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Publication Date: June 23, 2006
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American identified

as 17th Exuma case;

Ministry says it is

an 'old infection'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A SECOND American
tourist has been identified as
the 17th case of malaria dis-
covered in Exuma, The Tri-
bune has learned.
However Ministri of
Health officials maintain that
this is an "old infection" and
should not be viewed as a
new case. Confirming the
report, chief medical officer
at the Ministry of Health Dr
Merceline Dahl-Regis said
these findings have been
independently confirmed
with the Centre for Disease
Control and Prevention
(CDC), and that the man in
question was "staying on a
According to sources, this
case was discovered on the
same day that Health Minis-
ter Dr BJ Nottage was giv-
ing parliamentarians the min-
istry's optimistic assurance
that the matter was "under
Speaking to parliamentari-
ans on Wednesday, Dr Not-
tage said that the local trans-
mission of the diseasein Exu-
ma has been "successfully
interrupted", arid that they
were certain that the para-
site that caused this cluster

of malaria was imported.
Echoing this sentiment Dr
Dahl-Regis explained that
although this case was just
recently identified, it is
unlikely that the carrier
would have caused any new
transmissions as their fogging
and larvaciding on the island
has virtually eliminated the
Anoepheles mosquito the
carrier of the disease. The
Plasmodium falciparum
malaria, the most severe and
potentially fatal strain in
humans, is the strain that has
been identified at Exuma,
This report willbe the sec-
ond American who has been
infected by the disease since
May of this year, and the
17th confirmed case overall.
According to a press
release from the Ministryof
Health late yesterday, the
ministry stated that it had
informed the public that
additional cases of malaria
would be found, and the
identification of this one is a
result of "increased surveil-
lance" on the island.
The release states that the
case is of "six weeks dura-
tion", and associated with
cases diagnosed earlier in the
"The Ministry of Health
SEE page 15

SCORES ol onlookers
gaiitherd Lidotntown ,es-
terday afternoon as
Durikin Donuts, on the
corner of Bay Street and
.Blue Hill Road, went up in
flames. The Royal
Bahamas Police Force Fire
Division and other police
law enforcement person-
nel arrived to tackle the
growing blaze.
Members of the Police
Force Fire Division came
inches away from the
inferno trying to prevent
the fire from spreading to
neighboring buildings,
To% o officers battling the
blaze from the roof top of
the fire-engulfed building,
barely escaped tragedy as
the ceiling started to cave
More fire trucks arrived
at the site shortly after-
wards to replenish the
main truck with a supply
of water.
. The efforts of The Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force
Fire Division was
described as "commend-
able" by bystanders. Some
said "the response time
and reaction period,
proved that events which
transpired during the
Straw Market fire in 2001,
were lessons well learned."

.Heatedarguments in Hou..e C.halk's
Heated arguments in House Chalk's seaplane
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THE 2006/2007 Budget debate closed early yesterday morning after
a flurry of heated arguments erupted between parliamentarians.
Ending shortly before 6am, one of the many issues debated was the
payment of moneys from the Treasury to former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham. .
Independent MP for Bamboo Town Tennyson Wells alleged that Mr
Ingraham was continuing to receive the perks and payments of a prime
minister from the Treasury for the past four years while not holding the
high post.
Mr Wells admitted that Mr Ingraham should receive some of these
benefits, such as security, and a personal assistant, and that the law
should be in place to allow for such payments':

Former GB Port
Authority official
denies rumours
over resignation
Tribune Freeport
colm, former executive vice
president at the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, has

au major
repairs' to wing
that separated
on fatal flight
THE Chalk's Ocean Air-
ways seaplane that crashed last
Year had several major repairs
Sto the wing that separated ust
After takeoff on the fatal flight
and many pilots grew increas-
ingly concerned about poor
maintenance overall, federal
investigators said Thursday.
The crash of Chalk's Air-
line's 101 flight killed eleven
Bahamians and one long-tini
Bimini resident.
According to the Associated
Press some Chalk's pilots
became so worried about
maintenance in 2004tfiaT three
captains quit, according to doc-
uments released' by the
National Transportation Srfe-
ty Board about the Deceriber
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Respects are paid to

Livingston Coakley

* S EKER of Parliament Oswald Ingraham pays his

* BgKRYSTEL ROLLE respects and offer his family
e Li n Ck their condolences. Many in
MNWlike Livingston Coak- attendance were saddened at
ley Wpxtremely important to Mr Coakley's passing, but also
ouritWon" Minister of Immi- celebrated the life he led.
gratgiin Shane Gibson said. The special ceremony
"rdtbixt think many Bahami- brought hundreds to the House,
ans realie that a lot of the ben- including Prime Minister Perry
efits we are now enjoying are Christie and Deputy Prime
because of men like him." Minister Cynthia Pratt.
Mr Gibson was just one of Mrs Pratt, a friend of Mr
the many who expressed similar Coakley's, described him as a
sentiments at the House of man with a big heart.,
Assembly yesterday, where the "He loved the downtrodden
former Cabinet Minister and and the underprivileged," she
member of parliament way lay- said. "He spent a lot of his time
ing in state. in the grass roots.
Numerous government offi- "A lot of times he was taken
cials came to pay their last advantage of because he was

* US Embassy Consular Chief Abdelnour Zaiback gives his
condolences to Marietta Coakley, while daughter Jannifer looks

Ministers pay tribute

to political veteran

always giving, and sometimes
when you open up too much,
people take advantage of you.'
But he loved people; his biggest
asset was that he cared about
Mrs Pratt said she was sad-
dened by Mr Coakley's death,

"because he was a man that has
done quite a bit for me as an
"I can remember him as the
minister of Education. He along
with the PM (Christie) who was
the minister of Health then,
helped me to transfer out of

* PERRY Christie greets Lady Pindling. She said of their
relationship: "I have served my country for over 50 years in
public life. Why do some people continue to create negative
publicity about us? We who are such good friends."
(Photos: Franklyn G Ferguson)

nursing into education. They
arranged that and the rest is
,history," she said,
"Sir Coaks" as he was known
to some, was a giant of a politi-
cian, according to Mrs Pratt,
"He was an honest man and
his reputation preceded him. I

believe that I am privileged to
have known him.
S"In my own wa) I see him as
a mentor. He will be.remem-
bered in the hearts of many and
certainly I will remember him
and the impact he has made on
my life," she said.

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Two men



Bahama Police are questioning
two Hanna Hill men in connec-
tion with an armed robbery that
occurred at Winn Dixie Food-
store in Eight Mile Rock on
Wednesday evening.
According to police, two
masked men armed with hand-
guns entered the foodstore,
which is in the Harbour West
Shopping Centre at Bartlett
Hill,:around 9pm and fired a
shot into the ceiling.
The gunmen proceeded to a
cashier and pointed the hand-
gun at the woman, robbing her
of cash.
They then went to a second
cashier and fired a shot into the
cash register in an attempt to
rob it, but were unsuccessful.
The culprits fled the food-
store on foot running in the
direction of the cemetery at the
rear of the shopping centre.
Inspector Loretta Mackey
said police later arrested two
men from the Hanna Hill for
questioning in connection with
the matter.





AN ex-Defence Force officer
pleaded not guilty to bribery
charges yesterday.
It is alleged that between
November 25,2005 and January
11, 2006, Harvey Darville, 43,
being concerned with others,
solicited $5,900 from Feizal
Khan, a detainee at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre, to have another public
servant release Kahn from
A second count alleged that
during that time, Darville
accepted $5,900 from Kahn to
have another officer falsify doc-
um is about Khan's admit-
tancinto the Bahamas.
Chfille, who was arraigned
before Chief Magistrate Roger
.Gomez, pleaded not guilty to
both charges and was granted
bail in the sum of $8,000.
He was represented by
lawyers Shaka Serville and
Jomo Campbell.. :: : ;
The case was adjourned to
July 4 and transferred to Court
10, Nassau Street.


man jailed

for cocaine


AN Eleuthera man has been
sentenced to prison time and
issued a fine in relation to a
cocaine possession charge.
It was alleged that on Mon-
day, August 1, 2005 Preston
Cooper was found in possession
of a quantity of cocaine which
authorities believed he intended
to supply to another.
Cooper was arraigned on the
charge in August of 2005.:
Police claimed they found
him in possession of more than
one pound of cocaine.
He pleaded guilty to the
charge yesterday and was sen-
tenced by Magistrate Carolita
Bethel to one year in prison and
also fined $5,000.
If he does not pay, he will
have to serve an additional six
months in prison.

Man sent

to prison

for drug


A 21-YEAR-OLD man was

sentenced to prison yesterday
after pleading guilty to drug
It was alleged that on Friday,
February 17, 2006 Glenwood
Smith was found in possession
of a quantity of cocaine which
authorities believed he intended
to supply to another.
Smith was also charged with
taking preparatory steps to
export the drugs.
He pleaded guilty to the
charges yesterday before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel and was
sentenced to 18 months in
prison on each count, to run


'Massive industrial

actions' and power

outages announced

Tribune Staff Reporter
MASSIVE industrial action
and major power-outages were
announced yesterday by the
Bahamas Electrical Workers'
Union as their dispute with
BEC continues.
In a press statement; union
president Dennis Williams yes-
terday claimed that the
BEWU was being forced into
a series of "massive industrial
actions" by BEC, "and in par-
ticular the general manager."
Mr Williams said that by
employing "ill management
and bad maintenance pro-
grammes", the electrical cor-
poration is deliberately
attempting to provoke the
workers into walking off the
job so that BEC would have
an excuse for the massive pow-
er cuts in the past few weeks
and the outages which are sure
to occur in the coming days.
The union said that in spite
of their attempts to resolve
"some very pertinent industri-
al relations matters, ranging
from employee dismissals,
health and safety concerns and

other important general dis-
putes," the leadership of BEC
has so far impeded the reso-
lution of this matter.
The BEWU accused the
corporation of "inherent anti-
workers stand."
In its response to the union,
BEC's general manager Kevin
Basden said that the corpora-
tion is "puzzled and surprised"
by the threats and allegations
made by the BEWU president.


Mr Basden also assured the
public that BEC remains
focused on keeping the power i
supply available to its cus-
tomers and keeping any supply
interruptions to a minimum.
Last week, BEC explained
that recent power cuts
throughout New Providence
were the result of faulty gen-
erators and maintenance pro-
cedures. The corporation said
that it was awaiting a part to
repair the generator and could
not guarantee that there would
be no further power cuts.
Regarding the ongoing dis-

pute with BEWU, Mr Basden
yesterday pointed out that
there is a valid subsisting
industrial agreement between
BEWU and BEC that expires
in April 2007.
"This agreement clearly out-
lines the procedural process
for addressing all disputes tiled
by the BEWU. The manage-
ment of BEC continues to
adhere to the provisions ot this
agreement. The corporation is
also aware that the BE\\ Li is
currently discussing us disputes
with the Minister of Labour
and Immigration, Shane Gib-
son," he said.
However, the union said
that although it is attempting
tp work with the gov,',,
they have reached their "boil-
ing point with the leadership of
"We would like the public
to know that this is the reason
for continuous industrial
unrest," BEWU president Mr
Williams said.
He added that unless there
is mutual respect between the
two parties in future, the
industrial unrest % ill contin-

Talks on support for

OPBAT were 'fruitful'

TALKS in Washington on
the importance of the US
maintaining its support for
OPBAT were "fruitful",
according to US Ambassador
John Rood.
During a two-week trip to
Washington, Ambassador.
Rood met with senior US gov-
ernment officials to ,discuss
their ongoing commitment to
narcotics interdiction and
In the weeks leading up to
his trip, concern was raised
that the US might withdraw
Army helicopters from the
OPBAT mission, but the
ambassador quickly quelled
fears, saying "nobody has
talked about cutting the heli-
copters... we are still as com-
mitted as we have always
It was also said that if the
army helicopters were pulled,
they would be replaced by
vehicles from another US
Mr Rood's meetings in
Washington also focused on
the Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative and the
future of the US customs pre-
clearance facility in Freeport.
He reported that there has
been significant effort to
increase awareness among
Americans of the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative,
which requires American citi-
zens to have passports or oth-
er approved documents in
order to re-enter the United
States by 2008.
In a meeting with Bahamian
Ambassador to the US Joshua
Sears, Mr Rood discussed the
significance of the Freeport
pre-clearance facility to the
Bahamas, as well as the joint
effort to combat illegal migra-

* Bahamian ambassador to the US Joshua Sears with John

"The level of co-operation
in this effort needs to be sus-
tained," Mr Rood said.
While in Washington, Mr
Rood met with the assistant
secretary of the Bureau of
Western Hemisphere Affairs,
Sthe deputy assistant secretary
for Passport Services, vice
commandant of the US Coast


Guard, deputy director of the
Federal Aviation Administra-
tion, Florida congressman Con-
nie Mack and four US senators.

Industry chiefs to

address youth on


Baha Mar and the Ginn pro-
jects will address students and
new graduates at the upcom-
ing employment forum.
Other speakers will include
Prime Minister Perry Christie;
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Housing Neville Wisdom; psy-
chologist Dr David Allen; for-
mer senator Tanya McCart-
ney; and adviser and chief
negotiator for the Bahamas
Beverage. Water Distributors
and Allied Workers' Union,
Huedlev Moss.
The forum is being held as
part ot a Ministry of Youth
and Housing initiative to
address the mounting prob-
lem of unemployment in the
According to Minister

Neville Wisdom, the aim is to
"marry opportunity with qual-
ified young people" by creat-
ing a Bahamas Brain Bank.
To do this, the ministry will
establish a database of unem-
ployed persons, and provide
this to prospective investors.
The forum, entitled: "Look-
ing ahead Bahamas forum
fun day" will be held on July
26 fioni 3pm to llpm. m
"Mr Wisdom is hoping e10 '
get thousands of studJeirt '.'
and recent graduates to (~ ..P
out. .
There will be career bN.t
with representati, es jrj
both the private and .
sector, who will expose S
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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An American's dream of America 2026

Have we become too selfish and cynical?
Or is the U.S. despite being shaken by ter-
ror and distressed by the unending conflict in
Iraq ready to roll up its sleeves and renew
its'commitment to some of the goals and
themes that once formed the basis of the
American dream?
John Edwards is betting on the latter. In a
major speech on Thursday at the National
Pte~s Club in Washington, Edwards, the for-
mer North Carolina senator who was John
Kerry's running mate in the 2004 presidential
election, will ask:
"What kind of America do we want not
just today, but 20 years from now? And how
do we think we can get there from here?"
It's a speech that's different from the poll-
tested, freeze-dried political pap we've come to
expect from politicians. For one thing,
Edwards, who's part of the growing pack of
Democratic marathoners seeking the party's
2008 nomination, wrote it himself. For anoth-
er, he unfashionably (and unabashedly)
appeals to the better angels of the electorate.
"It's wrong," he says, "to have 37 million
Americans living in poverty, separated from
the opportunities of this country by their
income, their housing, their access to education
and jobs and health care -just as it was wrong
that we once lived in a country legally sepa-
rated by race."
In an echo of the can-do spirit that was char-
acteristic of the post-World War II period,
Edwards asserts that with the proper leader-
ship, the United States can "restore the moral
core and legitimacy that has been the founda-
tion of our influence" abroad, while at the
same time tackling tough issues here at home:
poverty, the need for greater energy indepen-
dence and a fairer shake for all Americans
who have to work for a living, including "the
forgotten middle class."
In his draft of the speech (and in a tele-
phone interview on Wednesday), Edwards
said that at least 40,000 American troops
should,be brought home from Iraq immedi-
ately, and further reductions should continue
steadily, "so that the Iraqis can take control
over their own lives.'"
He says, at the top of the speech, that "our
military power is fortunately strong, and we
must keep it that way." But he also says, "I
want to live in an America that has not sacri
ficed individual liberties in the name of free-
dom; where, in the fight to preserve the coun-

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try we love, we do not sacrifice the country we
love; where we don't make excuses for vio-
lating civil rights, though we understand that
the test of liberty is in the moments when such
excesses almost sound reasonable."
Since leaving the Senate, Edwards has
served as the director of the Centre on Pover-
ty, Work and Opportunity at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He believes
the number of Americans in poverty can be cut
by a third over the next 10 years, and that the
U.S. should work toward the complete elimi-
nation of poverty over the next three decades.
He will say in the speech that one of the
reasons so many working Americans remain
trapped in poverty is that work often doesn't
pay enough. "A single mom with two kids who
works full time for the minimum wage is about
$2,700 below the poverty line," he says. "In
2005, while corporate profits were up 13 per
cent, real wages fell for most workers."
He believes, as do most Democrats, that the
minimum wage must be raised, and that many
more workers should be given a real opportu-
nity to organize and bargain collectively.
"Unions helped move manufacturing jobs into
the. foundation of our middle class," he says,
"and they can do the same for our service
He also believes and this is certain to be
controversial that federal housing policy
needs to be overhauled and a greater effort
made "to integrate our neighborhoods eco-
"If conservatives really believed in mar-
kets," he says, "they'd join us in a more radical
and more sensible solution: creating one mil-
lion more housing vouchers for working fam-
ilies over the next five years. Done right,
vouchers can enable people to vote with their
feet to demand safe -omnmunitics with good
To remake American society in a way that is
broadly beneficial (and that re-establishes our
prestige and influence abroad) will require
not just leadership, bui sacrifice something
that is seldom asked of most Americans -
and a real commitment to working together to
solve the nation's biggest challenges.
However one feels about his specific pro-
posals, it's worth paying attention to the fact
that Edwards is asking Americans to step up
and meet that commitment.
(* This article is by Bob Herbert of The
New York Times -- 2006)

'Vanessa Michel, a student at
Doris Johnson Senior High
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of students representing their
schools, communities, and
states as People to People students leaders Michel ha: ;:.
accepted into the people to people Future Leaders Suiniuii :
on International Diplomacy in Washington. D.C. and Nen Yorr
on June 19-28, 2006. All students accepted into a People io
People program mus meet rigorous academic and leadership
requirements. Michel was nominated and accepted tfr the
honor scholastic merit. cvc involvh~mnt
tiftar L.eadere Summit% o, law, '
idte arts, am; international
bitraing 'student leaders from
'on leadership. team building,
adfisl ns, and professional
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EDITOR, The Tribune
1 WRITE in response to a
recent article in which Mr Peter
Adderley was critical of 'Ihe
Bahamas Film Studios and the.
Government of Tlhe Bahamas.
Unfortunately, I have never
had the pleasure of niceting iM
Adderley. But. I w'oild verv
much like io sit down wilh himr
and 'All him ian on tite geogiai
phy of ihe east end ,il and
'Bahanma sl:und
The beachi to whicli hi
referred, Gold Rock Beach, is
located Umoe thianl ii .lo miles io
the wc t of the li;achl in Free
town where liie Siitdic is iocai
ed. While it is tru: that (Jo.i
Rock Beach is an award-win-
ning beach, whi.' i.- ,-,::. iea-
tured in maniy 01 li-c Minislry ol
Tourism's adveriisnemells it is
not true that this beach has
been destroyed or ruined in any
way. Gold Rock Beach is part
of the National Park. 1 lie beach
where we are located is the
Freetowi Beach and it was nev
er considered an award-win-
ning, beautiful beach not by a
long shot.
1 had the pleasure of visiting
the famous Gold Rock Beach
recently, as I often do. Although
it was battered severely through
three hurricanes, it remains a
beautiful and pristine beach,
aside from the many overturned
trees on its shoreline, as was the
case with most of the southern
The accusations made by Mr
Adderley are totally false and
unfounded. The beach featured
in the photograph which accom-
panied the article in The Tri-
bune, has no bearing on the
time frame of which Mr Adder-
ley speaks, as it was obviously
taken before the entire south
shore of the island was tattered
by recent hurricanes. The lush
casuarinas in this particular pho-
tograph are obviously pre-hur-
Since the hurricanes, all of
the trees have suffered tremen-
dously across the entire shore-
line- many mowed lownn conm
pletely. 1 would a;i to
assure Mi Addei icy thai. wc am c
working closely vnh the appr-c
private governmental officials.
the BEST and an expert team
of environmental coisaultamua to
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that they know Disney has deep
pockets and they (the residents)
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EDITOR, The Tribune
WHAT poppy-cock the
Minister of Labour and
Immigration said yesterday
on Labour Day least we
forget it is obvious that as
"the" Minister of Labour he
is biased in favour of unions
so all employers or others
must argue strongly that he as
a Minister cannot adjudicate
or conciliate.
Did I hear right on ZNS-
TV-13 news that the Minister
confirmed that he is still a
card carrying member of the
Minister, as your position
requires an unbiased position
you have only one alterna.
tive - prove to the public
that you are not a card carry.-
ing member of the BCPOU
or resign immediately.
The only serious labour
disputes, if no one has
noticed, is between Govern-
ment and a union more
than 60 per cent of the total
working public have
absolutely no interest in
unions and even the once
strongest union, The
Bahamas Hotel and Caterers
could not muster enough
votes if their recognition posi-
tion was challenged (which I
certainly suggest it should be
by the Bahamas Hotel Asso-
I have written proposing
that six months prior to the

them fresh water for their
homes) as their wells are often
very shallow (less than eight ,
feet deep) and have suffered -
poor water quality since Hun-i-
cane Frances in 1999.
We have worked with the res-
idents at every opportunity- .
and yet some continue to avoid
calling us with their concerns 1
and instead attempt political
and public assassinations of a
company that is trying at every -i
opportunity to improve oppor ;,
tunities for our people, our,;
economy and yes, our environ- .
ment. 1 look forward to meeting
with Mr Adderley and hope
that he is receptive to learning .
the facts and forgetting the fic
tion he has created.
President & Managing
The Bahamas Film Studios
June 12006 ,

expiry of any labour agree-
ment that unions must be
required to go back to its
rank and file of the employ-
ees and seek a recognition
vote. It surely is undemocra-
tic that if once 30+ years ago
a union obtained a recogni-
tion vote that that vote stands
till death do us part?
Who in The Bahamas rep-
resents the nrijorir\ who are
not union members? We hear
Government sitting down
and recognizing all the
unions, but they are the
minority what about the
The presence of political
party groups marching on
the Labour Day parade
needs to stop immediately.
It's bad enough that the
politician wants to be in
every.pulpit in town and
seemingly is now even try-
ing to social engineer tne
Bahamian family 1 just
wonder how many of mem-
bers of our parliament -
House and Senate -- can
swear that they have upheld
their marriage vows or do
not practise deviant social
behaviour? Are these same
MPs and Senators going to
create legislation to engineer
how our families
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Casting call
for new

A casting call has gone out
for the Bahamian film, Rain.
The movie is described as a
gritty, yet magical story of a
young girl named Rain, who
leaves her idyllic and simple
home on Ragged Island for the
big city of Nassau to connect
with her estranged mother.
Rain's sense of self is shaken
by the assaulting reality of her
mother's inner city world, and
so she must hold to her deepest
spiritual ground and source her
power from within in order to
steer the true course of her life.
The casting call is for the fol-
lowing roles:
Rain: Must look between
14 and 16 years old. Brown
skinned, slim, athletic, doesn't
wear make up, is very natural,
could be considered plain, has a
real look of innocence about
Magdaline: Must look
between 15 and 16. Bi-racial,
very pretty, confident, street
smart, rebellious, lots of atti-
Keva: Must look between
15 and 16. Brown skinned, slim,
athletic, prissy, wears make up,
appears quite mature for her
age, very image-conscious and
well presented.
Auditions will be held 3pm
to 8pm on Sunday, June 25 at
the National Dance School of
the Bahama on Fifth Terrace,
one block East of Roberts Fur-
niture Store.
Although acting experience
is appreciated, it is not neces-
"We are looking for sensitive,
bright, young people who are
open and willing to work hard
and take risks," said the film
makers in a statement.
Candidates are asked to bring
a headshot or appropriate pho-
tograph if possible, and are
advised that some readings may
be video taped.

SMan faces
charge of

A 48-year-old man appeared
in court yesterday in connec-
tion with assault charges.
Felix Morley was arraigned
before Magistrate Marilyn
It is alleged that on June 20,
he assaulted a woman with the
intent to rape her.
He was not required to enter
a plea to the charge and was
granted $10,000 bail with two

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S rTi;lue Continuing the news feature which
le J delves deeper into the stories that

SYOU care about, we examine the

Education system. And on pages six

and seven, we look at how one

school has turned its literacy prob-

S... lems around and get your opinion

How social class affects quality

of our children's education

WHEN he said that "the
reality of life in the Bahamas
is that middle-class and
upper-middle class parents
send their children to pre-
schools with trained teach-
ers," Education Minister
Alfred Sears highlighted yet
another possible obstacle to
better public education in the
Bahamas the social elite.
Although Mr Sears
referred to pre-schools as the
choice for middle and upper
middle-class parents,
observers agree that an
unspoken truth in our soci-
ety is that many in this group
also consciously choose pri-
vate primary, junior, and
senior schools for their chil-
dren as well.
Across the board, if a sur-
vey were conducted of our
political and social leaders
who have school-age chil-
dren, the results would show
that many, if not all, have
their children attending pri-
vate or boarding schools.
And with their children
tucked away in these
"secure" schools, a discon-
nect has developed between
leaders and the public school
system, which is only men-
tioned as a target of criticism.
The reason for this could
be somewhere hidden in the
lyrics of reggae artist Buju
Banton's Untold Stories, in
which he says: "Those who
can afford to run will run, but
what about those who can't?
They will have to stay.
Opportunity is a scarce,
scarce commodity ... it's a
competitive world for low
budget people."
"You don't have to be a
rocket scientist to know that a
great divide is coming in the
Bahamas," said noted

Bahamian psychiatrist Dr David
Allen, quoting a parent he once
met who "scraped" to send his
child to a private school. "I've
got to put my money where my
mouth is because I don't want
my kids cheated. In the global
village, you are going to have
those kids who are computer
literate and those who speak
good English. If you don't, they
will not be able to compete for
the jobs."
In a January 2004 Tribune
INSIGHT piece, it was stated
that "over the last 30 years, class
mobility in the Bahamas has
enabled many working class
children to graduate to white-
collar work and better pay ...
all because higher levels of edu-
cation have become accessible
to the offspring of the poor and
However, the offspring of
many of today's poor aid
unskilled are not moving into
white collar work and better
pay, as the piece suggests.
A 2005 Inter-American
Development Bank analysis
pointed out that some 75-80 per
cent of Bahamian students who
were taking technical and voca-
tional subjects "read below their
grade level," producing a stu-
dent population almost unsuit-
able for even blue-collar work.
Following that up, a senior
vice-president at Kerzner Inter-
national, Barry Farrington said
that the education crisis in our
country has caused a scarcity of
qualified workers, making it dif-
ficult to meet the workforce's
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i EDUCATION Minister
Alfred Sears
time when a public school edu-
cation was a quality education,
and schools like Government
High School were developed
for academically motivated
poor children, providing them
with first-class learning.
Dr Allen pointed out that
those very children namely
Sir Lynden Pindling, Cecil Wal-
lace Whitfield, Sir Kendal
Isaacs, Dr Bernard Nottage,
and Prime Minister Perry
Christie have gone on to
become some of the leading cit-
izens of the Bahamas.
"What would have happened
to the country if these people
did not have the opportunity to
attend the 'old' Government

High?" asked Dr Allen.
Now, it would seem, for what-
ever reason, many of the suc-
cessful, academically motivat-
ed "poor kids" have allowed the
system which produced them to


Many observers say the trou-
bling private/public school
divide that has appeared in the
Bahamas is creating what 17th
century economist John Stuart
Mill termed: "a cultural class
system governed by an intellec-
tual elite."
The modern Bahamas is not
the first society in which this has
taken place. In some, like the
England that Mr Mill was refer-
ring to, it was the unintentional
result of economic changes. In
other societies, however, it has
worn a more sinister mask.
Many readers will remember
that under Apartheid and seg-
regation, the South African
"intellectual elite" used educa-
tion as a tool to maintain exist-
ing power bases and to entrench
the position of the privileged
race or class, as highlighted by
Frederick Douglass.
Douglass, who as a young boy
considered himself a slave for
life, was enlightened by his own-
er as to why it was important
to keep him and other slaves

* The slave owner told his wife:
"Learning would spoil the best
n***** in the world ... if you
teach that n***** to read.. .it
would forever unfit him to b_e.a
slave. He would at once become
... of no value to his master."
White segregationists, iand
Douglass upon hearing this,
recognized that knowledge and
power were inextricably linked
to subjugation. .. -:
Now some 33 years posS,
UBP, when Queen's College;
and later'St Andrew's, was once
all white, the expectation wogJd
be that those former academic '
cally motivated" poor black kids
who are now the middle,ai-nd
upper-middle "ruling" bla'k
class, would not disconnect
themselves from the academsii
cally motivated poor children
in today's society.
No one who spoke to Thq
Tribune suggested that,,tle
country's leaders intendedto
bring this about.
Nevertheless, an elitist atti-
tude toward education is
becoming the new form of sep;-
aration keeping the country
from nioving forward, mariy
observers agree.
As Dr Allen said, "If we do
not have a place for the acadp-
mically motivated poor class,
like the one which produced out
country's leaders, there is going
to be a great divide and people
will end up being indentue.d
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Primary school initiative has

children reading 1,000 books

Tribune Staff Reporter
THIS year, students of
Woodcock Primary school read
over 1,000 books as part of a
reading programme to promote
literacy and prevent more chil-
dren falling through the cracks.
In 2005, The Tribune report-
ed that according to the Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB), 75 to 80 per cent of
Bahamian students taking tech-
nical and vocational subjects
read below their grade level.
With this situation in mind,
and wanting to make a differ-
ence in the lives of students,
Woodcock Primary launched
the "I Love Reading" initiative.
Amethyst Bain, literacy co-

ordinator for the school, said
the programme started in Feb-
ruary and ran to the end of
Ms Bain said that about 80
per cent of the students partici-
The students explored a
variety of stories, and reading
was just the beginning of the
road, as they were then
required to illustrate what they
had learned in a book report,
exercising their comprehension
After all their hard work, the
students from the upper and
lower primary school who read
the most books were awarded a
Principal of Woodcock Pri-
mary Deborah Stuart explained

that for the past three years,
over 75 per cent of the students
at the school were reading far
below their grade level.
While she has not fully pre-
pared the statistics for this year,
Mrs Stuart said she believes this
level has now dropped to 45 per
cent of students.
"Reading is essential towards
any subject that they are doing
- that is one of the most impor-
tant areas.
"If they are going to do any-
thing, they have to know how to
read, and we said that our chil-
dren are weak in that area and
we wanted to improve," Ms
Bain explained.
The two students who read
the most books were Kimberly
Smith of grade five, who read

37 books; and Stannell Rolle of
grade one, who read 23 books.
The US Embassy lent their
support to the school's effort,
through Ambassador John
Rood's reading programme.
Volunteers from the Embassy
gave up their lunch hours on
Wednesday to read and share
their experiences with the stu-
Last December, The Tribune
revealed that in 2004, the public
school national average for
graduating exais was F+.
The mean grade achieved by
students from all New Provi-
dence high schools that year
was D+.

Earlier this month, Education
Minister Alfred Sears said that
because of the efforts of his
ministry, over the next five
years a "qualitative improve-
ment" in education can be
Ms Stuart said: "We have
home problems where parents
don't even care if their children
come to school, and if their chil-
dren perform. We know that in
order for children to do their
best and perform it must come
from the home.
"If we can address that pub-
licly, and say: 'yes we are at a D
level, but parents need to be
more supportive' I think it will

improve the D average," she .
Ms Stuart firmly believes
that to improve the national
grade point average, educa-
tional leaders need to hold if
talks with the managers of pri- c
mary schools. .1.
This way, the managers can ,
share some of the problems that
they are experiencing in. the
schools on a daily basis.
"If these are addressed the
students would be more focused r
and do much better when they
get to junior high. f
"Most of the crime and other
problems will be elevated," she
added. it

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STHE Bookworm Wall at Woodcock Primary which displays the children's book reports
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In brief

Youths are
accused of
TWO juveniles have been
arrested and charged with a
number of break-ins.
Assistant Superintendent Sid-
ney McPhee said that on June
15 at around 3pm, officers from
the station were on patrol in the
area of Fox Hill Road when
their attention was drawn to
two students allegedly acting in
a suspicious manner.
The juveniles were charged
with breaking into a number of
houses in the eastern area of
New Providence.
The stolen items included cel-
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Play Station games, jewelry,
DVDs, DVD players, laptop
and desktop computers, DSS
satellites and television sets.
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4ed at around $20,000.
The juveniles, who are between
14 and 16 years old, were arrested
and charged with four counts of
house breaking, six counts of
stealing, one count of damage and
five counts of receiving.
They are set to appear in
court on June 28.

Club honours
'men of

MEN of distinction who have
proven themselves as effective
communicators and leaders will
be honoured on Friday June 23
by the First Bahamas Branch
of Toastmasters Club 1600.
The event will be at the San-
dals Royal Bahamian Resort at
Prime Minister Perry
Christie, who was honoured by
the club in 2003, is expected to
be the keynote speaker.
SChief Justice Sir Burton Hall
will be given the top award and
made an honorary member.
SToastmasters from various
clubs throughout the Bahamas
will gather for the black-tie
affair that is a major event on
ithe social calendar of Club 1600.
In a society where many men
are not recognised for their
'unselfish service to various sec-
tors, Club 1600 believes the
event adds tonits legacy and
pride of being an all-male
organisation that offers
Strength, stability, leadership
land communication excellence.
SThis year, the club will recog-
nise: Darold Miller, broadcast-
'ing/journalism; Robert 'Sandy'
Sands, tourism; Leon Williams,
technology; Gus Cooper, cul-
Sture/heritage; Juan Bacardi,
entrepreneurship; Cecil Long-
ley, education; Ellison
Greenslade, law enforcement;
Basil Dean, government/public
service; Sir Burton Hall, law/jus-
tice; Alfred Stewart, banking;
Dr Barry Russell, medicine; Jeff
Lloyd; community service and
Greg Burrows, sports.

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U GENICE Rolle said: "There are
enough jobs but young Bahamians are
just not skilled enough to fill them."

... .. .

U BARRON Musgrove said: "Young
people need to realise that their lives
have purpose and they have choices."

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U TRAVON Patton said: "The indus-
tries in the Bahamas are so limited, we
need to expand the job market."


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* ANTONIO Saunders said: "At the
end of the day it comes down to who
you know."

Bahamians on youth unemployment

YOUTH unemployment in
the Bahamas is "extraordinarily
high" according to Minister of
Youth and Housing Neville
With new high school and col-
lege graduates joining the job
hunt each year, the need for
employment is set to continue
increasingly steadily.
The Tribune took to the
streets yesterday to ask mem-
bers of the public what they
think should be done to tackle
the youth unemployment prob-
Barron Musgrove, co-ordina-
tor for the Shinning Star social
outreach programme, said:
"There is no solid foundation.
We need more apprenticeship

programmes to start in the high in the summers and when they
schools." come out of school, they can be
He pointed out that as well insured a job. Young people
as giving students a foothold in need to realise that their lives
the job market, such systems have a purpose and they have
can cut down on social ills such choices," he said. "Social out-
as teenage pregnancy and vio- reach programmes help to direct
lence, as they keep young per- youngsters in the right direc-
sons occupied. tion."
"Students can start working COB student Travon Patton

said: "There is a whole lot stu-
dents have to do to be prepared
for today's workforce, but they
still don't find jobs in their field
of study.
"The industries in the
Bahamas are so limited, we
need to expand the job market."
Mr Patton pointed out that
unemployment is seen as a pre-
cursor to crime, and that
because this, many young peo-
ple particularly young men-
can be discriminated against.
"A lot of persons don't sup-
port the youths because of
stereotyping. The employers are
mostly looking for persons in
their late 20s," he explained.
Genice Rolle said: "There are
enough jobs, but young Bahami-

ans are just not skilled enough
to fill them."
"We should not only focus'on
the colleges but start with'lthe
high schools too also persons
who can't afford college, so th at
they won't have to turri'f~
crime." "'*
However, Antonio took
Saunders took the opposite
view: "Youths are looking for
jobs, but there are no jobs out
there. At the end of the day i(
comes down to who you know,"'
he said. "Bahamians want tod
work it doesn't matter what
type of job."
Mr Saunders added that there
is a problem in the Bahamas
with young persons who lacel
the "drive" to advance in life.

Tropical restructures website

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Shipping officially launched a
newly restructured website
to its customers in Freeport
on Wednesday.
The new Web X pro-
gramme may be accessed
through the
website: It allows customers
to monitor their cargo ship-
ments online prior their
arrival in Freeport or else-
where in the Bahamas:
Kelly Burrows, port man-
ager at Tropical Shipping in
Freeport, said customers can
also easily track their cargo
and make bookings.
During the luncheon at the
Ruby Swiss Restaurant,
clients were given an online
demonstration and brief
Mr Burrows said clients
will be able to know where
their cargo is, from the time it
leaves Palm Beach or Mia-
mi, to the moment it arrives
in Freeport.
"We don't want to lose
personal touch, but it can
make their life much easier
if they take this route.
"This is very important for
business people who can get
rid of the headaches of wor-
rying about where their cargo
is. They can save on phone

calls and all they have to do is
go online and track their car-
go," Mr Burrows said.
Tropical provides services to
Nassau, Freeport, Abaco, Exu-

ma, and Long Island. She noted
that Tropical will soon be ship-
ping to San Salvador and
Ms Wallace said the pro-

gramme is being launched on
every port the company services.
"The significance of this pro-
gramme is actually going to
make doing business with Top-

ical a lot more easier because
the website is going to have
everything the customer will
need to get cargo here and get il


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Straw market vendors

are urged to be honest

Straw market vendors were
warned to be honest in their
selling practices by an American
magazine writer who claimed
one of them tried to pull the
wool over his eyes.
Bruce Baker, an artist and
columnist of Craft Report Mag-
azine, said that he encountered
a straw market vendor on Bay
Street who insisted a product
made in Indonesia was native
to the Bahamas.
"Everyone has a 'BS' meter.
Many of the questions people
ask they already know the
answer to they're just testing
you. 'Will it tarnish, will it
shrink, will it fade?' Don't lie,,
figure out how to solve the
objection," said Mr Baker.
Mr Baker was speaking at a
two-day event organised by the
Authentically Bahamian
Department of the Ministry of
Tourism, to train arts and crafts
vendors in the sale and market-
ing of their products.
Rowena Rolle, general man-
ager of the department, invited
Mr Baker to bring his workshop
to Nassau to educate vendors
about cutting-edge booth
design, sales and marketing
"At so many of our
tradeshows, including our annu-
al Christmas show, the booths'
were cluttered and not pleasing
in appearance, so we felt we
needed a more professional way
for artisans to display their
items" said Ms Rolle.
Mr Baker, who has given
more than 700 presentations
throughout the 'United States
and Canada, said that partici-
pants were "very responsive"
to his message.
In the workshop Mr Baker
stressed that selling is a "yes"
business and identified some
major "no-nos".
He explained that a cluttered
booth is one of the main flaws
he noticed while scouting the
straw market. .
'"So many of the people here
are conditioned by North



* BRUCE Baker speaks about how straw market vendors can improve their marketing

Americans focusing on the price
but it isn't about the price, its
about the benefit that object
will bring to the customer," said
Mr Baker.
He said if you deal on price
alone, then it will never be
about the love and beauty that
artists put into their work.


Mr Baker gave the vendors
tips about product presentation,
body language, proper sales
speech, differences between
dealing with men and women,
and even how to relate to intro-
verted customers.
He suggested using a catch
phrase, making one's booth a
"happy place", not using too
much technical jargon and
maintaining a "successful"
Three growing trends in
North America that he said
should influence the product
lines of Bahamian artisans are

gardening, gifts for pets, and
Mr Baker pointed out that
while touring the straw market,
he saw no merchandise for vis-
itors to put in their gardens or
to buy for their pets.
He said that divers have dis-
posable income and often like
to collect replicas of new things
they sited on dive trips.
Around 40 vendors, includ-
ing some from Family Islands,
attended the workshop and
found the information invalu-
"Much of what Bruce had to
say was hands-on with the arts
and crafts things about your
opening, your closing and deal-
ing with the customer to make
the sale," said Debbie Strachan,
a straw handbag weaver and
owner of Depre Collections.
"The reason I am attending
this seminar is to get a better
idea of how to present my prod-
uct to the local market and also
get a feel for how to interact
with my customers," said Terou

Bannister of Sea Gems Sea Salt.
Sharon Ferguson of Rose of
Sharon Soaps actually enclosed
her carport to make a place to
create her soaps, lotions and
other lusciously scented potions.
She is active in all of the Min-
istry of Tourism's trade shows
and also sells at Radisson on
Wednesday and Friday
She found the seminar very
useful for her business: "This
seminar today has really opened
my eyes to using my booth to its
maximum potential how to
have it organised so that it will
attract customers and increase
sales and productivity."
Rowena Rolle was happy
with the turn-out at the work-
shop and the enthusiasm of the
"I think they learned a lot,"
she said. "They opened up to
many new ideas it's taking
them to another level, to a pro-
fessional level, a global level
and 1 think that is what we real-
ly need."

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006, PAGE 9



0 In brief

using oil for
political gain


minister denied that President
Hugo Chavez is using petrole-
um to gain influence in Latin
America, and said recent criti-
cisms from Washington officials
were hypocritical since the
United States is the top buyer of
Venezuelan oil, according to
Associated Press.
"People have who have the
mentality of merchants think
it's very easy to buy consciences,
and very easy for consciences
to be sold," Foreign Minister
Ali Rodriguez said in a com-
munique Wednesday.
Rodriguez later told Union
Radio that Venezuela ships 1.5
million barrels of oil a day to
the United States, but "it does-
n't occur to anybody to say we
are buying off the US presi-
Rodriguez's comments came.
after Thomas Shannon, US
assistant secretary of state for
western hemisphere affairs, said
Tuesday that Chavez was using
Venezuela's oil to "buy -influ-
ence" in the region.
Venezuela is the world's fifth-
largest oil exporter. While the
United States imports more
Venezuelan crude than any oth-
er country, Chavez has sought
to diversify Venezuela's oil
trade by offering preferential
oil deals to countries across
Latin America and the
The socialist president has
said Venezuela is willing to
keep selling large quantities of
oil to the US market, but oil
deals for the region's poorer
countries should be a priority.
US officials say Chavez has
become increasingly authori-
tarian and poses a threat to sta-
bility in Latin America. Chavez
frequently accuses the admin-
istration of US President
George W Bush of plotting to
topple his government to seize
Control of Venezuela's vasi
petroleum reserves.

The enigma of Fred

FRED Mitchell is an enig-
ma, and in my view, a not
very attractive enigma.
Again this week, Fred
Mitchell's website engaged
in a vicious attack on me -
mere overkill to an arti-
cle addressing the maligning,
puerile nature of his website.
The present website is the
successor to Fred Mitchell
Uncensored. The website
that has replaced it has
become known for its sadistic
use of coarse and abusive lan-
The gibberish usually
found on the site can only be
likened to knee-jerk respons-
es, rather than erudite argu-
ments. It is almost unbeliev-
able that a site, supposedly
reflecting the thinking of PLP
Minister Fred Mitchell, would
resort to overt attempts at
character assassination and
personal attacks rather than
addressing the issues.
While I expect construc-
tive political analysis, it is a
shame that a senior politician
would sully his name by
allowing his website to revert
to name calling and blanket
threats rather than offering
an intelligent response. Every
debate should be above
reproach, not childishly
The minister's attitude
sends a signal that and I
hope this is not the official
position of the PLP- per-
haps the government has no
tolerance for discourse in
which they are being chal-
lenged in their established
positions. In any country that
prides itself on its democrat-
ic traditions, exchanges
between members of the
public, politicians and the
press should be healthy, as
there must be room for diver-
gent views. Disagreement
does not mean that one party
is less honourable than
Mr Mitchell should know
that the press is a medium
that serves as an educational
instrument for the public edi-
fication on various topics,
rather than a political mech-
anism to provide them with
favourable views and dis-



seminate propaganda. As a
professional journalist, I am
mindful that I cannot con-
tribute to propaganda, but
rather offer a composed
reflection of the issues,
expounding my views for the
enlightenment of readers,
whether they agree or dis-
That being said, Mr
Mitchell's website made me
an issue asserting that I, like
"all the press columnists",
exhibit narcissism and self-
indulgence, and as such, I am
predictable and easy to pro-
voke. This is laughable! The
irony is that this website is' a
never-ending mirror reflect-
ing the image of Fred
Mitchell, showing a most arro-
gant, narcissistic mind-set.
And, there is no one more
petty or more effortlessly pro-
voked than Mr Mitchell him-
self. What a joker!
Mr Mitchell's site claims
that I influence nothing and
no one, yet he/they spend so
much time answering me
with hilariously lame and
baseless retorts. Obviously,
the writers) contradicts him-
self/themselves, as it seems
clear that he/they are not
only influenced, but upset by
my stance.
Entwined in the site's
absurd comeback, the writer
declares that I would "make
a good PLP with all that pas-
sion". I do not require guid-
ance on what should be my
political affiliation from Fred
Mitchell or anyone else, as I
am aware of my responsibili-
ties as a citizen, cognizant of
the political parties and their
philosophies, and will draw
conclusions based upon
objective analysis.
A warning was also stated
on the website, admonishing
me to be "careful of libel" and
charging that I attributed
sit.tements to Mr Mitchell that
were unfounded The web-


site's writer went on to sug-
gest that "perhaps a lawyer's
letter from the minister might
put an end to that".
Nowhere in my column
was Fred Mitchell libelled. If
the site's writer would con-
duct a little research, as high-
lighted by the dates stated in
my previous column, it would
be apparent that'all com-
ments attributed to Mr
Mitchell were made by him.
These quotes were taken
from fredmitchellunce-, which in those
days Mr Mitchell was proud
to claim as his own.
Mr, Mitchell and others
should quash all notions that
because of my youth, scare
tactics, such as a lawyer's let-
ter, will silence me.
SWhile I'm not going to
lower myself by becoming
involved in gutter politics, if I
were Fred Mitchell I'd be
more concerned about the
groundswell of support being
generated by his likely chal-
lenger in Fox Hill.
On May 28,2006 Mitchell's
website suspected that "hell
would freeze over first"
before he loses to Jacintha
Higgs. Come the morning
following the next general
election, there could be a
Remarkable meltdown.
With the arrogance and
self-righteousness being por-
trayed by several politicians,
I've decided to examine the
background of each.
As someone who suppos-
edly does not exist, it will be
interesting to become a ghost
of the past in the lead up to
the general elections.
Some advice from this
ghost to all politicians would
be that one has to be careful
that one's past does not come
back to haunt them.
To use a Mitchell quote:
Draw it mild, Mr Mitchell;
draw it mild!
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butlers run ral oms

& Q rgmathrium
Telephone: 393-2822, York & Ernest Sts.
P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, Bahamas


of Clarence Town, Long

Saturday, June 24th, 2006
at 2:00 p.m. at St.
Barnabas Anglican
Church, Wulff and Baillou
Hill Roads. Officiating
will be Canon Basil
Tynes, Fr. Harry Bain and
Fr. Cornell J. Moss.
S Interment will follow in
the Church's Cemetery,
Moore Avenue.

Left to cherish his memories are his Wife; Dolores
Knowles; Nine (9) Children; Stephen, Andrew, Dian,
Michelle, Dwight, Melanie, Robert and Carol;
Twelve (12) Grandchildren; Jonathan, Simone, Ariel,
Alexandra, Mark, Brandon, Jason, Robert, Andre,
Abdul and Olivia; Brothers, their spouses and their
children; Leonard and Gloria Knowles, Edward,
Loretta, Beverley, Linda and Angela, John and Eloise
Knowles of Clarence Town, Long Island, Pedro,
Gino, Hugo and Jacqueline, George and Eltha
Knowles, Julian, Dr. Ronald G. Knowles and Kevin;
Sisters, their spouses and their children; Amelia
"Millie" Deal, Brian, Kenny, Paul, Geraldine, Sandra,
leeAnn, Raymond, Hubert, Kirkwood, Dennis,
Pamela and Jeffrey, Ruth Granger, Antoinette,
Deborah and Andre, Rowena and Walter Darville,
Norman Arlene, Cheryl, Ricardo, Myrtle and Kermit
Turnquest Sr., Kermit Jurnquest Jr., Teashla and
Ulric, Barbara, Daniel and Myrtle, Gloria Smith,
Vincent and Nicolette; Brothers-in-law; Clyde and
Dacosta Williams, Harcourt Rolle, Raleigh, Cedric
and Leclain Carroll; Sisters-in-law; Sylvia and
Rosemund Williams, Edna Daley, Christine Rolle,
Evangeline McFall, Sheila Taylor, Lourey Carroll-
Smith, Alecia, Jacqueline, Valaria, Eartha and
Antoinette Carroll; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and
Cousins and a host of other relatives and friends
including; Burley, Thelma, Louise, Elsie and Iva
Knowles the Long Island Community and others
too numerous to mention.

Arrangements are being conducted by Butler' Funeral
.Homes and.Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets.

A Memorial Service for


will be held on Thursday,
June 22nd, 2006 at 7:30
p.m. at St. George's
Anglican Church
S-Montrose Avenue.
Officiating will be Rev'd
Fr. Kingsley Knowles,
F Rev'd Dr. Roland Hamilton
and Rev'd Fr. Timmy
." Eldon.

Funeral Service for Mrs.
Marathan Marie Carroll
Aged: 93 years of San Souci and formerly of Lower
Deadman's Cay, Long Island will be held on
Saturday, June 24th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at St.
Athanasius Anglican Church, Lower Deadman's
Cay, Long Island. Officiating will be Rev'd Fr.
Ernest Pratt, Fr. Mark Fox and Rev'd Fr. Kingsley
Knowles. Interment will follow in the Church's
Cemetery, Lower Deadman's Cay, Long Island.

Left to cherish her precious memories are her Two
(2) Sons; Ivan Jr. and Erickson Carroll; Four (4)
Daughters; Emma Godet, Algier Cartwright, Eva
Adderley and Charity Carroll; One (1) Adopted
daughter; Maudie Bridgewater; Five (5) Grand-sons;
Kendall and Keith Carroll, Steven Burrows, Jamaal
Cartwright and Renard Sands; Eleven (11) Grand-
daughters; Velma Bowe, Dellarecce and Tamia
Carroll, Deirdre and DeAndrea Bethel, Pretrece
Kemp, Camille Francis, Marcia Burrows, Shenna
Sands, Tamika and Chelsa Cartwright; Twelve (12)
SGreat-grand-sons; Trevor Graham, Anthony, Rod,
Khyrsdovan and William Carroll, Reno Deveaux
Jr., Corey Claire, Raheem Duncombe, DeAndre and
DiMargio Bethel, Armardo Cartwright and Markyle
Greene; Six (6) Great-grand-daughters; Maekkia
Greene, Jewelle Carroll, Devenney Kemp,
DimMarcia and Ravyen Bethel and Skylar
Cartwright; One (1) Great-great grandson; Anthony
Carrol Jr.; Two (2) Sisters; Arimina Carroll and Edna

Wells; One (1) Sister-in-law; Annamae Cartwright;
One (1) Brother-in-law; Raleigh Carroll; Two (2)
Daughters-in-law; Naomi and Geraldine Carroll;
Two (2) Sons-in-law; Lewis Cartwright and Elkin
Adderley; Numerous Nieces and Nephews and a
host of other relatives and friends including; the
entire Lower Deadman's Cay Community.

Viewing will be held at the Chapel of Butlers'
Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Ernest and York
Streets on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 12noon and
in Long Island from 3:00.p.m. until service time at
the church.

-. Tergreen

Harrold Road P.O. Box N-4404
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 242-341-6451 Nights 242-322-3242
24 Hour Cell: 242-427-5414


of Provience Ave, Chippingham
will e Held Saturday June 24
2006 at St.Matthew's Anglican
Church, Shirley Street, at 10:00
a.m. officatiing will be Rev.
Dr.James Moultrie, Rev. Fr. Don
Haynes, Cabbon Neil coach, rev. '
Fr Peter Scoot and Rev. Fr.
Angelo Wildgoose. Interment
will foolow in the church cemetery.

Cherished memories will forever linger in the hearts of
his father Alonzo Francis Sr., Moher:Latanya Greene;
Grand- mother : Vivienne Francis ; Silings: Alance Jr.,
Tawanya, Taniqua and Taniya; Aunts & Uncles: Theresa
Colebrooke, Dunstan & Salome' Charles, Marget Forde,
Natasha Quant, Stephanie Moss and Anthony
Moss:Cousins: Edward and Cassie, Paul, lashanda &
Arlington, Corey, Dayshanelle, Deandra, Nakeya, Clayton,
Cadena, nakkrista, danica, Danea, brian and Ebony: God-
parents: Don Campbell DerekCurtis. Edward Alury and
Christine Moss; Othersrealtives and friends including:
Enith Sweeting, Ernest Ingraham, Oswald & delores
FrancisO, Lesile Sweeting, Charles Archer, The Saunders,
Sweeting, Nixtons, Francis Morris, Adderleys, Bullards
and McKinney families of New PProvidence ,Austin
Jean-Jacques, Derrick, Liezette & Daio Ruffin, Kelly
Bruney & The Bruney family, St.John' sClass of 2006
and th entire Sjc family especially Barbara & Jamal
Wallace, Carlyle Johnson Shari Clarke, Vernita & Jamal
Grant, Adrienne Hanna, Keth jones Jr., Felicia Brennen,
Charles Smith ; The Wednesday breafsat bible SAtudy
Group, The Chippingham family-Teneil, Tashana and
Yasmin Thompson, Daio armaly, The Yellow Elder Family,
Dr.& mrs. James Moultrie, Rev. Don Haynes, Canon &
Mrs. Neil Roach and St.mattew's Church family especially
Herman Swann, Olando lewis, Caitlin Taylor, Lovont
Cooper, Shenique & Vernelle Davis, Marsha Bain, Kris
bentle & Ryyn Higgs, carlos Palacious, Sandra wilson of
Atlanta, The Acolytes, the Sunrise andSenior choir, Rev,
Angela Palacious, Dean Adderley & The Christ Church
Catherdral Family.

Relative and friends may pay their last respect at Evergreen
Mortuary on Friday from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and again
on Saturday at the Church from until Service


M(mnmonftealt{ JIfuneral annme

4 Independence Drive Phone: 341-4055

Araminta Patrice
Higgs Farrington 75
of Harbour Island, will be
held on Saturday llam at
Blessed Sacrament Roman
ad- Catholic Church, Harbour
S Island. Monsignor Preston
S B Moss assisted by Monsignor
'. yJohn Johnson, Father Avelino
Balatucan and Deacon
Andrew Burrows will
officiate and interment will
follow in the Catholic
Cemetery Harbour Island.
Precious memory are held by,
sisters, Savoltos, Catherine Beverly Jean, Bernadine Susan
Higgs, Frances Bullard, Adelaide Savoltos, Catherine, Gellespie,
Bernadine Johnson, Mary Maida Seymour and Beverly Cleare;
brothers, Joseph, Dercil, Rev. Samuel Moon and Timothy Higgs;
adopted son, Thomas Higgs, Kevin and Marchellow Higgs and
Cleveland Bullard; adopted brothers, Caspar, Antonius and
Eardley Johnson; 31 nieces and nephews grand nieces and
nephews; brothers-in-laws, George Gillespie, Steve of Toronto
Canada, Mitch Seymour, Jarrod Johnson, Bruce Saunders and
Vincent Cleare; sisters-in-law, Ferris, Patsina, Betsy, Dorothy,
Mercia and Elizabeth Higgs; 119 god-children, other relatives
and friends include, Sean Major, Lorene Barry, Valencia Higgs,
Cathleen Ross, Anthony Dean Sherol Saunders, Celeste Major,
The Ross family, The Higgs family, Simeon Higgs, And family,
Thackla Higgs, The Bullard family, Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Albury
and family, Robert Albury and family, Kingdon Higgs and family,
Inez Kemp, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Albury and family, The Barry
family, Edmund Sweeting And family, Johnson Grocercies and
The Johnson family, The Grant family, Eloise Roberts and family,
Eloise Johnson and family, Gloria Major and family, Anita Curry
and family, Ma Ruby Percentie and family, Berlin Cleare and
family, Larry Albury, Mr. and Mrs. Whitley Dixon and family
of New Providence, Pauline O. Albury and family, Leoni Neilly
and family, Ruth Neely and family, Lillian Hudson and family,
Brenda Batry and family,Sarah Barry and Family, Irene Davis
and family, Jessilee Mackey and family, The Lighthouse Church
of God family, Richard LightBourne and family, Michael and
Tim Lightboumrne, Sue Neff, Honorable Alvin Smith Member of
Parliament and family, Church of God Prophecy family,
Community Choir of Harbour Island, Alma Canty of Miami
Florida, Patricia Rolle of Miami Florida, Mr. and Mrs. James
Major and family, Florine Major and family, The Anglican
Church family, The Blessed Sacrament Church family, Rev.
Marie Neilly and The Methodist Churcha family, Deris Saunders,
Dr. Mensah And the Staff of Harbour Island Clinic, Jacklyn
Percentie and family, Lola Sawyer and family, BarbaraaWoods
and family, Curlene Higgs and family, Rev. Tom Roberts and
family, Cordell Roberts and family, Wenthworth Roberts and
family, Jerlene Saunders, Sara Barry, Rev. Ethan G. Fairweather
and family of Bogue Eleuthera, Michael Johnson and family,
Administrator Johnson and family of Harbour Island, and the
entire community of Harbour Island Eleuthera.
Relatives and friends may view the remains at THE CHAPEL
4:00-7:00 p.m. and at the Church in Harbour Island on Friday
from 5:00 p.m. to service time on Saturday.

AMNESTY International
urged Jamaica's government on
Thursday to confront "wide-
spread" discrimination and sex-
ual violence against women and
girls, including better protec-
tion for witnesses in rape cases,
according to Associated Press.
The human rights group said
witnesses in such court cases,
including the female victims,
often were threatened or even
killed in Jamaica.
Faith Webster, acting director
of Jamaica's Bureau of Women's
Affairs, rejected Amnesty's find-
ings and said the Caribbean
island's government has made
major strides to address discrim-
ination and crime against women.
"We are taking steps to
amend laws to deal with this
issue. I just don't know where
Amnesty gets their information
from," Webster said.
Amnesty International's
report cited the case of 15-year-
old Enic Gordon.
After she was raped by two
men, she and her family filed a
complaint against the men, who
were arrested, charged and
released on bail, Amnesty said
in its 35-page "Stop Violence
Against Women" report.
On October 12, 2005, one
week before Gordon was to tes-
tify against the two men in
court, she was found dead in
the same place where she had
been raped a year earlier, the
report said.
"She had been strangled with
her school tie," Amnesty said,
adding that the results of a
police investigation into the
killing were still pending.
Amnesty cited a UNICEF
study. in 2004. sayingthat 70 per
cent of all reported sexual
assaults in Jamaica were against

girls, exposing them to sexually ,,r
transmitted diseases such as the,,,
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Kerrie Howard, deputy direc-,, .
tor of Amnesty's Americas pro-,,,,
gramme, urged Jamaica's gov- ~
ernment to implement a 15-poinmt.
action plan developed by wom-,l'
en's organisation across the,,,
country, saying most of'its recr.
commendations "do not require,
extensive investment, only deter-,
mination and political will."


The plan.recommends a pub- ,,
lic education program aimed at,
preventing rape and sexual,
crimes, a national campaign,
against discrimination and sex-
ual violence, and the establish-.
ment of a series of shelters to
provide support and refuge for..;
victims of sexual violence.
"Discrimination against women
and girls is so entrenched in1 ,-
Jamaican society that many r,
Jamaicans and government offi- 1
cials are failing to see it as a prob-~
lem, even it's killing hundreds of,,.
women every year," Howard said~4
In a survey last year, 66 per
cent of men and 49 per cent o-,
women agreed with the state-.
ment "women and girls some-.l
times bring rape upon them-,;n
selves," the report said.
One reason, Amnesty said, is
that Jamaica is a culture of guns,
sexual violence and gang-con-
trolled territories, "where wom-
en's freedom of movement, and r
therefore their freedom to
work, to study and to access
health care can be severely
restricted. Women are alsq,.
more vulnerable to protectors(
who may ensure safe passage i,
in return for sexual favours." ,
* SEE Amnesty International,
column on next page

Amnesty urges .

Jamaica to

fight violence

against women.

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Street. Bishop
Neil C. Ellis,
will officiate.

He is survived by relatives and
friends including, Ann Adair of
Eleuthera, Marlin Burrows of New
York, Evangelist Shirley Burrows
of Elethera, Lea Lewis, John
Burrows, Lilly Burrows, Kathleen
Burrows, Rosemary Newry, Gully
Newry, Joyce Colebrooke, A udrey
Burrows, James Burrows, Carl
Bethel, Berthamae Gardiner,
Yvonne Clarke, John Johnson,
Albert and Marie Rahming and
Antionelle Rolle, Bishop Neil C.
Ellis and Mt. Tabor family, Red
Cross numerous grand nieces and
nephews and a host of other
relatives and friends to numerous
to mention

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006, PAGE 11


Political will needed to end violence

against women and girls in Jamaica

N a new report published
Thursday, Amnesty Inter-
national urges the Jamaican
authorities to prioritise the
implementation of a 15-point
Action Plan developed by wom-
en's organizations across the
country to fight discrimination
and sexual violence against
women and adolescent girls.
The Action Plan includes rec-
ommendations such as the
development of a public edu-
cation programme aimed'at pre-
venting rape and sexual crimes,
the introduction of a national
campaign against discrimination
and sexual violence and the
establishment of a series of shel-
ters to provide support and
refuge for victims of sexual vio-
"Only decisive action will put
an end to discrimination and
sexual violence against women
in Jamaica. Most of the recom-
mendations of the Action Plan
do not require extensive invest-
ment, only determination and
political will," said Kerrie
Howard, Deputy Director of
Amnesty International's Amer-
icas Programme.
According to Amnesty Inter-
national's findings, widespread
discrimination against women
in Jamaica pakes them targets
of sexual violence and exposes
them to serious health risks -
indluding sexually transmitted
diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Amnesty International also
found that girls are particular
targets of sexual violence and
that the Jamaican government
has consistently failed to deal
with the issue effectively.

according to one study
published by
UICEF in 2004 alone, 70 per
cent of all reported sexual
asSaults were against girls.
'Discrimination against
wbmen and girls is so
entrenched in Jamaican society
that many Jamaicans and gov-
erpment officials are failing to-
sei it a problem, even when

it's killing hundreds of women
every year," said Kerrie
In a survey carried out last
year, 2005, 66 per cent of men
and 49 per cent of women
agreed with the statement
"women and girls sometimes
bring rape upon themselves."
Certain guidance issued by
judges to juries states that
"...experience has shown that
women and young girls often
tell lies...".
"Jamaican women frequently
do not feel safe. They know that
whether at home, on the street
or even at school they risk being
beaten, raped or even killed,"
said Kerrie Howard.
Women also face discrimina-
tion and strong barriers when
they decide to report sexual vio-
lence. The sexual assault inves-
tigations unit in Jamaica esti-
mates that only 25 per cent of
sexual violence is reported.
"I didn't tell anyone for six
months then I told my parents.
I asked dad not to do anything
about it; that's one thing I insist-
ed on. I didn't want anyone to
know because even at that age I
knew they would say it was my
fault (and) I thought no one
would believe me. I blamed
myself and I thought I was fool-,
ish and so naive," said Mary
(not her real name), who was
raped when she was 13.
"'Women have. good reason
to think that they will not be

believed the evidence is all
around them, in their societies
and communities. Juries, the
police, families, and sometimes
women themselves, believe that
they are partially responsible
for their attacks," said Kerrie

B ringing cases of sexual
violence to court is
extremely difficult. One prob-
lem is that witnesses or victims
are often threatened even
killed. Enid Gordon was 15
when she was raped by two
men. She and her family filed
a complaint against the men,
who were arrested, charged,
and released on bail. On Octo-
ber 12, 2005, one week before
she was due to testify against
the two men in court, Enid was
found dead in the same place
that she had been raped a year
earlier. She had been strangled
with her school tie. Results of
the investigation are pending.
Amnesty International is also
calling for legislative reforms -
particularly to the Offences
against the Person Act, the Sex-
Sual Harassment Bill, and the
Incest (Punishment) Act for
improvement of investigation
techniques and for the estab-
lishment of gender-based train-
ing for police and judicial offi-
cials dealing with cases of sexu-
al violence against women.
"Jamaican society as a whole
is paying the price of discrimi-
nation against women and girls.
They pay a high price when
their mothers, sisters and
friends are injured, when dis-
eases such as HIV/AIDS are
spread, and when poverty
increases. It isn't an impossible
or expensive task to end vio-
lence against women in
Jamaica. It only takes determi-
nation and respect for .the
human rights of women."
For more information about
Amnesty International, visit the
Amnesty website at or phone the
Bahamas offices of Amnesty at

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

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

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


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

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


& RESTAURANTS @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at
Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been
dubbed Every tenth female patron is
allowed into the club absolutely free and is giv-
en a complimentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tues-
day nights also include the Carlo Rossi's Hot
Body Competition. Hosted by Daddi Renzi.and
music provided by DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Mas-
ter Chef Devito Bodie provides scrumptious


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to
7pm/8:30pm to 9:30pm.

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

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


Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm
@ C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room,
College Avenue off Moss Road Club
Cousteau 7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the
Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central
Andros Club 7178 meets each Tuesday at
6pm at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, 3rd
Terrace, Centreville.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @
the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach.

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

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




Allegro Singers present CONCERT NOIR: Tile
Allegro Singers under the direction of Antoine C
Wallace will celebrate their 6th Anniversary as S t f, 1, e,
choral entit by presenting two grand concerts on Fri- toing C. wallacc,
day.frine 30 and Saturday July I at the Grand Ball-
room of' Government House. This year's concert the choir. There will also lie a special guest appear-
will he a celebration of national and international ance by W E S T. For inore information please and
Black Composers. Poet, playwright and junsician to obtain tickets please Antoine C Wallace at 325-
Anku Sa Ra, aka Cleveland Eneas III will he fea_ 3162, MichaelThorupson at 324-4060, or 456-847-5 or
tured along with other talented soloists from within any choir member.

Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetiz-
ers and numerous drink specials.


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


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

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

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

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



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

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor
approval is required. Call 364.8423 to register
or for more info.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism
and related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm
the second Thursday of each month in the cafe-
teria of the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.


The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
starts the summer season off with a bang with. a
new installment of our 'Summer Film Series'
focusing on films from the Caribbean and
African Diaspora.
"Amores Perros" (Mexico) on Thursday, June
All films are free and open to the general pub-
lic. Films begin at 8pm and take place at the ?.
NAGB's Outdoor Cinema on West Hill Street.
Due to the content of some of the films, we
urge parents not to bring children under the
age of 17.

LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly TM Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @
Jam Session & Musicians Hook-up. Located British Colonial Hilton.
East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
Run. SuperClubs Breezes.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports




Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

The recently established National Insurance
Baord Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets
every fourth Thursday in the month, in the
National Insurance Board's (NIB) training
room, Wulf Road office complex, at 6pm. All
retirees are welcome.



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


Junkanoo Summer Festival, Street Party, will
be held on Woodes Rodgers Wharf every Fri-
day between June 9 and July 29, from 1 to

Roderick Johnson will be teaching open dance
classes @ the NAGB on Friday nights at 6pm *
On Friday, June 23, there will be a motivational
session entitled "The Way We Move" where
participants will learn principles of coordina-
tion, rhythm and new dance steps. On Friday,
June 30 is the "Ballroom and Romantic
Dances" class where traditional dances like the
Tango, Salsa, Waltz and Fox Trot will be
taught. There will be a small donation
for each session and participants are encour-
aged to wear comfortable fitting clothes and

New Young Bahamian artists, Jackson Petit,
Elkino Dames, Lamaro Wright, Lavar Munroe,
Matthew Wildgoose and Ryan Turnquest have
united their talents in an exhibition, "Looking
Out 2". The exhibition runs until Friday, June
30 at the Popop Studios in Chippingham. The
exhibition is open from Monday to Friday,
4pm 8pm.


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


TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second
Friday of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Cen-
tre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more info
call 325.1947 after 4pm.



Sun City Entertainment presents Saturday &
Sunday night functions for the alternative
lifestyle crowd (Gay) at Kendal's Auto Garage
on Gladstone road from 11:30pm to 4am. Music
provided by DJ X. Heading south on Gladstone

Road, Kendal's is located immediately past
Moss Gas station.


Junkanoo Summer Festival Heritage and Cul-
tural Extravaganza will be held at Arawak
Cay every Saturday between June 9 and July 29
from 2 to 11pm.

Junkanoo Summer Festival Box Cart Derby -
will be held on Marcus Bethel Way every Satur-
day between June 9 and July 29, from 2 to 6pm.


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings -
10am to 11am.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every .
third Saturday, 2:30prm (except August and
December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.

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


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



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

Mr Caribbean Bahamas competition will be
held July 15 to 23. Under the theme, "Seduc-
tion Surrender", the final night of competition
will be held on Sunday, July 23 at 8pm in the
Rain Forest Theatre. The show will be hosted
by Olympic medalist, Ato Boldon, America's
Next Top Model (Season Three), Eva Pigford,
and Bahamian radio personality, Krissy Luv.
There will also be an after party immediately
following the Mr Caribbean Bahamas Competi-
tion to meet the winner of the competition, del-
egates, the international judges, and celebrity


Junkanoo Summer Festival Royal Poinciana
Tea Party will be held in Government House
Gardens, every Sunday between June 9 and
July 29, from 3 to 6pm.

Junkanoo Summer Festival Old Town Jazz at
Sandyport will be held at the Olde Town
Sandyport every Sunday between June 9 July
29 from 4- 8pm.

"From Fallen to Forgiven" The Bahamas
Prison Inmate's Choir presents its 3rd Anniver-
sary Grand Gospel Concert, Sunday, June 25 at
7:30pm at the Church of God Convention Cen-
ter, Joe Farrington Road. Featured artists will
include Bishop Lawrence Rolle, the Tabernacle
Concert Choir, Shabak, Bahamas Faith Min-
istries Praise Team and the Cathedral of Praise
Dance Group. Tickets available at the prison
main gate or call 364.9805. Concert in aid of
choir CD recording.


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

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19 crash off Miami Beach that
killed all 20 people on board.
"There was a widespread
perception that pilot com-
plaints were not properly
addressed by maintenance and
that it was often necessary to
write up the same problem
repeatedly until it was fixed,"
investigators quoted a Chalk's
pilot, Robert Lutz, as saying.
"The pilots wanted the air-
planes fixed and were willing
', see the company close if the
issues were not addressed,"
Lutz told NTSB officials.
One of the pilots who quit,
Graldy Washatka, said in his
resignation letter released by
ihe NTSB that there was "bla-
iant neglect' in many mainte-
nance areas, including engine
problems, corrosion and cracks
and issues with the airplanes'
"We love this company and
we are trying to avoid the
inevitable disaster that will
ensue if these issues are not
addressed," Washatka wrote
on Jan. 13, 2005 less than a
year before the crash.
The documents do not say
what caused the 58-year-old
Grumman G-73T Turbo Mal-
lard to crash on its flight to
Investigators at the scene in
December quickly found
fatigue cracks in supports of
the right wing that came off just
after the seaplane took off and
similar cracks in left wing struc-
Chalk's, which has flown
between Florida and the
Bahamas since 1919, has lost
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars in recent years, according
to figures from the federal
Bureau of Transportation Sta-
tistics. Owner Jim Confalone
bought the airline after it was
forced into involuntary bank-
ruptcy in 1999 under previous
management when creditors
sued the carrier.
In 2002, Chalk's had net loss- i
es of $244,000 on operating rev-
enues of $5.4 million.
i Mark Marks, husband of the
flight's captain, Michele Marks,
told investigators that his wife
frequently complained about
maintenance of the seaplanes
and that the company wasn't
spending enough money on the
"Michele was becoming
scared and talked about main-
teinance concerns all the time,"
the NTSB quoted Mark Marks
as saying. "They were having
close calls that were becoming
more frequent."
Much of the reports released
Thursday focus on mainte-
nance and repair work done to
the right wing.
The roots of both wings on
the airplane suffered several
!uel leaks in 2005 and pilots free-
quently described an "elevator
flutter" or vibration in the
months before the crash. In
November only a few weeks
before it went down these
vibrations were noted in writing
nine times, the NTSB found.
There were major repairs to
the right wing in July 2000 and
in December 1991, when
inspectors found corrosion and
popped rivets under the skin.
There was also major work
done on the left wing in May
1992, again because of damage
from corrosion.
But NTSB officials were
unable to locate records for
some of these repairs. And in
some cases, maintenance pro-
cedures were not followed. For
example: -An inspection of
the July 2000 wing repair was
not performed. The rivets used
were undersized, and a larger
rivet was later driven into the
wing area through the air-
plane's skin, causing a crack.
There were no maintenance
records available from Chalk's
for a major repair to a skin
crack just outside the lower
right wing. The NTSB could
not figure out when the work
was done, who did it and what
data was used.
The seaplane had flown a
total of 31,011 hours before it
crashed, with its last major
structural overhaul coming on
Oct. 7, 2005, the NTSB found.

It was found to be in compli-
ance with Federal Aviation
Administration airworthiness
directives just two months
before its December 19, 2005
Officials at Chalk's head-
quarters in Fort Lauderdale
did not immediately return a
telephone call seeking com-


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FROM page one
denied rumours and specula-
tion regarding his resignation
at tije port.
Tlhere has been some spec-
ulation that Mr Malcolm had
beeh suppressing business
development in Freeport for
political reasons.
"This is nonsense to those
who know me, and taken the
measure of all Bahamian pro-
fessionals at the company, we
hav4 functioned there as pro-
fessi -als who love our coun-
try; wo believe in Freeport
and Grand Bahama," he said
in ah interview on Wednes-
"My focus has also been to
look' for a way to build, devel-
op and enhance the growth of
the economy in this country,
and more particularly that of
Grabd Bahama and Freeport.
That is my love; that my pas-
sion'that won't change."
Mr Malcolm, who has been
with' the company since Feb-
ruary 2001, tendered his res-
ignation on June 21.
During his tenure at the
Port, his portfolio included
business development and
The resignation of Mr Mal-
colnm is the second departure
this: month of a top level
Bahamian at the company,
and there is speculation that
more could follow.
Julian Fraricis, former chair-
man and CEO, resigned on
June 1 amidst speculation that
thete had been reports of
growing tension between Mr
Francis and the Port Author-
ity's two main shareholders
tihe family of the late
EdWard St George and the,
TIeiresignations of Mr Mal-
colitafnd Mr Francis has-
shockpd residents of Grand
"Bahb'a, whd felt that both
menjfwre among the best and
brightest Bahamians at the
M1 Malcolm' said his parting
wit4 ort has been a "very
ami qale one.'
"My resignation was
requested. We discussed it
and id- discussion we arrived
at a tresonable and very ami-
cabe :understanding that
looking forward, looking to
the future perhaps this was
the fbt way to go.
"4i organisation has the
right o choose its leadership
and if management, and I
serv'pin the Port Authority
as a^ executive at the
exptesed wishiof the share-
holce s.
"In business aad particular-
ly ai ah executive manager in
busi4ss you really serve in a
capacity at the pleasure of the
shaiieolders, and the plea-
sure iothe owners of the com-
pany .-And if they wish to
male e change then it is real-
ly tljet choice. i
"I wll move on and do oth-
er t ings, and the measure of
whd Q am as a professional
and biinessman and as a per-
son al~e to get new business
intothl, country, will be mea-

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ner GB Port Authority official

lm denies

sured by my future success-
es," he said.
Mr Malcolm said that there
is really a strong and able
cadre of young Bahamian
professionals at the Port.
"Before I left I made it a
point to really make the
rounds and talk to many of
the employees there. I have
been there for only five years,
but I have forged some very
close relationships.

American tourist
is identified as
17th Exuma case;
Ministry says it is
an 'old infection'

FROM page one
reminds the public that
there is no evidence of
new local transmission in
great Exuma, with con-
currence by Centres for
Disease Control and Pre-
vention (CDC)," the
release stated.
The Department of
Public Health said that it
welcomes any inquiries
that members of the pub-
lic might have, and if per-
sons require additional
information they should
contact the department at
502-4846, 502-4740, or the
Ministry of Health at 502-

"I am confident
future will do well f
"I really would 1
them show their ta
have a chance to s
they can do as you:
Mr Malcolm en
other Bahamians ii
positions to main
focus, and a determ
do right by Grand
and the people.
Mr Malcolm sai
remain in Freeport.
excited about hi
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ness into Grand Ba
elsewhere in the Ba

t that the "I will be very much a part
for them. of the life of Freeport and I
ike to see have a number of business
talents and ideas and ventures that I will
how what be going into and will come
ng profes- to fruition very quickly." he
courages "I am rooted in new busi-
n top level ness development for Grand
tain their Bahama, bringing in new
lination to businesses and having new
SBahama business enterprise start in
Freeport, both Bahamian and
id he will international driven."
He is very "My focus remains to push
is future for economic development in
Freeport ard Grand
new busi- Bahama and I look forward
hama and to working with the Port," 'Ie
ahamas. said.

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Port Authority to assess


Tribune Business Editor
lhe Grand Bahama
Port Authority
(GBPA) will
spend the next
three months
assessing which industries and
economic activities provide the
best fit with Freeport's infra-
structure, its new chairman told
The Tribune yesterday, with the
city having an "amazing"
opportunity to establish itself
as a "pull" logistics centre.
Hannes Babak said the Port
Authority "now has to make an
assessment" of which economic
sectors would be able to best
use and fit with Freeport's infra-
structure, particularly the Con-
tainer Port, the Harbour and
the airport.
He told The Tribune:. "For
which industries do those facil-
ities play a major role? That's
what we'll be doing for the next
three months, and once we've
identified that, we'll go out and
market to those sectors."
Mr Babak said his goal, and

that of the Port Authority, was
to make Freeport ."the major
logistical centre in this part of
the world".
While it may not necessarily
become the largest in the West-
ern Hemisphere, Mr Babak
described as "priceless" the fact
that Freeport already had in
place the infrastructure that was
required and would prove
attractive to companies
involved in the logistics, distri-
bution and transportation indus-
Mr Babak explained that
Freeport. could take advantage
of current trends in the global
distribution and transportation
businesses to establish itself as a
'pull" logistics centre, rather
than the "push" centres that
had existed before,.
Previous models had involved
containers being loaded with
different product sourced from
different destinations on the
Asian seaboard, before they
were shipped to destinations
such as the US.
This process, Mr Babak
explained, took to long for US
businesses and importers, who
would often have to endure a
three-week wait between the

time they ordered product, its
sourcing and placement in the
shipping container, and when it
was finally delivered.
However, by consolidating a
customer's goods in Freeport
and packing them into one con-
tainer there, Mr Babak said US
importers would only have to
endure a three-day wait due to
its proximity to the eastern
"In Freeport, that is what we
need to do a 'pull' logistics
centre," Mr Babak said. "You
have a mixed container of goods
for a customer in Miami, who
has a 72-hour turnaround time.
The container gets consolidated,
and is then shipped to his ware-
house in three days, not three
weeks: That's what the future
Describing Freeport's possi-
bilities as "endless", Mr Babak
said the Port Authority had to
operate as a "service compa-
ny", attracting the right
investors to Grand Bahama and
going after the business, rather
than waiting for deals to hap-

"The strategy is to get the
investor, bring him to Freeport,
cut out the red tape, be trans-
parent and tell him what he can
do there," Mr Babak said.
He added that Associated
Grocers of Florida, the US gro-
cery wholesaler that this week
inked an $8 million agreement.
to establish a warehouse/ dis-
tribution facility in Grand
Bahama's Sea/Air Business
Centre, was potentially the first
of many for that facility.
Mr Babak said: "We have
now laid the groundwork with
Associated Grocers to have the
first. business in the Sea/Air
Business Centre. We have
already had; through that, a big
response from that kind of sec-
tor. There will be many more
to follow.
"There are others to come,
but we are not here to make
empty' promises or make
announcements before they are
The agreement between
Associated Grocers and
Hutchison Port Holdings

SEE page 3B

Cable's Grand Bahama facility set for '07 finish

Tribune Business Editor
CABLE Bahamas said completion of
its new Grand Bahama customer service
and warehouse complex is scheduled for
late 2007, positioning it for further growth
following a 32 per cent increase in net
profits during the 2006 first quarter.
In his review of the three months to
March 31, 2006, Brendan Paddick, Cable
Bahamas chairman, said.the company was
due to break ground on its new Grand
Bahama facility during the 2006 second
He said: "The Grand Bahama opera-
tions have enjoyed much success over the

years, and as such have outgrown.their
current office facilities. A highly visible
and easily accessible site for the new com-
plex has been identified in the downtown
area of Freeport......"
Breaking down the drivers of Cable
Bahamas' 2006 first quarter performance
by business line, Mr Paddick said that
while the company's cable television busi-
ness was relatively mature, revenues had
grown year-on-year by 10 per cent.
He attributed this to an increase in
Cable Bahamas' cable television sub-
scriber base from 66,551 in the 2005 first
quarter to 70,864 this year.
Basic cable television revenues
increased by 7 per cent during the 2006

first quarter to $6.3 million, and account
for 70 per cent of Cable Bahamas' cable
television revenues.
Mr Paddick said: "Premium cable tele-
vision revenues recorded an increase of
33 per cent, a trend that is expected to
continue as more customers are attracted
to the 'Oceans Digital TV' offerings.
"Revenues from digital services account-
ed for 9 per cent or $0.8 million of total
cable revenues in this first quarter. Once
analogue services are completely elimi-
nated, the expectation is that premium.
cable television revenues will see even

SEE page 2B

Visitor arrivals

decline by 3%

Tribune Business
TOTAL visitor arrivals to
the Bahamas were down by 3
per cent for the first four
months of 2006 compared to
the same period last year,
with higher spending air
(stopover) arrivals unable to
counteract the decline in
cruise visitors by first port of
For the year to April 30,
data from the Ministry of
Tourism showed that while
total air arrivals .:to
Nassau/Paradise Island were
up by 7 per cent, sea arrivals
by first port of entry were
down by 11 per cent year-to-
However, a more complete
picture of cruise ship arrivals
is provided by. data showing
visitors by first and second
port of entry.
SFor the entire Bahamas,
total cruise arrivals by first
and'second port of entry. -
were only off by 2.7 per cent
for the first four months of
2006, standing at 1.498 mil-
lion compared to 1.54 million
in 2005.
However, the decline in
total cruise visitors to the
Bahamas by first port of
entry was more marked,
standing at 5.6 per cent for
the period to April 30,2006.
Yet by second Bahamian
port of entry, the Ministry of
Tourism's statistics showed
that cruise visitor arrivals for
the hrst-four months of 2006
were actually 9.1 per cent
ahead of their 2005 compara-
tives, standing at 329,333
compared to 301,763.
This would seem to suggest
that the major cruise lines are
increasingly using their
Babamian private islands,
such as Coco Cay in the
Berry Islands and Half Moon
Cay near Cat Island, as first
ports of entry for the
This may provoke some
concern among Bahamian
businesses that rely heavily

Data indicates
cruise lines


using private

islands as first

port of call

on the cruise ship industry,
such as tour and excursion
providers, attraction opera-
tors, retailer, taxi drivers and
ground transportation, straw
vendors and hair braiders.
By stopping off at their pri-
vate islands destinations
where they control the excur-
sions and activities on offer-
the cruise lines may be reduc-
ing cruise passenger visitor
spending in. Nassau and
Grand Bahama, simply
because they have already
spent money in their first port
of call rather than the second.
The Tribune understands
that cruise passenger spend-
ing per head is now at about
$68, and the increasing use
of private islands may impede
the.'trickle down' effect of
visitor spending among
Bahamian entrepreneurs and
their employees.
This also ties into cruise
line concerns about that lack
of activities in Nassau and the
state of the city, and Bahami-
an entrepreneurs' cries that
cruise controls on mark-ups -
'and therefore their profit
margins create a vicious cir-
cle by leaving them without
the capital to reinvest in their
By first port of entry, Nas-
sau/Paradise Island saw a 103
per cent decline in cruise vis
itor arrivals during the first
four months of 2006, falling
to 629,913. Overall, by first
and second port of entry, the
decline/was less pronounced,
standing at8.4 percent.

SEE page SB

$196m in hotels

incentives granted

Tribune Staff Reporter
THIRTY- seven applications
for Hotels Encouragement Act
incentives were approved
between June 1, 2005, and May
31, 2006, worth an estimated
value of $196.710 million, the
minister of financial services
announced during his contribu-
tion to the 2006 Budget in the
House of Assembly.
Vincent Peet said the total
value for all projects who
obtained incentives was
$491.776 million, and the
reported total value of contracts
(or value of labour costs at the
time of approval ) was $57.778

SEE page 6B

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$80m Radisson transformation

expected to begin within 30 days

The $80 million project to convert the Radisson Cable Beach
resort to a Sheraton-branded hotel is expected to begin within 30
days. Financial Services and Investments Minister Vincent Peet told
the House of Assembly during the 2006 budget debate.
Mr Peet said Bah;i Miar had; submitted to the G(ovecrrnent a
revised master plan, inc casing the capital investment from $1 bil-
lion to a minimum of $2 billion.
In addition, Mr Peet said that number of hotels room for the pro-
ject will now increase from 2,700 to 3,550. He said that over 5,000
employees were projected to be hired during construction, and a
similar number of permanent employees upon completion of the
project by 2010.
He added that in 20056-2006, some $30 million was spent on Casi-
no Tower room reservations and new gaming technology.
The minister said that following the signing of the Letter of
Intent several months ago between Baha Mar and its strategic
hotels and casino partners, Starwood and Harrahs, definite part-
nership agreements will be completed shortly.

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ing as an alternative to paying
out large sums of precious
How it works is this. Say you
are interested in buying a car.
A leasing company buys the
car and rents it, to you for a
monthly fee for a specified
period. At the end of the peri-
od, or lease, you get the option
to return the car, continue leas-
ing it for a further period, or
buy it outright for a pre-deter-
mined amount.
There are several advantages
of equipment leasing, ,
1) It is easier to obtain than
bank loans, as the leasing com-
panies will not require to see a
business plan. For small items,
such as office equipment, your
personal credit should suffice
and the transactions should be
no more complicated.than
signing up for a credit card. On
larger sums, the leasing corn-

J SBusiness
0 i Sense


leasing is a

great way to

free up your

working capital

and provide

extra cash to

grow your

Mark Palmer

pany may require more
detailed financial information
on your company such as your
annual accounts, or a more
thorough credit analysis.
2) It is appropriate for start-
up businesses with no track
record, as the personal credit
rating of the owners will often
3) In developed countries,
lease financing is abundantly
available for a wide variety of
4) It will allow you to con-
serve your cash resources.
5) Your monthly lease pay-

ment is an expense, which
means it will not show up as
debt. on your balance sheet.
Your debt to equity ratio is
therefore lower, and your busi-
ness looks more valuable
6) If you live in a tax juris-
diction, there are tax benefits
that your accountant will be
able to explain to you.
7) Leasing allows you to
upgrade your equipment every
few years. This is an advantage
if your equipment becomes
obsolete, or depreciates quick-
There are, however,.:some:
downsides to equipment leas-
ing that you need to be aware.
1) The cost will generally be
higher than if you borrowed
the money from the bank, or
purchased the equipment out-
right, so make sure to calcu-
late carefully the total cost of
the lease and factor in any hid-
den costs that may be lurking
in the contract.
2) Your business will not
own the equipment, as the
owner will be the leasing com-
pany that owns the lease con-
Before you approach your
bank or lease finance company
for this type of financing, con-
sider the following steps.
First, you will need to decide
whether your business needs
to own the equipment or just
have the use of it. Your
accountant will be able to
advise you. If you are looking
to sell your business, then
equipment leasing vill help
your balance sheet look
stronger and thus make your
company more attractive to

Second, try to get as much
as possible included in your
lease financing. By negotiat-
ing, you may be able to get the
company to agree to no down
payment, and tp include instal-
lation and even maintenance
into the contract. This will
allow you to keep more cash in
the business.
Third, check whether the
company selling the equipment
is the same that is offering the
lease finance, as they often are
not one and the same. In most
cases, a separate company
offers the lease contract. If that
is the case, get another quote
to make sure the lease finance
quote is corripetitive.
Fourth, check if a broker is
representing the leasing com-
pany, as this will often increase
the final cost to you. I you can
deal directly with a leasing
company, then this may be the
cheapest option.
Finally, check the contract
carefully, especially the small
print to make sure that there
are no onerous clauses. Your
lawyer will be able to do this
for you.
Having a coherent strategy
for buying your plant and
equipment is an important con-
sideration for your business.
So, in order to avoid the trap
of antipreneurship, make sure
you take-some time to consid-
er the options available, as it
could improve your chances of
business success.
NB: Adapted from his
upcoming book, Antipreneur-
ship And How to Avoid It,
Mark draws on 20 years of top
level business, marketing and
communications experience in
London and the Bahamas. He
consults and currently lives in
Nassau, and can be contacted
Mark Palmer. Al rights

Scotiabank's 'Forgive & Forget' Mortgage Campaign

To celebrate our 50th year in The Bahamas, Scotlabank Is giving
away $50,000 in priz.

Dow-payment as low as 5% (with IMortagpe ndemnto y Inurance)

Campaign run until July 14 2006

C eorli*tWte today and bt SctkoablIN h*ly pou(*p t & forge

Moum y $dnce lxifl

Cable's Grand Bahama

facility set for '07 finish

FROM page 1B

greater growth by reclaiming
revenue losses that resulted

from the proliferation of illegal
access gained to the premium
service tiers in the last two
Mr Paddick told Cable

Bahamas shareholders that the
company's Coralwave Internet
business was one of its "fastest
growing segments", generat-
ing $4.7 million or 30 per cent
of the 2006 first quarter rev-
Internet subscribers grew
across all Coralwave product
lines to reach 31,529 at quar-
ter's end, up from 26,056 in the
2005 first quarter. Monthly
recurring Internet revenues
stood at $1.6 million at the end
of the.2006 first quarter, up
from $1.3 million in 2005.
Mr Paddick said Cable
Bahamas' data business saw its
revenues grow by 20 per cent
in the 2006 first quarter to
exceed $1.9 million, account-
ing for 13 per cent of revenues
during the period.
Growth in sales to Bahamian
businesses and international
telecoms carriers saw monthly
recurring revenues from the
data business reach $667,000,
surpassing $556,700 during the
previous quarter.
Mr Paddick added that by
upgrading Caribbean Cross-
ings 'Bahamas Internet Cable
System' from 2.5 gigabytes to
10 gigabytes, the company
expected "to realise continued
increases in customers, band-
width sales and upgrades in
national and international cir-
cuit connectivity from existing
Cable Bahamas spend $2.5
million on capital projects dur-
ing the 2006 first quarter,
including the deployment of
digital services and plant
upgrades and expansion asso-
ciated with providing services
to new subdivisions in New
Providence and Exuma.
Coralwave's bandwidth plat-
form was increased by 67 per
cent, from 775 megabytes to
1.2 gigabytes.
For the 2006 first quarter,
Cable Bahamas saw its teal
revenues rise 15 per cent to
$15.7 million, up from $13.6
million the year before.
Operating income rose by 22
per cent to $7.9 million, wp
from $6.4 million, whiAe et
income was $4.3 million.





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P.O.Box N-44
Nassau, Bahamas



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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006, PAGE 3B


PLP approved 53% of investor projects

Tribune Staff Reporter
SINCE the PLP took office
in May 2002, 229 of the 430
investment applications sub-
mitted to the Ministry of
Financial Services and Invest-
ments have approved by the
National Economic Council
(NEC). This means that just
over 53 per cent have been
Combined, the total value of
approved projects is $11.2 bil-
lion, including the Ginn pro-
ject in West End, which has a
total projected investment of
$4.9 billion. In addition, other
major projects include Baha
Mar, Kerzner International's
Phase 3, The I-Group's
Mayaguana Development and
Ritz-Carlton Rose Island
Hotel Company.
SVincent Peet, minister of
financial services and invest-

ments, told the House of
Assembly during his budget
speech that of the 229 invest-
ments, 48 were currently under
construction, and 181 projects
are at various preparatory
stages but have not yet com-
menced construction. He
added that some 47 projects
were turned down by the NEC
during the four-year period.
According to Mr Peet, a sub-
stantial number of these pro-
jects will commence construc-
tion within the next 12-18
"According to my ministry,
outlining contracts that have
been awarded and monies
invested to date [this year],
$1.5 billion has been invested
in the Bahamas compared to
the $275 million for the corre-
sponding period in 2005," Mr
Peet said. "Of the $1.5 billion
invested to date, over 600 con-
tracts valuing $428 million have
beeri awarded to Bahamian
contractors with over 3,700
jobs being created, compared

to contracts valuing $275 mil-
lion with over 2,900 job gen-
erated in the 2005 report."
Mr Peet said increasing for-
eign direct investment was
directly benefiting Bahamian
contractors, boosting job
opportunities for Bahamians.
He also gave a breakdown
of some of the major invest-
ments taking plac:
Mr Peet noted that Kerzner
International's Phase III pro-
ject had a projected capital
investment of $1.075 billion.
To date, the capital investment
is $277.5 million.
Contracts awarded to
Bahamians totaled $103.1 mil-
lion, with a projected employ-
ment during construction of
3,570 and a permanent
employment of 800.
On the island of Mayaguana,
the' I-Group had a projected
capital investment of $1.8 bil-
lion. To date, there has'been a

Port Authority to assess Freeport's 'logistics' pull

FROM page 1B

(Bahamas), which operates the 741 acre Sea
Air Business Centre, will initially see 20 acres set
aside for a 30,000 square foot warehouse.
The company, though, has an option over a
further 20 acres and its long-term goal is to
expand its warehouse to 100,000 square feet by
the fifth year of its investment.
Associated Grocers was attracted to Freeport
because it was cheaper'to import produce from
China and other markets to Grand Bahama,
rather than its US distribution facilities, enabling
it to lower prices for its Latin American cus-
Mr Babak said his role was to act as the repre-
'sentatives of the Port Authority's shareholders,
the St George and Hayward families, represent-
ing their interests in the organisation and also in
joint ventures where they are shareholders.
He added that his aim was "to be more suc-
cessful in the future, and bring new investors to
Grand Bahama to benefit the economy".
Mr Babak described as "untrue" and "absolute-

ly not the case" that Barry Malcolm's resigna-
tion as executive vice-president of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority was part of a manage-
ment shake-up in the wake of Julian Francis's
He described Mr Malcolm's departure as "ami-
cable". Mr Malcolm has had'an impressive career
background, and has worked with BORCO, as
chief executive and executive director of the
Bahamas Financial Services Board, and as an
executive with the Inter-American Development
in Washington DC.
Mr Malcolm said his parting had been an "ami-
cable" one, and he looks forward to his future
endeavours in business development and invest-
When asked whether he was asked to resign, he
replied: "My resignation was requested by the
Port and we arrived at a very reasonable and
amicable understanding that looking-forward to
the future, perhaps this was the best way to go."
Meanwhile, Mr Babak said Dillon Knowles
had been promoted to assist Graham Torode as
the vice-president of the Grand Bahama Devel-
opment Company (Devco)..

capital investment of $10 mil-
lion. No contracts have been
awarded to Bahamians as yet,
but 50 Bahamians have gained
employment to date.
On Exuma, he added that
the Emerald Bay Resort and
Marina had a projected capital
investment of $100 million and

a capital investment to date of
$326 million. Contracts award-
ed to Bahamians totaled $100
million, with a projected
employment of 1,000 during
construction and a permanent
employment of 601.
On Abaco, the Abaco Club
on Winding Bay had a pro-

jected capital investment of
$140 million, and capital
investment to date of $100 mil-
lion. Some $15.7 million was
awarded in contracts to
Bahamians, and there is a pro-
jected employment of 500 dur-
ing construction with 196 per-
manent jobs. ,



Bank Automation Specialist

Bachelors Degree

Key Responsibilities:

Assist in implementing the bank's automation project
Liaise with Service Centres to set up scanning process
Scan days work and documentation from Service Centres
and accounting and operation areas

Knowledge and Skills

Attentive to detail
PC Skills
Some knowledge of bank processes and functions
Ability to process high volumes of work accurately and

Send resume no later than Friday June 30th, 2006 to:

The Human Resource Director
51 Frederick Steet
P.O. Box N-4853
f: 326.3000



Invites qualified applicants for the following position:-



Strong supervisory and organisational skills.
Commitment to excellent customer service.
Must be a team player.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.


Fluent in French.
Knowledge of another language would be an asset.
Working knowledge of investment instruments.
At least five (5) years Private Banking experience.
CFA qualification.
Proficiency in a variety of software applications including
Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Please send Resume and two (2) references to:

The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P. O. Box 4837
Nassau, Bahamas

Offices in
Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, London, Montreal,
Nassau, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong


SCitco Bank & Trust
Company (Bahamas) Ltd.

The Citco Group Ltd. is an organization of financial service companies with offices.
throughout the world and which provides corporate, fiduciary, fund administration andc;
banking services.;

We invite candidates from qualified Bahamians or persons with Bahamian status for the;
position of:

-'- - --- - -

Vice President /Resident Manager

The candidate will be responsible for overseeing the overall daily operations of the bank,^
which primarily consist of the custody and trading of Hedge Funds in addition to normal'"
banking operations. The candidate will be providing guidance and strategic direction-,
for thedevelopment and/or marketing of the necessary banking product and services,
and seeking commercial opportunities for the bank.

Operational responsibilities include management of the bank's client desk which work,
consist of the input and reconciliation of general ledger data and administrative and..
clerical responsibilities. Other duties consist of preparing the bank's business plan,;,
periodic internal reporting and maintaining contact.with local authorities and external-'
auditor. Experience in reporting to a Central Bank is a definite advantage.;

Given the synergy wiith the services provided by other Citco affiliates in the corporate;
management, trust and offshore mutual fund administration, a good working knowledge;"
of these services is required for the proper functioning of the candidate. Given the
importance to the bank of the increased number of customers, strong knowledge of the&
Dutch language is a requirement.

The current environment of International Banking requires an extensive knowledge of*
local ahd international regulation. As such the candidate such have experience with these
regulations. 4

The successful candidate should have a minimum of 10 years experience in one or more
of the mentioned affiliated/related areas of service or responsibility, with strong emphasis
on custody and trading of Hedge Funds. At least 5 years of the minimum 10 years
experience should be in a banking environment with some years at a managerial level.
The candidate should be willing to be relocated.

The candidate must be highly motivated with excellent communication skills and
demonstrable career achievements. A high level of computer literacy is also required,
with the candidate having experience with IBM AS/400 mainframe systems, Microsoft
Office applications, SQL and Visual Basic knowledge.
Remuneration is based on knowledge and experience. Citco offers benefits and medical
insurance and excellent prospects for further career growth with the Citco Group of

If you are interested, please send your curriculum vitae and covering letter to:
Fax or mail resumes to:
Managing Director
P.O. Box N-4906
Nassau, Bahamas





"Please be advised that the following
offices will be closed on Friday June 23,
20O6 and will re-open on Monday, June
26, 2006 at the usual business hours.

: Bahamas First General Insurance
Company Limited
:Nasau Underwriters Cole Albury Agency Ltd.
SMoseley Burnside Insurance Agency Ltd."
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British American

Insurance Company

goes digital to

improve service

,I.Vu.6-t J .1 .L. ttiiio ...".3iji.ILj.. U. ..IIL. ... ......L. BRITISH American Insur-
ance has equipped its Home
Unique opportunity to work with distinguished Service agents with Personal
ornithologists on a broad spectrum of bird research issues. Digital Assistants (PDAs) to
Excellent training opportunity in field research, public increase their efficiency and
enable them to provide cus-
education and community-based conservation. tomer service in real-time.
Opportunities to travel to other Islands and also to the Gilbert Williams, British
United States to conduct research and make scientific American Insurance's vice-
presentations. president for home service
sales, said more than 90 agents
in Nassau, Grand Bahama,
..' Through a special arrangement with COB, students can earn Exuma and other Family
i. college credits for participation in the project. Scholarship Islands have been trained to
-- . I opportunities may also be available for students successfully use the new devceThe PDA
... ,. completing the project. stores all current policy infor-
completng the project. nation on clients.
S"~" .By using the PDA technol-
.. Comfortable stipend offered to successful applicants. ogy, our agents can have
instantraccess to current rates. a e
Duration: 18 months (October'06 -April '08) so they may provide quotes
and proposal on the spot. They
,: may also keep track of their
Location:, South Eleuthera, Bahamas and contacts and appointments,
and have information at their
Michigan, USA fingertips as to whether, a pol-
i dicy or loan is paid or not." Mr
Williams said.
Send letter of interest and CV to:
Jasmine Cooper
ahsm atne iCooer T"In essence, what we are
Bahamas National Trust < t P tis
SBahamas National Trust doing with the PDA is taking
P.O. Box N4105, Nassau, Bahamas customer service on the road
Email: and into our neighborhoods.
SThis means our agents can be
More efficient, because they
have all the information they
need at their fingertips, so they
h K can provide faster service to
the Kirtan d clients.
; Tonia Mullings, a British
SXnarbler American Home Service
W.. .elr agent, added: "Prior to this we
Carried two binders with rates
training and client information, which
research & was quite burdensome. I can
project now provide responses faster,
with a.more professional flair
Sand keep the client's informa-

Soliria 3
SFinancial Advisors Ltd.'
iincing Information As OL:
22 June 20(
J,.:L,- BSx LSTEC. r 1C-._-.E, t .I uTTEA '.rSIT i-JW. BISXBAmj~l.I.A ..'D'. FORK HORE Da I' .: IIFC'F.:r.'A'T C 1
B I ALL SHi.FL'E TrEr :,:: ,LOSU E 1 .51 4 CH 1 0 i0 .'- %,"H i,, .02 L L % ] 'T'D % 12 C.1
wk-H. 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Clo Today's Clo. Change Daily Vc EPS $ Div P/E Yiel
.51 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.39 1.51 0.12 7,000 -0.019 0.000 N/M 0.00%
11.75 8.70 Bahamas Property Fund 11.75 11.75 0.00 L.568 0.380 7.5 3.23
7.24 6.35 Bank of Bahamas 7.23 7.23 0.00 0.738 0.330 9.8 4.569
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2.50i
11.80 1.25 Bahamas Waste 1.30 1.43 '0.3 13,576 0.143 0.060 10.0 4.20!
49 1.05 Fidelity Bank 1.49 1.49 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.689
60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.21 9.21 0.00 \ 0.618 0.240 14.9 2.61
.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.000
10.80 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.80 10.80 0.00 0.931 0.600 11.6 5.56%
6~26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.39 5.16 -0.23 0.115 0.045 46.9 0.83%
2 88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.60 2.50 -0.10 6,000 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.005
62.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 L1.5 3.86
'.50 10.45 Finco 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.745 0.540 [5.1 4.78?
12.43 8.60 FirstCalibbean 12.43 12.43 0.00 0.885 0.500 14.0 4.0'7%
41.07 8.42 Focol 11.07 11.07 0.00 5,000 0.885 0.500 12.5 4.529
1'.27 0.95 Freeport Concrete 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.5l 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.1 4.261
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 7.91 -0.01 0.160 0.000 49.6 0.00q
it.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.585 4.9 5.859
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:4.00 12.2Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 11.00 1.923 0.7207.8 4.80
10.14 10.00aribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.80GNM 7.801
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0'2wk-H 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Mont Div Yield
1.,.2936 1.2353Colina Money Market Fund 1.293573*
2..8564 2.3657Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fur2d78564 **, 10.44 22.44
.39L5 2.2487Colina MSI Preferred Funod2.391480** 3.417
?.1643 1.1006Colina Bond Fund 1.164331****

E'wk-Hi- Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $- Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
'.wk-Low- Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $- Selling price of Collna and fidelity 09 June 2006
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
aToday's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume weekly Vol.- Trading volume of the prior week ** 31 May 2006
'lcange- Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A collpany 's rep o!led r lrilings pe shal-,.- fo the last 12 mlth;
liajly Vol.Numblr of total shai i traded today NAV N et se lut e ** 30 April 2006
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tion more secure. This defi-
nitely makes my job easier and
more fulfilling."

Harold Williams, assistant
vice-president of information
technology for British Ameri-
can Insurance, said: "We have
invested substantial sums, and

have been steadily enhancing
all our IT systems in a num-
ber of areas, all with the cus-
tomer in mind, and in the near
future our customers can
expect to see more technolog-
ical innovations as we continue
to combine the traditional per-
sonal touch with all the con-
veniences and flexibility of cut-
ting edge technology."

Travel Agency Manager.

Three year experience in Travel Agencies
S--, manage ne._ L^ .. ....
Experience organizing team work
Analytical skills for direction
Fully trained in Tour Tek Comiputer System
Strong Accounting knowledge
Speak Spanish fluently
S-,Wide know ledge of Ihe Cuban Tourist products.
Only serious applicant

Send the resume to P.O. Box:EE-16319 before
June 30, 2006
Only the successful applicants will becontacted.

* BRITISH American
Insurance has introduced
the use of Personal Digi-
tal Assistants in its homes
service sales to provide
faster, improved service
to customers.
* PICTURED (on the
right) are Tonia Mullings,
agent; Harold Williams,
assistant vice-president of
information technology;
Dorlene Sawyer, client,
and Shelly Bullard-Rolle,
sales manager

Field Assistants for

Exciting Scientific

Research Project

The Kirtland's Warbler Training and Research Project is
seeking to employ two biology or environmental science
majors as field assistants for its next two field seasons
beginning October 2006 thru April 2008)

CllAUrn Th, Rohmo r hnmnrP St dtiiPht qA refn+c ePrrpe

Kingsway Academy Teaching Positions for September

Kingsway Academy invites qualified High School
applicants for the follow positions for September 2006.

Dean of Students who is also able to teach up to the
Auto Mechanics and Woodwork
English Language and Literature
Food and Nutriton and Needlework
Religious Studies and Bible/Christian values
Religious Studies Studies/History

Successful applicants must:

Be a practicing, committed bori istian
Have minimum qualifications Degree in
the appropriate subject areas or ,iei .iom a
recognized college or university
Have a valid teacher's certificate or diploma where
Be willing to participate in extra curricular activates,

Applicants must be made in writing together with full curriculum vitae, a
recent color photograph and names of at least three references, one being
that of your Church Pastor to:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
P.O. Box N-4378
Nassau, Bahamas

For further information, please contact the Business office
at telephone numbers 324-6269 or 324-6887.

PAG E 4B, FR IDAY, J U NE 23, 2006


FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006, PAGE 5B,


Visitor arrivals decline by 3%

FROM page B to April, standing at 133,163. as a first port of call than they a
For the month of April alone, had in the past" to drive cruise
the Ministry of Tourism said arrivals there.
And on the Family Islands, cruise arrivals to Nassau as a On the Family Islands, visits
where the private islands are first port of entry were down by first port of call during April

located, cruise visitor arrivals
by first port of entry were down
by 8.3 per cent for the first four
months in 2006, falling to
390,336. Yet by second port of
entry, arrivals were up by 15.9
per cent.
Meanwhile, Grand Bahama
continued to enjoy a rebound
from post-2004 hurricane weak-
ness, with total cruise arrivals
up by 41.9 per cent for the year

"because many of the major
cruise lines brought in fewer
passengers" than in the same
period of 2005".
While Carnival Cruise Lines
and Norwegian Cruise Lines
brought in more passengers,
"many of the other major cruise
lines did exactly the opposite".
However, Carnival Cruise
Lines "continued the trend of
calling more on Grand Bahama

were also down despite Royal
Caribbean Cruise Lines and
Norwegian Cruise Lines calling
there first.
However, there was better
news.regarding stopover visi-
tors, whose per capital spending
is over $1,000. Air arrivals to
the Family Islands year-to-date
were up by 4 per cent, while on
Grand Bahama they had
declined by only 1 per cent.

csb consultants limited

Presently considering applications for



Looking for candidates with:

1. 2+ years experience in structural and civil drafting and the creation of construction
2. Strong working knowledge of the PC, AutoCAD 2004 Release software and
Autodesk Land experience is a plus.

Responsibilities include:
1. The drafting and creation of construction documents.
2. Assisting Engineers on site with supervision and management duties.
3. Participating in design development meetings.

Candidates should be hard working and be able to handle a number of projects
simultaneously, csb consultants limited is a team orientated company, and potential
employees should capable of adapting to this philosophy.
All interested candidates should email there resumes to:
OR fax to:

(242) 325-7209
ATTN: Mr. Mark Williams

has a vacancy for the position of


Relevant graduate or postgraduate degree and/or professional
4I qualifications e.g. ACCA, CPA, CGA, CFA,
Management of the Internal Audit function within all Fidelity Group
operations (Bahamas, Cayman, Turks & Caicos Islands)
Liaison with Price WaterhouseCoopers to oversee their internal audit

Formalization of the risk management process

Updating and maintaining the policy and procedural manuals
Overseeing the implementation of the disaster recoveryplans
Preparation of business-focused recommendations/reports that
provide clear actions to address control weakness.

Good level of business awareness and an understanding of
Fidelity's strategic and tactical goals.
Specialist expertise in capital markets, asset management, financial
management, audit and risk management

*. An awareness of general financial services issues including regula-
tory requirements.

Reasonable knowledge of core banking processes and banking

1 Strong communication & PC skills

The person will report directly to, the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
The successful candidate will be offered a competitive
compensation package including benefits and bonuses
commensurate with his/her experience and performance.

Send resume no later than Friday June 30th, 2006 to:
The Human Resource Director
51 Frederick Steet
P.O. Box N-4853
f: 326.3000


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Lots No. CB-3 (18,800 sq.
ft.) & CB-4 (33,100 sq. ft.)
Palmetto Shores
South Palmetto Point

2 Bed 2 Bath, Living Room,
Dinning Room & Kitchen
all in one Gross floor
area 930 sq. ft.

For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unitat: 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: "
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas to reach us before July 21 2006.



Invites qualified applicants for the following position:-



Preparation of the Bank's financial statements for internal
and external reporting purposes.
Preparation of regulatory reports for Central Bank.
Preparation of statistical reports.
Preparation of various client statements and customized
Assisting with the coordination of year-end audits.
Responsibility for the accounting activity of managed banks.


University degree, preferably in accounting.
CPA, CA or equivalent.
Two (2) to three (3) years audit experience.
Strong communication, administrative, time management and
reporting skills.
Advanced level capability in Microsoft Excel.
Analytical skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Word.
Must be willing to take initiative and be a team player.

Please send Resume and two (2) references to:

The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P. O. Box N-4837
Nassau, Bahamas

Offices in
Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, London, Montreal,
Nassau, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong

PAQE .6B, FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006

$196m in hotels incentives granted

ovate and refrubish existing
The majority of applications
were approved for refurbish-
ment and renovation projects,
and for additions/extensions to
existing hotels, he explained.
Mr Peet said five applica-
tions were in respect of new
hotels, including the re-devel-
opment of Chub Cay Club

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Legal Notice


Late of Harbour Island, The Bahamas

Notice is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are required
to send their names, addresses and particulars of the
debts t claims certified in g rating to the undersigned
on or before the 21 st Julyt.df, 2006 reqired, to prove
such debts or claims, or in default be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such debts or
claims are proved; after the above date the Personal
Representatives of the above Estate will distribute the
Estate assets having regard onla to the proved debts or
claims of vihich they shall have had notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full
settlement on or before 21st July, 2006.

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
Attorneys for the Personal Representatives
Mareva House
4 George Street
Ngssau, Bahamas.


The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified teachers for positions available at
St.John's College, St. Anne's School, Bishop Michael
Eldon School, Freeport, and St. Andrew's School, Exuma

Language / Literature

Only qualified Teachers with Bachelor or Master Degrees from
an accredited University or College and Teaching
Certificate need apply

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

Letters of application and /or completed application forms with
copies of required documents must be sent by Friday, June 30th
2006 to the Anglican Education Department addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O. Box N-656

Resort and Marina in the Berry
Islands, Baha'Mar's Cable
Beach Resorts, and the Atlantis
Phase 3 expansion.
According to the minister, the
newly formed Domestic Invest-
ment Board and its promotion
of one stop-shop" will greatly
impact applications for conces-
sions under the Hotel Encour-
agement Act.
"Many Bahamians are not
fully aware of the availability
of duty-free concessions under
the Act and how to utilise those
concessions," Mr Peet said. "It
is anticipated that every
Bahamian investor will become
aware of what is available to
enable them to have a greater
stake in our economy."


50% of

This, he said was why, his
ministry prepared a brochure
setting out the incentive legis-
lation and the ministry respon-
Mr Peet added that a num-
ber of smaller Bahamian prop-
erties in New Providence and
the Family islands benefited
from incentives last year.
"These included Tranquility
on the Bay in Crooked Island,
Latera Palmetto resort on
Eleuthera, and Carleton Land-
ing in Abaco. In New Provi-
dence, Garden of Eden Hotel,
Fox Hill and Adelaide Villas,"
he said.
In addition, the minister said
that under the Industries
Encouragement Act, incentives


SLocated in the Lyford Cay Shopping Center
Sale hours: 10am-4pm
Monday- Saturday

NOTICE is hereby given that PREVIL PATRICK OF KEMP
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 23RD day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

"Please be advised that the offices
KING & Co.
Worldwide Corporate Service
Providers Ltd.
Have Moved to the following address:
Old Towne Marina, Second Floor,
Sandyport, West Bay Street
Telephone No.327-3127
Fascimile: 327-3125(Temporary)



Trained enumerators from The Department
of Statistics will visit business establishments
and households throughout New Providence
and Grand Bahama in order to collect
information to update our registers. This
profiling exercise begins June 19, 2006.

During this exercise very limited range of
questions will be asked, eg: business name
of what type and address; contact person;
employment size, etc. No information will
be sought on income or expenditure.

As always, enumerators will carry official
photo identification and correspondence. All
information collected will be held in the
strictest of confidence and used only for
statistical purposes.

For additional information please contact
The Department of Statistics Establishment
Section 302-2460, 302-2461 or 326-4602.

m lion. He'added that about
9 persons would be employed
fo the construction, renovation
a refurbishment of projects
th t had incentive requests
a roved.
oacessions under the Act
us ally include customs duty
e options for building mate-
ri equipment and furnishings
fonew hotels, as well as to ren-

approval had been granted for
capital investments totalling
$10.477 million, with an aver-
age investment of $952,491.
"These projects are expected
to employ 92 Bahamians at
commencement and more than
200 over the next 18
months.The manufacturing at
these factories is expected to
commence in the next three to
12 months," the minister said.
Mr Peet said the majority of
these investors are Bahamians
who have recieved funding from
the Bahamas Development
Bank and other Bahamas-based
lending institutions.
The minister congratulated
Scotiabank and Commonwealth
Bank for providing funding for
local businesses. "It has set a
new trend," he said.
He also provided a list of
companies which had received
approval under the act:
Trtssco A total capital
investment of $375,000 for the
production of roof trusses.
Eleven persons are to be
Chad-Weld Manufacturing
- $750,000 for the production of
aluminum stairs, rails and gates.
The company will employ five
One Holding Ltd A $1.329
million investment for the pro-

NOTICE is hereby given that JACKSON DORGEUS OF
MARKET ST, 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 16TH day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

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

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 23RD day of JUNE,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
dissolution, which commenced on the 21st day of June, 2006.
The Liquidators is Argosa Corp, Inc., PO. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Argosa Corp. INC.

International Offshore Bank
with Latin American ties is
seeking an OPERATIONS
ASSISTANT. Familiar with
general office duties, loan
documentation, filing.
Applicant must be fluent in
SPANISH. Proven knowledge
of MS Office products. Please
submit your resume to
Managing Director, P.O. Box
CB11903, Nassau, NP.

duction of water and ice. Five
persons are to be employed
GoodFellow Farms-
$650,000 for the production of
jams, vegetables and processed
vegetables. Seven persons are
to be employed.
Island Marine Covering -
$364,200 for the production of
aluminum gutter systems and
metal roofs. Five persons will
be employed.
Mel's Fibre Craft- $27,500 ,
for the production of plastic and i,
nylon filaments. One to three ;
persons will be employed. -
Percision Mix Concrete $2 ,
million for the production of ;
ready mix cement. Nineteen r
persons will be employed.
Island Blocks $1.2 million
for the production of concrete
blocks and pre-cast products.
Twelve persons are to be
Carribean Cottages $3.214 '.
million for the production of
fabrication wood and metal.
The company will employ
between 12-115 people..
Chic Charney Beverages -
$550,000 for the production of
plastic bottles. Eight persons
will be hired. '
Food Source $14,000 for "
the production of spice and sea-
sonings. Seven persons are to
be employed.

2 Week Long Pre-Summer Sale
June 26 through July 8. 2006





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The Public is hereby advised that I, MARIE ANGE ESTIVEN
of St. Vincent Rd., P.O Box: CB 12299, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change my name to MARIE ANGE MESIDOR.
Any written the intended name change must
be addressed to the Registrar General's Office and the
Chief Passport Officer and a copy .thereof to the
undersigned chambers.

NOTICE is hereby giLe ,. that JEAN W.. NICOLAS OF
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 23RD day of JUNE,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,'
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that TABIA THOMAS OF 37
52741, 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 23RD day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

NOTICE is hereby given that ESSIE JOSEPH OF MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16TH day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

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3 Bed/ 2 Bath Residence 2,854 sq ft situated on 1.85 acres
Located Queens Highway, Nicholls Town, North Andros.

For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
at: 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit, P.O., Bx N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
to reach us before July 21 2006.

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(A Govt. of India Undertaking)
(Incorporated in India) (Head Office: Mandvi, Baroda)

____ __ (OO0's ormittd)
31i4M42006 at 31 ri 2Wo5*1
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SCHEDULE 31" March 2006 31 March2006
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Reserves & Surplus
Minority Interest
Other Liabilities & Provisions

Cash and balances with
Reserve Bank of India
Balances with Banks and
Moy at Call and Short Notice
Loans & Advances
Fixed Assets
Other Assets
Goodwill on Consolidation
Contingent Liabilities
Bills for Collection
Significant Accounting Plicies
Notes on Accounts



3470.96,39 2777,10.68

7 10471,33.01
8 35645,17,30
9 61483,12,15
10 974.84.55
11 4392,79,69
12 39346,11,94



The Schedules referred to above fonm an integral parto.ftetbla2IP6 I eat

Consolidated Profit and Loss Account for the year ended 31st March, 2006
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SCHEDULE 31" March 2006 31" March 2005,
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7358,60,41 6657,63.73
1302.76,71 138-6.31,03
8661.37,12 8043,94,76

Interest Earned 13
Other Income 14
Interest Expended 15
Operation Epnss 16
Provisions and Cotingencies
Consolidated Pro before Minority
interest and share of eanng in
Share of eamngs in Associates 17
Consolidated Net Profit for the yea
before deducting Minority interest
Less Minority Interest
Consolidated Profit for the year
attributable to the group
Balance in Profit and Loss A/c
brought forward
Amount available for appropriation
Transfer to Statutory Reserve
Transfer to Revenue & Other Reserves
Proposed Dividend (nuding Didend Thx)
Balance cared over to consolidated
Balance Sheest
S enlgs per Share (Basic & Diluted) in Rs.
Snfc Accounting Policies 18
Noies on Acounts 19









The ScheduieSreferred to above form an integral part of the Profit & LossAcunt

Dr. Anil K. KhandelwaI
Chi.iJm & M.-~egng lg 'a4,W
ShM A.(, Mahajan
Shri S. P. Chakrabanti
Go.l M.-gr
(Cap A/Cr)
Shri R. K. VVlo
D"ev 0 l M.,..og
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Shn Vinod Rai
Shn H. N. Prasad
Shr T.K. Balasubramanian
Smt. Msrrat Shahid
Dr Dharendra Bhadari
Shri Manesh P. Mehlt

Audftors'Report on consolidated
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financial statements of Bank of Baroaa

The Board of Directors, Bank of Baroda
1. We have audited the attached Consoldated Balance Sheet
of BANK OF BARODA (the San) as on 31 March 2006
and also the Consoldated Profit and Loss Account fo
year ended onthat date as also the Consolidated Ca Flow'
Statement for the year ended on date annexed tlerefo,
These Fiancil Statements athe respond ilitoy the.
Bank's management anc have been prepared by the;.
Sindogement on basis da p e financial s nt
and otiier financial lInformation 'rinng subsidlariej and
asspciaes.' Our tMPoslbty is* eIpress our o~iion
these Financial Statemd e ba ad oar our audit
2. TheConaoldatdFbnct tte be padby
theBank it accordance risthe niAquialAentop Acounting
Standard 21 _Consolidated Financial Statements and
Accounting Standard 23 'Accounting for Investment in
Associate in Cosoidaed FanTcial Stsen, ssd b
issuedbythenaervemBanour nd I(exceptesodeeesstsaed)
and on the basis o the peratlAudid Financial S en
olftheeB itSubldartesand Associateincorporated n he
Cosolidated F ornancal e Stle3me1nt
3. (a) We have not udid the Financihe utatedment ot-

a31 March 206Mandte bReveankuofTRs.386.61
ore and cash flow amounting to Ra.124.85
crores for the year ended on that date.
(H) thegAssociatesrelectnNetProlofRs.182.32
crres for the year ended 31- March 2006.

(b) We have been provided with the unaudited Financial
Statements as ol 31" March 2006 for reckoning
valuation of investment made by the Bank in UTI Asset
Management Company Prinvte Limited and audited
financial statement as of 31.3.2005 for reckoning
valuation of Investment in UTI Trustee Company
Private Limited, which, for the purpose of the
Consolidated Financial Statements, have been
considered as "Associate.
(c) These financial statements and other financial
nfomation have been audited by otherauditors whose
reports have been furnished to us and our opinion is
based solely on the reports of other auditors.
Unaudited financial statement of UTI Asset
Management Company Private Limited for the year
ended 31st March 2006 forms the sole basis of its
incorporation in consolidated accounts.
4. We conducted bur audit of the Consolidated Financial
Satenefnts in accordance wls Generally Accepted Auding
Slandart s n India. These sand reque that we plan and
panorn the audit to oan reasonable e ssuanc where the
Financal Statements are prepared, n al material respects, In
accordance watanidmnied nnal reporting fraewor and
ar free of material ms-statements. An audit includes;
Titg on a Mst basis. evince supporting the amounts
and ditsdoaures In the financial statements and audit also
includes assesing the accounting principles used and
significantiesrtiies made by the management as wel as
evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We
b I ttori'mudlprovdea__rson_ abaisforouropinlon.
5. Attention i dirmwn to the foOlng ndt,in Schedue .-
(a) Note NoA4-regarding non-ascebraln t of goodwill
capital rewve o oquition of shares in subsidiaris
and associates till 31.03.2005 and consequent non-
disclosure of Minority interest (Schedule 2A) in the
manner so required, and
(b) Note No 6 regarding adjustments arising from
reconcildHato0/earanceo outstanding em stated
Theconaequar telid ofite above hemnot been asctaried
6. Eaings per sham (No No. 21) in S dule 19 are subject
to our observations in paragraphs 3(b) and 5 above.
7. Based on our audit end on consideration of report of other
auditors on separate financial statements and on the other
financial information 01 Ste components, and to the best of
our information and aoooring to the explanations given to
us and subject o paraSgraphs ) and above, w are of
the opinion that the attached consolidated financial
statements give a true and takr view in contonnily with the
accounting principles general accepted in India:
(I) in the ce o0( the Consoldated Balance Sheet, of the
cnolidatad state of aairO of the Bank, ts Subsidiaries
and interests n its Assoce (Bank o Baroda Group)
as on 31 Match 2006;
) intIhecamoftheoConeosdatedProt&LouAAcsount.of
the Profitf Bank of Baroda roupon that date. and
(it) InthecaefConsolidatedCCshowStltement, ofth*
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-Responible for orlcoordination o .ads, sales administration ad
.Achievement of targeted sales volume and maintaining inventory.
-Develop trtureMVCI experience preferred) managers aMd liiemmt
self developed program
.Implementation of tour eficidenc rm d buildag o strong team valm
-Forecast and budget annual sales targets.
-Ensure communication, between personnel and others
-Strong ledership skills
-Minimum 5 years marketing vacation ownership
-Minmum 5 years marketing in management of sales, marketing and /or
administration ,
-College degree preferred. but not required.

Please Send Resumes to:

Attn: HR Director:r
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
Mash Harbour, Abaco
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Thinking the Unthinkable

South dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
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The bidding:
South West North East
1 Pass 2 + Pass
2NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead two of spades.
A long, establishable suit is usu-
ally a welcome sight to declare at a
notrump contract, but it is not always
the answer to his needs. There are,
times when he should look elsewhere
for tricks.
For example, consider this case
where a well-intentioned declarer
lost sight of the forest for the trees.,
He took East's queen of spades with
the king at trick one and could count
seven immediate winners four
diamonds, two clubs and the spade

he had already won. To establish the
two additional tricks he needed, he
played the A-K and another club, set-
ting up the last two clubs in dummy.
'This line of play might have been
a good idea on some other deal, but it
was bound to fail on the actual one. It
allowed the defenders to cash five
tricks in a row consisting of a club,
three spades and a heart before South
could regain the lead to collect the
game-going tricks.
Declarer should have realized
that establishing dummy's clubs was
certain to lead to defeat, and so'
should have tuned his attention else-
where. His only legitimate chance
lay in the hope that West had the jack
of hearts a 50-50 probability -
and had started with only four
spades, which seemed likely from his
lead of the deuce.
In that case, a low heart lead to
dummy's ten at trick two would
enable South to establish two heart
tricks whether the opponents took
the ace immediately or not The only
tricks the defenders could then get
would be three spades and the heart
ace, leaving declarer with the nine
tricks he was looking for.
Although this approach might
easily have failed, it was neverthe-
less better to have some chance for
the contract than to adopt a line of
play that offered no chance at all.

HOW many words of four letters or
more can you make from the letters
shown here?
In making a word, each letter may be
used once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be at least one nine-
letter word in the list. No plurals or
verb forms ending in s, no words with initial
capitals and no words with a hyphen or
apostrophe are permitted. The first word
of a phrase Is permitted (eg Inket in
InkJet printer).

Good 23; very good 34; excellent 46.
Solution Monday.

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36 Late moving Into the centre? (6)

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when new opportunities arre that
allow you to showcase your'alents.
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Although it seems like you'r6efacing
a tough decision, if you thfhktrabout'
it logically, the answer is clear. Do
only what feels right to yog, Taurus.
You are the master of your ow)fate.
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certain sparkle recently, .mini,
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change. A"new romance is'n the;
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take advantage of the opportfity. '
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in life, Cancer. Are you doing l you
can to succeed? Make time topurture
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big ideas, but it's best to not db any-
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you can to help a family `member
with a personal problem on Tuesday.
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the world, don't get too coky --
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week. Now's the time to giv some
thought to why your finanss are
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and what you can do about it1l
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with your plans. Failure isjiJst not
in your vocabulary this week.
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this for granted. Rememberthe peo-,
pie who helped you get to where you
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FROM page one

From the US.
The Camp is designed to
teach fundamentals and skills
such as hitting, passing, setting,
serving, blocking and defence.
,_-;Conyers said the country
;,A q ds to give greater recogni-
tilo to volleyball, a sport that
..was once one of the more dom-
inant ones in the Bahamas.
S"Not much attention has not
Seen given to the sport of vol-
:leyball, but the sport has helped
Many Bahamians excel in life,"
hld-said. "It has created schol-
A rhi~ps, jobs, we are role models
but for some reason volleyball
has been placed on the back-
She said the camp is a means
' ,Tffgiving others the same oppor-
L"tinities she had to learn the
,,'',,ngme and to reinvigorate inter-
;, .stin the sport.
.:,':I feel as if I need to give,
,sLmething back to society and
,,,t.,those persons who have
.f.%heulped me along the way in the
,i .'sport of volleyball," she said.
:,U"'Campers are interested, this
-year's camp has grown tremen-
i tdeibsly and once we teach them
1''ti' basics, teach them to love
"Ttfre game, volleyball can go
places in the Bahamas."
-,: ,, s the camp is designated to
.fi ~us on younger more inexpe-
Sr.,ienced players, Conyers said
,learning the fundamentals of
i r." 'the game would be at the fore-
. '" 'rOnt throughout the week.
*''-' 'The camp is designed to
make each player stronger with
stronger fundamentals. Our
-;'goal is threefold, we want to
-Jiallenge each player to reach a
jrjghher level of play and to teach
them good court awareness and
focus," she said. "We wanf to
.., 'ilp the players develop a true
.J Ayoe for the game with desire
,ji,tl~oexcel. We want players to
improve and learn at a com-
fortable rate yet still enjoy
, jr.t4emselves and have fun."
n", I.,'onyers plan to extend the
ea' ..afip to family islands and
Hopefully use it as a stepping
stone to develop an official
development program.
'"We intend to go even fur-
her, we're going to have the
m,. ap Freeport and we plan on
.',,.,moving the camp around the
Islands next year. We need to
Develop the sport, it hasn't been
given much attention and we
ii; hhve to start from somewhere,"
"' she said. "We want to be on par
'- f'ith the other countries, we
don't want to be left behind,
": ''ears ago when volleyball first
S trw started in the Bahamas we
T, ,~g.minated, now we have fallen
p hind and we must do some-
thing about our development
program. Once you get the chil-
S .,dren interested you can develop
e a, junior program and give vol-
S,! .le\ ball a bright future.

The camp features a number
of highly regarded coaches from
the United States, who are all
making their second appear-
Del Hughes, has over 22
years of experience in the sport,
has achieved the CAP II level
of coaching and. is a USAV
Impact Instructor.
He has coached two differ-
ent age groups to National titles
and is widely regarded as an
accomplished former player and
Hughes said he is excited at
the possibilities of this year's
camp because of the growth it
has experienced in the past
"Tremendous improvement
just in attendance, right now we
have well over 50 kids and we
look forward to more coming,
the kids are having a good time
and they are learning," he said.
He agreed with Conyers, say-
ing that the sport needs more
Exposure and the camp can go a
long way in renewing interest
in the sport.
"Coming here, what we want-
ed to achieve we may have
already gotten that, and that's
awareness," he said, "Last year
when Jackie invited us she
. wanted to bring volleyball back
into the mainstream sports
Also attending the camp are

Eric Harris and Vanessa John-
Harris has also achieved suc-
cess on the state and national
level, coaching multiple teams
which contended for national
championships and has coached
teams from the city of Atlanta
in the National Youth Games.
Johnson is the head varsity
coach for North Gwinnett high
School in Atlanta and Atlanta
Boom Club.
The former national team
member and A.F. Adderley
graduate attended the Ten-
nessee Tech University, where
she was named All conference
for four consecutive years.
Additionally, this year's camp
will have an added twist as
campers will also be assisted by
one of top high school players in
the US.
Nikki Hughes, daughter of
Coach Del Hughes, is also
assisting with the camp, teach-
ing drills and giving the campers
perspective from a younger
SShe is the current Gatorade
National player of the year for
the State of Georgia and will
be attending the University of
Georgia in the fall on a full ath-
letic scholarship.
The camp is held from 9am til
4pm and continues through
June 27.

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Senior Sports Reporter
'COACH Mario Bowleg likes the makeup of
the Bahamas junior boys' national team which will
head to the Tournament of Americas in San
Antonio, Texas next week.
"'The team was selected after the last practice
aXd the names were released by Bowleg, who
will travel with assistant coaches Dexter Cam-
bridge and Ivan Butler from Grand Bahama.
'Donnie Culmer will be the team's manager
S th Sharon 'the General' Storr the technical
'1* Named to the team are: David McPhee,
Crishard Thompson, Dashtyn Baker, Carl Grant,
Dario Pratt, Jeffrey Adderley, Scott Farrington,
Devaughn Jackson, Garvin Hunt, Eugene Bain,
-Robert Missick and Kadeem Coleby.
"I think we are a much stronger team than we
were last year when we played in the Dominican
republic to qualify, especially in the forwards
and the guards area," Bowleg reflected.
"So I think we should fare pretty well."
To ensure that the Bahamas is properly pre-
pared for the challenge ahead, Bowleg revealed
that both Cambridge and Storr left town on
Thursday for the Global Games in Dallas where
they will get a chance to scout Argentina, Puerto
Rico and Canada, their first three opponents at
the Tournament of Americas.
"We know that Argentina have a 7-footer and
Puerto Rico have a 6-11 player, but our biggest

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player is 6-9, so we feel we could match up with
the teams in our pool," Bowleg stressed.
"I still don't think that the 7-footer or 6-11
player could make that much of a difference with
the style we hope to play. We feel we will be
able to run with any of the teams we face."
The wing players, according to Bowleg, are
expected to carry the team. The :best low post
player on the team is Jackson and with Grant,
Baker and Adderley on the wing, Bowleg said
they seem to be solid in the frontcourt.
"We should fare pretty well, but it should all
;boil down to how we come out of our first game,"
said Bowleg, who will get to play Argentina first.
"If we can beat Argentina, we could call it an
"But we know we can beat Puerto Rico,
although they look pretty tough. We haven't real-
ly seen Canada, but we don't think they will be as
tough as Argentina and Puerto Rico. So if we
can come out with two out of three victories, our
chances will be great over there."
Bowleg said having sent Cambridge and Storr
off to scout their opponents, they feel more com-
fortable in getting prepared for the challenge
that is ahead of them next week.
"We hope that the disadvantage is that they
don't know anything about us," Bowleg said.
"So while we will get a chance to scout them,
they will have to wait until they see us on the
The team will leave on Monday. Also expected
to travel are federation executives Larry Wilson
and Edgar Pickstock.

* DEL HUGHES talks to those in attendance at the camp.
(Photos: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

STAn F RD 20*20


3pm St. Maarten vs USVI (Match 1)
7pm Bahamas vs Cayman (Match 2)

7pm BVI vs St. Lucia (Match 3)
3pm Grenada vs Dominica (Match 4)
7pm St. Kitts vs Nevis (Match 5)
3pm St. Vincent vs Winner Match 1 (Match 6)
7pm Barbados vs Anguilla (Match 7)
7pm Antigua vs Winner Match 3 (Match 8)
3pm Guyana vs Montserrat (Match 9)
7pm Jamaica vs Bermuda (Match 10)

7pm Trinidad vs Winner Match 2 (Match 11)

3pm Winner Match 6 vs Winner Match 4 (Match 12)
7pm Winner Match 8 vs Winner Match 5 (Match 13)

3pm Winner Match 11 vs Winner Match 7 (Match 14)
7pm Winner Match 10 vs Winner Match 9 (Match 15)

3pm Winner Match 12 vs Winner Match 15 (Match 16)
7pm Winner Match 13 vs Winner Match 14 (Match 17)

7pm Final Match

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Junior. Sports
THE drought in the
sport of baseball on the
senior level is a major
concern of Vincent Fer-
guson, president of the
Association of Former
and Present Professional
Baseball Players
According to Fergu-
son, the success of past
professional baseball
players should have been
used as a booster for the
sport, but he said the
Bahamas has lost track
and is suffering a serious
He said: "Unfortunate-
ly, at the senior level the
level of play seems to fall
far below what was in
the initial stages of when
baseball was introduced
to the Bahamas and to
New Providence. I am
talking about over 50
years ago.

"Because during the
first three decades of
h baseball here, 1954 to
1984, the country pro-
duced some 46 profes-
sional baseball players.
Since then, supposedly
enjoying such greater
financial support, includ-
ing facilities and other
little things, we have pro-
duced much less in the
last two decades."
Ferguson said there'
are many problems that
have. caused the drought.
but the biggest is -. ..
desire lelf'etfloisefwhQ
p11 Licipating.
Currently, Angelo
Burrows is the only-
Bahamian competing on
the professional level.
Burrows is the minor
leagues playing for the : ,
Atlanta Braves.
SSome of the past pro-,
fessional players includ-
ed Wright, playing for
the Boston Red Sox;
Fred Smith, Cleveland
Indians; Adrian Rodgers,
Milwaukee and Atlanta
Braves and Ferguson for
Milwaukee and Atlanta
SAlthough recognizing
the work of the Junior
Baseball League of Nas-
sau and the Freedom
Farm leagues stating
that they have stepped
up to accept the chal-
.lenge by establishing suc-
cessful programmes -
Ferguson said his main
concern is the seniors.

"What we would real-
ly like to do is to contin-
ue to work with the
young people to see if we
can begin to turn around
the situation that we
presently have in the
country. And to produce
more players at a higher
level, who can benefit
from the knowledge and
experience we have
gained from our profes-
sional years.
"In particular, what we
would really like to do is
to be able to share that
experience with our local
coaches and managers to
raise their knowledge
and skill level so that
they can do what we
can't do during their
league series. Imparting
that knowledge to the

young athletes will give,
them a better opportuni-
ty not only at raising at
the professional level but
to improve their chances
of going off to college."
Ferguson revealed that
the AFPPBP has extend-
ed their arms to associa-
tions, leagues and other
persons affiliated in the
sporting discipline, but
explained that their
attempts have gone

Fountain and Rolle



IN THE boys 16 and under
finals at the BLTA's T-Rex
Junior Nationals being played
at the National Tennis Cen-
tre, it was Jason Rolle and
Jacob Fountain squaring off
for the title.
Both players advanced to
the finals with impressive
showings so far with straight
set wins in each of their semi-
final matches.
Fountain was the aggressor
in this match up, taking it to
Rolle and establishing the
pace early. Both players trad-
ed ground strokes, displaying
some very good tennis and
really entertaining the specta-
The first set was competi-
tive as expected with Foun-
tain taking it 6-4.
In the second set, Fountain
maintained his aggressive style
of play and jumped out to a 4-
2 lead. Rolle managed to win
one more game before Foun-
tain closed out the match tak-
ing the second 6-3.
Both players took the court
,again in the Boys 18 and

under and again the challenge
was on.
The roles were slightly,.-;
reversed with Rolle coming-
out strong and obviously look-'
ing for redemption from his "
earlier loss in the 16's. Foun-:"'..
tain on the other hand seemed.
to be feeling the pressure of
trying to pull off the sweep.
He looked somewhat shaky :-
at the start and Rolle took full
advantage, cruising to an easy
6-1 win in the first set.
Fountain was able to pull .
up the slack in the second set, :
and mounted a challenge for '
the title but Rolle was up to
the task eventually pulling off"
the victory in straight sets 6-1,
In the Boys 14 and under
Kevin Major sought redemp-.
tion with a three set victory: .-
over Ondre Cargill 3-6, 6-3, 6-
The day before, Major lost
to Cargill in the boys 12 and
under semis in three sets. In.-
the other semi final number.-
one seed Johnathon Taylor:-.
advanced to the finals with a
straight set 6-3, 6-3 win over
Robert Lightbourne.

M JACOB FOUNTAIN (left) and Jason Rolle

All male team heads for Paris

Junior Sports Reporter
AN ALL male team will represent the
Bahamas at the North America Central
America and Caribbean Athletic Asso-
ciation's Under 23 meet.
This is the second time there hasn't
been any females named to the team.
Aymara Albury was oiginil:l\ naimd.
but she opted to close her se.l ,ton jafi
long year.
The 15-member team will head to
Paris, France, in August with some of
the top times in the region.
Leading the way i:s Derrick Atkins
with the fastest time in the 100m by any
Bahamian male.
Atkins clocked 10.03 seconds in the
100m over the weekend at the national

Bronze medallist in the long junp
Adrian Griffith will be looking to capture
the gold medal this time around, with a
season's best of 7.59m. His bronze
medalling leap was 7.20m, the winning
leap was 7.52m.
The team of Andretti Bain and
Michael Mathieu are hoping to pull of a
double's victory in the 400m at the
The duo were able to cash in with an
upsetting victory over national record
holder in the 400m, Avard Moncur at
the national championships. Winning
the event was Mathieu in a time of 46.59
seconds followed closely by Bain in 46.60
Although the team consists .of only
male athletes, public relations
officer Ralph McKinney said it is

still well-rounded.
He said: "This is a great team, even
though we don't have any females on it.
This is a very versatile team, meaning
any one of the athletes named can assist
with relay duty.
"We are optimistic. All the athletes
have posted some fast times or'distances
so we are very sure that they will be up in
the top three."
The Bahamas will be counting on
some medals from-.athletes competing
in the field as well.
In the high jump event, Donald
Thomas will lead the charge with a sea-
son's best of 2.15m. At last years cham-
pionships, this clearance would have giv-
en Thomas a gold medal.
The NACAC team will continue train-
ing each day at the Thomas A Robinson

Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu
Christopher Bethel
Ramon Farrington
Kenrick Brathwaite
Dereck Carey
Lavano Ferguson
Jamal Moss
Oscar Green
. Ahmad:Rollk
Lavardo Smith
Donald Thomas
Derrick Atkins
Adrian Griffith

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El ie stars face fitness

est foP place on team

a TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING and Chandra Sturrup will, along with
Andrae Williams and Aaron Cleare, have to pass a physical test before taking their place on the team.

Junior Sports Reporter
FOUR elite track and field
athletes are hoping that their
fitness levels hold up so that
they can take their place in
the national team.
Olympian Tonique
Williams-Darling, Chandra
Sturrup, Andrae Williams and
Aaron Cleare will have to pass
a physical test before they are
outright named to the Central
American and Caribbean
(CAC) Games team.
The team was named yes-
terday by Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Association
(BAAA) executive members
and, although four's names
appear on it, a mandatory
physical test must be done.
This decision was made by
the BAAA since neither of
the quartet competed inl the
BAAA national champi-
onships, held this past week-
end, due to nagging injuries.
The physical test, which can
be done either at home or at a
meet of the athlete's choice
must be done before July 11th,
since the CAC games are
scheduled for July 16th-30th
in Cartegena, Colombia.
At the mandatory national
championships, which were
well attended by all the top
athletes in the country, an ath-
lete wishing to be excused
from the meet must file a
signed medical letter to the
Williams-Darling filed her
medical letter after a nagging

groin injury, sustained t o '
weeks ago, becanie unbeat-
able. At the nationals, she had
an option to compete in either
the 200m or the 400m events,
but said she didn't want to.,
aggravate the injury further.:
National record holder in-
the 100m Chandra Sturrup is'
suffering from a shoulder>
injury which has sidelined her'
for more than three and a half
The last time Sturrup com-;'
peted was on May 28th at the-
Prefontaine Classic, she.'
clocked 11.58 seconds in the-
100m. .
Also taking a long break:
away from competition was-.
Williams, who hasn't compet-:
ed in more than a month and:"
a half now.
The collegiate, who had
posted the second fastest time
in the 400m for Bahamian
males last year, was forced to
sit out the NCAA nationals
championships because of
strained muscles.
However, his time of 47.01
still places him under consid-
Also suffering from a
strained muscle injury is
Cleare, who's last meet was
the NAIA national champi-
onships, held May 25-27th.-
Cleare won the, 400m in a time
of 47.15 seconds.
The winning time at the
national championships in the
400m was 46.59 seconds post-
ed by Michael Mathieu. Chris
Brown did not compete in the
event but will still be consid-
ered as one of the top athletes.

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Volleyball gets

'Back to Basics

Junior Sports Reporter
SFOR the second time in less than a
,year, the Bahamas will be in a position
to field both a men and women's team
in the relays.
The teams will compete at the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean Games
(CAC), set to be held in Cartegena,
Colombia, in July.
The Bahamas' 29-member squad,
which also includes the four athletes
that have been placed under consid-
eration awaiting the results of a fit-
ness test, was released by the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations
(BAAA) yesterday.
-Pn a disappointing note, the team
wll have to travel without Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie, who declined to
participate since she is in the hunt for
the TDK jackpot.
The last time the Bahamas fielded a
men's 4xl00m was at the senior CAC

Bahamas team

Tamicka Clarke
Savetheda Fynes
Christine Amertil
Sasha Rolle
Shakeitha Henfield
Tia Thompson
Jackie Edwards
Lavern Eve
Shandria Brown

*Chandra Sturrup
Chris Brown
Avard Moncur
Dennis Darling
Derrick Atkins
Jamal Rolle
Rodney Greene
Adrian Griffith
Dominic Demeritte

meet, held last year in the Bahamas.
The team of Dominic Demeritte,
Jamal Rolle, Derrick Atkins and
Grafton Ifill was third in a time of
39.08 seconds, seconds shy of obtain-
ing the qualifying time for the World
Championships. ,
Disaster struck at the World -Indoor
Championships and at the Common-
wealth Games for the men's 4x400m,

Nlichael Mathieu
Andretti Bain
Jamal Moss
Douglas Lynes-Bell
Trevor Barry
Osbourne Moxey
Donald Thomas
*Aaron Cleare
*Andrae Williams
subject to fitness

when the team failed to finish the race
as a result of Nathaniel McKinney
pulling up before the first exchange
and Avard Moncur dropping.the
The last completed 4x100 race by
the Bahamas was at the World Cham-
pionships when the Bahamas finished
up in a national record time of 2:57.32
seconds for a silver medal. The team
consisted of McKinney, Moncur,
Williams, Brown and Troy McIntosh.

The women's 4xl00m were unable
to finish up in the preliminaries at the
World Championships, last year, after
Chandra Sturrup fell on the first
exchange. Their only other time was
posted at the CAC games 43.48 sec-
After having two Olympians in the
400m finals, the Bahamas fielded, for
the first time in more than seven
years, a women's 4x400m team at the
CAC games.
The team, which consisted of Chris-
tine Amertil, Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling, Sasha Rolle and Shakeitha Hen-
field, ran a new national record with
3:33.85 seconds.

* TRAINING at the camp yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Sports Reporter
VOLLEYBALL in the Bahamas is working its way
back into the mainstream sporting culture, thanks to the
contributions of one of the game's legends.
The second annual Jackie Conyers "Back to Basics"
Volleyball camp officially got underway yesterday at the
Kendal G.L Isaacs gym, with a number of enthused
campers on hand to learn from highly regarded coaches
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