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Volume: 102 No.140





Sources: ministers

held vote ahead of

country's UN ballot

THE Cabinet of the Bahamas
informally voted to support
Cuba's bid to join the new
Human Rights Council, but
-agreed to keep the decision
secret, according to well-placed
While it cannot be known
how the vote was actually cast
at the UN, it was claimed last
night that Cabinet ministers
held a vote recently and the out-
come was in favour of casting
the country's ballot in support
of Cuba:
The Tribune attempted to
learn how the Bahamas voted
from Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell yesterday after-
noon, however Mr Mitchell was
said by his staff to be out of the
A number of officials in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
the Prime Minister's Office
were also contacted, but
claimed they could not com-
ment on the vote.;
One Foreign Affairs
spokesman said that The Tri-
bune should ask the ministry's
permanent secretary Dr Patricia
Rodgers, however she was said
to be in a meeting. Other gov-
ernment spokespersons were
unavailable for comment.
Contrary to the hopes of local
US officials, Cuba secured a
seat on the newly established
.Human Rights Council at the
United Nations General
Assembly yesterday.
The US and Cuba have both
voiced their wishes that the
Bahamas would support their

respective interests during the
voting process. US officials stat-
ed that they hoped that coun-
tries with "questionable human
rights records" such as Cuba
- would receive no votes.
In the meantime, Cuba says
that the US is hardly in a posi-
tion to pass judgment on other
As the voting process was
carried out through secret bal-
lots, it is not known in whose
favour the Bahamas voted dur-
ing yesterday's meeting in New
York, and reportedly UN offi-
cials have asked respective
countries to not reveal how they
had voted.
Despite this pleasure for the
outcome, Cuban Ambassador
Felix Wilson-Hernandez said
that yesterday's vote cannot be
regarded as a "victory" for his
"Personally we cannot be
regarding this in the ways of a
victory. Victory is when you
beat someone, then you are vic-
torious. What has happened is
that is only the recognition of
Cuba's position all along these
years on the true human rights
of the people. If you are going
to speak in terms of victory, it is
a victory against those who did
not want Cuba to be a member
of the council.
"But internationally the UN
has recognized that it is a recog-
nition of Cuba's position being
kept all along these years on
the true human rights, viewed as
the right of the people to be
alive, to have education, to have
health care, and all the social
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Date set for the next Officer denies knowing

official AUTEC meeting of prison escape plot

DENYING that he knew of an escape plot or
received any money from the inmates involved in
the January 17 prison break, prison officer Sergeant
Steven Sands told the Coroner's court yesterday
that he did not know why Corporal Dion Bowles
returned to C block alone at 4.10am that day.
Officer Sands, who is represented by lawyer
Ramona Farquharson, was recalled yesterday to
the Coroner's Inquest into the prison break that
resulted in the deaths of inmate Neil Brown and
prison officer Dion Bowles.
A written statement by an unnamed witness,
which was submitted into the court's records last
month, indicated that Sgt Sands had received
SEE page 12

Tribune Staff Reporter
US OFFICIALS announced that a date has
been set for the next official meeting at the
Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Cen-
tre in Andros.
According to US Embassy Chief of Mission
Dr Brent Hardt, June 7 is the current working
date for the "press visit" to the testing facility. It
is during this time that the media is expected to
see some of the briefings that Minister of Ener-
gy Dr Marcus Bethel and Minister of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources Leslie Miller were
SEE page 10

Ministry of

Housing yet

to hand over"

public records
OFFICIALS at the Ministry
of Housing continue to play a
cat-and-mouse game with pub-
lic records that some claim link
a small group of builders to an
"unfair" practice of awarding
contracts at the agency.
After allegations began sur-
facing last week that the Hous-
ing Ministry has been awarding
a disproportionate number of
its building contracts to three
"favoured" contractors, The
Tribune has made several speak with officials
at the Ministry hoping that they
could alleviate public concerns.
On Monday evening, Minis-
ter Neville Wisdom, claiming
that transparency was of the
"utmost importance to himself
and his colleagues," contacted'
The Tribune, promising to have
a detailed list of its awards and
contractors delivered the next
SEE page 12
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Union 'will
bring NI board:
to a.standstill'
if meeting
breaks down
IF TODAY'S scheduled
meeting with government
breaks down, Union of Public
Officers first vice-president
Steven Fountain warned,
National Insurance will "break
down" as union members will
bring the board to a standstill.
Since their contract expired
in June of 2004, Mr Fountain
said they have been in negotia-
tions with management for
some eight to nine months.
The Union's First Vice Pres-
ident said that they have agreed
upon a basic contract with man-
agement. However, they have
reached a "sticking point", On
the issue of salaries.
"We have gotten a counter
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HMS Northumberland visits

Nassau on her way to AUTEC

Sa THE HMS Northumberland of the British Royal Navy visited
Nassau harbour on its wai to Andros' A utec base yesterday,
SFrom left: Lt Bob Becker officer of the watch, Lt CDR Dave
Goldsmith, weapons engineering officer, AB Granthem, AB
Boreland and AB Denyer.

a By KARIN HERIG HMS Northumberland of the
Tribune Staff Reporter' British Royal Navy will for the
next three weeks utilise the
ONE of the world's most range at the United States'
advanced anti-submarine war- Atlantic Undersea Test and
LS Thomson of the HMS ; ships leaves Nassau today to Evaluation Centre on Andros
Northumberland stands guard conduct extensive sonar testing for sophisticated testing of
in Nassau Harbour at.theLAUTEC base in Andros. underwater sonar, which some

* COMMANDING Officer Tom Guy of the HMS
Northumberlandtakes a look out in the harbour, as he checks
out the sights
(Photos: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

scientists believe causes the
beaching of marine mammals
However, during a tour of the
ship and.a specialinterviewtheo
Northumberland's crew assured
The Tribune that the preven-
tion of an'y possible damage to
marine life is a top priority.
Lt Commander David Gold-
smith, weapons engineer and
public relations officer on the
Northumberland. explained that
the ship has its own equipment
onboard to conduct environ-
mental impact assessments.
"We have officers trained in
marine mammal observations.
During our Atlantic crossing we
had civilians training officers to
identify different species of
marine mammals so we can
take the necessary precautions
to lower the risk.
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Lt Cmdr Goldsmith said
that the ship will first start
transmitting sonar waves at
low power'and then after
gauging the impact on the
marine life, increase the
"That way we will min-
imise any risk there may or
may not be," he said.
He added that the Royal
Navy has spent millions of
pounds sterling to mitigate
and lower any possible risks
to marine mammals.
During its stay at
AUTEC, the Northumber-
land will also test its
weapons and sensors.
"This will not only be for
the benefit of this ship, but
the data from this will be
used to improve the sensors
on all our other warships in
the anti-submarine warfare
tactical development," said
Commander Tom Guy,
commanding officer of the
Cmdr Guy explained that
a ship like the Northumber-
land is only able to visit the
Bahamas every two to three
years because of the signifi-
cant financial challenge of
carrying out such a mission.
"However, the work done
at the AUTEC range is very
important for the tactical
development of this ship and
the Navy and it was deemed
that the investment was well
worth it.
"AUTEC is simply the
only facility of its kind in the
world. It is unique in its geo-
graphical location with very
deep, quiet waters. Also
unique is the extent of
equipment (at the base), it's
sophisticated and good for
very'accurate testing,'" he



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your story.

* In brief

Labour and

survey due

this month

THE Department of Statis-
tics has announced that it will
be conducting its annual labour
force and household survey this
According to Kelsie Dorsett,
deputy director of the depart-
ment, the data collected will
include employment status,
occupation, work hours, educa-
tional qualifications and marital
"This year we have extend-
ed our investigation to include
new entrants in the labour
force, underemployment, and
trade union status because that
is information that we need for
international agencies such as
the International Labour
Organisation and it is also infor-
mation that we as government
planners would like to know."
he said.
"In addition, we seek to
ascertain information on the
size, scope and economic con-
--ditions-the-informnal eettr hias
on the country as a whole," said
Mrs Dorsett.
She added that the depart-
ment also wants to investigate
whether households have access
to, and have the opportunity to
profit from "the information
society" via the Internet, tele-
vision and telecommunications.
Unlike the population census
conducted every 10 years,
SWhereevery i hoiehfiold is list-
ed, the labour force survey will
cover 3,500 households in New
Providence, Grand Bahama,
Abaco and South Andros.
The households will be ran-
domly selected and the data
will be strictly confidential, the
department said in a statement.
Mrs Dorsett continued: "In
the event that the householder
is not at home, a call back note
will be left. This note explains
thepurpose of the survey and
provides the date and time the
enumerators % ill return. If the
householder does not feel that. ,
the time is appropriate, they can
"Additiorially,Thei henumiiera-
tors will provide the house-
holders with copies of the
results of the last survey."
Mrs Dorsett pointed out that
it is essential for the ._
co-operate and be truthful, as
the results will represent a sig-
nificant economic indicator of
the standard of living and social
conditions in the country.
Around 90 field workers will
be responsible for the collec-
tion of data, including many
experienced enumerators.
New recruits must take a
screening test and undergo a
training programme.
According to Mrs Dorsett, all
the enumerators then undergo
intensive training for one week
before they begin to adminis-
ter the survey.
They must also swear to keep
all of the information collected
"The training comprises of
note taking with lectures, inter-
active questions with inter-
viewing techniques, practice
interviews with written exercis- --::
es to go through," she said.
Private citizens, businesses,
educators, researchers, th .-
-emernmeniT, i-n stbT, i-nd inter-
national agencies will be able
to use the information collected.
"As always we urge members
of the public to be co-operative
by providing access to their
properties and provide accurate
information. Once this happens,
we will be able to provide the
kind of information to planners_ _
to better secure the nation's
well-being," Mrs Dorsett said.
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70% of



SEVENTY per cent of adult
Bahamians are overweight or
obese according to Health Min-
ister Dr Bernard Nottage.
Speaking on Sunday at the
Church of God of Prophecy on
Baillou Hill Road, Dr Nottage
said that life style decisions have
led to the high incidence of a
number of preventable diseases
in the Bahamas.
"Too Inany Bahamians are
needlessly suffering, disabled
and dying as a result of heart
disease, diabetes, hypertension,
strokes and other chronic res-
piratory diseases due to the lack
of exercise and poor eating
habits," he said.
Dr Nottage said one out of
every 10 adults suffers from dia-
betes and 37 out 100 adults
have been diagnosed with high
blood pressure.
"The Chief Medical Officer's
report revealed that chronic
non-communicable diseases
accounted for 45 out every one
hundred deaths in 2003," he
"The astronomical financial
and social burden of these long
term illnesses on our health sys-
tem and social services causes
great concern."
He continued: "The healthy
lifestyle initiative launched by
the Ministry of Health in
November 2005, promises to
create the foundation for a
healthier Bahamas, while the
National Health Insurance Plan
will level the playing field
improving access to quality
health services."
Dr Nottage encouraged
Bahamians to eat at least five to
nine servings of fruit and veg-
etables a day, choose foods with
less sugar and less salt, down
size food servings, and drink
plenty of water.

Charge for


' police

A 36-YEAR-OLD former
police officer was arraigned in
the Magistrate's Court yester-
day in connection with the
death of first grader Faith
Julian Anton King appeared
before Magistrate Renee McK-
ay in Court Six and was not
required to enter a plea to the
charge of manslaughter.
Six-year-old Faith Mackey
was struck and killed by a bus
on March 9 of this year at the
comer of Baillou Hill Road and
Carmichael Road.
The case went forward on a
Voluntary Bill on Indictment,
which means that a Preliminary
Inquiry will not have to be held.
The prosecution will proceed
with its case in the Supreme
Court on August 2, 2006.
King was granted $15,000 bail
with two sureties.


hold first


in Haiti

HAITI'S first parliament in
two years was formally installed
Tuesday, paving the way for Pres-
ident-elect Rene Preval to take
power as he attempts to steer this
impoverished and deeply divided
nation toward stability, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Amid boisterous cheers from
supporters, 27 candidates in the
30-seat Senate took the oath of
office and donned the national
sash, forming the country's upper
house. The ceremony came a day
after 86 of 99 deputies were
sworn in at the lower house. The
remaining 16 legislators will be

picked in makeup elections due
later this year.
Preval, who served as Haiti's
president from 1996 to 2001,
takes power Sunday but must
do so in front of parliament,
which hasn't convened since
former President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide was ousted in 2004.



High Commissioner donates to renewal project

* PRIME Minister Christie with British High Commissioner Jeremy Cresswell and Dr Barbara Munske'at the Farm Road
Urban Renewal Project headquarters on Tuesday

THE Farm Road Urban Renewal Pro-
ject received a donation of musical instru-
ments from Jeremy Cresswell, British
High Commissioner to the Bahamas..
Prime Minister Perry Christie met with
Mr Cresswell at the Farm Road Urban
Renewal Headquarters yesterday. He
said he was glad to receive the donation.
Mr Cresswell was accompanied by

British Defence Adviser for the Com-
mission, Colonel Charles Le Brun and
Dr Barbara Munske.
The array of musical instruments
donated included: ten trumpets, one alto
saxophone, five snare drums and five
tenor drums.
Prime Minister Christie expressed his
appreciation of Mr Cresswell's support

of the Urban Renewal Programme and
the children who will benefit from the
Mr Christie pointed out that in a meeting
with British Prime Minister Tony Blair
earlier this year, he had indicated that there
should be talks about the importance of
reopening the British Commission in the
Bahamas, which was closed last year.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas and the
United Kingdom are looking
into strengthening their rela-
tionship by joining forces in
the fight against serious crime,
British High Commissioner to
the Bahamas Jeremy Cress-
well disclosed yesterday.
Speaking with The Tribune
during one of his quarter-year-
ly trips to the Bahamas, Mr
Cresswell who is based in
Kingston, Jamaica said
enjoyed a very productive vis-
Mr Cresswell said he met
with senior Bahamian police
officials to discuss further
enhancing partnership in areas
of training and in the fight
against oiganised crime.
"There are lots of areas of
future collaboration. Crime
tends these days to be inter-
national, and it tends to best
be tackled at an international
level," he said.
Mr Cresswell said that

although other Caribbean
countries including Jamaica
and Trinidad have asked for
the presence of senior British
police officers to assist them
in the modernisation of their
respective police forces, a sim-
ilar request has not come from
the Bahamas.
In addition to.increased co-
operation in the fight against
crime, Mr Cresswell said he'
personally would like, togeth-
er with Bahamas, to address'
the challenges posed by a com-
mitment to good governance.
"As society changes, as pres-
sures within society change,
we must make sure that we
modernise and adapt, that we
make sure that our democra-
cies are accountable in a mod-
ern way, that we make sure
that civil societies play a
vibrant and important role.
Make sure that the laws are
properly framed to deal with"
challenges today and not just
with those trom 50 years ago,"
he said.
Addressing the question of

challenges posed by the fact
that the British High Com-
mission for the Bahamas is
located outside the country,
Mr Cresswell said: "The situa-
tion is not ideal because when
you're dealing with a country,
if you're dealing with relations
in a country, by.its very nature
you're dealing with individu-
"The advantage of being on
the spot,is having a better
chance of establishing rela-
tionships. We face doing this
from a certain distance. But it
is a challenge I continue to
look forward to face," he said.
However, Mr Cresswell
pointed out that any difficul-
ties created by the increasing
number of British tourists to
the Bahamas will continue to
be dealt with by a consular
officer who is still in place.
In addition to this, he said, a
resident Honorary Consul is
in a position to deal with issues
involving senior Bahamian
authorities if the situation
requires it.

"And we are not too far
away in Jamaica to come or
to telephone," he added.
Although Mr Cresswell
said that he could "never
say never" to the question
of a potential reopening of
the British High Commis-
sion in the Bahamas, he
does not think there will be
any substantive changes in
that direction in the fore-
seeable future.
Nevertheless, Mr Cress-
well said, he is committed
to visiting the Bahamas on a
regular basis to meet with
government officials, mem-
bers of the opposition, the
media and various civic



fund is

FREEPORT In an effort to,.
facilitate more domestic invest-
ment, Financial Services anc ?
Investments Minister \'ij titr-
Peet said government hasu
bled its venture capital fu1
$2 million.
The fund, he explained
used to help Bahamians o
small and medium-sized b
With so many foreign i
ments coming on streak
Peet stressed that govem
must now pay attenti
Bahamians who want tog
business for the first tir e
who are seeking to upg
existing businesses. .
The venture capital fund,..,-1
which is available to Bahami-'''
ans through the Bahamas
Domestic Investment Board,
was initially funded by govern- : -
ment two years ago as an exper-; .
Today, more than 90 per ceft:";:
of the $1 million allocated ti*
the 2004/2005 budget has be-en? -:
earmarked for small and medi- ;-%
um-size businesses. .:.
"The Venture Capital F'undc
has been a very successful idea,"
he told lawyers in Freeport last
"The money is not sitting'-
there; it is being used and over,--
90 per cent of the million dollars
earmarked for 2004/2005 have
been allocated for small and
medium size business opera-
'Because small and medium
size businesses drive the econo-
my, Mr Peet said, the govern-
ment intends to increase the
fund again in the upcoming
Mr Peet commended Scotia-
bank for providing a $10 mil-
lion loan facility for Bahamians
seeking to enter into business.
"I am encouraging other
commercial banks to do like-
wise and I plan to meet with all
the clearing banks next week.
And once they follow suit it will
provide a new avenue for
Bahamian businesses to be cre-
ated," he said.
"This is important that
Bahamians own a large part of
the economy in the Bahamas,
which is the proper thing to do,"
he said.

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Bush takes on the brothels

President Bush's foreign policy will stand
up about as well to the assessments of future
historians as a baby gazelle to a pack of chee-
Yet there is one area where Bush is making
an historic contribution: He is devoting much
more money and attention to human traf-
ficking than his predecessors. Just as oaeoL-
Jimmy Carter's great legacies-was putting
humnan rights squarely on the international
agenda, Bush is doing the same for slave
We don't tend to think of trafficking as a top
concern, so Bush hasn't got much credit. But
it's difficult to think of a human rights issue
that could be more important than sex traf-
ficking and the other kinds of neo-slavery that
engulf millions of people around the world,
leaving many of them dead of AIDS by their
early 20s.
My own epiphany came in 1989, when my
wife and I lived in China and covered the
crushing of the Tiananmen Square democra-
cy movement. Arrests of dissidents were front-
page news, but no one paid any attention as
Many tens of thousands of Chinese women
and girls were kidnapped and sold each year
by traffickers to become the unwilling wives of
Since then, I've seen the peddling of humans
in many countries: the 8-year-old Filipino girl
whose mother used to pull her out of school to
rent to paedophiles; the terrified 14-year-old
Vietnamese girl imprisoned in a brothel pend-
I ing the sale of her virginity; the Pakistani
: teenager whose brothel's owner dealt with
her resistance by drugging her into a stupor..
The U.N. has estimated that 1-2.3 million peo-
Sple worldwide are caught in forced labour of'
one kind or another.
I in an age of HIV, sex trafficking is particu-
Slarly lethal. And for every political dissident
Swho is locked up in a prison cell, hundreds of
teenage girls are locked up in brothels and, in
effect, sentenced to death by AIDS.
In 2000, Congress passed landmark anti-
trafficking legislation, backed by an unlikely
coalition of evangelical Republicans and fem-
inist Democrats. Even today, the congres-
sional leaders against trafficking include a
conservative Republican, Sen. Sam Brown-
b'ck, and a liberal Democrat, Rep. Carolyn
But the heaviest lifting has been done by the
State Department's tiny office on trafficking
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units in thi U.S. government. The office, led
by a former Republican congressman, John
Miller, is viewed with suspicion by some career
diplomats who fear that simple-minded con-
servative nuts are mucking up relations with
countries over a peripheral issue.
Yet Miller and his office wield their spot-
light shrewdly. WitTffirfm--~acking from the
White House (Bush made Miller an ambas-
sador partly to help him in his bureaucratic
battles), the office puts out an annual report
that shames and bullies foreign governments
into taking action against forced labour of all
Under pressure from the report, Cambo-
dia prosecuted some traffickers (albeit while
protecting brothels owned by government
officials) and largely closed down the Svay
Pak red-light district, where 10-year-olds used
to be openly sold. Ecuador stepped up arrests
of pimps and started a national public aware-
ness campaign. Israel trained police to go after
traffickers and worked with victims' home
countries, like Belarus and Ukraine. And so
on, country by country.
Some liberals object to the administration's
requirement that aid groups declare their
opposition to prostitution before they can get
anti-trafficking funds. But in the past, without
that requirement, U.S. funds occasionally went
to groups promoting prostitution. And in any
case, the requirement doesn't seem to have
caused many problems on the ground (partly
because aid groups sometimes dissemble to
get money). In Zambia, India and Cambo-
dia, I've seen U.S.-financed programmes work
closely with prostitutesand- brothel owners
when that is needed to get the job done.
Moreover, Miller and his staff aren't squea-
mish prudes. Miller is sympathetic to the
Swedish model: stop punishing prostitutes,
but crack down on pimps and customers. He
says that approach seems to have reduced
more forced prostitution than just about any
other strategy.
The backdrop is a ridiculously divisive.
debate among anti-trafficking activists about
whether prostitution should be legalized.
Whatever one thinks of that question, it's
peripheral to the central challenge: Vast num-
bers of underage girls are forced into brothels
against their will, and many die of AIDS. On
that crucial issue, Bush is leaving a legacy that
he and America can be proud of.
(* This article is by Nicholas Kristof of The
New York Times 2006).

EDITOR, The Tribune
I WAS elated on May 2 at
the PLP one night "gel togeth-
er" when confession was the.
order of the day. Not that"
Bahamians did not know all
along, but a cabinet minister, in
fact no less a person than the
Attorney General Alyson Ma -
nard-Gibson herself, admitted
that the PLP was and still is
"pussyfooting" around. This
admission appears to show that
the PLP was not serious about
governing and especially"
addressing crime.
Attorney General Maynard-
Gibson, probably without real-
ising it, said in no-uncertain-
terms that the PLP did not do
what they sometimes try to
make the public believe that
they did. But God has a way of
bringing the truth to light. I
have personally-experieneed-
that I had to face reality many
times. But the fact that no con-
demned murderer has been
executed since the New PLP
came to power shows that they
did not respect the fact that "on
the book" convicted murderers
should be "put to death."
The argument of execution
not being a deterrent to crime,
simply does not hold water,
because in days gone by, people
who valued their lives, simply.
did not want to do anything stu-
pid that would prevent them
from living. Of course in those
days there was simply no way
that a criminal could-call their
pastor who would call the PLP
Member of Parliamient who
interfered with the process. This
too is sickening many citizens.
But it was simply refreshing to;
see and hear a present Minister
in the Christie Government
admit that they did not do their
job. It took a woman who seems
to have more guts than the men
in the PLP:to finally-say what-
we all know. We all know that
stalling tacncs has been used not
to carry out the law. We all
know of the personal objections
by many PLP ministers to capi-
tal punishment. We also know
too well that only since the great
crescendo from the drums of
discontent by the angry Bahami-
ans from all walks of life that,
the PLP is now pretending to
be interested.
Bahamians, who pay close.
attention; know that since rela-
tives of top PLP Members of
Parliament have been slain in.
broad daylight, now the Attor-
ney General is expressing her
sentiments. But for the last four
years, if the truth be told, crime
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many allegations of relatives or
friends of PLP top guns, who
have been gi\en preferential
t treatment when it comes to the
law taking its course. All of this
filters over into the community
and causes people to say: "If
they could get away with why
can't I?"
Rumours of corruption in the
PLP persist. If the rumours are
true, there seems to be no-one
- who'isinterested in bringing the
truth to light. There is also
much whispering about "kick-
backs" being the order of the
day, again no investigation and

no announcements. It appears
that everything is a cover-up.
Bahamians today seem to be
numb by underhandedness and
corruption, because it appears
to be accepted by most. Pussy-
footing seems to be a culture in m
the PLP.
Sections of the church are
also involved in the cover-up of
corruption and other immoral
acts. Instead of the church
exposing the culprits, the church
helps negotiate to "sweep it.
under the carpet."
Crime is breading so rapidly
because the law simply has no
teeth. Pussyfooting is blatant in
far too many churches.
May 2006

EDITOR, The Tribune
I DID not,watch the PLP
mini-conmention but I saw a
ZNS news clip w which showed
the leader ot that other polit-
ical part. criticising the
FNM's choice of leader.
I wish you would point out
that the FNMs have a right to
choose whomever they wish
to lead their party. In this
respect. I do not see or hear
any FNMs disparaging the
PLP's choice of leader. On
the contrary. FNMs showed
genuine good ill and con-
cern during the recent illness
ot that other party's leader,
and there has been no inter-
ference bh suggesting that
others, for example, Bernard
Nottage-rr Obie-Wilctrcombe-
should hold such a post.
Nlan\ names come to mind
of leaders w ho have returned
either from semi-retirement,
full retirement, or those who
have Iet Go eminent after
retirement to work in the pri-
vate sector.
For example, in Sports -
AMr Pat Riley who had retired
returned as head coach of the
SMiami Heat. In government

circles, there have been vice-
presidents and other senior
officials who have returned
to serve. In financial business,
there have been persons who
have retired from heading
government's principal finan-
cial institutions to work in the
private sector who have
returned to lead a govern-
ment ministry. All this is good
because the public will bene-
fit from their wide experience.
The fact that this matter is
being rehashed again is
enough to arouse suspicions
as to the person or persons
behind the rancorous contro-':
versies which surfaced prior
to the last elections.
Finally, I believe that the
FNM leader is the younger
o. -f- ti.t- wo p ersofs -con-
cerned, and it is the usual
practice for older persons to
retire before younger ones.
Therefore I hope that the
appropriate courtesy will pre-
vail so that this matter is put
to rest.
May 4 2006

Why no criticism?

EDITOR, The Tribune
I LISTENED with interest
to Love 97's Issues of the Day
on May 2. The topic referred
to grading the government.
I noted with interest the
response by its host Wendell
Jones to the question of grad-
ing the government.
Wendell, how critical can
'.ou be? You want to .exclude

yourself from grading the
government under the flimsy
excuse that you are a journal-
ist. Yet you ask Godfrey
Eneas to grade the Govern-
ment. Isn't he a journalist?
What is your problem or are
you afraid?
May 2 2006

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THE FNM pledged that it
will continue to hold the gov-
erning PLP party responsible
for the "dramatic" policy fail-
ures of the past four years.
The opposition party
claimed that it has begun to
formulate a comprehensive
and imaginative policy agen-
da that will stand in stark
contrast with the PLP's
tenure which has been
marked by incompetence,
bungling, and indecision.
"The FNM's task is to
detail not only what we will
do in office, that is policy; but
also how we will do it, that is
governance. We believe that
good governance is the skill-
ful management of our public
resources in a manner that is
accountable and transpar-
ent," said the opposition in a
statement yesterday.
"This present government
is not able to pass even a
standard dictionary definition
of accountability: 'responsi-
ble; required to account for
one's conduct'.
"The irresponsibility is
staggering and the inability to
account for their actions is
unhealthy for our democra-
cy," the statement read.
According to the party, this
"lack of accountability" must
be laid at the feet of Prime
Minister Perry Christie.
"The prime minister's mot-
to seems to be, 'How can I
pass the buck?' From the
Caribbean Single Market
Economy debacle to the
international embarrassment
over the poor handling of the
Cuban dentists, the chief
executive has waited until the
very last minute to act and
then had other people clean
up his mess.
"Very rarely does he admit
that his inaction creates
crises. When a crisis has final-
ly passed, he verbally shuffles
pass the Bahamian people
with rhetorical gymnastics
unworthy of a national
"Even as he ducks respon-
sibility for his own inaction,
the prime minister does not -
and at this point cannot -
hold his ministers account-
The FNM claims that the
PLP now has a Cabinet that
is "out of control".
"The former minister
responsible for Culture made
a habit of wasting the public's
money on his failed attempts
to convert junkanoo from a
cultural event into a money-
making venture," it said.
"The former minister of
Trade and Industry seeming-
ly had his own trade and
energy policy and further
takes delight in insulting both
Bahamian and foreign
investors and business per-
sons; the minister of Foreign
Affairs has a private agenda
in the international arena,
and the minister of Educa-
tion politicised the education
system, antagonised teachers
and succeeded in bringing
chaos to the administration
of the public school system.
"Now the Minister of
Immigration disregards basic
procedures and international-
ly-accepted standards in the
conduct of his office," the
statement said.

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BDM leader hits out at economic

policies of successive governments

Chief Reporter
THE economic policy of successive gov-
ernments has done nothing but move
Bahamians from "picking cotton to folding
cotton", according to leader of the Bahamas
Democratic Movement Cassius Stuart.
"It is easy to sell out your county but it is
not easy to build up the people in a county
and that is how you grade yourself. You
cannot grade yourself based on how many
jobs you give people. It's easy to give some-
one a maid job," he said.
Mr Stuart, who plans to lead the BDM
into the next general election the same way
he did in 2002, said that repairing the edu-
cation system is one of the major platforms
his party will be running on.
"If we are producing a national average of
E what is going to happen in 50 years is
that our parliamentarians are going to be
those who graduated school with an E. We
have failed over the last 30 years to socialist
pur people so that we can compete with
anywhere else in the world," he said.
The state of education in the country and
government's handling of the situation has
been woeful, according to Mr Stuart.
"I was in Trinidad the other day and an
ad was in the newspaper for a security offi-
cer. The person had to have five GCSE O
levels and I saw in a newspaper over here

Pierre Dupuch 'disappointed' by party system in Bahamas

Chief Reporter
POLITICS in the Bahamas has
evolved to a point where politi-
cians are not nominated based on
how many babies they kissed but
instead on whose baby they kiss,
Independent MP Pierre Dupuch
told The Tribune yesterday.
SMr Dupuch said that the party
system in the Bahamas has disap-
pointed him tremendously.
"That is no reflection on the
present government because I
don't know how their people
came forward. In the old days
when my father ran as an inde-
pendent, you were nominated
based on how many babies you
kissed. Our political system has
evolved to now where it depends
on whose baby you kiss.
"That does not say much for
getting imaginative people to the
forefront. I am not saying that the
people there are not imaginative,
but it certainly leads to that," the
independent MP said.
However, while.Mr Dupuch
said that the present FNM is not
like the party he knew before, he
has no gripes with either of the
major parties.
"When Sir Lynden went to hos-
pital the first flowers he found in
his room were mine. In the last
10 years of opposition Sir Cecil
(Wallace Whitfield) and I were
probably the most vocal people
in the House of Assembly against
Sir Lynden, and again, you were
talking about policies and not peo-
ple. Because I don't have an argu-
ment with people I have an argu-
ment with policies and the FNM is
completely different from where
people like Sir Cecil or Sir Kendal
(Isaacs) envisaged it to be.,
"It is the Hubert Ingraham par-
ty and whether people like to
admit it or not, the sooner he
leaves the political scene the bet-
ter it will be. I am not trying to be
nasty to Mr Ingraham- that's just
the way it is," he said.
Mr Dupuch announced pub-
licly that he would notbe offering
himself as a candidate in the next
While he said that he some-
times regrets having made the
statement, Mr Dupuch said he is
"not one of those people" who
breaks his word.
"I gave my word to the people
I would not run again and that is


Pierre Dupuch

the way it is. I have a complete
25 years in frontline politics and 40
years in politics altogether and I
was just feeling tired and I just
feel burnt out.
"Politics is not what I envisaged
it would be and more recently it
has not been as pleasing as it used
to be, and I just thought I could
leave room for other people. It
does not mean that I will dry up
and blow away, but I just won't go
to the House of Assembly," Mr
Dupuch said.
In December of 1999, Mr
Dupuch was fired by former
prime minister Hubert Ingraham
as minister of Consumer Affairs
and Welfare. The relationship
between the two men, at least
publicly, has appeared to be less
than friendly.
Mr Dupuch said he does not
know when the disconnect
between him and Mr Ingraham

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"Maybe it happened when he
decided that he could not control
me. What people do not under-
stand is that I tried to do my best
with him. He was always looking
in the shadows for someone with a
dagger but I don't carry knives
and I don't hit people in the back,
but he was a person who did not
like opinions and I am a person
who is very opinionated.
"I am very prepared to change
my opinion but I am not prepared
to change my opinion just because
you say so, you must prove to me,
convince me that your point of
view is right," said Mr Dupuch.
However, the MP asserted that
he was not the only one in the for-
mer cabinet who had an issue with
Mr Ingraham.
"I would say out of his entire
cabinet there were three people
that I never'heard criticise him
but there were only several of us
who had the courage to say so
publicly and to his face," Mr
Dupuch said.
Mr Dupuch dismissed asser-
tions that his feelings towards Mr
Ingraham is just a case of "sour
"People are always saying sour
grapes instead of saying this hap-
pened these are the facts.
"I can tell you there are no sour
grapes. But say there is sour
grapes what has that got to do
with it?
"It is a fact that Hubert Ingra-
ham is basically a dictator? Is he a
man who breaks his word? Don't
worry about Dupuch's sour
grapes, is that someone you want?
Those are the questions that we as
a nation have to start asking our-
"You can call it sour grapes all
you want, but a person who calls it
sour grapes does not want to
think," Mr Dupuch said.

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that an ad for the manager of a store only
required you to have a high school diploma.
"So it is clear that the standard of educa-
tion is different from that in the Caribbean.
We have to begin to pump more into edu-
cation, we have to be willing. We have to be
willing to develop our people. If we don't do
that, everything we are working for means
nothing," Mr Stuart said.
Although Prime Minister Perry Christie is
trumpeting recent foreign investment suc-
cesses, Mr Stuart said that there seems to be
no long term plan on how to improve edu-
cation to equip Bahamians to capitalise on
the resulting opportunities.
He continued: "When you look on the
streets, most of the young men don't go to
college or the colleges are filled with females
and the work place is filled with females.

"We have to build up our young men,
our people. What good is it for there to be
opportunity when there is no one to build on
the opportunity?
"In terms of a long term development
plan for education, in terms of how do we
transform the national average from an E to
a B to an A- they don't seem to have a clear
path on how to make that into a reality.
"The BDM has outlined a 40-year plan
for our country. How do we transform edu-
cation? Our vision is totally different from
their vision. The PLP wants to build hotels
on every island and wants to build roads -
well, we want to build people.
"We want to ensure that the people on
every Family Island can take advantage of
the opportunity we will bring," Mr Stuart

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0 In brief


mother with new bathroom reeo:rt
passes on

of West Nassau
Harry Kemp
(left) and
Brendan Watson
prepare the
foundation for
the bathroom
for Inamae
Mortimer and
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Urban Renewal Project is pro-
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indoor bathroom facilities.
The Church of God of
Prophecy next door is also help-
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from the public system available
to the family of Inamae Mor-
timer on Meadow Street.
"This is another timely inter-
vention between Urban Renew-
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ing conditions," said Assistant
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"There are lots of persons
with outdoor toilets and some
with none at all. So, we were
happy when the Rotary Club of
West Nassau approached us
and asked to help persons in
this area."
Urban Renewal is always
seeking to dialogue with civic

* ROTARIANS of West Nassau Phil Beneby (left), Brendan
Watson and Harry Kemp along with Corporal Walton
Winters of Bain and Grant's Town Urban Renewal all pitch in
for Inamae Mortimer and her family

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Ms Mortimer was lost for
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ciate this," was all she could
The Rotary of West Nas-
sau's vice president Phil Bene-
by led a team of skilled Rotar-
ians on Saturday as they set
out the plumbing and laid the
foundation for the structure.
"This is another project
Rotary is doing to help better
the lives of people in need,"
said Harry Kemp of the
club's community outreach
department. "It gives us great
pleasure to be able to assist
this lady.
Joycetina Conliff, of the
Department of Public Health
and attached to the Urban
Renewal Project, noted the
health risks that can arise from
the use of outside toilets.
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A former Freeport attorney,
Mr Aylen spent many years
there with his family and later
returned with his wife to spend
his retirement in Freeport.
Mr Aylen is survived by his
loving wife Cilla, sons Richard
Aylen of Seattle, Tim Aylen of
Nassau and daughter Caroline
Taylor of Florida.
His daughters-in-law are Kar-
la Aylen, Christine Aylen and
his son-in-law Rob Taylor.
His grandchildren are Brid-
get and Alexander Aylen, Julia
and Matthew Aylen and Henry
He is also survived by his
brother John Aylen of England
and many nieces and nephews
as well as dear friends in the
Bahamas, Grand Cayman and
Family members paid their
respects at a private funeral ser-
vice on Wednesday, May 2 in
Palm Beach.
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place at a later date in England.
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victims of
slavery with

S FRENCH traders tore them
from their African homelands
Sand enslaved them in Caribbean
Colonies in centuries past, and
Snow nearly 160 years after
Abolition France will hold its
,,first-ever commemoration to
-.honor the victims of its slave
f. trade,according to Associated
Wednesday's holiday comes
Said a wrenching debate about
France's colonial past and
about the place of immigrants
from the country's former terri-
tories in its future.
"It was imperative that slav-
Sery be given a place in our col-
Slective memory," said Marcel
SDorigny, a history professor and
member of the committee that
helped establish the holiday.
Others, however, said the cer-
emonies were too little, too late.
Cities throughout France
-if have scheduled ceremonies,
.readings, concerts and activi-
o ties.
SFrance was Europe's fourth
largest slave trader and French
.. ships transported an estimated
'1.25 million slaves, according to
Dorigny. Captured in Africa,
-' most slaves were shipped across
:' the Atlantic to toil on planta-
S''tions in France's Caribbean
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:'1794, after a successful revolt
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Harbour Island residents are

outraged by cruise ship visit

RESIDENTS of Harbour
Island were in uproar yester-
day when a cruise ship
anchored offshore and
unloaded nearly 200 passen-
gers on to the island's premier
Some islanders were asking
"Is this the beginning of the
end?" as crowds of holiday-
makers came ashore in
dinghies. "We are just incred-
ulous it's like an invasion,"
said restaurant owner Julie
The small cruise ship
moored off the beach serving
the luxury Pink Sands and
Coral Sands hotels. Its passen-
gers arrived with snorkelling
gear, swamping what is nor-
mally a quiet exclusive beach
used mainly by upscale
Ms Lightbourn said: "I am
curious to know the meaning
of this. I don't think it is the
right direction for Harbour
Island to be taking."
SMs Lightbourn, who runs
the Sip Sip Restaurant on the
seafront, said islanders had
been told by local Ministry of
Tourism representatives that
the cruise ship visit was an
experiment. But she said there
was no prior consultation and
everyone was taken by sur-
According to Tourism offi-
cials in Nassau, the ministry

Shad nothing to do with the vis-
it and was also not consulted in
The mainly middle-aged and
elderly tourists believed to
be mostly Germans were dis-
embarked from the Hanseat-
ic, a ship owned by a Euro-
pean cruise line. It is used
mainly for "discovery cruises
to exotic locations", according
to its owners.
As passengers came ashore,
many headed for beach equip-
ment owned by the two luxury
hotels. As a result, guests pay-
ing up to $500 a night for
exclusive accommodation
began lodging protests with
management, claiming they
were never told the island was
a cruise ship resort.
Yesterday, one businessman
said: "What will happen next?
Will we be having three or four
cruise ships arriving at the
same time, with people using
jet-skis and the like?
"These people have come

off the ship and camped on the
beach. They are going into the
hotels to use toilet facilities. It
is a crazy situation.
"They have brought their
own food and beverages, so
they are bringing nothing to
the island but their trash."


Local ministry representa-
tive Prescott Young was del-
uged with complaints from
winter residents, hoteliers and
other business owners.
The theme of the protests
was that Harbour Island is an
exclusive small island resort,
not a replica of Paradise
Island. He promised to pass
on their views to his bosses in
Another business source
said: "Harbour Island is an
exclusive destination. People
pay a premium to come here.
If they wanted hair-braiders
and jet-skis and the like, they
would go to Nassau."
During the morning a "ferry
service" of motor launches was
running between the ship and
the beach. "This whole thing
was unannounced and is a no-
win situation for Harbour
Island," said an islander.
"We have enough nonsense
going on here with the local
council without this happen-

Flamingo to be remembered

THE Defence Force will
hold a brief ceremony today
to mark the 26th anniversary
of the sinking of HMBS
Flamingo and the death of four
young marines.
On May 10, 1980, Cuban
MIG jets attacked the 103-foot
Defence Force patrol boat Her
Majesty's Bahamian Ship
Flamingo while it was making
a poaching arrest in the south-
eastern Bahamas.
The incident took place just
six weeks after the Defence
Force was made an official

entity by the Bahamas parlia-
Killed in action were Able
Seaman Fenrick Sturrup and
Marine Seamen Austin Smith,
David Tucker and Edward
Said the Defence Force in a
press release: "Much to the
credit of Flamingo's command
and its young crew, their cap-
tives were brought to the cap-
ital unharmed, where they
were duly charged before the
courts for illegally fishing in
Bahamian waters."

"The command, officers and
marines of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, today, mark
this defining moment in the
organisation's history with a
brief ceremony that includes
surviving crew members and
the families of those killed, at
HMBS Coral Harbour Base
during Morning Colours," the
release said.
It said the force's ensign will
be flown at half mast on all
ships throughout the day in
commemoration of the lives

ing. It makes me wonder
whether the administrator's
office is not now going into the
tourist business."
According to Tourism Direc-
tor General Vernice Walkine,
the Ministry of Tourism was just
as surprised by the visit as the
local population.
Ms Walkine explained that
while it is part of the ministry's
strategy to encourage small lux-
ury cruise ships to call at ports
throughout the Bahamas, this
Does not necessarily mean that
Harbour Island will be one of
the target destinations.

Had the ministry been aware
of the stop, she added, thednat-
ter would have been handled
"a lot differently".
Mrs Walkine saidshe
believes the visit was orgaijised
between the cruise cormany
and local government offloials.
The director general assured
Harbour Island residents that
even if a future cruise stop is
contemplated, it will not take
place in the same fashion;, s all
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i Cay At the end of this
week, the prime minister and
other top officials will fly in for
ar event that may change Rum
Cpy forever.
.A space has been cleared at
Cbttonfield Point for the Mon-
tana Group's long-awaited
ground-breaking ceremony. It
will mark the start of a $90 mil-


lion residential/resort develop-
Soon; a barge will arrive to
house scores of construction
workers, a channel will be blast-
ed through the reef for a marina
at Bay Pond, equipment and
materials will pour in, and
homes and hotels will begin
popping up all along Munroe
Of course, the 70 or so bored

citizens of Port Nelson, the
island's last remaining settle-
ment, have seen it all before
over the past 40 years. But
many say this week's ground-
breaking is a watershed. Instead
of an out-of-the-way refuge for
a few well-off folks wholive on
the edge of a sleepy little vil-
lage where nothing much ever
happens, Rum Cay may soon
become a playground for the

he one

The search is on for the most

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prizes, and the title of Miss Bahamas World. If you think you've got what it takes to be the one, apply
today. Who knows? Today, the Bahamas... tomorrow, the World!
Suitable young women between the ages of 17 and 24 are being sought to compete. Entrants
should be beautiful in form and face, graceful, intelligent and charming, while possessing poise, a
pleasing character, and high moral convictions. Candidates must be single, must not have children,
or have ever been pregnant or given birth. Minimum height requirement is 5' 5" and maximum
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very rich pursuing their cham-
pagne and caviar dreams.
You could say it all began 60
years ago when a New York
lawyer named John Carl Heyser
became the island's first "white
settler" since American loyal-
ists set up plantations here in
the late 1700s. Heyser had set-
tled an estate in the US that
involved Bahamians, and part
of his fee was a big chunk of
land on Rum Cay near Cotton-
field Point, a mile or so west of
Port Nelson.
"After the Second World
War he began visiting the island
and fixed up one of the old
plantation houses as a camp for
family and friends," recalled
long-time, resident Dave
Melville, whose father had been
a close friend of Heyser's.
"They would come by mail-
boat or seaplane to rough it on
Rum Cay, which had no infra-
structure back then. Over the
years Carl accumulated more
land over a thousand acres in
all and when he got too old
he offered it to me."
At the time, Melville was
making real estate deals in New
England, but he had also spent
15 years with the family shoe
business, which back then trad-
ed as Thom McCan, America's
top-selling brand.

In 1977 Melville agreed to
buy over 800 acres behind
Munroe Beach from Heyser.
He went on to set up the Rum
Cay Dive Club, and it is this
property that the Montana
Group acquired a few years ago
and is now about to develop.
Seven or eight years before
Melville arrived, Heyser had
sold 300 acres along the coast
nearer the settlement to anoth-
er American named J R 'Bud-
dy' Edgerton. And it was
Edgerton who created the
island's original resort the
Rum Cay Club and Villas as
a way to sell land for second
SBy most accounts, Edgerton
was "something of a rogue",
and he eventually committed
suicide. Although his small
development was never more
than a marginal operation, he
became part of the island's folk-
lore aind is buried on Runm Cay.
Edgerton began his love
affair with the island in the mid-
1960s, envisioning a fly-in com-
munity along the beach where
wealthy visitors could taxi their
own planes from a private
airstrip directly to their vaca-
tion homes.
And before buying from
Heyser, Edgerton's Rum Cay
Development Company had
been seeking to acquire land
from a Florida attorney of
Bahamian descent named Effie
Knowles, whose ancestors had
received some of the earliest
Crown grants on Rum Cay and
Long Island.
Although she has been dead
for more than 20 years, Effie
remains a celebrity in Bahamian

ut Little is in the
process of selling Sum-
ner Point to a Florida develop-
er named Turchin who wants
to turn it into something called
Bora Bora Bahamas. And Mon--
tana a group of British
investors bought the old,
Heyser property from Melville
in the late 1990s to create a
huge residential resort comm'i-
.In addition to the little grass'"
airstrip once used by bush-
whacking pilots, Rum Cay n{v t
has a $3 million 5,000-foot gov-.

In addition to the little grass ,

airstrip once used by
bushwhacking pilots, Rum C0
now has a $3 million
5,000-foot government-issue
runway, a reliable electricity
supply, and a new black-top
road that bisects the island
north to south.

Story. But after eight years it, too,
closed without making a dime.
"A local diver named
Clement Strachan came up with
the idea and we tried everything
we could to make it vork,"
Melville told Tough Call:
"We flew guests in from
Florida and offered gourmet
meals, but we could never break
even. Even with just 14 rooms
our average occupancy was only
about a third."
In the meantime, Bob Little
Sr one of Heyser's Ameri-
can employees had acquired
80 acres on Sumner Point, just
east of the settlement, and
began developing a marina for
sport fishermen in the 1980s.
Today, his son, Bobby Little Jr,
operates the business, currently
the only resort accommodation
on the island.

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able electricity supply, and a",
new black-top road that bisedfsr'
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Like many other islands-i:!"I
the Bahamas, Rum Cay ndw'-
stands on the brink of a major
transformation. n

t the turn of the 20thfl
century more thahi
500 people lived here in six set:-
tlements scattered around the
40-square-mile island.
Most were former slaves
growing cash crops like sisaland
pineapple. But salt production
was the biggest business.
Almost every family raked the
salinas just outside of town to
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real estate and legal circles. Her
story begins in the dark days of
slavery a tale of lawyers, land
sharks, genealogy and outright
greed that still swirls around the
hardscrabble community of
Port Nelson.
When Edgerton's company
went bust after selling only half
a dozen or so $10,000 lots to
foreigners in the so-called
Whitelands, west of the settle-
ment, Dave Melville converted
the Rum Cay Club to a dive
resort that opened in 1981,
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island for the first time in mem-

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change for Rum Cay

Bahamas", which was export-
ed to North America on four-
masted schooners.
Only a couple of dozen miles
from San Salvador, Rum Cay
was the second island Colu6m-
bus visited on his famous 1492
voyage. And it was deserted
until the arrival of American
loyalists in the late 1700s.
They were given Bahamian
land in return for their loyalty to
the British during the Ameri-
can War of Independence. As
well as Rum Cay, they settled in
Cat Island, Exuma and San Sal-
vador, bringing thousands of
enslaved Africans with them.

"Like a dead a
forest, Rum Ca
over and pick
likely before ai
what has happ

They carved cotton plantations
out of the stunted bush, and on
Rum Cay they also developed a
profitable salt industry.
When the-British--abolished
slavery in the 1830s, "the mas-
ters went back to-where-they'
came from, the slave bosses
took over, and the land was
divided up," according to one
elderly resident interviewed in
the 1970s by researchers from
the Bahamian Field Station on
After two major hurricanes
in the early 20th century
destroyed farms and damaged
the salt pans, the island slipped
into obscurity and decline. Peo-
ple left to find work in Miami or
Nassau, and most of the settle-
ments died out. By the late
1940s, none of the original white
families (with names like
Dorsett and Forsythe) were left.
As one researcher observed
in the 1970s, "the older genera-
tion fears that with their deaths,
there will eventually be no-one
left,on the island." Tourism was
seen then as the only viable

option, but until today even that
has failed to take off: "A com-
bination of resignation, contin-
ued emigration and a lack of
capital will probably mean that
(foreign) developers rather than
people born on Rum Cay will
determine the island's futfuie~7
And that is exactly what is

Besides the Montana
project, and the rede-
velopment of the Sumner Point
Marina, at least three rival
groups are vying for the oppor-
tunity to carve up Rum Cay in a

recently slapped an injunction
on Diaz to stop land clearing
and real estate sales while title
disputes are resolved.
A third group is led by Mike
Tofliergill, a convicted Ameri-
can felon whose Rum Cay Ven-
tures is developing home-sites
on disputed land on the south-
eastern tip of the island.
Although they are said to
despise each other, Fothergill
and Davis recently decided to
end their squabbling over con-
tested land and set up an uneasy
alliance of convenience to
divide the spoils.

T hese groups are, of
course, all represented
by powerful, politically-con-
nimal in the nected Nassau lawyers like
Philip 'Brave' Davis (the
y will be fought island's MP) and Carl Bethel (a
yw b former attorney general). And
d clean, most the title chains they base their
claims on go back to the earliest
ayone realizes land grants in the Bahamas via
one central figure a long-
ened." dead woman named Effie
As one observer predicted
more than 30 years ago: "Like a
Dead animal in the forest; Rum
Cay will be fought over and
feeding frenzy that is slowly ruf- picked clean, most likely before
fling the calm waters of Welling- anyone realises.what has hap-
ton Bay. opened "
"They come here to take the And while the locals whittle
-r-a-ndia-dW-ork-ii~-d dontask--way-the time-at-Kaye's Bar or
no questions of nobody," said the Last Chance general store
--90=ye-arc--o-Advitda-Scavella-a-- -waiting-patiently for Ca.t Island
-sharp-minded former seam- Air to show up, feuding for-
stress who is Rum Cay's oldest eigners with a mission flit in and
resident. out on their private planes and
Chief among the rivals is Bil- luxury yachts, interacting with
ly Wayne Davis, a bankrupt each other like
preacher/politician who has characters trom Peyton Place.
been in financial trouble with This weekend's official activ-
the law in several states and is ities offer an ideal opportunity
now busy bulldozing a patch- for Prime Minister Perry
work of roads through planta- Christie to clarify the country's
tion estates west of the Mon- development policy. Do we
tana property. He has already need a more rigid land policy?
blocked the public road along How about a land reform com-
the coast and claims ownership mission? And are there alter-
of 32 lots within Port Nelson natives to the so-called 'anchor
itself., project' model of development?
George Diaz, the brother of
Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz, (More on Rum Cay next
claims thousands of acres week).
around the ruined settlements
of Carmichael and Black Rock What do you think? Send
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'Cabinet backed Cuba'

FROM page one
benefits derived from the position of the
government. Not only the Cuban govern-
ment, but the governments of the third
world, of the developing countries, that
won their right to be recognized by the
big super powers which only recognize

the rights of those that represent the coun-
tries against which they are fighting," he
Mr Wilson-Hernandez said that gov-
ernments such as the US and other super
powers only recognized the rights viewed
by them as the right to overthrow gov-
ernments that they don't like.
"I don't know how the Bahamas voted


- I don't know. But whichever vote they
cast was the vote that they decided to sup-
port the countries that they viewed as
respectful or going in line with the position
that the Bahamas keeps," he said.
Calls to the US Embassy for a response
to Cuba's inclusion on the UN Human
Rights Council were not returned up to
press time.

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Date set for the

next official

AUTEC meeting

FROM page one
allowed to view during the first
visit last month.
This press visit is expected
to coincide with a local town
meeting, which is also being
scheduled for that date
when a number of experts
are expected to speak on the
possible connection of sonar
testing at the site with the
recent whale beachings in
the area.
"We hope to give the
media some of the briefings
that we were able to provide
to the government and allow
the media to ask questions
based on that as well.
"And we will in fact be
bringing down some addi-
tional expertise on marine
mammals, on what goes on
at the base, so perhaps we
may even have a more
advanced level of expertise
than we had at the first
meeting,' he said.
However, local environ-
mentalists who have been
campaigning for inclusion
on a tour of the US facility
have not been extended an
"The environmentalists
certainly would be allowed
to the town meeting. They
are not media. A credited
media is a credited media so
I think that by definition
that would dictate who it is
targeted for," Dr Hardt said.
AUTEC currently has two
testing ranges in the
Bahamas; one off the east-
ern shoreline of Andros, and
a second to the north west
of the Berry Island chain.
This second site, which
has waters ranging from
nine to 610 meters deep, is

used for shallow water range
and minefield testing. This
site is equipped with
autonomous underwater
acoustic navigation beacons
that provide "safety and
ground truth" for sub-
merged operations.
"Submarines and vessels
have to operate in shallow
as well as deeper water, so if
you are training for realis-'
tic scenarios, you have to be'
able to do both. Because'
obviously everything would
be different with conditions
and so forth if you are track-
ing someone in a shallow
system versus a deep water
system," Dr Hardt said..
Dr Hardt mentioned that
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AUTEC does that the pub-,
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about. He said that testing.
has been going on for more
than 40 years, and that to
the best of his knowledge
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where testing has negative
impacted the Bahamiat
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dimensional tracing. Th'
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the surface, and what's in
the sea. So when they do an
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different vessels are.
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.they were in reality versus
what the instrumentation
was showing so they'd know
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A LARGE turnout is expect-
ed today for the funeral of
Greek priest Theophanis Koly-
vas the hub of the Greek immi-
grant community in Nassau for
more than half a century.
Admirers of the man his
parishioners called a saint will
descend on the tiny Greek
church in West Street to say
farewell to the humble pastor
who served his people long after,
formal retirement:
Yesterday, a member of.the
Greek community said: "A min-
imum of-four-generationswere
recipients of his pastoral love
and caree"
Father Kolyvas died at
Princess Margaret Hospital on
May 4 after undergoing an
operation. He was 89.
Archbishop Dimitrios
expressed condolences on.
behalf of the Greek Orthodox-
Church of-America and the
Bahamas, adding: "We note
and-praise God for the selfless
and unprecedented decades of
ministry offered by Father
Father Kolyvas is survived by

* WELL-KNOWN members of Nassau's Greek community,
including the late Dr Andrew Esfakis, Mr John Psilinakis and Mr
Anthony Alexiou, are pictured here during the 1971 Epiphany
ceremony, with Father Kolyvas fourth from right. Bishop
Polyzoides of New York is seen wearing a crown.

his wife Maria, four children
(Emanuel, Angelina, George,
and Anthony) and many other

Last night a memorial service
was held at the West Street
church following prayer and
, viewing.

Theseaman's son who

made. Nassau his home

NASSAU'S Greek communi-
ty has been shaken by the death
of their beloved priest, who has
been a central part of their lives
for more than half a century.
Here, one of his flock pays trib
Father Theophanis Kolyvas
arrived in Nassau on July 1,
1953, expectant wife and child
in tow. to a Greek Orthodox
community in need of some
unique care.
- One evening, Father Koly-
vas, with the help of his son,
added two words to the little
Church's iconostas, Agapate
Alilous "'Love One Anoth-
er"' a living statement of his
constant mission as witnessed
Sinthe lives of those be touched
both knowingly and otherwise.
SGeorge Kolyvas was born on.
the small island of Kalymnos,
in the Italian occupied Dode-
canese Islands on the Aegean
Sea, on October 23, 1916.
The sotn of a seaman, he
experienced an early life of
poverty allowing only for inter-
miitent work, leaving George
and his family to struggle for
the basic necessities. George's
father sei an early example,
being know n,despile economic
challenges. as a good hearted
Young George had a love
for learning. excelling in math-
ematics and languages-having
learned ancient ard modern
Greek, Italian, and French in
high school.
.At 19, he was already a long-
time student of Byzantine,
chant, guided and mentored by \
his'uncle George Tsoukalas.
-After finishing high school, he
triaVelled to Athens on the
prbohise of his uncle that he
would attend-university to study
; unable to financially support
the, education of their young
student, George had to with-
draw from school and re-focus
his efforts on learning a trade
wlich could better help his fam-
ilh: . ....
;He became an apprentice in
a; painting shop in Athens,.
where he carefully studied and
practised the trade for two
years, before. returning to his
home on the island of Kalym-
nos, in 1937. Upon his return,
he found limited work with his
cousin, an already established
SThe few printing jobs avail-

able paid little and George was
forced to look for work else-
where. He found employment
as a labourer with a mason
named Emanuel Skandaliaris,
a relationship that would, with
time and patience, develop from
that of employee to son-m-law.
With the build-up to the Sec-
ond World War at full steam,
work became increasingly
scarce. The difficulties were
worsened by the struggle to
escape starvation.
George saw a posting by the
Italian government for a job
opening as a meter reader with
the electrical utility company.
Between his academic ability
and his training as a tradesman,'
he surpassed. the job require-
ments and was awarded the
position. After proving himself
to be a capable manager com-
bined with an unquestioning
loyalty to his superiors, he was
promoted to director of the.
electrical utility.


Despite his now well-paying
job. the fog of war had made
food desperately scarce.
George's own father died of
stars ationin 1942.The fast
deteriorating living conditions
saw the Kolyvas and Skan-;
daliaris families, now joined byL
George's engagement to
Emanuel Skandaliaris' daugh-
ter Maria, flee Kalymnos early
one morning.
The family worked their wa.
to Turkey by- boat. They then
Boarded the boxcar of a refugee
train that would carry them to.
the camps in Gaza. Palestine.
The family remained in the
camps until the end of the war,
and George volunteered for the
Greek armed forces.
Although he volunteered for
the army, he was assigned to a,
position in the Greek navy.
While in Alexandria, Egypt,
training as a telegraphist with
the British forces, where he also
began to-learn English, he con- as a chanter at a.
local parish whenever the
opportunity presented itself.
After the war, George
returned to Kalymnos, now
under British administration.
The island was in dire need of
someone to reorganise the elec-,
trical utility that had been run
down after several years of
neglect.,Being the only one

familiar and experienced
enough to run the utility, he was
reappointed as director.
SHe continued to excel in his
. duties as director, and was sub-
Ssequently promoted to general
secretary to the mayor of
Kalymnos. In addition to his
civic duties, he found the time
to begin his own printing busi-
ness while also engaged as lead
chanter of his neighbourhood
Parish, teaching Byzantine
music to young men aspiring to
an active life in the Church.
Married in 1947, with his first
child born in the late summer of
1948, and a life full of blessings,
George and his family pros-
In 1951, the Greek Ortho-
dox community in Nassau
began the process of seeking a
suitable replacement for their
aging pastor. The community
had largely emigrated from
'Kalymnos, so naturally the
search would return to their lit-
tle island.
,- Asa result of the Italian
Occupation of Kalymnos and
the Italian attempt and Kalymn-
ian revolt against the drive to
convert the Orthodox commu-
nities to Byzantine Rite Catholi-
cism, Kalymnos had been left
only with population of aging
While trying to sort out the
dilemma of finding a suitable
priest, it became clear that the
person that should be asked was
their o wn George Kolyvas.
After initially refusing their
offer, continued persistence
helped him realise that he was
being called to serve God in a
way he had never imagined.
He was ordained in May of
1953 and given the name Theo-
phanis. Father Theophanis gave
up everything.and made the
long voyage by train: and boat,
with his young family, to arrive
in Nassau on July 1 of the same
Father Theophanis realized
that his great challenge would
be to unite the community he
had been called to serve. Over
the next 53 years as parish
priest, schoolteacher, choir
director, teacher of Byzantine
chant, with his four children and
limited financial resources of a
small parish, he remained an
example of humility, obedience
and dedication as he struggled
to fulfil Christ's commandment
to "love one another, as I have
loved you."

* YOUNG Christopher Mosko (in swimming trunks) was given the name 'Baptist' when he
surfaced with the cross tossed into the sea during the Greek Orthodox Church's Epiphany
celebrations in 1987. Father Kolyvas (centre, holding the book of Gospels) is seen with various
members of Nassau's Greek community and Metropolitan Germanos Polyzoides.

Today, divine liturgy will be
served at 10am followed by the
funeral service and interment
in the church grounds at 1pm.
Conducting the service will
be Bishop Savas of Troas,

Chancellor of the Greek Arch-
diocese of America, assisted
by Father Nicholas Tri-
antafilou, president of Holy
Cross Greek Orthodox School
of Theology.

In lieu of flowers, the family
is asking that donations be
made in memory of Father
Kolyvas to the Annunciation
Greek Orthodox Church, PO
Box N823, Nassau, Bahamas.

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a helping

hand to

local groups

THE Pinewood Gardens
Community Marching Band
and the Crusaders for Christ
Junkanoo Group were present-
ed with $1,000 each during the
close out activities marking the
Texaco Thompson Boulevard
Service Station's fifth anniver-
sary celebrations.
The funds will be used to
assist the groups with their var-

FROM page one

The Minister said that the "exhaustive"
list, which he was having compiled, would
have been a testament to his agency's
commitment to transparency.
At around 7pm on Monday, Mr Wis-
dom called The Tribune to say that he
had the list and that we could pick it up at
any time. As we had no messenger at that
hour, and as it was past deadline, he said
it would be all right to pick it up at any
time Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday morning, when The Tri-
bune called the Minister's secretary, she
said that the documents had already been
sent and would be at our office in half
and hour's time. When several hours
passed, The Tribune again called the Min-
istry to find out what had happened to
the documents. This time it was told that
the documents could not be sent, but that
the minister would call The Tribune when
he got out of Cabinet that afternoon.
In his interview with The Tribune last
evening, Mr Wisdom denied that a list

ious community programmes,
according to the station's man-
The Pinewood Gardens
Community Marching Band has'
been in existence since Janu-
ary, 2004, attracting to its mem-
bership many young persons,
primarily from the Pinewood
Gardens Community.
The junkanoo group is an off-

* THE Pinewood Gardens Community Marching Band 0 THE crowd sampling products at the Texaco Thompson
performing at Texaco Thompson Boulevard Boulevard fifth anniversary celebrations

shoot of the band, and made its
debut during the 2005/06 Box-
ing Day and New Year's Day's
Since the formation of the
group, Texaco station manager
Byran Woodside has been
assisting with its development.
According to founder, Kims-

Ministry o
had been sent to The Tribune from his
office. However, he assured the newspa-
per that as soon as his agency was able to
provide the relevant information, it would
do so quickly.
Not being able to put a time frame on
the release of the information, the Minis-
ter said, "There is so much information
that we will need time to compile it. We
are not trying to give the wrong informa-
tion, so it is being compiled as best as we
can, and when we are ready and we are
able to, we will provide it to you."
Mr Wisdom's response comes more
than one week after a letter was faxed
and hand delivered to the Permanent Sec-
retary of the agency, Mrs Leila Greene,
outlining in detail the information
that the newspaper was interested in
As a result, the speed at which the
Ministry has worked to release informa-
tion' about the volume of work it has

ley Ferguson, "Mr Woodside
was with us from the very
beginning. When we purchased
our first set of instruments he
paid for half of them. For this
reason, we are happy to be able
to support him today as he cel-
ebrates his anniversary."
In addition to learning band

f Housing
awarded to the three "conglomerate" con-
tractors has some builders, who have been
"locked" out of the process, calling foul
and asking for the Ministry to justify its
One builder complained that, in award-
ing low cost home contracts, some con-
tractors are being given two, three, or
four homes, while a "favoured" builder
gets 10, 20, and sometimes up to 25 homes
at the same time.
Other charges against the Ministry
allege that many of the contracts being
awarded never go before the tender's
board, as the Ministry has found ways to
circumvent the process by dividing many
of its awards among several small com-
panies with ties to the larger "conglom-
"It is unfair," said one builder who
wishes that Ministry of Housing would
be more forthcoming with "public" infor-

and junkanoo techniques, the
group aims to develop moral
and leadership skills.
The marching band and
junkanoo group were the high-
lights of an afternoon of special
activities that culminated a
month of celebrations marking
the fifth anniversary of the Tex-

FROM page one

proposal from management
that we were not expecting,
and believe me, it was nothing
attractive," said Mr Fountain.
As a result of the counter pro-
posal, he continued, the union
called a meeting of its mem-
bers at the National Insurance
Headquarters on Baillou Hill
"I want to make it clear,"
Mr Fountain said, "our meet-
ing yesterday had nothing to
do with industrial unrest, nor
was it a strike, a walkout, or a
"We just called the staff off
the job during their normal
coffee break to inform them
of management's position," he
Mr Fountain said the ball is
now in management's court,
and he hoped the matter
would be resolved as quickly as

aco Thompson Blvd. Service
The band performed a wide;
variety of local and interna-
tional pieces, with the junkanoo
group closing out the evening.
The service station has been
under its current management:
since April, 2001.
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"If they agree to what we
have put forward, which in our
opinion is very reasonable, we
could sign off on this as soon as
possible," Mr Fountain said.
"But based on the outcome of
today's meeting, then we will
be doing what we need to do.
If the meeting breaks down
today, then we are going to
break down."
"It is a pity that manage-
ment does not operate in fair-
ness or above board," contin-
ued Mr Fountain, "and it is a
pity that sometimes you have
to go to these lengths to get
things done."
In the end, the union chief
said they will do whatever is
needed to bring management,

Officer denies knowing

of prison escape plot

FROM page one

$5,000 from inmate Forrester
Bowe for a gun that was to be
used in the escape, although he
never delivered the weapon.
When questioned by Coroner
Linda Virgill yesterday, Sgt Sands
denied he had received.$5,000
from a prisoner or anyone for that
Sands also denied having any
involvement in the January 17
prison break. He also stated that
he had not aided the prisoners in
their escape.
Officer Sands denied he sent
officer Bowles to Cell C 16, Corey
Hepburn's cell, or anywhere on
the morning of January 17. Sands
said he did not go with officer
Bowles when he returned to the C
block at 4.10 that morning because
he had been directed to take over
duties at the PO's office. Sgt Sands
said he did not know why Corpo-
ral Bowles went back to C block
that morning.
Sgt Sands was then shown the
prison surveillance footage cap-
tured by the camera positioned in
the western section of the C block.
He noted that cells C 16 to 25
were in the scbpe of the camera.
According to the officer cell C 16,
which was far away from the
immediate range of the camera,
was occupied. by inmate .Corey
Hepburn. Cells 17 through 25, he
noted, were occupied by inmates
David Gibson, Wesley Guist,
Anthony Evans, Geronimo Bow-
leg, Robert Green, Leslie Web-
ster, Peter Cash, Elliston Smith
and Kino Pritchard.
Neii Brown occupied cell C 11,
Barry Parcoi cell C 12 and For-
rester Bowe cell C 13, which are
all downstairs from the previously
mentioned cells, officer Sands not-
The footage showed that at 2.06
on the morning of January 17 offi-
cer Sands while conducting an
inspection, according to him,
stopped at Corey Hepburn's cell.
Sands noted that on the night of
the prison break he was wearing a
white tam, a cover-all and black
boots. Officer Sands explained
that before he left the C block that
morning, inmate Parcoi had asked
him to get a can of sweet milk
from Hepburn. When asked by
the coroner whether it was prison
policy for prison officers to do this,
Sgt Sands admitted that it was not,
but that it was at the discretion of
the officer to do so. According to
the officer, feeding ceased some-
time around 4pm and 4.30 pm
and a final lockdown was 7 pm
and sometimes after 8 pm.
The prison surveillance also
showed that after the lights went
out on the C block at 4.11 am, two
persons, one wearing trousers and
what appeared to be tennis shoes
and the other long dark trousers,
ran onto the block and to the back
section where Hepburn's cell and

officer Bowels were. A short time
later, however, three individuals
left the area.
At 4.25, four officers, one car-
rying a flashlight came onto the
block and discovered Bowles'
body. Officer Sands told the court
that to his recollection medical
officer Lawrence Lloyd and officer
Irvin Bodie were there with him,
however, the identity of the fourth
person who appeared on the
prison surveillance footage was
unknown to him.
Officer Sands said that when he
saw that Corporal Bowles' hands
and legs were tied, he asked offi-
cer Bodie to help him carry
Bowles' body off the block.
When asked by the coroner
why he did Dr Donald-
son when he found Bowles' body,
Sands replied that it was because
officer Lloyd was on duty and it
was he, the medical officer, who
would then inform the doctor.
Officer Sands said that he
moved Bowles' body out of frus-
tration and because as a comrade
he did not want to leave him there
in the state he was in. Officer
SSands also told the court that he
did not inform his PO that he went
to the back C block to look for
officer Bowles because his PO had
gone to gate lodge.
SSands also told the court that
he used a searchlight to locate
Bowles' body because there were
no emergency lights. Sands also
admitted that during night duty
there is a searchlight for each
block. However, he said that when
officers come on at 10 o'clock they
find that some of the searchlights
have not been charged all day.
During questioning by his
lawyer, officer Sands said that on
October 31, 2005 he took vaca-
tion and returned to work on Jan-
uary 9. When asked whether he
had contact vrith any prisoner or
entered any prison cells during
that time his reply was "No." He
noted that it was procedure that if
an officer wanted to do so he
would have to get permission from
the prison super intendent who
would ask why, but he did not do
Officer Sands said that before
he went on vacation, inmate Bar-
ry Parcoi was occupying a cell on
D block, between D1 and D8. He
was not sure of which cell exactly.
According to the officer, Neil
Brown was occupying a cell on I
block and during that time his
retrial in the murder case of
Archdeacon William Thompson
was continuing.
Officer Sands told the court that
when he returned from vacation
Brown and Parcoi had been
moved to the C block. Officer
Sands denied having any involve-
ment in their relocation or being
present when it was done. Officer
Sands said that he only assumed
that Parcoi and Hepburn had been
moved to the C block because of
their previous escapes.

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National Health Insurance's

December goal 'not feasible'

Tribune Business Editor
The Government's seem-
ingly revised goal of hav-
ing its National Health
Insurance plan ready for
implementation by
December 2006 is not "very feasible,
practical or advisable", The Tribune
was told yesterday, with the business
community and other impacted stake-
holders saying their concerns still had
to be addressed.
Philip Simon, the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce's executive director,
told The Tribune: "Obviously, there is
concern that emanates from the busi-
ness and wider community that needs
to be addressed.
"Everybody wants better and more
access to healthcare. No one would
disagree with that in and of itself, but
the needs to be fleshed out a bit more.
Government seems to have already
made a policy decision, but it still

needs to garner and address the feed-
back that it has received from many
Among the organizations that had
raised concerns with the proposed
National Health Insurande (NHI)
scheme apart from :the !Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce were the
Small Business Association, the Nas-
sau Institute and the Medical Associ-
ation of the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, The Tribtne has
learned that various professional
groups and industries that wbuld be
affected b% the proposed NHI
scheme, including private \health
insurance companies, doctors ahd oth-
ers are currently developing position
papers on the Government's plan.
They will then meet in a bid to
develop a common position on NHI,
which will fundamentally% restructure
the way Bahamian healthcqre is
financed and pro% ided. ;
This effort has been given greater
urgency by the comments of newl.-

Minister of ..
Health and
N a t i o n a ,,
Insurance, Dr
Bernard Not-
tage, who told ...
a church audi-
ence in Grand
Bahama earli-
er this month PHILIP SIMON
that he want-
ed the NHI legislation to be passed by
Parliament this July or August. The
scheme would be ready for imple-
mentation by December, he added.
This contradicts the position stated
by his predecessor, Dr Marcus Bethel,
who said publicly and in private meet-
ings that the Government would not
seek to pass NHI legislation and
implement the scheme before the
next general election.
And on April 19, Dr Stanley Lalta,
the NHI project manager, told a COB
Town Meeting that "NHI is not a

complete product. We are still in the
design stage, it is a work in progress,
hence the reason'why we are con-
sulting, doing further work, testing
ideas, listening to comments and inak-
ing revisions as necessary to get the
most workable plan."
Those comments came two weeks
before Dr Nottage seemed to advance
the NHI process by leaps and bounds,
and the discrepencies have been duly
Mr Simon yesterday told The Tri-
bune that at a meeting with Dr
.Bethel, Dr Lalta, National Insurance
Board and Ministry of Health offi-
cials, the Chamber of Commerce was
told that the Government would not
proceed with NHI before the next
"At the meeting, Minister Bethel
made it very clear that the Govern-
ment would not push this prior to the
general election, and would assess the
feedback coming from various stake-
holders," Mr Simon said.

And Rick Lowe, of the Nassau
Institute, said of NHI: "I think it's a the,wrong direction for the
country. If they have already made
their minds up at the Cabinet table
that they want this in place by Decem-
ber, what is the point of consulting?"
He added of the differences
between Dr Bethel and Dr Nottage
on the Government's.NHI position:
"Who is being disingenuous?"
Mr Lowe pointed out that under
NHI, all employed Bahamians,
including low income workers, would
have to contribute 2.65 per cent.; f
their monthly salaries to funding the
scheme, with matching contributions
coming-from employers.
He added that under the current
healthcare system, treatment was
available for free at the Governmeint.
clinics, yet some Bahamians "who get
it for free will now have to pay 2.65-

SEE page 5B

Employers: Not all

unions favour ILO

Convention 87

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN employers
believe that not all trade union
leaders want to see the Inter-
national Labour Organisation's
(ILO) Convention 87, which
would allow workers to join
any union they chose, fully
implemented as this would
force them to compete for
members and might lead to
their union's demise.
In its latest newsletter, the
Bahamas Employers Confed-
eration (BECon) said full
implementation of Convention
87 needed done by
replacing the Industrial Rela-
tions Act with legislation that
made officials "more responsi-
ble for their unions'" actions.
In addition, BECon added
that any new legislation should
introduce a strict interpreta-
tion of industrial action and
establish a procedure to follow
before trade unions could
The employers' organisation
conceded that while Conven-
tion 87 was in full effect for

them, it was not for trade
unions and their members.
The current Industrial Rela-
tions Act restricted trade
unions to members from spe-
cific industries, crafts andoccu-
pations, pre\ enlig the forma-
tion of a 'general union' that
would have the ability to ibe
recognized as the bargaining
agent at any company.
BECon warned: "Conceiv-
ably, 'this would .allow one
union to represent all workers
in all industries. This very pow-
erful union could effcctiiel)
stop commerce in the nation
through the industrial action
of a general strike that would
result in de\ stating economic
ruin to the country. "
While the Bahamas had rat-
ified Convention S87 on June
14, 2001, it has never put it into
law. This kas because the two
Bills that w would ha\e replaced
the Industrial Relations Act -
the Industrial Court and Trade
Disputes Bill, and the Trade
Union and Labour Relations

SEE page 5B

Bahamian bank to be absorbed by UBS

Tribune Business Editor
A BAHAMIAN bank and trust com-
pany will see its book of business
absorbed into the UBS wealth manage-
-ment empire, after the leading S\ iss
bank yesterday announced it was acquir-
ing is Brazilian sister company in a deal
worth $2.6 billion.
The UiBS acquisition of Banco'Pactu-
al means that the business portfolio and
, the latter's Bahamian sister insti-
tution, POBT Bank & Trust, will even-
tually be merged into the Swiss financial
institution after the deal is expected to
,dlose inifhe 2006 third quarter;
Doug Morris, a New York-based
spokesman for UBS, yesterday told The
Tribune: "W'hat we're going to do with
ithe TBhaniian businesses of Banco Pactu-
;l is that these businesses will be trans-
Iferred tto itihe UBS platform. They will

' '

be merged into the UBS business."
Mr Morris indicated that staff at POBT
Bank & Trust would be retained by UBS
once the merger and portfolio transfer
He said: "We are basically planning to
keep'on Pactual staff as part of UBS.
That's the intention."
Mr Morris declined to comment on
the value of POBT Bank & Trust's busi-
ness portfolio that would be transferred
to UBS.
Most of POBT Bank & Trust's book of
business is likely to be merged into UBS's
Bahamian subsidiary, UBS (Bahamas),
which specialises in private banking,
trusts and other private wealth manage-
ment services..
Mr Morris said he was unable to cate-
gorically say that 100 per cent of POBT
Bank & Trust's book of business would
remain in the Bahamas, given that UBS
subsidiaries had begun to focus on spe-

cialising in certain product areas. There-1
fore, the business would be allocated to.;
the subsidiaries where it was most suited.'
When The Tribune contacted.POBT
Bank & Trust yesterday, it was told: "No
SThe developments regarding POBT
Bank & Trust again show how the
Bahamian industry is
being impacted by financial services
industry consolidation that is taking place
at the global head office level.
This process, together with the
increased cost of doing business and the
fallout from the legislative changes
induced by the 2000 blacklisting, has
reduced the number of institutions in the
Bahamian financial services industry.
However, those left are of the 'blue chip',
high quality variety.

SEE page 3B

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Blue Hills plant

'nears completion'

Tribune Business Editor
yesterday said second phase
construction on its $29 million
Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant was "nearing comple-
tion" and that it was poised to
begin supplying the Water &
Sewerage Corporation with
extra water later this month.
Reporting a 53 per cent rev-
enue increase for the 2006 first
quarter, in which the company
also generated record earnings
for the period, Rick MacTag-
gart, Consolidated Water's
president and chief executive,
said: "Phase two of the con-
struction of the Blue Hills
water desalination plant in
Nassau, the Bahamas, is near-
ing completion, and we expect
to begin delivering additional
water to our customer, the
Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas, later
this month.
"We have made excellent
progress in resolving the mem-
brane fouling issue that has
plagued our Windsor plant in

Consolidated makes
'excellent progress' in
combating membrane
fouling at Nassau's
Windsor plant

Nassau. Water production at
the plant has been restored to
near design-rated capacity, and
we are no longer subject to the
production shortfall penalties
that i~hpacted our operating
results during much of last
Mr MacTaggart said the 39.1
per cent increase in bulk water
sales that Consolidated Water
enjoyed in the 2006 first quar-
ter "reflects higher demand"
from the Water & Sewerage
The company's total revenue
increased by 52.6 per cent to
about $9.2 million, compared
with about $6.1 million in the
first quarter of 2005.

SEE page 5B

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In the last article we
discussed the impor-
tance of the applica-
tion'form, and how it is
the main tool for col-
lecting information about a
perspective employee. This
week, we look at the actual
process of verifying the infor-
mation collected via the form, a
process known as the back-
ground investigation. As stated
in previous articles, this is a
process that must be a joint
effort between the Human
Resoutfes Department and the
Security Department.

What is an Investigation?
Theprimary objective of any
investigation is to confirm or
disprove evidence that exists,
and also to discover additional
information that may support
or refute this evidence. The
wordinvestigation comes from
the Latin word investigatee,
which means to search into........

What happened?
When it happened?
Where it happened?
Who it happened to?
How it happened?
Who it happened to?

This type of activity is not
intended to create or manufac-
ture information, only to
ensure its credibility. The fol-
lowing practices, as recom-
mended by the American
Association of Trial Lawyers,
are recommended.

A) Logical sequences must
be followed.

B) Physical evidence must
be identified.

C) Evidence must be stored

D) Witnesses must be iden-

E) Leads Must be developed

F) Recording of information
must be accurate

What are we looking for?
At this point it is necessary to
establish what exactly do we
intend to discover, especially
considering that many of us
have never actually conducted
an investigation. Thus a guide-
line is important if we are to
conduct an effective and leffi-
cient investigation. The format
outlined by the Protection of
Assets Manual is used in this

1) First, we must conduct a
critical review of the applica-
tion form.

2) Identify Investigative

3) Establish Investigative

4) Establish Investigative
Process and Controls

Each of these points will be
discussed in detail in future
articles. However, our focus
will be the critical review of the
application form.
Applicant falsifications fall
into two general categories:
Willful omissions of mate-
rial fact.
Misrepresentations of edu-
cation or work experience.

An applicant may attemptto

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43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41 00
16.00 13.00 Bahamans SupriermnketSo 14.00
S60 0 35 RND Holdings 0 29
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omit any information that
could be a hindrance to
employment. And the appli-
cant may have been falsifying
the same information for a
number of years, and become
convinced that a prospective
employer will not check it very

Applicant's signed authori-
sation and release
Did the applicantsign the
form, preferably in ink? Addi-
tionally, did the applicant sign
the release from liability and
release of information agree-

Application Date
Is the date correct, or rather,
how old is the application
form? Avoid using information
over 90 to 180 days old, if you
keep forms that long. Another
alternative is to conduct an
update interview of the appli-
cant to assist in confirming
information stated earlier

Applicant Name
For example, rather than ask
for a maiden name, employers
could ask applicants to provide
any other names under which
they have worked or attended
school a question that applies
to both sexes. Also, ask appli-
cants whether they have legal-
ly changed their names. This
can be used to assist in deter-
mining national origin, which
cannot be used as a basis for

Date of Birth
This is an essential item,
since many public records still
use the date of birth to distin-


PricewaterhouseCoopers has vacancies for qualified accountants whose
qualifications make them eligible for membership in the Bahamas Institute
of Chartered Accountants. Prospective candidates should have at least three
(3) recent years of public accounting and auditing experience and be computer

The positions offer challenging work in the financial services industry and
other areas of industry and commerce. The salary scale, which recognizes
different levels of experience and skill, is designed to reward high performance.
In addition, the Firm provides excellent medical insurance and provident
fund benefits.

Please submit your application with Curriculum Vitae to:

Human Resources Partner
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, The Bahamas


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guish one 'John Smith' from'
another. This information can
be listed on a sheet that can be
separated from the main appli-
cation form.

It is estimated by the Nation-
al Criminal Justice Resource
Centre that about 5 per cent
of all professional applicants
falsify some aspect of their edu-
cational backgrounds. Unfor-
tunately, there are no statistics
available in the Bahamas.
Falsification can take the
following forms:
Listing the names of
schools but not the dates of
attendance or the degrees con-
Listing 'diploma mills' or
other unaccredited correspon-
dence schools as evidence of
formal education.
Lsting fictitious schools and;
omitting their geographical,
location in an attempt to avoid
Listing names of recog9
nised schools the applicant nev-,
er attended.
Claiming graduation or
degrees from schools the appli-
cant did attend for a short peir.
od of time. '
Falsely assuming the name
and degree of a bona fide grdi-

Criminal History
Considering that the police:
record only presents convic-
tions, a simple question Wucl
as: Have you ever been arrest-
ed before?... should be aslkedl.II
there is, an affirmative:
response,.then more researctliis.

Change of Employment!
Most people tend to follbw/ai
general line of work for minstiof
their lives, so any indicationwof
an abnormal emplo menr:pat-
'tern sliiould be closely exam-
ined. Some of the mote, com1-
mon abnormalities in viorkpatr-
terns are as follows: i
Returning to a profession-
al field. Beware of applicants;
who abruptly leave a profes--
sional field and then r turmtroitt
after an intervening period' dt
six months or longer in aia
unrelated job. This unusual
behaviour pattern should be:
thoroughly checked, Because.
serious mental illness, atlhm-
holism, professional scandtls&,
kickbacks and fraud miglitrfbe:at
Positions involvihg;monesy
handling. Applicantswhiolhave
previously worked ii nespain-
sible positions reqpiiiihig thiw-
handling of cash sHi uldt HI
closely questioned onemainicu
the reasons for theiireliangWain
occupation. Stealing off funfd
is a common reason fEnr such
individuals to seek a, thotali
unrelated job because: of tfiei
inability to be bondbd.

Overqualitiidl. Apriliant&
who appear tOl; e o6eexqpali-

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n 00 1 568 0 360 7 0, 3127'
0.00 0.843 0.330 1111.2 4150%
0.00 0.183 0.020 319I 2:82%
0.00 0.110 0.060 1113) 4176%
0.04 3,000 0,176 0.060 7/.11 4100%
0,00 0.665 0.240 ISliS 2 2:67%
0.00 20,000 -0.067 0.000 NIMI 0.00%
0.00 0,931 0.660 1l. 5.38%
-0.03 0.091 0.046 8r1.3i 0I81.%
0.00 0.437 0.000 SiA 0:00%
0.00 0,639 0.240 1I11 3387%
0.00 1,000 0.738 0,540 152' 4180%
0,00 0.874 0.500 13~7/ 41,170%
0.00 0.833 0.600 1;2:5 4180%
0,00 -0.162 0.000 lT1i01 O00p/%
0.00 0.626 0,4056 18iil 4126%/
0.00 0.572 0.560 T' v1 .22/6
0.00 0.134 0.000 601i 0400/
0 00 2 036 0 585 4'9' 5.'"o
Lasl Pri.: .Veel D.0ol EPS $ DIv $ PE Ylld'

'51 10107 02 2 40

15,0 11 00 1 997 020 0 72 4'80
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0 54 0 35 .0 070 0000' rflt 0 00,'
YTD". La.s 12 Monlhs DIv Yield .__ _

S2858 1 2296 Colina Money Markel Fund I 285B19I
2.7451 2.3329 'Fidelity B salharis 0 & I Pund 2.7451 "*
2.3560 2.2072 Collna MSI PFtarfrfed Fuhdd 2.329423"
1 1643 1 1006 Collna Bond Fund i i64331""'
6BI AALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1 00 0.10 YIELD la9l 12 mrnlh dlirdends diided by cl.'alng pne
52wk-Ht Highest closlhg price In last 2 Weekh Mld $ Buying pl 6e of Colina and Fidellit
52wk-Low Lowest biOklind pHft in last 62 weebk Ask t Selllhg prin e of Colna and fdadliti
Previous Close Previous day's Weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last ttaded over-tihe-IatrOht price
Today's Close Current day's Weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the ptlO, week
Change Chahge in closlin priHe tifrti day to da> EPS $ A company's reported eatnlingse share btr theiflbItl 12 mt5hs
Daily Vol. Numtber of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid Ih the last 1 2 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closhg price divided by the lest 12 limonth eamlngi PINOEX The Fidelity Baharrns Stock Index. Januarh it, 1 l954 TO)'
" AS AT APR. 30, 2006/ '** AS AT MAY. 01, 006 o
* AS AT A R. 28, 2008/ As At APF. 30, a0bo

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fied bv educational background Position or Title
orpriorwork experience for a The applicant should be
particular position should' be instructed to list the actual posi-
considered: very carefully. In tion ortitle held. It is generally
some cases, applicants attempt recognized that there is no uni-
toi conceal their prior educa- formity with regard to job titles,
tion and work history as a but it is an'tem of information
means of gaining employment that, can easily be verified.
that rmght not be offered if the Therefore, the job title serves
over qualification were clear, as an indicator of the general
accuracy of the information
provided by the applicant on
Employment Gaps (More matters that are not easily ver-
than One ilonth in Length) ified.
Applicants often, attempt to
conceal unfavorable employ- Reason for Leaving
ment,. criminal convictions, or Many applicants attempt to
other significant events by sim- avoid providing their reasons
ply omitting the information. for leaving, especially when
they are unsure of the response
a former employer might sip-
iome.temployezs, ply. Bur. when asked directly,
Applicants; often list very most applicants attempt to give
sketchy, information concern- an answer. The general rule to
ing former-emplbyers.h Ih some follow is that the more involved
instances, the- company may the answer, the greater the
have. been owned or operated need. for a detailed investiga-
by the applicant. or a close rel- tion.
active. Aetuall street addresses
ratite.r than post office: box Citizenship
numbers should be required in Creditable proof of citizen-
order to, precliud: the use of ship should be required, such as
"dummy" companies.. birth certificates and passports.
Fbor exiample inm the US&, Background investigations,
sime, private iniv estigative if done properly, can save the
agencies maintain. number of company from financial loss
dimumycompanygnamessetup: and. embarrassment. Next
under a post office box number week, we will look at the next
and'answering service in order topic-in this series, which is
to provide "cover" for their : dent tif) Investigative
operatives. This; same: tech- Resources.
nique cant be used; by others
who) seek togain employment
inw a company for a variety of NB: Gamal Newry is the
nefarious.reasons. president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
Base Salary, asset protection training and
Am applicant for a' profes- consulting company, specialis-
sinnallpositionmiay attempt to ing in Policy and Procedure
inflate the' salary figure by Development, Business Secu-
lhmping in base allowances, rity Reviews and Audits, and
incentive compensation and. Emergency and Crisis Man-
mileage: allowances;. plus. pro- agement.
jeetiedi pay' iicrease.s.. Care Comments can be sent to PO
should be taken, to ensure that Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas
only the base salary figures are or, e-mail info@preventative-
usedrwbien'attempting to verify or visit us at
salary' datat,.

Legal Notice




(a) HlGHLAND,'WORLDWIDE LIMITED is in voluntary
*dissolutiionunder theprovisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business-Companies Act2000.

(b)i The.dissolution of the.said company commenced on the 9th May,
2006,iwhen the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
Sregistered:by the Registrar General.

(c): The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated;this 10th day of May, A.D. 2006.

Manex Limited

Legal Notice




(la) MATIC LIMITED' is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on May 6th,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c)i The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Geneva
of 17 bis, rue de Lausanne, P.O. Box 55, CH-1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 10th day of May, A.D. 2006.



inanoial Advisors Ltd.
Finanial A advisors Ltd.

Pricing" hfol-matioh As Of:
" lay 2006

4S.-.k-Hi S2wk-Low Symhol Prevlous Close tcdays Close ChangE Daily Vol EPS S Di* .I Pf. Yield'

Credit Suisse Trust Geneva

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Ratings will meet demand"'

for investor information


looked at how
credit ratings
arose out of the
railroad expan-
sion in the US the capital
requirements were too heavy
to be met by only bank loans
(even cross-border bank loans)
and equity injections. The solu-
tion was to create a large cor-
porate bond market, which
dwarfed all the then existing
sovereign bond markets. We
saw how credit ratings arose
in an environment where rela-
tionships, merchant bankers'
prospectuses and specialised
publications were insufficient
to meet the investor's demand
for independent information.r
With last week's background
in place, we will complete our
historical journey by looking
at the global expansion of cred-
it ratings since the 1970s. Then
we will look at five points
underlying their innovation,
and examine their current rel-
evance in the context of
Caribbean financial markets.
The fact that credit ratings
are first and foremost a
response to the market's
demand for information is evi-
denced by the number of
entrants to the credit ratings
business since the 1970s. In
1973, the Bretton Woods sys-
tem of fixed exchange rates
collapsed, giving way to flexi-
ble international exchange
rates. International capital
flows and financial globalisa-
tion on a heretofore unknown
scale emerged.'There was an
increase in the scope for raising
global funds, and with it came.
the urgent need for better,
more extensive credit infor-
mation worldwide.
The first expansion of credit
rating agencies outside the US
was seen in its northern neigh-
bour, Canada. The Canadian
Bond Rating Service was
founded in 1972, followed by
the Dominion Bond Rating
Service, which now serves
Canada, the US, Europe and
Japan. The Japanese followed
with Mikuni & Co in 1975, the
Japan Bond Research Institute
in 1979 and the Japan Credit
Rating Agency in 1985.
International Bank Credit
Analysis was formed in the
UK in 1979, and was merged
with Fitch in 1997 to form

CRISIL was started in India
in 1987, and has grown to
become the largest rating
agency after S&P, Moody's
and Fitch. CRISIL is the tech-
nical consultant to CariCRIS.
There are at least 60 credit
rating agencies worldwide, and
it is an almost impossible task
to keep track of them all due
to mergers and buyouts. The
majority of credit rating agen-
cies are domestic and use
national rating scales. A
national rating scale allows an
investor to compare the cred-
itworthiness of a borrower in
respect of a particular debt
instrument issued in the
domestic financial market, rel-
ative to all other borrowers,
issuing paper in the same mar-
CariCRIS is proud to be a
global innovator in the ratings
business by introducing a rat-
ing scale where the sphere of
comparison is neither global
nor national, but rather region-
In order to assess the timeli-
ness and relevance of Cari-
CRIS to the regional financial
markets, it is useful to examine
how the Caribbean compares
with the state of the US/world
financial markets at the time
credit ratings were created and
Conditions that created the
need for credit ratings at the
beginning of the 20th century:

1. Large sums of capital
With the advent of large rail-
road projects, the amount of
debt to be raised both domes-
tically and internationally was
too much for bank loans and
equity injections. This charac-
teristic remains true for sever-
al large projects being under-
taken in Trinidad & Tobago
and the wider region a single
jurisdiction is not able to
absorb the full capital require-
ment of individual large pro-
jects. Examples include issues '
by Trinidad Cement and
National Flour Mills.

2. Globalisation
European investors wanted
to benefit from on-the-ground
knowledge without being pre-
sent during the US railroad
expansion. If the demands of
globalisation were felt in the

1900s, they are felt even more
keenly now. In applying this
point to the Caribbean region,
perhaps the term 'regionalisa-
tion' can be used.
Regional markets were cre-
ated in the 1990s, when gov-
ernments did not have access
to favourable conditions out-
side the Caribbean. Caribbean
cross-border transactions will
only increase. A Trinidadian
investor in Jamaican, Antiguan
or Barbadian paper increas-
ingly wants verifiable on-the-
ground information word of
mouth is insufficient.
3. Expansion of investor
Before the birth of the US
corporate bond market,
investors in bonds consisted of
the very few who were
wealthy. As the US corporate
bond market was created, the
investing class expanded rapid-
ly. There was a rising swell of
demand for information.
The Caribbean region is
becoming increasingly more
financially sophisticated, with
retail and other non-institu-
tional investors joining the
market. For instance, as at
June 2005, funds under man-
agement by mutual funds
matched or even exceeded the
cumulative deposits of the
banking system in Trinidad &
Tobago. This is being mirrored
throughout the Caribbean.
But most investors are igno-
rant of the underlying credit
risks of the mutual fund, and
most mutual funds have no
guarantees. In other words, the
investing public is soon going
to move beyond the illusion of
safety offered by a mutual fund
and demand to know the

underlying credit risks and spe-
cific diversification benefits.

4. Need for independent
As the investor class expand-
ed, the reputation of merchant
banks was insufficient;
investors wanted access to the
same information and they
wanted it from an independent
source. The Caribbean finan-
cial markets are at a similar
juncture the demand for inde-
pendent information is increas-
This was evidenced when
CariCRIS performed its feasi-
bility study all market par-
ticipants thought the time was
ripe for an independent infor-
mation and rating agency.
5. Need for uniform compa-
Although the US corporate
bond market started in the rail-
road industry, the amount of
debt issued by state and local
government grew quickly. In
addition, public utility and
manufacturing companies
joined the market. Investors
wanted to be able to compare
creditworthiness of various
kinds of instruments in differ-
ent industries on the same
scale, and thus benefit fully
from comparability. This is a
pressing need in the Caribbean
financial markets today.
CariCRIS was formed and
launched for operation in 2004,
in response, to the Caribbean
market's need for independent
information and analysis, par-
ticularly on a regionally com-
parable and consistent scale.
The questions of appropriate
pricing and risk diversification
demand this information.
Next week, we will look at

Bahamian bank to be absorbed by UBS

FROM page 1B

UBS is paying $1 billion
upfront to Banco Pactual, and
a further $1.6 billion will be
paid in five years' time, pro-
vided certain performance con-
ditions have been met.
Pactual's business will be

integrated into UBS's wealth
management, investment
banking and asset manage-
ment businesses.
Actual Asset Management
had $18.6 billion in assets
under management as at
March 31, 2006. The business
provides long-term investment
opportunities for its clients,

The Public is hereby advised that I, ANDRINIQUE
DEANDRE BROWN, of P.O. Box N-7050, The Bluff,
Eleuthera, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice


In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act. 2000, JEROME
LIMITED is in dissolution, as of May 5,2006.

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


offering a full product range
from equity, fixed income, pri-
vate equity and hedge funds.
The Wealth Management

business manages a further
$4.6 billion as at March 31,
2006, for high net worth indi-

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd, a leading global '% I:IillI
manager, is seeking an experienced professional
to join their team as

Operations Securities Specialist

In order to meet our requirements all applicants
must possess:
*Minimum of BA in Accounting,.Banking or
Finance or min: three years work experience in
the securities industry;
*Strong emphasis in trade processing,
settlements corporate actions;
*Highly skilled in all aspects of Mutual funds
subscription and Redemption;
*Keen knowledge of complex financial
instruments i.e structured products, hedge
*Strong problem resolution skills;
*Excellent oral and written communication
*Proficient in Microsoft Excel, bloomberg,
*Completion of the Series 7 or Series 6 course
is a plus;

*Supervisory skills is a plus.

Written applications by Bahamian
should be addressed to:

nationals only

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

common rating symbols and
terminology in order to ensure
that the appropriate signals are
sent and received during rating

NB: Caribbean Information
& Credit Rating Services, Cari-
CRIS, is the Caribbean's
Regional Credit Rating
Agency. This article forms part
of a series on issues surround-
ing capital markets and credit

ratings. E-mail: info@cari- or call 868-627-8879
S.Venkat Raman is the chief
executive and chief rating offi-
cer of the Caribbean Informa-
tion & Credit Rating Services,
CariCRIS, the Caribbean
regional rating agency. Prior
to this, Venkat Raman was
director-ratings at CRISIL, the
largest rating agency in Asia
and a subsidiary of Standard
& Poor's.

NOTICE is hereby given that LOUINISE NACIUS OF'
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/,
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written,
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 10TH day of MAY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,,

NOTICE is hereby given that JERRY PIERRE OF THIRD
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 10TH day of MAY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that BELORIS HIGGINS, P.O. BOX
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 3RD day of MAY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and.
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MAURIS MERIZIER OF #863
YELLOW ELDER, 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 3RD day of MAY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


Employment Opportunity -Nortel PBX and Key System Engineer

Indigo Networks is seeking to fill a senior position in its Technical Services
department for an experienced Telecommunications and Networking

Applications are invited from individuals who have:

A minimum of 10 years experience in Nortel telecommunications,
technical support role.
Ability to meet with Customers in a Sales Capacity.i.
Ability to perform analysis, recommendations, and Implementation td
Customer's Voice and Data Networks.
In depth Design, Programming, Implementation, Maintenance of
Nortel Norstar, BCM, Meridian Option lC and 81C systems.
Knowledge of ESN is essential;
Programming and Installation of Tl's and PRI's.
Knowledge of PBX Inter-Networking and VOIP Integration.
Routing, Trunking, QOS, and VLAN experience as it relates to the
Integration of Voice and Data Networks.
Excellent customer service skills
Good oral and written skills
Ability to work with minimum supervision.

A competitive salary commensurate with experience is offered along with
product training, medical, pension and car allowance after a qualifying

Interested candidates should submit their resumes in writing to Indigo
Networks PO Box N-3920 for the attention of the Technical Services

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Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas) Ltd.
(formerly called Credit Lyonnais Suisse (Bahamas) Limited)

Balance Sheet
As of 31 December 2005
(Amounts expressed in United States dollars)


Cash and due from banks
Interest receivable
Loans and advances to customers
Other assets

Total Assets

Due to banks
Due to customers
Interest payable
Accrued expenses and other liabilities

Total Liabilities

Share capital
Authorized, issued and fully paid:
10,000,000 shares of US$1 each
Retained earnings

Total Equity


3 & 5 2,378,292,433
5 5,421,254
4 779,881







(Note 9)











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27 April 2006


1. Incorporation and Activities

Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas) Ltd. (formerly called Credit Lyonnais Suisse (Bahamas)
Limited) (the Bank) is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and is licensed under the provisions of the Banks and Trust Companies Regulation Act,
2000 to carry out banking and trust business from within The Bahamas. Its principal
activities include deposit taking and placement, private banking and asset management
services. The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Agricole (Suisse) SA Geneva,
Switzerland (CAS), the surviving company following the merger of Credit Agricole
Indosuez (Suisse) SA and Credit Lyonnais (Suisse) SA on 19 March 2005. Also on that
date, the Bank changed its name from Credit Lyonnais Suisse (Bahamas) Limited to Credit
Agricole Suisse (Bahamas) Ltd.' CAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Agricole
S.A.. Paris. France.

The registered office of the Bank is Bayside Executive Park, West Bay Street and Blake
Road, Nassau, The Bahamas. The registered office of CAS is RCS Paris, 91-93 Boulevard
Pasteur, Paris, France.

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of the balance sheet are set out
below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the years presented, unless
otherwise stated.

(a) Basis of presentation

The Bank's balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with International...
Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) under the histoncal cost convention."

(b) Change in Accounting Reference Date

Concomitant with the change in ownership structure described in Note 1, the Bank
changed its policy for recording deposit taking and placement activities from value
date to trade date, the date on which details of the deposit are agreed, which is
generally two business days preceding the value date. The change was necessary to
align the Bank's accounting reference date with that of its new parent company.
However, the comparatives as of 31 December 2004 have not been restated because
it is impracticable to so do.

(c) Use of estimates

Preparation of the balance sheet in accordance with IFRS requires the use of certain
accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgment in the
process of applying the Bank's accounting policies. Estimates and judgments are
continually, evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors
including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the
circumstances. Actual results may differ from those estimates.

(d) Translation of foreign currencies

Items included in the balance sheet of the Bank are measured using the currency of
the primary economic environment in which the Bank operates (the functional
currency). The balance sheet is presented in United States dollars, which is the
Bank's functional and presentation currency.

Monetary assets andl liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into
the functional currency using the rate of exchange prevailing at the balance sheet

(e) Cash and cash equivalents

For purposes of the statement of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents-include cash
on hand, balances on current accounts with banks, and term deposits with banks with
maturities of less than three months at the time of placement.

(f) Loans and advances to customers

Loans and advances to customers are non derivative financial assets with fixed or
determinable payments which are not quoted on an active market. Loans and
advances to customers are carried at amortized cost. All outstanding loans and
advances to customers were originated by the Bank and were recognized when cash
was advanced to borrowers. Advances to customers are due on demand. Both loans
and advances to customers are adequately collateralized by cash and/or investment
securities held by the Bank on behalf of the borrowers. Accordingly, the Bank has
not established a provision for impairment of loans and advances to customers.

(g) Fiduciary accounts and Assets under Administration

Assets held in a fiduciary or custodial capacity, and assets and liabilities of customers
administered by the Bank are excluded from this balance sheet, except for those
assets and liabilities that relate to the banking services provided by the Bank for its
(h) Fixed assets

Costs incurred to acquire motor vehicles, leasehold improvements, office equipment
and furniture are capitalised as fixed assets and included in other assets. Motor
vehicles, leasehold improvements, office equipment and furniture are stated at
historical cost less accumulated depreciation. These assets are being depreciated on
a straight-line basis over their estimated useful life as follows:

Motor vehicles
Computer equipment
Fixtures and fittings
Leasehold improvements

3. Cash and Due from Banks

Cash and due from banks comprise:

- years
3 years
10 years
-The shorter of 10 years or remaining term of lease


Cash and current accounts balances with banks
Term deposits with original maturities
of three months or less
Cash and cash equivalents

Term deposits with original maturities
greater than three months


1,839,602,942 1,704,269,443

450,044,274 1,157,812,149
2,289,647,216 2,862,081,592

88,645,217 136,279,188

2,378,292,433 2,998,360,780

4. Other Assets

Other assets are comprised of the following:

Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation
Prepaid expenses



736,405 732,767
43,476 64,800

779,881 797567

5. Related Party Balances

Related parties comprise Credit Agricole SA., its subsidiaries and directors, and directors
of the Bank.

This balance sheet includes the following balances with related parties:

Cash and due from banks
Interest receivable
Due to banks (see below)
Interest payable (see below)



All deposits due to banks have been placed by CAS in its name but for the account and risk
of its customers. Interest payable on these deposits as of 31 December 2005 tntallerA
$5.231.004 (2004: $4.537.546):
6. Risk Management

a. Fiduciary risk

The Bank provides advisory and administration services to customers. These activities
give rise to fiduciary risk, which is the risk that the Bank may failing carrying out certain
mandates in accordance with the wishes of its customers. To manage this risk the Bank
generally takes a conservative approach to its fiduciary undertakings for customers.

b. Liquidity risk

This is the risk that the Bank may not have the necessary liquidity to meet its contractual
obligations. The Bank manages its liquidity by matching its liabilities with assets of
similar maturity periods. As of 31 December 2005, assets and liabilities of the Bank may
be classified, based on the period remaining from the reporting date to the contractual
maturity date, as follows:

As of 31 December 2005
Period of maturity

Cash and due from
Interest receivable
Loans and advances
to customers
Other assets

Due to banks
Due to customers
Interest payable,
accrued expenses and
other liabilities

Net liquidity gap

As of 31 December 2004
Total assets
Total liabilities

,let liquidity gap


3-6 Months


1-5 Year .


2,289,647,216 44,947,544 43,489,332 208,341 2,378,292,433
5,421,254 5,421,254

6,431,229 6,431,229
43,476 736,405 779.881
2,301;543,175 44.947544 43,489.332 944,746 2390,924,797

2,134,066,931 44,947,546 42,549,208 208,339 2,221,772,024
145,411,992 940,125 146,352,117

5,621,806 5,621,806
2,285,100729 44,9472546 43,489,333 208339 2373,745,47

16,442,446 (2) (1) 736,407 17,17850

2,909,040,916 74,247,722 19,702,153 1,699,152 3,004,689,943
2,894.542.493 74,247,019 19.703,005 1,699,000 2,990,191,517

14,498,423 703 (852) 152 14,498,426

c. Currency Risk

Currency risk emanates from the possibility that the value of a financial instrument will
fluctuate due to changes in foreign exchange rates. The Bank minimises its risk by
monitoring limit levels of foreign currency particularly those susceptible to foreign
exchange rates volatility. The table below summarizes the Bank's exposure to currency

As of 31 December 2005
Canadian Japanese
Dollars Yen


Cash and due
from banks
Loans and
advances to
Other assets

Due to banks
Due to
expenses and

exposure on
balance sheet

As of 31
Total assets

exposure on
balance sheet

Pounds Swiss United States
Sterling Francs Dollars

Euro Other
. S S

- 107,225,876 2,592,028 1,540,733,857 651,175,790 31,886,372 2,378,292,433
597,022 113 3,610,435 1,045,000 91,210 5,421,254
-0 .X 8

410,788 774,988 5,240,329 5,124 6,431229
- 779.881 T779.881
45,166772 107,822,898 3,367.129 1,550,364,502 652,25914 31,977,582 2,390.924.797
20,263,045 60,894 106,520,197 76,030 1,483,344,491 579,473,054 32,034,113) 2,221,772,024
24,749,331 612,167 3,261,292 47,888,951 69,840,376 146352,117
73,152 581,420 383 3,534,003 1,004,832 88,950 5,282,740

S- 339,066 339.066
45,085,528 60,894 107,713,784 3,337,705 1,535,106,711 650,318,262 32,123,063 2373745.947

81,244 60,894 109,114 29,424 15,27.791 11907.652 (14S,4) 17,17Mas

49,295,358 189,977,007 1,471,475 1,859,531,743 877,476,425 26,937,935 3,004,689,943
49,289,017 189,986179 2.412,093 1,845,067759 877492,682 25,943,787 2.990,191,517

6,341 (9,172) (940.618) 14.463,984 (16257) 994,148 14A49426.

(d) Credit risk

Credit risk arises from the potential failure of a counterpart to perform according to the
terms of the contract. From this perspective, the Bank's significant exposure to credit risk
is primarily concentrated in cash and balances due.from banks and loans and advances to
customers. The current account balances and deposits due from banks have been placed
with high quality international affiliates of the Bank. The loans and advances to customers
are short term and are fully collateralized by assets held and managed by the Bank on
behalf of the customers. The Bank also uses other methods, such as, credit monitoring
techniques including collateral and credit exposure limits policies to manage its credit risk.

The total credit risk and significant concentrations of assets and liabilities of the Bank by
geographical location of the counterpart are as follows:

As of31 December 2005

Cash and due from banks
Interest receivable
Loans and advances to customers
Other assets

Due to banks
Due to customers
Interest payable
Accrued expenses and other

As of 31 December 2004
Total assets

Total liabilities

(e) Interest rate risk

The Americas

779o 81





10,8321972 2379.997.604 94,221 2390.924797

14,536 2,221,757,488 2,221,772,024
55,248,050 86,965,020 4,139,047 146,352,117
5,282,740 282,740
339,066 339.066
60.884.392 2,308722,508 4,1391047 2,3731745947

912360.743 2092329,200 3004689,943

69,482929 291810.590 1,524727 2,p 19108l

The Bank takes on exposure to the effects of fluctuations in the prevailing levels of market
interest rates on its financial position and cash flows. Interest margins may increase as a
result of such changes but may reduce or create losses in the event that unexpected
movements arise. Management generally manages its exposure to interest rate risk by
investing the proceeds from deposits taken in deposits placed for a period that matches that
of deposits taken..

The table below summarizes the Bank's exposure to interest rate risk as of 31 December
2005 based on the interest period current at that date:

As of 31 December 2005
Interest Period
Cash and due from banks
Interest receivable
Loans and advances to
Other assets

Due to banks
Due to customers
Interest payable, accrued
expenses and other

Net interest sensitivity gap


3 months to Non-nterest
I year Over I year Bearing
s S S

2,105,620,144 255,350,322 17,321,967


5.,421,254 5,421,254

6431229 6,431229
6,431-,229 779,881 779.881

2,112.051,373 25S350,322 17,321.7 6,201.135 2,90,924,797
1,950,439,859 254,010,197 17,321,968 2,221,772,024
145,011,992 1,340,125 146352,117

5,621.806 5.621. 06
2.095.451,851 255,350,322 17,321.968 5,62180 2.373.74847

16.599,522 (1) 579,329 17Jm






6. Risk Management (Continued)
(e) Interest rate risk (Continued)

As of 31 December 2004
Total asse
Total liabilities
Net intres sensitivity gap

47.138,416 5,585,480 3,004,689,943
47 138,416 4.620.078 2.990.191.517

i13 .3,024 .. -965.402 14 498,426
13,533.024 965,402 141498,426

The table below summarizes the weighted
currencies for monetary financial instruments:

As of 31 Decmber 2005

Cash and due from banks
Loans and advances to customer
Weighted average Interest,rste
Due to banks
Due to cumomers
Weighted average interest rate
Net weighted average interest rate

As of31 December 2004
Total astse
Total liabilities
Net weighted average nters rate

United States

average effective interest rates by major

Euro Sterllng

3.448% 2.128%
4A325% 6I006%



3.449% 2.129% 5.445% 3.390%

3.378% 2.052% 5.348% 3.914%
2.655% 1.837% 3.958% 0.079%
3363% 2.032% 5.340% 2.543%

0.086% 0.097% 0.105% 0.847%

1.441% 2.042% 4.347% 3.198%
1.336% 1.918% 4.205% 2.930%

0.105% 0.124% 0.142% 0.268%

7. Commitments
(a) Guarantees issued
At 31 December 2005, the Bank was contingently liable for $2,615,000 (2004:
$2,475,000) in respect of guarantees issued on behalf of customers. Assets held by
the Bank on behalf of the customers have been pledged as collateral in full support
of the guarantees issued.
(b) Operating lease
The Bank has entered into a lease agreement for office space expiring on 31 August
2011. The annual rent under the lease agreement is as follows:


8. Fair Value of Financial Instruments
Financial instruments utilised by the Bank include recorded assets and liabilities, as well as
items that primarily involve off-balance sheet risk. The majority of the Bank's financial
instruments is short-term and has interest rates that automatically reset to market on a
periodic basis. Accordingly, the estimated fair value is not significantly different from the
carrying value for each diajor category of the Bank's recorded assets and liabilities.
9. Corresponding Figures
The corresponding figures for certain assets have been re-presented to accord with the
presentation adopted for the current year.



PrLoewa.terbu. oopenr
Providence House
East Hill Sotrct
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau. Bahanu
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Telephone (242) 302-5300
Facsimile (242) 302-5350

To the Shareholder of Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas) Ltd.

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas) Ltd. ,,,
(formerly called Credit Lyonnais Suisse (Bahamas) Limited) (the Bank) as of 31 December
2005. This balance sheet is the responsibility of the Bank's management. Our responsibility is
to express an opinion on the balance sheet based on our audit. The balance sheet of the Bank as
of 31 December 2004 was audited by other independent auditors whose report dated 9 February
2005, expressed an unqualified opinion on that statement.
We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those
Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about
whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining,
on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the balance sheet. An audit
also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that
our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of
the Bank as of 31 December 2005 in accordance with International Financial Reporting

Chartered Accountants
27 April 2006


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2006, PAGE 5$~

Employers: Not all

unions favour ILO

Convention 87

FROM page 1B

Bill were shelved by the FNM
government before it passed
the three other labour laws in
While these Bills would have
permitted 'general unions' as
envisaged by Convention 87,
to reduce their power the leg-
islation contained clauses mak-
ing union officials more
responsible, and narrowly
defined industrial action and
the procedures for initiating
Due to the existence of these
clauses, BECon said the trade
unions ignored the Convention
87 provisions and lobbied suc-
cessfully to shelve both Bills.
BECon said: "As ardently
as some union officials are
pushing for full implementa-
tion of Convention 87, other
union officials do not want to
see full implementation.-Gen-
eral unions will bring the capi-
talistic free market system to
unions, creating competition
between unions that has never
existed before.
"Increasing 'market share'
will become possible, and this
will inevitably lead to shifts in
the leadership structure of
unions, with some union lead-
ers finding themselves and
their unions left out. In order
to survive and grow, unions
will have to be responsive to

their members and provide
quality service, and may even
have to adjust the amount of
dues charged to their mem-
And BECon added: "It is
important to note that a major
concern of employers is that
much of the 'industrial action'
that takes place in the
Bahamas is illegal, wild cat
strikes for instance. The union
leaders are not a party to this.
However, after the incident
when sitting across the table
with the employer, the union
leaders do call upon the
employer not to take any dis-
ciplinary action or exercise
their legal rights against those
"When laws are broken
without consequence, respect
for the law declines. Our Con-
stitution states that we recog-
nise the Rule of Law, and Arti-
cle 8 of Convention 87 states:
'In exercising the rights pro-'
vided for in this Convention,
workers and employers and
their respective organizations,
like other persons or organ-
ised collectivities, shall respect
the law of the land.' Obser-
vance of the law of the land by
unions and their members is
therefore an integral part of
Convention 87."
BECON also urged that any
moves to implement Conven-
tion 87 bring "greater trans-
parency" to the process of
recognizing trade unions as

Blue Hills plant

FROM page 1B

Net income increased 124
per cent to $3.078 million, or
$0.24 per diluted:share,.\e sius
$1.374 million or $0.1'15 per
diluted share, in the quarter
ended March 31, 2005.
Retail water sales increased
61.4 per cent to about $5.1 mil-

lion in the f
compared v
lion in the
od of the p
Bulk wa
per cLint i
sus about
or-year qua
services inc
to $440,560

bargaining agents at different
companies, in order to deter-
mine which union had majori-
ty support.
It suggested that the employ-
ees of a bargaining unit, rather
than the Minister of Labour,
decide which trade union has
their support and should ie
recognized as the bargainir g
BECon said a secret vote by
bargaining unit members,
supervised by the Departmet
of Labour with union anr4
employer representatives pr-
sent at the counting, should be
used to determine which union
would represent the unit. Too
be carried, the vote woulpl
need more than 50 per cent Qf
the bargaining unit in favoup.
BECon said of its proposal:
"This will allow government,
the employer and the union tp
know the desire of the employ-
ees of the bargaining unit.
Recognition that is granteAd
based on a majority vote <
employees will be much more
acceptable to employers than a
letter from the Minister df
Labour demanding that th4
employer recognize the unidn.
"A similar procedure requir-
ing more than 50 per cent of
the bargaining unit voting *in
favour should be required for
unions to conduct an industri-
al action against a company,
with a pre-defined cooling off
period before industrial action
can take place."

'nears completion'

irst quarter of 2006, $230,456 million in the qual-
with about $3.1 mil- ter ended March 31, 2005. -
corresponding peri- Gross margin on retail sales
previous year. improved to 71.3 per cent'in
ter sales rose 39.1 the quarter ended March 31,
o $3.7 million;,' er-, 2006, versus 59.9 per centen
$2.7 million in pri- the first quarter of 2005, while
irter. Revenue from the gross margin on Bulk sales
reased 91.2 per cent expanded to 22.2 per cent,
in the most recent compared with 16.2 per cebt
compared, with in the prior-year period. j,

FROM page 1B

per cent of their salaries. What appears to be
free for them, they are going to have to pay."
Dr Nottage also revealed the Government's
tactics in his Grand Bahama address, indicating
the administration will rely on the church to
convince Bahamians that NHI is a good thing
and should be implemented.
Effectively, the church is to be the lobbying
agent for a plan that was a major plank of the
PLP campaign in May 2002, and the Govern-
ment is likely to be keen to deliver on promises
such as this in the run up to the next election.
However, concerns over NHI abound, includ-
ing the fact that it will effectively act as another
tax on the business community, reducing the
Bahamian private scetor's competitiveness by
raising operating costs, while also reducing

worker take-home pay.
Dr Sidney Sweeting pointed out that impile-
menting NHI would leave businesses ad
employees faced with paying for both private
and public health insurance, a situation likely to
force them to drop the former. He also ques-
tioned how costs would be controlled, especial-
ly with rising technology costs, something that
was likely to mean an increase in NHI premiums
paid by Bahamian companies and employees.
Dr Sweeting challenged the Government to
"name one group of stakeholders" that approves
of its NHI plan in a weblog, asking why it was
ignoring the Medical Association's advice and
why it thought it could succeed with NHI when
it had failed with hotels, airlines and the major
public utilities.

2,634,667.017 317,299,030
2621t 1 3391 3177290930

The Anglican Central

Education Authority


in our schools from

Kindergarten through Grade 6.

Interested persons are asked

to contact the schools.

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May 11,2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00222

Whereas EDMUND PHILLIP PINDER, of Main Street, Spanish
Wells, Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
Z The Bahamas, the eldest son has made application to the
SSupreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
: for the real and personal estate of PHILLIP EDMUND PINDER
Slate of Sea Breeze Estates, Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas
May 11,2006


In the estate of JOHN H. LEWIS, late of 7121 Lexington Lane,
Fox Lake, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court. of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by ELLEN
SERVILLE of No. 10 Collins Avenue, New Providence, The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Letters of Office in the
above estate granted to HARRIS TRUST & SAVINGS BANK,
the Independent Executor, by the State of Illinois, in the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, on the 7th day of September
SK. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00229

Whereas SHANTEL HEPBURN-STUBBS, of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the real and personal estate of
CLIFTON HEPBURN late of Kool Acres, New Providence, one,
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00230

Whereas AUDLEY FARRINGTON, of Golden Gates
Subdivision, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
for the real and personal estate of WILLAMAE FARRINGTON,,
late of Golden Gates Subdivision, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11,2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00232

Whereas MIKE A. KLONARIS, of Lyford Cay, Western District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for
Michael Hawes, the sole Executor has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration with the Will annexed of the real and personal
estate of PAUL VASSER SEYDEL, late of 2165 Clubside
Terrace in the Country of Alpharetta in the State of Georgia,
U.S.A., deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas
May 11,2006


In the estate of DOROTHY HILDA BOURNE, late of Flat 3,
Old Market Court, Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
SHANNELLE S. SMITH of Ruby Avenue, Western District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate in
the above estate granted to BELINDA JAYNE MULCAHY,
WEELEN, the Co-Executors by the District Probate Registry
in Bristol County, United Kingdom on the 5th day of April,
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

May 11,2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00236

Whereas SHELMAR WINTERS, of Key West Street, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with the Will annexed
of the real and personal estate of EHUD WINTERS late of Key
West Street, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00241

Whereas LILORENE KING, of Golden Gates No. 2, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Lawful Widow, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters
of Administration of the real and personal estate of OTIS KING
late of Golden Gates Estates No. 2, Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.
SD. Robinson
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00242

Whereas EUDANCEL IVAN McPHEE of No, 94 Gambier Drive,
Mayfield Subdivision in the City of Freeport, Grand Bahama,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the
Lawful Child has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for Letters Of Administration of the real and
personal estate of IVAN DAVID McPHEE late of No. 28
Chichester Crest in the City of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.
SD. Robinson .
(for) Registrar

S My 11,2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/0048

Whereas WALTER EUGENE ALBURY of #3 Orchard Terrace,
New Providence, one .of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of MARJORIE LEE ALBURY late of #3 Orchard
Terrace, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00249

Whereas CHELON M. CARR of Seabeach Boulevard, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with the Will annexed
of the real and personal estate of LORD LUIS DEL CAMPO
BACARDI late of Villa Daiquiri, 38 Boulevard, d'ltalie, Monaco,
Principality of Monaco, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00251

Whereas BETTYMAE EWING of 48 Pine Forest, New
Subdvision, Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of INDERA
EWING late of 48 Pine Forest, New Subdivision, Holmes Rock,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11,2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00252

Whereas ARENETTA N. DAVIS of 63 Royal Palm Way and
Seabreeze Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivision, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
estate of SEBASTAIN ALEXANDER MAJOR late of 63 Royal
Palm Way and Seabreeze Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivision,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by
the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00253

Whereas ANNAMAE KEMP of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Baharrias,
and JOYCELYN SMITH of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and
SHEILA SWEETING of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, have made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters
of Administration of the real and personal estate of RICHARD
ADDERLEY late of Strachan's Alley, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

K. Mackey.
(for) Registrar

PO. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamass
May 11,2006


In the estate of FRED WILLIAM KRAHENBUHL JR., late of
631 Woodland Avenue, City of Hamilton, State of Ohio, United
States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by JAMES
LENNOX MOXEY of West Bay Street, New Providence, The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Entry Appointing Fiduciary;
Letters of Authority in the above estate granted to RICHARD
L. KRAHENBUHL, the executor, by the Probate.Court of Butler
County, Ohio, on the 30th day of August 2005.
S' Signed
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

May 11, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00255

Whereas JOAN AUGUSTA SAWYER of No. 11 Sandford Drive,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, and SAMUEL ANTHONY SAWYER of West
Avenue, Centerville, New Providence, one of the Islands of,
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, have made application'
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of.
Administration of the real and personal estate of GEOFFREYi
RUDOLPH SAWYER late of No. 1 Coxswain Close, Soldier!
Road West, New Providence, one of the Islands of the:

Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

May 8,1.




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Junior Sports
THE lack of fan and play- m ore supp
er support at the national
championships has left the
Bahamas Basketball Feder-
ation (BBF) no choice but
to move the championship BBF, the executives are profitable.
game in division II play to aware of the decline in the among our
Abaco. sport by both fans and play- New Provic
A small crowd was on ers and are working fever- Association
hand to witness a new ishly to correct it. involved, a
national champion crowned that it was
in division I, but, by the t the dec
time the tip-off for the Interest so placee"
championship game in divi- The forn
sion II came around, the Wilson said: "We decided the executi
numbers dropped dramati- to take the tournament to a best of th
cally, forcing executive Abaco for a few reasons. the one-sh
members to make a con- Firstly the Abaco Associa- lined over t
scious decision to cancel the tion approached us express- The firs
championship game. ing their interest on hosting played on
The decision was made by the championships there 8pm with
executive members and this weekend. scheduled
both teams to host the tour- "We have previously been night at 6p
nament in Abaco, noting to Abaco for the tourna- gme three
that the support would be ment, so we are aware of at 10pm
tripled on the island, the fan support that they Althoug
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Wilson confirmed that the
federation still has the ball
in motion on several other
Wilson said the executive
will try their endeavour best
to increase the participation
level, trying to peak not
only the players' interest
but the fans as well.

He said: "There was a
breakdown in communica-
tion on the federation's
behalf, where we didn't
market the nationals prop,
early, but like many other
federations, we are a bit
hesitant due to financial
constraints to go ahead and
market the nationals.
"We've done it before
where we have thrown some
money into marketing, but
in the end the results were
still the same. Particularly
in Nassau. For some reason
we don't seem to get the
fans' support."

Increasing the interest
and support at the night
league level is the federa-
tion's major concern,
according to Wilson, as both
the private and public high
school games are already
well attended especially
He added: "We know that
the high school levels are
great, but once that is over
the night league level is in
"I don't think that Nassau
should be the last choice,
but the support coming in
from the Family Island is
better than here (Nassau).
"Even though it is easier
for the Family Island teams
to come to Nassau, we've
faced with teams having to
stop in Nassau first and then
go to another Family Island.
This makes travel very long
and expensive, so we have
to consider a lot of things."
As a result the federation
has taken on the initiative
to host the tournament in
one of the Family Islands
every two years.

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THE pool scheduling for
the International Basketball
Federation (FIBA) Americ-
as U18 championships is
out and the Bahamas will
have to pull off some major
upsets in order to advance
to the U19 World Champi-
onships for men.
Bahamas will be playing
out of pool B and will have
to handle top teams like
Puerto Rico, Canada and
Argentina if they want to
advance to the semifinal
rounds of the tournament,
scheduled for June 28th-
July 3rd, in San Antonio,
Playing in pool A will be
Brazil, Dominican Repub-
lic, United States and
The FIBA Americas U18
championships will be used
as the final round of qualifi-
cation to the World Cham-
pionships, which are slated
for July 7th-22nd in
The tournament will fea-
ture the top eight teams
under the FIBA American
umbrella with the Bahamas,
Puerto Rico and Dominican
Republic advancing as the
top three teams from the
Caribbean region of the
tournament of Americas.
The Bahamas' journey to
qualifications for the FIBA
U18 championships started
at the Caribbean Basketball
Championships (CBC), last
year in Trinidad and Toba-
At the CBC tournament,
the team upset Puerto Rico
for the gold medal, after
falling to them in the pool
play. The defeat at the
hands of Puerto Rico was
the Bahamas' only loss at
the tournament.
After winning the gold
medal, the team went on to
play in the CentroBasket-
ball tournament, where
they finished up in third.
Winning the tournament
was Puerto Rico with.the
Dominican Republic finish-
ing up in the second spot.
But at the FIBA U18
championships, the squad
will have to finish up in the
top two in their divisions if
they hope to advance to the
Each team will have to
battle each other in their
preliminary division before
moving onto the semifinal
Teams placing third and
fourth in each division will
play in a consolation round.
Although the tournament
is slated to start on June
28th, the championship
game isn't set until July 2nd.
June 28th-30th will be used
for the preliminary rounds.
This is the second time in
the history of the Bahamas
Basketball Federation
(BBF) the Bahamas will be
playing in the tournament.
The executive members,
along with head coach
Mario Bowleg, will
announce the team mem-
bers today at the Sir Kendal
Isaacs Gym.


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Junior Sports Reporter
BAHAMIAN collegiate athletes
participating in the National Associa-
tion of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA) and the National Junior Col-
"71 *i 'lege Athletic Association (NJCAA)
Share topping the performance list charts
days before the annual national cham-
With both national championships
set for next week, at Fresno Pacific
University and Hayward Field, the
athletes will be hoping that their sea-
sonal performances will land them on
the medal stand.
Competing in the NAIA national
champions will be Petra Munroe who
will lead the field of Bahamians in the
NAIA women's 100m with a season's
S best time of 11.76 seconds.
Munroe, a senior at Notre Dame is
seeded second behind Nichesha
Anderson of Missouri Baptist who has
clocked 11.37 seconds.
Ranked in the sixth spot is Tamara
Rigby with a time of 11.95 seconds,, a
Lanece Clarke is ninth with 12.10 Sec-
In the 200m, Rigby is fifth with ar
seeded time of 24.44 seconds, Munrde
^ is in seventh with 24.51 seconds.
Tavara Rigby will take up the 12th
spot with a time of 24.81 seconds and
Clarke 14th in 25.00 seconds.
Tavara and Reagan Mackey are the
only two Bahamians in the 400m.
Tavara will head into the event with an
entry time of 56.73 seconds while
Mackey is ranked 29th with 57.96 sec-

Sasha Joyce will hold the fort for the
Bahamians in the 100m hurdles for
women, seeded in the seventh spot
with a best time of 14.07 seconds, the
leading time in the event is set at 13.62
Joyce also have a full plate ahead of
her in the heptathlon. She is seeded
22nd with 3720 points.
Adrian Griffith will head the
Bahamian men in qualifiers at the
national championships in the 100m,
with his season's best time of 10.37 sec-
onds, which slates him in he third spot.
The leading time for the event is post-
ed at 10.18 seconds by Michael Rodger
of Lindenwood.
Griffith will also carry the torch in
the 200m with a seeded time of 21.43
seconds, for a fifth place slating.
In the 400m Aaron Cleare's time of
46.52 seconds has seeded in the third
spot, while Ramon Miller's 46.79 sec-
onds places him in the fourth.
Trevor Barry will have the upper
hand on Donald Thomas in the high
jump, coming in with the highest clear-
ance of 7-feet-03-inches. Thomas is
ranked fourth with 2.15m.
Barry will also lead the charge in the
long jump event with 25-feet-08-inch-
es, Griffith is ranked fourth a best leap
of 24-feet-04 inches.
In the NJCAA conference Bianca
Strachan will head into the national
championships ranked fifth with a time:
of 2:17.50 seconds.
Ranked second in the 400m hurdles,
Deandra Laing will be looking to,
improve her timing of 1:02.70 seconds
for a gold medal performance at the
nationals. The leading time in the
event is posted by Danete Wright
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