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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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2006
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter . :




BEC management claims |
union behind power problems



BEC management. has
claimed that the power out-
ages experienced across New
Providence yesterday were the



i] ROYAL Bahamas Police Force officers re-enforce security at the Sir Lynden Pindling Interna-:

tional airport yesterday.

@ By PAUL-TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter .

ALL airports in the Bahamas
are on full security alert follow-
ing yesterday’s foiled terror plot
*.in London.

Passengers at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
were subjected to extra checks
after news came through that
21 arrests of suspected terrorists

had been made by British police |

and intelligence services.
A dawn swoop by officers at
premises in the UK thwarted
‘what was described as “‘the most





















significant terrorist plot since

‘September 11.”

At least six flights from Lon-
don to three US cities had been
targeted for mid-air explosions
— a plan that could have cost
thousands of lives.

Police and security staff in

Nassau were preventing pas- °

sengers from taking liquids, gels
and other substances onto the
aircraft. And cars entering the
airport area were being sub-
jected to additional security
screening.

With a massive build-up of
passengers at London’s

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(Photo: Onan Bridgewater)

Heathrow airport, it’s possible
that scheduled British Airways

flights to Nassau will be

delayed.
In fact, flights worldwide

- were badly affected by yester-

day’s developments.

International reports revealed
that 21 people were arrested in
England for plotting to blow up
six airplanes in mid-flight
between Britain and the US.
Experts said Al Quaeda opera-
tives were the likely culprits.

Heathrow airport, Europe’s
busiest terminal, shut down
immediately and officials
banned all hand luggage on any
flight out of the UK as a pre-
cautionary measure, causing sig-
nificant disruption. .

Also, US authorities raised
their security threat level to red,
warning that they could not be
sure that the plot had been
“completely thwarted”.

According to some reports,
the plan was to detonate explo-

-sives smuggled in “carry-on lug-

gage” when the planes were in
mid-flight over US and UK
cities.

Bringing some focus on just
how severe these plans were,
the Metropolitan Police Deputy
Commissioner Paul Stephenson

was quoted as saying: “Put sim- °

SEE page 11

§



result of sabotage at the hands
of corporation workers.
This came as more than 200
irate BEC workers gathered
‘yesterday at the Clifton Cay







which resulted in generators

shutting down and led to the.

power outages throughout

New Providence,” the state-

ment said. ee
However, Bahamas Electri-

“cal Workers Union (BEWU)

Secretary General Stephano
Greene denied this but said

- that BEC workers would not

SEE page eight

“and some of its members.



Power Plant to protest what
they described as failed con-









tract negotiations.

BEC management yester-
day blamed the outages, which
began around 9 am yesterday,
coinciding with the start of the
demonstration, on the union







A statement from the cor-
poration said that some of the
members went unauthorised
onto the Clifton Pier Power
Station compound, locking the
gates behind them, preventing
authorized persons from enter-
ing the compound.

“These: persons then tam- '
pered ‘with the equipment at .
the Clifton Pier Power Station,

City Markets









said.

1 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor:

A BAHAMIAN investor group last night
said it had completed its purchase of a.78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets, the
company that operates the City Markets
stores, at a total cost of $56 million.

The deal, which is thought to be the largest
buyout for a non-hotel business in the
Bahamas, will see BSL Holdings take over
majority ownership of the 12-store chain,
which operates in Nassau and Freeport, from
US grocery retailer Winn-Dixie.

Winn-Dixie will receive $54 million for its
stake in Bahamas Supermarkets, with the
remaining $2 million related to transaction
costs, including legal and corporate advisory
fees.

BSL Holdings’ Board has as its chairman, J
Barrie Farrington, Kerzner International’s
executive vice-president of administration.
Two other directors are businessman
Franklyn Butler and Anwer Sunderji, chair-

man and chief executive of Fidelity Merchant’

Bank & Trust, which structured the transac-
tion and formed BSL Holdings as a buyout
group.

The last two Board members are G. Antho-
ny King and Frere Delmas, representatives of

SEE page eight

‘Dispute referred to industrial trinunal |

IN A live broadcast last night, Minister of Labour and
Immigration Shane Gibson said he has referred the dispute
with the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union to the Industri-
al Tribunal. . peta

Mr.Gibson said that the supply of electricity is an essential
service and-he had no choice but to take this action.

“The union members should be aware that, once J have
taken this step, no employee shall go on strike and.no union or
member of the union can call a strike while proceedings in rela-
tion to that dispute ‘are pending before the tribunal,” ‘he

“The consequences of failing to comply with the law are a
fine or imprisonment.”



; | / Man, 21; murdered
_ Sale completed : 3















in front of his home
@ By KARAN MINNIS a €
Tribune Staff Reporter

SHOTS rang and persons cried as a 21-

year-old male resident of Bell Road, Mon-

tell Heights was murdered in front of his
home late Wednesday night.

Farren Minnis, also known as Rolle, the
thirty-first murder victim of the year, was
reportedly killed around 10pm when two
persons were seen getting out of a white
Nissan Sentra and entering’the victim’s
yard. :
According to Inspector Walter Evans,
Royal Bahamas Police Force public rela-
tions officer, it was soon after 10-pm when
gun shots were heard and the men where
seen leaving in the same vehicle.

“The victim,” he said, “a dark male,
believed td be in his twenties, was found
dead in front of hishome.” ~

Minnis’ death has left his family: confused
as they do not know. what happened.

Speaking to The Tribune yesterday Mer-
lene Rolle, the victim’s aunt, said the fam-
ily is at a loss at what really happened.

“We have no idea why this happened,”
she said. “I don’t think anyone will ever
really know.”

SEE page 11





PAGE 2, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006

Jergens





THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



Plans now underway for
reconstruction of plaza

@ By GABRIELLE MISIEWICZ

PLANS to reconstruct the plaza on Mackey
Street that was damaged by fire two. weeks ago
are underway, although no definite dates are

available.

Troy Darville, the complex’s landlord, said yes-
terdaythat construction will start as soon as pos-
sible however, due to the nature of the construc-
tion business the dates are “very tricky.”

Excavators are currently being used to clear
the plaza of debris in order to remove the safety

hazard.

Mr Darville said: “Unfortunatel
fire around, you do have a lot of people that...
come in at night when you're not there and there’s
rumbling around in the building and it’s not safe.”
: The clean-up should be completed by Monday
or Wednesday next week at the latest, he said.

Asked about the design of the plaza, Mr
Darville said that they would like to have a very
similar setup to the one that was there before.

He explained that approvals and other neces-
sary paperwork have to be completed, adding
that there is an opportunity to “update and

improve” the building.

The fire caused an estimated hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars in damage, as it affected almost.

the whole plaza.

Fire officials have still not confirmed how the
fire started. However, unconfirmed reports
attribute the cause to welding work being done at
the back of Sun Manufacturing.

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Bahamas ‘should not take part
in Doha free trade negotiations’

m By KAHMILE REID

THE Bahamas should not
sign on the Doha Round of free
trade negotiations according to
a local political activist.

_* Paul Moss, head of the group
Bahamians Agitating for a Ref-

erendum on Free Trade
(BARF), has again voiced his
opposition to the Bahamas join-
ing the World Trade Organisa-

tion, of which the Doha talks

form a part:
« Mr Moss maintains that
WTO membership will be of no
benefit;to the Bahamas.

The Doha (Development)
Round of the WTO negotia-

tions, which began in 2001, aims
to lower trade barriers around
the world, permitting free trade
between countries.of varying
prosperity.

Critics of the Doha round
argue that the agreement is not
focused on fair trade and that
developing countries have to
gain little through direct com-
petition with developed
economies.

Others who share this view
also argue that the agreement
does not address the needs of
poor countries and small farm-
ers.

The Food and Agriculture

Organisation (FAO) said the
Doha round “failed to take suf-
ficient account of the interest
of developing countries and
focussed’ on “free trade rather
than fair trade”.

_ Mr Moss agreed with this,
adding that the government
already pays too little attention
to Bahamian farmers.

He pointed out that if the
Bahamans joins the WTO and
reduces tariffs on foreign agri-

‘cultural products to come into

the country, local farmers will
suffer. ¥
“It simply means that

Bahamians farmers will not be












































@ PAUL Moss

able to compete because the

‘imported products will be ©

far cheaper,” Mr Moss said. -

Earlier this week Minister
of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell said the accession
process for the Bahamas to
become a member of the
WTO is “in a state of lim-
bo.” .

Mr Mitchell indicated that
the Bahamian people need
to.gain a better understand-
ing of the nature of the
agreement. = >

Mr Moss said that “gen-
erally, Bahamians need to
stop relying on government
to inform them on these
issues and inform themselves
— the information is all over
the Internet.”

He said once Bahamians
understand the Doha.agree-
ment better, they will under-
stand that signing on to-such

- deals amounts to diminish-

ing the legislative responsi-
bilities of parliament — which
diminishes a nation’s sover-
eignty. ;

Mr Moss said that the
application to join the WTO,
which was initiated under
the FNM, was ill-advised
and “ought to be pulled
back”.

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In brief

Resident

of the Mud
attacked
with cutlass

A RESIDENT of the Abaco
Haitian community known as
“the Mud” is in stable condi-
tion in hospital after being
involved in a fight last week-
end.

Robert Nicholas was report-
edly on a basketball court
around 8.20pm on Sunday when
he received what police describe
as a “cutlass chop wound” to
the rightarm.

After being taken to the local
Health Clinic for medical treat-
ment, the victim was airlifted
to New Providence.

Nicholas is presently at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.

Officers of the Marsh Har-
bour Posice Station are contin-
uing their investigations into the |
incident.

Hospital
advisor
joins panel
on diseases

DR Glen Beneby, medical
advisor to the Public Hospitals
Authority, has been invited to
join a Delphi Panel to survey
the grand challenges for chron-
ic non-communicable diseases
throughout the world.

The PHA described a grand
challenge as “a specific critical
barrier that, if removed, would
help to solve an important
health problem. The interven-
tion(s) it could lead to might be
innovative and, if successfully
implemented, will have a high
likelihood of impact and feasi-
bility”.

Dr Beneby, who has been

involved in the development of
healthcare in the Bahamas for
more than two decades, said he
is humbled and grateful to be
considered for participation in
this global health initiative.
- The Health Alliance of
Oxford University and the Uni-
versity of Toronto have com-
bined research efforts to
address significant emerging
health issues in the areas of car-
diovascular diseases, type two
diabetes, chronic respiratory
diseases and certain cancers
which are significant contribu-
tors to health cost and deaths.

The Grand Challenge Project
is partly modelled on one devel-‘
oped by the University of
Toronto with the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation and
the Foundation for the Nation-
al Institutes of Health for Grand
Challenges in Global Health

. programme,

Correction
on KFC oe
competition

ON page 15 of Thursday’s
Tribune an incorrect advertise-
ment was placed indicating that
KFC is running a competition
for free tickets on Chalks Air-
lines.

Due to the fact that Chalks
is currently out of service, KFC
was forced to cancel this com-

_ petition.

The Tribune apoligises for
any inconvenience this mistake
may have caused.



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THE TRIBUNE



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MO N D A Y











Police
investigate
after car
thefts

POLICE are investigating a
spate of car thefts in the
Prospect Ridge and Stapledon
Gardens areas.

At least four cars have gone
missing in recent days, with
thieves breaking into a gated
property to get access to one of
them.

Rental apartment owners’
whose tenants have to park next
to roads are recommending
security bars on steering wheels.

One said: “No car fitted with
a security bar has ever been
stolen from outside our prop-
erty.”

Car thefts have been a prob-
lem in Nassau for many years,
with Sentras and Accords
among top targets.

In many instances, thieves are
looking for cars with parts that

_ are easily resaleable.

_ Newspapers
step up

security
after attack

GUYANA
_ Georgetown |

NEWSPAPERS in ae
stepped up security Thursday
and urged politicians to refrain
from criticizing the media after
gunmen killed four workers at a
newspaper printing. plant,
according to Associated Press.

The South American coun-
try’s three dailies said they were’
boosting security at editorial

offices and printing plants fol- ©
‘lowing the killings Tuesday

night of four Kaietuer News
employees.

“The problem here is that we
dor: know who did it and why,

a il so we are stepping up our °

external security,” said Comp-
ton Peters, general manager of
the state-owned Guyana Chron-
icle. “Now is not the time to
take any chances.”

Police have not made any

arrests. The motive for the |

attack on the newspaper’s print-
ing plant, about five miles (eight
kilometers) south of the’ capi-
tal, was unclear.
Investigators suspect the

': involvement of a gang that

forced its way into the home of
Agriculture Minister Satyadeo
Sawh, killing him and two of his
siblings in April. No arrests
have been made in that attack
either.

In the latest attack, four peo-
ple were hospitalised with gun-
shot wounds, including a print-
er critically wounded by shots to
the back of his head, said Paul
Slowe, the assistant police chief.

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@ By MARK HUMES

MEMBERS of the public waiting to
take advantage of “innovative” gov-
ernment rent-to-own policies may have
to wait a little longer, as the initiatives
have yet to be fully implemented some
two years after it was announced by for-
mer housing minister Shane Gibson.

In July 2004, while in Grand Bahama
for the opening of the East Coral
Estates Phase III Extension, Mr Gib-
son made the announcement that the
Bahamas Mortgage Company would
introduce a rent-to-own policy, allowing
Bahamians who did not have the
required deposit or down payment to
become homeowners.

LOCAL NEWS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 3



’S fascinating upd

According to the Minister, in October
of 2004, the programme was to be
implemented and fine-tuned in Grand
Bahama then introduced to prospective
home buyers in New Providence.

However, an official with the
Bahamas Mortgage Corporation said
that the programme is not something
that is being done “full fledged”.

“We have been looking at doing it on a
selective basis to try it out to see how it
works, but it’s not something that we
have been doing full fledged yet,” he said

In this instance, the official explained,
the Corporation reduces the down pay-
ment requirement and, in some areas,
has allowed persons to move in before
Pe documentation was completed.

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-to-own solicies still no
implemented after two years

The shee programme announced by
the former housing minister , which
would have persons moving into low-
cost homes with:no downpayments at all
while having mortgages executed, has
yet to be implemented.

According to the Corporation official,
nothing has been done with that pro-
gramme because of technical concerns.

“We haven’t done anything along
those lines yet,” the official said. “When
you establish a mortgage, if persons do
not put anything into it, it means that
their monthly payment would be higher
than it would be ordinarily. So, that was
one of the main concerns.

“Secondly, there is still some concern
with regards to a peren ’s discipline to

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save towards the down payment, which is
one of the factors that is looked at when
we decide a person’s credit worthiness.” A

The official said that these issues, 1
addition to some others, were of partic
ular concern to the Corporation, ation
it a bit reluctant to go forward with th:
proposed initiative.

But despite the fact that neither oi!
the programmes has been implemented,
during the time of the initiative’s incep-

tion in 2004, Prime Minister Perry

Christie praised Mr Gibson’s proposed
policy saying: “I was very happy that
the minister said that the Bahamian
people will not be disadvantaged by the
fact they do not have to have a deposit
to get into a home if re have a suitabic

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m@ By KRYSTEL ROLLE

OFFICIALS are still hunt-
ing for escaped prisoner Adlet
Cilice — almost a month since
he walked off a work detail.

On July 19, Adlet Cilice, 21,
who was part of a prison sys-
tem that allows non-violent
inmates to leave the com-
pound to work, “walked off”
and did not return — a little
over a year before his sched-
uled release date.

Superintendent Elliston
Rahming said that Cilice did
not escape from the prison
itself, but rather while on
work detail he walked away
during a visit to the Chaplain’s
office.

Situations like this — which
have occurred twice in the
past six years — are known as a
“walk away”.

Mr Rahming explained that

, when prisoners do maa ee, to

walk aw ay from’the work
gang, after two hours of
searching the responsibility
then falls on the police depart-
ment and the prison is no
longer responsible for search
efforts.

Mr Rahming’s comments
came yesterday during a grad-
uation ceremony held at Her
Majesty’s Prison.

The ceremony marked the
culmination of a joint contact
team programme between the
Rhode Island Correction team
and Her Majesty’s Prison.

Six officers from Rhode
Island, the state which has
partnered with the Bahamas
through a range of military
and civil activities, came to the
Bahamas.as trainers.

Yesterday, after months
of training in. baton, basic
and advanced riot and
crowd control, pepper
spray training and cell

extraction training, 60
prison officers were award-
ed certificates for pro-

. grammes they completed.

Mr Gadson, a representa-
tive from Rhode Island,
reported that the Bahamian
officers who were in training
were “very energetic, very
committed, and a very pro-
fessional staff. I have tried to
recruit many of them this
week.”

Another trainer reported
that in all his years in this field
this was the first time he has
seen participants so enthused
to learn and absorb all aspects
of the programme.

Apart from the certificates
awarded to the graduates, the
prison received bulletproof
vests, flashlights, and other

- gadgets from the Teachers Co-

operative Credit Union, a con-
tribution made to dmprove the
facilities.

Phone services still down.
across New Providence

FOR the second day in

: row telephone services

remain down in a large area
of New Providence.

BTC is continuing to work
on the lines, but has issued
no updates on the progress
of their efforts.

There is still no word on,
when the system will be up
and running again.

On Thursday it was report-
ed that south central New
Providence was severely

: affected by a disruption in

service due to damaged cable
lines,

The problem prevented
Golden Gates residents from —
making outgoing calls or

i receiving incoming calls.

The breakdown was
reportedly caused. by dam-
age to BTC’s fiber optic line,
which created a major dis-
ruption in land-lines with the
prefix 341 and 361.

Later that day, BTC
announced that cellular
phone customers (both
GSM and TDMA) will
experience brief disruptions
in service or have some dif-
ficulty making and/or receiv-
ing calls.

In case of emergencies,
BTC advised persons need-

ing to contact the police to use
the following numbers: 361-

0480, 361-0482, 361-0483, and
361-0484.

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@ US army captain Michael Manning makes a presentation to_-
the Superintendent of Her Majesty’s Prison Dr Elliston oe
Rahming as Dr Brent Hardt, Charge D’ Affaires at the US ©
Embassy, and the assistant director of operations for Rhode
Island Mr Gadson looks on. ;



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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G.,.M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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People ‘ain’t going back’

IN A TRIBUNE news story last week it
was speculated by persons who consider them-
selves close to the “inner circle”, that March
22, the 77th birthday of the late Sir Lynden
Pindling, will be election day.

Other sources claim that this would be in
keeping with the party’s current strategy of
“draping themselves in the legacy of Sir Lyn-
den.” In the opinion of these persons it was
this legacy that won them the 2002 election.

The date of the election is anyone’s guess,
but we do not agree that it was — or that the
PLP even tried to make the Pindling legacy its
winning ticket in 2002. In fact we had quite the
opposite impression.

From our observations the PLP’s hierarchy
were so nervous that the warts that covered
the Pindling legacy were so large that they
would hurt the party’s campaign. The party,
therefore, deliberately distanced itself by
emphasising that it was the “New” PLP.

The main thrust of the PLP’s 2002 cam-

' paign was that former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham was a dictator and that the FNM
were giving the country away to foreigners. In
2007 the electorate will decide whether it
wants a return to the firm, decisive leader-
ship of Mr Ingraham, or to continue with the
relaxed, seemingly directionless, and indecisive
leadership of Prime Minister Christie. As for
the PLP’s red herring of selling the country out
to foreigners it has by its own actions in the
last four years removed this once winning
argument from its election plank. In this elec-
tion their: powerful argument can, and prob-
ably will be used against them.

In little things and in small ways over the.

past four years we. have.concluded.that Mr
‘Christie, wanting to bé his own man, has dis-
tanced himself from what is now being called
the “Pindling legacy”. Even the handling of
the renaming of the Lynden Pindling Airport
indicated nervous jitters. ;

Mr Christie is fully aware that this gesture
to the “father of the nation” did not have the
full support of the Bahamian people. Although
the renaming ceremony was a government
function, which, without question, should have
been opened by either Mr Christie, or the
governor general, Mr Christie tried to find
someone whose respected name would have
lifted the occasion out of party politics and
given the impression that all segments of soci-
ety supported Nassau International being
called Lynden Pindling International Air-
port. In our opinion it was an attempt to white-

_ wash history and wrap a cloak of respectabil-
ity around certain aspects of that history. Mr
Ingraham, when consulted by Mr Christie,
felt that it would have been unfair to place the
gentleman selected by Christie in such an

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embarrassing position. As a result of their:

conversation an invitation was never extend-
ed to the chosen person. Instead Mr Christie
did the honours himself supported by Gover-
nor General Arthur Hanna, who was deputy
prime minister in the Pindling administration.
‘It was evident from Mr Hanna’s words that
he was also very self conscious of the past,
after all it was he who at a certain point in his
administration had urged Sir Lynden to step
down as leader.

Mr Hanna reminded those attending the
airport ceremony that it had nothing to do
with politics — the FNM had boycotted the
function because of the lateness of the invita-
tions.

Mr Hanna acknowledged that Sir Lynden
had made political mistakes, but he added, “1
know he tried his best.” He said that the occa-
sion should not be. a time for division in the
country, “but a celebration of a man mightily
hailed as the father of the nation and the
Bahamas’ finest son.”

At a PLP convention in October 1985, Mr
Hanna announced his resignation as deputy
leader and said that he had advised Sir Lyn-
den, as prime minister, to do the same. -

“We must come to grips,” he told the

’ packed convention hall, “with the effects of the

evidence of the 1983 Commission of Inquiry
into drug trafficking and related corruption on
the unity and solidarity of this organisation.”

“A leader and deputy leader,” he said,
“must have the unqualified confidence of
almost all his colleagues.”

“This is precisely why,” he told the con-
vention, “I suggested at the time quite honestly

. to the Leader (Sir Lynden) prior to my resig-

nation — sometime prior to my resignation —
that both he and I under the circumstances —
both he and I ought to have resigned our
offices and assisted the party to selecting new
leadership.”

The party had been badly smeared by the
inquiry, so had Sir Lynden. Although no
aspersions were cast against Mr Hanna during

the inquiry, he understood the meaning of

collective responsibility. As the party and gov-
ernment of which he was deputy had been so
badly tarnished, he knew it was his duty under
the Westminster system of government to step
down. Mr Hanna resigned. Sir Lynden did
not see this as his duty. He did not resign.
We think it highly unlikely that a party

would go into an election cloaked with a lega- —
cy for which it will constantly have to apologise.

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The Arab-Israeli
conflict and the
Balfour Declaration

EDITOR, The Tribune.

With the current turmoil in
the Middle East, Richard Coul-
son’s well-crafted and informa-
tive letter about the Balfour

and Lionel Levine’s scholarly
and comprehensive response,
are timely contributions to the
never ending debate about
Israel’s existence as a nation
state.

However, Richard’s empha-
sis on the Balfour Declaration of
1917, which promised a nation-
al home to the Jews. in Pales-
tine, as the key to
Arab/Israeli conflict is mislead-
ing because he does not take
account of a number of impor-

tant events in the ensuing 30
years leading to the creation of
Israel.

Moreover, his characteriza-
tion of it as an attempt by
Britain to step in “with a well-
intentioned but woolly-minded
effort to resolve an intractable
‘conflict beyond its borders”
does scant justice to a carefully
considered move by Britain to

- attempt to,reconcile what even-

Equally, to state that “it has
reinforced the indefensible habit
of powerful nations acting to
determine the fates of less pow-
erful nations against their will”
ignores the historical reality that
Britain was the imperial power
of the time with responsibility
for administering Palestine
when no nation as such existed.

The relevance of the Balfour
Declaration should not be

years; and, of course, the British
had.other motives, one of which
was to secure an outlet.to the
Mediterranean at Haifa.and to
put a barrier between the
French in Syria and the Suez
Canal. But subsequent: British
and American éfforts to resolve
the growing crisis, which led
eventually to the establishment
of a separate State of Israel in
1948, became more significant.

Zionists had sought the cre-
ation of a Jewish state since the
late 19th century when Jews

pora to settle in Palestine. Dur-
ing the First World War the
Allies crushed the Turks in
’ Mesopotamia and, in 1922,
Britain accepted a League of
Nations Mandate to administer
Palestine. While committing the
British to fostering a national
home for the Jews, the Balfour
Declaration also recognized that
this needed to be done without
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up the majority of the popula-
tion. .

The Mandate was interpret-
ed to mean that Jewish immi-
gration should be allowed up to
the limit of “economic absorp-
tive capacity” (a formula which,

according to former Prime Min- ,

ister Harold Macmillan, was
coined by Winston Churchill).
But, in the 1930s, anti-Semitism
in Germany and other countries
pushed up the numbers of Jew-
ish immigrants. There followed,
in 1939, a government White
Paper which provided for only
75,000 new immigrants over the
following 5 years and effective-
ly closed down future Jewish
immigration thereby thwarting
Jewish hopes and ambitions in
relation to the creation of a sep-
arate state. The Balfour Decla-
ration had thus, in effect, been
abandoned.

In 1946, an Anglo-American
committee, appointed by Prime

Minister Attlee and President -

Truman, recommended that the
British Mandate should be con-
tinued and that — although no
separate Arab or Jewish state
should be created (neither com-
munity should dominate the
other) —100,000 more Jewish
immigrants should be admitted
in recognition of the problem
of the huge numbers of Jewish
refugees who had suffered at
the hands of Nazi Germany. A
form of devolution was pro-
posed dividing Palestine into
separate Arab and Jewish
provinces. But this was opposed
by both sides, with the Jews con-
tinuing to insist on a separate
Jewish state and the Arabs, who
retained their majority, also
clamouring for their own inde-
pendence.

The United Nations declared
in, favour of partition in 1947,
but the ensuing period was

marked by guerilla warfare on

both sides and the situation
lapsed into anarchy and civil
war. In the face of this chaos
Britain terminated its Mandate
and withdrew in 1948. Immedi-
ately thereafter, the Jewish
National Council and the Gen-
eral Zionist Council declared
the establishment of a Jewish
State to be called Israel which
was recognized at once by the
United States and by others,

. including the Soviet Union.

Historically, there have been
differing views about Britain’s
support for the Zionist cause
and her treatment of the Arabs.

‘In his memoir “Tides of For-

tune” Macmillan comments that
before the Second World War

the majority of the Labour Par- .

ty had been strongly pro-Zionist,

while in the Conservative Party ,

the position was reversed and
pro-Arab sentiments had pre-
dominated. The limitation of
Jewish immigration in 1939 was
obviously in favour of the Arabs
because the British Government
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grants, the obligation to create a
national home in Palestine
would be adequately, if not

‘
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completely, fulfilled and an -

overwhelming Arab majority

would be consolidated. ~
Churchill was an avowed sup-

porter of the Zionists. In his epi-

logue in 1957 to the abridged, °

edition of his account of the Sec-
ond World War he says: “Ever
since the Balfour Declaration
of 1917 I have been a faithful
_ Supporter of the Zionist cause. I
never felt that the Arab coun-
tries had had anything from us
but fair play. To Britain, and
Britain alone, they owed their
very existence as nations. We
created them; British money and
British advisers set the pace of
their advance; British arms pro-
tected them.” :
The historical context of
today’s disastrous conflict is
important (unless one subscribes
to Henry Ford’s dictum that all
history is bunk), but the current
political face of the Middle East
is even more so.

Few will argue against the jus-

tification of a military response
to Hezbollah’s killing and kid-

napping of Israeli soldiers, and .-. . +

its firing of rockets randomly at
civilian targets within Israel. But
previous Arab/Israeli wars —

notably that of 1967 — were rel-...-.-.
atively brief and militarily con- -°-'
what —

clusive. This time,
appeared to be a reasonable sur-
gical strike against.

Hezbollah near the Lebanese
border has become a sustained
bombing campaign over a peri-
od of weeks against civilian tar-
gets well inside the country
including destruction of Beirut
itself — collective punishment on

a terrible scale for the sins of

Hezbollah. -..05 cys Hay
Air strikes and action-by

ground troops to:destroy”

_ Hezbollah (assuming its fight-
ers can be identified) is one
thing, but wide scale bombing
of civilians should surely be end-
ed, whatever the provocation.
Not only that; but, by stirring
up even more hatred amongst
Arab countries, such action
must be counter productive in
the furtherance of Israel’s.o va
cause in the longer term.

In his recent autobiograp:: -
veteran BBC journalist, John
Simpson, described the Israeli
invasion of Lebanon in 1982: “I
had seen plenty of things which
were called wars, but they had
always been fleeting, surrepti-
tious, small-scale efforts.:I had
never before seen late twenti-
eth-century technology fully and
deliberately applied to the
maiming and killing of ordinary
civilians in the name of strate-

In 1982, the Israelis were
going after the Palestine Liber-
ation Organization and then
stayed in Lebanon for 18 years.
Unless the UN can broker a
lasting ceasefire, will history now
repeat itself?

PETER YOUNG
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August 3 2006













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In brief

Miss Gospel
Bahamas

is crowned
in pageant

ANYA McKenzie has been
crowned Miss Gospel Bahamas.

The 12-annual pageant was
held at the Rain Forest Theatre
of the Wyndham Nassau Resort
and Crystal Palace Casino. ~

The winner represented
Evangelistic Centre.

The first and second runners
up, Chavette Black and Kenya
Ferguson, represented Zion
Baptist on East and Shirley
Street and Ebenezer Mission
Baptist Church, respectively.

The pageant on Sunday was
organised by Great Commis-
sion Ministries International.

Life carries
on as usual
in Cuba

sans Castro

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Havana

INTERNATIONAL flights _

‘ ferrying tourists in T-shirts and
shorts for sun-soaked vacations
come and go without delay.
Cubans ring up relatives in the
island’s provinces or even in
Miami. Government offices,
stores and banks are open,
according to Associated Press.

It’s business as usual in Cuba,

- 10 days after Fidel Castro

“announced he was temporarily
ceding power to his brother
Raul while he recovered from
intestinal surgery.

“With Fidel, or without Fidel,

we move ahead,” said Rafael
Arocha, vice director of the
Miguel Enriquez University
Hospital, a 385-bed facility.
Many had assumed a vacuum
of power would be created if
Castro left power. But the calm
functioning of Cuban society in
the meantime indicates that
once Castro is gone, the political
and economic structures he built
over decades could prove more
enduring than his enemies have
predicted and hoped.

By KRISTINA MCNEIL

THE government is at a loss
to explain why it has taken five
years for construction of the

new straw market to begin.

According to First Assistant
Secretary in the Ministry of
National Security William
Munnings, bids for the con-
struction of the new state-of-
the-art straw market facility on
Bay Street will be collected this
week, with the groundbreak-
ing expected to take place

eight weeks later.

“It is difficult for me to say
what caused it to take so long,”

Mr Munnings explained.

He added, the delay was
most likely due to the fact that
the project had to be budgeted
before any steps could be tak-
en towards actual construction

“But in the meantime, the
plans for the new straw market
were being developed and

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No explanation
‘delay in building Straw Market



2001

drawn,” Mr Munnings said.
The new $15 million straw
market, scheduled for ground-
breaking before the year’s end,
will boast a new sprinkler sys-

@ FIREFIGHTERS battle the blaze at the Straw Market in

tem and improved sanitary
facilities, an official from the
Ministry of National Security
said yesterday.

The improved three-story

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 5



building was designed by archi-
tect Michael Foster and will be
able to accommodate up to 600
boutiques.

In addition to more spacious
surroundings, straw vendors
will also have the security of a
sprinkler system throughout
the entire building.

Over the years vendors have
complained about the lack of
sufficient restrooms and unse-
cured garbage facilities but Mr
Munnings assures that these
complaints will be addressed
in the new design.

“There are going to be quite
a number of restrooms,” Mr
Munnings said, “I cannot give

you a total number but there
will be restrooms for the ven-
dors as well as rest rooms for
the visitors.”

“The garbage collection will
be collected on a daily basis as
it is being done today,” he
added.



Police investigation still incomplete

into death of woman

@ By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE official investigation
into the death of a Faith
Avenue woman killed in a sus-
picious fire last month has yet
to be completed.:

A senior police officer
explained that no further infor-
mation on the matter can be
released at this time.

Nicola Gibson, who occu-
pied a two-bed apartment on
Faith Avenue with her 14-
year-old son, died in late July
as a result of a fire,

Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson that when the investiga-
tion is.complete, the officers
on the case will turn their find-
ings over to an official of the
Coroner’s Court:

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caused the fire.

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northern bedroom of the
apartment. Her son was not

killed in fire

injured in the blaze.

According to Chief Superin-
tendent Marvin Dames, officer
in charge of the Central Detec-
tive Unit, police are “aggres-
sively pursuing the matter and
treating it as a suspicious inci-
dent.”

Officers had reportedly.

received a call from someone
who told them there was.a fire
in the condominium complex

- on Faith Avenue.

However when they arrived,
the blaze had already been
extinguished by the victim’s son
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LOCAL NEWS

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IN an effort to bring an end
to the “butchering” of historic
trees in the aftermath of hurri-
canes, the Nassau Garden Club
is leading by example and
adopting the famous sand box
trees of Church Street.

Club members hope that that
when passers-by notice the dif-
ference that a little care can
make, they will also consider
adopting “precious old trees”
in time for the height of hurri-

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for hurricane
season



“A very sad example of
butchering a tree after the fact is
the ficus tree in the square
behind the Supreme Court,”
said club member Camilla

. Robertson. “That tree had pro-

vided shade for so many peo-
ple over the years and now it
will never provide shade again.

“Church Street is one of the
loveliest streets in Nassau with a
canopy over the entire street.
Every street in Nassau should
and could look like this,” she
said.

The sand box trees (hura
crepitans).are over 100 years
old and were in dire need of
love and attention according to
club members. ;

Trimming

After a lecture hearing a lec-
ture by Joy Burrows of A-1
Tree Services, the club decided
to adopt the trees on the west-
ern'side of Church Street near
St Matthews Church.

Said Mrs Robertson: “After
months of planning, the trees
were finally trimmed for the
hurricane season and to my
delight ‘they look wonderful.
When you compare them to the
same sand box trees on the east-
ern side of Church Street, you
will see how much better they
look.

“We had to find just the right

‘time of day and Sunday was the
_best day of the week as there is

less traffic then. We had to co-
ordinate it with a-Mr Leve
Anderson at Cable Bahamas as
he had promised to help us by
providing a bucket truck for A-
1 Tree Services to trim the high
branches over Church Street,”
she said.

* The Nassau Garden Club was
founded after the 1929 hurri-
cane which devastated Nassau
and members see this latest
effort as keeping with a long
tradition.






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OVER the years, the
Bahamas Telecommunications

‘Corporation, the. Bahamas Elec-

tricity Corporation and to a less-
er extent the Water and Sewer-
age Corporation have formed a
bungling trio of local govern-
ment-subsidised companies.
This past Tuesday BTC
(Batelco) has illustrated the
ineptitude of its operations with
a system failure, a meltdown of
sorts, which prohibited thou-
sands of customers from receiv-
ing and placing calls. I, like
175,000 other prepaid cellphone
users, was inconvenienced for
nearly two days, and even to
this point my cellphone service
“goes and comes”. |
Although BTC claimed that
there was a critical failure with
six disks that primarily support
their prepaid platform, I won-
der why a company with such a
large consumer base would not

have a contingency plan in the

event of such a crash? Why was
the ONLY telephone company
in the Bahamas caught with their
pants down without a single pre-
ventative measure in place?

I recall a conversation with
my sister on Tuesday evening
where she questioned the
broader consequences of BTC’s
futility, particularly if someone
was experiencing an emergency
or being harassed at some far-
flung part of Nassau (beyond
the airport) and had attempted
to phone for help. If there was a
negative outcome, BTC would
have indeed accounted for a
portion of the significant blame.

’ Of all the corporations, BEC
is a serial offender of the
Bahamian people’s confidence.
Particularly during the summer
months, lengthy outages have
become a mainstay. Someone
once referred to BEC’s summer
outages as their “summer long
hobby”. With these constant
failures not only comes unbear-
able heat, but also the ruination
of expensive appliances.

How is it that, with a single
flash of lightning, BEC goes on
an ephemeral vacation?

For the exorbitant prices
Bahamians must pay for elec-
tricity, the quality of service

would seem to many, as Minis- .

ter Leslie Miller put it, be the
result of BEC “profiteering”.
Whilst I don’t entirely endorse
this view, BEC’s unremarkable
service leaves one to query.

As with BTC, after every pow- ..

er outage, BEC’s top brass always
appear with their generic
excuse—usually that they would
minimise inconveniences, that
they are upgrading to prevent
such events for future occurrences

and/or that they are prepared to.

handle any future disruptions.
And then, maybe a week later,
these outages and disruptions
recur, and the saga continues.
Of the three government cor-

YOUNG MAN’ S VIEW



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porations, Water and Sewerage
performs best. However, they
must address the discoloured
water affecting eastern residents
and the low water pressure Nas-
sauvians criticise.

It is a shame that after 33
years of independence, the
Bahamas (generally) still has
one utility company. Although
some Bahamians hate compe-
tition, competition is necessary

‘in our society — therefore, the

governm 2nt must remove these

corporations’ monopoly of the

market. These state-owned,
companies are awash with

Bahamians, many political

appointees, thereby ensuring ~
meagre performance and an

overwhelming dependence on

government.

Since privatisation, as seen
with certain similar companies
in Freeport, can be problematic,
the greatest decision any gov-
ernment can make for the
Bahamas is to look beyond pri-
vatisation and to foster compe-
tition.

The best illustration of the
power of competition is with the
arrival of the Indigo phonecard,
which has forced BTC to reduce’
its rates dramatically to compete.

Allowing utility companies to
become established in the
Bahamas, whether local or
international; would lead to a
reduction of the demand upon
government, reduced prices,
greater accountability and more
jobs.

The sight of six corporation
workmen on a site, with one of
the six working while the others

. stand around waiting for over-

time to begin, is offensive.

Workmen aticorporations
such as BEC, whose union nev-
er fails to peddle for more mon-
ey, earn a base salary upwards
of $30,000: per. year — with
overtime, they could earn. over
$60,000 annually.

It is widely known that their
base salary alone is more than
that of teachers, law enforce-
ment, hoteliers, reporters,
clerks, etc. This is more than
enough incentive to keep my
electricity on or at least prompt-
ly rectify any disruptions.

There is a need for strong,
visionary leadership at local util-
ity companies, and a lack of gov-
ernment interference, as many
workers go to work daily to “put
their feet up”, failing to perform
because they were hired and
believe themselves to. be
secured by their MP.

Also, for the rest of the year,
BEC, BTC and Water and Sew-
erage should aspire to practise
covering the holes dug in the
middle of the roads after their
operations, as they have left
many Bahamian drivers with
ruptured tyres and shattered CV
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LOCAL NEWS

Police officers say

murder accused
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m By NATARIO McKENZIE

THE CORDELL Farrington
trial was adjourned earlier than
usual yesterday because the
accused man was not feeling
well.

Jurors expected to watch a
recorded police interview show-
ing Farrington confessing to the
murder of Jamaal Robbins,
however when court recon-
vened yesterday afternoon, Jus-
tice Anita Allen said the
accused was not feeling well and
had been taken to hospital.

The proceedings were
adjourned to 10am today, when
the jury is expected to watch
the interview.

Detective Sergeant Presley
Rolle, Detective constable
Wilber Munroe and ASP
Anthony Ferguson who were
all a part of the interview
process, were called to the wit-
ness stand yesterday.

All the officers said Farring-
ton participated in the interview
voluntarily and denied that he
was threatened, beaten or
offered inducements to give the

interview.
‘. The interview took place at
‘Central Detective Unit in
Freeport on Monday, October
27, 2003, the court was told. ©
The jury heard further testi-

_-mony-from Detective Sergeant |



@ CORDELL Farrington

Rolle, who said that on Satur-
day, November 8, 2003 he was
present at Queens Cove when a
police diver searching ‘a canal
dove up two iron rods.

These, Sergeant Rolle said,
were submitted to the police
Criminal Records Office.

He said tests to confirm that.
the rods were weapons used by
the Farrington proved negative.

Sergeant Rolle said the rods -

did not match the description
of the weapon the suspect
claimed that he used.

He noted that during that
events he was recounting, the
accused was already on remand.



The officer further testified
that on November 11, 2003 he
went on inquiries with Oterrio
Floyd, who gave him certain
information after he was shown
a gray 1992 Hyundaicar. |

Sergeant Rolle further testi-
fied that while at Mallory Lane,
he and a team of officers were
directed to apartment three by
Floyd, who again gave him cer-
tain information.

At around 11.20am the same
day, while on inquires at the
Grand Bahama highway, officer
Rolle claimed that he received
further information from Floyd.

The officer said Floyd also
directed police to an area at
Queens Cove.

. He noted that Farrington also

directed police to the Grand
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COUNTLESS traffic lights were
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due to a major power failure that affect-
ed séveral communities throughout New
Providence.

As a result, thousands of motorists were
forced to fight their way through busy
intersections.

An official from High Power, the com-

pany responsible for the maintenance of

Power failure ‘knocks out traffic lights:

traffic lights, told The Tribune yesterday
that the blackout had an adverse affect on
their system.

Work crews were dispatched to com-
munities throughout New Providence in
an effort to get the lights working again.

According to an employee at the com-
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during rush hour — caused particularly
heavy traffic yesterday afternoon. ~
Lights on both Thompson Boulevard ,
and Farrington Road were also not work-
ing.
Two lights were also out on East Street:

at Gibbs Corner and at the intersection

with Wulff Road.

The light on the corner of Collins
Avenue and Rusty Bethel Drive was not
working. The signals on Bar 20 Corner
and the corner of Village and Parkgate

Road were also out of commission.

and Bay Street — extremely busy routes

Outages ‘were the result of sabotage’

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corporation.
“It is against the law to turn
off the power and the union

‘does not turn off the power but

if there are problems in the sys-
tem and the power is going off
then that is the management’s
problem because it is manage-
ment’s responsibly to ensure
that the power stays on.

“We asked all of our union
members to be stationed out
here on Clifton Pier and we
have some members who
would go to work anyway but
we are not responsible for any-
thing that is going on out
there,” he said. °

The negotiations between
the corporation and union had
degenerated to the point where

treated fairly.
“The union members decid-

ed as a democratic group that.

they are going to have a

demonstration and they are ’

going to come out.here and sit
out and show government and
management that they are
insulted by their offer,” Mr
Greene said.

Nevertheless, the secretary-
general said that the mediation
meetings are successful, espe-
cially with the smaller issues,
because it is showing that the
corporation’s senior manage-

ment is “not performing and —

functioning properly”.
“What I am experiencing is
that the mediator is embar-

- rassing the top level of the cor-

is telling them that the corpo-
ration is wrong and their stance
is wrong and unfair. It is show-

1

ing them that their hard-line ~

tactics when it comes to resolv-

’ ing serious issues are wrong.

“J am happy for this process
because for months .and |

months we were sitting at the -

table telling the corporation —

the exact same thing,” he said.

Management agreed that the ,

vast majority of the union’s
issues were resolved.

However, it said that the |

BEWU’s demand of $9 million
in back pay without legal basis
or justification is unaceptable.

In the meantime Mr Greene .
said that the union will be agi- °
tating for the resignation of top. ‘.

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a mediator, pastor of Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church Neil Ellis, had to be
called in.

The catalyst for yesterday’s
demonstration was the presen-
tation, by the corporation, of
the amount of increase it would
be willing to. give the workers
for a 40-hour work week.

This issue, Mr Greene said,
affects at least 900 of the
union’s members and while not
willing to disclose the amount
offered, because of the gag
order placed on both sides, he
said that it did not even come
close to five per cent of what
the workers feel they are actu-
ally owed.

“Our members decided that
it was an insult and they want-
ed to show the government
that they were not going to be
insulted in the way that they
were and decided that they
would have a mass demonstra-
tion at Clifton Pier Power Sta-
tion,” Mr Greene said.

BEC called the BEWU’s
action “an illegal and unwar-
ranted industrial action”.

It also pointed out that even
after the Minister of Labour
and Immigration, Shane Gib-
son, ordered the BEWU back
to work, many of the employ-
ees have not yet returned to
their jobs.

“The corporation always
tries to say that we are demon-

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Barbados Shipping & Trading, which will act as Bahamas Super-

markets’ operating and management partner. It is a major sone. ie

retailer in Barbados.

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”

The five BSL Holdings directors will now sit on the Bihainaet r
Supermarkets Board along with Hugh Sands, who will remain as y

chairman.

Mr Sunderji said previously: “There are no plans to do any- |
thing dramatically different. Don’t try to fix what is not broken. It'll -
be business as usual. There are no fundamental changes that are '
likely to take place. It’s steady as she goes. Nothing is going to ,
change.”

The transaction’s completion thus brings to an end an almost 10- !

Bahamian retail chain up for sale last September.
Bahamas Supermarkets was viewed as a non-core operation by |

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-month saga, which began when Winn-Dixie decided to put its ~

Winn-Dixie, and the $54 million raised from the sale is key to -'

helping it emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US.

-BSL Holdings won the New York auction for Bahamas Super- -.

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BK Foods decided not to increase its offer to match the $54
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BK Foods’ principals were RND Holdings chairman Jerome -
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chief financial officer Philip Kemp.

BK Foods will now collect a $1 million break-up fee from Winn-
Dixie as well as regain its $5 million deposit. .

BSL Holdings’ shareholders include rival food retailer, Abaco —
Markets, which holds a 10 per cent stake in the buyout group.
Other investors include Abaco Markets chairman and chief exec-
utive, Craig Symonette, and fellow shareholders Frank Crothers and
Mr Butler. Bahamian pension funds are also among the investors.

Observers of the Bahamas Supermarkets transaction are likely to ,
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f . 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
8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support

group meets the first Monday of each month at
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& Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood
sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is
available. For more info call 702.4646 or
327.2878

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

CIVIC CLUBS

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

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The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
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month in the Board Room of the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.



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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
appetizers. .



# HEALTH

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

@ CIVIC CLUBS



Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm
@ CC Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room,
College Avenue off Moss Road ¢ Club

# «Cousteau 7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the
Fs Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central

lg Andros e Club 7178 meets each Tuesday at
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chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @
iw’ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau
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fy 6 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
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Miss and Little Miss Bimini Native pageant and a
special cocktail party at Bimini Big Game. Call
242.347.3529 for more information

-f# HEALTH

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 - See to 7pm /8: ae to

9: 30pm.
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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.

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* tion.

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The Sweetheart’s Club - a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The ;
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House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-



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
Tpm / 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
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill

Road.

W CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, sec-
ond and third Thursday at the Ministry of
Health & Environment building on Meeting
Street commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is wel-
come to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8. 30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes.

International Association of Administrative
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. ‘

FRIDAY

@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

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

morning.

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House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-
able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal-
leria Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photo-
shop and Gallery KSeldics Road, East of Abun-
dant Life Road).

'@ HEALTH

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 - Fri-
days @ 6pm to 7pm New Providence Community
Centre: Fridays @ 7pm to 8pm.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas [J
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St. 4

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. 3



SATURDAY

@ THEATRE

The Sweetheart’s,Club - a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The ~
Sweetheart’s Club will be performed at Worker’s
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-
able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal-
leria Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photo-
shop and Gailery (Soldier Road, East of Abun-
dant Life Road). a

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings - —
10am to 1lam.

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

Doctors Hospital --CPR and First Aid. classes
are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital
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THE TRIBUNE _



Out-Island Doctor



WRITTEN BY EVANS W COTTMAN
LINE DRAWINGS BY GUY FLEMING



The Tribune’s
Summer
Reading Series

EXTRACT TWELVE
Incisions and two assistants

(Still in the Exumas, Doctuh Cottman is further
delayed in his desire to return to his wife and daugh-
ter by more patients and news of other people need-
ing treatment.)

I had been in Rolle Town several days when,
early one morning, I got a message from a Mr
Lewis Fitzgerald at The Ferry, saying he had sud-
denly become ill, was running a high fever and
suffering terribly with a pain in his shoulder. _

I would have left immediately, but even before I
could get my sails up the Bahama grapevine had
spread. the word I was leaving. This brought the
usual burst of patients who simply had to “get
sound” before I departed. Consequently, it was
nearly dark before I dropped anchor at The Ferry.

Although I had not eaten, I decided I'd best put
off dinner until I had seen Lewis Fitzgerald. So I
went ashore and found a man with a jeep on the
dock waiting for me. He had a letter from Mr Felix
Deleveaux, the teacher at Moss Town, saying his
wife was very ill, in great pain, and would I please
come at once.

I told the driver to wait until I had seen Lewis. He

was in bed with a temperature of 104; his shoulder
was swollen with fluid and needed to be aspirated.
But the only light was a lamp and I simply didn’t
dare try this in semidarkness. So I did what I could

to make him comfortable for the night, then took °

the jeep to Moss Town. . ‘
Judging from Mr Deleveaux’s letter, I had
thought the trouble must be an obstruction of the

bladder or urethra but, after examining his wife, I -

discovered I had got the wrong impression from the
letter. It was a case of renal failure and I brought
with me no diuretics; however, the mailboat was to
leave for Nassau within a few hours. So I did what
I could to make her comfortable on the trip and
wrote a letterfor her to take to the hospital. By
now it was the wee hours of the morning..I got a lit-
tle sleep.

At 7 the next morning the jeep came for me and ©

we headed back toward The Ferry. On the way I
ate a box of lemon snaps and a small tin of cream,
which I had been thoughtful enough to pack with
my medicine before leaving the Green Cross.
Back at Lewis Fitzgerald’s I found his condition

had deteriorated seriously and rapidly. His tem- |

perature was now 105. Now there were two
swellings, one on his shoulder and the other on
the side of his chest. I believed they were pus pock-
ets and would have to be drained. But what if I
were wrong? Also, I had never made a puncture
into the chest cavity and naturally I was appre-
hensive.

But what if I didn’t operate...? .

...Obviously the infection was spreading rapidly.
His temperature was increasing and already he
was lapsing into periods of semi consciousness. I
was afraid a complete collapse was imminent.

I called Mrs Fitzgerald aside and told her the




entire situation as best I could. She listened, stood
a moment with her head bowed, then said, “Go
ahead, Doctor. I know you will do everything pos-
sible.” Cae

“T’ll need help.” Lewis’s fourteen-year-old son
was there and I turned to him. “Can you help
me?”

“Yes, sir.”

We went to work. The area around the swellings
was extremely sensitive and I had to infiltrate
heavily with novacaine. I used a cannula, which is
a small metal tube, and a trocar — a small stylet with
a sharp point that can be worked inside the can-
nula. This had to be forced into the’ pus pocket
through an incision. It wasn’t easy and I had trou-
ble locating the exact position of the pocket. Final-
ly I felt the trocar enter the pocket and I removed
it, leaving the cannula to serve as a drainage tube.
From this suddenly shot out a stream of bloody pus.

“Wipe that away, gently,” I told Lewis’s son.

There was no answer. I looked around and saw

him stretched on the floor in a dead faint.

I couldn’t leave Lewis to revive the boy. And I
was afraid that if I called Mrs Fitzgerald and she
came in and found her son looking as if he were
dead, she might well pass out beside him. On the
other hand, I had to have help.

I took a chance and called her and immediately



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I knew there was no reason for misgivings. She
poured water in her son’s face, then quickly realized

he was too shaky to be of use and turned to me.

“Tell me what you want, Doctor. I'll do it.”

She proved to be an excellent nurse. When the
first pocket was drained, the second still had to
be opened. Through it all she worked steadily. She
helped me give Lewis hot Epsom salts fomenta-
tions: I infiltrated the spot with more novocaine
and gave him a penicillin injection. He had suffered
terribly despite the novocaine; but eventually relief
came and dropped off to sleep.

It was then Mrs Fitzgerald looked at me. “Doc-
tor,” she said, “if when you left here last night you
went to Moss Town, and came back from there
this morning, when did you last eat?”

I told her I had eaten a box of lemon snaps for
breakfast.

“Sit down,” she said. And in a very short while

S



she served me a chicken dinner. There is little.

need to add that I appreciated it.

(Continued every Friday
and Wednesday until August 18th)

Text copyright © 1998 Gayle Cottman
Excerpt prepared by Marjorie Downie and Gordon
Mills of The College of The Bahamas





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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 11



The lack of education

and hand-out politics

FROM page one

Ms Rolle said the family are doing as well as

can be expected.

“His mother is not taking it too well,”
said. “But his father, a Defence Force one

is holding it together.”

“We just came from the morgue, the mother

of his child was also there.”

Ms Rolle said that CID officers were at the
home conducting their investigation.

Renewing the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s
commitment to fight crime, Inspector Evans
yesterday said that “such behaviour will not

Man is murdered |

be,tolerated,”

Making an appeal for public assistance,
Inspector Evans said, “We (the RBPF) are
asking for anyone with any information on this

matter to please contact local police officials.”

“We are dedicated to ensuring that persons
involved in such activities will be prosecuted to
the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

In addition to his parents, the victim was
survived by a four-year-old son, Funeral
arrangements are expected to be made within
the next few days.

Airports on security alert

FROM page one

ply, this was intended to be
mass murder on an unimagin-
able scale.”

The Bahamas US Embassy
yesterday released an advisory to
air travellers stating that they
should still go about their plans
confidently, but should maintain

“vigilance in their surroundings”
while exercising patience with
screening and security officials.

“Travellers departing from the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport and Grand Bahama
International Airport will not be

_ allowed to carry liquids into the
cabin of the aircraft, including
beverages, shampoo, suntan
lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair
gel and other items of similar con-
sistency. -

“Passengers will be allowed
essential medicines and, if a baby
or small child is travelling, baby
formula, breast milk or juice,” the
report read.

Echoing these sentiments, Min-
ister of Transport and Aviation
Glenys Hanna-Martin encour-
aged passengers to comply in

. advance with these new proto-

cols.

“These measures will require
longer waits at the airports and

passengers are asked to be

patient, to arrive as early as they
can, and to comply in advance
with the directives on those items
that cannot be permitted on
board.

“It should be noted that the
prohibited items may be placed in
checked baggage. The measures
will apply throughout the country
where commercial flights are des-
tined to the US or the United
Kingdom,” she said.

Mrs Hanna-Martin said the
public will be kept abreast of any
new additional security measures



Hl MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe (right) speaks yes: |
terday while Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell looks on.

as they occur, including whether
the threat level had been reduced
or discontinued. —

. Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe said he had been in
contact with tourism officers in
the UK, and up until yesterday
morning had had no reports in
decreases in bookings to the
Bahamas. '

“There was no immediate
change of bookings for British
Airways, which comes here
tomorrow, and. Virgin Airlines,
which comes on Monday. So up
to this point the answer is no.

“We have at the ministry been
talking to the Hotel Association
about informing visitors to the
island that upon leaving what
they can and cannot do.

“And we are meeting with vis-
itors as well to explain to them
what is going on to ensure that
once they get to the airport there
is no difficult situation for them,”
he said.

General manager of the Air-

port Authority Joseph Reckley |

said they had since increased the
number of security personnel at
the airport to include police and
Defence Force officers.

“The police, of course, would



have received their instructions.
We are observing any vehicles
coming in, we are increasing the
foot patrols in various areas, and
also our vehicle patrols,” he
said.

some travellers with the
approaching anniversary of the
September 11 attacks in 2001, Mr
Wilchcombe said his ministry was
aware of, and very concerned
with, the issue.

“We are very concerned, but
the reality is that we are better
prepared today than we certainly
were five years ago, We do have
our officers on alert and we are
monitoring our situation, but
there is only so much you can do,

“Because if a situation was to
occur — let’s hope nothing hap-
pens — the truth of the matter, is
there would be a period where

‘people would just not move.

“That’s just the reality. So, yes,
we are prepared for whatever cir-
cumstances might occur. We just
hope that nothing occurs and that
authorities around the world are
vigilant. We believe and hope that
there is nothing for us to be over-
ly concerned about beyond the

circumstance right now,” he said.



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Noting growing anxiety among
i .which represent only a small

@ OPINION
By PACO NUNEZ.
Tribune News Editor

W HILE in New
York last month, I

' visited the famed New York

Public Library and was sur-
prised to learn that use of the
library, guided tours and spe-
cial exhibitions are all free.

The idea behind this is
revealed by a mission state-
ment engraved on the main
pillar of the library’s Astor
Hall:

“On the diffusion of edu-
cation among the people rests
the preservation and perpet-
uation of our free institu-
tions.”

A functional democracy
depends on an educated pop-
ulation. ,

My first thought was that
the truth of this statement is

i - self-evident. My second was

that it constitutes a powerful

indictment of modern

Bahamian democracy.
According to latest calcula-

age for graduating ‘students is
D+. If the private schools —

fraction of the student popu-
lation — are removed from this
equation, the national score is
an F+.

On average, therefore, stu-
dents for whom the govern-
ment -is responsible and who
make up the bulk of the future

voting population, graduate .

on the brink of failure.

There is, of course, nothing
new about this situation; edu-
cation in the Bahamas has
been in a scandalous state for
years.

But what it means is that if.

the integrity of our free insti-
tutions depends on education,
Bahamian democracy is worth
no more than an F+ diploma
from a public school,

No wonder some politicians

have sought to attack the press

for criticising the state of edu-
cation, One politician sug-





\

~ tions, the national grade aver- .

Thank
looking forwa

LMA

- TURNING
POINT

(IIB:

gested that journalists should
“truly shoulder their Tespon-
sibilities as nation-builders”
and recognise the good as well
as the bad.

Putting aside the dubious
record enjoyed by the kind of
journalism he recommends, it
should be noted that such calls
to concentraté on “the good”
are usually intended to divert
attention from the bad.

Our political leaders can
build as many smoke-screens
as they please however; it
remains a fact that efficient
“diffusion of education” can-
not be what is driving our

_democracy.

The unfortunate conse-
quence, as every politician
well knows, is that what con-
tinues to drive the democratic
process in the Bahamas is the
long- -established culture of
“hand-out politics.”



Te reality, the state of

ediication does not mat-
ter in the slightest to many
: politicians, because at the end

of the day, all democracy

means to them is winning elec-
tions — and what an election
comes down ‘to is what they
can offer potential voters in
terms of public service. jobs,
gifts, advantages and so.on,
This is the real reason many
incumbents and parliamentary
hopefuls prefer to “hit the
streets” and campaign from
door to door — it would be

considered obscene to broad-

cast their promises of immi-
gration, customs and prison
jobs on ZNS TV.

Of course, there are a few
emotive issues that all politi-
cians know will move most
Bahamians; illegal immigra-
tion and crime for example, -

But these problems do not
require detailed policy expla-

nations; just a vow that they
will be tackled, coupled with
the promise of a ham or
turkey at Christmas and the
politician can congratulate
himself or herself on having
constructed a winning plat-
form.

Under these circumstances,
what would politicians as a
class want with a better edu-
cated populace; with voters
who ask hard questions and
demand efficient service
rather than handouts?

The answer is nothing —
and that in the final analysis is
the reason why public educa-
tion, the most well funded
government entity in the coun-
try, is a disaster.

But the new generation of
Bahamians has news for politi- -
cians: while far too many
young, people continue to be
turned out of high schools
unprepared for life, more are
taking advantage of new
opportunities — including
international opportunities — —
than ever before, and have
been exposed to examples of
real democratic processes dri-
ven by educated, issue- -minded

_ populations.

These Bahamians will stand
for nothing less for themselves
and the day is coming when
politicians will have to reck-
on with a very different elec-
torate than the one they have
become used to.

In a February 13, 2003
speech delivered at the very
same New York _ Public
Library, Koichiro Matsuura,
the director-general of the
United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organ-
isation (UNESCO) said: “Lit-
eracy is indeed a tool of free-
dom, vital for liberating us
from ignorance, vital for
empowering us to develop and
apply our human capacities,
vital for the exercise of demo-
cratic citizenship.”

His words would make a fit-
ting epitaph for the culture of
hand-out politics in the
Bahamas. *

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Anglers get ready
for tournament

BIMINI is playing host to a
group of serious anglers during
the Annual Native Fishing
Tournament this week.

Senior manager of the Bimini
Tourist Office Norma Wilkin-
son said crowds of fishing boats

- will be docked at the marinas

as anglers come from all over
to compete for top cash prizes.
“This fishing tournament has
become a treasure trove of his-
tory about the island of North
Bimini,” Ms Wilkinson said.
“Some of adventures of our

anglers have etched eternal |

memories in the minds of the
people of Bimini and have
become a part of the oral histo-

_ ty of this wonderful island.”

Made famous by long-term
visitors like Ernest Hemingway
and Martin Luther King Jr, the
islands in the Bimini chain have

‘long distinguished themselves

from the other islands of the
Bahamas by embracing certain
unique attributes.

Thé strongest among these is
said to be the individualistic,
fiercely protected, culture of
Bimini. Playing a huge role in

this strong cultural identity. is.

fishing.

Once known as the gateway






& NORMA Wilkinson

to the Bahamas, Bimini has
become the playground for seri-
ous sports fishermen from all
over the world.

According to a Ministry of
Tourism statement, “Nothing
fastens the tie on the together-
ness of the people of Bimini like
the annual fishing tournaments,
the biggest of which is the
Annual Native Fishing Tourna-
ment. Now in its 56th year, this



tournament is the place where
many anglers come to celebrate
their love for fishing and the

many, other activities that go

hand in hand with this sport.”

This year, the native fishing
tournament takes place August
6 through 11 and as usual, is
filled with cultural activity.

The Bimini Native Fishing
Tournament was started in 1950
by the Bimini Progressive
Sporting Club. The aim then
had been to create fellowship
among both the locals and visi-
tors to the island.

Over the years, it has grown
from a minor 12-boat affair to
the current event that sees hun-
dreds of boats docking in the
marinas.

According to Ms Wilkinson,
fishing tournaments like the
annual Native Fishing Tourna-
ment are also very important to
the Bahamas as a whole,

‘because of the niche market

opportunities it creates within
the overall tourism market.

“Tt exemplifies what we have
been saying all along: The

islands of the Bahamas presents

a multiplicity of destinations
within one. There is something
for everyone,” she said. .

Bank executives get prison
time in bank fraud case |

@ DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo

A THREE-JUDGE panel
sentenced the president and

vice president of a failed

Dominican bank Thursday to

three years in prison. for their.

role in its collapse, part ofa

-2003 banking crisis that tem-

porarily crippled the nation’s
economy, according to Associ-
ated Press.

Manuel Pellerano Pena and
Juan Mendoza Gomez were
sued by clients of their Banco

Nacional de Credito, or Ban-
credito, for alleged participa-
tion in a US$600 million
fraud. The judges found them
guilty of falsifying documents
and manipulating data to

throw off investigators, the

online newspaper Clave Digi-
tal reported.

The men, who were also fined
about US$30,000 each, have
nine days to appeal, said court

clerk Joham Gonzalez. Under’
Dominican law, the government |

could add criminal charges to
civil lawsuits — making the



©2006 Creative Edge

defendants eligible for jail time.

In 2003, Bancredito shut .,

down after announcing it did
not have enough liquidity to
keep operating, That failure,
along with the collapse of Ban-

‘co Intercontinental and Banco

Mercantil, led to the filing of
fraud cases worth an estimated

US$3 billion against various:



bank executives.

The economic crisis sp d
high inflation and devaluation
of the peso, requiring recovery
assistance from the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund.



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Direct Sout
ights ke

m By CARA BRENNEN |
Tribune Business Reporter

he possibility of direct

flights between the

Bahamas and South

America will be one of

the key discussion topics

when Ministry of Tourism and

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce

executives embark on a five-day trade
mission to Panama next month.

Chamber president Tanya Wright

yesterday explained that the mission,

scheduled for September 25-29, was

another example of a partnership,

between the private and public sec-
tors that was designed to boost the
Bahamas’ economic development.
She said the mission came as a
direct result of a meeting she had with

‘Embracing VoIP

technology the
way forward’





















i By NEIL HARTNELL _
Tribune Business Editor ,





products.

‘Bush said. ;

which has a similar economy
and customer base to the
Bahamas, through its reliance



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chief: No impact
from NIB costs

m@ By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business |
Reporter

‘

Copa Airlines, which explored the
possibility of the airline flying direct to
Nassau in 2007.

In addition to developing a potential
South American tourist market, Mrs
Wright said direct flights could also
facilitate business opportunities that
could be derived from Panama and
other Latin America countries.

Mrs Wright added that at the
moment, there were no direct flights
between the Bahamas and South
America, with passengers having to

travel to this nation via Miami and.

through other US destinations. .

In addition to exploring travel and
direct flight benefits, Mrs Wright said
the trip will serve as a fact-finding

mission to see what other possibili- °

ties there were for business opportu-
nities and linkages between the







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erica

mission

' Bahamas and Panama.

This mission will include a meeting

between the Chamber of Commerce ~

and representatives of the Colon Free
Zone Association, the Atlantic gate-
way to the Panama Canal.

The Colon Zone is dedicated to re-
exporting an enormous variety of mer-
chandise to Latin America and the
Caribbean. The closest Bahamian
comparison to this area is Freeport
and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

Mrs Wright said the Panama Canal
could also facilitate the transporta-
tion of goods between China and the
Bahamas, as this nation continues to
explore linkages with that area of the

world. The benefits of increased links

with Panama are obvious for Freeport.
Hutchison Whampoa, the Chinese
conglomerate, owns the two contain-

er terminals at each end of the Pana-
ma Canal. eo : :
Hutchison Whampoa also has a
major presence in Freeport, where it
owns and runs Freeport Container
Port, and is Port Group Ltd’s major
partner in entities such as Freeport
Harbour Company, Grand Bahama
Airport Company and the Sea/Air

_ Business Centre.

Therefore, the opportunity: to fur-

: ther deepen links with China and

Panama in the transhipment of goods “
to Freeport, where they can be assem-
bled and distributed to other nations
in the Western Hemisphere, is a major
one on this mission. ie
The trade mission is being organ-
ised by the Bahamas Tourist Office -
Latin America, COPA Airlines and
the Panama Chamber of Commerce.

Francis to chair new investment adviser

A MAJOR Caribbean telecoms operator has shown the way
forward for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company~
(BTC) by embracing customer demand and Voice over Inter-
net Protocol (VoIP) technology, rather than resisting it, to
increase long-distance revenues and retain customers. /
Alan Bush, chief strategy office for Cable & Wireless (West
Indies), said the company had, like BTC, suffered a.“precip-
|. jtous decline” in its international fixed-line revenues, and its
solution had not only reversed this but also enabled it to pro-
vide more services to customers through the bundling of

Mr Bush said C&W, which remains interested in BTC’s
-.|| privatisation and becoming its strategic partner despite the
Government’s negotiations with lead bidder Bluewater Com-
munications Holdings, had launched its own VoIP product -
NetSpeak - to counter the decline in long-distance revenues.
_. “We realised VoIP would hurt our earnings, hurt our rev-
enues and, at the end of the day, we learnt the customer dri-
ves everything for us, so we went out and embraced VoIP,” Mr

He described C&W’s approach in the Cayman Islands, .

SEE page 7B Pe ara

bution income, and almost
double the minimum expect-
ed for NHI to be feasible.

Dr Lalta acknowledged

Central Bank governor and

ty co-chairman, has been
named as chairmsan for Prov-
idence Advisors, the invest-
ment advisory firm formed
from a management buyout
involving SG Hambros: Bank
& Trust (Bahamas): . |
Providence Advisors was
formed by Kenwood Kerr, for-
‘mer head of investment ser-
vices at SG Hambros Bank &
. Trust (Bahamas), and the two
hotel industry pension funds -
the Bahamas Hotel Industry
Management Pension Fund
and the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Pension
Fund. Lk
The company was formed
from SG: Hambros Bank &
Trust (Bahamas) former
' investment services division,
and will provide pension
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JULIAN Francis, former

Grand Bahama Port Authori-|

administration, investment
management and other related

services...

Joihing Mr Francis and Mr

Kerr on the Board of Direc-
tors are Hugh Sands, former

Bank of the Bahamas Interna-

‘tional chairman; Robert Sands,

Baha..Mar’s vice-president of

_ administration and external

affairs; and George E Rodgers,
the Bahamas Development
‘Bank’s managing director.

The Tribune revealed the .

formation of Providence Advi-
sors and the management buy-
out of the investment services

. division at SG. Hambros Bank

& Trust (Bahamas) some three

- to four weeks ago.

Providence Advisors is like-
ly to provide strong competi-

‘- tion in:the domestic Bahamian

investment banking and advi-
sory market, challenging the

‘effective duopoly created by

Heth as

Fidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust and Colina Financial
Advisors.

Competition in the corpo-
rate advisory, pension admin-
istration and investment man-
agement sector is thus likely
to become more fierce.

Providence Advisors will
start from a relatively strong
base, though,. given the
involvement of the two hotel
union pension funds - the
largest institutional pool of
investor money in the
Bahamas. |

SG Hambros Bank & Trust

(Bahamas).acted as investment

adviser and administrator to

the two funds, and it is likely’

that Providence Advisors will
have. inherited that, role. The
key now will be to attract new
business and win more
accounts.

In an official statement

released last night to confirm
its creation, Mr Kerr said:

“Providence became fully
_operational on‘July 3, 2006,

with the invaluable assistance,
and co-operation of SG Ham-
bros and its management team.
“We look forward to contin-
uing to provide high quality
services to the-Bahamian pub-_
lic. We are grateful for the .

~ encouragement and support of

SG Hambros, our employees
and others who have ensured:
this smooth transition to full
operation and the inaugura-
tion of this historic develop-
ment.” . : ; we
Providence is licensed with.
the Securities Commission of
the Bahamas as a Class One
(1) Broker/Dealer, meaning it
will.be able to execute client -

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THE National Insurance
Board’s (NIB) relatively high
administrative costs should not
effect the implementation of
the National Health Insurance
plan, the project’s manager, Dr
_. Stanley Lalta, said yesterday.

- Dr Lalta said that while the
NIB was working to reduce its

operating costs, the amount it .

spends should not affect the
NHI because it will only be
using NIB resources for spe-
cific functions such as registra-
tion.

The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion’s 2004 report on the pro-
posed NHI scheme said that
for the project to be feasible,
NIB - as the scheme’s admin-
istrator - would have to reduce
its administrative costs as a
- percentage of contribution
income to 10 per cent or less.

NIB’s 2005 annual report,
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly on Wednesday, showed
that its administrative expens-
es that year were $27.5 million
- some 20.2 per cent of contri-

‘
4}

;

NIB’s administrative costs
were still pretty high despite
the fact that it managed to
reduce them by 5.2 per cent in
2005, from the $29 million
which was spent in 2004.

He said the ideal situation
for NIB would be to reduce
administration expenses to 10
per cent of contribution rev-
enues, which was recommend-
ed by the Social Security
Reform Commission.

Dr Lalta said there were a
number of factors behind the
high administration costs, -
including the fact that the
Bahamas was an archipelago.

He said NIB was trying to
ensure it effectively collects
payments and services its
clients, which requires a phys-
ical presence on all the inhab-
ited islands.

“That comes at a cost,” Dr
Lalta said, and is something
NIB has to balance as it tries to

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ONCE you have decided who
your customer is and, by exten-
sion, the market you are operat-
ing in, the next step will be for
you to know your competitors.

By researching your competi-
tors, you will find out whether
your product is up to the mark,
whether you will be able to com-
pete in the marketplace, and
earn a decent living doing it.

This is important if you are
already trading, but particularly
important if you are starting a
new venture. Markets never stay
the same for long. Products
change and new products enter
the market. If you are not to fall
behind, you need to keep a keen
eye on your competition.

So, what would be useful to
find out?

First, how many competitors
are there? And where are they
based? This will tell you how
saturated your market is, and
whether it makes sense to enter
unless you are providing some-
thing new or improved.

Second, are any of your com-
petitors really successful? These
are the ones you will need to
watch, as they are leading the

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charge and must be doing some-

thing right to be in that position.

Pay close attention to the market
leader and study them, and you
will save valuable time by not
reinventing the wheel.

Third, what size are your com-
petitors? Are there any big ones
out there who have enough
financial muscle through preda-
tory pricing tactics to put you
out of business? :

Fourth, what products do they
offer? And how do those prod-
ucts compare to what.you are
offering? In terms of price, func-
tionality, quality, customer ser-
vice, is there anything that you
do that will allow you to take
market share?

Fifth, how are they marketing
their product? Are they running
any special price promotions?
What kind of guarantees are
they offering? Is there a trial
period? |

Once you have found out this
information, you should be able
to determine whether there is
enough potential business out
there for you to make a profit.
Finding out what your compe-
tition does and is planning to do,



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and what they do that works and

what they do that doesn’t work, »

can help you enormously, par-
ticularly if you are planning a
start-up.

Building up a picture of the
competition is also useful in that
it can help you anticipate what
their response is. likely to be to
your market entry. Once a com-
petitor perceives that you are
going to take away market share,
they could adopt several tactics:

° Dropping their prices to
squeeze you out of the market.

e Badmouthing you to your
customers, suppliers, distribu-
tors and trade press.

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of supply.

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legal action against you to slow
you down. By anticipating the
potential response of your com-
petitors, you are effectively tak-

ing proactive action to. protect

your business.
So, how can you gather infor-
mation about your competition?

Check Yellow Pages

* Google them on the Internet

* Ask your suppliers who else
they supply

* Ask potential customers
who they are buying from

* Drive around your neigh-
bourhood

* Read newspapers and trade
press if applicable

* Go to trade shows and look
around

* Buy shares in your competi-
tor if they are a listed company
and study their annual accounts

Once you have found out who

_ they are:

- Go to their premises and
watch who shops there

— Talk to your customers and

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— Buy their product, or get a
friend to buy and review it
— Get their sales literature and
‘adverts
'— Then keep a record and
update it for your quarterly
strategic meetings.

If you are already trading and
want to get the quick scoop on
who the new competition is,
make sure you keep your ear to
the ground, keep reading the

newspapers, and check out who.

will be moving into those empty
premises on the corner. By hav-
ing advance warning, you will
have time to plan a spoiler for
their launch and not have to play

- areactive game.

. Finally, you must also consid-
er what your entry into the mar-
ket will do.

If you think your entry with
a new product will increase the
size of the market, then you
need to consider why your com-
‘petitors won’t also offer the
same product eventually.

If your entry is going to take
market share away from your.
competitors, you need to have
a good reason why you think



NOTICE is hereby given that CLIFFIN PETI-PHARD 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 4TH day of AUGUST,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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you can take customers away
from them.

Consider these two points
carefully. If there is any doubt in
your mind, you should do fur-
ther research until you are con-
vinced there is enough of a-mar-
ket out there for you to tap, and
that you won’t be driven out by
competitors with more financial
muscle.

Marketing your business is an
important area and will require
constant effort. So, in order to

avoid the trap of antipreneur-

ship, make sure you spend some
time on researching your com-
petition, as it could pay large
dividends for your future busi-
Ness success.

NB: Adapted from his upcom-
ing book, Antipreneurship And
How to Avoid It, Mark draws
on 20 years of top level business,
marketinz and communications
experience in London and the
Bahamas. He is chief operating
officer of www.ezpzemail.com,

‘currently lives in Nassau, and

can be contacted at markalex-
palmer@mac.com .

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NOTICE ‘is hereby given that BENNY LORFILS,
GENERAL DILVERY, MARSH HARBOUR , 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 4th day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality . |
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; Bahamas.

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that MOHAMMED TALAT
MAHBOOB ALI SHARIFF, P.O.BOX F 44317 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
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Notaries Public

Is seeking an ambitious
COMMERCIAL/CORPORATE

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For its Nassau Office

Candidates with a minimum of five (5) years
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Candidates must have at least five (5) years
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Attractive salary and benefits are available to
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Internet roll-out
hurts RND |

_ pace

m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RND Holdings yesterday said it had not
been able to enjoy “the full revenue poten-
tial” from its TicketXpress subsidiary, with
the infrastructure needed for reliable and
consistent Internet connectivity in the
Family Islands unlikely to be in place until
the end of this month.

In a note to shareholders on RND Hold-
ings’ performance for fiscal 2006, chair-

‘man Jerome Fitzgerald and managing
director Ken Donathan said TicketXpress,
its Internet-based reservations and tick-
eting system, had incurred expenses in
honouring contracts it had not been able
to fully effect.

Chief among these was the contract
TicketXpress had signed to act as the elec-
tronic bookings agent for the Out Island
Promotions Board and Family Island-
based hotels. This, coupled with acting as
the online reservations agent for Bahamas-
based charter airlines that fly to the Fam-
ily Islands, is where the majority of Tick-
etXpress’s revenue will come from.

In their note to shareholders, the RND
duo said: “To date, the infrastructure
required to provide reliable and quality
Internet service to the Family Islands is
not in place for the majority of the Out
Islands.

“This infrastructure is scheduled to be in
place by the end of August 2006. Conse-
quently, the roll out of our product as well
as our earning potential will continue to be
impeded until such time as this infra-
structure if fully in place.”

RND Holdings suffered a net loss of
$17,591 in the year to February 28, 2006,
compared to a $588,782 loss the previous
year. The balance sheet as at February
28, 2006, also showed the extent to which
RND Holdings is relying on cash flows to
meet its short-term liabilities.

Apart from TicketXpress, the company
is effectively a real estate investment trust
(REIT), with the vast majority of its

$12.206 million assets - about 90 per cent:

or $11.156 million - tied up in real estate
and investment.properties.

RND Holdings’ current liabilities,
including bank overdrafts, accounts

BUSINESS

payable and debt that is current, amount-
ed to $1.388 million as at February 28,
2006.

This was more than four times’ current
assets, which stood at $315,767 on the
same date, with most of that amount con-
sisting of $298,184 in accounts receivable -
amounts owed to it by other businesses.

During fiscal 2006, RND Holdings sold
the $980,000 owed to it by Galleria Cine-
mas - the remaining balance on the trans-
action that saw RND sell its cinema oper-
ations to the latter - to pay down trade
payables and for use in working capital.

RND Holdings’ $99,365 in income-from
continuing operations was boosted by a
revaluation gain of $607,501 on its com-
mercial real estate properties, although
this was partially offset by a $157,507
write-off of development costs associat-
ed with the proposed Charles W Saun-
ders Highway shopping plaza.

RND Holdings’ administrative expens-
es again accounted for a large chunk of
costs from continuing operations, the
$840,198 amounting to almost 61 per cent
of gross revenues from those businesses.






















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CREDIT SUISSE



@ KENWOOD KERR

ASSISTANT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department

Nassau, Bahamas

(BISX).

ment services. .

Credit Suisse Nassau Branch

is presently considering applications for a

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TEMPORARY POSITION UNTIL MARCH 2007,

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum requirements:

» Assisting in ensuring that the Branch’s books and records are accurately recorded on a timely

* Preparing all Branch, Group and Regulatory reporting to specific reporting deadlines
* Assisting in the preparing of reports for Senior management in London and New York
Assisting in ensuring that all Balance Sheet accounts are substantiated

* {nvolvement in various investment banking and Group accounting issues and projects

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preferred (maybe gained through audit profession}
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_ DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 15, 2006

trades on the Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange

Mr Kerr will operate as
Providence Advisors chief
executive. The other members
of the financial team are
Monique Cooper-Davis, chief
financial officer; Bradley S
Cunningham; manager of cor-

- porate services, and Carol E
Burrows, manager of invest-



Francis to chair new
investment adviser

FROM page 1B

They are supported by Olive
C Gaitor, Agatha A.G Moncur
and Florabelle Rodgers. All
are former employees of SG
Hambros
(Bahamas), where they spe-
cialised in the management
and administration of all of its
Bahamian Dollar clients.

SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) will continue to
work closely with Providence
Advisors, with the latter con-
tinuing to lease office space at
its West Bay Street headquar-
ters.




Bank & Trust.





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NIB, from 1B

keep costs down. The annual
report admitted: “By most
benchmarks, NIB’s adminis-
trative costs remain high, even
if the geographical nature of
the Bahamas is considered.”

In an effort to keep costs
down, NIB has implemented
a number of measures.

According to its annual
report, 66 per cent of NIB’s

operating costs are staff-relat-

ed so the primary method
adopted was to implement a

. Voluntary Early Retirement

Program (VERP).
This offers financial incen-



tives to employees who are
either 55 years-old or who
have at least 30 years of ser-
vice. NIB is hoping that this

’ will reduce its staffing levels

to 425 employees at Decem-
ber 2006, down from 436 the
year before.

The Social Security Reform
Commission also reported that

there was overwhelming sup-
port for changes aimed at
strengthening the long-term
sustainability of NIB, which
included support for an
increase in contributions,
improving compliance and
reducing administration costs,
but little support for reducing
benefits or reducing normal

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that MONICA ET IENNE, 135 OCEAN
AVENUE,APT. 1B, BROOKLYN, NY 11225, 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 10th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT (No45 OF 2000)

IMPULE INVESTMNT LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation,

“Notice is hereby that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
45. of 2000), IMPULSE INVESTMENTS LIMITED

is in Dissolution’.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 10th
day of July, 2006.

Nautilus Corporate Services Limited
of Nautilus House, La Cour des Casernes,
St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, Je! 3NH
- Liquidator

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF JOHN JACOB
CONRAD late of 1933 6th Line in the

Town of Innisfil in the County of Simcoe, |

Province of Ontario in the Dominion of
Canada, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 14th day of September,
2006, after which date the Executors will
proceed to distribute the assests having re-
gard only to the claims of which he shall
then have had notice.

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

HIGGS & JOHNSON
Attorneys for the Executor
Chambers
P.O.Box N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY CANILLO
LOON, 10B, HAMPSHIRE COURT, FREEPORT,
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 4th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the

Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, .

P.O.Box N- 7147, GRAND BAHAMA, _Bahamas.



DEBLIN INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of DEBLIN INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Lagaadaier)

NOTICE

-CACHUPA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced of the 4th August,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Geneva,
Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, 1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 11th of August, A. D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Geneva
Liquidator

NOTICE

GIMMLI LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 9th August,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated Ltd.,

Pasea Estates, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 11th of August, A. D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Geneva
Liquidator

pension age.

In addition there was mixed
support for a new approach to
increasing participation in pri-
vate pensions, with a larger
National Insurance Fund and
mandatory pensions receiving
almost equal support.

In summary, the commis-
sion’s report stated the urgent
need for an increased level of
savings, together with the NIB

pension will provide increased

security in old age.

The NIB annual report
acknowledged that on-time
payment of contributions was
“still extremely low”, with only

26 per cent of monthly contri- |

butions received within the 15-
day grace period allowed, up

from 20 per cent in 2004. It is ©

targeting a 75 per cent on-time
payment rate.
The annual report said: “In

slightly

2005, contributions were
received from 10,203 employ-
ers for approximately 127,000 -
workers, inclusive of 4,453 self-
employed persons, who made
at least one contribution pay-
ment for 2005.

“Therefore, about 88 per
cent of employed persons and
20 per cent of self-employed
persons made at least one con-
tribution for 2005.”

Yet achieving compliance

’ from self-employed persons

remains a problem, as they
accounted for just 2 per cent
of contributions during 2005
despite constituting 15 per cent
of the labour force.

Contributions rose to $136.1
million in 2005, an 8 per cent
increase on 2004’s $125.8 mil-
lion, while benefit payments
rose 2.8 per cent to $117.6 mil-
lion.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GRAND LAKE LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORE. INC.
(Linuidator)

~~ NOTICE
SOUL CONNECTION INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution,
which commenced on the 22nd day of
May 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE
CONCISTRASSE INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the
above named Company is in
dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of May 2006. The Liquidatior
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)







THE TRIBUNE

BUSINESS

NEMA holds hurricane

preparedness workshop

for tourism workers

THE National Emergency
Management Agency
(NEMA) has held a disaster
preparedness mini-workshop
for, staff members at the Min-
istry of Tourism.

- NEMA’s interim. director,

Carl Smith, said the company
lis prepared for the 2006
Atlantic hurricane season,
which runs from June 1 to
November 30.

Personnel

NEMA personnel briefed
Ministry of Tourism staff on

ah topics including understanding

‘advisories. hurricane hazards,
what damage to expect, pro-
tecting one’s residence, what
to do as the storm approaches,

_ disaster supplies, advice for

older adults and home bound
patients, tips for hotel opera-
tions, tips for fishermen and
farmers, shelters, pet survival
and what to do after a storm.
The workshop, conducted by
Trevor Basden, deputy direc-
tor of Department of Meteo-
rology, assisted by Patricia
Clarke, was part of the’ Min-

istry’s effort to keep its staff.

fully informed on hurricane
and disaster preparations.

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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 11th day of JUNE, 2004 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, Ee Box
N-.7147, Nassau, Bahamas.










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The potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

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Excellent communication skills
Must be a team player, motivated & well groomed

Successful applicants can look forward to
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 5B

HB SHOWN are Ministry of Tourism staff members
with Trevor Basden, deputy director of Department of
‘Meteorology, who:conducted the National. Ce ata
Management Agency’s disaster preparedness mini-
workshop, and eta Clarke.

INSET T "ye LEFT — One of the. a oa a
CC Cu the mini-workshop. :

Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that NESLY OLTIME, OF AMOS
FERGUSON STREET, P. O. BOX GT 2368, 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 11th day of JUNE, 2004 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and. Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.











Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications fora

I.T. SPECIALIST (Senior Globus. System Developer)

Credit Suisse Private Banking is one of the world’s premier private banks. It is
setting new standards that go beyond traditional banking services. Our dedicated
and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with comprehensive solutions in
individual investment counseling and professional portfolio management. Our
total commitment is always to our clients and we focus without compromise on
their financial well-being and their personal, values.

requirements:

Qualifications:

| The position is open to candidates with the following minimum

- At least Five (5) years experience in installation, configuration and

troubleshooting in a banking environment

- Superior knowledge of GLOBUS Banking Application
(programming and administration)

-. RS/6000: Installation, maintenance and operation experience _

- Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent

s Knowledge of AIX 5.1 — 5.3, UNIVERS/JBASE, LAN & WAN

- Experience with offshore banking applications

Personal Qualities:

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to work flexible
hours as overtime is required

Good technical and trouble-shooting skills and experience

Other Duties:

Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)

Provide UNIVERSE & GLOBUS training to IT Staff

Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives _

Ensure that “Business Contingency Planning” requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department

Benefits provided include:
- Competitive salary and performance bonus
- Pension Plan —
- Health and Life Insurance |
Ongoing internal and external career developmentitraining program

APPLICATI

NS MUST BE IN WRITING. Persons
| requirements need not apply.

Applications should be submitted to:

t meeti minimum

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas

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PART-TIME ~
ACCOUNTING OFFICER

Tasks and responsiblities include but are not limited to:

Reviewing monthly accounting entries before posting
Reconciliation of all bank accounts, including
investment brokerage account

Reconciliation of all re-insurer accounts, quarterly
Recording all investments entries
Monitoring maturity of investments in portfolio in
order to advise financial controller

Assisting accounting officer and financial controller
with completion of monthly management accounts as
well year end audit

Successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

Bachelors degree in accounting or professional
accounting designation with 1 or 2 years experience
Team player, able to operate in a very small office
environment and handle individual repsonsibilities
_Affinity- with figures and attention to details

Respond to:
Financial Controller.
P.O. Box N 8320
- or
Fax: 326-3132



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Bloch International is the leading provide? of specialty dancewear. It is currently based in
Sydney, Australia with sales and distribution to specialty retailers in the U.S. and Europe
in addition to a manufacturing operation in Bangkok, Thailand. Bloch International is in
the process of setting ap operations in The Bahamas and is seeking a

SS

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
JOB SUMMARY:

Organizes and:directs all aspects of the accounting and financial control fumiction of the Bahamas Branch and
repotts operational results, Maintain accounting systems that ensure the proper accounting and recording of the:
Branch’s resources, Provide management with relevant and reliable financial data necessary for budgetary and
‘financial decisions, Oversee thé operation and. management of the Accouriting Department activities and staff.

Reports to-the Chief Operating Officer in The Bahamas and to the Chief Financial Officer in Austalia,
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: :

«Supervises: aad trains the general: accounting staff.

e Regularly reviews entries to the general ledger to assure accuracy arid compliance with -established
accouniting prinicipals and procedures

® Assists the Chief Financial Officer (Austialia):i in the preparation of the annual budgets and forecasts,

* Responsible for compliance with all Bahamian fiscal regulatory requirements.

« Plaris and iniplements changes:in the Branch’s accounting system, where necessary; and with approval

- from the Chief Financial Officer (Australia):

Recommends changes in financial policies and procedures, as necessary, Write policies and procedures

and ensurethey are being adhered to.

Monitots established internal controls to assure proper compliance.

Recruits and evaliiates personnel under own supervision.

Keeps thie Chief Finaricial Officer (Australia) informed of the Branch’s performance. -

Assures: protection of assets of the business through internal control and ensuring proper insurance

coverage,

© Mairtain a regular review of income’and expenditure to ensure that cash flow is adequate to meet future
business needs.

® Prepares arid makes saocnnanialong based on financial analysis of operations.

* Keeps abreast of current trends; practices, and developments in the prolession. Makes tecommiendations
for implementation of néw practices and procedures.

« Performs and/or oversees all aspects of Human Resources functions,

¢ Coordinates and supervises IT function with outside company’ providing service.

© Oversee global Inventory management and logistics functions.

Assume other special activities and responsibilities as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's he in Accounting, plus five (5) to seven (7) years experience in all aspects of Accounting, ideally
gained through increasingly responsible positions within Finance, two. years of which must be asa department
manager or supervisor. Candidate with.a professional accounting qualification and public accounting. aapetieee
at the Manager/Supervisor level is highly desirable.

Experience in a wholesale distribution environment is also hi ghly desirable but not mandatory.
COMPENSATION a

The position offers a competitive salary plus incentive bonus based on performance and pension,
insurance and other benefits,

Interested candidates should submit their resume by 11 August 2006 to:

Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House

East Hill Street

P. 0; Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas
pwebs@bs.pwe.com

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Sydney, Australia with sales and distribution to specialty rétailers in the U.S. and Europe
in addition to a manufacturing operation in Bangkok, Thailand. Bloch: International is in.

the process of setting up operations in ‘The Bahamas and is seeking a —

Senior Operations Manager

Position Summary:

The successful : candidate will be. séiposibe for ensuring that business objectives. are met effectively and.
efficiently and in a timely manner, The ideal candidate will also be required to assist in maintaining the smooth.
Tunning | ‘of the Bloch International business at new corporate headquarters to be established in the Bahamas. An
jnnovative and energetic profile is necessary to manage. the operations of this ‘growing and. dynamic business:

Reports to the Senior Vice President in The Bahamas.

Duties and Responsibilities

¢ Develop a communication process to ensure Managers and: Staff are kept well informed
_ Enisiite proper planning and evaluation: of business: strategies so that worldwide: operations can. meet
profit goals.

* Co-ordinate marketing plans and sitategies in conjunction with the senior management staff of Bloch:
International and approval of range plans for each division and each distributor in onde that sales
targets can be niet,

# . Agsist the Senior Vice President to monitor and maintain worldwide operation key performance
indicators. (KPI's).

Required Skills/Experience:

“The successful candidate for this position will be a self motivated individual, possess excellent-leadership

skills, be a team player, and be able to:demonstrate flexibility to respond to a host of different challenges.

He/she: must’be accustomed to working on multiple tasks without continual supervision. This individual

must be persuasive and tenacious in their relationships while maintaining professional standards of conduct

and strong customer focus. The ability to manage multiple projects, change priorities when needed and be

pro-active will-be essential. Ultimately the successful candidate will be able to work on his/her own
" “fnitiativeand impact positively on the business:on a daily basis.

An‘extensive marketing background with an in-depth knowledge of brand development
¢ .A solid, broad understanding of finance (including product costing and pricing)
« Experience in distribution / licensing arrangements as business development in Europe, Asia and South
America forms part of the business plan. International.
Ari understanding of product development and the product development life cycle from concept through to
market
A good understanding of systems (both computér and procedures)

Competencies:

Ownership of the role
Excellent fi nancial knowledge mixed with excellent commercial knowledge to ensure excellent margin
protection
The ability to understand a different market and apply classical marketing strategies to. the
aforementioned new market

- Exceptional communication skills
Ability to work with both vertical and flat business structures

This is a senior position and the compensation package is designed accordingly. Compensation comprises a
base salary (low six figures) plus an incentive bonus based on performance and attainment of worldwide goals.

Interested candidates should submit their resume by 11 August 2006 to:

Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House

East Hill Street

P.O. Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas
pwebs@bs.pwe.com



THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 7B





‘Embracing VoIP
- technology the
way forward’

FROM page 1B

on financial services and
tourism.

C&W divided its customer
base into two segments - those
who had DSL Broadband and
those that did not. “What we
saw was that customers who
had broadband had 30-40 per
cent less international calls......
or are they bypassing the sys-
tem,” Mr Bush said.

This finding prompted C&W
to launch its NetSpeak package
in the Cayman Islands one
year. ago. For a fixed $40 fee
per month, its customers were
able to choose one of three
long-distance calling packages
- unlimited calls to the US and
Canada; unlimited calls to the
UK and Europe; or unlimited
calls to the rest of the
Caribbean.

For an extra $10 per month,
C&W customers could acquire
a second package, and for
another $5 per month they
could purchase the third,
meaning they could have all

three packages for $55 per

month.

That, Mr Bush said, not only
stemmed C&W’s international
fixed-line revenue decline but
“actually improved our rev-
enues” because to use NetS-
peak, customers had to have a
C&W phone line in their home

* and use its DSL Broadband

product, too.
“It’s kind of like launching

’ triple play in the marketplace,”

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- how NetSpeak ‘had enabled

C&W. to ‘bundle’ services it

provided to customers.

He added that NetSpeak -

was authorised by both regu-
lators and the Cayman gov-
ernment, and the fact it was.
legally sanctioned was an
added attraction for customers.

C&W’s approach contrasts
markedly with the one taken
by BTC and the Government,
as both have attempted to fight
illegal VoIP providers and
keep them out of the Bahami-
an market without success.

VoIP providers are able to
use BTC’s infrastructure at will
to enable Bahamian residents
and businesses to make inter-
national and inter-island long-
distance calls, undercutting the
state-owned incumbent carri-
er’s prices and eroding its rev-
enue streams.

Company

BTC has now become a
company almost entirely
reliant on its cellular monopoly
to prop up its financial perfor-
mance, yet the quality and con-
sistency of services is less than
stellar, as the last two days of
disruption have shown.

Mr Bush said; “We encoun-
tered the same situation [with
VoIP], and this has added to
our revenue base.”

C&W, which operates in 14
Caribbean nations, is planning
to roll-out its NetSpeak prod-
uct in the Turks & Caicos
Islands by the end of 2006, hav-
ing already introduced it into
the British Virgin Islands and
Jamaica.

He described the embracing

» Of. new. technology. and cus-
‘tomer demand as

“inter:

twined” of a telecoms operator
was to be successful, adding:
“This is a business where the
weak are killed and eaten. If
the company or the regulator
does not embrace technology,
the consumer certainly will.
There are very few isolated
markets in the world right
now.”

Mr Bush said NetSpeak had
enabled C&W’s average rev-
enue per user (APRU) to
move from “low to healthy”,
and the company’s value had
increased as a result of its deci-
sion to deliver what the. cus-
tomer wanted and turn new
technology to its advantage.

“The company’s value is
greater because we can bring
more services to more people
at lower cost. If we didn’t do it,
someone else will, whether it’s
sanctioned by the Government
or not sanctioned by the Gov-
ernment.,” Mr Bush said. _

“That is the nature of the
marketplace. We took a con-
sumer product, VoIP, and

. turned it into NetSpeak.” He |

likened this to Apple’s iTunes,
which involved adapting the
path blazed by Napster.

’ Businesses in the Bahamas
“have very clear desires” when
it comes to their telecommu-
nications needs, Mr Bush said,
describing these as involving
increased capacity, “Blackber-
ry usage, and absolute reliabil-
ity with lower costs”.

He added that fixed-line
telecommunications was even-
tually likely to be transferred

completely to Internet Proto- .

col-based networks, with tech- .
. nology changing:the tradition- ,

al telephone company model. ;

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Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications fora
I.T. SPECIALIST (Junior Globus System Developer)

Credit Suisse Private Banking is one of the world’s premier private banks. It is
setting new standards that go beyond traditional banking services. Our dedicated
and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with comprehensive solutions in
individual investment counseling and professional portfolio management. Our
total commitment is always to our clients and we focus without compromise on

their financial well-being and their personal values.

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum
requirements:

Qualifications:
At least Two (2) years experience in installation, confi iguration and
troubleshooting in a banking environment
_ Intermediate knowledge of GLOBUS Banking Application.
(programming and administration)
Experience to run and support Close of Business programs in
Globus
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Knowledge of AIX 5.1 — 5.3, UNIVERS/JBASE, LAN & WAN
EXpenienee: with offshore banking applicancy

| Personal Qualities:

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and cémmuntoation skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to work flexible
hours as overtime

is required

Good technical and trouble-shooting skills and experience

Other Duties:

Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)

Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives

Ensure that “Business Contingency Planning” requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department.»

Benefits provided include:
- Competitive salary and performance bonus
- Pension Plan
- Health and Life Insurance
Ongoing internal and external career developmenttraning program:

APPLICATIONS MUSTBEINWRITING, —
Persons not meeting the minimum requirements need not apply.
Applications should be submitted to:
_ Human Resources Department
: * P.O. Box N-4928
“Nassau, Bahamas



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.

Offshore bank is looking for a Compliance
and Risk Management Officer

Small financial institution is looking for a Compliance and
Risk Management Officer to join its select team of professionals.
The appropriate candidate will have several years experience
within a compliance and/or risk management function, and
be conversant with local and international laws and regulations.

Responsibilities will include:

Maintain a comprehensive understanding of local laws
and regulations regarding the financial services industry

Develop and maintain policies and procedures in
accordance with local laws and regulations

Establish effective monitoring and reporting programs
for policies and procedures

Ensure proper documentation is collected and accurately
recorded

Carry out regular and ad hoc reviews of activities
Develop, monitor and report on key risk indicators

Provide recommendations for improvements to risk
management process

Report to Executive Management and Board of Directors

Minimum qualification: LLB, ACIB, CPA, BACO or similar
designation is preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Bahamians or
persons with Bahamian residency status only need apply.
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume
to:

c/o The Tribune

P.O. Box N-3207

Nassau, Bahamas

Only persons being interviewed for this position will be
contacted.





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Terry has been at
Chelsea since he was 14
and played under four
managers in the first
team. Even with the
high-profile signings
funded by the club's bil-

-. lionaire owner Roman

Abramovich, Terry has
become a mainstay of the
side after reforming off-
field misbehavior that
threatened to blight his
career.
Beckham, who had

been England captain for: -

five years, stepped down
from the role after Eng-
iand was eliminated in
the World Cup quarterfi-
nals on July 1 by Portugal
on penalties.

McClaren said he'd
watched Terry mature in
the five years he'd been
an assistant to former
coach Sven-Goran Eriks-
son.

“There are a number of
strong leaders in the
squad and he will not
lack support on and off
the pitch," said
McClaren, who took over
as England coach last
week.

"(Gerrard) is an out-
standing player and
another superb club skip-
per who also leads by
example."

Gerrard agreed that
Terry was the right man
to lead England, starting
Wednesday with a friend-
ly against Greece at Old
Trafford.

"He's a tremendous
leader for Chelsea and
has all the qualities
required to do the role,
Gerrard said.

Chelsea manager Jose
Mourinho has called the
powerfully built Terry
‘the best center-back in
the world.'

tn 2005, he was voted
player of the year by his
fellow professionals in
the Premier League — the
first Chelsea player to
win the award.

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LEGENDARY volleyball
powerhouse Jackie Conyers
has continued to earn the
respect of her peers through-
out the Caribbean and has
been one of. the most out-
standing female athletes in her
sport. She has played along
side outstanding players such
as Cora Hepburn, Dr. Linda
“Chamberlain” Davis, Mar-
garet “Muggy” Albury and
Jennie Isaacs Dotson, to name
a few. Now, with the
Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
ons just three weeks away, she

-is officially announcing her

retirement.

Her decision to retire was
revealed in the presence of
Sports Minister Neville Wis-
dom who credited her with
providing experience, skill and
balance to the relatively young
team.

“Jackie is one of our gems,”
he said. “We regret losing her
from the national team but we
know she has left a legacy for
these youngsters to follow.”

Bahamas Volleyball Feder-
ation President Don Cornish
agrees: “Jackie has provided
this sport with a whole lot and
set the pace’for up and com-
ers to aspire to achieve.”

Joe Smith,.coach of the
National Women’s Volleyball

‘team says that Conyers’ knowl-

edge of the sport has helped
tremendously in training and
practice sessions.

“Jackie is one of those play-
ers who has recognition on the
international stage,” he said.
“She is the type of person who



“I want to leave

my younger

teammates with
that killer instinct .
to know that they

can be the best in

the Caribbean and
climb even higher.
I’m leaving the
national team but
I'm not done with
volleyball.”



Jackie Conyers

remains humble throughout
and gets a lot out of the other

- players on the team.”

Teammate Kelsie Johnson
agrees: “Jackie has gotten so
much out of me.on and off the
court. I’ve learned commitment
and dedication through her and
she makes sure we understand
how to dedicate ourselves to
playing. Jackie goes above and
beyond and she made sure we
knew when we arrived on the
time that‘she was retiring as
captain and if we wanted to
take that spot from her we had
to work hard to even attempt
it.”

Johnson who is also Cony-'

ers’ roommate when the team
travels adds that she feels hon-
oured to have been mentored

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by the legend.

“JT felt intimidated when I
began playing with Jackie,” she
said. “But I bonded with her
on the court and as a close
friend. ’m not worried about
her leaving the national team
because she is still going to be
around in her volleyball clin-
ics which will give back: to-the
community and-help her groom
the girls who will come after
us. 2

Conyers r remains humbled by
all the attention.

“I’m the oldest player on the
team,” she laughs. “But that
doesn’t mean anything. I have
the experience and I’ve played
some of these Caribbean peo-
ple before. I want to leave my
younger teammates with that
killer instinct to know that they
can be the best in the
Caribbean and climb even
higher. I’m leaving the nation-
al team but I’m not done with
volleyball.”

Conyers will lead the nation-
al women’s team into battle as
captain for the last time on
Sunday August 20 at 6pm

-when they match off against

Haiti in the first match of the

.CVC. The CVC will be. held in

The Bahamas from August
20th- 27th 2006. Men and
women’s teams expected to
compete include Haiti, The US
Virgin Islands, Trinidad and
Tobago, defending champions
Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia,
British Virgin Islands, Domini-
ca, Suriname, Netherlana:
Antilles, and The Bahamas.

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New fitness work-out
‘system comes to Bahamas

@ By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter



FITNESS instructor Nardo Dean.

and Basil Lewis are introducing a
new style of fitness work-out.
Fusion Dynamics is the latest
work-out session that combines mar-
‘tial arts and fitness. This combina-
tion is designed to enhance the
awareness level of participants by
improving their self defence skills
and strengthening the core and relat-
ed muscle groups of the body.
_ The intense work-out will improve
cardiovascular function, increase
speed and coordination. It is said to
be an excellent calorie burner.
According to Lewis, the pro-

gramme, which was introduced to
the Bahamas on Wednesday by cer-
tified Fusion instructors employed
at the Fusion Dynamics head office
located in Miami, Florida, is
designed to take fitness training toa
higher level.

The two instructors highlighted
just one of the styles, StickFusion,
leaving the remaining three for a lat-
er date.

StickFusion is a fitness work-out
based around a traditional kick-box-
ing (martial arts) exercise.

Lewis and his team are in the
Bahamas currently looking to
employ some Bahamian based
instructors to help expand the new
style.

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Even though the team from Fusion
Dynamics just recently launched the
new work-out, Lewis said the
response has been great.

Lewis said: “Since the launching
the response has been hitting the
roof, this why we are looking for
instructors. But we originally met
up with Nardo Dean, who will be
working here and from the Florida
based company.

“We have to certify instructors so
they can teach the class, and based
on Nardo’s extensive background
knowledge about the sport, he has
more than qualified. All we need to
do now is work on his certification.

“The response in the Bahamas has

been very good, we just did a class

\.

today, it was very well received, it
was fun-filled. Everyone likes it,
even the Americans based in Florida
are falling in love with it.”

Dean, along with Lewis, has visit-
ed more than. three gyms, leading
the work-out for free.

For Dean, the few promotions
they have done have him more than
ready to be on his own.

He said: “I am very excited. I am
not certified yet, ’ve been teaching
under the tutelage of Basil for the
last few months so hopefully I can be
the first Bahamian to be certified to
train in this new exercise.”

Fusion Dynamic instructors will
continue to hold their final work-
out session at Planet Fitness today.





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DUE to the resurfacing of the
field at the Charles W. Saunders
High School, Jean Street, the ©
Baptist Sports Council has post-
poned the start of the softball
league until Saturday, August 18.

The league is being held in hon-
our of Déaconess Joann Webb of
Golden Gates Native Baptist
Church.

Additionally, the mini souse
out that was scheduled for this
Saturday has also been postponed
to coincide with the season open-
ing.

A meeting has been set for Sat-
urday at 10am when league offi-
cials will finalise the season. All
teams must attend and confirm
their participation with their reg-
istration fee of $100.00.

@ SOFTBALL
GBASA UPDATE

THE Grand Bahama Amateur
. Softball Association will continue
its regular season with a double
header on tap-tonight.

In-the opener at 7pm, the Bor-
co Flames will take on the BTC _
Communicators then at 8.30pm,
the Triple Pearls will take on the

' Bahamasair Flyers.

In action from the last night of
play, the BTC Communicators
flew past the Bahamasair Flyers
12-3.

Latoya Humes was the winning
pitcher with four strike outs,
while Beth Hall suffered the loss
with three strike-outs.

For the Communicators,
Daphne McKinney was 2-for-4
with a pair of home.runs and four
RBI's and Gwen "Reds" Symon-
ette was 2-for-5 with a homer and
a single.

In men's action, the Chances
Panthers blanked the Hong Kong
Cuisine Hurricanes 31-0.

Winning pitcher was Dexter
Hall with four strike-outs and
Larry Russell Jr was the loser.

Renaldo Rolle went 3-for-5
with a home run, a triple anda
single for the Panthers.

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@ BASKETBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

STUDENT athletes in the
St. Cecilia’s constituency will
have an opportunity to get -
another education in basket-
ball before they return to
school in September.

Today between the hours of
10am and noon at the St. Cecil-

Jones, former NBA champion,
and Wesley Frater of WEST
Sports Management Inc, will
conduct the one-day clinic
along with local high school
coach Godfrey McQuay.

Under the theme: “Team
Work to make your Dream
Work,” the clinic will attempt
to not only impact some knowl-
edge on sports, but life as well
as they try to bridge the gap
between some of the issues that
the young people face on a dai-
ly basic.

The clinic is being held in .
honour of Cynthia ‘Mother’
Pratt, the Deputy Prime Min-
ister and Member of Parlia-
ment for St. Cecilia’s.



WESLEY FRATER of the WEST Sports Management, coach Godfrey McQuay and Wali
Jones of the Miami Heat, pose above as they announced plans for the Mother Pratt/SuperClubs
Basketball Camp that will be staged today at the St. Cecilia’s Basketball Park.
eae: Onan Bridgewater)

a member staff with the Miami
Heat, said: “Over the years,.
since I’ve been coming here,
we have been pleased with the
response that we have gotten
and that’s why we come back
every year trying to continue
to teach the youngsters about
the facts of life.”

Frater further noted that one
of the reasons why they enjoy
coming to the Bahamas for the
camp is the fact that the
Bahamian players in Miami are,
so well respected because of
their performances on and off

~ the court.

“They are talented, but they
are always academically gift-
ed,” Frater added.

“A lot of Bahamians have
made an influence in Dasher
ball in Miami.”

One of those persons is

- McQuay, a former coach at St.
Anne’s High school, who said
he’s excited to be working with
Jones and Frater again.

“Wali and Frater have been

an upliftment to us here on this
small island of Nassau,” he
stressed.

“They come in and see how
the skills of basketball. But it’s

Working through “Tourna-
ment of Champions,” a Miami
based company that hosts a
number of programmes in bas-
ketball and football, Frater said
it’s their intention to make it
as meaningful as possible for
the participants.

“J think the difference that:

we bring to our company is.that
we have a comprehensive and

human development seminar

as a part of all these different '

activities.”
Frater, a native Jamaican,
said, because. of his origin, his

‘company hasadded the

Caribbean element to their
programme which is why they
are in the Bahamas for
another year with SuperClubs

Breezes as their major spon-
sor.

“We think our camps are
one of the most unique in the
world,” Frater stressed. “We

- find ways, through Mr. Jones,

to reach kids.
“We don’t make you a better

basketball player like the other _-

camps like Jeff Rodgers or

Michael Jordan. We try to
make you.a better person
through basketball and the
‘Learn to Read’ programme
that we offer together.”

Jones, a member of the
NBA champions Philadelphia
76eys in 1967 who has been
coming to the Bahamas for the
past 18 years in his capacity as

their love of basketball that has
made it an experience for us
all.” .

More than 100 children in
St. Cecilia’s are expected to be
a part of the clinic today. While
basketballs will be presented
to the participants, they will
also be provided with books to
read as well.:

@ FOOTBALL
By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter .

WITH the National Football
League preseason about to hit full

stride, the Bahamas’ flagship play-.

ers throughout the league have
been toiling away in training camp,
competing in position battles and
gearing up for the 2006-07 cam-
paign.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, New
York Jets offensive tackle; Alex
Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight
end and Devard Darling, Baltimore
Ravens wide receiver, have shown
signs of improvement during their
respective training camps, much to
the delight of coaches and interest-
ed fans.

At the Jets training camp in
Hempstead, New York, Ferguson
has been nothing short of spectac-
ular in his debut with his new team.

The fourth overall pick in the
2006 NFL Draft has shown he is
ahead of the learning curve for

_most offensive linemen this early

in their careers.

‘Ferguson signed a five-year deal.

worth $27.5 million that includes
$18 million in guaranteed money,



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and so far has lived up to his lucra- -

tive contract. —
He dominated a mundane one-

on-one pass blocking drill into a

highlight reel, manhandling a series
of pass rushers with three consecu-
tive pancake blocks.

Coming out of the University of

Virginia, Ferguson’s harshest critics
said his laid back demeanor and

lack of size would be hindrances to.

his efficiency, but he has dismissed
such early criticisms and appears
ready to have a lasting impact in

‘the NFL.

Ferguson is a lock to start at left
tackle when the season begins.

Smith and Darling on the other
hand, have been compéting in
keenly contested position battles
for most of training camp which
likely will not be decided until the
regular season begins. _

At Buccaneers training camp in
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Smith is
attempting to unseat former Jet
Anthony Becht as the team’s num-
ber one tight end.

In 2005, Smith led all Buccaneer

‘tight ends with 41 catches, 367 yards
and two touchdowns, but in an -

offensive concentrated on Cadillac
Williams and the running game,
Becht has Kept a slight edge
because of his run-blocking abili-
ty.

Smith, a third round pick and 71st
overall, has become one of the
team’s premier offensive weapons
in just two short seasons and should
factor in the offence as the Bucca-
neers look to run a more balanced
attack and stretch the ball down
the field.

Smith is currently listed as the
second tight end on the Buccaneers
depth chart.

At the Ravens camp in West-
minster, Maryland, Darling is ina
four-horse race for the third receiv-
er spot on the Ravens depth chart.

Desmond Mason and Michael
Clayton are mortal locks at the
starting receiver positions, but the
Ravens have been unstable for
years in the slot, a need Darling
would be able to fill.

Darling, Clarence Moore,

Demetrius Williams, and Romby
Bryant are competing for the spot.
With a’new quarterback, former
MVP Steve McNair, and a new out-
look on what has been one of the
NFL’s worst offences for the past
few years, Darling has shown his
desire to become a more involved
offensive weapon.
_In one-on-one drills against line-
backers and defensive backs Dar-
ling impressed onlookers with his
size, quickness and hands, despite -
nursing an injured heel.

Darling and Williams received
the upper hand as Moore was
placed on the physically unable to
perform list due to a hernia.

All three players made visits to
the Bahamas during the off-season,
as Smith and Darling hosted foot-
ball camps in Nassau and Grand
Bahama respectively.

Each player will be featured dur-
ing the first week of the preseason,
August 10-14, with the Ravens fac-
ing off against the New York
Giants and Jets and Buccaneers
going head to head.



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tional airport yesterday.

@ By PAUL-TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter .

ALL airports in the Bahamas
are on full security alert follow-
ing yesterday’s foiled terror plot
*.in London.

Passengers at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
were subjected to extra checks
after news came through that
21 arrests of suspected terrorists

had been made by British police |

and intelligence services.
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significant terrorist plot since

‘September 11.”

At least six flights from Lon-
don to three US cities had been
targeted for mid-air explosions
— a plan that could have cost
thousands of lives.

Police and security staff in

Nassau were preventing pas- °

sengers from taking liquids, gels
and other substances onto the
aircraft. And cars entering the
airport area were being sub-
jected to additional security
screening.

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passengers at London’s

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Heathrow airport, it’s possible
that scheduled British Airways

flights to Nassau will be

delayed.
In fact, flights worldwide

- were badly affected by yester-

day’s developments.

International reports revealed
that 21 people were arrested in
England for plotting to blow up
six airplanes in mid-flight
between Britain and the US.
Experts said Al Quaeda opera-
tives were the likely culprits.

Heathrow airport, Europe’s
busiest terminal, shut down
immediately and officials
banned all hand luggage on any
flight out of the UK as a pre-
cautionary measure, causing sig-
nificant disruption. .

Also, US authorities raised
their security threat level to red,
warning that they could not be
sure that the plot had been
“completely thwarted”.

According to some reports,
the plan was to detonate explo-

-sives smuggled in “carry-on lug-

gage” when the planes were in
mid-flight over US and UK
cities.

Bringing some focus on just
how severe these plans were,
the Metropolitan Police Deputy
Commissioner Paul Stephenson

was quoted as saying: “Put sim- °

SEE page 11

§



result of sabotage at the hands
of corporation workers.
This came as more than 200
irate BEC workers gathered
‘yesterday at the Clifton Cay







which resulted in generators

shutting down and led to the.

power outages throughout

New Providence,” the state-

ment said. ee
However, Bahamas Electri-

“cal Workers Union (BEWU)

Secretary General Stephano
Greene denied this but said

- that BEC workers would not

SEE page eight

“and some of its members.



Power Plant to protest what
they described as failed con-









tract negotiations.

BEC management yester-
day blamed the outages, which
began around 9 am yesterday,
coinciding with the start of the
demonstration, on the union







A statement from the cor-
poration said that some of the
members went unauthorised
onto the Clifton Pier Power
Station compound, locking the
gates behind them, preventing
authorized persons from enter-
ing the compound.

“These: persons then tam- '
pered ‘with the equipment at .
the Clifton Pier Power Station,

City Markets









said.

1 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor:

A BAHAMIAN investor group last night
said it had completed its purchase of a.78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets, the
company that operates the City Markets
stores, at a total cost of $56 million.

The deal, which is thought to be the largest
buyout for a non-hotel business in the
Bahamas, will see BSL Holdings take over
majority ownership of the 12-store chain,
which operates in Nassau and Freeport, from
US grocery retailer Winn-Dixie.

Winn-Dixie will receive $54 million for its
stake in Bahamas Supermarkets, with the
remaining $2 million related to transaction
costs, including legal and corporate advisory
fees.

BSL Holdings’ Board has as its chairman, J
Barrie Farrington, Kerzner International’s
executive vice-president of administration.
Two other directors are businessman
Franklyn Butler and Anwer Sunderji, chair-

man and chief executive of Fidelity Merchant’

Bank & Trust, which structured the transac-
tion and formed BSL Holdings as a buyout
group.

The last two Board members are G. Antho-
ny King and Frere Delmas, representatives of

SEE page eight

‘Dispute referred to industrial trinunal |

IN A live broadcast last night, Minister of Labour and
Immigration Shane Gibson said he has referred the dispute
with the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union to the Industri-
al Tribunal. . peta

Mr.Gibson said that the supply of electricity is an essential
service and-he had no choice but to take this action.

“The union members should be aware that, once J have
taken this step, no employee shall go on strike and.no union or
member of the union can call a strike while proceedings in rela-
tion to that dispute ‘are pending before the tribunal,” ‘he

“The consequences of failing to comply with the law are a
fine or imprisonment.”



; | / Man, 21; murdered
_ Sale completed : 3















in front of his home
@ By KARAN MINNIS a €
Tribune Staff Reporter

SHOTS rang and persons cried as a 21-

year-old male resident of Bell Road, Mon-

tell Heights was murdered in front of his
home late Wednesday night.

Farren Minnis, also known as Rolle, the
thirty-first murder victim of the year, was
reportedly killed around 10pm when two
persons were seen getting out of a white
Nissan Sentra and entering’the victim’s
yard. :
According to Inspector Walter Evans,
Royal Bahamas Police Force public rela-
tions officer, it was soon after 10-pm when
gun shots were heard and the men where
seen leaving in the same vehicle.

“The victim,” he said, “a dark male,
believed td be in his twenties, was found
dead in front of hishome.” ~

Minnis’ death has left his family: confused
as they do not know. what happened.

Speaking to The Tribune yesterday Mer-
lene Rolle, the victim’s aunt, said the fam-
ily is at a loss at what really happened.

“We have no idea why this happened,”
she said. “I don’t think anyone will ever
really know.”

SEE page 11


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LOCAL NEWS



Plans now underway for
reconstruction of plaza

@ By GABRIELLE MISIEWICZ

PLANS to reconstruct the plaza on Mackey
Street that was damaged by fire two. weeks ago
are underway, although no definite dates are

available.

Troy Darville, the complex’s landlord, said yes-
terdaythat construction will start as soon as pos-
sible however, due to the nature of the construc-
tion business the dates are “very tricky.”

Excavators are currently being used to clear
the plaza of debris in order to remove the safety

hazard.

Mr Darville said: “Unfortunatel
fire around, you do have a lot of people that...
come in at night when you're not there and there’s
rumbling around in the building and it’s not safe.”
: The clean-up should be completed by Monday
or Wednesday next week at the latest, he said.

Asked about the design of the plaza, Mr
Darville said that they would like to have a very
similar setup to the one that was there before.

He explained that approvals and other neces-
sary paperwork have to be completed, adding
that there is an opportunity to “update and

improve” the building.

The fire caused an estimated hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars in damage, as it affected almost.

the whole plaza.

Fire officials have still not confirmed how the
fire started. However, unconfirmed reports
attribute the cause to welding work being done at
the back of Sun Manufacturing.

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Bahamas ‘should not take part
in Doha free trade negotiations’

m By KAHMILE REID

THE Bahamas should not
sign on the Doha Round of free
trade negotiations according to
a local political activist.

_* Paul Moss, head of the group
Bahamians Agitating for a Ref-

erendum on Free Trade
(BARF), has again voiced his
opposition to the Bahamas join-
ing the World Trade Organisa-

tion, of which the Doha talks

form a part:
« Mr Moss maintains that
WTO membership will be of no
benefit;to the Bahamas.

The Doha (Development)
Round of the WTO negotia-

tions, which began in 2001, aims
to lower trade barriers around
the world, permitting free trade
between countries.of varying
prosperity.

Critics of the Doha round
argue that the agreement is not
focused on fair trade and that
developing countries have to
gain little through direct com-
petition with developed
economies.

Others who share this view
also argue that the agreement
does not address the needs of
poor countries and small farm-
ers.

The Food and Agriculture

Organisation (FAO) said the
Doha round “failed to take suf-
ficient account of the interest
of developing countries and
focussed’ on “free trade rather
than fair trade”.

_ Mr Moss agreed with this,
adding that the government
already pays too little attention
to Bahamian farmers.

He pointed out that if the
Bahamans joins the WTO and
reduces tariffs on foreign agri-

‘cultural products to come into

the country, local farmers will
suffer. ¥
“It simply means that

Bahamians farmers will not be












































@ PAUL Moss

able to compete because the

‘imported products will be ©

far cheaper,” Mr Moss said. -

Earlier this week Minister
of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell said the accession
process for the Bahamas to
become a member of the
WTO is “in a state of lim-
bo.” .

Mr Mitchell indicated that
the Bahamian people need
to.gain a better understand-
ing of the nature of the
agreement. = >

Mr Moss said that “gen-
erally, Bahamians need to
stop relying on government
to inform them on these
issues and inform themselves
— the information is all over
the Internet.”

He said once Bahamians
understand the Doha.agree-
ment better, they will under-
stand that signing on to-such

- deals amounts to diminish-

ing the legislative responsi-
bilities of parliament — which
diminishes a nation’s sover-
eignty. ;

Mr Moss said that the
application to join the WTO,
which was initiated under
the FNM, was ill-advised
and “ought to be pulled
back”.

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Resident

of the Mud
attacked
with cutlass

A RESIDENT of the Abaco
Haitian community known as
“the Mud” is in stable condi-
tion in hospital after being
involved in a fight last week-
end.

Robert Nicholas was report-
edly on a basketball court
around 8.20pm on Sunday when
he received what police describe
as a “cutlass chop wound” to
the rightarm.

After being taken to the local
Health Clinic for medical treat-
ment, the victim was airlifted
to New Providence.

Nicholas is presently at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.

Officers of the Marsh Har-
bour Posice Station are contin-
uing their investigations into the |
incident.

Hospital
advisor
joins panel
on diseases

DR Glen Beneby, medical
advisor to the Public Hospitals
Authority, has been invited to
join a Delphi Panel to survey
the grand challenges for chron-
ic non-communicable diseases
throughout the world.

The PHA described a grand
challenge as “a specific critical
barrier that, if removed, would
help to solve an important
health problem. The interven-
tion(s) it could lead to might be
innovative and, if successfully
implemented, will have a high
likelihood of impact and feasi-
bility”.

Dr Beneby, who has been

involved in the development of
healthcare in the Bahamas for
more than two decades, said he
is humbled and grateful to be
considered for participation in
this global health initiative.
- The Health Alliance of
Oxford University and the Uni-
versity of Toronto have com-
bined research efforts to
address significant emerging
health issues in the areas of car-
diovascular diseases, type two
diabetes, chronic respiratory
diseases and certain cancers
which are significant contribu-
tors to health cost and deaths.

The Grand Challenge Project
is partly modelled on one devel-‘
oped by the University of
Toronto with the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation and
the Foundation for the Nation-
al Institutes of Health for Grand
Challenges in Global Health

. programme,

Correction
on KFC oe
competition

ON page 15 of Thursday’s
Tribune an incorrect advertise-
ment was placed indicating that
KFC is running a competition
for free tickets on Chalks Air-
lines.

Due to the fact that Chalks
is currently out of service, KFC
was forced to cancel this com-

_ petition.

The Tribune apoligises for
any inconvenience this mistake
may have caused.
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Police
investigate
after car
thefts

POLICE are investigating a
spate of car thefts in the
Prospect Ridge and Stapledon
Gardens areas.

At least four cars have gone
missing in recent days, with
thieves breaking into a gated
property to get access to one of
them.

Rental apartment owners’
whose tenants have to park next
to roads are recommending
security bars on steering wheels.

One said: “No car fitted with
a security bar has ever been
stolen from outside our prop-
erty.”

Car thefts have been a prob-
lem in Nassau for many years,
with Sentras and Accords
among top targets.

In many instances, thieves are
looking for cars with parts that

_ are easily resaleable.

_ Newspapers
step up

security
after attack

GUYANA
_ Georgetown |

NEWSPAPERS in ae
stepped up security Thursday
and urged politicians to refrain
from criticizing the media after
gunmen killed four workers at a
newspaper printing. plant,
according to Associated Press.

The South American coun-
try’s three dailies said they were’
boosting security at editorial

offices and printing plants fol- ©
‘lowing the killings Tuesday

night of four Kaietuer News
employees.

“The problem here is that we
dor: know who did it and why,

a il so we are stepping up our °

external security,” said Comp-
ton Peters, general manager of
the state-owned Guyana Chron-
icle. “Now is not the time to
take any chances.”

Police have not made any

arrests. The motive for the |

attack on the newspaper’s print-
ing plant, about five miles (eight
kilometers) south of the’ capi-
tal, was unclear.
Investigators suspect the

': involvement of a gang that

forced its way into the home of
Agriculture Minister Satyadeo
Sawh, killing him and two of his
siblings in April. No arrests
have been made in that attack
either.

In the latest attack, four peo-
ple were hospitalised with gun-
shot wounds, including a print-
er critically wounded by shots to
the back of his head, said Paul
Slowe, the assistant police chief.

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@ By MARK HUMES

MEMBERS of the public waiting to
take advantage of “innovative” gov-
ernment rent-to-own policies may have
to wait a little longer, as the initiatives
have yet to be fully implemented some
two years after it was announced by for-
mer housing minister Shane Gibson.

In July 2004, while in Grand Bahama
for the opening of the East Coral
Estates Phase III Extension, Mr Gib-
son made the announcement that the
Bahamas Mortgage Company would
introduce a rent-to-own policy, allowing
Bahamians who did not have the
required deposit or down payment to
become homeowners.

LOCAL NEWS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 3



’S fascinating upd

According to the Minister, in October
of 2004, the programme was to be
implemented and fine-tuned in Grand
Bahama then introduced to prospective
home buyers in New Providence.

However, an official with the
Bahamas Mortgage Corporation said
that the programme is not something
that is being done “full fledged”.

“We have been looking at doing it on a
selective basis to try it out to see how it
works, but it’s not something that we
have been doing full fledged yet,” he said

In this instance, the official explained,
the Corporation reduces the down pay-
ment requirement and, in some areas,
has allowed persons to move in before
Pe documentation was completed.

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-to-own solicies still no
implemented after two years

The shee programme announced by
the former housing minister , which
would have persons moving into low-
cost homes with:no downpayments at all
while having mortgages executed, has
yet to be implemented.

According to the Corporation official,
nothing has been done with that pro-
gramme because of technical concerns.

“We haven’t done anything along
those lines yet,” the official said. “When
you establish a mortgage, if persons do
not put anything into it, it means that
their monthly payment would be higher
than it would be ordinarily. So, that was
one of the main concerns.

“Secondly, there is still some concern
with regards to a peren ’s discipline to

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save towards the down payment, which is
one of the factors that is looked at when
we decide a person’s credit worthiness.” A

The official said that these issues, 1
addition to some others, were of partic
ular concern to the Corporation, ation
it a bit reluctant to go forward with th:
proposed initiative.

But despite the fact that neither oi!
the programmes has been implemented,
during the time of the initiative’s incep-

tion in 2004, Prime Minister Perry

Christie praised Mr Gibson’s proposed
policy saying: “I was very happy that
the minister said that the Bahamian
people will not be disadvantaged by the
fact they do not have to have a deposit
to get into a home if re have a suitabic

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OFFICIALS are still hunt-
ing for escaped prisoner Adlet
Cilice — almost a month since
he walked off a work detail.

On July 19, Adlet Cilice, 21,
who was part of a prison sys-
tem that allows non-violent
inmates to leave the com-
pound to work, “walked off”
and did not return — a little
over a year before his sched-
uled release date.

Superintendent Elliston
Rahming said that Cilice did
not escape from the prison
itself, but rather while on
work detail he walked away
during a visit to the Chaplain’s
office.

Situations like this — which
have occurred twice in the
past six years — are known as a
“walk away”.

Mr Rahming explained that

, when prisoners do maa ee, to

walk aw ay from’the work
gang, after two hours of
searching the responsibility
then falls on the police depart-
ment and the prison is no
longer responsible for search
efforts.

Mr Rahming’s comments
came yesterday during a grad-
uation ceremony held at Her
Majesty’s Prison.

The ceremony marked the
culmination of a joint contact
team programme between the
Rhode Island Correction team
and Her Majesty’s Prison.

Six officers from Rhode
Island, the state which has
partnered with the Bahamas
through a range of military
and civil activities, came to the
Bahamas.as trainers.

Yesterday, after months
of training in. baton, basic
and advanced riot and
crowd control, pepper
spray training and cell

extraction training, 60
prison officers were award-
ed certificates for pro-

. grammes they completed.

Mr Gadson, a representa-
tive from Rhode Island,
reported that the Bahamian
officers who were in training
were “very energetic, very
committed, and a very pro-
fessional staff. I have tried to
recruit many of them this
week.”

Another trainer reported
that in all his years in this field
this was the first time he has
seen participants so enthused
to learn and absorb all aspects
of the programme.

Apart from the certificates
awarded to the graduates, the
prison received bulletproof
vests, flashlights, and other

- gadgets from the Teachers Co-

operative Credit Union, a con-
tribution made to dmprove the
facilities.

Phone services still down.
across New Providence

FOR the second day in

: row telephone services

remain down in a large area
of New Providence.

BTC is continuing to work
on the lines, but has issued
no updates on the progress
of their efforts.

There is still no word on,
when the system will be up
and running again.

On Thursday it was report-
ed that south central New
Providence was severely

: affected by a disruption in

service due to damaged cable
lines,

The problem prevented
Golden Gates residents from —
making outgoing calls or

i receiving incoming calls.

The breakdown was
reportedly caused. by dam-
age to BTC’s fiber optic line,
which created a major dis-
ruption in land-lines with the
prefix 341 and 361.

Later that day, BTC
announced that cellular
phone customers (both
GSM and TDMA) will
experience brief disruptions
in service or have some dif-
ficulty making and/or receiv-
ing calls.

In case of emergencies,
BTC advised persons need-

ing to contact the police to use
the following numbers: 361-

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People ‘ain’t going back’

IN A TRIBUNE news story last week it
was speculated by persons who consider them-
selves close to the “inner circle”, that March
22, the 77th birthday of the late Sir Lynden
Pindling, will be election day.

Other sources claim that this would be in
keeping with the party’s current strategy of
“draping themselves in the legacy of Sir Lyn-
den.” In the opinion of these persons it was
this legacy that won them the 2002 election.

The date of the election is anyone’s guess,
but we do not agree that it was — or that the
PLP even tried to make the Pindling legacy its
winning ticket in 2002. In fact we had quite the
opposite impression.

From our observations the PLP’s hierarchy
were so nervous that the warts that covered
the Pindling legacy were so large that they
would hurt the party’s campaign. The party,
therefore, deliberately distanced itself by
emphasising that it was the “New” PLP.

The main thrust of the PLP’s 2002 cam-

' paign was that former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham was a dictator and that the FNM
were giving the country away to foreigners. In
2007 the electorate will decide whether it
wants a return to the firm, decisive leader-
ship of Mr Ingraham, or to continue with the
relaxed, seemingly directionless, and indecisive
leadership of Prime Minister Christie. As for
the PLP’s red herring of selling the country out
to foreigners it has by its own actions in the
last four years removed this once winning
argument from its election plank. In this elec-
tion their: powerful argument can, and prob-
ably will be used against them.

In little things and in small ways over the.

past four years we. have.concluded.that Mr
‘Christie, wanting to bé his own man, has dis-
tanced himself from what is now being called
the “Pindling legacy”. Even the handling of
the renaming of the Lynden Pindling Airport
indicated nervous jitters. ;

Mr Christie is fully aware that this gesture
to the “father of the nation” did not have the
full support of the Bahamian people. Although
the renaming ceremony was a government
function, which, without question, should have
been opened by either Mr Christie, or the
governor general, Mr Christie tried to find
someone whose respected name would have
lifted the occasion out of party politics and
given the impression that all segments of soci-
ety supported Nassau International being
called Lynden Pindling International Air-
port. In our opinion it was an attempt to white-

_ wash history and wrap a cloak of respectabil-
ity around certain aspects of that history. Mr
Ingraham, when consulted by Mr Christie,
felt that it would have been unfair to place the
gentleman selected by Christie in such an

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embarrassing position. As a result of their:

conversation an invitation was never extend-
ed to the chosen person. Instead Mr Christie
did the honours himself supported by Gover-
nor General Arthur Hanna, who was deputy
prime minister in the Pindling administration.
‘It was evident from Mr Hanna’s words that
he was also very self conscious of the past,
after all it was he who at a certain point in his
administration had urged Sir Lynden to step
down as leader.

Mr Hanna reminded those attending the
airport ceremony that it had nothing to do
with politics — the FNM had boycotted the
function because of the lateness of the invita-
tions.

Mr Hanna acknowledged that Sir Lynden
had made political mistakes, but he added, “1
know he tried his best.” He said that the occa-
sion should not be. a time for division in the
country, “but a celebration of a man mightily
hailed as the father of the nation and the
Bahamas’ finest son.”

At a PLP convention in October 1985, Mr
Hanna announced his resignation as deputy
leader and said that he had advised Sir Lyn-
den, as prime minister, to do the same. -

“We must come to grips,” he told the

’ packed convention hall, “with the effects of the

evidence of the 1983 Commission of Inquiry
into drug trafficking and related corruption on
the unity and solidarity of this organisation.”

“A leader and deputy leader,” he said,
“must have the unqualified confidence of
almost all his colleagues.”

“This is precisely why,” he told the con-
vention, “I suggested at the time quite honestly

. to the Leader (Sir Lynden) prior to my resig-

nation — sometime prior to my resignation —
that both he and I under the circumstances —
both he and I ought to have resigned our
offices and assisted the party to selecting new
leadership.”

The party had been badly smeared by the
inquiry, so had Sir Lynden. Although no
aspersions were cast against Mr Hanna during

the inquiry, he understood the meaning of

collective responsibility. As the party and gov-
ernment of which he was deputy had been so
badly tarnished, he knew it was his duty under
the Westminster system of government to step
down. Mr Hanna resigned. Sir Lynden did
not see this as his duty. He did not resign.
We think it highly unlikely that a party

would go into an election cloaked with a lega- —
cy for which it will constantly have to apologise.

The chant that we have heard repeated
this week from Bahamians of.all walks of life

— some who have lived through those years,’

and others who have heard about them from
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The Arab-Israeli
conflict and the
Balfour Declaration

EDITOR, The Tribune.

With the current turmoil in
the Middle East, Richard Coul-
son’s well-crafted and informa-
tive letter about the Balfour

and Lionel Levine’s scholarly
and comprehensive response,
are timely contributions to the
never ending debate about
Israel’s existence as a nation
state.

However, Richard’s empha-
sis on the Balfour Declaration of
1917, which promised a nation-
al home to the Jews. in Pales-
tine, as the key to
Arab/Israeli conflict is mislead-
ing because he does not take
account of a number of impor-

tant events in the ensuing 30
years leading to the creation of
Israel.

Moreover, his characteriza-
tion of it as an attempt by
Britain to step in “with a well-
intentioned but woolly-minded
effort to resolve an intractable
‘conflict beyond its borders”
does scant justice to a carefully
considered move by Britain to

- attempt to,reconcile what even-

Equally, to state that “it has
reinforced the indefensible habit
of powerful nations acting to
determine the fates of less pow-
erful nations against their will”
ignores the historical reality that
Britain was the imperial power
of the time with responsibility
for administering Palestine
when no nation as such existed.

The relevance of the Balfour
Declaration should not be

years; and, of course, the British
had.other motives, one of which
was to secure an outlet.to the
Mediterranean at Haifa.and to
put a barrier between the
French in Syria and the Suez
Canal. But subsequent: British
and American éfforts to resolve
the growing crisis, which led
eventually to the establishment
of a separate State of Israel in
1948, became more significant.

Zionists had sought the cre-
ation of a Jewish state since the
late 19th century when Jews

pora to settle in Palestine. Dur-
ing the First World War the
Allies crushed the Turks in
’ Mesopotamia and, in 1922,
Britain accepted a League of
Nations Mandate to administer
Palestine. While committing the
British to fostering a national
home for the Jews, the Balfour
Declaration also recognized that
this needed to be done without
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up the majority of the popula-
tion. .

The Mandate was interpret-
ed to mean that Jewish immi-
gration should be allowed up to
the limit of “economic absorp-
tive capacity” (a formula which,

according to former Prime Min- ,

ister Harold Macmillan, was
coined by Winston Churchill).
But, in the 1930s, anti-Semitism
in Germany and other countries
pushed up the numbers of Jew-
ish immigrants. There followed,
in 1939, a government White
Paper which provided for only
75,000 new immigrants over the
following 5 years and effective-
ly closed down future Jewish
immigration thereby thwarting
Jewish hopes and ambitions in
relation to the creation of a sep-
arate state. The Balfour Decla-
ration had thus, in effect, been
abandoned.

In 1946, an Anglo-American
committee, appointed by Prime

Minister Attlee and President -

Truman, recommended that the
British Mandate should be con-
tinued and that — although no
separate Arab or Jewish state
should be created (neither com-
munity should dominate the
other) —100,000 more Jewish
immigrants should be admitted
in recognition of the problem
of the huge numbers of Jewish
refugees who had suffered at
the hands of Nazi Germany. A
form of devolution was pro-
posed dividing Palestine into
separate Arab and Jewish
provinces. But this was opposed
by both sides, with the Jews con-
tinuing to insist on a separate
Jewish state and the Arabs, who
retained their majority, also
clamouring for their own inde-
pendence.

The United Nations declared
in, favour of partition in 1947,
but the ensuing period was

marked by guerilla warfare on

both sides and the situation
lapsed into anarchy and civil
war. In the face of this chaos
Britain terminated its Mandate
and withdrew in 1948. Immedi-
ately thereafter, the Jewish
National Council and the Gen-
eral Zionist Council declared
the establishment of a Jewish
State to be called Israel which
was recognized at once by the
United States and by others,

. including the Soviet Union.

Historically, there have been
differing views about Britain’s
support for the Zionist cause
and her treatment of the Arabs.

‘In his memoir “Tides of For-

tune” Macmillan comments that
before the Second World War

the majority of the Labour Par- .

ty had been strongly pro-Zionist,

while in the Conservative Party ,

the position was reversed and
pro-Arab sentiments had pre-
dominated. The limitation of
Jewish immigration in 1939 was
obviously in favour of the Arabs
because the British Government
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grants, the obligation to create a
national home in Palestine
would be adequately, if not

‘
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completely, fulfilled and an -

overwhelming Arab majority

would be consolidated. ~
Churchill was an avowed sup-

porter of the Zionists. In his epi-

logue in 1957 to the abridged, °

edition of his account of the Sec-
ond World War he says: “Ever
since the Balfour Declaration
of 1917 I have been a faithful
_ Supporter of the Zionist cause. I
never felt that the Arab coun-
tries had had anything from us
but fair play. To Britain, and
Britain alone, they owed their
very existence as nations. We
created them; British money and
British advisers set the pace of
their advance; British arms pro-
tected them.” :
The historical context of
today’s disastrous conflict is
important (unless one subscribes
to Henry Ford’s dictum that all
history is bunk), but the current
political face of the Middle East
is even more so.

Few will argue against the jus-

tification of a military response
to Hezbollah’s killing and kid-

napping of Israeli soldiers, and .-. . +

its firing of rockets randomly at
civilian targets within Israel. But
previous Arab/Israeli wars —

notably that of 1967 — were rel-...-.-.
atively brief and militarily con- -°-'
what —

clusive. This time,
appeared to be a reasonable sur-
gical strike against.

Hezbollah near the Lebanese
border has become a sustained
bombing campaign over a peri-
od of weeks against civilian tar-
gets well inside the country
including destruction of Beirut
itself — collective punishment on

a terrible scale for the sins of

Hezbollah. -..05 cys Hay
Air strikes and action-by

ground troops to:destroy”

_ Hezbollah (assuming its fight-
ers can be identified) is one
thing, but wide scale bombing
of civilians should surely be end-
ed, whatever the provocation.
Not only that; but, by stirring
up even more hatred amongst
Arab countries, such action
must be counter productive in
the furtherance of Israel’s.o va
cause in the longer term.

In his recent autobiograp:: -
veteran BBC journalist, John
Simpson, described the Israeli
invasion of Lebanon in 1982: “I
had seen plenty of things which
were called wars, but they had
always been fleeting, surrepti-
tious, small-scale efforts.:I had
never before seen late twenti-
eth-century technology fully and
deliberately applied to the
maiming and killing of ordinary
civilians in the name of strate-

In 1982, the Israelis were
going after the Palestine Liber-
ation Organization and then
stayed in Lebanon for 18 years.
Unless the UN can broker a
lasting ceasefire, will history now
repeat itself?

PETER YOUNG
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August 3 2006













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In brief

Miss Gospel
Bahamas

is crowned
in pageant

ANYA McKenzie has been
crowned Miss Gospel Bahamas.

The 12-annual pageant was
held at the Rain Forest Theatre
of the Wyndham Nassau Resort
and Crystal Palace Casino. ~

The winner represented
Evangelistic Centre.

The first and second runners
up, Chavette Black and Kenya
Ferguson, represented Zion
Baptist on East and Shirley
Street and Ebenezer Mission
Baptist Church, respectively.

The pageant on Sunday was
organised by Great Commis-
sion Ministries International.

Life carries
on as usual
in Cuba

sans Castro

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Havana

INTERNATIONAL flights _

‘ ferrying tourists in T-shirts and
shorts for sun-soaked vacations
come and go without delay.
Cubans ring up relatives in the
island’s provinces or even in
Miami. Government offices,
stores and banks are open,
according to Associated Press.

It’s business as usual in Cuba,

- 10 days after Fidel Castro

“announced he was temporarily
ceding power to his brother
Raul while he recovered from
intestinal surgery.

“With Fidel, or without Fidel,

we move ahead,” said Rafael
Arocha, vice director of the
Miguel Enriquez University
Hospital, a 385-bed facility.
Many had assumed a vacuum
of power would be created if
Castro left power. But the calm
functioning of Cuban society in
the meantime indicates that
once Castro is gone, the political
and economic structures he built
over decades could prove more
enduring than his enemies have
predicted and hoped.

By KRISTINA MCNEIL

THE government is at a loss
to explain why it has taken five
years for construction of the

new straw market to begin.

According to First Assistant
Secretary in the Ministry of
National Security William
Munnings, bids for the con-
struction of the new state-of-
the-art straw market facility on
Bay Street will be collected this
week, with the groundbreak-
ing expected to take place

eight weeks later.

“It is difficult for me to say
what caused it to take so long,”

Mr Munnings explained.

He added, the delay was
most likely due to the fact that
the project had to be budgeted
before any steps could be tak-
en towards actual construction

“But in the meantime, the
plans for the new straw market
were being developed and

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No explanation
‘delay in building Straw Market



2001

drawn,” Mr Munnings said.
The new $15 million straw
market, scheduled for ground-
breaking before the year’s end,
will boast a new sprinkler sys-

@ FIREFIGHTERS battle the blaze at the Straw Market in

tem and improved sanitary
facilities, an official from the
Ministry of National Security
said yesterday.

The improved three-story

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 5



building was designed by archi-
tect Michael Foster and will be
able to accommodate up to 600
boutiques.

In addition to more spacious
surroundings, straw vendors
will also have the security of a
sprinkler system throughout
the entire building.

Over the years vendors have
complained about the lack of
sufficient restrooms and unse-
cured garbage facilities but Mr
Munnings assures that these
complaints will be addressed
in the new design.

“There are going to be quite
a number of restrooms,” Mr
Munnings said, “I cannot give

you a total number but there
will be restrooms for the ven-
dors as well as rest rooms for
the visitors.”

“The garbage collection will
be collected on a daily basis as
it is being done today,” he
added.



Police investigation still incomplete

into death of woman

@ By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE official investigation
into the death of a Faith
Avenue woman killed in a sus-
picious fire last month has yet
to be completed.:

A senior police officer
explained that no further infor-
mation on the matter can be
released at this time.

Nicola Gibson, who occu-
pied a two-bed apartment on
Faith Avenue with her 14-
year-old son, died in late July
as a result of a fire,

Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson that when the investiga-
tion is.complete, the officers
on the case will turn their find-
ings over to an official of the
Coroner’s Court:

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When police gave their last
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their effort to determine what
caused the fire.

Ms Gibson was found in the
northern bedroom of the
apartment. Her son was not

killed in fire

injured in the blaze.

According to Chief Superin-
tendent Marvin Dames, officer
in charge of the Central Detec-
tive Unit, police are “aggres-
sively pursuing the matter and
treating it as a suspicious inci-
dent.”

Officers had reportedly.

received a call from someone
who told them there was.a fire
in the condominium complex

- on Faith Avenue.

However when they arrived,
the blaze had already been
extinguished by the victim’s son
and neighbors.

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IN an effort to bring an end
to the “butchering” of historic
trees in the aftermath of hurri-
canes, the Nassau Garden Club
is leading by example and
adopting the famous sand box
trees of Church Street.

Club members hope that that
when passers-by notice the dif-
ference that a little care can
make, they will also consider
adopting “precious old trees”
in time for the height of hurri-

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hopes to set
example in time
for hurricane
season



“A very sad example of
butchering a tree after the fact is
the ficus tree in the square
behind the Supreme Court,”
said club member Camilla

. Robertson. “That tree had pro-

vided shade for so many peo-
ple over the years and now it
will never provide shade again.

“Church Street is one of the
loveliest streets in Nassau with a
canopy over the entire street.
Every street in Nassau should
and could look like this,” she
said.

The sand box trees (hura
crepitans).are over 100 years
old and were in dire need of
love and attention according to
club members. ;

Trimming

After a lecture hearing a lec-
ture by Joy Burrows of A-1
Tree Services, the club decided
to adopt the trees on the west-
ern'side of Church Street near
St Matthews Church.

Said Mrs Robertson: “After
months of planning, the trees
were finally trimmed for the
hurricane season and to my
delight ‘they look wonderful.
When you compare them to the
same sand box trees on the east-
ern side of Church Street, you
will see how much better they
look.

“We had to find just the right

‘time of day and Sunday was the
_best day of the week as there is

less traffic then. We had to co-
ordinate it with a-Mr Leve
Anderson at Cable Bahamas as
he had promised to help us by
providing a bucket truck for A-
1 Tree Services to trim the high
branches over Church Street,”
she said.

* The Nassau Garden Club was
founded after the 1929 hurri-
cane which devastated Nassau
and members see this latest
effort as keeping with a long
tradition.






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the corporations







ADR |
OVER the years, the
Bahamas Telecommunications

‘Corporation, the. Bahamas Elec-

tricity Corporation and to a less-
er extent the Water and Sewer-
age Corporation have formed a
bungling trio of local govern-
ment-subsidised companies.
This past Tuesday BTC
(Batelco) has illustrated the
ineptitude of its operations with
a system failure, a meltdown of
sorts, which prohibited thou-
sands of customers from receiv-
ing and placing calls. I, like
175,000 other prepaid cellphone
users, was inconvenienced for
nearly two days, and even to
this point my cellphone service
“goes and comes”. |
Although BTC claimed that
there was a critical failure with
six disks that primarily support
their prepaid platform, I won-
der why a company with such a
large consumer base would not

have a contingency plan in the

event of such a crash? Why was
the ONLY telephone company
in the Bahamas caught with their
pants down without a single pre-
ventative measure in place?

I recall a conversation with
my sister on Tuesday evening
where she questioned the
broader consequences of BTC’s
futility, particularly if someone
was experiencing an emergency
or being harassed at some far-
flung part of Nassau (beyond
the airport) and had attempted
to phone for help. If there was a
negative outcome, BTC would
have indeed accounted for a
portion of the significant blame.

’ Of all the corporations, BEC
is a serial offender of the
Bahamian people’s confidence.
Particularly during the summer
months, lengthy outages have
become a mainstay. Someone
once referred to BEC’s summer
outages as their “summer long
hobby”. With these constant
failures not only comes unbear-
able heat, but also the ruination
of expensive appliances.

How is it that, with a single
flash of lightning, BEC goes on
an ephemeral vacation?

For the exorbitant prices
Bahamians must pay for elec-
tricity, the quality of service

would seem to many, as Minis- .

ter Leslie Miller put it, be the
result of BEC “profiteering”.
Whilst I don’t entirely endorse
this view, BEC’s unremarkable
service leaves one to query.

As with BTC, after every pow- ..

er outage, BEC’s top brass always
appear with their generic
excuse—usually that they would
minimise inconveniences, that
they are upgrading to prevent
such events for future occurrences

and/or that they are prepared to.

handle any future disruptions.
And then, maybe a week later,
these outages and disruptions
recur, and the saga continues.
Of the three government cor-

YOUNG MAN’ S VIEW



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porations, Water and Sewerage
performs best. However, they
must address the discoloured
water affecting eastern residents
and the low water pressure Nas-
sauvians criticise.

It is a shame that after 33
years of independence, the
Bahamas (generally) still has
one utility company. Although
some Bahamians hate compe-
tition, competition is necessary

‘in our society — therefore, the

governm 2nt must remove these

corporations’ monopoly of the

market. These state-owned,
companies are awash with

Bahamians, many political

appointees, thereby ensuring ~
meagre performance and an

overwhelming dependence on

government.

Since privatisation, as seen
with certain similar companies
in Freeport, can be problematic,
the greatest decision any gov-
ernment can make for the
Bahamas is to look beyond pri-
vatisation and to foster compe-
tition.

The best illustration of the
power of competition is with the
arrival of the Indigo phonecard,
which has forced BTC to reduce’
its rates dramatically to compete.

Allowing utility companies to
become established in the
Bahamas, whether local or
international; would lead to a
reduction of the demand upon
government, reduced prices,
greater accountability and more
jobs.

The sight of six corporation
workmen on a site, with one of
the six working while the others

. stand around waiting for over-

time to begin, is offensive.

Workmen aticorporations
such as BEC, whose union nev-
er fails to peddle for more mon-
ey, earn a base salary upwards
of $30,000: per. year — with
overtime, they could earn. over
$60,000 annually.

It is widely known that their
base salary alone is more than
that of teachers, law enforce-
ment, hoteliers, reporters,
clerks, etc. This is more than
enough incentive to keep my
electricity on or at least prompt-
ly rectify any disruptions.

There is a need for strong,
visionary leadership at local util-
ity companies, and a lack of gov-
ernment interference, as many
workers go to work daily to “put
their feet up”, failing to perform
because they were hired and
believe themselves to. be
secured by their MP.

Also, for the rest of the year,
BEC, BTC and Water and Sew-
erage should aspire to practise
covering the holes dug in the
middle of the roads after their
operations, as they have left
many Bahamian drivers with
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Police officers say

murder accused
confessed freely

m By NATARIO McKENZIE

THE CORDELL Farrington
trial was adjourned earlier than
usual yesterday because the
accused man was not feeling
well.

Jurors expected to watch a
recorded police interview show-
ing Farrington confessing to the
murder of Jamaal Robbins,
however when court recon-
vened yesterday afternoon, Jus-
tice Anita Allen said the
accused was not feeling well and
had been taken to hospital.

The proceedings were
adjourned to 10am today, when
the jury is expected to watch
the interview.

Detective Sergeant Presley
Rolle, Detective constable
Wilber Munroe and ASP
Anthony Ferguson who were
all a part of the interview
process, were called to the wit-
ness stand yesterday.

All the officers said Farring-
ton participated in the interview
voluntarily and denied that he
was threatened, beaten or
offered inducements to give the

interview.
‘. The interview took place at
‘Central Detective Unit in
Freeport on Monday, October
27, 2003, the court was told. ©
The jury heard further testi-

_-mony-from Detective Sergeant |



@ CORDELL Farrington

Rolle, who said that on Satur-
day, November 8, 2003 he was
present at Queens Cove when a
police diver searching ‘a canal
dove up two iron rods.

These, Sergeant Rolle said,
were submitted to the police
Criminal Records Office.

He said tests to confirm that.
the rods were weapons used by
the Farrington proved negative.

Sergeant Rolle said the rods -

did not match the description
of the weapon the suspect
claimed that he used.

He noted that during that
events he was recounting, the
accused was already on remand.



The officer further testified
that on November 11, 2003 he
went on inquiries with Oterrio
Floyd, who gave him certain
information after he was shown
a gray 1992 Hyundaicar. |

Sergeant Rolle further testi-
fied that while at Mallory Lane,
he and a team of officers were
directed to apartment three by
Floyd, who again gave him cer-
tain information.

At around 11.20am the same
day, while on inquires at the
Grand Bahama highway, officer
Rolle claimed that he received
further information from Floyd.

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Providence.

As a result, thousands of motorists were
forced to fight their way through busy
intersections.

An official from High Power, the com-

pany responsible for the maintenance of

Power failure ‘knocks out traffic lights:

traffic lights, told The Tribune yesterday
that the blackout had an adverse affect on
their system.

Work crews were dispatched to com-
munities throughout New Providence in
an effort to get the lights working again.

According to an employee at the com-
pany’s 380-8064 hotline, they experienced
an influx of calls regarding the lights yes-
terday afternoon.

Incapacitated signals at the intersec-
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during rush hour — caused particularly
heavy traffic yesterday afternoon. ~
Lights on both Thompson Boulevard ,
and Farrington Road were also not work-
ing.
Two lights were also out on East Street:

at Gibbs Corner and at the intersection

with Wulff Road.

The light on the corner of Collins
Avenue and Rusty Bethel Drive was not
working. The signals on Bar 20 Corner
and the corner of Village and Parkgate

Road were also out of commission.

and Bay Street — extremely busy routes

Outages ‘were the result of sabotage’

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“It is against the law to turn
off the power and the union

‘does not turn off the power but

if there are problems in the sys-
tem and the power is going off
then that is the management’s
problem because it is manage-
ment’s responsibly to ensure
that the power stays on.

“We asked all of our union
members to be stationed out
here on Clifton Pier and we
have some members who
would go to work anyway but
we are not responsible for any-
thing that is going on out
there,” he said. °

The negotiations between
the corporation and union had
degenerated to the point where

treated fairly.
“The union members decid-

ed as a democratic group that.

they are going to have a

demonstration and they are ’

going to come out.here and sit
out and show government and
management that they are
insulted by their offer,” Mr
Greene said.

Nevertheless, the secretary-
general said that the mediation
meetings are successful, espe-
cially with the smaller issues,
because it is showing that the
corporation’s senior manage-

ment is “not performing and —

functioning properly”.
“What I am experiencing is
that the mediator is embar-

- rassing the top level of the cor-

is telling them that the corpo-
ration is wrong and their stance
is wrong and unfair. It is show-

1

ing them that their hard-line ~

tactics when it comes to resolv-

’ ing serious issues are wrong.

“J am happy for this process
because for months .and |

months we were sitting at the -

table telling the corporation —

the exact same thing,” he said.

Management agreed that the ,

vast majority of the union’s
issues were resolved.

However, it said that the |

BEWU’s demand of $9 million
in back pay without legal basis
or justification is unaceptable.

In the meantime Mr Greene .
said that the union will be agi- °
tating for the resignation of top. ‘.

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a mediator, pastor of Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church Neil Ellis, had to be
called in.

The catalyst for yesterday’s
demonstration was the presen-
tation, by the corporation, of
the amount of increase it would
be willing to. give the workers
for a 40-hour work week.

This issue, Mr Greene said,
affects at least 900 of the
union’s members and while not
willing to disclose the amount
offered, because of the gag
order placed on both sides, he
said that it did not even come
close to five per cent of what
the workers feel they are actu-
ally owed.

“Our members decided that
it was an insult and they want-
ed to show the government
that they were not going to be
insulted in the way that they
were and decided that they
would have a mass demonstra-
tion at Clifton Pier Power Sta-
tion,” Mr Greene said.

BEC called the BEWU’s
action “an illegal and unwar-
ranted industrial action”.

It also pointed out that even
after the Minister of Labour
and Immigration, Shane Gib-
son, ordered the BEWU back
to work, many of the employ-
ees have not yet returned to
their jobs.

“The corporation always
tries to say that we are demon-

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Barbados Shipping & Trading, which will act as Bahamas Super-

markets’ operating and management partner. It is a major sone. ie

retailer in Barbados.

v8 wb eres

”

The five BSL Holdings directors will now sit on the Bihainaet r
Supermarkets Board along with Hugh Sands, who will remain as y

chairman.

Mr Sunderji said previously: “There are no plans to do any- |
thing dramatically different. Don’t try to fix what is not broken. It'll -
be business as usual. There are no fundamental changes that are '
likely to take place. It’s steady as she goes. Nothing is going to ,
change.”

The transaction’s completion thus brings to an end an almost 10- !

Bahamian retail chain up for sale last September.
Bahamas Supermarkets was viewed as a non-core operation by |

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-month saga, which began when Winn-Dixie decided to put its ~

Winn-Dixie, and the $54 million raised from the sale is key to -'

helping it emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US.

-BSL Holdings won the New York auction for Bahamas Super- -.

- markets in March, outbidding rival Bahamian investor group, BK -

Foods, which had triggered the bidding war with an offer of $50 mil-
lion for the company.

BK Foods decided not to increase its offer to match the $54
million offered by BSL Holdings. This was because it believed -
any higher offer would overvalue the company. °

BK Foods’ principals were RND Holdings chairman Jerome -
Fitzgerald, entrepreneur Mark Finlayson and ex-Burns House
chief financial officer Philip Kemp.

BK Foods will now collect a $1 million break-up fee from Winn-
Dixie as well as regain its $5 million deposit. .

BSL Holdings’ shareholders include rival food retailer, Abaco —
Markets, which holds a 10 per cent stake in the buyout group.
Other investors include Abaco Markets chairman and chief exec-
utive, Craig Symonette, and fellow shareholders Frank Crothers and
Mr Butler. Bahamian pension funds are also among the investors.

Observers of the Bahamas Supermarkets transaction are likely to ,
view the deal’s completion as clearing the way for the company to +
begin merger talks with Abaco Markets, something most view as a °
logical outcome to developments.

The $56 million transaction is understood to have been funded by
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f . 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
8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support

group meets the first Monday of each month at
FY ««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
327.2878

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

CIVIC CLUBS

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

’ 7pm.

The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
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month in the Board Room of the British Colo-
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music provided by DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Mas-
ter Chef Devito Bodie provides scrumptious
appetizers. .



# HEALTH

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

@ CIVIC CLUBS



Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm
@ CC Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room,
College Avenue off Moss Road ¢ Club

# «Cousteau 7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the
Fs Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central

lg Andros e Club 7178 meets each Tuesday at
opm at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, 3rd
Terrace, Centreville.



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

fy 6 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
f}. Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM
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The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tourna-
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Tourism begins August 6 and runs through August
11. On Wednesday, August 9; come enjoy fishing,
dominoes, volleyball, the Softly Basketball Camp,
Miss and Little Miss Bimini Native pageant and a
special cocktail party at Bimini Big Game. Call
242.347.3529 for more information

-f# HEALTH

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 - See to 7pm /8: ae to

9: 30pm.
& CEVIC CLUBS

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.

THURSDAY
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ment continues, Thursday, August 10. Activities

“include 39th Annual Glenda’s Road Race, Julian. -

Brown Fun/Run/Walk, fishing and Softly Basket-
ball Camp. Call 242.347.3529 for more informa-

* tion.

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The Sweetheart’s Club - a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The ;
Sweetheart’s Club will be performed at Worker’s
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-



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
Tpm / 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
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill

Road.

W CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, sec-
ond and third Thursday at the Ministry of
Health & Environment building on Meeting
Street commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is wel-
come to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8. 30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes.

International Association of Administrative
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. ‘

FRIDAY

@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

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

morning.

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House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-
able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal-
leria Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photo-
shop and Gallery KSeldics Road, East of Abun-
dant Life Road).

'@ HEALTH

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 - Fri-
days @ 6pm to 7pm New Providence Community
Centre: Fridays @ 7pm to 8pm.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas [J
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St. 4

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. 3



SATURDAY

@ THEATRE

The Sweetheart’s,Club - a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The ~
Sweetheart’s Club will be performed at Worker’s
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-
able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal-
leria Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photo-
shop and Gailery (Soldier Road, East of Abun-
dant Life Road). a

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings - —
10am to 1lam.

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

Doctors Hospital --CPR and First Aid. classes
are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital
Community Training Representative at
302.4732 for more information and learn to
save a life today.’

i CIVIC CLUBS



JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling Ed
are pleased to offer a cycling clinic for juniors 3
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 organisers at jarcy-
cling@gmail.com



SUNDAY



Hi PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

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

B@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-

sau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm

able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal-
/ 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

leria Cinemas, JFK. Plaza) and Woodside Photo-
shop and Gallery (Soldier Road, East of Abun-

The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tour-
nament, FINAL DAY - Friday, August, 11. Activ-

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first
ities include fishing, Softly Basketball Camp, Gala

Tuesday, 6:30pm at the British Colonial Hilton.



HW . Please call 502.4842/377.4589 for mote info. dant Life Road). Ball at the Bimini Breeze, under the patronage of
4 Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. Call
ra WEDNESDAY @ HEALTH 242.347.3529 for more information.

: Free public health lectures featuring distin- H# THEATRE

@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS ©
& RESTAURANTS

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

Send all your civic and social events to
The Tribune via fax: 328.2398

or e-mail: ydeleveaux@
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Out-Island Doctor



WRITTEN BY EVANS W COTTMAN
LINE DRAWINGS BY GUY FLEMING



The Tribune’s
Summer
Reading Series

EXTRACT TWELVE
Incisions and two assistants

(Still in the Exumas, Doctuh Cottman is further
delayed in his desire to return to his wife and daugh-
ter by more patients and news of other people need-
ing treatment.)

I had been in Rolle Town several days when,
early one morning, I got a message from a Mr
Lewis Fitzgerald at The Ferry, saying he had sud-
denly become ill, was running a high fever and
suffering terribly with a pain in his shoulder. _

I would have left immediately, but even before I
could get my sails up the Bahama grapevine had
spread. the word I was leaving. This brought the
usual burst of patients who simply had to “get
sound” before I departed. Consequently, it was
nearly dark before I dropped anchor at The Ferry.

Although I had not eaten, I decided I'd best put
off dinner until I had seen Lewis Fitzgerald. So I
went ashore and found a man with a jeep on the
dock waiting for me. He had a letter from Mr Felix
Deleveaux, the teacher at Moss Town, saying his
wife was very ill, in great pain, and would I please
come at once.

I told the driver to wait until I had seen Lewis. He

was in bed with a temperature of 104; his shoulder
was swollen with fluid and needed to be aspirated.
But the only light was a lamp and I simply didn’t
dare try this in semidarkness. So I did what I could

to make him comfortable for the night, then took °

the jeep to Moss Town. . ‘
Judging from Mr Deleveaux’s letter, I had
thought the trouble must be an obstruction of the

bladder or urethra but, after examining his wife, I -

discovered I had got the wrong impression from the
letter. It was a case of renal failure and I brought
with me no diuretics; however, the mailboat was to
leave for Nassau within a few hours. So I did what
I could to make her comfortable on the trip and
wrote a letterfor her to take to the hospital. By
now it was the wee hours of the morning..I got a lit-
tle sleep.

At 7 the next morning the jeep came for me and ©

we headed back toward The Ferry. On the way I
ate a box of lemon snaps and a small tin of cream,
which I had been thoughtful enough to pack with
my medicine before leaving the Green Cross.
Back at Lewis Fitzgerald’s I found his condition

had deteriorated seriously and rapidly. His tem- |

perature was now 105. Now there were two
swellings, one on his shoulder and the other on
the side of his chest. I believed they were pus pock-
ets and would have to be drained. But what if I
were wrong? Also, I had never made a puncture
into the chest cavity and naturally I was appre-
hensive.

But what if I didn’t operate...? .

...Obviously the infection was spreading rapidly.
His temperature was increasing and already he
was lapsing into periods of semi consciousness. I
was afraid a complete collapse was imminent.

I called Mrs Fitzgerald aside and told her the




entire situation as best I could. She listened, stood
a moment with her head bowed, then said, “Go
ahead, Doctor. I know you will do everything pos-
sible.” Cae

“T’ll need help.” Lewis’s fourteen-year-old son
was there and I turned to him. “Can you help
me?”

“Yes, sir.”

We went to work. The area around the swellings
was extremely sensitive and I had to infiltrate
heavily with novacaine. I used a cannula, which is
a small metal tube, and a trocar — a small stylet with
a sharp point that can be worked inside the can-
nula. This had to be forced into the’ pus pocket
through an incision. It wasn’t easy and I had trou-
ble locating the exact position of the pocket. Final-
ly I felt the trocar enter the pocket and I removed
it, leaving the cannula to serve as a drainage tube.
From this suddenly shot out a stream of bloody pus.

“Wipe that away, gently,” I told Lewis’s son.

There was no answer. I looked around and saw

him stretched on the floor in a dead faint.

I couldn’t leave Lewis to revive the boy. And I
was afraid that if I called Mrs Fitzgerald and she
came in and found her son looking as if he were
dead, she might well pass out beside him. On the
other hand, I had to have help.

I took a chance and called her and immediately



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I knew there was no reason for misgivings. She
poured water in her son’s face, then quickly realized

he was too shaky to be of use and turned to me.

“Tell me what you want, Doctor. I'll do it.”

She proved to be an excellent nurse. When the
first pocket was drained, the second still had to
be opened. Through it all she worked steadily. She
helped me give Lewis hot Epsom salts fomenta-
tions: I infiltrated the spot with more novocaine
and gave him a penicillin injection. He had suffered
terribly despite the novocaine; but eventually relief
came and dropped off to sleep.

It was then Mrs Fitzgerald looked at me. “Doc-
tor,” she said, “if when you left here last night you
went to Moss Town, and came back from there
this morning, when did you last eat?”

I told her I had eaten a box of lemon snaps for
breakfast.

“Sit down,” she said. And in a very short while

S



she served me a chicken dinner. There is little.

need to add that I appreciated it.

(Continued every Friday
and Wednesday until August 18th)

Text copyright © 1998 Gayle Cottman
Excerpt prepared by Marjorie Downie and Gordon
Mills of The College of The Bahamas





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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 11



The lack of education

and hand-out politics

FROM page one

Ms Rolle said the family are doing as well as

can be expected.

“His mother is not taking it too well,”
said. “But his father, a Defence Force one

is holding it together.”

“We just came from the morgue, the mother

of his child was also there.”

Ms Rolle said that CID officers were at the
home conducting their investigation.

Renewing the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s
commitment to fight crime, Inspector Evans
yesterday said that “such behaviour will not

Man is murdered |

be,tolerated,”

Making an appeal for public assistance,
Inspector Evans said, “We (the RBPF) are
asking for anyone with any information on this

matter to please contact local police officials.”

“We are dedicated to ensuring that persons
involved in such activities will be prosecuted to
the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

In addition to his parents, the victim was
survived by a four-year-old son, Funeral
arrangements are expected to be made within
the next few days.

Airports on security alert

FROM page one

ply, this was intended to be
mass murder on an unimagin-
able scale.”

The Bahamas US Embassy
yesterday released an advisory to
air travellers stating that they
should still go about their plans
confidently, but should maintain

“vigilance in their surroundings”
while exercising patience with
screening and security officials.

“Travellers departing from the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport and Grand Bahama
International Airport will not be

_ allowed to carry liquids into the
cabin of the aircraft, including
beverages, shampoo, suntan
lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair
gel and other items of similar con-
sistency. -

“Passengers will be allowed
essential medicines and, if a baby
or small child is travelling, baby
formula, breast milk or juice,” the
report read.

Echoing these sentiments, Min-
ister of Transport and Aviation
Glenys Hanna-Martin encour-
aged passengers to comply in

. advance with these new proto-

cols.

“These measures will require
longer waits at the airports and

passengers are asked to be

patient, to arrive as early as they
can, and to comply in advance
with the directives on those items
that cannot be permitted on
board.

“It should be noted that the
prohibited items may be placed in
checked baggage. The measures
will apply throughout the country
where commercial flights are des-
tined to the US or the United
Kingdom,” she said.

Mrs Hanna-Martin said the
public will be kept abreast of any
new additional security measures



Hl MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe (right) speaks yes: |
terday while Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell looks on.

as they occur, including whether
the threat level had been reduced
or discontinued. —

. Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe said he had been in
contact with tourism officers in
the UK, and up until yesterday
morning had had no reports in
decreases in bookings to the
Bahamas. '

“There was no immediate
change of bookings for British
Airways, which comes here
tomorrow, and. Virgin Airlines,
which comes on Monday. So up
to this point the answer is no.

“We have at the ministry been
talking to the Hotel Association
about informing visitors to the
island that upon leaving what
they can and cannot do.

“And we are meeting with vis-
itors as well to explain to them
what is going on to ensure that
once they get to the airport there
is no difficult situation for them,”
he said.

General manager of the Air-

port Authority Joseph Reckley |

said they had since increased the
number of security personnel at
the airport to include police and
Defence Force officers.

“The police, of course, would



have received their instructions.
We are observing any vehicles
coming in, we are increasing the
foot patrols in various areas, and
also our vehicle patrols,” he
said.

some travellers with the
approaching anniversary of the
September 11 attacks in 2001, Mr
Wilchcombe said his ministry was
aware of, and very concerned
with, the issue.

“We are very concerned, but
the reality is that we are better
prepared today than we certainly
were five years ago, We do have
our officers on alert and we are
monitoring our situation, but
there is only so much you can do,

“Because if a situation was to
occur — let’s hope nothing hap-
pens — the truth of the matter, is
there would be a period where

‘people would just not move.

“That’s just the reality. So, yes,
we are prepared for whatever cir-
cumstances might occur. We just
hope that nothing occurs and that
authorities around the world are
vigilant. We believe and hope that
there is nothing for us to be over-
ly concerned about beyond the

circumstance right now,” he said.



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@ OPINION
By PACO NUNEZ.
Tribune News Editor

W HILE in New
York last month, I

' visited the famed New York

Public Library and was sur-
prised to learn that use of the
library, guided tours and spe-
cial exhibitions are all free.

The idea behind this is
revealed by a mission state-
ment engraved on the main
pillar of the library’s Astor
Hall:

“On the diffusion of edu-
cation among the people rests
the preservation and perpet-
uation of our free institu-
tions.”

A functional democracy
depends on an educated pop-
ulation. ,

My first thought was that
the truth of this statement is

i - self-evident. My second was

that it constitutes a powerful

indictment of modern

Bahamian democracy.
According to latest calcula-

age for graduating ‘students is
D+. If the private schools —

fraction of the student popu-
lation — are removed from this
equation, the national score is
an F+.

On average, therefore, stu-
dents for whom the govern-
ment -is responsible and who
make up the bulk of the future

voting population, graduate .

on the brink of failure.

There is, of course, nothing
new about this situation; edu-
cation in the Bahamas has
been in a scandalous state for
years.

But what it means is that if.

the integrity of our free insti-
tutions depends on education,
Bahamian democracy is worth
no more than an F+ diploma
from a public school,

No wonder some politicians

have sought to attack the press

for criticising the state of edu-
cation, One politician sug-





\

~ tions, the national grade aver- .

Thank
looking forwa

LMA

- TURNING
POINT

(IIB:

gested that journalists should
“truly shoulder their Tespon-
sibilities as nation-builders”
and recognise the good as well
as the bad.

Putting aside the dubious
record enjoyed by the kind of
journalism he recommends, it
should be noted that such calls
to concentraté on “the good”
are usually intended to divert
attention from the bad.

Our political leaders can
build as many smoke-screens
as they please however; it
remains a fact that efficient
“diffusion of education” can-
not be what is driving our

_democracy.

The unfortunate conse-
quence, as every politician
well knows, is that what con-
tinues to drive the democratic
process in the Bahamas is the
long- -established culture of
“hand-out politics.”



Te reality, the state of

ediication does not mat-
ter in the slightest to many
: politicians, because at the end

of the day, all democracy

means to them is winning elec-
tions — and what an election
comes down ‘to is what they
can offer potential voters in
terms of public service. jobs,
gifts, advantages and so.on,
This is the real reason many
incumbents and parliamentary
hopefuls prefer to “hit the
streets” and campaign from
door to door — it would be

considered obscene to broad-

cast their promises of immi-
gration, customs and prison
jobs on ZNS TV.

Of course, there are a few
emotive issues that all politi-
cians know will move most
Bahamians; illegal immigra-
tion and crime for example, -

But these problems do not
require detailed policy expla-

nations; just a vow that they
will be tackled, coupled with
the promise of a ham or
turkey at Christmas and the
politician can congratulate
himself or herself on having
constructed a winning plat-
form.

Under these circumstances,
what would politicians as a
class want with a better edu-
cated populace; with voters
who ask hard questions and
demand efficient service
rather than handouts?

The answer is nothing —
and that in the final analysis is
the reason why public educa-
tion, the most well funded
government entity in the coun-
try, is a disaster.

But the new generation of
Bahamians has news for politi- -
cians: while far too many
young, people continue to be
turned out of high schools
unprepared for life, more are
taking advantage of new
opportunities — including
international opportunities — —
than ever before, and have
been exposed to examples of
real democratic processes dri-
ven by educated, issue- -minded

_ populations.

These Bahamians will stand
for nothing less for themselves
and the day is coming when
politicians will have to reck-
on with a very different elec-
torate than the one they have
become used to.

In a February 13, 2003
speech delivered at the very
same New York _ Public
Library, Koichiro Matsuura,
the director-general of the
United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organ-
isation (UNESCO) said: “Lit-
eracy is indeed a tool of free-
dom, vital for liberating us
from ignorance, vital for
empowering us to develop and
apply our human capacities,
vital for the exercise of demo-
cratic citizenship.”

His words would make a fit-
ting epitaph for the culture of
hand-out politics in the
Bahamas. *

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Anglers get ready
for tournament

BIMINI is playing host to a
group of serious anglers during
the Annual Native Fishing
Tournament this week.

Senior manager of the Bimini
Tourist Office Norma Wilkin-
son said crowds of fishing boats

- will be docked at the marinas

as anglers come from all over
to compete for top cash prizes.
“This fishing tournament has
become a treasure trove of his-
tory about the island of North
Bimini,” Ms Wilkinson said.
“Some of adventures of our

anglers have etched eternal |

memories in the minds of the
people of Bimini and have
become a part of the oral histo-

_ ty of this wonderful island.”

Made famous by long-term
visitors like Ernest Hemingway
and Martin Luther King Jr, the
islands in the Bimini chain have

‘long distinguished themselves

from the other islands of the
Bahamas by embracing certain
unique attributes.

Thé strongest among these is
said to be the individualistic,
fiercely protected, culture of
Bimini. Playing a huge role in

this strong cultural identity. is.

fishing.

Once known as the gateway






& NORMA Wilkinson

to the Bahamas, Bimini has
become the playground for seri-
ous sports fishermen from all
over the world.

According to a Ministry of
Tourism statement, “Nothing
fastens the tie on the together-
ness of the people of Bimini like
the annual fishing tournaments,
the biggest of which is the
Annual Native Fishing Tourna-
ment. Now in its 56th year, this



tournament is the place where
many anglers come to celebrate
their love for fishing and the

many, other activities that go

hand in hand with this sport.”

This year, the native fishing
tournament takes place August
6 through 11 and as usual, is
filled with cultural activity.

The Bimini Native Fishing
Tournament was started in 1950
by the Bimini Progressive
Sporting Club. The aim then
had been to create fellowship
among both the locals and visi-
tors to the island.

Over the years, it has grown
from a minor 12-boat affair to
the current event that sees hun-
dreds of boats docking in the
marinas.

According to Ms Wilkinson,
fishing tournaments like the
annual Native Fishing Tourna-
ment are also very important to
the Bahamas as a whole,

‘because of the niche market

opportunities it creates within
the overall tourism market.

“Tt exemplifies what we have
been saying all along: The

islands of the Bahamas presents

a multiplicity of destinations
within one. There is something
for everyone,” she said. .

Bank executives get prison
time in bank fraud case |

@ DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo

A THREE-JUDGE panel
sentenced the president and

vice president of a failed

Dominican bank Thursday to

three years in prison. for their.

role in its collapse, part ofa

-2003 banking crisis that tem-

porarily crippled the nation’s
economy, according to Associ-
ated Press.

Manuel Pellerano Pena and
Juan Mendoza Gomez were
sued by clients of their Banco

Nacional de Credito, or Ban-
credito, for alleged participa-
tion in a US$600 million
fraud. The judges found them
guilty of falsifying documents
and manipulating data to

throw off investigators, the

online newspaper Clave Digi-
tal reported.

The men, who were also fined
about US$30,000 each, have
nine days to appeal, said court

clerk Joham Gonzalez. Under’
Dominican law, the government |

could add criminal charges to
civil lawsuits — making the



©2006 Creative Edge

defendants eligible for jail time.

In 2003, Bancredito shut .,

down after announcing it did
not have enough liquidity to
keep operating, That failure,
along with the collapse of Ban-

‘co Intercontinental and Banco

Mercantil, led to the filing of
fraud cases worth an estimated

US$3 billion against various:



bank executives.

The economic crisis sp d
high inflation and devaluation
of the peso, requiring recovery
assistance from the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund.



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ights ke

m By CARA BRENNEN |
Tribune Business Reporter

he possibility of direct

flights between the

Bahamas and South

America will be one of

the key discussion topics

when Ministry of Tourism and

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce

executives embark on a five-day trade
mission to Panama next month.

Chamber president Tanya Wright

yesterday explained that the mission,

scheduled for September 25-29, was

another example of a partnership,

between the private and public sec-
tors that was designed to boost the
Bahamas’ economic development.
She said the mission came as a
direct result of a meeting she had with

‘Embracing VoIP

technology the
way forward’





















i By NEIL HARTNELL _
Tribune Business Editor ,





products.

‘Bush said. ;

which has a similar economy
and customer base to the
Bahamas, through its reliance



National Health
chief: No impact
from NIB costs

m@ By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business |
Reporter

‘

Copa Airlines, which explored the
possibility of the airline flying direct to
Nassau in 2007.

In addition to developing a potential
South American tourist market, Mrs
Wright said direct flights could also
facilitate business opportunities that
could be derived from Panama and
other Latin America countries.

Mrs Wright added that at the
moment, there were no direct flights
between the Bahamas and South
America, with passengers having to

travel to this nation via Miami and.

through other US destinations. .

In addition to exploring travel and
direct flight benefits, Mrs Wright said
the trip will serve as a fact-finding

mission to see what other possibili- °

ties there were for business opportu-
nities and linkages between the







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ro

<

erica

mission

' Bahamas and Panama.

This mission will include a meeting

between the Chamber of Commerce ~

and representatives of the Colon Free
Zone Association, the Atlantic gate-
way to the Panama Canal.

The Colon Zone is dedicated to re-
exporting an enormous variety of mer-
chandise to Latin America and the
Caribbean. The closest Bahamian
comparison to this area is Freeport
and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

Mrs Wright said the Panama Canal
could also facilitate the transporta-
tion of goods between China and the
Bahamas, as this nation continues to
explore linkages with that area of the

world. The benefits of increased links

with Panama are obvious for Freeport.
Hutchison Whampoa, the Chinese
conglomerate, owns the two contain-

er terminals at each end of the Pana-
ma Canal. eo : :
Hutchison Whampoa also has a
major presence in Freeport, where it
owns and runs Freeport Container
Port, and is Port Group Ltd’s major
partner in entities such as Freeport
Harbour Company, Grand Bahama
Airport Company and the Sea/Air

_ Business Centre.

Therefore, the opportunity: to fur-

: ther deepen links with China and

Panama in the transhipment of goods “
to Freeport, where they can be assem-
bled and distributed to other nations
in the Western Hemisphere, is a major
one on this mission. ie
The trade mission is being organ-
ised by the Bahamas Tourist Office -
Latin America, COPA Airlines and
the Panama Chamber of Commerce.

Francis to chair new investment adviser

A MAJOR Caribbean telecoms operator has shown the way
forward for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company~
(BTC) by embracing customer demand and Voice over Inter-
net Protocol (VoIP) technology, rather than resisting it, to
increase long-distance revenues and retain customers. /
Alan Bush, chief strategy office for Cable & Wireless (West
Indies), said the company had, like BTC, suffered a.“precip-
|. jtous decline” in its international fixed-line revenues, and its
solution had not only reversed this but also enabled it to pro-
vide more services to customers through the bundling of

Mr Bush said C&W, which remains interested in BTC’s
-.|| privatisation and becoming its strategic partner despite the
Government’s negotiations with lead bidder Bluewater Com-
munications Holdings, had launched its own VoIP product -
NetSpeak - to counter the decline in long-distance revenues.
_. “We realised VoIP would hurt our earnings, hurt our rev-
enues and, at the end of the day, we learnt the customer dri-
ves everything for us, so we went out and embraced VoIP,” Mr

He described C&W’s approach in the Cayman Islands, .

SEE page 7B Pe ara

bution income, and almost
double the minimum expect-
ed for NHI to be feasible.

Dr Lalta acknowledged

Central Bank governor and

ty co-chairman, has been
named as chairmsan for Prov-
idence Advisors, the invest-
ment advisory firm formed
from a management buyout
involving SG Hambros: Bank
& Trust (Bahamas): . |
Providence Advisors was
formed by Kenwood Kerr, for-
‘mer head of investment ser-
vices at SG Hambros Bank &
. Trust (Bahamas), and the two
hotel industry pension funds -
the Bahamas Hotel Industry
Management Pension Fund
and the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Pension
Fund. Lk
The company was formed
from SG: Hambros Bank &
Trust (Bahamas) former
' investment services division,
and will provide pension
3 ‘ aS Fe



‘



JULIAN Francis, former

Grand Bahama Port Authori-|

administration, investment
management and other related

services...

Joihing Mr Francis and Mr

Kerr on the Board of Direc-
tors are Hugh Sands, former

Bank of the Bahamas Interna-

‘tional chairman; Robert Sands,

Baha..Mar’s vice-president of

_ administration and external

affairs; and George E Rodgers,
the Bahamas Development
‘Bank’s managing director.

The Tribune revealed the .

formation of Providence Advi-
sors and the management buy-
out of the investment services

. division at SG. Hambros Bank

& Trust (Bahamas) some three

- to four weeks ago.

Providence Advisors is like-
ly to provide strong competi-

‘- tion in:the domestic Bahamian

investment banking and advi-
sory market, challenging the

‘effective duopoly created by

Heth as

Fidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust and Colina Financial
Advisors.

Competition in the corpo-
rate advisory, pension admin-
istration and investment man-
agement sector is thus likely
to become more fierce.

Providence Advisors will
start from a relatively strong
base, though,. given the
involvement of the two hotel
union pension funds - the
largest institutional pool of
investor money in the
Bahamas. |

SG Hambros Bank & Trust

(Bahamas).acted as investment

adviser and administrator to

the two funds, and it is likely’

that Providence Advisors will
have. inherited that, role. The
key now will be to attract new
business and win more
accounts.

In an official statement

released last night to confirm
its creation, Mr Kerr said:

“Providence became fully
_operational on‘July 3, 2006,

with the invaluable assistance,
and co-operation of SG Ham-
bros and its management team.
“We look forward to contin-
uing to provide high quality
services to the-Bahamian pub-_
lic. We are grateful for the .

~ encouragement and support of

SG Hambros, our employees
and others who have ensured:
this smooth transition to full
operation and the inaugura-
tion of this historic develop-
ment.” . : ; we
Providence is licensed with.
the Securities Commission of
the Bahamas as a Class One
(1) Broker/Dealer, meaning it
will.be able to execute client -

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THE National Insurance
Board’s (NIB) relatively high
administrative costs should not
effect the implementation of
the National Health Insurance
plan, the project’s manager, Dr
_. Stanley Lalta, said yesterday.

- Dr Lalta said that while the
NIB was working to reduce its

operating costs, the amount it .

spends should not affect the
NHI because it will only be
using NIB resources for spe-
cific functions such as registra-
tion.

The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion’s 2004 report on the pro-
posed NHI scheme said that
for the project to be feasible,
NIB - as the scheme’s admin-
istrator - would have to reduce
its administrative costs as a
- percentage of contribution
income to 10 per cent or less.

NIB’s 2005 annual report,
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly on Wednesday, showed
that its administrative expens-
es that year were $27.5 million
- some 20.2 per cent of contri-

‘
4}

;

NIB’s administrative costs
were still pretty high despite
the fact that it managed to
reduce them by 5.2 per cent in
2005, from the $29 million
which was spent in 2004.

He said the ideal situation
for NIB would be to reduce
administration expenses to 10
per cent of contribution rev-
enues, which was recommend-
ed by the Social Security
Reform Commission.

Dr Lalta said there were a
number of factors behind the
high administration costs, -
including the fact that the
Bahamas was an archipelago.

He said NIB was trying to
ensure it effectively collects
payments and services its
clients, which requires a phys-
ical presence on all the inhab-
ited islands.

“That comes at a cost,” Dr
Lalta said, and is something
NIB has to balance as it tries to

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ONCE you have decided who
your customer is and, by exten-
sion, the market you are operat-
ing in, the next step will be for
you to know your competitors.

By researching your competi-
tors, you will find out whether
your product is up to the mark,
whether you will be able to com-
pete in the marketplace, and
earn a decent living doing it.

This is important if you are
already trading, but particularly
important if you are starting a
new venture. Markets never stay
the same for long. Products
change and new products enter
the market. If you are not to fall
behind, you need to keep a keen
eye on your competition.

So, what would be useful to
find out?

First, how many competitors
are there? And where are they
based? This will tell you how
saturated your market is, and
whether it makes sense to enter
unless you are providing some-
thing new or improved.

Second, are any of your com-
petitors really successful? These
are the ones you will need to
watch, as they are leading the

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Abaco Markets

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charge and must be doing some-

thing right to be in that position.

Pay close attention to the market
leader and study them, and you
will save valuable time by not
reinventing the wheel.

Third, what size are your com-
petitors? Are there any big ones
out there who have enough
financial muscle through preda-
tory pricing tactics to put you
out of business? :

Fourth, what products do they
offer? And how do those prod-
ucts compare to what.you are
offering? In terms of price, func-
tionality, quality, customer ser-
vice, is there anything that you
do that will allow you to take
market share?

Fifth, how are they marketing
their product? Are they running
any special price promotions?
What kind of guarantees are
they offering? Is there a trial
period? |

Once you have found out this
information, you should be able
to determine whether there is
enough potential business out
there for you to make a profit.
Finding out what your compe-
tition does and is planning to do,



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can help you enormously, par-
ticularly if you are planning a
start-up.

Building up a picture of the
competition is also useful in that
it can help you anticipate what
their response is. likely to be to
your market entry. Once a com-
petitor perceives that you are
going to take away market share,
they could adopt several tactics:

° Dropping their prices to
squeeze you out of the market.

e Badmouthing you to your
customers, suppliers, distribu-
tors and trade press.

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of supply.

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legal action against you to slow
you down. By anticipating the
potential response of your com-
petitors, you are effectively tak-

ing proactive action to. protect

your business.
So, how can you gather infor-
mation about your competition?

Check Yellow Pages

* Google them on the Internet

* Ask your suppliers who else
they supply

* Ask potential customers
who they are buying from

* Drive around your neigh-
bourhood

* Read newspapers and trade
press if applicable

* Go to trade shows and look
around

* Buy shares in your competi-
tor if they are a listed company
and study their annual accounts

Once you have found out who

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- Go to their premises and
watch who shops there

— Talk to your customers and

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— Buy their product, or get a
friend to buy and review it
— Get their sales literature and
‘adverts
'— Then keep a record and
update it for your quarterly
strategic meetings.

If you are already trading and
want to get the quick scoop on
who the new competition is,
make sure you keep your ear to
the ground, keep reading the

newspapers, and check out who.

will be moving into those empty
premises on the corner. By hav-
ing advance warning, you will
have time to plan a spoiler for
their launch and not have to play

- areactive game.

. Finally, you must also consid-
er what your entry into the mar-
ket will do.

If you think your entry with
a new product will increase the
size of the market, then you
need to consider why your com-
‘petitors won’t also offer the
same product eventually.

If your entry is going to take
market share away from your.
competitors, you need to have
a good reason why you think



NOTICE is hereby given that CLIFFIN PETI-PHARD 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 4TH day of AUGUST,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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you can take customers away
from them.

Consider these two points
carefully. If there is any doubt in
your mind, you should do fur-
ther research until you are con-
vinced there is enough of a-mar-
ket out there for you to tap, and
that you won’t be driven out by
competitors with more financial
muscle.

Marketing your business is an
important area and will require
constant effort. So, in order to

avoid the trap of antipreneur-

ship, make sure you spend some
time on researching your com-
petition, as it could pay large
dividends for your future busi-
Ness success.

NB: Adapted from his upcom-
ing book, Antipreneurship And
How to Avoid It, Mark draws
on 20 years of top level business,
marketinz and communications
experience in London and the
Bahamas. He is chief operating
officer of www.ezpzemail.com,

‘currently lives in Nassau, and

can be contacted at markalex-
palmer@mac.com .

© Mark Palmer. All rights
reserved









Notice

NOTICE ‘is hereby given that BENNY LORFILS,
GENERAL DILVERY, MARSH HARBOUR , 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 4th day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality . |
and Citizenship, PRO.Box N- 7147, ABACO, Bahamas.













; Bahamas.

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that MOHAMMED TALAT
MAHBOOB ALI SHARIFF, P.O.BOX F 44317 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 4th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship,





P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport,

CHAMBERS

Counsel and Attorneys-at-law
Notaries Public

Is seeking an ambitious
COMMERCIAL/CORPORATE

ATTORNEY
For its Nassau Office

Candidates with a minimum of five (5) years
experience must possess the skills and the
ability to work independently on various

commercial/corporate transactions. .

AND A

COMMERCIAL/LITIGATION

ATTORNEY
For its Exuma Office

Candidates must have at least five (5) years
experience and must have the skills and the
ability to work independently on varied
commercial/litigation matters.

Attractive salary and benefits are available to
‘the applicants with the right aptitude and skills.

Applicants should send resumes to:

THE MANAGING PARTNER
P. O. Box N-979, Nassau, Bahamas or
By facsimile (242) 393-4558 or
Email: info@halsburylawchambers.com


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Internet roll-out
hurts RND |

_ pace

m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RND Holdings yesterday said it had not
been able to enjoy “the full revenue poten-
tial” from its TicketXpress subsidiary, with
the infrastructure needed for reliable and
consistent Internet connectivity in the
Family Islands unlikely to be in place until
the end of this month.

In a note to shareholders on RND Hold-
ings’ performance for fiscal 2006, chair-

‘man Jerome Fitzgerald and managing
director Ken Donathan said TicketXpress,
its Internet-based reservations and tick-
eting system, had incurred expenses in
honouring contracts it had not been able
to fully effect.

Chief among these was the contract
TicketXpress had signed to act as the elec-
tronic bookings agent for the Out Island
Promotions Board and Family Island-
based hotels. This, coupled with acting as
the online reservations agent for Bahamas-
based charter airlines that fly to the Fam-
ily Islands, is where the majority of Tick-
etXpress’s revenue will come from.

In their note to shareholders, the RND
duo said: “To date, the infrastructure
required to provide reliable and quality
Internet service to the Family Islands is
not in place for the majority of the Out
Islands.

“This infrastructure is scheduled to be in
place by the end of August 2006. Conse-
quently, the roll out of our product as well
as our earning potential will continue to be
impeded until such time as this infra-
structure if fully in place.”

RND Holdings suffered a net loss of
$17,591 in the year to February 28, 2006,
compared to a $588,782 loss the previous
year. The balance sheet as at February
28, 2006, also showed the extent to which
RND Holdings is relying on cash flows to
meet its short-term liabilities.

Apart from TicketXpress, the company
is effectively a real estate investment trust
(REIT), with the vast majority of its

$12.206 million assets - about 90 per cent:

or $11.156 million - tied up in real estate
and investment.properties.

RND Holdings’ current liabilities,
including bank overdrafts, accounts

BUSINESS

payable and debt that is current, amount-
ed to $1.388 million as at February 28,
2006.

This was more than four times’ current
assets, which stood at $315,767 on the
same date, with most of that amount con-
sisting of $298,184 in accounts receivable -
amounts owed to it by other businesses.

During fiscal 2006, RND Holdings sold
the $980,000 owed to it by Galleria Cine-
mas - the remaining balance on the trans-
action that saw RND sell its cinema oper-
ations to the latter - to pay down trade
payables and for use in working capital.

RND Holdings’ $99,365 in income-from
continuing operations was boosted by a
revaluation gain of $607,501 on its com-
mercial real estate properties, although
this was partially offset by a $157,507
write-off of development costs associat-
ed with the proposed Charles W Saun-
ders Highway shopping plaza.

RND Holdings’ administrative expens-
es again accounted for a large chunk of
costs from continuing operations, the
$840,198 amounting to almost 61 per cent
of gross revenues from those businesses.






















2

Main tasks:

basis

Requirements:
« CPA or equivalent qualification

Personal Qualities;

« Acommitment to service excellence
* Ability to work independently
* Good IT skills

its provided include:
* Competitive salary and benefits






not apply.

»

CREDIT SUISSE



@ KENWOOD KERR

ASSISTANT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department

Nassau, Bahamas

(BISX).

ment services. .

Credit Suisse Nassau Branch

is presently considering applications for a

sini iinimnitindanmneiniiaiianilinitommait
Credit Suisse is one of the world’s premier private banks. it is setting new standards that go
beyond traditional banking services. Our dedicated and highly qualified staff provides our
clientele with comprehensive solutions in individual investment counseling and professional
portfolio management. Our total commitment is always to our clients and we focus without
compromise on their financial well-being and their personal values.

TEMPORARY POSITION UNTIL MARCH 2007,

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum requirements:

» Assisting in ensuring that the Branch’s books and records are accurately recorded on a timely

* Preparing all Branch, Group and Regulatory reporting to specific reporting deadlines
* Assisting in the preparing of reports for Senior management in London and New York
Assisting in ensuring that all Balance Sheet accounts are substantiated

* {nvolvement in various investment banking and Group accounting issues and projects

+ Arminimum of 1-2 years’ post qualification experience, investment banking experience.
preferred (maybe gained through audit profession}
« Knowledge of US GAAP would be an asset

* Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
* Good organizational and interpersonal skills

APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN WRITING. Persons not meeting the minimum requirements need

P.O, Box N-4928

_ DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 15, 2006

trades on the Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange

Mr Kerr will operate as
Providence Advisors chief
executive. The other members
of the financial team are
Monique Cooper-Davis, chief
financial officer; Bradley S
Cunningham; manager of cor-

- porate services, and Carol E
Burrows, manager of invest-



Francis to chair new
investment adviser

FROM page 1B

They are supported by Olive
C Gaitor, Agatha A.G Moncur
and Florabelle Rodgers. All
are former employees of SG
Hambros
(Bahamas), where they spe-
cialised in the management
and administration of all of its
Bahamian Dollar clients.

SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) will continue to
work closely with Providence
Advisors, with the latter con-
tinuing to lease office space at
its West Bay Street headquar-
ters.




Bank & Trust.





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NIB, from 1B

keep costs down. The annual
report admitted: “By most
benchmarks, NIB’s adminis-
trative costs remain high, even
if the geographical nature of
the Bahamas is considered.”

In an effort to keep costs
down, NIB has implemented
a number of measures.

According to its annual
report, 66 per cent of NIB’s

operating costs are staff-relat-

ed so the primary method
adopted was to implement a

. Voluntary Early Retirement

Program (VERP).
This offers financial incen-



tives to employees who are
either 55 years-old or who
have at least 30 years of ser-
vice. NIB is hoping that this

’ will reduce its staffing levels

to 425 employees at Decem-
ber 2006, down from 436 the
year before.

The Social Security Reform
Commission also reported that

there was overwhelming sup-
port for changes aimed at
strengthening the long-term
sustainability of NIB, which
included support for an
increase in contributions,
improving compliance and
reducing administration costs,
but little support for reducing
benefits or reducing normal

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that MONICA ET IENNE, 135 OCEAN
AVENUE,APT. 1B, BROOKLYN, NY 11225, 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 10th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT (No45 OF 2000)

IMPULE INVESTMNT LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation,

“Notice is hereby that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
45. of 2000), IMPULSE INVESTMENTS LIMITED

is in Dissolution’.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 10th
day of July, 2006.

Nautilus Corporate Services Limited
of Nautilus House, La Cour des Casernes,
St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, Je! 3NH
- Liquidator

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF JOHN JACOB
CONRAD late of 1933 6th Line in the

Town of Innisfil in the County of Simcoe, |

Province of Ontario in the Dominion of
Canada, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 14th day of September,
2006, after which date the Executors will
proceed to distribute the assests having re-
gard only to the claims of which he shall
then have had notice.

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

HIGGS & JOHNSON
Attorneys for the Executor
Chambers
P.O.Box N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY CANILLO
LOON, 10B, HAMPSHIRE COURT, FREEPORT,
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 4th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the

Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, .

P.O.Box N- 7147, GRAND BAHAMA, _Bahamas.



DEBLIN INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of DEBLIN INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Lagaadaier)

NOTICE

-CACHUPA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced of the 4th August,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Geneva,
Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, 1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 11th of August, A. D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Geneva
Liquidator

NOTICE

GIMMLI LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 9th August,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated Ltd.,

Pasea Estates, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 11th of August, A. D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Geneva
Liquidator

pension age.

In addition there was mixed
support for a new approach to
increasing participation in pri-
vate pensions, with a larger
National Insurance Fund and
mandatory pensions receiving
almost equal support.

In summary, the commis-
sion’s report stated the urgent
need for an increased level of
savings, together with the NIB

pension will provide increased

security in old age.

The NIB annual report
acknowledged that on-time
payment of contributions was
“still extremely low”, with only

26 per cent of monthly contri- |

butions received within the 15-
day grace period allowed, up

from 20 per cent in 2004. It is ©

targeting a 75 per cent on-time
payment rate.
The annual report said: “In

slightly

2005, contributions were
received from 10,203 employ-
ers for approximately 127,000 -
workers, inclusive of 4,453 self-
employed persons, who made
at least one contribution pay-
ment for 2005.

“Therefore, about 88 per
cent of employed persons and
20 per cent of self-employed
persons made at least one con-
tribution for 2005.”

Yet achieving compliance

’ from self-employed persons

remains a problem, as they
accounted for just 2 per cent
of contributions during 2005
despite constituting 15 per cent
of the labour force.

Contributions rose to $136.1
million in 2005, an 8 per cent
increase on 2004’s $125.8 mil-
lion, while benefit payments
rose 2.8 per cent to $117.6 mil-
lion.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GRAND LAKE LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORE. INC.
(Linuidator)

~~ NOTICE
SOUL CONNECTION INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution,
which commenced on the 22nd day of
May 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE
CONCISTRASSE INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the
above named Company is in
dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of May 2006. The Liquidatior
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




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BUSINESS

NEMA holds hurricane

preparedness workshop

for tourism workers

THE National Emergency
Management Agency
(NEMA) has held a disaster
preparedness mini-workshop
for, staff members at the Min-
istry of Tourism.

- NEMA’s interim. director,

Carl Smith, said the company
lis prepared for the 2006
Atlantic hurricane season,
which runs from June 1 to
November 30.

Personnel

NEMA personnel briefed
Ministry of Tourism staff on

ah topics including understanding

‘advisories. hurricane hazards,
what damage to expect, pro-
tecting one’s residence, what
to do as the storm approaches,

_ disaster supplies, advice for

older adults and home bound
patients, tips for hotel opera-
tions, tips for fishermen and
farmers, shelters, pet survival
and what to do after a storm.
The workshop, conducted by
Trevor Basden, deputy direc-
tor of Department of Meteo-
rology, assisted by Patricia
Clarke, was part of the’ Min-

istry’s effort to keep its staff.

fully informed on hurricane
and disaster preparations.

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|} NOTICE is hereby given that (PETER) HON WONG, OF
| TUCKAWAY ESTATES, P. 0. BOX SS 6575, 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 11th day of JUNE, 2004 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, Ee Box
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POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Bottled water company invites applicants for;
Truck Drivers, Sales People, and Receptionist

The potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

* A minimum but not limited to a High School Diploma,
along with working experience in a similar position

Excellent communication skills
Must be a team player, motivated & well groomed

Successful applicants can look forward to
‘competitive re-numeration and benefits,

Willing to work flexible hours

* Applicants must be 25 yrs or older and possess
a clean police record & a valid drivers license.

Please note that we are located in
the western district near the airport.

All interested parsons are asked to call
377-0444 thru 0446 or submit resumes to
jobs@Nautilush20.com prior to Aegust 11, 2006.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.



FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 5B

HB SHOWN are Ministry of Tourism staff members
with Trevor Basden, deputy director of Department of
‘Meteorology, who:conducted the National. Ce ata
Management Agency’s disaster preparedness mini-
workshop, and eta Clarke.

INSET T "ye LEFT — One of the. a oa a
CC Cu the mini-workshop. :

Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that NESLY OLTIME, OF AMOS
FERGUSON STREET, P. O. BOX GT 2368, 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 11th day of JUNE, 2004 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and. Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.











Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications fora

I.T. SPECIALIST (Senior Globus. System Developer)

Credit Suisse Private Banking is one of the world’s premier private banks. It is
setting new standards that go beyond traditional banking services. Our dedicated
and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with comprehensive solutions in
individual investment counseling and professional portfolio management. Our
total commitment is always to our clients and we focus without compromise on
their financial well-being and their personal, values.

requirements:

Qualifications:

| The position is open to candidates with the following minimum

- At least Five (5) years experience in installation, configuration and

troubleshooting in a banking environment

- Superior knowledge of GLOBUS Banking Application
(programming and administration)

-. RS/6000: Installation, maintenance and operation experience _

- Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent

s Knowledge of AIX 5.1 — 5.3, UNIVERS/JBASE, LAN & WAN

- Experience with offshore banking applications

Personal Qualities:

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to work flexible
hours as overtime is required

Good technical and trouble-shooting skills and experience

Other Duties:

Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)

Provide UNIVERSE & GLOBUS training to IT Staff

Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives _

Ensure that “Business Contingency Planning” requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department

Benefits provided include:
- Competitive salary and performance bonus
- Pension Plan —
- Health and Life Insurance |
Ongoing internal and external career developmentitraining program

APPLICATI

NS MUST BE IN WRITING. Persons
| requirements need not apply.

Applications should be submitted to:

t meeti minimum

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas

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PART-TIME ~
ACCOUNTING OFFICER

Tasks and responsiblities include but are not limited to:

Reviewing monthly accounting entries before posting
Reconciliation of all bank accounts, including
investment brokerage account

Reconciliation of all re-insurer accounts, quarterly
Recording all investments entries
Monitoring maturity of investments in portfolio in
order to advise financial controller

Assisting accounting officer and financial controller
with completion of monthly management accounts as
well year end audit

Successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

Bachelors degree in accounting or professional
accounting designation with 1 or 2 years experience
Team player, able to operate in a very small office
environment and handle individual repsonsibilities
_Affinity- with figures and attention to details

Respond to:
Financial Controller.
P.O. Box N 8320
- or
Fax: 326-3132



BAGG AER OU GEA ea Cae Ce

Bloch International is the leading provide? of specialty dancewear. It is currently based in
Sydney, Australia with sales and distribution to specialty retailers in the U.S. and Europe
in addition to a manufacturing operation in Bangkok, Thailand. Bloch International is in
the process of setting ap operations in The Bahamas and is seeking a

SS

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
JOB SUMMARY:

Organizes and:directs all aspects of the accounting and financial control fumiction of the Bahamas Branch and
repotts operational results, Maintain accounting systems that ensure the proper accounting and recording of the:
Branch’s resources, Provide management with relevant and reliable financial data necessary for budgetary and
‘financial decisions, Oversee thé operation and. management of the Accouriting Department activities and staff.

Reports to-the Chief Operating Officer in The Bahamas and to the Chief Financial Officer in Austalia,
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: :

«Supervises: aad trains the general: accounting staff.

e Regularly reviews entries to the general ledger to assure accuracy arid compliance with -established
accouniting prinicipals and procedures

® Assists the Chief Financial Officer (Austialia):i in the preparation of the annual budgets and forecasts,

* Responsible for compliance with all Bahamian fiscal regulatory requirements.

« Plaris and iniplements changes:in the Branch’s accounting system, where necessary; and with approval

- from the Chief Financial Officer (Australia):

Recommends changes in financial policies and procedures, as necessary, Write policies and procedures

and ensurethey are being adhered to.

Monitots established internal controls to assure proper compliance.

Recruits and evaliiates personnel under own supervision.

Keeps thie Chief Finaricial Officer (Australia) informed of the Branch’s performance. -

Assures: protection of assets of the business through internal control and ensuring proper insurance

coverage,

© Mairtain a regular review of income’and expenditure to ensure that cash flow is adequate to meet future
business needs.

® Prepares arid makes saocnnanialong based on financial analysis of operations.

* Keeps abreast of current trends; practices, and developments in the prolession. Makes tecommiendations
for implementation of néw practices and procedures.

« Performs and/or oversees all aspects of Human Resources functions,

¢ Coordinates and supervises IT function with outside company’ providing service.

© Oversee global Inventory management and logistics functions.

Assume other special activities and responsibilities as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's he in Accounting, plus five (5) to seven (7) years experience in all aspects of Accounting, ideally
gained through increasingly responsible positions within Finance, two. years of which must be asa department
manager or supervisor. Candidate with.a professional accounting qualification and public accounting. aapetieee
at the Manager/Supervisor level is highly desirable.

Experience in a wholesale distribution environment is also hi ghly desirable but not mandatory.
COMPENSATION a

The position offers a competitive salary plus incentive bonus based on performance and pension,
insurance and other benefits,

Interested candidates should submit their resume by 11 August 2006 to:

Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House

East Hill Street

P. 0; Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas
pwebs@bs.pwe.com

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‘Bloch International is the leading provider of specialty dancewear. It is cutettly based in
Sydney, Australia with sales and distribution to specialty rétailers in the U.S. and Europe
in addition to a manufacturing operation in Bangkok, Thailand. Bloch: International is in.

the process of setting up operations in ‘The Bahamas and is seeking a —

Senior Operations Manager

Position Summary:

The successful : candidate will be. séiposibe for ensuring that business objectives. are met effectively and.
efficiently and in a timely manner, The ideal candidate will also be required to assist in maintaining the smooth.
Tunning | ‘of the Bloch International business at new corporate headquarters to be established in the Bahamas. An
jnnovative and energetic profile is necessary to manage. the operations of this ‘growing and. dynamic business:

Reports to the Senior Vice President in The Bahamas.

Duties and Responsibilities

¢ Develop a communication process to ensure Managers and: Staff are kept well informed
_ Enisiite proper planning and evaluation: of business: strategies so that worldwide: operations can. meet
profit goals.

* Co-ordinate marketing plans and sitategies in conjunction with the senior management staff of Bloch:
International and approval of range plans for each division and each distributor in onde that sales
targets can be niet,

# . Agsist the Senior Vice President to monitor and maintain worldwide operation key performance
indicators. (KPI's).

Required Skills/Experience:

“The successful candidate for this position will be a self motivated individual, possess excellent-leadership

skills, be a team player, and be able to:demonstrate flexibility to respond to a host of different challenges.

He/she: must’be accustomed to working on multiple tasks without continual supervision. This individual

must be persuasive and tenacious in their relationships while maintaining professional standards of conduct

and strong customer focus. The ability to manage multiple projects, change priorities when needed and be

pro-active will-be essential. Ultimately the successful candidate will be able to work on his/her own
" “fnitiativeand impact positively on the business:on a daily basis.

An‘extensive marketing background with an in-depth knowledge of brand development
¢ .A solid, broad understanding of finance (including product costing and pricing)
« Experience in distribution / licensing arrangements as business development in Europe, Asia and South
America forms part of the business plan. International.
Ari understanding of product development and the product development life cycle from concept through to
market
A good understanding of systems (both computér and procedures)

Competencies:

Ownership of the role
Excellent fi nancial knowledge mixed with excellent commercial knowledge to ensure excellent margin
protection
The ability to understand a different market and apply classical marketing strategies to. the
aforementioned new market

- Exceptional communication skills
Ability to work with both vertical and flat business structures

This is a senior position and the compensation package is designed accordingly. Compensation comprises a
base salary (low six figures) plus an incentive bonus based on performance and attainment of worldwide goals.

Interested candidates should submit their resume by 11 August 2006 to:

Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House

East Hill Street

P.O. Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas
pwebs@bs.pwe.com
THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006, PAGE 7B





‘Embracing VoIP
- technology the
way forward’

FROM page 1B

on financial services and
tourism.

C&W divided its customer
base into two segments - those
who had DSL Broadband and
those that did not. “What we
saw was that customers who
had broadband had 30-40 per
cent less international calls......
or are they bypassing the sys-
tem,” Mr Bush said.

This finding prompted C&W
to launch its NetSpeak package
in the Cayman Islands one
year. ago. For a fixed $40 fee
per month, its customers were
able to choose one of three
long-distance calling packages
- unlimited calls to the US and
Canada; unlimited calls to the
UK and Europe; or unlimited
calls to the rest of the
Caribbean.

For an extra $10 per month,
C&W customers could acquire
a second package, and for
another $5 per month they
could purchase the third,
meaning they could have all

three packages for $55 per

month.

That, Mr Bush said, not only
stemmed C&W’s international
fixed-line revenue decline but
“actually improved our rev-
enues” because to use NetS-
peak, customers had to have a
C&W phone line in their home

* and use its DSL Broadband

product, too.
“It’s kind of like launching

’ triple play in the marketplace,”

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- how NetSpeak ‘had enabled

C&W. to ‘bundle’ services it

provided to customers.

He added that NetSpeak -

was authorised by both regu-
lators and the Cayman gov-
ernment, and the fact it was.
legally sanctioned was an
added attraction for customers.

C&W’s approach contrasts
markedly with the one taken
by BTC and the Government,
as both have attempted to fight
illegal VoIP providers and
keep them out of the Bahami-
an market without success.

VoIP providers are able to
use BTC’s infrastructure at will
to enable Bahamian residents
and businesses to make inter-
national and inter-island long-
distance calls, undercutting the
state-owned incumbent carri-
er’s prices and eroding its rev-
enue streams.

Company

BTC has now become a
company almost entirely
reliant on its cellular monopoly
to prop up its financial perfor-
mance, yet the quality and con-
sistency of services is less than
stellar, as the last two days of
disruption have shown.

Mr Bush said; “We encoun-
tered the same situation [with
VoIP], and this has added to
our revenue base.”

C&W, which operates in 14
Caribbean nations, is planning
to roll-out its NetSpeak prod-
uct in the Turks & Caicos
Islands by the end of 2006, hav-
ing already introduced it into
the British Virgin Islands and
Jamaica.

He described the embracing

» Of. new. technology. and cus-
‘tomer demand as

“inter:

twined” of a telecoms operator
was to be successful, adding:
“This is a business where the
weak are killed and eaten. If
the company or the regulator
does not embrace technology,
the consumer certainly will.
There are very few isolated
markets in the world right
now.”

Mr Bush said NetSpeak had
enabled C&W’s average rev-
enue per user (APRU) to
move from “low to healthy”,
and the company’s value had
increased as a result of its deci-
sion to deliver what the. cus-
tomer wanted and turn new
technology to its advantage.

“The company’s value is
greater because we can bring
more services to more people
at lower cost. If we didn’t do it,
someone else will, whether it’s
sanctioned by the Government
or not sanctioned by the Gov-
ernment.,” Mr Bush said. _

“That is the nature of the
marketplace. We took a con-
sumer product, VoIP, and

. turned it into NetSpeak.” He |

likened this to Apple’s iTunes,
which involved adapting the
path blazed by Napster.

’ Businesses in the Bahamas
“have very clear desires” when
it comes to their telecommu-
nications needs, Mr Bush said,
describing these as involving
increased capacity, “Blackber-
ry usage, and absolute reliabil-
ity with lower costs”.

He added that fixed-line
telecommunications was even-
tually likely to be transferred

completely to Internet Proto- .

col-based networks, with tech- .
. nology changing:the tradition- ,

al telephone company model. ;

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or

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Job Responsibilities to include but not limited to:
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Applicants should be highly motivated, and able to
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Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications fora
I.T. SPECIALIST (Junior Globus System Developer)

Credit Suisse Private Banking is one of the world’s premier private banks. It is
setting new standards that go beyond traditional banking services. Our dedicated
and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with comprehensive solutions in
individual investment counseling and professional portfolio management. Our
total commitment is always to our clients and we focus without compromise on

their financial well-being and their personal values.

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum
requirements:

Qualifications:
At least Two (2) years experience in installation, confi iguration and
troubleshooting in a banking environment
_ Intermediate knowledge of GLOBUS Banking Application.
(programming and administration)
Experience to run and support Close of Business programs in
Globus
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Knowledge of AIX 5.1 — 5.3, UNIVERS/JBASE, LAN & WAN
EXpenienee: with offshore banking applicancy

| Personal Qualities:

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and cémmuntoation skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to work flexible
hours as overtime

is required

Good technical and trouble-shooting skills and experience

Other Duties:

Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)

Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives

Ensure that “Business Contingency Planning” requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department.»

Benefits provided include:
- Competitive salary and performance bonus
- Pension Plan
- Health and Life Insurance
Ongoing internal and external career developmenttraning program:

APPLICATIONS MUSTBEINWRITING, —
Persons not meeting the minimum requirements need not apply.
Applications should be submitted to:
_ Human Resources Department
: * P.O. Box N-4928
“Nassau, Bahamas



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.

Offshore bank is looking for a Compliance
and Risk Management Officer

Small financial institution is looking for a Compliance and
Risk Management Officer to join its select team of professionals.
The appropriate candidate will have several years experience
within a compliance and/or risk management function, and
be conversant with local and international laws and regulations.

Responsibilities will include:

Maintain a comprehensive understanding of local laws
and regulations regarding the financial services industry

Develop and maintain policies and procedures in
accordance with local laws and regulations

Establish effective monitoring and reporting programs
for policies and procedures

Ensure proper documentation is collected and accurately
recorded

Carry out regular and ad hoc reviews of activities
Develop, monitor and report on key risk indicators

Provide recommendations for improvements to risk
management process

Report to Executive Management and Board of Directors

Minimum qualification: LLB, ACIB, CPA, BACO or similar
designation is preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Bahamians or
persons with Bahamian residency status only need apply.
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume
to:

c/o The Tribune

P.O. Box N-3207

Nassau, Bahamas

Only persons being interviewed for this position will be
contacted.


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Terry has been at
Chelsea since he was 14
and played under four
managers in the first
team. Even with the
high-profile signings
funded by the club's bil-

-. lionaire owner Roman

Abramovich, Terry has
become a mainstay of the
side after reforming off-
field misbehavior that
threatened to blight his
career.
Beckham, who had

been England captain for: -

five years, stepped down
from the role after Eng-
iand was eliminated in
the World Cup quarterfi-
nals on July 1 by Portugal
on penalties.

McClaren said he'd
watched Terry mature in
the five years he'd been
an assistant to former
coach Sven-Goran Eriks-
son.

“There are a number of
strong leaders in the
squad and he will not
lack support on and off
the pitch," said
McClaren, who took over
as England coach last
week.

"(Gerrard) is an out-
standing player and
another superb club skip-
per who also leads by
example."

Gerrard agreed that
Terry was the right man
to lead England, starting
Wednesday with a friend-
ly against Greece at Old
Trafford.

"He's a tremendous
leader for Chelsea and
has all the qualities
required to do the role,
Gerrard said.

Chelsea manager Jose
Mourinho has called the
powerfully built Terry
‘the best center-back in
the world.'

tn 2005, he was voted
player of the year by his
fellow professionals in
the Premier League — the
first Chelsea player to
win the award.

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LEGENDARY volleyball
powerhouse Jackie Conyers
has continued to earn the
respect of her peers through-
out the Caribbean and has
been one of. the most out-
standing female athletes in her
sport. She has played along
side outstanding players such
as Cora Hepburn, Dr. Linda
“Chamberlain” Davis, Mar-
garet “Muggy” Albury and
Jennie Isaacs Dotson, to name
a few. Now, with the
Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
ons just three weeks away, she

-is officially announcing her

retirement.

Her decision to retire was
revealed in the presence of
Sports Minister Neville Wis-
dom who credited her with
providing experience, skill and
balance to the relatively young
team.

“Jackie is one of our gems,”
he said. “We regret losing her
from the national team but we
know she has left a legacy for
these youngsters to follow.”

Bahamas Volleyball Feder-
ation President Don Cornish
agrees: “Jackie has provided
this sport with a whole lot and
set the pace’for up and com-
ers to aspire to achieve.”

Joe Smith,.coach of the
National Women’s Volleyball

‘team says that Conyers’ knowl-

edge of the sport has helped
tremendously in training and
practice sessions.

“Jackie is one of those play-
ers who has recognition on the
international stage,” he said.
“She is the type of person who



“I want to leave

my younger

teammates with
that killer instinct .
to know that they

can be the best in

the Caribbean and
climb even higher.
I’m leaving the
national team but
I'm not done with
volleyball.”



Jackie Conyers

remains humble throughout
and gets a lot out of the other

- players on the team.”

Teammate Kelsie Johnson
agrees: “Jackie has gotten so
much out of me.on and off the
court. I’ve learned commitment
and dedication through her and
she makes sure we understand
how to dedicate ourselves to
playing. Jackie goes above and
beyond and she made sure we
knew when we arrived on the
time that‘she was retiring as
captain and if we wanted to
take that spot from her we had
to work hard to even attempt
it.”

Johnson who is also Cony-'

ers’ roommate when the team
travels adds that she feels hon-
oured to have been mentored

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by the legend.

“JT felt intimidated when I
began playing with Jackie,” she
said. “But I bonded with her
on the court and as a close
friend. ’m not worried about
her leaving the national team
because she is still going to be
around in her volleyball clin-
ics which will give back: to-the
community and-help her groom
the girls who will come after
us. 2

Conyers r remains humbled by
all the attention.

“I’m the oldest player on the
team,” she laughs. “But that
doesn’t mean anything. I have
the experience and I’ve played
some of these Caribbean peo-
ple before. I want to leave my
younger teammates with that
killer instinct to know that they
can be the best in the
Caribbean and climb even
higher. I’m leaving the nation-
al team but I’m not done with
volleyball.”

Conyers will lead the nation-
al women’s team into battle as
captain for the last time on
Sunday August 20 at 6pm

-when they match off against

Haiti in the first match of the

.CVC. The CVC will be. held in

The Bahamas from August
20th- 27th 2006. Men and
women’s teams expected to
compete include Haiti, The US
Virgin Islands, Trinidad and
Tobago, defending champions
Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia,
British Virgin Islands, Domini-
ca, Suriname, Netherlana:
Antilles, and The Bahamas.

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New fitness work-out
‘system comes to Bahamas

@ By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter



FITNESS instructor Nardo Dean.

and Basil Lewis are introducing a
new style of fitness work-out.
Fusion Dynamics is the latest
work-out session that combines mar-
‘tial arts and fitness. This combina-
tion is designed to enhance the
awareness level of participants by
improving their self defence skills
and strengthening the core and relat-
ed muscle groups of the body.
_ The intense work-out will improve
cardiovascular function, increase
speed and coordination. It is said to
be an excellent calorie burner.
According to Lewis, the pro-

gramme, which was introduced to
the Bahamas on Wednesday by cer-
tified Fusion instructors employed
at the Fusion Dynamics head office
located in Miami, Florida, is
designed to take fitness training toa
higher level.

The two instructors highlighted
just one of the styles, StickFusion,
leaving the remaining three for a lat-
er date.

StickFusion is a fitness work-out
based around a traditional kick-box-
ing (martial arts) exercise.

Lewis and his team are in the
Bahamas currently looking to
employ some Bahamian based
instructors to help expand the new
style.

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Even though the team from Fusion
Dynamics just recently launched the
new work-out, Lewis said the
response has been great.

Lewis said: “Since the launching
the response has been hitting the
roof, this why we are looking for
instructors. But we originally met
up with Nardo Dean, who will be
working here and from the Florida
based company.

“We have to certify instructors so
they can teach the class, and based
on Nardo’s extensive background
knowledge about the sport, he has
more than qualified. All we need to
do now is work on his certification.

“The response in the Bahamas has

been very good, we just did a class

\.

today, it was very well received, it
was fun-filled. Everyone likes it,
even the Americans based in Florida
are falling in love with it.”

Dean, along with Lewis, has visit-
ed more than. three gyms, leading
the work-out for free.

For Dean, the few promotions
they have done have him more than
ready to be on his own.

He said: “I am very excited. I am
not certified yet, ’ve been teaching
under the tutelage of Basil for the
last few months so hopefully I can be
the first Bahamian to be certified to
train in this new exercise.”

Fusion Dynamic instructors will
continue to hold their final work-
out session at Planet Fitness today.


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DUE to the resurfacing of the
field at the Charles W. Saunders
High School, Jean Street, the ©
Baptist Sports Council has post-
poned the start of the softball
league until Saturday, August 18.

The league is being held in hon-
our of Déaconess Joann Webb of
Golden Gates Native Baptist
Church.

Additionally, the mini souse
out that was scheduled for this
Saturday has also been postponed
to coincide with the season open-
ing.

A meeting has been set for Sat-
urday at 10am when league offi-
cials will finalise the season. All
teams must attend and confirm
their participation with their reg-
istration fee of $100.00.

@ SOFTBALL
GBASA UPDATE

THE Grand Bahama Amateur
. Softball Association will continue
its regular season with a double
header on tap-tonight.

In-the opener at 7pm, the Bor-
co Flames will take on the BTC _
Communicators then at 8.30pm,
the Triple Pearls will take on the

' Bahamasair Flyers.

In action from the last night of
play, the BTC Communicators
flew past the Bahamasair Flyers
12-3.

Latoya Humes was the winning
pitcher with four strike outs,
while Beth Hall suffered the loss
with three strike-outs.

For the Communicators,
Daphne McKinney was 2-for-4
with a pair of home.runs and four
RBI's and Gwen "Reds" Symon-
ette was 2-for-5 with a homer and
a single.

In men's action, the Chances
Panthers blanked the Hong Kong
Cuisine Hurricanes 31-0.

Winning pitcher was Dexter
Hall with four strike-outs and
Larry Russell Jr was the loser.

Renaldo Rolle went 3-for-5
with a home run, a triple anda
single for the Panthers.

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LEAGUE ACTION

The New Providence Amateur
Basketball Association continued
its summer league programme on
Wednesday at the CI Gibson
Gym with the No Bull Ballers
knocking off the Warriors 29-25
in asuper.mini game played.

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.on Thursday. The mini league will
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Baskethall camp set
to he an education

@ BASKETBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

STUDENT athletes in the
St. Cecilia’s constituency will
have an opportunity to get -
another education in basket-
ball before they return to
school in September.

Today between the hours of
10am and noon at the St. Cecil-

Jones, former NBA champion,
and Wesley Frater of WEST
Sports Management Inc, will
conduct the one-day clinic
along with local high school
coach Godfrey McQuay.

Under the theme: “Team
Work to make your Dream
Work,” the clinic will attempt
to not only impact some knowl-
edge on sports, but life as well
as they try to bridge the gap
between some of the issues that
the young people face on a dai-
ly basic.

The clinic is being held in .
honour of Cynthia ‘Mother’
Pratt, the Deputy Prime Min-
ister and Member of Parlia-
ment for St. Cecilia’s.



WESLEY FRATER of the WEST Sports Management, coach Godfrey McQuay and Wali
Jones of the Miami Heat, pose above as they announced plans for the Mother Pratt/SuperClubs
Basketball Camp that will be staged today at the St. Cecilia’s Basketball Park.
eae: Onan Bridgewater)

a member staff with the Miami
Heat, said: “Over the years,.
since I’ve been coming here,
we have been pleased with the
response that we have gotten
and that’s why we come back
every year trying to continue
to teach the youngsters about
the facts of life.”

Frater further noted that one
of the reasons why they enjoy
coming to the Bahamas for the
camp is the fact that the
Bahamian players in Miami are,
so well respected because of
their performances on and off

~ the court.

“They are talented, but they
are always academically gift-
ed,” Frater added.

“A lot of Bahamians have
made an influence in Dasher
ball in Miami.”

One of those persons is

- McQuay, a former coach at St.
Anne’s High school, who said
he’s excited to be working with
Jones and Frater again.

“Wali and Frater have been

an upliftment to us here on this
small island of Nassau,” he
stressed.

“They come in and see how
the skills of basketball. But it’s

Working through “Tourna-
ment of Champions,” a Miami
based company that hosts a
number of programmes in bas-
ketball and football, Frater said
it’s their intention to make it
as meaningful as possible for
the participants.

“J think the difference that:

we bring to our company is.that
we have a comprehensive and

human development seminar

as a part of all these different '

activities.”
Frater, a native Jamaican,
said, because. of his origin, his

‘company hasadded the

Caribbean element to their
programme which is why they
are in the Bahamas for
another year with SuperClubs

Breezes as their major spon-
sor.

“We think our camps are
one of the most unique in the
world,” Frater stressed. “We

- find ways, through Mr. Jones,

to reach kids.
“We don’t make you a better

basketball player like the other _-

camps like Jeff Rodgers or

Michael Jordan. We try to
make you.a better person
through basketball and the
‘Learn to Read’ programme
that we offer together.”

Jones, a member of the
NBA champions Philadelphia
76eys in 1967 who has been
coming to the Bahamas for the
past 18 years in his capacity as

their love of basketball that has
made it an experience for us
all.” .

More than 100 children in
St. Cecilia’s are expected to be
a part of the clinic today. While
basketballs will be presented
to the participants, they will
also be provided with books to
read as well.:

@ FOOTBALL
By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter .

WITH the National Football
League preseason about to hit full

stride, the Bahamas’ flagship play-.

ers throughout the league have
been toiling away in training camp,
competing in position battles and
gearing up for the 2006-07 cam-
paign.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, New
York Jets offensive tackle; Alex
Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight
end and Devard Darling, Baltimore
Ravens wide receiver, have shown
signs of improvement during their
respective training camps, much to
the delight of coaches and interest-
ed fans.

At the Jets training camp in
Hempstead, New York, Ferguson
has been nothing short of spectac-
ular in his debut with his new team.

The fourth overall pick in the
2006 NFL Draft has shown he is
ahead of the learning curve for

_most offensive linemen this early

in their careers.

‘Ferguson signed a five-year deal.

worth $27.5 million that includes
$18 million in guaranteed money,



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Ferguson, Smith and Darling in training



and so far has lived up to his lucra- -

tive contract. —
He dominated a mundane one-

on-one pass blocking drill into a

highlight reel, manhandling a series
of pass rushers with three consecu-
tive pancake blocks.

Coming out of the University of

Virginia, Ferguson’s harshest critics
said his laid back demeanor and

lack of size would be hindrances to.

his efficiency, but he has dismissed
such early criticisms and appears
ready to have a lasting impact in

‘the NFL.

Ferguson is a lock to start at left
tackle when the season begins.

Smith and Darling on the other
hand, have been compéting in
keenly contested position battles
for most of training camp which
likely will not be decided until the
regular season begins. _

At Buccaneers training camp in
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Smith is
attempting to unseat former Jet
Anthony Becht as the team’s num-
ber one tight end.

In 2005, Smith led all Buccaneer

‘tight ends with 41 catches, 367 yards
and two touchdowns, but in an -

offensive concentrated on Cadillac
Williams and the running game,
Becht has Kept a slight edge
because of his run-blocking abili-
ty.

Smith, a third round pick and 71st
overall, has become one of the
team’s premier offensive weapons
in just two short seasons and should
factor in the offence as the Bucca-
neers look to run a more balanced
attack and stretch the ball down
the field.

Smith is currently listed as the
second tight end on the Buccaneers
depth chart.

At the Ravens camp in West-
minster, Maryland, Darling is ina
four-horse race for the third receiv-
er spot on the Ravens depth chart.

Desmond Mason and Michael
Clayton are mortal locks at the
starting receiver positions, but the
Ravens have been unstable for
years in the slot, a need Darling
would be able to fill.

Darling, Clarence Moore,

Demetrius Williams, and Romby
Bryant are competing for the spot.
With a’new quarterback, former
MVP Steve McNair, and a new out-
look on what has been one of the
NFL’s worst offences for the past
few years, Darling has shown his
desire to become a more involved
offensive weapon.
_In one-on-one drills against line-
backers and defensive backs Dar-
ling impressed onlookers with his
size, quickness and hands, despite -
nursing an injured heel.

Darling and Williams received
the upper hand as Moore was
placed on the physically unable to
perform list due to a hernia.

All three players made visits to
the Bahamas during the off-season,
as Smith and Darling hosted foot-
ball camps in Nassau and Grand
Bahama respectively.

Each player will be featured dur-
ing the first week of the preseason,
August 10-14, with the Ravens fac-
ing off against the New York
Giants and Jets and Buccaneers
going head to head.