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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: June 7, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Cause unknown

for officer accused

of facilitating Fox

Hill Prison escape

Tribune Staff Reporter
A PRISON officer who was
implicated in the Coroner's
Court for allegedly supplying
contraband items to facilitate
the deadly Fox Hill prison
break in January has been
found dead on Potter's Cay
Police revealed last night that
the dead man was 57-year-old
Van Johnson.
Mr Johnson's body was found
sitting upright in his red Nissan
truck at the entrance of Potter's
Cay dock on Monday at around
There were no bruises or
marks to the body, and police
are awaiting an autopsy report
to determine the cause of death.
In April, during the Coro-
ner's inquest, inmate Barry Par-
coi testified that, Mr Johnson
was the officer who smuggled
hacksaw blades into the prison
to help him, Neil Brown, Corey
Hepburn and Forrester Bowe
escape on January 17.
Assistant commissioner in
charge of crime Reginald Fer-
guson maintains that police do
not suspect foul play at this
"There is no physical evi-
dence of any nature so we have
to wait and see what the autop-
sy report says. We know about
the Coroner's inquest and the
officers who were there. But
there were other officers in that

trial who were put in the same
position that he was," he said.
Mr Ferguson said police
expect to receive an autopsy
report within "a day or two"
and admitted that, if any irreg-
ularity was found, they would
have to change the course of
their investigations.
Until then, however, he said
there can be many plausible
causes of death.
"Definitely if something was
discovered then it will become a
criminal matter. That, of course,
would give rise to other investi-
"But we don't start off spec-
ulating as 'to what may have
happened. It could have been
natural causes, it could have
been a heart problem, or it
could even have been a seizure
of some kind," he said.
Last night, friends of the
Johnson family found it hard to
believe the death was not sus-
One said: "Van was due for
retirement. Since the inquest
there have been all sorts of
threats between various offi-
"He would be a major link
because one of the prisoners
revealed in court that he was
one of the facilitators for the
"This man became the sub-
ject of a police investigation into
whether he had assisted in the
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STHE mangled wreck in Burnt Ground yesterday
(Photo: Tanya Cartwright)

A FAMILY on Long Island:
is mourning two sisters who
were killed in a horrific car
crash which left two others in
The accident took place after
midnight yesterday in the set-
tlement of Burnt Ground.
A grey 2003 Honda' Accord
(licence number 1873) with four
occupants was travelling north
on Queen's Highway when it

collided with three coconut
trees and overturned, The Tri-
bune was told.
Sisters Santura Adderley, 19,
and Brigetta Adderley, 28, both
of Burnt Ground, who were
seated in the back of the vehi-
cle. reportedly died at tih scene.
The driver, Randolph Taylor,
28, a cousin of the sisters, and
Crystal Rahming, a friend who
was in the front seat, received
serious injuries and were air-
lifted to New Providence yes-

terday morning.
Taylop and Rahming were
.reportedly ejected from the car
during the crash.
According to ASP Lindy
Knowles, officer in charge of
the Long Island district, police
were able to force the,doors,
open and remove the victims.
The vehicle was extensively
damaged. '
Mr Knowles noted that it was
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* BRIGETTA Adderley ,

over Port Authority

chair appointment

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Since the announcement of
Hannes Babak as newly-appointed chairman of
the Port Authority, The Tribune has been reli-
ably informed that several people were planning
to stage a demonstration opposing the move.
However, yesterday there was no sign of a
demonstration or protest.
It was reported that public relations agent
Peter Adderley of Creative Works was contact-
ed to spearhead those efforts.
When contacted by The Tribune, Mr Adder-
ley explained that while the retainer offer was
attractive, the group opposing the appointment
could say nothing more than that Mr Babak
was not born in the Bahamas.
Mr Babak, 45, was appointed on June 1 as
new chairman following the resignation of for-
mer chairman and CEO Julian Francis. And

on to International *

Criminal Court soon

Chief Reporter
THE Bahamas has been called on by the
Coalition for the International Criminal Court
to ratify or accede to the International Crim-
inal Court "as soon as possible".
As part of its regionwide effort, the CICC
called on seven CARICOM countries the
Bahamas, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia,
St Kitts and Nevis and Suriname to ratify
the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as pos-
sible in order to consolidate the Caribbean's
commitment to "international justice and the
global fight against impunity".
The International Criminal Court is able to
investigate and prosecute individuals accused
of crimes against humanity, genocide and
crimes of war:
The reference to the "'global fight against
impunity" no doubt refers to an effort by
the US to sign up with as many countries as

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Man charged
with murder
A 28-YEAR-OLD Quakoo
Street man appeared before a
court yesterday in connection
with the daylight shooting death
of a man nearly two weeks ago.
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mega-watt generator begin pro-
ducing power sometime 'his
week, said the corporationS ~p-
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Officials 'optimistic'

over presidency of

union re-election

New officials of the Bahamas
Catering and Allied Workers
Union say they are 'optimistic'
about the upcoming run-off re-
election for the presidency-
two weeks after a deadlock was
Despite media reports that
the run-off would take place
within the next two weeks, Mr
Wilson said a date has not yet
been set.
"We have no fear that at the
end of it all, the membership
,will choose the best person for
the job," he told The Tribune
"In the event that we reach
to that point, we are encour-
aging all members, as we did

in the general union election, to
come out and show support to
whomever candidate they
Incumbent Pat Bain, who
heads the Rainbow Team, and
Roy Colebrooke of the Justice
Team were tied for the top post
after official votes were tallied
following the election on the
May 26.
Both candidates got 1,043
votes, according to the official
Following the election, con-
troversy loomed over the
results, which revealed that the
Justice Team had won 10 of the
12 executive posts, while the
Rainbow Team had won only
the general secretary seat.
National Congress Of Trade
Union President Pat Bain

called for a new election for all
posts in light of the outcome,
which he deemed "irregular".
But, during an interview with
The Tribune yesterday Mr
Bain said he was not aware that
a run-off election is expected
to take place soon.
This despite an announce-
ment made recently by the
Minister of Immigration and
Labour, Shane Gibson, that
there will be one.
However, newly elected third
vice president of the union Sid-
ney Rolle said that he is eager-
ly awaiting the re-election.
"That is the word that we
got," he said. "That there will
be a run-off and the Minister of
Labour said it last week."
Mr Wilson meanwhile has
assumed the position of presi-

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* MEMBERS casting their votes in the Bahamas Hotel, Cater-
ing and Allied Workers' Union elections two weeks ago

dent in accordance with the
union constitution.
"There is no effect right now,
we are going according to the
union constitution where the
first vice president assumes the
position of president until the
presidential elections are com-
pleted," Mr Wilson said.
"We want to continue the
unity and harmony that we
have always been accustomed
to. The organisation is in good
hands. We are here for the
membership and to ensure that
their business is being taken
care of," he said.
At present, over 7,000 hotel
workers are members of the

Mr Wilson explained that
despite the presidency being
up in the air, the main focus
now is to maintain and increase
the union's membership.
"We have operational
aspects of the union that we
have to deal with, and everyone
is on all cylinders right now.
"This is just another bump
in the road that we are going to
get over and this spells unity
for everyone and I think at this
time, we have to join forces,
whether we are Rainbow or
Justice, in order for the busi-
ness of the organisation to go
forward..." he said.

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Boy charged
in connection
with murder

A 16-year-old Wilson Tract
boy was arraigned before the
Juvenile Court yesterday in con-
nection with a murder charge.
The teen has been accused of
murdering another teen on
August 22.
The juvenile allegedly struck
the deceased in the head witha
.The boy was not required to
enter a plea to the charge and
was remanded to Her Majesty's
The case has been adjourned
to August 22.
The teen is being represented
by lawyer Michael Hanna.

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Closure of casino 'may increase

Grand Bahama unemployment'

Grand Bahama has the possi-
bility of: increasing with the
impending closure of the Isle of
Capri I(esort and Casino.
According to Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe the
casino's' operators recently
informed the Bahamas govern-
ment and Hutchison Whampoa
that they would be pulling out
of Freeport in a year.
He said the government is
having talks as .early as today
with potential new owners.
MP fJr Lucaya Neko Grant
said he 'Has his doubts that the
government will be able to find

a new owner for the Isle of
Capri property in time, which
would lead to the laying off of
hundreds of workers
"I just don't think that they
are being fair or honest with the
Bahamian people," said Grant.
"How secure are jobs when it
took some time for them to find
Isle of Capri."
MP for High Rock Kenneth
Russell said there may be an
even more urgent possibility of
the hotel pulling out of Freeport
before their projected exit dead-
line of one year.
However, Mr Wilchcombe
said that the government has
had assurances that the compa-
ny will not pull out before the

end of the one year contract
and that none of the remaining
283 employees will be fired
within that year.
He also said that if the hotel
tried to pull out before the end
of the one year there would be
a $2 to $3 million penalty "so
why would they do that?"
The hotel, though,. had
recently laid off 45 people.
Mr Russell expressed his con-
cern that the new owners would
do some checks and find that
bringing their business to Grand
Bahama would not be worth-
According to Mr Grant he
sees no change on the horizon
for the economic predicament

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of Grand Bahama.
Mr Wilchcombe said that
tourism is up this year in com-
parison to last year, but Mr
Grant pointed out that air and
sea arrivals are down.
The MP for Lucaya said he
spoke to taxi drivers who line
their cars up at the harbour
on Friday and leave them over
the weekend in hopes of get-
ting a fare on Monday as the
number of tourists is very low.
"People are having their
cars repossessed and they are
losing their homes; they are
catching eternal hell," said Mr
The three hurricanes which
hit Grand Bahama in 2004;
Frances," ean and Wilma, cost
the tourism industry millions
of dollars and subsequently
led to the closing of the Royal
Oasis Resort and Casino and
the loss of jobs for thousands
of Grand Bahamians.
According to Mr Russell the
government has allocated $8
million to aid in Freeport's
The MP said he has no idea
exactly how they are going to
use the money, but intends to

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find out.
The Ministry of Tourism is
under heavy pressure to
reboot Grand Bahama's econ-
omy and Mr Wilchcombe is
confident that things will begin
to look better, with prospects
of new investors on the hori-
"New owners are anxious
to get in here," said Mr Wilch-
combe. "Grand Bahama will
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THE economic vulnerabili-
ty of the tourism sector in
small island nations is the
focus of an industry confer-
ence that opens in New Prov-
idence Today.
The three-day Small Island
Developing States (SIDS)
Conference will be attended
by representatives from sev-
eral countries, who will dis-
cuss new ideas of how to max-
imise and sustain the eco-
nomic benefits of tourism.
"The sheer size, lack of
economies of scale and heavy
reliance on a narrow range of
price-sensitive commodities to
generate foreign exchange are
among some of the features
which explain the economic
vulnerability of SIDS," said
the organizers in a statement.
"While international
tourism offers most of these
countries a suitable alterna-
tive to generating foreign
exchange and aiding in devel-
opment, these states continue
to face critical issues that con-
tribute to the vulnerability of
their tourism sector.
"Building tourism vulnera-
bility in SIDS is particularly
significant to us, is most cases;
tourism is or is set to become
the sector or greatest eco-
nomic potential," they said.
The theme of this year's
conference is therefore: "Max-
imising economic benefits and
sustaining tourism in develop-
Representatives of the
nations involved will attempt
to come up with innovative

ideas to solve critical issues that
threaten the tourism Industry.
The conference is designed
to be of interest and benefit
to both public and private sec-
tor persons from small island
nations who are involved
directly and indirectly with
These include tourism pro-
fessionals and hospitality prac-
titioners, academia and
,tourism researchers, NGOs
and students.
On Monday, Secretary Gen-
eral of the United Nations
World Tourism Organisation,
Fransceco Frangialli arrived
in New Providence for the
He was greeted by repre-
sentatives of the ministries of
Foreign Affairs and Tourism
at the Nassau International
According to the Ministry
of Tourism, the objectives of
the conference are to:
Create a forum to identify
and discuss economic, envi-
ronmental, social and other
relevant factors that support
economic resilience building
in the tourism sector in Small
Island Developing States.
Recommend best prac-
tices and measures to strength-
en tourism's economic
resilience and assist small
island states in mitigating their
Provide a strategic '\ay
forward in tourism resilience
building and guidelines for
regional and international
agencies to assist states in
managing vulnerabilities in the
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THE company that owns the '" '
KFC franchise in the Bahamas, -;' *-
has sought to clarify its "posi-' '*:'
tion and the facts" surrounding
the ongoing unrest among its '
managers and employees.
Restaurants (Bahamas) Lim-
ited said in a statement thatthe i;'
dispute centres around the reg-
istration of its industrial agree-:;;'
ment with the union known as,
the Bahamas Hotel Managerial
Association (BHMA), which '
was executed on January 27,'
It said that the agreement was '*
'presented to the Industrial Tri
bunal for registration in early
February 2004 but that to'',.
date, it has not been registered.''
The issues in dispute \ e re
filed at the Department of
Labour on April 19. 2006 bv the :
BHMA, the release added.
It was further claimed that the .. '
union "tfaled to attend concilia-
tion of the dispute they filed."
According to KFC general
manager, Gabriel Sastre; 4
Restaurants (Bahamas) Limited
attended conciliation meetings
on all occasions when sum-
moned to deal with the dispute.
However according to presi- ''
dent of BHMA Obie Ferguson, ,
the problem is that Restaurants
(Bahamas) Limited is contending "
that the agreement does not take '..
effect until registration a sug- -
gestion the union disagrees with.
"We are saying that the par-
ties to the agreement have the ;.
right to determine when the
terms of the agreement is to
take effect.
"That must be a right of the
parties. They are now saying: '
that the agreement does not
take effect until it is registered -
despite the fact that the parties 'q.
agree for it to take effect as of a '"
particular date or a particular
time," he said.
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THREE high-level appoint- .
ments at Fidelity Bank ....
(Bahamas) Limited have been
announced by chairman Sir
William Allen.
Sir William has announced;,
the appointment of Anwer -'i' F P
Sunderji as chief executive offi-
cer; and Gregory Bethel,)e-.
Michael Anderson and Alfred"
Stewart as executive vice presi-
These appointments became
effective March 31, 2006., ,,
In making the announcement. ,,.,
Sir William said the newly, i.
appointed officers are inti- ,"
mately familiar with the bank's,.,,
operations and business, as they .
constitute the executive com-
mittee that manages the Fideli- ',;.
ty Group.
Fidelity Bahamas offers
financial planning, products and'- "
services for all stages of the hife
cycle including retirement plans,.
brokerage accounts, estate plan-
ning, as well as traditional bank- .,
ing services, such as mortgages.
and loans. .
Sir William said; "The bank
continues to make good.,
progress in all areas. A sharp
reduction in delinquencies cou-
pled with growth in new busi-
ness is contributing positively
to the profitability of the bank:'. ,.
He added that Fidelity iS t
making significant investments
in upgrading its branches to bet- ,
ter service clients, with the flag-
ship Frederick Street branch
currently undergoing extensive ,





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* BRANDFORD Christie

LAWYER Brandford
Christie of McKinney, Bran-
croft and Hughes pledged
$10,000 at the Special Olympics
Jazz Ball held on April 22 in
the Grand Ballroom of the
Westin and Sheraton at Our
Lucaya Resort.
Heather Strachan, chairman
of the. Special Olympics
Fundraising Committee, said
the committee is grateful to Mr
Christie for opening the gate-
way for pledges for the first
time at the ball.
She said as.a result of Mr
Christie's pledge, the fundrais-
ing committee received an addi-
tional $21,000 in pledges.
The funds raised will go
toward assisting special athletes
to receive year round training
for various sporting activities
and for their travel to compete
in the Summer Special
Olympics in 2007.
Mrs Strachan said the com-
mittee is grateful to all persons
who made pledges and sup-
ported this year's ball.

San Salvador
man charged
with rape and

A SANI Salvador man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
in connection with charges of
rape and forcible detention.
Clement Jones, who is being
represented by Dion Foulkes,
was arraigned before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez yes-
terday afternoon.
It is alleged that on Wednes-
day, May 31 Jones forcibly
detained a 31-year-old woman,
with the intent to have sex with
Jones was also charged with
raping the woman.
He was not required to enter
a plea to the charges and was
granted $9,000 bail with one
MP for San Salvador, Cat
Island and Rum Cay Philip
"Brave" Davis stood as Jones'
The case has been adjourned
to Monday June 19 when it will
resume at Court Six on Parlia-
ment Street.
Until that time, Jones was
ordered to report to the nearest
police station and is to have no
contact with the complainant.

'should put
more money
into ethanol'

Santo Domingo
THE United States wants the
Dominican Republic to pump
more money into ethanol pro-
duction, but investors in the
Caribbean nation are hesitant
to do so, a top US official said
Monday, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Deputy Secretary of State
Robert Zoellick said increasing
supplies of both petroleum and
alternative fuels was a priority
for Latin America at a news
conference during the Organi-
zation of American States gen-
eral assembly, where he headed
the U.S. delegation.
Zoellick spoke with Domini-
can President Leonel Fernan-
dez about using the Caribbean
country's sugar to produce
ethanol, a plant-based fuel that
can be made from corn, sugar
and other crops.

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A 28-YEAR-OLD Quakoo
Street man appeared before a
court yesterday in connection
with the daylight shooting
death of a man nearly two
weeks ago.
Roswell Fernander, who is
being represented by lawyer

Ian Cargill, was arraigned
before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One on Bank
Lane yesterday.
It is alleged that on Friday,
May 26 of this year, Fernan-
der murdered Ryan Moss.
Moss was reportedly shot
near the Rum Runners Bar No
1 on Andros Avenue.

Murder accused Fernander
was not required to enter a
plea to the charge and was told
that the case would be
adjourned to June 20.
The case will resume at
Court nine on Nassau Street.
Fernander has been remand-
ed to Her Majesty's prison.

IDB announces initiatives

to eradicate povery in the

Bahamas and Caribbean

Tribune Staff Reporter
FIGHTING the Bahamas'
social ills and freeing "dead
capital" in the form of genera-
tion property are among the
goals that the Inter-American
Development Bank hopes to
achieve through some new ini-
In a special piess conference
held e 1itcrdJav 4i the bank's W ashington.
DC traninultted via satellite
to all coMtii1 offices the IDB
announced plans 1t r tocts its
efforts in LajinlAmeric; and
the Catibbean. oi mcobilising
unitpped tinadrcial resources
to assst in the eradication of
po~crIts "."F.
Speaking \ith the press iol-
lowing the video conference at
the IDB House on East Bay
Street, financial specialist for
the Bahamas office Chester
Bembridge said that the bank
will concentrate on freeing, the
"dead capital" in each country
and making it available to the
less fortunate.
"At the outset we were

investing a lot in the physical
infrastructure. But on the social
side there's poverty, and the
numbers are not decreasing -
the numbers in fact are increas-
ing. This is an attempt by the
bank to focus on what they call
the micro issues," he said.
For the Bahamas in particu-
lar these micro issues are
expected to include the fight
againstt crime, the education of
Song people and solving the
pi oblein of generation laid.
. Mobilising dead capital
resources, he said, can have a
significant impact on countries
like the Bahamas.
"If you can sort that out and
people can have titles for the
I:nd, that makes a huge differ-
ence in whether or not they
can use the land productively -
they can take it to the bank"
Mr Bembridge said.
Don Terry, manager of the
Multilateral Investment Fund
(MIF) at the IDB, dis ilbsed
during the press conference
that an estimated $2.5 trillion
can be found in dead capital
in the Latin American coun-
tries and the Caribbean region.


Man is charged

with murder

of Ryan Moss

* 28-YEAR-OLD Roswell Fernander of Quakoo Street is
charged with the murder of Ryan Moss, which took place on
Friday May 26,2006 ;

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"These are the assets of the
majority, assets of the poor
which can not be bought, or
sold or traded or leveraged in
any way. It's mostly in rural
land, houses and small busi-
nesses," he said.
Mr Terry explained that this
is the first time that a compre-
hensive study of the region's
dead capital is being conduct-
In a review of some 12 coun-
tries so far, the IDB has deter-
mined that the dead capital
amounts to $1,3 trillion.
That sum is expected to
exceed the $2.5 trillion mark
when all the countries in the
region have been reviewed, Mr
Terry said.
To achieve the goal of fight-
ing social ills, the IDB will also
establish Innovation Opportu-
nity Centres (IOC) in all the
countries in the next few years.
New pilot programmes are
expecfed'Tf b'Vd liriceda'frdrm "
these centres, which will in
future be linked to all the oth-
er centres throughout the
region as well as to the IDB
Washington head office.

No date set for unified bus system


A DATE has still not been
set for the implementation of
the unified bus system in New
Road Traffic Controller Jack
Thompson admitted to The
Tribune yesterday that the
plan continues to be under
"It would be premature to
set a date for the implementa-
tion of this model," he said.
"We are moving cautiously -
but we are moving."
Although slow to arrive, the
model for the unified bus sys-
tem remains the best, most
workable system for New
Providence, according to Mr
The government first
announced in 2005 that a "pre-
ferred model" for the unifica-
tion of the public bus system
had been put together.
Since then, road traffic offi-
cials have held meetings to hear
public reaction to the model.

N JACK Thompson

"The discussions were very
lively," Mr Thompson said "We
received good suggestions."
Bus drivers and persons who
use public transportation
attended the meetings and
gave their opinions.
Thompson reported that
some of the suggestions pre-
sented will be included in the

Under the model, the gov-
ernment will regulate the bus
system while bus owners
become franchise holders.
"We are working as expedi-
tiously as possible, but we want
it to be right. We want it to be
something that's workable and
effective," said Mr Thompson.
He continued: "That date is
tied into the completed draft.
Only after the draft is complete
and approved by parliament
can the model be implement-
Mr Thompson invited more
members of the public to give
their opinions on the matter.
"The more ideas we get the
better the model will be. The
existing model is good, but now
we are working for it to be
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Race to preserve digital records

WASHINGTON We say we live in. the infor-
mation age. With a mere mouse-click, we can
find out about almost anything, by reading a
newspaper across the country, a blog across the
world, or opening a photo'in an e-mail. But a
generation from now, historians researching our
digitally-based culture may find themselves fac-
ing an information black hole.
Many of the records that once allowed them to
study a society's history from personal corre-
spondence to government documents may
have slipped, irretrievably, into the digital ether.
Historians and technology specialists say we're
already facing an information crisis. As more
,and: more records, from e-mails to policy pro-
posals, exist only in digital form, these experts say
Swe could be losing hold of history.
"It's a major historical problem and presents,
potentially, a major political problem," Air Force
historian Eduard Mark says of the loss of records.
SISomeday it will erupt. There will probably be a
m~,ajor loss to history."
SMark is far from alone. At America's greatest
institutions of record-keeping, the Library of
,Congress and the National Archives, librarians
and archivists say they are on the front lines of
'efforts to preserve the chronicles of our times, as
S'they race to weed through and save masses of
intangible data and documents.
Both institutions have recently started to cre-
ate-new electronic archives to catalogue the bil-
lions of digital records they now receive, and,
even harder, preserve them for posterity. It's an
-essential but overwhelming order, and one that,
Despite today's breadth of information technol-
"ogy, isn't quite possible to meet yet.
S "We need to preserve digital information in
-such a way that it will be intelligible in 100 years,"
says Abby Smith, a consultant with the Library of
Congress' digital preservation programme. But
.she and others say that when it comes to pre-
serving digital records, a solution has yet to be
fou nid and that, meanwhile, digital records
c created today don't have a guarantee of surviving.
".: In retrospect, this ,ill look hket a period of
ihe digital dark ages," she sa"s. "There':s infor-
Smation which we're producing now which we
Slll not be able to save for the future."
The first problem is that, compared to the
sturdy format of paper and books, intangible
digital information is extremely fragile, rotting at
a far faster pace than hard copy, as software
becomes obsolete, hardware breaks down and
-viruses wipe out volumes.
SDigital media can be very ephemeral; they
acan decay," says Anne Okerson, of the Council
on" Library and Information Resources. "For
example, will a Word or Word Perfect docu-
ment still be readable in 10 years, several versions
later? Mine aren't ... how about a CD? Doubt-
Even if the media on which information is
saved endures for years, what happens when the
technology to extract and read it becomes obso-
Jon Prial, IBM's vice president of content
management, asks, "If something is saved digi-
tally now, the question becomes can I save a
CD somewhere for 1,000 years? If I can, will
there be something to play it on?"
At the National Archives, archivists are

already experiencing the first wave of this prob-
lem. The government began storing key mili-
tary records, such as flight details, on computers
as early as the Vietnam War, explains Kenneth
Thibodeau, director of its Electronic Records
Archives programme. Today, though, those
records of every flight that went out in Vietnam
"are sitting in obsolete tapes in an obsolete for-
mat," says Thibodeau.
He cites another example: the National Archives
has always preserved drawings of Navy ships.
"But there aren't drawings anymore. All the
records are digital. For information on the struc-
ture of one ship, you're talking hundreds of mil-
lions of computer files," he says.
Since the average Navy ship is kept afloat for
50 years, there's a strong chance that engineers or
anyone else needing structural information about
the ships may be out of luck in a mere 20 years,
if those electronic files are corrupted or inac-
cessible, Thibodeau says.
But the most chilling implications might be
in our future ability to know our own history.
Eduard Mark, the Air Force historian, says, "The
difference between someone 25 years from now
trying to sort out how we became involved in
Iraq, versus someone today studying the Cuban
missile crisis, say, is that for the future historian,
the records could be much less comprehensive,
and there could be much fewer of them."
The irony is that far more records are now
being created another problem that faces
those racing to save and archive them.
Thibodeau compares the correspondence the
National Archives received from the Nixon
administration 40 million pages to the esti-
mated 100 e-mails alone it expects to receive
from the Bush administration.
The Library of Congress' Abby Smith says,
"The scale of production of information is so
much larger than what we've ever seen. We've
never experienced something like this in the
library world."
Smith, and Thibodeau say creating a system
that capelectronically file, sort and niake-sense'
of these records and keep them accessible
for future generations is a major, and as of yet
unresolved, part of their charge.
"We've got to build a system that never
becomes obsolete, even though we assume that
each separate piece of hardware within the sys-
tem will eventually become obsolete," says Thi-
bodeau. "It's also got to be extensible. It's got to
grow to accommodate new stuff that I don't
even know about yet."
Despite the massive challenges that face the
creation of such a system, Thibodeau expects a
first version of it to be online for the public by
Even then, though, the Electronic Records
Archive, and similar systems, will be works in
progress for a long time, he says.
"There's a lot more information that's being
captured than ever before. If we do figure out
how to preserve this stuff, people will be in good
shape to research the second half of the twenti-
eth century. But by and large, no-one's yet been
able to figure out how to preserve this stuff for
the next 25 years."
(This article was written by Coral Davenport
of Cox News).

The need to


our assetsS

EDITOR, The Tribune
I love The Bahamas, it a won-
derful place with so many
unique islands to explore, each
one offers visitors a different
experience. I just hope it is kept
that way.
I read, much to my dismay,
that there are developers who
are interested in building casi-
nos on Eleuthera. I can't think
of a better way to ruin that
island. The attraction of
Eleuthera is its amazing natural
beauty and the friendliest peo-
ple in the world. It is a quiet,
rustic place that has all the
charm of classic Bahamas. A
timeless beauty with a rich tra-
dition. A place where even the
Royal family would go to take a
break from the hustle and bus-
tle of civilization.
Eleuthera means "freedom".
Freedom from oppression, free-
dom from persecution and free-
dom from typical unimagina-
tive over development and
exploitation. It is the jewel in
the crown, let's keep at least
one island "free".
Americans who wish to

swarm like locusts to gamble
and eat hot dogs have plenty of
choices in America and in The
Bahamas, let's not make one of
them Eleuthera. Millions of
tourists yearn to visit places
unspoiled by over development,
big hotels and casinos. It is very
wrong to think that the only
means of a successful tourism
economy is gambling.
The "Wall Street Journal"
described Eleuthera as the
"next trendy island" and touted
it's "well preserved reefs...warm
hospitality" and "tranquility."
The article made no mention of
the lack of casinos or franchise
restaurants. Eleuthera will be
successful not in spite of casi-
nos, but because it is free of
casinos. I disagree with the Min-
ister of Tourism. Obie Wilch-
combe's statement that
"...Eleuthera is going to be a
fascinating, historic location
when a casino opens there..."

(May 26th at the opening f the.
first casino iitside :f NassaVi
and Grant Bahama). ,
I recommend the Ministdi
use his imagination and helps
each island develop their pwn
individual strengths. I do agree
with him that more Bahamia'ns
should get a piece 6f. ti
"tourism pie," but does that
mean it has to be a piece of a
casino? And at the expense of
the rest of the islands position in
the market? Putting a casino on
every island in The Bahaijima is
not progress, it is ah jbomina-
I urge the people of Tile
Bahama.s ind 'le 1Members of
Parliam-ent tol aggrssl\ ely fight
the .pprto\l ot an\ casino on
one ot its most precious isles: I
recommend tliat legislation is
passed to'keep Eleuthera free
of a casino forever. Tell your
Representatives andhlinister
Wilchcombeyou \ ant to keep
Eleuthera "Free!"
Freedom Fighter ':
May 29 2006

Inquiries about the UN voting

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE UN Human Rights:
Council vote has seemingly
annoyed some persons as so far
government has not disclosed
how The Bahamas voted, or did
Firstly, the UN vote for mem-
bership of this new Human
Rights Council which super-
seded the infamous UN Human.
Right ( ommit cc which had the
likes of Sudan, Zimbabwe, Syr-
ia, Nepal, Eritrea and Ethiopia
as members had to choose the
proposed 47 members of the
new Council from a group of
nominee countries that on the
face of the options where you
place your vote the list of nom-
inee countries was hardly an
inviting one.
Not a single CARICOM
country nominated in our
region which was described as
Latin/South America and
Caribbean the likes of Argenti-
na, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador,
Guatemala, Mexico, Peru,
Uruguay and Venezuela were
nominated. Eventually
Venezuela was eliminated.
The IN vote was 'secret' -
which raises the obvious, a
secret ballot is a secret ballot in
any country/government then
permitted by the UN to disclose

how they voted?
Although much ciiti com-
ment has been made about cer-
tain countries' \~ ho ha been
elected to this COunci l It is cci -
.tainly reasu' ing thai (_Germinlln\ .
'Fr. nce' St \ iL1ize l ind linitc-d
Kingdom a; menih crs o1t lius
body and I suggest they will
bring some control as to any
attempt of irrationality.

Editdr'- ordinal) UN totes
;are open. transiparent and pub-
lic intornaion n rhi--case the
vote was designated 'secret' so
the qu1ction really is do ..the
rules of The United Nations
pci n di'. los'iurc? .
May 17, 2006.


policies of our


EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE permit me space
in your paper to raise some
questions concerning the
state of our country today.
1) How did we reach this
weird position where we are
to choose between two long
time friends, partners in busi-
ness and close potential allies
as to who will lead the next
five years. I dare say that it is
not a choice at all.
2) How did we allow our
government to dismantle
Cable Beach, which we have
been spending much of our
promoting dollars on for the
last thirty plus years and lit-
erilly allow our land to be
lined ini i' j Iejihio p, I l.dic-
Ior prolDii .ji tc. lk 1M il.i
lobs Ht%% '
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kit kIln\ olh r .oLIlni ekcepi

the Bahamas selling the
Prime Minister's Office to
foreign investors without-
serious input from the public'
as to their wishes?
4) Don't the powers that'"
be realise that a country
needs reserves to survive?'e
What we are doing is allowY-'
ing the investor a free-be-:
while Bahamians pay taxes'
to keep things going..-Donet
forget every person in the
Bahamas enjoys the.Gov.->i
ernment's contribution
which only tax dollars'-pay
for. J : :
I could go on and on with:'
misguided policies'that I see-
being placed on the heads of
future Bahamians by liis-
guided politicians. \ ^
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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Two young
women were airlifted to New
Providence with serious
injuries following a traffic
accident early Sunday morn-
ing in Freeport.
According to Police Super-
intendent Basil Rahming,
Linda Israel, 19, and Valishi
Johnson, 24, are listed in seri-
ous but stable condition at
the, Princess Margaret Hos-
pital in Nassau.
Israe a resident of Drake
Avenue, was reportedly dri-
ving, a maroon 1998 Buick
Century north along Colum-
bus Drive some time around
1.55am on Sunday when she
lost control of the vehicle
near Clive Avenue and
crashed into a concrete wall.
Johnson, a resident of
Hudson Estates, was a pas-
senger in the car.
_Both women sustained
serious injuries and were tak-
en by ambulance to the Rand
Memorial Hospital, where
they were treated and later
airlifted to New Providence.
Traffic,police are continu-
ing their investigation into
the incident.



to lecture

at gallery

THE National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas has
announced that it will host a
lecture by renowned art. his-
torian and curator Richard J
Dr Powell will speak on
,the concept of African dias-
pora art and the place of
,Caribbean art within this
,global conversation on
SThursday, June 8 at 7pm at
the National Art Gallery on
West and West Hill Streets.
The lecture was organised
Sas part of the gallery's public
programme in support of the
exhibition, "What is Africa
to me?"
Dr Powell received his
PhD from Yale University
and is the author of several
texts including The Blues
Aesthetic; Homecoming: The
SArt of William H Johnson;
and Black Art and Culture
in the Twentieth Century.
He is the J Spencer Basset
Professor of Art History at
'Duke University and was
Recently appointed editor-in-
chief of The Art Bulletin.
The gallery is inviting the
public to come early to visit
the exhibition before hear-
ing Dr Powell's lecture.
Secure parking is available
at the gallery, which is open
Sfor general viewing 10am to
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New generator due

to start producing

power this week

Tribune Staff Reporter
BEC hopes to have a new 20
mega-watt generator begin pro-
ducing power sometime this
week, said the corporations gen-
eral manager Kevin Basden.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday Mr Basden said
that the new generator, which is
currently being tested, will add
additional capacity to the sys-
tem and is a more efficient
machine than those already in
"This particular unit is going
to be using the waste heat from
two gas turbines to drive a
steam turbine so were getting
additional power without any
additional fuel cost," said Mr
The announcement comes in
the wake of public outrage
throughout New Providence
because of a number of power
outages over the past few
On June 1, the corporation
sent out a press release alert-
ing the public that due to prob-
lems with one of its large gen-
erators, disruptions in the pow-

* KEVIN Basden

er supply were possible.
Mr Basden explained that the
problem with the generator
coincided with scheduled
repairs and maintenance work
on other units.
The corporation stated that
as the height summer approach-
es and the demand for power
increases, service may be again
interrupted to contain the load
within the carrying capacity of
the generators that are still
Members of the public con-

tinued to respond to the out-
ages and threat of future dis-
ruption yesterday.
A resident of Chippingham
who wished to remain anony-
mous said that BEC "should get
to the bottom of what's caus-
ing the power outages and solve
it. Besides the power outages
being an inconvenience to the
public, it also put home appli-
ances and equipment at risk of
Marjorie Jack said: "I would
like to see us get to a place
where power outages are a rar-
ity like in the states. Power
outages are dangerous for peo-
ple who depend on electricity
to keep medication refrigerated
-it puts people's health at risk."
Mr Basden said that the cor-
poration has formulated an on-
going modernisation pro-
gramme and that "there are any
number of things that BEC is
doing in a tangible way for the
customers to get benefits."
He added: "We do not see
what would have happened
over the last few days as an indi-
cation to what would happen
going forward as we approach
the summer."

More attention being

paid to US embassy

literature, says Rood

AMERICAN visitors, travel
professionals and the press are
paying more attention to infor-
mation sheets prepared by the
US Embassy on the security sit-
uation in their host country, US
Ambassador John Rood said.
These sheets describe the
local environment and provide
suggestions for how tourists can
avoid problems.
However, the overwhelming
majority of American citizens
who visit the Bahamas each
year have safe, enjoyable vaca-
tions, Mr Rood said.
Whether they come by cruise
ship or plane, nearly all of the
more than four million US visi-
tors enjoy the beauty of the
Bahamas and then return safe-
ly to their homes, he said.
Speaking in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco at a workshop on visi-
tor safety and security on May
31, Mr Rood emphasised that
one of his most solemn duties as
ambassador is working to pro-
tect Americans abroad.
The Abaco Tourist Office,
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force and the Bahamas Hotel
Association organised the
Mr Rood said he was pleased
that Abaco is taking steps to
highlight the importance of vis-


itor safety, and that the
Bahamas takes the issue seri-
The ambassador said that his
commitment to protect Ameri-
cans abroad extends beyond the
Embassy and the Department
of State to the entire US gov-
"Nothing gets more immedi-
ate interest from the US Con-
gress than when Americans are
victims of crime while travel-
ling abroad," he said.

Ambassador Rood described
the.Embassy's strategy,to pxro .
mote visitor safety as a three-
fold mechanism, "to prevent
criminal acts from occurring; to
provide assistance to the vic-
tims; and to see that complaints
are thoroughly investigated and
He continued: "The
Embassy stands ready to act as
a liaison with the police, calming
and protecting the victim so that
all the necessary statements and
evidence can be gathered.
Because they are in an unfa-
miliar environment, both the-
victim and any American wit-
nesses tend to be comforted
once an Embassy officer gets
involved, which allows the
investigation to proceed more
Recognising the "outstand-
ing" co-operation between the
Bahamas and the United States
in enforcement matters, the
ambassador concluded that "by,
working together, we can all do
our part in making programmes
like this one an example for the
entire region. By building on
the results of this workshop, we *
can ensure that the Bahamas
continues to be known as a safe
and friendly destination for

Haiti's Preval appoints

Coalition government

HAITI'S president appoint-
ed a coalition government Tues-
day in an effort to unite the
impoverished nation two years
after a bloody revolt toppled the
previous elected administration,
according to Associated Press.
The new government
includes members of six politi-
cal parties, underscoring Presi-
dent Rene Preval's need to
bring together Haiti's bitterly
divided political factions. Haiti's
parliament must approve the
Cabinet in a vote due to be
completed on Wednesday.
Haiti's powerful business
community and large network
of popular organizations offered
no immediate reaction to the
new government, which was
announced after days of intense
negotiations with parliament,
where no party holds a majority.
Prime Minister Jacques-
Edouard Alexis said the gov-
ernment would embark on a 25-
year development plan, includ-
ing boosting access to basic ser-

M RENE Preval

vices for Haiti's poor, reinforc-
ing the country's brittle state
institutions and attracting pri-
vate investment.
In an address to parliament,
Alexis said Preval's administra-
tion would also work to restore
security after the February 2004
revolt that toppled former pres-
ident Jean-Bertrand Aristide and
plunged the Caribbean nation of

roughly 8 million into chaos.
"We no longer have the right
to fail," Alexis said. "The con-
sequences would be too heavy a
burden to carry. The country
cannot be content with just hop-
ing anymore. It must finally
take the path that will lead to its
The 18-member Cabinet
includes five members of
Preval's 1999-2001 government,
including Justice Minister Rene
Magloire and Agriculture Min-
ister Francois Severin. Jean
Raynald Clerisme, a former
priest, was appointed foreign
affairs minister.
The government is mostly
made up of members of Preval's
Lespwa party, but also includes
members of FUSION, the Strug-
gling People's Organisation and
one from Aristide's Fanmi
Lavalas party, Planning Minis-
ter Jean Max Bellerive said.
In his address, Alexis vowed
the government would embrace
voices from all political stripes,
calling a plural government "a
requirement for the blooming
of a healthy democratic life."

Rigby denies

'rumours' on

Stubbs and

Keod Smith

ANY suggestions that the
PLP does not intend to re-
nominate Keod Smith and
Sidney Stubbs as candidates
are "just rumours", accord-
ing to party chairman Ray-
nard Rigby.
Mr Rigby told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the par-
ty is going through its nom-
ination process.
He said that Mr Stubbs
and Mr Smith are incum-
bents and that both MPs
have indicated their inten-
tion to offer themselves in
the upcoming election.
As the political season
heats up, commentators
have been speculating on
possible changes to the main
parties' slates of candidates.
One speculation is that the
PLP will decline to support
Mr Stubbs and Mr Smith for
Mr Smith said he is run-
ning but would not com-
ment further.
"I intend to offer myself
to the people of Holy
Cross," said Mr Stubbs.
He declined to comment
on whether his resignation
from the chairmanship of
BAIC, the Korean boats
scandal or his bankruptcy
case would affect his
chances at the polls.
According to FNM Sen-
ator Carl Bethel, the con-
stituency of Holy Cross will
decide on its next represen-
tative through an examina-
tion of track record.
"Everyone has their track
record, he will run on his
and I will run on mine the
People of Holy Cross will
Make their own=decision,"
said Mr Bethel, who repre-
sented Holy Cross for nine
and a half years from
August, 1992, to May, 2002.



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The model of US immigration policy

IHE most recent image
S,.. of American immigra-
tion policy is hundreds of miles
f fencing along the Mexican
Order guarded by thousands
If troops. And our most recent
Siiage is of police officers drag-
ging immigrant families from
tfieir beds in night-time raids.
.. But look behind the images,
iand the realities are quite dif-
, Although the Bush Admin-
,itration can be blamed for
rany things, the immigration
plan it rolled out two and a half
yars ago was a far-reaching
reform that should become a
iodel for our own efforts to
Mal with illegal Haitian immi-
' Arguments over this issue in
both countries are startlingly
like. They run something like
tfis: We must secure our porous
jrders to hold back the flood
impoverished migrants who
rag down wages and exploit
ur social services. The fact that
iegals can easily find jobs, with
little risk of prosecution by
*Ose who hire them, makes a
IBckery of the law. And it is
pit racist to resist being
.amped by an alien culture.
i immigrants (mostly Mexicans
i1d other Hispanics) constitute
Nout 12 per cent of the 300 mil-
npeople living in the United
rates, and about half (or 15
ion) are undocumented. In
Bahamas, illegal Haitian
grants make up perhaps
per cent of the total popula-
nof some 320,000. And there
[ said to be 25,000 undocu-
nted Haitians living here as

large sections of American
Bahamian society are
fply worried about these sta-
tics. According to the Pew
panic Centre, a non-parti-
a research group, a growing
Amber of Americans "believe
immigrants are a burden to the
qintry, taking jobs and hous-
ii and creating strains on the
althcare system. Many peo-
e also orn aboui the cultur-
afimpact of the expanding num-
li r of newcomers in the US."
'.And an equally gromtnp num-
b'r of Bjharmians are upset-
Aout nhat thc- consider the

"creolisation" of the country.
That term is a catch-all for a
variety of impacts from unreg-
ulated squatter settlements, to
creole classes in public schools,
rising crime rates, the prospect
of infectious diseases and cul-
tural disintegration.
"Bahamians are having their
own country stolen from them
and ruined in the process," one
commentator said a few years
ago, claiming the existence of
an organised Haitian crime net-
work here. "We have stateless
people giving birth to more
stateless people. If we don't do
something about it we are fin-

A growing
number of
Bahamians are
upset about
what they
consider the

of the country.

ished. It is a crisis situation."
And President Bush has
offered similar cautions: "There
are fears'that illegal immigra-
tion creates "an underclass of
workers who are vulnerable to
exploitation and consigned to
live in the shadows....The Amer-
ican people expect us to meet
our responsibility and deliver
immigration reform that fixes
the problems in the current sys-

o in January, 2004 Bush
proposed a programme
to match "willing foreign work-
ers with willing American
employers, when no Americans
can be found to fill the
jobs....This new system should
be clejr and efficient, so
employers are able ti, tind
worker quckl\ and simple\
Regp tied mij,.ranit \.Oiuld
get a three-;\eea rene~i able pei-
nut that ~ ill ow them ,:, tr.-\ -


el to and from their home coun-
try without fear of being denied
re-entry into the United States.
But popular opinion is divid-
ed. Last December, conserva-
tives in the House of Repre-
sentatives approved a tough
measure to build vast border
fences, force employers to ver-
ify the legality of their workers,
make illegal immigration a
felony and tighten frontier secu-
rity generally. This law ignored
the president's guest worker
According to an article in the
Washington Post, "Supporters
- including the House Repub-
lican leadership are con-
vinced their measure has the
ardent support of constituents
fed up with illegal aliens flood-
ing through the border."
But in the Senate, there was
bipartisan support for legisla-
tion co-authored by Republi-
can John McCain and Democ-
rat Edward Kennedy that would
combine border enforcement
measures with more liberal
guest worker and status regu-
larisation programmes.
The bill that passed in the
Senate last month improves
frontier security, establishes a
guest worker programme and
gives an eventual shot at per-
manent residency and citizen-
ship to millions of illegal immi-
grants. Those illegally resident
for over five years would be
able to stay if they settled back
taxes, paid a fine and learned
to speak English.
A new electronic identity
card for employees would hold
bosses accountable for hiring
decisions. Employers would
face fines of $20,000 for each
illegal worker and possible jail
time for repeat offenders.
.AmIa in l\. ithe Scn.iat bill
wouldd Iallo% an ciinimatcd 1113
million people to Icjoll\ immi-
-it ic t> he U S.... i i l. n .t .i 2 1
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H house and Senate
leaders must now
negotiate a compromise bill
that could be enacted this year.
It will be the first major immi-
gration legislation since 1986
when a reform bill offered a
widespread amnesty for illegal
immigrants, as well as tougher
border controls and measures
aimed at eliminating the hiring
of unauthorized workers. That
law gave green cards to almost
three million illegal immi-
Critics of tougher enforce-
ment measures say that in the
20 years since the last major
immigration reform, US spend-
ing on border control increased
by more than 500 per cent. But
the number of illegal migrants
rose from less than four million
to over 12 million in the same
According to Bloomberg
Newswire, "The congressional
debate on immigration has
sparked demonstrations across
the nation by people demanding
immigrant rights, while creat-
ing an election-year breach
between Republicans who want
to focus on border control and
those who back new immigra-
tion programmes."
Former Senator Alan Simp-
son who drafted the 1986 law
- said the current debate was
all about "emotion, fear, guilt
and racism.." And his comment
could just as well be applied
to the Bahamas, especially

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now that the electoral "stupid
is as stupid does" season is
upon us.
Other than commissioning
the International Organisation
for Migration to conduct an
immigrant survey, the govern-
ment has said and done little
about the Haitian issue over the
past four years. And the IOM
report itself remains a closely
held Cabinet secret, while ordi-

Our policy-
makers have
done absolute-
ly nothing
about the Hait-
ian question
since the pre-
vious govern-
ment negotiat-
ed an agree-
ment with
Aristide in the

nary Bahamians get more and
more exercised over the situa-
This is despite the fact that
in a speech last year, former
Immigration Minister Vincent
Peet called for a "greater
national discourse with all
stakeholders of the community
on the legal Haitian situation
and the illegal immigration

he reality is that our
policymakers have
done absolutely nothing about
the Haitian question since the
previous government negotiat-
ed an agreement with Aristide
in the mid-1990s. In fact, there
was precious little debate until a
"new PLP" policy of arbitrary
roundups of Haitian families
was implemented to make the
government look muscular; on
immigration enforcement.;
As we said: "Stupid is as stupid
does". On the one hand you.iave
ministers like Dr Marcus Bdfhel
cautioning us not to inflame sen-
sitivities, while on the other you
have Shane Gibson employing
"gestapo-like" tactics against
Haitians, many of whom are
legal and law-abiding residents.
Former Prime Minister
Hubert Ingrahamsaid these
arrests were "calculated
attempts to fan the flames of
fear and bigotry". Arndhe
rightly urged legal rscidenhf to
sue the government for wrong-
ful arrest. Human rights activists
joined in condemning the gov-
ernment's bully boy tactics
The people who should'be
dragged from their beds are'the
unscrupulous enimplot.%ct who
hire Haitians at slave wages and
fail to provide for their accom-
modation, the criminals.,ho
smuggle Haitians into the coun-
try, the cronies who allegedly
sell visas and permits...not to
mention the politicos who con-
sistently fail to address the real
issues while whining all the way
to self-destruction.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Maybe someone could use that
as an electoral slogan.
What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme- Or visit www.bahamia-

St George to the rescue

The Royal Society of St
George has been at work to
help the Good Samaritan
Senior Citizens Home.
For some years the.society
has provided some food sup-
plies, paid to repair the roof,
put in fans, replaced ceilings
and many more other items
essential to help Rev Capron
continue with the running of
his two homes at Yellow
Elder and on Bernard Road.
This time the need at the
home in Yellow Elder was
different again. Some win-
dows and screens were so
damaged that they were
irreparable and Judy
Grifdrod, the President of
The Royal Society of St
George, took up the challenge
to get the job done.
One after another of win-
dow suppliers in Nassau were
unable to do the job. The win-
dows and screens were not of
a standard size and would
have to be made especially
for the home.
Ms Grindrod sought the
help of Alburys Locksmithing
on Shirley Street, who made
up new windows and screens
from scratch and are about to
fit these on site.
Making windows a specific
size is an expensive job, but
"St George" came through
with the money and the job
will be done.
That was only the begin-
ning. The Good Samaritan
Home at Yellow Elder was
built many years ago as a

* THE new windows arriving at the Good Samaritan Seniorl
Citizens Home. From left to right: Dallas Roberts, Albury's 'j
Locksmithing, Rev Capron, Good Samaritans Home, Judy ,:
Grindrod, president of the Royal Society of St George, and
Derek Fisher, Royal Society of St George. ;

small family home and the lars and the job is extensive
plumbing and drains were Floors and floor tiles have te'
installed to satisfy the low use be excavated and further,
needs of a family. Over the trenching on the outside hai
years "this little house" has to link in with the Water and:
been extended and extended Sewerage Corporation's maini
and currently has 25 elderly drain. New larger pipes have'
residents. The usage and to be laid. There is an enot-
needs put on the drains have mous amount of work to be
grown and grown but the done with 25 residents stay-:
pipes and drains remain the ing on at the home; there isi
same. nowhere else for them to go.:
Once again The Royal "Congratulations to theg'
Society of St George are com- Royal Society of St George
ing to the rescue. Again, Judy for yet another job well dorie
Grindrod and her team who and with this th'e&
lead the society have raised much needed Good Samari-i
the funds to deal with the tans Home will be with us foii
problem. This time the cost a long time to come," said al
is several thousands of dol- supporter.


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Legal Disabilities of Bahamian
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Opening Session
Chai : IVMr. VMatthew VWillianr., Resident Tutor & Head__

National Anthern
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Opening Remarks
& Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Opening Address

Ivi ,Ma inevv VWilliam
Resident Tutor. School of Continuing Studies,
The Hon. Alfred Sears
Minister of Education
Prof. Lawrence Carrington
Pro-Vice-Chancellor &
Director School of Continuing Studies, UWI
Dr Doswell Coakley
President & CEO, JTR Group

Session 1 Chair-- Dr.

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Real Men Die from Prostate Cancer- A
Clinical Profile of Male Health in the

The Bahamas and International Drug
Control 1980 -- 1994: A Perspective

Tne Legal Disabilities of Bahamian Wornen
and its concomitant effect on illegitimate

Keva Bethel

Dr. Robin Roberts
Princess Margaret Hospital

Mrs. Missouri Sherman-Peter
Cabinet Office. Government of The Bahamas

Ms Gina Morley
Attorney at Law, The Bahamas

Session 2 Chair Mr. Luther Smith

Coastal Erosion and Sea Wall Construction in
the Bahamas

The Movement of Haitian Nationals between
the Republic of Haiti and The Baharnas
Out Island Life in the Nineteenth Century Sa.-
Salvador in Slavery and Emancipation
Colonial Education African Alnrietila
Diasporic African Historical Amnesia in Fox.
Hill Bahanas

Mr. Neil Sealey
Media Enterprises Ltd.. The Bahamas
Dr. Thaddeus McDonald
College of The Bahamas
Dr John D Burton & Dr. Jane Eva Baxter
DePaul University. USA
Dr. Jacinta Higgs
St. Thomas University, USA

Friday, June 9, 2006 .K

Session 3 Chair Mrs. Theresa Moxey-lngraham

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Substance Abuse and the Bahamian Woman
Teacher Evaluation in the Bahamas T he
Reactions and Perceptior of Teache, s in four
Anglican Private Schools
Is Bahamian Dialect a Creole"'

Post Hurricane Disaster Manlagement A
System and Evidence Based Approach
The Evolution of Environmental Mvianagement
in The Bahamas 1994-2005

Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson
Bahanlas Crisis Centre. The Bahamas
Irvr Andrew Campbell
Catholic Board, The Bahamas

Dr. Helean McPhee
The College of the Bahamas
Dr. Suzanne Newbold & Mr Vicente Roberts
The College of the Bahamas

Ms Stacey \Vells-Moultrie
Bahamas Environment. Science and Technology
(BEST) Commission

Session 4 Chair Mrs. Iva DahI-Brown

Caribbean Integration. Real or Ideal A Look at
the Bahamas
The Wide and Troacherouli Shoai L uLltucal
Deveclupnme it ImIperativ es fol the I i~ C 1itii i
Making Connec:tiion-, through Sacred Spaces

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Ms Maxine Seymour

Dr la Strachan
rhe < college of The Bahamas

Ms Marielle Barrow
Artist. The Bahamas
Prof. Lawrence Carrington
Pro-Vice-Chancellor &
Director, School of Continuing Studies, UWI






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Grand Bahama Labour Day rally

'poorly attended', says unionist

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
Day rally and march on Grand
Bahama was poorly attended
this year according to a veteran
trade unionist.
It is believed that the closure
of Royal Oasis Resort and the
controversy surrounding the
H6tel Workers Union leader;-
ship elections may have con-
tributed to the thin turnout of
workers compared to previous
Teachers on Grand Bahama
also chose not to participate in
the march, as bitter negotiations
are still ongoing between gov-
ernment and Bahamas Union
of Teachers (BUT), which is

seeking improved working con-
ditions and salary increases for
its 3,500 mefibers.
According to the union offi-
cial, only a handful of members
from the Bahamas Hotel Cater-
ing and Allied Workers Union
participated in the march.
"This was the worse ever
turnout in Grand Bahama," he
Two years ago, 1,200 hotel
workers were laid off when the
Royal Oasis closed due to
extensive hurricane damage.
It was clear from the turn out,
High Rock MP Kenneth Rus-
sell agreed, that many workers
on Grand Bahama made a
point of not supporting this
year's march.
Most of the participants -

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


of Highland Park will be : ji
held on Wednesday
3:00pm at The Parish of
the Most Holy Trinity, |
Trinity Way, Stapledon .
Gardens. The Venerable
E. Etienne E. Bowleg -.
assisted by Rev. Fr. i-
DeAngelo Bowe, Rev.
Canon Kirkley C. Sands ,
and Rev John Kabiga will *'j
officiate. Interment will g
be made in Lakeview
Gardens, J.F.K Drive.

Lois Symonette is survived by her husband, Arthur
Symonette; daughters, Kim Noble and Misha
Symonette; one son, Neil Symonette; brother, Glen
Wells; sister, Angela Cleare; aunts and uncles,
Nurse Mary Hilton Pinder of Tarpum Bay
Eleuthera, Bill Pinder, Mr Langton Hilton and
Mrs. Eva Hilton; nieces, Jennifer Carey, Linda
Thompson, Ordette Simms, Ginger Knowles,
Alison Butler, Tara Cleare; nephews, Glen Jr. and
Rockwell Wells; cousins, Beth Burrows, Janice
Johnson, Debra Cartwright, Sandra Darling, John
Philip, Jack Deryck, Stephen Gregory and Sharon
Hilton, Veronica Cobb, Melbourne, Patrick, Paul
and Patricia Wells, Loneice Pawar, Donette Archer,
Paula Newbold, Charmaine Thompson, Fay
Callender, Eunice Saunders, Yvonne Noronha,
Sylvia Price, Alma Perry, Cecil and Spurgeon
Hilton; sisters and brothers in law, Madlene Wells,
Stella and Irvin Knowles, Dorothy Symonette,
Mabel Smith, Thelma Bastian, Kenneth Symonette,
Juanitta Carey and Linda Symonette and a host of
other relatives and friends.

Lois Symonette Memorial Fund

On the occasion of the death of Mrs. Lois
Symonette, with 40 plus years in the Public Service
and former Chairman of the Commission for
Special Education, a scholarship fund has been
Particulars are as follows:
-Account # 7220494 Royal Bank of Canada, John
F. Kennedy Branch #5165, P.O. Box N-7549,
Nassau Bahamas.
Funds contributed will be turned over to the
Commission for Special Education to defray
education costs for "special" children.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel
Brothers Morticians #44 Nassau Street on
Wednesday from 10am 12:30pm.

nurses and supporters of either
the Free National Movement
or the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty assembled at the Indepen-
dence Park, where Governor
General A D Hanna brought
brief remarks.
He spoke about the signifi-
cance of Labour Day and the
importance of unity among
Also addressing the gather-
ing were Kenneth Russell and

Marco City MP Pleasant
Bridgewater, both of whom
commented on the impending
closure of the Isle of Capri Casi-
no at Our Lucaya Resort.
Mr Russell said the casino
workers are expected to lose
their jobs within 12 months and
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe has already
informed them that Isle of
Capri would be winding down
operations on Grand Bahama.

"We must pray for those casi-
no workers who will also be job-
less," he said.
Ms Bridgewater assured
workers that the government
has identified new operators to
run the casino, however Mr
Russell pointed out that the
government should allow them
to take over now rather than
allowing the casino to close..'
"If they have new operators
they should do it now rather

than waiting 12 months to nego-
tiate so there would be smooth
transition period as oppdi Jto
employees being laid off-for a
period of time," he said.' L.
Mr Russell said he is also-con-
cerned about the situa'ipn
involving casual workers at-the
container port. .
He stressed that rules should
b1e put in placeto gover~s.-a'sial
emplo ces so that hev-are not
taken ad%.ntage ot '

Businessman appointed new:l

chairman of port a

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Grand Bahama
Port Authority has announced the
appointment of prominent businessman
Hannes Babak as the company's new.
chairman effeci\ct June 1.
Hi. appointment follows the resigna-
tion of former co-chairman and CEO
Julian Francis.
The announcement was made by the
principals of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA), Sir Jack Hayward
and Lady Henrietta.St George in a press
release issued on Saturday.
According to.the release, Mr Babak,
45, brings with him a wealth of knowl-
edge in international business and has a
masters degree in economics and busi-
ness studies from Vienna University in
He has an extensive background in
business development and management,
and is passionate about ensuring
Freeport's continued growth and devel-
opment, it said.

* HANNES Babak

Since his arrival in Grand Bahama in
1974, Mr Babak has made a number of
significant investments, including
Freeport Concrete, the Home Center,


and First Commercial Center.
"A's Hannes ias recognized from his
personal experience, Freeport is such a
wonderful place to invest, work and live,' -
stated Sir Jack Hayward. "We believe,'
that he will leave no.stone unturned t '
ensure that, with our competitive advan- -
tages, Freeport's full potential is realized "11
Mr Babak reportedly aims to embark-
on an aggressive campaign to revitalise
the economy, with business prospects that
will have a positive impact on Freeport--
and the island of Grand Bahama.
Former co-chairman and CEO Julian
Francis held the position for less than a-
He took up the post after resigning as--
governor of the Central Bank of the
Bahamas. -
Earlier this year, reports surfaced aboui~
growing tensions between Mr Francis and-
the Port Authority's two main share--
holders the family of the late Edward St--
George and the Haywards ovet?
Freeport's future direction and the strat-'
egy to be employed in achieving the-
GBPA's aims.


Sir Albert Miller returnedY

as chief executive officer :

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Miller, former co-chairman and
president of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority, has returned as
newly appointed CEO, it was
announced on Tuesday.
Hannes Babak,the new chair-
man of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority Limited, announced
that he was able, together with
the board of directors, to per-
.suade Sir Albert to return as
chief executive officer.
Sir Albert, 84, retired on
August 31, 2005 after serving 35
years as president and co-chair-
man of the Port Authority.
Sir Jack Hayward and Lady
Henrietta St George, the prin-
cipal shareholders of the
GBPA, thanked former co-
chairman and CEO Julian Fran-

cis for all his hard work over
the last 12 months and wished
him well in his new business
According to a press release
issued by the Port Authority, Mi
Francis resigned to pursue per-
sonal business activities.
The principals said they
believe that Mr Babak's knowl-
edge of international business
and Sir Albert's many years of
experience would ensure that
Freeport and Grand'Bahama
will thrive.
Mr Babak said: "Sir Albert's
ability to deliver on the promise
of Freeport and his leadership
record are remarkable.
"I am thrilled that we have
been able to convince Sir Albert
to join us as this will give us the
ability to begin an aggressive
campaign to revitalise the econ-

Protests rumoured to be planned

FROM page one
yesterday it was announced
that Sir Albert Miller was
appointed as the new CEO.
Mr Adderley said that while
the late Edward St George
was not born in the Bahamas,
he did a miraculous job rela-
tive to the development of
He also noted that while Sir

Jack Hayward and Lady Hen-
rietta St George were not
born in the Bahamas, no-one
could question their love, loy-
alty and commitment to the
growth of Freeport, Grand
Bahama Island and the entire
"The Grand Bahama Port
Authority is a private entity,
and Mr Julian Francis has
announced his resignation, and

so they have every right to hire
whomever they deem quali-
fied and suitable for the job.
"I have every confidence in
the leadership of Sir Jack and
Lady Henrietta, and I ai most
certain that they were very
thorough in their decision
making." ,
Mr Adderley said Sir
Albert's wealth of experience
and immeasurable contribu-

tion bode .wellfor tie o'iks
He believed that "the high-
ly qualified, talented and ski-
ful combination of Mrs Willie
SMoss, Albert Gray, Barxy
Malcolm and other Bahamni-
ans should go well in partner-
ship with the international
contacts and expertise that
Hannes Babak will bring to
the table."

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teacher at retirement

* By ONAN BRIDGEWATER Millicent Puckerin came to the her to be a professional in her teaching
Bahamas from St Elizabeth, Jamaica career as well as in all aspects of her life.
THE staff and students of Our Lady's in August 1969, and soon became First and foremost, she is a Christian
Primary School paid tribute to veteran employed at Our Lady's Catholic High woman. All of her actions are for the
teacher Millicent Puckerin who is School in Nassau. glory of God."
retiring after 37 years of dedication and She taught grade eight for four years Sister Benedict Pratt added: "How
commitment to Catholic education. then moved to teaching grade six in fortunate Our Lady's school was to
Mrs Puckerin arrived at Our Lady's 1974. have received this gem of a teacher.
yesterday by limousine and was greeted Mrs Puckerin told The Tribune that You are a gift to our system".
enthusiastically by the entire school she quickly developed a keen interest in Mrs Puckerin described her years at
community, teaching the younger students and has Our Lady's as both challenging and
She was described as a mentor, coun- continued teaching grade six up to her rewarding.
seller and consummate professional. retirement. She served on various committees
One college described her as a Our Lady's principal Fiordelisa Bain and made a number of major contri-
"teacher of teachers". said of Mrs Puckerin: "I have found butions to sports at the school.

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To oiil is ie Urging on International Criminal Court ,
during bribery probe
SaJuan FROM page one court, and it is completely indepen- ernment meeting ri Trinidad during national conference in Rome on July' :
p e dent. March of that year. 17, 1998.
PUIRTO Rico's Justice Secretary fired a possible in an agreement, called This lack of checks and balances, However, CARICOM failed to After five weeks of intense negoti-':
top government official late Monday after he Article 98, which would prohibit the said Mr Floyd, gives rise to the poten- arrive at a common position on the nations, 120 countries voted to adopt;
refused;to turn over some of his records as surrender to the ICC of former gov- tial for the court to be misused and issue, and instead said it recognized the treaty. Only seven countries vot-
part ofin investigation into whether he accept- ernment officials, military person- politically motivated charges being that some member states may wish to ed against it (including China, Israel,
ed a b$be from a drug trafficker, the depart- nel and US employees, brought against US citizens, negotiate bilateral non-surrender Iraq and the United States) and 21
ment sOd, according to Associated Press. Gregory Floyd, political and eco- The CICC also joins Amnesty agreements with the US if they are abstained. As of October, 2005, 100
Jose Lozada Medina, head of the depart- nomic officer at the US Embassy, International in urging the Bahamas advised by their legal authorities that countries have ratified it.
meint' special investigation bureau, was dis- told The Tribune yesterday that the not to enter into impunity agree- any agreement which they entered Commenting on hopes that CARI-
missectby Justice Secretary Roberto Sanchez US is still actively encouraging coun- ments that will protect US citizens was consistent with their obligations COM v. ill consolidate as a region
Ramo, the department said. ties, including the Bahamas, to enter from the ICC. under the Rome Statute. committed to the ICC. CICC Con-i;
Indeendent investigators appointed by the into this bilateral agreement. The Bahamas has actually At that time, The Tribune inter- venor William Pace said: "The his-I,. .
JusticefDepartment are looking into an alle- Mr Floyd said the United States received several requests from dif- viewed senior adviser in the Bureau toric commitment of CARICOM, -:
gationlhat Lozadareceived a Mercedes Benz has not ratified the ICC treaty for ferent organisation on the issue. ot Politicil NMilitr\ Affairs. ijMaisa member states to the idea of an inter-
from atrug trafficker so he wouldn't initiate severalreasons, among them the fact However, the LIS has sjid that Lineo on the matter. \ho pointed out national criminal court helped to
a criminal investigation against the man. They that the court interferes with the granting them impunim trimn the ICC tlit ilh: IS Conless decided in 2002 pa'e the %a\ for the creation and
wanteLd Lozada's property and financial United States' sovereignty, the risk will notmean that then milhiar pir to piss the -A.n-iric.n Ser ice lcm- development o the IC that we have -
record and a summary of his work history, to that the court undermines the UN sonnel will go free if the\ comnit- heis Proitction Act" \ which would d before us today. GCten the impor-;',:'
examine his dealings at thebureau andduring i. Security Council, and a fear ofpolit- ted crimes. They lust prefer thIu oftn- cut oil cel1ulln ',pes ot miliItar assis- tant \ork the court is no\ doing inm
his work at other government agencies before ically motivated prosecutions. cers be tried in their court s\su r i-nce tov IerCtn countries that ;are Uganda. the Democratic Repubhic of
he joined the Justice Department. Many in the international commu- The US current\ has over 31. stina- ICC swiniatotnes \ ho rece e aid from the Congo and Sudan. it is Ital thar.'
Lozada initially refused to allow the doc- nity have criticized the United States' stories to thei.agreement. the ULS but ha\e not signed an aJLee- the ICC continue to receive supportl-%;
uments to be released by the government's stand because of the perception that In 2003, the Bahamas de letr ed its imnt \ til th em trom the international community. :;
ethic office, Sanchez said. Although he the country is looking for exemption decision on the ICC and the request So t:a the 1iS has cut $48 nmllion in *The full endorsement of those:,
areed'to the release on Monday, Sanchez against war crimes. by the US to enter into the article S niiltI\t .nid to Trinidad and Tobago, remaining C ARICONM membeK ,..
said itwas too late. However, the United States has agreement. Bi.,ibados; ntigua. St Vincent and states to the ICC would sho\ once*
Tw\o weeks ago. Sanchez said the in\esti- denied this sjaing that it feels the The decision :i, p.u l at l eini hie. rn idin, Donunic., and Belize acain the Caribbean region's sirong;-
aantorf into Lozada had thus far not f rurndi court lacks sufficient checl d l-- i-determination taken t\ CAR NI I e tut -lining the creation support to the tight against impuni-
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'Non-core' status caused

Freeport casino pull out

Tribune Staff Reporter
Tribune Business Editor

I sle of Capri yesterday
said it was pulling out
of Grand Bahama
because its casino at
the Our Lucaya resort
was a non-core property, a
development that dould deal
another major blow to the
island's already-struggling
economy and potentially
threaten a further 250 Bahami-
an jobs.
The US-based casino opera-
tor said it had notified the Gov-
ernment last week that it would
discontinue operating the casi-
no at the Our Lucaya.resort in
12 months' time, giving the
Ministry of Tourism and other
government agencies one year
to find a replacement.
Jill Haynes, Isle of Capri's
director of corporate commu-
nications, told The Tribune yes-

Failure to find replacement will cause further blow to already reeling economy

terday: "We have notified the
Government that we are giv-
ing our 12-month notice.. We
decided to focus on our core
US properties."
She pledged that all of Isle
of Capri's employees, which
she said numbered about 250,
would receive the appropriate
redundancy and termination
Ms Haynes said Isle of Capri
would not phase-out operations
at its Isle-Our Lucaya casino
by gradually reducing staffing
levels over the next year to
end-May 2007.
She added: "We are running
operations as we have been,
and staffing levels will co-ordi-
nate with the business levels as
they have been."
The Isle-Our Lucaya expe-
rience has not been a happy
one for Isle of Capri, which first

had to ensure a year-long wait
for the Gaming Board and
Hotel Corporation to approve
them as the casino's operators.
Ultimately, its financial loss-
es seem to have become to big
a distraction from its main
operations for the company,
and the pull-out is unlikely to
come as a surprise to those in
the know.
For the first nine months of
its fiscal year that ended in May
2006 to the period January
22, 2006 Isle-Our Lucaya had
generated an improved finan-
cial performance, with net
income standing at $29,000 on
operating income of $1.29 mil-
lion, income margins standing
at 7.2 per cent.
Yet this compared to a
$4.411 million operating loss
for the same nine-month period
in fiscal 2005. That year also

saw the Isle-Our Lucaya closed
for part of the third quarter fol-
lowing the impact from Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne.
Indeed, the biggest boost to
the casino's financial perfor-
mance since it opened has been
for the business interruption
insurance settlement it gained
from the 2004 hurricanes.
Isle of Capri is paying $2 mil-
lion a year to sublease its
Freeport casino from the
Hutchison Whampoa-owned
Our Lucaya resort, but had an
option to cancel the arrange-
ment if operating income is
below $3 million at November
30, 2006.
Under the lease terms, the
Isle-Our Lucaya must pay the
resort, which is operated under
the Sheraton and Westin
brands, $2 million per year in
equal monthly instalments for

the first two years ending on
November 30,2006.
After. that, the annual lease
payments increase to $2.5 mil-
lion in the third and fourth
years, before hitting $3 million
for the remainder of the lease.
In addition to 'the annual
lease payments, Isle of Capri
is also committed to'paying
$125,000 per year for "common
area maintenance" and "a min-
imum room buy of fifty from
the hotel at a rate of $54 per
The Isle of Capri's pull-out is
an immediate headache for
new Grand Bahama Port
Authority chairman Hannes
Babak, who yesterday
announced that Sir Albert
Miller is returning as the organ-

SEE page 5B

IDB's generational land focus will aid Bahamian poor

Tribune Staff Reporter

GENERATIONAL land, a major
concern for Bahamians, will be among
the leading issues in a five-year initia-
tive by the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank (IDB) to increase the qual-
ity of life for persons in Latin American
and the Caribbean.
The IDB hopes the new initiative,
Building Opportunities for the Majdri-
ty, will significantly improve the quali-
ty of life for millions by increasing eco-
nomic opportunities for low-income
persons, leveraging debt capital and
decreasing the poverty penalty. The
bank plans to increase its lending by $1

billion, and increase funding for job
training by 50 per cent to help achieve
According to Bahamas-based IDB
financial specialist, Chester Bembridge,
the bank's focus will be on the creation
of opportunity centres to reduce "debt
capital" so persons can then generate
wealth. It is estimated that in this
region, debt capital could be as high
as $2.5 trillion.
"Here you are working on what you
call generational land. If you can sort
that out, and people can have title for
the land, that makes a huge difference
in whether they can use the land pro-
ductively," he said,
Mr Bembridge said the IDB's focus

was now on the social sector, rather hardly changed over the past five
than on infrastructure. dcad~.
"In the social side, there is poverty the World Resources
and the numbers are not decreasing, Institute, some 360 million people, or
and so it is an attempt to focus on the 70 per cent of the population in Latin
micro issues. There is a lot that can be America and the Caribbean, have
done, and the idea is to work with part- incomes under $300 a month, mea-
ners," he said. sured on a purchasing power parity
In the Bahamas, crime and opportu- basis.
nities for young persons would also be While they constitute a $510 billion-
areas of concern; Mr Bembridge a-year market, these neglected con-
believed. summers and producers pay a "poverty
Announcing the new initiative from penalty" that raises their living costs,
Washington DC.via a press conference stunts their productivity and limits their
transmitted to IDB offices throughout opportunities to accumulate assets.
the region, bank president Luis Alber-
to Moreno noted that.poverty and SE
inequality levels in the Caribbean have SEE page 4B

But abuses noto

'widespread I

Tribune Business

A NASSAU attorney yes-
terday said the US State
Department's report on hou
some unscrupulous Bahamaan
employers were exploiting
illegal Haitian labourers was
spot on, although he did notch
believe the practice w.asl
Eliezer Reignier, a Nassau.
attorney of Haitian descent,
said he had been told "con-
stantly" of ho utndocument-
ed Haitian workers \.ere
exploited and threatened by'
employers, "although this
may not bewidespread".
"I would not say it is exten-
sive, widespread, but it is
there and everyone knows it
is there," Mr Reignier said of
the exploitation. "The report
is on point, sad to say.'" ,
: The US State DepnaFr e'ri,
t's annual report on human'
trafficking, released on Morn'
day, named the Bahamas as'a&
'special case' when it came to
combating the, problem, alleg-
ing that it went "unmonitored
and undocumented" by this
It said: ""Some local
sources have stated that
labour exploitation of
Haitians may be widespread,
with employers coercing
undocumented migrants to.
work long hours for
or significantly below the'
minimum wage by withhold-

SEE page 4B

Bacardi escapes

'double tax threat'

Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has
removed "the threat of double
taxation" from Bacardi and
Commonwealth Brewery, a
move it hopes will encourage
the former's exports and boost
,foreign exchange earnings.
SJames Smith, minister of
,state for finance, said amend-
'ments to the Business Licence
:Act would delink a production
threshold under which both
firms are liable to pay Business
Licence fees from the Spirit and
Beer Manufacture Act. That
SAct requires them to pay excise
Through the amendment,
which ensures that companies
currently paying excise taxes
under the Spirit and Beer Man-
ufacture Act are exempt from
paying Business Licence fees,
Bacardi and Commonwealth
Brewery will only pay taxes
under the Act they are regis-
tered by.
While Commonwealth Brew-
ery's products are mainly for
domestic consumption, the
majority of Bacardi's are
exported to international mar-
In explaining the rationale
for the amendment, Mr Smith
said: "We want to promote
exports as we want foreign
exchange earnings.
"In the Bahamas, we've got
very few exports, crawfish
mostly and Bacardi :um, and
those are foreign exchange
earners, so we really want to
encourage them."
He added that wha was hap-
pening in terms of thd tax treat-.


.ment for Bacardi and Com-
monwealth Brewery was no dif-
ferent to that for insurance
companies and banks and trust
Mr Smith pointed out that
the Spirit and Beer Manufac-
ture Act was intended to act as
an "encouragement" for the
sector's development.
Insurance companies, and
bank and trust companies, also
paid no Business Licence fee,
the former paying a tax levied
at 3 per cent of their gross pre-
mium income, and the latter
paying the fees under the
Banks and Trust Companies
Regulation Act.
Under the old regime, Bac-
ardi would have had to pay a
Business Licence fee if the val-
ue of its exports had fallen
below $500,000. But Mr Smith
said this had "never happened
in its production history".

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was active for the short week,
with over 51,000 shares chang-
ing hands. The market saw 11
out of its 20 listed stocks trade,

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the
LIMITED is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office of the
Company, No. 10 Market Street, in the City of Nassau on the 16th
day of May, 2006 at 11:00 o'clock.
The object and purpose of said meeting is to have laid
before the Shareholders of the Company the accounts of the
Liquidator, JEFFREY BENEBY, showing the manner in which the
Winding up of the Company has been conducted, the property of
the Company distributed and the debts and obligations of the
Company discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be
given by said Liquidator.
Dated the 16th day of May, 2006.

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the
.hereby called to be held at the Registered Office of.the Company,
No. 10 Market Street, in the City of Nassau on the 16th day of May,
2006 at 11:00 o'clock.
The object and purpose of said meeting is to have laid
before the Shareholders of the Company the accounts of the
Liquidator, JEFFREY BENEBY, showing the manner in which the
winding up of the Company has been conducted; the property of
the Company distributed and the debts and obligations of the
Company discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be
,given by said Liquidator.
Dated the 16th day of May, 2006.
Liquidator -.. . .. ..

of which seven advanced and
four remained unchanged.
The volume leader for the
week was Commonwealth
Bank (CBL) with 10,500 shares
changing hands, accounting for
20 per cent of the total shares
traded. The big advancers for
the week were the Bahamas
Property Fund (BPF), Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) and First-
Caribbean International Bank
(CIB), which advanced by
$0.15, $0.10 and $0.13 respec-
tively to close at new 52-week
highs of $11.50, $1.35 and
Colina Holdings also traded
this week, advancing by $0.14
to close at $1.81.
The FINDEX declined by
0.15 points to end the week at

Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS) -
Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS) had another


In recognition of our 33rd, Anniversary of Independence,
: the Ministry of Health & National Insurance plans to host a
Health Heroes Awards Ceremony for 33 of the country's
:unsung Heroes who have contributed significantly to
improving the quality -of health care delivery in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas and who would not have
normally been recognized for their unparalleled contribution.

Nominations are being sought in the following

i. Administration
ii. Allied Health
iii. Community Service
iv. Environmental Health
v. Medicine
vi. Nursing
vii. Public Health
viii. Support Services

Health heroes will be the unsung heroes who have contributed
significantly to improving the quality of health care delivery
within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (30 years or
more) and who would not have normally received any
recognition for their hard work, commitment, dedication and
selfless service. Only living persons will be honoured.

Please send nominations along with supporting documentation
to the attention of the Health Heroes Award Committee,
Ministry of Health & National Insurance, P.O.Box N-3730,
SNassau, Bahamas and Attention: Mrs Andrea E. Archer,
Deputy Permanent Secretary on or before 9th, June, 2006.

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate
I to contact the Ministry of Health & National Insurance at
telephone numbers: 502-4754 or 502-4858 or by facsimile

banner year for the 12 months
ended January 31, 2006.
Net income was the highest
since its IPO, with an increase
of $1.5 million or 60.15 per cent
to $4.1 million. Total revenues
increased by $5.7 million or
17.65 per cent to total $38.2
million, while operating
expenses rose by $4.8 million
or 17.49 per cent to total $32.6
Earnings per share stood at
$0.41, an increase of $0.15 or
57.69 per cent above the 2005
figure of $0.26.
While operating expenses
increased, DHS has managed
to increase revenues signifi-
cantly, due in part to the num-
ber of patient days within the
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and
Intermediate Care Unit
Management continues to
streamline and improve its
debt collection process. The
burning question still lingering
in the minds of DHS share-
holders is: "When will the pay-
ment of dividends resume?"

To advertise
in The
Tribune -
the #1
just call 322-
1986 today!

SBly Fidelity Capital
PRE-Labour Day trading

The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 632.50 YTD 14.48%

AML $0.95 $0.08 5,000 30.14%
BAB $1.35 $0.10 3,825 '22.73%
BBL $0.80 $0.09 7,500 14.29%
BOB $7.20 $0.10 1,900 2.86%
BPF $11.50 $0.15 1,000 10.58%
BSL $14.00 $- 0 9.80%
BWL $1.30 $- 0 3.17%
CAB $9.40 $- 0 -1.57%
CBL $10.70 $0.00 10,500 17.45%
CHL $1.81 $0.14 6,716 10.37%
CWCB $5.91 $0.07 0 1.20%
CIB $12.43 $0.13 8,900 14.25%
DHS $2.70 $- 0 24.42%
FAM $6.21 $- 5,500 2.64%
FCC $1.04 $- 0 -9.57%
FCL $10.60 $- 0 5.47%
FIN $11.25 $- 650 3.21%
ICD $9.50 $- 0 -4.52%
JSJ $9.10 $- 100 0.55%
KZLB $7.92 -$0.01 0 15.92%
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%

Doctors Hospital Health Systems will hold its Aninual'
General Meeting on June 21, 2006, at 5.30 pm at Doctors-
Hospital, Collins Avenue and Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.'-
Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN) has declared
a dividend of $0.13, payable on June 14, 2006, to all ordinary
shareholders of record date June 7, 2006.
J. S. Johnson Company will hold its Annual General
Meeting on May 29, 2006, at 6pm at Radisson Cable Beach
and Golf Resort, Nassau, Bahamas.
Consolidated Water Company has declared a dividend of
$0.012 per BDR payable on August 8,2006, to all BDR share-'
holders as at record date June 30, 2006.

International Markets

Weekly "oChange
CA.D$ 1.1020) -0 42
GBP 1.8s41 0.43
EUR 1.2795 0.55

Weekly "oChange
Crude Oil $70.30 -1.51
Gold $629.90 -3.64

International Stock Market Indexes:
Weekly "oChange
DJIA 11,260.2h -0.16
S & P 500 1.285.71 0.43
NASDAQ 2.21' I 0 43
Nikkei 15.5U3.74 -2.92

JA.- I


Has two (2) vacancies for .
Membership sales Executives;

-Exceptional written and verbal communication skills,
organization skills
-Exceptional telephonee skill%
-Public 'prakipg preferred
-Ability to demonstrate strong relationship salts caphailit
-Ability to interface professionally with all members
of staff
-Generation and execution of an annual business plan
-Self generation of buisness through referrals and other
personal contacts
-Exceptional skills in long range guest relaional maintenance
-Use of tracking system for effective follow up andcustomer
purchase sequence
'College degree preferred

The public is hereby notified that all persons who have filed a claim
to the land compulsory acquired by The Bahamas Government in
1995 and 1999 for the construction of the Cleveland Eneas Primary
School, the Sadie Curtis Primary School and the C.W. Saunders
Highway located in the Pinewood Gardens, Nassau Village and
Sea Breeze area that an assessment of said land is now being
considered by the Supreme Court pursuant to section 15 of the
Acquisition of Land'Act (ch 252).

All Claimants are required to immediately comply with the Ruling
and Orders given by the Honourable Mr. Justice Lyons, Justice of
the Supreme Court issued on 1st May, 2006 in Civil Actions
CLE/qui/00262/2004 and CLE/gen/01665/2001.

A copy of the said Ruling and Orders can be obtained from the
Office of The Attorney General, Post Office Building 3rd Floor, East
Hill Street, Nassau, The Bahamas during normal working hours.

All claimants are further advised that the Honourable Mr. Justice
Lyons, Justice of the Supreme Court will conduct a prehearing/case
management hearing on Friday the 14th day of July, A.D. 2006 at
9:30am at the Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher Building, East
Street North.

Dated this 15th day of May A.D., 2006
Attorney General

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Fair joins


IAN Fair, the Bahamas
Financial Services Board's
(BFSB) founding chairman,
has been named as vice-chair-
man of Butterfield Bank
Reporting to Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas) chairman,
Graham Brooks, in his newly-
created role Mr Fair will help
the company expand its pri-
vate banking and wealth man-
agement business, playing a
key role in relationships with
major clients.
Robert Lotmore, Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas) managing
director, will continue in his
current role.
Prior to joining Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas), Mr Fair was
the principal in MeesPierson's
Bahamas operations for 16
years. His last post was as a
director of Scotiatrust
(Bahamas), the company that
acquired MeesPierson in 2003.
Mr Brooks said in a state-
ment: "We continue to grow
and, enhance our range of
wealth management services,
and Ian brings with him an
unparalleled depth of knowl-
edge, particularly on the inter-
national aspects of wealth
management and planning.
"His proven abilities and
skills are a very positive addi-
tion to the Butterfield Bank
group, and to our senior man-
agement team."
Mr Fair has spent 40 years in
the international trust and pri-
vate banking industry, some 37
of those in the Bahamas. He
iscurrently chairman of the
Bahamas International Secu-
rities Exchange (BISX) and
the International Trust Com-
panies Association (ITCA).
Mr Fair said in a statement:

"This is an exciting and spe-
cial opportunity, and I look
forward to assisting the group
in further developing their
business, both in the Bahamas
and elsewhere.
"Their strong sense of com-
mitment to financial services,
in particular to trust and
wealth management, as well as
their strong emphasis on indi-
vidual attention and service to
their clients, has clearly creat-
ed a significant and strategic



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Vacancy for ;

Project Manager

The Project Manager (PM) will over see the implementation of an Automated :
Clering. House (ACH) in The Bahamas. The successful candidate will be respon-
sible for liasing with potential vendors, assembling a project team, assingning -'.
individual, identifying appropriate resources needed, developing project schedules
and providing reports to ensure the timely completion of the project. The PM must,
demonstrate appropriate specialized knowledge and experience with the imple-
mentation of clearing and settlement systems; direct experience with (image
enabled) ACH systems is preferable.

The ideal candidate must possess the requisite skills to perform the following

* Assist with project education and orientation
* Assist with implementation schedule, approach, budget, and staffing
* Review and monitor project plan progress
* Review and assist with implementation plan strategy
* Ensure that the risks of material deviations are minimized
* Review and assist with the test plan strategy
* Review and assist with training plan
* Assist with development of the Go-Live Plan
* Create public awareness of the ACH and its function
* Provide thought leadership
* Identify global issues and workflow opportunities
* Troubleshoot and escalate critical issues

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

* BSc or equivalent experience
* Knowledge of clearing and settlement systems
* Knowledge of project management methodologies, project
management softwaretools and process improvement strategies
* Experience with implementation of financial system
* Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
* Proven track record of managing project economics
* Effectiveness in meeting project deadlines and deliverable

Send Resumes to: ,
CBA ACH Project Manager Response
Bank of The Bahamas International
1st Floor, Claughton House
Shirley & Charlotte Streets
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail responses may be sent to:

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Queen's College
i^* u^ ahamaa. RBum* E~t. j80):

Now accepting applications for teachers for September, 2006
for the following areas:

Early Learning Centre (Ages 3-5) '*
Classroom Teachers

High School (Grades 7-12)
Home Economics Teacher with the ability to offer a second subject
(preferably English Language)

Applicants for the above mentioned post must have a minimum of a
Bachelor's Degree from a recognized University in the relevant subject
area and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, or Teacher Certificate.
A certified copy of the relevant Degree and Teacher Certificate must
accompany the application. The names and relevant contact information
of at least two professional references should also be listed. Applications
from unqualified persons and or incomplete applications will not be

The person offered an appointment will be expected to make a commitment
to work in harmony with Christian principles and to support the emphases
of The Bahamas Conferences of The Methodist Church of which the school
is a part.

Queen's College was established in Nassau in 1890 by The Methodist
Church and is a member of the International Association of Methodist
Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU).

Application forms are available from the Human Resources Office at the
school or may be downloaded from our website

om -

Has two (2) vacancies for
Sales & Marketing Project Director:

-Responsible for onsite coordination of sales, sales
administration and market.
-Achievement of targeted sales volume and maintaining
-Develop future(MVC1 experience preferred) managers and
implement self employed
-Implementation of tour efficiency and building of strong
team values
-Forecast and budget annual sales targets.
-Ensure communication, between personnel and others
-Strong leadership skills
-Minimum 5 years marketing vacation ownership
-Minimum 5 years marketing in management of sales,
marketing and/ or administration
-College degree preffed, but not required.

The completed application together with a covering letter, a statement of
educational philosophy and a recent photograph must be sent to:

The Principal
Queen's College
P.O. Box N 7127
Nassau, Bahamas

Or faxed to 242-393-3248 or emailed

Candidates who are short listed will be contacted by telephone, fax or
email for an interview.
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International Business Companies Act
(No. 46 of 2000)

IBC No. 109,008B
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 (2) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 46 of 2000), GEMCAL
CO., LTD., is in Dissolution.
The date of Commencement of dissolution was 24th day of February
Bastien David Leclerc and Yuval Menahem Englisher c/o Suites
1601-1603, 16th Floor, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central,
.Hong Kong are the Liquidators of GEMCAL CO., LTD..

t .lds /

private investment bank limited

is looking for an


The position is open to candidates with the following profile:

- Bachelors degree in Business Administration or CPS certification
or equivalent
Minimum 5 years executive secretarial experience in a similar
capacity, in an offshore bank and trust environment
Proficient in the use of MS Office applications
ShorthandiSpeedwriting and excellent typing skills
Excellent command of the English language, both written and oral,
French an asset

Handle all executive correspondence
Maintain central client document files
Assist with compliance reviews
- Assist in implementing policies and procedures
- Liaise with both local management and Head Office

Personal qualities
- Have an excellent track record for trustworthiness, confidentiality
and dependability
SAbility to apply independent judgment to diversified tasks and
projects with attention to detail
Ability to work in a small structure with minimal supervision
Possess time management skills
Committed to service excellence

Applicants should only apply in writing (phone calls will not be
accepted) enclosing a full resume with a covering letter to:

Human Resources Manager
private investment bank limited
PO Box N-3918
Nassau, Bahamas



US 'spot on' on Bahamas

exploitation of migrants

FROM page 1B

ing documents and threatening
workers with arrest and depor-
tation. Such workers could be
subjected to conditions of invol-
untary servitude, a severe form
of trafficking in persons."
Mr Reignier said illegal immi-
grant workers were denied the
legal and statutory protections
that Bahamian and legal for-
eign workers received from leg-
islation such as the labour laws.
He explained that employers
often did not give employees
the original copies of their work
permits for fear they would take
it with them when they left the
On the question of undocu-
mented workers, Mr Reignier
said they were exposed to vari-

ous forms of potential abuse by
employers, including being
forced to work long hours for
minimal salaries below the min-
imum wage.
In addition, such workers
were also exposed to summary
dismissal with no legal recourse
because of their status, plus
threats that work permits would
not be renewed, or that they
would be reported to the
authorities and deported.
"The threats are ever preva-
lent," Mr Reignier said. "To
whom do you complain? If you
complain, you might find your-
self at the Detention Centre,
and then be deported.
"They have to suffer silently
because the alternative is to be
possibly deported home, ban-
ished from the realm."
However, Mr Reignier said
young Haitians and Haitian-
Bahamians should now not fear

IDB's generational

land focus will aid

Bahamian poor

FROM page 1B

"It is expensive to be poor,"
said Mr Moreno.
He said the private sector
needed to think about
expanding the "unsurfed"

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2006 from 6pm to 9pm

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market of goods for low
income persons, because often
they pay more for basic ser-
vices and inferior goods.
In addition to the funding,
the IDB has a new database,
designed to give statistics on a
poverty and income levels on
a country by country basis.



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Pricing Information As Of;
8 June 2006
lSXALLx..Sj-I-tAFINE) C 52 k-H. 52'ItoLoW Symbol Prellouj Close Toda Cir.e Cr.,rce ,D.1, :.1i, P EPS f CD.. i PE =ie d
95 0 59 Abaco Markets 0' 95950 '',0':' .00119 ,j i' Ni .1 U 0,'
11.50 8.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.50 11.50 0.00 1.568 0.360 7.3 3.13%
7.24 6.35 Bank of Bahamas 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.738 0.330 9.8 4.58%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.143 0.060 9.1 4.62%
1.35 1.05 Fidelity Bank 1.35 1.35 0.00 0.175 0.050 7.7 4.02%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.40 9.40 0.00 0.618 0.240 15.2 2.55%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.81 1.81 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
10.70 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.70 10.70 0.00 17,268 0.931 0.560 11.5 5.23%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.91 5.93 0.02 0.115 0.045 51.4 0.76%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.70 2.70 0.00 0.415 0.000 6.6 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.25 10.45 Finco 11.25 11.25 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.80%
12.43 8.51 FirstCaribbean 12.43 12.43 0.00 0.874 0.500 14.1 4.07%
10.60 8.41 Focol 10.60 10.60 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.0 4.72%
1.27 1.04 Freeport Concrete 1.04 1.04 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.1 4.26%
9.10 8.27 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.565 0.560 16.1 6.15%
7.98 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.92 7.92. 0.00 0.160 0.000 49.6 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 1000 10.00 000 2036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
..; ...... '..- !....'. Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52..K.-HI 52.vhk.LC.C. Symbol Bi i _-1 i La. Fr-ce ..;~ ..:,1 EPS i '. i P E ',ela
14 0i0 12 25 Banamas Supermarkel~ 14 '- 1' i0 1 1 i ." 1i _3 u 7.' 7 4 8.
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
;:;':., .: .......-. ,..... :i'i.* .:4 1...,'.... Colna Over-T e-Courner Secwntes
i300 28e o' ABDAB a 1 :.u 43 :' 1 2 2."'' ' '-1 1 0'O
S6.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
[ '."...,,.'"Y : ., BISX Usted Mutual Funds
524k-Hi 52..AK-Lu.,* Fund Name Ni 1 TO.. Last 12 r.loCrLrn 0. $ 'r .el .
1.2897 1.2339 Colina Money Market Fund 1.289693*
.2.7451 2.3657 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.7451 *
2.3560 2.2072 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.329423*
1.1643 1.1006 Colina Bond Fund 1.164331**'
1 :":f:-; W: :'y ia; pi.LO 65E 662.51 / YTD 18 24% t 2005 26.09%
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
452wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 26 May'2006
'Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 01 May 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 April 2006
DIV$ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P)1- Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX -The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 =100 "" 31 March 2006
" .:frti -rY,24---356-f7764 / FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 394-2503.

a return home to Haiti follow-
ing the election of Rene Preval
and seeming return of the coun-
try to democracy.
He added that this was the
best way to combat the "hard
core approach" now being tak-
en by the Government and
Department of Immigration,
pointing out that Haitian-
Bahamians with their education
and ability to speak English
could take advantage of eco-
nomic opportunities in that
The US State Department
report added that Bahamian
law did not criminalise forced
labour, something Mr Reignier
said he wanted to see changed.
"Most certainly," he said,
"because slavery should never
be endured, silently or other-
wise. The Bahamas is a signa-
tory to many international

"There should be some local'i
laws that make forced labour a
criminal offence. But those co~-'
cerned with labour seem to be'.
concerned with the lighter
aspects, rather than the deepeI;'
aspects." 1)
The US State Departmeift.
said about 25 per cent of eil'"
country's population consists f
Haitian nationals, most'of their t
in the country illegally. Haitiai
nationals were commohyt'
employed as domestic workets;G-
gardeners, construction worki.-
ers, and agricultural labourets.~'
According to the report.
undocumented Haitian nation-
als continue to arrive in thler.i
Bahamas and could number:as-l
high as 50,000. However; tleIl
report states that of that nuniO
ber only 5,000 are registered Ss
migrant workers, with an .esti-,-
mated 13,000 dependent farni,yI
members. :

NOTICE is hereby given that ROLAND ETIENINEjIR.'
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minist&r 'I
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, f&d '
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahaimas,
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'vithin'
twenty-eight days from the 31ST day of MAY, 2006 t6 '
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship;
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JULIA PHILIUS OF MALCOt
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 31ST day of MAY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, ,.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

ACRES, P.O. BOX GT-2039, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as'a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 31ST day of MAY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Sales and Marketing Assistant

for Grand Bahama based radio station.
Applicants should addressed resume to:
The General Manager, P.O.Box F-40773,
Freeport Grand Bahama, Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that LIONEL DECIUS OF #115
MANOR BLVD, APT # 201, NAPLES, FLA 34104, USA is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality, aryn
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason whfti
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 31ST day of MAY, 2006 to the Ministbt
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.
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International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), EAGLETON LIMITED is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 26th day of
May, 2006.

Hamilton Management Services Limited,
Fiman House, La Hougue du Valle,
Vale, Guernsey, GY3 5TE


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isation's chief executive to
assist him in getting Freeport's
economy back on track.
Sir Albert's return will like-
ly be perceived as an attempt
to mollify disquiet among large
sections of the business com-
munity both in Nassau and
Fr report over Mr Babak's
appointment. Yet Mr Babak
has4had long friendships with
th Hayward and St George
families, and is clearly some-
one they feel they can trust to
steer the company through dif-
ficl.t times.
'.ut already confronted by
ane.conomy reeling from the
stil-pclosed Royal Oasis resort
and.4he loss of some 1300 jobs
thefe, the last thing Mr Babak
wil..want is to now have to
search for a replacement for
Isle, of Capri.
Failure to find a replacement
inAhne could cause further job
losses, exacerbating an already
higi unemployment rate on
Grand Bahama.
Tlhe problems encountered
byithe casino operator are like-
lyi-immake the search for a suc-
cessor that much harder,
despite claims from govern-
ment circles that another brand
is; already lined up. Given the
many false dawns in breaking
the Royal Oasis impasse,
0ram)JBahlamians are likely to
onyibhelieve when a deal is
;Speapig:at Friday's Labour
Day -mairch in.Freeport, PLP
MPteasant .Bridgewater said
ti'Cve'rnment had found
new;operatoi s.
;Tha;t,position was echoed
yesterday by Dr Doswell
Coakley, the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce's pres-
idaethf;-who said it was his
understanding- that the 250
employees will be.retained by
the new opc r.ator. ensuring no
c' 's'i ob is lost.
i3But FNIM MP Ken Russell
said the Government should
alloI li c ine operators if it
h'ad ouind them to take over
no. 'rather than allow the Our
Lucaj', .casino i[ Close
"" 1 ih' hje' L >'p i .l lI',
ltei- should do it now rather

than waiting 12 months to
negotiate so there would be a
smooth transition period as
opposed to employees being
laid off for a period of time."
he said.
"We must pray for those
casino workers who will also
be jobless."
Overall, the omens for
Grand Bahama's economy are
not good, given that attempts
to find a solution for the Roy-
al Oasis remain deadlocked,
Isle of Capri is pulling out, and
the turmoil surrounding the
succession to the late Edward
St George at the Port Author-
Sources have told The Tri-
bune that.there is buyer inter-
est in acquiring the 50 per cent
Port Authority stake held by
the Hayward and St George
families, although it is unclear
whether the families would
want to sell.
The only rays of sunshine for
Grand Bahama have been the
Bahamas Film Studios and the

Ginn Development C uinpan5
project in West End. Yet the
latter will take up to 20 years
to fully build out. and is viewed
in many quarters as largely
being a real estate play that
will not maximise benefits for
the island.
The Isle-Our Lucaya had
previously laid off 45 employ.
ees or some 13 per cent of its
337 staff and requested a num-
ber of tax concessions and
incentives from the Govern-
ment, which some described as
a form of "corporate black-
These include a reduction in
the casino tax from 17 per cent
to 9 per cent, and additional
marketing support of about $5
million per annum.
Following the request, Prime
Minister Christie told parlia-
ment that the Government was
considering the request
because the casino was impor-
tant to the economy of Grand
Bahama, to the Port Authority
and Hutchison Whampoa.

Assistant Development Officer
DIVISION: Institutional Advancement
UNIT: Development.;

START DATE: August 1, 2006
SUMMARY: The Assistant Development Officer has primary responsibility for supporting the,
work of the Development Officer and team through the management of the day-to-day
operations of the Development Unit, its databases and records.
1. Creates for the institution and makes effective use of a prospect management database
and other institutional resources to ensure appropriate management of donors, prospects,
alumni, and volunteers in coordination with College/University objectives.
2. Conducts research to identify prospects and creates strategies to match prospects'
interests to the priorities of the unit and the College/University.,
3. Researches, writes, edits, or oversees, in conjunction with the writing/editorial staff of
Institutional Advancement, the preparation of persuasive, accurate, and grammatically25
and syntactically correct solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports,
correspondence, and other development-related communication materials in support'-
of the Unit's fund-raising activities.
4. Assists in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement
fundraising goals and objectives.
5. Assists in planning and conducting programmes and activities designed to increase
the visibility of the Unit and the College/University to internal and external constituencies.
6. Develops and manages budgets for fundraising activities under the supervision of the
Vice President Institutional Advancement and in conjunction with other relevant senior'
7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective,
accurate, and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
Demonstrated mastery of major business and prospect research databases and general
database software such as Microsoft Excel with concomitant database management
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic
leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
Ability to write proposals, solicitations, correspondence, reports, and other materials
in support of development activities independently;
Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related
to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects,
volunteers, and others.
Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other
complex activities in support of development objectives.
Willingness and availability to travel and to work extended hours as necessary.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
duties and skills required of the Development Officer.
* Bachelor's degree
* Prior development experience a must
* Demonstrated ability to plan and strong communication skills
* Excellent computer skills expected
* Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The application deadline is June 21, 2006. To ensure full consideration, interested candidates
should submit a College of The Bahamas Application Form, a comprehensive resume and,
a cover letter of interest. To expedite the appointment procedure, applicants should request
three referees to send references under confidential cover directly to the address listed
The College of the Bahamas
Human Resources Department
Ground Floor, Administration Building
Thompson Blvd and Poinciana Drive
P O Box N 4912
Nassau, Bahamas
Please visit our website at for more information about the College and to access the College's
Employment Application Form.


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: Vacancy for
I Administrative Assistant

Te Admniinistrative Assistant will be responsible to the project Manager and
cfricaland Administrative support. The successful candidate will be
responsible for documenting meetings, organizing and coordinating meeting
ahedules, preparing all project communications and correspondence,
distributing project information and generally ensuring that all matters
elating to the project are fully and project documented in a timely manner.
[he candidate must possess excellent typing and record keeping skills and be
proficient in the use of various software applications such as MS Word, MS
PowerPoint and MS Excel, among others.

SKnowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

*-Associates Degree or Certified Professional Secretary Rating or Certified
Administrative Professional Rating;
* Detailed knowledge of computers to complete correspondence (e.g.,MS Word),
eioreate and maintain forms, reports (e.g., MS Excel), presentation (e.g., MS
-ower Point), and brochures and to respond to email as necessary;'
-fasic business and accounting knowledge to prepare documentation and
statistical report;
A cellent oral and written communication skills, including etiquette and
,tWiting skills, to interact with associates and eternal persons, and to create
SJudgement requirement in treatment of information with confidentiality and
*Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including computer, calculator,
printer, fax, machine, and photocopier

Send Resumes to:
^ CBA ACH Project manager Response
1: Bank of the Bahamas International

1st Floor, Claughton House
Shirley & Charlotte Streets

Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail responses may be sent to:




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The College of the Bahamas invites applications for the following posts:

Development Officer
DIVISION: Institutional Advancement
SUNIT: Development
START DATE: August 1, 2006
Serves as a primary fundraiser for The College of The Bahamas. Designs, implements,
evaluates, and refines the Unit's development activities with an emphasis on major gifts as
defined by COB policy, Council and the President in conjunction with Vice President Institutional
Advancement. Personally identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors and prospects
in accordance with performance targets set by the Office of Institutional Advancement under
the direction of the Council and President. Collaborates with the President, Vice President
Institutional Advancement and Vice President Finance & Administration and colleagues in
the COB Office of Institutional Advancement to maximize total gift revenue through gift
planning, corporate and foundation relations, and annual fund strategies.
1. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major donors and prospects including
individuals, corporations, and foundations, through visits and other forms of direct
personal contact in accordance with performance targets set and defined by the
relevant authorities.
2. Enlists senior management in furthering the Development Unit's development
programme; assists in educating faculty and staff in respect of the roles they can
play in fundraising and development generally.
3. Recruits and manages volunteers and provides them with leadership and direction
in support of the cultivation.and solicitation of major donors and prospects;
coordinates volunteers' activities to ensure their integration into the Unit's programmes.
4. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the Boards of COB
Foundations and College development colleagues to maximize the Unit's total gift
Knowledge of major funding and donor sources.
Respected membership in networks of people and entities of high net worth
and ability to move with ease and influence in such circles.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic
leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
Community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively
within a diverse community.
Willingness and availability to travel extensively and to work extended hours
as necessary.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
duties and skills required of the Development Officer.
Prior experience at the CEO/CFO level with a major company/corporation is preferred
Master degree preferred bachelor's degree acceptable with relevant experience
Prior development experience would be highly valued
Demonstrated ability to plan and strong communication skills
Basic computer skills expected




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Junior Sports Reporter
WHILE thousands of
Bahamians at home were enjoy-
ing 'a long holiday weekend,
Bahamian collegiate athletes
we re making last-minute prepa-
ratons before travelling to the
annual National Collegiate Ath-
ietic Assci.iainon (NCAA) out-
door championships.
TheiNCAA outdoor champi-
onshipsset to begin today at
Sacramento State, will feature
five Bahamian athletes, two of
whom are national record hold-
Leading the way for the
Bahamian quinlette is Aymara
AlburN. national record holder
in both the shot putt and the
hammer thiow events. Also
competing ill be newly nation-
al record holder in the 100m
hui dies Ta\ annia (Tia) Thomp-
sun. Shamar Sands, Douglas
L\ nes-Bell and Andretti Bain.
Competing in her last NCAA
national championships,
Albury, a senior at Alabama
University, will compete in one
event, the shot putt.
A I bu\ will hold the seventh
spot iInthe event with a best
throw -> 17.23m,done on May

26. The throw erased the old
record which Albury set last
year. The leading throw for the
NCAA championships is
marked at 18.76m, by Laura
Gerraughty of North Carolina.
Last year Albury finished
17th overall with a best throw of
In the 100 meter hurdles, Tia
Thompson will head into bat-
tle with the 25th fastest time,
13.36 seconds. At the Mideast
Conference championships;
held last weekend, Thompson
clocked 13.42 seconds for a
ninth place finish overall.
The 13.36 seconds ran by
Thompson was done on May 14
and erased the old Bahamian
national record in the event.
The leading time heading into
the event at the NCAA cham-
pionships is held by Priscilla
Lopes of Nebraska 12.63 sec-
The first rounds in the 100m
hurdles is scheduled for 4:30 pm
followed closely by the prelim-
inaries in the 110 hurdles.
Bain will be the sole com-
petitor for the Bahamas com-
peting in the Oral Roberts Uni-
versity jersey.
. His time of 46.05 seconds has
ranked him 14th overall in the

men's 400m. Xavier Carter of
LSU leads all competitors in the
event, with a time of 44.84 sec-
After facing a painful and
agonising year in track and field
last year, Sands has made his
return to the track with a
NCAA qualifications.
Delivering on his promise,
making this year a productive
one, Sands, who was once
forced to sit out the whole of
last year due to injuries sus-
tained, returned to snag the
17th spot overall.
His return time was clocked
at 13.72 seconds heading into
the men's l10m hurdles event,
the leading time is posted by
Aries Merritt of Tennessee
13.22 seconds.
The 400m hurdles will fea-
ture Lynes-Bell of Delaware
State, who is ranked 23rd with a
best time of 50.84 seconds.
At the East Regional Con-
ference championships, Lynes-
Bell finished up sixth overall in
the finals with the above time.
The national record time is
set at 49.46 seconds and when
Lynes-Bell line-up for competi-
tion he will be looking to set a
new marking.

Roberts and Major face off

in preparation for nationals

Sports Reporter
With the Bahamas Lawh Tennis Asso-
ciation Junior Nationals less than two
weeks away, junior tennis players
around the country are honing their
skills in tournaments both home and
Perhaps the player benefiting the most
from these warm-up tournaments is nine-
year-old Justin Roberts.
Roberts captured his fifth consecutive
title at the Casely Camps June Jr Classic
last weekend at Florida International Uni-

In the final he defeated fellow Bahami-
an Phillip Major Jr in straight sets 6-4. 6-
Seated third in the tournament, he eas-
ily coasted to the final,, beating B Gonzo-
lo 6-0, 6-0 in the quarter-finals and
Bernard Telfel 6-0, 6-1.
Major got to the finals by beating
another Bahamian, Nicoy Rolle, 6-4, 6-
Roberts has been undefeated for the
past three months, winning five consecu-
tive tournaments, three in the United
States and two at home.
He now looks to continue his win-
ning streak and capture his first BLTA

Junior Nationals title.
Other Bahamians advancing into the
championship round included Simone ;
Pratt, Alexis Roberts and Ricardo
Pratt, the top seed in the Girls' 12 draw,;
captured the singles title defeating the
second seed Ashley McFarlane 6-2, 6-2.
She dominated the competition in the
quarter and semi-finalsm losing just two;
games in four sets.
In the Boys' 14 Singles draw, Roberts
lost in the quarter-finals to William Wong
4-6, 0-6, while Demeritte was ousted in the
semi-finals, losing to top seeded Nicolas
Garcia 2-6, 3-6.

Eve and Amertil perform

well for places in top three

J6iObr Sports Reporter
THE midweek test for
Christine Amerld and Lav-
erne E\e ere passed with
tl1in2 colours, with the
Bahaldnin duo finishing in
the top three in their
rpecpt.t' c e~ents.
Amertil and Eve were
the'only to to compete in
tihe E.AA Premium Meet-
ing. an IAAF world d Ath-
letics Tour Qualifier held
in Turin, Italy, yesterday.
nAmertil. best known for
her outstanding times in the
4i'I0m. competed in the half
lap'(200m) while Eve put on
a stellar performance in her
specialty, the javelin event.
In the event, Amertil
clocked 23.22 seconds for
second place behind
Jamaica's Shericka Williams
who ran a time of 23.08 sec-
Eve, who competed in
the javelin event for
women, finished third with
a best throw of 58.63 metres
behinridNing Ma of China
and Li Zahra of Italy.
Ma claimed the event
with a best throw of 59.91m

with Zahara heaving the javelin
59.04m for second.

Both Eve and Amertil will
compete in the Grand Prix

Colombiano meet set for Sat-

0 AYMARA Albury

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M CC Sweeting pitcher Jason Mitchell pitches a fast ball against
CH Reeves yesterday

Sports Reporter
The CH Reeves Raptors
Junior Boys were well on their
way to another convincing vic-
tory in the GSSSA softball sea-
son before Mother Nature
intervened to' stop their
The Raptors Junior boys
squad, with a division leading
5-1 record faced off against the
CC Sweeting Cobras in the fea-
ture game of the afternoon.
However, during the third
inning, a short rain delay turned
into a game postponement in a
matter of minutes.
The Raptors' high-powered
offence set the tone early in the
first inning, scoring three runs
before the Cobras were able to
record an out.
The Cobras' infielding errors
and pitching woes allowed six
of the Raptors first seven hit-
ters to reach base successfully
without having to drive the ball
deep into the outfield.
With a 4-0 defecit and the
bases loaded, the Cobras made
a pitching change which would
.produce little results as the
Raptors added another three

Raptors pitcher Cheddi Rolle
was the exact opposite of his
counterparts, completely con-
trolling the inning from the
He registered a strike-out and
got hitters to ground out weak-
ly to third as the Raptors ended
the first with a 6-0 lead.
Rolle recovered from one of
his few mistakes of the inning as
he stiffled the Cobras best
chance of scoring with a spec-
tacular play at the plate tagging
out a runner trying to steal
home on a wild pitch.
CH Reeves added two more
runs in the second to increase

* CH Reeves Raptors' Cheddie Rolle tries a fast ball agianst CC
Sweeting yesterday

their lead to 8.
The Cobras would not go
quietly, however, as they
worked their way back into
the game stringing together a
number of consecutive base
An in-the-park grand slam

home run cut the Raptors lead
in half before Rolle got his
defence under control and gar-
ned the final two outs, before
the rain halted the game., ''
Play continues today in the
senior division at the Blue Hills
Sporting Complex.

* CC Sweeting third baseman Iicola Collie tries to tag out CH Reeves' Demertuis Johnson

* CC Sweeting's Dicotia Collie tries to steal home, but is stopped by CH Reeves pitcher Cheddie
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Golfers tee up for Cable Beach classic

GOLFERS will line up to tee off in the 3rd
annual Cable Beach Resort Junior Golf Classic,
set to take place this Saturday, June 10th, at the
Cable Beach Golf course.
The classic is a major fundraiser for the Bahamas
Golf Federation (BGF) and a financial support
for the upcoming Junior National Golf team who
are gearing up to compete in the Caribbean Junior

Championships, set for July 3 to 8 in Puerto Rico.
The invitational classic will have a shotgun
start and will play a two-man shamble which will
cater to both single digit and high handicap
golfers. Organizers for the tournament are expect-
ing about 100 golfers to participate, including
members of the junior national teams.
With the Caribbean Junior Championships
tournament scheduled so early in July, the week-
end tournament will be the last opportunity for
the 14-member national team to compete.

According to Dion Godet, although the team
have limited competition time, the number of days
allotted for practice sessions will assist with the
team's overall performance at the tournament.
He said: "The best thing about this tourna-
ment is anyone is invited to come out and play,
because the funds from this tournament will assist
the junior nafl;nal programme who will be head-
ing to Puerto Rico for the 19th annual Caribbean
Junior Championships.
"Now the juniors are very interested in playing

in this tournament, especially since the tourna-
ment will be the last before the juniors leave. I am
sure that a handful of junior golfers will be lining
up to play."
Deadline for all entry fees and applications is
Thursday evening; all forms can be dropped off at
The Cable Beach Golf course. Registration fees
are set at $75 for adult golfers and $50 for junior
golfers, under the age of 18.
Prizes will be awarded to top gross ard net
teams, along with special raffles on named holes.

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