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The Tribune
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BAHAMAS EDITION

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006

pressure over
‘Ninety’ Knowles

FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell came under new
pressure yesterday to extradite
Samuel ‘Ninety’ Knowles to the
United States to face drugs
charges.

Former US ambassador
Richard Blankenship said the
Bahamas must live up to its

treaty.qbligations-if.it_is.to-he. _.

taken seriously as a nation.

He added: “It is time for
some people to face justice. Jus-
tice delayed is justice denied.”

His call for immediate action
from Mr Mitchell:came amid
suggestions locally that the gov-
ernment is trying to delay mak-
ing a decision on Knowles until
after the general election.

Knowles is known to have a
following in some over-the-hill
areas and his extradition could
cost the government votes,
according to some political
observers.

But, having exhausted the
appeals process, with the Privy
Council rejecting his final bid
for freedom; Knowles’ fate is
now in the hands of Mr
Mitchell, who has to sign the
extradition order.

Now the minister is under
growing pressure to act follow-
ing approaches to top US offi-
cials in Washington. It is under-

stood that another former US .

ambassador to the Bahamas,
Arthur Schechter, is adding his
weight to the extradition call.
Yesterday, Mr Blankenship
told The Tribune from his Flori-
da home: “The Bahamas has its
treaty obligations, and it should



Former US Ambassador: justice

delayed is justice denied



honour those obligations on a |

timely basis.

“Nr Knowtes has now

exhausted the appeals process
and he should be extradited in

accordance with our regional.

treaty.”

He said he-could see no rea-
son why the government should
not’act immediately, adding:
“The US expects the Bahamas
to live up to its word. We have

no reason to expect anything -

less.”

Mr Blankenship, who says
cocaine seizures reached a
record high during his two-year
tenure as ambassador, wants a
quick end to a process which

began in his predecessor’s time .

in Nassau.

Mr Schechter, who left the
Bahamas in 2000 after George
W Bush’s presidential victory,
was quietly proud that Knowles’
arrest came during his tenure

as ambassador and is said to be
eager for extradition to take”

place. .

Knowles, who is held at Fox
Hill Prison, hired top legal
experts from Britain in his effort
to ‘avoid extradition. But his
efforts were to no avail.

Now three weeks: have
elapsed since the Privy Coun-
cil ruling and there is still no
word from.the government on

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the progress of his extradition
order.

Mr'Mitchell wassanavaiable: -

for comment yesterday.

But his FNM counterpart,
shadow foreign minister Mr
Brent Symonette, said he does-
n’t think the PLP can wait till
the 2007 election for extradi-
tion.

He said he hopes the govern-'

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oil in Bahamas

@ By RUPERT MIssICK Jr

Chief Reporter i

« A CARNIVAL Cruise ship
yesterday spilled 53 gallons of

| oil in Bahamian waters after:

damaging two engines ina
failed attempt to dock i in New
Providence..

At 1lam yesterday, one of
the propellers of the cruise
ship “Celebration” touched

bottom when the vessel was .

attempting to dock at the
Prince George.Dock.

Numerous calls to the office

of Port Controller Anthony
Allens were*not: returned up
to press time yesterday and it
was unclear what, if any, steps
were taken by the port depart-
ment to assist with, or remedy
the situation.

The ship’s scheduled call at

_ Nassau was cancelled and the

vessel is currently heading
back to its home port of Jack-

:-sonville, Florida, where it is

expected to arrive by early

‘Thursday morning as sched-
suled.
“The resulting. damage has -

affected the operation of one
of the ship’s two engines and
also caused an estimated 200
litérs of lubricating oil (or the
approximate equivalent of 53
gallons)-to escape from the
vessel’s stern tube and enter

the water,” the statement-from.

Carnival said.

Shipboard technicians will
continue to examine the vessel
as it makes. the Gulf crossing
and a team of-additional tech-
nicians are scheduled to board
the ship in Jacksonville. —

All appropriate authorities,

including the US Coast Guard,
- have been notified.

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â„¢ POLICE officers on the case yesterday. Shown from left: Inspector Walter Evans,
Assistant Superintendent Christopher Pickstock and Assistant Superintendent Anthony

Ferguson.

‘ @ By ROYANNE
FORBES-DARVILLE
Tribune Staff Writer

THE mysterious death of a 41-year-old
father of two, whose body was found with
hands and feet bound in his home in Sun-
shine Park yesterday morning, is being clas-

Bahama Hand Prints

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Located behind the Outback Steak House near the PI Bridge
Open Monday - Friday 10:00 to 4:00 pm Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm

(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)

sified by police as “undetermined.”
James Alexander Dino Storr, was dis-
covered by a relative who lives nearby.
His feet and hands were tied behind his

back and a yellow shirt covered his face.
Police Press Liaison Officer, Walter

SEE page 11



Telephone: 242-394-4111

“At this time, the ship’s next
voyage is scheduled to oper-
ate as planned.

“More information willbe
provided as the technical

“assessment progresses,” the

company said.

A taxi driver said that-he,
other taxi drivers, straw ven-
dors and tour operators
watched the incident as they
waited for the ship to dock.

“We were waiting all day for

- that ship to come in and obvi-

ously we_Jost.a lot of money
— like thousands-of dollars -
because that ship did not
dock,” he said. |
Each passengers has been

. given a shipboard credit of $50.

for the missed call at Nassau as
well as a 25 per cent discount

‘on a future three to five-day -

cruise, through to December
13, 2007.





. Warning
after advert
makes AIDS

healing claim

@ By KAHMILE REID

OFFICIALS at the Bahamas
AIDS Secretariat are warning
AIDS patients and others not to
fall prey to misleading advertise-
ments in the local press claiming
there is a cure, spiritually or oth-
erwise, for the disease.

The warning came in the wake
of a classified advertisement in
The Nassau Guardian on August
13, by a man calling himself
“Brother Peter”, a faith healer.

“Within the region, as well as
internationally, there are always a
significant number of persons
claiming they have the cure for
AIDS,” Mrs Rosa-Mae Bain,
Director of the HIV/AIDS Cen-
tre, said.

The disease has no medical
cure “to the best of our knowl-
edge,” she said, and people must
beware of advertisements of this
nature.

However, officials say they
have no control in situations
where people believe they can
spiritually heal persons with the
disease. They hope victims of the
disease will be aware of these per-

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" PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006

Rigby dismisses speculation

i By ROYANNE
FORBES-DARVILLE

Tribune Staff Writer .
‘ THE FNM’s speculation on

when Prime Minister Perry
Christie might call the next gen-
eral election is nothing more
than a “juvenile, amateurish

guessing game” PLP’chairman.-
Raynard Rigby said yesterday.

® In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Rigby said he expects
better from a party whose
leader is a former prime minis-
ter.

“I would have thought the
FNM would have spent its valu-
able time doing other things
rather than trying t to engage in

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who is a former prime minister
of the country, I would have
thought that there would:be a
more reasoned, seasoned dia-
logue on the debate about the

issues affecting the country,
because under the constitution .

of the Bahamas, the prime min- i

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be called — and the holder of

_that office is Perry Christie,”
Mr Rigby said.

‘According to a statement

- released by the FNM earlier

‘this week, the prime minister is

currently discussing the idea of
an early general election, in an
attempt to cut off the momen-
_ em building for the FNM.

- The FNM’s release stated;.

“Years of indecision, .compla-
_ cency and confusion have left
_ this already exhausted govern-
ment with little choice but to

. govern recklessly in the hopes

that it can reverse its fortunes.”
The release also maintained

that panic is tearing away at the

governing party’s leadership

Christie does in fact decide to

‘call an early election, it should

not come as a surprise for pre-
vious leaders, who have done

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and that the Bahamian people,
‘are abandoning the PLP “
droves”... :
‘However Mr Rigby said the
‘PLP remains confident. He
_explainéd that if Prime Minister

the same.
“When Hubert Ingraham

decided to call election on.

May 2, 2002, which I think
was short of the five years, the
PLP never claimed that it was
any indecisiveness,” Mr Rigby
said. “We know that when the
prime minister is ready, he
will call the election.”

He added: “There is no

on election date as ‘juvenile’



mo"entum for the FNM,
non.2, none. None for Hubert
Ingraham.

“The Bahamian voters are
with us and we feel fairly con-

'.. fident that whenever the next

election is called, we will be
returned to the seat of gov-

ernment to continue the good
work that we have been doing — i

over these Dest four re

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‘The 20-year-old woman
from Miami, Florida was
handed over to Drug Enforce-
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In addition, $30,000 worth
of illegal drugs was reportedly
confiscated.

According to reports, har-

picious behaviour near a secu-
‘rity checkpoint.

During a search, officers dis-
covered two clear plastic. pack-
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and a half pounds.of cocaine.

The woman is expected to
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THE TRIBUNE

@ In brief

Report is"
submittted
on traffic
congestion

A UNIFIED bus system is

i " crucial to the eradication of traf-

fic congestion in New Provi-
dence according to Transport
officials.

On Friday, Minister of Trans-
port and Aviation Glenys Han-
na-Martin accepted a report on
traffic congestion from
Advanced Logistics Group, a
company based in Spain.

“The issue of congestion was
prioxitised by the government
because we know the amount
of vehicles on our streets cre-
ates logistical challenges in

terms of the movement of

goods and people on a daily
basis. It impacts the economy,
the quality of life, and ulti-
mately.it could impact your

i _ health and the environment,”

she said.
The minister said a short-
term solution to combatting

: traffic is an efficient public |
i. transportation system. ;

Road Traffic Controller Jack
Thompson said the Trans-
portation Policy and Planning
Unit (TPPU), is working on a

: business plan for the public

transportation system, which is
“very critical to the overall
process”.

- “Jt is important that when we
present the final product to the
franchise holders — owners and
operators — that it makes busi-

“ness sense. At the end of the

day it boils down to dollars and
cents,” he said.,
A local accounting firm has

i “been contracted to work with ‘-
ee bus specialists, while the TPPU
:. is working to make amend-

bour police and security offi-. i.

cers:were on duty at the Dis- ‘:
covery Cruise terminal around
‘ 4.15pm when they noticed sus-

ments to the laws concerning

‘ bus services.

“What we have is a frag-
mented bus system, and the law
gives way for that. But we are
seeking to form one company.

bs We will have to make changes

to the law in order to accom-
modate the preferred model —
the type of system that we are
seeking to implement,” said Mr
Thompson.

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CARICOM’s —
‘$5,000 for |
Promise
Project

The CARICOM Secretariat
has presented the Bahamas Con-
ference of Seventh Day Adven-
tists with a cheque for $5,000 for
the Bain and Grants Town
Pathfinders Promise Project.

Dr Heather Johnson of the
CARICOM Secretariat in
Georgetown, Guyana made the
presentation to Pastor Andrew
Burrows, national youth director
of the conference on Monday.

The funds will be used by the
Bain and Grants Town Pathfind-
ers Promise Project, which seeks
to educate young Bahamians
about HIV/AIDS and to pro-
mote youth leadership.

“Our organisation will con-
tinue to support this project and
many more to come,” Dr John-
son said.

The Bahamas is one of eight
Caribbean countries awarded a
mini-grant through the Pan
Caribbean Partnership against

HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), to:

administer a programme in an
urban area.

CARICOM and PANCAP
held a national workshop in
Nassau at which two project
proposals were drafted — the
Peer Leadership Programme
and the Pathfinders Promise.

Mrs Green ‘commended
youth ambassadors John
Darville and Alana Kemp for
leading the approval process, as
well as Tarahan Mackey and
Lyric Hanna, the outgoing
youth ambassadors.

Kennedy

urges block
on hotels in
Puerto Rico

# PUERTO RICO |
San Juan

ROBERT F Kennedy Jr.
urged Puerto Rican legislators
on Monday to block the con-
struction of resorts on an unde-
veloped beach on the island’s
northeast coast, according to
Associated Press.

In a lettet to the US territo-
ry’s House of Representatives,

_ the environmental lawyer said

he welcomed local legislation
that would declare the area a
natural reserve and warned the
resorts would destroy the envi-

water.

“These proposed davetane

ments would involve the filling
of wetlands, channelization of
rivers, and clearance of coastal
vegetation, thus destroying the

” of the area,



natural integrity” :
he said.

Marriott Interniitional Inc.
and Four Seasons Hotels Inc.

have plans to build’ resorts on
the beach near’ the town of
Fajardo. Ringed by forested
mountains, it is favored by

surfers and fishermen and is a .

In brief —

prime nesting spot for endan-.

gered leatherback sea turtles. |
Environmental groups are

pushing to protect the. 3 200- i

acre area.

Backers of the resorts fare
said the businesses would gen-
erate thousands of jobs for the
economically depressed: area.
The developers have also ‘said
the ‘projects, were planned to

minimize the damage’to the ~

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LOCAL NEWS .

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006, PAGE 3



‘Tour operators demand some ~



answers on Athol Island plan

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

MARITIME tour operators
are still awaiting answers to
their concerns about the
planned Kerzner development
at Athol Island — a month after
meeting with government offi-
cials and BEST Commission
representatives

A group of tour operators
is now calling on Minister of
Financial Services Vincent
Peet to call an urgent meeting
to address all their environ-
mental and economic fears.

In a letter to the minister,
the group said that they sent a
file of letters to Minister of
Energy and Environment
Marcus Bethel on July 19.

Prior to that they met with
Dr Bethel and his permanent
secretary Camille Johnson, as
well as with two members of
the BEST Commission.

The group said that in their
letter they requested to have
access to all information,

including studies, approvals .

.and the scope.of works, so “we



@ CHARLIE Lightbourn of
Crystal Lady Cruises is one
of the tour operators
wanting answers

as the affected party, could
make a sensible contribution
to the issue, in the event more

information should be forth-

coming from us.”

Following several letters to_-







@ VETERAN tour operator and eabiy for Crystal Lady
Cruises Raymond Lowe

(Photos: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)

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Island development

officials, including letters from
the Bahamas National Trust
‘and BREEF, Ms Johnson
finally informed the tour oper-
ators that according to gov-
ernment policy, they would
not be allowed access to the
final Environmental Impact
Assessment (EJA) report.

“We urgently request a
meeting to have our minds put
at rest that our government
will make the right decision to
save Athol Island, protect our
coral reefs and the livelihood
of all the tour operators,” the
group said.

According to environmen-

talist and director of Re-Earth -

Sam Duncombe, the proposed
golf course on Athol Island
will increase the land mass by
35 acres and erase a part of
Bahamian history in une
process.

Declared a protected marine
reef.in 1892, enor Island

of two fires in July

mâ„¢ By:REUBEN SHEARER

ARSON has been conh-
firmed as the cause of two
fires which left a woman dead
and threatened the life of a
Catholic priest.

Assistant Commissioner of

Crime Reginald Ferguson .

assured The Tribune yester-
day that officials continue to
investigate two incidents on
July 21— the “suspicious”

“death of 36-year-old Nicola

.Gibson and the fire that ruined

~ the Holy Family Church Rec-
tory on Claridge Road.

Speaking of the incidents as
one case, Mr Ferguson said
preliminary findings are “too
premature to determine

. whether a coroner’s inquiry

will be launched.”
However, he said, fire
department officials have con-
firmed that arson was
involved in the Faith Avenue
blaze that claimed the life of
Ms Gibson and the church fire

that threatened the life of |





Catholic priest, Father David
Cooper.

In the meantime Ms Gib-
son’s family has urged police
to launch an inquiry into the
incident that has sparked neg-
ative public attention about
what actually took place.

.“When the investigation is
completed we will make an
effort to determine what real-
ly happened, and a part of
that determination could be
that this case will be sent over
to the Coroner’s Court.”

Mr Ferguson warned that it
could take as many as two

_ years to resolve the case. He

said no timeframe can be put

. on the inquest of two incidents

of this magnitude.

The fire department con-
tinues to investigate the cause
of the fire at the Holy Family
Church Rectory on Claridge
Road. That blaze left Rev
Cooper incoherent after suf-
fering from smoke inhalation.

Mr Ferguson added that no
suspects are in custody for




either case at this time.

Officers had reportedly .

received a call stating that there
was a fire in the condominium
complex located on Faith
Avenue north. However, when
they arrived the blaze had
already been extinguished by

the victim’s son and neighbours. :

Ms Gibson was found in the
northern bedroom of her Fire
Trail Road condominium home,
which she shared with her son.
He had not been injured in the
blaze.

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made in history when it became
the first marine sanctuary in the
world.

The resort’s proposed g soll

course will be created by filling
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small island. \
Mrs Duncombe said that this
action would kill most, if not all

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In addition to the effects on
the environment, tour opera.
tors — whose income is generat-
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livelihoods will be threatened

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE



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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

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US ambassador speaks out

A LOCAL lawyer is upset that American
Ambassador John Rood has called 4 spade a
spade in US-Bahamas relations.

While citing areas where there is outstanding

cooperation between the two governments,
Ambassador Rood has frankly told Bahamians
that there are grey areas of concern to the US
government.
Lawyer Paul Moss was upset that Mr Rood
|; went public with such information. He felt the
ambassador should have gone behind closed
doors — out of earshot of the Bahamian peo-
ple — to sort out whatever problems there
might be between the two governments.

We compliment the ambassador for being.

honest with the Bahamian people. Most
Bahamians have lost confidence in their
smooth-talking, shadow-boxing politicians.
Politicians forget that they are the servants of
the people, and have no right to play a game of
charades with the truth. They do this country
and its citizens a disservice by serving them
sugar-coated nonsense to. lull them into a false
sense of security,

Saying that “there can be little doubt that

| our bilateral relations are second to none,’

Ambassador Rood acknowledged that.as in
any close relationship, there are areas where
there should be closer cooperation. “For exam-
ple, in the United Nations,” he said, “the strong

bilateral friendship we enjoy is not always.

reflected in common approaches to major
international challenges.”

Mr Moss applauded this drift apart between
the two nations. In his view it was about time
the Bahamas made decisions on behalf of its
own people and not under the influence of
any foreign power.

Sounds fine, but that uppity attitude can
only make sense if a country has an army, navy
and airforce to put muscle into such proud
words. Otherwise, governments. have to face
reality and make practical decisions for the
good of all its citizens.

Even Foreign Affairs Minister Mitchell, in
the days when he was on the outside looking in,
recognised the need for good relations with
the US. ;

In April, 1988 Mr Mitchell warned the Pin-
dling government against taking the very
stance that Mr Moss would have it take today.

“No Bahamian politician has any right,” said
Mr Mitchell at that time, “to put the future
of the entire Bahamian people at risk to main-

tain themselves in power.”

Mr Mitchell said then that unless the
Bahamas cleaned up its political act domesti-

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cally, external pressure was going to continue
to be applied by the United States. This state-
ment was made in the wake of the 1984 com-
mission of inquiry report into the peddling of
drugs and other corruption.

“All of us as Bahamian citizens,” said Mr
Mitchell, “must become more aware of our
nation’s foreign policy, particularly as it relates
to the United Statesof America.

“Bahamians generally,” he continued, “want
to travel to the United States. We want free
access to its facilities, its goods and services.
That means that in our relations with them
we are at a comparative disadvantage.

“It means that our foreign policy has to be
that much more skilful. Anger and histrionics
by officials of the Bahamas Government with-
out a concomitant cleaning up of our domestic
act will only bring us to further grief.

“It is clear, however,” Mr Mitchell said,
“that within the United States government
and in the Congress of the United States, the
spokesmen for the Bahamas Government have
a credibility problem. The problem relates to
the issue of official corruption and ore: traf-
ficking through the Bahamas.”

Mr Mitchell acknowledged that there was a
credibility gap — the US no Jonger trusted
Bahamian officials.

In 1988 Mr Mitchell described the state of
Bahamian-US relations.as “tense.”

Although Foreign Minister Mitchell —who —

is today on the inside looking out — doesn’t
miss any opportunity to assure the Bahamian
people of the cosy relations between the two
countries, we would suggest that the situation
today is the same as it was in 1988 — “tense.”

In 1988 it was tense because of drugs and
the fact that, as Mr Mitchell himself said, no
steps had been taken by the Pindling govern-
ment to “sever the connections with those per-
sons within the Bahamas governing party who
have this very serious credibility problem.”

Today it is tense because of our voting

record in the United Nations.
- As Ambassador Rood said “it simply should
not be that such good friends, who share so
many of the same values, cannot find com-
mon ground in addressing human rights viola-
tions, seeking peace in the Middle East, and
promoting global prosperity.”

We suggest that Fred Mitchell, the 2006 cab-
inet minister, become reacquainted with Fred
Mitchell, the 1988 political activist, and hear
from the activist’s own mouth the words: “No
Bahamian politician has any right to put the
future of the entire Bahamian people at risk ..



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EDITOR, The Tribune

SINCE the passing of the
former President of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority

(GBPA) Mr Edward St’

George, it must have been said

at least a million times that “he

would be sadly missed.” ‘This

‘statement is self-evident as we

look around the magic city of
Freeport today and observe
the declining state of the econ-
omy. The once world famous
International Bazaar is all but
abandoned and persons seek-
ing employment are advised
by Bahamian Government
officials to travel elsewhere to
places such as Eleuthera, Aba-

_ co, Exuma, etc.

This state of desperation in
Freeport was made even more
complicated by the forces of
nature, as over a fourteen-
month period, Grand Bahama
had suffered the devastating
effect of three hurricanes.

For almost three decades
during the tenure of Edward
St George, Freeport prospered
even in the face of adversity
from both local or interna-
tional origin.

' Freeporters always had full
confidence that Edward St
George will do whatever it
took to get the economy mov-
ing. With an endless list of
major international contacts
and a unique ability to clever-
ly cooperate with whatever
government was in power,
under Edward St George, the
Grand Bahama economy was
in good hands.

Almost single-handedly,
Edward St George was able to

‘ “attract major investors such as

the Container..Port, Grand
Bahama Shipyard, Polymers,
Hutchinson’s, etc. These
investments were not only sig-
nificant to Freeport, but also

vital to the entire economy of.

the Bahamas as Freeport
became designated as the
Industrial centre of the
Bahamas.

At a post-election PLP vic-
tory party in 2002, Edward St
George had promised the best
five years of Freeport and
Freeport were anxiously wait-
ing for him to deliver on his
promises. |

In addition to his role as.the
driving force behind the

Freeport economy, Edward St —

George had also earned the
reputation as a philanthropist
who took care of the down-
trodden and disadvantaged in
Freeport. His work of charity






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made everyone in Freeport no

matter what their status in life
feeling as if they were a part of
the community. In the event
of a crisis, Edward St George
could always reliably be depen-
dant upon to assist. Then
Edward St George died and
Freeport would never be the
same again.

The million-dollar question
for Freeport is who would
replace Edward St George?
Who would look after
Freeport with the same vigi-
lance and concern that Edward
St George had demonstrated,
especially for the licensees of
GBPA? Julian Francis, a for-
mer Central Bank of the
Bahamas Chairman and an
impressively academically
qualified professional Bahami-
an was appointed to fill the

giant shoes of Edward St

George.
Despite the assets that Julian
Francis had brought to the

table, Freeport continued to-

decline and businesspersons
continued to worry as to when

. this nightmare would end. It

was really no surprise when
Julian Francis prematurely
“resigned” prior to the com-
pletion of his contract. Later
on one of the radio talk shows,
he indicated to the effect that
there was a philosophical dif-
ference between himself and
the principals of the GBPA as
to which direction Freeport

* should be headed. No official

explanation was given by the
GBPA and there was wide
speculation as to the true rea-
son for the sudden “resigna-
tion” of Julian Francis.

The replacement of Julian

Francis is Hannes Babak, an
-Austrian national who had

been coming to Freeport since
he was a boy. His commit-
ment to the dream of
Freeport is unquestionable,
as he has taken advantage of
the various provisions of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
to build a business empire in
Freeport. Like Edward St.

_ George, Hannes Babak is a
- foreigner.

However, this is a fact that
cannot be used against him as

‘anyone who has even a slight
‘knowledge of the Hawksbill

Creek Agreement will be
aware of the fact that the
intentions of that Bill was to

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and foreign entrepreneurs.
Regrettably, much of the per-
sonal attacks on Hannes
Babak by critics who lack
understanding of the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement are
embarrassing. His race, nation-
ality, etc, should not be an
issue. What should be an issue
is his ability or lack thereof to
turn around the economy of
Freeport. Hannes Babak over
the years has made more than:
his fair share of contributions
to the social, educational, cul-
tural and economic life of
Freeport.

The shocker came when
shortly after Hannes Babak

‘was appointed; a distin-

guished and experienced Bar-
ry Malcolm offered his “res-
ignation”. The public’s opin-
ion was this was the political-
ly correct way to say the
words “you are fired!” With
his political connections and
business savvy, clearly Barry
Malcolm was.an asset to any
institution fortunate enough

‘to have him. There were even’

predictions that he might have
been the one individual who
would have taken over the
top job at the GBPA. It is still
a mystery as to why he was
dismissed and without any
clear, explanation as to the
rationale of their actions by
the principles of the GBPA.
This lack of credible informa-
tion. provided excess fodder
for the rumour mongers in
Freeport.

To make matters worse, the
“resignation” of Barry Mal-
colm was followed by the dis-
missal of the GBPA former
legal Advisor and President
Willie Moss. This action in the
Nassau Guardian carried the
headline “Top Boss at GBPA

is fired!” This was most sur- .:
prising as Willie Moss had ~.-.:
been a devoted employee of |

that institution for over a quar-
ter of a century. There were

also statements to the effect .°.°
that this action would result in *.-.

litigation against the GBPA.
With the dismissal without

an official explanation of the

top three Bahamians at the

GBPA and given the current ...
economic conditions of the .°.
’ Freeport economy, resentment

has been created against the
GBPA. Being a private com-
pany, the GBPA is entitled to

- conduct its business as it sees

fit.

However, with its quasi-gov-
ernmental functions and
unique contractual relationship
with the Licensees of the
GBPA, the public perceives
this action as a crisis at the
GBPA. Persons are speculat-
ing that this will adversely
affect the business climate of
Freeport. The GBPA has a
duty to protect and act within
the best interest of its
Licensees. Now there is a ques-
tion as to the confidence the
Licensees now has in the
GBPA to resolve this crisis
amicably.

The charge of an anti-
Bahamian attitude, real or
imagined, has been made even
more complicated with the
“resignation” of two distin-
guished Board Members, Sean
McSweeny a former Attorney
General of the Bahamas and
Sharon Wilson, a Senate
Leader and Chief Magistrate
who felt that they had not been
properly consulted on these

“resignations.”

Why would the GBPA dis-
tance itself from such a group
of highly qualified Bahamians?
This is the real issue in this
matter. Any major company,
local or international, would
easily snatch these individuals
up as their outstanding track
record of performance speaks
for itself.

Freeport and indeed the
Bahamas is watching and hop-
ing for some accountably from
the GBPA as to why it took
such drastic actions!

DR LEATENDORE
PERCENTIE
Boston,
Massachusetts,
August 2 2006



THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006, PAGE 5







In brief

High Rock
‘MP voices
concern on
Ginn project

HIGH Rock MP Kenneth
Russell said he is concerned
about some aspects of the Ginn.
project approved by government
at West End, Grand Bahama.

Mr Russell said that in the
heads of agreement for Ginn is
a plan to raise the land on their
property by 10 feet and build
an additional 4-foot bunt wall
on top this.

“The 14-foot high wall would
be a detriment to the West End
community because should a
hurricane with the same mag-
nitude as Frances and Jeanne
come in from the north side,
flood water would be trapped
in the settlement of West End,”
he said.

Mr Russell believed that the
government should have
approved construction on stilts
as opposed to raising the
ground by 10 feet.

“My understanding is that
they intend to start cutting the
canal very soon and the mater-
ial from the canal would be
used to build the property up. I
am sure it would be a detriment
to the settlement of West End,
which is the capital of Grand
’ Bahama.

“We should not be doing any-.

thing that would force our peo-
ple to move, or do anything to
destroy a historic settlement as
West End,” said Mr Russell.

FNM to
celebrate
anniversary
of victory

FREEPORT - The Free
National Movement will hold
grand anniversary celebrations
to commemorate the party’s
victory at the polls on August
19, 1992. .

Kenneth Russell, MP for
High Rock, announced that the
party will hold festivities at
FNM Headquarters at the Sir
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Center
on West Atlantic Drive on
August 19.

“We believe that it always
good to celebrate one’s achieve-
ment,” Mr Russell said during a
press conference on Monday.

' After defeating the PLP gov-
ernment in 1992, the FNM went
on to win a second five-year
term. .

The FNM says that during its
10 years in office, it was able to
restore investor confidence in
the Bahamas, and the Bahamas’
reputation internationally.

Mr Russell said celebrations
will begin at noon on Saturday,
August 19 with a family fun day
at FNM Headquarters.

There will be various activi- - }

ties, including domino and whist
tournaments and other activi-
ties for children. |

The celebrations will climax
with an address by FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham around 8pm.

“Grand Bahama will be the
last in a three island tour by the
leader, who will speak in
Eleuthera first on Saturday
afternoon, and then in New
Providence before coming to
Grand Bahama to fellowship
with us,” he said.

The FNM is also inviting per-
sons to worship with them at
Calvary Tempie Church at
10am on August 20.

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FNM ‘only approved LNG



@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Although the
former government gave
approval in principle to three
LNG plants, FNM MP Ken-
neth Russell said it was stipu-
lated that the operators had to
first prove there plans were
safe.

“When we gave approval in
principle to the LNG plants
they were supposed to go away
and do their investigations,
environmental and economic
impact studies so that govern-
ment then could redo those
things and decide whether or
not LNG was safe to put in the
areas where they were request-
ing,” he said.

Mr Russell said the FNM
government did not receive
that information from any of
the three LNG operators.

“We assumed that the pre-
sent government received that
information. But, it is clear to
us that the present government
is not working or acting on any
kind of professional studies
that were done, and it seems
that everything is just being
done willy-nilly due to the
upcoming elections.”

AES is the only company
that has been given approval
from the Bahamas Environ-
mental Science and Technolo-

gy (BEST) commission on its .

Environmental Impact Assess-
ment forms under the PLP
government. ,

The company propeses to
build a re-gasification terminal
and construct an:80-mile
underwater pipeline from
Ocean Cay near Bimini to
pump liquefied natural gas to
South Florida. ©

On Monday, the FNM
announced that it will not sup-

port the introduction of such a .

dangerous industry unless all

Environmentalist crit



@ THE proposed LNG
facility at Ocean Cay

proper precautions and safe-
guards are in place.
According to a statement
issued by the FNM last Thurs-
day, environmentalists who had
gathered at a meeting to dis-
cuss the AES project heard
excerpts from a report sug-
gesting that environmental
standards and protection to be

put in place at the Florida end:

of the proposed pipeline will
not be included at the Bahamas
end.

Reiterating the party’s stand
on LNG, Mr Russell stressed
that “if the LNG plants coming
to the Bahamas cannot prove
to us that they are safe to oper-
ate, that it is safe for the envi-
ronment and would not cause
any environmental degrada-
tion, we will not support them.

“Now some would say we
approved it in principle, but
that means that you are telling
the owner is that if your testing
and studies come back positive

then we will give a final
approval.”

Mr Russell has also
expressed concerns about the
environmental impact of major
developments in East and. West
Grand Bahama.

He noted that the devasta-
tion at Gold Rock Beach in
East End may be due to the
dredging, and that there have
been no attempts to rectify the

once pristine beach, which has

been featured on the Ministry
of Tourism’s website.

Gold Rock Beach, known
for its white powdery sand, is
now covered with large rocks.

“I asked the government last

week about what they were
doing about the situation at
Gold Rock Beach and I was
told that the minister of envi-
ronment is looking at it,” he
said.

@ KENNETH Russell



icises

stance of FNM on LNG

THE controversy sur-
rounding the installation of a
potentially hazardous lique-
fied natural gas facility in the
Bahamas continued yesterday
as a long-standing opponent
attacked on the FNM’s
stance.

Environmentalist and direc-
tor of the organisation
reEarth, Sam Duncombe, said
the FNM had made “flaccid
statements” on the issue, in
which the party indicated they
would support such facilities
should “all safeguards be in
place”.

In a statement entitled
“Democracy or Dictatorship”,

Mrs Duncombe said that by .

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taking this stance on the issue
- which threatens to make the
Bahamas a “guinea pig” for
what she calls an “inherently
hazardous” industry — the
FNM are not fulfilling their
democratic obligation to their
supporters and the Bahami-
an people.

She claimed that available
US documentation on LNG
facilities states that the dan-
gers of such a project “are not
fully known” — and by impli-
cation, neither are the safe-
guards required to make it

- safe for introduction into the

Bahamas.
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Dr Marcus Bethel, who on
Monday stated that the neces-
sary regulations for the man-
agement of the proposed facili-
ty and pipeline are anticipated
to be in place “within six to nine
months”.

On Tuesday July 25, Attor-
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term of office, a-public state-
ment which veteran journalist
Sir Arthur Foulkes called “most
unusual”, given that statements
regarding projects being
approved or considered by the
government are usually made
by “either the minister respon-
sible for the particular project
or the prime minister”.

The cabinet minister respon-
sible for LNG projects is Min-
ister of Agriculture and Fish-
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1

BY CRYSTAL JOHNSON-COLLIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

IN many countries, the inten-
tional or reckless infection of a
person with the HIV virus is
illegal. With the Bahamas
ranked as the country with the
third highest per-capita HIV-
rate in the world, many are con-
cerned that the government has
yet to create legislation to pun-
ish those who intentionally

transmit the disease.

There are many tragic stories
of cases in the Bahamas where
HIV/AIDS sufferers have inten-
tionally transmitted the disease
to healthy persons.

Those who do should be
charged with criminal transmis-
sion of HIV, murder,
manslaughter, attempted mur-
der, or assault, say some com-
mentators. .

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transmit HIV/AIDS to anoth-
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in society consider having the
disease a death sentence,” said
Keith Kemp, chairman and pro-
gramme director of the Youth
Ambassadors for Positive Liv-
ing.

“I disagree to an extent with
the popular belief that the con-
traction of HIV/AIDS is a death
sentence, but view it as a change
of lifestyle for the person with
the disease.

“However, I do not think the
death penalty should play a part
in such a case, because despite a
person getting the disease, with

_ treatment they can live for a

very long time,” he said.

In the US, some states have
enacted laws expressly to crim-
inalise HIV transmission. In
Britain, offenders are charged
under existing laws.

Several sexually-transmitted
diseases (STDs) have been
known to humans for cen-
turies, but commentators say
the government is not put
under very much pressure to
prosecute those who knowing-
ly spread other STDs, for two

“reasons:

e Bahamian society is reluc-
tant to discuss matters of sex,
let alone enact legislation to

control sexual activity.

¢ Unlike the HIV/AIDS, oth-
er STDs are not fatal.

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legislation on the matter is
essential, because it may help
the spread of such diseases.

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it would have to be proven that
the person allegedly transmit-
ted the disease, in fact has the
disease,” said Mr Kemp. “It
would put a lot of healthcare

’ providers in a crunch. It would.

mean that court system would

have to give authorisation to |

healthcare providers to break
their confidentiality with their
clients.

He pointed out however, that
requesting health officials to
take such steps would prevent

- many other people with the dis-

ease from coming forward, get-

_ ting tested and seeking medical
help.

because like the flu, HIV/AIDS
is a virus. It may be much more
critical than the flu but the ques-

_tion is, should we put the flu on

the books too?” Mr Kemp
asked.

THE LEGAL AND SOCIAL
PROBLEMS

If you are HIV-positive, dat-
ing and sex always involve
tricky questions about when
you should disclose your HIV-
status to a partner.

But if the laws of the .

Bahamas change, such decisions
will have legal ramifications.

Failing to disclose HIV sta-
tus to a partner may in the
future expose ‘an individual to
criminal prosecution or to being
sued by your sexual partner.

However at the moment,
criminal convictions for expos-
ing another person to HIV
through sex are rare around the
world.

In the US for example, since
the beginning of the AIDS epi-
demic, more than 300 people
have been criminally prosecuted

for exposing another person to

“HIV intentionally.
“We all should Bé ‘ensitive’

sto a persons. with HIV/AIDS *:

Only a fraction of these cases

‘involve exposure through con-

sensual sex. The others involve
activities such as biting, scratch-
ing and spitting, or violent sex
crimes such as rape.

In the initial stages of HIV,
no symptoms appear — usually
for more than a year. A person
who engages in sex or donates
blood during this time may
therefore have no reasonable
basis upon which to suspect that
he or she is transmitting a virus,
and any laws .

The political issues are many,
and a number of them are listed
in the entry for “criminal trans-

missions of HIV” on the
research website
www.answers.com:

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why HIV/AIDS should be .°
treated differently from, infec- “~

tion with gonorrhea — which
increases the risk of HIV infec-
tion.

e For those who believe that
every person is responsible for

the management their own: ~

health, any medical complica-
tions of consensual but unpro-

tected sex might be seen as aris- “

ing from the mutual decision of
two persons.

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il and constitutional privacy. «,

rights to consider.

© Will screening become com-
pulsory?

¢ If intentional or reckless
transmission is criminalised,
those who might be infected

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LOCAL NEWS

Psychiatrists testify
‘in murder trial of
Cordell Farrington

@ By NATARIO
McKENZIE

PSYCHIATRISTS were
called to testify in the
Supreme Court yesterday
about the state of mind of
accused murderer Cordell
Farrington at the time of the
murder of Jamaal Robbins.

Dr Michael Neville was
the first to testify. As a
defence witness he told the
court that Farrington suf-
fered from an “abnormality
of mind” at the time Rob-
bins was murdered.

Dr Neville told the court
that he conducted four
extensive interviews with
the accused between Janu-
ary and March 2004.

Based on what he was told
by the accused during that

time, Dr Neville said that in °

his opinion Farrington suf-
fered from a severe disor-
der.

Dr Neville told the court
that Farrington suffered
from anti-social personality
disorder and borderline per-
sondlity disorder.

He said that Farrington
also suffered from pae-
dophilia, having a specific
sexual attraction to young
boys, although this prefer-
ence was not exclusive.

The doctor explained that
although Farrington had this
specific attraction, he was
also capable of having sex
with adult males and
females.

Dr Neville told the court.

that Farrington also suffered
from “marked impulsivity”.

He said that because of
Farrington’s anti-social per-
sonality disorder, there was
a disconnection between his
emotions and the things he
said.

Explained

.'.*.'The doctor explained that

although most’ people dis-
play emotions when dealing
with terrible things, Far-
-.rington displayed almost a
-complete lack of emotion
‘when he spoke of the crime.

The doctor said that
because of his border-line
personality disorder, Far-
‘.tington either idolised or
‘hated people and appeared
to be unable to deal with
any form of rejection.

Dr Neville told the court
that these disorders may
have begun when Farring-



= MURDER accused
Cordell Farrington

ton was a child.

He noted that Farrington
had been a temperamental
child and children like that
need more nurturing than
others. He said Farrington
claimed he never received
this.

Dr Neville told the court

| that during his discussion

with Farrington, he learned
that as a child, the accused

was moved repeatedly fo .

different care-givers.

As a result of this, Far-
rington felt rejected, Dr
Neville said.

He said the accused also’

told him that as a child he
was sexually abused by a
male relative who he did not
identify specifically.

Dr Neville went on to tes-
tify that according to Far-
rington’s Sandilands file, he
admitted himself to the

facility because of cocaine

addiction.

The doctor told the court
that during the session with
Farrington, the accused told
him of his close relationship
with Jamaal Robbins.

He said that Farrington
told him that he had met
Jamaal while they were both
attending Sandilands for
drug addiction.

Dr Neville said it was at
that time that Farrington
learned that he was HIV
positive and this would have
affected his state of mind.

The doctor went on to
state that when Robbins lat-
er told him that he was mov-
ing to Nassau, Farrington

thought of ways to prevent’

him from leaving.

Dr Neville said that in his
opinion, while the murder
did not have much planning



behind it, Farrington would
have thought about it days
before the event.

The doctor said that at the

time Robbins was killed, .

Farrington would have

known right from wrong. He -

said that Farrington suffered
from abnormality of mind at
the time.

Dr Neville said that.

although this was not total —
to the point of insanity — it
was more than minimal.

The psychiatrist said Far-
rington told him that all his
life, he collected animal
bones and that he kept
Jamaal’s bones as well.

Dr Neville said Farring-
ton told him that he decided

to confess to the murder

because he.had had impuls-
es to kill again.

He said the accused
appeared to have above

_ average intellect.

Witness

Dr Timothy Barrett, a
prosecution witness, said
that he met with Farrington
earlier this year. ,

After meeting with the
accused, Dr Barrett said that
he had concluded that Far-
rington understood right
from wrong at the time
Jamaal Robbins was killed.

He also testified that the
accused had traits of bor-
derline and anti-social per-
sonality disorder and that
Farrington appeared to have
an above average intellect.
_Dr Barrett said Farring-
ton told him that on his sec-
ond admission to Sandilands
in 2001, he discovered
that he had contracted
HIV.

The doctor said that when
he spoke to Farrington
about it, the accused dis-

missed the subject immedi-.

ately.
During cross-examination
by Farrington’s attorney, Dr

Barrett admitted that Far-’

rington had told him that
during his childhood he had
sex with dogs.

The doctor said he also
got the impression that Far-
rington liked to have sex
with young boys.

‘Dr Barrett could not say

to what degree the person-
ality disorders affected Far-
rington’s mental faculties at
the time he killed Jamaal
Robbins, but noted that they
were present.

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POSITION SUMMARY:

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* Acts as tier 2 Help Desk support to troubleshoot and resolved database issues in a
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e Stays current with new system offerings and technology, analyzes new technology
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¢ Works closely with System Administrator Operating Systems, and Systems Architect _
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¢ Manages and tracts all reported issues received and escalated from the IT Level 1 /
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3. 7+ years experience managing, implementing and maintaining DB2 databases;

4. 5 years experience with AIX, OS 400, Windows and Linux operating systems;

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4. Ability to utilize performance tools to identify application system performance issues;
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11. Strong written and verbal communications skills;
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no later than August 25, 2006 and addressed as follows:

VICE PRESIDENT HUMAN RESOURCES, TRAINING & SAFETY
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

RE: MANAGER/DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR





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CARIBBEAN NEWS

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# WASHINGTON

A HUMAN rights group
asked a federal judge Tuesday
to force the Treasury Depart-
ment to release information
about whether it blocked mil-
lions of dollars in development
loans to Haiti, according to
Associated Press.

The dispute dates back to
2001, when international
lenders suspended more than
$500 million in loans and

grants to the impoverished
country after President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide’s party
swept to victory in legislative
elections that opponents said
were rigged.

The Robert F Kennedy

. Memorial Center for Human

Rights says the U.S. govern-
ment wrongly told the Inter-
American Development Bank
to withhold $146 million in
loans approved for public health
and education in Haiti, the

poorest country in the Western
hemisphere.

Aristide called the move
“genocidal.” Eighty per cent of
the country’s 8 million residents
lives in abject poverty.

The center filed a Freedom
of Information Act request in
2003 seeking documents about
the U.S. government’s role in
blocking the loans. The lending
process is not supposed to be
political, the centre said.

Though international aid to

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. Facilitate Internal Audit’s administration function including
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promoting the Internal Audit Function, etc.

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for assigned audits in accordance with the Internal Auditing
methodology, including conduction interviews with
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charting audit operational procedures and. conducting risk
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HUMAN RESOURCES, TRAINING & SAFETY
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

RE: SENIOR ASSOCIATE, NETWORK OPERATIONS
IT/AUDIT DEPARTMENT



Haiti has since been restored
and a new government is in
place, the centre says it needs to
know the motives behind the
process.

“There’s a precedent for
intervention that can stop these
loans at a critical point and
there’s no guarantee this isn’t
going to happen again,” said
Monika Kalra Varma, the cen-
ter’s acting director. “We don’t
think we can effectively battle
that today if we don’t under-
stand how it happened.”

The lawsuit, filed in a Wash-
ington federal court, seeks an
order forcing treasury officials
to comply with the information
request.

Neither the Treasury Depart-
ment nor the Inter-American
Development Bank had an
immediate comment Tuesday
morning.



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prompts Cubans
to imagine a future
without him —

@ CUBA
Havana

THE government video of a’

weakened Fidel Castro conva-
lescing in bed brought an unde-
niable truth home to Cubans on

. Tuesday: neither he nor Cuba

will ever be the same, according
to Associated Press.

The images released Monday
night of Cuba’s 80-year-old
“unconquerable commander in
chief” reassured anxious
Cubans that he was alive, com-
fortable and recovering after
surgery. .

But the post-surgery pho-

oy “tographs and video also are

helping Cubans “gradually grow
accustomed to” the idea of a
Cuba without their “Maximum

Leader” at the helm, according:

to historian Manuel Cuesta-
Morua, a government oppo-
nent.

“The video gives a positive
idea, that he is recovering,” said
Cuesta-Morua, who describes
himself as a social democrat
who wants more civil liberties in
Cuba. “At the same time, it
gives me the impression that he
doesn’t have the ability to
return to his duties.”

With the details of Castro’s |

illness being treated as a “state
secret,” Cubans and the world
are in the dark about how sick
he really is, what ails him, and
what kind of surgery he had'two
weeks ago before announcing
July 31 he was temporarily ced-
ing power to his younger broth-
er Raul.

Cubans have remained calm
while awaiting further word
from the Communist Party,
which has called on them to
remain faithful to their leader
and his revolution.

“Get well, Comandante,”
Rolando Alfonso Borges, a
Communist Party Central Com-
mittee member wrote Tuesday
in Granma, the party’s newspa-
per. “You know that our people

~ are the guarantor, that the Rev-

olution came to stay, that we
would defend it with blood and
fingernails if necessary.”

But ‘Cubans: have never
before seen Castro as fragile as
he looked Monday night on the
10-minute video broadcast on
state television, which showed
him receiving an 80th birthday
visit Sunday from his brother
Raul and Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez.

The man who ruled Cuba for
47 years before stepping aside
didn’t once lift his head from

the adjustable bed, its back

propped at.an angle. His long
fingers rested in the hand of
Chavez, who treated him with
the affection of a son for his
father.

Previously, Castro’s most vul-
nerable moment came during
an accidental fall in October
2004 that shattered his left
kneecap and broke his right
arm. Cubans were stunned to
see him shortly afterward ina
wheelchair, then more aston-
ished a few weeks later when
he began walking again.

It was not entirely clear why
the Cuban government, which
has taken great pains over the
years to protect Castro’s physi-
cally invincible image, allowed
him to be seen sick this time.

But the need to prove to
Cubans and the world that Cas-
tro was still alive, conscious and
coherent after two weeks with-
out any information about his
condition may have prevailed.

Seeing Castro convalescing
elicited profound feelings of
sympathy and even affection
among many Cubans who seem
to consider him part of their
family, even if they don’t always
agree with him.

“We were so sad without
knowing anything for so long”
abaut Castro’s condition, said
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Privately, Cubans said that

sumes the presidency, the
bearded former guerrilla,
famous for staying up all night
and micromanaging multiple
projects, will have to adopt a
less rigorous schedule and learn
how to delegate.

Cuesta-Morua said Castro
should consider stepping aside
permanently and “complete the
succession process.”

Other Cubans don’t go that
far.

“We're going to have the
Comandante-for a while,” said
71-year-old Manuel Raul Ruiz,
who joined the Castro brothers
in the guerrilla. war that even-
tually overthrew the govern-
ment of dictator Fulgencio
Batista.

Although Ruiz said he didn’t
expect Castro to die soon, he
did accept that someday he’ll
be gone — something few
Cubans would even admit sev-
eral years ago.

“The revolution will go ahead
with or without him,” Ruiz said.

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a
Education crisis

is far bigg

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than you think

“...the stagnation and decline
in the overall quality of Bahamian
education has occurred during the
greatest expansion of the world’s
knowledge base.

“technical change and intel-
lectual growth will affect jobs,
individuals and countries.

“The keys to survive and thrive
are 1.) Be smart and 2.) Operate
in an environment that allows for
flexibility.

“Countries.have to learn to see
themselves as they really are and
then make the positive decision
to take the right steps.”

D ESPITE 40 years of
Government spending
on education, the functional illit-
eracy of Bahamian youth today is
so great that the Minister of Edu-
cation calls it an “education cri-

sis”, a crisis that was clearly-

defined by the Coalition for Edu-
cation Reform in its June 2005
report “Bahamian Youth: The
Untapped Resource”.

The reason this is important
now is that the country faces an
embarrassing skills shortage giv-
en the job openings that will be
created by the presently
approved foreign investments.
Simply put there may not be
enough qualified Bahamians to
fill the jobs created and a far

greater than expected number of

foreign workers may be needed.

But the need to solve the edu-
cation crisis is bigger and broad-
er than that suggested by simply
looking at BGCSE test scores
and the need for foreign work-
ers in tourism. oe

The world is being driven by
economic and technological

forces that challenge the eco- . -

nomic and political status quo in
all countries big and small.

Globalization

Increasingly in today’s world
work gets done where it can be
done most efficiently; modern
telecommunications and trans-
portation systems, especially
rapidly evolving computer hard-
ware and software; make that
possible. The products range
from multi-million dollar aircraft
to computers, computer software
and kitchen appliances. | _

The Boeing 787 Dream-Liner,
for instance, was conceived in

Seattle but designed, in part, on.

- French software by aircraft engi-
"neers in Russia. Twenty-five per-

cent of the aircraft will be built

abroad and it will be assembled
_in Seattle.

Educational Excellence

The competition for such
“internationally sourced work”

_ has created a race to achieve edu-

"cational excellence. A good

- example is India.
* “In 1951, to his enduring cred-
it, Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first
prime minister, set up the first of
India’s seven Indian Institutes of
Technology (IITs). In the fifty
years since then, hundreds of
thousands of Indians have com-

peted to gain entry and then

graduate from these IITs and
their private school equivalents.
Given India’s 1 billion-plus pop-
ulation, this competition pro-
duces a phenomenal knowledge
’ meritocracy. It’s like a factory
. churning out and exporting some
of the most gifted engineering,
computer science, and software
talent on the globe. The IITs
became islands of excellence by
not allowing the general debase-
ment of the Indian system to low-
er their exacting standards.”
For most of their first fifty
years, these IITs were one of the
greatest bargains America ever
had. It was as if someone
installed a brain drain that filled
up in New Delhi and emptied
into Silicon Valley, California.
Because of modern telecom-
munications developed in the
1990s this work is being done
‘more and more in India rather
than Silicone Valley. Further-
‘more, China with its 1.3 billion
people is now working on a mas-
sive scale to surpass both India
and the U.S. (Reference: Thomas
‘L. Friedman, The World Is Flat,
"page 104).
» Unfortunately, the stagnation
and decline in the overall quality
-of Bahamian education has oc-
curred during the greatest expan-

‘sion of the world’s knowledge .

vbase.

Non-Biological Intelligence

«And this expansion is continu-
‘ing and accelerating as the elec-
«tronic computer extends intelli-

*gence further beyond man’s bio-

logical limits.

The first giant computer was
‘the Electronic Numerical Inte-
grator and Computer (ENIAC)
, built in 1943 that was first used to
»design the hydrogen bomb. It
*contained 17,000 vacuum tubes,
“70,000 resisters, 10,000 capacitors

OPINION

and 5 million hand-soldered
joints. It weighed 27 tons.

Two-years ago a silicon chip
measuring 0.02 inches square had
the same computing capacity.
That is truly revolutionary.
(Google Search: Wikipedia, ENI-.
AC).

Computer construction has
changed from a clearly visible
operation to one where circuits
are printed on silicon wafers with
the help of microscopes that can
“see” objects one seven thou-
sandth of a human hair (one
nanometer) in size.

Because of this revolution —

© Today’s electronic circuits
are millions of times faster than
the neuronal connections in the
human brain. (Ref.: Ray
Kurzweil, Fantastic Voyage, page
14).

¢ The power of information
technologies, as measured by
their. performance/cost ratios,
etc., is doubling about every year.
(Ref: Ray Kurzweil, The Singu-
larity Is Near, page 25).

¢ Computing now goes beyond
storing, manipulating and trans-
mitting numbers to include voice
and pattern recognition, etc.,
functions formerly the sole
domain of the human mind. This
is the new world of Artificial

Intelligence (AI). In the world

of AI many service jobs are like-
ly to be radically changed and
gravitate to the most efficient.

Healthcare.

To be more specific let us }ook
at an example outside tourism
that is currently a hot topic in the
Bahamas. That is healthcare and

where nanotechnology and

micro-biology merge.

Nanotechnology is the design
of structures, devices and systems
as small as one nanometer.

The science of.micro-biology
began in 1987 with the first sci-
entific paper on Deoxyribonu-
cleic Acid, “DNA”, the “mole-
cule of heredity” located in each
human cell. It is responsible for
human development and most
inherited traits that range from
hair colour to the. susceptibility
to disease. © a tes

The group of critical genes, the
human genome, is only 3 per cent
of the 50,000 to 100,000 genes in
a human that encode proteins.

As a result of the human
genome project we now are at
the beginning of a new era, an
era where “drug therapy is pre-
cisely targeting key steps in the

“process of atherosclerosis (the

cause of heart disease), cancerous
tumour formation, and the meta-
bolic processes underlying each
major disease and the aging
process.”

In this new era Micro-biology
and Nanotechnology are expect-
ed to produce drug-delivery vehi-
cles that deposit a drug in a dis-
eased area in the exact amount
needed. Such an advance in
healthcare should affect the sta-
tus quo. (Ref: Kurzweil, Singu-
larity, page 212 and Google
Search, Wikipeidia, Nanotech-
nology).

And this is directly relevant to
the proposed Bahamian national
health care system. In this regard
please refer to Nadeem Esmail,
Health Insurance in the
Bahamas. (Ref: Google Search,
Nassau Institute, Health. Insur-
ance in the Bahamas).

Conclusions

We live in a world where tech-
nical change and intellectual

growth will affect jobs, individu--

als and countries.
The keys to survive and thrive

‘ are —

1. Be smart and
2. Operate in an environment
that allows for flexibility.

. Being smart means productive
investments in humans. In the
case of the Bahamas the present
level of functional illiteracy
leaves the average Bahamian and
the country poorly prepared for
this century. And it should be no
comfort that many other coun-
tries have the same problem.

Flexibility is moulded by a
country’s cultural endowment
since that endowment deter-
mines its ability to absorb for-
eign ideas and best practices and
meld those with its own tradi-
tions. According to the Chief
Executive Officer of the Indian
high-tech trade association, “Cul-
tures that are open and willing to
change have a huge advantage
in this world.”

Countries have to learn to see
themselves as they really are and
then make the positive decision
to take the right steps.

The Nassau Institute



O THE WORLD



YOUR CONNECTIO

POSITION VACANCY
Vice President of Training _

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications for the above position from
suitably qualified persons with relevant experience in the telecommunications or related industry.

The Vice President of Training will contribute to the Company’s success by creating and driving the
education, training and professional development strategy to ensure that employees are adequately
trained and developed and that organizational performance is maximized and enhanced as a result

of the

investment of training dollars. This position will set the strategic direction and oversee the

establishment of a training facility; “The University of BTC”, to develop career development programs
for BTC’s technical (engineering, network services, IP), customer service, managerial, IT, executive and
staff positions to properly match employee interests with the present and future skill requirements of
the Company.

General Responsibility

This p

osition reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for directing the _-

education, training and development plans, policies, procedures, systems and related activities. More

specif

ically, this position is responsible for aligning the Training & Development function with the

business strategies of BTC by developing and conducting programs that result in enhanced performance

by em

ployees who are knowledgeable about the critical functions of their jobs and have the current

training and development skills to meet the business needs of BTC.

1.

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10.

11.

12.

13.

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ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES .

~ Establish an effective training facility; “The University of BTC” and develop and administer the
Company's education, training & development policies, procedures and programs.

Accountable for overseeing and coordinating all training and development activities that will
accomplish the acquisition of new skills, behavioral changes, a customer-focused workforce,
individual improvements in quality, improvement in cost control and cost reduction.

Establish and maintain training opportunities to enhance individual competence by focusing
on the acquisition of the skills, knowledge and abilities employees require to enable them to
function effectively within the scope of their jobs.

Promote long-term individual career development processes that properly matches the
employees’ interests with the present and future needs of BTC’s for the achievement of its
strategic goals, results in increased employee satisfaction, meets staffing needs of the future,
and develops critical employee skills.

Confer with executives, management and employees to gain knowledge of work situations
that require training to better, understand changes in policies, procedures, regulations, business
initiatives and technologies. ae A they yt peak Beth gan ee ;

_ Ensure the development of a competent workforce by researching, planning, organizing and
conducting training programs, seminars and conferences for technical, administrative/clerical,
supervisory, management and executive staff.

Formulate training policies, programs and schedules based on knowledge of identified training
needs, company processes, business systems or changes in products, services or procedures.

Review and update existing programs to reflect core values of the company. Organizes, writes
and coordinates training manuals that include course content. Writes material for new training

- programs, reviews, evaluates and modifies existing programs and recommends appropriate
changes.

Establish a functioning Training Centre where a training facility exists, training materials, reference
library, testing and evaluation procedures, visual aids, multimedia and other educational materials:
and all the necessary resources have been communicated. “

Prepare and monitor the training budget to ensure that training costs do not exceed allocated
funds.

Plan and direct all approved in-house training programs by coordinating the planning and
classroom facilities, selecting the appropriate instructional procedures, equipment and supplies
to be used.

Direct and control the activities of all BTC’s employees while on external training programs
sponsored by the Corporation so that training objectives. may be realized.

Direct and supervise all personnel while serving as instructors for BTC’s in-house training
programs.

Administer BTC’s Tuition Reimbursement and Certification Programs.

‘ Build, recruit, train and organize an effective Education, Training & Development division.

REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor’s degree in Arts or Science with emphasis in human resources development with a minimum

of ten

(10) years of managerial experience in a human resources management or education, training

& development environment.

The successful candidate should possess:

Superior understanding of and experience in Education, Training & Development fundamentals
and concepts;

Excellent written, oral, organizational and communication skills;

Proven success in designing and building an effective training & development function and

team(s). ‘

COMPENSATION j

Attractive salary and other benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All applications are to b¢ eceived at BTC’s Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
Wednesday, August 16°", 2006 and addressed as follows:

Vice President/Human Resources

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited
John F. Kennedy Drive

P. O. Box N-3048

Nassau, Bahamas

Re:Vice President of Training



PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006

Global communication and ROW 5.
to make the BTC dinosaur extinct

T AST year, BTC intro-

B_sauced a new look as
part of a plan to "foster
improvement on every level of
the communications spectrum."

The new corporate clothing
retired BTC's earlier slogan —
"the Right Choice" — in favour
of a slightly less risible one
claiming to be our "Connection
to the. World". This was a step
toward "evolving and re-brand-
ing the company," the press
releases said.

But evolution at BTC resem-
bles creationism more than sci-

ence — in other words, this is .

the way it always has been, and
that's the way it will stay. It's
been almost a decade since we
started talking about telecoms
liberalisation as a matter of
urgency, and ain't nothing hap-
pen yet, although State Finance
Minister James Smith pops up
every now and then with an
occasional update.

Years ago the government's

original telecoms. sector policy: ....

called for updated legislation,
the sale of 49 per cent of BaTel-

Co to a strategic partner, a new -

regulatory body, immediate
competition in the internet mar-
ket, and the gradual opening up
of other telecom services.
Internet service was liber-
alised, with the result that Cable
Bahamas won the lion's share of
the market — over 25,000
Coralwave ‘subscribers com-
pared to 11,000 Batelnet users
today. Fixed voice service was
then opened up, but BTC con-.
tinues to thwart Indigo's plans
while jealously guarding its
mobile phone monopoly (there

are almost twice as many cell
phones as there are landlines in
the country today). And
although most international
players shied away from a
minority stake in BTC three
years ago, at least two groups
did make offers — of up to $130
million — which the govern-
ment spurned.

So instead of bringing in rev-
enue to help cover the coun-
try's huge deficit, BTC has been
on a clueless spending spree —



LARRY SMITH

Leon Williams, the acting GM
who was bizarrely promoted
over his boss after being sus-
pended for making an unap-

. proved $6 million decision, is



Rather thig@n removing the
dead hand of the state from
one of the world's most critical
growth technologies, BTC
continues to obstruct
competition and deny

installing new mobile phone sys-

tems that sometimes work,
repairing hurricane damage that
should never have happened
and adding expensive fibre-
optic cable links to our least
populated settlements. Rather
than removing the dead hand
of the state from one of the
world's most critical growth
technologies, BTC continues to
‘obstruct competitionjand deny
service to consumers.

E fact, it is the only thing
they know how to do well.

©) Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.0O.Box N-1026

GEORGE F RANKLYN
~ CLARKE, 67 +

of #15. Roosevelt Avenue,
East Pyfrom Addition, will
be held on Thursday 1llam -

‘at St. George's Anglican

Church, Mt. Rose Avenue. |
Rev. Fr.
Knowles, assisted by Rev.
Fr. Dr. Roland Hamilton and
Fr. Ivan Eldon will officiate.
Interment will be in

Lakeview Gardens, J.EK. Drive.

"” service in 2004 — has been’ q

G. Kingsley :

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Movena Bowe
Clarke; children, Joycelyn Szasz, Dayne Clarke, Georgina
Bolware of Atlanta, Georgia, Jasmine Young and Joyelle
McIntosh; grand children, Brandon Bolware of Atlanta,
Georgia, Celine, Sandor and Simone Szasz and Trent
Mcintosh Jr.; sons-in-law, Zoltan Szasz, Willie Bolware
of Atlanta, Georgia, Darrin Young and Trent McIntosh Sr;

‘brothers, John, Phillip, Kenneth, Michael, Kevin, Gregory,
Kent and Bursil Clarke; sisters, Eloise and Sandra Clarke,
Dorothy Fernander of Tennessee, Olga Bethel and Cynthia
Tynes; sisters-in-law, Shirley, Lorraine, Anne, Desiree,
Audreyana and Tiffany Clarke, Agnes Charlow, Mary
Fritgerald and Martha Smith; brother-in-law, Danny Tynes;
cousins, Arthur Huyler of South Carolina, Godfrey, a
Herbert and Andrew Huyler, Constance Gardiner, Mary
Clarke of Bimini, Geneva, Patsy, Eunice Boyce, Nathanial
Clarke of Florida and Nehemiah Clarke of Freeport; njieces,

- Shirlean, Carolyn, Cynthia, Alicia, Philsha, Raquel, Kennia,
Kendra and Terese Clarke, Cecile Chinye of North lina,
Karon Fernander of Florida, Denise Culver of gia,
Olayinka Burrows, Carla Edwards, Sonia Bethel, Ashley
Alexis, Trazania, Kara and Tenisha Clarke; nephews,
Godfrey Fernander of Georgia, Leslie and Darrin Clarke,
Andre, Terrance and Trevor Bethel, Dancyn, Dayman and
Dion Tynes, Cameron, Deneo and Antonio Clarke; thirteen
grand nieces, seventeen grand nephews, five great-grand
nieces, five great grand nephews; a host of other relatives
and friends including, the St. George's’ ‘Parish ACM, the
Genesis Cell Group, the Guild to help the sick and the
needy, the Rev'd Dr. Fr. Roland Hamilton, Adrian Archer
and the entire St. George's Parish family, Mearlane Lewis,
William and Yvonne Watson, Basil Bullard and Oralee
Major, Ralph and Rose Brown, Mr and Mrs. Melbourne:
Cartwright, Gillian Bethel, Lettcia Clarke; Tayna Tynes,
Brent Edwards, Basil Charlow and Edward Fritzgerald,
the Male Medical II and Private Medical Wards of the '
Princess Margaret Hospital, Velma Burrows and the staff
of PHA Physiotherapy, Collins Avenue, Manassah Deveaux,
Mr. Robert Newman, Mr Gus Rolle and family of Augusta
Street, the Curry's of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, and all the
present and former residents of "THe Valley" and Godfrey
Chinye, Frank Burrows and William Culver.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10am ¢o
6pm and on Thursday at the church from 10am to service
time.



service to consumers.



‘the chief obsiructor, sources say.
He is ably supported by Works .

Minister Bradley Roberts and.
Financial Secretary Ruth Mil-.
lar. James Smith and.BTCs for-
mer GM, Michael Symonette,
are said to be in the pro-pri-
vatisation camp.

In an amazing example of |
self-indulgence, the obstructors —
at BTC are currently spending’.

hundreds of thousands. of dol-

lars of public money on litiga-~

tion to hold back the rising tide
of technology and competition.
Despite the egregious claim that
BTC is the Bahamas' "Connec-
tion to the World", analysts say
that up to 70 per cent of outgo-
ing international traffic bypass-

es BTC's network, with 30 to.

40 per cent of business sub-:
scribers already using illicit
voice over Internet alternatives:
such as Vonage or Skype:

Meanwhile, Indigow
Bahamian company t

licensed to operate fixed Vv
' Mave





etly building its network among

business customers over the

past two years ‘and plans to

launch residential service in a
month or so. And. years after
Indigo was licensed, BTC began
appealing the decision and

recently asked the courts to”

declare that only it is authorised
to use VoIP. Fechnology in. the
Bahamas.

Although BTC would natu-

rally not respond to inquiries

on this matter, analysts say the.

goal is to drive Indigo out of
business: "This is typical behav-

iour in-markets that are being

deregulated,” one observer told
Tough Call.""But the genie is

out of the bottle and it.is not.

going back in. As competitive
services gain a higher profile,
consumers will demand more

and_ as technology advances
what BTC does will become less

‘and less important." ,
The term VoIP refers to the
transport of voice over an inter-

“ net protocol-based network. It.

covers a range of activities —

Internet phones. 3 are just one.

operate. .

I: a bid to become more
proactive, BTC recently
launched its own Internet
phone service called Vibe. Like

-its US-based competitor, Von-

age, BTC's Vibe offers cus-
tomers a foreign phone num-
ber and unlimited free calls to
either North America or
Europe for a flat monthly fee

- that ranges from $35 to $45.

Calls to other areas cost a min-
imum of 20 cents a minute.

- Vonage's commercial inter-
net phone service has led the
way in the US and by most

.accounts has made impressive

gains in the Bahamian market,
although it is theoretically illegal
—-like the prohibition of liquor
was in the US during the early
20th century. Vonage provides

. the equivalent of. full-service

landline telephony, through an
Internet connection and a tele-
phone adaptor box.

The only requirement for an
internet phone is a high-speed
internet connection, like Batel-
net or Coralwave. VoIP phones
have all the usual features such

as voicemail, call forwarding,

caller id.and call waiting, but
unlike regular phone service,
these features are included free.

Vonage now has almost 2



The obstructors at BIC are
‘currently spending hundreds
_of thousands of dollars of
public money on litigation to
hold back the rising tide of .
technology and competition.



application: New carriers like,

Indigo rely on VoIP technology

vfor their core networks,,.and
legacy carriers like. BTC:are
wah to migrate their net-

works to VoIP technology,

which|is cheaper and easier to.

‘Did ' Poreial: Home

‘Service Beyond Measure”

- PALMDALE AVENUE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
PHONE: 322- 4570/. 393- 1351'¢ ° CELL: 357- 3617

RANNIE PINDER President oa
eae a ae Le

_ OLIVE ©
+» ROSALIE |
DARVILLE, 85.

who. died at her.
daughter’s residence
in Imperial Park on
Friday, will be held at
Ebenezer Methodist

} Church, Shirley
Street on Thursday,
August 17th, 2006 at
11am. Burial will be inthe church. gorictery,
Pastor Martin Loyley Officiating.”

She was pre- -deceased by a son, Philip G.
Darville and is survived by three daughters,

Jean Darville, Eleanor Sherrill and, Betty:

Thorne of Vancouver, Canada; one grand
son, Jason Thorne; three granddaughters,
Jeannie and Mandy Sherrill and Lisa Darville;.
two great grandchildren, Dylon and Hayley;-

one son-in-law, Gordon Thorne; one brother,

Hartman Pinder; one sister, Mary Serjak of

-Tyler, Texas; one nephew, Gordon Serjak of

Tyler, Texas; two nieces, Gaby and Gaylene
of Orlando, Florida; cousins, Wendy and
Michael Brohur, Simon, Kim and Dayna
Rodham; very dear friends, Joey Kemp,

Elaine and Murray Forde, Linda and Ear|

Pinder, Rosie and William Higgs, Vera Lowe,
Eugen Albury and family and numerous
relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Pinder’s Funeral Home, Palmdale Avenue,
Palmdale.



million subscribers today,
although it is still losing money

.,a8 itaries, to build market share.
Meanwhile, computer-based

services such as eBay's Skype
programme offer voice calls that
are completely free.

. Skype is a peer-to-peer ser-

» vice created by the inventors of

the file-sharing software called
Kazaa. It provides free tele-
phony between computer users
without relying on a central

. infrastructure. Skype has been

downloaded'by more than 100
million users worldwide and
calls can be made via a simple
headset or USB phone.

~ But the biggest impact on

telecommunications is likely to’
come from the new Wi-Fi
phones that are now being
introduced. These let consumers
use wireless home and office
internet connections. to make
calls,:and will soon be able to
roam seamlessly between cel-
lular and IP networks. The bot-
tom line is that VoIP networks
are easier to build and operate
and offer consumers better and

o cheaper service.

. S: where will that leave
the dinosaurs at BTC?

. Probably looking sheepish.

Meanwhile, the supporters of
privatisation continue to talk to
a consortium of private equity
firms led. by Bluewater Ven-
tures, an-investment vehicle

-headed by John Gregg, who is a

former. chief executive at NTL
— Britain's largest cable com-

THE TRIBUNE...

pany.
There is also talk that Cable &

Wireless, Digicel and Columbus we
Communications are waiting in, + .<,
the wings.to eventually snap up: ,-,
what remains of BTC after the .~ .-

obstructors have had their way...
Both Cable & Wireless and Dig-
icel were initially part of the pri-”:
vatisation process that was pro‘. ' -
nounced dead by the govern-~
ment at the end of 2003.

C&W is a British company -’-
that operated monopoly tele-"" *

coms services in much of the
English-speaking Caribbean for’
decades. It is reported to be try-

ing to sell its regional portfolio ,, 4
to Carlos Slim, the billionaire ©,

who owns Mexico's Telmex
mobile phone operator.
Digicel is an Irish mobile

- operator that over the past five

years has built a $1.2 billion -

regional network extending.
from Trinidad to Bermuda and... .-:
from the Turks & Caicos to’ :

Cayman — a total of 22 markets.

Columbus Communications
is a Barbados corporation that.
owns telecoms providers in 19, '
regional markets — including-
Cable Bahamas,

Caribbean* ° %

Crossings, Merit Communica- |

tions and FibraLink Jamaica. *
Analysts say that any BTC ~
buyer must have the stomach’
to deal with the politics, handle
the union and fix a broken com-
pany: "There are great oppor:, *
tunities throughout
Caribbean but investors have
limited capital and management‘
resources and the Bahamas is
a difficult environment in which |

_ to operate.

"My view is that neither Dig?”

the: >

so

icel or Columbus ‘will chase co

. BTC, but if it was offered on*

‘ reasonable terms one or both’ * |
could step up. In short, for.’

telecommunication investments, ’
other regional markets are. 2?

much better prospects." toa

M: st.of the English: “|
speaking Caribbean‘

has already opened their tele= oi

coms markets to competition for *
the region's four million active |
phones. Cell phones are the pre-
ferred choice of users, there is
an almost.seamless roaming.

throughout the region, one price: . a ‘

within and between most.

islands, and international callé

are now 70 per cent cheaper.
The big question here is: How

long will Bahamians be held to. 4:

_

ransom?

In June BTC launched a pro-"" re

motion in Abaco for their GSM)’
mobile phone service, which i is.
not yet fully operational. Using ,
the ironic theme "Happy”.’
Together", BTC said it was,
being ' forced to deliver moré :
efficient service." After feasting’.
on filet mignon and shrimp at
the exclusive Winding Bay Club |

BTC reportedly gave away a 7.

million dollars worth of activat: ”

ed GSM phones, along with oth-’ » :

er expensive promotion items.” —
Since BTC has a monopoly ~
on cell phones and Bahamians,
investors and visitors are des-, ‘
perate for service, this alone

should be proof that the corpo-* |

ration and its management.”
should fold their tents and go
quietly into that good night. ©

What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-

bunemedia.net

Or visit www.bahamapun- .

dit.com

Position available: :
Senior Manager - Operations _ |:.

The Senior Manager - Operations will design and coordinate
activity programs for a Bahamian destination management
company.

. Knowledge/Skill Requirements

* Minimum of 10 years experience;
Very good organizational and interrelation skills;

e Very creative and ability to adapt quickly; -
Working on irregular hours, often on Sundays, Holidays, and

late-nights;

Experience in managing staffs; ;
¢ Very good knowledge of events management services,
High energy, motivator, self starter willing to work without

supervision;

Good computer skills and good knowledge of Word, Excel,

Internet and ACT;

Fluent in English, Spanish and French

‘Salary

Salary according to experience level

Applications

If you are interested please do it before August 28th, 2006.

Please send your resume to:



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P.O. Box CB-12762 (Suite #225)

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006, PAGE 11



Warning —
FROM page one

sons, especially if they are
demanding money.

The advertisement stated:
“Do you have a family mem-
ber or a friend on the AIDS
ward or at home? Do not
count them out just yet their
healing miracle is here.
Through my Lord and Sav-
iour Jesus Christ and my
‘father Jehovah they will be
healed from AIDS.”

In the advertisement
“Brother Peter” also profess-
es to be able to perform mira-
cles of héaling on persons with
cancer} Parkinson’ s disease,
kidney or liver diseases, bar-
ren women or drug addicts.

This is not the first time an
advertisement of this nature
has“appeared, said Mrs Bain,
however, when it does, the
information is passed on to Dr

‘ Perry Gomez, Director of the
National HIV/AIDS Pro-
gramme.

Officials say that at present
no measures are in place to
deal with this kind of situa-
tion.

Most advertisements of this

’ nature, said Mrs Bain, are not
treated as serious, they are a
hoax.

However, in instances
where persons advertise actu-
al medication of any form,
they are referred to the,
ical Board.

er Peter” failed. The Minis
of Health was also contact
to find out what legislative:

measures might be in place to

make these self-proclaimed

_ “healers” liable for their false
promises. This effort also
failed.

Mitchell

FROM page-one.

ment is not stalling because: 4 ve
“there would probably.be an

early election .if pressures
from the United: States
comes on the C i
ernment to extré
Knowles, provide









The Nahe extra

soar

process stretche:

century. The US|
ment first sought Knowles’
transfer in 2000. &._
Mr Symonette said he
was informed that, whatev-
er legal recourse, Mr
Knowles. had was relin-
quished by the recent Privy
- Council ruling. But he said
there was probably “tax-
ing” legal paperwork to be
completed. ;

“There was some refer-

ence made toa pending
proceeding going. on for
habeas corpus: in the
Bahamas,” he said.
“However; I would hope

that the PLP would soon
releasé Mr Knowles (into
custody) in order to main-
tain good relations with the
United States.”

Senator Carl Bethel said
allegations that. the PLP
would release Mr Knowles
post-election as a voting
strategy is not an-appropri-
ate exercise of a govern:



ment officially responsible ,

for making such a decision,
“The grounds on which

the Foreign Affairs: Minis- .

ter.exercises power are set
out:in the Extradition Act.
I can’t see how a political
strategic decision can be
made in a matter like this.”

He said he doesn’t give
any credence to those PLP
sources, and hopes that
these “stalling” claims. do
not reflect Mr Mitchell’s
point of view.

However, a political
source said it was possible
the PLP. could call an early

‘election for a dual purpose:
to catch the FNM off-guard
before it gets into its stride,
and.to. avoid having to
make a decision on the
Knowles affair before the
public goes to the,polls.







Captain Jackson.



run for Long Island seat

@ By RUPERT
MISSICK Jr
. Chief Reporter

CAPTAIN Jackson Ritchie,
who made headlines this year ©

as heading the Bahamas-based
Global United that was in the



process of closing a deal to
purchase Discovery Cruise

Line, may run as an indepen-

dent candidate in Long Island.

While Mr Ritchie would not
comment on this report, he
said there was interest in him

running for the seat, but it was

- Body found with
hands dn feet bound

FROM page one.




sal d there were no Si

signs of physical trauma, stab c or gunshot

wounds about the body, which made it extremely difficult for law
officials to classify the country’ s latest homicide victim.
Mr Evans explained: “The! Body was found just after 7am .
autopsy will be performed to discover the exact cause of death” Hs
Meanwhile, Theophelus Storr, said he was devastated by the

news of his nephew’s death.

He described “Dino”, as he was affectionately known, as a hard-
working, business-oriented man, who loved his family. |
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a THEOPHELUS STORR, | acta of james Storr.

. “Everyone is devastated and upset.”
.. Mr Storr said he saw his nephew three months ago and as usual
ney was as talking “about how. to make more money.”

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too early for him to say that a
final. decision had been
made.

_ Long Island MP Larry
Cartwright, who himself won
the seat:as an independent, is
aware of the possible threat
to‘his: parliamentary seat. He

said he understands that Mr

Ritchie has visited Long
Island twice within two weeks
and is due to return on Thurs-
day. .

Mr Cartwright said that
from what he understands

government is not offering a’

candidate in the Long Island
race, therefore an indepen-
dent may be the only person

standing between him and a
return to. the House of Assem-

bly.:
However, he said, that since
he joined the FNM earlier this
year there has been renewed
interest in him as an’MP.

“I don’t see any challenge
there (in Mr Ritchie). People

are excited about me joining
the FNM and my support
would have increased tremen-
dously since January,” he
said. ;

One of the biggest chal-
lenges he faced in ‘2002 was
the fact that he was running
against former Long Island
incumbent, Jimmy Knowles

‘who was not only a veteran ©

politician, but also an FNM
Cabinet minister.

Development

If elected 'once more, Mr
Cartwright said he will focus
on obtaining more infrastruc-

tural development: for the ©

island.

“Long Island has returned ;

to its status of being the long

suffering island from 2002...
» There is very little people can
point their finger to and'say:
this government has shown an

interest.in doing anything for
the benefit of Long Island,”
Mr Cartwright said.

He said that if Lavthings
government has merely, in the

-.case of the reverse osmosis

plant, continued projects start-
ed by the FNM.
The infrastructural devél:

' opment on the island must be
‘completed, he said, in order

to encourage investors to

come to the island.
“You have two airports, one

acquired by the government

.. after it became a disaster area,

and the Deadman’s Cay air-
port, which is an overcrowded
runway with a small terminal
building.

“The airport needs to be
enclosed, it needs to:be
extended, it needs to have
runway lights.

“That will almost make it a
likely spot for people to want
to invest,” Mr Cartwright
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‘damage’ was due to blasting

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

FREEPORT - Govern-
ment officials are visiting
Eight Mile Rock communi-
ties to determine whether
damage sustained by homes
was caused by the blasting at
Bahama Rock.

Minister of Energy and
Environment Dr Marcus
Bethel met with residents at a
town meeting on Monday
evening to officially inform
them that the government
would be conducting investi-
gations in the area.

Walter Reid, manager at
Bahama Rock, was also pre-
sent at the meeting, which
was held at the Bartlett Hill
Primary School auditorium.

Mr Reid told residents
about the ongoing project
that is being carried out by
the company.

The rock mining company,
which manufactures and
exports aggregates, was
ordered last Wednesday to
halt blasting by the Boveri:
ment. -—

A cease and desist order
was issued last week through
the Grand Bahama Port
. Authority and will remain in-
effect until investigations by
the’ government are complete.

During the meeting, mixed

nd Environment
'D larcus Bethel



expressed by residents
ing. he blasting.’

for a permanent halt, others
employed at the site fear the
stoppagt will result in layoffs.:

Many: ésidents claimed
that the blasting has damaged
their ‘hemes, cracking foun-



dations and floor tiles: They .
also complained that the loud .

blasts: and shaking are a nui-
sance and disturb the peace.
According to some resi-

ough some are calling:

dents, the effects of the blast-
ing have been experienced in
Hepburn Town, which is sit-
uated just west of the
Bahama Rock plant, and as
far west as the Hanna Hill
and Pinedale communities.
There have also been
reports that residents as far
away as Hawksbill have been
affected by the blasting. .

‘Visits

Public Analyst Mike Wal-
lace said investigations have

been initiated in the Hepburn.
’ Town and Harbour West
_ areas ‘with door-to-door visits

to inspect damage to homes.

PLP Senator Caleb Outten,
a resident of Eight Mile
Rock, assured residents that
he will make sure that the
government concludes their

investigation quickly ‘so that
Bahama Rock can continue’
. to operate effectively. —

“JT told Mr Bethel that I will
communicate with him ona
daily basis to make sure this
investigation is concluded as
quick as possible.

“We have to find some
common . ground here
because:clearly Bahama Rock
is an employer of almost 100

‘persons, a lot of whom are

young males who are fathers

and breadwinners in their

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does not comply with a
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-pension payments, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Chavez said he would give
Compania Anonima
Nacional Telefonos de
Venezuela, or CANTY, a
grace period to comply, but
he did net specify how long
that period would be. .

"If they don't want to
comply with that, I am going
to nationalize ‘CANTY; :
Chavez said in a televised
speech.

Company officials were
not immediately available to
respond to the president's
remarks.

In February, CANTV said
it had increased the amount
set aside to cover pensions
to.US$387.4 million from
US$332.6 million in
response to updated projec-
tions on the cost. of funding
‘pensions. —

Chavez said Tuesday,
however, the company still
has not made proper pay-
ments to some former
employees.

The Venezuelan Supreme
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favor of more than 3,400
unionized workers in a long-
running pension dispute
with the company. The court
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He added that on the other
hand, the blasting may be
damaging the homes and
livelihoods of many residents.

“There are persons who
want the blasting stopped
permanently, and if that hap-
pens, the company would
have to start laying people
off,” he said.

Mr Outten believes that the
blasting can continue but on a
more smaller scale with less
dynamite.

Mr Reid told residents that
blasting is necessary to loosen
up the fill to make dredging

more easier.
The dredging being carried
out will facilitate the further

expansion at the Freeport:

container port.

He also pointed that the
blasting is not having any
negative affect on the con-
tainer port facility or the

water table.

Senator Outten, who once
spearheaded a protest oppos-
ing construction of a convey-
or belt by Bahama Rock
across the Queen’s Highway,
said the government is get-

‘ting an inventory of persons
who were affected by the-

blasting.

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“T believe they should con-,
clude this inventory very soon:
and I hope and have every;
confidence that the minister-
and Mike Wallace would:
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- Guana Cay battle ‘potentially

-harmfu

‘@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

he signals sent to poten-

tial investors by oppo-

nents of the $175 million

Baker’s Bay Golf &

Ocean Club project on
Great Guana Cay are “dangerous and
potentially very harmful to the
Bahamas’ economy and reputation”,
the San Francisco-based company
behind the development said last
night.

‘Responding to aseries of questions
e-mailed to it by The Tribune, Dis-
covery Land Company said the “sig-
nals and tactics” employed by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Association in
their bid to halt the project could have
a negative impact on the Bahamas’
attractiveness for direct foreign invest-
ment.

The company said: “The group. is
likely unaware that they are signalling
to onlookers that the Bahamas can
be hostile to investors, who can find
themselves with little - if any -
recourse to rectify quickly and amica-
bly events that should be addressed at
the’ business table as ppposcd to court
rooms.’

Discovery Land Company’s com-
ments come in the wake of last week’s

Privy Council ruling, which upheld an .

injunction obtained by the Associa-
tion that has forced it to stop all work

‘on Great Guana Cay. °

The work stoppage will last until:

either Supreme Court Justice Norris
Carroll delivers his verdict on the mer-
its of the substantive issues raised by
the Association’s legal action against
the development, ort’ Privy Council
hears its application for special Leave
to appeal a Court of Appeal verdict in
October - whichever is first.

‘Discovery Land Company acknowl-
edged i in its response to The Tribune
that the planned construction of Bak-
er’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club would
have to be adjusted as a result of the
Association’s legal challenges.

It said: “Plans for hiring of addi-
tional employees will have to be
shelved, as well as plans to initiate
selling of lots at the property, and the
concomitant contributions of dollars in
stamp and other taxes to the Trea-
sury of the Bahamas........

“As recently indicated in our filings
before the Privy Council, the Save

‘Guana Cay Reef Association’s legal

challenges threaten to deny employ-
ment opportunities to hundreds of
Bahamians, which translates into lost
economic opportunities for associated

contractors, hospitality industry
employees, real estate agents, mer-
chants, accountants, and:a:host of oth-
er'professionals and their families.
“Fiscal losses due to the initial vol-
untary undertaking and the current

‘injunction are significant, and will like-

ly be in excess of [the Association’s]
ability to recompense by the time a
ruling is handed down by the Freeport
Supreme Court.” —

An affidavit sworn by Joseph Aren-
son, a Discovery Land Company part-

“ner ‘and attorney, alleged that the firm

may lose $440,000 per week or $1.75
million a month, resulting from fixed
costs related to operating expenses,
staff costs, equipment and dredgers, if
the injunction was upheld - as it has
been.

Arguing that “the majority of ee

_costs would remain if the injunction

were not discharged”, Mr Arenson
said its continuation would also result
in Discovery Land Company losing
potential real estate sales and employ-
ees, and harm the firm’s reputation.
He added: “Every time the devel-

opment is interrupted, its attractive-

ness as an investment is materially

I’ to Bahamas economy

Baker’s Bay developer says it remains committed to project, but
“warns opponents sending ‘dangerous’ signals to other investors

prejudiced. These losses are extreme-

ly difficult, if not impossible, to quan- , |

tify.”

_ As for the work stoppage’s impact
on the wider Abaco economy, Dis-
covery Land Company told The Tri-
bune: “We do know that merchants
and other entities with which we have
transacted business since our arrival in

‘the Abacos will realise a reduction in

such transactions.

“We. believe it’s safe to say that in
general, this short-term halt will have
an adverse effect.on the Abaco econ-
omy, likely to the tune of hundreds
of thousands to millions of dollars on
a monthly basis.”

When asked about the effect recent
developments would have on potential
clients and real estate sales, Discovery
Land Company said that while sales
would be delayed, along with related
tax payments to the Government, con-
struction opportunities for contrac-
tors and real estate broker fees, it was
“confident that once allowed to pro-
ceed, the tremendous quality and

SEE page 2B

Grand Bahama firm sees $764k revenue decline

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

SOUTH Riding Point, the Grand Bahama-based

- bulk storage terminal, saw its revenues fall by
$764,000 in the 2006 first half compared to last year,

due to ‘ ‘considerably slower’! marine activity around

. the island. °

The facility’s parent, Canada-based World Point

Terminals, which is listed on the Toronto Stock.

Exchange, said the revenue decrease for the period

to June 30, 2006, was partly explained by tough

“» 2005 comparatives.

During the 2005 first half, South Riding Point

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season, and the sale of product inventory.
Referring to the revenue decrease, World Point

Terminal said yesterday: “This decrease reflects )
2006, Freepoint’s core business, ship movements

lower marine revenues, as well as a sale of product
inventory and option premium received in 2005.
“While marine activity was active in early 2005, it |,
has been considerable slower in 2006 as our cus-
tomers have tended to hold their inventory to take
advantage of current market conditions.”

There was better news from Freepoint, the com-'

pany that operates a fleet of tugboats around Grand
Bahama, and in which World Point Terminals is a
joint venture partner.

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company said was due to rate increases imple-
mented last year.
“While operating expenses have also increased in

“in: the Freeport Container Port; remains steady,”
- World Point Terminals said.
“In addition, a newly-built tug tail be delivered to
e€ Bahamas soon for use in the Freepoint opera-
ons.’

World Point Terminals said hurricane restora- -

tion work at South Riding Point was a factor behind
its capital investment spending rising to $13.989
million in the:2006 first half, compared to $7.033 mil-
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symonette s
$12.2m deal
yet to close

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A NASDAQ-listed company |
yesterday said it “hoped to deter- |
mine in a few weeks” whether the |
$12.2 million sale of its construc- |
tion division to a consortium head-
ed by the Symonette Group, the |
Bahamas-based holding vehicle for |
investments made by entrepreneur |
Craig Symonette, would go |
through an be “in the company’s
best interests”. |
_ In the Form-10Q filing that |
accompanied its 2006 second quar- |

. ter results statement, Devcon |

International said that although a
Letter of Intent had been signed |
with the Symonette Group and its |
partners, a final agreement ‘was
still being negotiated.

Stey, Ruzika, Devcon’s chief
executive, said in a reference to |
the Symonette Group deal: “Nego- |
tiations with a potential buyer of
our construction operation are |
ongoing, and we currently antici- |
pate we will be able to determine
in a few weeks whether such a sale
to this buyer is in the company’ S|
best interests.” |

Devcon’s Form 10-Q provided |
more details, saying that while a
Letter of Intent had been signed |
with the Symonette Group, a |
“definitive agreement” was still
being negotiated. |
_ “The company is in the process |
of negotiating definitive terms and |
conditions with respect to this |
divestiture, but cannot provide

~assurances- that it-will be-able-to |
produce definitive agreements to |

which the Symonette Group will |
agree or, even if such agreement is |
reached, that it will be able to con- |
summate the sale of the compa-
ny’s Construction Division,” Dev-

| con said.

It added that if the deal was con- |
summated, and its terms remained |
unchanged, Devcon would record |
‘a pre-tax $2.6 million loss in the
2006 third quarter related to the |
construction division’s disposal. |

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THE Bahamas “faces an
embarrassing skills shortage”
that means there are unlikely
to be enough qualified
Bahamians to meet the labour
demands of foreign investors,
an economic think-tank
warned yesterday.

In an article entitled ‘The
education crisis is bigger than
you think’, the Nassau Institute
said that even Alfred Sears, the
minister of education, was
describing as a ‘crisis’ the fact
that ‘the functional illiteracy
of Bahamian youth today is so
great”.

The consequences, the Nas-
sau Institute said, were that
“the country faces an embar-
rassing skills shortage given the
job openings that will be creat-
ed by the presently approved
foreign investments.

“Simply put, there may not
be enough qualified Bahami-
ans to fill the jobs created, and
a far greater than expected
number of foreign workers
may be needed.”

_ This echoed previous fears
expressed by FNM Senator
John Delaney, who said that
as a result of educational defi-
ciencies, foreign workers were
likely to derive more benefits
from the amount of foreign

skills shortage’

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that the Bahamian “education
crisis is bigger and broader”
than what was shown by
BGCSE exam results and the
economy’s demands for foreign
workers.

It added that economic and
technological changes were
challenging “the status quo” in
all countries, pointing out that
telecommunications and trans-
portation systems meant work
was being outsourced to
whichever nations could do it

|| direct investment coming into
the Bahamas than Bahamians.

But the Nassau Institute said

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to provide a safe and secure
society, have demanded that
they be allowed more access in
to our private lives, for the sake
of protecting us. Take, for
example, the US PATRIOT
Act that was passed by Con-
gress within days of the Sep-
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gives the US government the
‘right’ to access your medical
records, tax records, informa-
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the value of freedom until it is
taken away from us or threat-
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_world guarantee their citizens

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movement, thought and a host

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to continue - in such a free, lib-
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rights?

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FROM page 1B

great charm of the Bahamas
will attract significant real
estate opportunities over the
longterm”. —

The company said the rul-
ing by Justice Carroll was
anticipated “imminently’, and
it hoped the affair would be
“resolved quickly and deci-
sively thereafter”.

Arguing that the Associa-
tion’s case was “baseless and

On the other hand, democracy
and capitalism has brought with
it a type of freedom to the
masses that maybe they have
not been able to deal with.
Maybe, just maybe, we need to

be controlled by a few who '

know what is best for us

‘Never’, you say, but are we
not controlled by just a few,
and our choices controlled by
what the media - inclusive of
the movies and the press - want
us to see? Is not our picture of
the world shown to us by the
pictures on the TV or in the
newspaper?

Let us not forget such ideals
as the United Nations, with its
membership. of 191, which is
really controlled by the Securi-
ty Council, a body dominated
by its five permanent members.

The Security Council is the
United Nations’ most power-
ful body. It has “primary
responsibility for the mainte-

frivolous”, Discovery Land

Company said: “Discovery-

Land Company came to the
Bahamas, entered into a Heads
of Agreement with the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas, and
has since conducted itself con-
sistent with Bahamian laws and
sound development prac-

“Discovery Land Company
will continue to abide by the
laws and regulations of. the
Bahamas. We will continue to
support our staff and ‘family’

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nance of international peace.

and security”. Five powerful
countries sit as “permanent.
members" along with 10 other
member states, elected for two-
year terms.

Talk about power to the peo- -

ple. Yes, the people who want
to be safe. It is my opinion that
the present president of the

United States and future lead-'

at Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean
Club, and once we are suc-
cessful in the legal matters, we
will build the most dynamic
and environmentally responsi-
ble development that the

Bahamas and the region have

ever seen.

“The Discovery Land Com- .

pany/Baker’s Bay Club’s
unwavering commitment:to
the environment and develop-
ment of the project will con-
tinue, and the developers are

as strong as ever in their |

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on their ability to present a safe
and secure society, not on how
many jobs can be created.

So, as we look over our
shoulders and wonder where
the next attack will be, in the
Middle East or even East

_ Street, we must consider what
‘price we are prepared to pay ©

for safety and freedom.

Guana Cay battle ‘potentially
harmful’ to Bahamas economy

resolve to create a truly great
development.”

Discovery Land Company
reiterated allegations that 72
residents on Guana Cay had

‘signed a petition asking the

‘Association to stop misrepre-

senting it in the battle against .

the project.

The Association denied it:

had received such a petition,
and said it had delivered a peti-.
tion with 170 names against
the development to the Gov-
ernment.

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“The Boeing 787 Dream-
Liner,.for instance, was con-

ceived in Seattle but designed,

in part, on French software by
aircraft engineers in Russia.
Twenty-five percent of the air-
craft will be built abroad and it
will be assembled in Seattle,”
the Nassau Institute said.
Taking India as an example,
it said that due to the coun-
try’s investment in Institutes
of Technology, computer sci-
ence, software development

and engineering work was

DEAL, from 1B

Mr Symonette has been a busy man of late,
being one of the investors in the BSL Holdings
group that has acquired the majority 78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets from |

Winn-Dixie for $54 million.

Through the Symonette Group, which is

increasingly being done in this
nation, rather than Silicon -Val-
ley.

_ “Unfortunately, the stagna-
tion and decline in the overall
quality of Bahamian education
has oc-curred during the great-
est expansion of the world’s
knowledge base,” the Nassau
Institute said.

For the Bahamas to thrive
in the technology-driven 21st
century, where jobs'and capital
will migrate to wherever work
can be done most efficiently,
and at least cost, the:economic
think-tank said this nation
would have to be “smart” and
flexible.

“We live in a world where

individuals and!
. Nassau Institute said.

technical change and intellec-
tual growth will affect jobs,
countries,” the

'“Being smart means pro-
ductive investments in
humans. In the case of the

. Bahamas the ‘present level of

functional illiteracy leaves the
average Bahamian and the
country poorly prepared for
this century. And it should be
no comfort that many other
countries have the same prob-

“Countries have to learn to
see themselves as they really.
are and then make the posi-
tive decision to take the right
steps.”



managed on his behalf by son Cameron and
managing director, Blake Loveless, Mr Symon-
ette has investments in Abaco Markets, of
which he is chairman and chief executive;

Lucayan Tropical Produce and Bahamas Fer-

ries.

Grand Bahama’s leading All-inclusive resort

-WYNDHAM FORTUNA BEACH

Grand Bahama, Bahamas

Requires an

- Assistant Financial Controller

Candidate must have 3-5 years experience and possess knowledge of generally §
accepted accounting principles, and :have the ability fo initiate accounting f
projects. and prepare financial reports for senior management and offshore f
corporate office for review.

I Skills shall include being computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel and Navision;
strong hotel auditing capabilities and must be able to perform other related
functions, i.e.: preparation of and assisting with the annual budget, and annuallaudit
by External auditors as required; proven skills with 5 years of relevant experience

in accounting and financial mons.

qualifications.

Salary and benefits commensurate with

Applicants for the above position must reply in writing by August 22, 2006 to:

THE GENERAL MANAGER:

WYNDHAM FORTUNA BEACH
Doubloon Rd & Churchill Drive, Grand Bahama, Bakamas
P.O. Box F- 42398, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Or via e-mail: Hotelexecutivesearch@yahoo.com

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006, PAGE 3B



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Exclusive Resorts to open new
residences at resort on Abaco

mi By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter



EXCLUSIVE Resorts has
announced it plans to open two
new residences at the Abaco

Club on Winding Bay resort,
as part of moves to provide 30
new homes for its members
around the world.

The Abaco Club on Wind-
ing Bay is a 520-acre, Interna-
tional Private Members’ Golf

Club & Sporting Retreat,
developed initially by entre-
preneur Peter de Savary. He

-has since entered into a part-

nership with the Ritz-Carlton
hotel brand.
The new Abaco properties

will bring the total number of
Exclusive Resorts on the island
to six.

Typically, Exclusive Resorts
properties have a $3 million
value, with the services, ameni-
ties and conveniences of a five-

_ Star resort.



By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business.Reporter

BRITISH Airways (BA) has given customers —

travelling to and from the UK the option of chang-
ing their travel plans or receiving refunds without
penalty in the wake of the thwarted terrorist attack
in London on August 10. :

However, an airline spokesman told The Tri-
bune that very few passengers have decided to
take this option, choosing instead to resiliently
stick to their travel plans.

He told The Tribune that passengers on the air-

line’s daily. direct flight to and from. London to
- Nassau should not experience the ‘same level of

delays that are plaguing BA’s flights into the US or —

European flights. . oe
“Flights coming through the United States are

flights have been affected as well,” the spokesman
said. oe :
He added that while there have been some
delays, given the magnitude of the changes airports
all over the world are facing, that was to be expect-
ed. oe
The spokesman said it was simply too early to
tell how long the new: aviation requirements, which
ban passengers from carrying gels or liquids in
their carry-on luggage, will last. :
“Tt is an ever-changing situation,” he said.
The spokesman also felt it was too soon to tell
if the situation would have an impact on the airline



industry and ticket prices as it did following the

September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US.
However, he pointed out that airline passengers

are becoming very much in tune with security

measures. in.the travel industry, and remain

Airline: Nassau to London.
flights affected less by _
_ security measures — o

‘US and UK cities. Bringing some focus on just

generating a lot of problems, and some European
how severe these plans were, the Metropolitan



resilient whenever new changes are implemented.

Flights worldwide were badly affected by terror
threats. :

Some 21 people were arrested in England last
week for plotting to blow up six airplanes in mid-
flight between Britain and the US. Experts said Al
Qaeda operatives were the likely culprits. _

Heathrow airport, Europe’s busiest terminal,
shut down immediately on Thursday and officials
banned all hand luggage on any flight out of the
UK as a precautionary measure, causing significant
disruption. Also, US authorities raised their secu-
rity threat level to red, warning that they could not
be suré that the plot had been “completely thwart-
ed”. : . 3 Sie S

According to some reports, the plan was to _
detonate explosives smuggled in “carry-on lug-
gage” when the planes were in mid-flight over

Police Deputy Commissioner, Paul Stephenson,
was quoted as saying: “Put simply, this was intend-
ed to be mass murder onan unimaginable scale.”

The Bal'amas US Embassy yesterday released
an advisory to air travellers stating that they should
still go about their plans confidently, but maintain
“vigilance in their surroundings” while exercis-
ing patience with screening and security officials. —
- “Travellers departing from the Lynden Pin-
dling 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, tooth-
paste, hair gel and other items of similar consis-.
tency,” it said, “Passengers will be allowed essen-
tial medicines and, if a baby or small child is trav-
elling, baby formula, breast milk or juice.”



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The Bahamas Technical and Vocational
Institute (BTV!) announce the following
events for the new school year:

ORIENTATION

August 18, 2006
Abundant Life Bible Church
















Monday, 21 Aug

Tuesday, 22 Aug



Wednesday, 23 Aug



2:30pm-5:00pm




Thursday, 24 Aug








Friday, 25 Aug




SCHOOL






2:30 - 5:00pm





9:30am-12:30pm |

2:30pm - 5:00pm
9:30pm-12:30pm

9:30am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

9:30am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

_- Class begins September 4, 2006

Please Note: Persons who do not register during this period will be
subject to Late Registration fee of $10.00 (August 28-30, 2006)

+



Oo P EN IN

Abundant Life Road
Day Students: 9:30am - 11:00am
Night Students: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Registration

August 21, 2006 - August 25, 2006
9:00am - 5:00pm

[Time | PROGRAM |

9:30am - 12:30pm

Barbering °
Cosmetology
Facial Technology

Nail Technology

Tailoring
Women’s Apparel Production 1 & 2
All of the Above




Auto Body/AutoColision Repair
Auto Mechanics

Computer Repair.

Electronics

Small Gas Engine
Welding

Small Gass Engine
Shell Craft.
Straw Craft

All of the Above








Carpentry 1&2
Ceramic Tile Laying
Masonry
Painting & Decorating
Plumbing ;











Residential Wiring

Roof Construction

Upholstery

Window Treatment & Accessories
All of the Above



Computer Software Applications
Office Clerk 1 & 2
All of the Above








All Programs
All Programs

Registrar’s Office (see schedule)
Registration fees:

$100.00 Bahamians

$300.00 Non-Bahamians

Residential Air-conditioning & Refrigeration

Drawn & Painted Souvenirs Manufacturing

Residential & Commercial Drywall Installation



However, the company says
the additional benefit to its
members is that it eliminates
the burdens of fractional real
estate and the uncertainties of
renting a villa.

Exclusive Resorts announced
that it intends to offer the new

_ residences before the end of

the year at an average rate of
two per week. This is a move.






Role
















Job Requirements



Strong interpersonal skills
Good written and communication skills

G

Classes Begin September 4, 2006




Admisisons Office

An associates degree (or equivalent) with a major in accounting
A working knowledge of bookkeeping/accounting procedures
Proficiency in excel spreadsheet and word processing









the company said will further

* strengthen the industry’s largest

real estate asset base, which is
currently valued at $800 mil-

lion.
Delighted

“We are delighted to open

these additional luxury resi- _
dences for our members over —
‘the next five months, which will

add to the Club’s already
expansive portfolio of destina-
tions and residences, said Donn
Davis, chief executive of Exclu-
sive Resorts, in a statement.
Exclusive Resorts, which is
based in Denver and Washing-

—_PRICEWAERHOUSE(GOPERS (8

invites applications from qualified

Bahamians for. he position of:

Administrative Assistant, Internal Accounting

As a key member of the Firm’s internal accounting department, the administrative assistant provides primary operational

and support services for the preparation of the Finm’s financial information. The individual performing this role should be

| proactive, possess strong analytical skills and learning towards attention to detail, have a strong commitment for
professional growth and possess the ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

' Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should send their resumes via fax to

(242) 302-5350 or deliver them to
Firm Administrator °
PricewaterhouseCoopers
P.O.Box N-3910 .
‘Providence House
East Hill Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

PHONE CALL INQUIRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute

Wen yur ay on




| All 2006 graduates
dates:

Regalia Distribution

Rehearsal





Admissions Office





















Admissions Office





Admissions Office .



Admissions Office

Ceremony

to: .

and hospitality fields

Apply today to enroll ino of

should adhere to the following

September 11-14, 2006
9:00am - 5:00pm

September 19, 2006
6:00pm BFM

September 21, 2006
Bahamas Faith Ministries
Diplomat Centre]
7:00pm

THE BRIDGE PROGRAMME

BTVI announces the launch of a new initiative in September
2006. This initiative call “The Bridge Programme” is a full
time development programme for person’s wishing to
upgrade themselves and qualify for admission into the
certificate programmes, or receives an introduction to the
construction and hospitality fields. The Bridge is designed

* Strengthen academic fundamental skills
* Prepare students for enrollment into certificate programmes
* Give persons an introduction to careers in the construction

* Prepare persons for employment

: Carpentry * Painting » Air-Con
Courses are scheduled for evenings at 6.00pm to 10:00pm

For more information,

_ton, currently has a portfolio

of 300 luxury residences in 35
destinations. |

The company said that in
addition to the 30 new resi-
dences being developed in
Florida, Abaco, Mexico, South:
Carolina, New York, the

. British Virgin Islands.and Cos-

ta Rica, it plans to expand its
assets by building another 100

_ residences in seven new devel-

opments scheduled to open in
2007 and 2008.

Members of Exclusive
Resorts pay a one-time mem-
bership fee that is 80 per cent
refundable upon resignation
and annual dues.













































































our new
fall 2006-





contact Gail Johnson, at 502-6357.

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ITT Ce aT
Tourism aims to make school

AUGUST 16, 2006

THE TRIBUNE

2
Sore,

programmes more relevant —

SOME 135 teachers will par-
ticipate in the tourism sector’s
annual Industry Internship for
Educators Programme, an ini-
tiative that will expose them to
the industry’s different occu-
pations and enable them to tai-
lor school programmes more
effectively.

The initiative, scheduled for
August 21-25, is being held in
conjunction with the Ministry
of Education and Ministry of
Tourism, and seeks to further
the activities of the Tourism
Task Force on Education,
which was launched three years
ago.

The programme seeks to
expose teachers to the many
and varied occupations in
tourism, and the expectations
of employers. The objective is
to broaden the awareness of

educators, which helps devel-
op more relevant programmes,
instructions and classroom
experiences for students.

“The industry’s needs have.

changed dramatically in recent
years, and the viable career
alternatives have broadened
considerably. We must become
vigilant in educating students
and parents on what tourism
has to offer as we grow this
globally competitive industry
that serves as the foundation

of economic vitality for the .

nation”, according to Bridget
Murray, the BHA’s workforce
development manager.

The BHA has partnered with
20 industry partners, including
Atlantis and the One&Only
Ocean Club, the Nassau Beach
Hotel, Radisson, the Wyndham
Resort and Casino, Bahamas



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that I, JACQUELINE GARDINER
of the Blue Hills Constituency, the mother and legal guardian
of RASHAWNNE DARRELL GARDINER McKENZIE, (a
minor) intend to change my son’s name to RASHAWNNE
DARRELL McKENZIE GARDINER. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PRO.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MR. SIDNEY WILLIAMS OF
COMPASS POINT, WEST BAY STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH-day.-of AUGU

‘responsible for Nationalityzand:Gi
‘Nassau, Bahamas. *

































hip,

Notice ©

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAREL WILLIAM, WINSOR
LANE, 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 9th
day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.







Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIAM DEJEAN, WINSOR
LANE, 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 9th
day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.







BIs

Pricing Information As Of:
Tuesday, 15 August 200 6

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Poctor’s Hospital
Famguard
‘Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
TT)
52wk-Low
12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
eon, 0:29 RND Holdings



28.00 ABDAB
13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets



1.300892*
2.9038***

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

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day’s weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 moniiis
PIE - Closing: price divided by the last 12 month earnings

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MARKET TERMS.





S$F;..2006 to the Minister |
P.0.Box N- 7147, |»








Colina.

Financial Advisers Ltd.



YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

IN/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas S







Experience, Blackbeard’s Cay,
Breezes SuperClubs, British
Colonial Hilton, Club Land’or,
Comfort Suites on Paradise
Island, Dolphin Encounters,
Graycliff Hotel, John Bull,
Lyford Cay Club, Majestic
Tours, Nassau Palm Resort,
Paradise Island Harbour
Resort, Sandals’ Royal
Bahamian, Solomon’s Mines,
Orange Hill Hotel, Stuart Cov-
e’s and Sunrise Beach Club &
Villas. |

“There is an urgent need for
business and education to move
forward together to make edu-
cation more relevant to the
changing needs of the work-
place, and we are pleased to
see this shared commitment
from industry partners and the
participating educators,” said

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that PATRICK SEYMOUR OF HANNA
HILL, EIGHT MILE ROCK, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,
Bahamas.



Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that RICHARD. GORDON, P.O.BOX
SB 51601, SEVEN HILLS ESTATEES, 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 9th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PRO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MS. EFFEGENE BROWN-
ROLLE, P.O. BOX N-9614, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.













Notice .

.NOTICE is hereby given that SHERLINE FILIUS, SAVANNAH
SOUND, ELEUTHERA, 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 9th
.| day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O:Box N- 7147, Eleuthera, Bahamas.











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NAV KEY
*- 28 July 2006

** - 30 June 2006

*** - 30 June 2006









@ EDUCATORS who participated in the 2005 programme help ,
to plan this year’s version. From L to R: Bridget Murray, BHA;
Annie Colebrooke, Woodcock Primary; Coleen Thompson, S. C. |
McPherson Junior High ; Frank Comito, BHA; Raina Hanna, St
Augustine’s College; Athena Seymour, CC Sweeting Senior |

* High; Gailey Williams, CC Sweeting Senior High; Charmaine |
Hanna, CI Gibson Senior High; Albert Clarke, principal, ,

Carmichael Primary ;



AT ee

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CARREN HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
CR-54988, CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, for. registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE is hereby given that NATANIA HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
CR-54988, CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The |
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why | ,






a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight |°.°.
days from thé 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister |.
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, | |
Nassau, Bahamas.

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

_. NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RENETTE JEAN OF SOLDIER
ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written |,
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MIKE D. RUFIN OF P.O. BOX |.
SS-5312, KINGSTON STREET OFF KEMP ROAD, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why |,
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister },
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, |
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID JAMES WARREN OF #87
HANGMANS CLOSE, FORTUNE BAY, P.O. BOX F-42870,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible: for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization }
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. J.
































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LEGAL NOTICE
VENTURES PORTFOLIO LTD.

(Company number 49,529B)

An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

I, Bernard Schmutz, Liquidator of VENTURES
PORTFOLIO LTD. hereby certify that the winding up
and dissolution of VENTURES PORTFOLIO LTD. has

been completed in accordance with the Articles of]. —

-- | Dissolution and that VENTURES PORTFOLIO LTD.
has been dissolved as of 27th day of July, 2006.

Dated this 14th day of August, 2006.

Bernard Schmutz
Liquidator

PUBLIC NOTICE et

The CENTRAL BENEFITS DEPARTMENT of
the National Insurance Board, wishes to remind
Parents/Guardians of children, ages 16 through
21, who are in receipt of Survivors’
Benefit/Assistance that a letter must be
submitted confirming their full-time enrollment
in an educational institution for the new school
year on or before September 30, 2006.

Failure to comply may result in the non-payment |
of their cheque(s).





‘ LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

TOURS VICHY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company

“is in dissolution, which commenced on the 2nd day of

August 2006. This Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas. -

ARGOSA CORP. INC. |
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

_ NOTICE

SWAN ISLAND LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 11th day of
August 2006. This Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT (No45 OF 2000)

IMPULSE INVESTMENT 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, JE1 3NH
Liquidator

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14 Rests on the bottom (4)

15 The didactive young lady is into
writing (4)

16 Tocall one a pet would be
inaccurate (3)

17 Heartlessly cheap fellow? (4)

19 Like spiritual singers? (4)

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2 Anentry, revising some bulletin (5)

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six, on.which West played the four.
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everything that had occurred so far.

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clubs, three diamonds and. one spade,
and, therefore, four hearts. Accord-
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WEDNESDAY,
AUGUST 16

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20
Don’t worry when a conflict arises
at work, Aries. Things will simmer
down rather quickly, so don’t
spend much time thinking about
finding a resolution.

TAURUS — Apr 21/May 21

There’s no time like the present to
embark on that home improvement
you've, been’ considering, Taurus. .
Encourage others to give you some.”
friendly assistance. :

GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21

If you’ve been thinking about taking
a trip, now is the time to do so,
Gemini. Grab a friend or family mem-
ber to take the ride with you and it will
be much more fun.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
You’ve been feeling under the
weather, Cancer, and you can’t seem
to bounce back quickly. Rest is key
this week. There’s no point getting
even more run down.

LEO '- Jul 23/Aug 23:

Lions may be the kings of the jungle,
Leo, but this week you can’t even
muster a meow. No one is taking you
seriously, and that has you angry.
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along with your new housemate: It
may be time to pack up once more.

LIBRA -— Sept 23/Oct 23
You’ve been’ taking advantage of
loved ones, Libra, and it has to stop.
There’s only so much they will take
before getting angry. Start reciprocat-
ing instead of just being greedy.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22%
You'll want to run the show this
week, Scorpio, and others will be
anxious to let you. Don’t let the
power go to your head, or else you’ ll
make enemies very quickly.

SAGITTARIUS -— Nov 23/Dec “ar
A friend in need has you running,
Sagittarius. But don’t be so quick
to jump everytime this person
beckons or,else the situation could
get out of control.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20:
You’ve been doing too much.at work
again, Capricorn. If you don’t slow
yourself down, you’re going to find
yourself physically and mentally
worn out,
AQUARIUS -— Jan 21/Feb 18
Stop. being so controlling of the
finances, Aquarius. Putting the
spending blame on others is not
accurate —- you're involved in that
situation as well.

PISCES — Feb 19/Mar20

If plans don’t work out the way you
fexpected this week, Pisces, don’t
get discouraged. Bounce back and
set anew agenda. :

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Baseball team loses’ NBRIES

final game in Cuba

@ BASEBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Baseball
Federation’s national team
will return home today from
the third World University
Games today having lost the
final game they played.

A 13-6 decision at the hands
of the US Virgin Islands
dropped the team’s win-loss
record to 1-4. Greg Burrows
got the start and Eugene Bain
came in to close the door.

Burrows also helped his cause _ |

with a triple and a two-run
home run.

When contacted in Cuba,
federation first vice president
Craig ‘Salty’ Kemp, who
served as head of the delega-
tion, admitted that the team
did as best as it could against
the best college competition
they could face from their
rivals.

“We really should have won
four of our five games, but we
didn’t hit in some clutch situ-



@ THE Bahamas team ended with a 1-4 record.

ations,” Kemp pointed out.

“We made one or two
errors that kind of took’us out
of the games.

“But all of the games we
played, we were Jight there
with the exception of Japan,
who really beat us from the
beginning.

“T think we should have

won the other four games we
played.”

Japan blanked the Bahamas
15-0. But the loss came after
the team started on the down-
ward trail after upsetting Cuba
with a 2-1 victory in their
opener.

_ The Bahamas was also
whitewashed 3-0 by Nicaragua

and beaten 9-6 by the Czech
Republic.

Having to play so many
games over the course of the

week also took its toll on the

team, especially for those
players who are not accus-
tomed to playing back-to-back

~ games. :

“A lot of guys were sore,
but IJ still stand by my point
that we should have won four
of the games we played in this
tournament,”

According to Kemp, the
tournament lived up to its

billing as a world collegiate |

tourney and that may have

-had.an effect on their perfor-

mance as well.

“All of the countries that

are here had their national
collegiate players playing,”
Kemp pointed out. “The Unit-

ed States had players through-

out the United States. They
had about 9-10 professional
prospects on their team.

~ “Japan had all of their col-
legiate players, most of whom
are getting ready to play in

Kemp stressed. ,

their professional league there
and Cuba had their next crop
of guys who will take over
their senior national team. So
it’s a really top notch tourna-
ment that we are in.’

Praising the coaching staff,
headed by Lionel Ferguson,
for the job they did and the
players for performing at such
a high level, Kemp said they
just have to come back home
and analyse what they did and

didn’t do and try to build on

the experience. ©

“We're excited about what
happened here and everybody
in the tournament knows that
the Bahamas was here and we
can play baseball,” he insisted.

“The guys demonstrated
that they can play. We. didn’t
execute in some situations
where we probably should
have and could have made a
difference in some of the ball
games we played. But the guys
did well and we’re proud of
them.”

The team is due to return
home today.

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Council will begin play in
the 2006 Joann Webb Soft-

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i High School, Jean Street.

: At 10am, Golden Gates

: will take on St. Paul's

(Men); 11am official open-

ing followed by Macedonia
: vs Golden Gates (Co- -ed);

12.30pm Golden Gates vs

: Macedonia (15-and-
} under); 1.30pm Transfigu-
: ration vs Macedonia (19-
? and-under) and 3pm Cal-
| vary Bible vs Transfigura-

tion (Men).
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} BSC will hold its souse out
; that was postponed last

i week. The souse out will

: begin at'8am at the playing
i field.

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RESCHEDULE

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shopping and summer
: vacation, the Grand
i Bahama Amateur Softball

Association has made

: some changes to its sched-
ule.

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~ game will be played at
aon between the BTC
Communicators and the

_ Triple Play Pearls. On Fri- .’. os

day, while the first game
remains the same, the sec-

ond game will change with .-.

the Chances Panthers tak-
ing on the Union Knights.

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17th, there will be an
important meeting for all
executives, manager,
coaches and umpires at
5.30pm at the St. Paul's
College Park.

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_By BRENT STUBBS _
Senior Sports Reporter

RUDON Bastian became
the first Bahamian to secure a
spot in the final at the 11th

IAAF World Junior Cham-

pionships in Beijing, China. -

Competing in the qualify-
ing round of the men’s long
jump on the first day of com-
petition on Tuesday, Bastian
soared a personal best of 7.53

metres for fourth place in.

Group A. Pine
That placed him ninth over-

all as he reached the final that



will be staged tonight. He will
be the lone competitor com-
peting for the Bahamas
today. :
None of the other athletes

who competed. on the first »
~ day managed to advance to

their respective finals. .~

On the field, Jamal Wilson:

was 14th in a field of 18 com-
petitors as he cleared the
same height of 2.10 metres.as
did four other competitors.
The. eighth and final height
that got a competitor into the
final was 2.14.

Inthe men’s 100 heats, Carl
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flag in the third of 10 heats.
Running out of lane two, Stu-
art clocked 10.85 seconds for
seventh. :

He didn’t advance as one
of the first two in each heat
plus four fastest times com-
bined.

In the women’s 100, one of -

the two Bahamians entered -

advanced to the semifinal.

Sheniqua Ferguson, run-
ning out of lane seven in the
third of eight heats, posted a
time of 11.74 for third place.
She went in as one of the
eight fastest qualifiers.

In the semis later in the
evening, Ferguson ran out of
lane two in the third of three
heats. But her fifth place time
of 11.92 wasn’t fast enough
to get her into the final today.

T’Shonda Webb, the other
competitor entered in the
preliminaries, was third in
heat seven in 11.86. However,
she didn’t get into the semis.

Also on day one, the
Bahamas had two competi-
tors entered in the men’s 400,
but neither moved onto the’
semis run today.

In the fourth of eight heats,
Juan Lewis was disqualified
as he ran out of lane five.

And in heat seven, Jame-
son Strachan clocked 49.07
out of lane one for fifth place.
But he didn’t advance.

The Bahamas has a total of ~
14 athletes competing at the.
championships that will wrap‘
up on Sunday. The team
headed by manager Rosie .
Carey with David Charlton -_-
as the head coach. poet

BBF to play host

to division one

collegiate team

@ BASKETBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

ALTHOUGH this is the off-season for the
New Providence Amateur Basketball Associa-
tion, the Bahamas Basketball Federation will be
bringing in a series of division one collegiate
teams to play in a week-long exhibition games.

The games will start on Friday and run through
Sunday at the DW Davis Gym before they switch
to the Loyola Hall from Monday through Friday
because of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation’s
hosting of the Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
onships next week at the Kendal Isaacs Gymna-
sium.

Federation vice president Larry Wilson said
they are excited about the hosting of the games,
which will serve two purposes.

“We expect to get some more exposure for

our local players, particularly some of our younger
players,” Wilson stressed. “We’ve asked our

teams to incorporate a few young players of col- |

lege eligibility so that they can get exposed to
this level of competition.

“This is a pretty high level of competition, so we
don’t know whether or not they would be able to
get scholarships or not, but at least they will be
exposed to this level of competition and the
coaches can see them and maybe help guide them
in a path that will help them reach the division

_ one status.” ;

The second aspect, according to Wilson, is
more of a goodwill gesture.

“We want to continue to show what the
Bahamas has to offer in terms of sports tourism,”
Wilson noted. “Hopefully, by them coming here,
this will all lead to a men’s division one full scale
tournament here like we have in Grand Bahama
for the women.” ,

Expected in town are the University of Massa-
chusetts and Oregon, who will play during the first
week.

They will play against the NPABA division
one teams Explorers, Crimestoppers, Shockers,
Rough-Ryders, Wreckers and the Giants. ;

From September 1-3, the BBF will stage the
second leg of the exhibition games with Kennesaw
State, Wake Forest, the University of Southern
Mississippi and the University of Alabama at
Birmingham.

NPABA teams from the Wreckers, Explorers,
Rough-Ryders, Giants, Crimestoppers, Explorers,
Explorers and Rockets will match up against the
visitors.

Wilson said the local teams have been informed
about the teams visiting for at least a month and
they have been asked to be prepared to play.

“Obviously, this is going to be some high level
competition and these teams normally have a lot
of size and play within a system, which always puts
us into a disadvantage,” Wilson disclosed.

“But we feel comfortable that we will be able to
give them some competitive games, competitive





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_ DW Davis Gym

Friday, August 18
'- 6pm Explorers vs UMass

Saturday, August 19
6 pm UMass vs Crimestoppers

Sunday, August 20
6 pm Shockers vs Oregon

Loyola Hall

Monday, August 21
7 pm Rockets vs UMass
9 pm Oregon vs Rough-Ryders

Tuesday, August 22
_ 7pm Wreckers vs Oregon
9 pm UMass vs Giants

Wednesday, August 23
6 pm Shockers vs UMass

Thursday, August 24
7 pm Oregon vs Explorers

- Friday, August 25
Crimestoppers vs Oregon

Friday, September 1
7 pm Kennesaw State vs Wreckers

Saturday, September 2

Noon Explorers vs Wake Forest

2 pm Rough-Ryders vs Kennesaw State
4 pm Giants vs U of S Mississippi

6 pm Crimestoppers vs UAB

Sunday, September 3
10 am U of S mississippi vs Explorers
Noon Wake Forest vs Shockers

2 pm UAB vs Gianis

4 pm Rockets vs U of S Mississippi

enough for them to achieve what they want to
achieve out of this tour. The coaches want to
build chemistry among their players and work
on one or two teams before their season starts -
when they return to school.” Set a

However, Wilson said it’s just unfortunate that
they won’t have the use of the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium because they would have preferred
to use the air conditioned gym to impress the
teams ‘enough for them to come back in the
future. ;

But Wilson said they are aware that the CVC
takes priority and, as such, they are not putting
any great deal of publicity on their games because
they would want the public to pack the Kendal
Isaacs Gym in support of the Bahamian national
volleyball teams.



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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006

pressure over
‘Ninety’ Knowles

FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell came under new
pressure yesterday to extradite
Samuel ‘Ninety’ Knowles to the
United States to face drugs
charges.

Former US ambassador
Richard Blankenship said the
Bahamas must live up to its

treaty.qbligations-if.it_is.to-he. _.

taken seriously as a nation.

He added: “It is time for
some people to face justice. Jus-
tice delayed is justice denied.”

His call for immediate action
from Mr Mitchell:came amid
suggestions locally that the gov-
ernment is trying to delay mak-
ing a decision on Knowles until
after the general election.

Knowles is known to have a
following in some over-the-hill
areas and his extradition could
cost the government votes,
according to some political
observers.

But, having exhausted the
appeals process, with the Privy
Council rejecting his final bid
for freedom; Knowles’ fate is
now in the hands of Mr
Mitchell, who has to sign the
extradition order.

Now the minister is under
growing pressure to act follow-
ing approaches to top US offi-
cials in Washington. It is under-

stood that another former US .

ambassador to the Bahamas,
Arthur Schechter, is adding his
weight to the extradition call.
Yesterday, Mr Blankenship
told The Tribune from his Flori-
da home: “The Bahamas has its
treaty obligations, and it should



Former US Ambassador: justice

delayed is justice denied



honour those obligations on a |

timely basis.

“Nr Knowtes has now

exhausted the appeals process
and he should be extradited in

accordance with our regional.

treaty.”

He said he-could see no rea-
son why the government should
not’act immediately, adding:
“The US expects the Bahamas
to live up to its word. We have

no reason to expect anything -

less.”

Mr Blankenship, who says
cocaine seizures reached a
record high during his two-year
tenure as ambassador, wants a
quick end to a process which

began in his predecessor’s time .

in Nassau.

Mr Schechter, who left the
Bahamas in 2000 after George
W Bush’s presidential victory,
was quietly proud that Knowles’
arrest came during his tenure

as ambassador and is said to be
eager for extradition to take”

place. .

Knowles, who is held at Fox
Hill Prison, hired top legal
experts from Britain in his effort
to ‘avoid extradition. But his
efforts were to no avail.

Now three weeks: have
elapsed since the Privy Coun-
cil ruling and there is still no
word from.the government on

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the progress of his extradition
order.

Mr'Mitchell wassanavaiable: -

for comment yesterday.

But his FNM counterpart,
shadow foreign minister Mr
Brent Symonette, said he does-
n’t think the PLP can wait till
the 2007 election for extradi-
tion.

He said he hopes the govern-'

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oil in Bahamas

@ By RUPERT MIssICK Jr

Chief Reporter i

« A CARNIVAL Cruise ship
yesterday spilled 53 gallons of

| oil in Bahamian waters after:

damaging two engines ina
failed attempt to dock i in New
Providence..

At 1lam yesterday, one of
the propellers of the cruise
ship “Celebration” touched

bottom when the vessel was .

attempting to dock at the
Prince George.Dock.

Numerous calls to the office

of Port Controller Anthony
Allens were*not: returned up
to press time yesterday and it
was unclear what, if any, steps
were taken by the port depart-
ment to assist with, or remedy
the situation.

The ship’s scheduled call at

_ Nassau was cancelled and the

vessel is currently heading
back to its home port of Jack-

:-sonville, Florida, where it is

expected to arrive by early

‘Thursday morning as sched-
suled.
“The resulting. damage has -

affected the operation of one
of the ship’s two engines and
also caused an estimated 200
litérs of lubricating oil (or the
approximate equivalent of 53
gallons)-to escape from the
vessel’s stern tube and enter

the water,” the statement-from.

Carnival said.

Shipboard technicians will
continue to examine the vessel
as it makes. the Gulf crossing
and a team of-additional tech-
nicians are scheduled to board
the ship in Jacksonville. —

All appropriate authorities,

including the US Coast Guard,
- have been notified.

Read found Sin e ids and feet jayoyurav me

â„¢ POLICE officers on the case yesterday. Shown from left: Inspector Walter Evans,
Assistant Superintendent Christopher Pickstock and Assistant Superintendent Anthony

Ferguson.

‘ @ By ROYANNE
FORBES-DARVILLE
Tribune Staff Writer

THE mysterious death of a 41-year-old
father of two, whose body was found with
hands and feet bound in his home in Sun-
shine Park yesterday morning, is being clas-

Bahama Hand Prints

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Located behind the Outback Steak House near the PI Bridge
Open Monday - Friday 10:00 to 4:00 pm Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm

(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)

sified by police as “undetermined.”
James Alexander Dino Storr, was dis-
covered by a relative who lives nearby.
His feet and hands were tied behind his

back and a yellow shirt covered his face.
Police Press Liaison Officer, Walter

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Telephone: 242-394-4111

“At this time, the ship’s next
voyage is scheduled to oper-
ate as planned.

“More information willbe
provided as the technical

“assessment progresses,” the

company said.

A taxi driver said that-he,
other taxi drivers, straw ven-
dors and tour operators
watched the incident as they
waited for the ship to dock.

“We were waiting all day for

- that ship to come in and obvi-

ously we_Jost.a lot of money
— like thousands-of dollars -
because that ship did not
dock,” he said. |
Each passengers has been

. given a shipboard credit of $50.

for the missed call at Nassau as
well as a 25 per cent discount

‘on a future three to five-day -

cruise, through to December
13, 2007.





. Warning
after advert
makes AIDS

healing claim

@ By KAHMILE REID

OFFICIALS at the Bahamas
AIDS Secretariat are warning
AIDS patients and others not to
fall prey to misleading advertise-
ments in the local press claiming
there is a cure, spiritually or oth-
erwise, for the disease.

The warning came in the wake
of a classified advertisement in
The Nassau Guardian on August
13, by a man calling himself
“Brother Peter”, a faith healer.

“Within the region, as well as
internationally, there are always a
significant number of persons
claiming they have the cure for
AIDS,” Mrs Rosa-Mae Bain,
Director of the HIV/AIDS Cen-
tre, said.

The disease has no medical
cure “to the best of our knowl-
edge,” she said, and people must
beware of advertisements of this
nature.

However, officials say they
have no control in situations
where people believe they can
spiritually heal persons with the
disease. They hope victims of the
disease will be aware of these per-

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" PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006

Rigby dismisses speculation

i By ROYANNE
FORBES-DARVILLE

Tribune Staff Writer .
‘ THE FNM’s speculation on

when Prime Minister Perry
Christie might call the next gen-
eral election is nothing more
than a “juvenile, amateurish

guessing game” PLP’chairman.-
Raynard Rigby said yesterday.

® In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Rigby said he expects
better from a party whose
leader is a former prime minis-
ter.

“I would have thought the
FNM would have spent its valu-
able time doing other things
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MIAMI HERALD SECTIONS

the leader of the opposition
who is a former prime minister
of the country, I would have
thought that there would:be a
more reasoned, seasoned dia-
logue on the debate about the

issues affecting the country,
because under the constitution .

of the Bahamas, the prime min- i

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be called — and the holder of

_that office is Perry Christie,”
Mr Rigby said.

‘According to a statement

- released by the FNM earlier

‘this week, the prime minister is

currently discussing the idea of
an early general election, in an
attempt to cut off the momen-
_ em building for the FNM.

- The FNM’s release stated;.

“Years of indecision, .compla-
_ cency and confusion have left
_ this already exhausted govern-
ment with little choice but to

. govern recklessly in the hopes

that it can reverse its fortunes.”
The release also maintained

that panic is tearing away at the

governing party’s leadership

Christie does in fact decide to

‘call an early election, it should

not come as a surprise for pre-
vious leaders, who have done

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and that the Bahamian people,
‘are abandoning the PLP “
droves”... :
‘However Mr Rigby said the
‘PLP remains confident. He
_explainéd that if Prime Minister

the same.
“When Hubert Ingraham

decided to call election on.

May 2, 2002, which I think
was short of the five years, the
PLP never claimed that it was
any indecisiveness,” Mr Rigby
said. “We know that when the
prime minister is ready, he
will call the election.”

He added: “There is no

on election date as ‘juvenile’



mo"entum for the FNM,
non.2, none. None for Hubert
Ingraham.

“The Bahamian voters are
with us and we feel fairly con-

'.. fident that whenever the next

election is called, we will be
returned to the seat of gov-

ernment to continue the good
work that we have been doing — i

over these Dest four re

- of smuggling marijuana haul

FREEPORT - An Ameni-

- can woman was arrested at
. Lucayan Harbour on Monday
_-in connection with an alleged

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finalized an agreement ¢ on Tuesday,

attempt to smuggle two and
half pounds of marijuana
onboard the Discovery Sun

_ cruise ship.

‘The 20-year-old woman
from Miami, Florida was
handed over to Drug Enforce-
ment Unit officers.

In addition, $30,000 worth
of illegal drugs was reportedly
confiscated.

According to reports, har-

picious behaviour near a secu-
‘rity checkpoint.

During a search, officers dis-
covered two clear plastic. pack-
ages containing. around two
and a half pounds.of cocaine.

The woman is expected to
be charged on Tuesday. -




THE TRIBUNE

@ In brief

Report is"
submittted
on traffic
congestion

A UNIFIED bus system is

i " crucial to the eradication of traf-

fic congestion in New Provi-
dence according to Transport
officials.

On Friday, Minister of Trans-
port and Aviation Glenys Han-
na-Martin accepted a report on
traffic congestion from
Advanced Logistics Group, a
company based in Spain.

“The issue of congestion was
prioxitised by the government
because we know the amount
of vehicles on our streets cre-
ates logistical challenges in

terms of the movement of

goods and people on a daily
basis. It impacts the economy,
the quality of life, and ulti-
mately.it could impact your

i _ health and the environment,”

she said.
The minister said a short-
term solution to combatting

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to the law in order to accom-
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CARICOM’s —
‘$5,000 for |
Promise
Project

The CARICOM Secretariat
has presented the Bahamas Con-
ference of Seventh Day Adven-
tists with a cheque for $5,000 for
the Bain and Grants Town
Pathfinders Promise Project.

Dr Heather Johnson of the
CARICOM Secretariat in
Georgetown, Guyana made the
presentation to Pastor Andrew
Burrows, national youth director
of the conference on Monday.

The funds will be used by the
Bain and Grants Town Pathfind-
ers Promise Project, which seeks
to educate young Bahamians
about HIV/AIDS and to pro-
mote youth leadership.

“Our organisation will con-
tinue to support this project and
many more to come,” Dr John-
son said.

The Bahamas is one of eight
Caribbean countries awarded a
mini-grant through the Pan
Caribbean Partnership against

HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), to:

administer a programme in an
urban area.

CARICOM and PANCAP
held a national workshop in
Nassau at which two project
proposals were drafted — the
Peer Leadership Programme
and the Pathfinders Promise.

Mrs Green ‘commended
youth ambassadors John
Darville and Alana Kemp for
leading the approval process, as
well as Tarahan Mackey and
Lyric Hanna, the outgoing
youth ambassadors.

Kennedy

urges block
on hotels in
Puerto Rico

# PUERTO RICO |
San Juan

ROBERT F Kennedy Jr.
urged Puerto Rican legislators
on Monday to block the con-
struction of resorts on an unde-
veloped beach on the island’s
northeast coast, according to
Associated Press.

In a lettet to the US territo-
ry’s House of Representatives,

_ the environmental lawyer said

he welcomed local legislation
that would declare the area a
natural reserve and warned the
resorts would destroy the envi-

water.

“These proposed davetane

ments would involve the filling
of wetlands, channelization of
rivers, and clearance of coastal
vegetation, thus destroying the

” of the area,



natural integrity” :
he said.

Marriott Interniitional Inc.
and Four Seasons Hotels Inc.

have plans to build’ resorts on
the beach near’ the town of
Fajardo. Ringed by forested
mountains, it is favored by

surfers and fishermen and is a .

In brief —

prime nesting spot for endan-.

gered leatherback sea turtles. |
Environmental groups are

pushing to protect the. 3 200- i

acre area.

Backers of the resorts fare
said the businesses would gen-
erate thousands of jobs for the
economically depressed: area.
The developers have also ‘said
the ‘projects, were planned to

minimize the damage’to the ~

environment.



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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006, PAGE 3



‘Tour operators demand some ~



answers on Athol Island plan

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

MARITIME tour operators
are still awaiting answers to
their concerns about the
planned Kerzner development
at Athol Island — a month after
meeting with government offi-
cials and BEST Commission
representatives

A group of tour operators
is now calling on Minister of
Financial Services Vincent
Peet to call an urgent meeting
to address all their environ-
mental and economic fears.

In a letter to the minister,
the group said that they sent a
file of letters to Minister of
Energy and Environment
Marcus Bethel on July 19.

Prior to that they met with
Dr Bethel and his permanent
secretary Camille Johnson, as
well as with two members of
the BEST Commission.

The group said that in their
letter they requested to have
access to all information,

including studies, approvals .

.and the scope.of works, so “we



@ CHARLIE Lightbourn of
Crystal Lady Cruises is one
of the tour operators
wanting answers

as the affected party, could
make a sensible contribution
to the issue, in the event more

information should be forth-

coming from us.”

Following several letters to_-







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Cruises Raymond Lowe

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Island development

officials, including letters from
the Bahamas National Trust
‘and BREEF, Ms Johnson
finally informed the tour oper-
ators that according to gov-
ernment policy, they would
not be allowed access to the
final Environmental Impact
Assessment (EJA) report.

“We urgently request a
meeting to have our minds put
at rest that our government
will make the right decision to
save Athol Island, protect our
coral reefs and the livelihood
of all the tour operators,” the
group said.

According to environmen-

talist and director of Re-Earth -

Sam Duncombe, the proposed
golf course on Athol Island
will increase the land mass by
35 acres and erase a part of
Bahamian history in une
process.

Declared a protected marine
reef.in 1892, enor Island

of two fires in July

mâ„¢ By:REUBEN SHEARER

ARSON has been conh-
firmed as the cause of two
fires which left a woman dead
and threatened the life of a
Catholic priest.

Assistant Commissioner of

Crime Reginald Ferguson .

assured The Tribune yester-
day that officials continue to
investigate two incidents on
July 21— the “suspicious”

“death of 36-year-old Nicola

.Gibson and the fire that ruined

~ the Holy Family Church Rec-
tory on Claridge Road.

Speaking of the incidents as
one case, Mr Ferguson said
preliminary findings are “too
premature to determine

. whether a coroner’s inquiry

will be launched.”
However, he said, fire
department officials have con-
firmed that arson was
involved in the Faith Avenue
blaze that claimed the life of
Ms Gibson and the church fire

that threatened the life of |





Catholic priest, Father David
Cooper.

In the meantime Ms Gib-
son’s family has urged police
to launch an inquiry into the
incident that has sparked neg-
ative public attention about
what actually took place.

.“When the investigation is
completed we will make an
effort to determine what real-
ly happened, and a part of
that determination could be
that this case will be sent over
to the Coroner’s Court.”

Mr Ferguson warned that it
could take as many as two

_ years to resolve the case. He

said no timeframe can be put

. on the inquest of two incidents

of this magnitude.

The fire department con-
tinues to investigate the cause
of the fire at the Holy Family
Church Rectory on Claridge
Road. That blaze left Rev
Cooper incoherent after suf-
fering from smoke inhalation.

Mr Ferguson added that no
suspects are in custody for




either case at this time.

Officers had reportedly .

received a call stating that there
was a fire in the condominium
complex located on Faith
Avenue north. However, when
they arrived the blaze had
already been extinguished by

the victim’s son and neighbours. :

Ms Gibson was found in the
northern bedroom of her Fire
Trail Road condominium home,
which she shared with her son.
He had not been injured in the
blaze.

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the first marine sanctuary in the
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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt ..

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US ambassador speaks out

A LOCAL lawyer is upset that American
Ambassador John Rood has called 4 spade a
spade in US-Bahamas relations.

While citing areas where there is outstanding

cooperation between the two governments,
Ambassador Rood has frankly told Bahamians
that there are grey areas of concern to the US
government.
Lawyer Paul Moss was upset that Mr Rood
|; went public with such information. He felt the
ambassador should have gone behind closed
doors — out of earshot of the Bahamian peo-
ple — to sort out whatever problems there
might be between the two governments.

We compliment the ambassador for being.

honest with the Bahamian people. Most
Bahamians have lost confidence in their
smooth-talking, shadow-boxing politicians.
Politicians forget that they are the servants of
the people, and have no right to play a game of
charades with the truth. They do this country
and its citizens a disservice by serving them
sugar-coated nonsense to. lull them into a false
sense of security,

Saying that “there can be little doubt that

| our bilateral relations are second to none,’

Ambassador Rood acknowledged that.as in
any close relationship, there are areas where
there should be closer cooperation. “For exam-
ple, in the United Nations,” he said, “the strong

bilateral friendship we enjoy is not always.

reflected in common approaches to major
international challenges.”

Mr Moss applauded this drift apart between
the two nations. In his view it was about time
the Bahamas made decisions on behalf of its
own people and not under the influence of
any foreign power.

Sounds fine, but that uppity attitude can
only make sense if a country has an army, navy
and airforce to put muscle into such proud
words. Otherwise, governments. have to face
reality and make practical decisions for the
good of all its citizens.

Even Foreign Affairs Minister Mitchell, in
the days when he was on the outside looking in,
recognised the need for good relations with
the US. ;

In April, 1988 Mr Mitchell warned the Pin-
dling government against taking the very
stance that Mr Moss would have it take today.

“No Bahamian politician has any right,” said
Mr Mitchell at that time, “to put the future
of the entire Bahamian people at risk to main-

tain themselves in power.”

Mr Mitchell said then that unless the
Bahamas cleaned up its political act domesti-

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to be applied by the United States. This state-
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mission of inquiry report into the peddling of
drugs and other corruption.

“All of us as Bahamian citizens,” said Mr
Mitchell, “must become more aware of our
nation’s foreign policy, particularly as it relates
to the United Statesof America.

“Bahamians generally,” he continued, “want
to travel to the United States. We want free
access to its facilities, its goods and services.
That means that in our relations with them
we are at a comparative disadvantage.

“It means that our foreign policy has to be
that much more skilful. Anger and histrionics
by officials of the Bahamas Government with-
out a concomitant cleaning up of our domestic
act will only bring us to further grief.

“It is clear, however,” Mr Mitchell said,
“that within the United States government
and in the Congress of the United States, the
spokesmen for the Bahamas Government have
a credibility problem. The problem relates to
the issue of official corruption and ore: traf-
ficking through the Bahamas.”

Mr Mitchell acknowledged that there was a
credibility gap — the US no Jonger trusted
Bahamian officials.

In 1988 Mr Mitchell described the state of
Bahamian-US relations.as “tense.”

Although Foreign Minister Mitchell —who —

is today on the inside looking out — doesn’t
miss any opportunity to assure the Bahamian
people of the cosy relations between the two
countries, we would suggest that the situation
today is the same as it was in 1988 — “tense.”

In 1988 it was tense because of drugs and
the fact that, as Mr Mitchell himself said, no
steps had been taken by the Pindling govern-
ment to “sever the connections with those per-
sons within the Bahamas governing party who
have this very serious credibility problem.”

Today it is tense because of our voting

record in the United Nations.
- As Ambassador Rood said “it simply should
not be that such good friends, who share so
many of the same values, cannot find com-
mon ground in addressing human rights viola-
tions, seeking peace in the Middle East, and
promoting global prosperity.”

We suggest that Fred Mitchell, the 2006 cab-
inet minister, become reacquainted with Fred
Mitchell, the 1988 political activist, and hear
from the activist’s own mouth the words: “No
Bahamian politician has any right to put the
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EDITOR, The Tribune

SINCE the passing of the
former President of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority

(GBPA) Mr Edward St’

George, it must have been said

at least a million times that “he

would be sadly missed.” ‘This

‘statement is self-evident as we

look around the magic city of
Freeport today and observe
the declining state of the econ-
omy. The once world famous
International Bazaar is all but
abandoned and persons seek-
ing employment are advised
by Bahamian Government
officials to travel elsewhere to
places such as Eleuthera, Aba-

_ co, Exuma, etc.

This state of desperation in
Freeport was made even more
complicated by the forces of
nature, as over a fourteen-
month period, Grand Bahama
had suffered the devastating
effect of three hurricanes.

For almost three decades
during the tenure of Edward
St George, Freeport prospered
even in the face of adversity
from both local or interna-
tional origin.

' Freeporters always had full
confidence that Edward St
George will do whatever it
took to get the economy mov-
ing. With an endless list of
major international contacts
and a unique ability to clever-
ly cooperate with whatever
government was in power,
under Edward St George, the
Grand Bahama economy was
in good hands.

Almost single-handedly,
Edward St George was able to

‘ “attract major investors such as

the Container..Port, Grand
Bahama Shipyard, Polymers,
Hutchinson’s, etc. These
investments were not only sig-
nificant to Freeport, but also

vital to the entire economy of.

the Bahamas as Freeport
became designated as the
Industrial centre of the
Bahamas.

At a post-election PLP vic-
tory party in 2002, Edward St
George had promised the best
five years of Freeport and
Freeport were anxiously wait-
ing for him to deliver on his
promises. |

In addition to his role as.the
driving force behind the

Freeport economy, Edward St —

George had also earned the
reputation as a philanthropist
who took care of the down-
trodden and disadvantaged in
Freeport. His work of charity






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made everyone in Freeport no

matter what their status in life
feeling as if they were a part of
the community. In the event
of a crisis, Edward St George
could always reliably be depen-
dant upon to assist. Then
Edward St George died and
Freeport would never be the
same again.

The million-dollar question
for Freeport is who would
replace Edward St George?
Who would look after
Freeport with the same vigi-
lance and concern that Edward
St George had demonstrated,
especially for the licensees of
GBPA? Julian Francis, a for-
mer Central Bank of the
Bahamas Chairman and an
impressively academically
qualified professional Bahami-
an was appointed to fill the

giant shoes of Edward St

George.
Despite the assets that Julian
Francis had brought to the

table, Freeport continued to-

decline and businesspersons
continued to worry as to when

. this nightmare would end. It

was really no surprise when
Julian Francis prematurely
“resigned” prior to the com-
pletion of his contract. Later
on one of the radio talk shows,
he indicated to the effect that
there was a philosophical dif-
ference between himself and
the principals of the GBPA as
to which direction Freeport

* should be headed. No official

explanation was given by the
GBPA and there was wide
speculation as to the true rea-
son for the sudden “resigna-
tion” of Julian Francis.

The replacement of Julian

Francis is Hannes Babak, an
-Austrian national who had

been coming to Freeport since
he was a boy. His commit-
ment to the dream of
Freeport is unquestionable,
as he has taken advantage of
the various provisions of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
to build a business empire in
Freeport. Like Edward St.

_ George, Hannes Babak is a
- foreigner.

However, this is a fact that
cannot be used against him as

‘anyone who has even a slight
‘knowledge of the Hawksbill

Creek Agreement will be
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embarrassing. His race, nation-
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issue. What should be an issue
is his ability or lack thereof to
turn around the economy of
Freeport. Hannes Babak over
the years has made more than:
his fair share of contributions
to the social, educational, cul-
tural and economic life of
Freeport.

The shocker came when
shortly after Hannes Babak

‘was appointed; a distin-

guished and experienced Bar-
ry Malcolm offered his “res-
ignation”. The public’s opin-
ion was this was the political-
ly correct way to say the
words “you are fired!” With
his political connections and
business savvy, clearly Barry
Malcolm was.an asset to any
institution fortunate enough

‘to have him. There were even’

predictions that he might have
been the one individual who
would have taken over the
top job at the GBPA. It is still
a mystery as to why he was
dismissed and without any
clear, explanation as to the
rationale of their actions by
the principles of the GBPA.
This lack of credible informa-
tion. provided excess fodder
for the rumour mongers in
Freeport.

To make matters worse, the
“resignation” of Barry Mal-
colm was followed by the dis-
missal of the GBPA former
legal Advisor and President
Willie Moss. This action in the
Nassau Guardian carried the
headline “Top Boss at GBPA

is fired!” This was most sur- .:
prising as Willie Moss had ~.-.:
been a devoted employee of |

that institution for over a quar-
ter of a century. There were

also statements to the effect .°.°
that this action would result in *.-.

litigation against the GBPA.
With the dismissal without

an official explanation of the

top three Bahamians at the

GBPA and given the current ...
economic conditions of the .°.
’ Freeport economy, resentment

has been created against the
GBPA. Being a private com-
pany, the GBPA is entitled to

- conduct its business as it sees

fit.

However, with its quasi-gov-
ernmental functions and
unique contractual relationship
with the Licensees of the
GBPA, the public perceives
this action as a crisis at the
GBPA. Persons are speculat-
ing that this will adversely
affect the business climate of
Freeport. The GBPA has a
duty to protect and act within
the best interest of its
Licensees. Now there is a ques-
tion as to the confidence the
Licensees now has in the
GBPA to resolve this crisis
amicably.

The charge of an anti-
Bahamian attitude, real or
imagined, has been made even
more complicated with the
“resignation” of two distin-
guished Board Members, Sean
McSweeny a former Attorney
General of the Bahamas and
Sharon Wilson, a Senate
Leader and Chief Magistrate
who felt that they had not been
properly consulted on these

“resignations.”

Why would the GBPA dis-
tance itself from such a group
of highly qualified Bahamians?
This is the real issue in this
matter. Any major company,
local or international, would
easily snatch these individuals
up as their outstanding track
record of performance speaks
for itself.

Freeport and indeed the
Bahamas is watching and hop-
ing for some accountably from
the GBPA as to why it took
such drastic actions!

DR LEATENDORE
PERCENTIE
Boston,
Massachusetts,
August 2 2006
THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006, PAGE 5







In brief

High Rock
‘MP voices
concern on
Ginn project

HIGH Rock MP Kenneth
Russell said he is concerned
about some aspects of the Ginn.
project approved by government
at West End, Grand Bahama.

Mr Russell said that in the
heads of agreement for Ginn is
a plan to raise the land on their
property by 10 feet and build
an additional 4-foot bunt wall
on top this.

“The 14-foot high wall would
be a detriment to the West End
community because should a
hurricane with the same mag-
nitude as Frances and Jeanne
come in from the north side,
flood water would be trapped
in the settlement of West End,”
he said.

Mr Russell believed that the
government should have
approved construction on stilts
as opposed to raising the
ground by 10 feet.

“My understanding is that
they intend to start cutting the
canal very soon and the mater-
ial from the canal would be
used to build the property up. I
am sure it would be a detriment
to the settlement of West End,
which is the capital of Grand
’ Bahama.

“We should not be doing any-.

thing that would force our peo-
ple to move, or do anything to
destroy a historic settlement as
West End,” said Mr Russell.

FNM to
celebrate
anniversary
of victory

FREEPORT - The Free
National Movement will hold
grand anniversary celebrations
to commemorate the party’s
victory at the polls on August
19, 1992. .

Kenneth Russell, MP for
High Rock, announced that the
party will hold festivities at
FNM Headquarters at the Sir
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Center
on West Atlantic Drive on
August 19.

“We believe that it always
good to celebrate one’s achieve-
ment,” Mr Russell said during a
press conference on Monday.

' After defeating the PLP gov-
ernment in 1992, the FNM went
on to win a second five-year
term. .

The FNM says that during its
10 years in office, it was able to
restore investor confidence in
the Bahamas, and the Bahamas’
reputation internationally.

Mr Russell said celebrations
will begin at noon on Saturday,
August 19 with a family fun day
at FNM Headquarters.

There will be various activi- - }

ties, including domino and whist
tournaments and other activi-
ties for children. |

The celebrations will climax
with an address by FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham around 8pm.

“Grand Bahama will be the
last in a three island tour by the
leader, who will speak in
Eleuthera first on Saturday
afternoon, and then in New
Providence before coming to
Grand Bahama to fellowship
with us,” he said.

The FNM is also inviting per-
sons to worship with them at
Calvary Tempie Church at
10am on August 20.

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FNM ‘only approved LNG



@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Although the
former government gave
approval in principle to three
LNG plants, FNM MP Ken-
neth Russell said it was stipu-
lated that the operators had to
first prove there plans were
safe.

“When we gave approval in
principle to the LNG plants
they were supposed to go away
and do their investigations,
environmental and economic
impact studies so that govern-
ment then could redo those
things and decide whether or
not LNG was safe to put in the
areas where they were request-
ing,” he said.

Mr Russell said the FNM
government did not receive
that information from any of
the three LNG operators.

“We assumed that the pre-
sent government received that
information. But, it is clear to
us that the present government
is not working or acting on any
kind of professional studies
that were done, and it seems
that everything is just being
done willy-nilly due to the
upcoming elections.”

AES is the only company
that has been given approval
from the Bahamas Environ-
mental Science and Technolo-

gy (BEST) commission on its .

Environmental Impact Assess-
ment forms under the PLP
government. ,

The company propeses to
build a re-gasification terminal
and construct an:80-mile
underwater pipeline from
Ocean Cay near Bimini to
pump liquefied natural gas to
South Florida. ©

On Monday, the FNM
announced that it will not sup-

port the introduction of such a .

dangerous industry unless all

Environmentalist crit



@ THE proposed LNG
facility at Ocean Cay

proper precautions and safe-
guards are in place.
According to a statement
issued by the FNM last Thurs-
day, environmentalists who had
gathered at a meeting to dis-
cuss the AES project heard
excerpts from a report sug-
gesting that environmental
standards and protection to be

put in place at the Florida end:

of the proposed pipeline will
not be included at the Bahamas
end.

Reiterating the party’s stand
on LNG, Mr Russell stressed
that “if the LNG plants coming
to the Bahamas cannot prove
to us that they are safe to oper-
ate, that it is safe for the envi-
ronment and would not cause
any environmental degrada-
tion, we will not support them.

“Now some would say we
approved it in principle, but
that means that you are telling
the owner is that if your testing
and studies come back positive

then we will give a final
approval.”

Mr Russell has also
expressed concerns about the
environmental impact of major
developments in East and. West
Grand Bahama.

He noted that the devasta-
tion at Gold Rock Beach in
East End may be due to the
dredging, and that there have
been no attempts to rectify the

once pristine beach, which has

been featured on the Ministry
of Tourism’s website.

Gold Rock Beach, known
for its white powdery sand, is
now covered with large rocks.

“I asked the government last

week about what they were
doing about the situation at
Gold Rock Beach and I was
told that the minister of envi-
ronment is looking at it,” he
said.

@ KENNETH Russell



icises

stance of FNM on LNG

THE controversy sur-
rounding the installation of a
potentially hazardous lique-
fied natural gas facility in the
Bahamas continued yesterday
as a long-standing opponent
attacked on the FNM’s
stance.

Environmentalist and direc-
tor of the organisation
reEarth, Sam Duncombe, said
the FNM had made “flaccid
statements” on the issue, in
which the party indicated they
would support such facilities
should “all safeguards be in
place”.

In a statement entitled
“Democracy or Dictatorship”,

Mrs Duncombe said that by .

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taking this stance on the issue
- which threatens to make the
Bahamas a “guinea pig” for
what she calls an “inherently
hazardous” industry — the
FNM are not fulfilling their
democratic obligation to their
supporters and the Bahami-
an people.

She claimed that available
US documentation on LNG
facilities states that the dan-
gers of such a project “are not
fully known” — and by impli-
cation, neither are the safe-
guards required to make it

- safe for introduction into the

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Dr Marcus Bethel, who on
Monday stated that the neces-
sary regulations for the man-
agement of the proposed facili-
ty and pipeline are anticipated
to be in place “within six to nine
months”.

On Tuesday July 25, Attor-
ney General Allyson Maynard-
Gibson announced that an
agreement approving the LNG
pipeline could be concluded
before the PLP government’s

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term of office, a-public state-
ment which veteran journalist
Sir Arthur Foulkes called “most
unusual”, given that statements
regarding projects being
approved or considered by the
government are usually made
by “either the minister respon-
sible for the particular project
or the prime minister”.

The cabinet minister respon-
sible for LNG projects is Min-
ister of Agriculture and Fish-
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1

BY CRYSTAL JOHNSON-COLLIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

IN many countries, the inten-
tional or reckless infection of a
person with the HIV virus is
illegal. With the Bahamas
ranked as the country with the
third highest per-capita HIV-
rate in the world, many are con-
cerned that the government has
yet to create legislation to pun-
ish those who intentionally

transmit the disease.

There are many tragic stories
of cases in the Bahamas where
HIV/AIDS sufferers have inten-
tionally transmitted the disease
to healthy persons.

Those who do should be
charged with criminal transmis-
sion of HIV, murder,
manslaughter, attempted mur-
der, or assault, say some com-
mentators. .

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Ambassadors for Positive Liv-
ing.

“I disagree to an extent with
the popular belief that the con-
traction of HIV/AIDS is a death
sentence, but view it as a change
of lifestyle for the person with
the disease.

“However, I do not think the
death penalty should play a part
in such a case, because despite a
person getting the disease, with

_ treatment they can live for a

very long time,” he said.

In the US, some states have
enacted laws expressly to crim-
inalise HIV transmission. In
Britain, offenders are charged
under existing laws.

Several sexually-transmitted
diseases (STDs) have been
known to humans for cen-
turies, but commentators say
the government is not put
under very much pressure to
prosecute those who knowing-
ly spread other STDs, for two

“reasons:

e Bahamian society is reluc-
tant to discuss matters of sex,
let alone enact legislation to

control sexual activity.

¢ Unlike the HIV/AIDS, oth-
er STDs are not fatal.

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legislation on the matter is
essential, because it may help
the spread of such diseases.

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it would have to be proven that
the person allegedly transmit-
ted the disease, in fact has the
disease,” said Mr Kemp. “It
would put a lot of healthcare

’ providers in a crunch. It would.

mean that court system would

have to give authorisation to |

healthcare providers to break
their confidentiality with their
clients.

He pointed out however, that
requesting health officials to
take such steps would prevent

- many other people with the dis-

ease from coming forward, get-

_ ting tested and seeking medical
help.

because like the flu, HIV/AIDS
is a virus. It may be much more
critical than the flu but the ques-

_tion is, should we put the flu on

the books too?” Mr Kemp
asked.

THE LEGAL AND SOCIAL
PROBLEMS

If you are HIV-positive, dat-
ing and sex always involve
tricky questions about when
you should disclose your HIV-
status to a partner.

But if the laws of the .

Bahamas change, such decisions
will have legal ramifications.

Failing to disclose HIV sta-
tus to a partner may in the
future expose ‘an individual to
criminal prosecution or to being
sued by your sexual partner.

However at the moment,
criminal convictions for expos-
ing another person to HIV
through sex are rare around the
world.

In the US for example, since
the beginning of the AIDS epi-
demic, more than 300 people
have been criminally prosecuted

for exposing another person to

“HIV intentionally.
“We all should Bé ‘ensitive’

sto a persons. with HIV/AIDS *:

Only a fraction of these cases

‘involve exposure through con-

sensual sex. The others involve
activities such as biting, scratch-
ing and spitting, or violent sex
crimes such as rape.

In the initial stages of HIV,
no symptoms appear — usually
for more than a year. A person
who engages in sex or donates
blood during this time may
therefore have no reasonable
basis upon which to suspect that
he or she is transmitting a virus,
and any laws .

The political issues are many,
and a number of them are listed
in the entry for “criminal trans-

missions of HIV” on the
research website
www.answers.com:

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increases the risk of HIV infec-
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every person is responsible for

the management their own: ~

health, any medical complica-
tions of consensual but unpro-

tected sex might be seen as aris- “

ing from the mutual decision of
two persons.

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rights to consider.

© Will screening become com-
pulsory?

¢ If intentional or reckless
transmission is criminalised,
those who might be infected

could decline to be tested so '.°

that they will not actually have
knowledge of their status. This
could have serious conse-
quences for public health.
Efforts were made to speak
with the Attorney General’s

office about the possibility of ©

legislation on the matter, but |.

the calls were not returned up
to press time.

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LOCAL NEWS

Psychiatrists testify
‘in murder trial of
Cordell Farrington

@ By NATARIO
McKENZIE

PSYCHIATRISTS were
called to testify in the
Supreme Court yesterday
about the state of mind of
accused murderer Cordell
Farrington at the time of the
murder of Jamaal Robbins.

Dr Michael Neville was
the first to testify. As a
defence witness he told the
court that Farrington suf-
fered from an “abnormality
of mind” at the time Rob-
bins was murdered.

Dr Neville told the court
that he conducted four
extensive interviews with
the accused between Janu-
ary and March 2004.

Based on what he was told
by the accused during that

time, Dr Neville said that in °

his opinion Farrington suf-
fered from a severe disor-
der.

Dr Neville told the court
that Farrington suffered
from anti-social personality
disorder and borderline per-
sondlity disorder.

He said that Farrington
also suffered from pae-
dophilia, having a specific
sexual attraction to young
boys, although this prefer-
ence was not exclusive.

The doctor explained that
although Farrington had this
specific attraction, he was
also capable of having sex
with adult males and
females.

Dr Neville told the court.

that Farrington also suffered
from “marked impulsivity”.

He said that because of
Farrington’s anti-social per-
sonality disorder, there was
a disconnection between his
emotions and the things he
said.

Explained

.'.*.'The doctor explained that

although most’ people dis-
play emotions when dealing
with terrible things, Far-
-.rington displayed almost a
-complete lack of emotion
‘when he spoke of the crime.

The doctor said that
because of his border-line
personality disorder, Far-
‘.tington either idolised or
‘hated people and appeared
to be unable to deal with
any form of rejection.

Dr Neville told the court
that these disorders may
have begun when Farring-



= MURDER accused
Cordell Farrington

ton was a child.

He noted that Farrington
had been a temperamental
child and children like that
need more nurturing than
others. He said Farrington
claimed he never received
this.

Dr Neville told the court

| that during his discussion

with Farrington, he learned
that as a child, the accused

was moved repeatedly fo .

different care-givers.

As a result of this, Far-
rington felt rejected, Dr
Neville said.

He said the accused also’

told him that as a child he
was sexually abused by a
male relative who he did not
identify specifically.

Dr Neville went on to tes-
tify that according to Far-
rington’s Sandilands file, he
admitted himself to the

facility because of cocaine

addiction.

The doctor told the court
that during the session with
Farrington, the accused told
him of his close relationship
with Jamaal Robbins.

He said that Farrington
told him that he had met
Jamaal while they were both
attending Sandilands for
drug addiction.

Dr Neville said it was at
that time that Farrington
learned that he was HIV
positive and this would have
affected his state of mind.

The doctor went on to
state that when Robbins lat-
er told him that he was mov-
ing to Nassau, Farrington

thought of ways to prevent’

him from leaving.

Dr Neville said that in his
opinion, while the murder
did not have much planning



behind it, Farrington would
have thought about it days
before the event.

The doctor said that at the

time Robbins was killed, .

Farrington would have

known right from wrong. He -

said that Farrington suffered
from abnormality of mind at
the time.

Dr Neville said that.

although this was not total —
to the point of insanity — it
was more than minimal.

The psychiatrist said Far-
rington told him that all his
life, he collected animal
bones and that he kept
Jamaal’s bones as well.

Dr Neville said Farring-
ton told him that he decided

to confess to the murder

because he.had had impuls-
es to kill again.

He said the accused
appeared to have above

_ average intellect.

Witness

Dr Timothy Barrett, a
prosecution witness, said
that he met with Farrington
earlier this year. ,

After meeting with the
accused, Dr Barrett said that
he had concluded that Far-
rington understood right
from wrong at the time
Jamaal Robbins was killed.

He also testified that the
accused had traits of bor-
derline and anti-social per-
sonality disorder and that
Farrington appeared to have
an above average intellect.
_Dr Barrett said Farring-
ton told him that on his sec-
ond admission to Sandilands
in 2001, he discovered
that he had contracted
HIV.

The doctor said that when
he spoke to Farrington
about it, the accused dis-

missed the subject immedi-.

ately.
During cross-examination
by Farrington’s attorney, Dr

Barrett admitted that Far-’

rington had told him that
during his childhood he had
sex with dogs.

The doctor said he also
got the impression that Far-
rington liked to have sex
with young boys.

‘Dr Barrett could not say

to what degree the person-
ality disorders affected Far-
rington’s mental faculties at
the time he killed Jamaal
Robbins, but noted that they
were present.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS

THE TRIBUNE



# WASHINGTON

A HUMAN rights group
asked a federal judge Tuesday
to force the Treasury Depart-
ment to release information
about whether it blocked mil-
lions of dollars in development
loans to Haiti, according to
Associated Press.

The dispute dates back to
2001, when international
lenders suspended more than
$500 million in loans and

grants to the impoverished
country after President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide’s party
swept to victory in legislative
elections that opponents said
were rigged.

The Robert F Kennedy

. Memorial Center for Human

Rights says the U.S. govern-
ment wrongly told the Inter-
American Development Bank
to withhold $146 million in
loans approved for public health
and education in Haiti, the

poorest country in the Western
hemisphere.

Aristide called the move
“genocidal.” Eighty per cent of
the country’s 8 million residents
lives in abject poverty.

The center filed a Freedom
of Information Act request in
2003 seeking documents about
the U.S. government’s role in
blocking the loans. The lending
process is not supposed to be
political, the centre said.

Though international aid to

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from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Senior
Associate/Network Operations IT in its Audit Department.

JOB SUMMARY

To perform audits and other engagement or duties for the Internal Audit
Department, thereby assisting the Company to achieve its objectives.
To-plan, organize, conduct, and formally report on a scheduled
engagement in accordance with Internal Audit’s methodology as well
as the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and
the general standards for Information Systems Auditing. Provide
independent and objective appraisal of activities to ascertain the adequacy
of systems and controls.

Confidentiality under any and all circumstances is mandatory.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES _

1. Direct and perform independent reviews and evaluations of the
. Company’s operations and activities.

2. Contribute to a number of internal atidit reports ‘af: varying

complexity annually. Reports average 8-12 pages in length and
usually support numerous recommendations. Recommendations
are thoroughly researched and discussed with responsible
managers. Recommendations are not necessarily bound by
existing policy, and should affect controls, efficiencies and savings
on all operational areas.

. Exercise discretion in the review of records to ensure
confidentiality of all matters that comes to the auditor’s attention.

. Facilitate Internal Audit’s administration function including
presenting bi-weekly timesheets, weekly status reports, responding
to. and issuing correspondence to external parties through Internal
‘Audit Department’ s Management, presenting reports and

promoting the Internal Audit Function, etc.

. For all audit engagements.

e Perform or assist in the performance of preliminary research
for assigned audits in accordance with the Internal Auditing
methodology, including conduction interviews with
operational managers, supervisors, and staff member; flow
charting audit operational procedures and. conducting risk
assessments.
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approaches, scope. and tools for assigned audits.

Perform test of controls using appropriate audit tools and

techniques

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Compile findings in a clear and concise manner in accordance
with the internal audit guidelines-and format;

Confer with management, consult reference materials and
other sources, and use knowledge and experience to devise
practical remedies for deficiencies noted and make ©
recommendations for corrective actions;

Document and compile audit evidence and working papers
in accordance with Internal Audit methodology and standards,
and present the same for review;
Other duties and tasks as required by Unit Manager or Senior

Manager.

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1. Bachelor’s degree and four years related experience in a
telecommunications industry is desirable;

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with all levels of staff;

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HUMAN RESOURCES, TRAINING & SAFETY
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NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

RE: SENIOR ASSOCIATE, NETWORK OPERATIONS
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Haiti has since been restored
and a new government is in
place, the centre says it needs to
know the motives behind the
process.

“There’s a precedent for
intervention that can stop these
loans at a critical point and
there’s no guarantee this isn’t
going to happen again,” said
Monika Kalra Varma, the cen-
ter’s acting director. “We don’t
think we can effectively battle
that today if we don’t under-
stand how it happened.”

The lawsuit, filed in a Wash-
ington federal court, seeks an
order forcing treasury officials
to comply with the information
request.

Neither the Treasury Depart-
ment nor the Inter-American
Development Bank had an
immediate comment Tuesday
morning.



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prompts Cubans
to imagine a future
without him —

@ CUBA
Havana

THE government video of a’

weakened Fidel Castro conva-
lescing in bed brought an unde-
niable truth home to Cubans on

. Tuesday: neither he nor Cuba

will ever be the same, according
to Associated Press.

The images released Monday
night of Cuba’s 80-year-old
“unconquerable commander in
chief” reassured anxious
Cubans that he was alive, com-
fortable and recovering after
surgery. .

But the post-surgery pho-

oy “tographs and video also are

helping Cubans “gradually grow
accustomed to” the idea of a
Cuba without their “Maximum

Leader” at the helm, according:

to historian Manuel Cuesta-
Morua, a government oppo-
nent.

“The video gives a positive
idea, that he is recovering,” said
Cuesta-Morua, who describes
himself as a social democrat
who wants more civil liberties in
Cuba. “At the same time, it
gives me the impression that he
doesn’t have the ability to
return to his duties.”

With the details of Castro’s |

illness being treated as a “state
secret,” Cubans and the world
are in the dark about how sick
he really is, what ails him, and
what kind of surgery he had'two
weeks ago before announcing
July 31 he was temporarily ced-
ing power to his younger broth-
er Raul.

Cubans have remained calm
while awaiting further word
from the Communist Party,
which has called on them to
remain faithful to their leader
and his revolution.

“Get well, Comandante,”
Rolando Alfonso Borges, a
Communist Party Central Com-
mittee member wrote Tuesday
in Granma, the party’s newspa-
per. “You know that our people

~ are the guarantor, that the Rev-

olution came to stay, that we
would defend it with blood and
fingernails if necessary.”

But ‘Cubans: have never
before seen Castro as fragile as
he looked Monday night on the
10-minute video broadcast on
state television, which showed
him receiving an 80th birthday
visit Sunday from his brother
Raul and Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez.

The man who ruled Cuba for
47 years before stepping aside
didn’t once lift his head from

the adjustable bed, its back

propped at.an angle. His long
fingers rested in the hand of
Chavez, who treated him with
the affection of a son for his
father.

Previously, Castro’s most vul-
nerable moment came during
an accidental fall in October
2004 that shattered his left
kneecap and broke his right
arm. Cubans were stunned to
see him shortly afterward ina
wheelchair, then more aston-
ished a few weeks later when
he began walking again.

It was not entirely clear why
the Cuban government, which
has taken great pains over the
years to protect Castro’s physi-
cally invincible image, allowed
him to be seen sick this time.

But the need to prove to
Cubans and the world that Cas-
tro was still alive, conscious and
coherent after two weeks with-
out any information about his
condition may have prevailed.

Seeing Castro convalescing
elicited profound feelings of
sympathy and even affection
among many Cubans who seem
to consider him part of their
family, even if they don’t always
agree with him.

“We were so sad without
knowing anything for so long”
abaut Castro’s condition, said
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Privately, Cubans said that

sumes the presidency, the
bearded former guerrilla,
famous for staying up all night
and micromanaging multiple
projects, will have to adopt a
less rigorous schedule and learn
how to delegate.

Cuesta-Morua said Castro
should consider stepping aside
permanently and “complete the
succession process.”

Other Cubans don’t go that
far.

“We're going to have the
Comandante-for a while,” said
71-year-old Manuel Raul Ruiz,
who joined the Castro brothers
in the guerrilla. war that even-
tually overthrew the govern-
ment of dictator Fulgencio
Batista.

Although Ruiz said he didn’t
expect Castro to die soon, he
did accept that someday he’ll
be gone — something few
Cubans would even admit sev-
eral years ago.

“The revolution will go ahead
with or without him,” Ruiz said.

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a
Education crisis

is far bigg

er

than you think

“...the stagnation and decline
in the overall quality of Bahamian
education has occurred during the
greatest expansion of the world’s
knowledge base.

“technical change and intel-
lectual growth will affect jobs,
individuals and countries.

“The keys to survive and thrive
are 1.) Be smart and 2.) Operate
in an environment that allows for
flexibility.

“Countries.have to learn to see
themselves as they really are and
then make the positive decision
to take the right steps.”

D ESPITE 40 years of
Government spending
on education, the functional illit-
eracy of Bahamian youth today is
so great that the Minister of Edu-
cation calls it an “education cri-

sis”, a crisis that was clearly-

defined by the Coalition for Edu-
cation Reform in its June 2005
report “Bahamian Youth: The
Untapped Resource”.

The reason this is important
now is that the country faces an
embarrassing skills shortage giv-
en the job openings that will be
created by the presently
approved foreign investments.
Simply put there may not be
enough qualified Bahamians to
fill the jobs created and a far

greater than expected number of

foreign workers may be needed.

But the need to solve the edu-
cation crisis is bigger and broad-
er than that suggested by simply
looking at BGCSE test scores
and the need for foreign work-
ers in tourism. oe

The world is being driven by
economic and technological

forces that challenge the eco- . -

nomic and political status quo in
all countries big and small.

Globalization

Increasingly in today’s world
work gets done where it can be
done most efficiently; modern
telecommunications and trans-
portation systems, especially
rapidly evolving computer hard-
ware and software; make that
possible. The products range
from multi-million dollar aircraft
to computers, computer software
and kitchen appliances. | _

The Boeing 787 Dream-Liner,
for instance, was conceived in

Seattle but designed, in part, on.

- French software by aircraft engi-
"neers in Russia. Twenty-five per-

cent of the aircraft will be built

abroad and it will be assembled
_in Seattle.

Educational Excellence

The competition for such
“internationally sourced work”

_ has created a race to achieve edu-

"cational excellence. A good

- example is India.
* “In 1951, to his enduring cred-
it, Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first
prime minister, set up the first of
India’s seven Indian Institutes of
Technology (IITs). In the fifty
years since then, hundreds of
thousands of Indians have com-

peted to gain entry and then

graduate from these IITs and
their private school equivalents.
Given India’s 1 billion-plus pop-
ulation, this competition pro-
duces a phenomenal knowledge
’ meritocracy. It’s like a factory
. churning out and exporting some
of the most gifted engineering,
computer science, and software
talent on the globe. The IITs
became islands of excellence by
not allowing the general debase-
ment of the Indian system to low-
er their exacting standards.”
For most of their first fifty
years, these IITs were one of the
greatest bargains America ever
had. It was as if someone
installed a brain drain that filled
up in New Delhi and emptied
into Silicon Valley, California.
Because of modern telecom-
munications developed in the
1990s this work is being done
‘more and more in India rather
than Silicone Valley. Further-
‘more, China with its 1.3 billion
people is now working on a mas-
sive scale to surpass both India
and the U.S. (Reference: Thomas
‘L. Friedman, The World Is Flat,
"page 104).
» Unfortunately, the stagnation
and decline in the overall quality
-of Bahamian education has oc-
curred during the greatest expan-

‘sion of the world’s knowledge .

vbase.

Non-Biological Intelligence

«And this expansion is continu-
‘ing and accelerating as the elec-
«tronic computer extends intelli-

*gence further beyond man’s bio-

logical limits.

The first giant computer was
‘the Electronic Numerical Inte-
grator and Computer (ENIAC)
, built in 1943 that was first used to
»design the hydrogen bomb. It
*contained 17,000 vacuum tubes,
“70,000 resisters, 10,000 capacitors

OPINION

and 5 million hand-soldered
joints. It weighed 27 tons.

Two-years ago a silicon chip
measuring 0.02 inches square had
the same computing capacity.
That is truly revolutionary.
(Google Search: Wikipedia, ENI-.
AC).

Computer construction has
changed from a clearly visible
operation to one where circuits
are printed on silicon wafers with
the help of microscopes that can
“see” objects one seven thou-
sandth of a human hair (one
nanometer) in size.

Because of this revolution —

© Today’s electronic circuits
are millions of times faster than
the neuronal connections in the
human brain. (Ref.: Ray
Kurzweil, Fantastic Voyage, page
14).

¢ The power of information
technologies, as measured by
their. performance/cost ratios,
etc., is doubling about every year.
(Ref: Ray Kurzweil, The Singu-
larity Is Near, page 25).

¢ Computing now goes beyond
storing, manipulating and trans-
mitting numbers to include voice
and pattern recognition, etc.,
functions formerly the sole
domain of the human mind. This
is the new world of Artificial

Intelligence (AI). In the world

of AI many service jobs are like-
ly to be radically changed and
gravitate to the most efficient.

Healthcare.

To be more specific let us }ook
at an example outside tourism
that is currently a hot topic in the
Bahamas. That is healthcare and

where nanotechnology and

micro-biology merge.

Nanotechnology is the design
of structures, devices and systems
as small as one nanometer.

The science of.micro-biology
began in 1987 with the first sci-
entific paper on Deoxyribonu-
cleic Acid, “DNA”, the “mole-
cule of heredity” located in each
human cell. It is responsible for
human development and most
inherited traits that range from
hair colour to the. susceptibility
to disease. © a tes

The group of critical genes, the
human genome, is only 3 per cent
of the 50,000 to 100,000 genes in
a human that encode proteins.

As a result of the human
genome project we now are at
the beginning of a new era, an
era where “drug therapy is pre-
cisely targeting key steps in the

“process of atherosclerosis (the

cause of heart disease), cancerous
tumour formation, and the meta-
bolic processes underlying each
major disease and the aging
process.”

In this new era Micro-biology
and Nanotechnology are expect-
ed to produce drug-delivery vehi-
cles that deposit a drug in a dis-
eased area in the exact amount
needed. Such an advance in
healthcare should affect the sta-
tus quo. (Ref: Kurzweil, Singu-
larity, page 212 and Google
Search, Wikipeidia, Nanotech-
nology).

And this is directly relevant to
the proposed Bahamian national
health care system. In this regard
please refer to Nadeem Esmail,
Health Insurance in the
Bahamas. (Ref: Google Search,
Nassau Institute, Health. Insur-
ance in the Bahamas).

Conclusions

We live in a world where tech-
nical change and intellectual

growth will affect jobs, individu--

als and countries.
The keys to survive and thrive

‘ are —

1. Be smart and
2. Operate in an environment
that allows for flexibility.

. Being smart means productive
investments in humans. In the
case of the Bahamas the present
level of functional illiteracy
leaves the average Bahamian and
the country poorly prepared for
this century. And it should be no
comfort that many other coun-
tries have the same problem.

Flexibility is moulded by a
country’s cultural endowment
since that endowment deter-
mines its ability to absorb for-
eign ideas and best practices and
meld those with its own tradi-
tions. According to the Chief
Executive Officer of the Indian
high-tech trade association, “Cul-
tures that are open and willing to
change have a huge advantage
in this world.”

Countries have to learn to see
themselves as they really are and
then make the positive decision
to take the right steps.

The Nassau Institute



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YOUR CONNECTIO

POSITION VACANCY
Vice President of Training _

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications for the above position from
suitably qualified persons with relevant experience in the telecommunications or related industry.

The Vice President of Training will contribute to the Company’s success by creating and driving the
education, training and professional development strategy to ensure that employees are adequately
trained and developed and that organizational performance is maximized and enhanced as a result

of the

investment of training dollars. This position will set the strategic direction and oversee the

establishment of a training facility; “The University of BTC”, to develop career development programs
for BTC’s technical (engineering, network services, IP), customer service, managerial, IT, executive and
staff positions to properly match employee interests with the present and future skill requirements of
the Company.

General Responsibility

This p

osition reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for directing the _-

education, training and development plans, policies, procedures, systems and related activities. More

specif

ically, this position is responsible for aligning the Training & Development function with the

business strategies of BTC by developing and conducting programs that result in enhanced performance

by em

ployees who are knowledgeable about the critical functions of their jobs and have the current

training and development skills to meet the business needs of BTC.

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ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES .

~ Establish an effective training facility; “The University of BTC” and develop and administer the
Company's education, training & development policies, procedures and programs.

Accountable for overseeing and coordinating all training and development activities that will
accomplish the acquisition of new skills, behavioral changes, a customer-focused workforce,
individual improvements in quality, improvement in cost control and cost reduction.

Establish and maintain training opportunities to enhance individual competence by focusing
on the acquisition of the skills, knowledge and abilities employees require to enable them to
function effectively within the scope of their jobs.

Promote long-term individual career development processes that properly matches the
employees’ interests with the present and future needs of BTC’s for the achievement of its
strategic goals, results in increased employee satisfaction, meets staffing needs of the future,
and develops critical employee skills.

Confer with executives, management and employees to gain knowledge of work situations
that require training to better, understand changes in policies, procedures, regulations, business
initiatives and technologies. ae A they yt peak Beth gan ee ;

_ Ensure the development of a competent workforce by researching, planning, organizing and
conducting training programs, seminars and conferences for technical, administrative/clerical,
supervisory, management and executive staff.

Formulate training policies, programs and schedules based on knowledge of identified training
needs, company processes, business systems or changes in products, services or procedures.

Review and update existing programs to reflect core values of the company. Organizes, writes
and coordinates training manuals that include course content. Writes material for new training

- programs, reviews, evaluates and modifies existing programs and recommends appropriate
changes.

Establish a functioning Training Centre where a training facility exists, training materials, reference
library, testing and evaluation procedures, visual aids, multimedia and other educational materials:
and all the necessary resources have been communicated. “

Prepare and monitor the training budget to ensure that training costs do not exceed allocated
funds.

Plan and direct all approved in-house training programs by coordinating the planning and
classroom facilities, selecting the appropriate instructional procedures, equipment and supplies
to be used.

Direct and control the activities of all BTC’s employees while on external training programs
sponsored by the Corporation so that training objectives. may be realized.

Direct and supervise all personnel while serving as instructors for BTC’s in-house training
programs.

Administer BTC’s Tuition Reimbursement and Certification Programs.

‘ Build, recruit, train and organize an effective Education, Training & Development division.

REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor’s degree in Arts or Science with emphasis in human resources development with a minimum

of ten

(10) years of managerial experience in a human resources management or education, training

& development environment.

The successful candidate should possess:

Superior understanding of and experience in Education, Training & Development fundamentals
and concepts;

Excellent written, oral, organizational and communication skills;

Proven success in designing and building an effective training & development function and

team(s). ‘

COMPENSATION j

Attractive salary and other benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All applications are to b¢ eceived at BTC’s Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
Wednesday, August 16°", 2006 and addressed as follows:

Vice President/Human Resources

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited
John F. Kennedy Drive

P. O. Box N-3048

Nassau, Bahamas

Re:Vice President of Training
PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2006

Global communication and ROW 5.
to make the BTC dinosaur extinct

T AST year, BTC intro-

B_sauced a new look as
part of a plan to "foster
improvement on every level of
the communications spectrum."

The new corporate clothing
retired BTC's earlier slogan —
"the Right Choice" — in favour
of a slightly less risible one
claiming to be our "Connection
to the. World". This was a step
toward "evolving and re-brand-
ing the company," the press
releases said.

But evolution at BTC resem-
bles creationism more than sci-

ence — in other words, this is .

the way it always has been, and
that's the way it will stay. It's
been almost a decade since we
started talking about telecoms
liberalisation as a matter of
urgency, and ain't nothing hap-
pen yet, although State Finance
Minister James Smith pops up
every now and then with an
occasional update.

Years ago the government's

original telecoms. sector policy: ....

called for updated legislation,
the sale of 49 per cent of BaTel-

Co to a strategic partner, a new -

regulatory body, immediate
competition in the internet mar-
ket, and the gradual opening up
of other telecom services.
Internet service was liber-
alised, with the result that Cable
Bahamas won the lion's share of
the market — over 25,000
Coralwave ‘subscribers com-
pared to 11,000 Batelnet users
today. Fixed voice service was
then opened up, but BTC con-.
tinues to thwart Indigo's plans
while jealously guarding its
mobile phone monopoly (there

are almost twice as many cell
phones as there are landlines in
the country today). And
although most international
players shied away from a
minority stake in BTC three
years ago, at least two groups
did make offers — of up to $130
million — which the govern-
ment spurned.

So instead of bringing in rev-
enue to help cover the coun-
try's huge deficit, BTC has been
on a clueless spending spree —



LARRY SMITH

Leon Williams, the acting GM
who was bizarrely promoted
over his boss after being sus-
pended for making an unap-

. proved $6 million decision, is



Rather thig@n removing the
dead hand of the state from
one of the world's most critical
growth technologies, BTC
continues to obstruct
competition and deny

installing new mobile phone sys-

tems that sometimes work,
repairing hurricane damage that
should never have happened
and adding expensive fibre-
optic cable links to our least
populated settlements. Rather
than removing the dead hand
of the state from one of the
world's most critical growth
technologies, BTC continues to
‘obstruct competitionjand deny
service to consumers.

E fact, it is the only thing
they know how to do well.

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Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
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of #15. Roosevelt Avenue,
East Pyfrom Addition, will
be held on Thursday 1llam -

‘at St. George's Anglican

Church, Mt. Rose Avenue. |
Rev. Fr.
Knowles, assisted by Rev.
Fr. Dr. Roland Hamilton and
Fr. Ivan Eldon will officiate.
Interment will be in

Lakeview Gardens, J.EK. Drive.

"” service in 2004 — has been’ q

G. Kingsley :

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Movena Bowe
Clarke; children, Joycelyn Szasz, Dayne Clarke, Georgina
Bolware of Atlanta, Georgia, Jasmine Young and Joyelle
McIntosh; grand children, Brandon Bolware of Atlanta,
Georgia, Celine, Sandor and Simone Szasz and Trent
Mcintosh Jr.; sons-in-law, Zoltan Szasz, Willie Bolware
of Atlanta, Georgia, Darrin Young and Trent McIntosh Sr;

‘brothers, John, Phillip, Kenneth, Michael, Kevin, Gregory,
Kent and Bursil Clarke; sisters, Eloise and Sandra Clarke,
Dorothy Fernander of Tennessee, Olga Bethel and Cynthia
Tynes; sisters-in-law, Shirley, Lorraine, Anne, Desiree,
Audreyana and Tiffany Clarke, Agnes Charlow, Mary
Fritgerald and Martha Smith; brother-in-law, Danny Tynes;
cousins, Arthur Huyler of South Carolina, Godfrey, a
Herbert and Andrew Huyler, Constance Gardiner, Mary
Clarke of Bimini, Geneva, Patsy, Eunice Boyce, Nathanial
Clarke of Florida and Nehemiah Clarke of Freeport; njieces,

- Shirlean, Carolyn, Cynthia, Alicia, Philsha, Raquel, Kennia,
Kendra and Terese Clarke, Cecile Chinye of North lina,
Karon Fernander of Florida, Denise Culver of gia,
Olayinka Burrows, Carla Edwards, Sonia Bethel, Ashley
Alexis, Trazania, Kara and Tenisha Clarke; nephews,
Godfrey Fernander of Georgia, Leslie and Darrin Clarke,
Andre, Terrance and Trevor Bethel, Dancyn, Dayman and
Dion Tynes, Cameron, Deneo and Antonio Clarke; thirteen
grand nieces, seventeen grand nephews, five great-grand
nieces, five great grand nephews; a host of other relatives
and friends including, the St. George's’ ‘Parish ACM, the
Genesis Cell Group, the Guild to help the sick and the
needy, the Rev'd Dr. Fr. Roland Hamilton, Adrian Archer
and the entire St. George's Parish family, Mearlane Lewis,
William and Yvonne Watson, Basil Bullard and Oralee
Major, Ralph and Rose Brown, Mr and Mrs. Melbourne:
Cartwright, Gillian Bethel, Lettcia Clarke; Tayna Tynes,
Brent Edwards, Basil Charlow and Edward Fritzgerald,
the Male Medical II and Private Medical Wards of the '
Princess Margaret Hospital, Velma Burrows and the staff
of PHA Physiotherapy, Collins Avenue, Manassah Deveaux,
Mr. Robert Newman, Mr Gus Rolle and family of Augusta
Street, the Curry's of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, and all the
present and former residents of "THe Valley" and Godfrey
Chinye, Frank Burrows and William Culver.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10am ¢o
6pm and on Thursday at the church from 10am to service
time.



service to consumers.



‘the chief obsiructor, sources say.
He is ably supported by Works .

Minister Bradley Roberts and.
Financial Secretary Ruth Mil-.
lar. James Smith and.BTCs for-
mer GM, Michael Symonette,
are said to be in the pro-pri-
vatisation camp.

In an amazing example of |
self-indulgence, the obstructors —
at BTC are currently spending’.

hundreds of thousands. of dol-

lars of public money on litiga-~

tion to hold back the rising tide
of technology and competition.
Despite the egregious claim that
BTC is the Bahamas' "Connec-
tion to the World", analysts say
that up to 70 per cent of outgo-
ing international traffic bypass-

es BTC's network, with 30 to.

40 per cent of business sub-:
scribers already using illicit
voice over Internet alternatives:
such as Vonage or Skype:

Meanwhile, Indigow
Bahamian company t

licensed to operate fixed Vv
' Mave





etly building its network among

business customers over the

past two years ‘and plans to

launch residential service in a
month or so. And. years after
Indigo was licensed, BTC began
appealing the decision and

recently asked the courts to”

declare that only it is authorised
to use VoIP. Fechnology in. the
Bahamas.

Although BTC would natu-

rally not respond to inquiries

on this matter, analysts say the.

goal is to drive Indigo out of
business: "This is typical behav-

iour in-markets that are being

deregulated,” one observer told
Tough Call.""But the genie is

out of the bottle and it.is not.

going back in. As competitive
services gain a higher profile,
consumers will demand more

and_ as technology advances
what BTC does will become less

‘and less important." ,
The term VoIP refers to the
transport of voice over an inter-

“ net protocol-based network. It.

covers a range of activities —

Internet phones. 3 are just one.

operate. .

I: a bid to become more
proactive, BTC recently
launched its own Internet
phone service called Vibe. Like

-its US-based competitor, Von-

age, BTC's Vibe offers cus-
tomers a foreign phone num-
ber and unlimited free calls to
either North America or
Europe for a flat monthly fee

- that ranges from $35 to $45.

Calls to other areas cost a min-
imum of 20 cents a minute.

- Vonage's commercial inter-
net phone service has led the
way in the US and by most

.accounts has made impressive

gains in the Bahamian market,
although it is theoretically illegal
—-like the prohibition of liquor
was in the US during the early
20th century. Vonage provides

. the equivalent of. full-service

landline telephony, through an
Internet connection and a tele-
phone adaptor box.

The only requirement for an
internet phone is a high-speed
internet connection, like Batel-
net or Coralwave. VoIP phones
have all the usual features such

as voicemail, call forwarding,

caller id.and call waiting, but
unlike regular phone service,
these features are included free.

Vonage now has almost 2



The obstructors at BIC are
‘currently spending hundreds
_of thousands of dollars of
public money on litigation to
hold back the rising tide of .
technology and competition.



application: New carriers like,

Indigo rely on VoIP technology

vfor their core networks,,.and
legacy carriers like. BTC:are
wah to migrate their net-

works to VoIP technology,

which|is cheaper and easier to.

‘Did ' Poreial: Home

‘Service Beyond Measure”

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DARVILLE, 85.

who. died at her.
daughter’s residence
in Imperial Park on
Friday, will be held at
Ebenezer Methodist

} Church, Shirley
Street on Thursday,
August 17th, 2006 at
11am. Burial will be inthe church. gorictery,
Pastor Martin Loyley Officiating.”

She was pre- -deceased by a son, Philip G.
Darville and is survived by three daughters,

Jean Darville, Eleanor Sherrill and, Betty:

Thorne of Vancouver, Canada; one grand
son, Jason Thorne; three granddaughters,
Jeannie and Mandy Sherrill and Lisa Darville;.
two great grandchildren, Dylon and Hayley;-

one son-in-law, Gordon Thorne; one brother,

Hartman Pinder; one sister, Mary Serjak of

-Tyler, Texas; one nephew, Gordon Serjak of

Tyler, Texas; two nieces, Gaby and Gaylene
of Orlando, Florida; cousins, Wendy and
Michael Brohur, Simon, Kim and Dayna
Rodham; very dear friends, Joey Kemp,

Elaine and Murray Forde, Linda and Ear|

Pinder, Rosie and William Higgs, Vera Lowe,
Eugen Albury and family and numerous
relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Pinder’s Funeral Home, Palmdale Avenue,
Palmdale.



million subscribers today,
although it is still losing money

.,a8 itaries, to build market share.
Meanwhile, computer-based

services such as eBay's Skype
programme offer voice calls that
are completely free.

. Skype is a peer-to-peer ser-

» vice created by the inventors of

the file-sharing software called
Kazaa. It provides free tele-
phony between computer users
without relying on a central

. infrastructure. Skype has been

downloaded'by more than 100
million users worldwide and
calls can be made via a simple
headset or USB phone.

~ But the biggest impact on

telecommunications is likely to’
come from the new Wi-Fi
phones that are now being
introduced. These let consumers
use wireless home and office
internet connections. to make
calls,:and will soon be able to
roam seamlessly between cel-
lular and IP networks. The bot-
tom line is that VoIP networks
are easier to build and operate
and offer consumers better and

o cheaper service.

. S: where will that leave
the dinosaurs at BTC?

. Probably looking sheepish.

Meanwhile, the supporters of
privatisation continue to talk to
a consortium of private equity
firms led. by Bluewater Ven-
tures, an-investment vehicle

-headed by John Gregg, who is a

former. chief executive at NTL
— Britain's largest cable com-

THE TRIBUNE...

pany.
There is also talk that Cable &

Wireless, Digicel and Columbus we
Communications are waiting in, + .<,
the wings.to eventually snap up: ,-,
what remains of BTC after the .~ .-

obstructors have had their way...
Both Cable & Wireless and Dig-
icel were initially part of the pri-”:
vatisation process that was pro‘. ' -
nounced dead by the govern-~
ment at the end of 2003.

C&W is a British company -’-
that operated monopoly tele-"" *

coms services in much of the
English-speaking Caribbean for’
decades. It is reported to be try-

ing to sell its regional portfolio ,, 4
to Carlos Slim, the billionaire ©,

who owns Mexico's Telmex
mobile phone operator.
Digicel is an Irish mobile

- operator that over the past five

years has built a $1.2 billion -

regional network extending.
from Trinidad to Bermuda and... .-:
from the Turks & Caicos to’ :

Cayman — a total of 22 markets.

Columbus Communications
is a Barbados corporation that.
owns telecoms providers in 19, '
regional markets — including-
Cable Bahamas,

Caribbean* ° %

Crossings, Merit Communica- |

tions and FibraLink Jamaica. *
Analysts say that any BTC ~
buyer must have the stomach’
to deal with the politics, handle
the union and fix a broken com-
pany: "There are great oppor:, *
tunities throughout
Caribbean but investors have
limited capital and management‘
resources and the Bahamas is
a difficult environment in which |

_ to operate.

"My view is that neither Dig?”

the: >

so

icel or Columbus ‘will chase co

. BTC, but if it was offered on*

‘ reasonable terms one or both’ * |
could step up. In short, for.’

telecommunication investments, ’
other regional markets are. 2?

much better prospects." toa

M: st.of the English: “|
speaking Caribbean‘

has already opened their tele= oi

coms markets to competition for *
the region's four million active |
phones. Cell phones are the pre-
ferred choice of users, there is
an almost.seamless roaming.

throughout the region, one price: . a ‘

within and between most.

islands, and international callé

are now 70 per cent cheaper.
The big question here is: How

long will Bahamians be held to. 4:

_

ransom?

In June BTC launched a pro-"" re

motion in Abaco for their GSM)’
mobile phone service, which i is.
not yet fully operational. Using ,
the ironic theme "Happy”.’
Together", BTC said it was,
being ' forced to deliver moré :
efficient service." After feasting’.
on filet mignon and shrimp at
the exclusive Winding Bay Club |

BTC reportedly gave away a 7.

million dollars worth of activat: ”

ed GSM phones, along with oth-’ » :

er expensive promotion items.” —
Since BTC has a monopoly ~
on cell phones and Bahamians,
investors and visitors are des-, ‘
perate for service, this alone

should be proof that the corpo-* |

ration and its management.”
should fold their tents and go
quietly into that good night. ©

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Warning —
FROM page one

sons, especially if they are
demanding money.

The advertisement stated:
“Do you have a family mem-
ber or a friend on the AIDS
ward or at home? Do not
count them out just yet their
healing miracle is here.
Through my Lord and Sav-
iour Jesus Christ and my
‘father Jehovah they will be
healed from AIDS.”

In the advertisement
“Brother Peter” also profess-
es to be able to perform mira-
cles of héaling on persons with
cancer} Parkinson’ s disease,
kidney or liver diseases, bar-
ren women or drug addicts.

This is not the first time an
advertisement of this nature
has“appeared, said Mrs Bain,
however, when it does, the
information is passed on to Dr

‘ Perry Gomez, Director of the
National HIV/AIDS Pro-
gramme.

Officials say that at present
no measures are in place to
deal with this kind of situa-
tion.

Most advertisements of this

’ nature, said Mrs Bain, are not
treated as serious, they are a
hoax.

However, in instances
where persons advertise actu-
al medication of any form,
they are referred to the,
ical Board.

er Peter” failed. The Minis
of Health was also contact
to find out what legislative:

measures might be in place to

make these self-proclaimed

_ “healers” liable for their false
promises. This effort also
failed.

Mitchell

FROM page-one.

ment is not stalling because: 4 ve
“there would probably.be an

early election .if pressures
from the United: States
comes on the C i
ernment to extré
Knowles, provide









The Nahe extra

soar

process stretche:

century. The US|
ment first sought Knowles’
transfer in 2000. &._
Mr Symonette said he
was informed that, whatev-
er legal recourse, Mr
Knowles. had was relin-
quished by the recent Privy
- Council ruling. But he said
there was probably “tax-
ing” legal paperwork to be
completed. ;

“There was some refer-

ence made toa pending
proceeding going. on for
habeas corpus: in the
Bahamas,” he said.
“However; I would hope

that the PLP would soon
releasé Mr Knowles (into
custody) in order to main-
tain good relations with the
United States.”

Senator Carl Bethel said
allegations that. the PLP
would release Mr Knowles
post-election as a voting
strategy is not an-appropri-
ate exercise of a govern:



ment officially responsible ,

for making such a decision,
“The grounds on which

the Foreign Affairs: Minis- .

ter.exercises power are set
out:in the Extradition Act.
I can’t see how a political
strategic decision can be
made in a matter like this.”

He said he doesn’t give
any credence to those PLP
sources, and hopes that
these “stalling” claims. do
not reflect Mr Mitchell’s
point of view.

However, a political
source said it was possible
the PLP. could call an early

‘election for a dual purpose:
to catch the FNM off-guard
before it gets into its stride,
and.to. avoid having to
make a decision on the
Knowles affair before the
public goes to the,polls.







Captain Jackson.



run for Long Island seat

@ By RUPERT
MISSICK Jr
. Chief Reporter

CAPTAIN Jackson Ritchie,
who made headlines this year ©

as heading the Bahamas-based
Global United that was in the



process of closing a deal to
purchase Discovery Cruise

Line, may run as an indepen-

dent candidate in Long Island.

While Mr Ritchie would not
comment on this report, he
said there was interest in him

running for the seat, but it was

- Body found with
hands dn feet bound

FROM page one.




sal d there were no Si

signs of physical trauma, stab c or gunshot

wounds about the body, which made it extremely difficult for law
officials to classify the country’ s latest homicide victim.
Mr Evans explained: “The! Body was found just after 7am .
autopsy will be performed to discover the exact cause of death” Hs
Meanwhile, Theophelus Storr, said he was devastated by the

news of his nephew’s death.

He described “Dino”, as he was affectionately known, as a hard-
working, business-oriented man, who loved his family. |
“Tt.was shocking for me to hear that this morning,” Mr Storr said.





a THEOPHELUS STORR, | acta of james Storr.

. “Everyone is devastated and upset.”
.. Mr Storr said he saw his nephew three months ago and as usual
ney was as talking “about how. to make more money.”

(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)










too early for him to say that a
final. decision had been
made.

_ Long Island MP Larry
Cartwright, who himself won
the seat:as an independent, is
aware of the possible threat
to‘his: parliamentary seat. He

said he understands that Mr

Ritchie has visited Long
Island twice within two weeks
and is due to return on Thurs-
day. .

Mr Cartwright said that
from what he understands

government is not offering a’

candidate in the Long Island
race, therefore an indepen-
dent may be the only person

standing between him and a
return to. the House of Assem-

bly.:
However, he said, that since
he joined the FNM earlier this
year there has been renewed
interest in him as an’MP.

“I don’t see any challenge
there (in Mr Ritchie). People

are excited about me joining
the FNM and my support
would have increased tremen-
dously since January,” he
said. ;

One of the biggest chal-
lenges he faced in ‘2002 was
the fact that he was running
against former Long Island
incumbent, Jimmy Knowles

‘who was not only a veteran ©

politician, but also an FNM
Cabinet minister.

Development

If elected 'once more, Mr
Cartwright said he will focus
on obtaining more infrastruc-

tural development: for the ©

island.

“Long Island has returned ;

to its status of being the long

suffering island from 2002...
» There is very little people can
point their finger to and'say:
this government has shown an

interest.in doing anything for
the benefit of Long Island,”
Mr Cartwright said.

He said that if Lavthings
government has merely, in the

-.case of the reverse osmosis

plant, continued projects start-
ed by the FNM.
The infrastructural devél:

' opment on the island must be
‘completed, he said, in order

to encourage investors to

come to the island.
“You have two airports, one

acquired by the government

.. after it became a disaster area,

and the Deadman’s Cay air-
port, which is an overcrowded
runway with a small terminal
building.

“The airport needs to be
enclosed, it needs to:be
extended, it needs to have
runway lights.

“That will almost make it a
likely spot for people to want
to invest,” Mr Cartwright
Said.





















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‘damage’ was due to blasting

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

FREEPORT - Govern-
ment officials are visiting
Eight Mile Rock communi-
ties to determine whether
damage sustained by homes
was caused by the blasting at
Bahama Rock.

Minister of Energy and
Environment Dr Marcus
Bethel met with residents at a
town meeting on Monday
evening to officially inform
them that the government
would be conducting investi-
gations in the area.

Walter Reid, manager at
Bahama Rock, was also pre-
sent at the meeting, which
was held at the Bartlett Hill
Primary School auditorium.

Mr Reid told residents
about the ongoing project
that is being carried out by
the company.

The rock mining company,
which manufactures and
exports aggregates, was
ordered last Wednesday to
halt blasting by the Boveri:
ment. -—

A cease and desist order
was issued last week through
the Grand Bahama Port
. Authority and will remain in-
effect until investigations by
the’ government are complete.

During the meeting, mixed

nd Environment
'D larcus Bethel



expressed by residents
ing. he blasting.’

for a permanent halt, others
employed at the site fear the
stoppagt will result in layoffs.:

Many: ésidents claimed
that the blasting has damaged
their ‘hemes, cracking foun-



dations and floor tiles: They .
also complained that the loud .

blasts: and shaking are a nui-
sance and disturb the peace.
According to some resi-

ough some are calling:

dents, the effects of the blast-
ing have been experienced in
Hepburn Town, which is sit-
uated just west of the
Bahama Rock plant, and as
far west as the Hanna Hill
and Pinedale communities.
There have also been
reports that residents as far
away as Hawksbill have been
affected by the blasting. .

‘Visits

Public Analyst Mike Wal-
lace said investigations have

been initiated in the Hepburn.
’ Town and Harbour West
_ areas ‘with door-to-door visits

to inspect damage to homes.

PLP Senator Caleb Outten,
a resident of Eight Mile
Rock, assured residents that
he will make sure that the
government concludes their

investigation quickly ‘so that
Bahama Rock can continue’
. to operate effectively. —

“JT told Mr Bethel that I will
communicate with him ona
daily basis to make sure this
investigation is concluded as
quick as possible.

“We have to find some
common . ground here
because:clearly Bahama Rock
is an employer of almost 100

‘persons, a lot of whom are

young males who are fathers

and breadwinners in their

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telecommunications company.

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“PRESIDENT Hugo
Chavez on Tuesday threat-
ened to nationalize
Venezuela's largest telecom-
munications company if it
does not comply with a
court order to make owed
-pension payments, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Chavez said he would give
Compania Anonima
Nacional Telefonos de
Venezuela, or CANTY, a
grace period to comply, but
he did net specify how long
that period would be. .

"If they don't want to
comply with that, I am going
to nationalize ‘CANTY; :
Chavez said in a televised
speech.

Company officials were
not immediately available to
respond to the president's
remarks.

In February, CANTV said
it had increased the amount
set aside to cover pensions
to.US$387.4 million from
US$332.6 million in
response to updated projec-
tions on the cost. of funding
‘pensions. —

Chavez said Tuesday,
however, the company still
has not made proper pay-
ments to some former
employees.

The Venezuelan Supreme
Court ruled in July 2005 in
favor of more than 3,400
unionized workers in a long-
running pension dispute
with the company. The court
said CANTV workers’ pen-
sions had to be increased to
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homes and who live in Eight
Mile Rock.”

He added that on the other
hand, the blasting may be
damaging the homes and
livelihoods of many residents.

“There are persons who
want the blasting stopped
permanently, and if that hap-
pens, the company would
have to start laying people
off,” he said.

Mr Outten believes that the
blasting can continue but on a
more smaller scale with less
dynamite.

Mr Reid told residents that
blasting is necessary to loosen
up the fill to make dredging

more easier.
The dredging being carried
out will facilitate the further

expansion at the Freeport:

container port.

He also pointed that the
blasting is not having any
negative affect on the con-
tainer port facility or the

water table.

Senator Outten, who once
spearheaded a protest oppos-
ing construction of a convey-
or belt by Bahama Rock
across the Queen’s Highway,
said the government is get-

‘ting an inventory of persons
who were affected by the-

blasting.

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“T believe they should con-,
clude this inventory very soon:
and I hope and have every;
confidence that the minister-
and Mike Wallace would:
release their findings.

“I guess one or two persons’
thought I would get up there.
and Jambaste them.

“That was not case, as E
believe in fairness and I ‘think
we need to find some com-
mon ground where Bahama
Rock can continue their activ-
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could continue to be
employed, and the communi- ,
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- Guana Cay battle ‘potentially

-harmfu

‘@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

he signals sent to poten-

tial investors by oppo-

nents of the $175 million

Baker’s Bay Golf &

Ocean Club project on
Great Guana Cay are “dangerous and
potentially very harmful to the
Bahamas’ economy and reputation”,
the San Francisco-based company
behind the development said last
night.

‘Responding to aseries of questions
e-mailed to it by The Tribune, Dis-
covery Land Company said the “sig-
nals and tactics” employed by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Association in
their bid to halt the project could have
a negative impact on the Bahamas’
attractiveness for direct foreign invest-
ment.

The company said: “The group. is
likely unaware that they are signalling
to onlookers that the Bahamas can
be hostile to investors, who can find
themselves with little - if any -
recourse to rectify quickly and amica-
bly events that should be addressed at
the’ business table as ppposcd to court
rooms.’

Discovery Land Company’s com-
ments come in the wake of last week’s

Privy Council ruling, which upheld an .

injunction obtained by the Associa-
tion that has forced it to stop all work

‘on Great Guana Cay. °

The work stoppage will last until:

either Supreme Court Justice Norris
Carroll delivers his verdict on the mer-
its of the substantive issues raised by
the Association’s legal action against
the development, ort’ Privy Council
hears its application for special Leave
to appeal a Court of Appeal verdict in
October - whichever is first.

‘Discovery Land Company acknowl-
edged i in its response to The Tribune
that the planned construction of Bak-
er’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club would
have to be adjusted as a result of the
Association’s legal challenges.

It said: “Plans for hiring of addi-
tional employees will have to be
shelved, as well as plans to initiate
selling of lots at the property, and the
concomitant contributions of dollars in
stamp and other taxes to the Trea-
sury of the Bahamas........

“As recently indicated in our filings
before the Privy Council, the Save

‘Guana Cay Reef Association’s legal

challenges threaten to deny employ-
ment opportunities to hundreds of
Bahamians, which translates into lost
economic opportunities for associated

contractors, hospitality industry
employees, real estate agents, mer-
chants, accountants, and:a:host of oth-
er'professionals and their families.
“Fiscal losses due to the initial vol-
untary undertaking and the current

‘injunction are significant, and will like-

ly be in excess of [the Association’s]
ability to recompense by the time a
ruling is handed down by the Freeport
Supreme Court.” —

An affidavit sworn by Joseph Aren-
son, a Discovery Land Company part-

“ner ‘and attorney, alleged that the firm

may lose $440,000 per week or $1.75
million a month, resulting from fixed
costs related to operating expenses,
staff costs, equipment and dredgers, if
the injunction was upheld - as it has
been.

Arguing that “the majority of ee

_costs would remain if the injunction

were not discharged”, Mr Arenson
said its continuation would also result
in Discovery Land Company losing
potential real estate sales and employ-
ees, and harm the firm’s reputation.
He added: “Every time the devel-

opment is interrupted, its attractive-

ness as an investment is materially

I’ to Bahamas economy

Baker’s Bay developer says it remains committed to project, but
“warns opponents sending ‘dangerous’ signals to other investors

prejudiced. These losses are extreme-

ly difficult, if not impossible, to quan- , |

tify.”

_ As for the work stoppage’s impact
on the wider Abaco economy, Dis-
covery Land Company told The Tri-
bune: “We do know that merchants
and other entities with which we have
transacted business since our arrival in

‘the Abacos will realise a reduction in

such transactions.

“We. believe it’s safe to say that in
general, this short-term halt will have
an adverse effect.on the Abaco econ-
omy, likely to the tune of hundreds
of thousands to millions of dollars on
a monthly basis.”

When asked about the effect recent
developments would have on potential
clients and real estate sales, Discovery
Land Company said that while sales
would be delayed, along with related
tax payments to the Government, con-
struction opportunities for contrac-
tors and real estate broker fees, it was
“confident that once allowed to pro-
ceed, the tremendous quality and

SEE page 2B

Grand Bahama firm sees $764k revenue decline

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

SOUTH Riding Point, the Grand Bahama-based

- bulk storage terminal, saw its revenues fall by
$764,000 in the 2006 first half compared to last year,

due to ‘ ‘considerably slower’! marine activity around

. the island. °

The facility’s parent, Canada-based World Point

Terminals, which is listed on the Toronto Stock.

Exchange, said the revenue decrease for the period

to June 30, 2006, was partly explained by tough

“» 2005 comparatives.

During the 2005 first half, South Riding Point

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insurance recoveries relating to the 2004 hurricane
season, and the sale of product inventory.
Referring to the revenue decrease, World Point

Terminal said yesterday: “This decrease reflects )
2006, Freepoint’s core business, ship movements

lower marine revenues, as well as a sale of product
inventory and option premium received in 2005.
“While marine activity was active in early 2005, it |,
has been considerable slower in 2006 as our cus-
tomers have tended to hold their inventory to take
advantage of current market conditions.”

There was better news from Freepoint, the com-'

pany that operates a fleet of tugboats around Grand
Bahama, and in which World Point Terminals is a
joint venture partner.

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company said was due to rate increases imple-
mented last year.
“While operating expenses have also increased in

“in: the Freeport Container Port; remains steady,”
- World Point Terminals said.
“In addition, a newly-built tug tail be delivered to
e€ Bahamas soon for use in the Freepoint opera-
ons.’

World Point Terminals said hurricane restora- -

tion work at South Riding Point was a factor behind
its capital investment spending rising to $13.989
million in the:2006 first half, compared to $7.033 mil-
lion last year.





symonette s
$12.2m deal
yet to close

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A NASDAQ-listed company |
yesterday said it “hoped to deter- |
mine in a few weeks” whether the |
$12.2 million sale of its construc- |
tion division to a consortium head-
ed by the Symonette Group, the |
Bahamas-based holding vehicle for |
investments made by entrepreneur |
Craig Symonette, would go |
through an be “in the company’s
best interests”. |
_ In the Form-10Q filing that |
accompanied its 2006 second quar- |

. ter results statement, Devcon |

International said that although a
Letter of Intent had been signed |
with the Symonette Group and its |
partners, a final agreement ‘was
still being negotiated.

Stey, Ruzika, Devcon’s chief
executive, said in a reference to |
the Symonette Group deal: “Nego- |
tiations with a potential buyer of
our construction operation are |
ongoing, and we currently antici- |
pate we will be able to determine
in a few weeks whether such a sale
to this buyer is in the company’ S|
best interests.” |

Devcon’s Form 10-Q provided |
more details, saying that while a
Letter of Intent had been signed |
with the Symonette Group, a |
“definitive agreement” was still
being negotiated. |
_ “The company is in the process |
of negotiating definitive terms and |
conditions with respect to this |
divestiture, but cannot provide

~assurances- that it-will be-able-to |
produce definitive agreements to |

which the Symonette Group will |
agree or, even if such agreement is |
reached, that it will be able to con- |
summate the sale of the compa-
ny’s Construction Division,” Dev-

| con said.

It added that if the deal was con- |
summated, and its terms remained |
unchanged, Devcon would record |
‘a pre-tax $2.6 million loss in the
2006 third quarter related to the |
construction division’s disposal. |

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THE Bahamas “faces an
embarrassing skills shortage”
that means there are unlikely
to be enough qualified
Bahamians to meet the labour
demands of foreign investors,
an economic think-tank
warned yesterday.

In an article entitled ‘The
education crisis is bigger than
you think’, the Nassau Institute
said that even Alfred Sears, the
minister of education, was
describing as a ‘crisis’ the fact
that ‘the functional illiteracy
of Bahamian youth today is so
great”.

The consequences, the Nas-
sau Institute said, were that
“the country faces an embar-
rassing skills shortage given the
job openings that will be creat-
ed by the presently approved
foreign investments.

“Simply put, there may not
be enough qualified Bahami-
ans to fill the jobs created, and
a far greater than expected
number of foreign workers
may be needed.”

_ This echoed previous fears
expressed by FNM Senator
John Delaney, who said that
as a result of educational defi-
ciencies, foreign workers were
likely to derive more benefits
from the amount of foreign

skills shortage’

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that the Bahamian “education
crisis is bigger and broader”
than what was shown by
BGCSE exam results and the
economy’s demands for foreign
workers.

It added that economic and
technological changes were
challenging “the status quo” in
all countries, pointing out that
telecommunications and trans-
portation systems meant work
was being outsourced to
whichever nations could do it

|| direct investment coming into
the Bahamas than Bahamians.

But the Nassau Institute said

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questions the concepts of
peace, safety and privacy. As
in Spain last year and the US in
2001, terrorism is dictating the
actions and laws of the global
community.

Governments, in their efforts
to provide a safe and secure
society, have demanded that
they be allowed more access in
to our private lives, for the sake
of protecting us. Take, for
example, the US PATRIOT
Act that was passed by Con-
gress within days of the Sep-
tember 11 attacks. This law
gives the US government the
‘right’ to access your medical
records, tax records, informa-
tion about the books you buy
or borrow, the power to break

into your home, and conduct .

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The ability to gain wealth is
not the point here, but rather,
the ability to protect assets
acquired. We do not recognise
the value of freedom until it is
taken away from us or threat-
ened. Most governments of the

_world guarantee their citizens

the right to life, privacy, speech,
movement, thought and a host

.of other things. But in this pre-

sent state of affairs, are we able
to continue - in such a free, lib-
eral society - to have such
rights?

Are we slowly but surely
moving to a police state, where
the powers that be dictate
whether we have fundamental
rights and freedoms, no mat-
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FROM page 1B

great charm of the Bahamas
will attract significant real
estate opportunities over the
longterm”. —

The company said the rul-
ing by Justice Carroll was
anticipated “imminently’, and
it hoped the affair would be
“resolved quickly and deci-
sively thereafter”.

Arguing that the Associa-
tion’s case was “baseless and

On the other hand, democracy
and capitalism has brought with
it a type of freedom to the
masses that maybe they have
not been able to deal with.
Maybe, just maybe, we need to

be controlled by a few who '

know what is best for us

‘Never’, you say, but are we
not controlled by just a few,
and our choices controlled by
what the media - inclusive of
the movies and the press - want
us to see? Is not our picture of
the world shown to us by the
pictures on the TV or in the
newspaper?

Let us not forget such ideals
as the United Nations, with its
membership. of 191, which is
really controlled by the Securi-
ty Council, a body dominated
by its five permanent members.

The Security Council is the
United Nations’ most power-
ful body. It has “primary
responsibility for the mainte-

frivolous”, Discovery Land

Company said: “Discovery-

Land Company came to the
Bahamas, entered into a Heads
of Agreement with the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas, and
has since conducted itself con-
sistent with Bahamian laws and
sound development prac-

“Discovery Land Company
will continue to abide by the
laws and regulations of. the
Bahamas. We will continue to
support our staff and ‘family’

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nance of international peace.

and security”. Five powerful
countries sit as “permanent.
members" along with 10 other
member states, elected for two-
year terms.

Talk about power to the peo- -

ple. Yes, the people who want
to be safe. It is my opinion that
the present president of the

United States and future lead-'

at Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean
Club, and once we are suc-
cessful in the legal matters, we
will build the most dynamic
and environmentally responsi-
ble development that the

Bahamas and the region have

ever seen.

“The Discovery Land Com- .

pany/Baker’s Bay Club’s
unwavering commitment:to
the environment and develop-
ment of the project will con-
tinue, and the developers are

as strong as ever in their |

ers of the world will lead based
on their ability to present a safe
and secure society, not on how
many jobs can be created.

So, as we look over our
shoulders and wonder where
the next attack will be, in the
Middle East or even East

_ Street, we must consider what
‘price we are prepared to pay ©

for safety and freedom.

Guana Cay battle ‘potentially
harmful’ to Bahamas economy

resolve to create a truly great
development.”

Discovery Land Company
reiterated allegations that 72
residents on Guana Cay had

‘signed a petition asking the

‘Association to stop misrepre-

senting it in the battle against .

the project.

The Association denied it:

had received such a petition,
and said it had delivered a peti-.
tion with 170 names against
the development to the Gov-
ernment.

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FROM page 1B

“most efficiently”.
“The Boeing 787 Dream-
Liner,.for instance, was con-

ceived in Seattle but designed,

in part, on French software by
aircraft engineers in Russia.
Twenty-five percent of the air-
craft will be built abroad and it
will be assembled in Seattle,”
the Nassau Institute said.
Taking India as an example,
it said that due to the coun-
try’s investment in Institutes
of Technology, computer sci-
ence, software development

and engineering work was

DEAL, from 1B

Mr Symonette has been a busy man of late,
being one of the investors in the BSL Holdings
group that has acquired the majority 78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets from |

Winn-Dixie for $54 million.

Through the Symonette Group, which is

increasingly being done in this
nation, rather than Silicon -Val-
ley.

_ “Unfortunately, the stagna-
tion and decline in the overall
quality of Bahamian education
has oc-curred during the great-
est expansion of the world’s
knowledge base,” the Nassau
Institute said.

For the Bahamas to thrive
in the technology-driven 21st
century, where jobs'and capital
will migrate to wherever work
can be done most efficiently,
and at least cost, the:economic
think-tank said this nation
would have to be “smart” and
flexible.

“We live in a world where

individuals and!
. Nassau Institute said.

technical change and intellec-
tual growth will affect jobs,
countries,” the

'“Being smart means pro-
ductive investments in
humans. In the case of the

. Bahamas the ‘present level of

functional illiteracy leaves the
average Bahamian and the
country poorly prepared for
this century. And it should be
no comfort that many other
countries have the same prob-

“Countries have to learn to
see themselves as they really.
are and then make the posi-
tive decision to take the right
steps.”



managed on his behalf by son Cameron and
managing director, Blake Loveless, Mr Symon-
ette has investments in Abaco Markets, of
which he is chairman and chief executive;

Lucayan Tropical Produce and Bahamas Fer-

ries.

Grand Bahama’s leading All-inclusive resort

-WYNDHAM FORTUNA BEACH

Grand Bahama, Bahamas

Requires an

- Assistant Financial Controller

Candidate must have 3-5 years experience and possess knowledge of generally §
accepted accounting principles, and :have the ability fo initiate accounting f
projects. and prepare financial reports for senior management and offshore f
corporate office for review.

I Skills shall include being computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel and Navision;
strong hotel auditing capabilities and must be able to perform other related
functions, i.e.: preparation of and assisting with the annual budget, and annuallaudit
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in accounting and financial mons.

qualifications.

Salary and benefits commensurate with

Applicants for the above position must reply in writing by August 22, 2006 to:

THE GENERAL MANAGER:

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Exclusive Resorts to open new
residences at resort on Abaco

mi By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter



EXCLUSIVE Resorts has
announced it plans to open two
new residences at the Abaco

Club on Winding Bay resort,
as part of moves to provide 30
new homes for its members
around the world.

The Abaco Club on Wind-
ing Bay is a 520-acre, Interna-
tional Private Members’ Golf

Club & Sporting Retreat,
developed initially by entre-
preneur Peter de Savary. He

-has since entered into a part-

nership with the Ritz-Carlton
hotel brand.
The new Abaco properties

will bring the total number of
Exclusive Resorts on the island
to six.

Typically, Exclusive Resorts
properties have a $3 million
value, with the services, ameni-
ties and conveniences of a five-

_ Star resort.



By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business.Reporter

BRITISH Airways (BA) has given customers —

travelling to and from the UK the option of chang-
ing their travel plans or receiving refunds without
penalty in the wake of the thwarted terrorist attack
in London on August 10. :

However, an airline spokesman told The Tri-
bune that very few passengers have decided to
take this option, choosing instead to resiliently
stick to their travel plans.

He told The Tribune that passengers on the air-

line’s daily. direct flight to and from. London to
- Nassau should not experience the ‘same level of

delays that are plaguing BA’s flights into the US or —

European flights. . oe
“Flights coming through the United States are

flights have been affected as well,” the spokesman
said. oe :
He added that while there have been some
delays, given the magnitude of the changes airports
all over the world are facing, that was to be expect-
ed. oe
The spokesman said it was simply too early to
tell how long the new: aviation requirements, which
ban passengers from carrying gels or liquids in
their carry-on luggage, will last. :
“Tt is an ever-changing situation,” he said.
The spokesman also felt it was too soon to tell
if the situation would have an impact on the airline



industry and ticket prices as it did following the

September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US.
However, he pointed out that airline passengers

are becoming very much in tune with security

measures. in.the travel industry, and remain

Airline: Nassau to London.
flights affected less by _
_ security measures — o

‘US and UK cities. Bringing some focus on just

generating a lot of problems, and some European
how severe these plans were, the Metropolitan



resilient whenever new changes are implemented.

Flights worldwide were badly affected by terror
threats. :

Some 21 people were arrested in England last
week for plotting to blow up six airplanes in mid-
flight between Britain and the US. Experts said Al
Qaeda operatives were the likely culprits. _

Heathrow airport, Europe’s busiest terminal,
shut down immediately on Thursday and officials
banned all hand luggage on any flight out of the
UK as a precautionary measure, causing significant
disruption. Also, US authorities raised their secu-
rity threat level to red, warning that they could not
be suré that the plot had been “completely thwart-
ed”. : . 3 Sie S

According to some reports, the plan was to _
detonate explosives smuggled in “carry-on lug-
gage” when the planes were in mid-flight over

Police Deputy Commissioner, Paul Stephenson,
was quoted as saying: “Put simply, this was intend-
ed to be mass murder onan unimaginable scale.”

The Bal'amas US Embassy yesterday released
an advisory to air travellers stating that they should
still go about their plans confidently, but maintain
“vigilance in their surroundings” while exercis-
ing patience with screening and security officials. —
- “Travellers departing from the Lynden Pin-
dling 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, tooth-
paste, hair gel and other items of similar consis-.
tency,” it said, “Passengers will be allowed essen-
tial medicines and, if a baby or small child is trav-
elling, baby formula, breast milk or juice.”



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The Bahamas Technical and Vocational
Institute (BTV!) announce the following
events for the new school year:

ORIENTATION

August 18, 2006
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Monday, 21 Aug

Tuesday, 22 Aug



Wednesday, 23 Aug



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Thursday, 24 Aug








Friday, 25 Aug




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2:30pm - 5:00pm
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9:30am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

9:30am-12:30pm
2:30pm-5:00pm

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9:00am - 5:00pm

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9:30am - 12:30pm

Barbering °
Cosmetology
Facial Technology

Nail Technology

Tailoring
Women’s Apparel Production 1 & 2
All of the Above




Auto Body/AutoColision Repair
Auto Mechanics

Computer Repair.

Electronics

Small Gas Engine
Welding

Small Gass Engine
Shell Craft.
Straw Craft

All of the Above








Carpentry 1&2
Ceramic Tile Laying
Masonry
Painting & Decorating
Plumbing ;











Residential Wiring

Roof Construction

Upholstery

Window Treatment & Accessories
All of the Above



Computer Software Applications
Office Clerk 1 & 2
All of the Above








All Programs
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Registrar’s Office (see schedule)
Registration fees:

$100.00 Bahamians

$300.00 Non-Bahamians

Residential Air-conditioning & Refrigeration

Drawn & Painted Souvenirs Manufacturing

Residential & Commercial Drywall Installation



However, the company says
the additional benefit to its
members is that it eliminates
the burdens of fractional real
estate and the uncertainties of
renting a villa.

Exclusive Resorts announced
that it intends to offer the new

_ residences before the end of

the year at an average rate of
two per week. This is a move.






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Good written and communication skills

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An associates degree (or equivalent) with a major in accounting
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the company said will further

* strengthen the industry’s largest

real estate asset base, which is
currently valued at $800 mil-

lion.
Delighted

“We are delighted to open

these additional luxury resi- _
dences for our members over —
‘the next five months, which will

add to the Club’s already
expansive portfolio of destina-
tions and residences, said Donn
Davis, chief executive of Exclu-
sive Resorts, in a statement.
Exclusive Resorts, which is
based in Denver and Washing-

—_PRICEWAERHOUSE(GOPERS (8

invites applications from qualified

Bahamians for. he position of:

Administrative Assistant, Internal Accounting

As a key member of the Firm’s internal accounting department, the administrative assistant provides primary operational

and support services for the preparation of the Finm’s financial information. The individual performing this role should be

| proactive, possess strong analytical skills and learning towards attention to detail, have a strong commitment for
professional growth and possess the ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

' Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should send their resumes via fax to

(242) 302-5350 or deliver them to
Firm Administrator °
PricewaterhouseCoopers
P.O.Box N-3910 .
‘Providence House
East Hill Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

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Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute

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| All 2006 graduates
dates:

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Admissions Office





Admissions Office .



Admissions Office

Ceremony

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and hospitality fields

Apply today to enroll ino of

should adhere to the following

September 11-14, 2006
9:00am - 5:00pm

September 19, 2006
6:00pm BFM

September 21, 2006
Bahamas Faith Ministries
Diplomat Centre]
7:00pm

THE BRIDGE PROGRAMME

BTVI announces the launch of a new initiative in September
2006. This initiative call “The Bridge Programme” is a full
time development programme for person’s wishing to
upgrade themselves and qualify for admission into the
certificate programmes, or receives an introduction to the
construction and hospitality fields. The Bridge is designed

* Strengthen academic fundamental skills
* Prepare students for enrollment into certificate programmes
* Give persons an introduction to careers in the construction

* Prepare persons for employment

: Carpentry * Painting » Air-Con
Courses are scheduled for evenings at 6.00pm to 10:00pm

For more information,

_ton, currently has a portfolio

of 300 luxury residences in 35
destinations. |

The company said that in
addition to the 30 new resi-
dences being developed in
Florida, Abaco, Mexico, South:
Carolina, New York, the

. British Virgin Islands.and Cos-

ta Rica, it plans to expand its
assets by building another 100

_ residences in seven new devel-

opments scheduled to open in
2007 and 2008.

Members of Exclusive
Resorts pay a one-time mem-
bership fee that is 80 per cent
refundable upon resignation
and annual dues.













































































our new
fall 2006-





contact Gail Johnson, at 502-6357.

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ITT Ce aT
Tourism aims to make school

AUGUST 16, 2006

THE TRIBUNE

2
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programmes more relevant —

SOME 135 teachers will par-
ticipate in the tourism sector’s
annual Industry Internship for
Educators Programme, an ini-
tiative that will expose them to
the industry’s different occu-
pations and enable them to tai-
lor school programmes more
effectively.

The initiative, scheduled for
August 21-25, is being held in
conjunction with the Ministry
of Education and Ministry of
Tourism, and seeks to further
the activities of the Tourism
Task Force on Education,
which was launched three years
ago.

The programme seeks to
expose teachers to the many
and varied occupations in
tourism, and the expectations
of employers. The objective is
to broaden the awareness of

educators, which helps devel-
op more relevant programmes,
instructions and classroom
experiences for students.

“The industry’s needs have.

changed dramatically in recent
years, and the viable career
alternatives have broadened
considerably. We must become
vigilant in educating students
and parents on what tourism
has to offer as we grow this
globally competitive industry
that serves as the foundation

of economic vitality for the .

nation”, according to Bridget
Murray, the BHA’s workforce
development manager.

The BHA has partnered with
20 industry partners, including
Atlantis and the One&Only
Ocean Club, the Nassau Beach
Hotel, Radisson, the Wyndham
Resort and Casino, Bahamas



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of the Blue Hills Constituency, the mother and legal guardian
of RASHAWNNE DARRELL GARDINER McKENZIE, (a
minor) intend to change my son’s name to RASHAWNNE
DARRELL McKENZIE GARDINER. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PRO.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MR. SIDNEY WILLIAMS OF
COMPASS POINT, WEST BAY STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH-day.-of AUGU

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Notice ©

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAREL WILLIAM, WINSOR
LANE, 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 9th
day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.







Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIAM DEJEAN, WINSOR
LANE, 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 9th
day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.







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Colina Holdings
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1.300892*
2.9038***

Colina Money Market Fund
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Colonial Hilton, Club Land’or,
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Graycliff Hotel, John Bull,
Lyford Cay Club, Majestic
Tours, Nassau Palm Resort,
Paradise Island Harbour
Resort, Sandals’ Royal
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Orange Hill Hotel, Stuart Cov-
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“There is an urgent need for
business and education to move
forward together to make edu-
cation more relevant to the
changing needs of the work-
place, and we are pleased to
see this shared commitment
from industry partners and the
participating educators,” said

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that PATRICK SEYMOUR OF HANNA
HILL, EIGHT MILE ROCK, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,
Bahamas.



Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that RICHARD. GORDON, P.O.BOX
SB 51601, SEVEN HILLS ESTATEES, 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 9th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PRO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MS. EFFEGENE BROWN-
ROLLE, P.O. BOX N-9614, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.













Notice .

.NOTICE is hereby given that SHERLINE FILIUS, SAVANNAH
SOUND, ELEUTHERA, 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 9th
.| day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O:Box N- 7147, Eleuthera, Bahamas.











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** - 30 June 2006

*** - 30 June 2006









@ EDUCATORS who participated in the 2005 programme help ,
to plan this year’s version. From L to R: Bridget Murray, BHA;
Annie Colebrooke, Woodcock Primary; Coleen Thompson, S. C. |
McPherson Junior High ; Frank Comito, BHA; Raina Hanna, St
Augustine’s College; Athena Seymour, CC Sweeting Senior |

* High; Gailey Williams, CC Sweeting Senior High; Charmaine |
Hanna, CI Gibson Senior High; Albert Clarke, principal, ,

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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CARREN HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
CR-54988, CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, for. registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE is hereby given that NATANIA HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
CR-54988, CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The |
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why | ,






a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight |°.°.
days from thé 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister |.
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, | |
Nassau, Bahamas.

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

_. NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RENETTE JEAN OF SOLDIER
ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written |,
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MIKE D. RUFIN OF P.O. BOX |.
SS-5312, KINGSTON STREET OFF KEMP ROAD, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why |,
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister },
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, |
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID JAMES WARREN OF #87
HANGMANS CLOSE, FORTUNE BAY, P.O. BOX F-42870,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible: for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization }
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. J.
































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4 — Have recourse to changing the
roster (6)

7 Acourtly beast? (8)

8 Cards passed around (6)

10 Earnestly ask for a soft
sort of singer (5)

13° Rush for a drop of water (4)

14 Rests on the bottom (4)

15 The didactive young lady is into
writing (4)

16 Tocall one a pet would be
inaccurate (3)

17 Heartlessly cheap fellow? (4)

19 Like spiritual singers? (4)

21 =~ Great fun with the property
a sailor's left (4,5)

23 = Allows a small boy to tour

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Opening lead — four of clubs.

This deal occurred in a match
between the: United States and New
Zealand at the 1983 World Team
Championship.

At the first table, Mike Passell
and Eddie Wold, North-South for the

- US., quickly arrived at six notrump
on the sequence shown. The New
Zealand West led the four of clubs,

eo and declarer won East’s jack with the
ace. Wold then lost the king of
spades to East’s ace, and East
retumed .the,,,club , eight to South’s.
king. Declarer now cashed the ace of
hearts and,” three. eee tricks, on





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1 Small captains with large
vessels? (5)

2 Anentry, revising some bulletin (5)

3 Group one's prohibited from listening
to? (4)

4 — English beauties in the wars? (5)

5 Expert enough to show us many’

points (4)
6 — Soy torun short of fuel, maybe (6)

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12. Where one of the Hightanc ra faces is
run? (5)

13 Extremist in an advisory diseaay? (7)

15. Masterly figure, albeit crazed (3).

16 Ashort one taken by the crew? (3)

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which West discarded his two low
clubs and the seven of diamonds,
producing this position:

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West East
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Wold next cashed the king and
ace of diamonds, West following
with the 9-J, and then led the heart
six, on.which West played the four.
At this point, Wold recapitulated
everything that had occurred so far.

He then came to the conclusion that :

West had started with exactly five
clubs, three diamonds and. one spade,
and, therefore, four hearts. Accord-
ingly, he played the eight of hearts
from dummy and so brought the
slam home for a score of 990 points.

At the second table, where the

- contract and all the preliminary plays

leading to the diagrammed position
were virtually the same, the New
Zealand declarer went up with the
king of hearts and finished down
one. Apparently, either his courage
failed him at the crucial moment or

he had. not. kept. close .track of. the...
highly significant clues. along’ the“
‘way.




WEDNESDAY,
AUGUST 16

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20
Don’t worry when a conflict arises
at work, Aries. Things will simmer
down rather quickly, so don’t
spend much time thinking about
finding a resolution.

TAURUS — Apr 21/May 21

There’s no time like the present to
embark on that home improvement
you've, been’ considering, Taurus. .
Encourage others to give you some.”
friendly assistance. :

GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21

If you’ve been thinking about taking
a trip, now is the time to do so,
Gemini. Grab a friend or family mem-
ber to take the ride with you and it will
be much more fun.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
You’ve been feeling under the
weather, Cancer, and you can’t seem
to bounce back quickly. Rest is key
this week. There’s no point getting
even more run down.

LEO '- Jul 23/Aug 23:

Lions may be the kings of the jungle,
Leo, but this week you can’t even
muster a meow. No one is taking you
seriously, and that has you angry.
Rethink your; strategy.

“Pt VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22 ;

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is not panning out as you had hoped,
Virgo. You just can’t seem to get
along with your new housemate: It
may be time to pack up once more.

LIBRA -— Sept 23/Oct 23
You’ve been’ taking advantage of
loved ones, Libra, and it has to stop.
There’s only so much they will take
before getting angry. Start reciprocat-
ing instead of just being greedy.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22%
You'll want to run the show this
week, Scorpio, and others will be
anxious to let you. Don’t let the
power go to your head, or else you’ ll
make enemies very quickly.

SAGITTARIUS -— Nov 23/Dec “ar
A friend in need has you running,
Sagittarius. But don’t be so quick
to jump everytime this person
beckons or,else the situation could
get out of control.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20:
You’ve been doing too much.at work
again, Capricorn. If you don’t slow
yourself down, you’re going to find
yourself physically and mentally
worn out,
AQUARIUS -— Jan 21/Feb 18
Stop. being so controlling of the
finances, Aquarius. Putting the
spending blame on others is not
accurate —- you're involved in that
situation as well.

PISCES — Feb 19/Mar20

If plans don’t work out the way you
fexpected this week, Pisces, don’t
get discouraged. Bounce back and
set anew agenda. :

So}S Fo] rls Barden

Michael Adams v Ehsan
Maghanmi, England v Iran, Turin
Olympiad 2006. Queen, rook
and knight each, and equal
pawns, but this is far from a
level position. The England







DOWN: 1, Ox-tail 2, Ro-OK-ie 3, Omen 4, Kill-Joy 5, Mi-nis

6, Decoy 8, Lark 9, Seb 12, To-e 13, Meth-s 15, Rave-n
18, Apron 19, Cam 20, Nod 21, Sadness 22, Le-O 23,
Pile-up 24, O-X-en 25, Tithes 26, Pinch 27, Stan-d 28,
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Cedar 6, Steed 8, Asia 9, Rion 12, Son 13, Genus
15, Sprig 18, Ember 19, Air20, Red 21, Furious 22,
Let 23, Kimono 24, Icon 25, Sesame 26, Learn 27,

| Voice 28, Tar 30, Fist

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24 Squashed gnat flavour? (4) 20 Avital part of church music? 6) ACROSS 1 Swoon (5) on paestl = pea
Si : 4 — Yawning (6) : e blac ences and his next
26 It's sweet and far from fruitless (3) 21° Apiece of jewellery is 7 Blessing (8) 3 a * carn forced decisive material
27 One short ofa four atcards (4) , good for them (3) 8 Wading birds (6) 4 Gather (5) gain. What did Adams play? In
29 Book half the team, having 22 Ona day’s profit? (3) 10 Lariat (5) 5 Saucy (4) contrast to his rather easy
ok Lu 13 Section (4) 6 Gossip (6) victory here, the Cornishman
fost heart (4) 23 Old soldier who treated boils? (6) | 14 Rotate (4) sip ’
we aee N 15 Sheet of glass (4) ° 9 — Salutes (6) had to battle through a

32 One's emotion in an unsafe area (4) 25 Sound fatherly? (3) 16 Meadow (3) 11 Not at home (3) succession of marathon totalled only draws and losses in
33 Shoot from cover, 28 Recover a letter for a friend (5) = 17. Tree (4) 12 Trap (5) endgames to achieve his 8/11 the Fide world championship in

as a bird (5) 30 Note the possibility of 19 Pitcher (4) 13 Mothers and total at Turin. Five of hisgames. Argentina. Now he is.on the way

es > 21 Defended (9) fathers (7) went to more than 55 moves, up again, with a candidates match
34 More than a roll of paper (6) backwardness (5) wm 23 Binds (4) 15 Favourite (3) two to more than 100. Last year against the brilliant but erratic
35 it's metal most recently 31 Cut and bend, always (6) < 24 Facial feature (4) 16: oe) Adams was crushed 5.5-0.5 by Alexei Shirov later this year.
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36 See acard game as contemptible (6) 33 Place in the opposite direction (4) 29 Venetian prince (4) a nae .
32 Eyepiece (4)
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TRIBUNE SPORTS



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Baseball team loses’ NBRIES

final game in Cuba

@ BASEBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Baseball
Federation’s national team
will return home today from
the third World University
Games today having lost the
final game they played.

A 13-6 decision at the hands
of the US Virgin Islands
dropped the team’s win-loss
record to 1-4. Greg Burrows
got the start and Eugene Bain
came in to close the door.

Burrows also helped his cause _ |

with a triple and a two-run
home run.

When contacted in Cuba,
federation first vice president
Craig ‘Salty’ Kemp, who
served as head of the delega-
tion, admitted that the team
did as best as it could against
the best college competition
they could face from their
rivals.

“We really should have won
four of our five games, but we
didn’t hit in some clutch situ-



@ THE Bahamas team ended with a 1-4 record.

ations,” Kemp pointed out.

“We made one or two
errors that kind of took’us out
of the games.

“But all of the games we
played, we were Jight there
with the exception of Japan,
who really beat us from the
beginning.

“T think we should have

won the other four games we
played.”

Japan blanked the Bahamas
15-0. But the loss came after
the team started on the down-
ward trail after upsetting Cuba
with a 2-1 victory in their
opener.

_ The Bahamas was also
whitewashed 3-0 by Nicaragua

and beaten 9-6 by the Czech
Republic.

Having to play so many
games over the course of the

week also took its toll on the

team, especially for those
players who are not accus-
tomed to playing back-to-back

~ games. :

“A lot of guys were sore,
but IJ still stand by my point
that we should have won four
of the games we played in this
tournament,”

According to Kemp, the
tournament lived up to its

billing as a world collegiate |

tourney and that may have

-had.an effect on their perfor-

mance as well.

“All of the countries that

are here had their national
collegiate players playing,”
Kemp pointed out. “The Unit-

ed States had players through-

out the United States. They
had about 9-10 professional
prospects on their team.

~ “Japan had all of their col-
legiate players, most of whom
are getting ready to play in

Kemp stressed. ,

their professional league there
and Cuba had their next crop
of guys who will take over
their senior national team. So
it’s a really top notch tourna-
ment that we are in.’

Praising the coaching staff,
headed by Lionel Ferguson,
for the job they did and the
players for performing at such
a high level, Kemp said they
just have to come back home
and analyse what they did and

didn’t do and try to build on

the experience. ©

“We're excited about what
happened here and everybody
in the tournament knows that
the Bahamas was here and we
can play baseball,” he insisted.

“The guys demonstrated
that they can play. We. didn’t
execute in some situations
where we probably should
have and could have made a
difference in some of the ball
games we played. But the guys
did well and we’re proud of
them.”

The team is due to return
home today.

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THE Baptist Sports
Council will begin play in
the 2006 Joann Webb Soft-

i ball League on Saturday at
i the Charles W. Saunders

i High School, Jean Street.

: At 10am, Golden Gates

: will take on St. Paul's

(Men); 11am official open-

ing followed by Macedonia
: vs Golden Gates (Co- -ed);

12.30pm Golden Gates vs

: Macedonia (15-and-
} under); 1.30pm Transfigu-
: ration vs Macedonia (19-
? and-under) and 3pm Cal-
| vary Bible vs Transfigura-

tion (Men).
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} BSC will hold its souse out
; that was postponed last

i week. The souse out will

: begin at'8am at the playing
i field.

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shopping and summer
: vacation, the Grand
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Association has made

: some changes to its sched-
ule.

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~ game will be played at
aon between the BTC
Communicators and the

_ Triple Play Pearls. On Fri- .’. os

day, while the first game
remains the same, the sec-

ond game will change with .-.

the Chances Panthers tak-
ing on the Union Knights.

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17th, there will be an
important meeting for all
executives, manager,
coaches and umpires at
5.30pm at the St. Paul's
College Park.

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@ TRACK AND FIELD
_By BRENT STUBBS _
Senior Sports Reporter

RUDON Bastian became
the first Bahamian to secure a
spot in the final at the 11th

IAAF World Junior Cham-

pionships in Beijing, China. -

Competing in the qualify-
ing round of the men’s long
jump on the first day of com-
petition on Tuesday, Bastian
soared a personal best of 7.53

metres for fourth place in.

Group A. Pine
That placed him ninth over-

all as he reached the final that



will be staged tonight. He will
be the lone competitor com-
peting for the Bahamas
today. :
None of the other athletes

who competed. on the first »
~ day managed to advance to

their respective finals. .~

On the field, Jamal Wilson:

was 14th in a field of 18 com-
petitors as he cleared the
same height of 2.10 metres.as
did four other competitors.
The. eighth and final height
that got a competitor into the
final was 2.14.

Inthe men’s 100 heats, Carl
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flag in the third of 10 heats.
Running out of lane two, Stu-
art clocked 10.85 seconds for
seventh. :

He didn’t advance as one
of the first two in each heat
plus four fastest times com-
bined.

In the women’s 100, one of -

the two Bahamians entered -

advanced to the semifinal.

Sheniqua Ferguson, run-
ning out of lane seven in the
third of eight heats, posted a
time of 11.74 for third place.
She went in as one of the
eight fastest qualifiers.

In the semis later in the
evening, Ferguson ran out of
lane two in the third of three
heats. But her fifth place time
of 11.92 wasn’t fast enough
to get her into the final today.

T’Shonda Webb, the other
competitor entered in the
preliminaries, was third in
heat seven in 11.86. However,
she didn’t get into the semis.

Also on day one, the
Bahamas had two competi-
tors entered in the men’s 400,
but neither moved onto the’
semis run today.

In the fourth of eight heats,
Juan Lewis was disqualified
as he ran out of lane five.

And in heat seven, Jame-
son Strachan clocked 49.07
out of lane one for fifth place.
But he didn’t advance.

The Bahamas has a total of ~
14 athletes competing at the.
championships that will wrap‘
up on Sunday. The team
headed by manager Rosie .
Carey with David Charlton -_-
as the head coach. poet

BBF to play host

to division one

collegiate team

@ BASKETBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

ALTHOUGH this is the off-season for the
New Providence Amateur Basketball Associa-
tion, the Bahamas Basketball Federation will be
bringing in a series of division one collegiate
teams to play in a week-long exhibition games.

The games will start on Friday and run through
Sunday at the DW Davis Gym before they switch
to the Loyola Hall from Monday through Friday
because of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation’s
hosting of the Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
onships next week at the Kendal Isaacs Gymna-
sium.

Federation vice president Larry Wilson said
they are excited about the hosting of the games,
which will serve two purposes.

“We expect to get some more exposure for

our local players, particularly some of our younger
players,” Wilson stressed. “We’ve asked our

teams to incorporate a few young players of col- |

lege eligibility so that they can get exposed to
this level of competition.

“This is a pretty high level of competition, so we
don’t know whether or not they would be able to
get scholarships or not, but at least they will be
exposed to this level of competition and the
coaches can see them and maybe help guide them
in a path that will help them reach the division

_ one status.” ;

The second aspect, according to Wilson, is
more of a goodwill gesture.

“We want to continue to show what the
Bahamas has to offer in terms of sports tourism,”
Wilson noted. “Hopefully, by them coming here,
this will all lead to a men’s division one full scale
tournament here like we have in Grand Bahama
for the women.” ,

Expected in town are the University of Massa-
chusetts and Oregon, who will play during the first
week.

They will play against the NPABA division
one teams Explorers, Crimestoppers, Shockers,
Rough-Ryders, Wreckers and the Giants. ;

From September 1-3, the BBF will stage the
second leg of the exhibition games with Kennesaw
State, Wake Forest, the University of Southern
Mississippi and the University of Alabama at
Birmingham.

NPABA teams from the Wreckers, Explorers,
Rough-Ryders, Giants, Crimestoppers, Explorers,
Explorers and Rockets will match up against the
visitors.

Wilson said the local teams have been informed
about the teams visiting for at least a month and
they have been asked to be prepared to play.

“Obviously, this is going to be some high level
competition and these teams normally have a lot
of size and play within a system, which always puts
us into a disadvantage,” Wilson disclosed.

“But we feel comfortable that we will be able to
give them some competitive games, competitive





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Friday, August 18
'- 6pm Explorers vs UMass

Saturday, August 19
6 pm UMass vs Crimestoppers

Sunday, August 20
6 pm Shockers vs Oregon

Loyola Hall

Monday, August 21
7 pm Rockets vs UMass
9 pm Oregon vs Rough-Ryders

Tuesday, August 22
_ 7pm Wreckers vs Oregon
9 pm UMass vs Giants

Wednesday, August 23
6 pm Shockers vs UMass

Thursday, August 24
7 pm Oregon vs Explorers

- Friday, August 25
Crimestoppers vs Oregon

Friday, September 1
7 pm Kennesaw State vs Wreckers

Saturday, September 2

Noon Explorers vs Wake Forest

2 pm Rough-Ryders vs Kennesaw State
4 pm Giants vs U of S Mississippi

6 pm Crimestoppers vs UAB

Sunday, September 3
10 am U of S mississippi vs Explorers
Noon Wake Forest vs Shockers

2 pm UAB vs Gianis

4 pm Rockets vs U of S Mississippi

enough for them to achieve what they want to
achieve out of this tour. The coaches want to
build chemistry among their players and work
on one or two teams before their season starts -
when they return to school.” Set a

However, Wilson said it’s just unfortunate that
they won’t have the use of the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium because they would have preferred
to use the air conditioned gym to impress the
teams ‘enough for them to come back in the
future. ;

But Wilson said they are aware that the CVC
takes priority and, as such, they are not putting
any great deal of publicity on their games because
they would want the public to pack the Kendal
Isaacs Gym in support of the Bahamian national
volleyball teams.