Mr Christie.

"One can only imagine what the estab-
lishment of.a safe, secure, and easily acces-
sible airport will mean for the island, as

SEE page 5B

arose.

The dispute was resolved in 2003;
according to Family Guardian’s annu-
al report for that year, with the funds
held in escrow returned to it.

The Court of Appeal ruling
revealed that when the purchase was
completed, Star had on its books 8,564
cash value policies, which had cash
surrender values collectively totalling
$2.73 million.

The individual cash values for these
policies ranged from less than $1 to
$12,565, and in some cases were used
as security for interest bearing loans.
At the merger date, the collective val-

SEE page 6B

Warning
on ‘rapid
o.q oy FekyCOse
Ome Kool am

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE .Gentral-Bank ofthe Bahamas.



| yesterday sounded a warning note on

consumer spending and the “rapid
expansion of household debt” that
took place in 2005, with “growth in
consumer credit nearly doubled at 12
per cent” or $175 million.
Addressing the Grand Bahama

Business Outlook Conference, Wendy

Craigg said the “brisk” growth in con-
sumer spending during 2005 had
absorbed much of the excess liquidity
that had built up in the commercial

SEE page 6B



increase in 2006, the Central Bank Governor said yesterday, the
economy possibly sustaining this rate for the next three years.

Addressing the Grand Bahama Business Outlook Conference,
Wendy Craigg said the positive outlook for the Bahamian econ-
omy was based upon “favourable prospects” for the US economy
and tourism industry, plus high levels of foreign direct investment
into this nation and related construction activity. :

However, Mrs Craigg said risks for this optimistic outlook
came from the “wild card” of energy prices, which had the poten-
tial to cause inflation, impose pressure on the balance of payments,
and negatively impact consumer spending.

The impact rising oil prices had on the Bahamian economy in
2005 was shown by the 43.7 per cent jump in the cost of oil
imports for the year to $525 million, Mrs Craigg said.

Oil imports accounted for almost a quarter of the value of
domestic goods imports in 2005, compared to 19 per cent in 2004.

However, the “near doubling” in the current account deficit to
GDP ratio to 10 per cent was described by the Central Bank
governor as “not entirely worrisome”, as it partly reflected
increased demand associated with foreign investment projects
in this nation. :

She also sounded a warning for
the trade unions, adding that



SEE page 3B



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Mayaguana
developers to
contribute to
community

@ By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

A MAYAGUANA Com-
munity Fund with an annual

minimum contribution of

$500,000 will complement an
estimated $1.8 billion invest-
ment over the next two
decades by Mayaguana Island
Developers (MID), it was
announced yesterday during a
"landmark" Heads of Agree-
ment signing.

Fund

The fund represents a com-
mitment from the developers
to contribute to the island's
development and maintenance
in ways that would not earn
them profits, but that would be
in keeping with the plan to
make Mayaguana_ the
Bahamas' next Free Trade
Zone.

Prime Minister Perry

Christie, while announcing the
beginning of the 50/50 joint
venture between the Govern-
ment and a private investor -
the Hotel Corporation of the
Bahamas and the Boston-based
I Group - said the developers
would contribute financially to
a community fund in graduated
sums, leading up to a minimal
contribution of $500,000 annu-
ally.

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The fund will be used to
upgrade the educational,
health, security and other gov-
ernment services, as well as
public infrastructure facilities.

Mayaguana Island Develop-
ers (MID) has also undertaken

to be responsible for the main- .

tenance and upkeep of all pri-
vate and public roads and

_ bridges within the development

areas, said Mr Christie.
The joint venture company
may also be permitted to enter

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Government and public utility
corporations to construct, oper-
ate, and maintain utilities and,
in particular, the electrical sup-
ply, gas supply, telecommuni-
cations and sewerage disposal,
systems both within and out-
side the development area.

Community projects deserve
special attention, said Mr
Christie, "as-it demonstrates.
the commitment that. this
development will have to the.
successful integration’ ‘of local:
communities into the: Tespec-
tive projects".

"This integration of local
communities will be achieved
by ensuring there are improve-
ments to the quality of life for
Mayaguanians," he said.

Project

The initial project will
include:

_ * Necessary improvements
to the Mayaguana Health Clin-
ic .

* Construction of-a, science
laboratory at the Abraham's
Bay School

* Construction oF a lunch
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* Construction of Ba to
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island, and

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INGRAHAM

Tribune Siaff Reporter

BAHAMIANS may eventu-
ally have the opportunity to
become direct shareholders in
the $1.8 billion investment pro-
ject for Mayaguana, Prime
Minister Perry Christie
announced yesterday.

Until this happens, the joint
venture and its profits will be
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FROM page 1B

Bahama.

He added that the unnamed
group had given some indica-
tions of its interest in not just
taking over Royal Oasis, but
making a major contribution
to the facilities that comple-
ment the Royal Oasis, such as
the International Bazaar.

Mz Christie said the group
had somewhat of an economic
relationship with Freeport, and
therefore a history the Grand
Bahama Port Authority felt
was sufficient enough for them
to put some support behind.

The Prime Minister is likely
to be referring to Harcourt
Developments, the Irish prop-
erty development company.
The firm had previously
expressed interest in the Royal
Oasis, but was put off after
Lehman Brothers refused to
extend its due diligence peri-
od beyond 30 days.

Other groups looking at the
Royal Oasis are understood to
be based in London, Canada,
the US and Latin America.
However, The Tribune under-
stands that no Letter of Intent
for the resort’s purchase has
been signed.

The Prime Minister’s casino
licence threat, which has been
made before, is the latest
attempt to pressure Lehman
Brothers’ private equity arm,
the de facto owner of the Roy-
al Oasis as a result of the mort-
gage it holds over the property.

The mortgage is collateral
for the $25 million advanced
to Driftwood (Freeport) to
enable the latter to acquire the
Royal Oasis, and Lehman
invested $70 million on upgrad-
ing the property before it
closed.

The private equity firm has
also positioned itself as pre-
ferred creditor as a result of
the mortgage debenture it
holds, and holds a substantial
stake in the Royal Oasis oper-

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ator, Driftwood.

The two hotel pension funds
have executed a Supreme
Court judgement against the
Royal Oasis, meaning that the
contributions owed to both
funds must be paid off in full in
the event.the resort is sold.

In addition, Grand Bahama
Power Company - owed some
$500,000 by the Royal Oasis -
issued a Sfatutory Demand for
payment on the five holding

- companies for the Royal Oasis,

giving the resort 21 days to pay
up or its attorneys would peti-
tion the Supreme Court to
appoint a liquidator/receiver
for the hotel.

The insurance settlement,
though, is likely to be seen as
overcoming a major obstacle
to the resort’s sale. It is likely to
reduce the price Lehman
Brothers is seeking, taking it
to a more realistic level that
will interest buyers. |

The price being sought is
understood to be around $45
million, but buyers will be cau-
tious due to the Royal Oasis’s
troubled history and fact that
the property is not located next
to the beach.

Mr Christie yesterday said
he was aware that Lehman
Brothers had several groups
who were within the price

range they desire for the prop-'

erty, “and I do know that they
have represented that at least
one of those groups, they were

‘about to enter into a purchase

agreement with.

“I do know that further rep-
resentation has been made to
them, with respect to the
Grand Bahamian interest, is
having the right purchaser, and
not just a purchaser.

“In a sentence, although I
am very encouraged by the
prospect of there being suc-
cessful meetings a short time

from now, I leave you with the .

view that this must be a lesson

for the country and a lesson for

Grand Bahama.”

3.5% GDP growth
in 2006 may last
for three years

FROM page 1B

wage settlements had to be
“sustainable” and “not lead to
an erosion in our external com-
petitiveness”.

Mrs Craigg said the economy
had to grow at a rate that was
fast enough to support an ever-
increasing labour force if a dent
was to be made in unemploy-
ment, as “close to 2,400 new
entrants” entered the work-
force every year.

The Department of Statistics
had measured the size of the
Bahamian labour force as
being 178,705 as at May 2005,
and Mrs Craigg acknowledged
that the Royal Oasis closure
and effects of three hurricanes
had cost 3,000 jobs on Grand
Bahama since late 2004.

. Mrs Craigg said: “Medium-
term economic prospects are
quite positive, but the challenge
comes in how to sustain the
momentum, broaden activity
throughout our islands and

generally enhance our com-
petitiveness.

“No doubt investments in
education and training, improv-

-ing the medium-term sustain-

ability of the fiscal situation,
finding ways of securing greater
efficiency through the use of
technology, upgrading our
physical infrastructure - are
some of the areas we must
focus on to bring about the
desired objective.”

Treading carefully on to the
Government’s territory, Mrs
Craigg warned that “reducing
fiscal imbalances must remain a
priority” to ensure the Gov-
ernment had room to manoeu-
vre and that the economic envi-
ronment remained stable.

The direct charge on gov-
ernment, the largest portion of
the Bahamian national debt,
rose by 6.5 per cent in 2005 to
$2.235 billion, equivalent to 37
per cent of GDP.

Mrs Craigg said the Bahami-
an economy needed to grow
faster than debt accumulation.

Developers Ltd (MID) - the I-
Group owned company set up
to manage and oversee the

‘development - would create a

15-year plan for the develop-
ment of the nation's second
free trade zone.

Provision

Provision has also been
made for the Hotel Corpora-
tion to execute the right of first
refusal in the event the I-
Group decides to sell its stake
in the project. The Hotel Cor-
poration and J-Group are to
be issued 1,000 shares in MID,
and no further shares shall be
issued without the approval of
both shareholders.

The Government is expected
to receive a $2 million payment
from the I-Group today, and

within 60 days, MID will

receive the first tranche of

- 5,825 acres of Crown Land for

the development. A land use
policy for Mayaguana is cur-
rently being developed.

MID will also pay the Hotel |

Corporation 10 per cent of the
gross sales proceeds received
from the sale of all residential
lots in the development area,
and 5 per cent of the gross
sales proceeds received for the
sale of all commercial lots in
the development area.

The I-Group will provide the
entire capital to bring about
the completion of the initial
project or first phase.

It will also spearhead the
financing related to other pro-
ject phases. Projects will be
financed to the greatest extent
possible by third party financ-
ing, approved by the Hotel
Corporation.

Corporation

The Hotel Corporation shall
not be required to contribute
any additional capital to MID,
nor fund any losses that might
be incurred by MID.

The Hotel Corporation has
agreed to assist in attracting a

hotel operator and a cruise
ship operator, and to assist the
marketing efforts of MID.

Land

In addition to the acquisi-
tion of land, the Government
has agreed to grant the
Mayaguana developers and its
licensees, in respect of the
development, concessions and
exemptions for a period of 20
years under the Bahamas
Investments and Incentives
Act; the Family Island Eco-
nomic Enterprise Zone Act;
the Hotels Encouragement
Act; and the Industrial Encour-
agement Act, with respect to
custom duties, stamp tax, real
property tax, and others.

The Government also has
the right to reduce the conces-
sions and exemptions granted
to Mayaguana Island Devel-
opers in certain circumstances
of non-completion of the
development obligations.

The transfer of the second



tranche of 2,087 acres to MID
will take place following veri-
fication that substantial com-
pletion of the airport project
has occurred, and that the air-
port is open and operational.

The third tranche of 2,087
acres to MID will take place
following verification of the
substantial completion of the
initial project.

Project

Beyond the initial two-year
first phase project, the follow-
ing further developments are
contemplated:

* Two 200-room hotels

* 2,194 residential; sites

* Two golf courses

* Equestrian ranch facility

* A wellness centre and edu-
cational institutions

* Commercial centres

* Village squares

* A marina city and expand-
ed marina of 200 slips

* Luxury villas

* A 500-acre industrial park

Message of the Secretary-General

International Women's Day
8 March 2006

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day -- the role of women in decision-making -- is central to the advancement
of women around the world, and to the progress of humankind as a whole. As the Beijing Declaration tells us, “women's
empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society, including participation in the decision- -
making process and access to power, are fundamental for the achievement of equality, development and peace.”

The international community is finally beginning to understand a fundamental principle: women are every bit as affected as
any man by the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century -- in economic and social development, as well as in peace
and security. Often, they are more affected. It is, therefore, right and indeed necessary that women should be engaged in
the decision-making processes in all areas, with equal strength and in equal numbers.

The world is also starting to grasp that there is no policy more effective in promoting development, health and education than
the empowerment of women and girls. And | would venture that no Polley is more important in preventing conflict, or in
achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended. ;

We do have achievements to celebrate in women’s representation around the world. In January of this year; the proportion
of women in national parliaments reached a new global high. There are now 11 women Heads of State or Government, in
countries on every continent. And three countries:— Chile, Spain and Sweden — now have gender parity in Government.

But we have far, far more to do. The rate of progress overall is slow. Let us remember that in individual countries, the increase

§ in the number of women in decision-making has not happened by itself. Rather, it is often the result of institutional and electoral

_ initiatives,.such as the adoption of goals and quotas, political party commitment and sustained mobilization. It is also the
result of targeted and concerted measures to improve the balance between life and work. Those are lessons every nation -- .
and the United Nations -- need to take very seriously.

At the 2005 World Summit; world leaders declared that “progress for women is progress for all”. On this International Women’s
Day, let us rededicate ourselves to demonstrating the truth behind those words. Let us ensure that half the world’s population
takes up its rightful place in the world’s decision-making.

The Honourable Melanie s. Griffin, M.P.

Minister of Social Services and Community Development

The Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, MP

Today, countries worldwide join the United Nations in celebrating International Women’s Day, a day which has’
been set aside-to recognize the achievements of women without regard to divisions. It is an occasion for looking
back on past struggles and accomplishments and looking forward to the untapped potential and opportunities
that await future generations of women.

This year’s theme: “Women in Decision Making: Meeting Challenges, Creating Changes,” is quite opportune, as
globally societies are evolving and The Bahamas is no exception.

The inter-Parliamentary Union in its World Publication of Women in Parliament recorded Rawanda as the leading
country in this area with 48.8% of its women elected to parliament. Up to January 2005, The Bahamas was ranked
49th in this publication.
Unlike many of the other leading countries, The Bahamas has chosen not to implement a system that mandates
the percentile of women in Parliament. Nevertheless, our women comprise twenty percent of the Parliament,
twenty-five percent of the Cabinet and thirty-three percent of the Senate. We are proud of our women and celebrate
their representation through the various sectors of the community.

To continue our successes, it is essential that our young girls be able to identify strong, dynamic, Bahamian
women, who they can gladly embrace as their mentors.

| am sure that there are challenges, but more of our women must be prepared to equip themselves and step
forward to accept leadership roles. We must have a vibrant voice in the decision making process.

Let us remember that with every challenge comes the opportunity for creativity. Creativity, which when harnessed,
can result in positive change; not only for us as women, but for the country as a whole.

On this occasion, let us all reflect upon how each of us can be used as a catalyst for positive change.





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THE TRIBUNE



Immediate positions available

Kingsway Academy

KING'S WAY

SYSTEMS MANAGER

Kingsway Academy is seeking the services of a
competent Systems Manager to oversee and
manage the School Network and the Students
Information System:

Qualifications:

¢ Possess a degree in Computer studies
and the relevant areas

e Have a strong background in computers
and operating systems

* Good verbal and written communication
skills

¢ Demonstrate initiative and good work
ethics

¢ Honest and reliable

e Amiable and resourceful, etc.

@ By ANDREA FANTA
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
(AP) — Four hurricanes in
each of the last two years
haven’t dampened Florida’s
allure, tourism officials said
Monday as they announced
the state set yet another
record for visitors in 2005.

Preliminary figures show
that 85.8 million people,
equivalent to the population
of Germany, visited Florida
from January through Decem-
ber last year. That’s 6 million
more than in 2004, or a 7.6
percent increase, said Bud
Nocera, president of Visit
Florida.

The public-private organi-
zation was created in 1996 by
the Legislature to promote
tourism and travel. It receives
some state money.

“Florida is amazingly
resilient compared to other
destinations. There is no state,
and possibly no country; that
is better equipped to deal with
these storms,” Nocera said.

Information Technology/Economics Teacher
Security Guard with Maintenance Skills
All applicants MUST be born again Christians.

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

Ms Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business Office
Bernard Road

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 10,
2006.



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? 30 FEN
%

PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
VACANCY

REGISTRAR IN PSYCHIATRY
SANDILANDS REHABILITATION CENTRE

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Registrar
in Psychiatry, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public Hospitals Authority.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-



Basic medical degree. from a recognized medical. institution;. registration-with.t the.-|-fle

Bahamas Medical Council and three (3) years. post registration experience:
The successful applicant will be expected to have completed part one (1) of the
Membership Examinations for the Royal College of Psychiatrists or ‘part 1 of the
Doctor of medicine (UW]) or other equivalent credentials.
The Registrar will report to the Senior Registrar and Consultant in charge of the
firm. The Registrar supervises Senior House Officer(s) and House Officer(s) attached
to the firm. :

Duties:

1. Applicants should be capable of communicating without difficulty in speech
or writing in the English Language.

. The Registrar will be expected to be prepared to work in a busy hospital °
setting with a wide mix of patients and should be competent in the management
of common psychiatric problems in young adults, adults and geriatric
population.

. The Registrar will be expected to provide care for in-patients and out-patients
under the supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist and as part of a multi-
disciplinary team.

. The Registrar is expected to actively participate in the Continuing Medical
Education and teaching programmes of the hospital and Public Hospitals
Authority.

Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 17th March, 2006 to the Director Human
Resources (Acting), Public Hospitals Authority P.O. Box N-8200, or Ist Floor’
Corporate Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. Serving officers must apply
through their Head of Department.

Pricing Information As Of:
07 March 2006



Colina

Financial Advisors Lid.



Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate

Weekly Vol EPS $

12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

28.00 ABDAB
13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
0:35 RND Holdings .

1.275626*
2.6262 ***

Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund

110.8590
42.3241

10.0000
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— ) FIDELITY



“Florida is amazingly resilient —
compared to other destinations.
There is no state, and possibly no

; country, that is better equipped to
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“We’re very confident that
even if we have (another)
storm, we'll be fine.”

Banu Gokalp, a Turkish
tourist who spent part of Mon-
day in Miami’s South Beach,
said she canceled her first trip
to Florida after Hurricane
Wilma struck in October.

But other visitors said they
never hesitated.

“We scheduled our vaca-
tion, and we were going to
come no matter what,” said
Roger Goldfuss, a visitor from
Bolivia also vacationing in
Miami.

Hoteliers have different
opinions on Visit Florida’s
numbers.

If more tourists really visit-
ed Florida last year, Harris
Rosen, president of Rosen
Hotels, didn’t see any of them.

“Not only have we not seen
them, we’ve seen significantly
less,” Rosen said, whose com-
pany owns’six hotels in Orlan-
do. “For someone who is here
on the front lines - and I’ve
been managing hotels for 33
years, we have never seen

occupancies as low as they are .

now.’

Rosen na tourists are find-
ing other popular destinations,
while Florida..spends: too_lit-;

tle promoting itself as a vaca-
.tion spot.
Stuart Blumberg, president

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



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— Bud Nocera

of Greater Miami & The
Beaches Hotel Association,
shared a different story.

“Last year was huge, this
year is better,” Blumberg said,
whose group ends its year
Sept. 30.“We had the best
summer.we ever had before.”

Tourism also increased in
2004, another four-hurricane
year, by about 5 million visi-
tors, or 7 percent, according
to final statistics.

Businesses in hurricane-
affected areas quickened
tourism’s bounce-back by
reopening within days of being
hit, and Florida sent.a strong
message to travelers that it
was still “open for business,”
Nocera said. Tourism employs
nearly 1 million Floridians.

Florida was struck last year
by Hurricanes Dennis, Katri-
na, Rita and Wilma.

The visitor count includes

evacuees from other coastal .

states who sought refuge in

Florida when Rita and Katrina .

went on to hit other parts of
,, -tions to build a nearly $80 mil-.,

the Gulf Coast.

Though -he: didn’t have ‘ans
exact number, Nocera-said
evacuees. account for a:small »..

percentage of Florida’s visi-

_. tors. The number does not
.. include Floridians-who sought):::

temporary ‘hotel. lodging dur-
ing the storms. .
Manager Sue Hall at the Inn

““6n Destin Harbor in the Pan-

handle spent the two months



Florida visitors rise
7.6% during 2005

following Hurricane Katrina
turning away her yearly visi-
tors to house storm evacuees,
she said.

“People were coming with
their entire families and pets,”
she said. And this month’s
numbers are down from last
February, when contractors
rebuilding after Hurricane
Ivan lived at the hotel.

American tourists counted:
for 79 million of Florida’s vis-
itors, while international trav-
elers numbered 6.8 million. - -
nearly 2 million of those.
tourists came from Canada.
Air travel to Florida went up
by nearly 8 percent over 2004.

Florida’s most popular spots
were its beaches, as well as
tourist attractions found along
the state’s central corridor,
Nocera said.

“More and more, people
are also discovering the down-
towns of small-town Florida,”
he said. “A lot of tourists are
getting off the beaten path and
seeing Florida the way Florid-
ians see Florida.”

Travelers are also. becom-
ing more attracted to Flori-
da’s natural spaces and his-
toric sites, he said.

Gov. Teb Bush has asked
the Legislature to budget.

- $24.7 million for Visit Florida...

for the budget year beginning, i
July 1, the same amount as it
now gets. The agency.will
combine private sector dona-,

lion budget for advertising,,

.,promotion.and welcome.cen-

ters.. This, year, the. group.
intends to target travelers who
plan and book their vacations. .
online, as. well.as emerging:
foreign markets. A tourism
delegation will travel to China
in April to meet government
and industry leaders at a trade
show there.

MINISTRY OF ENERGY &
THE ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES |

NOTICE

INVITATION FOR TENDERS FOR
THE SUPPLY OF VEHICLES

Packer Trucks

Flat Bed Trucks

All Terraine Vehicle
Pannel Van Pick-up Truck
Single Cab Truck

Cars
Mini Bus

The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders for
the above vehicles for the Department of Environmental
Health Services. Specification for these vehicles may be

obtained from:

The Department of Environmental Health Services
Farrington Road
P.O. Box SS-19048
Nassau, N.P.

The Bahamas

Telephone numbers: 322-8037/322-8048
Facsimile numbers: 322-8118/322-8120

Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday -

Friday

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope(s) marked
“Tender for The Supply of Vehicles to the Department of
Environmental Health Services” and sent to:-

The Tenders Board

c/o The Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance & Planning

P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

No later than 27th March, 2006.

All tenders must be submitted in triplicate.

The Government reserves the right to reject any or all

tenders.





THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2006, PAGE 5B





Hurricane insurance
rates must increase

@ By BILL KACZOR
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
— Governor Jeb Bush won’t
be offering any additional solu-
tions to Florida’s hurricane
insurance woes during his State
of the State message next
week, but he said Friday that
one thing’s clear: rates must go
up.

Bush said he would follow
advice from Senate President
Tom Lee, R-Valrico, who
asked him to work with com-
mittees on proposals being
developed in the two legisla-
tive chambers instead of offer-

complexity “working together
was the way to go, and I
agreed,” Bush said.

The governor, who cannot
seek re-election this year due to
term limits, is scheduled to out-
line his legislative proposals in
his last State of the State
address Tuesday. That’s when
the Legislature begins its annu-
al 60-day regular session.

Bush said he also has offered
to be the “bad guy” on the
insurance rate issue.

“You can’t sugarcoat this,”
Bush said. “The price of insur-
ance is going to have to go up,
plain and simple. When you
have losses that far exceed the
amount of premium dollars

business model.”

Residential property insur-
ers have been hit by losses of
more than $24 billion from

‘eight hurricanes that affected

Florida in the last two years.
Citizens Property Insurance
Co., created by the state to pro-
vide coverage to people who
cannot get private insurance,
already has assessed all Florida
homeowners, regardless of
their insurance companies, for
$515.5 million in 2004 losses.
Another Citizens assessment is
expected to cover a $1.4 billion
deficit from last year’s storms.
House Republicans last
month released a proposal that
would let private insurance

ing his own plan.
Lee suggested that because
of the insurance problem’s

$1.8bn project to have world’s largest runway

FROM page 1B

well as for Inagua, Crooked Island and Acklins
Islands, Long Cay, the Ragged Islands and oth-
er inhabited areas in this region of the country.

"The airport is expected to bring great leaps
forward in terms of tourism, trade, entrepre-
neurial activities, and health care.'

Among the plans for the airport are air cargo
facilities, an area that is labour intensive and
seen as providing mass employment for Bahami-
ans, and the provision of services to the general
aviation/corporate jet market. The latter is seen
as lucrative given the expansion of fractional
ownership for corporate and personal aircraft,
increasing aircraft ownership throughout the
world. -

The Prime Minister also announced that, even-
tually, the'developers will be looking at liaising
with a cruise ship of upscale standards that would
bring tourists to the island.

The first phase project will also include the cre-
ation of a 25-unit upscale boutique resort at
North Beach, including luxury hotel accommo-
dations, eco-sensitive resort amenities, a 100 lot
residential community, utility services and road-
ways.

Oakes Field Campus
March 17-18, 2006

Friday, March 17 __
4:00-9:00

9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
NOs continued :

6:00 p.m.
Concert of Parcipting Bands at the COB
Band Shell

Eligibility. iS

The Band Festival is open: to all communi
musicians who have played band i ins

jor one yearormore,

Workshop programme : 8
The Band Festival will cover aspects of =
‘instrumental playing, performance and >
ensemble skills. Musicians will be divided.
into two bands, beginning/intermediate and
advanced, according to skill level. Masterclass
topics include range, power, musical styles
(jazz, classical, etc.) jazz improvisation,
erbouchure, breathing-and overall sound —
production.

Guest Musiciane/Facilitaters
Trumpeter, Keith Fiala, (formerly of the.
Maynard Ferguson Band-rated among the
top ten trumpeters in the world)

Adam Cartwright, conductor, clinician
and low brass specialist

Andrew Peschka, recording artist,
conductor, adjudicator and woodwind
specialist

Chris Justilien, trombonist, percussionist,
composer, arranger

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companies raise average pre-
miums by up to 25 percent

The developers, in a show of good faith, had
been working on Mayaguana for one year, doing
preparatory work before yesterday's Head of

‘Agreement signing at the Cabinet office.

The development will also include features
such as hiking trails, sauna and spa, small clinic,
golf putting green and driving range.

It is also proposed, with the approval of the
environmental authorities and relevant govern-
ment agencies, to revitalise a dormant ecosystem
in the Flamingo Pond vicinity.

Phase one will also include the layout and cre-
ation of a development project, located between
the settlements of Pirate's Well and Betsy Bay.

The 50/50 joint venture, which has the Hotel
Corporation as joint venture partner, from the
Government’s point of view is an attempt to
repeat the achievements of Freeport on Grand
Bahama, while ensuring that 50 per cent of the
profits remain in government hands, rather than
going solely to the private sector.

Dr Baltron Bethel, the Hotel Corporation’s
managing director, described the project as “a
win-win plan” for Mayaguana and the Bahamas.

The project took two years to negotiate, using
the services of Bahamian attorneys Graham,
Thompson & Co and a Toronto-based joint ven-
ture specialist. ,

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without regulatory approval.
They also want to reduce Citi-
zens’ risk exposure by pro-
hibiting it from insuring homes
valued at $1 niillion or more.

The company also would be
barred from assessing the
state’s homeowners for losses
to vacation homes and rental
properties. Other provisions
would tighten building codes
and help people shore up older
homes to better withstand
storms.

LEGAL NOTICE
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

BROADBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL 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),
BROADBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, is in
Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 14th day of
February, 2006.

Legis (MRL) Limited,
of 1 Le Marchant Street,
St PeterPort,
Guernsey GY1 4HP
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT

EXTERNAL AUDIT

The Education Loan Authority is seeking to contract an accounting firm to eonaug
its annual audit for the fiscal: years 2006-2008.

The Education Loan Authority is a quas government corporation established
under the Education Loan Authority Act, 2002, charged with the responsibility

_ of raising money for the Education Loan Guarantee Scheme established under
the Educational Guarantee Fund Act, 2001. The Education Loan Authority is also
designated as an approved lender and is responsible for the issuance, monitoring
and collection of student loans.

For additional information please contact the
Chief Administrative Officer at 323-6322/25/37.

Deadline for application is March 31st 2006

~ FIRSTCARIB



INTERNATIONAL BANK

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

for

INTERNATIONAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
BAHAMAS and TURKS & CAICOS, NASSAU

Job Profile

* Conduct initial strategic review for the Nassau International Banking Centre (IBC)
and be accountable for implementation of agreed strategy
Lead development of the bank’s international wealth management offering in Bahamas
and Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), including transformation of existing international
business by migrating it towards a broader international wealth management offering

and business model

Grow international mortgage business through deployment of discipline sales

management

Ensure that client service meets highest standards by motivating and developing a

team of 25

Responsible for management and growth of all segments of International offering,
overall running of the IBC and serving as member of the bank’s International

Management Team

Qualfications:

At least 7 years of proven experience in the wealth management sector
In-depth experience in International Banking, preferably from more than one offshore

jurisdiction

Knowledge of corporate sector (captives, fund managers, trusts and trading companies)
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Superior ability to influence, lead and motivate teams

Extensive knowledge of offshore products and services

Clear understanding of operational and lending processes

Strategy development and implementation

Experience in development and delivery of wealth management offering

Firm grap of KYC, AML and state-of-the-art risk and control management in banking

_ If you are interested:

Submit your resume private & confidential in WRITING ONLY before March 13th,

2006 to:

Jamise Sturrup

Human Resources Assistant
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P.O.Box N 7125
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Appeal over Family C
$1.975m Star reserves allowed

FROM page 1B

ue of those loans was $935,545.

Policyholders had exercised
none of the options available
to them, but following the
merger, the Registrar of Insur-
ance had required Family
Guardian to maintain net
reserves of $1.975 million to
meet the potential assured lia-
bility arising under the cash val-
ue policies.

The judgement recorded:
“This stipulation has resulted
in Family Guardian withhold-
ing payment of a part of the
merger price from the former
principal shareholders of Star,

pursuant to a claim to an
indemnity arising under the
merger agreement.”

As a result, Family Guardian
filed an originating summons
with the Supreme Court on
December 30, 2003, seeking
two reliefs against the Regis-
trar of Insurance.

These were a declaration ©

that it was not required to
maintain reserves against poli-
cies that were issued. by Star
Insurance, which had lapsed
for non-payment of premiums
or, alternatively, that it did not
have to maintain reserves

against Star-issued policies

where the insured ‘had ceased

payment of premiums for more

, BE :

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT ALL THAT tract of. land containing
by admeasurements a total area of Five hundred and Fifty-five and Seventy-
three hundredths (555.73) acres being land originally granted to James .
Menzies and a portion of land originally granted to Thomas Atwood situate
near the Northwestem end of the Island of Crooked Island one of the Islands
in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said tract of land is bounded
NORTHWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by Crown Land partly by Great
Brine Pond and partly by land originally granted to Joseph Hunter and
running thereon a total of Four thousand Four hundred and four and Ninety-
five hundredths (4,404.95) feet EASTWARDLY partly by land claimed by
The Estate of George Lloyd partly by land the property of Arnold Ferguson
and partly by land the property of Tartan Limited and running thereon a
total of Four thousand Six hundred and Twenty. and Sixty-one hundredths
(4,620.61) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land originally granted to Thomas

_ Atwood also known as Williams Hope and running thereon a total of Four
thousand Five hundred. and Four and Ninety hundredths (4,504.90) feet .
WESTWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by. Crown Land and partly by
Great Brine Pond and running thereon a total of Six thousand three hundred
and Eleven and, Sixty-one hundredths (6,311.61) feet which said tract-of
land is more particularly delineated and shown on a plan recorded in:the |
Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan No. 71 of Crooked Island filed
herein and is thereon shown coloured PINK save and except all existing
road reservations and a parcel of land containing a total of Fifteen and
Ninety-six hundredths (15.96) acres owned by the decedents of Joseph |
Napoleon Scavella also described and delineated on the Plan filed herein
and is thereon shown coloured BROWN.

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Hatman. Scavella

NOTICE
‘AMENDED NOTICE.
The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Hartman Scavella of the Island of New Providence one ‘|

of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:-
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT ALL THAT tract of land containing

by admeasurements a total area of Five hundred and Fifty- five and Seventy- |

three hundredths (555.73) acres being land originally granted to James .
Menzies and a portion of land originally granted to Thomas Atwood situate

near the Northwestem end of the Island of Crooked Island one of the Islands “] e

in the commonwealth of The Bahamas which said tract of land is bounded -
NORTHWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by Crown Land partly by Great:
Brine Pond and partly by land originally granted to Joseph Hunter and
running thereon a total of Four thousand Four hundred and Four aad Ninety-
five hundredths (4,404.95) feet EASTWARDLY partly by land claimed by |}
The Estate of George Lloyd partly by land the property of Arnold Ferguson

and partly by land the property of Tartan-Limited and running thereon‘a’

total of Four thousand Six hundred and Twenty and Sixty-one hundredths. -}

(4,620.61) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land originally granted to" Thomas |

Atwood also known as Williams Hope and running thereon a total of Four
thousand Five hundred and Four and Ninety hundredths (4,504.90) feet
- WESTWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by. Crown: Land and partly by

Great Brine Pond and running thereon 4 total of Six thousand Three hundred 4

and Eleven and Sixty-one hundiedths (6,311.61) feet which said tract of -
land is more particularly delineated and shown on a plan recorded in the
Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan No..71 of Crooked Island filed
herein and is thereon shown coloured-PINK save and except all existing :
road reservations and a parcel of land containing a total of Fifteen anid
Ninety-six hundredth (15.96) acres owned by the decedents of Joseph
Napoleon Scavella also described arid delineated on the Plan filed herein
and is thereon shown coloured BROWN.

Hartman Scavella claims to be the owner of the fee siniplé estate
in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free from
incumbrances.

AND the Petitioner has made application for the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said tracts of land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title
to be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons having Dower -
or a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
petition shall on or before the 12th day of May A.D., 2006 file in the Supreme
court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim -
in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure «
of any such person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or before
the 12th day of May 2006 will operate as a bar to such-claim..

Copies of the Field Plan may be inspected at:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court; and :
2. The Chambers of Graham, Thompson & Co. attomeys for the
Petitioner, Sassoon House, Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas; and
3. The office of the Administrator at Colonel Hill, Crooked Island,
Bahamas.

Dated the 6th day of March A.D., 2006

GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.,
Chambers,
Sassoon House,

Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attomeys for the Petitioner
TRH



than six years.

Justice Lyons ruled that since
premium payments had ceased,
Family Guardian’s exposure
had also ended, while “no equi-
ty had been created by the pay-
ment of money under the con-
tract”. ‘ y

However, the Repistear: of
Insurance argued in the appeal
that Justice Lyons “erred when
he ruled that section 46 of the
Insurance Act had no applica-
tion to the matter at hand”. ©

Section 46 said no Bahamian
insurance policy could be can-

celled except under the provi- ©
. sions of the Act. The Act said a

life insurance policy could be

cancelled by an insurer for non- -

payment of premiums, but only
after the policyholder had been
notified in writing of the

default and intention to can- -

cel: *,
Policies could only be can-

celled after 28 days since. the.
_ premium became due, and

required the mutual consent of
both the carrier and policy-
holder.

Family Guardian argued that

the Star Insurance policies had
lapsed on non-payment of pre-
mium or before the grace peri-

od had expired.

The Court of Appeal ruled:

“The failure by the insured to



invoke the option in the ssalie
cies with a cash value, they fur-
ther contended, resulted in an
automatic forfeiture of the poli-
cies and its cash value.

“In the result, there could be
no obligation to maintain a
reserve to meet any potential
liability, as there was none.’

The Court of Appeal said it’

could not agree with Family

Guardian’s arguments, as they
. were “wholly inconsistent”.
with the “seeming intent” of

the Insurance Act.
“The fact that Parliament has

vision in these cases, we do not
agree with the respondent’s
submission that the liability
dependent on the continuance
of the payment of premium
was extinguished,” the Court
of Appeal found.

“This would mean that the
policy is to be treated as null
and void and therefore forfeit-
ed. Having regard to the
requirements [of the Act], the
preferred view is that a policy
with a cash surrender value
enjoys an extended life. until it

is cancelled in accordance [with

provided for cancellation of a.»

policy in a certain way would

suggest that there could beno
prior automatic forfeiture of .

the policy based on non-pay-

ment of a premium,” the Court —

of Appeal said.

“The provision, in our view, :
has the effect of extending the”.
life of a policy with a cash val- °
ue atleast, until such time as’

the insured is notified.of the

insurers’ intention to cancel it.”

As for the question over a
lapse and forfeiture of a policy
with cash value, the Court of
Appeal said life insurance poli-

cies did not lapse as long as the.
cash value exceeds the premi-.”

um and interest in arrears.
“Though there was no:such

automatic premium loan-pro- |.

To Our Valuable Customer’: |

BT OKOMe UT TONRUIN mT

Please be advised that Cambridge Law Chambers has
moved and will now be operating at the following ad address:-

CAMBRIDGE LAW CHAMBERS
C/O ARTHUR D. HANNA & £05
Chambers
Deveaux Street
Nagsau, Bahamas

Further we wish to advise YOU that our e-mail address. ey
and telephone nugabets will remain the same.







uardian’s

the Act].”

The policyholder had the
right to claim the net value of
the cash value policy after off-
setting any overdue premiums,
plus interest and loans.

The Attorney General’s
Office represented the Regis-
trar of Insurance, while Oliver
Liddell and Margaret Gon-
salves-Sabola at McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes Eee
ed Family Guardian.

It is understood that an
appeal to the Privy Conndil
may) be forthcoming.

: _ alent to 99 per cent of base money.”

eo ee investment projects ‘could:“reach:-in excess of one”

se of Bahamian GDP.

ed ao rat cropping by 0.57 per cent. ©

: NOTICE i is foray given that HERMAN CADET OF SHERWOOD
. DRIVE MIDSHIPMENT, FREEPORT. GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, | °

The ‘\tajestad 1” has an open deck Defender Hull of. fiberglass

construction with a 2nd deck affixed to accommodate passengers,
which also houses the pilot arrangements. Hull is in excellent
- condition and all equipment orboatad is in good worang peaiton:




oe for tegistration/naturalization as.a citizen of The Bahamas, and that

AB -should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement




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Phone: 1-242-393-2526 or 1-242-394-7670
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: oy P.0.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

| and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Panemee:

-| to the Minister responsible for Nationality. and‘ Citizenshipy

Tn merci of debt’

banking system prior, to the |

August 2004 removal of |

credit restrictions. ..

_* Last year, the growth in consumer credit included débt |
“consolidation, some 37 per cent of the increase, some $24.5 '
‘million worth of land acquisitions and $22 million in-credit |
‘card debt. Be Ree he
. “For the Central Bank, this rapid expansion‘in household |

_ debt quite naturally raises the question about the potential

financial stress in this sector, and implications for sustain-

ability and banking sector stability,” Mrs Craigg said.
However, she added that the latest Central Bank review.
had shown that banking sector indicators were ~felatively sta.

. ble”.

“Asset quality measures currently do not show any imme-

» diate concern; non-performing loans at $200: millionas.a

_ proportion:of $4. 6 billion in total loans stand ‘at a manageable.

4.5 per cent, and is being monitored closely’ by the: Central

- Bank, ” Mrs Craigg said.

’ Residential mortgages grew by $274 million or 16: per cent

-in 2005 to almost $2 billion, the Governor said, as consumers.

exploited average interest rates of 8.4 per cent’and the

improved economy to build new homes, renovate existing ©

ones and tap into home equity to finance other spending. :
Out of the $289 million in new mortgage commitments.

for 2005, some 67 per cent of that went on new building,.26

‘per cent on existing decline, and 7, ‘per cent. was for Fehabs

. and additions.

Mrs Craigg said 2005 saw “renewed: strength” in dante:

- spending by businesses;‘with’commerci: dit extended
" Jast year totalling: almost $170 m lion.
Banking sector liquidity was "reduced
- $192 million at 2005: year-end, ‘while the external reserves fell
~-by $89 million during the year to $579 million - a-sum selena





























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: Mrs Craigg said direct payments to Bahamians involved | in,

~ quarter of the project’s value” , these projects helping to cre- :
vate a“construction boom”.

“Economic growth was being driven by foreign investment
in tourism infrastructure, timeshares and second homes, with °
/ net private capital inflows last year acepunting f for 7.5 per cent |



.. Mrs Craigg predicted that these inflows might increase to! |
the peak 20 per cent of GDP levels achieved in 1998. ;
~The interest rate spread in the commercial banking system :

“fell by.0.33 per cent to 7.14 per cent in 2005, with average loan |

rates falling by.0.9 per cent to 10.35 per.cent, and the welt

“NOTICE













‘is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship;
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization

of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 8TH day of MARCH,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship;











“NOTICE is hereby given that FIONA MARY McLEAN
‘MACDONALD EDWARDS, OF FIRE TRAIL ROAD, EAST, APT.
| No: -1, 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 1ST
day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality










NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAUDE PIERRE LOUIS OF
McCOLLOUGH CORNER, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying

for registration/naturalization as a citizen of Thé*Bahamas.

and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
| and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 8TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
: Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LEONIE ‘LOUIS: OF JOE
FARRINGTON ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen of The’ Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason’ why régistration/ naturalization
| should not be granted; ‘should send a written and. signed
‘Statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST
day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.





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Bahamian athletes ready ,
or NAIA indoor event

H TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter



THE countdown has begun
for Bahamian track and field
athletes in the National Asso-
ciation of Intercollegiate Ath-
letics (NAIA) division.

The 26th annual indoor
championships will be held
this weekend (March 9th-
11th) at the Memorial Centre
in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Qualifying for the meet are
Adrian Griffith, Trevor Barry,
Kenton Taylor, Lanece
Clarke, Aaron Cleare, Ramon
Miller, Donald Thomas,
Charmine Williams, Roosevelt
Curry and Petra Munroe.

Griffith, Barry, Miller,
Cleare and Curry will repre-
sent Dickinson State College;
Taylor and Clarke, Missouri
Baptist; Thomas and Williams,
Lindenwood University, while
Munroe will wear the Notre

Championships
start March 9th



Ranked third in the NAIA
60m dash, with an indoor sea-
son’s best of 6.33 seconds,
Griffith is looking forward to
pulling off a double with
another best performance in
the men’s long jump.

While Griffith posted a best

of 24-feet-3 inches, teammate

Barry tops the long jump
charts with a leap of 25-feet-1-
inch.

But Barry will have to settle
for second in the men’s high
jump as the top performance

‘ belongs to fellow Bahamian

Donald Thomas.

The leading performance by .

Thomas on just his second
track and field meet is set at 7-

feet-3 and quarter inches. Bar-
ry has cleared 7-feet-3-inches.
Also listed among the top 50
performers is. Curry with 6-
feet-6-inches, placing him
25th.

Taking to the track for Mis-
souri Baptist in the men’s 60m
hurdles will be Taylor with a
indoor best of 8.61 seconds.
Although he has qualified for
the championships he is
ranked 39th overall.

The 200m and 400m will see
Olympian Cleare in action —
he is ranked fifth and second
respectively with times of
21.95 seconds and in 48.76 sec-
onds.

Miller comes in the third

spot with a best of 48.93 sec-
onds.
Clarke and Munroe will be

the only two Bahamian ath-.

letes at the meet, both com-
peting in the 60m.
While Clarke is ranked 11th

- with 7.78 seconds, Munroe is

going into the championships
with a 13th place ranking with
7.98 seconds.

In the 200m Munroe is sev-
enth in 25.32 seconds with
Clarke taking the.10th in 25.57
seconds. .

But Clarke will have her
work cut out for her also qual-
ifying in the 400m with 57.62
seconds, she is ranked 6th.

Bahamian Reagan Mackey of

Park University is 30th with
‘59.66 seconds.

Shamar Sands has ade his
return to the track in the
Southeastern Conference
(SEC), competing in the con-
ference’s indoor meet last
week.

collegiate hurdlers is ranked
second in a record breaking
time of 7.89 seconds, winning
the event was Aries Merritt
of Tennessee in 7.61 seconds,
also a record breaking
time.

At the same meet, Aymara
Albury set a new record with
a throw of 53-feet-09-inches
in the shot putt, she is ahead
of Ashley Muffet with 52-feet-
02 inches and Jennifer
Dahlgreen in 51-feet.

In the National Junior Col-
lege Athletic Association
(NJCAA), Cotrell, Martin fin-
ished her indoor season
ranked 14th in the 200m in
25.63 seconds, Deandra Laing
was eighth in the 400m in
58.02 seconds and Alfreepha
Stubbs took the 10th spot in
58.09 seconds.

In the 500m Stubbs would
end this season with a second
best time of 1:16.24 seconds,
Laing was third in 1:16.91 sec-
onds.



Dame name across her chest.

Barcelona
knock out

Chelsea

BARCELONA'S Ronaldinho, from Brazil,
right, duels for the ball with Chelsea's William
Gallas, during their first round knock-out sec-
ond leg Champions League soccer match in
Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 7, 2006.
Ronaldinho scored for Barcelona in the match
which finished 1-1. Barcelona go through 3-2

on aggregate.

(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Sands, one of the leading



First Baptist clinch BSC title

@ BASKETBALL

FIRST Baptist, last year’s runners-
up, stayed undefeated in four games
to clinch the Baptist Sports Council’s
19-and-under pennant title.

The clincher came on Saturday at
the Charles W. Saunders High School,
Jean Street with a 52-51 victory over
Transfiguration. The victory came on
a last minute free throw from Mar-
cus Russell, his only point.

Jamal Johnson led the attack with
11, while Cruz Simon and Eugene
Bain contributed eight apiece and
Carlos Thompson chipped in with
five.

First Baptist, who handed defending
champions Macedonia Baptist their
first loss in the season opener, have
one more game remaining.

Transfiguration dropped to 1-2 with
the loss, despite Mo Minnis’ game
high 23 points. Both Anton Arnette
and Colyn Thompson had eight each.

Also, Golden Gates defeated New
Mount Zion 44-23 in the only other
19-and-under game played.

In the men’s division, defending
champions Mount Tabor and first
year Temple Fellowship both
remained undefeated. Mount Tabor

knocked off Golden Gates 46-43 and .

Temple Fellowship defeated Pilgrim
44-39,

Also, the first year Lord’s House
of Praise edged out Calvary Bible 64-
62 to remain undefeated; Faith Unit-

_ed knocked off B.I.B.A. 59-47; New

Bethlehem defeated Bahamas Har-
vest 33-31 and St. Paul’s beat St.
Mark’s 41-31.

In the 15-and-under division, Faith
United nipped New Bethlehem 23-
22; Golden Gates routed St. Mark’s
35-21 and First Baptist pulled off a
24-14 decision over St. Mark’s.

#@ Mount Tabor 46, Golden Gates
43: Chevy Simmons’ game high 19,
Teshan Lockhart’s nine and Donnie
Johnson’s eight paced defending
men’s champions Mount Tabor to a 3-
0 record.

Alex McGregor scored 15 and
JaRoy Cooper and Kyle Rodgers
both came up with 10 in the loss for
Golden Gates, who are now 1-2.

i Lord’s House of Praise 64, Cal-

‘vary Bible 62: Keyrand Brice scored

19, leading a balanced scoring attack
for Lord’s House of Praise, who
remained undefeated in the men’s

division at 3-0. Luke Taylor had 18,
Corey Williams 14 and Bacchus Rolle
i

Calvary Bible, who dropped to 1-4,
got a game high 22 points from Mar-
vin Nairn, Garvin Taylor had 19 and
M. Ferguson chipped in with 12.

@ Temple Fellowship 44, Pilgrim
39: Carl Horton scored a game high
12, Damico Munroe had nine, Edwin
Burrows seven and Andrew Smith six
for Temple Fellowship, who climbed

‘to 4-0 in the men’s division.

Jarad Williams scored 10 and
Brenville Saunders eight in the loss
for Pilgrim, who are now 2-1.

@ Faith United 59, B.1.B.A. 47: Aja-
mi Drakes scored a game high 16,
Ronald Napoleon had 13, Theo
Woods nine and Donovan Bullard
eight for Faith United as they
improved to 1-3.

Dealton Deveaux had 12, Burling-
ton Moss 10 and Michael Moss seven
for B.I.B.A., who fell to 0-3.

@ New Bethlehem 33, Bahamas
Harvest 31: Kenrick Wilson scored
11 and Therell Duncombe had 10 as
New Bethlehem pulled off their men’s

victory as they improved to 3-1.

Adrian Forbes had. 10 and Robin
Shepherd eight in the loss for the 1-3
Bahamas Harvest team.

Mf Faith United 23, New Bethlehem
22: Mario Dean pumped in nine,
Kentino Jackon had six and Henry
Rolle five to lead Faith United as they
remained undefeated at 3-0 in the 15-

-and-under division.

Raymond McFall and Khambrell
Ferguson both had six in the loss for
New Bethlehem, who skipped to 1-2.

& Saturday’s schedule

Court One - 10 a.m. Golden Gates
vs St. Paul’s (M); 11 a.m. Transfigu-
ration vs Macedonia (19); Noon Gold-
en Gates vs Mount Nebo (15); 1 p.m.
St. Mark’s vs Pilgrim (M); 2 p.m.
Mount Nebo vs Calvary Bible (M); 3
p.m. Evangelistic Centre vs New
Bethlehem (M).

Court Two - 10 a.m. St. Paul’s vs
Ebenezer (15); 11 a.m. Faith United
vs New mount Zion (19); Noon New
Mount Zion vs Bahamas Harvest (M);
1 p.m. Lord’s House of Praise vs
Macedonia (M); 2 p.m. Faith United
vs Temple Fellowship (M); 3 p.m.
B.I.B.A. vs Mount Tabor (M).









Joshua
Knights
are at the
double

@ SOFTBALL



THE Joshua Knights
had a double dose of vic-
tory over the weekend,

‘blasting the DHL Lions

16-7 and the Two Turtles
Inn 17-7 at the Churchill
Tener Knowles National
Softball Stadium.

In the lone game played
on Sunday, the Knights
got a 3-for-4 production
with three runs batted in
and another scored in the
victory.

Walter Smith helped

out, going 2-for-5 with
three RBIs and four runs
scored and Max Moncur
was 2-for-5 with an RBI
and three runs scored.

Win

Greg Thompson picked
up the win on the mound.
for Joshua Knights and
Mike Isaacs was tagged
with the loss for DHL.

Anthony ‘Skeebo’ _
Roberts went 2-for-3 with.
two RBIs, scoring a run in
the losing effort for the
Lions.

On Saturday, Max Mon-
cur was 3-for-4 with two
RBIs and two runs as the
Knights doubled up Two
Turtles Inn.

Lorenzo ‘Doni’ Lock-
hart was 3-for-5 with an
RBI and three runs; Adlai:
Moss was 2-for-4 with an.

‘RBI and two runs and
James Clarke went 3-for-5
with an RBI and two
runs scored to assist in the
win.

Bertie Murray was the
winning pitcher for Joshua
Knights and Robert
Gilbert suffered the loss
for Two Turtles Inn.

Scoring

Larry Thompson went

i 3.for-4 with four RBIs,

scoring a run; Dennis
Davis was 3-for-4 with two
runs and Foster Dorsett
was 2-for-3 with two runs
scored in the loss.

Also on Saturday, the
Dog House Rangers
handed DHL the first of
two losses over the week-
end in a 14-4 decision.

Alfred Johnson had a
perfect 4-for-4 day with
two RBIs and four runs
scored to lead the
Rangers to victory.

John Wallace was 4-for-
4 with two RBIs, scoring
three runs; Danny Stubbs.
was 3-for-4 with an RBI
and two runs and Shan-
non Bannister was 3-for-4
with an RBI, scoring two
runs to aid in the win.

Danny Stubbs also got
the win on the mound for
Dog House. Basil Davis
got the loss for DHL.

‘Mike Isaacs was 2-for-3
with three RBIs and a run
scored and Richard ‘Dick
Brown was 2-for-3 with a
run scored in the loss for
the Lions.

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England captain
Flintoff upbeat
about chances

sainst India

& CRICKET
NEW DELHI
Associated Press

STAND-IN England cap-
tain Andrew Flintoff said
Tuesday the bouncy pitch at
Mohali would favor his team
and prospects were good for
England to take the lead in
the test series against India.

_ Speaking to reporters after
a practice session; Flintoff also
sounded -a.note of caution,
saying England. could not be
complacent in the second
test starting Thursday after
managing a draw in the first
game.

_The pitch "should offer
more bounce, more pace
and we have a decent chance
to take the lead," Flintoff
said. z

Overnight -rains has

increased the levels of mais-
ture and humidity which will
aid the seamers, Daljit Singh,
the curator of the PCA stadi-
um told the Press Trust of
India news agency.

Injury

Flintoff was given command
of a depleted England team
after skipper Michael Vaugh-
an, his deputy Marcus
Trescothick and fast bowler
Simon Jones were forced to
fly back home due to injury
and personal reasons before
the test series began.

Despite fielding a host of
players with little test experi-
ence, England dominated
India in the drawn first test at
Nagpur.

Flintoff praised his new

players, but warned England
could not be complacent.

"It is a young side. Lads
have been doing great and
they have taken the owner-
ship of the side," he
said.

"As long as we do things we
did last week, we should be
OK. We can't be complacent
at this stage of the series as
we have still got to do things
we did last week," he said.

Insisted

Flintoff also insisted he
would not let the responsibil-
ityof the captaincy affect his
game.

"I have been given the job
for a few weeks and will
behave the way.I do and do
things that I do," he said.

@ ENGLAND'S Kevin Pietersen, right, bats during a practice session in Mohali, India,
Tuesday, March 7, 2006. The second cricket test match between India and England will begin in
Mohali on March9. ~~

(AP Photo)

teased.

Pas.

Arsenal manager wants his team to
inst Real Madrid


































































finish the job’ ds

HI SOCCER
’ LONDON
Associated Press



DON'T expect Arsenal to sim-
ply defend their 1-0 lead over
Real Madrid.

Manager Arsene Wenger
wants his team to "finish the job"
when the Spanish club plays at
Highbury on Wednesday in the

League knockout game.
"To be performing well is to
defend well against a team like
Real Madrid," Wenger said Tues-
day.:"But the second part of the
job begins when you win the ball
back. You want to give them
some problems and you want to
score goals and not just be neg-

ative."

The Gunners have never
won Europe's top club
prize, and reaching the
quarterfinals would

2001 and 2004.
They were elimi-
nated by
Valencia in
2001 and
Chelsea in
2004.
"We expect
Real Madrid
to perform and play well but on
all sides we are very, very deter-
mined to play at our best and go
through," Wenger said. "We want
to finish the job tomorrow night.
We maybe did more than half the
job in the first game."
Arsenal's main aim in the Pre-
mier League is finishing high
enough to qualify for next sea-
son's Champions League — only
the first two clubs automatically
qualify for the group stage. The
club is in fifth place, five points
behind London rival Tottenham
with 10 matches left. Arsenal has
never had to play a qualifying-
round match in the current
Champions League format, which
started nine years ago.
Nine-time European champi-
on Real Madrid has also had a
disappointing season. It trails FC
Barcelona by 10 points in the
Spanish league and is out of the
Copa del Rey.
"T only think about positive
things with my team," Madrid
coach Juan Ramos Lopez Caro





second leg of their Champions ,

match their run in .

said. "It's a difficult match, but I
can only think that we will
progress further in this competi-
tion."

The. galactico-laden club has-
n't won a trophy in almost three
years, and earlier this month club
president Florentino Perez
resigned, replaced a week ago by
Fernando Martin.

"Our season is on the line,"
Madrid defender Sergio Ramos
said. ©

"It's in our hands and we'll
only win if we leave it all on the
field. We all know that a loss
would be a disaster."

Striker

_ Lopez Caro wouldn't say if
Brazil striker Ronaldo — who was
left out of Madrid's 2-1 win over
Atletico Madrid on Saturday —
would play.

"Ronaldo has been training
and we have to see tomorrow,"
Lopez Caro said. "The most
important thing is that we play as
a team, not as individuals."

Lopez Caro said both clubs
played “attractive, offensive foot-
ball," and that the more clinical
team would win.

"I think they have the advan-
tage, but we are not going to
abandon our typical philosophy
and we are going to attack,"
Lopez Caro said.

Arsenal is focusing on David
Beckham - making his first
appearance in England since
transferring to Madrid three years
ago. Real wants to keep Arse-
nal's record top scorer Thierry
Henry under control. He scored
the only goal in the first leg.

"More important than playing
him one-on-one, the key is group
coverage," Ramos said.

"If we play as a team, don't
leave any gaps, play tightly
together, and fall back well, I'm
positive they'll have lots of trou-
ble beating us."

Wenger said Arsenal wouldn't
rely entirely on Henry.

"It is a game for Thierry Henry
to help us to go through," Wenger
said. “We are not on individual
purposes. We want to be success-
ful as a team and I am sure Thier-
ry shares that with me as a cap-
tain."

@ REAL MADRID'S Alvaro Mejia, left tries to stop Arsenal's
Thierry Henry of France moments before Henry scored duringth-
eir first knockout round first leg Champions league soccer match at
the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday Feb. 21, 2006.

(AP Photo/Paul White)



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Bahamian boxers are
r The Bi

realy fo

@ BOXING |
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports

Reporter

THIS is what Bahamas
lightweight champion
Meacher Major ‘Pain’ was
waiting for - an opportuni-
ty to fight a quality foreign
fighter here at home.

That opportunity will
come on Friday night at the
Wyndham Nassau Beach
Hotel when First Class Pro-
motions hosts its first pro-
fessional card dubbed “The
Big Test.”

In preparation for at least
two more title fights later
this year, Major will take
on Celestino Rodriquez
from Puerto Rico in the
main event. !

“I’m in tip top shape,”
said Major, about the 10-
round lightweight bout. “I
just want to thank my fam-
ily and friends, my spon-
sors, Quick Welding, Pick-
le Patch and Big Ten, and
First Class Promotions for
giving me this opportuni-
ty.”
Major, 24, will headline
a sta¥-studded card that will
feature Bahamian mid-
dieweight champion Jer-
maine ‘Choo-Choo’ Mack-
ey in an eight-round co-
main event against Rene
Sierre from Puerto Rico as
well. ;

On the undercard, pro-
moter Michelle Minus said
that they have assembled a
line-up that will certainly
draw the crowd to the bill
up to the main event.

Richard ‘the Hammer’
Pitt will take on David ‘the
Pacesetter’ Wallace in a
much anticipated light-
weight showdown; Antho-
ny ‘Psycho’ Woods will face
Dereck ‘Castro’ Sawyer
and Ricardo ‘One Shot’
Bethel is against Elkena
‘Ali’ Saunders in a rematch.

’
Lost

Bethel, who lost on
points to Saunders in their
initial meeting, said he’s
looking forward to redeem-
ing himself this time
around.

“All I want to do is tell

him to come fighting
because he only beat me by
one point the last time,”
Bethel stated. “This time,
it won’t go down to a deci-
sion.
“T haven’t seen him in the
gym training, but I’m not
taking him lightly. He’s a
great fighter and I respect
him as a man, only asa
man. As a fighter, I don’t
have any respect for him.”
~ Respect is something that
is earned and Major said he
feels he’s done that and he
intends to put on a show
for the fans on Friday
night.

“To be the best, you have
to fight the best guys out
there,” he noted. “I noticed
that since he moved up to
lightweight, he’s lost his
last three to four fights,
which might be an advan-
tage to me.

“T’m comfortable at this
weight. I’m much stronger
and I feel confident that I
can perform at this weight.”

The weigh-in for the
show is set for Thursday at
5:30pm at the First Class
Promotions’ office on
Wulff Road, opposite

‘ @ MEACHER MAJOR ‘PAIN’

Whim’s Automotive.
_ As.the lightweight cham-
pion, having won the title
in December, Major said he
knows that the fans will be
anticipating a good show-
ing from him.

“T feel I’m doing good

and First Class Promotions -

are doing a good job. pro-
moting the shows,” Major
noted. “After this fight, I
will be fighting for the
Caribbean Boxing Federa-
tion’s title on May 19, so
I’m looking forward to that.
“T just pray that every-
thing goes well in this fight,
no injuries or anything like
that and that I will come
out victorious at the end.”
Also on Major’s hectic
agenda will be a shot at the
British Commonwealth and
possibly the World Boxing
Council’s titles. With an
impressive 11-2-1 win-loss-
draw record, Major feels
he’s in the right position to
accomplish his goals.

Emphasis

Minus, the wife of former
bantamweight and light-
weight champion Ray
Minus Jr., said this year,
First Class Promotions will
be putting more emphasis
on matching the Bahamian
fighters against competitors
from the Caribbean.

“Our first show is going
to be the Puerto Ricans,
but on our second show, we
will start fighting for the
international titles, so this
year is going to be very
exciting,” she summed up..

“We feel this is the test-
ing ground to see where
they are because we have
the Mexicans to come in
later in the year.”



(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

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Test



(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

1

(ere yn tribute

to Keith O Carey

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE sign on the backboard read: Mr Keith
O. Carey, A Giant Forever.

The sign hung among the backdrop of the 67
athletic and academic banners placed on the
wall, highlighting the achievements before and
after the tenure of Carey as a student/ath-
lete/coach at St. John’s College.

Ata Mass of Thanksgiving, the Giants fam-
ily paid special tribute to 42-year-old Carey
who died last Monday, before his funeral today
at 1lam at Bahamas Faith Ministries.

‘While many of the present students didn’t
have much of a recollection of Carey, who grad-
uated in 1981 and last coached at St. John’s in
2003, three of his former protégés had nothing
but admiration for their mentor.

Joshua Ramsey, a 2003 graduate who ran
the 100 metres and threw the javelin, said Carey
had a knack for motivating him.

“He knew’ that the way to get to me was to
tease me and that brought the best out of me,”
Ramsey recalled. “He helped me to get a silver
in the BAISS.”

ZNS Sportscaster Charles Fisher, who flew in
from Grand Bahama, paid special tribute in an
address from the podium. He noted that Carey
was one who did what he had to do to bring out
the best in his athletes.

“JT remembered back in 1990, a reporter asked
Mr. Carey how he could describe his team and
he said it was ‘a dream team and they wouldn’t
lose under my training.’ That was true because
we didn’t lose a relay team until 1990 to CC
Sweeting.”

Fisher, a 1991 graduate of St. John’s, said it
was hard to come back to his alma mater under
the circumstances and looking up at the banners
that hung around the gym during the era that
Carey coached the track team.

“For most of us, he was a father figure, a big
brother, someone that we could talk to,” Fish-
er said.

“Lunch time, he would sit down with us and

»

Gun

@ TYRONE SAWYER JR. gives remarks at the memorial service for Keith O. Carey.

talked about life in general and track in partic-
ular.

- “He was a true friend and even if you didn’t
know him, he was still your friend. He was
someone who gave from his heart and he didn’t
ask for anything in return. He was a special
coach.”

One of the last athletes Carey coached was
Tyrone Sawyer. He too had his moment on the
podium, but afterwards, Sawyer said Carey
wotild try to provide a solution to the prob-
lems that you had.

“If you had asked him for money, he would
provide you with a job and made sure that you
didn’t just get what you needed then, but for a
longer period of time,” Sawyer reflected.

After graduation, Sawyer said Carey assisted
him in his college experience and he will be
forever grateful for his contribution.

Sawyer said when he heard the news, he had
to reconfirm with his father. But, having lost his
mother recently, he said it really touched him
because Kera, one of Carey’s three daughters,
was his best friend.

Three of Carey’s friends he left behind at St.
John’s — Carla Smith, Denise Reckley and
Tamar Bodie, who were actively involved in
the Physical Education — shared a special tribute
called: “I Remember.”

(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

The words are listed below:

“J remember the early mornings, the track
team on the run. J remember Keith and
students working hard before the rising of the
sun.

“J remember Keith on the track, starters pis-
tol in his hand. I remember him telling the stu-
dents, ‘Boy one day you'll be a man.’

“I remember him at the long jump pit, ‘Girl
move your marker back.’ Then seconds later
telling the 4 x 4 team - ‘Ya'll better get on that
track.’

“I remember Keith telling triple jumpers,
‘Hop, step and jump.’ Then telling sprinters,
“You must use your arms and pump.’

“J remember him at the high jump bed, teach-
ing kids the flosbury flop. And at the finish line
of the 400, telling Keva ‘stand up girl, don’t
stop.’

" remember we would argue - all day have
drawn out row and fight. Then the next day
someone would apologise and say, ‘Sorry, you
were right.’

“Keith Carey, a good teacher, a great coach,
a trustworthy friend. A man who may be gone,
but never forgotten because his love and friend-
ship had no end.

“Keith Carey, a true Giant, will forever live in
our hearts.”





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Tribune Staff Reporter

A HIGH-SPEED chase
through the streets.of Nassau
yesterday afternoon resulted in
an armed robber being shot in
the leg and more than 10 vehi-
cles being damaged.

During the chase, the accused
hijacked a government vehicle
with a child inside.

The car chase between the
police and the suspect started
after 3pm Tuesday.

According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans a man
robbed the Centreville Liquor
Store of an undetermined
amount of cash.

In his effort to flee the scene

S1.2m.
cocaine
seizure

POLICE seized cocaine
valued at more than-$1.2
million over the weekend.

According to police press
liaison officer Walter Evans,
62. kilos of cocaine was
found on a luxury vessel
while in the Cat Cay aréa.

Police have arrested two
Bahamian males. and
charged them with drug pos-
session. -



quickly, he ran to the vicinity
of Bahamas Bus and Truck
where he stole a green Ply-
mouth from a woman driver.

Police were alerted. They
spotted the suspect in the vicin-
ity of Sears Road.

Police chased the suspect,

believed to be a J amaican; from

Sears Road onto Shirley Street
and then to Meeting Street.

On Meeting Street the sus-
pect hit a jeep.

Robert DeSwanton, driver of
a Terios Daihatsu, whose vehi-

cle was damaged, said: “I sawa ©

vehicle coming up, making
speed and he then bounced off
the armour truck. He then came
straight across into my right rear
wheel and spun the jeep round.
I heard two shots being fired
andIjust ducked.”
After hitting the jeep, the sus-

‘pect jumped out of the green

Plymouth and ran to a school
in the Augusta Street area. He
then stole a government vehicle,
licence plate number 1879,
which had a child inside.

The chase.continued until the
suspect drove to the Star Dust
beauty supply store area on
East Street. Mr Evans said the
accused pulled in front of a
store in the area, jumped out of
the government vehicle and ran

‘in the area of Star Dust, trying

to escape the police who were
only a few feet behind him.

A store clerk, who wished not
to be named, described what

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Perry Christie’s home are
being considered after police

questioning in connection
with the murder and armed
robbery of businessman i
th Carey.

The Tribune learned yes-
terday that police have Jamal
Glinton in custody for ques-

tioning.
Police are also searching
for Dwight Dellington

Knowles, 25, of Rocky Pine
Road and Sean Brown,-37,
who only has two fingers on
his left hand.

TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN HISTORIC heads of
agreement between the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas and
Boston based I-Group was

Es signed yesterday promising
‘ over $1.8 billion for the econ-

omy of Mayaguana over the
next 15 years. .

The agreement would
establish the Mayaguana

THE two Cuban dentists
held at the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre would be
immediately imprisoned if
returned to their country, a
Cuban political refugee living
in the Bahamas told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

Dr Jose Valentin Aguilera
Lopez has been living in the
Bahamas since 1996 after rep-
resentatives from the United

Nations intervened on his

received reports of gunfire in
the area.

At around 8.10pm Monday
police received reports that
shots were fired in the vicini-
ty of the home of the prime
minister’s mother-in-law, Mrs
Kitty Hanna.

.Mrs Hanna lives next door
to Mr Christie on Cable
Beach.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Chief Supt Hulan

Mr Carey died last week
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PM won't ‘sit and wait’ for Royal Oasis owners to sell

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said he
can no longer “sit and wait” for the owners
of the Royal Oasis Resort to sell the prop-
erty.

Communicating to the owners of the
Royal Oasis Resort that his patience is
diminishing, the prime minister yesterday
announced that a group of investors had
expressed interest in purchasing the Royal
Oasis.

Addressing the opening of the 8th Annu-

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Monday, the prime minister said that he
has spoken with the managing director of
the hotel’s owner, Lehman Brothers, about
the matter of the Royal Oasis, which he
said remains of major concern to Grand
Bahama and the government.

Mr Christie said he has indicated to the
hotel owners that he no longer has the lux-
ury to sit and wait.

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debt and what they owe the government
in taxes, is the casino licence. And the casi-
no licence is a value to that property. There-
fore, we have to truly and sincerely begin
the process of discussion; close discussion
with Lehman Brothers, with a view to see-
ing how they could best maintain the option
to have that licence as a part of what they
are selling,” he said.

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Union campaigns for poll
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@ By CARA BRENNEN
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THE Bahamas Association
of Casino Employees is agitat-
ing for a chance for its mem-
bers to decide if it will become
their bargaining unit. '

Despite being hit by a num-
ber of obstacles since the union
first applied in 2002, president
Tyrone ‘Rock’ Morris said the
association hopes newly-
appointed Labour Minister
Shane Gibson will call for the
poll to be conducted.

Mr Morris, who represents
more than 500 casino workers,
said obstacles included being
told it is not government’s pol-
icy to allow casino workers to
unionise because of security

. concerns.

However, Mr Morris claimed

casino workers in Grand:

Bahama were successful in their
appeal to the Department of
Labour for the Bahamas Gam-
ing and Allied Workers Union

‘to be their bargaining agent by

then labour minister Vincent

‘Peet in June, 2002.

He said that when his associ-

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ation initially requested the
poll of employees in 2003, the
Department of Labour agreed
on October 31, but then
changed its mind on Novem-
ber 5.

He claimed the department
had “been asked not to grant
the request.”

Claim

Mr Morris claimed workers
in New Providence are being
denied a fundamental right,
despite the fact that their
employers, the Bahamas Gam-
ing Board, is unionised.

“Not only are we being
denied our right to
unionise, but none other
than the government of the
Bahamas is denying us this

fundamental right.”

Mr Morris maintained that
the association is only asking
for the right for its employees
to decide if they wish to have a
bargaining unit.

“Simply put, just like Super
Value, we wish to have a poll
to determine the wishes of the
employees and let the result
speak for itself.”

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He said that, whatever the .
result, he would be happy if: :

the association was given the
right to make its own decisions.
Mr Gibson has agreed to
meet with the Bahamas Asso-
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on Thursday afternoon.
“Should that meeting be
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next step, which will include,

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In brief

Rastafarian
figure dies
in Jamaica
at 85

@ JAMAICA
Kingston

MORTIMO Planno, a
philosopher and poet regard-
ed as a key figure in the devel-
opment of the Rastafarian reli-
gion, has died. He was 85,
according to Associated Press.

‘Planno died Monday at the
University of the West Indies
in Kingston from old age and
complications from a thyroid
condition, said Barry
Chevannes, a longtime friend
and anthropology professor.

Planno, who was born in
Cuba to Jamaican parents and
moved to their homeland as a
child, was one of the most
influential people in the devel-
opment of Rastafarianism, a
sect whose members mostly
regard Africa as the promised
land and former Ethiopian
emperor Haile Selassie as a
divine figure.

Though rejected by main-
stream Jamaican society, the
movement grew into a struc-
tured religion during the fol-
lowing decades, in large part
under Planno’s influence.

Planno taught the principles
of Rastafarianism at his home
in the Kingston ghetto of

- Trench Town to students that

included the late singer Bob
Marley — perhaps the world’s
best known adherent of the
movement.

Clarification
on dredging
action story

THE Tribune wishes to clar-
ify that the dredging action
reported on page 5 in Tuesday’s
paper is taking place just south
of Salt Cay, and not on Salt
Cay, as the story’s headline indi-
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@ By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

MOTORISTS are being
urged to exercise caution when
using ATMs after a man was
robbed of his car and wallet
near a Sandyport machine Mon-
day night.

Financial consultant Richard
Coulson told The Tribune that
as he was leaving the parking
lot of First Caribbean Sandy-
port his car was “bumped” from
behind. ;

He said when he got out to
investigate what damage had
been done, he was mugged by
three men who then knocked
him down and stole his wallet.
One of the men jumped into Mr
Coulson’s car and sped off while
the other two jumped back into
their vehicle and escaped.

“Luckily no knives or guns
were used and I was complete-
ly unharmed,” said Mr Coul-
son. He said the entire incident
took less than 30 seconds.

Yesterday, press officer Wal-
ter Evans urged motorist to pay
close attention to their sur-
rounding when using ATMs.

He said that whenever possi-
ble, they should have someone
accompany them to the
machines to serve as a look-out.

He also urged motorists to
use their cell phones to alert
police to any suspicious behav-
iour. This would also prove use-
ful in the event of their vehicle
being stolen. He said if police
are contacted immediately, they
can dispatch patrol cars to the
area and be on the lookout.

Guyana
invests in
satellite
service |

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Georgetown

GUYANA’S telephone com-
pany said frequent cuts, includ-
ing sabotage, to a fibre optic
cable that provides internet
access for the South American
country has forced it to add a
backup system to ensure ser-
vice, according to Associated
Press.

The Guyana Telephone and
Telegraph Company will spend
US$1 million to provide an
alternative internet service using
satellites, said Allison Parker,
spokeswoman.

The move comes after van-
dals in Guyana cut the cable —
which runs from French Guiana
to Florida — three times in Feb-
ruary. It was also recently dam-
aged in French Guiana, which

slowed down Internet speed sig- .

nificantly.

The new system should be up
and running in a few weeks,
Parker said. It is not clear why
vandals cut the fibre optic cable.

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(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

@ By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

A FORMER student of Kei-
th Carey, who was shot outside

a bank last week, asked that

his killers be forgiven.

At a Mass of Thanksgiving
yesterday, the St John’s Col-
lege family paid special trib-
ute to their former teacher,
athletic coach and friend. -

Mr Carey’s wife Michelle, .

and three daughters Keishel,
Keva and Kera, heard Mr
Carey praised as “a man who
gave from his heart.”

Last week, Mr Carey, 42,
was shot outside the Bank of
the Bahamas International,
Harrold Road branch, while
going to make a deposit. He
died later that day.

Tyrone Sawyer Jr, a gradu-
ate of 2003 and an athlete who
trained under Mr Carey, asked
that the killers be forgiven.



“It is extremely important

‘that you do not allow the

vicious act that ended his life
to dominate your memory of
him,” said Mr Sawyer.

Speaking from experience,
having lost his mother to can- ,

cer three years ago, he assured
Mr Carey’s wife and daugh-
ters that with time “your tears
of sadness will turn into tears
of joy.”

A letter from former vice-
principal of the school, Edward
Bethel, who is away studying,
said Mr Carey was able to
show persons the simple things
they could do to achieve their
dreams.

“T look at all the lives he’s
touched, all the things he’s
accomplished - the world is
better because of his life,” said
Mr Bethel.

In an interview with The
Tribune, Keva Carey, daughter
of Mr Carey, remembered her

Americans’ anguish
at being locked
out of their home

& By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - An Ameri-
can husband and wife and

.their two children are living
‘in terror after their vehicle

was removed from the airport
and the locks changed at a
home they are leasing in an
exclusive gated community.
Michael and Carol Kelly
have been leasing a house for
the past 18 months at Fortune
Cay, where they live with their
two-children — a four-year-old
daughter and 15-year-old son.
Although the family’s lease
ends on April 1, the Kellys
claim that their privacy was
violated when the home’s

i owner allegedly came onto the

property and had the locks

‘changed without their per-

mission.

Mrs Kelly and her family
had left the island on Febru-
ary 14 to visit her mother who
is very ill in the US. When
they returned on February 16,
she discovered that her Ford
Excursion was missing from
the private lot at the airport.

After taking a taxicab
home, she found that a lock
had been placed on the front
gate, barring her family access
to the property.



The Kellys believe that the
incident is in retaliation to
action in the Supreme Court
against the owner claiming
reimbursement of money they
had spent on repairs to the
home following the hurricanes
in September 2004.

Instead of making monthly
lease payments to the owner,
the Kellys have been deposit-
ing the money in an escrow
account. -

Mrs Kelly alleges that the
owner and several men had a
tow truck remove the family’s
white Ford Excursion from
the airport.

And on February 17, she
alleged, several men came
onto the property with rifles,
baseball bats and billy clubs
and had the locks to the home
changed. .

“We have been violated in
every way,” Mrs Kelly com-
plained. “This has left my fam-
ily emotionally stressed, ter-
rified, and afraid.

“We had a locksmith come
and change all the locks to the
house and my husband has
had to hire a security. But, my
vehicle is still missing,” she
said.

- Mrs Kelly fears for her fam-
ily’s safety and refuses to leave
the confines of the premises.






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Mr Carey operated Esso On
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Avenue, Keishel’s 99 cents
breakfast stand and the
Junkanoo Shack restaurant.

Ms Carey feels there should
be harsher punishment in place
for criminals. —

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being punished enough and
that is why they do not think
twice about doing these crimes.
Everything is delayed and then
it is thrown out of court,” said
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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
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JOB SUMMARY

This position is responsible for performing all functions and tasks necessary to develop and launch
products and services.

Plan/Implement:

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THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

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LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S. CG.

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972

Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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How Castro controls his people —

PREPARATIONS were well underway
five months ago for the 15th Iberoamerican
Summit, scheduled for October 14-15 in Sala-
manca, Spain, to be attended by leaders and
heads of state of Spanish and Portuguese
speaking nations from Europe and Latin
America.

On the eve of the summit, according to °

press reports in Madrid, Prime Minister José
Luis Rodrigues Zapatero’s government was
concerned. Cuba’s Fidel Castro and his

Venezuelan buddy, Hugo Chavez, were °

expected to attend.

“Zapatero fears the effect of Casfro and
Chavez at the Salamanca summit,” said
Madrid’s newspaper, El Pais.

On opening day, Castro failed to show.
There was no official explanation, but the
Cuban delegation to the conference gave the
excuse that he had stayed behind to “per-
sonally oversee” the delivery of aid to the
Asian countries hit by an earthquake the
weekend before.

However, El Pais quoted exile organisa-
tions as saying that “Castro did not come for
fear of being detained and accused of geno-
cide while on Spanish soil. The Foundation for
Human Rights in Cuba on Friday (October,
2005) formally filed a criminal suit against
the Cuban leader in Spain’s High..Court,
accusing him of genocide, crimes. against
humanity, torture and terrorism. The move
follows on the heels of a ruling by the Con-
stitutional Court that allows Spanish judges to
see genocide cases regardless of the victims’
nationality. Several anti-Castro groups are
scheduled to hold street protests on Sala-
manca’s streets to call for democracy in Cuba.
The-Cuban seat at the summit ‘must remain
empty until it can be filled with democratically
elected representatives,’ according to the pres-
idents of three of these groups.”

Castro did not show up, but a.voice that he
thought he had silenced got through.

Before the summit opened, Dr Hilda Moli-
na took to the Spanish airwaves with a
recording sent from Havana to be played on
three stations broadcasting nationwide. She
told her story, and begged Spanish grand-
mothers to stand solidly behind her to “ask
Commandant Castro” to permit her to meet
her two grandsons — one 10, the other four
— and see her son and daughter-in-law, who
live in Buenos Aires. Her situation has
already provoked diplomatic conflicts
between the Cuban government and Argen-



tine President Nestor Kirchner’s government.

Hilda Molina first met Fidel Castro when
she was 28 years old. At that time he recog-
nised her as Havana University’s Faculty of
Medicine’s top graduate. She was a commit-
ted communist. However, she was dedicated
to her medical career and her specialisation in
neurological restoration earned her interna-
tional recognition. >

Between 1989 and 1994 she founded and
directed the International Centre for Neuro-
logical Restoration (CIREN). Castro was par-
ticularly proud.

It was because of her scientific career, and
not her politics that in 1993 she became a
member of Cuba’s parliament — the Nation-
al Assembly of People’s Power.

Her centre was a show-piece for Castro’s
government. But then the break came.

Castro needed foreign exchange. He decid-
ed to attract tourists by promoting Cuba’s
health benefits.

He ordered Dr Molina to designate the
more modern areas of the centre for foreign

patients, thus reducing the number of beds for ,
Cubans. Until then the centre treated only '

Cubans. It is reported that she was also asked

to violate international medical protocols by

releasing Cubans early with no proper fol-

low-up-.treatment.so that beds would be avail-

able for foreign patients. She protested.

In 1994, she resigned her job, her mem-
bership in parliament and her position as
deputy in the Communist Party. She also
returned all her medals to the Ministry of
Health.

She then applied to visit Argentina to see
her son, daughter-in-law and meet her grand-
children. She was refused. She was told that
her brain was Cuba’s national property — as
a result she could not leave Cuba. Her son
sought the help of President Kirchner of
Argentina, and the family held out hope of
being reunited. The conflict, which has still not
been resolved, cost both the Argentine
Ambassador to Cuba, and the Cabinet Chief

_ of the Chancellery their diplomatic positions.

Surely, the. Bahamas is not serious about
cosying up to a country that now possesses the
minds of its citizens and destroys the unit of
the family.

These are the conditions these two dentists
will have to face should Mr Christie decide to
return them to Cuba. We hope that whatever
decision he makes will be one that-will allow
him to sleep well with his conscience at night.












EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

ditorial is

THE TRIBUNE

convincing
on Cubans

EDITOR, The Tribune

YOUR recent editorial
“Moral Law is the Answer in
the Cuban case” is a resounding
argument in favour-of sending

| tothe US, and not to Cuba, the
i..two Cuban dentists held in our

wretched Detention Centre, as
they fervently desire.

I would like to provide an
analogy from recent history. At
the end of World War II, Allied
forces discovered in AXIS pris-
oner-of-war camps thousands
of Russian soldiers who had
been seized during the long
campaign on the Eastern Front
and would now have to be
released. Under the brutal pol-
icy of the Soviet Government,
any troops who surrendered or
allowed themselves to be cap-
tured were regarded as no bet-

ter than cowards and deserters"

and were likely to be shot or
imprisoned when repatriated.
Naturally, these unfortunates
were desperate to be accepted

as refugees into Western

Europe.

Nevertheless, under an
understanding between the UK
Government and the blood-



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thirsty regime of Josef Stalin,
the greatest mass killer of his-
tory, the British military were
ordered to force these wretches
at bayonet point into box-cars
headed back to Mother Russia.

‘Often pitched battles resulted,

and several British army units
nearly mutinied at being com-
pelled to carry out this inhuman
policy dictated from London.
Several books have docu-
mented these terrible events.
The British Government made
only feeble efforts to defend its
policy, as required to assure
post-war peace with the Sovi-

. ets. But this-example of the

“Jet’s be nice to Uncle Joe” syn-
drome soon became universally
condemned as one of the black-
est stains on Great Britain’s
generally humanitarian record.

Equally, returning the two
dentists to Fidel Castro, when
their families are waiting to wel-
come them in Florida, would be
one of the blackest marks on

Bahamian history. So we have a
“memorandum of understand-
ing” with Cuba possibly requir-
ing their return. So what? Any
sovereign government has the
right to abrogate a treaty for
higher Reasons of State, and
here we have two such com-
pelling Reasons:

1) To obey the moral law of
compassion to individuals.

2) To maintain good relations
with the United States, a far
warmer, and more useful, friend
than the Republic of Cuba.

Fidel’s swaggering threat to
flood The Bahamas with
refugees should be taken with
the contempt it deserves, as the
futile gasp of a failing and
unloved tyrant. And surely the
United States will be willing and
able to deploy its vast maritime
resources to block any such
invasion if Fidel should try it.

It is shocking that after ten
months of detention our Gov-
ernment still has not made the
obvious decision, that is both

‘humane and rational.

RICHARD COULSON
Nassau
February 28 2006

The Bahamas must not
take beaches for granted

EDITOR, The Tribune

Of our three basic natural
resources, sun, SAND, and

sea, we in the Bahamas fortu-
‘nately cannot negatively affect —
‘the Sun, and ‘our environmen-~
‘talists are“ doing their best to

preserve our Sea, but regret-
tably our SAND is a resource
that we have taken, and contin-
ue to take, for granted.

In my life span, the
Cable/Emerald beaches on the
western shore of New Provi-
dence have been drastically
depleted. This was caused by
pumping the sand from just off
shore to fill the swamp to the
south of West Bay Street and
thereby create Westward Vil-
las.

- In more recent times, during

The Hartford era of Paradise
Island development, sand was
dredged and pumped from
Montagu Bay to improve the
eastern end of Paradise
Island creating the golf course
and expand its southern shore-
line. The deterioration of the
Montagu Beach is the result.

The Sand Banks that used to
exist south-west of Rose Island
supplied the construction indus-
try during the last half of the
1900’s, and before. Boats of four

‘foot draft had to avoid them at

low tide. Now there is a good
10 foot depth. This would have
been the make-up sand for the
Paradise Island beaches.

This was pointed out to Mr
Kerzner at the beginning of his
development, and dredging
there was brought to a halt. Fur-
thermore, there was no more
sand. Dredging of sand was

- then relocated to the Eastern

end of Rose Island, and this is
where it had been coming from.




EDITOR, The Tribune

Attorney General
is a very easy
position to fill

In recent weeks, and maybe
longer, sand dredgers are now
operating immediately south of
Salt Cay (Blue Lagoon Island
for newcomers) and the sand
banks there have been visibly
depleted. Not only Atlantis will
suffer from the depletion of this
resource, but we as a tourist
dependent country: :

With the development now
taking place in The Family
Islands, it is to be hoped that
they will benefit from this sad
experience. as

GODFREY LIGHTBOURN
Nassau
February 28 2006



I WISH there was something outstanding — politically
speaking — that I could offer a critique on, but alas, politicians
and their minions are acting the way they always have, and
by all indications, the way they always will.

_ The recent Cabinet shuffle, while there wasn’t anything
earth shattering about it, did produce one item that caught
my eye. Actually that item has been on my mind‘for some
time now, and I had intended to write concerning it, and now
the final prompting has come from the re-appointments in
the Christie Cabinet.

While we (the people) would hope that Cabinet level
positions will always be filled by the most qualified persons
for their respective posts, there is one position that will
always be able to be filled by just about any member of any
sitting Bahamian government.

The position to which I refer, is that of Attorney Gener-
al. And the reason that this position will always be rela-
tively easily filled, is because there has never been, there is
not now, nor will there ever be, apparently, a shortage of
lawyers in politics in this country. Actually, there will never
be a shortage of lawyers in the Bahamas, period.

I have been mulling over a question for some time now.
The question: Is there really enough legal goings on in this
country to employ all of the lawyers in this country? It
seems that fortune has smiled on a great many Bahamians in
that they are able to afford to send their kids to institutions
of higher learning all over the world, with a definite view to
them becoming “respectable” members of society.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but it still begs my ques-
tion, as there seems-to be a definite imbalance of career:
choices for Bahamians, the greater number of them seeking
law degrees.

Now obviously there will be those who read this letter who
will say — “Yeah, but you’ll be glad for all these lawyers
when you need one”. Absolutely! However, I am still just a
bit nervous that so many people who are trained in the
manipulation of the law, are also our political leaders.

It would seem that if any were so inclined that they have
a distinct advantage in being able to “line their own pockets”,
and to cover their own a—es, PLP and FNM alike. And
besides that, these are people who have risen to loftier posi-
tions in life, and I wonder how concerned they really are
about us bottom feeders.

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to perform
one night at
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Minott the 1950s teen idol

Neil Sedaka will have the
chance to see their star live in

concert forone nightiat Wynd- Mis

ham Nassau Resort.) os

Scheduled to: take“the. Stage:
at the Rainforest Theatre on
Saturday, April 29, Sedaka will
perform his hits, including Oh
Carol, Calendar Girl, Happy
Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Break-
ing Up is Hard to Do and Soli-
taire.

Showtime is scheduled for
9pm. Tickets are available for
‘$69 on the floor level of the the-
atre and $49 in the balcony.
Tickets can be bought at the
theatre box office at the hotel.

With a career spanning six

‘decades and still going strong
-with special guest appearances
on shows like American Idol,
Sedaka is considered one of
rock and pop music’s legendary
pioneers.
"With countless hit singles, and
‘platinum and gold records, he
‘remains as vital a force today
‘as he was when he first achieved
‘his string of hits back in the late
1950s.

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PM’s press
secretary |
found dead
at home

@ ST VINCENT
Kingstown

»GLEN Jackson, the press sec-
retary to the prime minister of
St. Vincent, was found dead
Monday, police said, according
to Associated Press.

Jackson’s naked body was
discovered by his eldest son,
,Glendon, in a vehicle near his
home. Police have not disclosed
:the cause of death.
.},Jackson,:42, was.one of. the
ichief architects ofthe governing
Unity Labor Party’s, 2001, and
2005 elections.campaigns.

Prime Minister Ralph Gon-
salves’ governing party was
elected to a second five-year
‘term on December 7. The ruling
(party won 12 seats in the 15-
seat legislature, while the oppo-
sition New Democratic Party
gwon three. 3

US attorney
general
defends
‘anti-terror’

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| THE US attorney general

defended his country’s treat-
ment of terror suspects against
criticism from Europe and else-
where, saying Tuesday that the
United States abhors torture
and respects the rights of
detainees, according to Associ-
ated Press. hve

Alberto Gonzales also said
‘the US did not transport. ter-
‘rorism suspects to nations
‘where it was likely they could
. be tortured.

Human rights groups and
‘other European critics have
‘alleged that US planes may be
‘using European airports and air
‘space to send suspects to
‘nations that may torture them.
| They have also criticized the
'US prison camp in Guan-
‘tanamo, and a UN report last
‘month called for the facility to
be closed “without further
' delay” because it is effectively a
‘torture camp where prisoners
i have no access to justice.

The US attorney general — _

‘speaking Tuesday at the Inter-
‘national Institute for Strategic
i Studies think-tank in London
'— vehemently denied such
‘charges, but acknowledged that
‘people might interpret the term
“torture” in different ways. The
‘US abides by its own definition,
:which he said was the inten-
‘tional infliction of severe mental
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anti-smoking campaign —

BISHOP Simeon Hall has
launched a campaign against
smoking after a local business
posted several signs on the East

-.. West Highway.
“Ina statement released yes-
terday, Bishop Hall, senior pas-

tor at New Covenant Baptist

«;Chureh, said, he is.particularly
i urdisturbed that the signs are

‘near two schools.
He plans toussuea statement

@ By Bahamas Information
Services

DEPUTY Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt said crime is a
societal problem that should
be tackled collectively by the
government, police and the
public, and not through fin-
ger-pointing.

She dismissed suggestions
that crime has become a phe-
nomenon under her govern-
ment, saying it has haunted



today at the corner of Abun-
dant Life Road and East/West
Highway at 11am.

Bishop Hall noted that sec-
ond-hand smoke is being dis-
cussed all over the world.

“The health of many
Bahamians might be under
threat from the growing inci-
dence of second-hand smoke,”
he said.

While the government had

the Bahamas for many years.

She said that in 2006, how-
ever, it’s not parliament’s
problem anymore, but Cyn-
thia Pratt’s problem and the

‘government’s problem.

“Crime is something that
knows no colour or barrier,
religion or political affiliation
and when our children are not
raised in the fear of God, the
way they should be, this is
what will happen,” she added.

“Every life is important, no














Christie tells Grand
Bahamians to find
their direction

@ By Bahamas Information
Services



FREEPORT - Prime Minister Perry Christie told Grand
Bahamians that they no longer have the luxury of compet-
ing solely against New Providence for their share of the
tourism market.

Mr Christie touched on the massive tourism and second
home developments in many of the Family Islands, which he
said are designed to attract additional tourists.

He was in Grand Bahama for the 8th Annual Grand
Bahama Business Outlook, sponsored by The Counsellors.

The event was held in the Convention Centre of the
Westin and Sheraton of Grand Bahama at Our Lucaya.

He said the future of Grand Bahama is entirely dependent

. how on the government, Grand Bahama Port Authority,

stakeholders, and resorts making Grand Bahama the leisure
and recreational capital of the Bahamas.
He said there has to be an understanding that Grand

.. Bahama is not going to beat New Providence because of the

historical and cultural impact on the resort industry.

He said one of the greatest challenges of Grand Bahama
is to redefine itself. Also, Grand Bahama needed to under-
stand that even in tourism they are competing against des-
tinations within the country. j

Pointing to the increase in tourism in the Family Islands,

' Mr Christie said there is a need to ensure that Grand
’‘Bahama has maximum returns on its efforts in the resort |

side, because the resort side is the largest employer.

“So it means that we have to fix Royal Oasis; and we have,
to ensure we work with Royal Oasis to truly define itself to
be able to attract the people it has,” he said. i

Construction

Also, Mr Christie said they have to look again at Our
Lucaya. He told those gathered that “there are hundreds of
millions of dollars worth of construction about to begin
again over at Port Lucaya; and that the government has
approved the construction of a new condominium unit
which is also expected to get underway shortly.”

Mr Christie also touched on the development by the
Ginn Group and Marriott, and told the audience that the
Grand Bahama economy has been retarded somewhat
because of the three hurricanes in the past two years.

He said that, despite the ravages, construction will con-
tinue and that already it is difficult to find contractors to
work in Grand Bahama, and it will be difficult to find
labourers.

_ While still talking about Grand Bahama’s potential and

the need to concentrate more on the tourism sector, Mr
Christie pointed to the development of five major proper-
ties in Eleuthera, new undertakings in Cat Island, Exuma,
Bimini, Abaco, Mayaguana, and elsewhere in Bahamas,
noting that these developments in the Family Islands will
also cause many Bahamians who migrated to Grand
Bahama for employment opportunities to return home.

Mr Christie noted that the Bahamian economy today is
very strong and robust. He said external reserves have
increased to $601 million as of February 22, 2006.

Also that domestic credit is up 1.084 billion since May,
2002, and that demand deposits, savings and fixed deposits
have all shown sharp increases since May, 2002, when his
government came to office. He also touched on the increase
in tourism arrivals.

The prime minister also said that much focus must now
come to meaningfully integrating Bahamians into the econ-
omy of the Bahamas.

Mr Christie said the creation of the Domestic Invest-
ment Board was to make sense of all of the avenues that the
Bahamian has to travel to get into business.















already banned smoking at
Nassau International Airport, it
was time to extend that ban to
other public places.

Publicity

“I believe it is time health
authorities go. beyond simply

verbalising that the health of.

the nation is the wealth of the

matter whose it is. Every life
that is lost, it bothers me. Crime
is something that will be with
us as long as we encourage it,”
she said.

The minister said government -
and the police are working very

. hard to bring about a reduction

in crime. However, they cannot
do it alone.

She said they are looking for-
ward to “really doing some dra-
conian things” as it relates to
arresting crime on the streets.

Mrs Pratt said one of the
measures is aimed at countering
the issue of stolen vehicles,
which is.at the centre of many
criminal activities.

She said Police Commission-
er Paul Farquharson will make
an announcement on additional
measures “very soon”.

Recent attempts to discredit
certain police officers can have
a damaging impact on the cred-
ibility of the force, she said.

“These are young men and
women who continue to do
their jobs professionally, but

Health conscious bishop’s

nation and publish information
that will protect the health
interests of non- smokers.

“People who smoke have a
right to kill themselves slowly if
they so wish, but reams of
information are being circulat-
ed that smoking is a killer and
second-hand smoking is equal-
ly dangerous. I think it is time
this silent, insidious issue was
addressed.”

Pratt's appeal for unity on crime

nonetheless they are always crit-
icised. Every time you look
around, they are being criti-
cised,” she said.

“When we discredit the
police force, it takes forever to
get that credibility back and I
think it is unfair that people are
trying to damage the credibility
of an entire force, based. on one
or two bad apples”. .

Mrs Pratt said the public and
parliamentarians should stop
blaming the police for the levels
of crime that are negatively
impacting the country and place
some of that blame where it
ought to be, on the erosion of
the family structure and family
values.

The minister said one criti-
cism the government and police
have faced is for the establish-
ment of the urban renewal pro-
gramme in a number of inner-
city communities.

She said statistics showed that
crime has been reduced “con-
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communities where urban

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He said the time has come
to consider if the country wants
to join the many public insti-
tutions worldwide that have
banned smoking in shopping
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“Second-hand smoke is
deadly and the more individu-
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S OME say the reason for
government inaction on
the Cuban dentist issue is the
fear that Fidel Castro will refuse
{o accept other illegal Cubans
from the Bahamas if we allow
any detainee to go to the Unit-
ed States in violation of a treaty
obligation.

This could potentially leave
us with hundreds of unwanted
Cuban permanent residents.
Others go further and say Cas-
tro will flood the Bahamas with
refugees. They argue that either
of these scenarios would be
more problematic than any
American fallout over return-
ing the two dentists to Cuba
might be.

Well, those fears are not
entirely far-fetched. The
Cubans have used mass emi-
gration to pressure the US sev-
eral times. Twenty-five years
ago, they created a crisis that
almost overwhelmed the US
Coast Guard. In just five
months, some 150,000 migrants
poured into South Florida.

In addition to thousands of
criminals, mental health patients
and others cast out of Cuba,
they included tens of thousands
of Haitians trying to take advan-
tage of the situation. Public ser-
vices in the US were swamped
and ethnic tensions were raised,
speeding the departure of non-
Hispanics from Miami.

The Mariel Boatlift, as it was
called, ended Washington’s
“open arms” treatment of
Cuban refugees — a policy that
had applied since the early days
of the 1959 revolution. After
Mariel, US immigration policy
became much stricter towards
Cubans, although they still
received favoured treatment
compared to other nationalities.

All of this is bound up in the

45-year vendetta between Cas-

tro and the United States that
dates back to the dark days of
the Cold War when Cuba

became a communist satellite

ol the Soviet Union, and Castro
almost triggered a nuclear war
in the process.

“Originally we embarked on
a policy of trying to poke Castro
in the eye at every opportunity
and one way we could do that
was to welcome all the refugees

”

from Communist Cuba,” said
law professor Jan Ting, a for-
mer senior official in the US
Immigration and Naturalization
Service. “That policy has been
maintained up to the present
day for political reasons;
(because) the Cuban American
vote is the swing vote in a swing
state.”

‘kz policy began by
accepting more than
200,000 upper and middle class
Cubans in the first three years
after the revolution. A second
wave of emigration began in
1965 when another 330,000
Cubans fled to the United
States on so-called “freedom

‘ flights” until the airlift was

closed in 1973.

For strategic reasons, the
Americans accepted these
migrants as political refugees
and passed the 1966 Cuban
Adjustment Act to facilitate
their integration into American
society. Under this law, Cubans
qualify for permanent residence
in the US after only one year.

The Mariel crisis exploded in
1980 when more than 15,000
asylum-seekers stormed the
grounds of the Peruvian
embassy in Havana. Facing a
loss of control, the Cuban gov-
ernment unilaterally opened the
port of Mariel for mass emigra-
tion by boat, calling on exiles
in South Florida to evacuate
their relatives.

The Miami Cubans did so in
great numbers, providing the
transportation for this unique
boatlift, and effectively co-oper-

ating with the Cuban govern- .

ment against the will of the US.
After five months of chaos, Cas-
tro closed his borders again.
Another wave of emigration
came after the collapse of the
Soviet bloc at the end of the
Cold War, which threw Cuba
into an economic tailspin. As
the numbers of clandestine
boat-people steadily grew in the
early 1990s, Castro once again
opened the flood-gates. In
August 1994 he declared that
anyone could leave the island
by sea. And more than 30,000

sailed for the US on makeshift

rafts.
Most were picked up by the

Coast Guard and taken to
refugee camps at the US naval
base of Guantanamo, from
where they were gradually
admitted to the United States
in the following years. But the
arrival of hundreds of Cuban
boat people daily created polit-
ical pressures on the American
government to stop the influx.

So after secret talks, an
accord was reached in 1994 that
marked another turning-point.
The US agreed that anyone
picked up at sea (who are con-
sidered “illegal emigrants” by

A person who ent ers th
Bahamas, but has legal access.

mmigration, the US and Cub



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remember the plight of the boat
people is the cheapest and the
most effective propaganda tool
that the extreme right wing in
Washington and the-reactionary

; Miami Cuban mob has.”








to a third country, should be |
allowed to go and not be ©
imprisoned at the whim of an

aging dictator



the Cuban authorities) would
not be granted entry, while the

_ visa programme for Cubans

would be expanded to accept a
minimum of 20,000 a year. Cas-
tro then once again closed his
borders to any undocumented
emigration.

"[ 1994 agreement left
a loophole for Ameri-
can special treatment of Cuban
emigrants. While those caught
at sea are returned to Cuba,

those making landfall continue
to benefit from the 1966 Cuban

' Adjustment Act. This so-called

“wet-foot, dry-foot” policy has

‘led to absurd scenes of Cuban

boat-people desperately trying
to escape capture by the US
Coast Guard.

The Cubans say the policy is
“just another dirty trick.. .if the
US has an immigration law that
allows Cubans to leave the
island legally why then does (it)
have another policy enticing

them to leave illegally? You.

cannot have it both ways. But

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BISHOP LEV! CLARKE
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BISHOP CLARENCE N. WILLIAMS .

National Overseer

MINISTER JANET A. WAITE
Regional Ministry Director

anual Baptisrnal Procession will leave the Tabernacl

Jor the Western Esplanade followed by the live ZNS

“Serve the Lord with Gladnes
Natiorial Overseer, Bishop
Dr. Elgarnec B. Halcles

Ministering in aneinted song and music will be che
_ Convention Choir and Praise Team, The Tabernacle Concert
Choir and other Church Choirs and singing Groups, along
_ with the world famous Sahama Brass Band, che Youth Brass

Band, and the Junicr Brass Band.

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Meanwhile, critics in the US
see the policy as a “monstrous”
attempt to normalise relations
with Cuba: “It is a crime to try
to leave Cuba without govern-
ment permission,” said Nation-
al Review writer Elliot Abrams.
“How, under international law,
can we return someone whose
very act of leaving constituted a
prosecutable offence in his
homeland?”

Since the late 1990s, illegal

Cuban immigration to the US

has virtually dried up, whereas
in 1998, for example, half a mil-
lion Cubans applied for US

‘visas. Experts say that uncon-

trolled exit — which is a threat to
Castro’s authority - has become
much less of a problem since
the 1994 agreement.

Despite claims to the con-
trary, Castro has always main-
tained firm control over emi-
gration, making it a once and
for all decision accompanied by
draconian measures such as
confiscation of property, costly
bureaucratic procedures and
social denigration. Some are not

allowed to emigrate at all -
including doctors, dentists, army
officers and party officials.
Enforcement of these cofdi-
tions rests on the regime’s con-
trol over access to international
transportation.





he two. ‘Cuban dentists
that are the focus of

: the present controversy had US

‘but: were denied permis-

sion to’ émigrate by the Cuban
. government. Years after their .

families went to Florida legally,
the pair left Cuba clandestinely
by boat last April and were
picked up by the US Coast
Guard in Bahamian waters. The
Americans turned them over.to
Bahamian ‘authorities as. they
are required to do.

They have been imprisoned
in the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre ever since. Last
summer they applied to the For-
eign Ministry for asylum, but
relatives say no reply was ever
received. Despite numerous
behind-the-scenes attempts by
American interlocutors to free
them, the government simply
stonewalled the matter. So the
family went public recently and
now the case has become a
cause celebre in Florida.

Officially, our hands are said
to be tied by an agreement with
Cuba that dates to 1996, when
there were hundreds of refugees
stuck at the detention centre
with nowhere to go. The only
recourse was to send them back
at our expense. This was similar
to the agreement to return ille-
gal Haitians who had nowhere
else to go.

An amendment to the agree-

ment in 1998 reinforced the ©
Castro’s regime’s position that .
. “all Cuban illegal immigrants

who arrive in the territory of
the Bahamas from Cuba shall
be repatriated to Cuba” within
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tions to the rule.

The Cuban regime says its cit-
izens want to leave purely for
economic reasons and. blames

‘ those conditions on the collapse

of the Socialist bloc and the
effects of the American embar-
go — in other words we are back
to the old vendetta. And we
should not forget that: Castro

- has become a revered figure in

the halls of CARICOM for
standing up to the gringos for so
long.

Hee: this situation
is not as difficult as

some would have us believe.
First, we have no business
upholding laws which deny peo-
ple the basic right to leave their
own country. Second, a person
who enters the Bahamas, but
has legal access to a third coun-
try, should be allowed to go and
not be imprisoned at the whim
of an aging dictator. Third, the
matter should have. been dealt
with expeditiously — one way or
the. other - at the very outset
and not allowed to deteriorate.

The two dentists are not ille-
gals who either have to be
returned against their will or
allowed to stay in the Bahamas.
Their case is not the same as
undocumented Cubans,
Haitians or others who arrive
on our shores illegally.

Crocodile tears notwith-
standing, no competent foreign
minister would have allowed
this situation inadvertently to
mushroom. to such alarming
proportions. And it is interest-
ing that the government’s
response so far seeks only to
justify the damage we are pre-
pared to do to our relations with
the US, not to mention our will-
ingness to send two innocent
people back to imprisonment.

We have-to agree with those
who argue that the mishandling
of this case and the publicity it
has generated make the den-
tists de facto political*refugees.
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St Andrew’s residents discuss improvements

RESIDENTS of St Andrew's Beach
Estates met on Sunday to discuss measures
that can be implemented to better the com-
munity.

During the meeting, residents discussed
issues such as speed bumps, lansdscaping
and the development of a community park.

MP for the Yahmacraw constituency and
Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin
was also in attendance to answer any resi-
dents’ concerns that residents.

David Moss of the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing with the responsibility
for community parks development was also

on hand to tell residents about the govern- —

ment's involvement in the other communi-
ty parks. :

According to Mr. Moss, construction of
the park will begin "right away" once
approval has been given by the Ministry.

Sunday afternoon community meetings
have been an ongoing initiatives of the St
Andrew’s Beach Estates Association since
last year. So far discussions from these
meeting have produced the entrance wall
and crime watch sign that will be placed
throughout the community — all of them
sponsored through donations from resi-
dents and fundraisers.

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DAVID Moss, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Housing; Melanie Griffin, MP for the
Yahmacraw Constituency and Minister of Social Services; and Eric Ingraham, president
of St Andrew’s Beach Estates Association listening to concerns from residents

Maynard-Gibson pays
visit to Bar Council




ATTORNEY General and
Minister of Legal Affairs
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
attended the first Bar Council
meeting tobe held since assum-
ing her new Cabinet portfolio.

President Wayne Munroe
said Mrs Maynard-Gibson was
the first Attorney General he
could recall who attended a Bar
Council meeting.

“We are impressed with the
interest shown by the Attorney
General in the business of our

Council,” said Mr Munroe.

As a matter of law, the Attor-
ney General is a member of the
Bar Council and can attend per-
sonally or can send a represen-
tative.

The council, which has
almost 800 members, is a statu-
tory body that polices the local
Bar Association.

According to Mr Munroe, the
Attorney General was not spe-
cially invited to the meeting, but
when she found out about it,

she made it her business to
attend.

He was pleased by this reac-.

tion as the Attorney General is
charged with the administration
of justice, and the Bar is one of
the actors in that system.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson
explained why she felt it was
vital that she went to the meet-
ing.
“One of the three pillars that
we are going to deal with imme-
diately is the administration of

justice, and as the president

indicated, the Bar Council is a
key player. So once I discov-
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a double act a triumph

ane Edwards Twins

. STAGE REVIEW
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thing I’ve never done
before — book tickets to see a
stage performance for the third
time.

Frank Sinatra didn’t tempt
me. Nor did Ann Murray, Rick
Nelson or Gladys Knight and
The Pips. Glen Campbell was
good but not that good. And
Wayne Newton? Mmmm...
maybe not.

However, I’d book an air
ticket to Vladivostok to see the
Edwards Twins, who have been
gracing the stage at Nassau’s
Rainforest Theatre, Crystal
Palace Casino, for several -
months now.

In an age when TV deifies
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guys can’t impersonate.
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I wonder if Barbra Streisand
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Guana Cay residents tell visitors
bout opposition to development

Association organises
beach demonstration







‘GUANA Cay residents have launched a campaign to let visitors
know what they see as the desecration of the environment caused
bythe Bakers Bay development.

At a recent fundraiser in Guana Cay, the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association displayed huge signs on the beach to let interested buy-
ers at Bakers Bay, tourists and visitors know what locals saw as the
desecration of their environmental heritage.

The association is waiting for the Supreme court in Freeport to
deliver judgment in the judicial review which was completed recent-
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Council and into the international forum if necessary.
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gdvernment can feel it is okay to just give away over 150 acres of
Crown land for free to foreign developers who are just going to sell
it for million per acre? Why doesn’t the governement bless some
B hamians with this wealth? Bahamians can hardly afford to buy
land in the Abacos, especially on Guana Cay, and yet what little
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in Rawson Square



not-Bahamians."

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MoT weather
conference
now available
on podcasts

THE Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism will launch the
Bahamas Weather Conference
podcast centre today at the 10th
anniversary of the event.

‘This new feature will be
available on the conference
website at www.bahamaswx-
conference.com and Apple
iTunes. .

‘Video podcasts from the 10th
annual Bahamas Weather Con-
ference will be based on this
year’s agenda of presentations,
which will look back at a his-
toric 2005 hurricane season,
global warming and hurricane
activity, the effect of storm

surge and high wind on urban»

areas and the insight of Gulf
Coast and Florida emergency
managers.

The 2006 forecast will also be
a focus of the conference and
featured video podcast. These
short video features will be
posted daily from March 8 to
12 while the conference is tak-
ing place at The Westin, Grand
Bahama Island.

The Bahamas in 1997 became
the first Caribbean country to
address the topic of hurricanes
directly -by creating the
Bahamas Weather Conference,
Since its inception, the confer-
ence has hosted hundreds of
meteorologists from North
America as well as Canada and
Europe.

A ministry Spokesman said:

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“The success of the-Bahamas
Weather Conference has been
its ability to bring together
media with the top hurricane
experts in the U.S. including Dr.
Bob Sheets, former director of
the National Hurricane Center,
Max Mayfield, director. of the
National Hurricane Center, Dr.
William Gray of Colorado State
University, and many others
from the National Weather Ser-

‘vice and emergency manage-

ment.

“The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism has been recognised
as a leader in the tourism indus-
try for this long-standing initia-
tive and is pleased to lead the
way again by employing this
new technology to expand the
reach of the Bahamas Weather
Conference far beyond its bor-

ders.”

Weather media and other
interested parties can access the
video on the homepage at
www.bahamaswxconference.co
m or click on the Apple iTunes

~ icon to subscribe. Subscription

will automatically deliver new
content to those registered
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Podcast Center will provide

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iPods, viewing on the site or
download to computer in
Quicktime, Windows Media or
Flash.





MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe opening last year’s
Weather Conference





(Tribune archive photo)

S-DC in
Re-Accreditation Process

Months of prepara-
tion and institutional sel!
study finally paid off in
early January when The
Bahamas campus of SD-
G underwent four days of
critical evaluation by the
Middle States
Association af Colleges
and Schools,

Or Edison 0.
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feu of the Middle States examining student
Assaciation of Colleges records, tacully profiles,
aid Schools recently pail agministration policies
ant . and fiscal procedures.
assessment visit to the The purpose of the visit
Bahamas campus was to determine the suit-
of SDL ‘ ability of the institution tor
continued mambership in
and endorsement by the

Middle States accreditation body.
“Al accredited institutions are obliged to
underge institutional seli-study and then to submit
ta formal assassment by the accrediting organiza-

Hion,® Dr. Jackson explained. “The visits come at

requiat intervals, usually in ten-year cycles, and my
job is to determine if the particular school is living up
fo it's intended mandate. if if is delivering a quailty

educailanal product, il its record-keeping and finan-
Cai management are sound and if students and

alumni are.satisfied with the end-product. We're

_ also interested to know if the institution is. serving a

worthwhile purpose within the community.”
The Bahamas visit represents ihe first phase
of SD-C's re-accreditation process; the main cam-

pus in Baltimore, Maryland will be assessed in early §
‘April, Onoe the visitation process has been com- §

pleted, institutions receive a final report: from the
accrediting body.

in the meantime, to quote Dr. Jackson, “his
campus can be proud of the great job it is doing in
offering a fine, quality educational product to stu-
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THE TRIBUNE

Teeter es) It all adds up
for local author

Christine Aylen



i FAMILY AFFAIR — Local author Christine Aylen gets a little help from her son Matthew, 4,
as she reads ‘My First Bahamian Counting Book’ at a Super Storytime event at Logos Bookstore, Har-
bour Bay Shopping Plaza. (Photo: Tim Aylen)













































































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VACANCY NOTICE

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN




The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR ASSOCIATE/IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN in its IT Enterprise
Support Department.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The IT Service Desk is the primary support for all problem reports, break / fix notification, or other
service requests entering IT. The Sr. Associate, IT Service Desk performs level 1 support responding
to inquiries and requests for assistance with the company's enterprise support systems, applications,
and PC's. Responsibilities include first point of contact for end-users, trouble ticket management,
remote problem isolation, resolution and customer follow-up of reported issues. The Sr. Associate
IT Support ensures internal customer satisfaction through diagnosing, troubleshooting and
correcting problems quickly with a high degree of accuracy. The Associate escalates and
coordinates with other IT functional areas to resolve problems as necessary. The Associate, PC
Products Administration works primarily in maintaining PC systems, which include but are not
limited to Desktops, Workstations, Laptops, Servers, Printers, and other peripherals in the:setup,
installation and configuration, upgrade, and troubleshooting of all systems hardware and OS
platforms. Assist in Inventory Control and maintenance of all company owned computer equipment,
peripherals and assets on hand and remote sites according to the defined Asset
Management/Tracking Inventory procedures. Respond, analyze and resolve hardware maintenance
issues within the required service levels and report on issue status and resolution. Effectively and
accurately document failure conditions and repair actions in the IT trouble ticket application.
Ensure internal customer satisfaction through diagnosing, troubleshooting and correcting problems
quickly with a high degree of accuracy. Escalates and coordinates with other IT functional areas
or vendors to resolve problems as necessary

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: ;

e Perform first point of contact (level 1 support) to: receive, monitor and track all end user
requests (trouble reports, bug reports, enhancement requests, PC support and maintenance,
etc.) that come into the IT Service Desk

e Perform daily duties in accordance to defined service level and standard operating
procedures é

e Provide trouble ticket tracking numbers for all service requests to the Service Desk

e Troubleshoot, isolate and resolve all issues that can be solely addressed by the
Service Desk to minimize escalations to the next level support :

© Interact with all IT functional areas to escalate and manage problems to the next levels
of IT support that cannot be resolved by the Service Desk on its own

_¢ Perform follow-up calls to internal customers upon problem resolution for acceptance and
to close trouble tickets

e Advise the Manager, Enterprise Systems and Support Services, of any situation

arising that may affect the overall functioning or performance of the IT Service Desk

Document processes and procedures as required ;

Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by management

Perform PC maintenance, PC software installation, and PC configuration management

Maintain and support existing PC equipment including Desktops, Workstations,

Laptops, Servers, and Printers as well as implement new PC’s, software and

network peripherals as required.

e Perform the installation, configuration, and tuning as well as ongoing maintenance
of PC client software and 3rd party product components and subsystems.

e Perform daily duties in accordance to defined services levels and standard
operating procedures. . ,

e Maintain the company’s computer hardware, software and peripheral asset inventory.

e Test hardware and software components for compatibility and stability within end-
user environment.

e Perform preventive maintenance on all hardware peripherals and off-line equipment
as required.

e Interface with IT Service Desk level 1 support to receive trouble ticket information and
manage issues through to resolution. Interact with all IT functional areas or vendors to
escalate and manage problems to the next levels of support that cannot be resolved.

e Participates in the evaluation and review of software/hardware solutions and
systems, while also assisting in the preparation of reports and recommendations.

e Document software/hardware specific install instructions and other related
processes and procedures as required.

e Advise the Manager, Enterprise Systems and Support Services of any situation arising that
may affect the overall functioning or performance of the PC Product Administration group.

e Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by management.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

e Bachelors degree Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering,
Information Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience
in related fields.

e- 7+ years Help/Service Desk support experience

e 3 years experience utilizing a trouble ticket support system such as Remedy, Heat, or other
system

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

e Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving

e Strong customer service focus and excellent interpersonal skills

e Broad range of network, desktop and application technologies and architecture knowledge
is required, including experience and support skills in the following: Win NT/2000/2003
Servers, Win 95/98/2000/XP Desktops, MS Exchange, MS Office Professional Products,
Anti-Virus solutions

e Experience with technologies such as PeopleSoft, Sentori, ICMS or ROSS Systems is a
strong plus

e Intermediate experience in the following systems knowledge: AS/400, Solaris and AIX

e Basic experience jn the following database technologies: Oracle, SQL Server and DB2

e Knowledge and experience with trouble management, systems management and remote
administration tools and technologies

e General office and phone skills

e Testing and documentation skills

° Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications

e Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with all levels of staff

e Must have a thorough knowledge of Windows Operating Systems (Windows 95, NT, XP,
2000) and Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access) at the end-user level.

e Able to work under time constraints and have the ability to manage a diverse and sometimes
heavy workload.

e A+ Certification, MCP Certification and/or MCSE Certification is a strong plus.




All applications are to be received at BTC’s Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
March 17, 2006 and addressed as follows:

DIRECTOR
HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS ~

RE: SENIOR ASSOCIATE/IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN








“MY FIRST Bahamian

Counting Book” made its offi- .

cial debut at Logos Bookstore,
Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza,
on Saturday, March 4.
Author Christine Aylen
introduced the delightful

. rhyming book at a Super Sto-

rytime event for babies, tod-
dlers and parents.
The North Caribbean chap-

’ ter of the Society of Children’s

Book Writers and Illustrators
co-ordinated the event and
representatives met with pro-
fessional and aspiring chil-
dren’s authors. “Christine is
our newest recruit. We’re
excited to welcome her to our

. SCBWI family of 19,000 mem-

bers in 70 regions worldwide.
Bahamian Alice Bain, who
wrote ‘99 Potcakes’, is also a
member,” said regional advis-

- er Rosemarie Johnson Clarke.

Manuscripts
Published by LMH Publish-

' ing in Kingston, Jamaica, Mrs

Aylen is a first-time Bahamian

author who is working on sev- .

eral other manuscripts, includ-
ing one with her husband,
photographer Tim Aylen.

She studied children’s book
writing at the City Literary
Institute, London, England,
but said she has learned far
more about writing for chil-
dren as a mother to Julia, 7,
and Matthew, 4.

“Reading to my kids, play--

ing with them, just observing
and listening to them has
taught me so much,” Mrs
Aylen said.

In fact, Matthew inspired

‘her to write her first book.

“One night he was helping me



count and identify objects in
a British counting book. When
he saw mittens, he said,
‘hands.’ I realised that many
things our children see in
books are not things we see in
The Bahamas.

“He’d never seen a pair of

‘ mittens before. So I decided
to follow the old rule: ‘Write

about what you know.’”
During discussion time at

Logos, Mrs Aylen recom- |

mended her favourite authors
— Enid Blyton, Dr Seuss and
Judy Blume. One of her
favourite story collections is

“The Sesame Street Library,” |

a childhood gift from her par-
ents.

“They have a cookie recipe
in them and my mother taught
me how to bake them on my
own. My daugliter, Julia, and I
use the same recipe and she is
reading my old Sesame Street
books, which are out of print
now.” aa

As a child, her favourite
series was Enid Blyton’s

“Magic Faraway Tree” books, .

which are still in print. “The
characters are so unique and

‘exciting and all the little

details are so vivid. I felt like I
was peeking into another
world, it was such an amazing
place to escape to.”

Mrs Aylen is a big ‘read
aloud’ advocate. “My dad read
to me nearly every night until

I was too old to be read to but |

we both enjoyed the time
together so neither of us want-
ed to say anything to the other
for fear of hurt feelings. I
guess my love of books came
from him.”

And she has inherited the
writing bug gene. Her great,

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22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

great grandfather, Thomas
Murray Ford, was actually a
playwright and author who
wrote under the pen name
Thomas LeBreton.

She recently bought some.of
his books and is anxiously
awaiting their arrival from.a
rare books archive. “They are.
from the 1920s; they will be
tattered and torn but it means
so much to me to get to know.
him a little, through his writ-
ing. He has always fascinated
me,” she said.

Published

Mrs Aylen’s non-fiction.
writing has been published in’
The Tribune, INARU,
(Bahamian women’s maga-
zine), Island Magazine and
Island Sense in Grand
Bahama. oe

She encouraged Bahamians
and residents with a passion
to write or illustrate children’s,
books to join the Society ‘af
Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators (SCBWI). -

Other countries in the North
Caribbean region include
Bermuda, Cayman Islands,
Dominican Republic, Haiti,
Jamaica, Puerto. Rico, Turks.
and Caicos, and the US and
British Virgin Islands. ae

Founded in 1971, the SCB-.
WI acts as a network wheré
writers, illustrators, editors,
publishers, agents, librarians,
educators, booksellers and
others involved with literature
for young people actively
exchange knowledge.

e For more information
visit www.scbwi.com and
www.caribbeanchildren.com

seca) ae

















VERY REVEREND
FOSTER BANCROFT
PESTAINA, 78

of Mount Vernon, off Eastern Road,
Nassau, The Bahamas, will be held
at Christ Church Cathedral, George
Street, Nassau, on Thursday, 9th
March, 2006 at 11am. -

The chief celebrant will be the Most
Reverend Drexel Gomez Lord Bishop
of Nassau and The Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos and Archbishop of The West Indies and .
Metropolitan and the preacher will be Reverend Canon Dr.

D. Kortright Davis, Rector The Holy Comforter Episcopal ©
Church, Washington, DC, and Professor of Theology, Howard
University School of Divinity.

Cremation will follow and interment will be in The Garden of
Remembrance, Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, on
Friday, 10th March, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.

His wife, the late Ruby Hallpike Pestania, predeceased him
in October, 2000. His survivors include two sisters,|vy Pestania
Jeffers and Daisy Pestaina and three brothers, Earl, Raymond
and Dr Basil Pestaina.

The body of Dean Pestaina will lie in the chancel of Christ
Church Cathedral, George Street on Wednesday, 8th March,
2006 from 2pm to 9pm and again on Thursday, 9th March, 4.
2006 from 8am to 10am. |

Instead of flowers the family request that donations be sent
to Christ Church Cathedral Building Fund, P.O. Box N-653,
Nassau, The Bahamas in memory of Dean Foster B. Pestaina.











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Refugee: Cuban
dentists would
be imprisoned
if returned to

their country
FROM page one

ical refugee status under the
UN’s 1951 Convention on
the Status of Refugees and
its 1967 Protocol.

Dr Lopez told how he
had escaped from a life of
hardship in Cuba by liter-
ally risking his life on the
high seas to reach the
Bahamas.

“You cannot imagine the
conditions in Cuba,” Dr
Lopez said, painting a
darker and more lurid
Cuba than most visitors to
the island are able to see.

He ‘wondered why the
two dentists, who had
braved the same hardships
as he had, were not simply
granted political asylum,
thus saving them from the
unspeakable horrors they
will face should they be
returned home.

The two dentists, Dr
Marialys Mesa, and Dr
David Mejias, were winners
of a national US visa lot-
tery and were on their way
to join their families in the
US when they were inter-
cepted in Bahamian waters.
For the past 10 months
they have been held at the
Detention Centre. Their
incarceration and the
length of time they have
been héld has attracted the
attention of the interna-
tional media, especially
the Cuban American
community of South Flori-
da. —

Florida Governor Jeb
Bush on his first official vis-
it to the Bahamas met with
Mr Christie and his cabinet
and stressed the impor-
tance and his desire to have
the Cuban dentists’ matter
handled “aggressively”.

Prime Minister Perry
Christie announced in the
House of Assembly last
Wednesday that he had
made a decision in the case
of the two doctors. How-
ever, he did not say what
the decision was, whether
they are to go back to Cuba
or be released to the Unit-
ed States.

He said that certain for-
mal preparations had to be
made before the public
would be _ informed
of the details “in due
course”.

A government
spokesman said that they
also could not confirm if
government was contem-
plating sending the dentists
to a third country. He
declined any further com-
ment on the matter.

FROM page one

(MID) company, which will be
equally owned by the govern-
ment through the Hotel Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas and the
I-Group.

Speaking at the signing yes-
terday, Prime Minister Perry
Christie said.that this project
will place Bahamians in a
position to benefit in a way
that they have never before
benefited from a develop-
ment of this nature.

“To be sure, the mutual
objective of both joint ven-
ture partners in this arrange-
ment will be to bring their
resources together, as set out
in the agreements, in a joint

effort to stimulate new and .

sustainable development and
growth in Mayaguana.

“The I-Group, a solidly
grounded family-owned
enterprise in the northeast-
ern United States will con-
tribute capital of some $14
million in the initial stage,
development expertise and its
management capabilities to
the venture,” he said.

Mr Christie said that for
government’s part, it will con-

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tribute land, development
concessions, and the exper-
tise inherent in the Hotel
Corporation of the Bahamas,
and its one-day planned suc-
cessor, the Tourism Devel-
opment Corporation.

President of I-Group,
Stephen Roy said that they
are just as equally enthusias-
tic about the project, and
look forward to a very fruitful
relationship with the people
of Mayaguana and the peo-
ple of the Bahamas.

The project looks to
include in phase one a num-
ber of items, namely a 10-slip
marina to accommodate large
leisure vessels, a 50-lot resi-
dential community, a golf
course, an equestrian-themed
housing subdivision, and the
rebuilding and upgrading of
the current airport to receive
international flights.

Also an oversized water
plant will be installed to
enable the MID to provide
potable water to local com-
munities of Abraham’s Bay,
Betsy Bay, and Pirates Well.

Beyond the two-year initial
phase, the MID group is con-
templating developing two

PM won't ‘sit and wait’

FROM page one






Mr Christie said that the current owners are aware of the fact
that Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and chairman of the
Grand Bahama Port Authority Julian Francis have been meet-
ing with a group of investors who have expressed interest in not
just buying the Royal Oasis, but also in making a major con-
tribution to the facilities that complement the resort, including
the International Bazaar.

Retailers from the International Bazaar last month
approached lawyer Fred Smith to explore the legal avenues of
putting pressure on Lehman Brothers to bring about a rapid sale































Royal Oasis.

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or re-opening of the Royal Oasis.

Mr Christie would not disclose the name of the group, which
has expressed an interest in taking over the resort, but said
that it has somewhat of an economic relationship with Freeport.

Therefore, he added, the Port Authority is confident in
putting their support behind the group.

“The difficulty for me, however,” he said, “is that I am now
a prime minister who is beginning to hear the beat of the peo-
ple running behind me, that’s politics. I am not speaking to
you (the audience), | am speaking to Lehman Brothers when I
say this: ‘And therefore the level of patience that I had in
approaching the subject matter is diminishing’.

The prime minister added that government has set a date in
the near future for meeting with the hotel owners.

“T expect that meeting to be a good meeting with good results
for Grand Bahama. I know that they have made an insurance
settlement and that therefore that is behind them, the details of
which I should wait for the meeting to discuss further with
them before I speak to the Bahamian public on it,” he said.

The prime minister also said he is aware that Lehman Broth-
ers have had several offers by groups that are within the price
range they are asking for the property.

“I do know that they have represented, that at least one of
those groups they were about to enter into a purchase agree-
ment with. I do know that further representation has been
made to them, with respect to the Grand Bahamian interest, is
having the right purchaser, and not just a purchaser,” he said.

The Tribune reported last month that several groups from the
UK and Canada are among those interested in purchasing the

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VACANCY NOTICE

SENIOR ASSOCIATE INTERNAL AUDIT

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

Duties and Responsibilities:

e Perform or assist in the performance of preliminary research for assigned audits in accordance
with the Internal Auditing methodology, including conducting interviews with operational
managers, supervisors, and staff members; flowcharting audit clients’ operational/financial
procedures and conducting risk assessments;
Determine or assist in the determination of appropriate audit approaches, scope, and tools

for assigned audits;

Perform test of controls using appropriate audit tools and techniques;

Compile findings in a clear and concise manner in accordance with the Internal Audit
Department’s guidelines and format;
Confer with management, consult reference materials and other sources, and use knowledge
and experience to devise practical remedies for deficiences noted and make recommendations

for corrective action;

Document and compile audit evidence and working papers in accordance with the Internal
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Other duties and tasks as required.

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«

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certification (CPA, CIA, CA, ACCA) and four (4) years internal auditing experience.

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analysis software, and computer assisted auditing techniques are required;

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Standards ar required.

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March 15, 2006 and addressed as follows:

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HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING

THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

RE: SENIOR ASSOCIATE/INTERNAL AUDIT



200-room hotels, 2,194 resi-
dential sites, two golf courses,
a marina city and expansion
of the marina to 200 slips, and
the development of a 500-
acre industrial park.

Mr Christie explained that
under the agreement, the
land that will be conveyed to
the MID will not include any
parcels of Crown Land pre-
viously gffered by the gov-
ernment#or use by Bahami-
ans.

He also added that the
tract,.some 9,999 acres will
not include, if any, land that
had been previously offered
to other developers that had
applied to government for
purchase or lease.

“At the time of closing, the
I-Group will pay the govern-
ment $2 million and the gov-
ernment would, within 60
days, convey to the joint ven-
ture company MID the first
tranche of 5,825 acres of
Crown Land.

“The transfer of the second
tranche of 2,087 acres to MID
will take place following ver-
ification that substantial com-
pletion of the airport project
has occurred, and that the
airport is open and opera-
tional,” he said.

The final tract of another
2,087 acres will be transferred
to MID after verification that
the “initial project” has been
substantially completed.

“Long forgotten, long
neglected, long forsaken
Mayaguana can now rise and
take its place at the national
table as a full partner,” Mr
Christie said. “With this
agreement Mayaguana joins
all the other islands of the
Bahamas that are helping to
write a new history of eco-
nomic progress and prosperi-
ty for our country.”

“It is a great day for
Mayaguana. It is an historic
day for the southeastern
Bahamas. It is indeed a proud
and happy moment for all the
Bahamas for we all share in
the great promise this won-
derful new development
holds in store for an island
that finally, after all these

-centuries; is coming into-its
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Heads of agreement

Reports of gunfire -
in area near PM’s home

FROM page one

diately rushed to the scene, but could not detect any sign of “mis-
chief.”

“Nevertheless, we called in crime scene investigators to look
over the area, but there was no indication that anything untoward
had happened,” he said.

Mr Hanna said that police are satisfied that the prime minister
and his family members were at no time the targets of a criminal act.

He emphasised that police are committed at all times to ensur-
ing Mr Christie’s safety and his ability to move about unfettered.

Following this incident, he added, police are now considering cer-
tain adjustments to the prime minister’s security.

At least four police cars were at the scene Monday night and late
yesterday afternoon two policemen were seen at the front of the
house with a police car parked in a vacant lot behind the home on
Hampshire Street.

Man in custody for
questioning in connection
with murder of businessman

times at Mr Carey before taking
FROM page.one the deposit bag the business-

man was carrying.

Monday after being shot down
as he was about to enter the
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional, Harrold Road branch.
According to police, a
masked gunman fired several

The gunman then fled the
scene in a white Maxima,
licence plate number 80654.

This latest murder is the
country’s only unsolved homi-
cide.

Robber shot after
high speed chase

FROM page one

lopment Construction Manager

she saw.

“I saw a young guy run from East Street and run through a
track road on the side of the $20 store shop. Isaw CID came out of
acar with a gun. He took the gun from his side and fired three shots
while running behind the man.”

The attempted escape ended when the man was shot in his right
leg. He was taken to hospital where his condition is not considered
life threatening.

Police said the child was unharmed and was reunited with its par-
ents.

The police retrieved an imitation firearm.

“This incident today shows the kind of support that the public has
given to the police and this is the kind of support that we are look-
ing forward to seeing from the public,” said Mr Evans.



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and teacher

More images of the memorial service held at St
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(Photos: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune staff)

@ GONE but never forgotten — many students sat and thought about memories of their coach and
friend Keith Carey



@ CELEBRANTS at the memorial service for the late Keith Carey



@ KEITH Carey’s daughter Keishle and son of i SINGING for a lost hero who will live on in
his brother Bill Carey. the hearts of many students of St John’s

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Appeal over Family Guardian’s
$1.975m Star reserves allowed

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Court of Appeal has

overturned a verdict that

ruled Family Guardian,

the BISX-listed life and

health insurer, did not
have to maintain net reserves of
$1.975 million against potential liabil-
ities arising from 8,564 cash value poli-
-cies it inherited from the Star Insur-
ance acquisition in 2001.

In overturning the verdict of
Supreme Court Justice John Lyons,
the Court of Appeal found in favour
of the Registrar of Insurance, who

was represented by the Attorney Gen-

eral’s Office.

PM threatens
to strip resort’s

Apart from finding that Family
Guardian did not have to maintain
the $1.975 million in reserves against
the cash value policies, Justice Lyons
had ordered that the company was
not required to maintain any reserves
for those Star Insurance policies that
had lapsed for non-payment of pre-
miums as at November 30, 2001 - the

datte the acquisition of Star Insurance ©

was completed.

However, Court of Appeal justices
Ganpatsingh, Osadebay and Longley
allowed the Registrar of Insurance’s
appeal.

But they substituted an order
declaring that Family Guardian was
“only required” to maintain reserves
against insurance policies for which

the cash surrender value exceeded the
accrued premium arrears on the poli-
cy, as this would give “rise to a poten-
tial liability to [Family Guardian]
under the policy of insurance”

In addition, the Court of Appeal

-also declared that where the insur-

ance policy carried a cash surrender
value, it could only be cancelled or
voided by a notice issued in compli-
ance with the Insurance Act’s Section
46, when the policy’s cash value was
exhausted.

Finally, the Court of Appeal
declared that upon a default of pre-
miums due, the insurer was to notify
the policyholder that “unless the net
cash value on the policy is claimed,
the policy will be kept alive by the

$1.8bn project to have
world’s largest runway

application of the cash surrender val-
ue towards payment of the premiums
with interest and any loan instalments
due and payable”

When the cash value of the policy
was exhausted, the Court of Appeal
said it would lapse and be'cancelled.

The Court of Appeal judgement
reveals for the first time the reasons
behind the dispute that arose between
Family Guardian and Star Insurance’s
principal shareholders upon the acqui-
sition’s completion.

Family Guardian withheld monies |

paid into an escrow account, and
reduced the number of shares that
were to be given to Star Insurance’s

principals shareholders, when the dis-
‘pute over “undisclosed liabilities” first

casino licence

. PRIME Minister Perry
Christie yesterday hinted that
the Government might strip
the Royal Oasis resort of its
casino licence. if its private

| equity owner failed to find a

| buyer forthe still-closed

property soon.

“The only commodity that

I have besides debt and what

| they owe the Government in

taxes is the casino licence,”
Mr Christie said.
. “And the casino license is a

|. value to that property. There-

fore, we have to truly and sin-
cerely begin the process of
discussion, close discussion
with Lehman Brothers, with a
view to seeing how they could
best maintain the option to
have that licence as apart of
what they are selling.”
Addressing the eighth
annual Grand Bahama Busi-
ness Outlook, Mr Christie
hinted that some progress in
resolving the future of the
Royal Oasis had been made,
as the insurance claim result-

| ing from Hurricane Frances

in September 2004 had been
settled.

Mr Christie said date had
been set for a meeting in Nas-

sau with Lehman Brothers’ :

private equity arm, the de

| facto.owner of the Royal

Oasis, for a meeting in the
near future.

' “T expect that meeting to
be a good meeting with good
results for Grand Bahama. I

3.5% GDP growth in 2006

@ PRIME MINISTER
PERRY CHRISTIE

know that they have made an
insurance settlement and that
therefore that is behind them,

the details of which I should

wait for the meeting to dis-
cuss further with them before
I speak to the Bahamian pub-
lic.on it,” Mr Christie said.
The Prime Minister alluded
to meetings held by Obie
Wilchcombe, the minister of
tourism, and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority’s co-
chairman and chief executive,
Julian Francis, with a poten-
tial purchaser they thought
would be good for Grand

SEE page 3B

may last for three years

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor



|

THE Bahamas’ real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is
“at the very least” expected to match last year’s 3.5 per cent

@ By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

MAYAGUANA Island Developers
(MID) plan to build the world’s longest
runway on that island as part of a $1.8 bil-
lion development project, Stephen Roy,
president of the Baston-based [-Group,
which is a 50/50 partner in the venture,
said yesterday.

The runway, which will be overhauled by
the I-Group, will be able to accommodate
all commercial jets, connecting Mayagua-
na directly with the rest of the world.

Mayaguana Island Developers, which is
jointly owned by the I-Group and the
Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas, aim
to complete the first phase in a two-year
period, which will include the rebuilding
and upgrading of the current airport.

Mr Roy said his company, which is fam-

ily-owned and has been involved in infra- ~

structural developments throughout the
US such as oil refineries, stell mills and
power plants, plans to build a runway
longer than 7,000 feet, larger than those at

airports in New York, London, Boston

and other major hubs.

Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday ©

said such a runway would connect the once
dormant island not just with Nassau but
with the entire world, through direct flights
to Mayaguana, the next Free Trade Zone
in the Bahamas. .

He said the new runway would be com
plemented with'improved terminal facil
ties and security features which meet Inter-
national Civil Aviation Organisation stan-

dards, and is capable of accommodating ;

international jet traffic.

“The Government agrees that the air-
port rebuilding and upgrading is vital to the
successful execution of the overall devel-
opment, as it will open up greater access
between Mayaguana and the rest of the
world," said Mr Christie.

"One can only imagine what the estab-
lishment of.a safe, secure, and easily acces-
sible airport will mean for the island, as

SEE page 5B

arose.

The dispute was resolved in 2003;
according to Family Guardian’s annu-
al report for that year, with the funds
held in escrow returned to it.

The Court of Appeal ruling
revealed that when the purchase was
completed, Star had on its books 8,564
cash value policies, which had cash
surrender values collectively totalling
$2.73 million.

The individual cash values for these
policies ranged from less than $1 to
$12,565, and in some cases were used
as security for interest bearing loans.
At the merger date, the collective val-

SEE page 6B

Warning
on ‘rapid
o.q oy FekyCOse
Ome Kool am

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE .Gentral-Bank ofthe Bahamas.



| yesterday sounded a warning note on

consumer spending and the “rapid
expansion of household debt” that
took place in 2005, with “growth in
consumer credit nearly doubled at 12
per cent” or $175 million.
Addressing the Grand Bahama

Business Outlook Conference, Wendy

Craigg said the “brisk” growth in con-
sumer spending during 2005 had
absorbed much of the excess liquidity
that had built up in the commercial

SEE page 6B



increase in 2006, the Central Bank Governor said yesterday, the
economy possibly sustaining this rate for the next three years.

Addressing the Grand Bahama Business Outlook Conference,
Wendy Craigg said the positive outlook for the Bahamian econ-
omy was based upon “favourable prospects” for the US economy
and tourism industry, plus high levels of foreign direct investment
into this nation and related construction activity. :

However, Mrs Craigg said risks for this optimistic outlook
came from the “wild card” of energy prices, which had the poten-
tial to cause inflation, impose pressure on the balance of payments,
and negatively impact consumer spending.

The impact rising oil prices had on the Bahamian economy in
2005 was shown by the 43.7 per cent jump in the cost of oil
imports for the year to $525 million, Mrs Craigg said.

Oil imports accounted for almost a quarter of the value of
domestic goods imports in 2005, compared to 19 per cent in 2004.

However, the “near doubling” in the current account deficit to
GDP ratio to 10 per cent was described by the Central Bank
governor as “not entirely worrisome”, as it partly reflected
increased demand associated with foreign investment projects
in this nation. :

She also sounded a warning for
the trade unions, adding that



SEE page 3B
PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2006



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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES ~—

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Flat Bed Trucks

All Terraine Vehicle
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Mayaguana
developers to
contribute to
community

@ By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

A MAYAGUANA Com-
munity Fund with an annual

minimum contribution of

$500,000 will complement an
estimated $1.8 billion invest-
ment over the next two
decades by Mayaguana Island
Developers (MID), it was
announced yesterday during a
"landmark" Heads of Agree-
ment signing.

Fund

The fund represents a com-
mitment from the developers
to contribute to the island's
development and maintenance
in ways that would not earn
them profits, but that would be
in keeping with the plan to
make Mayaguana_ the
Bahamas' next Free Trade
Zone.

Prime Minister Perry

Christie, while announcing the
beginning of the 50/50 joint
venture between the Govern-
ment and a private investor -
the Hotel Corporation of the
Bahamas and the Boston-based
I Group - said the developers
would contribute financially to
a community fund in graduated
sums, leading up to a minimal
contribution of $500,000 annu-
ally.

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The fund will be used to
upgrade the educational,
health, security and other gov-
ernment services, as well as
public infrastructure facilities.

Mayaguana Island Develop-
ers (MID) has also undertaken

to be responsible for the main- .

tenance and upkeep of all pri-
vate and public roads and

_ bridges within the development

areas, said Mr Christie.
The joint venture company
may also be permitted to enter

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into arrangements with the
Government and public utility
corporations to construct, oper-
ate, and maintain utilities and,
in particular, the electrical sup-
ply, gas supply, telecommuni-
cations and sewerage disposal,
systems both within and out-
side the development area.

Community projects deserve
special attention, said Mr
Christie, "as-it demonstrates.
the commitment that. this
development will have to the.
successful integration’ ‘of local:
communities into the: Tespec-
tive projects".

"This integration of local
communities will be achieved
by ensuring there are improve-
ments to the quality of life for
Mayaguanians," he said.

Project

The initial project will
include:

_ * Necessary improvements
to the Mayaguana Health Clin-
ic .

* Construction of-a, science
laboratory at the Abraham's
Bay School

* Construction oF a lunch
room and recreation. facilities
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facilities

* Construction of Ba to
hard to reach areas on the
island, and

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oversize reverse osmosis plant.

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Bahamians may have chance

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i By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM

Tribune Siaff Reporter

BAHAMIANS may eventu-
ally have the opportunity to
become direct shareholders in
the $1.8 billion investment pro-
ject for Mayaguana, Prime
Minister Perry Christie
announced yesterday.

Until this happens, the joint
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FROM page 1B

Bahama.

He added that the unnamed
group had given some indica-
tions of its interest in not just
taking over Royal Oasis, but
making a major contribution
to the facilities that comple-
ment the Royal Oasis, such as
the International Bazaar.

Mz Christie said the group
had somewhat of an economic
relationship with Freeport, and
therefore a history the Grand
Bahama Port Authority felt
was sufficient enough for them
to put some support behind.

The Prime Minister is likely
to be referring to Harcourt
Developments, the Irish prop-
erty development company.
The firm had previously
expressed interest in the Royal
Oasis, but was put off after
Lehman Brothers refused to
extend its due diligence peri-
od beyond 30 days.

Other groups looking at the
Royal Oasis are understood to
be based in London, Canada,
the US and Latin America.
However, The Tribune under-
stands that no Letter of Intent
for the resort’s purchase has
been signed.

The Prime Minister’s casino
licence threat, which has been
made before, is the latest
attempt to pressure Lehman
Brothers’ private equity arm,
the de facto owner of the Roy-
al Oasis as a result of the mort-
gage it holds over the property.

The mortgage is collateral
for the $25 million advanced
to Driftwood (Freeport) to
enable the latter to acquire the
Royal Oasis, and Lehman
invested $70 million on upgrad-
ing the property before it
closed.

The private equity firm has
also positioned itself as pre-
ferred creditor as a result of
the mortgage debenture it
holds, and holds a substantial
stake in the Royal Oasis oper-

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ator, Driftwood.

The two hotel pension funds
have executed a Supreme
Court judgement against the
Royal Oasis, meaning that the
contributions owed to both
funds must be paid off in full in
the event.the resort is sold.

In addition, Grand Bahama
Power Company - owed some
$500,000 by the Royal Oasis -
issued a Sfatutory Demand for
payment on the five holding

- companies for the Royal Oasis,

giving the resort 21 days to pay
up or its attorneys would peti-
tion the Supreme Court to
appoint a liquidator/receiver
for the hotel.

The insurance settlement,
though, is likely to be seen as
overcoming a major obstacle
to the resort’s sale. It is likely to
reduce the price Lehman
Brothers is seeking, taking it
to a more realistic level that
will interest buyers. |

The price being sought is
understood to be around $45
million, but buyers will be cau-
tious due to the Royal Oasis’s
troubled history and fact that
the property is not located next
to the beach.

Mr Christie yesterday said
he was aware that Lehman
Brothers had several groups
who were within the price

range they desire for the prop-'

erty, “and I do know that they
have represented that at least
one of those groups, they were

‘about to enter into a purchase

agreement with.

“I do know that further rep-
resentation has been made to
them, with respect to the
Grand Bahamian interest, is
having the right purchaser, and
not just a purchaser.

“In a sentence, although I
am very encouraged by the
prospect of there being suc-
cessful meetings a short time

from now, I leave you with the .

view that this must be a lesson

for the country and a lesson for

Grand Bahama.”

3.5% GDP growth
in 2006 may last
for three years

FROM page 1B

wage settlements had to be
“sustainable” and “not lead to
an erosion in our external com-
petitiveness”.

Mrs Craigg said the economy
had to grow at a rate that was
fast enough to support an ever-
increasing labour force if a dent
was to be made in unemploy-
ment, as “close to 2,400 new
entrants” entered the work-
force every year.

The Department of Statistics
had measured the size of the
Bahamian labour force as
being 178,705 as at May 2005,
and Mrs Craigg acknowledged
that the Royal Oasis closure
and effects of three hurricanes
had cost 3,000 jobs on Grand
Bahama since late 2004.

. Mrs Craigg said: “Medium-
term economic prospects are
quite positive, but the challenge
comes in how to sustain the
momentum, broaden activity
throughout our islands and

generally enhance our com-
petitiveness.

“No doubt investments in
education and training, improv-

-ing the medium-term sustain-

ability of the fiscal situation,
finding ways of securing greater
efficiency through the use of
technology, upgrading our
physical infrastructure - are
some of the areas we must
focus on to bring about the
desired objective.”

Treading carefully on to the
Government’s territory, Mrs
Craigg warned that “reducing
fiscal imbalances must remain a
priority” to ensure the Gov-
ernment had room to manoeu-
vre and that the economic envi-
ronment remained stable.

The direct charge on gov-
ernment, the largest portion of
the Bahamian national debt,
rose by 6.5 per cent in 2005 to
$2.235 billion, equivalent to 37
per cent of GDP.

Mrs Craigg said the Bahami-
an economy needed to grow
faster than debt accumulation.

Developers Ltd (MID) - the I-
Group owned company set up
to manage and oversee the

‘development - would create a

15-year plan for the develop-
ment of the nation's second
free trade zone.

Provision

Provision has also been
made for the Hotel Corpora-
tion to execute the right of first
refusal in the event the I-
Group decides to sell its stake
in the project. The Hotel Cor-
poration and J-Group are to
be issued 1,000 shares in MID,
and no further shares shall be
issued without the approval of
both shareholders.

The Government is expected
to receive a $2 million payment
from the I-Group today, and

within 60 days, MID will

receive the first tranche of

- 5,825 acres of Crown Land for

the development. A land use
policy for Mayaguana is cur-
rently being developed.

MID will also pay the Hotel |

Corporation 10 per cent of the
gross sales proceeds received
from the sale of all residential
lots in the development area,
and 5 per cent of the gross
sales proceeds received for the
sale of all commercial lots in
the development area.

The I-Group will provide the
entire capital to bring about
the completion of the initial
project or first phase.

It will also spearhead the
financing related to other pro-
ject phases. Projects will be
financed to the greatest extent
possible by third party financ-
ing, approved by the Hotel
Corporation.

Corporation

The Hotel Corporation shall
not be required to contribute
any additional capital to MID,
nor fund any losses that might
be incurred by MID.

The Hotel Corporation has
agreed to assist in attracting a

hotel operator and a cruise
ship operator, and to assist the
marketing efforts of MID.

Land

In addition to the acquisi-
tion of land, the Government
has agreed to grant the
Mayaguana developers and its
licensees, in respect of the
development, concessions and
exemptions for a period of 20
years under the Bahamas
Investments and Incentives
Act; the Family Island Eco-
nomic Enterprise Zone Act;
the Hotels Encouragement
Act; and the Industrial Encour-
agement Act, with respect to
custom duties, stamp tax, real
property tax, and others.

The Government also has
the right to reduce the conces-
sions and exemptions granted
to Mayaguana Island Devel-
opers in certain circumstances
of non-completion of the
development obligations.

The transfer of the second



tranche of 2,087 acres to MID
will take place following veri-
fication that substantial com-
pletion of the airport project
has occurred, and that the air-
port is open and operational.

The third tranche of 2,087
acres to MID will take place
following verification of the
substantial completion of the
initial project.

Project

Beyond the initial two-year
first phase project, the follow-
ing further developments are
contemplated:

* Two 200-room hotels

* 2,194 residential; sites

* Two golf courses

* Equestrian ranch facility

* A wellness centre and edu-
cational institutions

* Commercial centres

* Village squares

* A marina city and expand-
ed marina of 200 slips

* Luxury villas

* A 500-acre industrial park

Message of the Secretary-General

International Women's Day
8 March 2006

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day -- the role of women in decision-making -- is central to the advancement
of women around the world, and to the progress of humankind as a whole. As the Beijing Declaration tells us, “women's
empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society, including participation in the decision- -
making process and access to power, are fundamental for the achievement of equality, development and peace.”

The international community is finally beginning to understand a fundamental principle: women are every bit as affected as
any man by the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century -- in economic and social development, as well as in peace
and security. Often, they are more affected. It is, therefore, right and indeed necessary that women should be engaged in
the decision-making processes in all areas, with equal strength and in equal numbers.

The world is also starting to grasp that there is no policy more effective in promoting development, health and education than
the empowerment of women and girls. And | would venture that no Polley is more important in preventing conflict, or in
achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended. ;

We do have achievements to celebrate in women’s representation around the world. In January of this year; the proportion
of women in national parliaments reached a new global high. There are now 11 women Heads of State or Government, in
countries on every continent. And three countries:— Chile, Spain and Sweden — now have gender parity in Government.

But we have far, far more to do. The rate of progress overall is slow. Let us remember that in individual countries, the increase

§ in the number of women in decision-making has not happened by itself. Rather, it is often the result of institutional and electoral

_ initiatives,.such as the adoption of goals and quotas, political party commitment and sustained mobilization. It is also the
result of targeted and concerted measures to improve the balance between life and work. Those are lessons every nation -- .
and the United Nations -- need to take very seriously.

At the 2005 World Summit; world leaders declared that “progress for women is progress for all”. On this International Women’s
Day, let us rededicate ourselves to demonstrating the truth behind those words. Let us ensure that half the world’s population
takes up its rightful place in the world’s decision-making.

The Honourable Melanie s. Griffin, M.P.

Minister of Social Services and Community Development

The Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, MP

Today, countries worldwide join the United Nations in celebrating International Women’s Day, a day which has’
been set aside-to recognize the achievements of women without regard to divisions. It is an occasion for looking
back on past struggles and accomplishments and looking forward to the untapped potential and opportunities
that await future generations of women.

This year’s theme: “Women in Decision Making: Meeting Challenges, Creating Changes,” is quite opportune, as
globally societies are evolving and The Bahamas is no exception.

The inter-Parliamentary Union in its World Publication of Women in Parliament recorded Rawanda as the leading
country in this area with 48.8% of its women elected to parliament. Up to January 2005, The Bahamas was ranked
49th in this publication.
Unlike many of the other leading countries, The Bahamas has chosen not to implement a system that mandates
the percentile of women in Parliament. Nevertheless, our women comprise twenty percent of the Parliament,
twenty-five percent of the Cabinet and thirty-three percent of the Senate. We are proud of our women and celebrate
their representation through the various sectors of the community.

To continue our successes, it is essential that our young girls be able to identify strong, dynamic, Bahamian
women, who they can gladly embrace as their mentors.

| am sure that there are challenges, but more of our women must be prepared to equip themselves and step
forward to accept leadership roles. We must have a vibrant voice in the decision making process.

Let us remember that with every challenge comes the opportunity for creativity. Creativity, which when harnessed,
can result in positive change; not only for us as women, but for the country as a whole.

On this occasion, let us all reflect upon how each of us can be used as a catalyst for positive change.


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Immediate positions available

Kingsway Academy

KING'S WAY

SYSTEMS MANAGER

Kingsway Academy is seeking the services of a
competent Systems Manager to oversee and
manage the School Network and the Students
Information System:

Qualifications:

¢ Possess a degree in Computer studies
and the relevant areas

e Have a strong background in computers
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* Good verbal and written communication
skills

¢ Demonstrate initiative and good work
ethics

¢ Honest and reliable

e Amiable and resourceful, etc.

@ By ANDREA FANTA
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
(AP) — Four hurricanes in
each of the last two years
haven’t dampened Florida’s
allure, tourism officials said
Monday as they announced
the state set yet another
record for visitors in 2005.

Preliminary figures show
that 85.8 million people,
equivalent to the population
of Germany, visited Florida
from January through Decem-
ber last year. That’s 6 million
more than in 2004, or a 7.6
percent increase, said Bud
Nocera, president of Visit
Florida.

The public-private organi-
zation was created in 1996 by
the Legislature to promote
tourism and travel. It receives
some state money.

“Florida is amazingly
resilient compared to other
destinations. There is no state,
and possibly no country; that
is better equipped to deal with
these storms,” Nocera said.

Information Technology/Economics Teacher
Security Guard with Maintenance Skills
All applicants MUST be born again Christians.

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

Ms Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business Office
Bernard Road

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 10,
2006.



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%

PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
VACANCY

REGISTRAR IN PSYCHIATRY
SANDILANDS REHABILITATION CENTRE

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Registrar
in Psychiatry, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public Hospitals Authority.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-



Basic medical degree. from a recognized medical. institution;. registration-with.t the.-|-fle

Bahamas Medical Council and three (3) years. post registration experience:
The successful applicant will be expected to have completed part one (1) of the
Membership Examinations for the Royal College of Psychiatrists or ‘part 1 of the
Doctor of medicine (UW]) or other equivalent credentials.
The Registrar will report to the Senior Registrar and Consultant in charge of the
firm. The Registrar supervises Senior House Officer(s) and House Officer(s) attached
to the firm. :

Duties:

1. Applicants should be capable of communicating without difficulty in speech
or writing in the English Language.

. The Registrar will be expected to be prepared to work in a busy hospital °
setting with a wide mix of patients and should be competent in the management
of common psychiatric problems in young adults, adults and geriatric
population.

. The Registrar will be expected to provide care for in-patients and out-patients
under the supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist and as part of a multi-
disciplinary team.

. The Registrar is expected to actively participate in the Continuing Medical
Education and teaching programmes of the hospital and Public Hospitals
Authority.

Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 17th March, 2006 to the Director Human
Resources (Acting), Public Hospitals Authority P.O. Box N-8200, or Ist Floor’
Corporate Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. Serving officers must apply
through their Head of Department.

Pricing Information As Of:
07 March 2006



Colina

Financial Advisors Lid.



Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate

Weekly Vol EPS $

12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
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28.00 ABDAB
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1.275626*
2.6262 ***

Colina Money Market Fund
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— ) FIDELITY



“Florida is amazingly resilient —
compared to other destinations.
There is no state, and possibly no

; country, that is better equipped to
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“We’re very confident that
even if we have (another)
storm, we'll be fine.”

Banu Gokalp, a Turkish
tourist who spent part of Mon-
day in Miami’s South Beach,
said she canceled her first trip
to Florida after Hurricane
Wilma struck in October.

But other visitors said they
never hesitated.

“We scheduled our vaca-
tion, and we were going to
come no matter what,” said
Roger Goldfuss, a visitor from
Bolivia also vacationing in
Miami.

Hoteliers have different
opinions on Visit Florida’s
numbers.

If more tourists really visit-
ed Florida last year, Harris
Rosen, president of Rosen
Hotels, didn’t see any of them.

“Not only have we not seen
them, we’ve seen significantly
less,” Rosen said, whose com-
pany owns’six hotels in Orlan-
do. “For someone who is here
on the front lines - and I’ve
been managing hotels for 33
years, we have never seen

occupancies as low as they are .

now.’

Rosen na tourists are find-
ing other popular destinations,
while Florida..spends: too_lit-;

tle promoting itself as a vaca-
.tion spot.
Stuart Blumberg, president

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
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— Bud Nocera

of Greater Miami & The
Beaches Hotel Association,
shared a different story.

“Last year was huge, this
year is better,” Blumberg said,
whose group ends its year
Sept. 30.“We had the best
summer.we ever had before.”

Tourism also increased in
2004, another four-hurricane
year, by about 5 million visi-
tors, or 7 percent, according
to final statistics.

Businesses in hurricane-
affected areas quickened
tourism’s bounce-back by
reopening within days of being
hit, and Florida sent.a strong
message to travelers that it
was still “open for business,”
Nocera said. Tourism employs
nearly 1 million Floridians.

Florida was struck last year
by Hurricanes Dennis, Katri-
na, Rita and Wilma.

The visitor count includes

evacuees from other coastal .

states who sought refuge in

Florida when Rita and Katrina .

went on to hit other parts of
,, -tions to build a nearly $80 mil-.,

the Gulf Coast.

Though -he: didn’t have ‘ans
exact number, Nocera-said
evacuees. account for a:small »..

percentage of Florida’s visi-

_. tors. The number does not
.. include Floridians-who sought):::

temporary ‘hotel. lodging dur-
ing the storms. .
Manager Sue Hall at the Inn

““6n Destin Harbor in the Pan-

handle spent the two months



Florida visitors rise
7.6% during 2005

following Hurricane Katrina
turning away her yearly visi-
tors to house storm evacuees,
she said.

“People were coming with
their entire families and pets,”
she said. And this month’s
numbers are down from last
February, when contractors
rebuilding after Hurricane
Ivan lived at the hotel.

American tourists counted:
for 79 million of Florida’s vis-
itors, while international trav-
elers numbered 6.8 million. - -
nearly 2 million of those.
tourists came from Canada.
Air travel to Florida went up
by nearly 8 percent over 2004.

Florida’s most popular spots
were its beaches, as well as
tourist attractions found along
the state’s central corridor,
Nocera said.

“More and more, people
are also discovering the down-
towns of small-town Florida,”
he said. “A lot of tourists are
getting off the beaten path and
seeing Florida the way Florid-
ians see Florida.”

Travelers are also. becom-
ing more attracted to Flori-
da’s natural spaces and his-
toric sites, he said.

Gov. Teb Bush has asked
the Legislature to budget.

- $24.7 million for Visit Florida...

for the budget year beginning, i
July 1, the same amount as it
now gets. The agency.will
combine private sector dona-,

lion budget for advertising,,

.,promotion.and welcome.cen-

ters.. This, year, the. group.
intends to target travelers who
plan and book their vacations. .
online, as. well.as emerging:
foreign markets. A tourism
delegation will travel to China
in April to meet government
and industry leaders at a trade
show there.

MINISTRY OF ENERGY &
THE ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES |

NOTICE

INVITATION FOR TENDERS FOR
THE SUPPLY OF VEHICLES

Packer Trucks

Flat Bed Trucks

All Terraine Vehicle
Pannel Van Pick-up Truck
Single Cab Truck

Cars
Mini Bus

The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders for
the above vehicles for the Department of Environmental
Health Services. Specification for these vehicles may be

obtained from:

The Department of Environmental Health Services
Farrington Road
P.O. Box SS-19048
Nassau, N.P.

The Bahamas

Telephone numbers: 322-8037/322-8048
Facsimile numbers: 322-8118/322-8120

Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday -

Friday

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope(s) marked
“Tender for The Supply of Vehicles to the Department of
Environmental Health Services” and sent to:-

The Tenders Board

c/o The Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance & Planning

P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

No later than 27th March, 2006.

All tenders must be submitted in triplicate.

The Government reserves the right to reject any or all

tenders.


THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2006, PAGE 5B





Hurricane insurance
rates must increase

@ By BILL KACZOR
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
— Governor Jeb Bush won’t
be offering any additional solu-
tions to Florida’s hurricane
insurance woes during his State
of the State message next
week, but he said Friday that
one thing’s clear: rates must go
up.

Bush said he would follow
advice from Senate President
Tom Lee, R-Valrico, who
asked him to work with com-
mittees on proposals being
developed in the two legisla-
tive chambers instead of offer-

complexity “working together
was the way to go, and I
agreed,” Bush said.

The governor, who cannot
seek re-election this year due to
term limits, is scheduled to out-
line his legislative proposals in
his last State of the State
address Tuesday. That’s when
the Legislature begins its annu-
al 60-day regular session.

Bush said he also has offered
to be the “bad guy” on the
insurance rate issue.

“You can’t sugarcoat this,”
Bush said. “The price of insur-
ance is going to have to go up,
plain and simple. When you
have losses that far exceed the
amount of premium dollars

business model.”

Residential property insur-
ers have been hit by losses of
more than $24 billion from

‘eight hurricanes that affected

Florida in the last two years.
Citizens Property Insurance
Co., created by the state to pro-
vide coverage to people who
cannot get private insurance,
already has assessed all Florida
homeowners, regardless of
their insurance companies, for
$515.5 million in 2004 losses.
Another Citizens assessment is
expected to cover a $1.4 billion
deficit from last year’s storms.
House Republicans last
month released a proposal that
would let private insurance

ing his own plan.
Lee suggested that because
of the insurance problem’s

$1.8bn project to have world’s largest runway

FROM page 1B

well as for Inagua, Crooked Island and Acklins
Islands, Long Cay, the Ragged Islands and oth-
er inhabited areas in this region of the country.

"The airport is expected to bring great leaps
forward in terms of tourism, trade, entrepre-
neurial activities, and health care.'

Among the plans for the airport are air cargo
facilities, an area that is labour intensive and
seen as providing mass employment for Bahami-
ans, and the provision of services to the general
aviation/corporate jet market. The latter is seen
as lucrative given the expansion of fractional
ownership for corporate and personal aircraft,
increasing aircraft ownership throughout the
world. -

The Prime Minister also announced that, even-
tually, the'developers will be looking at liaising
with a cruise ship of upscale standards that would
bring tourists to the island.

The first phase project will also include the cre-
ation of a 25-unit upscale boutique resort at
North Beach, including luxury hotel accommo-
dations, eco-sensitive resort amenities, a 100 lot
residential community, utility services and road-
ways.

Oakes Field Campus
March 17-18, 2006

Friday, March 17 __
4:00-9:00

9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
NOs continued :

6:00 p.m.
Concert of Parcipting Bands at the COB
Band Shell

Eligibility. iS

The Band Festival is open: to all communi
musicians who have played band i ins

jor one yearormore,

Workshop programme : 8
The Band Festival will cover aspects of =
‘instrumental playing, performance and >
ensemble skills. Musicians will be divided.
into two bands, beginning/intermediate and
advanced, according to skill level. Masterclass
topics include range, power, musical styles
(jazz, classical, etc.) jazz improvisation,
erbouchure, breathing-and overall sound —
production.

Guest Musiciane/Facilitaters
Trumpeter, Keith Fiala, (formerly of the.
Maynard Ferguson Band-rated among the
top ten trumpeters in the world)

Adam Cartwright, conductor, clinician
and low brass specialist

Andrew Peschka, recording artist,
conductor, adjudicator and woodwind
specialist

Chris Justilien, trombonist, percussionist,
composer, arranger

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companies raise average pre-
miums by up to 25 percent

The developers, in a show of good faith, had
been working on Mayaguana for one year, doing
preparatory work before yesterday's Head of

‘Agreement signing at the Cabinet office.

The development will also include features
such as hiking trails, sauna and spa, small clinic,
golf putting green and driving range.

It is also proposed, with the approval of the
environmental authorities and relevant govern-
ment agencies, to revitalise a dormant ecosystem
in the Flamingo Pond vicinity.

Phase one will also include the layout and cre-
ation of a development project, located between
the settlements of Pirate's Well and Betsy Bay.

The 50/50 joint venture, which has the Hotel
Corporation as joint venture partner, from the
Government’s point of view is an attempt to
repeat the achievements of Freeport on Grand
Bahama, while ensuring that 50 per cent of the
profits remain in government hands, rather than
going solely to the private sector.

Dr Baltron Bethel, the Hotel Corporation’s
managing director, described the project as “a
win-win plan” for Mayaguana and the Bahamas.

The project took two years to negotiate, using
the services of Bahamian attorneys Graham,
Thompson & Co and a Toronto-based joint ven-
ture specialist. ,

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without regulatory approval.
They also want to reduce Citi-
zens’ risk exposure by pro-
hibiting it from insuring homes
valued at $1 niillion or more.

The company also would be
barred from assessing the
state’s homeowners for losses
to vacation homes and rental
properties. Other provisions
would tighten building codes
and help people shore up older
homes to better withstand
storms.

LEGAL NOTICE
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

BROADBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL 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),
BROADBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, is in
Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 14th day of
February, 2006.

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT

EXTERNAL AUDIT

The Education Loan Authority is seeking to contract an accounting firm to eonaug
its annual audit for the fiscal: years 2006-2008.

The Education Loan Authority is a quas government corporation established
under the Education Loan Authority Act, 2002, charged with the responsibility

_ of raising money for the Education Loan Guarantee Scheme established under
the Educational Guarantee Fund Act, 2001. The Education Loan Authority is also
designated as an approved lender and is responsible for the issuance, monitoring
and collection of student loans.

For additional information please contact the
Chief Administrative Officer at 323-6322/25/37.

Deadline for application is March 31st 2006

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* Conduct initial strategic review for the Nassau International Banking Centre (IBC)
and be accountable for implementation of agreed strategy
Lead development of the bank’s international wealth management offering in Bahamas
and Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), including transformation of existing international
business by migrating it towards a broader international wealth management offering

and business model

Grow international mortgage business through deployment of discipline sales

management

Ensure that client service meets highest standards by motivating and developing a

team of 25

Responsible for management and growth of all segments of International offering,
overall running of the IBC and serving as member of the bank’s International

Management Team

Qualfications:

At least 7 years of proven experience in the wealth management sector
In-depth experience in International Banking, preferably from more than one offshore

jurisdiction

Knowledge of corporate sector (captives, fund managers, trusts and trading companies)
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Superior ability to influence, lead and motivate teams

Extensive knowledge of offshore products and services

Clear understanding of operational and lending processes

Strategy development and implementation

Experience in development and delivery of wealth management offering

Firm grap of KYC, AML and state-of-the-art risk and control management in banking

_ If you are interested:

Submit your resume private & confidential in WRITING ONLY before March 13th,

2006 to:

Jamise Sturrup

Human Resources Assistant
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited

P.O.Box N 7125
Nassau, Bahamas

Or email: jamise.sturrup @firstcaribbeanbank.com

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) thanks all applicants for their interest,
however only those under consideration will be contacted.


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Appeal over Family C
$1.975m Star reserves allowed

FROM page 1B

ue of those loans was $935,545.

Policyholders had exercised
none of the options available
to them, but following the
merger, the Registrar of Insur-
ance had required Family
Guardian to maintain net
reserves of $1.975 million to
meet the potential assured lia-
bility arising under the cash val-
ue policies.

The judgement recorded:
“This stipulation has resulted
in Family Guardian withhold-
ing payment of a part of the
merger price from the former
principal shareholders of Star,

pursuant to a claim to an
indemnity arising under the
merger agreement.”

As a result, Family Guardian
filed an originating summons
with the Supreme Court on
December 30, 2003, seeking
two reliefs against the Regis-
trar of Insurance.

These were a declaration ©

that it was not required to
maintain reserves against poli-
cies that were issued. by Star
Insurance, which had lapsed
for non-payment of premiums
or, alternatively, that it did not
have to maintain reserves

against Star-issued policies

where the insured ‘had ceased

payment of premiums for more

, BE :

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT ALL THAT tract of. land containing
by admeasurements a total area of Five hundred and Fifty-five and Seventy-
three hundredths (555.73) acres being land originally granted to James .
Menzies and a portion of land originally granted to Thomas Atwood situate
near the Northwestem end of the Island of Crooked Island one of the Islands
in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said tract of land is bounded
NORTHWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by Crown Land partly by Great
Brine Pond and partly by land originally granted to Joseph Hunter and
running thereon a total of Four thousand Four hundred and four and Ninety-
five hundredths (4,404.95) feet EASTWARDLY partly by land claimed by
The Estate of George Lloyd partly by land the property of Arnold Ferguson
and partly by land the property of Tartan Limited and running thereon a
total of Four thousand Six hundred and Twenty. and Sixty-one hundredths
(4,620.61) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land originally granted to Thomas

_ Atwood also known as Williams Hope and running thereon a total of Four
thousand Five hundred. and Four and Ninety hundredths (4,504.90) feet .
WESTWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by. Crown Land and partly by
Great Brine Pond and running thereon a total of Six thousand three hundred
and Eleven and, Sixty-one hundredths (6,311.61) feet which said tract-of
land is more particularly delineated and shown on a plan recorded in:the |
Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan No. 71 of Crooked Island filed
herein and is thereon shown coloured PINK save and except all existing
road reservations and a parcel of land containing a total of Fifteen and
Ninety-six hundredths (15.96) acres owned by the decedents of Joseph |
Napoleon Scavella also described and delineated on the Plan filed herein
and is thereon shown coloured BROWN.

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Hatman. Scavella

NOTICE
‘AMENDED NOTICE.
The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Hartman Scavella of the Island of New Providence one ‘|

of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:-
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT ALL THAT tract of land containing

by admeasurements a total area of Five hundred and Fifty- five and Seventy- |

three hundredths (555.73) acres being land originally granted to James .
Menzies and a portion of land originally granted to Thomas Atwood situate

near the Northwestem end of the Island of Crooked Island one of the Islands “] e

in the commonwealth of The Bahamas which said tract of land is bounded -
NORTHWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by Crown Land partly by Great:
Brine Pond and partly by land originally granted to Joseph Hunter and
running thereon a total of Four thousand Four hundred and Four aad Ninety-
five hundredths (4,404.95) feet EASTWARDLY partly by land claimed by |}
The Estate of George Lloyd partly by land the property of Arnold Ferguson

and partly by land the property of Tartan-Limited and running thereon‘a’

total of Four thousand Six hundred and Twenty and Sixty-one hundredths. -}

(4,620.61) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land originally granted to" Thomas |

Atwood also known as Williams Hope and running thereon a total of Four
thousand Five hundred and Four and Ninety hundredths (4,504.90) feet
- WESTWARDLY partly by the Sea partly by. Crown: Land and partly by

Great Brine Pond and running thereon 4 total of Six thousand Three hundred 4

and Eleven and Sixty-one hundiedths (6,311.61) feet which said tract of -
land is more particularly delineated and shown on a plan recorded in the
Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan No..71 of Crooked Island filed
herein and is thereon shown coloured-PINK save and except all existing :
road reservations and a parcel of land containing a total of Fifteen anid
Ninety-six hundredth (15.96) acres owned by the decedents of Joseph
Napoleon Scavella also described arid delineated on the Plan filed herein
and is thereon shown coloured BROWN.

Hartman Scavella claims to be the owner of the fee siniplé estate
in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free from
incumbrances.

AND the Petitioner has made application for the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said tracts of land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title
to be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons having Dower -
or a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
petition shall on or before the 12th day of May A.D., 2006 file in the Supreme
court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim -
in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure «
of any such person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or before
the 12th day of May 2006 will operate as a bar to such-claim..

Copies of the Field Plan may be inspected at:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court; and :
2. The Chambers of Graham, Thompson & Co. attomeys for the
Petitioner, Sassoon House, Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas; and
3. The office of the Administrator at Colonel Hill, Crooked Island,
Bahamas.

Dated the 6th day of March A.D., 2006

GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.,
Chambers,
Sassoon House,

Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attomeys for the Petitioner
TRH



than six years.

Justice Lyons ruled that since
premium payments had ceased,
Family Guardian’s exposure
had also ended, while “no equi-
ty had been created by the pay-
ment of money under the con-
tract”. ‘ y

However, the Repistear: of
Insurance argued in the appeal
that Justice Lyons “erred when
he ruled that section 46 of the
Insurance Act had no applica-
tion to the matter at hand”. ©

Section 46 said no Bahamian
insurance policy could be can-

celled except under the provi- ©
. sions of the Act. The Act said a

life insurance policy could be

cancelled by an insurer for non- -

payment of premiums, but only
after the policyholder had been
notified in writing of the

default and intention to can- -

cel: *,
Policies could only be can-

celled after 28 days since. the.
_ premium became due, and

required the mutual consent of
both the carrier and policy-
holder.

Family Guardian argued that

the Star Insurance policies had
lapsed on non-payment of pre-
mium or before the grace peri-

od had expired.

The Court of Appeal ruled:

“The failure by the insured to



invoke the option in the ssalie
cies with a cash value, they fur-
ther contended, resulted in an
automatic forfeiture of the poli-
cies and its cash value.

“In the result, there could be
no obligation to maintain a
reserve to meet any potential
liability, as there was none.’

The Court of Appeal said it’

could not agree with Family

Guardian’s arguments, as they
. were “wholly inconsistent”.
with the “seeming intent” of

the Insurance Act.
“The fact that Parliament has

vision in these cases, we do not
agree with the respondent’s
submission that the liability
dependent on the continuance
of the payment of premium
was extinguished,” the Court
of Appeal found.

“This would mean that the
policy is to be treated as null
and void and therefore forfeit-
ed. Having regard to the
requirements [of the Act], the
preferred view is that a policy
with a cash surrender value
enjoys an extended life. until it

is cancelled in accordance [with

provided for cancellation of a.»

policy in a certain way would

suggest that there could beno
prior automatic forfeiture of .

the policy based on non-pay-

ment of a premium,” the Court —

of Appeal said.

“The provision, in our view, :
has the effect of extending the”.
life of a policy with a cash val- °
ue atleast, until such time as’

the insured is notified.of the

insurers’ intention to cancel it.”

As for the question over a
lapse and forfeiture of a policy
with cash value, the Court of
Appeal said life insurance poli-

cies did not lapse as long as the.
cash value exceeds the premi-.”

um and interest in arrears.
“Though there was no:such

automatic premium loan-pro- |.

To Our Valuable Customer’: |

BT OKOMe UT TONRUIN mT

Please be advised that Cambridge Law Chambers has
moved and will now be operating at the following ad address:-

CAMBRIDGE LAW CHAMBERS
C/O ARTHUR D. HANNA & £05
Chambers
Deveaux Street
Nagsau, Bahamas

Further we wish to advise YOU that our e-mail address. ey
and telephone nugabets will remain the same.







uardian’s

the Act].”

The policyholder had the
right to claim the net value of
the cash value policy after off-
setting any overdue premiums,
plus interest and loans.

The Attorney General’s
Office represented the Regis-
trar of Insurance, while Oliver
Liddell and Margaret Gon-
salves-Sabola at McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes Eee
ed Family Guardian.

It is understood that an
appeal to the Privy Conndil
may) be forthcoming.

: _ alent to 99 per cent of base money.”

eo ee investment projects ‘could:“reach:-in excess of one”

se of Bahamian GDP.

ed ao rat cropping by 0.57 per cent. ©

: NOTICE i is foray given that HERMAN CADET OF SHERWOOD
. DRIVE MIDSHIPMENT, FREEPORT. GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, | °

The ‘\tajestad 1” has an open deck Defender Hull of. fiberglass

construction with a 2nd deck affixed to accommodate passengers,
which also houses the pilot arrangements. Hull is in excellent
- condition and all equipment orboatad is in good worang peaiton:




oe for tegistration/naturalization as.a citizen of The Bahamas, and that

AB -should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement




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Phone: 1-242-393-2526 or 1-242-394-7670
Fax: 1-242-393 -6787



: oy P.0.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

| and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Panemee:

-| to the Minister responsible for Nationality. and‘ Citizenshipy

Tn merci of debt’

banking system prior, to the |

August 2004 removal of |

credit restrictions. ..

_* Last year, the growth in consumer credit included débt |
“consolidation, some 37 per cent of the increase, some $24.5 '
‘million worth of land acquisitions and $22 million in-credit |
‘card debt. Be Ree he
. “For the Central Bank, this rapid expansion‘in household |

_ debt quite naturally raises the question about the potential

financial stress in this sector, and implications for sustain-

ability and banking sector stability,” Mrs Craigg said.
However, she added that the latest Central Bank review.
had shown that banking sector indicators were ~felatively sta.

. ble”.

“Asset quality measures currently do not show any imme-

» diate concern; non-performing loans at $200: millionas.a

_ proportion:of $4. 6 billion in total loans stand ‘at a manageable.

4.5 per cent, and is being monitored closely’ by the: Central

- Bank, ” Mrs Craigg said.

’ Residential mortgages grew by $274 million or 16: per cent

-in 2005 to almost $2 billion, the Governor said, as consumers.

exploited average interest rates of 8.4 per cent’and the

improved economy to build new homes, renovate existing ©

ones and tap into home equity to finance other spending. :
Out of the $289 million in new mortgage commitments.

for 2005, some 67 per cent of that went on new building,.26

‘per cent on existing decline, and 7, ‘per cent. was for Fehabs

. and additions.

Mrs Craigg said 2005 saw “renewed: strength” in dante:

- spending by businesses;‘with’commerci: dit extended
" Jast year totalling: almost $170 m lion.
Banking sector liquidity was "reduced
- $192 million at 2005: year-end, ‘while the external reserves fell
~-by $89 million during the year to $579 million - a-sum selena





























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: Mrs Craigg said direct payments to Bahamians involved | in,

~ quarter of the project’s value” , these projects helping to cre- :
vate a“construction boom”.

“Economic growth was being driven by foreign investment
in tourism infrastructure, timeshares and second homes, with °
/ net private capital inflows last year acepunting f for 7.5 per cent |



.. Mrs Craigg predicted that these inflows might increase to! |
the peak 20 per cent of GDP levels achieved in 1998. ;
~The interest rate spread in the commercial banking system :

“fell by.0.33 per cent to 7.14 per cent in 2005, with average loan |

rates falling by.0.9 per cent to 10.35 per.cent, and the welt

“NOTICE













‘is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship;
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization

of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 8TH day of MARCH,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship;











“NOTICE is hereby given that FIONA MARY McLEAN
‘MACDONALD EDWARDS, OF FIRE TRAIL ROAD, EAST, APT.
| No: -1, 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 1ST
day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality










NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAUDE PIERRE LOUIS OF
McCOLLOUGH CORNER, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying

for registration/naturalization as a citizen of Thé*Bahamas.

and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
| and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 8TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
: Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LEONIE ‘LOUIS: OF JOE
FARRINGTON ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen of The’ Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason’ why régistration/ naturalization
| should not be granted; ‘should send a written and. signed
‘Statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST
day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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Bahamian athletes ready ,
or NAIA indoor event

H TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter



THE countdown has begun
for Bahamian track and field
athletes in the National Asso-
ciation of Intercollegiate Ath-
letics (NAIA) division.

The 26th annual indoor
championships will be held
this weekend (March 9th-
11th) at the Memorial Centre
in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Qualifying for the meet are
Adrian Griffith, Trevor Barry,
Kenton Taylor, Lanece
Clarke, Aaron Cleare, Ramon
Miller, Donald Thomas,
Charmine Williams, Roosevelt
Curry and Petra Munroe.

Griffith, Barry, Miller,
Cleare and Curry will repre-
sent Dickinson State College;
Taylor and Clarke, Missouri
Baptist; Thomas and Williams,
Lindenwood University, while
Munroe will wear the Notre

Championships
start March 9th



Ranked third in the NAIA
60m dash, with an indoor sea-
son’s best of 6.33 seconds,
Griffith is looking forward to
pulling off a double with
another best performance in
the men’s long jump.

While Griffith posted a best

of 24-feet-3 inches, teammate

Barry tops the long jump
charts with a leap of 25-feet-1-
inch.

But Barry will have to settle
for second in the men’s high
jump as the top performance

‘ belongs to fellow Bahamian

Donald Thomas.

The leading performance by .

Thomas on just his second
track and field meet is set at 7-

feet-3 and quarter inches. Bar-
ry has cleared 7-feet-3-inches.
Also listed among the top 50
performers is. Curry with 6-
feet-6-inches, placing him
25th.

Taking to the track for Mis-
souri Baptist in the men’s 60m
hurdles will be Taylor with a
indoor best of 8.61 seconds.
Although he has qualified for
the championships he is
ranked 39th overall.

The 200m and 400m will see
Olympian Cleare in action —
he is ranked fifth and second
respectively with times of
21.95 seconds and in 48.76 sec-
onds.

Miller comes in the third

spot with a best of 48.93 sec-
onds.
Clarke and Munroe will be

the only two Bahamian ath-.

letes at the meet, both com-
peting in the 60m.
While Clarke is ranked 11th

- with 7.78 seconds, Munroe is

going into the championships
with a 13th place ranking with
7.98 seconds.

In the 200m Munroe is sev-
enth in 25.32 seconds with
Clarke taking the.10th in 25.57
seconds. .

But Clarke will have her
work cut out for her also qual-
ifying in the 400m with 57.62
seconds, she is ranked 6th.

Bahamian Reagan Mackey of

Park University is 30th with
‘59.66 seconds.

Shamar Sands has ade his
return to the track in the
Southeastern Conference
(SEC), competing in the con-
ference’s indoor meet last
week.

collegiate hurdlers is ranked
second in a record breaking
time of 7.89 seconds, winning
the event was Aries Merritt
of Tennessee in 7.61 seconds,
also a record breaking
time.

At the same meet, Aymara
Albury set a new record with
a throw of 53-feet-09-inches
in the shot putt, she is ahead
of Ashley Muffet with 52-feet-
02 inches and Jennifer
Dahlgreen in 51-feet.

In the National Junior Col-
lege Athletic Association
(NJCAA), Cotrell, Martin fin-
ished her indoor season
ranked 14th in the 200m in
25.63 seconds, Deandra Laing
was eighth in the 400m in
58.02 seconds and Alfreepha
Stubbs took the 10th spot in
58.09 seconds.

In the 500m Stubbs would
end this season with a second
best time of 1:16.24 seconds,
Laing was third in 1:16.91 sec-
onds.



Dame name across her chest.

Barcelona
knock out

Chelsea

BARCELONA'S Ronaldinho, from Brazil,
right, duels for the ball with Chelsea's William
Gallas, during their first round knock-out sec-
ond leg Champions League soccer match in
Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 7, 2006.
Ronaldinho scored for Barcelona in the match
which finished 1-1. Barcelona go through 3-2

on aggregate.

(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Sands, one of the leading



First Baptist clinch BSC title

@ BASKETBALL

FIRST Baptist, last year’s runners-
up, stayed undefeated in four games
to clinch the Baptist Sports Council’s
19-and-under pennant title.

The clincher came on Saturday at
the Charles W. Saunders High School,
Jean Street with a 52-51 victory over
Transfiguration. The victory came on
a last minute free throw from Mar-
cus Russell, his only point.

Jamal Johnson led the attack with
11, while Cruz Simon and Eugene
Bain contributed eight apiece and
Carlos Thompson chipped in with
five.

First Baptist, who handed defending
champions Macedonia Baptist their
first loss in the season opener, have
one more game remaining.

Transfiguration dropped to 1-2 with
the loss, despite Mo Minnis’ game
high 23 points. Both Anton Arnette
and Colyn Thompson had eight each.

Also, Golden Gates defeated New
Mount Zion 44-23 in the only other
19-and-under game played.

In the men’s division, defending
champions Mount Tabor and first
year Temple Fellowship both
remained undefeated. Mount Tabor

knocked off Golden Gates 46-43 and .

Temple Fellowship defeated Pilgrim
44-39,

Also, the first year Lord’s House
of Praise edged out Calvary Bible 64-
62 to remain undefeated; Faith Unit-

_ed knocked off B.I.B.A. 59-47; New

Bethlehem defeated Bahamas Har-
vest 33-31 and St. Paul’s beat St.
Mark’s 41-31.

In the 15-and-under division, Faith
United nipped New Bethlehem 23-
22; Golden Gates routed St. Mark’s
35-21 and First Baptist pulled off a
24-14 decision over St. Mark’s.

#@ Mount Tabor 46, Golden Gates
43: Chevy Simmons’ game high 19,
Teshan Lockhart’s nine and Donnie
Johnson’s eight paced defending
men’s champions Mount Tabor to a 3-
0 record.

Alex McGregor scored 15 and
JaRoy Cooper and Kyle Rodgers
both came up with 10 in the loss for
Golden Gates, who are now 1-2.

i Lord’s House of Praise 64, Cal-

‘vary Bible 62: Keyrand Brice scored

19, leading a balanced scoring attack
for Lord’s House of Praise, who
remained undefeated in the men’s

division at 3-0. Luke Taylor had 18,
Corey Williams 14 and Bacchus Rolle
i

Calvary Bible, who dropped to 1-4,
got a game high 22 points from Mar-
vin Nairn, Garvin Taylor had 19 and
M. Ferguson chipped in with 12.

@ Temple Fellowship 44, Pilgrim
39: Carl Horton scored a game high
12, Damico Munroe had nine, Edwin
Burrows seven and Andrew Smith six
for Temple Fellowship, who climbed

‘to 4-0 in the men’s division.

Jarad Williams scored 10 and
Brenville Saunders eight in the loss
for Pilgrim, who are now 2-1.

@ Faith United 59, B.1.B.A. 47: Aja-
mi Drakes scored a game high 16,
Ronald Napoleon had 13, Theo
Woods nine and Donovan Bullard
eight for Faith United as they
improved to 1-3.

Dealton Deveaux had 12, Burling-
ton Moss 10 and Michael Moss seven
for B.I.B.A., who fell to 0-3.

@ New Bethlehem 33, Bahamas
Harvest 31: Kenrick Wilson scored
11 and Therell Duncombe had 10 as
New Bethlehem pulled off their men’s

victory as they improved to 3-1.

Adrian Forbes had. 10 and Robin
Shepherd eight in the loss for the 1-3
Bahamas Harvest team.

Mf Faith United 23, New Bethlehem
22: Mario Dean pumped in nine,
Kentino Jackon had six and Henry
Rolle five to lead Faith United as they
remained undefeated at 3-0 in the 15-

-and-under division.

Raymond McFall and Khambrell
Ferguson both had six in the loss for
New Bethlehem, who skipped to 1-2.

& Saturday’s schedule

Court One - 10 a.m. Golden Gates
vs St. Paul’s (M); 11 a.m. Transfigu-
ration vs Macedonia (19); Noon Gold-
en Gates vs Mount Nebo (15); 1 p.m.
St. Mark’s vs Pilgrim (M); 2 p.m.
Mount Nebo vs Calvary Bible (M); 3
p.m. Evangelistic Centre vs New
Bethlehem (M).

Court Two - 10 a.m. St. Paul’s vs
Ebenezer (15); 11 a.m. Faith United
vs New mount Zion (19); Noon New
Mount Zion vs Bahamas Harvest (M);
1 p.m. Lord’s House of Praise vs
Macedonia (M); 2 p.m. Faith United
vs Temple Fellowship (M); 3 p.m.
B.I.B.A. vs Mount Tabor (M).









Joshua
Knights
are at the
double

@ SOFTBALL



THE Joshua Knights
had a double dose of vic-
tory over the weekend,

‘blasting the DHL Lions

16-7 and the Two Turtles
Inn 17-7 at the Churchill
Tener Knowles National
Softball Stadium.

In the lone game played
on Sunday, the Knights
got a 3-for-4 production
with three runs batted in
and another scored in the
victory.

Walter Smith helped

out, going 2-for-5 with
three RBIs and four runs
scored and Max Moncur
was 2-for-5 with an RBI
and three runs scored.

Win

Greg Thompson picked
up the win on the mound.
for Joshua Knights and
Mike Isaacs was tagged
with the loss for DHL.

Anthony ‘Skeebo’ _
Roberts went 2-for-3 with.
two RBIs, scoring a run in
the losing effort for the
Lions.

On Saturday, Max Mon-
cur was 3-for-4 with two
RBIs and two runs as the
Knights doubled up Two
Turtles Inn.

Lorenzo ‘Doni’ Lock-
hart was 3-for-5 with an
RBI and three runs; Adlai:
Moss was 2-for-4 with an.

‘RBI and two runs and
James Clarke went 3-for-5
with an RBI and two
runs scored to assist in the
win.

Bertie Murray was the
winning pitcher for Joshua
Knights and Robert
Gilbert suffered the loss
for Two Turtles Inn.

Scoring

Larry Thompson went

i 3.for-4 with four RBIs,

scoring a run; Dennis
Davis was 3-for-4 with two
runs and Foster Dorsett
was 2-for-3 with two runs
scored in the loss.

Also on Saturday, the
Dog House Rangers
handed DHL the first of
two losses over the week-
end in a 14-4 decision.

Alfred Johnson had a
perfect 4-for-4 day with
two RBIs and four runs
scored to lead the
Rangers to victory.

John Wallace was 4-for-
4 with two RBIs, scoring
three runs; Danny Stubbs.
was 3-for-4 with an RBI
and two runs and Shan-
non Bannister was 3-for-4
with an RBI, scoring two
runs to aid in the win.

Danny Stubbs also got
the win on the mound for
Dog House. Basil Davis
got the loss for DHL.

‘Mike Isaacs was 2-for-3
with three RBIs and a run
scored and Richard ‘Dick
Brown was 2-for-3 with a
run scored in the loss for
the Lions.

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England captain
Flintoff upbeat
about chances

sainst India

& CRICKET
NEW DELHI
Associated Press

STAND-IN England cap-
tain Andrew Flintoff said
Tuesday the bouncy pitch at
Mohali would favor his team
and prospects were good for
England to take the lead in
the test series against India.

_ Speaking to reporters after
a practice session; Flintoff also
sounded -a.note of caution,
saying England. could not be
complacent in the second
test starting Thursday after
managing a draw in the first
game.

_The pitch "should offer
more bounce, more pace
and we have a decent chance
to take the lead," Flintoff
said. z

Overnight -rains has

increased the levels of mais-
ture and humidity which will
aid the seamers, Daljit Singh,
the curator of the PCA stadi-
um told the Press Trust of
India news agency.

Injury

Flintoff was given command
of a depleted England team
after skipper Michael Vaugh-
an, his deputy Marcus
Trescothick and fast bowler
Simon Jones were forced to
fly back home due to injury
and personal reasons before
the test series began.

Despite fielding a host of
players with little test experi-
ence, England dominated
India in the drawn first test at
Nagpur.

Flintoff praised his new

players, but warned England
could not be complacent.

"It is a young side. Lads
have been doing great and
they have taken the owner-
ship of the side," he
said.

"As long as we do things we
did last week, we should be
OK. We can't be complacent
at this stage of the series as
we have still got to do things
we did last week," he said.

Insisted

Flintoff also insisted he
would not let the responsibil-
ityof the captaincy affect his
game.

"I have been given the job
for a few weeks and will
behave the way.I do and do
things that I do," he said.

@ ENGLAND'S Kevin Pietersen, right, bats during a practice session in Mohali, India,
Tuesday, March 7, 2006. The second cricket test match between India and England will begin in
Mohali on March9. ~~

(AP Photo)

teased.

Pas.

Arsenal manager wants his team to
inst Real Madrid


































































finish the job’ ds

HI SOCCER
’ LONDON
Associated Press



DON'T expect Arsenal to sim-
ply defend their 1-0 lead over
Real Madrid.

Manager Arsene Wenger
wants his team to "finish the job"
when the Spanish club plays at
Highbury on Wednesday in the

League knockout game.
"To be performing well is to
defend well against a team like
Real Madrid," Wenger said Tues-
day.:"But the second part of the
job begins when you win the ball
back. You want to give them
some problems and you want to
score goals and not just be neg-

ative."

The Gunners have never
won Europe's top club
prize, and reaching the
quarterfinals would

2001 and 2004.
They were elimi-
nated by
Valencia in
2001 and
Chelsea in
2004.
"We expect
Real Madrid
to perform and play well but on
all sides we are very, very deter-
mined to play at our best and go
through," Wenger said. "We want
to finish the job tomorrow night.
We maybe did more than half the
job in the first game."
Arsenal's main aim in the Pre-
mier League is finishing high
enough to qualify for next sea-
son's Champions League — only
the first two clubs automatically
qualify for the group stage. The
club is in fifth place, five points
behind London rival Tottenham
with 10 matches left. Arsenal has
never had to play a qualifying-
round match in the current
Champions League format, which
started nine years ago.
Nine-time European champi-
on Real Madrid has also had a
disappointing season. It trails FC
Barcelona by 10 points in the
Spanish league and is out of the
Copa del Rey.
"T only think about positive
things with my team," Madrid
coach Juan Ramos Lopez Caro





second leg of their Champions ,

match their run in .

said. "It's a difficult match, but I
can only think that we will
progress further in this competi-
tion."

The. galactico-laden club has-
n't won a trophy in almost three
years, and earlier this month club
president Florentino Perez
resigned, replaced a week ago by
Fernando Martin.

"Our season is on the line,"
Madrid defender Sergio Ramos
said. ©

"It's in our hands and we'll
only win if we leave it all on the
field. We all know that a loss
would be a disaster."

Striker

_ Lopez Caro wouldn't say if
Brazil striker Ronaldo — who was
left out of Madrid's 2-1 win over
Atletico Madrid on Saturday —
would play.

"Ronaldo has been training
and we have to see tomorrow,"
Lopez Caro said. "The most
important thing is that we play as
a team, not as individuals."

Lopez Caro said both clubs
played “attractive, offensive foot-
ball," and that the more clinical
team would win.

"I think they have the advan-
tage, but we are not going to
abandon our typical philosophy
and we are going to attack,"
Lopez Caro said.

Arsenal is focusing on David
Beckham - making his first
appearance in England since
transferring to Madrid three years
ago. Real wants to keep Arse-
nal's record top scorer Thierry
Henry under control. He scored
the only goal in the first leg.

"More important than playing
him one-on-one, the key is group
coverage," Ramos said.

"If we play as a team, don't
leave any gaps, play tightly
together, and fall back well, I'm
positive they'll have lots of trou-
ble beating us."

Wenger said Arsenal wouldn't
rely entirely on Henry.

"It is a game for Thierry Henry
to help us to go through," Wenger
said. “We are not on individual
purposes. We want to be success-
ful as a team and I am sure Thier-
ry shares that with me as a cap-
tain."

@ REAL MADRID'S Alvaro Mejia, left tries to stop Arsenal's
Thierry Henry of France moments before Henry scored duringth-
eir first knockout round first leg Champions league soccer match at
the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday Feb. 21, 2006.

(AP Photo/Paul White)
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Bahamian boxers are
r The Bi

realy fo

@ BOXING |
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports

Reporter

THIS is what Bahamas
lightweight champion
Meacher Major ‘Pain’ was
waiting for - an opportuni-
ty to fight a quality foreign
fighter here at home.

That opportunity will
come on Friday night at the
Wyndham Nassau Beach
Hotel when First Class Pro-
motions hosts its first pro-
fessional card dubbed “The
Big Test.”

In preparation for at least
two more title fights later
this year, Major will take
on Celestino Rodriquez
from Puerto Rico in the
main event. !

“I’m in tip top shape,”
said Major, about the 10-
round lightweight bout. “I
just want to thank my fam-
ily and friends, my spon-
sors, Quick Welding, Pick-
le Patch and Big Ten, and
First Class Promotions for
giving me this opportuni-
ty.”
Major, 24, will headline
a sta¥-studded card that will
feature Bahamian mid-
dieweight champion Jer-
maine ‘Choo-Choo’ Mack-
ey in an eight-round co-
main event against Rene
Sierre from Puerto Rico as
well. ;

On the undercard, pro-
moter Michelle Minus said
that they have assembled a
line-up that will certainly
draw the crowd to the bill
up to the main event.

Richard ‘the Hammer’
Pitt will take on David ‘the
Pacesetter’ Wallace in a
much anticipated light-
weight showdown; Antho-
ny ‘Psycho’ Woods will face
Dereck ‘Castro’ Sawyer
and Ricardo ‘One Shot’
Bethel is against Elkena
‘Ali’ Saunders in a rematch.

’
Lost

Bethel, who lost on
points to Saunders in their
initial meeting, said he’s
looking forward to redeem-
ing himself this time
around.

“All I want to do is tell

him to come fighting
because he only beat me by
one point the last time,”
Bethel stated. “This time,
it won’t go down to a deci-
sion.
“T haven’t seen him in the
gym training, but I’m not
taking him lightly. He’s a
great fighter and I respect
him as a man, only asa
man. As a fighter, I don’t
have any respect for him.”
~ Respect is something that
is earned and Major said he
feels he’s done that and he
intends to put on a show
for the fans on Friday
night.

“To be the best, you have
to fight the best guys out
there,” he noted. “I noticed
that since he moved up to
lightweight, he’s lost his
last three to four fights,
which might be an advan-
tage to me.

“T’m comfortable at this
weight. I’m much stronger
and I feel confident that I
can perform at this weight.”

The weigh-in for the
show is set for Thursday at
5:30pm at the First Class
Promotions’ office on
Wulff Road, opposite

‘ @ MEACHER MAJOR ‘PAIN’

Whim’s Automotive.
_ As.the lightweight cham-
pion, having won the title
in December, Major said he
knows that the fans will be
anticipating a good show-
ing from him.

“T feel I’m doing good

and First Class Promotions -

are doing a good job. pro-
moting the shows,” Major
noted. “After this fight, I
will be fighting for the
Caribbean Boxing Federa-
tion’s title on May 19, so
I’m looking forward to that.
“T just pray that every-
thing goes well in this fight,
no injuries or anything like
that and that I will come
out victorious at the end.”
Also on Major’s hectic
agenda will be a shot at the
British Commonwealth and
possibly the World Boxing
Council’s titles. With an
impressive 11-2-1 win-loss-
draw record, Major feels
he’s in the right position to
accomplish his goals.

Emphasis

Minus, the wife of former
bantamweight and light-
weight champion Ray
Minus Jr., said this year,
First Class Promotions will
be putting more emphasis
on matching the Bahamian
fighters against competitors
from the Caribbean.

“Our first show is going
to be the Puerto Ricans,
but on our second show, we
will start fighting for the
international titles, so this
year is going to be very
exciting,” she summed up..

“We feel this is the test-
ing ground to see where
they are because we have
the Mexicans to come in
later in the year.”



(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

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Test



(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

1

(ere yn tribute

to Keith O Carey

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE sign on the backboard read: Mr Keith
O. Carey, A Giant Forever.

The sign hung among the backdrop of the 67
athletic and academic banners placed on the
wall, highlighting the achievements before and
after the tenure of Carey as a student/ath-
lete/coach at St. John’s College.

Ata Mass of Thanksgiving, the Giants fam-
ily paid special tribute to 42-year-old Carey
who died last Monday, before his funeral today
at 1lam at Bahamas Faith Ministries.

‘While many of the present students didn’t
have much of a recollection of Carey, who grad-
uated in 1981 and last coached at St. John’s in
2003, three of his former protégés had nothing
but admiration for their mentor.

Joshua Ramsey, a 2003 graduate who ran
the 100 metres and threw the javelin, said Carey
had a knack for motivating him.

“He knew’ that the way to get to me was to
tease me and that brought the best out of me,”
Ramsey recalled. “He helped me to get a silver
in the BAISS.”

ZNS Sportscaster Charles Fisher, who flew in
from Grand Bahama, paid special tribute in an
address from the podium. He noted that Carey
was one who did what he had to do to bring out
the best in his athletes.

“JT remembered back in 1990, a reporter asked
Mr. Carey how he could describe his team and
he said it was ‘a dream team and they wouldn’t
lose under my training.’ That was true because
we didn’t lose a relay team until 1990 to CC
Sweeting.”

Fisher, a 1991 graduate of St. John’s, said it
was hard to come back to his alma mater under
the circumstances and looking up at the banners
that hung around the gym during the era that
Carey coached the track team.

“For most of us, he was a father figure, a big
brother, someone that we could talk to,” Fish-
er said.

“Lunch time, he would sit down with us and

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@ TYRONE SAWYER JR. gives remarks at the memorial service for Keith O. Carey.

talked about life in general and track in partic-
ular.

- “He was a true friend and even if you didn’t
know him, he was still your friend. He was
someone who gave from his heart and he didn’t
ask for anything in return. He was a special
coach.”

One of the last athletes Carey coached was
Tyrone Sawyer. He too had his moment on the
podium, but afterwards, Sawyer said Carey
wotild try to provide a solution to the prob-
lems that you had.

“If you had asked him for money, he would
provide you with a job and made sure that you
didn’t just get what you needed then, but for a
longer period of time,” Sawyer reflected.

After graduation, Sawyer said Carey assisted
him in his college experience and he will be
forever grateful for his contribution.

Sawyer said when he heard the news, he had
to reconfirm with his father. But, having lost his
mother recently, he said it really touched him
because Kera, one of Carey’s three daughters,
was his best friend.

Three of Carey’s friends he left behind at St.
John’s — Carla Smith, Denise Reckley and
Tamar Bodie, who were actively involved in
the Physical Education — shared a special tribute
called: “I Remember.”

(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

The words are listed below:

“J remember the early mornings, the track
team on the run. J remember Keith and
students working hard before the rising of the
sun.

“J remember Keith on the track, starters pis-
tol in his hand. I remember him telling the stu-
dents, ‘Boy one day you'll be a man.’

“I remember him at the long jump pit, ‘Girl
move your marker back.’ Then seconds later
telling the 4 x 4 team - ‘Ya'll better get on that
track.’

“I remember Keith telling triple jumpers,
‘Hop, step and jump.’ Then telling sprinters,
“You must use your arms and pump.’

“J remember him at the high jump bed, teach-
ing kids the flosbury flop. And at the finish line
of the 400, telling Keva ‘stand up girl, don’t
stop.’

" remember we would argue - all day have
drawn out row and fight. Then the next day
someone would apologise and say, ‘Sorry, you
were right.’

“Keith Carey, a good teacher, a great coach,
a trustworthy friend. A man who may be gone,
but never forgotten because his love and friend-
ship had no end.

“Keith Carey, a true Giant, will forever live in
our hearts.”