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    Section B: Sports
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    Section C: the arts
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    Section C: the arts: Out There
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29-year-old man

shot in Nassau


* By DANNEL ROLLE
- 'THE Bahamas recorded its
first murder victim for the new
year with the death of 29-year-
old Brian Cephus Sands who
was shot in Nassau.
*.'Mr Sands, of Kemps Bay,
Andros, was shot on Monday
. ght on-Sunshine Park off Bad-
liu Hill Road shortly before
9pm.
Inspector Walter Evans told
The Tribune yesterday that Mr
Sands was standing around with
other men on Sunshine Park
when they were approached
" and attacked by two men, one
Of whom had a handgun.
The group fled and shots
were fired, police said.
"Upon the group's return,
they discovered that Brian was
!Ing on the ground with injuries
to the head. He was taken to
hospital and pronounced dead
some time later," Mr Evans
said .....
" Police are following some
leads into the matter, accord-
ing to Inspector Evans.
+ One of the men in the group
with Mr Sands when he was
fatally shot spoke with The Tri-
bune yesterday.
'Speaking on condition of
anonymity, he said that one of
the gunmen approached a
Rastafarian in the group and
began taunting him.
"He said 'what you gon' do
now? What you saying now?' I
was sitting down with my head
on my lap. When I look up, he
had his gun out and then I start-
ed,running.
.'I was the first person to


move. Then he let off two shots
after me, but I just kept run-
ning. That's the time when the
rasta started running.
"Then about five minutes lat-
er the police was here and I
went to them. When we went
back, we see Brian on the floor
bleeding." he said;
A resident in the area, who
did not wish to give her name,
,said that the neighbourhood
"was in an uproar" following
the shooting.
"As far as what happened is
concerned, after nine o'clock I
was in the room and we heard a
series of gunshots," she said.
"Then we heard several more
gunshots, which sounded like
two or three persons shooting,
going back to the court. Then
all of a sudden the gun shots
stopped and the police was here
within about five minutes."
The resident she was not
familiar with the victim, how-
ever, she suspects the alleged
gunman often stands around on
the basketball court.
The resident also said that the
entire neighbourhood is sad-
dened by the incident.
"A lot of the young guys who
live around here, they were
really upset about what hap-
pened because they say that
everybody live together and
know each other around here.
"For something like that to
happen, there seems to be a
problem because that's some-
thing that doesn't usually hap-
pen," she said.
A murder victim was also
SEE page 11


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N ABOVE: AquaPure staff continued their work as usual yesterday, despite the ongoing row over unpaid Christmas
bonuses. Huedley Moss, the chief negotiator for the Bahamas Beverage Water Distributors Union, said that industrial
- action is still looming as the problem has not been resolved. See page three.
(Photo: Felipe Major)


Junkanoo protest

rumours surface again


* By IANTHIA SMITH
FLIGHT delays at Nassau
International Airport once
again created a chaotic scene
yesterday as more passengers
had to stand in long lines for
hours before reaching the
security checkpoint.
According to Acting Per-
manent Secretary of the Min-
istry of Transport Lorraine
Armbrister, the Transporta-
tion Security, Administration
(TSA) has laid down criteria


to be followed to ensure
smooth and safe operations at
the airport. As a result of the
implementation of these secu-
rity measures there have been
lengthy delays at the security
checkpoints.
"These criteria have been
put in place because this is a
pre-clearance area, so from
time to time there will be cer-
tain inconveniences," she said.
Mrs Armbrister said that
SEE page 11


* By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE unofficial tallies
and wide public opinion that
the Shell Saxon Superstars were
"the obvious victors" of the
2004 Sammy Thompson Box-
ing Day Junkanoo Parade,
protest rumours have once
again surfaced, causing hun-
dreds of Junkanooers to "grow
weary" of the Bahamas' dynam-
ic cultural spectacle.
Controversy has also erupt-
,ed in Grand Bahama with los-
ing groups at the parade in


Freeport complaining about the
, victory awarded the Superstar
Rockers group.
"Soon the Ministry is going
to have to look into either strip-
ping away the competition from
these parades or decide to do
away with it, because there is
only so much that we can take.
I say give praise where praise
is due, and if that cannot be
done, then what's the point of
having the competition?" asked
Demetrius Grant a longtime
member of the Saxons.
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LOCAL NEWS


Huge crowd witnesses





Superstar Rockers win


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

FREEPORT Before a
crowd estimated at nearly
10,000, the Superstar Rockers
emerged as the unofficial win-
ners of The New Year's Day
Junkanoo Parade, edging out
the former champions by 28
points and five other groups this
year on Grand Bahama.
The win, however, has drawn
some controversy among the
various groups, especially with
the Swingers, who were placed
second. The group is question-
ing the results of the parade
after placing first in two of the
four categories.
The Superstar Rockers,
which did not place first in any
of the categories, won the group
placement with an overall score
of 1,862.
The Swingers racked up an
overall score of 1,834. The Clas-
sic Dancers were, third with
1,823 points; Majestic Crusaders
were fourth with 1,721 points;
Arawak Invaders were fifth
with 1,387 points, The Harbour
Boys were sixth with 1,121
points, and the Victory Boys
were seventh with 712 points.

Controversy
Aside from the controversy
and despite the loss suffered by
the groups during the two hur-
ricanes, this year's parade was
very exciting and drew one of
the largest crowds in years in
Freeport.
A police officer estimated the
turn out at just under 10,000
gathered in and around the Post
Office Building on Explorers
Way, where the groups per-
formed two laps.
The reverberating beats of
the goat skin drums, the shaking
of the cowbells,;sounds of horns,
whistles and' other musical-
instruments, and wellexecuted-
choreography, kept the crowd-s
entertained until midnight when
the unofficial results were
announced.
Minister of Youth, Sports,
and Culture Neville Wisdom,
was also hypnotised by the
rhythms. He was seen rushing in
the streets and blowing a horn
with the Swinger's Group.
He was very impressed with
the turnout and commended the
groups for putting on a fantastic
event for residents and visitors
despite their loss during the
storms.
"You were terribly affect-
ed...but there is an indomitable
Bahamian spirit that the groups'
leaders and their members
which have caused them...to
putting on the greatest cultural
show for their fellow Bahami-
ans and the many visitors in the
thousands attending," he said.
In the Best Music category,
the Swingers placed first with
501 points, Superstar Rockers
was second with 478 points, and
Classic Dancers and Majestic
Warriors were tied for third
with 396 points.


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TOICAL


SEEN is an enormous piece by Superstar Rockers, who emerged as the
unofficial winners of the 2005 New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade in Freeport.
(Photo: Derek Carroll)


The Best Execution of
Theme category was also won
by the Swingers with 94 points.
In second, was the Majestic
Crusaders with 93 points and
third was the Classic Dancers
with 87 points.
In The Best Costume as the
Group category, the Classic
Dancers placed first with 1,003
points, The Swingers were sec-
ond with 955, and third was the
Majestic Crusaders with 951
points.. - .
- Placing first in. he-Group-Per-
formance category Was the
Majestic Crusaders with 426
points..The Classic Dancers was
second with 422 points and the
Swingers was third with 414
points.

Strong
Mr Tyrone Higgs, leader of
the Superstar Rockers, was very
pleased with the results. He not-
ed that their plan was not to
win in every category but to
give a very strong overall per-
formance.
"We stuck to our plan and it
paid off," he said, noting that
this was the group's second vic-
tory in four years.
Meanwhile, the Swingers and
Classic Dancers expressed
strong disappointment over the
unofficial results.
"I think it is very unfair, espe-
cially when we placed first in
two categories," said a female
member of the Swingers Group.
"I find it difficult to accept
that the Rockers won the over-
all parade when they did not
win in any of the categories,"
she said.
Swingers leader Anthony
"Huck" Williams, a veteran
junkanooer, was also shocked
that the Rockers emerged the
winners.
"I find it very surprising that
they could win the overall


parade without even capturing
first in any of the categories," he
said.
Mark Williams, public rela-
tions spokesman for the
Swingers, said that they are not
concerned too much with the
results, but with the penalty sys-
tem.
"We won in most of the cate-
gories and everyone certainly


expected that we would win,
But, because of the penalty sys-
tem even though we might have
won in the categories we ended
up with second..
"We need transparency on
the penalty system because it
could discourage large groups
from participating in future
parades and lower quality per-
formance in future.


Ken "motorboat" Ferguson,
Classic Dancers leader, was
very disappointed with
the results claiming unfair judg-
ing.
"They did not win in any cat-
egory and were not properly
dressed and should have picked
up some penalty, but inst
ead emerged as the victors," he
said.


Roo und es official protest


E By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Roots Junkanoo Group has launched an
official protest of the results of the 2004 Sammy
Thompson Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade claiming
that judges gave the Shell Saxons Superstars
the victory after scoring only 45 per cent of the
parade.
According to group members, despite not hav-
ing scores for several key categories, the Parade
Management Team went ahead and announced
unofficial results declaring the Saxons as the win-
ners.
This latest Junkanoo scoring controversy comes
on the heels of the scandal which emerged last
New Year's Day when judges overturned their
initial decision leaving the country without a win-
ner for several weeks,

Review

An independent committee had to be estab-
lished to review the situation. The group which was
formed on January 17 declared the Valley Boys the
official winners of the parade by three points over-
turning the previous ruling claiming the Saxons
were the winners by the National Junkanoo Com-
mittee.
The feedback from that incident prompted offi-
cials to decide that rather than announce the results
immediately after the parade in Rawson Square,
the judges would make a formal announcement at
Arawak Cay at 5pm on Saturday to allow them
time to assess their scores and reduce controversy.
The scores arrived at Arawak Cay under police
guard shortly before 7pm. At the time, the unof-
ficial results placed the Saxons first, One Family
second, Prodigal Sons third, Valley Boys fourth,
Roots fifth and Music Makers sixth.


Individual lead costume winners and best chore-
ographed dance which also gave Saxons an edge
were announced.
However, noticeably absent were the results for
the highly contested best music and banner cate-
gories.
Yesterday, Roots members alleged that due to
"numerous challenges," the overall group cos-
tume score sheet was left out of the judges pack-'
ages.
"We were advised that due to human error, the
Overall Group Costume score sheet, which had a
significant impact on the outcome of the parade,
was not judged. Additionally, it was evident that
the Execution of Theme category was also not
judged."
According to the Official Rules that governed
the 2004 Boxing Day Parade, the Category Weight-
ing Percentages are as follows:
1. Overall group costume 50 per cent
2. Music 25 per cent
3. Performance 20 per cent
4: Execution of Theme 5 per cent
Roots maintains that based on those percent-
ages, it is clear that only 45 per cent of the overall
mandatory categories were judged.
As a result, they said the unofficial
results announced on Saturday cannot be accept-
ed.
"There is no way that the unofficial scores
should have been announced, because the validi-
ty of the results could not be confirmed."
Group members said the decision to announce
the scores has left them saddened and disap-
pointed.
They have filed an official protest pursuant to
the official rules that governed the parade, to the
Junkanoo Corporation of the Bahamas, the Parade
Management Team and the Junkanoo Communi-
ty.


THE TRIBUNE


E By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN'S admission of
guilt and tear-filled plea for
help did not win him the
court's mercy Tuesday.
During the Magistrate
court's first sitting for 2005,
39-year-old Kendal Johnson
begged for consideration from
the court as he admitted to
breaking and entering into a
Hospital Lane home on
December 24.
The Meeting Street nman
appeared in court five Bank
Lane, telling Magistrate Mar-
ilyn Meers that she "alone"
had the power to make 2005 a
better year for him.
"For the new year I want to
be a better person," Johnson
said.
'I am tired of this life. I
want my name back. Jail is no
place to be. I am tired of the
ill-treatment; tired of people
calling ie 'jonser'. I do have a
problem, but I want to change;
only you could give me that
chance."
He told the judge that he
was wrong for what he did, but
he has a drug problem and
wanted help from doctors at
the Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre.
"Have mercy on me, I beg
you. I need treatment," he
said.
Police arrested him on
December 30, charging him
with breaking into the home of
Miles Yallop at No.18, Hospi-
tal Lane.
Johnson put up a struggle
and escaped from the officers
at one point.
He was subsequently
charged with resisting arrest
from DC 774 Deleveaux and
escape.
Magistrate Meers did not
concede to the criminal's
request. She told Johnson that
he would be facing imprison-
ment, and it would be up to
doctors at Her Majesty's
Prison to decide if it was nec-
essary for him to get psy.chi-
atric help from Sandilands
Rehabilitaion Centre.
Johnson was sentenced to
two years for housebreaking;
three months for resisting
arrest, and six months for
escape.
The sentences are to run
concurrently.
IN OTHER news from
court five:
Another man pleaded guilty
before Magistrate Meers to
unlawfully entering a property.
Davon Dewitt Russell, 25,
was arraigned on charges of
shopbreaking, stealing, receiv-
ing, resisting arrest, assaulting
a police officer, and obscene
language.
He told Magistrate Meers
that he broke into the Texaco
fuel station on Old Trail and
Robinson Roads on January
2.
When police arrived on the
scene, Russell had four Oh
Henry chocolate bars, which
belonged to proprietor Phillip
Russell. He resisted being
arrested by Sgt 1588 Ferguson
and Constable 2767 Sawyer
and then assaulted them.
He was sentenced to 18
months for shopbreaking, one
year for stealing, three months
each for resisting arrest and
assaulting police officers, and
one month for obscene lan-
guage.
The charge of receiving was
withdrawn; the terms are to
run concurrently.


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HT NE D J A 5 5A


Judiciary members pay


tribute to Edward St George

MEMBERS of the judi-
ciary gathered at the -
Supreme Court, where a
special sitting was held to "l'"
pay tribute to the late
Edward St George, chair-
man of the Grand'
Bahama Port Authority,O
who died on December
20. Mr St George wasa a,-L'
former magistrate in the
Bahamas.
Sir Orville Turnquest
(right) and Attorney Gen-
eral of the Bahamas vI
Alfred Sears (left) were A
among the persons paying
tribute to Mr St George,
who was laid to rest at the
age of 76, on December
29 at the St George
Memorial Park at Taino
Beach.
Thousands attended theI
funeral service. C -
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'Industrial action still looming




over BBWDU Christmas bonus row
TV "O'us ro


Sby RPAUL U.
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE BAHAMAS Beverage
Water Distributors Union
'(BBWDU) announced that
they would need to see veri-
fied audited financial state-
ments from AquaPure to veri-
fy the company's reasoning for
not paying Christmas bonuses
last year.
Speaking with The Tribune,
Huedley Moss the chief nego-
tiator for the BBWDU, said
that industrial action is still
looming as the problem has
not been resolved.
"We do not accept their
baseless rhetoric at all. The
BBWDU believes that it is
selfishness and greed that is


tne real reason tor not paying
the Christmas bonuses.
"In everything in life there is
a process that you have to fol-
low. I regard myself as a rea-
sonable and rational industrial
leader.

Justify
"If an organisation says that
they had a bad year, that
means nothing to an enlight-
ened organisation. We need
facts to justify their position.
We need a comparative audit-
ed financial statement, but
until the company does that
we are not morally or legally
obligated to accept their
rhetoric," said Mr Moss.
This statement came after
AquaPure announced that


N By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
SPIRIT AIRLINES is adding a second daily flight into Nassau
International Airport (NIA) to its schedule.
The low-fare carrier announced yesterday that before it could
even launch its service to the Bahamas, the high demand for
seats has called for an introduction of a second daily non-stop
flight to Nassau from Fort Lauderdale.
"Customer response has been so strong to our Nassau service
that this second flight became a necessity," said Jacob Schorr,
CEO and President of Spirit Airlines.
Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism,
said the increase of low-cost airlines will bring more revenue
for the tourism industry in the Bahamas.
"Lower airline costs mean greater profit, especially for the
hotels," he said.
Mr Higgs further said that the outlook for 2005 is very positive
in terms of visitor numbers.

Confident
"We are very confident that the low-cost airlines together with
the our marketing strategy will lead to success for the new year,"
he added.
Spirit Airlines' inaugural flight from Hollywood International
Airport in Fort Lauderdale to Nassau is scheduled for January 10.
The airline expands its service to two flights a day on February
10,
"We are excited to begin our service to Nassau, Bahamas on
January 10 and to offer this second daily flight starting next
month," said the airline's president.
The low-cost carrier will also offer connecting flights to New
York, Washington and Chicago among other destinations.
Spirit Airlines is only one of several low-fare carriers that has
begun flying to the Bahamas in recent months as JetBlue and
Delta's Song Airlines out of New York launched their services in
November and December of last year.
Mr Higgs reiterated that "interest in the Bahamas as a holiday
destination is very high at the moment" and said that the new year
will see the coming of even more airline services.
"Besides Spirit we also have Virgin Airlines out of London,
which as of June 28 will fly once a week, and we have the charter
service First Choice which will begin flying out of Manchester
once every to weeks in May or June.
"Plus Delta has announced that they will being lowering their
prices considerably," he noted.


their failure to reward Christ-
mas bonuses to its workers was
a result of "weak sales" in the
past year. Mr Moss stated that
the union cannot be blamed
for the company's incompe-
tence and said that AquaPure
has made a promise that they
must live up to.
"They are provoking us by
telling us what they are going
to do.
"They made a promise, they
need to keep that promise.
That is the bottom line. They
are in a position to pay the
Christmas bonus. They are not
hurting as they are suggesting
to us, and like they are sug-
gesting to the general public. If
they are hurting then prove it.
Last year was a good year for
the company. The sales alone
on the coupon bottles of water
is sufficient to pay the work-
ers," he said.
Maryan McSweeney, a direc-
tor at AquaPure, said that
nowhere in their contract with
the union does it say that
Christmas bonuses are manda-
tory, but stated that it is unfor-
tunate that they were unable
to reward their employees with
one.
Alternative
"The reality of the situation
is that sales are down as the
company has experienced a
bad year, so I don't know what
they (the union) expect from
us. We have introduced an per-
formance based programme as
an alternative and if we meet
our projections, then a bonus
can be given on those sales,"
said Mrs McSweeney.
"We don't want to hear it,"
insisted Mr Moss, "if the
union's concerns are not sorted
soon, legal action would be
taken against AquaPure
because we feel that they are
taking gross advantage of our
industrial agreements."
Mrs McSweeney mentioned
that Mr Moss was not in a
position to demand the finan-
cial records of the company,
but hopes that the meeting that
they have arranged for Thurs-
day will resolve the issue.
"We have spoken to the
president and the chief shop
steward but we have had no
dialogue with Mr Moss. So we
hope that the matter will be
resolved on Thursday not only
for the betterment of the com-
pany, but also for the cus-
tomers. The company wants a
quick resolve but apparently
Mr Moss does not," said Mrs
McSweeney.


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Containing Fidel Castro


REPRESSION and anti-Americanism are
the glue that maintains Fidel Castro's hold on
power in Cuba. The United States cannot do
much about the former now, but it should
not encourage the latter, as the Bush admin-
istration seems intent on doing.
On Friday, Castro led a march of several
hundred thousand people around the US
mission in Havana. The pretext was a new US
report that lays out a strategy for subverting
Castro and easing a transition to democracy.
It will probably do neither. The report is
aimed mainly at Cuban-American voters in
Florida. It trots out some old, failed tactics -
radio broadcasts and a tightening of the eco-
nomic embargo with a new target: the
hundreds of millions of dollars Cuban-Amer-
icans take to Cuba when they visit their rel-
atives.
It's true that these dollars prop up Castro,
but while restrictions seem harsh, they con-
tain so many loopholes that Castro can still
gather in enough to maintain power.
The new rules, which are gradually taking
effect, will make life harder for Cubans who


depend on the money to buy necessities on
the black market or at government-run 'dollar
stores.
In reaction, Castro closed the dollar stores
except for food and personal hygiene pur-
chases while blaming the United States. He
knows that a focus on US perfidy distracts
attention from continued repression.
News of the US crackdown and the Cuban
reaction has drawn attention from the hunger
strike by Manuel Vazquez Portal, a journal-
ist who was one of 75 dissidents swept into
prison last year. The news also eclipsed an
announcement that Castro will not allow the
creation of new small businesses.
The US and other democracies must keep
fighting repression through publicity and sup-
port for dissidents. The report contains useful
recommendations here, but these are under-
cut by the new sanctions.
Castro is 77. Steady encouragement of
democracy and openness in Cuba,. not a
tighter blockade, will increase the likelihood
that tyranny will not long remain after he is
gone.


Bin Laden's high bombast


IT IS HARDLY news that Osama bin
Laden does not share the Enlightenment \ al-
ue placed on a citizen's right to vote for a
representative go\ ernment. Nonetheless, the
latest audiotape from the Al Qaeda leader,
parts of which were played on Al Jazeera
last week, does illustrate just how reactionary
his reasons are for rejecting not only the elec-
tions scheduled for Jan. 30 in Iraq but also
Palestinian elections in the West Bank and
Gaza on Jan, 9.'
On the tape, Bin Laden castigates the
planned election of an Iraqi national assem-
bly to draft a constitution, saying: "In the
balance of Islam, this constitution is infidel,
and therefore everyone who participates in
this election will be considered an infidel." He
calls the Iraqi constitution "a Jahaliya con-
stitution that is made by man," meaning it
reflects the ignorance of the pre-Islamic era
and does not derive from God. Electing a
prince or a president is permitted, Bin Laden
says, only if "the prince is a Muslim, and he
will institute Islam, that is, Islam is the only
source of the rulings and laws.".
This is the reflection of a doctrine drawn
from a particular, literalist interpretation of
Islamic texts and traditions. It is the distilla-
tion of a political ideology radical Islamism
- that has its own theorists and propagan-
dists. A large part of its appeal lies in the
black-and-white certainty it offers, its sever-
ing of believer from unbeliever, the stark
opposition it asserts between an ideal Islam-
ic state founded upon sharia, or Islamic law,


and the unjust, "infidel" Arab states that
actually exist.
.'the simplicityand gomprespion of bin
Laden's doctrine are attractive to some, but it
hafs political limitations. As illustrated in his
denunciations of the Iraqi and Palestinian
elections, bin Laden's worldview is harshly
exclusionary. It demands hot only that all
Muslims heed his call for jihad but also that
they deny or distort reality.
In Iraq, as in the West Bank and Gaza,
surveys indicate a popular will to hold elec-
tions and replace repressive, corrupt rulers
with an accountable government. Yet bin
Laden, who has no religious or scholarly
authority, takes it upon himself to warn Iraqis
and Palestinians that "anyone who partici-
pates in these elections has committed apos-
tasy against Allah." And he takes the accu-
sation of apostasy one step farther by declar-
ing that "the candidate Mahmoud Abbas is a
Bahai," bin Laden's purely rhetorical way of
insinuating that the veteran Palestinian
nationalist should not be considered a true
Muslim.
These are not merely eccentric views of
the political behaviour required of Muslims;
they amount to bin Laden's death threat
against all Iraqis and Palestinians who may be
planning to vote this month. Bin Laden is
waging a war within Islam, a war against all
Muslims who refuse to obey his commands.
(* These articles are from
The Boston Globe 2004)


EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT IS often said, "failure is
an orphan but success has a
,thousand fathers."
Bahamians now realise that
there can be no political pow-
er without economic power,
for the golden rule is still
true... "He that has the gold
makes the rules." The time
has come to financially
empower the Bahamian mass-
es. This can only be achieved
through privatization.
Sir Stafford Sands is called
the architect, of the modern
Bahamian economy, Mr
Arthur Hanna is known for
Bahamiansationi, and Sir Lyn-
den Pindling is remembered
as the father of the nation. I
want the Rt Honourable
Prime Minister, Mr Perry
Christie to be recognised as
the emancipator of the finan-
cial enslavement of the
Bahamian majority.
Yes, Mr Prime Minister,
you have the opportunity to
surpass in greatness all of our
political heroes.
Through privatization to
Bahamians you can secure
your legacy in the Bahamian
history books. Privatisation is
the sale of state-owned enter-
prises to the private sector.
Countries such as Great
Britain and Chile are two
good examples of nations that
are prospering as a result of
privatization. Today, the citi-


zens of these countries are,
investing in other nations.
In the Bahamas, we have
allowed competition against
state-owned corporations, but
not privatization. For exam-
ple, the former government
granted radio broadcast,
licences to private companies
when it should have sold its
radio stations. Had these
state-owned radio stations
been sold, the Bahamian tax-
payers would have saved mil-
lions of dollars in subsidies to
ZNS. One example of partial
privatization also occurred
under the former administra-
tion. In 1994, the Bank of The
Bahamas was partially priva-
tised by the Free National
Movement government.
What a successful story!
Today The Bank of The
Bahamas is one of the most
successful banks in the
Bahamas. Excellent dividends
have been rewarded to some
4,000 Bahamian shareholders
each year. In addition, its asset
has grown to some four hun-
dred million dollars and is
growing faster than most of
its foreign owned competitors.
One would have thought that
after seeing such outstanding
success our government would


EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT SEEMS there is totally no logic in our
Financial Services which is sinking beneath the
waves in many ways as how the tsunami swept
over the Asian islands.
Why can't we see through the veneer?
Ask yourself How many financial service
businesses closed down and moved from The
,Bahamas over the past 48 months?
Compare that to the number over the same
period who saw in The Bahamas as the better
location and best supportive legislation and
governance?
It is ridiculous for those who simply are
unwilling to accept reality, the opinion of Attor-
ney Brian Moree was that of a committee (note
Paul Moss was a committee member for some-
time but I under-stand pre-the final report
resigned).


be keen to sell BaTelCo and
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion to Bahamians.
Therefore, I now call upon
you, Honourable Prime Min-
ister, to ensure that you leave
a legacy as the man who finan-
cially empowered the majori-
ty of Bahamians. Privatise,
and sell us the Bahamian peo-
ple BEC. Ignore the advice
from those whose desire is to
keep the majority of us in
"financial shackles." Mr Prime
Minister, I kindly ask that you
remove these restraints from
us.
Bahamian shareholders will
make BEC more efficient,
reliable, and profitable and
give it first world management
style. There will be less union
problems under a privately
owned BEC as its employees
will be shareholders and thus
become more productive
workers.
Sir, I ask that you to look
at the success story of the
Bank of The Bahamas and
allow us to duplicate it.
Finally, sir, remember that
we took a chance on you in
the 2002 general elections and
now I ask that you give us a
chance to soar with the finan-
cial eagles.


KEVIN S McKENZIE
Nassau,
December 14, 2004.


Watch the financial news out of Bermuda, a
self-governing dependency alike The Bahamas
pre-1973, during which time Financial Services
blossomed and ask a simple question: The
major International Finance house of Lazards
recently announced they were opening an
office where? Not Nassau, Bahamas, but
Bermuda.
Bermuda internally is talking about political
independence from Britain so even under this
uncertainty The Bahamas seemingly cannot
match the advantages of a self-governing pos-
sibly soon to claim Independence Bermuda.
Cayman is no different as is Turks and Caicos
and British Virgin Islands.
We had better pull our heads out of the sand.
H HUMES
Nassau,
December 31, 2004.


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TE T N WA J R 5


Quintuplets embracing their


adopted Bahamian


M By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Thompson quintu-
plets, the five surviving sib-
lings of the first Black Amer-
ican sextuplets to be born in
the United States, came to
fame seven years ago after
their birth and are currently
embracing their adopted
Bahamian heritage.
Five girls and one boy:
Emily Elizabeth, Richard
Linden, Octavia Daniels,
Stella Kimberly, Anne Marie
and Allison Nicole, were born
by Caesarian section and
without any fertility treat-
ments to Jackie and Linden
Thompson in Washington on
May 8, 1997. Allison Nicole
was stillborn.
Jackie Thompson, a native
of Trinidad said that her chil-
dren's names have special
meanings. She said her only
son, Richard is named after
her husband's deceased
brother. Octavia is her moth-
er's name; Stella, her grand-
mother's name; Ann Marie is
her sister's name; and Emily
is a name she always liked.
The children were adopted
seven months after their birth
by the National Congress of
Black Women (NCBW), a
non-profit organisation
founded in 1984 to empower
African American women,
after it was noticed that very
little financial assistance was
given to the family by corpo-
rate organizations.

Founder
The founder and national
chair of the organisation, Dr
C DeLores Tucker, is a
descendent of Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera and has over the
past week joined the quintu-
plets for a week-long vaca-
tion on the island where her
parents were born.
Dr Tucker's trip served a
dual purpose, along with
retracing her own family
roots with her entrepreneur
husband William Tucker, she
yesterday announced that the
trip has led to a future com-
mitment of the couple to
invest in educational initia-
tives for the country's youth.
This decision came after she
learned that her initial inten-
tion of putting the quintuplets
in a Bahamian private school
would not work because
there is no boarding school
in the country for their age
group.
Dr Tucker founded a sec-
ond non-profit organisation
called the Bethune-DuBois
Institute in 1986 and current-
ly serves as the organisation's
president. The Institute aims
to advance the status of
African Americans through
education, training and lead-,
ership. It was created with










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* THE Thompson quintuplets with Minister Melanie Griffin and Prime Minister Perry Christie.
(Photo: Peter Ramsey)


two educational legacies in
mind, the successful Black
American leaders, Dr Mary
McLeod Bethune and Dr W
E B DuBois, whose roots can
also be traced back to Long,
Cay, Bahamas.
"It's a wonderful story,"
said Dr Tucker, "not only to
be able to come back to the
Bahamas but to also give
back."
Her own father, the late
Reverend Whitfield Nottage,
accompanied by his two
brothers, had left Eleuthera
in 1908 to begin their jour-
ney to Africa where they
were hoping to work as mis-
sionaries. Dr Tucker said that
instead of Africa, they landed
in Harlem, New York, where
they stayed in order to
"preach the gospel to the
black people."
She said her business sense
was first learned from her
parents but mostly her moth-
er Mrs Captilda Gardiner
Nottage, who took charge of
raising their 11 children after
settling in Philadelphia. Dr
Tucker said that while her
father evangelised, her moth-
er worked day and night.'
Her mother, who regular-
ly fed people in the commu-
nity, eventually opened her


own grocery store, and after
helping so many families
from the Bahamas get estab-
lished in America, even
founded an employment
agency. .
Dr Tucker said that she
gained a great sense of deter-
mination and a strong faith
in God from her parents, and
soon learned to battle any
adversity lying in her path.

Politics
Since then she has served
as the first African American
woman in the United States
to serve as Secretary of State,
and during her six year
tenure, beginning 1971, she
established the first Commis-
sion on the Status of Women
in Pennsylvania. He other
accomplishments included
record breaking numbers for
the appointment of women
as judges and members of
boards and commissions. Her
,efforts in politics also made
Pennsylvania one of the first
states to pass the Equal
Rights Amendment and she
was declared a leader in insti-
tuting a voter registration by
mail and reducing the Amer-
ican voting age from 21 to 18.
Another significant chal-


lenge came to her after she
heard that the Thompson
quintuplets had not received
any corporate assistance even
though the birth of septuplets
born to Bobbi and Kenny
McCaughey in Iowa the same
year had dominated media
headlines. The McCaughey's
received significant endorse-
ments and donations to help
defray the cost of raising sev-
en children.
"When I first heard that the
white septuplets got every-
thing," said Dr Tucker, "this
is a true story, I said 'find the
mother she is on planet earth,
find her' and they found her
in Washington. Then I said,
we are going to adopt those
children."
Since Dr Tucker's inter-
vention more than seven
years ago the family has
received a number of gifts
including a supply of free
food, clothing and basic
necessities through until 2012,
when the quintuplets will be
15. In addition, the Thomp-
son's received a Chevrolet
minivan, donated by the
Chevrolet Division of Gen-
eral Motors, and Toys "R"
Us gave the children toys
until the, age of 15.
The Freddie Mac Corpora-


tion donated a $200,000 home
to the family who were living
in a small Washington, DC
three-bedroom apartment.
Howard University, a pre-
dominately African-Ameri-
cain university, also granted
five full four-year scholar-
ships.

Contributions
The work of Dr Tucker and
her organizations was men-
tioned in former First Lady
and Senator Hillary Rodham
Clinton's book, 'It Takes A
Village,' for their contribu-
tions in improving the quality
of life for children.
."People like Mrs Tucker
continue to promote our
country in the higher circles,"
said Prime Minister Perry
Christie yesterday," and help
to reinforce the reputation we
have not only as a country
where tourists can come but
as a place where people of
her standing should come
back and establish second
homes."
Mr Christie was first intro-
duced to Dr Tucker and her
husband in 1983 when he
served the country as the
Minister of Tourism.
He said that at that time he


knew that the country could
benefit economically from
successful descendants of the
Bahamas.
He was also a recipient of a
Bethune-DeBois award, and
since then has attempted to
establish strong relations with
the African American
community in the United
States.
"Very few Bahamians
pause long enough to assess
what goes into strengthening
our reputation and I believe
we now enjoy unparalleled
interest on the part of
wealthy African Americans,"
said Mr Chrisite.
"Movie stars, artists and
athletes all see the Bahamas
.as a place to be and many are
now buying properties,
investing or establishing bases
here."
The prime minister con-
firmed yesterday that world
famous rocker Lenny Kravitz,
whose mother is from Inagua,
is "in the advanced stage" of
finalising a substantial invest-
ment in Exuma Cays.
"This is why a primary
boarding school is impor-
tant," said Dr Tucker,
"because these high-profile
people will board their chil-
dren here."


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farewell an- 1 .....:. ..-L


to Alan

Jones

FAMILY, friends and col- I ,
leagues all turned out to bid
their final farewell to Tri-
bune Photographer Alan I
Jones, who passed away on
December 26, after battling -
a long-term kidney illness.
Dean Patrick Adderley
officiated at the memorial,
held on December 31lat ,
Christ Cathedral Church.
From left: Grandmother
Diana Casselman, mother
Christine Jones, father
Robert Jones, grandmother.
Ernestine Jones and Ron ,'
Jones. .


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THE Ministry of Tourism
is working with ABC's pop-
ular prime-time sitcom, "My
Wife and Kids," to move its
entire production to the
Bahamas, shooting two
episodes in Nassau at
Atlantis, Paradise Island
from January 4-12, 2005.

Popular
"My Wife and Kids" is a
populiu fnmil\ -oriented com-
edy. featuinig well-known
film and television actors
Damon Wavans and Tisha
Campbell-Latiiii. Centered
on the day-to-day dilemmas
and delights of raising three
children. the show offers a
comedic view of family life
in the fictional Kklc family
household.
The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism invited the show's
producers to Nassau in


November for a production
scout, and the Bahamas'
turquoise waters and white
sand beaches proved to be
an ideal setting for taping the
show on location. The back-
drop of Atlantis will be fea-
tured throughout both
episodes. The Bahamas will
be mentioned several times
in the script, including refer-
ences to Bahamian special-
ties such as conch and
grouper. In one episode, the
Bahamas is scheduled to be
referenced as the place to vis-
it "to get away from it all."
While in the Bahamas,
stars'from the show are
scheduled to make an
appearance at a local school
to meet Bahamian children.
This will be an excellent
opportunity for the children
to interact with some of their
favourite television charac-
ters.


"My Wife and Kids," airs
on ABC on Wednesdays at
9pm, and has been nominat--
ed for several NAACP
Image Awards. The show
received the 2002 People's
Choice Award for Favorite
New Television Comedy
Series.

Air
The episodes featuring the
Bahamas are scheduled to air
in spring 2005.
The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism and the Bahamas
Film Commission continue
forging ahead with new ini-
tiatives to attract the atten-
tion of network television
producers, filmmakers,
commercial developers and
photographers in an effort
to bring major productions
to the islands of the
Bahamas.


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15TH YEAR LONG SERVICE PRESENTATION
The Lyford Cay Club remains committed to recognizing its employees who have reached their 15th year milestone of
employment with the Club. Mrs Rena Rigby was presented with her "15th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Monday,
November 15, 2004 for her dedication and commitment to the Club by Mr Reuben T Stuart, Deputy Managing Director.
Mrs Rigy is employed in the Front Desk Department in the position of Guest Service Representative. She has been with
the Club since November 11, 1989.
We congratulate Mrs Rena Rigby on her accomplishment.
S' I 15th Year, Long Service Pin Presentation
Pictured left to right are:
BI "i Mrs Janet Smith, Senior Assistant Manager; Mrs Eileen
Goodman, Front Desk Manager; Mr Reuben T Stuart,
Deputy Managing Director; Recipient Mrs Rena Rigby,
B Guest Service Representative; Mr Paul D. Thompson,
L, .S.p Y ? CHA, Managing Director and Mrs Sian Bevans, Assistant
'J "' i Director, Human Resources.


15TH YEAR LONG SERVICE PRESENTATION
The Lyford Cay Club remains committed to recognizing its employees who have reached their 15th year milestone of
employment with the Club. Mr Trevor Rolle was presented with his "15th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Monday,
November 15, 2004 for his dedication and commitment to the Club by Mr Reuben T Stuart, Deputy Managing Director.
Mr Rolle is employed in the Storeroom Departmefit in the position of Receiving Manager. He has been with the Club since
November 11,1989 .
W e congratulate M r-Ti,..r *P.1..!: ..r ,ii ..:npli lm r ' ', .

S15thYear, LongServicePinPresentation
SiPictured left to right are:

i:. U .i t Mr Darnell Storr, Director, Material Management; Mr

"^lHT !Thompson, CHA, Managing Director and Mrs SianfBevans,
oReubenT Stuart, Deputy Managing Director; Recipient -
Mr'". Trvoo1PAssistant Director, Human Resources.




15TH YEAR LONG SERVICE PRESENTATION
The Lyford Cay Club remains committed to recognizing its employees who have reached their 15th year milestone of
employment with the Club. Mrs Patricia Rolle was presented with her "15th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Monday,
December 13,2004 for her dedication and commitment to the Club by Mr Reuben T Stuart, Deputy Managing Director.
Mrs Rolle is employed in the Golf Shop Department in the position of Golf Shop Attendant. She has been with the Club
since November 20,1989.
We congratulate Mrs Patricia Rolle on her accomplishment.

15th Year, Long Service Pin Presentation
-7 Pictured left to right are:
Mrs Janette Smith, Senior Assistant Manager; Mr Peter
S, Kemp. Golf Pro; Mr Reuben T Stuart, Deputy Managing
ST Director; Recipient-Mrs Patricia Rolle, Golf Shop Attendant
A and Mrs Mary Deleveaux, Director, Human Resources.



30TH YEAR LONG SERVICE PRESENTATION
The Lyford Cay Club remains committed to recognizing its employees who have reached their 30th year milestone of
employment with the Club. Mr David Farrington was presented with his "30th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Monday,
November 15,2004 for his dedication and commitment to the Club by Mr Paul D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director.
Mr Farrington is employed in the Food & Beverage Department in the position of Director of Restaurants. He has been
with the Club since November 6,1974.
We congratulate Mr David Farrington on his accomplishment.

30thYear, Long Service Pin Presentation
S'.Pictured left to right are:
rBK : Mr ReubenTStuart, DeputyManagingDirector;Redpient
Mr David Farrington, Director of Restaurants; Mr Paul
N mbe f "f i ... D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director and Mrs Sian
r F n || tF Bevans, Assistant Director, Human Resources.


35TH YEAR LONG SERVICE PRESENTATION
The Lyford Cay Club remains committed to recognizing its employees who have reached their 35th year milestone of
employment with the Club. Mrs Virginia Minnis was presented wit her "35th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Monday,
November 15,2004 for her dedication and commitment to the Club by Mr Paul D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director.
Mrs Minnis is employed in the Front Desk Department in the position of Guest Service Representative Supervisor. She
has been with the Club since November 15, 1969.
We congratulate Mrs Minnis on her accomplishment.

35th Year, Long Service Pin Presentation
Pictured left to right are:
Mrs Eileen Goodman, Front Desk Manager; Mr Reuben
T Stuart, Deputy Managing Director; Recipient Mrs
Virginia Minnis, Guest Service Representative Supervisor;
Mr Paul D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director; Mrs
Sian Bevans, Assistant Director, Human Resources and
Mrs Janet Smith, Senior Assistant Manager.


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Small islands




conference will




be held in spite




of tsunami


MAURITIUS was relative-
ly spared by the December 26
tsunami and will be able to
host as planned in January a
major United Nations inter-
national meeting on the future
of small islands worldwide.
The Mauritius conference will
address as a matter of priority
the need for better disaster
preparedness in small islands
against natural disasters such
as tsunamis and cyclones.
United Nations Under-Sec-
retary-General and the Sec-
retary-General of the United
Nations International Meet-
ing on Small Island Develop-
ing States, Anwarul K
Chowdhury, while extending
his deepest sympathies to the
people and governments of
the countries affected by the
disaster, and especially to the
small island developing states,
said: "Destruction of life and
property to the low lying
coastal areas, once again high-
lights the vulnerability of the
small island developing
states."

Climatic
"This wave of destruction
comes on the heels of a num-
ber of recent climatic disas-
ters where the impact of sud-
den climate change has never
before been more evident
than the recent devastating
widespread hurricanes and
tropical storms affecting small
island developing states, most
vulnerable to global climate
change," he added.
Faced with issues ranging
from natural disasters and cli-


Disaster preparedness

to be addressed


mate change to trade losses
and threats from HIV/AIDS,
the meeting is a forum for 37
island nations to present their
problems to the international
community and seek help.
"Small Island Developing
States are extremely vulnera-
ble to all kinds of natural dis-
asters and in view of the enor-
mous damage caused by the
tsunami disaster, naturally
the Mauritius conference
will have that kind of a
special focus," Mr Chowdhury
said.
"I am sure the issue of some
kind of global early warning
system will be proposed by
many states and I am one of
the people who believe such
an early warning system
should be set up immediate-
ly."
More than 2,000 partici-
pants from the islands, their
traditional donor partners and
other countries, including
some 25 heads of State and
Government, will participate
from 10 to 14 January in Mau-
ritius in the United Nations
International Meeting to
Review the Implementation
of the Programme of Action
for the Sustainable Develop-
ment of Small Island Devel-
oping States, which was
agreed upon a decade ago at a


Global Conference in Barba-
dos.
The Mauritius Meeting is
expected to adopt a proactive
strategy to further implement
the Barbados Programme of
Action, which included prior-
ity areas like natural disasters,
climate change, wastes,
marine resources, freshwater,
energy, biodiversity, transport
and tourism.

Concerns
The strategy will also
address emerging problems
such as market access,
HIV/AIDS and new security
concerns, and new opportu-
nities like the economic
potential of information tech-
nology and island culture.
In addition to the official
conference, several parallel
events will be held in Mauri-
tius: a Civil Society Forum (6-
9 January), a youth gathering
called "Youth Visioning for
Island Living" (7-12 January),
and a large event aimed at
promoting exchanges among
small islands, the "Communi-
ty Vilaj" (6-14 January), which
will include a dialogue and
performance space as well as
an "Island Market" to show-
case the diversity of island
products.


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Courtesy call on


Wisdom


* PETER Minshall (left),
popular Trinidad & Tobago
carnival designer, paid a
courtesy call on Neville
Wisdom, Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture, on
Wednesday, December 29,
2004, at the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture.
Mr Minshall also attended
the Sammy Thompson
Boxing Day Junkanoo
Parade held on Saturday,
January 1, 2005.
(Photos by
Derek Smith/BIS)


* MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Neville Wisdom
(third from right), presenting a gift to Trinidad and Tobago's
carnival designer Mr Peter Minshall, during a courtesy call on
Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture. Also from left are Mrs Ann Peterson-
Higgins, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Dr Nicolette
Bethel, Director of Culture; Mr Harrison Thompson, Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and Mr Roo-
sevelt Finlayson.


Pinder: recycling


very important to


maintenance of


the Bahamas


* By DANNEL ROLLE
RECYCLING is one of
the many important initia-
tives that the Ministry of
Health and Environment will
be taking in 2005 to "clean
up" the Bahamas.
Director of Environmen-
tal Health and Parliamentary
Secretary Ron Pinder told
The Tribune that recycling is
very important to the main-
tenance of the country..
"By the end of the first
quarter of 2005, our intent is
to move toward some form
of recycling programme. We
are going to perform an
assessment of this and other
programmes to see the fea-
sibility of it, but we are mov-
ing toward implementing a
massive recycling pro-
gramme.
"We will also co-ordinate
part of our effort with the
schools in the Bahamas. We
will seek to build on the Cans
for Kids programme and
place that, initiative in all of
the schools," he said.
The Cans for Kids pro-
gramme, according to Mr
Pinder, started as a summer
programme. Children were
asked to bring cans to their
various schools and were
financially compensated for
each can they brought.
Mr Pinder said that it
"makes sense" to have a
recycling programme in the
schools because canned items
are often used.
Recycling bins will also be
strategically placed at all of
the ministry's various outlets,
including the hospital.
The Harrold Road facili-
ties, said Mr Pinder, will also
be operating under better


management this year.
As far as achievements in
2004, Mr Pinder said that the
implementation of the night-
time collection of garbage
service "tops the list".
He said: "During the lat-
ter part of 2003 and the
beginning part of 2004, more
than half of the island had
their garbage picked up at
night-time.
"This definitely did a lot to
ease the traffic situation and
made it easier for a lot of res-
idents. By mid-2005, we're
looking to expand the num-
ber of night-time pick-ups
even more.
"We've also increased effi-
ciency. This significant
accomplishment allows us to
implement a day bulk collec-
tion system of items such as
old mattresses, appliances,
yard waste and things of that
nature."
An environmental educa-
tion programme, said Mr Pin-
der, was also implemented
last year. The programme
allowed officers to go into
schools, businesses and the
community to sensitise peo-
ple to their role in keeping
the Bahamas clean.
Mr Pinder said that the
improvement of employee
morale was also a great
achievement last year.
Employees were sent to
the United States, Europe
and other Caribbean Islands
to learn and be exposed to
those nation's environmen-
tal health standards.
Mr Pinder said that he is
looking forward to a success-
ful year for the Bahamas and
continued education for
Bahamians in matters of
environmental health.


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British American president

accepts appreciation plaque


A PLAQUE, expressing gratitude and
appreciation to the British American
Insurance Company, has been presented
to Mr Gregory Sweeting, the president of
the company, by Mrs Dorothy Phillips,
president of the Nassau Chapter of the
Links Incorporated.
As the named corporate sponsor,
British American insurance has commit-
ted $100,000 to the links safe house pro-


ject.
This facility would not have been com-
pleted and operational without their sup-
port.
Also shown is Mr Chester Cooper- Vice
President Financial Services British
American Insurance Company; and Ms
Patrice McDonald, Chairperson for
National Trends and Services, of the Nas-
sau Links.


MINISTRY OF

TRADE AND INDUSTRY


THE PRICE CONTROL ACT
(CHAPTER 339)

THE PRICE CONTROL (LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS)
(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2004

The Minister in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of
the

Price Control Act makes the following regulations -


Citation.



Repeal and
replacement
of Schedule
to S.I. No.
109 of 1996


1. These regulations may be cited as the Price
Control (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
(Amendment) Regulations, 2004

2. The Schedule to the Price Control (Liquefied
Petroleum Gas)


"SCHEDULE"

PART A

The maximum selling price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas where
the sale is by cylinder shall be as follows:

MAXIMUM MAXIMUM
PLACE SUPPLIERS' PRICE DISTRIBUTORS' PRICE


$41.00 per 100lbs. $65.00 per 100lbs.
1. In New Providence (delivered) (delivered)
& or or
Grand Bahama $0.41per lb. $0.65 per lb.
(delivered) (delivered)

$57.00 per 100lbs. $73.00 per 100lbs.
2. In the family islands, (including sea freight) (delivered)
excluding Grand or or
Bahama $0.57 per lb. $0.73 per lb.
(including sea freight) (including sea freight)


PART B

The maximum selling price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas where the
sale is by bulk shall be as follows:

MAXIMUM MAXIMUM
PLACE SUPPLIERS' PRICE DISTRIBUTORS' PRICE
PER U.S. GALLON PER U.S. GALLON
$ $
1. In New Providence $1.74 $2.76
& (delivered) (delivered)
Grand Bahama
2. In the family islands, $2.43 $3.09
excluding Grand (including sea freight) (including sea freight)
Bahama


Made-this 31st day December, 2004
Signed: Leslie 0. Miller


MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION


COB to name




student building in




honour of pioneer




Portia Campbell


THIS Thursday will be a
memorable day in the history
of The College of The
Bahamas; the day the nation's
premier institution of higher
learning will pay homage to
the late Portia Campbell
Smith, one of its pioneers, by
naming its Student Services
Building (Poincianna Drive)
in her honour. A ceremony,
the second event in celebra-
tion of the College's 30th
anniversary will begin at
10am.
The legacy of the late Portia
Campbell Smith, former
Assistant Vice President of
Administration and Student
Services at The College of The
Bahamas, is one of dedication,
determination, inventiveness
and professionalism. Having
committed most of her work-
ing life to The College of The
Bahamas (1977-1998), Mrs
Smith is described by col-
leagues and friends as frank,
passionate, committed, dili-
gent and fearless. She was also
a scholar, committed to Sci-
ence.
Dr Linda Davis, Vice Pres-
ident of Academic Affairs at
The College of The Bahamas


and also a cousin of Mrs
Smith, said that in many ways,
she was ahead of her time.
"The concept of a student
services building was a dream
of hers," noted Dr Davis.
"Unfortunately it was not
realized prior to her leaving
the college and this life but
something that will fortunate-
ly live on in her (Mrs Smith's)
memory, through this dedica-
tion, one that is fitting of her
contribution to our nation and
our institution of higher edu-
cation."
The student services build-
ing, as it exists, houses all of
the student-related services
under one roof; thus providing
students with all the necessary
services in one area. The
building houses the Business
Office, Financial Aid and
Housing, Counselling and
Health Services, Office of
Admissions, the Records
Office and the Vice President
of Student Affairs and the
Student Affairs Secretariat.
It is this building that the
husband of the late Portia
Smith, Senator James Smith,
Minister of State for Finance,
hopes will be a symbol of


dr GN 147






MINISTRY OF HEALTH
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES
BAHAMAS GOVERNMENT/INTER-AMERICAN
DEVELOPMENT BANK
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
PROGRAMME

INVITATION FOR TENDERS
The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders
for the contracting of labour, material/equipment and
services for the construction of a Transfer Station
Facility at East Grand Bahama.

These projects are a part of The Bahamas
Government/Inter-American Development Bank
(IDB) Bahamas Solid Waste Management Programme.

Interested parties may obtain further information
including eligibility to participate and may collect
the bidding documents upon payment of a non-
refundable fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars per document
from:

The Department of Environmental
Health Services
Farrington Road
P.O. Box SS-19048
Nassau, N.P.,
The Bahamas

Telephone: 322-8037
Telefax: 322-8120

The method of payment will be certified cheques or
cash, and the documents would be ready for review
as of Wednesday, January 5th, 2005.

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope (s)
marked, "Tenders for the construction and completion
of the Transfer Station Facility at East Grand Bahama"
and sent to:

The Tenders Board
c/o The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance & Planning
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Bldg.
Cable Beach
Nassau, The Bahamas

All tenders must reach the Tenders Board no later
than 4:30 p.m. on Monday 7th February, 2005. All
tenders must be submitted in triplicate. Tenders will
be opened at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 8th February 2005,
at the office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance.
The Government reserves the right to reject any or
all tenders.


excellence. The qualities that
he had come to appreciate
most in his wife were her
scholastic capacity and pas-
sion for excellence. He noted
that she was an extraordinary
teacher and leader, whose
vision was for COB to achieve
excellence in all it does.
President Emerita Desig-
nate, Dr Keva Bethel and Mrs
Smith shared a special bond;
firstly as teacher/student, then
as colleague and friend. She
expressed her gratitude to The
College of The Bahamas, for
acknowledging the cofltribu-
tions Mrs Smith made to the
institution, particularly
advancing the cause of stu-
dents.
"...She tried tirelessly to
find workable solutions to the
varied challenges she encoun-
tered in several roles," noted
Dr Bethel. "The most notable
of which, perhaps, were the
seemingly intransigent prob-
lems that plagued the regis-
tration process. She gave
determined attention; howev-
er, to enhancing the effective-
ness of the college's student
services."
More than her commitment
to duty at the college, Mrs
Smith's devotion as a family
woman and her personal
courage were the characteris-
tics that endeared her to Dr
Bethel. Having been stricken
with cancer while still a uni-
versity student, Mrs Smith
overcame that earlyponslaught
and went on to forge a full and
remarkably productive life.
"To us, her colleagues, who
had grown accustomed to her
drive and energy, the news of
the recurrence of her illness
was difficult to accept,"
reflects Dr Bethel. "Portia's
legendary spirit in battling
against the odds made us hope
that once again, she might ppll
off a miracle and overcome
the recent obstacle. It wat t
to be, however."
The fondness with wlfich
many still speak about Portia
Smith is no surprise. In the
words of Dr Davis "Her name
is one that is respected in
many a circle and referenced
on many an issue, from the
board room to the family din-
ner table."
Mrs Smith retired from the
College on June 16, 1998 due
to illness. She later passed
away on December 27 of that
same year.
The naming of the student
affairs building takes place on
Thursday, January 6th on the
eastern grounds of The Col-
lege of The Bahamas. Mrs
Smith's daughter, Nicola will
cut the ribbon to officially
opening the Portia M Smith
Building, while her son
Kimani will unveil the build-
ing's plaque.



Bahamas

Red Cross


Society

raffle

winners
WINNERS of the
Bahamas Red Cross Soci-
ety Grand Raffle drawn on
December 18,2004.
1st prize 2003 Ford
Explorer SUV XLS Model
ticket # 001205 Mr Kurt
Major.
2nd prize Seven day
Caribbean Cruise for two
ticket #003017 Celebrity
Cruises Line TWS.
3rd prize Seven day
Caribbean Cruise for two
ticket #006394 Costa Cruis-
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Osborne.


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Abaco's children get in the party



spirit with Hubert Ingraham


MONDAY was party
time in Abaco with Cooper's
Town NMP Hubert Ingraham
and the island's children. The
parties started at aboul 11
o'clock Monday morning, end-
ing at 5 pm. Mr Ingraham
attended the first party in the
morning at Abaco Central Pri-
mary in Dundas Town. mo'-
ing on to Treasure Cay. Green
Turtle Cay. and then on to his
own constituency of Cooper's
Town. ending the day in Little
Abaco.
About 800 children attend-
ed the five parties.
Here two young girls show
Mr Ingraham their Christmas
dolls which they received at
his party in Green Turtle Cay.


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(Photo: Franklyn G
Ferguson)


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KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED
Established 1950
P.O. Box N-1222, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas



JAMES,
HERSCHEL
17 ROBERTS, 85

of Marsh Harbour, Abaco,
The Bahamas and formerly
of Nassau, The Bahamas,
will be held at The Chapel
of Love, Kemp's Funeral
Home Limited, Palmdale
Avenue and Bradley
Street, Nassau on
Wednesday, 5th January,
2005 at 4:00 p.m.
Reverend Franklin Knowles, assisted by Brot her Alec
Pinder and Brother Earl Kenneth Pinder will officiate
and interment will follow in Ebenezer Methodist
Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.
Pre-deceased by his loving wife, Agnes and a daughter,
Janice Collins; survived by his son, Rhudy Roberts and
daughters, Paulette Sands and Denise Calkins;
grandchildren, Gavin Collins, Andrew Collins, Becky
Collins, Katie Collins, Tina Gibson, Wanda Knowles,
Fredrica Hayling, Bruce Sands, Jay Sands, Teresa
Sands, Carmen Karvonen and Cory Calkins; great
grandchildren, Harrison Collins, Robert Gibson, Paige
Sands, Caroline Knowles, Cory Calkins and Cora Belle
Calkins; two sons-in-law, David Collins and Peter Sands;
one daughter-in-law, Daisy Roberts; two sisters-in-law,
Florene Bethel and Mary Pinder; one brother-in-law,
Easbourne Pinder and numerous nieces and nephews.
Also pre-deceased by his second wife, Ella Felicia and
her two sons, Basil and Leslie Pinder and survived by
her children Annie Lowe, Sumner Pinder, Murray Pinder
and Anthony Pinder.
Herschel leaves behind a host of other friends and
relatives including Rena Collins, Carrie Collins, Connie
Jansen, Eddie Knowles, David Hayling, Birdina Sands,
Samantha Sands, Dani Karvonen, Genny Calkins, Kathy
Pinder, Cleo Pinder, Joanie Pinder, Margaret Pinder,
Carrol Albury, Doug Albury, Warren Albury, Philip Russell,
Pat Bethel, Capt. Leonard Thompson and John Roberts,)


0 NORTH Abaco MP
Hubert Ingraham and Robert
Carbon, Chairman of the Saw
ta Claus Committee at the
Marsh Harbour Primary
School at the Christmas party
for constituents. ,
(Photo by Franklyn
G Ferguson)


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Junkanoo protest




rumours surface


FROM page one

According to Saxons' leader
Percy "Vola" Francis, his
group received a staggering
200 point penalty for what can
be considered "trivial viola-
tions."
Mr Francis said judges
claimed the Saxons' banner
obstructed the parade by tear-
ing the leaves off a tree in pass-
ing. The group received a 100
point penalty for the obstruc-
tion claim and another 100
point penalty for being a
minute late to start the parade.
The unofficial results named
the Saxons as the Category A
winners with 2,176 points. In
second place was One Family
with 2,166 points; in third place
was Prodigal Sons with 1,977;
in fourth, place was Valley
Boys with 1,939 points; fifth
place went to Roots with 1,798
points and sixth place went to
Music Makers with 1,330.
Mr Francis said: "You can
tell from the point deductions
we received that there were


people out there who were out
for the Saxons from the very
start, but as you can see we
still came out on top and that's
what really matters," he said.
The Saxons issued an offi-
cial protest against their 200
point penalties.
Mr Francis said: "The Sax-
ons win in the Boxing Day
Parade was a convincing defeat
over the other groups. There
should have been a thousand
point gap betwvee n us and One
Family, so if anyone has a
gripe or problem with our vic-
tory they are better off keeping
it to themselves, because while
they sit and cry over their
sound defeat, we are preparing
ourselves for yet another vic-
tory," he said.
The Tribune spoke with
Whillis "Kool-Aid" Bain, a co-
leader of the Saxons while he
was hard at work in his
Masons Addition shack yes-
terday.
In response to the contro-
versy, Mr Bain said the Sax-
ons "is a group that continues
to mature in leaps and bounds


each year, and we can ill afford,
to allow rumours and vicious
speculation ab6ut our
well deserved victory to
dampen the morale of this
group."
According to media reports,
several other A Category
Junkanoo groups, particularly
unofficial second place finish-
ers One Family and fifth place
finishers The Roots, are claim-
ing that "there is no.,justifica-
tion for the Saxons" \ictor., as
there are still categories left to
be judged."
However, unofficial fourth
place finishers, The Valley
Boys Junkanoo Group, say
"they have no comment con-
cerning the protest."
Brian Adderley, Chairman
of the Valley Boys, refused to
comment on whether his group
agreed or disagreed that the
Saxons were deserving of the
Boxing Day Victory, but
promised that "fans of the Val-
ley Boys can look forward to
the usual high standard of the
group going into the New
Year's Day Parade."


FROM page one

the holiday season is the time of
year when the most air traffic
comes through. She added that
although the ministry is fully
compliant with the criteria put
forth by the TSA, strategies are
being devised to alleviate the
"bottlenecks" created by those
stringent security measures. Mrs
Aribrister added that regular,
ongoing consultation with
industry stakeholders have been
taking place to further deal with
this situation.
These 'stringent' security
measures that are being imple-
mented have been the cause of.
the extended .delays and long
lines at the airport over the
weekend.
'A caller, speaking on the
condition ofanonymity, told
The Tribune that on Sunday,
the two lines at the security
checkpoints, which ran east and
west, were "absolutely ridicu-
lous".
S "The lines zig-zagged
through the building, went out-
side of the building and
wrapped around the building,
all the way to where the planes
were," the caller said.
The caller, responding to an
article published yesterday in
The Tribune, added that the
issue of the chaos at the airport
.cannot only be about the delays
with the planes landing and tak-
ing off, but should also address
the processes carried out at the
security checkpoints.
.:"It seems as if there is
nobody in charge there. No one
came to inform us about the
delay or about what was going
on and no apologies were
niade," said the caller.
",He added that a fewpolice


officers were on the scene to
ensure that the crowd stayed
under control, but offered lit-
tle assistance.
"The officers were just there
to make sure the people didn't
act disorderly," said the caller.
"They were only acting as
guides and were not necessarily
active."
The caller, who was escorting
his son to board his flight back
to school, said that the security
lines were so long that he had to
seek the assistance of officials of
the airline, company to ensure
that his son arrived on time.
"People from the airline


company had to walk [my son]
through, to ensure that he made
the flight," he said.
According to the caller, there
were 4,000 to 5,000 agitated pas-
sengers wondering what was
going on and seeking answers.
"Everybody was complain-
ing," the person said. "But com-
plaining was a waste of time.
"There has to be something
done with the security process,"
the caller said. "The place was
like junkanoo."
Many persons tried unsuc-"
cessfully to call the Executive
Offices at The Airport Author-
ity.


First murder of 2005
FROM page one

found this year, on Sunday, but it is believed by police that
Pedro Demeritte, whose body was found bound with wire, was
killed sometime towards the end of 2004.
* In other crime news:
A stabbing in Andros Monday night left Geno Rolle in seri-
ous condition.
According to Inspector Evans, while standing in the area of
Big Shop in Nicholls Town, Mr Rolle, of Nicholls Town, had an
argument with a man.
"Another person joined in and stabbed Geno in the chest on
the left side with an unknown object. Geno was airlifted to
New Providence for medical attention," said Inspector Evans.
Mr Rolle's injuries are listed as serious. He is in stable con-
dition.
There was also a robbery in the Grant's Town area Monday
night.
At 7.20pm, Cyril and Eloise Johnson were in the Wellington
Street area when they pulled up into the Grant's Town Seventh-
Day Adventist church parking lot.
While pulling into the church's parking lot, two armed masked
men demanded the keys for their 2004 green Honda Accord,
registration number 124831.
The.men- drove off with the vehicle .
Police are investigating.
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Airport security


dampen


delays


tourism Spirit


By-YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Tribune Business Reporter
he Bahamian
tourism industry
was yesterday
ecstatic that this
^ '_T nation would
experience increased airlift from
low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines
starting a second daily flight
into Nassau from Fort Laud-
erdale, but expressed major
concerns about the experience
visitors were being put through
by departure procedures at Nas-'
sau International Airport.
While news of increased seats
into the destination was met
with much optimism, concerns
remain over the ability of, pas-
sengers to make a smooth tran-
sition from check-in at the air-
line counter to actual departure
at the airport, with some fearing


this experience could be a thorn
in the industry's side.
"In general, the industry is
excited about all the additional
airlift capacity we have, but we
are deeply concerned about our
ability to service customers out
of the airport. The amount of
time it takes to depart, for pas-
sengers to be able to be
processed and screened, is of
great concern to the industry.
And this past weekend is evi-
dence we have to move much
quicker than we have moved to
ensure a positive experience
when visitors are leaving the
destination," Frank Comito,
executive vice-president of the
Bahamas Hotel Association
(BHA), told The Tribune.
Mr Comito emphasised,
though, how pleased the indus-
try was with news of Spirit's sec-
ond daily non-stop service into
Nassau, with the first flight to


Consumer Bills


Set 'dangerous


trend' on laws


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
AN economic think-tank has
described the Government's
package of consumer protec-
;tipn Bills as setting a "danger-
,ous trend" in legislation because
,they give "absolute power" to
, the responsible Minister with-
0out recourse to the courts.
: In its latest newsletter, the
Nassau Institute said the four
,Bills involved the Unfair
"Terms in Consumer Contracts
*Bill, the Standards Bill, the
Consumer Protection Bill and
,the Weights & Measures Bill -
would set "dangerous prece-
dents" if they were passed into
law.
., It criticised MPs for support-
ing legislation they had not read
'r understood, adding that
another fundamental flaw in the
Bills was that they did not hold
government'departments, agen-


cies and corporations to account
like they did the private sector.
The Nassau Institute listed
the major issues it said Bahami-
ans should pay attention to in
regard to the four Bills, saying:
"Citizens should be wary of
details of the various pieces of
legislation that allow a Cabinet
Minister to be prosecutor, judge
and jury over matters consid-
ered contrary to the Act,........
"There is something wrong
with a Parliament that allows
for legislation to be drafted that
does not hold Government
departments, agencies or cor-
porations to the same standards
that it does the business sector."
The Nassau Institute article
is likely to re-ignite the contro-
versy over the Government's
four-strong consumer legisla-
tion package.
The Bahamas Chamber of
See BILLS, Page 3B


Industry 'thrilled' about low-cost carrier's new
daily flight to Nassau, but concerned about
failure to find airport solution before Christmas


begin on February 10.
He added the low-cost carrier
was a~Nelcome addition to the
industry, particularly given the
connection service pro% ided to
all Spirit's destinations. These
connecting flights., Mr Comito
said, would provide the
Bahamian tourism industn with
a much greater reach into other
areas in the US.
-We are excited to begin our
service to Nassau on February
10 and to offer this second dai-
ly flight starting next month,"
said Jacob Schorr. chief execu-
tive and president of Spirit Air-
lines. "Customer response has
been so strong to our Nassau


service that this second flight
became a necessity."
Connecting services on Spir it
will include flights fom Atlantic
City, Chicago/O'Hare, Detroit,
New York/LaGuardia, Provi-
dence/Boston area, San Juan,
Santo Domingo, and Washing-
ton. D.C./Reagan National. The
Nassau to Fort Lauderdale
route v. ill charge a fare of $44,
while services from all other
Spirit destinations wqill cost
$99.
Mr Comito said that during-
the. past summer, the BHA
worked closely with the Min-
istry of Tourism, the Airport
Authority, US Customs and


Immigration and various airline
officials to try to develop a
more efficient and time effec-
li e, but non-security compro-
inising screening process for
visitors.
He added that it was taking
too lone to implement a solu-
tion. although se% eral ideas had
been put forward. and suggest-
ed it would require a much
greater collective \ ill to
ad ance them.
Mr Comito said: "We're
thrilled about the additional air-
lift capacity. The Ministry of
Tourism and the industry% has
done a stellar job in attracting
capacity The challenge now is


Kerzner unveils




new restaurants




set for Atlantis


HOTELS
A restaurant concept named as the top
American regional diner in New York for five
years running will be the "signature restau-
rant" in the 600-room luxury all-suite hotel
that will be built as part of Kerzner Interna-
tional's Phase HI expansion at Atlantis.
Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill will open at Christ-
mas 2006, with the restaurant set to be designed
by the Rockwell Group. The cuisine served
will come with a Bahamian twist.
Mesa Grill was named as 2004's best restau-
rant by New York magazine, and has been
named as the top American regional restau-
rant in New York by the Zagat survey for five
years running..
The design for Mesa Grill at Atlantis mixes
and weaves a myriad of materials as though
they were ingredients in one of Flay's culinary
masterpieces.
An oversized pivot door will lead to the col-
orful terrazzo and tile entry hall. In the hall,
scratched plaster walls will frame commissioned
artwork. Back-lit stone and colored cast-glass
panels will create a vivid glow in the bar/lounge
that will be outfitted with furniture made from
gel-like polyurethane.
Large fabric and layered glass pendant lights.
will softly illuminate the restaurant. The cen-
terpiece of the main dining room will be a two-
storey rotisserie backed by a 30 foot tile-lined


hearth. The custom pattern will artfully emulate
flames, so the fire will always be roaring.
Anchoring this open area, a;4woven cherry
wood ceiling -*ill float overhead. In the main
dining space, conunanding views of the ocean
will shimmer behind sheer silk drapes. Mesa
Grill at Atlantis will creatively capture the
above-water exploration of new textures and
tastes.
Meanwhile, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who
runs the One & Only Ocean Club restaurant,
will "lead the renaissance" of Cafe Martinique
at Marina Village, which is scheduled to open
this autumn.
The original cafe was made famous by its
appearance in the 1965 James Bond movie,
Thunderball, and the new version will be
designed by New York designer Adam Tihany.
Iconic pieces such as a wrought-iron bird-
cage elevator, a dramatic mahogany staircase
and elegantly etched glass windows will help to
rekindle its celebrated ambiance. A luxurious
Steinway piano will welcome diners to the
restaurant, which will featur- French gourmet
fare served in an intimate atmosphere of grace-
ful candlelit tables with marina views.
Scheduled to open in the Royal Towers at the
end of 2005 is the newest location of Nobu, the
Japanese restaurant conceived and run by Chef
Nobu Matsuhisa.
Located adjacent to the Atlantis Casino, the
new space will also be designed by the Rockwell
Group.


can we deliver on accommo-
dating those visitors upon their
arrival and departure.
"We've been in discussions
since summer to make the
screening process more efficient
and timely. We have a good col-
laborative group, but we've not
moved fast enough. We antici-
pated in early fall that we need-
ed to have a solution in place by
peak season, but we were not
been able to put it in place.".
On Sunday, Nassau Interna-
" 'ibnal Airport was said to have
again been thrown into chaos
after weather conditions at
Florida airports and in New
Providence caused major delays
during the busy holiday travel
season. Passengers had to wait
for hours to depart and became
restless and agitated at the lack
of information about their
See AIRPORTrPage 2B

Retailers

prioritise

'raising

the level

of Nassau
B\ YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Tribune Business Reporter
With retailers reporting
mixed fortunes from the Christ-
mas holiday shopping season,
the Nassau Tourism and Devel-
opment Board's chairman,
Charles Klonaris, yesterday said
the emphasis for Bay Street
merchants and other stake-
holders had to be on establish-
ing Nassau as a more viable and
enjoyable place for shoppers to
visit.
"Every year everyone wants
to know if sales were up or
down. I don't know if people
tell you the truth, but some did
well and some did so so, but
what we should be looking at
is raising the level of the city
and making it a more viable and
more enjoyable place to come
and spend the day. We want our
visitors to enjoy the recreation-
al space," Mr Klonaris said.
He told The Tribune. that the
Government, the Tourism and
Development Board and other
stakeholders were waiting for
EDAW, the town planning
company hired to propose
changes to the downtown Nas-
sau area, to present its findings
and give recommendations very
shortly. Once the master plan
was presented there will be
short, mid and long-term imple-
mentation phases.
Mr Klonaris said most mer-
chants, if asked, were likely to
identify inadequate parking as
the most immediate and criti-
cal problem faced by downtown
Nassau.
Despite this issue, he said
retailers remained optimistic
that 2005 would bring much
needed change as the Tourism
and Development Board
looked to fulfill its objective to
transform the city not only into
an enjoyable place, but the best
in the entire Caribbean.,
Meanwhile, on Paradise
Island, a spokesperson for
Solomon's Mines' outlet in the
Atlantis resort said sales were
good but below expectations
during the Christmas holiday
season, failing to meet 2003 lev-
els. Blaming a decrease in visi-
tor traffic, the source said the
hotel was not at full capacity,
although occupancy was said to
be in the mid to high 90 per
cents.
For the New Year period,
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that April 30 date, as the IRS
and US Treasury were likely to
have investigations into certain
taxpayers ongoing already. As a
result, information requests
under the TIEA could come in
earlier than the end of the US
tax year.
The minister said the TIEA
would only be used by the US
in "exceptional cases" where it
was required to produce specif-
ic proof that the information
required was held in the
Bahamas.
The TIEA was also designed
to prevent 'fishing expeditions'
by the US authorities by requir-
ing them to identify the taxpay-
er involved. There is also no
retroactivity involved, meaning
that all requests submitted by
the US have to involve tax mat-
ters that have arisen since Jan-
uary 2004.
The Bahamas had no choice
but to agree a TIEA with Wash-
ington, as it had to ensure this
nation achieved Qualified Juris-
diction (QJ) status with the
IRS.
Gaining this meant that
Bahamas-based institutions and
their clients would avoid the
penalties that could be levied
on unqualified nations through
a withholding tax imposed on
US-earned dividends and inter-
est income.
But Joel Karp, a leading US
tax attorney, warned the
Bahamian branch of the Society
of Trust and Estate Practition-
ers (STEP) last year that the
safeguards and processes built
into the TIEA would mean
Washington would press for
information in criminal tax cas-
es through other avenues.
As governments wanted to
do everything as rapidly as pos-
sible, the US was likely to "go
the quick way" and seek to
criminalise as many tax-related
cases as possible. This would
enable the US authorities to
seek information through mul-
tiple channels, including the
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
(MLAT) and Financial Intelli-
gence Unit (FIU).
As a result, the TIEA's civil
tax information was unlikely to
be widely used.
Mr Smith yesterday reiterat-


ed the Government's position
that the Bahamas would only
sign a TIEA with the US. This
nation would not move further
forward on the Organisation for
Economic Co-Operation and
Development's (OECD)
demand that it enter into tax
information exchange negotia-
tions with its other members
because the 'level playing field'
had been undermined by the
withholding exemptions given
to Switzerland, Luxembourg
and others in relation to the
European Union's (EU) Sqv-
ings Tax Directive.
Asked whether the Bahamas
had obtained a "good deal"
from the US in relation to the
Convention Tax exemption,
which comes into effect for con-
ferences held in the Bahamas
from 2006 onwards, Mr Smith
said he would "have to think"
that the extra convention space
and related facilities included
in Kerzner International's


:iAirport (From page 1B)


flights.
When contacted by The Tri-
bune, acting permanent secre-
tary at the Ministry of Trans-
port, Lorraine Armbrister, said
because of the pre-clearance
status of at the airport and the
Government's determination to
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1.97 1.80
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2.20 1.35
7.17 6.15
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Bahamas Property Fund
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the US Transportation Security
Administration (TSA).
Acknowledging that as a
result of those conditions pas-
sengers have had to endure a
number of inconveniences, Ms
Armbrister said that strategies
were being devised to alleviate
the bottlenecks created by the
security measures. '
She added that regular, ongo-
ing consultation with industry
stakeholders, including the Min-
istry of Tourism and the Nas-
sau Tourism and Development
Board, were taking place.
In a prepared statement,
Mike Taylor, a spokesperson
for the US Embassy, said the
US Customs and Border Pro-
tection pre-clearance facility
extended its hours and worked
overtime during the busy holi-
day season.
He said that while passenger
volumes were increased there,
were no major delays at the pre-
clearance facility. He also indi-
cated that no procedural
changes to operations were
expected to be implemented in
2005.
Vernice Walkine, deputy
director-general at the Ministry
,of Tourism, declined to com-
ment on ongoing negotiations
regarding the airport, but
expressed optimism in regard
to the decision by Spirit Air-
lines to add a second flight to its
Nassau route.
Ms Walkine said: "They are
responding to the demand for
service and we're delighted to
see incremental [growth] com-
ing into the destination from
various markets. This is anoth-
er indication that the Bahamas
is a demand destination and
where demand exists, airlines
will fill the breach. We fully
expect 2005, barring any unfore-
seen circumstance, to be a ban-
ner year in tourism with hote-
liers and industry stakeholders


Phase IlM expansion had some-
thing to do with those incen-
tives.
However, the Bahamas
Financial Services Board's
(BFSB) strategy document for
last year urged the Government
to seek "direct benefits" in
return for signing the TIEA,
such as greater access to the US
financial markets with a wider
range of financial services prod-
ucts and greater recognition
from regulators such as the
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission (SEC).
Among the benefits the
BFSB suggested the Bahamas
should seek were recognition
of the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX),
the removal of the exit tax for
US citizens relocating to the
Bahamas, tax breaks similar to
those given the US Virgin
Islands for US-based invest-
ment managers, and access into
the wider US financial markets.




optimistic."
General manager of the
British Colonial Hilton, Michael
Hooper, predicted that Spirit's
impact on the industry would
be positive, with the carrier pro-
viding a good level of competi-
tion to existing airlines out of
Florida.
He said the low-fare airline
would bring with it an entirely
new group of visitors to the
Bahamas, which in turn would
have a positive impact on
tourism numbers in Nassau.
While it was too early to pre-
dict industry performance for
2005, Mr Hooper said that gen-
erally the industry felt positive,
with all indications showing it
was likely to outperform 2004
figures.
The Hilton finished 2004 with
a strong December, and 100 per
cent occupancies between
December 27- 31. Although
final figures were still being cal-
culated, Mr Hooper said the
property saw a substantial
increase in its all-round perfor-
mance for the year.
Like other hoteliers, Najam
Khan, general manager for the
Wyndham Nassau Resort,
believes the more airlift Nassau
gets, the better off the industry
is, with carriers bringing an
increased number of people to
New Providence.
The Wyndham is expected to
see improved figures in 2005,
with an expected occupancy lev-
el of some 74 per cent a 10
points rise over 2004.
In terms of average daily rate,
Mr Khan said the rate is $10 to
$15 up over 2004, and for Janu-
ary, although the month is still
new, room rates are already $20
above the average daily rate for
the same period in 2004, with
the occupancy level up some 12
points. The positive trend is
expected to continue for the
year, he said.


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BillS (From page 1B)


Commerce and other private
sector organizations had previ-
ously written to Leslie Miller,
minister of trade and industry,
who is responsible for the Bills
arguing that a fundamental flaw
with all was that they made the
minister "all-powerful" and
appeared "to make it less likely
that matters will go before the
courts".
However, Mr Miller hit back
by telling The Tribune that min-
istry officials 'had explained to
the Chamber that the legisla-
tion and bodies created by it,
such as the Standards Bureau
and its inspectors, would sup-
port the courts as the primary
arena in which to resolve dis-
putes.
The Nassau Institute backed
the Chamber's position, saying:
"The courts serve a vital pur-
pose. Acts such as these make it
less likely that matters will go


,(From page B1) --


however, sales figures at Solomons Mines soared, outperforming,,
2003, with Baccarat crystal and Lladro china among the top selling
items.
Head buyer for Kelly's Home Centre at the Mall at Marathon,
Susan Gi,,. ,. said the retailer had a very good Christmas with
strong sales enabling them to reach all their targets. Toys remained
a big selling item, particularly electronic games such as X-boxes,
computer toys and dolls such as Spider Man and Bratz. Traditional
toys, such as bikes, were big, as were paint sales.
According to Ms Glinton, Kelly's ended the year with an
improved performance over 2003, and credited the upward trend
on the retailer's ability to not only have the right product for sale,
but also have the products iIn .. ici I quantity to satisfy demand.
Looking forwAard to 2005, she said the highest priority remains the
completion of in-stbre renovations, which began last year. "That will,
be a big lI-ing fi will be a nice addition anid the store will be prop-
erly set up to Vprovide more comfortable shopping space. We've
made th. ',. n shopping aisles idr, nkiulgjt, -_;ic fur pf 'pk ...
shop."


before the courts, which distorts
the fundamental democratic
system the Constitution, the
court, Parliament, citizens and
civil society.
"Political leaders have sug-
gested that the courts do not
work and this, in their minds,
justifies giving prosecutorial
power to Cabinet Ministers.
"If there is any basis that the
courts are dysfunctional, the
solution is to fix the court sys-
tem not circumvent it by giving
more power to Cabinet Minis-
ters.
"If the proposed legislation
becomes law, a Cabinet Minis-
ter will have the power of sum-
mary conviction at his or her
disposal."
And the Nassau Institute
added: "This absolute power
granted to the minister in an
attempt to circumvent the court
system is the danger everyone


VACANCY FOR A SENIOR ECONOMIST

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Economist will be expected to lead a team of
experienced research officers, economists and statisticians,
providing technical oversight in the following key areas:'

* Preparation of economic reports and analysis for publication
* Formulation of monetary and fiscal policy recommendations,
* Implementation of research projects and economic surveys
* Development and review of statistical systems and
methodologies
* The position also has important administrative responsibilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

* A Master's Degree in Economics or related discipline with'
a proven track record in economic research
* Expert Knowledge of the structure and policy issues for
Caribbean economies
* At least 5 years experience, including three at the supervisory,
level, in an economic policy environment, including central
banks, finance ministries, or multilateral agencies.
* Methodological experience with the complication of economic
and financial statistics

HOWTO APPLY
QualifiedApplicants should submit their curriculum vitae and
references to:

The Manager, Human Resources Department
P.O.Box N 3207, DA # 13424
The Tribune
TheendIihre-to-rppJications;is January 14. 2005


in the Bahamas should pay very
close attention to. [MPs] carry a
more serious burden in this
regard.
"Rather than blindly sup-
porting Bills because the
'Objects and Reasons' section
contained in the Bills sound rea-
sonable enough, the de\ il is in


the details of the proposed leg-
islation.
-"This dangerous trend in leg-
islation can be reversed when
parliamentarians earn their
keep and spend the time
required to read through, and
think about, the consequences
of the legislation they support."


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VACANCY NOTICE 3.

Project Manager ,

National Health Insurance (NHI) Implementation Project
Applications are invited for the position of Project Manager, National Health Insurance
Implementation Project, responsible for the detailed planning and preparation for'implementation
of the National Health Insurance System.
Reporting to the Chairman of the National Health Insurance Steering Committee, the Project
Manager will be responsible for managing the Project Implementation Team and the overall
project activities related to planning and preparation for implementation.of the National Health
Insurance System, consistent with the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission Report.
Specific responsibilities will include the following; as guided by the NHI Steering Committee:
Prepare scope of work for Project Implementation Team members, and coordinate
the process of assignment of staff to the team.
Organize the project implementation team members and other technical inputs into
appropriate working groups, and work closely with group leaders to support and guide
the entire project team in the planning and preparation for the National Health Insurance
System.
Coordinate and support working groups in preparation of project reports/documents as.
required.
Coordinate the preparation of terms of reference for external consultants and coordinate
their recruitment, Ensuring the Integration of the work of technical consultants with that
of the project implementation team.
Liaise between team members and. external consultants-where necessary.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Project Implementation Team to ensure completion
of preparations and plans for a National Health Insurance System within the budget
allocated.
Knowledge/skills required:
In-depth knowledge of social health insurance.
A general understanding of the health sector in The Bahamas, and familiarity with the
findings and recommendations of the Blue. Ribbon commission.
Knowledge and ability to work with a variety of persons and organizations with competing
issues, concerns and agendas.
Ability to assess social, economic and political climate; skills in negotiation and coalition
building to achieve objectives and resolve conflict.
Knowledge and ability to facilitate meetings, conduct effective briefings and presentations
and develop consensus.
Ability to develop arid maintain systems for administrative feedback, monitor and evaluate
information and make necessary adjustments to procedures and program implementation.
Sensitivity to the larger political, economic and social environments within which the
project is situated.
Strong written and oral communications skills; computer skills, knowledge of project
management software will be an asset.
Qualifications:
Experience and training in project management; at least ten (10) years relevant experience
involving management of health related projects with interdisciplinary staffing.
Education; Academic qualifications at least at bachelors degree level.
Duration of assignment: one (1) year, option for renewal.
Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Letters of application and curriculum vitae should be submitted to the Chairman, National
Health Insurance steering Committee, P.O. Box N-3730, or delivered by hand c/o The Director's
Office, The National Insurance Board, Baillou Hill Road, Nassau, N.R, Bahamas, no later than
Monday, January 17, 2005.


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005, PAGE 3B


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qualified individuals for:

INVESTMENT SERVICES MANAGER

Salary + Banking benefits + Performance Based
Incentive Scheme

Suitable candidates will have managed, acquired
and advised investment portfolios for at least 5
years. Core competencies will be the management
of a diverse range of investment portfolios, a strong
knowledge of diverse investment products and the
ability to generate new investment/banking accounts
utilizing Ansbacher's established global distribution
network.

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MBA will be advantageous. Excellent
communication skills, analytical skills and team
commitment are required.

'Contact:

Human Resource Manager,
Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited,
P.O.Box N-7768,
Nassau, Bahamas. .
Fax; 325-0524








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and invites interested companies to submit proposals to provide these services.
Interested companies should collect the specification package, which contains the Plan document from
the Financial Controller's office.
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THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD
Headquarters Building
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Nassau, Bahamas
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no later than 4:00pm on January 14, 2005. The National Insurance Board reserves the right to reject
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DRAEFFUS FALLS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation) .
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 14th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators ate Elvira Lowe
and Cheryl Rolle of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.



Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)



Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

CROSTATA LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Elvira Lowe
and Cheryl Rolle of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)


Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

RICE LAKE LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Cheryl Rolle
and Elvira Lowe of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)


Elvira Lowe
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BROWNBILL VILLAS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 9th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Elvira Lowe
and Cheryl Rolle of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)


Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

SARATOVA INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Cheryl Rolle
and Elvira Lowe of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)


Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

SILVER HORSE INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Cheryl Rolle
and Elvira Lowe of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)


Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

ASPEN MOUNTAIN VALLEY INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 7th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Elvira Lowe
and Cheryl Rolle of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.



Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)



Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

SHL INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Elvira Lowe
and Cheryl Rolle of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.



Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)

Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

ST. STEPHENS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that' the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Cheryl Rolle
and Elvira Lowe of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Cheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)


Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

AMHERST INVESTMENT LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Cheryl Rolle
and Elvira Lowe of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.



Cheryl Rolle
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Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

ELBERNIE INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 30th
day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Elvira Lowe
and Cheryl Rolle of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Elvira Lowe
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from sporting organisations


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

MINISTER of Youth
Sports and Culture, Neville
Wisdom said sporting feder-
ations need a "reality check"
to produce financial infor-
mation and add room for
improvement in their organ-
isations, Wisdom claimed.
He defined "reality check"
as an assessment and said
that the federations need to
"forget about the public
relations and assess where
they are right now."
Wisdom said they need to
ask "do they have a staged
and graduated development
programme? And where will
the nine year old who is
excelling in a sport be three
years from today?"
He added that the groups
should have a financial or
budget statement so they can
know how they are going to
finance their programmes
and, more importantly, know
how they are going to pro-
vide the necessary informa-
tion to the government.
With the recent success in
the international arena Wis-
dom believes that all federa-
tions must have some room
for improvement to provide
for "new blood" not only
on the field but in their
administration programmes
as well.
Minister Wisdom also
reflected on the Bahamas
sporting federations individ-
ually.

SAILING- "I think sail-
ing has a very bright future,
I believe that the verbal con-
frontation that goes on in
the press is more overstated
than it needs to be. The real-
ity is that the persons who
participate in sailing under-
stand the challenges we are
faced with.
"We were able to accom-
plish many things in sailing -
a corporation and a recog-
nition for the need of native
slope sailing and Olympic
type sailing.
"The sailing community
needs to be cooperative in
their approach, helping each
other to accomplish the
goals for each of the two
areas they are responsible
for.
"There were two dynamic
things that needed to be
addressed and they were in
native sailing. The persons
who were involved in the
actual art and sport were
diminishing, the crew was
getting older and they were
not being replenished by a
fresh new breed and that
had to be addressed.
"We did through the intro-
duction of a youth sailing
summer programme, which
was successful and we do
believe that it will increase,
In addition to that we are
now looking into the Family
Islands, trying to increase
the interest there.
"The art of building the
slopes was being lost so we
had to look at that aspect as
well for developments."

BASKETBALL- "Bas-
ketball is probably the most
popular sport in the coun-
try, it is being played all
over. One would be inclined
to say that with the interest
level tipping the scale the
productivity will be great.
"I don't think it is a chal-
lenge, but the Basketball
Federation has a disrupted
and disjointed junior and
senior programme. The tal-
ent is unavailable to them
because it is scattered all
over the country and there
are some persons playing in
the United States.
"There must be some
organised effort towards the
development of national
teams in basketball per-
sons who work, train and
play on a constant basis if
we are going to enjoy the
level of success.
"For the country basket-
ball can endure that level of
success which compliments
the level of talent we have.
Every time we send a team


to an international competi-
tion we hear from the other


Wisdom:


forget


public


relations



teams how much talent the
Bahamas squad has. How-
ever, it will take a joint
effort to produce the talent.

E VOLLEYBALL- "The
volleyball programme is like
softball, the programme
needs to be revamp to
include the younger athletes.
It really suffers from the lack
of a sustain developmental
programme.
"I believe that volleyball
needs to ensure that this
organisation is largely com-
prised of sporting senior cit-
izens, who are well past their
prime in terms of their nat-
ural sporting ability.
"They should be assisting
the programme now, identi-
fying the talent and encour-
aging them to participate
and not be too concerned
about playing on the nation-
al levels.
"I have a particular con-
cern on the level of play,
there appears to be an
improvement over the past
two years, but more needs
to be done to bring the sport
to the level where it once
was."
"We need to take the
sport back into the primary
and junior level so, by high
school, the student-athlete
can be hooked on the sport.
There are too many persons
involved that take it as a sea-
sonal sport, primarily
because they are involved in
too many other sports. This
hinders the growth.
"When you add the fact
that the few good players
aboard are not available to
play also plays a big factor."

TENNIS- "This sport
does not produce athletes
rapidly like we would like
them to, but nevertheless it
is excelling. The interest lev-
el is peeking which is great
for the sport.
"The country does have
some great tennis players,
but majority of them haven't
realized that they are tennis
players, because of the
'hype' the sport gets.
"I believe if we can identi-
fy these persons, then we
would have players like
Mark Knowles, Timothy
Neely and our many other
Davis Cup players.
"The summer youth ten-
nis programme will go along
way in the development of
tennis."
Soccer- "I believe that the
soccer federation is the most
organised group we have.
They have presented me
with a long term, a medium
and a short term plan for the
production of soccer in the
Bahamas.
"They have planned to do
some physical development,
right now we are in discus-
sion for the development of
more facilities in the capital,
but the most important
phase is their national devel-
opment programme, which
includes the family Islands.
"We are achieving some
success in the national team
level that will blossom in
time."

SOFTBALL- "Finally
the softball federation has
caught on to the vision of
having a strong development
programme. I made the
comment earlier last year,
that the federation needs to
start including the younger
players. These talents should
be identified so the neces-
sary training can take place
before the national practice
starts.
"This is just one of the


concerns I have a particu-
lar concern is the level of


MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Neville Wisdom said basketball is probably the most popular sport in the country
- a fact which was highlighted by yesterday's Great Bahamas Goombay Shootout (above).
(Photo: Felipe Major)


pitching in all the national
programmes. There appears
to be some communication
on the federation's part to
address that problem."

BASEBALL- "It seems
as though baseball is being
challenged on the senior lev-
el the junior level, which is
the developmental level, is
doing very well all over the
country.
"We attempted to encour-
age the formation of what
we call an 'iron association',
staging conclaves and elec-
tions to form a national
baseball federation.
"We improved facilities
for them, assisted them in
international competitions
and we are looking forward
to an even better level of
cooperation.
"I put the plea out to the
one or two senior baseball
players, who might not have
caught on to the vision of
the sport, to bring peace to
baseball."

N SWIMMING- "This
was a successful sport last
year, the hosting of the
Carifta games and the
Olympians. This is one sport
that will take off in the
Bahamas.
"I don't know how many
persons are aware of the
facility in Abaco, this will
help, in the not too distant
future with our national
junior programme. That
effort was built with a limit-
ed amount of financial assis-
tance from established agen-
cies, like the government.
"I believe that the swim-


ming federation is compiled
with mature well-thinking
Bahamians, who realise their
shortcomings and are
attempting to assess them.
"The swimming pro-
gramme for the first time to
my knowledge was aug-
mented by subsistence for
swimming. The government
provided and continues to
provide annual stipends to
the swimmers who qualify.
"Since swimming is more
of an individual sport rather
than a team sport, it will
require the federation to
take a look into the overall
developmental programmes
and how it might have to be
impacted by opportunities
for athletes in foreign coun-
tries."

BODYBUILDING-
"This has been successful
and has a very large audi-
ence following. Most of their
functions are well attended
and I am told that this is the
case is in Grand Bahama.
"The challenge for body-
building is the fact that there
aren't too many local com-
petitions, I believe that the
way ahead for bodybuilding
was separating themselves
from powerlifting which
established the sanctity of
their sport.
"Some of the challenges
that we have seen, with the
use of performance
enchahcers, are clearly being
stated by the president,
which all the athletes abide
by. They all realise that the
usage is not acceptable.
"It is my opinion that the
sport has the most facilities


available to them, this helps
with their developmental
programmes and achieve-
ments on the international
level."

M TRACK AND FIELD-
"I believe has tremendous
potential, and I am very dis-
appointed in their develop-
mental programmes.
"Not so much because
individuals are nol attemnpt-
ing to develop athletes, but
because it is mny opinion
there isn't a national struc-
tured initiative where we set
out a certain game plau
and then properly execute
it.
"I believe that a national
masification programme,
like the one in the 1980's
where we got the yomuger
athletes involved in athlci-
ics, teaching them how ia)
execute in the events. This
helps to identify the talent.
"There is also the need for
a true national developmen-
tal programme. I ,'etvhiy
most of our talented ath-
letes, once they've complet-
ed high school here, go off tlo
colleges abroad and are
trained by foreigners.
"After college they stay
and continue and it is only
an invitation or a trial they
will come home to compete
in and then move onto rep-
resent tile Bahamas. That to
nme is not a national devel-
opmental programme.
"The programme u nust be
developed towards produc-
ing athletes on every age
group level that will be able
to compete on the interna-
tional level locally."'


M GOLF- "This is a hard
sport, I see that there are
some junior programmes in
golf, but the reality is the
courses are not always avail-
able.
"'The interest level is
there, but since the govern-
ment doesn't own any of. the
local Courses access the
course for practice is hard.
"I did get a chance to'view
their progression during the
recently held tournament in
lreeport, but the challenge
of the courses will play a fac-
tor in the overall develop-
mient."

m BOXING- .ig has
been a real challenge
because ii has been difficult
to make!i he separation
between the amateur status
and the pro .ss0iolal status.
'"I have created a boxing
coiiniission, giving them the
re..l .l im .. ino deal with
the professional boxers, this
allowed.us to separate the
two status, which are oper-
ated under two -.i, i riul-
ings.
"I tried as best as I canl to
pacify the -'!i .t person-
alities thatiare involved in
the two status so that the
two disciplines that fall
under the same category can
evolve.
"In New Providence we
have three facilities tor train-
ing and one for competition
and we have provided some
assistance dowI inl Granld
Bahama.
"As a pirontotion we try to
host some fights during the
regatta time, taking is into
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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS


Holiday []urnament is set to coninuIe


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

DESPITE the lack of participation
.from the Bahamian community,
:Sports Tours International continue
to bring down top notch college bas-
ketball games during the Christmas
holiday.
Since 1988, the American promo-
tional group has brought division II,
III and NAIA teams in both the men
and women's divisions to compete in
the Great Bahamas Goombay
Shootout.
Deron Goheen, who has replaced
Lee Fredericks as the host in 1991,
said the good thing about the tourna-


ment is the fact that teams are making
it a point to come back whenever they
can.
"Messiah College are one of those
repeat teams," said Goheen of the
Falcons men's team that was here in
1992 when head coach Rick Van Pelt
was an assistant and assistant coach
Marc Fry was a player.

Enjoyment
"Those are the stories that we love
to hear about. There are 11 teams in
this tournament and four of them have
been here before. I think that speaks
volumes for the enjoyment and the
experience the teams have here."


On an average, it would cost a play-
er from one of the Midwest states like
Illinois or Ohio, more than $1,000 per
player, inclusive of airfare, hotel
accommodations and food, to stay
here during the four to five days they
are in town.
"With a group of 25, they could eas-
ily run up to $25,000," said Goheen.
, The majority of the teams bring
along their fans as well.
In addition to playing in the games,
Goheen said the teams are encour-
aged to go out and share their experi-
ences in the community, particularly
churches and children's organizations.
"They also like to get over Paradise
Island, visit Atlantis and enjoy the


sun, sand and sea," Goheen stressed.
"So they're really enjoying their off-
time."

Event
He said Sports Tours International
has already started planning for next
year's tournament and they intend to
bring down a couple of teams to play
in a small event in December before
the Great Bahamas Goombay
Shootout kicks off in January.
Along with whatever activities the
teams intend to engage in, Goheen
said they will be looking at working
more closely with the schools to get
the players and coaches out.


"The Bahamas Basketball Federa-
tion have been working with us, get-
ting the information out and making
sure that everything goes well," he
said.
"But I think we need a little more
involvement in the schools and we
want to get them out.
"They haven't been coming out and
there are various reasons for that we
are told."
Goheen, however, said they intend
to work vigorously to try and develop
the same type of atmosphere that they
enjoyed at AF Adderley during the
early stages of the tournament
when they had an overflow of specta-
tors.


* DAVE CARTER in action for the Falcons yesterday.
(Photo: Felipi Major)


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE Messiah College Fal-
cons had four players in double
figures as they rebounded from
their championship game loss
to beat Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
for second place in the men's
division of the Great Bahamas
Goombay Shootout.
Messiah College lost 64-57 on
Monday night at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium as the Uni-
versity of Scranton Royals went
on to win the championship
title.
Falcons' coach Rick Van Pelt
said it was good for his side to
come to town to play in the
tournament,, whether they won
or lost.
"It was our first two games
after a 13-game lay-off," said
Pelt, who was here with Messiah
College in 1992 as an assistant
coach when the tournament was
played at the AF Adderley
Gym.
"We kind of really struggled,
missed a lot of easy shots last
night, but our guys hung in there
and they played very well. They
did what we had to do to win
and make up for the loss."

Rebounds
David Henniger led the way
for Messiah College with 15
points, four blocks and three
rebounds. Dave Carter had 14
points, seven assists, three
rebounds and two steals.
Jonathan Boyd scored 11 points
and Darryl Brown chipped in
with 10 points and four
rebounds.
Carter, the inspiration for the
Falcons' offence, said after the
loss the night before, they decid-
ed not to go home winless.
"I believe we played well.
There's still a lot of room for
improvement," he stressed.
-Last night we lost, but today
we made the adjustments and
we came out with the victory."
Although they won, after
leading 33-28 at the half, the
Falcons out-rebounded Puerto
Rico 52-41 and held the edge at
the free throw line, converting
16-of-24 shots, compared to
their opponent's 10-for-22.
Puerto Rico-Mayaguez's
coach Johnny Florres said he's
very proud of the effort his play-
ers produced in the game.
"We lost, but it's a very young
team with 10 freshmen and two
seniors," he admitted. "We did-
n't shoot the ball well from the
field, nor the free throw. That's
not very good.
"We've been on the road for
a long time, having played
through Thanksgiving, Christ-
mas and now New Year's. So
we really just want to get back
home and work on some
things."


Despite the loss, Florres got a
big game from Diego Garcia
with a game high 25 points and
15 rebounds. Raijose Rosa
helped out with nine points,
eight assists and six rebounds.
Now that their games are
over, Florres said they will enjoy
some sightseeing before they
leave today.
But he said he's disappoint-
ed because he tried to make
some connection with some
potential Bahamian players at
Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, but it
didn't materialise.
He said'a lot of people don't
know much about Puerto Rico-
Mayaguez, but he said it's one of
the top engineering schools.
It's also a NCAA Division II
school, while Messiah College
and the University of Scanton
are both Division III.
Having to leave right after.
their game to head back to
Pennsylvania, Carter said it
would have been good if
they "had a little more sun and
one more night" in the
Bahamas. ,
Pelt said Sports Tours always
do a great job in hosting them in
the tournament and so they're
looking forward to coming back
another year.

ROYALS 64, FALCONS
57: Randy Arnold and Darren
Cannon both scored 17 points
to lead the University of Scant-
on to the men's championship
title on Monday night.
Brian O'Donnell helped out
with 12 points and five rebounds
and Patrick Clabby and Nick
Alfier both chipped in with eight
points in the win.
Messiah College, who trailed
57-37 at the half, got 17 points
from David Henninger with 13
rebounds; Jared Yoder had 14
points, six rebounds and four
assists and Dave Carter finished
With seven points.

E VULCANS 56, LIONS 54:
Kim Nowakowski produced an
all-around game with 18 points,
11 rebounds and three steals as
the California University of
Pennsylvania won the ladies'
NCAA Division II and NAIA
championship title on Monday
night.
Megan Storck contributed 14
points Ih three assists and
Sara Md ney added 11 points,
six reboitds, three assists and
two steals.
Freed-Hardeman, who actu-
ally led 25-24 at the half, was
led by Hannah Wood with 16
points; Asilee Robertson scored
15 points with six steals, four
assists and four rebounds and
Stacy Myers added 11 points
and six rebounds.
The tournament wrapped up
yesterday with the ladies' Divi-
sion III championship, but that
result was not available at
presstime. ,








* ENTERTAINMENT


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Minshal: Who are we


without


Junkanoo?


* By ERICA WELLS
WHO are you Bahamas without
Junkanoo?
That was the question posed by
Peter Minshall, Trinidad's foremost
mas (masquerade) man who shared
his life in Carnival and his impassioned
thoughts on art in the Caribbean at
an inspired talk at the NAGB.
The question undoubtedly has myr-
iad answers, but it is left for us, as
Bahamians, to explore.
"We are nothing without art. I don't
care how much money you have in the
world, if you do not have your songs
and your dances, your pictures on the
walls, who are you?" Minshall asks.
"If in fact all you are is somebody
else's songs and somebody else's shoes,
you are their captives, their lackeys..."
In an engaging three-hour talk at
the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas on the eve of the 'Boxing
Day' Junkanoo parade, Minshall, an
internationally acclaimed designer
known for his work in the field of
"dancing mobiles" and his cutting edge
creations for Trinidad's Carnival, cap-
tivated his Bahamian audience with
an energy that was contagious.
He was in the Bahamas last week as
part of a move to transfer that energy
and creativity seen in Carnival, in the
Junkanoo shacks and on Bay Street
on parade morning to businesses and
in the workplace.
Minshall's gift as a mas man is obvi-
ous, but his talent as a story teller/per-


former was clear in the faces of the
audience, who delighted in his well-
timed, colourful chronicles and lively
expressions.
Switching back and forth from the
Queen's English to the poetic, sing-
song Trini accent, Minshall started his
narrative off with the story of his first
mas, an African witch doctor made
for the kiddies carnival when he was
13.
A cardboard box from the Chinese
grocers, dry grass, bush, Christmas
decorations, bleached and dried chick-
en bones, paint and a last-minute trip
to the store for charcoal, the African
witch doctor won him most original
costume in Auntie Kay's Red Cross
Kiddies Carnival.
He then told of his studies at the
prestigious Central School of Art and
Design in London, and his acclaimed
work in that city, and his magical
return to Trinidad to create a mas for
his adopted sister.
The humming bird costume was a
turning point for Minshall. The elabo-
rate costume of silks and sequins
turned out to be one of the most gru-
eling tests of his life and took 12 peo-
ple five weeks to make, along with
dance practices for his 12-year-old
adopted sister Sherry. In that costume
Sherry would go on to win the Queen,
of the Junior Carnival that year, 1974.
Minshall's monologue, with slides,
told of his works, his development as
an artist and his belief in the mas.
His works, surreal and larger than


* PETER MINSHALL


life, have encompassed a great vari-
ety of moods and styles, from abstract
experiments in line, form, colour and
kinetics, racial harmony, and the threat
of nuclear war; and illustrate that Car-
nival, like Junkanoo, has much to say.
Minshall strongly believes that
"Caribbeans" can use their art to
change this perception of West Indians
as the "happy, smiling natives from a
former colony".
He was one of the first to design
mas for the Notting Hill Carnival in


London in the early 1970s. In 1974 he
created his seminal individual work
From the Land of the Hummingbird
for the Trinidad Carnival (for his
adopted sister), and two years later
designed his first full-scale mas band in
Trinidad, Paradise Lpst. Minshall has
presented a mas at each Carnival from
1978 through 1990, and again in 1993,
'94 and '95 and into 2003, costuming
thousands of people in anywhere from
30 to 100-plus different designs, com-
plemented by monumental individual'
dancing mobiles.
The audience at the NAGB, made
up of artists, Junkanooers, culturalists
and interested listeners, spilled out of
the lecture room, onto the floor and
into the breezeway outside. They lis-
tened intently as Minshall told of how
Carnival influenced his celebrated the-
atre design for the original production
of the 'Beauty and the Beast' ballet,
and how the Carnival bat became the
basis and inspiration of his life's work.
Through his investigation into the-
atre and other arts on an internation-
al level, he came to appreciate the val-
ue and potency of the mas as a form of
creative expression, and eventually
returned to the mas as the principal
medium of his work as an artist.
He showed how his dissection of the
bat design led to the thread that linked
all of his work. How the canes
attached and articulated by the arms
move the fabric, bringing the costume
magically to life. The body becoming
an extension of the costume.


It was those styles of costumes that
were featured in the 1992 Olympics
Opening Ceremony in Barcelona, and
other international events, including
the opening ceremonies for the
Atlanta Olympics, the Winter
Olympics in Utah, and the World Cup
Soccer tournament in Chicago.
Minshall's most recent visit to the
Bahamas, when he got to experience
an actual Junkanoo parade for the first
time, did not come easy. He was ini-
tially scheduled to give a talk as pan of
a Festival in the Workplace workshop
earlier this year but was unable to
attend; and as he was preparing to fly
into Nassau in time for the Boxing
Day Parade, an expired passport and a
cancelled flight delayed his triF et
again, and put his first Junkanoo expe-
rience in jeopardy. But the forces were
on his side when the parade was post-
poned because of bad weather and he
was able to make it to Nassau in time
for the parade, and visit some of the
sacred Junkanoo shacks.
The energy, ,commitment and pas-
sion found in those shacks are what
Roosevelt Finlayson, head of MDR, a
business consultancy firm, is trying to
transfer to the workplace. He recruit-
ed Minshall, and the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture, to help
him with this very interesting vision
of taking valuable lessons learned in
festivals, like Carnival and Junkanoo,

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on to the job.
"We are most creative in
Junkanoo and the Carnival, but
we are not very creative in our
businesses unfortunately," said
Finlayson at a press conference
last week.
"How can we increase com-
munication? How can we
increase collaboration? How
can we increase productivity?
How can we create an envi-
ronment where people will
choose to give their best work
and feel joyful about it and ful-
.filled."
Finlayson believes that along
with looking to North America
and Europe for business
improvement, Bahamians
ought to look in "our front
yard".
"Where Carnival happens,
in the Junkanoo shacks and


where people leave their work-
places, where they don't show
much passion, don't choose to
do their best work, and then in
the shacks become totally
transformed," says Finlayson.
"They become passionate,
focused people who know what
good work means. Their eyes
know it and their heart knows
it."
The Festival in the Work-
place programme's first event is
scheduled for June, when an
international discussion will
take place with business lead-
ers, educators and artists from
all disciplines.
Asked about Carnival today,
Minshall says that it is now in a
phase he describes as "tacky
Las Vegas", and while he
acknowledges that this is only
his opinion, he warns of the


dangers of the growing trend
of "embracing the foreign".
Junkanoo, Minshall believes,
has managed to hold on to its
basic traditions paper, glue
and cardboard something
that Carnival is losing.
He says .he is heartened by
Junkanoo's reference as being
"of the soul of the people".
"Guard and treasure and
love and protect your soul with
your life, because the world is a
very turbulent place and the
souls of islanders are more vul-
nerable than those of other
places. But no less valuable, in
many cases more so," says
Minshall.
"Caribbean people are of
many layers and much ances-
tral wisdom. I think it shows, in
this theatre of the street, be it
Port-of-Spain or Nassau."


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Tribune Feature Writer
Local artists are sharing
the stage with interna-
tional performers here in
the Bahamas but need to
start thinking big to take
the lead in the musical industry.
"You all have talent here. It's up to
people who deal with business and
music in Nassau, they have to take the
lead. Because in Jamaica you have a
saying, 'ya fa' dance a yard before ya'
can dance abroad', so local artists need
to project it to the world. Think of a
larger audience, think of going to the
white people, a broader market. Don't
keep everything small. I just think the
people just need to think bigger," says
Ransford Rowe out of Jamaica and
one of the organizers of A Reggae
Christmas.
ThoughtKatcher's Spok'n Tonz, and
Blessed, artists who are making their
personal mark on the musical industry
in the Bahamas., putting different spins
on typical Bahamian music, were
opening acts for the concert that fea-
tured world renowned reggae per-
formers.
Wide local artists opening tor inter-
national stars is nothing new. "hen
you consider groups hke T Connec-
lion, and of course persons with
"Bahamian roots" out there doing big
things, sass Cleveland Eneas III aka
Anku) of Spok'n Tonz. it's now an
opportunity for Bahamian artists who
may not be leading glamorous lies.
These artists are coming on stream
and are being featured along with well-
know n names in music.
Said Anku: "Right now, the people
that you see walking down town or
catching the bus like us Spok'n Tonz 1.
being on stage %witb these people. I
think what's important is that we take
our craft seriously and make music
that people like. Don't lust complain
and say the radio station ann t playing
our songs because the\ hating on \ou.
Make it so that not onlN the Bahamas
but everyone in the world wants to
pla\ your music.
"And that's the aim of Spok'n Tonz
and ThoughtKatcher. Anything \e do.
we want to make sure that it's the best
product and the best quality because at
the end of the day your %work speaks
for itself.'"
NMany Bahamnians are not familiar
\ith local artists and c\en it the\ are,
it may be that the\ are not able to
relate to their sound. According to
Anku. Spok'n Tonz combines educa-
tion and entertainment edutainment.
And Blessed carries a reggae sound
that can compete with an\ interna-
tional artist. Some refer to him as the
Bahamian Buju Banton. Other artists


are bringing their skills to the fore-
front these days and are venturing into
marketing their sound.
"Right now, we (Bahamas) don't
really have an industry per se. We have
some people over there doing their
thing, and some people over there
doing there thing, but we still haven't
really come together and put together
a proper industry, and that's some-
thing that needs to happen," Anku
told The Arts.
Even for these local artists, bringing
their music to the forefront is no easy
feat, as only a small percentage of the
musical business is centered on the
actual performance.
Anku explains: "Being on stage is
like 10 per cent of the whole business.
It's so much behind the scenes before
you even get out there and you really

... It's up to people
who deal with
business and music
in Nassau, they have
to take the lead.
Because in Jamaica
you have a saying,
'va fa' dance a yard
before va' can dance
abroad', so local
artists need to project
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need to ha'e a "buffer zone', because
b\ time as \ou get aon stage \ou can
set worn out and that's the business of
it. A lot of it we are just learning and
not lust ThoughiKatcher. but just this
nation on a %whole."
Monday, night s performance was
the tirst time that Spok'n Tonz has
opened a show as a group, so he
admits that the litters \ere there. But
once on stage, and beating his drums.
that feeling faded away.
The crowd was feeling the perfor-
mances b\ the Bahamian artists who
burst onto the stage %with energy at the
conscious concert.
"-The crowd enjoys us. It's lust that
when they see us the\ spend a lot of
time trying to figure out \hat we are
doing. But usually at the end of our
performance people seem to like us.
So far, since the performance we've
had a lot of feedback." said Anku.


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W : Parties, Nightclub
MMIi ll & Restaurant :,


Rave Saturdays @ The All New Club
Eclipse. DJ.Scoobz spinning the best in Old
Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and
drink.
Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St,
downtown, Fridays. The hottest party in the
Bahamas every Friday night. Admission $10
before midnight. First 50 women get free
champagne. First 50 men get a free Greycliff
cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations
call 356-4612.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters
Sports Bar. Drink specials all night long,
including karaoke warm-up drink to get you
started. Party, 8pm-until.
Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Night-
club. Begins 10pm every Tuesday. Weekly
winners selected as Vocalist of the Week -
$250 cash prize. Winner selected at end of
month from finalists cash prize $1,000.
Admission $10 with one free drink.
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover
charge includes a free Guinness and there
should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admis-
sion: Ladies $10 and Men $15.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters
Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm.
Free appetizers and numerous drink spe-
cials. : ..

Double Play @ The Z'o on ThurdJ\&.
Ladiesfree before 11pm. Music b) DJs Fla-i,
Clean Cut, along with Mr Grem and Mr
Excitement. First 50 women get a free
makeover.
Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thurs-
day. The ultimate Ladies Night. Join Nas-
sau's and Miami Beach's finest men. Ladies
only before 11.30pm with free champagne.
Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday.
Doors open at 9pni, showtime 11.30pm. Cov-,
er charge $15. $10 with flyer.
Twisted Boodah Bar & Lounge every Fri-
day @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St North,
featuring world music, chillin' jazz and soul-
ful club beats. Starting at 6pm.. Beers $3, long-
drinks $4.50.
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featur-
ing late '80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top of
the Charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights
and Go Go dancers. Glow sticks for all in
before midnight. Admission: Ladies free
before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.
College Night @ Bahama Boom every Fri-
day. Admission: $10 with college ID, $15
without.
Hard Rock Cafe Fridays, DJ Joey Jam pre-
sents "Off Da Chain" with beer and shot spe-
cials thru 2am.
Dream Saturdays @ the Blue Note Lounge
this Saturday and every Saturday after that.
Admission: $15 before llpm, $20 after.
Greek Saturdayz @ Bahama Boom, Eliza-
beth Ave. Every Saturday the Phi Beta Sigma
Frat welcomes greeks, college grads and
smooth operators. Admission $15 all night,
$10 for greeks in letters. Music by DJ Palmer,
security strictly enforced.
Chill Out Sundays @ The Beach Hut, West
Bay Street with fresh served BBQ and other
specials starting from 4pm-10pm, playing
deep, funky chill moods with world beats.
Cover $2.
Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge,

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West Hill Street is approaching its final days for public viewing.
The exhibition which ran from July 2004 will be taken down on Friday.
It features a cross-section of works by local Bahamian artists as well as Bahami-
an artists who live abroad. The exhibition covers everything from watercolor to
acrylic paintings, to woodwork, sculptures, metalwork and a few ceramic pieces.
These are recent pieces created between 2000 and 2004.
The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 11am 16 4pm. Persons
14 years and under, $1; Seniors and persons over 14, $2; and adults $3. (See arts list-
ings this page)


every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille,
British Colonial Hotel.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-mid-
night @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10,
ladies get in free.
Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A
night of Caribbean, Latin and Reggae
flavours for all audiences. Latin Flair in the
VIP Lounge; Old School Reggae and Soca in
the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before 11pm.
$10 after llpm. Men, $15 cover charge.
Villaggio Ristorante, Cafe and Piano Bar,
Friday-Saturday, live band 10pm-lam. Hap-
py Hour, Friday 5.30pm-7pm, Caves Village,
West Bav
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Blake Rd.


Compass Point daily Happy Hour 4pm-
7pm, live band on weekends, West Bay St.
Rafter Ian and Shelly play live @ The
Green Parrot, Hurricane Hole, Paradise
Island, 'Saturdays 7pm-10pm, featuring a mix
of alternative favourites, from Avril Lavigne
to Coldplay and U2.
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
day-Thursday 8pm-12am.
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's
Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poin-
ciana Drive Featuring Frankie Victory at the
ke\ board in the After Dark Room e\erN


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Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and
drinks.
Paul Hanna performs at Traveller's Rest,
West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
ME The Arts
Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn
Davies Collection @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West and West
Hill Streets. The exhibition is part of the
NAGB's Collector's Series. Gallery hours,
Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Call 328-5800
to book tours.
The Second National Exhibition @ the
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West
and.West Hill Streets, featuring contemporary
works by Bahamian artists.
NE2 runs through December. Gallery
hours Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Admis-
sion $3. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
Open Mic Nite, every Wednesday 8pm @
The Bookmarker, Cable Beach Shopping
Centre (above Swiss Pastry Shop). Poets, rap-
pers, singers, instrumentalists, comics...every-
one is invited to entertain and be entertained.
$3 entrance fee.
Kredeas: Xpression Sessions open mic
brought to you by Thoughtkatcher Enter-
prises @ King and Nights Native Show and
Dance Club, Cable Beach, every Sunday,
8pm.

S" .Health -
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets
the third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doc-
tors Hospital conference room.
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets
every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August
and December) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital, the official training cen-
tre of the American Heart Association offers
CPR classes certified by the AHA.
The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention strate-
gies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the
most common serious injuries and choking
that can occur in adults, infants and children.
CPR and First Aid classes are offered every
third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm.
Contact a Doctors Hospital Community
Training Representative at 302-4732 for more
information and learn to save a life today.
"4i: Civic Clubs .

Toastmasters Club 1905 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ BEC Cafe, Tucker Rd. Club 9477
meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Com-
munity College Rm A19, Jean St. Club 3956
meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial
Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tues-
day, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder Building,
Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every second,
fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whit-
ney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tuesday,
6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every
second Saturday, 10am @ Gaylord's Restau-
rant, Dowdeswell St.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every
second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House,
IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.


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Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: out-
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* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
After boasting that they
would capture a two-
straight victory in this
round of Junkanoo,
the Shell Saxons
Superstars are well on their way to
making true their claim.
At the 2004 Sammy Thompson Box-
ing Day Parade held on Saturday, the
group emerged as winners, and hope
to keep the winning momentum going
in the New Year's Parade, only days
away.
In a very competitive cultural show-
case, the Saxons walked away as vic-
tors with their The Legend of Atlantis:
From Myth to Reality, over the sec-
ond-place. winners One Family, who
presented an Asia A Magical, Mysti-
cal Journey theme, depicting Indian-,
Chinese- and Japanese-inspired cos-
tumes. The Prodigal Sons placed third
with The Mystical Travels of Marco
Polo; Valley Boys, fourth with Many
Faces of India; and Roots, fifth with
Discovery of a New World They
Came! They Saw! They Conquered;
Music Makers came in seventh with
Glorious Great Britain.
According to Saxons leader Percy
"Vola" Francis, there were several fac-
tors that cemented his group's victory.
"Number one, we were unified as a
group. And you know the saying, uni-
ty breeds strength. Number two, we
were a cohesive unit, that is, we
worked together with team spirit. And
of course you know wherever there is
teamwork you can look for success.
In other words, it was not an individ-
ualistic attitude. It was a collective atti-
tude as it relates to the group."
By the accounts of many spectators,
the Saxons' victory was well-deserved,
as they came out of the blocks hot and
steaming. By the time they got onto
Rawson Square, usually the show-off
point for the judges, the Saxons were
piping.
"From the time they entered onto
Bay Street they were obviously the
clear winners. They had the crowd
rocking with them.
A self-described devoted fan of the
Valley Boys, she believes that the Sax-
ons won "hands down". And her
group, she adds, deserved its fourth
place finish; however, not in that order.
She explains: "Roots got robbed. They
deserved second and Prodigal should
have placed fifth, and not because they
broke off from the Valley."
According to the Saxons' synopsis
submitted to the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture, it was in April
2004 that they began to prepare for
the parades. "We wanted to ensure
that our theme concept was a different
one, a totally different one all togeth-
er something that would be histori-
cal, something that would be educa-
tional, something mythological, some-
thing real, something current, some-
thing original, something that is indige-
nous to the Bahamas, and also a con-
cept that we could get some creativity
from, where we could use our own
imagination, not just directly taking
something from the books," says Fran-
cis.


This criteria led the Saxons to tell
the tale of Atlantis, a mythical story of
a city that sank, which also has cur-
rent significance, being re-created in
the Paradise Island resort carrying the
same name.
Through the accounts of the Greek
philosopher Plato, 11,000 years ago,
we learn of a time when great and
powerful gods divided the cosmos.
Poseidon, ruler of the ocean, took pos-
session of a chain of islands, later refer-
ring to them as the most beautiful in
the world. The god named the islands
and surrounding sea after his first-born
son Atlas the islands became known
as Atlantis, and the ocean, the
Atlantic.
Brilliant coral reefs and sea crea-
tures in the clear surrounding waters
enhanced the beauty of the islands.
And according to legend, the waters
also produced dark and scary sea mon-
sters which "could paralyse the body
with fear".
This legend was born in days when
the gods were said to be walking
among immortal men, and enchanting
creatures roamed the earth. However,
before human civilisation would reach
its "full potential", a cataclysmic earth-
quake struck the islands, sinking it to
the bottom of the ocean and erased
all traces of Atlantean civilisation from
the earth's surface.
While there are many unknowns
concerning this lost city, the Saxons
attempted to place those who turned
out to the parade, in actual Atlantis,
and re-create this world whether fic-
tional or factual. "Did the lost conti-
nent of Atlantis really exist? Is it a
myth or has Atlantis ascended once
again to grace the earth with its won-
drous style and noble charm? Is the
account of the destruction of Atlantis
as recorded by Plato just a moral tale?
What is known for sure is that the leg-
end of Atlantis has inspired research
that echoes down through the cen-
turies," according to the group's syn-
opsis.
And the Saxons sort of attacked Bay
street with this theme. "You have the
.winning attitude from the start. You
almost have to win the parade even
before you go on the streets. And
that's what we did," Francis adds.
Leading the Saxons group on Bay
Street was "The Wonders of Atlantis",
an amazing lead costume which
merged seven exciting features of the
Atlantean age into one spectacular
piece. The first story was centred on
the mermaid extremely beautiful,
yet devious as she would attract
sailors with her beauty and lure them
down into the deep sea, never to be
seen again. The second story told of
the leviathan, a sea dragon living in
the dark waters of Atlantis, which
would attack unsuspecting ships. Third
was the creature of enchantment, part
bull and part fish, appearing once a
year in spring. According to philoso-
phy, if persons were able to catch and
ride him he would grant them one
wish.
The fourth story tells of two giant
sea horses given to the Queen of

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* A MEMBER of One Family shows off his brilliant costume.


* ALLYSON MAYNARD-GIBSON, Minister of Financial Services and
Investments and a member of the Sting junkanoo group, struts her
dance moves.


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Live" was recorded al the
House of Blues Sunset Strip.
This Vanguard disc features
guest appearances by
India.Arie and.Mark Isham.
A DVD of the concert also
comes out today. It includes
interviews and bonus videos.

Here's a sample of new
record releases and reissues
arriving in stores:

01' Dirty Bastard:
"Osirus" (JC) This min tape,
released on a label founded
by O.D.B.'s mom. features
15 new songs that were
recorded by the rapper %who
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Born Russell Jones, O.D.B.
was a founding member of
the seminal rap group Wu-
Tang Clan. The album gets
its titled from one of his
many nicknames.

Various: "The String
Quartet Tribute to Tupac"
(Vitamin) Features string
arrangements of the songs
"Dear Mama," "2 of
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Saxons (From page 6C)

Atlantis by Poseidon, the only two ever created,
and prized pets of hers The litth polmlays the
portal of light. 6gi1in h. the .c antilani by the
gods, a pil \%bhich llol ed them ito travel
through tlie and space. The i,.tlih to'r depicts
the spirit god of the deep. She was the guide
and protector for sailors from Atlantis. And
finally, Queen Celito, who Poseidon took as his
wife and made Queen of Atlantis. She is depict-
ed taking a mystical journey through time.
The Great Poseidon, another lead costume
which depicted the god emerging from his sea
kingdom in a chariot driven by his most-hon-
oured creation, the golden-mane white horse.
The god is flanked by the ocean's friendliest
creatures, dolphins. And The Guardian of the
Pearl, another lead, depicted Poseidon's orb of
amazing power to bring "paradise" to its pos-
sessor, hidden within a giant oyster, the god's
trusted friend. Coated with pearly secretions
from the oyster, the treasured object looked like
a giant pearl.
Piranhas, eels, lion fish, porcupine fish, sea
nymph, seashells and cowbellers who marched as
Royal Guards of Ancient Atlantis, brought the
famed city to Bay street in a panoramic display
of festive colours, iridescent beads, gleaming


glitter and a sound which brought the city to
amazing life.
Though the Saxons took tile Boring Day:win,,
in reality, those bragging iiglnit \\ill only last
until the next parAde this Fri'd-A It's th'New
Year's Parade that gives the bragging rights for
the entire year. Come Friday at the 2005 Mau-
reen Duvalier New Year's -Parade, groups will
once again meet at Bay Street bringing new cos-
tumes, and hopefully even more competition.
In the upcoming parade, the Boxing Day win-
ners will bring The Invasion of the Saxons: Dey
Comin! The theme was chosen in celebration
of 2005, which marks the group's 40th anniver-
sary. The Saxons will be giving praise to God and
have costumes that honour pioneers of the
group. Costumes will 'also depict their name-
sake, the Saxons, who were considered invaders
and mercenaries of the North Sea.
Asked how he is so sure that the Saxons will
also take the New Year's Parade, Francis had
this to say: "I just feel that this presentation will
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MOVIE REVIEW



-DARKESS

Starring:

Anna Paquin,

Lena Olin,

Iain Glen


* By JASON DONALD

THE year 2004 had its fair
share of duffers throughout,
but none of last year's
turkeys can even begin to
prepare you for the year-
ending disaster that is Dark-
ness a film so inept it
makes Exorcist: The Begin-
ning look like Citizen Kane.
Before the plot spiralled
out of all control, I managed
to pick up this much: the
Spanish father of an Amer-
ican family moves his wife
and children back to the
homeland and into a house
with a dark past. When a
sequence of strange of
events takes place involving
ghost children, the feisty
daughter (Anna Paquin)
decides to investigate. Then
follows one-and-a-quarter
hours of the most dire cine-
ma I've seen in a long time.
Let's start with the acting.
The ,`rama wouldn't look
out ol place in Days of Our
Lives. Family conversations
seem to erupt into scream-
ing matches after 10 seconds
with lain Glen's hilarious
theatrics as the "mentally
ill" father stealing the show
in the embarrassment
stakes.
Anna Paquin can't seem
to make up her mind
whether to be brave or teary
and, in the end, is left look-
ing as confused as the audi-
ence.
The "story" appears to be
an arrangement of random
supernatural events. To call
it incomprehensible would
be too kind. I couldn't help
but think some scary ghost
kids floating about would be
enough, but no: throw in
occult e -chitecture, half-seen
ceiling monsters, three old
womer; type things who
appear .; hen it suits them
and an evil grandfather who
can't stop letting his captives
go and you have a real con-
voluted mess.
Trust me, Darkness does-
n't even fall into the "so bad
it's good" category. It's just
plain bad.
Roll on 2005.


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