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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau, Bahamas
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Tribune
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2006
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Daily, except Sunday
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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S Stewart Abrams stands
_ down due to potential —
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MIAMI, Florida - Samuel

- ‘Ninety’. Knowles’ public

defender, Stewart Abrams,
informed US Magistrate
Edwin Torres yesterday that
he can no longer represent

-. Knowles due to his represent-

ing a prosecution witness in
one of the accused drug king-

OS pin' S Cases.



According to Abrams, he

- will be representing William

Bethel.

A William Bethel was
charged with conspiracy to
import cocaine and marijua-

~ na, conspiracy to possess with

intent to distribute cocaine
and marijuana, possession

- With intent to distribute and

import cocaine and marijua-

' na into the United States in

2001, andi is alleged to have
been Knowles’ chief lieu-
tenant: fo.

Mr Abrams told the judge-
that neither he nor anyone in

_his office could represent

‘

Knowles, due to this conflict

-” of interest. in providing coun-

sel for Bethel, a factor which
immediately ruled out Judge

- Torres’ first replacement
attorney for Knowles, Henry

Bell. |

. After some consultation
with court staff, J udge Torres
named Kenneth White as
Knowles’ new public defend-
eb es
Abrams reminded Knowles
before they parted company

that he should be prepared to ©

face charges on both case
numbers 00425 as well as 0091,
though there is still some
ambiguity with regard to case

~ number 0091.

Beset once again by
Knowles’ lack of representa-
tion, his pre-trial detention
hearing will reconvene two
weeks from now on October
3, an extension grantedby the
judge mainly because federal
prosecutor George Karavet-
zos will be out of. town next
week and the ongoing search
by Knowles' family for private
defence.

After Judge Torres’ had
completed rescheduling of
Knowles' bond and detention
status hearing, he asked
Knowles if he understood and
agreed to the conditions on
which his hearing was

deferred, to which Knowles .

stood up and responded into.a
microphone, "yes."

Knowles seemed much
more easygoing yesterday
than during the Seplember 7
hearing.

He sat without hand-~

restraints, though still in foot-
restraints, at the defence's
desk while two court marshals
sat in the benches behind him.

He wore the same beige
prison uniform as he did
before, but this time wore the
spectacles that were given to

him following his last hearing.’

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BAHAMAS EDITION

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006

@ THE housing complexes
in Carmichael have been empty
for months.

(Photo: Felipé Major/-

Tribune staff)

mByKRYSTEL ROLLE




complexes in south western
New ': Providence. - have

_remained generally vacant

despite the government’s cry
that there is a desperate need
for low-cost housing on the
island.

Golden Isle Sub-division
One and Two in'Carmichael;
built several months ago, are
still largely unoccupied while
the waiting list for housing is
only getting longer.

One
revealed that more than 1,000
Bahamians were waiting to
qualify for housing. Accord-
ing to officials, Golden Isle
Sub-division One is mostly
filled, but there are still vacan-
cies left to be filled in that
complex, while the second sub-
division is totally empty.

Calls made to the Ministry
of Housing and the Depart-
ment of Housing proved futile
as no one was available who

could say why there was such a
‘massive build-up on the wait-

ing list when homes were
vacant.

SEE page 10

FOR months, two housing

ministry official



Speed of Anna Nicole

Smith's permanent residency

‘sets disturbing precedent’

®@ By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

ANNA Nicole Smith’s ability to get perma-
nent residency in the Bahamas in less than
three. months had set a “disturbing precedent”,

. aformer immigration minister said yesterday.

Dr Earl Deveaux said it was especially trou-
bling set alongside the plight of some Haitians,
who had been waiting for six years for the
same status.

Dr Deveaux said the Department of Immi-
gration needed a “transparent and expeditious
process” to retain its credibility.

“When we (FNM) were in office, perma-
nent residency was given to persons who had
continually lived in the Bahamas for 10 years
or more, and who owned their own home.

“There were special categories for teach-
ers, missionaries and other public servants
who may have been on a government contract
for a long time. Those people were given
favourable consideration. But, generally, 10
years was the minimum period.

“There was another category where people

SEE page nine





















Reports suggest Daniel Smith
not inebriated at time of death

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

FIRST reports from pathologists indicate
that 20-year-old Daniel Smith, son of US
celebrity Anna Nicole Smith, was not inebri-
ated at the time of his death.

Speaking with The Tribune from Pittsburgh
yesterday, internationally renowned foren-
sic pathologist Dr Cyril Wecht said that the
body of Daniel did not emit an odour which
is normally associated with large amounts of
alcohol intake.

The Tribune was also made to understand
that the Smith family was planning on hold-
ing, or in fact has already held, a memorial
service for Daniel here in the Bahamas.

According to eye-witness reports, a pastor
of unknown denomination was seen leaving
the Eastern Road home of Ms Smith yester-
day morning.

Rose Marie Butler of Butler’s Funeral
Homes and Crematorium, said that although
the embalming of Daniel’s body has been
completed, the funeral home had yet to be
informed when and how the body will be
transported.

SEE page nine

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THE dnespected clearance:

_of 10 acres of ecologically-valu- °
able land in the Perpall. Tract,
well-field area two weeks ago

Pee ste
Fertilizer, Fungicide,
Pest Control



may all have been the work of
one man.

Contrary to initial claims by

environmentalists that the gov-

ernment or a private company

may have been at fault, Terry
Miller, founder-of the Bahamas
association for social health
(BASH) told The Tribune yes-
terday that he now suspects'that
one private individual may have
been solely responsible for the
clearance.

Mr Miller said he has been
made aware that:all the soil
cleared from the area was taken
to one man’s home.

This raised suspicions about

the claims made. by the driver °

MATISSION

of a tractor who was clearing _

the area that it had been

authorised by a ale com- -

pany.

Furthermore, the private
company that the man named
as responsible for the work
denies all involvement.

The Perpall Tract well-field
area was previously the sub-
ject of negotiations between
the government — who want-
ed to use some of the land to
build low-cost housing — and
the Bahamas National Trust,
who felt it deserved to be pre-
served for future generations
by, being turned into a nation-
al park.

Clearance at Perpall
Tract ‘may have been
the work of one or

An agreement was peated.

under which it was decided that -
this year, around 12 to 15 acres

of the two hundred acre site ,
would be given over to low cost
housing'construction — while the
rest would be kept intact.
Both BASH and
Bahamas National Trust were ,
outraged when a further ten
acres was mysteriously cleared.
Following investigations, all .

relevant government agencies ; |

and private companies have -

denied any knowledge or -

involvement i inthe matter. —
The tract has been previously ;

_ described as of “indispensable” -

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Warning
issued over
ATM scam
activity

THE Clearing Banks Asso-
ciation is warning the public
about “fraudulent activities”
being carried out on unsuspect-
ing bank customers conducting
ABM/ATM transactions.

In a statement yesterday, the

‘ association said the matters

seem to be isolated and are
being investigated by the police.

“In our effort to safeguard
the integrity on our banking sys-
tem we offer these suggestions
to customers conducting
ABM/ATM transactions:

“Tf you detect anything unusu-
al about an ABM/ATM or point
of sale (POS) terminal, do not
use it — report it to the police or
your financial institution.

“When using the
ABM/ATM, be very vigilant
about the surroundings and oth-
er individuals in the vicinity.

“Shield your personal identi-
fication number (PIN) when
using your card. .

“Never lend your card to oth-
ers or disclose your PIN. “Choose
a PIN that cannot be easily iden-

- tified if your card is lost or stolen.

“Pay close attention to your
monthly bank statements and
report any discrepancies to your
financial institution,” Pans asso-
--ciation said.

Soatiaoety to

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present award
to Nelson
Mandela

AMNESTY International
yesterday announced that Nel-
son Mandela will be awarded
its most prestigious honour —

the Ambassador of Conscience

» Award for 2006.

In a statement issued yester-

day, Amnesty said Nobel Lit-


















erature Laureate Seamus
Heaney, whose poem ‘From the
Republic of Conscience’

‘jinspired the award, was the first .

to congratulate Mr Mandela.
“To have written a line about
‘hope and history’ rhyming for
Mr Mandela in 1990 is one
thing,” said Heaney. “To have
the man who made them rhyme
accept the award inspired by
my: poem is something else

*.Jagain.’
Vaclav Havel, who received

the inaugural award in 2003,
said: “I am convinced that the
wise decision of the Amnesty
International jury will enhance
the attention dedicated to its
human-rights activities all over
the world.”

. The award will be presented
to Mr Mandela by the distin-
guished South African writer
and Nobel Literature Laureate

~|Ms Nadine Gordimer in Nelson

andela House in Johannes-

jburg, South Africa on Novem-

ber 1.

“More than any living person,
Nelson Mandela has come to
symbolise all that is hopeful and

idealistic in public life,” said Bill



Shipsey, founder of Art for

|Amnesty, the organisation’s

global artist support network
that organises the annual Award.

“His poignant example and
personal and political leader-
ship.since emerging from prison
in February 1990 have been a
source of inspiration for mil-
lions around the world. He has
become the symbol of what it
means to be a truly good global

‘ Icitizen.”

2 Cushions

o In brief FNM claims start of election

ampaign has been ‘positive’

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE FNM claims it is seeing
an overwhelming response to
its campaign to become the
next government of the
Bahamas.

During the campaign lead-
ing up to the 2002 general elec-
tion, FNM campaigners report-
ed that many voters they
approached, even those they
were certain were FNMs, had
essentially indicated that the
party would not be receiving
their support.

Now, however, FNMs are
reporting that the public has
made a 360-degree turn.

Chairman of the FNM
Desmond Bannister said
response to his party at street
level had been very positive,
the exact opposite of what hap-
pened in 2002.

“There were many places in

:» 2002 where we were getting.

negative answers - now it is the
exact opposite,” Mr Bannister
said.

Asked what seats, based on
the response of persons in the
various constituencies, the
FNM would take in the next
election, Mr Bannister made
the stout prediction that his
party would win all'‘New Provy-
idence seats.

“What we are seeing is a
whole. lot of disgust from
Bahamians at the way they
were taken in by unfulfilled
promises,” he said.

However, looking at the vot-
ing history of constituencies
like Bain and Grant’s Town,
St Cecelia’s, Englerston and





Farm Road, observers may
find this hard to believe.

“We won Bain Town before,
Gregory Williams won Bain
Town, and Bahamians every-
where are seeing what is hap-
pening in the country. We have
some dynamic candidates and
we expect that Bahamians
won’t be fooled by all of this
nonsense. New Providence is
one big constituency that we
are going to win.

“Our people have been on
the ground for a little while
now and they are continuing

_ to campaign and they are get-

ting positive responses. We
are looking forward to
the time when the PLP
announces that they are will-
ing,to take a back seat and
allow us to govern by calling
an election,” Mr Bannister
‘said.

An FNM campaign general
who spoke to The Tribune yes-
terday said that, while he
doubted that the party would
take all of the “traditional non-
FNM areas”, the response in
New Providence had been

amazing even in those areas
_ where “FNMs are not tradi-.

tionally welcomed with open
arms.”

““The reports we are getting
‘from Englerston are most

encouraging and what we are
noticing in St Cecelia is that
the member of parliament
(Cynthia Pratt) is more
acclaimed nationally than in
her own constituency.

“We still believe she is going
to win that seat, but we have a
chance of winning Englerston
and if we don’t win it we
believe that it will be close,”
he said.

As for the mood on the
ground, he described the

excitement for the FNM as

“pre-1992 energy”.
“Many persons are so dis-
illusioned and disappointed

they are saying that these.

guys are in for a big surprise
in New Providence, in par-
ticular, and that is very
encouraging. I think we are
in much better shape in New
Providence than we were in
2002.

“I expect seats that we lost,

that we had for several elec-
tions, to return. Adelaide,

Carmichael, Elizabeth, South
Beach, Delaporte, Holy crs
Marathon, Blue Hills..
expect a challenge i in Golden
Gates, but to our surprise and
our welcome surprise we are
doing better in Fox Hill at this
time than in any previous elec-
tion,” he said.

Union members claim Morton

Salt is exploiting workers

MORTON Salt could face
industrial action from union
members who claim the salt
producing company is.exploit-
ing its temporary workers.

According to a press release
issued by Wilfred Seymour of
the Bahamas Industrial, Man-
agerial and Allied Workers
Union (BIMAWU), Morton
Salt has employed some work-,,
ers for the past 10 years but
has failed to take them on as
permanent employees.

“These employees would

i - work three months, then let

go for a week, and then return
to work ‘the following. This
practice has been going on for
years, yet the company wants
to paint the picture that all is
well, and they have the people
of Inagua(s) best interest at
heart. They are being treated
like illegal immigrants. These
people are Bahamians,” the
release read.

According to the document,
industrial action is eminent.

It said that Glen Bannister,
the president of Morton Salt
responded to a press confer-
ence held last Friday by saying
that if the union decides to
take a strike, the company
would go on with what
employees were left behind.

The release asked if Mr
Bannister really believes that
any of the temporary workers
will really be there for him
after the company has failed



GLEN Bannister, the president of Morton Salt (centre) is

pictured last year during the signing of a new undustrial

- agreement

to give them full-time jobs for
so long.

“TI sure hope he is not dis-
appointed, because industrial
action is eminent. It is a sad
thing when you look at it,” the
statement read.

The Tribune attempted to
contact Mr Bannister for com-'
ment on the matter, but because
of a problem with BTC’s net-
work, could not get through on
any of his listed numbers.

Elegance





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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI y
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master “,
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 i

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Edivor i 972-

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How Cuba infiltrated Jamaica

THE YEAR after the late Michael. Manley
became prime minister of Jamaica, he was crit-
icised for travelling on the same private aircraft
as Fidel Castro to attend the fourth summit of
the non-aligned countries meeting in 1973 in
Algiers.

Answering his editorial critic, Mr Manley

explained that by travelling with the Cuban .

Prime Minister he was “saving enormous tray-
el expenses.” It would also give him an oppor-
tunity, he said, to communicate to Castro his
own “concepts” — presumably of socialism.
Obviously Jamaicans were becoming nervous

_ about their socialist prime minister cosying up to
the communist leader. | ;

By 1975 that worry had started to trouble
Bahamians. In January, 1975 a “concerned
Bahamian”, “in view of the political trend in the
Bahamas today,” wrote a letter for publication
to The Tribune. He attached a copy of Mr Man-
ley’s speech to the Jamaica House of Repre-
sentatives on Noveniber 20, 1974 in which Man-
ley outlined his government's policy of a social-

-ist programme for Jamaica.

“Bahamians,” the letter writer commented,
“should be made aware of what is in store for
them either during the life of the present gov-
ernment (the Pindling government) or: to some

' future time if it is returned to power.”

The letter writer then quoted from an article
in The Gleaner newspaper headed: “Guideline
for Communist takeover in. Jamaica.” Mr D
Fitzharres March, writer of the Gleaner arti-

«cle, explained how he had come under the’ influ:
‘ence of the late Sir Stafford Cripps when he.

was a student in England. In fact Sir Stafford,
whom he described as “of renowned legal fame,
-the great socialist-communist advocate,” was

_ his tutor.
“These are the guidelines as taught to me to

bring back.to Jamaica,” wrote. Mr March, “to.
indoctrinate into the poor working classes. It’.
was labelled in lectures: ‘The Wreck, Ruins and

Take-over method.”

' Mr March then explained the guidelines of
deception, followed by-infiltration of every
social institution to create a climate of unrest.

Union agitation: was.to be encouraged as.com-,

munist ideologues infiltrated their:ranks. Indus-
try was to be kept in turmoil, the banks had to
be state owned. “All types and classes of trans-
-port on land, sea and in the air, must be con-
trolled by the state, preferably-owned by the
state; including the fishing industry,” explained
Mr March. Mr March outlined the blue-print for
-a communist take over of Jamaica.

As. Manley continued to surround himself
with Cuban advisers, and more Cuban doctors
and teachers entered Jamaica, there was little

wonder that Bahamians became wary when, in
1976, it was rumoured that then prime minister
Sir Lynden Pindling and Mr Manley were meet-
ing fairly regularly.

Eventually Manley and The Daily Gleaner
locked horns. The 172-year-old newspaper was
accused of “erring from the ethics of journal-
ism.” What;Mr Manley did not realise at the
time was that it was on that day that he ham-
mered the final nail into his'political coffin.

The Gleaner’s latest troubles‘started when it

and the Jamaica Labour-Party (JLP) objected in ©
writing to Cuba’s interference in Jamaica’s inter- ‘

nal affairs. The letters were sent to resident
Cuban Ambassador Ulises Estrada, who by that
time had become such a powerful figure in
Jamaica that one could not be blamed for won-
dering who was in fact in charge — Estrada or

~ Manley.

The letters of objection followed an address
in Guyana by Alfonso Hodge, a high-ranking
member of the Cuban Communist Party Central

Committee, in which he accused JLP leader .

Edward Seaga and the Gleaner of mounting a
campaign of lies:and slander against Cuba.
Hodge also claimed that agents in the Gleaner
were linked with the CIA.

A 12-man government delegation, including
six cabinet ministers, met with the Gleaner’s

managing director Oliver Clarke and his direc- °

tors. Mr Clarke, who still heads the .Gleaner,

invited Mr Manley to attend the meeting, which.

was called by the Manley government to lay

“down the rules for the Daily Gleaner’s operation

for the next two years. Mr Manley declined.

This meeting took place as members of the
Inter-American Press Association were meeting
in Toronto, The troubles of The Gleaner in its
fight for freedom under: the Manley govern-
ment were high on IAPA’s agenda.

Bahamians might wonder what all of this has
to do with the Bahamas. Well it is the story of
how a great oak of trouble grows from a tiny
acorn. In Jamaica the tiny Cuban acorn unob-
trusively took root with the arrival of Cuban

’ doctors and teachers. As these men-and women

were quietly assimilated into Jamaican society,

they were followed by Cuban advisers to the -

government. By then Cuba and its advisers. in
Jamaica, and the close friendship between com-
munist Castro and socialist Manley were so
intertwined that Cuban Ambassador: Estrada

. “felt sufficiently in control that he started to flex

his political muscles.

This is just the beginning of a story, which.
eventually broke.Manley, sending him into the
political wilderness for eight years.

(°The story will be continued in this column
tomorrow.)







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‘EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT IS with total amusement
and. amazement that Bahamian
politicians continue to promote
the ridiculous claim that they
are looking out for the small
man! All too often, the ‘small
man finds out the hard way that
no one has his interest at heart.

_ Those taking advantage of him

only exploit his support.
Promised assistance and that
they would be looking out for
him continue to remain just that
— a promise. Oftentimes, the
protectors become the violators
of your rights either through
their neglect or a lack of con-
cern. Where does one turn to’
when the system that you have
put your faith in lets you down?
Despite the passing of The Con-

. sumer Protection Act (2006),

John Q Public continues ‘to be.
subjected to the “whims and

. fancies” of unscrupulous busi-
_nesspersons. Immorality, lack

of ethics and deceiving the pub-
lic appears to be the accepted

method of many in conducting .

business in the Bahamas."
For those residing in
Freeport, exercise of their rights
has been a case of double jeop-
ardy. Not only does an individ-
ual have to deal with the Rules
and Regulations enforced by
the Government of ‘the
Bahamas, but they must deal

with that special piece of legis- .

lation called the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement 1955 that cre-
ated a unique authority for the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty. The lack of respect and

- denial of rights of citizens of

Grand Bahama was the subject

of a recent town meeting. Many |

Freeport residents expressed
the opinion that they have no
voice in Freeport. The Grand
Bahama Port Authority being a
private company has its own
agenda. At times the Bahamas
government has expressed the

‘view that they should not inter-

vene in private disputes. The
million dollar question-is, how-
ever, what happens when those

concerns involve statutory »

requirements that were dele-
gated to the Grand Bahama
Port Authority? Where is an
individual supposed to turn for
help?

~The latest call of concern
comes from a businesswoman

' who felt that she had been

denied justice at the office of
the Grand Bahama Power
Company,,an independent ‘enti-
ty of the Grand Bahama:Port
Authority and separate and
apart of the Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC).
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their electricity, a security
deposit is required. For a resi-
dential home or apartment, the
standard fee is around $300. For
a business, the fee can be $500
plus depending on the nature
of the business. Upon the secur-
ing of the deposit and the nec-

‘essary forms filed, a legally

enforceable agreement that
imposes obligations on both the
customer and the Power Com-
pany comes into existence. That
is, there is an agreement for the
Power Company to provide
electricity and the customer
must periodically pay the stipu-
lated:rates and adjustments such
as fuel surcharges. Failure to
periodically pay the required
fees.could result in disruption
of electrical services. Unfortu-

‘ nately, the inverse is not always

true.as there are times such as,

qRtGFAT disasters where the sé¥ ”

vice is interrupted; the customer
still has to pay for poor or non-
existing services. This was a
main complaint after hurricane
Frances two years ago.

Once this legally binding
agreement comes into existence,
under the Laws of Contract,
unless there are statutory pro-
visions otherwise, only those
persons who are part of the con-
tract can act to enforce it. No
third party can intervene. This is
an interesting fact as in
Freeport, like so many other

parts of the Bahamas, many -
persons entering such a contract .

with the utility companies are
property renters and do not
own the property where their
contract of electrical services is
to be provided. In the event that
they breach the contract by
non-payment of the monthly |
charges, legal action should be
taken only against this tenant.
This exempts the Landlord
from liability, as they. were not a

part of the contract. Only the

tenant who had signed the
Agreement can be prosecuted
for payment. The arrangement
between the tenant and the
Power Company should not
prejudice the landlord or anoth-
er tenant signing up for electri-
cal services.

What happens here in
Freeport is ‘a crazy situation.
The behaviour of an ex-tenant

‘can affect future tenants.

Reportedly, the Grand Bahama
Power Company has recently
adopted an arbitrary “in house”

policy of assessing a security
deposit based on past perfor-
mance. This is so wrong as the
action of a third party will affect
the amount that one has to pay
for security deposit. This is con-
trary to the basic Laws of Con-
tract as the Grand Bahama

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standing or excessively used. ,

electricity. This is outrageous! ,

What happens if the new tenant’,

f

i

is an elderly person with a lim- 7

‘ited income who is likely to use

just a small amount of electric-,,,
ity? They are being punished q
and victimised for the actions;

of others. This ridiculous policy,

. is enforced even when there is.,,

an agreement of a delinquent:
previous tenant to pay. The 7

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Grand Bahama Power Compa;, Sou

ny will demand as much as,+
$1000 or more for security,,

deposit for a small apartment: .,

‘ or house. For a new tenant who,

has to come up with first and.

f

last month rent, along with a j
security deposit to the landlord me

this additional security deposit
will impose a burden:on many, ,
prospective’ tenants, especially
with the Freeport economy of,
today.

For the above- mentioned,
businesswoman, she was rent--
ing her apartment for $600 a’
month. The new security,
deposit was assessed at one:
thousand dollars for a new ten-,.

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:

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ant, far more than the rent. The ..;

excuse was given that because |

the old tenant was a family,
member, the landlord was try-.
ing to avoid their obligation.:
This is pure nonsense as the.

age and therefore had the
capacity to enter a contractual,
agreement. Secondly, he had}
reportedly also made an.
arrangement to pay the out-,,

standing amount he had left in.. ;

arrears. Because of the exces-

sive amount of money required, ,,

for the security deposit, the

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ies ’

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individual who had signed the,’ BH
agreement was over 18 years of. ..

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businesswoman had difficulty, >,

finding new tenants. In the;

meantime, she still had to come

up with funds to pay the mort--=,

gage and maintain the apart-*

w

ment. This is grossly unfair! . ~

Any reasonable person would_7
expect that due to the fact that,

?

the Power Company operates,
an essential service in a monop-»;-*--

olistic setting, there should be'y:

some legislation or regulation
in place.to. protect the public

from being taken advantage of. .;

Regrettably, a spokesperson for ;
the Public Utilities Commission.
informed me that their scope of,
authority only includes com-.

munications such as BaTelCo_ ,

and Cable Bahamas, but not,
electricity as the public would.,

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believe. BEC indicated that

Grand Bahama Power Compa-,
ny is regulated by the Grand;
Bahama Port Authority. In oth-
er words, a power consumer on

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Grand Bahama has no place to q.

voice a genuine concern, as the
providers are also the enforcers.
This may be great for the Grand®,
Bahama Port Authority as they*¢
are looking out for their inter-,
est. However, the consumer:~

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with very little statutory pro-'y,
tection of their rights is once *y

again at the mercy of the. sys- |

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Retiring
public
officers to be
recognised

FREEPORT, Grand
Bahama — Ten long-standing
public officers who retired dur-

-ing the past year will be recog-

nised during an appreciation

dinner as a part of the seventh

annual Public Service Week.
The week’s theme is: “the

. Public Service: transforming to

-*. meet the needs of the 21st cen-

tury,” and activities will be held
under the patronage of Fred
Mitchell, the minister responsi-
ble for the Department of the
Public Service.
‘The honourees include for-
mer deputy director of the
Rehabilitative and Welfare
Department Darnell W Miller;
former assistant post master
general Rowena Gray; chief
clerk in the Immigration
Department Joanna Gardiner;

‘former vice principal Bessie

Nottage; teachers Necola Coop-
er and Caroline Sands; Ministry
of Education janitress Mary
Morris; police sergeants Pedro
Seymour and Terrance Bullard;
police constable Patrick Adder-
ley.

In announcing the event,
scheduled for September 30 to
October 7, Public Service Week
planning committee chairper-
son Laurie Bullard revealed
some of the other activities

- scheduled.
She said the week will com-
-mence with a service at 1lam

on October 1 at New Canaan
Baptist Church on Balao Road
in Freeport.

“Following the church service
we will have a three-day exhib-

In brief Commodore refuses to talk about

future as new commissary opens

COMMODORE Davey
Rolle side-stepped questions
about his future when he
opened the new commissary
at the Defence Force’s Coral
Harbour base yesterday.

When asked about his
position, Commodore Rolle
said: “Today is the official
opening of the commissary
and I have no comments on
that.”

However, there is specula-
tion within the Defence Force
on whether he will remain the
commodore or be replaced
amid allegations of “low
morale” among officers.

Yesterday, however, the
Defence Force chief would
not be drawn. The more mun-
dane matter of the base’s con-
venience store was foremost
in his mind.

According to Commodore

Rolle “a commissary is an on-
base military grocery store
that provides a variety of

goods to military personnel at
good prices.”

Commodore Rolle said:
“This commissary’s aim is to
provide the serving men and
women with quality goods and
services at financial savings,
and in the not too distant
future, it is intended to make
the services available to its
pensionable retirees.

“This facility evolved from
trolleys pushed along the
walkways to a fully-stocked
grocery store,” he said.

Commodore Rolle said: “In
this military establishment, we
are grateful for the support
and generosity of all our sup-
pliers and we look forward to

establishing new partner-

ships.”

Commodore Rolle high-
lighted the significance of the
canteen as “commissaries are
operated for the benefit of
military personnel and their
families and its benefits are

highly prized by its recipients.”

i CHIEF Petty Officer
Leslie Forbes cutting the
ribbon to mark the official
opening of the newly
constructed Defence Force
Canteen Commissary, which
was dedicated at the Coral
Harbour Base on Tuesday

The commissary in Coral
Harbour was started in 1979
by Able Seaman A Dean,
Able Seaman F A Clarke
(now Lieutenant-Comman-
der) and Seaman H Bosfield
(retired Chief Petty Officer).
The commissary, once a “tuck
shop”, has now evolved into
“a facility that provides an
expanding line of food items,
personal and health care, laun-
dry and cleaning supplies, and
even a small supply of cloth-
ing,” according to Com-
modore Rolle.

Royal Bahamian

Invites applicants for the following position:-

Chief Engineer

Applicants should satisfy the following minimum
requirements:

Responsibilities: i
The successful applicant will be responsible for
Engineering/ Maintenance Operations. This includes:

Budget preparations and stock controls
HVAC & Refrigeration Systems

Sludge activated waste water treatment plant
Reverse osmosis water plants

Stand by generators up to 3.0MVA .
Commercial Kitchen equipment

x sit-in an effort to raise the pub-
~,*He’s awareness of the goods
‘ands services offered by vari-

Laundry machines
Environmental and computerized energy —

ous government departments
and agencies,” she said.
“The exhibit will be in the

’ foyer of the Freeport Post

Office between 9.30am and 4pm

“- "on October 2 to 4, and we espe-

cially invite school groups to
visit and view the exhibit”

She said the activities will
conclude with a Fun Day trip
to Sweeting’s Cay on Saturday,

- October 7 for all public officers,

retirees, and friends. es

Staff at First —

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for girls

THE staff of First Caribbean
International Bank’s Shirley
Street branch adopted Shep-
herd’s Nook Home for Girls, a
non-profit organisation that
provides.shelter to girls between
the ages of 12 and 20 who have
experienced misfortune, abuse,
and rejection.

First Caribbean presented the

-home with a donation to assist
*. with much-needed supplies and

repairs.

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WEDNESDAY,
_ SEPT. 20TH

6:30am Community Page 1540AM

8:00 ~ Bahamas @ Sunrise
9:00 Underdog
9:30 Tennessee Tuxedo & his tale
10:00 Treasure Attic
10:30 Aqua Kids
11:00 Immediate Response
noon ZNS News Update
12:05 Immediate Response (cont'd)
1:00 Island Lifestyles
1:30 N-Contrast
2:00 Bullwinkle & and His Friends
2:30. The Fun Farm
-3:00 Morning Joy
-3:30 — Ecclesia Gospel
4:00 — Dennis The Menace
4:30 Carmen San Diego
5:00 ZNS News Update
5:05 The Envy Life
5:30 You & Your Money
6:00 — ASpecial Report
6:30 News Night 13
17:00 Bahamas Tonight
8:00 — Fight For Life: Mongolia
8:30 Caribbean Passport
9:00 Island Hopping

10:00 Caribbean Newsline
10:30 News Night 13

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Hi COMMODORE Davy Rolle, a commander in the Defence Force, viewing items in the

newly constructed Defence Force Canteen Commissary

Gordon weakens near Azores

= MAM

HURRICANE Gordon
weakened Tuesday as it raced

‘toward the sparsely populated



Azores, which were under a
hurricane warning, while a
downgraded Hurricane
Helene was expected to stay
out at sea, forecasters said,
according to Associated Press.

Gordon was downgraded to
a Category 1 hurricane, down
from a Category 2 earlier
Tuesday, according to the
National Hurricane Center in
Miami. It was expected to
retain hurricane strength as it
crossed the islands off the
Atlantic coast of Africa later
Tuesday.

Meanwhile, forecasters

downgraded ... Hurricane
Helene to a Category 2 storm
on Tuesday afternoon. . |

“It’s forecast to pass sever-
al hundred miles east of
Bermuda in two to three
days,” said Dan Brown, a
meteorologist at the hurricane
center. “It will likely stay far
enough east where they won’t
feel too much effects. They
may get a little bit of a
breeze.”

At 5pm EDT , it was cen-
tered about 840 miles south-
east of Bermuda in the open
Atlantic.

The Atlantic hurricane sea-
son began:June 1 and ends
November 30. September is
traditionally one of the busiest

months of the season.







mandgement systems and Preventive
Maintenance.

- Send resume to:

SN

Director of Human Resources
P.O. Box CB-13005

E-mail: CMajor@srb.sandals.com —



PUBLIC HOSPITALS ~
AUTHORITY —

VACANCY

Manager II (Human Resources Department)
Princess Margaret Hospital |

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager
II, Human Resources, Princess Margaret Hospital, Public Hospitals Authority.















” Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management or equivalent or related
field.and three (3) years relevant experience in Human Resources Management with
outstanding computer skills. ,
The Manager II as a part of the Human Resources team at Princess Margaret Hospital
will report ‘to the Senior Manager Human Resources Department with shared
responsibilities for the day to day operations and administration of the department.
Responsibilities and Duties:

1. Ensures that Human Resources systems are kept current and a proactive approach
to Human Resources management is utilized.

Routinely liaises and assists Area Supervisors on Human Resources issues and ~
expeditiously resolve the issues.

3. Liaises with the Payrolls Unit on issues relating to staff salary and financial
clearance to ensure that they are processed in a timely manner.

Assists with the coordination of Human Resources routine and special projects.

Assists with mentoring and training of Human Resources staff including the
development of training programs.








6. Manages the Performance Appraisal process for staff within assigned areas of
responsibility, ensuring that they are prepared, distributed reviewed and corrected
as needed.

7. Routinely counsel staff on Human Resources matters referring them to the
Community, Counseling Centre as required.

Participates in the interview process, completes background checks and processing
of appointments.




Prepares and presents reports on major areas of concerns to the Human Resources
Departmental Internal Executive Committee and recommend possible solutions.







10. Assist Area Supervisors with succession planning.





Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 4th October, 2006 to the Director Human
Resources (Acting), Public Hospitals Authority, P.O. Box N-8200, or Ist Floor Corporate
Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. (Employees of the Public Hospitals
Authority must apply through their Head of Department)

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THE TRIBUNE





The reforming of ZNS TV

A note general
election is approach-

ing, and — as sure as night fol-
lows day — there is rising con-
cern over the role of the Broad-
casting Corporation.

Political control of ZNS has
been a hot-button issue ever
since legislation was passed in
1956 to pave the way for televi-
sion. Before then, broadcasting
was part of the Telecommuni-
cations Department, which
launched ZNS radio in 1936 as a
weather service.

Bahamian television was a
kind of holy grail — which took
us 20 years to finally grasp. But
that was followed by 20 years
of stagflation — creative stag-
nation mixed with financial
inflation. What should have
ignited an explosion of
Bahamian art and entre-
peneurship, led instead to dull
mediocrity.

The question of how to
implement television first arose
in 1962, when a parliamentary
committee began reviewing pro-
posals. Besides ZNS itself,
applicants for a TV licence
included some of the same play-
ers who competed for cable
rights in the 1990s — The Tri-
bune, Etienne Dupuch Jr,

Charles Hall Jr and The Nas-
sau Guardian.

But the committee never
reported and TV went under
the radar until 1966, when the



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United Bahamian Party minis-
ter in charge of broadcasting
— Geoffrey Johnstone — want-
ed to license private cable ser-
vices that relied on a central
booster antenna to receive
transmissions from Florida for
distribution over a local net-

work — much as happens

today.

According to then Finance
Minister Sir Stafford Sands,
the cost to set up local TV

- could not be justified. So the

government wanted to give
the franchise to the existing

Minister at the time, was a
director of the Grand Bahama
operator.

The Implications of TV

B ack then, there were
only 7000 TV sets in
the country. They received
grainy signals from a handful of
Miami stations if you had a tall
roof antenna with a signal
booster — and depending on
the weather, of course. So there
was naturally a lot of interest



We could go on ad nauseam
about ZNS abuses over the years.
The refusal to play the songs of
Bahamian musicians whose lyrics
didn't suit the PLP... The childish
propaganda masquerading as
nightly news. The endless
replaying of “Roots” during
election campaigns. And on and

on.



cable operation in Freeport,
which was owned by a South
Florida company called Wom-
etco. John Bethell, Works



















in local TV for the sake of pop-
ular entertainment alone. But
there were deeper considera-
tions involved.

Most important was the
potential political power of a
television monopoly in terms of
information control. Second was
the relatively large investment
to set up and run a station, not
to mention the money and
expertise needed to produce
local programming.

That early CATV system
would have carried the four
familiar South Florida’ stations
as well as local channels, but a
Senate committee rejected the
proposal. The majority report,
signed by Kendal Isaacs, Clif-
ford Darling and W B Johnson,

‘called-for a national TV station

to protect and promote the
nation's cultural identity. |
Further consideration of tele-
vision was put on hold again
until after the 1967 general elec-

PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY

| GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES

VACANCY

Manager II (Human Resources)

‘Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager IL
Human Resources, Grand Bahama Health Services, Public Hospitals Authority. —

Applicants must possess the following qualifications: -

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management or equivalent and at least
three (3) years post qualification experience in Human Resource Management. Computer

skills a must.

The Manager II will report to the Manager I, Human Resources and as a part of the
Human Resources team at the Grand Bahama Health Services, will share responsibility
for the day-to-day administration of Human Resources transactions and services in
support of the organization.

Duties:

1. Processes all recommendations in connection with:

¢ Appointments
¢ Confirmations

("

¢ Pensions/gratuity benefits

¢ Promotions

¢ Disciplinary actions

¢ Dismissals
° Transfers

e Reassessment of salaries

¢ Retirement

* Reemployment and renewal of contracts
¢ Salary advances and medical loans

¢ Salary progression

* Resumption of duty after study leave and un- coding of increment month

. Researches all matters of complaints from assigned areas, prepares documentations
and submits recommendations for consideration.

(

. Reviews Human Resources systems and makes recommendations for update

periodically.

. Assist with annual Budget preparation of Personal Emoluments.

. Liaises with the Payrolls Unit in connection with matters relating to salary
adjustments and financial clearance.

. Participates in the recruitment and selection process, as well as, completes
background checks on prospective employees.

Opportunities will also be given for the involvement in Human Resources Strategic
Planning.

Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 29th September, 2006 to The Director,
Human Resources, Public Hospital Authority P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate
Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. Senne officers must submit their
application through the Head of Department.





LARRY SMITH

tion, which brought the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party to power
for the first time.

In 1968 a $2 million contract
was signed with an Oklahoma
group to build a TV station in
Chippingham, but that too
failed to materialise. The
Broadcasting Commission was
chastised for signing an "unau-

_thorised contract" and wasting

hundreds of thousands of dol-

_ lars. It was one of the earliest

controversies of the PLP's time
in office.

At the 1968 general
election, ‘Arthur

Foulkes assumed responsibili-
ty for ZNS, and plans for a TV

_ station were restarted: “I recall

many internal debates over the
issue,” he told Tough Call
recently, ‘ ‘including whether we
should start with colour, which
prevailed. We sent people
abroad in preparation.”

But once again the project
stalled — this time because of a
dramatic rift within the ranks
of the PLP itself, which even-
tually led to the formation of
the Free National Movement:

Jones and Calsey Johnson) dis-
counted the idea that Bahami-
an television was conceived as
a political tool. But we cannot
overlook the fact that racial
violence and the Pindling per-
sonality cult were the station's
initial and ongoing expressions
of entertainment and educa-
tion.

- From Bad to Worse

hat inauspicious begin-

ning was followed by a
series of staff upheavals — res-
ignations, suspensions, firings
and redundancies — involving
many of the original personali-
ties who had been trained over-
seas. This all climaxed with the
appointment of Fred Mitchell
as political commissar (after vet-
eran broadcaster Ed Bethel was
unceremoniously removed to
make way for‘him).

Mitchell's hardline political
approach to news and public
affairs provoked much resent-
ment, which led to allegations in
Parliament of sex scandals at
the station. In a 1978 speech he
threatened to “destroy” his



In a 1978 speech Mitchell
threatened to “destroy” his
detractors, who, he said, were
trying to sabotage ZNS as the only
“decent” and “effective” news

familiar?

service in the country. Sound |



“There was much dissension in

the party at that time,” recalled’

Sir Arthur. “And it all climaxed
with'our leaving the govern-
ment in 1970.”

So'there the idea rested until
after Independence, when new
private proposals for television
were floated. In 1974 the gov-
ernment rejected an opposition
request for an investigation of
aerostat (or blimp) technology
developed by. Westinghouse.
Floating 11,000 feet over Grand
Bahama, a dirigible could pick
up TV signals from Miami and

. rebroadcast them on a local

channel.

A Top Political Priority

A: the 1977 general
election neared, tele-

vision suddenly became a top
political priority. The govern-
ment sent a dozen Bahamians
off for training in Canada and
borrowed about $7 million to
set up the station on land
already acquired at the top of
Centreville hill. é

This was one of several big
initiatives undertaken by the

Pindling government that huge-

ly expanded the public sector.
Others included’ Bahamasair
and National Insurance — and
despite sometimes noble inten-
tions, all were criticised for pork
barrel corruption and partisan
dealing.

At ZNS it began with con-
struction of the TV station itself.
Only a few PLP contractors
were asked to bid and the win-

ner was Otis Brown,.a former.

party chairman. The'contract
price was kept a virtual state
secret. And the engineering
contract went to Colin Bowe,
brother of a top PLP cabinet
minister.

TV-13 came on stream in July
1977 — three months before the
general election and just in time
for a convenient state visit by
Queen Elizabeth, who did the
official honours.

As Sir Arthur recalled in a
recent panel discussion on
Cable 12: “One of the things
that TV did was give us a
greater sense of national pride
by seeing our own people on
the screen. That was very sig-
nificant.”

But the political advantages
were even more significant.
TV-13's inaugural broadcasts
(during the election campaign)
featured Roots, a violent
American-made serial drama
about the horrors of slavery,
and a syrupy documentary on
the first decade of the Pindling
regime.

The commentators on the
Cable 12 talk show (in addi-
tion to Sir Arthur, they includ-
ed Charles Carter, Wendall

detractors, who, he said, were

trying to sabotage ZNS as the
only “decent” and “effective”
news service in the country.
Sound familiar?

Mitchell eventually moved
on, but ZNS continued to play a

"nasty partisan game, reaching

its lowest ebb during the 1981
teachers strike. A’ front-page
newspaper editorial at the time
said: democracy had died dur-
ing the teachers' battle with
government: “For those who
had eyes to see and ears to hear,
the government-controlled

. broadcasting station is account-

able for the death.”

We clearly recall the fla-.

grant and unapologetic misuse
of ZNS during the three-week
strike, which led angry protes-
tors to burn an effigy of sta-
tion manager Calsey Johnson.
This so upset his colleague,
Charles Carter, that he likened
it on the air to a Ku Klux Klan
attack (although all the 'klans-
men' were black). As the
newspaper editorial put
it: "The extraordinary thing is

chose to ignore this sordid lega-
cy, and focus instead on the rel-
atively safe topic of ZNS's poor
record in promoting Bahamian
cultural identity. But although
couched as a chat about the
past, the main reason for the.
Cable 12 show (which was host-
ed by Keith Wisdom, the son
of one of ZNS's former general
managers) was to shape the
future.

Strangely, the consensus —
seems to be that ZNS is some-.°

how necessary to our very sur-
vival as a nation, although there
is grudging acceptance that it

should now be converted into, - :

a low-key public service. -

financed by the treasury. The
other angle to this approach is a
prospective arrangement with
Cable Bahamas, which has been

eager to solicit advertising rev-’. |: |.’

enue since it was set up in 1994.

ZNS has always been heavily. : .> .-

subsidized by the government. °:° ..’

— even as a monopoly — so it’
is unclear how Cable Bahamas
— another monopoly — will
ensure the survival of ZNS
by accepting advertising on a
few channels. There may well
be an unmet demand for local
television advertising, but we

know that Wendall Jones will. °
‘soon be launching an indepen-

dent TV station that may solve
that problem.

‘The roundtable knights = on

sought to launch a debate on
the role of public broadcasting |

in the Bahamas. Mr Jones’

argued that the country was”
already "too public sector-ori-

-ented" and that ZNS had to be

"downsized and depoliticised"
in order to let broadcasting

develop. Government should. et tf
not be using tax dollars to com; vote ,

pete with the private sector, he.
said, and any broadcasting com-
mission should report to parlia-
ment rather than to a minister.

S: Arthur agreed with 0.
the charges of political

interference and self-censorship
at ZNS, while pointing out that
the government-owned BBC

manages to achieve fairplay, -
“which is evidenced by fact that.’ .

it gets into ‘trouble with every’

British government." He argued -

that ZNS should continue as a‘
public service and that two pri-
vate stations should be licensed
if our small market could sus-
tain them. ‘

Mr Johnson insisted — in the”

face of gross reality — that the-:
government did not control’
ZNS and never had. He said it
was the Broadcasting Corpo-
ration's responsibility to "edu-
cate and inform" Bahamians,
arguing that there was no rea-
son why ZNS should not con-
tinue as a government institu-
tion.

Mr Carter, the ex ZNS boss
whose private radio station pro-
duces the news for Cable 12,

also denied there was any polit-' - ’
ical interference at ZNS. He .'

said he had "always beliéved"
that cable television should
have been part of the Broad-
casting Corporation so that it

could fund "enlightening and: |: ° +’



x

Strangely, the consensus seems to
be that ZNS is somehow necessary
to our very survival as a nation,
although there is grudging
acceptance that it should now be
converted into a low-key public
service financed by the treasury.



that ZNS management in their
arrogance see nothing wrong
with what they've done. They
would probably do the same
again."

We could go on ad nauseam
about ZNS abuses over the
years. The refusal to play the
songs of Bahamian musicians
whose lyrics didn't suit the PLP.
The arbitrary and capricious
business practices. General
Manager Carter presenting as a
PLP candidate while hosting
the public affairs programme
"Focus". The sudden 1982
demotion of news director
Mike Smith by the same Ed
Bethel who had been similarly
treated earlier. The childish
propaganda masquerading as
nightly news. The endless
replaying of "Roots" during
election campaigns. And on
and on.

The Cable 12 Roundtable

Me of the distin-
guished gentlemen

on the Cable 12 roundtable.

uplifting Bahamian pro-
grammes". Young Bahamians
didn't know who or what they
‘were, he argued, and it was "the-
public broadcasting responsi-.
bility to give them that infor-
mation."

The bottom line is that the
country's entire broadcasting

policy needs to be re-evaluated. °-
and reformed to fit our mod-~ °

ern context. If done well, this
could prove as exhilirating a
move for the PLP as the
FNM's cutting of ZNS' stran-
glehold on the industry was in
the 1990s.

As Mr Carter said, "

the upholding of certain vals°
ues." So the task before us now
is to reformat ZNS as a com-
munity channel, and sweep the
unfortunate and costly mistakes

the priv-_°;
ilége of broadcasting requires +’-’

©

and personalities of the past 30 “ ee

years out the door.

What do you think?

Send comments to larry@tri-
bunemedia.net

Or visit www.bahamapun-
dit.com



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Call for UK
university
scholarship
applications

THE Ministry of Education
_is calling for applications for
- post-graduate scholarships to

UK universities.

Applications were invited
from “suitably qualified per-
sons” for the Commonwealth
Scholarship and Fellowship
‘Plan, beginning October 2007.

The ministry said yesterday

that the scholarships are intend-
ed for study at the masters and
doctoral levels.
« This includes one-year mas-
ters courses or equivalent
degrees, six-months clinical
training programmes in medi-
cine or dentistry, or three year
doctoral programmes or equiv-
alent degrees.

“Men and women of intellec-

- tual and academic excellence

* who have a degree or equiva-

lent qualification with at, least
upper second class honours are
encouraged to apply,” the state-
ment said.

It added that applicants in
medicine and dentistry whose

programme requires them to.

practise clinically can be con-
’ Bidered only if they are eligible
for registration with the Gen-
eral Medical Council or the
General Dental Council.

~ The statement said that can-

__: ,didates who wish to undertake
-” ~post-graduate study in business

‘and/or management should
have taken, before applying for
the-scholarship, the Graduate
Management Admission Test.
Those who wish to study eco-
nomics or related subjects should
. note that a number of university

a '+_departments will require candi-

-" «dates, before entry, to take the
Princeton Graduate record
Examination (GRE), it added.

The. ministry said the schol-
_ arships are intended to cover
‘+ ‘the expenses of travel, living
‘rand study and include:

' e approved air fare to the
United Kingdom by the most
‘direct and economical route and

‘eturn on expiry of the schol-

“arship (a scholar’s dependents

‘are not eligible); —

e a personal maintenance
‘allowance of £703 per month;
(£872 per month for those
studying at institutions in the
‘London Metropolitan area)

° approved tuition andexam-

ination fees;

>/* a grant towards the expens-
'+.es of preparing a thesis or dis-

‘sertation where applicable;

¢ an initial arrival allowance,
incorporating an initial cloth-
ing grant for scholars from trop-
ical countries;

e a grant for expenses for
approved study travel within
the UK or overseas;

° a grant towards fieldwork
costs for those scholars for
whom a case has been made for
fieldwork outside the United
‘-Kingdom. This shall not nor-

‘mally exceed one economy class
‘return airfare to the fieldwork
Jocation.
° a paid mid-term fare to
their home country for schol-
‘lars on three year awards.
Scholars for whom fieldwork
fares are provided to their home
country shall not be entitled to
a mid term fare home.
Further details, including

terms for married or widowed.

applicants, as well as application
forms may be obtained from the
Scholarship and Educational
Loan Division of the Ministry
of Education, or from the web-
site http://www.bahamaseduca-
‘, _tion.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 7

LOCAL NE

Inbriey Families are presented 1 with the

keys to new government homes

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Forty-two
Bahamian families were given
keys to brand new homes yes-
terday at the opening of a new
32-acre government subdivi-
sion in Freeport.

Minister of Youth, Sports
and Housing Neville Wisdom
officially opened the new Sun-
set Subdivision, comprised of
112 home lots in West Section
4B of the Pine Ridge con-
stituency.

Construction began on the
first 42 homes last November.
The remaining 70 homes are
expected to be completed by
December.

Plans also call for the con-
struction of a pre-school, park,
basketball court and sidewalks
in the subdivision.

Due to the increasing
demand for affordable hous-
ing in Grand Bahama, the gov-
ernment purchased 32-acres of
land from the Grand Bahama
Port Authority in 2004 for the
construction of affordable
three-bedroom, two-bath
homes at Sunset.

Mr Wisdom reported that
there are still more than 6,000

applications or affordable.

houses in Grand Bahama.

He said that efforts are
underway to efficiently address
the challenges of housing on
the island, where another hous-
ing project called Channel Bay
is completed and ready for sale.

Mr Wisdom said the old
BTC Building on Pearl Way
has also been acquired for ren-
ovation, and will soon be on
the market on sale to provide
more affordable houses for
deserving Bahamians. °,

The minister believes that it
is important that the govern-
ment work along with the pri-
vate sector to address the hous-
ing needs. on Grand Bahama.

He commended the Grand
Bahama Port Authority for the
development of the Heritage
Subdivision, which is expected
to include 700 homes when ful-
ly completed.

GBPA president: Albert

‘Gray revealed that the Port

Authority has spent more than
$60 million in the last 18
months on affordable housing.

In addition to the homes that
will be built at Heritage, Mr
Gray said the Port Authority
has.allocated 20 acres of land

: fora park and junior high

school, and ahother nine acres
for.a primary school to be built

: by the government.

_ Mr Wisdom said the govern-
ment is committed to develop-
ing viable subdivisions that are
responsive to the needs of com-
munity. |



BSS
@ CYNTHIA and Eugene Sands pick up their keys

He also announced that the
government has created new

“developmental officers,” who -

will ensure the orderly devel-
opment of subdivisions.

“They will go to you and
inquire whether everything is
okay in the home, such as the
light, landscaping, water, plumb-
ing and sewerage,” he said.

He urged residents of the new
Sunset.Subdivision to work with
the government to create a
community that is conducive to
youth development.

“Do you know that we found
out that in our Bahamas.tgday,
55 per cent of our young :people

don’t go to church. And Sper °

cent of the young people who
will come in this subdivision will
be involved -in no organisation
that will assist in their positive
development — no Boys Scouts,
Red Cross, Girl Guides, no
Junior Achievement. The only
thing they would be exposed is
the rubbish they see on televi-
sion.”

“T expect you to join us as we
help to create a community

called Sunset. It is not a one-

way street. We do our part, you
do yours,” Mr Wisdom said. |



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wishes to inform our valued customers and the general public
Therefore,
the public is advised that all accounts in arrears thirty-one days
or more will be liable for disconnection effective September
0 2006.

BTC Ae customers to keep their accounts current,

payments on all accounts can be made at any BTC CTO location,
via BTC’s website www.btcbahamas.com , and at all of the
following bank branches: Bank of The Bahamas, Royal Bank,
Scotia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Finco, Fidelity Bank and .
First Caribbean. Customers who have financial difficulties in
settling their accounts, can visit our Credit Administration
Department at our John F. Kennedy Drive location to arrange
payment plans to secure their services. .

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GOVERNOR _ General be

,rthur Hanna attended a
reception hosted on board
\merican battleship USS
i hach on Monday evening.

The ship, anchored at Prince
reorge Wharf, is paying a visit
io Nassau’s port until Thursday
) give its crew members an
pportunity for rest and relax-
oiion,

Sailors on the Thach recently

itercepted 4.5 metric tons of
cocaine from a fishing vessel
perating in the eastern Pacific
Clcean.

The contraband had an esti- : eat
ated street value of more than | GQVERNOR General of the Bahamas Arthur Hanna being
75 million. welcomed aboard the USS Thach by (from left) commanding
The highlight of the recep- officer of the USS Thach Commander Rina Ranch, US Hane
on was a cake cutting ceremo- 4 ffaires Dr Brent Hardt and his wife Scasha

y — performed by the gover-

or general, US Embassy

harge d’ Affaires Dr Brent
lardt and commanding officer

of the USS Thach Commander
inda Ranch.

(Photos: Onan Bridgewater/
Tribune staff)







i SOME of the crew of the USS Thach stand on deck



@ A HELICOPTER on board the USS Thach



Hi GOVERNOR General Arthur Hanna (right), US Charge
d’ Affaires Dr Brent Hardt and his wife Scasha Hardt



PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES

ae



Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager I, Human
Resources, Grand Bahama Health Services, Public. Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-



- Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, Human
Resources or equivalent and five (5) years post qualification relevant experience. Excellent

oral and written Sauls and computer skills are essential. | ‘ | BAH. (AM. AS INSTITUTE OF : CHAR TE RED
The Manager I will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Human Resources A CCO UNTANTS CO RPORATE GOVERN. LA NCE AND

Department including planning, organizing, coordinating and delegating duties; the supervision

of the staff of the Human Resources Department; the coordination of activities and assisting
with training, education and:development of the Human Resources Department staff. | : F. RA UD SEMINAR /
. ‘ ;

Duties: . THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH AT 9.00AM

Manages and supervises the daily operation of the Human, Resources Unit, ensuring , << BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON '
that all assignments are delegted, including special projects. Cost: BICA Members $100 / Non-Members: $125
(Lunch and Parking Included)

Applies the Policies and Régalatons of the Public Hospitals Authority, to daily human
resource matters ranging from recruitment and appointments to annual performance TOPICS AND SPEAKERS INCLUDE: ;

appraisals, disciplinary procedures and involuntary and voluntary terminations.

Coordinates the development of Human Resources policies, procedures and practices | - | . +o

in the hospital and assists Corporate Office with policy development. . Mr. Stephen Thompson, Compliance Commission
i ial

Assists the Administrator with policy development and ensures that policies and al Imp act of Recent Chang cs HO the Financ i

regulations are disseminated throughout the Grand Bahama Ae Services and that and Corpor ate Services Providers Regulations °

th dh dt e : e
ey are adhered to. How to conduct a compliance audit.

Develops and disseminates annual human resources strategic action plan and conducts
periodic review to ensure completion of identified projects.

e Mrs. Cassandra Nottage, Central Bank of The a
Bahamas - Corporate Governance
The Bahamian Perspective

Ensures that the Registry functions efficiently and files are accurately compiled and
available on request.

Prepares and maintains reports of departmental statistics and outstanding Payroll

issues.
Prepares all Personal Emoluments and applicable allowances for the annual Budget e Ms. Tiffany Russell CA, Deloitte, Forensic
. in consultation with the Administrator. Ac counting, Tracin g Ill-Gotten Proceeds. :
Conducts orientation and coordinates continuous training of all personnel in collaboration
with Supervisors. ; i
: e Mr. Edgar O. Moxey CA, Institute of Internal
. Liaises and consults with the Director of Human Resources on human resource issues. Auditors, Fraud and the White Co llar Criminal oe
; te
. Liaises with the Financial Officer and Payrolls Unit on matters relative to:
Salaries Why You Will Benefit:
Allowances — : :
financial Cieavenwe | | | * Hear from authoritative speakers on relevant
M th 1 Empl R iti i LopiCs
2. Manages the annual Employee Recognition exercise. ‘
! ¢ Improve your understanding of Regulatory, ne
. Oversees the processing of Human Resource Management Information System reports. Accountin gan d Fraud Issues ange

14. Ensures that all Departments obtain Performance Appraisal records and conducts the

Sep eee re te Call BICA Office —Tele 326-6619 — Marlborough House

Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3) references

should be submitted, no later than 29th September, 2006 to the Director, Human resources, Immediately West of “Pirates of Nassau”

Public Hospital Authority P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale
House, West Bay Street. (Serving officers must submit their application through the Head

a Department. . Website: www. bica.bs





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@ FRED Mitchell





LOCAL NEWS.

Rice, Mitchell and Caribbean diplomats

to discuss trade deal at United Nations

@ GUYANA
Georgetown

US Secretary of State Con-,

doleezza Rice will meet with
Bahamas Foreign Minister
and foreign ministers from the
Caribbean Community to dis-
cuss a possible new free trade
deal at UN headquarters next

‘week, officials said Tuesday,

according to Associated Press.

The top US diplomat
agreed to meet with her
Caribbean counterparts on
September 25 during sessions
of the UN General Assembly
in New York, the secretariat of
the 15-nation Caribbean Com-
munity said in a statement.

The group said it also
expected to discuss drug traf-
ficking and development in
Haiti. :

Ata July summit in St.
Kitts, Caribbean leaders said
they wanted formal talks with
Washington on a free trade
agreement. The current pact
between the United States
and Caribbean nations must
be renewed every year by
unanimous decision of the
148-nation World ‘Trade
Organization. °

A Caricom organisation

devoted to pursuing trade
deals has said it would update
the ministers on a study
assessing the possibility of an
agreement similar to the one
signed last year by Washing-
ton, Central American nations
and the Dominican Republic.

Rice last met Caribbean -

leaders at a two-day Caricom
conference in the Bahamas in
March.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 9







H CONDOLEEZZA Rice (AP)

disturbing precedent

Sis

‘favouritism was being practised. He noted

eg

Speed of Anna Nicole

Smith’s permanent
residency ‘sets

FROM page one

were given the right to work and an annual resi-
dency permit if they owned a home in the
Bahamas. °

“But actual permanent residency was

‘accorded to people who generally had a long .

history here or had made a contribution to
the country,” he said. -

Dr Deveaux said that reasonable timelines
were needed so that it would not seem as if

-.*.the example of Haitian/Bahamians, many of

‘whom were “stateless”, and the recent con-

cession to Anna Nicole Smith.

“If this person (Anna Nicole) was given’

permanent residency in less than three
months, I do believe it would cause alarm
in the minds of people who have been wait-
ing three and four years for a response to
something they consider their birthright.

“That kind of tension in our society affects —

all of us because it breeds a contempt for
the system. And if people can’t feel that by
toeing the line they are going to eventually
get to the end of the line, then they will find

other ways to get to the end of the line - and
you don’t want to encourage that for what-
ever reason,” he said.

Noting that the Bahamas had always
attracted celebrities, Dr Deveaux said the

- question now is what can be said to legitimate

applicants who are born here and have a
claim. ia

“That is the question. Can we reasonably
expect them to continue to wait? And what is
a reasonable time for their application to be
considered and processed? Is it three
months? Is it six months? Is it a year? What
time do we give them, given all the investi-
gation that is required? An orderly time-
frame for such people is 90 days, for a yea or
nay.
“If they can’t get an answer in 90 days,

‘ and they continue to wait three and four

years, and in some cases 10 years, it only
breeds frustration and contempt. Then I
guess it gets the result where people feel
that, if you pay, you can get to the head of
the queue. That-doesn’t always get you to
the head of the queue - it can get you in jail
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“The death certificate has also not been forth-
coming,” she said.

Addressing the matter of the toxicology results
in the case, pathologist Dr Wecht — who among
his many high-profile cases also analysed the

i Warren Report on the death of US President.
- John F Kennedy for the American Academy of
Forensic Sciences —said that he expects to receive '

them in the next two to four weeks. ‘

Dr Wecht emphasised that the detection o
alcohol in Daniel’s system is something the tox-
icology report will determine.

“Alcohol, that’s a toxicology finding, not one
that a pathologist either Dr (Govinda) Raju in
the first autopsy, nor I in the second, could
determine. So here again, quite honestly I don’t

know, I don’t have the (toxicology) report.

Ethanol, as we call alcohol, is something that
should have been tested for, too, I assume that it
has been, but I don’t have that result,” he said.

Dr Wecht, however, said that neither he nor

the team that performed the first autopsy could

detect an alcoholic scent on the body. |

The well-known pathologist said. that the
determination if Daniel had taken cocaine, hero-
in, or any other recreational drugs before his
death would also have to wait on the completion

:” of the toxicology report, as all such substances

are “visually indiscernible.”
“None of these, or all of them together, would

be visually discernible at autopsy. The only thing:

that has a slight odour, is if you have a lot of

alcohol. All these others don’t even have a smell,

so you don’t even have a smell test to suggest
(anything),” he said.

Dr Wecht said that'until he sees the final tox-
icology report, he can only say that Daniel had
“some pieces of chicken” in his stomach at the
time of death.




Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager
I, Human Resources Department, Princess Margaret Hospital, Public Hospitals

Authority. ~ ed

=< PUBLIC HOSPITALS
AUTHORITY —
VACANCY

Manager I (Human Resources Department) —
| _ Princess Margaret Hospital —

Reports suggest Daniel
‘Smith not inebriated
at time of his death

He said the remnants of chicken found in
Daniel’s body was consistent with the reports of

.. Ms Smith’s lawyer and family friend Howard K

Stern bringing him food sometime before he
died. “é
Dr Wecht also confirmed that he had learned
from Daniel’s psychiatrist in the United States
that the young man had been taking Lexapro, a
mild anti-depressant. |

“T was told that when Daniel did have.a bout
of depression some four to six weeks ago, the
doctor did prescribe some Lexapro,” he said.

Dr Wecht said that at this time, he was not in ©
possession of any other information that he -
could reveal.

“I got to look at the microscopics, I got to get
the toxicology report and I want to get the med-
ical records of this young man and when I get
those I will express my honest opinions, direct-
ly to the attorneys and the family,” he said.

. He said that he hopes that these reports will all
be completed in a “couple weeks or less.”

Dr Wecht was called in by Ms Smith’s family
to perform a second autopsy on Daniel.

Addressing Bahamian and international media -
in front of the Rand Lab at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital on Sunday, Dr Wecht said he.
had ruled out the possibility of foul play in this
case.

Daniel died at Doctors Hospital on Sunday,
September 10; while visiting his mother, who
had given birth to a daughter three days before.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-

Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Business

Administration or equivalent and five (5) years relevant experience. Supervisory
experience preferred. Candidate must have excellent computer and interpersonal
skills. Must be very flexible and an agent for change. "

Manager I will report to the Senior Manager, Human Resources and be responsible
for the day-to-day management of the routine administrative activities of the Hurnan
Resources Department including the supervision of staff.’

‘ Duties:

1. Supervises the staff of the Human Resources Department; assigns duties and.
ensures that recommendations are completed in a timely manner.

2. Prepares Performance Appraisals for the Human Resources Department and

completes the evaluation process with the appropriate recommendations.

3. Assists Senior Manager with the Performance Appraisal process for the entire

hospital staff.

4. Counsels and advises employees and managers on discipline matters.

5. Assists with preparing functional job descriptions for all staff.

6. Assists the Senior Manager with the mentoring, training, education and
development of the Human Resources Staff.

i ‘
7. Assists area supervisors with their recruitment and selection process.

8. Develops career paths for new and existing staff in collaboration with Human
Resources: Managers, Area Supervisors and Administrative Officers.

9. Ensures that the Human Resources database and all statistical records are

kept current.

10. Advises and assists with interpretation of human resources policies for
Department Heads, Area Supervisors, Administrative Officers and Human
Resources Managers and assists with the development of department policies

procedures and practices.

11. Assist Senior Manager to coordinate human resources activities with the

Corporate Office.

12. Assists the Senior Manager Human Resources with preparation of the

Department Budget.

Letters of application, resume and three (3) references should be submitted, no later
than 4th October, 2006 to the Human Resources Director, Public Hospitals Authonity,
P.O. Box N-8200 or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street.
(Employees of the Public Hospitals Authority must apply through their Head of

Department.



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LOCAL NEWS

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FROM page one

However, The Tribune
was able to speak with a
person who previously
applied for a government
house. She reported that
several things were consid-
ered when applying.

She explained that a job
letter, a Bahamian passport,
number of dependants and
a recent pay stub were
required for persons to get
past the first stage of quali-
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weeks without word, she
called to ask what the hold-
up was.

According to her, the offi-
cial. who answered the
phone told her that her
name was not even in the
system.

After being transferred
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He seemed much more contented
yesterday when he scanned the room
behind him where his wife, son, sister
and nephew sat awaiting the start’of
the hearing.

Knowles' near was the only one
to take place at 9am in courtroom num-
ber nine of the United States District well.
Court in downtown Miami. It lasted
about 20 minutes.

Knowles' family assured The Tribune
yesterday that he is doing well, though

they have not recently had any interac- house.

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of East Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas
will be held at Sacred
Heart Roman Catholic
Church, East Shirley
Street, on Thursday,
21st September, 2006
at lpm.

Father Mel Taylor will officiate and interment
will follow in Woodlawn patden Cemetery,
Soldier Road, Nassau. . -

Mr Grammatico is survived by his wife,
Efthimia (Ethel Mae) Grammatico; one son,
Patrick Grammatico; three daughters, Selena
Grammatico, Teresa Roberts and Maryjo Higgs;
one brother, Louis Grammatico; a daughter-in-
law, Sandra Grammatico; two sons-in-law,
West Roberts and David Higgs; seven
grandchildren, Marcus Grammatico, Justin
Roberts, Joshua Higgs and Nathan and Matthew
Grammatico, Jennifer Knowles and Joslyn
Roberts; four great grandchildren, Jake and
Jordan Knowles, Morgan and Milena
Grammatico; five sisters-in-law, Betty Lee,
Katherine Pearce, Joanna Grammatico, Victoria
Valcchi and Peggy Benson; one brother-in-law,
Christopher Benson; grandson-in-law, Jason
Knowles; oranddaughter- -in-law, Marcella
Grammatico and many other relatives and
friends.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to
The Salvation Army, P.O. Box N-205, Nassau,
The Bahamas in memory of Mr Joseph V
Grammatico.

Friends may pay their respect at Kemp’s Funeral
Home Limited on Thursday, 21st September,
2006 from 9am to 1 lam.



Following the hearing, the family
met legal representatives, including
Knowles' Bahamas attorney Roger,
Minnis, in the SPER ASS of the court—

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contender’ for: -
Defence Force

chief position

LIEUT COMMANDER

Godfrey Scavella is still rated
‘number one contender to take

over as Defence Force chief,
insiders claimed yesterday.
While Commodore Davey,

Rolle remained tight-lipped _
about his position, some offi- ~

cers were touting Scavella as
“the right man for the job”,

mainly because of his reputa-._

tion as a disciplinarian.

For some time now, Com-
modore Rolle’s position has
been the subject of speculation
amid allegations of “low

morale” in the force. It was sug-

gested that he would be moved
to another top government
position after nine years in thé
job.

Lt Cdr Scavella has been on
secondment to the passport
office, but insiders believe he
will eventually get the call to

take over Davey Rolle’s job as .

commodore. ®

4

.

“Scavella is a no-nonsense. °

individual,” said one officer, “I
think he will be good for the
force. In his early days, he was a
real military-minded man. Also,
he has operational experience,
which is needed in that role.”
Lt Cdr Scavella was part of a
peace-keeping force in Haiti
and also has an administrative

background. “He is a discipli- .

narian but, more importantly,

he listens and if he thinks you .

are right, he will be right behind

you 100 per cent,’ ’ said a source.”

A review board has already”
suggested sweeping changes in
the Defence Force, which has
been heavily criticised in recent
years.

One inside source said the

force had been accused of.‘

.

adopting a “passive” role ia-!-’

OPBAT anti-drug operations”

instead of being more pro-
active.

There have also been count-
less equipment issues, with poor

maintenance being blamed foy- | -
vessels being out of commission ’ “"

for long periods.

Other possible contenders far
the commodore’s job are Cap-
tain Raymond Farquharson ae

Commander Clyde Sawyer. *



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uel
@ A VIEW of the Old Square in Havana. Note the building on

the right, which has yet to undergo renovation

The Non-Aligned Summit gave
diplomats and journalists from
around the world a chance to
see the work being done to
transform the city of Havana
from rows of dilapidated
buildings into a geaming

city of culture



-BBy ALISON LOWE _|
THOUSANDS of Bahami-

ans who travel to the Cuba each.

year may be surprised to find
the popular destination of Old
Havana undergoing a jaw-drop-
ping transformation. . |
While the world waits with
baited breath to see what polit-
ical changes will come as a
_-result of Fidel Castro's ill
~" + health, a social, cultural and aes-
-” thetic overhaul is already taking
place in the city. Has
During a visit to the vibrant
Cuban capital last week for the

Non-Aligned Movement Sum- .

. mit, The Tribune noted a great
‘leap forward — no communist
pun intended - in the restora-
tion programme that has in fact
been underway in the historic
plazas and streets for some
years. \
Long after the sun fell below
the skyline of the shops and



- Remember

bars, after Cuban workers had
gone home and were socialis-
ing in the streets, those involved
in renovation works continued
to scale the scaffolding that
clings to the front of almost
every third building, to play
their part in bringing new colour
to the city... ah
Many of the once-decaying
facades of the grandiose but
dilapidated buildings which line
the streets of the city are now so
flawlessly re-plastered and

‘painted with dazzling greens,

creams, blues, yellows and
browns that some literally
reflect their colour onto the
walls of buildings opposite — and
onto the faces of the Cuban
people, who seem understand-
ably proud and uplifted.
Though the old city — known
as Habana Vieja in Spanish —
was Officially declared a world
heritage site by the UN Educa-
tion, Cultural and Scientific

Winners for Tuesday, Septemb

Pree o ate

i NEWLY painted and renovated buildings in Havana

Organisation (UNESCO) in
1982, it is only in the last few

years that substantial, visible

progress seems to have been

made.
The extent of the restorations °

is all the more clear in areas

' where completed projects stand

side-by side with buildings
which are as yet untouched.

While restorations have been
underway on particular build-
ings, ordinary Cubans who
called them "home" have been
re-housed in other areas of the
city. Meanwhile, it is often the
case that next door, the familiar
sight of Cubans relaxing on
their balconies amidst a forest
of potted plants and off-white
vests hung out to dry remains —
a curious contrast of old and
new. -

At the helm of the vast oper-
ation is the Cuban director of
the Office of the Historian of
the City of Havana, Eusebio

Leal, who, it is said, has been
given an unusually free reign’to



At the same time
as the city's faded

architectural won-
ders are being res-

urrected to their.
former glory, com-
munity life is
being revitalised
in projects that go
hand in hand with
the more aesthetic
aspect of the
undertaking.

direct the work.
Two goals stand side-by-side

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er 19,

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_in Leal’s vision for the ‘city. At

the same time as the city's faded
architectural wonders are being
resurrected to their former. glo-
ry, community life is being revi-

talised in projects that go hand
in hand with the more aesthetic

aspect of the undertaking.
A wealth of new facilities for

vulnerable members of society ©

such as the elderly and disabled

have been constructed.
Declaring the belief that

“tourism must never ignore cul-

“ ture” or support the “trivialisa-

tion and reduction” ofa coun-
try, Leal has also undertaken
to introduce a wealth of new
exhibitions and workshops aim-
ing to raise visitor awareness of
Cuban culture and history.
Tourism can educate, says Leal,
and in turn help foster initia-
tives to improve human rela-
tions, and promote peace in the
world.

Of particular note were a

sa a ,.» @

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es , you can’t win un ess you’re
4 \ caught purchasing or reading a Tribune.

e changing face of Havana



number of new museums and

galleries — showcasing the his-.

tory: of everything from cigars
and cigar-smoking, to local art,

“to music — all staffed by enthu-

siastic and friendly Cubans,
keen to ‘introduce visitors to
their heritage.

. While the projects have been
given an injection by the UN,
much of the work has been
financed by annual revenues of
about $40 million generated by
the government-owned hotels,
galleries and restaurants popu-
lated by foreign tourists.

Meanwhile, in the process of

* delivering the restorations, the
"government has created the

opportunity for Cubans to
become trained in skills as
diverse as masonry, archaeolo-
gy, stone cutting, carpentry,

- electricity, gardening, black-

smithing, painting, plumbing,
glasswork and plastering - and is

said to have created 11,000 jobs. -...



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aha Mar Devel-
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yesterday met

with Ministry of —

Works representatives in a bid
to finalise the final technical
details on re-routing West Bay
Street, as an official with the
developer planning the $2 bil-
lion-plus Cable Beach revital-
isation said: “We think we’re
getting where we need to be.”

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s
executive vice-president of
administration and public
affairs, said “one or two” doc-

‘uments needed to be finalised

on the West Bay Street re-
routing, with the developer

wanting “wanting to make sure *

we’re fully compliant with all
the requirements of the Min-

istry of Works”.
“As soon as that is done, we

_ should be given permission by
the Ministry of Works to

release the tender immediate-
ly after that,” Mr Sands said.
Baha Mar will issue two sep-
arate tenders or Requests for
Proposal (RFPs) for the road,

one relating to engineering, the - :

other to construction.
Mr Sands said the resort

- developer would encourage

any foreign companies award-
ed construction contracts on
its projects to either work with
Bahamian firms or joint ven-
ture with them.

Meanwhile; Baha Mar is :

continuing negotiations with
its operating and joint venture
equity partners, Harrah’s and
Starwood, to finalise agree-
ments over the rebranding of
the various Cable Beach resort
properties.

Harrah’s will be the casino
operator via its Caesar’s Enter-
tainment brand, with Starwood

- as the hotel operator through

its Sheraton and St Regis
brands.
“We're still working on the

re-branding,” Mr Sands said.

“We’ve been working dili-
gently to have some agree-
ments finalised in very short
order. The parties are work-
ing diligently to reach the finish
line.”

-A number of Bahanians

have voiced concern over
whether the Baha Mar project
is for real, given that it has tak-

‘ena long time to see visible

signs of progress, with the costs

seemingly continuing to rise.
However, the leading prin-

cipals behind Baha Mar, father

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THE Royal Bahamas

| Police Force (RBPF) is
‘investigating alleged “iso-’ |
‘| lated incidents” of fraud
| targeting customers who
| use Bahamas-based auto-

matic banking and teller
(ABM/ATM) machines,
through a practice com-
monly known as: ‘skim-
ming’.

The Clearing Banks

| Association (CBA) yester-

day issued a warning urg-
ing Bahamians and resi-
dents to take care when
using an ABM or ATM
machine, and be alert for
the suspicious activity of
other persons nearby and
potential tampering with
the machine.

A separate e-mail sent to
The Tribune identified the
problem as the-use of ‘skim-
ming’ techniques by crimi-

), nals and fraudsters, a tech-

ah

‘i By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Institute of Chartered

“Accountants (BICA) yesterday said it

was seeking clarification in “one or two
areas” of the Central Bank’s proposed
guidelines for, external auditors of
Bahamian-based banks and trust com-
panies, but described them as “a step in
the right ditection”.

Kendrick Christie, BICA’s president,

external auditors from providing for
them.

Section 4 of the guidelines, which
attempt to codify the relationships
external auditors have with bank and
trust company clients, and the Central

Bank, lists specific activities external

auditors are prohibited from doing.
These activities include book-keep-
ing, internal audit, human resources

functions and “any other service that

the [bank and trust company] Board

of Central Bank licensees for clarity on
this point, as regards functions that may
fall into the ‘any other category”.
Emphasising that he was speaking
for BICA, Mr Christie said: ““There’s

still one or two areas we need to discuss -

with them, on ‘any other service’ and

_ the Governor [of the Central Bank]
approving the appointment of the exter- .

nal auditor.”
To be approved as an external audi-

- tor, the Governor will take into account ©

reasons should be given, It’s.a far-reach-

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ing powet.......

He asked on, BICA’s behalf, that the
Central Bank “just be more specific
with what the Governor is going to be
looking for in OxPEMeR ES requir:
ments”.

Mr Christie aad BICA was also look-
ing to clarify what the Central Bank
meant by its requirement for external
auditors to disclose to the Inspector of
Banks and Trust Companies “material



nique seen with increasing
frequency in developed
economies that has now
apparently made its way to
the Bahamas.

The anonymous e-mail,
passed'on to The Tribune
by a reliable source,
explained that the scam
worked by inserting a
device into the slot where
bank customers insert their

-.told The Tribune that among the areas _ determines is impermissible”. a Bahamian accountant or accounting issues” it had uncovered affecting the _ own ABM and A'TM cards
“-BICA would seek clarification on in In response, BICA said it would firm’s previous experience in conduct- audit client. | ;
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Hotels ‘did not gain.

ground as hoped’

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wee Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian hotel industry did “not gain ground as hoped”
‘on its Caribbean rivals during the summer months, with a lead-
“ing hotelier yesterday saying that the region’s performance dur-
_ ing a traditionally slower period had been relatively flat.

Robeit Sands; Baha Mar’s executive vice-president of admin-
istration and public affairs, told The Tribune that the developers’
three, Cable Beach resorts had all experienced an impact from the
slowing: US'economy, rising oil prices and hurricane fears.

While the Radisson Cable Beach Resort’s performance had
: been down, due'to the loss of 50 per cent of its room inventory
_ due to an $80 million upgrade programme, Mr Sands said that the
~ Wyndham had increased its room rates, even though occupancy

was “somewhat flat”.

“That is a trend that was manifest throughout the region for.a
_» number of reasons in the summer months,” he added. “We've cer-
-> tainly not lost ground, but have not gained ground as hoped.
~. “There are a lot of global trends that have really impacted. The

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slowing of the US economy somewhat, the price of oil, the whole
question of hurricane season, the threat of terrorism, all made the
market somewhat tentative and jittery in this period.

“But certainly, we dosee a bright and positive future ahead of
us.” Mr Sands said the Nassau Beach Hotel had “held its own”

‘| .* through the summer months.

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Bahamas oil bill up 55.6%

7 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

‘ THE Bahamas’ oil import
bill increased by 55.6 per cent
-‘ during the 2006 second quar-
“a MaifeT, almost doubling the cur-

“rent account deficit to $362.9

*. million from.$186.6 million in

' the year before period, a Cen-

tral Bank of the Bahamas
report found. —

The monetary policy regu-

‘lator’s review of Bahamian
‘ ‘ economic developments dur-

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ing the 2006 sceond quarter
found that the oil import bill,
coupled with a 2.6 per cent rise
in non-oil imports, caused the
merchandise account deficit to
deteriorate by 8.1 per cent to
$537.6 million.

However, the Central Bank
said the widening current
account deficit was “partially
offset” by the $9.7 million
increase in the capital account

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A student at the College of
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records”.

Other finalists for the annu-
al Financial Services Student
of the Year Award are Aisha

1,

if

Melvina Jobnsbni , BBA-Bank- |



ing & Finance, and Candace -

P. Rolle, BBA-Accounting.
The winner of the 2006
Award will be announced at

the Financial Services Awards.

Banquet on October 21. Also -
to be announced at the Ban-° ~

‘quet are the Industry Awards,



including the 2006 Executive *-”

_ of the Year, Professional of the

Year, and meeves of the
Year.

Vincent Peet; minister of .

financial services and invest-

>

ments; will present the 2006 °

‘Minister's Award’, recognis-
ing “stellar performance" with-

in the industry. |

Bice emermmar



B@ontie oe nota

: FROM page 1B

While there were situations

requiring immediate disclosure’

to the Central Bank, such as a
bank insolvency, violation of
prudential norms in areas such
as capital, and potential losses
to creditors and depositors, Mr
Christie pointed out that the
external auditor and Central
Bank may have different defi-
nitions and understanding of
“material issues”

‘He added that dialogue
between BICA, external audi-
tors and the Central Bank

would be able to resolve these |

issues, and praised the regula-
tor for allowing the Associa-
tion-to provide feedback and
have input into the draft guide-
lines.

Mr Christie said the rela-
tionship would “really solidi-
fy the relationship” between
external auditors, bank and
trust companies and the Cen-
tral Bank.

All would be able to com-
municate with each other, and

external auditors would be

able to meet with the Central

one of its licensees ito discuss
any issues it might have.

Bank before going j in to audit -

The external auditor guide-

lines are a move by the Central
Bank to ensure the Bahamian
financial services regulatory
regime continues to adhere to

international standards, espe-

cially what comes out of the
Basel Committee and the US

‘Sarbanes-Oxley Act. |

The latter was introduced in

7 1 .
a be ete
ie aes

the wake of major corporate ©

governance scandals at the

likes of Enron and WorldCom, -:
and one of its chief aims was to*."

remove conflicts of interest -
either real or perceived -
involving accounting firms, and
the provision of both audit and

‘non-audit seryices to the! same

client.

Mr Christie yoeteeday.-

described the guidelines as a‘-~

“must read for any external
auditor and licensee manage-
ment”, giving bank and trust

companies the knowledge of | -

when they could hire the exter-
nal auditor to perform other
work, and when they would
have to go to another firm.

_ The Bahamas Mortgage >
Corporation |
will be conducting a.
Systems Software Upgrade,
during the period of
September 24 - October 6, 2006.

We wish to apologize for any
__ inconvenience which may result.



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- THE TRIBUNE

ne Se eee
Baha Mar awards

contract to Androsia

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 3B



ANDROSIA, the Andros-
based Batik fabric manufac-
turing company, has been
awarded a contract by Baha
Mar Development Company
to supply design canvas fabric
to decorate its resorts, part of a
wider initiative aiming to incor-
porate Bahamian businesses
into its $2 billion-plus Cable

‘.*. Beach redevelopment.

eo.

Among the products being
made by Androsia are drapes,
‘cushions and a variety of fur-
nishings. It is preparing 2,000
yards of navy and white fab-
ric, which will then be shipped
to the US for use in Baha
Mar’s resort furnishings.
“The inclusion of Androsia
fabric is just the. beginning of
_the list of Bahamian business-
‘es that will be included by
Baha Mar, as they bring to the
resort market a modern hotel

. property representing all that is’
said
* John Kristich, Baha Mar’s

-. good in the Bahamas,”

executive vice-president of
design and development, in a
statement.

“The design intent of Baha
Mar is to send our guests home
with an understanding and

‘ +) +l appreciation of the Bahamas’
*.*+rich cultural heritage.”

‘ Androsia’s owner, Jeff
Birch, said the eight-week
Baha Mar contract had created
extra employment for people

.. living in Fresh Creek, Andros.

“-"+ He added: “Androsia came

"."+" into being with this link to

- tourism, so the Baha Mar con-
nection is a two-fold one. Baha
Mar made a conscious decision
to try and fit locally made
goods into:its development,

*.and for that I must give them
a, AL.

I’m. sure that in some

“.'+ instances it is difficult because

‘ certain manufacturers are not

_ready for the types of large -

orders that a mega develop-

ae ment like Baha Mar may need.



“The new relationship



OWNER of Androsia, Jeff Birch, inspects production work.

between Baha Mar and
Androsia is an historical one,
in terms of the fact that
Androsia has been one of the
most consistent suppliers of
fabric in the country.”

Since 1973, Androsia has
used the Bahamian environ-
ment for inspiration for its
print designs and colours.
Androsia has a complete line
of women’s, men’s, and chil-
dren’s batik clothing, as well
as accessories and home goods.

It is sold throughout the
Bahamas including Nassau,
Paradise Island, Grand

Bahama, Andros, Chub Cay,
the Abacos, Harbour Island,
Eleuthera, Cat Island, Long
Island, and Exuma.

Mr Birch said, “Androsia is
very well known throughout
the Bahamas, and well-known
in many parts of North Amer-
ica because Androsia garments
are primarily tourist oriented.
Androsia has representation
on almost. every island,
whether it’s a local boutique
or through a hotel outlet.”

The creation of a hand-made

_ Androsia fabric starts with the

designing phase. Later,, the







INTERNATION

“A growing and dynamic Bahamian n institution”



ee VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:
“ _ ANALYST, BUDGET AND COST CONTROL

Core responsibilities:



Responsible for preparing the Bank’s annual and long-term budgets.
> Assisting Department Heads and Branch Managers with budget

preparation.

Prepare budgets for any special projects c or programs being considered

by the Bank.

© Ongoing analysis of the Bank’s budget performance.
4 Gather, analyze, and compare sector and competitors’ financial position

to the Bank’s.

% Prepare reports to track interest yields, loan distribution, asset quality,
and total loans by currency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

~.f 9 Three (3) to five (5) years of banking experience.

) Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting or Finance

Analytical capability to assess information, examine alternatives,
and use judgement to provide reasoned recommendations.

‘) Excellent oral and written communications skills to communicate
financial balance sheet information to internal and external persons.

In-depth knowledge of spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Bee

to create reports.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience

and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and Ine
insurance; pension scheme.

to:

Interested persons should apply no later than September 29nd 2006

The Senior Manager, Human Resources & Training
Bank of The Bahamas International

—

P.O.Box N-7118
Nassau, Bahamas

design is used as a print for the
waxing process, then the fabric
goes through the process of a
cold water dye. In describing
the process, Mr Birch said that
when an individual or compa-
ny purchases Androsia,

whether in the form of cloth-

ing, accessories or furniture,
they must understand it is a
unique technique that makes
it so special. “We are proud

that Baha Mar recognises that _

they are going to have a piece
of Bahamian art at their resort
that they can share with visi-
tors,” Mr Birch said.

Si

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES PIERRE, OF ST. JAMES
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 13th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.











Notice

NOTICE is hereby given the JULIA DOLCE, OF 6TH ST.
THE GROOVE, HOUSE NO. #14, 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
awritten and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given the VALIO VALCON, OF
CARMICHAEL ROAD, PALM BREEZE ROAD, P. O. BOX
N 3528, 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 13th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice
a Si

The Government of The Bahamas is seeking Armored
Car Services to service some of its revenue collection
sites. Interested firms may collect bid specifications
from: | |

Ministry of Finance

Cecil Wallace Whitefield Centre

West Bay Street

_P.O.Box N-3017
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline for submission of bids is:
October 6th, 2006.



The Cancer Society of The Bahamas celebrates the Ist Anniversary

of the Cancer Caring Centre, a home away from home

for cancer

Ly,
Sister eo SOTAMERICAN

Q

ieats and then relatives,

6am. sharp at The Cancer Caring Centre
East Terrace, Centreville.
Free "Caring Sharing" Bands of Hope
To register, please call

325-2483 or 323-4482

Survivors’ Day

Free Seminar

Saturday, October 28
Re-Launching of the Support Group -

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Pricing Information As Of:

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Kerzner International BDRs

12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
0.35 RND Holdings

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

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 dally 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 months



1.307286*
2.9513***
2.460616**
1.192331****



Fm) FIDELITY

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EPS $

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probe

ATM frauds

FROM page 1B

These devices are able to
scan a customer’s pin number
and the card’s magnetic strip.
When the customer has com-
pleted their transaction and
left, the device is withdrawn
and the criminal is able to

. Clone the strip on to a made-up

card and withdraw funds from
the unsuspecting victim’s
account both in the Bahamas
and abroad.

Another similar technique
again involves inserting a
device into the card insert.
Instead of reading the mag-
netic strip and the pin number,
this device captures the card

and prevents its return to the -

owner when the transaction is
completed.

Pin

In the meantime, someone
is usually standing close by to
observe the pin number
entered, and once the cus-

tomer leaves in frustration that
they cannot obtain the card,
the crook moves in to claim it
and the device. They are then
able to withdraw money from
the unsuspecting victim’s
account. :

E-mail

The e-mail forwarded to The
Tribune said: “The device they
use would have the name of
your bank on it. Take notice
of anything that looks remov-
able on the ATM before
inserting your card. If it can be
moved, remove it. Make sure
you keep, your ATM with-
drawal slips until you update
your bank book. Try to update

‘your: book. on a regular
‘basis......

“They make up cards
and withdraw your monies
from ATM machines in differ-
ent. countries. These guys were
also captured on camera here
doing it, and they made sure
to stay in the vicinity of the
machines.”

The e-mail suggested that
one bank had lost more than
$100,000 to the scam, and that
some banks did not want to
admit there was a problem for
fear of alarming customers.

However, this was dismissed
by one Bahamian banking
source, who said: “I don’t

know of any bank that has lost: ‘-°.
that amount of money. Given '.*.°

the Bahamas’ experience, it

co
<8

seems completely off-base.” - a f

Customers

The CBA urged customers
to report to the banks or police
if anything about an ABM or

‘ ATM looked suspicious.
It urged them to be “vigi- |

lant” about their surroundings
and presence of other people;
to never lend their card or dis-

*!

close their PIN number; to’.-.-,
shield the PIN from view when: -: +’ -

using the card; and to pay closé:”

attention to monthly bank
statements and any discrepan-
cies.

where we need to be’

FROM page 1B

The Radisson, which is due to eventually be.



and son duo Dikran and Sarkis Izmirlian, are
investing $400 million of their own money in
the development to give the Government and
other Bahamians confidence they will be able to
execute on their plans.

Government

In addition, Baha Mar and the Government
appéar to have timed the major works at Cable
Beach to coincide with the conclusion of Kerzn-
er International’s Phase III expansion on Par-
adise Island, freeing up construction workers
who would otherwise be in short supply.

Mr Sands yesterday said Baha Mar planned to
begin the major construction works involving
two resort properties, the Wyndham and Nassau
Beach Hotel, at some pint in mid-2007. He con-

_ firmed that the Nassau Beach would be com-

pletely demolished, along with two towers at

rebranded as a Sheraton, is currently being ren-
ovated under an $80 million contract that was
awarded to Bahamian company, Osprey Devel-
opers. eae
Mr Sands said this project was “proceeding to

plan”, with the 300 rooms renovated in the first: . -
phase due to be completed by March 2007::-’
Work on the public spaces and additional rooms. '

will take another six months, lasting until Sep-
tember/October 2007.

Apart from the West Bay Street re- routing, '
Baha Mar’s next task will be to relocate all gov- ;

ernment office buildings and. the Soc meinietee a

banks on West Bay Street to the new Commer- *.’

cial Village, something Mr Sands described as
“pivotal” in opening up the planned resort cam-
pus. ° a

Estimated :

‘From start to finish, he estimated work on
the Commercial Village construction would

the Wyndham. .

Bahamas oil bill up 55.6%

soe

FROM page 1B

surplus to $206.4 million. It
added that this was due to a
$110.5 million rise in private
sector capital inflows associat-
ed with tourism investment
and construction projects.
Apart from the construction
and tourism industries, the oth-
er key factor driving the



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*-31 August 2006

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

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take between 12-18 months.

Bahamian economy was.a rise
in consumer demand, leading
to a continued credit expan-
sion and.a narrowing in the

loan-to-deposit spread.

Credit

Domestic credit rose by
$243.9 million or 4 per cent,
driven by 3.9 per cent and 3.3
per cent increases in residential
mortgages and consumer cred-
it respectively.

Meanwhile, personal over-

drafts rose by 12 per cent, a

development that might raise - |
fears. that Bahamians are

spending too much.on luxuries
and consumer goods, and stor-
ing up debt problems for when
the economy hits a rough
patch.

The Central Bank said that
while the “pass through effects

from international oil prices.’ .>.
in broad-based:.:.-
increases in domestic costs”, - ,

resulted

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inflation remained at relative. yet

ly benign levels.



VACANCY

The Anglican Central Education
Authority invites applications for the
position of Secretary/Messenger at
St. Anne’s School. Applicant should
be in possession of their own vehicle
and a valid Drivers License.

Letters of Applications should be
taken to St. Anne’s School, Fox Hill,
attention Principal.



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MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 13th day of September, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147,
Abaco, Bahamas.

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that WENDY FRANCIS, OF CEDAR |
WAY, CARMICHEAL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying |
ito the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for fegistration/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 |
20th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for |
‘Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice
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BLVD, P.O. BOX N-10326, 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
i signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
20th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister-responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,Nassau, Bahamas. .

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| COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

2006/PRO/npr/00467

| Whereas STEPHANIE
| JOHNSON (nee) CURRY of
Robinson Road, New
Providence, one of the
i islands of the
| Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
i Letters of Administration of

the Real and Personal Estate
of ERROL M JOHNSON
(aka) ERROL JOHNSON
late of Robinson Road, New
Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

_| COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS.

~~ THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00468

Whereas TERESA PINDER
and JENNIFER PINDER
both of Spanish Wells,
Eleuthera, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas have made

application to the Supreme

Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of

LAVENUS V. JAMES

PINDER (a:k.a) LAVENUS
| PINDER (a.k.a) LAVENUS

VIVIAN JAMES PINDER late
of, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera,
one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that
such applications will be
heard by the said Court at

| the expiration of 14 days:

from the date hereoff.
Signed

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS -

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00469
Whereas BUNNY
| INGRAHAM and RUTH
| SANDS-GLINTON both of

New Providence, one of the
Islands o f the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, have made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate
of CECIL HOWARD
INGRAHAM late of
McKinney Drive, New
Providence, one of the
Islands . of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

from the date hereoff.

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE
, BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00473
Whereas LORI ELIZABETH

LOWE of Lakeview Road,
New Providence, one of the
islands of the

Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of
NANCY ANN BONISTEEL
CALCUTT (a.k.a) NANCY
B. CALCUTT late of,

- Traverse City, Grand Traverse

County in the State of
Michigan, one of the United
States of America; deceased.

Notice is hereby given that
such applications will be
heard by the said Court at

the expiration of 14 days.

from the date hereoff.
Signed

Tabitha Cumberbatch
__ (for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS.

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00475

- |Whereas BERYL QUAMIE .
|of 280 Gates Avenue,

Brooklyn, New York, King’s

County, New York, United

States of America, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of IVY
ROKER late of, 280 Gates
Avenue, Brooklyn, New York,
King’s County, New York,
United states of America and





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GN-401.

SUPREME COURT

formerly of Rupert Dean
Lane, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed |
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

“No. 2006/PRO/npr/00477

Whereas MONIQUE
TAYLOR of Bethel Avenue,
Stapledon Gardens, New
Providence, one of the
Islands o f the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has: made
application to the Supreme.
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate
of MARGARET BROWN late
of Taylor Street, New

Providence, one of the ©
Islands «#...0.f s24.He: uh:
Commonwealth “of “The:

Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that
such applications will be
heard by the said Court at

the expiration of 14 days _

from the date hereoff.

- Signed
~ Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

“COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00478

Whereas ERIKA
GUTKNECHT KUGLER of
Paradise Island; one of the
Islands of the

Commonwealth of The.

Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of
HANS-PETER KUGLER late
of, Paradise Island, one of
the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

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Golden
Gates keep |
undefeated —
record

@ SOFTBALL

RAIN created havoc through the
Baptist Sports Council's Deaconess
Joann Webb's 2006 softball season
action over the weekend at the
Charles W. Saunders.High School,
Jean Street.

But officials managed to get in
one complete game as Golden i
Gates Native Baptist out-slugged i
St. Paul's Fox Hill 16-12 in a battle ;
of two undefeated teams in the co-
ed division.

With the win, Golden Gates
climbed into a two-way tie for first
place with idled Transfiguration,’
while St Paul's joined Faith United
in a two-way tie for third place at 1-

Ivan 'Showtime' Francis relieved
starter James Robinson in the sec-
ond inning and he picked up the
win on the mound before the rain
came pouring down, calling off the
remainder of the day's schedule.

Francis helped his.own cause by
going 2-for-4 with a solo home run,
scoring three runs and Arthur
- Thompson Jr. went 3-for-4 with
three RBIs and a run scored. Nicola
Major was 2-for-4 and Nicara
Knowles 2-for-3 with two runs
scored apiece. Linda Knowles and
Joyce Minus also scored twice.

Peter Morris went the distance
for the loss.

Marcellus Hall went 2-for-3 with
a pair of three-run homers and
Olympia Morris scored two runs for
St. Paul's.

Here's how they will play on Sat-
urday at Jean Street: 10-a.m. St.
Paul's vs New Bethlehem (M); 11
a.m. Calvary Deliverance vs Cal-
vary Bible (M); Noon Transfigura-
tion vs Faith United (M); 1. p.m. St.
Paul's vs Faith United (Co-ed); 2 -
p.m. Mt. Tabor vs Golden Gates
No.1 (M) and 3 p.m. Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (19-and-under). ~

¢ Here's a look at the standings,
going into Saturday's action:
Teams W L Pct. GB

Men's Division (Mother Webb) ai

St. Paul's 2.01000 - i:
Mt. Tabor 1 0 1,000 1/2
Golden GatesNo.1 0 1 .000 1
Macedonia 0 1 000.1

Mt. Calvary 0 1 006°. 1
New Bethlehem 0 0 .000 1
Men's Division (Rey. Munroe)

Calvary Bible 3 01,000 -
Calvary Deliverance 1



Temple Fellowship 1. 1. .50011/2
Transfiguration 0.1 .000. 2
Faith United 0 1 .000, 2
Golden GatesNo.1I0 2 .00021/2
Co-Ed Division
Transfiguration 2 041,000 -
Golden Gates - 2 041,000 -°
St. Paul's 1 1 500 1
Faith United 1 1 500 1
Macedonia © 0.2 000 2
Mt. Tabor 0 2 000 2°
19-and-under Division
Macedonia 3 01,000 - :
Golden Gates | 1. 1 50011/2' .:
Transfiguration . 1 1 Se ied
Faith United eee
Mt. Tabor 0 2 ..000! fF
15-and-under Division. |...
Golden Gates 1t- 0 1,000 .. -
Macedonia 0.1. 000 1/2
Faith United 0 0. .000 ‘1/2
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Women’ basketball
sets date for season .

be a record breaking one for.

® BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

ALL IS set for this year’s
tip-off in the New Providence
Women’s Basketball Associ-
ation (NPWBA).

Newly elected president
Antoinette Knowles con‘
firmed yesterday with The Tri-
bune that the league’s home

will remain the same and that '

a date is set for the season.
According to Knowles, the
newly elected president, exec-
utive members have penciled
the 18th of November as the
opening date and that the
league’s home hasn’t changed.
Rumours surfaced about
the NPWBA not being able
to utilise the DW Davis gym
for their season after the New
Providence Volleyball Asso-
ciation (NPVA) pushed their
regular season back for the

hosting of the annual
Caribbean Volleyball Cham-
pionships.

But Knowles clarified that
the DW Davis gym will con-
tinue to be the home of the
NPWBA and that the play
level in the league will contin-
ue to rise as they’ve planned a
calendar full of activities.

Planned

Knowles said: “The late
start will not affect the season,
we have a lot of things
planned. I know things can go
wrong and you can’t plan for
that but we can at least puta
plan in place just in case. But
the plans for this upcoming

‘season are starting to take

form only the final touches
needs to be put into action.
“Right now volleyball is
using the gym for their sea-
son, but DW Davis will be our

home. A lot of players and
fans were concerned about
that.”

Knowles, who has formu-
lated a plan to increase the
participation of both players
and fans in the league, said
she has asked several persons
to assist her in implementing a
junior league for junior and
high school players.

' But before Knowles can
enjoy the benefits of a blos-

. soming junior league, she

admitted that she will have to

ensure that the senior league,

the NPWBA, is in motion.
She added: “There’s a lot of

things we have planned for

this year, some of the things
are still in the woodwork, and

should be up in running by the

time the.season starts.

“This year’s season is going
to be an enjoyable one. Our
main focus is trying to
improve the statue OF wom-

_ en’s basketball in the country:

“Creating a league solely for
women was a huge step that
proved to be very successful,
now it will be up to this exec-

utive board to expand on the
_ existing programme.”

_Executive members of the
NPWBA have decided to
adjust their season’s first half
due to the late start.

Scheduled.

Regular play in the league
was scheduled for Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday’s, but

Knowles revealed that they
will have to incorporate more
days so the first half can finish

.on time.

As a result games some
games will be scheduled for
Mondays or Wednesday. The
second half of the league is set

_ to open on January 20th.

This season is expected to

" interest in participation.





the league in terms of teams.
participation. -

Although Knowles hasw’t ,
received final confirmation '
from teams and their spon-
sors, she said that more ra
nine teams have expressed arr

If all is confirmed, thts*

year’s numbers will definitely, b a)
smash the numbers in thos’ at

past season which added six‘. ”
teams. £
In the opening year of the

: league, three years ago, it,

started out with cight tcams -
but as the league continued *
the numbers declined. g

But an optimistic Knowle %.

‘

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toN os
woN

said with the new administra->* -

tion board, women’s baskct-*,
ball in the country wil’
increasa.

Knowles and her team ot.
officers were elected chairs ob? a
the league carlier this ycar.






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SAILING

THE Royal Bank of Canada. has
committed to become the main spon-
sor of the Bahamas Optimist Junior

National Sailing Championship for the

second year in a row.

“RBC is proud to be the gold spon- '

sor of the 2nd annual RBC Optimist
Junior National Championships,” said
Marvin Clarke, Senior Account Man-
ager, RBC Business Banking.

“For nearly a century Royal Bank
has supported the development of
young Bahamians throughout our
islands. We take pride in the accom-
plishments of the young junior sailors
and wish them every success as they
experience the thrill of sailing our
beautiful waters this weekend at the
Championships.”

:. Scheduled for September 23 -24 on
Montagu Bay, the Championship
promises to be even better than last
year’s successful inaugural regatta,
which featured 39 young sailors.
Organised by the Bahamas Sailing
Association (BSA), The Royal Nas-
sau Sailing Club (RNSC), and The
Nassau Yacht Club (NYC) the cham-
pionships are part of a combined effort

"among the three groups to encourage, .

_ Support, and promote the sport of sail-
ing in the Bahamas.

Regatta Chairman Francisco DeCar-

denas recognised RBC’s continued
_ commitment to the sport.
’ “We're very thankful to RBC for

- their support of junior sailing,” he said.

“When companies give back to their
- communities with this type of assis-

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ponciaet and I had to fulfill those con-
‘tractual obligations.

oM

At 175Ibs, Smith said he knows he
will be much stronger to contend for the
title.

‘.. “I just have to do the same things that

I did to prepare myself in the past,” he
stated. “It’s just that Pm older; much
older now, so a lot of things I need not to

do to be successful. a

First Class Promotions president
Michelle Minus said they will definitely
be willing to entertain Smith, just as long

i. as Saunders is convinced to fight him.

“I really applaud him. He’s a really
good sportsman,” Minus said of Smith.
“Some good things could still happen
for him, so if we can do anything for

him, we will do it.
i. .usef]We just have to get Ali to agree to it
i and I think he wouldn’t have a problem

stepping out and fighting Marvin
because he knows that he’s a very good
calibre fighter, who can only help his
career.”

Although he’s been given the green
light by First Class Promotions to start

. training and will commence his prepa-

ration with trainer Johnny Taylor in
short order, Smith said his biggest prob-
lem is trying to convince his mother,
Annis Smith, that he can get back in the
ring and win.

“She don’t want me to do it, but I’ve
explained to her. I told her this is some-
thing that I’ve done all of my life and
now I have that burning sensation down
in me again,” he stressed.

“If anytime during my training the
hunger ceases to burn, then I will stop.”



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resume at weekend

# SOFTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

ALMOST two months since
the curtain came down on an
era at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball
Stadium, the New Providence
Softball Association is prepar-
ing to resume play at the Bail-
lou Hills Sporting Complex.

But instead of playing on
the Banker’s field under the
lights, the NPSA is now forced
toplay during the afternoon
on the field occupied: by the
New Providence Modified
Softball League this weekend.

Association president Steve
‘Garbo’ Coakley said the ren-
ovations being carried out to
the Banker’s field won’t'be
completed in a while, but they
don’t want to prolong the sea-
son any more.

“We will cut the season as it
was in the middle of July and
we will go right into the play-
offs,” Coakley. stressed. “We
have a schedule drawn up and
we have informed the teams
about the latest develop-
ment.”

Three games are scheduled
to be played on both Satur-
day and Sunday, starting at
1pm.

Games will.oniy be played

on the weekend as the associ-:

ation heads towards the best-
of-five championship series to
determine the winners who
will go on to play in the
Bahamas Softball Federation’s
National Round Robin Tour-
nament in November.

But while the first round
best-of-three playoffs have
already been decided in the
ladies’ division, the men will
have to play a sudden death
game on Saturday to complete
their playoff draw.

The TBS Truckers and the
Delsol Arawaks are currently
tied for first place with a 9-2
win-loss record and they will
play the second game on Sat-
urday at 2.30pm to determine

the pennant winner and sec-

ond place.

Depending on the outcome
of their game, the playoff
spots will be finalised.

In the opener on Saturday
at lpm, the Boomer George
Boomers and the Proper Pool
Care Lady Sharks, tied for
second at 7-5, will square off
in one half of the ladies’ play-
offs.

And in the feature contest,
the defending champions
Electro Telecom Wildcats,
pennant winners at 11-1, will
face the youthful fourth-place
Whirlpool Eagles (5-6).

@ WORK continues on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex yesterday ahead of the resumption of the soft-

ball season.

(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

On Sunday at lpm, the
men’s pennant winners from
Saturday’s game will take on
the fourth place New Breed
(4-7) and the loser will battle
the third place Stingrays
Sporting Club (9-4) in the fea-
ture contest. ia

In between those two men’s
games, game two of the ladies
series between the Lady
Sharks and the Boomers will

be played. Game two between

the Wildcats and Eagles will
pick up next weekend. ,

“This is a major change for
us because we had anticipated
playing games under the
lights,” Coakley pointed out.
“The facilities are still 'not
ready for play and we don’t
see ourselves playing there
this year. |

“So we just have to wait
until they are ready for us. In
the meantime, we have resort-
ed to plan B, which calls for us

to play day games.”

However, Coakley said he’s
not sure what kind of shape
the teams are in from the long
lay-over and whether any of
the teams will be affected by

the fact'that the majority of

their players also play in the
various softball leagues
around town.

~ But Coakley said they have

to have their season complet-

ed and the men and women

‘champions crowned in time to

participate in the BSF nation-
als — tentatively set to start the
first weekin November...
The NPSA had to abandon
play at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball
Stadium, which, along with the
Andre Rodgers Baseball Sta-
dium, was dismantled on Inde-
pendence Day to prepare for
the construction of the new
track and field stadium by the
Chinese government.

‘Marvelous’ plans comeback
NSM Cae Mne Cmts

HB BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

BIRTHDAY boy ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Smith :

isn’t finished yet.

One year after losing to Jermaine ‘Choo
Choo’ Mackey for the second straight time in
their battle for the Bahamas super middleweight
title, Smith plans to make areturn. - +

This time, he will fight in the light-heavy-
weight division and challenge Alkena ‘Ali’
Saunders for the vacant Bahamas title on Jan-
uary 19, 2007.

*] already spoke with First Class and they
are willing to do it,” Smith stated. “It’s just a
matter of planting some seeds, watering it and
letting it grow.

“I’m not sure if it will build into semen
that was. as big as me and Choo Choo. Who
knows? But I really want that fight.”

If the fight materialises, it will be Smith’s first
since he was stopped in the seventh round by
Mackey in a rematch of their super mid-
dleweight title.

In May last year, Mackey jabbed‘his way to an
impressive 12-round unanimous decision as
Smith came out of a three-year retirement to
put his title on the line.

Realising that it was a decision that was hard
to swallow, Smith came back and secured a
rematch with Mackey in September in a bid to
regain the title.

But Mackey was sharper than a razor from
the first time they met and he made mincemeat
of Smith, forcing him and his trainer Johnny
Taylor to throw in the towel in the seventh.

Unable to walk away from the sport, Smith,
who celebrates his 38th birthday today, said his
conscience has lured him back and he wants to
contend for another title.

“Despite those two losses, my legacy is
already intact, but I just woke up one morning
and had that burning feeling to get back into the
ring again,” Smith admitted.

“I’ve never made excuses and J don’t intend
to start now. I think my body outgrew 168
pounds a couple years ago, but I had a signed
contract and I had to fulfill those contractual

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MIAMI, Florida - Samuel

- ‘Ninety’. Knowles’ public

defender, Stewart Abrams,
informed US Magistrate
Edwin Torres yesterday that
he can no longer represent

-. Knowles due to his represent-

ing a prosecution witness in
one of the accused drug king-

OS pin' S Cases.



According to Abrams, he

- will be representing William

Bethel.

A William Bethel was
charged with conspiracy to
import cocaine and marijua-

~ na, conspiracy to possess with

intent to distribute cocaine
and marijuana, possession

- With intent to distribute and

import cocaine and marijua-

' na into the United States in

2001, andi is alleged to have
been Knowles’ chief lieu-
tenant: fo.

Mr Abrams told the judge-
that neither he nor anyone in

_his office could represent

‘

Knowles, due to this conflict

-” of interest. in providing coun-

sel for Bethel, a factor which
immediately ruled out Judge

- Torres’ first replacement
attorney for Knowles, Henry

Bell. |

. After some consultation
with court staff, J udge Torres
named Kenneth White as
Knowles’ new public defend-
eb es
Abrams reminded Knowles
before they parted company

that he should be prepared to ©

face charges on both case
numbers 00425 as well as 0091,
though there is still some
ambiguity with regard to case

~ number 0091.

Beset once again by
Knowles’ lack of representa-
tion, his pre-trial detention
hearing will reconvene two
weeks from now on October
3, an extension grantedby the
judge mainly because federal
prosecutor George Karavet-
zos will be out of. town next
week and the ongoing search
by Knowles' family for private
defence.

After Judge Torres’ had
completed rescheduling of
Knowles' bond and detention
status hearing, he asked
Knowles if he understood and
agreed to the conditions on
which his hearing was

deferred, to which Knowles .

stood up and responded into.a
microphone, "yes."

Knowles seemed much
more easygoing yesterday
than during the Seplember 7
hearing.

He sat without hand-~

restraints, though still in foot-
restraints, at the defence's
desk while two court marshals
sat in the benches behind him.

He wore the same beige
prison uniform as he did
before, but this time wore the
spectacles that were given to

him following his last hearing.’

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@ THE housing complexes
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for months.

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complexes in south western
New ': Providence. - have

_remained generally vacant

despite the government’s cry
that there is a desperate need
for low-cost housing on the
island.

Golden Isle Sub-division
One and Two in'Carmichael;
built several months ago, are
still largely unoccupied while
the waiting list for housing is
only getting longer.

One
revealed that more than 1,000
Bahamians were waiting to
qualify for housing. Accord-
ing to officials, Golden Isle
Sub-division One is mostly
filled, but there are still vacan-
cies left to be filled in that
complex, while the second sub-
division is totally empty.

Calls made to the Ministry
of Housing and the Depart-
ment of Housing proved futile
as no one was available who

could say why there was such a
‘massive build-up on the wait-

ing list when homes were
vacant.

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ministry official



Speed of Anna Nicole

Smith's permanent residency

‘sets disturbing precedent’

®@ By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

ANNA Nicole Smith’s ability to get perma-
nent residency in the Bahamas in less than
three. months had set a “disturbing precedent”,

. aformer immigration minister said yesterday.

Dr Earl Deveaux said it was especially trou-
bling set alongside the plight of some Haitians,
who had been waiting for six years for the
same status.

Dr Deveaux said the Department of Immi-
gration needed a “transparent and expeditious
process” to retain its credibility.

“When we (FNM) were in office, perma-
nent residency was given to persons who had
continually lived in the Bahamas for 10 years
or more, and who owned their own home.

“There were special categories for teach-
ers, missionaries and other public servants
who may have been on a government contract
for a long time. Those people were given
favourable consideration. But, generally, 10
years was the minimum period.

“There was another category where people

SEE page nine





















Reports suggest Daniel Smith
not inebriated at time of death

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

FIRST reports from pathologists indicate
that 20-year-old Daniel Smith, son of US
celebrity Anna Nicole Smith, was not inebri-
ated at the time of his death.

Speaking with The Tribune from Pittsburgh
yesterday, internationally renowned foren-
sic pathologist Dr Cyril Wecht said that the
body of Daniel did not emit an odour which
is normally associated with large amounts of
alcohol intake.

The Tribune was also made to understand
that the Smith family was planning on hold-
ing, or in fact has already held, a memorial
service for Daniel here in the Bahamas.

According to eye-witness reports, a pastor
of unknown denomination was seen leaving
the Eastern Road home of Ms Smith yester-
day morning.

Rose Marie Butler of Butler’s Funeral
Homes and Crematorium, said that although
the embalming of Daniel’s body has been
completed, the funeral home had yet to be
informed when and how the body will be
transported.

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one man.

Contrary to initial claims by

environmentalists that the gov-

ernment or a private company

may have been at fault, Terry
Miller, founder-of the Bahamas
association for social health
(BASH) told The Tribune yes-
terday that he now suspects'that
one private individual may have
been solely responsible for the
clearance.

Mr Miller said he has been
made aware that:all the soil
cleared from the area was taken
to one man’s home.

This raised suspicions about

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Furthermore, the private
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area was previously the sub-
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the government — who want-
ed to use some of the land to
build low-cost housing — and
the Bahamas National Trust,
who felt it deserved to be pre-
served for future generations
by, being turned into a nation-
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Clearance at Perpall
Tract ‘may have been
the work of one or

An agreement was peated.

under which it was decided that -
this year, around 12 to 15 acres

of the two hundred acre site ,
would be given over to low cost
housing'construction — while the
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Warning
issued over
ATM scam
activity

THE Clearing Banks Asso-
ciation is warning the public
about “fraudulent activities”
being carried out on unsuspect-
ing bank customers conducting
ABM/ATM transactions.

In a statement yesterday, the

‘ association said the matters

seem to be isolated and are
being investigated by the police.

“In our effort to safeguard
the integrity on our banking sys-
tem we offer these suggestions
to customers conducting
ABM/ATM transactions:

“Tf you detect anything unusu-
al about an ABM/ATM or point
of sale (POS) terminal, do not
use it — report it to the police or
your financial institution.

“When using the
ABM/ATM, be very vigilant
about the surroundings and oth-
er individuals in the vicinity.

“Shield your personal identi-
fication number (PIN) when
using your card. .

“Never lend your card to oth-
ers or disclose your PIN. “Choose
a PIN that cannot be easily iden-

- tified if your card is lost or stolen.

“Pay close attention to your
monthly bank statements and
report any discrepancies to your
financial institution,” Pans asso-
--ciation said.

Soatiaoety to

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*

present award
to Nelson
Mandela

AMNESTY International
yesterday announced that Nel-
son Mandela will be awarded
its most prestigious honour —

the Ambassador of Conscience

» Award for 2006.

In a statement issued yester-

day, Amnesty said Nobel Lit-


















erature Laureate Seamus
Heaney, whose poem ‘From the
Republic of Conscience’

‘jinspired the award, was the first .

to congratulate Mr Mandela.
“To have written a line about
‘hope and history’ rhyming for
Mr Mandela in 1990 is one
thing,” said Heaney. “To have
the man who made them rhyme
accept the award inspired by
my: poem is something else

*.Jagain.’
Vaclav Havel, who received

the inaugural award in 2003,
said: “I am convinced that the
wise decision of the Amnesty
International jury will enhance
the attention dedicated to its
human-rights activities all over
the world.”

. The award will be presented
to Mr Mandela by the distin-
guished South African writer
and Nobel Literature Laureate

~|Ms Nadine Gordimer in Nelson

andela House in Johannes-

jburg, South Africa on Novem-

ber 1.

“More than any living person,
Nelson Mandela has come to
symbolise all that is hopeful and

idealistic in public life,” said Bill



Shipsey, founder of Art for

|Amnesty, the organisation’s

global artist support network
that organises the annual Award.

“His poignant example and
personal and political leader-
ship.since emerging from prison
in February 1990 have been a
source of inspiration for mil-
lions around the world. He has
become the symbol of what it
means to be a truly good global

‘ Icitizen.”

2 Cushions

o In brief FNM claims start of election

ampaign has been ‘positive’

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE FNM claims it is seeing
an overwhelming response to
its campaign to become the
next government of the
Bahamas.

During the campaign lead-
ing up to the 2002 general elec-
tion, FNM campaigners report-
ed that many voters they
approached, even those they
were certain were FNMs, had
essentially indicated that the
party would not be receiving
their support.

Now, however, FNMs are
reporting that the public has
made a 360-degree turn.

Chairman of the FNM
Desmond Bannister said
response to his party at street
level had been very positive,
the exact opposite of what hap-
pened in 2002.

“There were many places in

:» 2002 where we were getting.

negative answers - now it is the
exact opposite,” Mr Bannister
said.

Asked what seats, based on
the response of persons in the
various constituencies, the
FNM would take in the next
election, Mr Bannister made
the stout prediction that his
party would win all'‘New Provy-
idence seats.

“What we are seeing is a
whole. lot of disgust from
Bahamians at the way they
were taken in by unfulfilled
promises,” he said.

However, looking at the vot-
ing history of constituencies
like Bain and Grant’s Town,
St Cecelia’s, Englerston and





Farm Road, observers may
find this hard to believe.

“We won Bain Town before,
Gregory Williams won Bain
Town, and Bahamians every-
where are seeing what is hap-
pening in the country. We have
some dynamic candidates and
we expect that Bahamians
won’t be fooled by all of this
nonsense. New Providence is
one big constituency that we
are going to win.

“Our people have been on
the ground for a little while
now and they are continuing

_ to campaign and they are get-

ting positive responses. We
are looking forward to
the time when the PLP
announces that they are will-
ing,to take a back seat and
allow us to govern by calling
an election,” Mr Bannister
‘said.

An FNM campaign general
who spoke to The Tribune yes-
terday said that, while he
doubted that the party would
take all of the “traditional non-
FNM areas”, the response in
New Providence had been

amazing even in those areas
_ where “FNMs are not tradi-.

tionally welcomed with open
arms.”

““The reports we are getting
‘from Englerston are most

encouraging and what we are
noticing in St Cecelia is that
the member of parliament
(Cynthia Pratt) is more
acclaimed nationally than in
her own constituency.

“We still believe she is going
to win that seat, but we have a
chance of winning Englerston
and if we don’t win it we
believe that it will be close,”
he said.

As for the mood on the
ground, he described the

excitement for the FNM as

“pre-1992 energy”.
“Many persons are so dis-
illusioned and disappointed

they are saying that these.

guys are in for a big surprise
in New Providence, in par-
ticular, and that is very
encouraging. I think we are
in much better shape in New
Providence than we were in
2002.

“I expect seats that we lost,

that we had for several elec-
tions, to return. Adelaide,

Carmichael, Elizabeth, South
Beach, Delaporte, Holy crs
Marathon, Blue Hills..
expect a challenge i in Golden
Gates, but to our surprise and
our welcome surprise we are
doing better in Fox Hill at this
time than in any previous elec-
tion,” he said.

Union members claim Morton

Salt is exploiting workers

MORTON Salt could face
industrial action from union
members who claim the salt
producing company is.exploit-
ing its temporary workers.

According to a press release
issued by Wilfred Seymour of
the Bahamas Industrial, Man-
agerial and Allied Workers
Union (BIMAWU), Morton
Salt has employed some work-,,
ers for the past 10 years but
has failed to take them on as
permanent employees.

“These employees would

i - work three months, then let

go for a week, and then return
to work ‘the following. This
practice has been going on for
years, yet the company wants
to paint the picture that all is
well, and they have the people
of Inagua(s) best interest at
heart. They are being treated
like illegal immigrants. These
people are Bahamians,” the
release read.

According to the document,
industrial action is eminent.

It said that Glen Bannister,
the president of Morton Salt
responded to a press confer-
ence held last Friday by saying
that if the union decides to
take a strike, the company
would go on with what
employees were left behind.

The release asked if Mr
Bannister really believes that
any of the temporary workers
will really be there for him
after the company has failed



GLEN Bannister, the president of Morton Salt (centre) is

pictured last year during the signing of a new undustrial

- agreement

to give them full-time jobs for
so long.

“TI sure hope he is not dis-
appointed, because industrial
action is eminent. It is a sad
thing when you look at it,” the
statement read.

The Tribune attempted to
contact Mr Bannister for com-'
ment on the matter, but because
of a problem with BTC’s net-
work, could not get through on
any of his listed numbers.

Elegance





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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI y
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master “,
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 i

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Edivor i 972-

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How Cuba infiltrated Jamaica

THE YEAR after the late Michael. Manley
became prime minister of Jamaica, he was crit-
icised for travelling on the same private aircraft
as Fidel Castro to attend the fourth summit of
the non-aligned countries meeting in 1973 in
Algiers.

Answering his editorial critic, Mr Manley

explained that by travelling with the Cuban .

Prime Minister he was “saving enormous tray-
el expenses.” It would also give him an oppor-
tunity, he said, to communicate to Castro his
own “concepts” — presumably of socialism.
Obviously Jamaicans were becoming nervous

_ about their socialist prime minister cosying up to
the communist leader. | ;

By 1975 that worry had started to trouble
Bahamians. In January, 1975 a “concerned
Bahamian”, “in view of the political trend in the
Bahamas today,” wrote a letter for publication
to The Tribune. He attached a copy of Mr Man-
ley’s speech to the Jamaica House of Repre-
sentatives on Noveniber 20, 1974 in which Man-
ley outlined his government's policy of a social-

-ist programme for Jamaica.

“Bahamians,” the letter writer commented,
“should be made aware of what is in store for
them either during the life of the present gov-
ernment (the Pindling government) or: to some

' future time if it is returned to power.”

The letter writer then quoted from an article
in The Gleaner newspaper headed: “Guideline
for Communist takeover in. Jamaica.” Mr D
Fitzharres March, writer of the Gleaner arti-

«cle, explained how he had come under the’ influ:
‘ence of the late Sir Stafford Cripps when he.

was a student in England. In fact Sir Stafford,
whom he described as “of renowned legal fame,
-the great socialist-communist advocate,” was

_ his tutor.
“These are the guidelines as taught to me to

bring back.to Jamaica,” wrote. Mr March, “to.
indoctrinate into the poor working classes. It’.
was labelled in lectures: ‘The Wreck, Ruins and

Take-over method.”

' Mr March then explained the guidelines of
deception, followed by-infiltration of every
social institution to create a climate of unrest.

Union agitation: was.to be encouraged as.com-,

munist ideologues infiltrated their:ranks. Indus-
try was to be kept in turmoil, the banks had to
be state owned. “All types and classes of trans-
-port on land, sea and in the air, must be con-
trolled by the state, preferably-owned by the
state; including the fishing industry,” explained
Mr March. Mr March outlined the blue-print for
-a communist take over of Jamaica.

As. Manley continued to surround himself
with Cuban advisers, and more Cuban doctors
and teachers entered Jamaica, there was little

wonder that Bahamians became wary when, in
1976, it was rumoured that then prime minister
Sir Lynden Pindling and Mr Manley were meet-
ing fairly regularly.

Eventually Manley and The Daily Gleaner
locked horns. The 172-year-old newspaper was
accused of “erring from the ethics of journal-
ism.” What;Mr Manley did not realise at the
time was that it was on that day that he ham-
mered the final nail into his'political coffin.

The Gleaner’s latest troubles‘started when it

and the Jamaica Labour-Party (JLP) objected in ©
writing to Cuba’s interference in Jamaica’s inter- ‘

nal affairs. The letters were sent to resident
Cuban Ambassador Ulises Estrada, who by that
time had become such a powerful figure in
Jamaica that one could not be blamed for won-
dering who was in fact in charge — Estrada or

~ Manley.

The letters of objection followed an address
in Guyana by Alfonso Hodge, a high-ranking
member of the Cuban Communist Party Central

Committee, in which he accused JLP leader .

Edward Seaga and the Gleaner of mounting a
campaign of lies:and slander against Cuba.
Hodge also claimed that agents in the Gleaner
were linked with the CIA.

A 12-man government delegation, including
six cabinet ministers, met with the Gleaner’s

managing director Oliver Clarke and his direc- °

tors. Mr Clarke, who still heads the .Gleaner,

invited Mr Manley to attend the meeting, which.

was called by the Manley government to lay

“down the rules for the Daily Gleaner’s operation

for the next two years. Mr Manley declined.

This meeting took place as members of the
Inter-American Press Association were meeting
in Toronto, The troubles of The Gleaner in its
fight for freedom under: the Manley govern-
ment were high on IAPA’s agenda.

Bahamians might wonder what all of this has
to do with the Bahamas. Well it is the story of
how a great oak of trouble grows from a tiny
acorn. In Jamaica the tiny Cuban acorn unob-
trusively took root with the arrival of Cuban

’ doctors and teachers. As these men-and women

were quietly assimilated into Jamaican society,

they were followed by Cuban advisers to the -

government. By then Cuba and its advisers. in
Jamaica, and the close friendship between com-
munist Castro and socialist Manley were so
intertwined that Cuban Ambassador: Estrada

. “felt sufficiently in control that he started to flex

his political muscles.

This is just the beginning of a story, which.
eventually broke.Manley, sending him into the
political wilderness for eight years.

(°The story will be continued in this column
tomorrow.)







BEAUTY GUARD

the rights of
the consumer

‘EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT IS with total amusement
and. amazement that Bahamian
politicians continue to promote
the ridiculous claim that they
are looking out for the small
man! All too often, the ‘small
man finds out the hard way that
no one has his interest at heart.

_ Those taking advantage of him

only exploit his support.
Promised assistance and that
they would be looking out for
him continue to remain just that
— a promise. Oftentimes, the
protectors become the violators
of your rights either through
their neglect or a lack of con-
cern. Where does one turn to’
when the system that you have
put your faith in lets you down?
Despite the passing of The Con-

. sumer Protection Act (2006),

John Q Public continues ‘to be.
subjected to the “whims and

. fancies” of unscrupulous busi-
_nesspersons. Immorality, lack

of ethics and deceiving the pub-
lic appears to be the accepted

method of many in conducting .

business in the Bahamas."
For those residing in
Freeport, exercise of their rights
has been a case of double jeop-
ardy. Not only does an individ-
ual have to deal with the Rules
and Regulations enforced by
the Government of ‘the
Bahamas, but they must deal

with that special piece of legis- .

lation called the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement 1955 that cre-
ated a unique authority for the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty. The lack of respect and

- denial of rights of citizens of

Grand Bahama was the subject

of a recent town meeting. Many |

Freeport residents expressed
the opinion that they have no
voice in Freeport. The Grand
Bahama Port Authority being a
private company has its own
agenda. At times the Bahamas
government has expressed the

‘view that they should not inter-

vene in private disputes. The
million dollar question-is, how-
ever, what happens when those

concerns involve statutory »

requirements that were dele-
gated to the Grand Bahama
Port Authority? Where is an
individual supposed to turn for
help?

~The latest call of concern
comes from a businesswoman

' who felt that she had been

denied justice at the office of
the Grand Bahama Power
Company,,an independent ‘enti-
ty of the Grand Bahama:Port
Authority and separate and
apart of the Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC).
Ordinarily when an individual
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their electricity, a security
deposit is required. For a resi-
dential home or apartment, the
standard fee is around $300. For
a business, the fee can be $500
plus depending on the nature
of the business. Upon the secur-
ing of the deposit and the nec-

‘essary forms filed, a legally

enforceable agreement that
imposes obligations on both the
customer and the Power Com-
pany comes into existence. That
is, there is an agreement for the
Power Company to provide
electricity and the customer
must periodically pay the stipu-
lated:rates and adjustments such
as fuel surcharges. Failure to
periodically pay the required
fees.could result in disruption
of electrical services. Unfortu-

‘ nately, the inverse is not always

true.as there are times such as,

qRtGFAT disasters where the sé¥ ”

vice is interrupted; the customer
still has to pay for poor or non-
existing services. This was a
main complaint after hurricane
Frances two years ago.

Once this legally binding
agreement comes into existence,
under the Laws of Contract,
unless there are statutory pro-
visions otherwise, only those
persons who are part of the con-
tract can act to enforce it. No
third party can intervene. This is
an interesting fact as in
Freeport, like so many other

parts of the Bahamas, many -
persons entering such a contract .

with the utility companies are
property renters and do not
own the property where their
contract of electrical services is
to be provided. In the event that
they breach the contract by
non-payment of the monthly |
charges, legal action should be
taken only against this tenant.
This exempts the Landlord
from liability, as they. were not a

part of the contract. Only the

tenant who had signed the
Agreement can be prosecuted
for payment. The arrangement
between the tenant and the
Power Company should not
prejudice the landlord or anoth-
er tenant signing up for electri-
cal services.

What happens here in
Freeport is ‘a crazy situation.
The behaviour of an ex-tenant

‘can affect future tenants.

Reportedly, the Grand Bahama
Power Company has recently
adopted an arbitrary “in house”

policy of assessing a security
deposit based on past perfor-
mance. This is so wrong as the
action of a third party will affect
the amount that one has to pay
for security deposit. This is con-
trary to the basic Laws of Con-
tract as the Grand Bahama

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standing or excessively used. ,

electricity. This is outrageous! ,

What happens if the new tenant’,

f

i

is an elderly person with a lim- 7

‘ited income who is likely to use

just a small amount of electric-,,,
ity? They are being punished q
and victimised for the actions;

of others. This ridiculous policy,

. is enforced even when there is.,,

an agreement of a delinquent:
previous tenant to pay. The 7

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Grand Bahama Power Compa;, Sou

ny will demand as much as,+
$1000 or more for security,,

deposit for a small apartment: .,

‘ or house. For a new tenant who,

has to come up with first and.

f

last month rent, along with a j
security deposit to the landlord me

this additional security deposit
will impose a burden:on many, ,
prospective’ tenants, especially
with the Freeport economy of,
today.

For the above- mentioned,
businesswoman, she was rent--
ing her apartment for $600 a’
month. The new security,
deposit was assessed at one:
thousand dollars for a new ten-,.

}
:

2"

2D

6
ant, far more than the rent. The ..;

excuse was given that because |

the old tenant was a family,
member, the landlord was try-.
ing to avoid their obligation.:
This is pure nonsense as the.

age and therefore had the
capacity to enter a contractual,
agreement. Secondly, he had}
reportedly also made an.
arrangement to pay the out-,,

standing amount he had left in.. ;

arrears. Because of the exces-

sive amount of money required, ,,

for the security deposit, the

oe
r ‘
ies ’

be

a

.

individual who had signed the,’ BH
agreement was over 18 years of. ..

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3

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businesswoman had difficulty, >,

finding new tenants. In the;

meantime, she still had to come

up with funds to pay the mort--=,

gage and maintain the apart-*

w

ment. This is grossly unfair! . ~

Any reasonable person would_7
expect that due to the fact that,

?

the Power Company operates,
an essential service in a monop-»;-*--

olistic setting, there should be'y:

some legislation or regulation
in place.to. protect the public

from being taken advantage of. .;

Regrettably, a spokesperson for ;
the Public Utilities Commission.
informed me that their scope of,
authority only includes com-.

munications such as BaTelCo_ ,

and Cable Bahamas, but not,
electricity as the public would.,

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believe. BEC indicated that

Grand Bahama Power Compa-,
ny is regulated by the Grand;
Bahama Port Authority. In oth-
er words, a power consumer on

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Grand Bahama has no place to q.

voice a genuine concern, as the
providers are also the enforcers.
This may be great for the Grand®,
Bahama Port Authority as they*¢
are looking out for their inter-,
est. However, the consumer:~

i

with very little statutory pro-'y,
tection of their rights is once *y

again at the mercy of the. sys- |

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 5



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Retiring
public
officers to be
recognised

FREEPORT, Grand
Bahama — Ten long-standing
public officers who retired dur-

-ing the past year will be recog-

nised during an appreciation

dinner as a part of the seventh

annual Public Service Week.
The week’s theme is: “the

. Public Service: transforming to

-*. meet the needs of the 21st cen-

tury,” and activities will be held
under the patronage of Fred
Mitchell, the minister responsi-
ble for the Department of the
Public Service.
‘The honourees include for-
mer deputy director of the
Rehabilitative and Welfare
Department Darnell W Miller;
former assistant post master
general Rowena Gray; chief
clerk in the Immigration
Department Joanna Gardiner;

‘former vice principal Bessie

Nottage; teachers Necola Coop-
er and Caroline Sands; Ministry
of Education janitress Mary
Morris; police sergeants Pedro
Seymour and Terrance Bullard;
police constable Patrick Adder-
ley.

In announcing the event,
scheduled for September 30 to
October 7, Public Service Week
planning committee chairper-
son Laurie Bullard revealed
some of the other activities

- scheduled.
She said the week will com-
-mence with a service at 1lam

on October 1 at New Canaan
Baptist Church on Balao Road
in Freeport.

“Following the church service
we will have a three-day exhib-

In brief Commodore refuses to talk about

future as new commissary opens

COMMODORE Davey
Rolle side-stepped questions
about his future when he
opened the new commissary
at the Defence Force’s Coral
Harbour base yesterday.

When asked about his
position, Commodore Rolle
said: “Today is the official
opening of the commissary
and I have no comments on
that.”

However, there is specula-
tion within the Defence Force
on whether he will remain the
commodore or be replaced
amid allegations of “low
morale” among officers.

Yesterday, however, the
Defence Force chief would
not be drawn. The more mun-
dane matter of the base’s con-
venience store was foremost
in his mind.

According to Commodore

Rolle “a commissary is an on-
base military grocery store
that provides a variety of

goods to military personnel at
good prices.”

Commodore Rolle said:
“This commissary’s aim is to
provide the serving men and
women with quality goods and
services at financial savings,
and in the not too distant
future, it is intended to make
the services available to its
pensionable retirees.

“This facility evolved from
trolleys pushed along the
walkways to a fully-stocked
grocery store,” he said.

Commodore Rolle said: “In
this military establishment, we
are grateful for the support
and generosity of all our sup-
pliers and we look forward to

establishing new partner-

ships.”

Commodore Rolle high-
lighted the significance of the
canteen as “commissaries are
operated for the benefit of
military personnel and their
families and its benefits are

highly prized by its recipients.”

i CHIEF Petty Officer
Leslie Forbes cutting the
ribbon to mark the official
opening of the newly
constructed Defence Force
Canteen Commissary, which
was dedicated at the Coral
Harbour Base on Tuesday

The commissary in Coral
Harbour was started in 1979
by Able Seaman A Dean,
Able Seaman F A Clarke
(now Lieutenant-Comman-
der) and Seaman H Bosfield
(retired Chief Petty Officer).
The commissary, once a “tuck
shop”, has now evolved into
“a facility that provides an
expanding line of food items,
personal and health care, laun-
dry and cleaning supplies, and
even a small supply of cloth-
ing,” according to Com-
modore Rolle.

Royal Bahamian

Invites applicants for the following position:-

Chief Engineer

Applicants should satisfy the following minimum
requirements:

Responsibilities: i
The successful applicant will be responsible for
Engineering/ Maintenance Operations. This includes:

Budget preparations and stock controls
HVAC & Refrigeration Systems

Sludge activated waste water treatment plant
Reverse osmosis water plants

Stand by generators up to 3.0MVA .
Commercial Kitchen equipment

x sit-in an effort to raise the pub-
~,*He’s awareness of the goods
‘ands services offered by vari-

Laundry machines
Environmental and computerized energy —

ous government departments
and agencies,” she said.
“The exhibit will be in the

’ foyer of the Freeport Post

Office between 9.30am and 4pm

“- "on October 2 to 4, and we espe-

cially invite school groups to
visit and view the exhibit”

She said the activities will
conclude with a Fun Day trip
to Sweeting’s Cay on Saturday,

- October 7 for all public officers,

retirees, and friends. es

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provides.shelter to girls between
the ages of 12 and 20 who have
experienced misfortune, abuse,
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WEDNESDAY,
_ SEPT. 20TH

6:30am Community Page 1540AM

8:00 ~ Bahamas @ Sunrise
9:00 Underdog
9:30 Tennessee Tuxedo & his tale
10:00 Treasure Attic
10:30 Aqua Kids
11:00 Immediate Response
noon ZNS News Update
12:05 Immediate Response (cont'd)
1:00 Island Lifestyles
1:30 N-Contrast
2:00 Bullwinkle & and His Friends
2:30. The Fun Farm
-3:00 Morning Joy
-3:30 — Ecclesia Gospel
4:00 — Dennis The Menace
4:30 Carmen San Diego
5:00 ZNS News Update
5:05 The Envy Life
5:30 You & Your Money
6:00 — ASpecial Report
6:30 News Night 13
17:00 Bahamas Tonight
8:00 — Fight For Life: Mongolia
8:30 Caribbean Passport
9:00 Island Hopping

10:00 Caribbean Newsline
10:30 News Night 13

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Hi COMMODORE Davy Rolle, a commander in the Defence Force, viewing items in the

newly constructed Defence Force Canteen Commissary

Gordon weakens near Azores

= MAM

HURRICANE Gordon
weakened Tuesday as it raced

‘toward the sparsely populated



Azores, which were under a
hurricane warning, while a
downgraded Hurricane
Helene was expected to stay
out at sea, forecasters said,
according to Associated Press.

Gordon was downgraded to
a Category 1 hurricane, down
from a Category 2 earlier
Tuesday, according to the
National Hurricane Center in
Miami. It was expected to
retain hurricane strength as it
crossed the islands off the
Atlantic coast of Africa later
Tuesday.

Meanwhile, forecasters

downgraded ... Hurricane
Helene to a Category 2 storm
on Tuesday afternoon. . |

“It’s forecast to pass sever-
al hundred miles east of
Bermuda in two to three
days,” said Dan Brown, a
meteorologist at the hurricane
center. “It will likely stay far
enough east where they won’t
feel too much effects. They
may get a little bit of a
breeze.”

At 5pm EDT , it was cen-
tered about 840 miles south-
east of Bermuda in the open
Atlantic.

The Atlantic hurricane sea-
son began:June 1 and ends
November 30. September is
traditionally one of the busiest

months of the season.







mandgement systems and Preventive
Maintenance.

- Send resume to:

SN

Director of Human Resources
P.O. Box CB-13005

E-mail: CMajor@srb.sandals.com —



PUBLIC HOSPITALS ~
AUTHORITY —

VACANCY

Manager II (Human Resources Department)
Princess Margaret Hospital |

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager
II, Human Resources, Princess Margaret Hospital, Public Hospitals Authority.















” Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management or equivalent or related
field.and three (3) years relevant experience in Human Resources Management with
outstanding computer skills. ,
The Manager II as a part of the Human Resources team at Princess Margaret Hospital
will report ‘to the Senior Manager Human Resources Department with shared
responsibilities for the day to day operations and administration of the department.
Responsibilities and Duties:

1. Ensures that Human Resources systems are kept current and a proactive approach
to Human Resources management is utilized.

Routinely liaises and assists Area Supervisors on Human Resources issues and ~
expeditiously resolve the issues.

3. Liaises with the Payrolls Unit on issues relating to staff salary and financial
clearance to ensure that they are processed in a timely manner.

Assists with the coordination of Human Resources routine and special projects.

Assists with mentoring and training of Human Resources staff including the
development of training programs.








6. Manages the Performance Appraisal process for staff within assigned areas of
responsibility, ensuring that they are prepared, distributed reviewed and corrected
as needed.

7. Routinely counsel staff on Human Resources matters referring them to the
Community, Counseling Centre as required.

Participates in the interview process, completes background checks and processing
of appointments.




Prepares and presents reports on major areas of concerns to the Human Resources
Departmental Internal Executive Committee and recommend possible solutions.







10. Assist Area Supervisors with succession planning.





Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 4th October, 2006 to the Director Human
Resources (Acting), Public Hospitals Authority, P.O. Box N-8200, or Ist Floor Corporate
Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. (Employees of the Public Hospitals
Authority must apply through their Head of Department)

Dearne are
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THE TRIBUNE





The reforming of ZNS TV

A note general
election is approach-

ing, and — as sure as night fol-
lows day — there is rising con-
cern over the role of the Broad-
casting Corporation.

Political control of ZNS has
been a hot-button issue ever
since legislation was passed in
1956 to pave the way for televi-
sion. Before then, broadcasting
was part of the Telecommuni-
cations Department, which
launched ZNS radio in 1936 as a
weather service.

Bahamian television was a
kind of holy grail — which took
us 20 years to finally grasp. But
that was followed by 20 years
of stagflation — creative stag-
nation mixed with financial
inflation. What should have
ignited an explosion of
Bahamian art and entre-
peneurship, led instead to dull
mediocrity.

The question of how to
implement television first arose
in 1962, when a parliamentary
committee began reviewing pro-
posals. Besides ZNS itself,
applicants for a TV licence
included some of the same play-
ers who competed for cable
rights in the 1990s — The Tri-
bune, Etienne Dupuch Jr,

Charles Hall Jr and The Nas-
sau Guardian.

But the committee never
reported and TV went under
the radar until 1966, when the



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United Bahamian Party minis-
ter in charge of broadcasting
— Geoffrey Johnstone — want-
ed to license private cable ser-
vices that relied on a central
booster antenna to receive
transmissions from Florida for
distribution over a local net-

work — much as happens

today.

According to then Finance
Minister Sir Stafford Sands,
the cost to set up local TV

- could not be justified. So the

government wanted to give
the franchise to the existing

Minister at the time, was a
director of the Grand Bahama
operator.

The Implications of TV

B ack then, there were
only 7000 TV sets in
the country. They received
grainy signals from a handful of
Miami stations if you had a tall
roof antenna with a signal
booster — and depending on
the weather, of course. So there
was naturally a lot of interest



We could go on ad nauseam
about ZNS abuses over the years.
The refusal to play the songs of
Bahamian musicians whose lyrics
didn't suit the PLP... The childish
propaganda masquerading as
nightly news. The endless
replaying of “Roots” during
election campaigns. And on and

on.



cable operation in Freeport,
which was owned by a South
Florida company called Wom-
etco. John Bethell, Works



















in local TV for the sake of pop-
ular entertainment alone. But
there were deeper considera-
tions involved.

Most important was the
potential political power of a
television monopoly in terms of
information control. Second was
the relatively large investment
to set up and run a station, not
to mention the money and
expertise needed to produce
local programming.

That early CATV system
would have carried the four
familiar South Florida’ stations
as well as local channels, but a
Senate committee rejected the
proposal. The majority report,
signed by Kendal Isaacs, Clif-
ford Darling and W B Johnson,

‘called-for a national TV station

to protect and promote the
nation's cultural identity. |
Further consideration of tele-
vision was put on hold again
until after the 1967 general elec-

PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY

| GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES

VACANCY

Manager II (Human Resources)

‘Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager IL
Human Resources, Grand Bahama Health Services, Public Hospitals Authority. —

Applicants must possess the following qualifications: -

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management or equivalent and at least
three (3) years post qualification experience in Human Resource Management. Computer

skills a must.

The Manager II will report to the Manager I, Human Resources and as a part of the
Human Resources team at the Grand Bahama Health Services, will share responsibility
for the day-to-day administration of Human Resources transactions and services in
support of the organization.

Duties:

1. Processes all recommendations in connection with:

¢ Appointments
¢ Confirmations

("

¢ Pensions/gratuity benefits

¢ Promotions

¢ Disciplinary actions

¢ Dismissals
° Transfers

e Reassessment of salaries

¢ Retirement

* Reemployment and renewal of contracts
¢ Salary advances and medical loans

¢ Salary progression

* Resumption of duty after study leave and un- coding of increment month

. Researches all matters of complaints from assigned areas, prepares documentations
and submits recommendations for consideration.

(

. Reviews Human Resources systems and makes recommendations for update

periodically.

. Assist with annual Budget preparation of Personal Emoluments.

. Liaises with the Payrolls Unit in connection with matters relating to salary
adjustments and financial clearance.

. Participates in the recruitment and selection process, as well as, completes
background checks on prospective employees.

Opportunities will also be given for the involvement in Human Resources Strategic
Planning.

Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 29th September, 2006 to The Director,
Human Resources, Public Hospital Authority P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate
Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. Senne officers must submit their
application through the Head of Department.





LARRY SMITH

tion, which brought the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party to power
for the first time.

In 1968 a $2 million contract
was signed with an Oklahoma
group to build a TV station in
Chippingham, but that too
failed to materialise. The
Broadcasting Commission was
chastised for signing an "unau-

_thorised contract" and wasting

hundreds of thousands of dol-

_ lars. It was one of the earliest

controversies of the PLP's time
in office.

At the 1968 general
election, ‘Arthur

Foulkes assumed responsibili-
ty for ZNS, and plans for a TV

_ station were restarted: “I recall

many internal debates over the
issue,” he told Tough Call
recently, ‘ ‘including whether we
should start with colour, which
prevailed. We sent people
abroad in preparation.”

But once again the project
stalled — this time because of a
dramatic rift within the ranks
of the PLP itself, which even-
tually led to the formation of
the Free National Movement:

Jones and Calsey Johnson) dis-
counted the idea that Bahami-
an television was conceived as
a political tool. But we cannot
overlook the fact that racial
violence and the Pindling per-
sonality cult were the station's
initial and ongoing expressions
of entertainment and educa-
tion.

- From Bad to Worse

hat inauspicious begin-

ning was followed by a
series of staff upheavals — res-
ignations, suspensions, firings
and redundancies — involving
many of the original personali-
ties who had been trained over-
seas. This all climaxed with the
appointment of Fred Mitchell
as political commissar (after vet-
eran broadcaster Ed Bethel was
unceremoniously removed to
make way for‘him).

Mitchell's hardline political
approach to news and public
affairs provoked much resent-
ment, which led to allegations in
Parliament of sex scandals at
the station. In a 1978 speech he
threatened to “destroy” his



In a 1978 speech Mitchell
threatened to “destroy” his
detractors, who, he said, were
trying to sabotage ZNS as the only
“decent” and “effective” news

familiar?

service in the country. Sound |



“There was much dissension in

the party at that time,” recalled’

Sir Arthur. “And it all climaxed
with'our leaving the govern-
ment in 1970.”

So'there the idea rested until
after Independence, when new
private proposals for television
were floated. In 1974 the gov-
ernment rejected an opposition
request for an investigation of
aerostat (or blimp) technology
developed by. Westinghouse.
Floating 11,000 feet over Grand
Bahama, a dirigible could pick
up TV signals from Miami and

. rebroadcast them on a local

channel.

A Top Political Priority

A: the 1977 general
election neared, tele-

vision suddenly became a top
political priority. The govern-
ment sent a dozen Bahamians
off for training in Canada and
borrowed about $7 million to
set up the station on land
already acquired at the top of
Centreville hill. é

This was one of several big
initiatives undertaken by the

Pindling government that huge-

ly expanded the public sector.
Others included’ Bahamasair
and National Insurance — and
despite sometimes noble inten-
tions, all were criticised for pork
barrel corruption and partisan
dealing.

At ZNS it began with con-
struction of the TV station itself.
Only a few PLP contractors
were asked to bid and the win-

ner was Otis Brown,.a former.

party chairman. The'contract
price was kept a virtual state
secret. And the engineering
contract went to Colin Bowe,
brother of a top PLP cabinet
minister.

TV-13 came on stream in July
1977 — three months before the
general election and just in time
for a convenient state visit by
Queen Elizabeth, who did the
official honours.

As Sir Arthur recalled in a
recent panel discussion on
Cable 12: “One of the things
that TV did was give us a
greater sense of national pride
by seeing our own people on
the screen. That was very sig-
nificant.”

But the political advantages
were even more significant.
TV-13's inaugural broadcasts
(during the election campaign)
featured Roots, a violent
American-made serial drama
about the horrors of slavery,
and a syrupy documentary on
the first decade of the Pindling
regime.

The commentators on the
Cable 12 talk show (in addi-
tion to Sir Arthur, they includ-
ed Charles Carter, Wendall

detractors, who, he said, were

trying to sabotage ZNS as the
only “decent” and “effective”
news service in the country.
Sound familiar?

Mitchell eventually moved
on, but ZNS continued to play a

"nasty partisan game, reaching

its lowest ebb during the 1981
teachers strike. A’ front-page
newspaper editorial at the time
said: democracy had died dur-
ing the teachers' battle with
government: “For those who
had eyes to see and ears to hear,
the government-controlled

. broadcasting station is account-

able for the death.”

We clearly recall the fla-.

grant and unapologetic misuse
of ZNS during the three-week
strike, which led angry protes-
tors to burn an effigy of sta-
tion manager Calsey Johnson.
This so upset his colleague,
Charles Carter, that he likened
it on the air to a Ku Klux Klan
attack (although all the 'klans-
men' were black). As the
newspaper editorial put
it: "The extraordinary thing is

chose to ignore this sordid lega-
cy, and focus instead on the rel-
atively safe topic of ZNS's poor
record in promoting Bahamian
cultural identity. But although
couched as a chat about the
past, the main reason for the.
Cable 12 show (which was host-
ed by Keith Wisdom, the son
of one of ZNS's former general
managers) was to shape the
future.

Strangely, the consensus —
seems to be that ZNS is some-.°

how necessary to our very sur-
vival as a nation, although there
is grudging acceptance that it

should now be converted into, - :

a low-key public service. -

financed by the treasury. The
other angle to this approach is a
prospective arrangement with
Cable Bahamas, which has been

eager to solicit advertising rev-’. |: |.’

enue since it was set up in 1994.

ZNS has always been heavily. : .> .-

subsidized by the government. °:° ..’

— even as a monopoly — so it’
is unclear how Cable Bahamas
— another monopoly — will
ensure the survival of ZNS
by accepting advertising on a
few channels. There may well
be an unmet demand for local
television advertising, but we

know that Wendall Jones will. °
‘soon be launching an indepen-

dent TV station that may solve
that problem.

‘The roundtable knights = on

sought to launch a debate on
the role of public broadcasting |

in the Bahamas. Mr Jones’

argued that the country was”
already "too public sector-ori-

-ented" and that ZNS had to be

"downsized and depoliticised"
in order to let broadcasting

develop. Government should. et tf
not be using tax dollars to com; vote ,

pete with the private sector, he.
said, and any broadcasting com-
mission should report to parlia-
ment rather than to a minister.

S: Arthur agreed with 0.
the charges of political

interference and self-censorship
at ZNS, while pointing out that
the government-owned BBC

manages to achieve fairplay, -
“which is evidenced by fact that.’ .

it gets into ‘trouble with every’

British government." He argued -

that ZNS should continue as a‘
public service and that two pri-
vate stations should be licensed
if our small market could sus-
tain them. ‘

Mr Johnson insisted — in the”

face of gross reality — that the-:
government did not control’
ZNS and never had. He said it
was the Broadcasting Corpo-
ration's responsibility to "edu-
cate and inform" Bahamians,
arguing that there was no rea-
son why ZNS should not con-
tinue as a government institu-
tion.

Mr Carter, the ex ZNS boss
whose private radio station pro-
duces the news for Cable 12,

also denied there was any polit-' - ’
ical interference at ZNS. He .'

said he had "always beliéved"
that cable television should
have been part of the Broad-
casting Corporation so that it

could fund "enlightening and: |: ° +’



x

Strangely, the consensus seems to
be that ZNS is somehow necessary
to our very survival as a nation,
although there is grudging
acceptance that it should now be
converted into a low-key public
service financed by the treasury.



that ZNS management in their
arrogance see nothing wrong
with what they've done. They
would probably do the same
again."

We could go on ad nauseam
about ZNS abuses over the
years. The refusal to play the
songs of Bahamian musicians
whose lyrics didn't suit the PLP.
The arbitrary and capricious
business practices. General
Manager Carter presenting as a
PLP candidate while hosting
the public affairs programme
"Focus". The sudden 1982
demotion of news director
Mike Smith by the same Ed
Bethel who had been similarly
treated earlier. The childish
propaganda masquerading as
nightly news. The endless
replaying of "Roots" during
election campaigns. And on
and on.

The Cable 12 Roundtable

Me of the distin-
guished gentlemen

on the Cable 12 roundtable.

uplifting Bahamian pro-
grammes". Young Bahamians
didn't know who or what they
‘were, he argued, and it was "the-
public broadcasting responsi-.
bility to give them that infor-
mation."

The bottom line is that the
country's entire broadcasting

policy needs to be re-evaluated. °-
and reformed to fit our mod-~ °

ern context. If done well, this
could prove as exhilirating a
move for the PLP as the
FNM's cutting of ZNS' stran-
glehold on the industry was in
the 1990s.

As Mr Carter said, "

the upholding of certain vals°
ues." So the task before us now
is to reformat ZNS as a com-
munity channel, and sweep the
unfortunate and costly mistakes

the priv-_°;
ilége of broadcasting requires +’-’

©

and personalities of the past 30 “ ee

years out the door.

What do you think?

Send comments to larry@tri-
bunemedia.net

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Call for UK
university
scholarship
applications

THE Ministry of Education
_is calling for applications for
- post-graduate scholarships to

UK universities.

Applications were invited
from “suitably qualified per-
sons” for the Commonwealth
Scholarship and Fellowship
‘Plan, beginning October 2007.

The ministry said yesterday

that the scholarships are intend-
ed for study at the masters and
doctoral levels.
« This includes one-year mas-
ters courses or equivalent
degrees, six-months clinical
training programmes in medi-
cine or dentistry, or three year
doctoral programmes or equiv-
alent degrees.

“Men and women of intellec-

- tual and academic excellence

* who have a degree or equiva-

lent qualification with at, least
upper second class honours are
encouraged to apply,” the state-
ment said.

It added that applicants in
medicine and dentistry whose

programme requires them to.

practise clinically can be con-
’ Bidered only if they are eligible
for registration with the Gen-
eral Medical Council or the
General Dental Council.

~ The statement said that can-

__: ,didates who wish to undertake
-” ~post-graduate study in business

‘and/or management should
have taken, before applying for
the-scholarship, the Graduate
Management Admission Test.
Those who wish to study eco-
nomics or related subjects should
. note that a number of university

a '+_departments will require candi-

-" «dates, before entry, to take the
Princeton Graduate record
Examination (GRE), it added.

The. ministry said the schol-
_ arships are intended to cover
‘+ ‘the expenses of travel, living
‘rand study and include:

' e approved air fare to the
United Kingdom by the most
‘direct and economical route and

‘eturn on expiry of the schol-

“arship (a scholar’s dependents

‘are not eligible); —

e a personal maintenance
‘allowance of £703 per month;
(£872 per month for those
studying at institutions in the
‘London Metropolitan area)

° approved tuition andexam-

ination fees;

>/* a grant towards the expens-
'+.es of preparing a thesis or dis-

‘sertation where applicable;

¢ an initial arrival allowance,
incorporating an initial cloth-
ing grant for scholars from trop-
ical countries;

e a grant for expenses for
approved study travel within
the UK or overseas;

° a grant towards fieldwork
costs for those scholars for
whom a case has been made for
fieldwork outside the United
‘-Kingdom. This shall not nor-

‘mally exceed one economy class
‘return airfare to the fieldwork
Jocation.
° a paid mid-term fare to
their home country for schol-
‘lars on three year awards.
Scholars for whom fieldwork
fares are provided to their home
country shall not be entitled to
a mid term fare home.
Further details, including

terms for married or widowed.

applicants, as well as application
forms may be obtained from the
Scholarship and Educational
Loan Division of the Ministry
of Education, or from the web-
site http://www.bahamaseduca-
‘, _tion.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 7

LOCAL NE

Inbriey Families are presented 1 with the

keys to new government homes

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Forty-two
Bahamian families were given
keys to brand new homes yes-
terday at the opening of a new
32-acre government subdivi-
sion in Freeport.

Minister of Youth, Sports
and Housing Neville Wisdom
officially opened the new Sun-
set Subdivision, comprised of
112 home lots in West Section
4B of the Pine Ridge con-
stituency.

Construction began on the
first 42 homes last November.
The remaining 70 homes are
expected to be completed by
December.

Plans also call for the con-
struction of a pre-school, park,
basketball court and sidewalks
in the subdivision.

Due to the increasing
demand for affordable hous-
ing in Grand Bahama, the gov-
ernment purchased 32-acres of
land from the Grand Bahama
Port Authority in 2004 for the
construction of affordable
three-bedroom, two-bath
homes at Sunset.

Mr Wisdom reported that
there are still more than 6,000

applications or affordable.

houses in Grand Bahama.

He said that efforts are
underway to efficiently address
the challenges of housing on
the island, where another hous-
ing project called Channel Bay
is completed and ready for sale.

Mr Wisdom said the old
BTC Building on Pearl Way
has also been acquired for ren-
ovation, and will soon be on
the market on sale to provide
more affordable houses for
deserving Bahamians. °,

The minister believes that it
is important that the govern-
ment work along with the pri-
vate sector to address the hous-
ing needs. on Grand Bahama.

He commended the Grand
Bahama Port Authority for the
development of the Heritage
Subdivision, which is expected
to include 700 homes when ful-
ly completed.

GBPA president: Albert

‘Gray revealed that the Port

Authority has spent more than
$60 million in the last 18
months on affordable housing.

In addition to the homes that
will be built at Heritage, Mr
Gray said the Port Authority
has.allocated 20 acres of land

: fora park and junior high

school, and ahother nine acres
for.a primary school to be built

: by the government.

_ Mr Wisdom said the govern-
ment is committed to develop-
ing viable subdivisions that are
responsive to the needs of com-
munity. |



BSS
@ CYNTHIA and Eugene Sands pick up their keys

He also announced that the
government has created new

“developmental officers,” who -

will ensure the orderly devel-
opment of subdivisions.

“They will go to you and
inquire whether everything is
okay in the home, such as the
light, landscaping, water, plumb-
ing and sewerage,” he said.

He urged residents of the new
Sunset.Subdivision to work with
the government to create a
community that is conducive to
youth development.

“Do you know that we found
out that in our Bahamas.tgday,
55 per cent of our young :people

don’t go to church. And Sper °

cent of the young people who
will come in this subdivision will
be involved -in no organisation
that will assist in their positive
development — no Boys Scouts,
Red Cross, Girl Guides, no
Junior Achievement. The only
thing they would be exposed is
the rubbish they see on televi-
sion.”

“T expect you to join us as we
help to create a community

called Sunset. It is not a one-

way street. We do our part, you
do yours,” Mr Wisdom said. |



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settling their accounts, can visit our Credit Administration
Department at our John F. Kennedy Drive location to arrange
payment plans to secure their services. .

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GOVERNOR _ General be

,rthur Hanna attended a
reception hosted on board
\merican battleship USS
i hach on Monday evening.

The ship, anchored at Prince
reorge Wharf, is paying a visit
io Nassau’s port until Thursday
) give its crew members an
pportunity for rest and relax-
oiion,

Sailors on the Thach recently

itercepted 4.5 metric tons of
cocaine from a fishing vessel
perating in the eastern Pacific
Clcean.

The contraband had an esti- : eat
ated street value of more than | GQVERNOR General of the Bahamas Arthur Hanna being
75 million. welcomed aboard the USS Thach by (from left) commanding
The highlight of the recep- officer of the USS Thach Commander Rina Ranch, US Hane
on was a cake cutting ceremo- 4 ffaires Dr Brent Hardt and his wife Scasha

y — performed by the gover-

or general, US Embassy

harge d’ Affaires Dr Brent
lardt and commanding officer

of the USS Thach Commander
inda Ranch.

(Photos: Onan Bridgewater/
Tribune staff)







i SOME of the crew of the USS Thach stand on deck



@ A HELICOPTER on board the USS Thach



Hi GOVERNOR General Arthur Hanna (right), US Charge
d’ Affaires Dr Brent Hardt and his wife Scasha Hardt



PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
GRAND BAHAMA HEALTH SERVICES

ae



Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager I, Human
Resources, Grand Bahama Health Services, Public. Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-



- Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, Human
Resources or equivalent and five (5) years post qualification relevant experience. Excellent

oral and written Sauls and computer skills are essential. | ‘ | BAH. (AM. AS INSTITUTE OF : CHAR TE RED
The Manager I will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Human Resources A CCO UNTANTS CO RPORATE GOVERN. LA NCE AND

Department including planning, organizing, coordinating and delegating duties; the supervision

of the staff of the Human Resources Department; the coordination of activities and assisting
with training, education and:development of the Human Resources Department staff. | : F. RA UD SEMINAR /
. ‘ ;

Duties: . THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH AT 9.00AM

Manages and supervises the daily operation of the Human, Resources Unit, ensuring , << BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON '
that all assignments are delegted, including special projects. Cost: BICA Members $100 / Non-Members: $125
(Lunch and Parking Included)

Applies the Policies and Régalatons of the Public Hospitals Authority, to daily human
resource matters ranging from recruitment and appointments to annual performance TOPICS AND SPEAKERS INCLUDE: ;

appraisals, disciplinary procedures and involuntary and voluntary terminations.

Coordinates the development of Human Resources policies, procedures and practices | - | . +o

in the hospital and assists Corporate Office with policy development. . Mr. Stephen Thompson, Compliance Commission
i ial

Assists the Administrator with policy development and ensures that policies and al Imp act of Recent Chang cs HO the Financ i

regulations are disseminated throughout the Grand Bahama Ae Services and that and Corpor ate Services Providers Regulations °

th dh dt e : e
ey are adhered to. How to conduct a compliance audit.

Develops and disseminates annual human resources strategic action plan and conducts
periodic review to ensure completion of identified projects.

e Mrs. Cassandra Nottage, Central Bank of The a
Bahamas - Corporate Governance
The Bahamian Perspective

Ensures that the Registry functions efficiently and files are accurately compiled and
available on request.

Prepares and maintains reports of departmental statistics and outstanding Payroll

issues.
Prepares all Personal Emoluments and applicable allowances for the annual Budget e Ms. Tiffany Russell CA, Deloitte, Forensic
. in consultation with the Administrator. Ac counting, Tracin g Ill-Gotten Proceeds. :
Conducts orientation and coordinates continuous training of all personnel in collaboration
with Supervisors. ; i
: e Mr. Edgar O. Moxey CA, Institute of Internal
. Liaises and consults with the Director of Human Resources on human resource issues. Auditors, Fraud and the White Co llar Criminal oe
; te
. Liaises with the Financial Officer and Payrolls Unit on matters relative to:
Salaries Why You Will Benefit:
Allowances — : :
financial Cieavenwe | | | * Hear from authoritative speakers on relevant
M th 1 Empl R iti i LopiCs
2. Manages the annual Employee Recognition exercise. ‘
! ¢ Improve your understanding of Regulatory, ne
. Oversees the processing of Human Resource Management Information System reports. Accountin gan d Fraud Issues ange

14. Ensures that all Departments obtain Performance Appraisal records and conducts the

Sep eee re te Call BICA Office —Tele 326-6619 — Marlborough House

Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3) references

should be submitted, no later than 29th September, 2006 to the Director, Human resources, Immediately West of “Pirates of Nassau”

Public Hospital Authority P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale
House, West Bay Street. (Serving officers must submit their application through the Head

a Department. . Website: www. bica.bs


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@ FRED Mitchell





LOCAL NEWS.

Rice, Mitchell and Caribbean diplomats

to discuss trade deal at United Nations

@ GUYANA
Georgetown

US Secretary of State Con-,

doleezza Rice will meet with
Bahamas Foreign Minister
and foreign ministers from the
Caribbean Community to dis-
cuss a possible new free trade
deal at UN headquarters next

‘week, officials said Tuesday,

according to Associated Press.

The top US diplomat
agreed to meet with her
Caribbean counterparts on
September 25 during sessions
of the UN General Assembly
in New York, the secretariat of
the 15-nation Caribbean Com-
munity said in a statement.

The group said it also
expected to discuss drug traf-
ficking and development in
Haiti. :

Ata July summit in St.
Kitts, Caribbean leaders said
they wanted formal talks with
Washington on a free trade
agreement. The current pact
between the United States
and Caribbean nations must
be renewed every year by
unanimous decision of the
148-nation World ‘Trade
Organization. °

A Caricom organisation

devoted to pursuing trade
deals has said it would update
the ministers on a study
assessing the possibility of an
agreement similar to the one
signed last year by Washing-
ton, Central American nations
and the Dominican Republic.

Rice last met Caribbean -

leaders at a two-day Caricom
conference in the Bahamas in
March.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 9







H CONDOLEEZZA Rice (AP)

disturbing precedent

Sis

‘favouritism was being practised. He noted

eg

Speed of Anna Nicole

Smith’s permanent
residency ‘sets

FROM page one

were given the right to work and an annual resi-
dency permit if they owned a home in the
Bahamas. °

“But actual permanent residency was

‘accorded to people who generally had a long .

history here or had made a contribution to
the country,” he said. -

Dr Deveaux said that reasonable timelines
were needed so that it would not seem as if

-.*.the example of Haitian/Bahamians, many of

‘whom were “stateless”, and the recent con-

cession to Anna Nicole Smith.

“If this person (Anna Nicole) was given’

permanent residency in less than three
months, I do believe it would cause alarm
in the minds of people who have been wait-
ing three and four years for a response to
something they consider their birthright.

“That kind of tension in our society affects —

all of us because it breeds a contempt for
the system. And if people can’t feel that by
toeing the line they are going to eventually
get to the end of the line, then they will find

other ways to get to the end of the line - and
you don’t want to encourage that for what-
ever reason,” he said.

Noting that the Bahamas had always
attracted celebrities, Dr Deveaux said the

- question now is what can be said to legitimate

applicants who are born here and have a
claim. ia

“That is the question. Can we reasonably
expect them to continue to wait? And what is
a reasonable time for their application to be
considered and processed? Is it three
months? Is it six months? Is it a year? What
time do we give them, given all the investi-
gation that is required? An orderly time-
frame for such people is 90 days, for a yea or
nay.
“If they can’t get an answer in 90 days,

‘ and they continue to wait three and four

years, and in some cases 10 years, it only
breeds frustration and contempt. Then I
guess it gets the result where people feel
that, if you pay, you can get to the head of
the queue. That-doesn’t always get you to
the head of the queue - it can get you in jail
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FROM page one

“The death certificate has also not been forth-
coming,” she said.

Addressing the matter of the toxicology results
in the case, pathologist Dr Wecht — who among
his many high-profile cases also analysed the

i Warren Report on the death of US President.
- John F Kennedy for the American Academy of
Forensic Sciences —said that he expects to receive '

them in the next two to four weeks. ‘

Dr Wecht emphasised that the detection o
alcohol in Daniel’s system is something the tox-
icology report will determine.

“Alcohol, that’s a toxicology finding, not one
that a pathologist either Dr (Govinda) Raju in
the first autopsy, nor I in the second, could
determine. So here again, quite honestly I don’t

know, I don’t have the (toxicology) report.

Ethanol, as we call alcohol, is something that
should have been tested for, too, I assume that it
has been, but I don’t have that result,” he said.

Dr Wecht, however, said that neither he nor

the team that performed the first autopsy could

detect an alcoholic scent on the body. |

The well-known pathologist said. that the
determination if Daniel had taken cocaine, hero-
in, or any other recreational drugs before his
death would also have to wait on the completion

:” of the toxicology report, as all such substances

are “visually indiscernible.”
“None of these, or all of them together, would

be visually discernible at autopsy. The only thing:

that has a slight odour, is if you have a lot of

alcohol. All these others don’t even have a smell,

so you don’t even have a smell test to suggest
(anything),” he said.

Dr Wecht said that'until he sees the final tox-
icology report, he can only say that Daniel had
“some pieces of chicken” in his stomach at the
time of death.




Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager
I, Human Resources Department, Princess Margaret Hospital, Public Hospitals

Authority. ~ ed

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AUTHORITY —
VACANCY

Manager I (Human Resources Department) —
| _ Princess Margaret Hospital —

Reports suggest Daniel
‘Smith not inebriated
at time of his death

He said the remnants of chicken found in
Daniel’s body was consistent with the reports of

.. Ms Smith’s lawyer and family friend Howard K

Stern bringing him food sometime before he
died. “é
Dr Wecht also confirmed that he had learned
from Daniel’s psychiatrist in the United States
that the young man had been taking Lexapro, a
mild anti-depressant. |

“T was told that when Daniel did have.a bout
of depression some four to six weeks ago, the
doctor did prescribe some Lexapro,” he said.

Dr Wecht said that at this time, he was not in ©
possession of any other information that he -
could reveal.

“I got to look at the microscopics, I got to get
the toxicology report and I want to get the med-
ical records of this young man and when I get
those I will express my honest opinions, direct-
ly to the attorneys and the family,” he said.

. He said that he hopes that these reports will all
be completed in a “couple weeks or less.”

Dr Wecht was called in by Ms Smith’s family
to perform a second autopsy on Daniel.

Addressing Bahamian and international media -
in front of the Rand Lab at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital on Sunday, Dr Wecht said he.
had ruled out the possibility of foul play in this
case.

Daniel died at Doctors Hospital on Sunday,
September 10; while visiting his mother, who
had given birth to a daughter three days before.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-

Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Business

Administration or equivalent and five (5) years relevant experience. Supervisory
experience preferred. Candidate must have excellent computer and interpersonal
skills. Must be very flexible and an agent for change. "

Manager I will report to the Senior Manager, Human Resources and be responsible
for the day-to-day management of the routine administrative activities of the Hurnan
Resources Department including the supervision of staff.’

‘ Duties:

1. Supervises the staff of the Human Resources Department; assigns duties and.
ensures that recommendations are completed in a timely manner.

2. Prepares Performance Appraisals for the Human Resources Department and

completes the evaluation process with the appropriate recommendations.

3. Assists Senior Manager with the Performance Appraisal process for the entire

hospital staff.

4. Counsels and advises employees and managers on discipline matters.

5. Assists with preparing functional job descriptions for all staff.

6. Assists the Senior Manager with the mentoring, training, education and
development of the Human Resources Staff.

i ‘
7. Assists area supervisors with their recruitment and selection process.

8. Develops career paths for new and existing staff in collaboration with Human
Resources: Managers, Area Supervisors and Administrative Officers.

9. Ensures that the Human Resources database and all statistical records are

kept current.

10. Advises and assists with interpretation of human resources policies for
Department Heads, Area Supervisors, Administrative Officers and Human
Resources Managers and assists with the development of department policies

procedures and practices.

11. Assist Senior Manager to coordinate human resources activities with the

Corporate Office.

12. Assists the Senior Manager Human Resources with preparation of the

Department Budget.

Letters of application, resume and three (3) references should be submitted, no later
than 4th October, 2006 to the Human Resources Director, Public Hospitals Authonity,
P.O. Box N-8200 or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street.
(Employees of the Public Hospitals Authority must apply through their Head of

Department.
PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006

LOCAL NEWS

THE TRIBUNE



FROM page one

However, The Tribune
was able to speak with a
person who previously
applied for a government
house. She reported that
several things were consid-
ered when applying.

She explained that a job
letter, a Bahamian passport,
number of dependants and
a recent pay stub were
required for persons to get
past the first stage of quali-
fications.

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after meeting the initial
requirements, she was never
called in for the follow-up
interview and, after several
weeks without word, she
called to ask what the hold-
up was.

According to her, the offi-
cial. who answered the
phone told her that her
name was not even in the
system.

After being transferred
from one person to another
she gave up and eventually
was able to buy a house
with a non-government
agency.

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tion with him.
They said that they were Alga doing”

FROM page one

He seemed much more contented
yesterday when he scanned the room
behind him where his wife, son, sister
and nephew sat awaiting the start’of
the hearing.

Knowles' near was the only one
to take place at 9am in courtroom num-
ber nine of the United States District well.
Court in downtown Miami. It lasted
about 20 minutes.

Knowles' family assured The Tribune
yesterday that he is doing well, though

they have not recently had any interac- house.

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22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

CaS a a

MR. JOSEPH V.
GRAMMATICO,

75

of East Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas
will be held at Sacred
Heart Roman Catholic
Church, East Shirley
Street, on Thursday,
21st September, 2006
at lpm.

Father Mel Taylor will officiate and interment
will follow in Woodlawn patden Cemetery,
Soldier Road, Nassau. . -

Mr Grammatico is survived by his wife,
Efthimia (Ethel Mae) Grammatico; one son,
Patrick Grammatico; three daughters, Selena
Grammatico, Teresa Roberts and Maryjo Higgs;
one brother, Louis Grammatico; a daughter-in-
law, Sandra Grammatico; two sons-in-law,
West Roberts and David Higgs; seven
grandchildren, Marcus Grammatico, Justin
Roberts, Joshua Higgs and Nathan and Matthew
Grammatico, Jennifer Knowles and Joslyn
Roberts; four great grandchildren, Jake and
Jordan Knowles, Morgan and Milena
Grammatico; five sisters-in-law, Betty Lee,
Katherine Pearce, Joanna Grammatico, Victoria
Valcchi and Peggy Benson; one brother-in-law,
Christopher Benson; grandson-in-law, Jason
Knowles; oranddaughter- -in-law, Marcella
Grammatico and many other relatives and
friends.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to
The Salvation Army, P.O. Box N-205, Nassau,
The Bahamas in memory of Mr Joseph V
Grammatico.

Friends may pay their respect at Kemp’s Funeral
Home Limited on Thursday, 21st September,
2006 from 9am to 1 lam.



Following the hearing, the family
met legal representatives, including
Knowles' Bahamas attorney Roger,
Minnis, in the SPER ASS of the court—

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contender’ for: -
Defence Force

chief position

LIEUT COMMANDER

Godfrey Scavella is still rated
‘number one contender to take

over as Defence Force chief,
insiders claimed yesterday.
While Commodore Davey,

Rolle remained tight-lipped _
about his position, some offi- ~

cers were touting Scavella as
“the right man for the job”,

mainly because of his reputa-._

tion as a disciplinarian.

For some time now, Com-
modore Rolle’s position has
been the subject of speculation
amid allegations of “low

morale” in the force. It was sug-

gested that he would be moved
to another top government
position after nine years in thé
job.

Lt Cdr Scavella has been on
secondment to the passport
office, but insiders believe he
will eventually get the call to

take over Davey Rolle’s job as .

commodore. ®

4

.

“Scavella is a no-nonsense. °

individual,” said one officer, “I
think he will be good for the
force. In his early days, he was a
real military-minded man. Also,
he has operational experience,
which is needed in that role.”
Lt Cdr Scavella was part of a
peace-keeping force in Haiti
and also has an administrative

background. “He is a discipli- .

narian but, more importantly,

he listens and if he thinks you .

are right, he will be right behind

you 100 per cent,’ ’ said a source.”

A review board has already”
suggested sweeping changes in
the Defence Force, which has
been heavily criticised in recent
years.

One inside source said the

force had been accused of.‘

.

adopting a “passive” role ia-!-’

OPBAT anti-drug operations”

instead of being more pro-
active.

There have also been count-
less equipment issues, with poor

maintenance being blamed foy- | -
vessels being out of commission ’ “"

for long periods.

Other possible contenders far
the commodore’s job are Cap-
tain Raymond Farquharson ae

Commander Clyde Sawyer. *
THE TRIBUNE |

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 11







uel
@ A VIEW of the Old Square in Havana. Note the building on

the right, which has yet to undergo renovation

The Non-Aligned Summit gave
diplomats and journalists from
around the world a chance to
see the work being done to
transform the city of Havana
from rows of dilapidated
buildings into a geaming

city of culture



-BBy ALISON LOWE _|
THOUSANDS of Bahami-

ans who travel to the Cuba each.

year may be surprised to find
the popular destination of Old
Havana undergoing a jaw-drop-
ping transformation. . |
While the world waits with
baited breath to see what polit-
ical changes will come as a
_-result of Fidel Castro's ill
~" + health, a social, cultural and aes-
-” thetic overhaul is already taking
place in the city. Has
During a visit to the vibrant
Cuban capital last week for the

Non-Aligned Movement Sum- .

. mit, The Tribune noted a great
‘leap forward — no communist
pun intended - in the restora-
tion programme that has in fact
been underway in the historic
plazas and streets for some
years. \
Long after the sun fell below
the skyline of the shops and



- Remember

bars, after Cuban workers had
gone home and were socialis-
ing in the streets, those involved
in renovation works continued
to scale the scaffolding that
clings to the front of almost
every third building, to play
their part in bringing new colour
to the city... ah
Many of the once-decaying
facades of the grandiose but
dilapidated buildings which line
the streets of the city are now so
flawlessly re-plastered and

‘painted with dazzling greens,

creams, blues, yellows and
browns that some literally
reflect their colour onto the
walls of buildings opposite — and
onto the faces of the Cuban
people, who seem understand-
ably proud and uplifted.
Though the old city — known
as Habana Vieja in Spanish —
was Officially declared a world
heritage site by the UN Educa-
tion, Cultural and Scientific

Winners for Tuesday, Septemb

Pree o ate

i NEWLY painted and renovated buildings in Havana

Organisation (UNESCO) in
1982, it is only in the last few

years that substantial, visible

progress seems to have been

made.
The extent of the restorations °

is all the more clear in areas

' where completed projects stand

side-by side with buildings
which are as yet untouched.

While restorations have been
underway on particular build-
ings, ordinary Cubans who
called them "home" have been
re-housed in other areas of the
city. Meanwhile, it is often the
case that next door, the familiar
sight of Cubans relaxing on
their balconies amidst a forest
of potted plants and off-white
vests hung out to dry remains —
a curious contrast of old and
new. -

At the helm of the vast oper-
ation is the Cuban director of
the Office of the Historian of
the City of Havana, Eusebio

Leal, who, it is said, has been
given an unusually free reign’to



At the same time
as the city's faded

architectural won-
ders are being res-

urrected to their.
former glory, com-
munity life is
being revitalised
in projects that go
hand in hand with
the more aesthetic
aspect of the
undertaking.

direct the work.
Two goals stand side-by-side

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_in Leal’s vision for the ‘city. At

the same time as the city's faded
architectural wonders are being
resurrected to their former. glo-
ry, community life is being revi-

talised in projects that go hand
in hand with the more aesthetic

aspect of the undertaking.
A wealth of new facilities for

vulnerable members of society ©

such as the elderly and disabled

have been constructed.
Declaring the belief that

“tourism must never ignore cul-

“ ture” or support the “trivialisa-

tion and reduction” ofa coun-
try, Leal has also undertaken
to introduce a wealth of new
exhibitions and workshops aim-
ing to raise visitor awareness of
Cuban culture and history.
Tourism can educate, says Leal,
and in turn help foster initia-
tives to improve human rela-
tions, and promote peace in the
world.

Of particular note were a

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number of new museums and

galleries — showcasing the his-.

tory: of everything from cigars
and cigar-smoking, to local art,

“to music — all staffed by enthu-

siastic and friendly Cubans,
keen to ‘introduce visitors to
their heritage.

. While the projects have been
given an injection by the UN,
much of the work has been
financed by annual revenues of
about $40 million generated by
the government-owned hotels,
galleries and restaurants popu-
lated by foreign tourists.

Meanwhile, in the process of

* delivering the restorations, the
"government has created the

opportunity for Cubans to
become trained in skills as
diverse as masonry, archaeolo-
gy, stone cutting, carpentry,

- electricity, gardening, black-

smithing, painting, plumbing,
glasswork and plastering - and is

said to have created 11,000 jobs. -...



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aha Mar Devel-
opment Compa-
-ny executives
yesterday met

with Ministry of —

Works representatives in a bid
to finalise the final technical
details on re-routing West Bay
Street, as an official with the
developer planning the $2 bil-
lion-plus Cable Beach revital-
isation said: “We think we’re
getting where we need to be.”

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s
executive vice-president of
administration and public
affairs, said “one or two” doc-

‘uments needed to be finalised

on the West Bay Street re-
routing, with the developer

wanting “wanting to make sure *

we’re fully compliant with all
the requirements of the Min-

istry of Works”.
“As soon as that is done, we

_ should be given permission by
the Ministry of Works to

release the tender immediate-
ly after that,” Mr Sands said.
Baha Mar will issue two sep-
arate tenders or Requests for
Proposal (RFPs) for the road,

one relating to engineering, the - :

other to construction.
Mr Sands said the resort

- developer would encourage

any foreign companies award-
ed construction contracts on
its projects to either work with
Bahamian firms or joint ven-
ture with them.

Meanwhile; Baha Mar is :

continuing negotiations with
its operating and joint venture
equity partners, Harrah’s and
Starwood, to finalise agree-
ments over the rebranding of
the various Cable Beach resort
properties.

Harrah’s will be the casino
operator via its Caesar’s Enter-
tainment brand, with Starwood

- as the hotel operator through

its Sheraton and St Regis
brands.
“We're still working on the

re-branding,” Mr Sands said.

“We’ve been working dili-
gently to have some agree-
ments finalised in very short
order. The parties are work-
ing diligently to reach the finish
line.”

-A number of Bahanians

have voiced concern over
whether the Baha Mar project
is for real, given that it has tak-

‘ena long time to see visible

signs of progress, with the costs

seemingly continuing to rise.
However, the leading prin-

cipals behind Baha Mar, father

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Editor

THE Royal Bahamas

| Police Force (RBPF) is
‘investigating alleged “iso-’ |
‘| lated incidents” of fraud
| targeting customers who
| use Bahamas-based auto-

matic banking and teller
(ABM/ATM) machines,
through a practice com-
monly known as: ‘skim-
ming’.

The Clearing Banks

| Association (CBA) yester-

day issued a warning urg-
ing Bahamians and resi-
dents to take care when
using an ABM or ATM
machine, and be alert for
the suspicious activity of
other persons nearby and
potential tampering with
the machine.

A separate e-mail sent to
The Tribune identified the
problem as the-use of ‘skim-
ming’ techniques by crimi-

), nals and fraudsters, a tech-

ah

‘i By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Institute of Chartered

“Accountants (BICA) yesterday said it

was seeking clarification in “one or two
areas” of the Central Bank’s proposed
guidelines for, external auditors of
Bahamian-based banks and trust com-
panies, but described them as “a step in
the right ditection”.

Kendrick Christie, BICA’s president,

external auditors from providing for
them.

Section 4 of the guidelines, which
attempt to codify the relationships
external auditors have with bank and
trust company clients, and the Central

Bank, lists specific activities external

auditors are prohibited from doing.
These activities include book-keep-
ing, internal audit, human resources

functions and “any other service that

the [bank and trust company] Board

of Central Bank licensees for clarity on
this point, as regards functions that may
fall into the ‘any other category”.
Emphasising that he was speaking
for BICA, Mr Christie said: ““There’s

still one or two areas we need to discuss -

with them, on ‘any other service’ and

_ the Governor [of the Central Bank]
approving the appointment of the exter- .

nal auditor.”
To be approved as an external audi-

- tor, the Governor will take into account ©

reasons should be given, It’s.a far-reach-

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ing powet.......

He asked on, BICA’s behalf, that the
Central Bank “just be more specific
with what the Governor is going to be
looking for in OxPEMeR ES requir:
ments”.

Mr Christie aad BICA was also look-
ing to clarify what the Central Bank
meant by its requirement for external
auditors to disclose to the Inspector of
Banks and Trust Companies “material



nique seen with increasing
frequency in developed
economies that has now
apparently made its way to
the Bahamas.

The anonymous e-mail,
passed'on to The Tribune
by a reliable source,
explained that the scam
worked by inserting a
device into the slot where
bank customers insert their

-.told The Tribune that among the areas _ determines is impermissible”. a Bahamian accountant or accounting issues” it had uncovered affecting the _ own ABM and A'TM cards
“-BICA would seek clarification on in In response, BICA said it would firm’s previous experience in conduct- audit client. | ;
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Hotels ‘did not gain.

ground as hoped’

By NEIL HARTNELL



wee Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian hotel industry did “not gain ground as hoped”
‘on its Caribbean rivals during the summer months, with a lead-
“ing hotelier yesterday saying that the region’s performance dur-
_ ing a traditionally slower period had been relatively flat.

Robeit Sands; Baha Mar’s executive vice-president of admin-
istration and public affairs, told The Tribune that the developers’
three, Cable Beach resorts had all experienced an impact from the
slowing: US'economy, rising oil prices and hurricane fears.

While the Radisson Cable Beach Resort’s performance had
: been down, due'to the loss of 50 per cent of its room inventory
_ due to an $80 million upgrade programme, Mr Sands said that the
~ Wyndham had increased its room rates, even though occupancy

was “somewhat flat”.

“That is a trend that was manifest throughout the region for.a
_» number of reasons in the summer months,” he added. “We've cer-
-> tainly not lost ground, but have not gained ground as hoped.
~. “There are a lot of global trends that have really impacted. The

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slowing of the US economy somewhat, the price of oil, the whole
question of hurricane season, the threat of terrorism, all made the
market somewhat tentative and jittery in this period.

“But certainly, we dosee a bright and positive future ahead of
us.” Mr Sands said the Nassau Beach Hotel had “held its own”

‘| .* through the summer months.

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Bahamas oil bill up 55.6%

7 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

‘ THE Bahamas’ oil import
bill increased by 55.6 per cent
-‘ during the 2006 second quar-
“a MaifeT, almost doubling the cur-

“rent account deficit to $362.9

*. million from.$186.6 million in

' the year before period, a Cen-

tral Bank of the Bahamas
report found. —

The monetary policy regu-

‘lator’s review of Bahamian
‘ ‘ economic developments dur-

{

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~ +

ing the 2006 sceond quarter
found that the oil import bill,
coupled with a 2.6 per cent rise
in non-oil imports, caused the
merchandise account deficit to
deteriorate by 8.1 per cent to
$537.6 million.

However, the Central Bank
said the widening current
account deficit was “partially
offset” by the $9.7 million
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finalists for award -

THE Bahamas Financial

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the names of the three final-
ists for the annual Financial
Services Student of the Year
award.

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~~ na Wells, who is about to leave

for the University of Notting-
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elor of Law Degree. After that,
she intends to complete Bar

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ter-At-Law. Further studies
will include a Master of Law

Degree.

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Association, the: School Choir,
the Interact’ Club; :
Club, ‘the Spanish: Club, the
Governor. General! s Youth
Award, and ‘the Investment
Club, i

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selected as senior prefect while
- She was in grade 12. During

that year she:also served: as

». president of Rangers, which is

a branch.of ‘the \Girl Guides'
Association. She graduated i in
June 2004 and obtained the
William Thompson Valedicto-
rian Award and various sub-
ject prizes.



Other achievements include:

the St Anne's School Godfrey
Minnis Award for the Best
BGCSE Results for St Anne's
School, Honour Roll student
from grades 7:- 12, and Out-
standing Bahamian Student
from grades 10'- 12.

A student at the College of
the Bahamas from August
2004, to April 2006, Jody

obtained her AA in: Law and

Criminal Justice: She was a
member of the Law Society for
two years. Jody made the Pres-
ident's List for her two years at
the College of The Bahamas.
In May 2006, she graduated
from_the College of the

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_ B JODY CHRISTINA WELLS

Bahamas with an Associate of
Arts Degree in Law and Crim-
inal Justice with Distinction.
She also received the Law And
Criminal Justice Award.

Summer employment while
at COB included stints with
Pyfrom & Company law firm,
and later with McKinney, Ban-
croft & Hughes.

Her employers describe her
as “having a positive attitude,
completing her assigned tasks
efficiently, and with excellent
punctuality and attendance
records”.

Other finalists for the annu-
al Financial Services Student
of the Year Award are Aisha

1,

if

Melvina Jobnsbni , BBA-Bank- |



ing & Finance, and Candace -

P. Rolle, BBA-Accounting.
The winner of the 2006
Award will be announced at

the Financial Services Awards.

Banquet on October 21. Also -
to be announced at the Ban-° ~

‘quet are the Industry Awards,



including the 2006 Executive *-”

_ of the Year, Professional of the

Year, and meeves of the
Year.

Vincent Peet; minister of .

financial services and invest-

>

ments; will present the 2006 °

‘Minister's Award’, recognis-
ing “stellar performance" with-

in the industry. |

Bice emermmar



B@ontie oe nota

: FROM page 1B

While there were situations

requiring immediate disclosure’

to the Central Bank, such as a
bank insolvency, violation of
prudential norms in areas such
as capital, and potential losses
to creditors and depositors, Mr
Christie pointed out that the
external auditor and Central
Bank may have different defi-
nitions and understanding of
“material issues”

‘He added that dialogue
between BICA, external audi-
tors and the Central Bank

would be able to resolve these |

issues, and praised the regula-
tor for allowing the Associa-
tion-to provide feedback and
have input into the draft guide-
lines.

Mr Christie said the rela-
tionship would “really solidi-
fy the relationship” between
external auditors, bank and
trust companies and the Cen-
tral Bank.

All would be able to com-
municate with each other, and

external auditors would be

able to meet with the Central

one of its licensees ito discuss
any issues it might have.

Bank before going j in to audit -

The external auditor guide-

lines are a move by the Central
Bank to ensure the Bahamian
financial services regulatory
regime continues to adhere to

international standards, espe-

cially what comes out of the
Basel Committee and the US

‘Sarbanes-Oxley Act. |

The latter was introduced in

7 1 .
a be ete
ie aes

the wake of major corporate ©

governance scandals at the

likes of Enron and WorldCom, -:
and one of its chief aims was to*."

remove conflicts of interest -
either real or perceived -
involving accounting firms, and
the provision of both audit and

‘non-audit seryices to the! same

client.

Mr Christie yoeteeday.-

described the guidelines as a‘-~

“must read for any external
auditor and licensee manage-
ment”, giving bank and trust

companies the knowledge of | -

when they could hire the exter-
nal auditor to perform other
work, and when they would
have to go to another firm.

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ne Se eee
Baha Mar awards

contract to Androsia

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006, PAGE 3B



ANDROSIA, the Andros-
based Batik fabric manufac-
turing company, has been
awarded a contract by Baha
Mar Development Company
to supply design canvas fabric
to decorate its resorts, part of a
wider initiative aiming to incor-
porate Bahamian businesses
into its $2 billion-plus Cable

‘.*. Beach redevelopment.

eo.

Among the products being
made by Androsia are drapes,
‘cushions and a variety of fur-
nishings. It is preparing 2,000
yards of navy and white fab-
ric, which will then be shipped
to the US for use in Baha
Mar’s resort furnishings.
“The inclusion of Androsia
fabric is just the. beginning of
_the list of Bahamian business-
‘es that will be included by
Baha Mar, as they bring to the
resort market a modern hotel

. property representing all that is’
said
* John Kristich, Baha Mar’s

-. good in the Bahamas,”

executive vice-president of
design and development, in a
statement.

“The design intent of Baha
Mar is to send our guests home
with an understanding and

‘ +) +l appreciation of the Bahamas’
*.*+rich cultural heritage.”

‘ Androsia’s owner, Jeff
Birch, said the eight-week
Baha Mar contract had created
extra employment for people

.. living in Fresh Creek, Andros.

“-"+ He added: “Androsia came

"."+" into being with this link to

- tourism, so the Baha Mar con-
nection is a two-fold one. Baha
Mar made a conscious decision
to try and fit locally made
goods into:its development,

*.and for that I must give them
a, AL.

I’m. sure that in some

“.'+ instances it is difficult because

‘ certain manufacturers are not

_ready for the types of large -

orders that a mega develop-

ae ment like Baha Mar may need.



“The new relationship



OWNER of Androsia, Jeff Birch, inspects production work.

between Baha Mar and
Androsia is an historical one,
in terms of the fact that
Androsia has been one of the
most consistent suppliers of
fabric in the country.”

Since 1973, Androsia has
used the Bahamian environ-
ment for inspiration for its
print designs and colours.
Androsia has a complete line
of women’s, men’s, and chil-
dren’s batik clothing, as well
as accessories and home goods.

It is sold throughout the
Bahamas including Nassau,
Paradise Island, Grand

Bahama, Andros, Chub Cay,
the Abacos, Harbour Island,
Eleuthera, Cat Island, Long
Island, and Exuma.

Mr Birch said, “Androsia is
very well known throughout
the Bahamas, and well-known
in many parts of North Amer-
ica because Androsia garments
are primarily tourist oriented.
Androsia has representation
on almost. every island,
whether it’s a local boutique
or through a hotel outlet.”

The creation of a hand-made

_ Androsia fabric starts with the

designing phase. Later,, the







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“ _ ANALYST, BUDGET AND COST CONTROL

Core responsibilities:



Responsible for preparing the Bank’s annual and long-term budgets.
> Assisting Department Heads and Branch Managers with budget

preparation.

Prepare budgets for any special projects c or programs being considered

by the Bank.

© Ongoing analysis of the Bank’s budget performance.
4 Gather, analyze, and compare sector and competitors’ financial position

to the Bank’s.

% Prepare reports to track interest yields, loan distribution, asset quality,
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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to:

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—

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design is used as a print for the
waxing process, then the fabric
goes through the process of a
cold water dye. In describing
the process, Mr Birch said that
when an individual or compa-
ny purchases Androsia,

whether in the form of cloth-

ing, accessories or furniture,
they must understand it is a
unique technique that makes
it so special. “We are proud

that Baha Mar recognises that _

they are going to have a piece
of Bahamian art at their resort
that they can share with visi-
tors,” Mr Birch said.

Si

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES PIERRE, OF ST. JAMES
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 13th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.











Notice

NOTICE is hereby given the JULIA DOLCE, OF 6TH ST.
THE GROOVE, HOUSE NO. #14, 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
awritten and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given the VALIO VALCON, OF
CARMICHAEL ROAD, PALM BREEZE ROAD, P. O. BOX
N 3528, 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 13th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice
a Si

The Government of The Bahamas is seeking Armored
Car Services to service some of its revenue collection
sites. Interested firms may collect bid specifications
from: | |

Ministry of Finance

Cecil Wallace Whitefield Centre

West Bay Street

_P.O.Box N-3017
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline for submission of bids is:
October 6th, 2006.



The Cancer Society of The Bahamas celebrates the Ist Anniversary

of the Cancer Caring Centre, a home away from home

for cancer

Ly,
Sister eo SOTAMERICAN

Q

ieats and then relatives,

6am. sharp at The Cancer Caring Centre
East Terrace, Centreville.
Free "Caring Sharing" Bands of Hope
To register, please call

325-2483 or 323-4482

Survivors’ Day

Free Seminar

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Re-Launching of the Support Group -

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Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Kerzner International BDRs

12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
0.35 RND Holdings

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

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probe

ATM frauds

FROM page 1B

These devices are able to
scan a customer’s pin number
and the card’s magnetic strip.
When the customer has com-
pleted their transaction and
left, the device is withdrawn
and the criminal is able to

. Clone the strip on to a made-up

card and withdraw funds from
the unsuspecting victim’s
account both in the Bahamas
and abroad.

Another similar technique
again involves inserting a
device into the card insert.
Instead of reading the mag-
netic strip and the pin number,
this device captures the card

and prevents its return to the -

owner when the transaction is
completed.

Pin

In the meantime, someone
is usually standing close by to
observe the pin number
entered, and once the cus-

tomer leaves in frustration that
they cannot obtain the card,
the crook moves in to claim it
and the device. They are then
able to withdraw money from
the unsuspecting victim’s
account. :

E-mail

The e-mail forwarded to The
Tribune said: “The device they
use would have the name of
your bank on it. Take notice
of anything that looks remov-
able on the ATM before
inserting your card. If it can be
moved, remove it. Make sure
you keep, your ATM with-
drawal slips until you update
your bank book. Try to update

‘your: book. on a regular
‘basis......

“They make up cards
and withdraw your monies
from ATM machines in differ-
ent. countries. These guys were
also captured on camera here
doing it, and they made sure
to stay in the vicinity of the
machines.”

The e-mail suggested that
one bank had lost more than
$100,000 to the scam, and that
some banks did not want to
admit there was a problem for
fear of alarming customers.

However, this was dismissed
by one Bahamian banking
source, who said: “I don’t

know of any bank that has lost: ‘-°.
that amount of money. Given '.*.°

the Bahamas’ experience, it

co
<8

seems completely off-base.” - a f

Customers

The CBA urged customers
to report to the banks or police
if anything about an ABM or

‘ ATM looked suspicious.
It urged them to be “vigi- |

lant” about their surroundings
and presence of other people;
to never lend their card or dis-

*!

close their PIN number; to’.-.-,
shield the PIN from view when: -: +’ -

using the card; and to pay closé:”

attention to monthly bank
statements and any discrepan-
cies.

where we need to be’

FROM page 1B

The Radisson, which is due to eventually be.



and son duo Dikran and Sarkis Izmirlian, are
investing $400 million of their own money in
the development to give the Government and
other Bahamians confidence they will be able to
execute on their plans.

Government

In addition, Baha Mar and the Government
appéar to have timed the major works at Cable
Beach to coincide with the conclusion of Kerzn-
er International’s Phase III expansion on Par-
adise Island, freeing up construction workers
who would otherwise be in short supply.

Mr Sands yesterday said Baha Mar planned to
begin the major construction works involving
two resort properties, the Wyndham and Nassau
Beach Hotel, at some pint in mid-2007. He con-

_ firmed that the Nassau Beach would be com-

pletely demolished, along with two towers at

rebranded as a Sheraton, is currently being ren-
ovated under an $80 million contract that was
awarded to Bahamian company, Osprey Devel-
opers. eae
Mr Sands said this project was “proceeding to

plan”, with the 300 rooms renovated in the first: . -
phase due to be completed by March 2007::-’
Work on the public spaces and additional rooms. '

will take another six months, lasting until Sep-
tember/October 2007.

Apart from the West Bay Street re- routing, '
Baha Mar’s next task will be to relocate all gov- ;

ernment office buildings and. the Soc meinietee a

banks on West Bay Street to the new Commer- *.’

cial Village, something Mr Sands described as
“pivotal” in opening up the planned resort cam-
pus. ° a

Estimated :

‘From start to finish, he estimated work on
the Commercial Village construction would

the Wyndham. .

Bahamas oil bill up 55.6%

soe

FROM page 1B

surplus to $206.4 million. It
added that this was due to a
$110.5 million rise in private
sector capital inflows associat-
ed with tourism investment
and construction projects.
Apart from the construction
and tourism industries, the oth-
er key factor driving the



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*-31 August 2006

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

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N/M - Not Meaningful

*** . 31 August 2006



take between 12-18 months.

Bahamian economy was.a rise
in consumer demand, leading
to a continued credit expan-
sion and.a narrowing in the

loan-to-deposit spread.

Credit

Domestic credit rose by
$243.9 million or 4 per cent,
driven by 3.9 per cent and 3.3
per cent increases in residential
mortgages and consumer cred-
it respectively.

Meanwhile, personal over-

drafts rose by 12 per cent, a

development that might raise - |
fears. that Bahamians are

spending too much.on luxuries
and consumer goods, and stor-
ing up debt problems for when
the economy hits a rough
patch.

The Central Bank said that
while the “pass through effects

from international oil prices.’ .>.
in broad-based:.:.-
increases in domestic costs”, - ,

resulted

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inflation remained at relative. yet

ly benign levels.



VACANCY

The Anglican Central Education
Authority invites applications for the
position of Secretary/Messenger at
St. Anne’s School. Applicant should
be in possession of their own vehicle
and a valid Drivers License.

Letters of Applications should be
taken to St. Anne’s School, Fox Hill,
attention Principal.



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MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 13th day of September, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147,
Abaco, Bahamas.

Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that WENDY FRANCIS, OF CEDAR |
WAY, CARMICHEAL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying |
ito the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for fegistration/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 |
20th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for |
‘Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ESTHER DOCILMA, OF LINCOLN
BLVD, P.O. BOX N-10326, 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
i signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
20th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister-responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,Nassau, Bahamas. .

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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
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| COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

2006/PRO/npr/00467

| Whereas STEPHANIE
| JOHNSON (nee) CURRY of
Robinson Road, New
Providence, one of the
i islands of the
| Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
i Letters of Administration of

the Real and Personal Estate
of ERROL M JOHNSON
(aka) ERROL JOHNSON
late of Robinson Road, New
Providence, one of the
Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

_| COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS.

~~ THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00468

Whereas TERESA PINDER
and JENNIFER PINDER
both of Spanish Wells,
Eleuthera, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas have made

application to the Supreme

Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of

LAVENUS V. JAMES

PINDER (a:k.a) LAVENUS
| PINDER (a.k.a) LAVENUS

VIVIAN JAMES PINDER late
of, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera,
one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that
such applications will be
heard by the said Court at

| the expiration of 14 days:

from the date hereoff.
Signed

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS -

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00469
Whereas BUNNY
| INGRAHAM and RUTH
| SANDS-GLINTON both of

New Providence, one of the
Islands o f the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, have made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate
of CECIL HOWARD
INGRAHAM late of
McKinney Drive, New
Providence, one of the
Islands . of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

from the date hereoff.

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE
, BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00473
Whereas LORI ELIZABETH

LOWE of Lakeview Road,
New Providence, one of the
islands of the

Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of
NANCY ANN BONISTEEL
CALCUTT (a.k.a) NANCY
B. CALCUTT late of,

- Traverse City, Grand Traverse

County in the State of
Michigan, one of the United
States of America; deceased.

Notice is hereby given that
such applications will be
heard by the said Court at

the expiration of 14 days.

from the date hereoff.
Signed

Tabitha Cumberbatch
__ (for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS.

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00475

- |Whereas BERYL QUAMIE .
|of 280 Gates Avenue,

Brooklyn, New York, King’s

County, New York, United

States of America, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of IVY
ROKER late of, 280 Gates
Avenue, Brooklyn, New York,
King’s County, New York,
United states of America and





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SUPREME COURT

formerly of Rupert Dean
Lane, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed |
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE
BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

“No. 2006/PRO/npr/00477

Whereas MONIQUE
TAYLOR of Bethel Avenue,
Stapledon Gardens, New
Providence, one of the
Islands o f the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has: made
application to the Supreme.
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate
of MARGARET BROWN late
of Taylor Street, New

Providence, one of the ©
Islands «#...0.f s24.He: uh:
Commonwealth “of “The:

Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that
such applications will be
heard by the said Court at

the expiration of 14 days _

from the date hereoff.

- Signed
~ Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

“COMMONWEALTH OF THE

BAHAMAS

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00478

Whereas ERIKA
GUTKNECHT KUGLER of
Paradise Island; one of the
Islands of the

Commonwealth of The.

Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real
and Personal Estate of
HANS-PETER KUGLER late
of, Paradise Island, one of
the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar



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Golden
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undefeated —
record

@ SOFTBALL

RAIN created havoc through the
Baptist Sports Council's Deaconess
Joann Webb's 2006 softball season
action over the weekend at the
Charles W. Saunders.High School,
Jean Street.

But officials managed to get in
one complete game as Golden i
Gates Native Baptist out-slugged i
St. Paul's Fox Hill 16-12 in a battle ;
of two undefeated teams in the co-
ed division.

With the win, Golden Gates
climbed into a two-way tie for first
place with idled Transfiguration,’
while St Paul's joined Faith United
in a two-way tie for third place at 1-

Ivan 'Showtime' Francis relieved
starter James Robinson in the sec-
ond inning and he picked up the
win on the mound before the rain
came pouring down, calling off the
remainder of the day's schedule.

Francis helped his.own cause by
going 2-for-4 with a solo home run,
scoring three runs and Arthur
- Thompson Jr. went 3-for-4 with
three RBIs and a run scored. Nicola
Major was 2-for-4 and Nicara
Knowles 2-for-3 with two runs
scored apiece. Linda Knowles and
Joyce Minus also scored twice.

Peter Morris went the distance
for the loss.

Marcellus Hall went 2-for-3 with
a pair of three-run homers and
Olympia Morris scored two runs for
St. Paul's.

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urday at Jean Street: 10-a.m. St.
Paul's vs New Bethlehem (M); 11
a.m. Calvary Deliverance vs Cal-
vary Bible (M); Noon Transfigura-
tion vs Faith United (M); 1. p.m. St.
Paul's vs Faith United (Co-ed); 2 -
p.m. Mt. Tabor vs Golden Gates
No.1 (M) and 3 p.m. Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (19-and-under). ~

¢ Here's a look at the standings,
going into Saturday's action:
Teams W L Pct. GB

Men's Division (Mother Webb) ai

St. Paul's 2.01000 - i:
Mt. Tabor 1 0 1,000 1/2
Golden GatesNo.1 0 1 .000 1
Macedonia 0 1 000.1

Mt. Calvary 0 1 006°. 1
New Bethlehem 0 0 .000 1
Men's Division (Rey. Munroe)

Calvary Bible 3 01,000 -
Calvary Deliverance 1



Temple Fellowship 1. 1. .50011/2
Transfiguration 0.1 .000. 2
Faith United 0 1 .000, 2
Golden GatesNo.1I0 2 .00021/2
Co-Ed Division
Transfiguration 2 041,000 -
Golden Gates - 2 041,000 -°
St. Paul's 1 1 500 1
Faith United 1 1 500 1
Macedonia © 0.2 000 2
Mt. Tabor 0 2 000 2°
19-and-under Division
Macedonia 3 01,000 - :
Golden Gates | 1. 1 50011/2' .:
Transfiguration . 1 1 Se ied
Faith United eee
Mt. Tabor 0 2 ..000! fF
15-and-under Division. |...
Golden Gates 1t- 0 1,000 .. -
Macedonia 0.1. 000 1/2
Faith United 0 0. .000 ‘1/2
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Women’ basketball
sets date for season .

be a record breaking one for.

® BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

ALL IS set for this year’s
tip-off in the New Providence
Women’s Basketball Associ-
ation (NPWBA).

Newly elected president
Antoinette Knowles con‘
firmed yesterday with The Tri-
bune that the league’s home

will remain the same and that '

a date is set for the season.
According to Knowles, the
newly elected president, exec-
utive members have penciled
the 18th of November as the
opening date and that the
league’s home hasn’t changed.
Rumours surfaced about
the NPWBA not being able
to utilise the DW Davis gym
for their season after the New
Providence Volleyball Asso-
ciation (NPVA) pushed their
regular season back for the

hosting of the annual
Caribbean Volleyball Cham-
pionships.

But Knowles clarified that
the DW Davis gym will con-
tinue to be the home of the
NPWBA and that the play
level in the league will contin-
ue to rise as they’ve planned a
calendar full of activities.

Planned

Knowles said: “The late
start will not affect the season,
we have a lot of things
planned. I know things can go
wrong and you can’t plan for
that but we can at least puta
plan in place just in case. But
the plans for this upcoming

‘season are starting to take

form only the final touches
needs to be put into action.
“Right now volleyball is
using the gym for their sea-
son, but DW Davis will be our

home. A lot of players and
fans were concerned about
that.”

Knowles, who has formu-
lated a plan to increase the
participation of both players
and fans in the league, said
she has asked several persons
to assist her in implementing a
junior league for junior and
high school players.

' But before Knowles can
enjoy the benefits of a blos-

. soming junior league, she

admitted that she will have to

ensure that the senior league,

the NPWBA, is in motion.
She added: “There’s a lot of

things we have planned for

this year, some of the things
are still in the woodwork, and

should be up in running by the

time the.season starts.

“This year’s season is going
to be an enjoyable one. Our
main focus is trying to
improve the statue OF wom-

_ en’s basketball in the country:

“Creating a league solely for
women was a huge step that
proved to be very successful,
now it will be up to this exec-

utive board to expand on the
_ existing programme.”

_Executive members of the
NPWBA have decided to
adjust their season’s first half
due to the late start.

Scheduled.

Regular play in the league
was scheduled for Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday’s, but

Knowles revealed that they
will have to incorporate more
days so the first half can finish

.on time.

As a result games some
games will be scheduled for
Mondays or Wednesday. The
second half of the league is set

_ to open on January 20th.

This season is expected to

" interest in participation.





the league in terms of teams.
participation. -

Although Knowles hasw’t ,
received final confirmation '
from teams and their spon-
sors, she said that more ra
nine teams have expressed arr

If all is confirmed, thts*

year’s numbers will definitely, b a)
smash the numbers in thos’ at

past season which added six‘. ”
teams. £
In the opening year of the

: league, three years ago, it,

started out with cight tcams -
but as the league continued *
the numbers declined. g

But an optimistic Knowle %.

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toN os
woN

said with the new administra->* -

tion board, women’s baskct-*,
ball in the country wil’
increasa.

Knowles and her team ot.
officers were elected chairs ob? a
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SAILING

THE Royal Bank of Canada. has
committed to become the main spon-
sor of the Bahamas Optimist Junior

National Sailing Championship for the

second year in a row.

“RBC is proud to be the gold spon- '

sor of the 2nd annual RBC Optimist
Junior National Championships,” said
Marvin Clarke, Senior Account Man-
ager, RBC Business Banking.

“For nearly a century Royal Bank
has supported the development of
young Bahamians throughout our
islands. We take pride in the accom-
plishments of the young junior sailors
and wish them every success as they
experience the thrill of sailing our
beautiful waters this weekend at the
Championships.”

:. Scheduled for September 23 -24 on
Montagu Bay, the Championship
promises to be even better than last
year’s successful inaugural regatta,
which featured 39 young sailors.
Organised by the Bahamas Sailing
Association (BSA), The Royal Nas-
sau Sailing Club (RNSC), and The
Nassau Yacht Club (NYC) the cham-
pionships are part of a combined effort

"among the three groups to encourage, .

_ Support, and promote the sport of sail-
ing in the Bahamas.

Regatta Chairman Francisco DeCar-

denas recognised RBC’s continued
_ commitment to the sport.
’ “We're very thankful to RBC for

- their support of junior sailing,” he said.

“When companies give back to their
- communities with this type of assis-

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ponciaet and I had to fulfill those con-
‘tractual obligations.

oM

At 175Ibs, Smith said he knows he
will be much stronger to contend for the
title.

‘.. “I just have to do the same things that

I did to prepare myself in the past,” he
stated. “It’s just that Pm older; much
older now, so a lot of things I need not to

do to be successful. a

First Class Promotions president
Michelle Minus said they will definitely
be willing to entertain Smith, just as long

i. as Saunders is convinced to fight him.

“I really applaud him. He’s a really
good sportsman,” Minus said of Smith.
“Some good things could still happen
for him, so if we can do anything for

him, we will do it.
i. .usef]We just have to get Ali to agree to it
i and I think he wouldn’t have a problem

stepping out and fighting Marvin
because he knows that he’s a very good
calibre fighter, who can only help his
career.”

Although he’s been given the green
light by First Class Promotions to start

. training and will commence his prepa-

ration with trainer Johnny Taylor in
short order, Smith said his biggest prob-
lem is trying to convince his mother,
Annis Smith, that he can get back in the
ring and win.

“She don’t want me to do it, but I’ve
explained to her. I told her this is some-
thing that I’ve done all of my life and
now I have that burning sensation down
in me again,” he stressed.

“If anytime during my training the
hunger ceases to burn, then I will stop.”



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| MARVIN CLARKE, Senior Account Manager RBC Business Banking, presents a Gold Sponsor check to
_ Junior Sailing Regatta representatives Jimmie Lowe (center) and Francisco DeCardenas. This is the second year

in a row that RBC has sponsored the event.

tance, everyone benefits.”

In 2004, the.BSA established.a
Bahamas National Sailing School,
whose program has so far been intro-
duced into three public junior high
schools in Nassau: D.W. Davis, C.H.

‘Reeves & H.O. Nash. The Optimist

JERMAINE ‘Choo-Choo’ Mackey extends his long reach as he puts a right jab into the face of ‘Marvelous’ Maxvin ‘ ;
Smith during their Bahamas super-middleweight title fight. if

sailing boat is sailed in over 110 coun-
tries by more than 150,000 young peo-

ple, and is the only dinghy approved by —
’. the International Sailing Federation

exclusively for sailors under 16 years of
age. *
Races on Montagu Bay are sched-

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(Photo: Michael Toogoed)

uled to begin Saturday and Sunday al
10am. ~

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Each race will take approximately 40

minutes. to complete, with two races
each morning and two races Saturday ~
afternoon. Only one race will be run,

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Sunday afternoon. .

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resume at weekend

# SOFTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

ALMOST two months since
the curtain came down on an
era at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball
Stadium, the New Providence
Softball Association is prepar-
ing to resume play at the Bail-
lou Hills Sporting Complex.

But instead of playing on
the Banker’s field under the
lights, the NPSA is now forced
toplay during the afternoon
on the field occupied: by the
New Providence Modified
Softball League this weekend.

Association president Steve
‘Garbo’ Coakley said the ren-
ovations being carried out to
the Banker’s field won’t'be
completed in a while, but they
don’t want to prolong the sea-
son any more.

“We will cut the season as it
was in the middle of July and
we will go right into the play-
offs,” Coakley. stressed. “We
have a schedule drawn up and
we have informed the teams
about the latest develop-
ment.”

Three games are scheduled
to be played on both Satur-
day and Sunday, starting at
1pm.

Games will.oniy be played

on the weekend as the associ-:

ation heads towards the best-
of-five championship series to
determine the winners who
will go on to play in the
Bahamas Softball Federation’s
National Round Robin Tour-
nament in November.

But while the first round
best-of-three playoffs have
already been decided in the
ladies’ division, the men will
have to play a sudden death
game on Saturday to complete
their playoff draw.

The TBS Truckers and the
Delsol Arawaks are currently
tied for first place with a 9-2
win-loss record and they will
play the second game on Sat-
urday at 2.30pm to determine

the pennant winner and sec-

ond place.

Depending on the outcome
of their game, the playoff
spots will be finalised.

In the opener on Saturday
at lpm, the Boomer George
Boomers and the Proper Pool
Care Lady Sharks, tied for
second at 7-5, will square off
in one half of the ladies’ play-
offs.

And in the feature contest,
the defending champions
Electro Telecom Wildcats,
pennant winners at 11-1, will
face the youthful fourth-place
Whirlpool Eagles (5-6).

@ WORK continues on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex yesterday ahead of the resumption of the soft-

ball season.

(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

On Sunday at lpm, the
men’s pennant winners from
Saturday’s game will take on
the fourth place New Breed
(4-7) and the loser will battle
the third place Stingrays
Sporting Club (9-4) in the fea-
ture contest. ia

In between those two men’s
games, game two of the ladies
series between the Lady
Sharks and the Boomers will

be played. Game two between

the Wildcats and Eagles will
pick up next weekend. ,

“This is a major change for
us because we had anticipated
playing games under the
lights,” Coakley pointed out.
“The facilities are still 'not
ready for play and we don’t
see ourselves playing there
this year. |

“So we just have to wait
until they are ready for us. In
the meantime, we have resort-
ed to plan B, which calls for us

to play day games.”

However, Coakley said he’s
not sure what kind of shape
the teams are in from the long
lay-over and whether any of
the teams will be affected by

the fact'that the majority of

their players also play in the
various softball leagues
around town.

~ But Coakley said they have

to have their season complet-

ed and the men and women

‘champions crowned in time to

participate in the BSF nation-
als — tentatively set to start the
first weekin November...
The NPSA had to abandon
play at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball
Stadium, which, along with the
Andre Rodgers Baseball Sta-
dium, was dismantled on Inde-
pendence Day to prepare for
the construction of the new
track and field stadium by the
Chinese government.

‘Marvelous’ plans comeback
NSM Cae Mne Cmts

HB BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

BIRTHDAY boy ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Smith :

isn’t finished yet.

One year after losing to Jermaine ‘Choo
Choo’ Mackey for the second straight time in
their battle for the Bahamas super middleweight
title, Smith plans to make areturn. - +

This time, he will fight in the light-heavy-
weight division and challenge Alkena ‘Ali’
Saunders for the vacant Bahamas title on Jan-
uary 19, 2007.

*] already spoke with First Class and they
are willing to do it,” Smith stated. “It’s just a
matter of planting some seeds, watering it and
letting it grow.

“I’m not sure if it will build into semen
that was. as big as me and Choo Choo. Who
knows? But I really want that fight.”

If the fight materialises, it will be Smith’s first
since he was stopped in the seventh round by
Mackey in a rematch of their super mid-
dleweight title.

In May last year, Mackey jabbed‘his way to an
impressive 12-round unanimous decision as
Smith came out of a three-year retirement to
put his title on the line.

Realising that it was a decision that was hard
to swallow, Smith came back and secured a
rematch with Mackey in September in a bid to
regain the title.

But Mackey was sharper than a razor from
the first time they met and he made mincemeat
of Smith, forcing him and his trainer Johnny
Taylor to throw in the towel in the seventh.

Unable to walk away from the sport, Smith,
who celebrates his 38th birthday today, said his
conscience has lured him back and he wants to
contend for another title.

“Despite those two losses, my legacy is
already intact, but I just woke up one morning
and had that burning feeling to get back into the
ring again,” Smith admitted.

“I’ve never made excuses and J don’t intend
to start now. I think my body outgrew 168
pounds a couple years ago, but I had a signed
contract and I had to fulfill those contractual

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