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Christie criticised


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low-fare carrier gets in the Bahamian spirit


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie came under fire yes-
terday from leading political
figures who said he has shown
himself once again to be "poor,
weak and indecisive" when
faced with a difficult political
decision.
Mr Christie was accused of
hiding behind a code of ethics,
so setting a precedent for future
po!!tcal players to act in an
improper manner without
repercussions, claimed Omar
Smith, deputy leader of the
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment.
The statements were in
response to Mr Christie's asser-
tion during an interview on
Island FM on Sunday that the
rape allegation made against
Works and Utilities Minister
Bradley Roberts did not breach
his code of ethics because there
was no "specific finding of fact"
and "the morality issue has not
been reflected in the code of
ethics".
The interview left some polit-
ical pundits "disgusted" while
others defended the prime min-
ister, saying that while Mr
Christie's code of ethics does
not prevent him from taking
action against a minister who
has offended the public's sen-
sibilities, it does, not include a
provision to take action against
such a minister.
FNM chairman and former
Attorney General Carl Bethel
questioned Mr Christie's logic
because "this is not a question


of moral lapse but a question
of serious criminal allegations
which are a totally different ket-
tle of fish".
Leader of Opposition busi-
ness in the House of Assembly
and MP for Montagu Brent
Symonette said that the prime
minister's explanation left him
disgusted.
"A prime minister does not
need a code of ethics to deal
with moral issues and just needs
to be a prime minister. When 4
minister clearly fails to do the
right thing, whether he is inno-
cent or not, a prime minister
must take action.
"There has been a public
allegation, a lady has made an
official complaint, the police
have decided not to prosecute
and sent the matter to the
Attorney General's office. A
considerable amount of time
has passed since the complaint
was made.
"This is an unusual case, it
has attracted worldwide atten-
tion, it has attacked the very
fabric of the prime minister's
government, which has been
rocked with numerous indis-
cretions and poor judgments by
several ministers. Under the
Westminster system a minister
would have resigned to have
time to focus on the case," said
Mr Symonette.
The MP said the handling of
the case left much to be desired
and the police appeared to have
taken it upon themselves to be
judge and jury.
"I hope that is not the case
SEE page 11


MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. right, together with a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo group yester-
day offered the loI-fare airline Spirit and its senior %ice-president Tom Anderson, left, a warm welcome after the car-
rier completed its inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau.


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE LOW-FARE carrier Spirit Air-
lines began its service to the Bahamas
yesterday with an inaugural flight from
Fort Lauderdale to Nassau.
Following in the footsteps of other
low-cost airlines such as JetBlue and
Song Airways, the United States' largest
privately-owned airline has added the
Bahamas to its destinations.
After the arrival of the 150-passenger
jet at Nassau International Airport
(NIA), which was met by a Junkanoo
group and a water arch, Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe welcomed
the airline and said that low-fare carri-


ers represent the right way forward for
the Bahamas.
Addressing representatives of the
Airport Authority and Civil Aviation, as
well as US charge d'affaires Robert
Witajewski and chairman of the Nas-
sau/Paradise Island Promotion Board
George Myers at a press conference
held at the airport's VIP lounge, Mr
Wilchcombe said that "low fare carriers
are doing very well."
"We recognize that this year more
than a third of the travelling public used
these airlines and next year more than
40 per cent will. So we know we're going
in the right direction, we know what it's
going to mean to our hotels and to the
Bahamian people," he said ... .


Mr Witajewski said that Spirit Air-
lines illustrates that the Bahamas is "the
most popular destination for US citi-
zens in the Caribbean outside of US
territory."
"We also think that the Bahamas is
increasingly becoming a year-round and
not just seasonal destination and will
provide the more than four million US
visitors a year with the increased flexi-
bility in scheduling and reduced prices."
"We now have a lot more options,"
said Mr Witajewski.
He added that he attributes part of
the country's popularity to the fact that
the Bahamas is one of four countries
SEE page 11


Man arraigned over shooting death


THE man accused of com-
mitting the nation's second mur-
der this year was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Thirty-year-old Calvin Dean,
of Knowles Sub-division,
appeared before Magistrate
Linda Virgill at Court 1 on
Bank Lane accused of the
shooting death of 20-year-old
Tevarus Merlin Johnson.
Police officers found Mr
Johnson dead in the driver's
seat of his green Ford Escort
with severe gunshot wounds to
the face shortly after 10pm on
Saturday. The shooting
occurred in the Jehovah Court
area of Blue Hill Road South.
In court Dean was not rep-
resented by counsel and was not
required to enter a plea. He was
remanded to Her Majesty's
* CALVIN DEAN outside of
court yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/.
Tribune Staff)


Prison at Fox Hill until Febru-
ary 3 when a preliminary
inquiry will be held.
In other court news, an 18-
year-old man pleaded guilty to
breaking into St John's College
School on October 18, 2004.
Jerome Wilson told Magistrate
Vera Watkins that someone had
"fixed" him with voodoo when
they borrowed his clothes, caus-
ing him to not be able to resist
temptation.
Magistrate Watkins, however,
did not accept that excuse, say-
ing he had committed a serious
offence which carried a five-
year penalty.
As he had no prior convic-
tions, Magistrate Watkins sen-
tenced him to one year in prison
and urged him to use that time
to get his life together.
Gregory Greene, 49, of Kemp
Road, was brought before Mag-
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THE furore over the allegation of
rape against PLP Cabinet Min-
ister Bradley Roberts has nothing to do
with the scoring of political points by
"his detractors", as one reporter
described them.
It may come as a surprise to some peo-
ple to learn that many politicians do not
delight in the personal misfortunes of
their opponents outside the political are-
na and do not enjoy the politics of per-
sonal destruction inside the arena.
Sensible politicians understand that the
public disgrace of any one of their num-
ber is not just a personal tragedy. It is
also a negative reflection on the noble
art of politics and feeds the false but
widely-held assumption that politicians as
a class are a worse lot than any other
group.
Mr Roberts has earned the sobriquet of
"Big Bad Brad" partly 'because of the
unjustified allegations and vicious abuse
he has heaped on others in and out of
the political arena.
So some people may find it not so easy
to work up deep sympathy for him in the
present circumstances. But that is not
what this is all about.
Neither is it about the local media
putting him on trial American-style as
someone suggested. Not a sentence was

"The Commissioner of
Police had refused, and
rightly so, to say what
recommendation he
made when he referred
the case file to the
Attorney General.
It was therefore
astonishing that Mr
Sears disclosed that
advice while referring
the case to his
professional officers
for their review and
advice."

attributed to the mainstream media to
support the view that Mr Roberts is being
subjected to extrajudicial judgment.
It is in the nature of society that the
higher the public profile of a particular
individual the more attention the media
is likely to pay to news good or bad -
involving him. So it is not about the role
of the media either.
It is about, process. It is about what
should have happened and did not hap-
pen in this case. It is about the conduct of
the minister when it became public that
an allegation of rape had been made


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against him; and it is about the handling
of the case by the relevant authorities. It
looks like the whole affair was botched
from beginning to end.



n the first instance, both Mr
Roberts and Prime Minister Perry
Christie (who is ultimately responsible
for the conduct of his ministers) have
done the system of cabinet government
and the country a grave disservice.
It is true, as some radio talk show hosts
and callers said, that a minister should
not be required to step down every time
someone makes an allegation against
him.
Anybody mischief-maker, crackpot
or publicity-seeker can walk into a
police station and make allegations
against a minister and no reasonable per-
son would expect the minister named to
resign just so. Reason must be brought to
bear.
If the allegation is serious enough and
it appears that it has been seriously made
and likely to be pursued then that is
another matter.
Under these circumstances Mr Roberts
should have resigned from the cabinet


"While it is true that
the police should
know better than the
rest of us how to go
about investigating a
rape allegation, it is
hard to conceive of
any reason why they
did not immediately
question and examine
Mr Roberts."

or been dismissed by the Prime Minis-
ter. Such a resignation would not be an
admission of guilt.
It would be a recognition of the fact
that the minister has a grave personal
matter to deal with and therefore is
not able in the meantime to
function properly as a minister of the
government.
The position of cabinet minister in a
parliamentary democracy is unique. It
cannot be readily compared with any oth-
er job, as some of the radio talkers
attempted to do.

In the first place, a minister has no
guarantee of tenure not for five
years, one year nor a month. He can be
dismissed for no fault of his own and,
while he may have political recourse, he
cannot sue for breach of contract. That is
the nature of the business and that is
why those who serve are afforded good
pay, honour and privilege.
The system demands that under cer-
tain circumstances a minister should
resign. If for any reason he is unable to
give fully of his time and good judgment
to the business' of the state then his
course is clear. ,
Certainly a minister facing a serious
criminal allegation is in that position and
should not be allowed to exercise the
powers and privileges of a minister in
the meantime.
One who resigns from cabinet may
return again as minister, or even prime
minister, depending on the circum-
stances.
Prime Minister Christie knows all this,
yet he has failed to demand the
resignation of Mr Roberts or to dismiss
him.
Mr Christie has been criticised up and
down the country, not only by opposi-
tion supporters but also by people who
have been well-disposed towards him,
for failing to deal with a multitude of
problems in his government.
It will not take too many more nails to
close the coffin on his administration, if


indeed it is not already closed and just
waiting for burial. Maybe this deserves
attention from The Nassau Guardian's
tombstone providers.
* *

P public confidence in this govern-
ment has been further shaken
by the handling of the allegation
of rape brought by a citizen against a
minister.
Bahamians have had good reason to
be proud of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, especially under the leadership of
Commissioner Paul Farquharson, so
many are bound to be worried about the
way this case was managed.
While it is true that the police should
know better than the rest of us how to go
about investigating a rape allegation, it is
hard to conceive of any reason why they
did not immediately question and exam-
ine Mr Roberts.
Instead, they waited for over three
weeks and the public will be inclined to
agree with FNM chairman Carl Bethel
that:
"This was a very serious lapse by the
police since any physical evidence of
resistance of sexual advances, such as
scratches and bruises on the body of the
rape suspect could well have been healed
after three weeks, and no longer be visi-
ble to the naked eye."
But the greatest blunder of all was
made by no less a person than Attorney
General Alfred Sears.
The Commissioner of Police had
refused, and rightly so, to say what
recommendation he made when he
referred the case file to the Attorney
General.
It was therefore astonishing that Mr
Sears disclosed that advice while refer-
ring the case to his professional officers
for their review and advice.
He has put his officers in an impossible
position and hopelessly undermined the
possibility of a fair hearing of the case by
a jury, if it should go that far.
Mr Sears should have accepted the
responsibility of his office and at the
appropriate moment decide whether to
prosecute, without publicly revealing the
advice either of the Commissioner or his
own officers.
That is why cabinet ministers are
appointed and paid: to make decisions
and to take responsibility, not to pass
the buck.
It is a lesson PLP ministers should have
learned before coming to power and cer-
tainly after nearly three years in govern-
ment.
But it seems clear now that most of
them were not still are not ready to
govern.
The ones who do know better should
resign now and preserve their credibility
for future leadership, otherwise they will
also have to share in collective responsi-
bility for the meltdown.


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Tsunami survivor appeals to



Rllahmians to aid relief efforts


TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005, PAGE 3


' By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff
Reporter

AN ACCIDENT on
Cat Island has claimed
the life of a tourist and
injured two other men.
On Sunday morning
47-year-old American
Donald McJerik died at
Smith's Bay clinic after
being electrocuted.
According to police
reports, Mr McJerik,
while staying with two
other American toursits
at the Greenwood Beach
Resort in Port Howe,
was attempting to hoist
the sail of a catamaran
when the vessel's mast
came into contact with a
power line and electro-
cuted the three men.

Unconscious
"It immediately
knocked all three men
unconscious," Inspector
Walter Evans told The
Tribune.
Shortly after the inci-
dent the three men
regained consciousness,
but Mr McJerik again
fell unconscious, Mr
Evans said.
Mr McJerik, from
Sarasota, Florida, was
then taken to the clinic
at Smith's Bay where he
died from his injuries.
The other two men were
flown to Nassau for
treatment and are recov-
ering at the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
A spokesperson for the
Greenwood Beach
Resort said that Mr
McJerik was a frequent
visitor to Cat Island and
even owned property on
the island.

Arrived.
She said that he had
arrived in the Bahamas
together with a friend
three days prior to his
accident.
"No foul play was sus-
pected, but investigations
continue," said Mr
Evans.
N Police are also inves-
tigating an assault which
occurred on a Jitney bus
and led to two men.being
stabbed as well as anoth-
er violent incident
involving a confrontation
between three people,
which resulted in one
man being shot in the
leg.
At 1pm on Sunday a
driver of Adrian Bus
Services, Varice Nowell,
39, and his assistant Dou-
glas Eday, 39, were
stabbed by two men trav-
elling on their bus.
Police reported that
the two assailants, who
were part of a group of
four men, before disem-
barking at Robinson
Road and Key West
Street, stabbed Mr Now-
ell "in his shoulder and
his ride side" and Mr
Eday "in his head and in
the region of his right
eye.",
Police are also
searching for a suspect
wanted in connection
with a shooting.
According to police
reports, at 12.30am on
Monday Sangay Cooper,
22, was walking along
Infant View Road,
together with a relative,
when he engaged "in a
verbal confrontation
with a man known to
him."
The argument escalat-
ed and the man shot Mr
Cooper in his right leg
below the knee, Mr
Evans said.


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* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A SRI LANKAN woman who
survived the devastating tsunami
has returned to her Bahamian
home and together with other Sri
Lankans, has launched .an appeal
to the nation to aid with the bat-
tered country's ongoing relief
efforts.
More than 30,000 Sri Lankans
are dead and 800,000 are homeless
after a massive earthquake under
the Indian Ocean slammed tow-
ering waves onto the coasts of 11
countries, hitting hardest the coun-
tries of Indonesia, Thailand and
Sri Lanka. The total death toll has
now topped 150,000.
Chaturika Fonseka was visiting
her family in Colombo, the coun-
try's capital, and although her
region was not in direct line of the
tsunami that hit along the coun-
try's southeastern coastlines, she
said it was still a horrific experi-
ence.
"It was a Sunday morning, Box-
ing day," said Ms Fonseka yester-
day, "and lots of people were
going about their day to day activ-
ities. Suddenly there was a news
alert on TV but we Sri Lankans
are not used to natural disasters
and no one took it seriously at
first. Ten minutes passed and
another notice came on saying that
a tidal wave was approaching.
That is when it began to sink in."

News
Ms Fonseka said she and her
family were monitoring the news
after it hit and watched as the
death tollkept rapidly increasing.
"People were panicking initial-
ly," she said, "but then everyone
was coming together to help them
out and us Sri Lankans, we are
very hospitable and resilient peo-
ple. We were trying to help each
other and locate family members
but the roads were destroyed and
all the infrastructure was ruined.
Gradually, over a few days, inter-
national help came and this is why
we are asking Bahamians to help,
.t this point, it needs to be ajoint
Sli I hj |Ioined a group of 15 Sri,.
Lankans living in the Bahamas
who yesterday announced that
they have launched a relief effort
by opening a special bank account
at the Bank of the Bahamas under
the name: "Tsunami Relief for Sri
Lanka."
The money collected from the
account will be given to Red Cross
in Sri Lanka for various relief
efforts including the building of
houses and contributions for the
estimated 9,000 orphaned children.
About half of the people who died
in Sri Lanka were children.
The Bahamian-Sri Lankan
group, made up mostly of bankers,
has been in contact with the
Bahamas Red Cross and have also
teamed up with Automotive
Industrial Distributors (AID) who


M AN EARTHMOVEr from the U.S. Marines 9th Engineer Sup-
port Battalion clears up the wreckage of collapsed houses at the
coastal village of Pittawella, southern Sri Lanka at the weekend.
The battalion is deploying about 250 Marines, along with bull-
dozers and dump trucks, to clear debris and pump contaminated
wells in the tsunami-ravaged coastal regions.
Chaturika Fonseka was visiting her family in Colombo, the
country's capital, and although her region was not in direct line of
the tsunami that hit along the country's southeastern coastlines, she
said it was still a horrific experience.

(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)


are stationed throughout the
Bahamas and have offered to
accept contributions on islands
outside of New Providence.
Hurley Senanayake, a Sri
Lankan employed with The Per-
manent Mission to the United
Nations in New York, lost 15 fam-
ily members in the tidal wave, who
are missing and considered dead.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell has expressed condo-
lences to Mr Senanayake and a
fund has been started at the min-
istry to provide financial assistance
to him.
On the Foreign Affairs website,
Minister Mitchell expressed con-
dolences to those who suffered
devastating losses in the tidal wave
and said he is planning an official
visit to that area as a member of
the Commonwealth Ministerial
Action Group (CMAG) at the
end of January.

Brutal
Ravi Jesubatham, part of the
Bahamian relief group, said "the
disaster was brutal, quick and far
reaching." Hesaid that within 20
minute 310.0i0 p Lopk were killed.
*'5.,hoine %%ici \ Tc completely
destroyed and oer 800,00,000 people
were displaced in his country.
"It seems at times like a night-
mare from which we are still hop-
ing to awaken," said Ravi
Jesubatham, "we will never know
the exact magnitude of how many
men, women and children per-
ished on December 26, and in the
days that have passed since then."
Mr Jesubatham said the initial
assessments of the damage has
revealed that at least $1.3 billion is
required for the reconstruction
process.
"Families have been torn
apart," he said. "Whole commu-
nities have disappeared. In coun-
tries where religion, spirituality
and culture lie at the heart of
human existence, places of wor-


Man, 62, appears in court
* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

A SIXTY-two-year-old man has appeared in court on charges
that he attempted'to have sex with a sixteen-year-old girl.
Police allege that Godfrey Bethel, a resident of Oxford
Avenue in Stapeldon Gardens, attempted to have sex with the
girl on Wednesday, January 5.
Mr Bethel was not required to enter a plea before Chief
Magistrate Vera Watkins and a preliminary hearing was set for
March 14, 2005.
The prosecution left the matter of bail up to the discretion of
the court. However, Magistrate Vera Watkins had stern words
for Devard Williams who represented the accused after she
felt he had failed to show why it would be unjust for his client
to remain in custody.
Mr Williams maintained that his client did not have any pri-
or convictions and remained innocent until proven guilty and
that he was the sole provider in the household.
However Magistrate Watkins said that did constitute just
cause and that he had failed to present a sufficient reason to
grant bail.
She said that lawyers get paid to represent their clients and
that she as the judge should not have to do their work for
them. She said it would have been simple to prove why he
should have been granted bail.
Despite what she termed these deficiencies, she ruled that the
amount of time Bethel would have to spend in jail prior to a tri-
al was unjust when one considered his arrest was based on an
allegation.
She therefore set bail for $10,000 dollars with two sureties -
one of whom must be a landowner. In addition, Bethel is to
report to police every Friday before 6pm leading up to his pre-
liminary inquiry.
He was also ordered to have no contact with the teen girl.


ships have been wiped out. The
very things that defined people's
identities and values have been
swept away."
Mr Jesubatham added that it is
his duty, along with the others in
his group to "grieve for the dead
and pray for those still searching
for loved ones."
Carlton Mortier, also part of the
group, said that the distribution
of the funds will be closely moni-
tored in order to ensure they are
used for the correct purposes.
He said that deposits can be
made to any Bank of the Bahamas
branches and cheques can also be
made out to 'Tsunami Relief for
Sri Lanka' and mailed to P 0 Box
CB 11665, or dropped off at any
AID location.
Mr Jesubatham added that
there is no minimum amount to
donate, and said that even five
dollars will go a long way in the
efforts to rebuild Sri Lanka.
He encouraged businesses,
churches, civil organizations and
schools to appeal to their mem-
bers for group donations.
"After all," he said, "it is little
drops of water and little grains of
sand that make the mighty ocean
anid the beauteous land."



Sears expects


recommendations

'any day now'

ATTORNEY General
Alfred Sears yesterday said
that recommendations from
the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions on whether Works
and Utilities Minister
Bradley Roberts should be
brought before the courts on
rape accusations have not
been forwarded to him as
yet.
However, the minister
said that he expected a
report "any day now".
Wallace Rolle, attorney
for the woman making the
allegation against Mr
Roberts, reiterated again
yesterday that any sugges-
tion that his client was trying
to settle out of court with
the minister was absurd.
"This is a criminal matter
you don't settle a criminal
case," he said.
Attorney General Alfred
Sears said yesterday that he
was still waiting on a report
from Director of Public
Prosecutions Bernard Turn-
er responding to recommen-
dations from Police Com-
missioner Paul Farquarson
that charges not be brought.
against Mr Roberts.
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IN THIS COLUMN yesterday we dis-
cussed why The Tribune publishes murder
reports on its front page, often as the lead
story. A murder report is only given the lead
position if, when measured against other
news, it is that day's most significant event.
Well, why must bad news always be on
the front page, one might ask. Here at The
Tribune we neither make the news, nor do
we manage it.
Our reporters write the news of the day,
and The Tribune publishes that news. Bad
news is bad whether it is printed on the front
or the back page. Its position in the newspa-
per does not make it any less bad, although
it might not be immediately in the reader's
face on an inside page as it would be on the
front page.
Among some of the lead stories last year
were: BEC union threatens strike; Police
reform underway; Missing student found
dead; Police raid strip club; 15 arrested in
police swoop; Call for Supermarket boycott,
and the list goes on. These were the main sto-
ries on the days they were published.
Bad news, yes. But whenever there is, for
example, a multi-million dollar project that
will benefit the Bahamas, this good news
will push the bad aside and move into lead
position. But how many days of the year are
good stories produced? A newspaper, which
reflects the life.of the community, prints
whatever that community offers it. each day.
No journalist who has attended J-school,
ever leaves without hearing at least once the
man-dog tale to illustrate what makes news.
When a dog bites a man -that's not news;
but when a man bites a dog that's news.
News is just what it says it is, something
new, something different to the daily rou-
tine. Unfortunately, tragedy or misfortune
often lurks somewhere in that news.
Among the happiest news to report is the
announcement of the birth of a child, par-
ticularly when the story ends with the words;
"Mother and baby are doing well."
A baby comes into the world in two short
printed paragraphs. If he makes his mark in
life, he can leave behind columns of-words
recording his achievements.
It is indeed good news if, in his obituary,
the writer can say, as did CBS producer Fred
Friendly in 1989, when he eulogised Ed Bar-
rett, the much loved and respected Dean of
Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism:
"The Barrett farewell to us today, delivered
with his glittering gusto, might well be: 'Hey
- forget that I died. Remember that I
lived'."
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his death was a tragedy for the Bahamas,
especially Grand Bahama, he made The Tri-
bune's lead story because he was a man
whose life had made a difference to his
adopted country.
And so, although it was a death, it was a
celebration of a useful life. The life of a man
who had a dream, a dream that his widow,
Lady Henrietta, says is now the duty of those
he left behind to keep alive.
There are those who don't like to face the
ugly Truth. They would rather particu-
larly if it is ugly that it not be printed. As
far back as we can remember The Tribune
has been criticised for not softening the facts.
We recall UBP days when a screen of
silence shrouded several polio cases. We
learned of them and reported a polio epi-
demic, which was quickly denied. The rea-
soning? Tourists would flee. However, a few
months later Bahamians were lining up to be
vaccinated in a country-wide immunisation
drive.
It was a mortal sin to report that anyone
was bitten by a shark, because in the
Bahamas sharks were toothless, to suggest
otherwise might also drive away visitors. We
often entertained a small delegation to our
offices trying to convince us that to refer to a
person as "coloured" or "black" was offen-
sive. We listened politely, rode the storm
and today our readers are sophisticated
enough to agree that "black is beautiful."
The Tribune has always been out of step.
Eventually the Bahamian society has caught
up with us.
However, a newspaper also has a com-
mercial side that cannot be overlooked.
There is no sense publishing a newspaper
that will not sell. Just as a shopkeeper makes
his display window as inviting as possible to
attract customers, so too must a newspaper
make its front page interesting enough to
attract buyers.
Recently, our managing editor was invit-
ed to speak to a group of police officers.
And, of course, the inevitable question was
asked: Why does The Tribune put bad news
on its front page?
After explaining the commercial side of a
newspaper, the editor put his own question to
the officers:
Suppose you saw two newspapers lying
side by side on the newsstand. One head-
line said: "Boy, 12, wins spelling Bee", the
second read: "Boy, 12, brutally stabbed" -
which newspaper would you buy?
After a few minutes of stunned silence,
the officers burst out laughing.
They had got the point.


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EDITOR, The Tribune.
WITH so much ,controversy
surrounding Junkanoo now, I
humbly beseech you to grant
me a little of your valuable
space to express my sentiments.
For too long, Junkanoo has
been allowed to evolve without
a clearly charted course and
only loosely defined guidelines.
Now that the whole situation
has gotten out of hand, the pow-
ers-that-be find themselves hav-
ing to take corrective measures
and apologize for one embar-
rassing fiasco after another.
FIRST: Bahamians are a
"copy-cat" nation and cannot
bear to see someone else with
something that they do not
have. This creates (intentional-
ly or unintentionally) a mind-
set that things Bahamian are
inferior to what is not indige-
nous. With respect to Junkanoo,
we felt compelled to drift closer
and closer to Carnival/Mardi
Gras from Brazil and Trinidad
so much so that penalty points
must now be applied for exces-
sive use of cloth and materials
other than crepe paper. More
times than not, this determines
the overall outcome of the
parade: a group wins
BUT...Hint: The Junkanoo Cor-
poration/NJC should reduce or
eliminate the things that cause
the penalty points and not leave
this up to the discretion of the
group leaders.
SECOND: When will the
groups realize that Bay Street
will not get any wider? Yet they
continue to build banners and
lead costumes that are now
breaking branches from the few
trees that are left in the down-
town area. Hint, Group Lead-
ers: Bigger is not always better
aic4 dpe.,pf your dyiparnic cre-
ations can be just qs sttractivye if
they are constructed on a small-
er scale. Not to mention how
this will reduce your overall
costs of getting to Bay Street
and also allow the parade to
flow more smoothly. You
should also seek to keep the
overall size of the groups to a
manageable number so as to
present a total, coordinated
product on the parade. Too
often we see persons at the
front jumping and dancing and
there is/no music. How do you
think this looks?
THIRD: Where is Junkanoo
music going? The brass sections
are a nice touch but how many
of them actually learn how to
read music and play with some
degree of technical and artistic
proficiency? Music should be
palatable or it is just noise. In
any given group you can hear


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musicians who are playing the
same instrument yet trying to
out-do each other. This results
in discord (i.e. noise). Is it too
difficult to actually have the
music properly arranged so that
the spectators can be treated to
nice harmonies rather than just
a loud blaring of sounds? Why
must the tubas "bleat" so loud-
ly? After all, they are big
enough that we all can see and
hear them.
There was a time not too long
ago, when the major groups
could be identified by separate
and distinct rhythms from both
the drums and cowbells that
were uniquely theirs. (That's
how we knew "Dey Comin").
Our ancestors effectively used
drums as a means of communi-,
cation so shouldn't this aspect of
Junkanoo be preserved at all
costs? Synchronized drumming
is one of the sweetest musical
sounds. I also long to hear at
least one group show some cre-
ativity and ingenuity by effec-
tively using the bass drum. At
present, all groups imitate the
same rhythm (Oh Yeah! Copy-
Cat).
FOURTH: Poor, Poor
judges: I would get frustrated
too if I had to judge so many
off-the-shoulder pieces from
one group on one parade. All
aspects of judging Junkanoo is
at best overwhelming, yet with
so many pieces in so many cat-
egories from so many groups
that are moving so fast and with
proportionately so little to judge
,them, no wonder you are con-
stantly under the microscope. I
personally-don't believe that
you'have any hidden agendas
and that you are totally impar-
tial.
You are simply making your
contribution to the preservation
of our national culture. Having
a good view of the parade is not
really the reason why you vol-
unteered to be a judge.
Although you never "rushed"
yourself or spent any apprecia-
ble time in a "shack", your
training has qualified you as an
expert.
Finally, may I suggest that we
revert to an authentically
Bahamian event and to a time
when penalties did not deter-
mine the winner of the parade
and results could be announced
in less than 72 hours.
Not only in Nassau, but also
in Freeport, parades are coming
under serious criticism. Some-
thing has got to be wrong. The
recent visit of the cultural icon
from Trinidad underscored the
need for us to maintain the
uniqueness of Junkanoo. We
should passionately guard and


protect what is distinctly ours.
There needs to be clearly
defined parameters which are
discussed and agreed upon by
all parties and groups which are
communicated early in the year
so that discrepancies (penalties)
can be avoided. Post mortems
should be held after every
parade to critique and possibly
make recommendations to
improve the festival. Perhaps a
way of levelling the playing field
a bit would be to pool at least
some or most of the contribu-
tions from the private sector,
who should be asked to pub-
licly declare the amount of their
contributions.
It was saddening to hear that
the late Sammy Thompson had
to use his children's school fees
to fund his group. How many
persons are making the same
or similar sacrifices? Junkanoo
is a business and just as in the
corporate world large compa-
nies absorb or eliminate their
smaller competition, the same
will happen to our national fes-
tival. Where are the Fox Hill
Congos now? Who will be next?
Do you think that Sammy
Thompson would have been
impressed by the way the Music
Makers stacked up against the
"Big Boys" in the parade
named in his honour?
My final comment concerns
the involvement of school-aged
children. During Junkanoo
practice in the weeks leading
up to the parade, scores of chil-
dren are out late on a school
night, many of them gyrating
their bodies on Arawak Cay or
Potters' Cay. The group lead-
ers have a moral obligation to
the youth in their groups and
someone needs to be held
accountable for them. A healthy
balance needs to beaachieved
between education and culture
and I know that no group is pre-
pared to offer tutors or instruc-
tors.
For the record, I was involved
in the Junkanoo process but
became frustrated by the
myopic mindset and intolerance
for ideas that challenged the
"status quo". Readers may con-
sider my views archaic and that
Junkanoo may have passed me
by, but if you don't know where
you are going, then any road
will take you there.
Has anyone given a thought
as to where, specifically,
Junkanoo should be in say, ten
years? What is being done to
develop a vision that is clear,
concise and kept on course?
After all, this is a standard, nor-
mal business practice "and in
fourth position..." Where have
you gone Brian V. Gibson?
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Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT A 35-year-
old Freeport woman is in a
deep coma at the Princess
Margaret Hospital after sus-
taining serious head inquiries
in a traffic accident on East
Sunrise Highway over the
weekend.
Marcella Carroll, a resi-
dent of Westchester Drive,
was airlifted to New Provi-
dence around 2.30pm Satur-
day in a critical condition,
suffering from a brain haem-
orrhage.
According to Supt Basil
Rahming, Ms Carroll was
involved in an accident that
occurred around 10.10am
Saturday at the junction of
East Sunrise Highway and
Cromwell Drive.
Ms Carroll was driving a
1994 Chrysler Van licensed
27556 east along East Sun-
rise Highway. As she was
making a right turn to enter
Cromwell Drive, she crossed
directly in the path of a 1999
Chevrolet Lumina driven by
Rev Lawrence Pinder, 61, of
High Rock. Both vehicles
were extensively damaged.
Ms Carroll, who was
unconscious at the scene, was
taken by ambulance to the
Rand Memorial Hospital.
Rev Pinder was not,
injured. Three of the passen-
gers in his vehicle Teresa
Pinder, 63, Emily Bevans, 59,
and Hazel Baillou, 64, sus-
tained minor injuries. They
were also taken to hospital,
where they were treated and
later discharged.
Mr Rahming said that doc-
tors report that Ms Carroll
remains in a deep coma and
is haemorrhaging from the
brain.
Traffic police are continu-
ing their investigations into
the accident.
ROBBER FLEES
AFTERATTACK
POLICE reported that a,
Freeport man attacked a
gunman who attempted to
rob him while at his resi-
dence Sunday evening.
Robert Johnson told police
that he was at home around
9.30pm when a masked man
armed with a handgun
accosted him. The culprit
demanded. cash, but was,
instead attacked by Mr John-
son, who knocked him to the
ground and retrieved the
weapon.
The culprit fled the house
and escaped into the bushes.
Supt Rahming said inves-
tigating officers collected a
9mm pistol from Mr John-
son. The matter is under
investigation.
FIREARM ARREST
A 28-YEAR-OLD man
was arrested by police early
Sunday morning for posses-
sion of a firearm in the vicin-
ity of Club Rock N Roll at
the International Bazaar.
Mr Rahming said police
monitoring persons in the
area of the nightclub around
3.30am Sunday observed a
young man acting very sus-
picious.
When confronted by a
detective, the man quickly
took an object from his pants
pockets and threw it over a
fence. However, the object
struck a tree and ricocheted
right back landing at the feet
of the officer, who realized
that it was a .22 semi auto-
matic pistol.
The young man, a resident
of Pinedale, Eight Mile
Rock, was arrested and taken
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* By TIFFANY GRANT

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie yesterday broke
ground for the development
of 205 exclusive homes in the
western district of Nassau.
The Charlotteville commu-
nity will be situated on prime
land between the Nassau
International Airport and the
Old Fort Bay community.
Almost 75 per cent-of the
community's homes, devel-
oped by Canadian Dale Bron-
stein, have already been sold.
Mr Bronstein has previous-
ly been involved in the pro-
duction of homes 'in the
Bahamas. In 1994 he co-
founded a development com-
pany on Nassau which has
built 100 homes. He has also
been involved in the building
of canal front homes besides
Lyford Cay known as Islands
at Old Fort.
"We are very excited about
Charlotteville, and the
response that we have had.
We have really tried to take


what we have learned over the
last 11 years and create a good
solid development that is
geared to the Bahamian pur-


Shipyard workers


are promoted

* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Four shipyard workers were recently promoted to
assistant managers after completing a six weeks management train-
ing course at the Gibraltar Shipyard.
David Dalgleish, Grand Bahama Shipyard managing director,
commended workers Anjoun Armaly, Don Forbes, Gerard Dou-
glas, and Shannon Smith as the first group of Bahamians to suc-
cessfully complete the management training course in Gibraltar.
"We are pleased to announce the return of the four management
trainees, whom we are very proud of," he said.
Anjoun Armaly has now been promoted to the position of Yard
Services assistant manager with responsibilities for the supervi-
sion of the waste management department.
Mr Dalgleish said Mr Armaly will report to and assist the Yard'
Services manager, and will also assist in the implementation of
the company's requirements for International Security systems.
Don Forbes assumes the position of Production Control assistant
manager at the shipyard. His responsibility is to develop the facil-.
ities, apprentices and in house training programmes. Gerard Dou-
glas and Shannon Smith are now project engineering assistant
managers. Both will have an intimate involvement with the devel-
opment of improved planning methods and project controls.

Completed
Mr Dalgleish said the four workers have been in the training pro-
gramme for three years, and have recently completed the six weeks
course in Gibraltar.
"We are very pleased and proud of the progress of these four
young Bahamians and their promotions to the various positions,"
he said.
"They now join the management team full time and we believe
that the positions they now, occupy will provide them with the
challenges they need to continue to grow and gain experience and
at the same time contribute to the future success of the company."
Mr Dalgleish is very confident that the four Bahamians will
make a real contribution to the company.
"They will be called upon to produce, support and help the
company to move forward to be better, bigger and more successful,"
he said.
As the only female in the field, Shannon Smith said she was
very determined to succeed in a field that is basically dominated by
males.
"You have to be very determined because in this field obvious-
ly there are not a lot of women, and you will be presented with chal-
lenges on the gender side.

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chaser. We have seen an ever
growing need within the com-
munities to create a safe envi-
ronment where people can
walk their children. I think.
that this will really met that
need," said Mr Bronstein.
Mr Bronstein noted that the
cost of the homes will start
from $225,000.
Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Shane
Gibson said that he is very
impressed by the community
that is going to be created..

Impressed
"I was very impressed that
an area club house will be cre-
ated to eliminate the discon-
nection in the community. All
of us are aware that most
communities are not really
communities as we knew in
the past,'as a result of persons
not having facilities that bring
people together. The fact this
particular area is really devel-
oping into a full community
means that you will have per-
sons in the type of community


that we have been use to hav-
ing over the years," he said.
The upcoming development
, will feature 24-hour security
, and has plans approved for a
community centre club house,
swimming pool, floodlit ten-
nis courts and spacious land-
scape.
Mr Christie said that the
development of Charlotteville
is another step in our country
ushering in a. period of
"unprecedented economic
activity".
"We are now being seen to
be a country that families can
move to and feel safe and
secure, relative to what is hap-
pening in the world. There is a
significant increase in the con-
fidence level in the Bahamas.'
As a result of that, significant
capital inflows continue to be
the case in our country," he
said..
Mr Christie brought to the
forefront that this develop-
ment occurs at a time of other
major projects such as the,
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development at Cable Beach,
the embarkment of projects
at Clifton Pier and the discus-
sion of the rehabilitation and
expansion of the South Ocean
property.
Mr Christie also noted that
there is more work to be done
in the area of housing.

Stronger
"There is a significant need
for housing in the Bahamas
for Bahamians. As the econo-
my grow stronger, there will,
be a demand by Bahamians
for suitable housing. That
demand goes from the, hous-
ing being built and sponsored
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the kinds of housing that will
be built here at Charlotteville.
I expect that the challenge' will
be to ensure that we have the
perfect balance between the
accommodation we offer non-
residents and the accommo-
dation we offer residents;" he
said.
Local contractors will be
completing all of the infra-
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and Lemco Cable Design and
Construction.
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* By PAUL G.
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
BAHAMIANS are up in
arms f6r what they call "a
blatant and bold" attempt
by Batelco to charge them
for a free service that they
have enjoyed for years.
Batelco has announced that
the text messaging service
will now be offered as a
paid feature, and that its


Service to be offered


as a paid feature


free usage will cease by
January 15, 2005.
"They actually advertis-
ing the service like we
haven't had this before?
Who they trying to fool?


This is what you call really
being selfish when you try,
to take away the only free
service that people had
with their phone service,"
said a customer of Batelco.


A construction worker
who wished only to be
identified as Mr Rolle said
that he will not use the
telephone company any
longer.
"It would be a cold day
in hell before I give Batelco
another red cent. They
already charging you an
arm and a leg for their ser-
vice that don't work at
peak hours. Talking that
foolishness about the
servers are overloaded or


Customers hit out a





over end to free text


Junkanoo earns $600,000

M By PAUL G. TURNQUEST / ".-
Tribune Staff Reporter ... Ii-
THIS year's Junkanoo parades _. *"'kr;; j ,..
earned more than $600.000 collectively .)
o'er the three events as Bahamians and
visitors alike flooded BaN Street for the
cultural celebration,;. 4. I --4I
Peter Adderley. the public relations I
officer for C-Cube. stated that i1 is the \ .I .'.i.
producers and participants of Junkanoo '. ,h
that are to be congratulated for their r.
efforts for keeping the unique cultural ."
e rent ahoe. ',a ""seKr
For the Junior Junkanoo parade, on 0
77.18 per cent of the available seats were
sold. earning $79,360. 4

Seats
The Boxing Day parade earned
$386.71i "ith 99.54 per cent of the: et. +:'+
being sold. and the Ne%% Yet-r' parade
made $211....8S 5 % th 52.91 per cent oft-,I:I. .
the available seats being sold.
Of that total of $677.960. the govern-
ment takes 10 per cent for taxes .
Mr Adderley expressed his
gratitude and thanks to the Nlirustri of t
Youth Sports and Culture for
what he called "'a great working rela-
tionship."
He said: "'ke are pleased to continue d i" '
to execute until the contractual agree. ..-
ment we hae \%%ith the government and
the people of the Bahamas. and in par- a gI .
ticular ,e ,%ish to express our gratitude ......
to Minister Wisdom, his permanent sec- -
retarv Mr Harrison Thompson and the r :- ,
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the principle of the mat-.
ter," he said. i
SShenna Bowleg. the pub- :
lic relations manager atr;
Batelco, said that they were;J
"beta testing" the texting
feature for quite a while,
even from its initial intro-
duction.
. "Now we are going to
make it available as a paid
service. It was always
understood that it was test-
ing. This is a feature like
all others. We just never,
charged during this testing
period but now we are
encouraging persons who.
text to apply by the end of
today if they want to keep
that feature."


* HAVANA
CUBA announced Mon-
day it has resumed formal
lies with all of Europe,
ending a deep freeze in
relations following a spring.
2003 crackdown on dissi-
denits and the firing-squad
executions of three men
who tried to hijack a ferry,
according to Associated
Press.
Cuban Foreign Minister
Felipe Perez Roque told
international journalists
Monday that official con-
tacts had resumed with the
Havana-based ambassadors
of the Czech Republic,
Poland, Slovakia and
Netherlands, as well as with
the local European Union
mission.
"Cuba has re-established
official contacts now with all
of the EU countries," Perez.
Roque said.

Contacts
Although diplomatic ties
with the European countries
were never severed, high-
level contacts between Cuba
and many EU members
were severely limited for
more than 1"1/2 years.
Last week, Cuba re-estab-
lished contacts with eight
other European nations:
France, Germany, Britain,
Italy, Austria, Greece, Por-
tugal and Sweden. Cuba ear-
lier had resumed formal
contact with Spain, Belgium
and Hungary.
In Washington, the U.S.
State Department expressed
hope Monday that Euro-
pean nations would continue
to support Cuban opposi-
tion members despite the
resumption of official con-
tact with Fidel Castro's gov-
ernment.

Dialogue
"We remain very skepti-
cal about the chances for
any dialogue with the Castro
regime, which has reported-
ly showed its contempt for
the welfare of the Cuban
people and has made no
effort whatsoever to enact
political- or economic
reforms," a State Depart-
ment official said, reading
from authorized comments.
"The EU has said it will
intensify engagement with
dissidents," said the official,
speaking on customary con-
dition of anonymity. "We
hope this means the EU
will actively support dissi-
dents and take more vigor-
ous efforts to focus interna-
tional attention on Cuba's
egregious human rights
record."


It Batelco




messaging,

whatever they is be saying. Chester Roba rds, a"
Well the same way.they Bahamian student studying'?
could come with excuses I abroad,.said: "They already-.
will come up with one when charge you like 30 cents per,.
they come to collect on call, which I think is ridicu-.A
their bill," he said. lous, so when your phone-,
In a newspaper adver- card runs out all you have.'
tisement, Batelco states is the texting feature to
that customers who do not save your life. So if you
apply for the service will couldn't afford the service
not be able to utilise the before how do they expect
feature as of January 15, you to now?"
2004, and that a $10 reacti- "Well they lose out on :j
vation fee-will be charged if .-e cause my phone will-!
the service is deactivated, collect dust before I buy
another phone card from ',
them. And it's not because .
of-fhft rhartep voui know it' 1


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frozen foods along with four
local companies, recently
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Montagu Park near the historic
Fort Montagu.
The clean-up effort is a major
undertaking by Kerzner Inter-
national and Ben & Jerry's,
which is holding its annual Fran-
chise Community Gathering at
Atlantis, Paradise Island. Higgs


and Johnson, Ernst & Young
Chartered Accountants,
Bahamas Reality and KPMG
have all committed to fund the
on-going maintenance of the
park.
Nan Palmer, Kerzner Inter-
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tional is thrilled about its new
partnership with Ben & Jerry's
along with the local businesses.
"This is who we (Kerzner Inter-
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future, and that is building a
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very beginning, they are known
for being a corner stone in their
community.

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Kerzner to be receiving this
wonderful gift of labour and
willingness...as we together
along with the local business,
contributors become a part of
something that is going to be
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Equally pleased was Ed
Fields, Kerzner International's
Vice President of Retail Ser-
vices and Public Affairs. Fields.
explained that Ben &' Jerry's
performs a community service
wherever they visit when hold-
ing their Franchise Community
Gathering. Fields said that Ben
& Jerry"s first approached
Kerzner International and both
companies decided that the
Montagu Park would be an ide-
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that Kerzner International
chipped in with Ben & Jerry's in
financing the re-beautification
project.

Committed
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and Johnson, Ernst & Young
Chartered Accountants,
Bahamas Reality and KPMG
have all committed to fund the
on-going maintenance of the
park.
Also on hand for the clean
up effort was Agatha Marcelle,
Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry of Tourism. She said:
"It is unusual that people would
come on their own busi-


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Higgs & Johnson, Marketing Coordinator and Agatha Marcelle, Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry of Tourism. Also pictured in the second row is Robin Brownrigg, President of Bahamas Real-
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Bahamas and served in this capacity for all the successor
companies and subsidiaries until his retirement in 1990.
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sons, Stephen, Michael, Gerald, and Kevin Mulrine, his
son-in-law, Dean Helliwell, and his daughters-in-law,
Rogeria, Maija, and Laurie Mulrine, and grandchildren,
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in.Stuart, Florida with final interment in Glasgow, Scotland
on a date to be determined.
In Nassau, a Memorial Mass will be held at St Paul the
Apostle church, Lyford Cay on Saturday, January 15,
2005 at 11am.
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* By FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE registrar of trade
unions Harcourt Brown is set
to mediate what is anticipated
to be an intense meeting today
between Bahamas Taxicab
Union President Leon Griffin
and four officers he is prepared
to evict.
Cheryl Ferguson, Sigmund
Bethel, Daniel Cleare and
Mark Sawyer are no longer
executive officers in the union,
according to Mr Griffin, who
carried on elections without the
presence of the Labour Board
on Thursday.


Minister of Labour Vincent
Peet told The Tribune yester-
day that Mr Brown will hold a
meeting between the parties
today before the ministry's
position is revealed. He was
unprepared to comment fur-
ther on an issue which is widen-
ing the rift between union
members.
Members
Of about 156 financial mem-
bers of the union, 60 turned
out to vote in an emergency
election called by the presi-
dent. Mr Griffin said on Friday
he would prepare a report of
the results and present them to


the minister, whom he expect-
ed to "ratify" them.
Fifty-three BTU members
voted to have the four officers
removed, six voted to have
them retain their posts, and one
ballot was empty.
Ministry officials were pre-
sent at the start of the polling
process, but left shortly after
upon instructions from their
department head.
Mr Griffin decided to con-
tinue the elections, and they
were then monitored by Jus-
tice of the Peace Mr Thomas
Bastian.
In a letter to Mr Griffin on
January 4, Mr Brown explained
that he was to provide the four


officers with a list of financial
members in order to avoid hav-
ing the polls "interrupted or
declared null and void".
Elections
Elections are to be held in
the presence of labour moni-
tors, said BTU's first vice-pres-
ident Sigmund Bethel. There-
fore, he said, the election was
illegal and the results would
not be honored. The officers
are expecting the ministry to
support their position as it
pulled out of the polls.
However, Mr Griffin is seek-
ing for the labour minister to
ratify the results after viewing


his documents.
When asked to comment on
the situation, Mr Peet said the
job of the ministry is to keep
the peace and seek to strength-
en labour relations in the coun-
try.
The ministry is now being
pressed by both sides to take a
stance. On one occasion, Mr
Griffin went abroad and
returned to find the locks on
the building changed and he
could not gain access to his
office. On more than one occa-
sion, police officers had to be
called to the Nassau Street'
headquarters as tempers flared
to a dangerous level.
The officers contend that Mr


Griffin is using these tactics to
avert the likely possibility of
them winning their posts at
general elections in August and
him being "dethroned".
Respect
Mr Griffin said it is his union
members who want to see the
officers leave the organisation
and he is simply carrying out
the will of his people.
This latest of dramatic events
for the union is being perceived
as an "egg in the face" by Mr
Griffin, who said he is not get-
ting the respect he should as a
union president from Minister
Peet.


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relief fund.
Contributing members companies included AID, Bahamas
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E RIGHT: Roots
Junkanoo group placed sec-
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lier New Year's Day Parade,
behind the Saxons Super-
stars. This horn blower is
pictured in a costume
depicting the group's theme
"Egypt the Glory Journey
to the Afterlife".
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Year's Day parade to
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Shipyard workers ,SOHN-F-rDBah
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FROM page three managers at the shipyard
after completing a three year
"And you have to have a state of mind in what you want and set management training course,
goals. There are going to be obstacles in your way, but those will which concluded with a six
either hinder you or help you," she said. Aeek training course in
Mr Dalgleish said'they will continue to offer management training Gibraltar. Seen standing I-r
opportunities for other Bahamian workers in the future. are Don Forbes, Anjoun
Dorothy Lockhart, personnel director, said the four Bahamians are Annaly. Shannon Smith. and
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planning skills. Nr Da'id Dalgleish, ship-
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be many expatriates. But that it was up to young Bahamians to get
in there and work hard to learn what is needed to take over the posi-
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more to develop managerial and supervisory skills, planning skills
and good communication skills, as well.
Joseph Darville, director of workforce development, said the over-
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workforce at the shipyard.
"We were very fortunate to have four young persons of their caliber.
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Mr Darville said the GB shipyard has incredible potential for growth
in the Bahamas.
"We do not have the type of skills locally to staff this place with the
workforce as far as Bahamians are concerned.
"And so we will be dependent on expatriates for a very long ...
time.
"But nonetheless, I think our direction must be in that way so that
eventually somewhere down the road the facility can be run by Bahami-
ans. But that will be up to them to demonstrate they have the capaci-
ty, willingness initiative, and intelligence to bring it to that stage," he
said. K.:


PM criticized





after radio





interview


FROM page one

and while they have decided
that there is insufficient evi-
dence, I trust that the director
of public prosecutions will let
the fair course of this matter-
unfold notwithstanding the
intimidation from his political
superior, the Attorney Gener-
al.



Registrar

General

'terminated

from her

position'

By TIFFANY GRANT
REGISTRAR General
Elizabeth E M Thompson
told media representatives
last night that she
received a letter at 5pm
terminating her from the
position.
On receiving the letter,
Ms Thompson said she
had turned over the keys
to the assistant registrar
general in the presence of
the human resources man-
ager. She also noted that
she has been given one
month's pay in lieu of
notice.
Fayne Thompson, her
legal representative, said
the reason for Ms Thomp-
son's termination has not
been stated.
"Before you terminate
someone, before you seek
to destroy them, you
should give that person a
hearing. To this very
moment the judiciary and
legal service commission
has not convened a hear-
ing to determine the alle-
gations, if any, against Ms
Thompson in regards of
letting her go," said Mr
Thompson.
Mr Thompson also chal-
lenged Prime Minister
Perry Christie to give a
reason for the termina-
tion.
He said: "Mr Prime
Minister, please tell us
why she has been fired?"
Ms Thompson said that
all times she has conduct-
ed herself as a profession- '
al. "I am saddened that on
Majority Rule Day that I
have been put in this posi-
tion as a Bahamian."
Ms Thompson will be
making a full statement at
a later date.


"This is a serious case, the
prime minister has shown a
poor, weak and indecisive han-
dling of this matter and to try
and divert attention to moral
issues, he should resign him-
self just for saying that because
morality goes to the core of
government in any county. I
heard what he said and I was
disgusted. His code of ethics
is not worth the paper it is
written on," Mr Symonette
said.
Raynard Rigby, chairman of
the PLP, pointed out, however,
that criticism against the prime
minister is misplaced because
the exclusion of moral guide-
lines in the code of ethics does
not negate the prime minister.
taking action against one of his
ministers "whose actions
would be viewed as being
repugnant in the public's eye".
Mr Rigby said there is a
counter argument, namely that
although moral conduct is not
included in the code of ethics,
it does not mean that it does
not apply.
"We live in a democracy and
the views of the Bahamian
people have a powerful influ-
ence on how people in public
life ought to behave. I believe
it is wrong to look at a given'
issue solely in the context of
the code. There are some con-
siderations that flow natural-


ly in terms of what are accept-
able standards of behaviour for
those in the public service," he
said.
Omar Smith, deputy leader
of the Bahamas Democratic
Movement, said that during his
interview he did not feel thai
the prime minister adequately
addressed the situation, nor
did he address public concern
on what the evidence was
against Mr Roberts and if the
allegations of such immoral
activities were grounds for him
to be dismissed.
"We found it interesting that
he never addressed the fact
that Mr Roberts was not sub-
ject to the same treatment the
average man would be in that
same situation.
"Mr Christie glossed over
the issue and it shows a lack
of seriousness by Mr Christie
of holding his ministers to a
certain standard.
"There have been many
opportunities for him to show
where he stands as far as his
code of ethics is concerned.
People are wondering what it
takes to be kicked out of his
Cabinet or be reprimanded at
least.
"He is setting a precedent
for future political players to
act in an improper manner
withogrrepercussions," said
Mr SniWh.


Low-fare carrier


gets in the


FROM page one
in the world with US customs
pre-clearance facilities.
Spirit Airlines senior vice-
president Tom Anderson said
that servicing the Bahamas
had been in the plans of the
Fort Lauderdale-based airline
for several years before final-
ly becoming a reality.
"We look forward to intro-
ducing our customers to the
beautiful islands of the
Bahamas and we also look
forward to introducing our
service to many Bahamians
for their travel needs," he


said.
Last week Spirit airlines
announced that advanced
bookings for service to Nas-
sau were so strong that the
airline added a second daily
flight to the Bahamas to its
schedule, starting February
10, 2005.
"These two daily flights will,
provide non-stop low-fare
service, affordable and con-
venient transportation, not
only to and from Fort Laud-
erdale, but with connections
all over our network in the
US," Mr Anderson noted.
Minister Wilchcombe said


spirit

he hopes the Bahamas will be
an even rpore desired vaca-
tion spot in the future and
will "in the next several
months and years emerge as
the best destination of the
entire world. "
He said that the proposed
transformation of the airport,
scheduled to be announced
in the coming weeks, and
planned improvements on
Bay Street and the Cable
Beach strip will help achieve
this goal.
The round trip from Nas-
sau to Fort Lauderdale is cur-
rentlyr$88.


Man arraigned over shooting death


FROM page one

istrate Watkins charged with unlawful posses-
sion of various items and possession of instru-
ments for burglary on January 1 this year.
Police allege that the accused had in his pos-
session 20 cans of Bluebird juice, 56 bottles of
Vitamalt, six cases of roach killer bait and one
can of pest control insecticide without, being
able to give a satisfactory account of how he
obtained them.
Greene had been arrested after running away
from a trolley filled with the items when he saw
police on Kemp Road. He was at the time also
found to be in possession of a hatchet and a
pair of clippers.
Greene pleaded guilty and in his defence
explained to the magistrate that he merely col-
lected bottles for a living and had stumbled
across the items while scouring through some
garbage.
He said he thought the items were a blessing
and that "it was a new year so I thought I win.
big." He said he ran away from police because
he thought that they would think he had stolen:


the items. Greene was sentenced to nine months
imprisonment for both possession of the instru-
ments of burglary and six months for unlawful
possession of the items. The sentences are to run
concurrently.
Derrick Moxey, 39, was sentenced to nine
months imprisonment after pleading guilty to
stealing a vehicle.
Moxey admitted that on Thursday, January 6,
he stole Donna Forbes' white 1998 Nissan Max-
ima. He was also charged with receiving that
yehicle.
Moxey's attorney Devard Williams asked the
court to be lenient, pointing out that Moxey
had not waster the court's time and pleaded
guilty.
He also argued that Moxey had a history of
substance abuse and had been a patient at
Saridilands Rehabilitation Centre but had not
completed the programme.
Magistrate Watkins, however, said he should
have made an attempt to finish the programme
and said she could only sentence him to prison
not to a drug rehabilitation programme.
She sentenced him to nine months in
prison. .


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in Montle'o Bak Jamaica,
,Ministry of Tourism officials
are estimating that the
Bahamnzi' convention tax
e emption status,, which kicks.
in from 2(X00 onm% yards, will have
an initial economic imp.ict of
$2 million.
Bndgette King, the Ministry
of Tourism's national director
for North America and the Far
East, yesterday told The Tri-
bune that the convention tax
exemption, which is a trade-off
benefit for signing a Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreement
(TIEA) with the US, would
help the Bahamas tap into the
$,20 billion convention and
group industry.
Ms. King said 'renewed
emphasis had been placed on
engaging this market segment
in anticipation of the increased


business that is expected to
come to the Bahamas.
Increasing the number of staff
in the department responsible
for conventions and groups, the
Ministry of Tourism is set to
increase its marketing activities
in this area. Meetings have been
scheduled with event planners
and other strategic middlemen
to assist theBahamas in this
venture.
Part of what the Ministry
- wants to do with the additional
group business, Ms King said,
is eliminate the seasonal nature
of the Bahamas' tourism busi-
ness, dealing with low summer
arrivals volumes and increasing
traffic to the Family Islands.
Ms King said the Bahamas
would not go after large-scale
conventions involving thou-
sands of attendees, but was
instead focusing its efforts on
smaller-scale meetings involv-
ing the managing directors of
multinational companies,
.retreats, regional meetings and
other mid-sized groups


Heading into 2005, the Min-
istry of Tourism is also looking
to increase its presence in other
niche markets, including the
African-American market,
which netted more than $1 mil-
lion in. 2004 for the Bahamas,
and the religious-based market.
Two highlights for the year
include a Promise Keepers Con-
ference, scheduled to be held
in November, and a meeting of
the National Coalition of Black'
Meeting Planners, also expected
to be held in November.
To boost the Bahamas' pro-
file in the convention and group
sector, and also in other niche
markets, Ms King said the coun-
try's public relations mecha-
nisms needed to be strength-
ened. As the Bahamas worked
to build a strong product, it was
important the destination
increased its presence in the
marketplace.
Additional markets that will
see increased attention are
See MARKET, Page 2B


BISX sees traded



share value rise



226.04o% in 2004


Davies on
'mission' to
attract more
domestic
listings in 2005
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
K eith Davies, the
Bahamas Inter-
national Securi-
ties Exchange's
(BISX) chief
executive, yesterday told The
Tribune he was on a "mission"
to attract more listings to the
exchange's domestic tier in
early 2005, while admitting
that it had to "do a better job"
on enforcing timely disclosure
from its quoted companies.
Mr Davies, said he was
"aggressively going after a
number of entities we didn't
getto list last year", something
that would be his "mission for
the first few months".
Although he did not identify
the companies he was pursuing
for potential BISX listings, Mr
Dtliies said the targets had
been identified and contacted.
and the response had been
positive.
He added: "I think we can
bring more consolidation to
the capital markets here, giving
people more choice, which is,
what our market needs. Unless
[companies] are put on a cen-
tralised, properly regulated
market, people don't know
about them or don't access
them."
Since 2001, when Freeport
Concrete held its initial pub-
lic offering (IPO) and listed
on BISX,.the only further
domestic listings have been last


Keith Davies


year's Ketzner International
Bahamian Depository Receipt
(BDR) offering and Bank of
the Bahamas International's
decision to move across from
the over-the-counter market.
RND Holdings left BISX and
moved back to the over-the-
counter market.
Premier Commercial Real
Estate Investment Corpora-
tion also listed on BISX, but
only did so after its shares had
been sold in 9 private place-
ment. Since it listed, there has
not been a single trade in Pre-
mier's shares.
. Lack of liquidity the will-
ingness of buyers and sellers


to interact and trade shares-
plus concerns over BTSX's sur-
vival are among the chief fac-
tors Ihought to have discour-
aged further listings. Many
companies that listed when the
exchange went live in 2000
subsequently saw their share
prices decline despite produc-
ing solid sets of results, which
again contributed to a reluc-
tance to use BISX.
- Mr Davies, meanwhile, said
"one or two" international list-
ings on BISX were possiblefor
2005, although these first
required certain conditions to
See PLAN, Page 2B


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
TRADING on the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX) rebounded
-last year to more than recover
losses sustained during its mid-
2003 low point, its chief execu-
tive said yesterday, with trad-
ing volumes up by 124.05 per
cent on the previous year and
total traded value up by 226.04
per cent.
BISX's All Share Index the
-weighted aggregate of all stocks
listed on the exchange finished
2004 at 1,039.38, closing up
171.08 points or 19.7 per cent
for the entire year. This com-
pared to a 17.43 point decline or


fall of 1.97 per cent for 2003.
The All Share Index also fin-
ished 2004 with a bang, increas-
ing by 15.75 points or 1.54 per
cent during December to negate
November's 0.09 per cent
decline.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, said the equity mar-
ket's pick-up in 2004 had
enabled, investors to recover
their 2003 losses and "then
some".
He added: "Monies were put
into the market and a lot of.
people once again began to see
value in securities long-term."
Trading activity and the All
Share Index hit their low-point
See TRADE, Page 2B


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Plan (From page 1B)


be met locally.
The likelihood that the Gov-
ernment will this month receive
the report on implementing the
16 recommendations suggested
as key to revitalising BISX will
probably remove doubts about
BISX's future, at least in the


short-term.
Mr Davies yesterday said any
moves to enact some of the rec-
ommendations would boost
investor perceptions and have
a positive impact for both the
exchange and the capital mar-
kets.


Describing the report's arrival
as "on the horizon", he said: "I
think because of the length of
time it's gone on, that will cre-
ate a lot of excitement and
expectation on the part of
investors and the public at large.
"We have a unique opportu-


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Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Completed questionnaires are to be hand-delivered on or before 14 January,
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way to help the companies to
do that and put in place a plat-
form for them to do that."
Timely disclosure continues
to be one of the biggest prob-
lems plaguing the Bahamian
capital markets. Among the
recent controversies have been
FINCO's refusal to disclose an
extraordinary item that sent its
2003 general and administrative
expenses soaring costs relat-
ed to its aborted attempt to
acquire a majority stake in


British American Bank.
Others have involved the
eight months that elapsed
between 2003 year-end and
Benchmark (Bahamas) reveal-
ing it had made a provision of
$1.499 million for doubtful
debts relating to litigation
involving a subsidiary, plus Col-
ina Insurance Company not dis--
closing the conditions it will
have to accept if the Govern-
ment is to approve its Imperial
Life Financial acquisition.


nity to recapture our capital
markets and do it in a way that
benefits everyone. Taking BISX
out of the equation for a
moment, it's about benefiting
the market, benefiting BISX
and benefiting investors. That
is and always will be our posi-
tion."
Mr Davies added that to
maintain capital markets.
momentum and investor confi-
dence, which helped BISX's
trading volumes increase by
124.05 per cent last year com-
pared to 2003, with the total val-
ue of all shares traded rising by
226.04 per cent, he was seeking
to ensure the exchange did a
better job on enforcing timely
disclosure from its listed com-
panies.
On disclosure, which means
that companies have to inform
investors of a material event
occurring within 48 hours, Mr
Davies said: "BISX has to do a
better job and the companies
have to follow suit. We've got to
find a creative and innovative

Trade

(From page 1 B)
in mid-2003, around the April to
June period, but both volumes
and prices have risen steadily
since as institutional investors
and high net worth individuals
drive activity, sensing that many
BISX-listed companies were
undervalued.-
BISX trading volume for
2004 was 7.996 million shares, a
124.05 per cent gain as an extra
4.427 million shares changed
hands. Total traded value was
$24.271 million, a 226.04 per:
cent or $16.827 million gain on
2003. ..
Cable Bahamas led the way
on both trading volume and val-
ue, largely due to the fact that
more than one million of its
shares some 5 per cent of its
outstanding ordinary stock -
changed hands in one transac-
tion when the Government, via,
the Public Treasury, sold them
to the National Insurance
Board (NIB).
Cable Bahamas accounted
for more than half total trading
volumes at 54.49 per cent, with
4.357 million shares changing
hands. Then came Common-
wealth bank which saw 761,262
shares traded, accounting for
9.52 per cent of total volumes:
ICD Utilities. w\ith 741.600
shares or 9.27 per cent o f total
Volume; FINCO with 473,214
shares or 5.92 per cent of total
volumes traded; and FOCOL
with 274,384 shares or 3.43 per
cent of total volumes traded.
Cable Bahamas accounted
for 63156 per cent or $15.426
million of total value traded on
BISX. Coming behind were
Commonwealth Bank, which
accounted for $2.603 million
(10.72 per cent) of traded value;
ICD Utilities, with $1.394 mil-
lion or 5.75 per cent of traded
value; FINCO at $1.036 million
or 4.27 per cent of total value;
and FOCOL at $904,278 or 3.37
per cent of total value.
Currently, five BISX-listed
stocks Benchmark (Bahamas),
Colina Holdings; FINCO, First-
Caribbean and Doctors Hospi-
tal are trading at their 52-week
highs, while other such as Cable
Bahamas and Commonwealth
Bank are only just below theirs.
Mr Davies said that the fair
global economic outlook for
2005 would help to positively,
influence investor perceptions,
and was likely to keep the
Bahamian equity markets going
in the right direction for at least,
the first two quarters in 2005.


S KColina
,-oo Financial Advisors Ltd. *---
Pricing Information As Of:
a mBAmA Omse mm07 January 200Sm1*mm' '
\BSX ALL SHARE INDEX, CLOSE 1,039.75 CHG 00.001 %CHG 00.00 1ilfYTD 71.45 YTD % 19.75B
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS S Div S PIE Yield
1 49 1 10 ADaco. Marlk.,ei 1 10 1 10 000 0 197 0000 N/M 0 000%
8.40 7.25 Bahamas Property Fund 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.0 4.00%
6.25 5.75 Bank of Bahamas 5.75 5.75 0.00 0.152 0.330 11.2 5,74%
0.86 0.69 Benchmark 0.86 0.85, 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0,00%
1.97 1.80. Bahamas Waste 1.80 1.80 0.00 0.101 0.080 17.8 4.44%
1.00 0.91 British American Bank 0.95 0.95 0.00 0.007 0.040 12.8 4.21%
7.25 6.21 Cable Bahamas 7.10 7.10 0.00 0.510 0.240 13.9 3.38%
2.20 1.35 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.17 6.15 Commonwealth Bank 7.15 7.15 0.00 0.632 0.390 11.3 5.45%
1.50 0.35 Doctor's Hospital 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.228 0.000 6.6 0.00%
4.00 3.13 Famguard 3.96 3.96 0.00 0.406 0.170 9.8 4.29%
9.70 8.00 Finco 9.70 9.70 0.00 0.649 0.480 14.9 4.95%
7.49' 6.20 FirstCaribbean 7.49 7.49 0.00 ,0.513 0.330 14.6 4.41%
8.60 8.00 Focol. 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.3 6.25%
2.25 1.99 FreeportConcrete 1.99 1.99 0.00 0.025 0.000 79.6 0.00%
10.38 9.90 ICD Utilities 9.89 9.69 0.00 0.818 0.405 12.1 4.10%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.785 0.550 10.5 6.81%
6.27 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.83 5.85 0.02, 0.245 0.000 23.8 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.694 0.350 14.4 3.50%
":!. .- ,. Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid S Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/IE Yield
13.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 16.00 1.328 0.720 10.5 5.14%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
060 040 RND Holdhngs 029 0.54 000 -0 103 00000 NM 000".
,- ,Collna Over-The-Counter Securities
4300 28 00 ABDAB 41 00 43 00 41 00 2 220 0000 194 000.
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0 60 0 35 RND Holaings 0 29 054 0 .35 -0 103 C0 000 N. 0 004".
:' BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD1h Last 12 Months Div S Yield %
1.1854 1 0787 Colina Money Maret Funs 1 186,395"
2.0536 1.8154 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1191.*
10.2148 10.0000W Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2648""***
2.1564 2.0012 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.156379**
1.0631 1.0000 Collna Bond Fund 1.063110""*
ManW i.Fi',, FINDEX: CLOSE 420.140 I YTD 12.259% / 2003 -0.5949%
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
2wk-IHI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellit
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today s Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
- AS AT SEP. 30, 2004/1 -- AS AT OCT. 31, 2004
* A AT SEP. 24. 20041 AS AT DEC. 31. 2004/***- AS AT DEC. 31. 2004
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High School


will hold its Entrance
Examination on Saturday,
January 15, 2005 at the
School on Bernard Road from
8:00 am 1:30 pm for students
wishing to enter grades 7,8,
9 and 10.


Applications are available at
the High School Office and
should be completed and
returned to the school by

Friday, January 14, 2005.

Fo furheSinoratin 0leae al


BUSINESS


Market (From page 1B)

boating, fishing, diving and the honeymoon and wedding markets.
Ms King added that some rebound had been seen in the boating
market. Following the increase in fees there was some fall off in the
number of pleasure crafts coming into the Bahamas, but there
had been an increase in numbers recently.


NOTICE

TYRIAN LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:,

(a) TYRIAN LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000..

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 7th
-January 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to
and registered by, the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr L% nden Maycock of
Sandringham House, 83 Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau,
Bahamas as sole Liquidator.

Dated the 7th day of January 2005.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

fr te Registered Agent
for the above-named Company





The Annual General Meeting of The Churches of Christ will
be held on 29th January, 2005 beginning at 12:00noon at
Highbury Park Church of Christ, cornerof Petersfield and
Guildford Roads. All members are requested to be present.

Signed:Dorothy Malcolm
Secretary



LEGALNOTICE


NOTICE

THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act, 2000, UNDERWOOD &
TAYLOR LIMITED is in dissolution. The date of commencement
of dissolution was January 7, 2005. Douglas Mackintosh is the
Liquidator of Underwood & Taylor Limited.





Douglas Macintosh
Li. quiator ,







TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005, PAGE 3B


Professor supports financial





services immigration report


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

TYRIAN LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at Sandringham House, 83, Shirley Street, P.O.
Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas, as sole Liquidator on or before
the 21st day of January, 2005. In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the
Liquidator.

Dated the 7th day ofJanuary, 2005.


Lynden Maycock
Liquidator


Mrs. Godfrey W. Higgs

who is hale and heaty

at 89 is not sending

Christmas cards this year

but instead, in this message, her very

best wishes to all for a

happy, healthy and prosperous 2005


Career Opportunity Exists
For Positions In

Finance

A leading.and fast growing company is interested in a
qualified person to work administratively in its finance
department. The successful candidate should possess the
following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Excellent verbal and written skills;
Proficient in Microsoft word and excel computer
programs;
3-5 years clerical/secretarial experience with minimum
of 2 years as an administrative assistant or executive
secretary;
High school or equivalent education required. Associates
Degree preferred.

Resumes should be submitted on or before
January 17, 2005 to:

Attn: Finance Department
c/o: P.O. Box F-01011
Freeport, Grand Bahama


MANAGEMENT TRAINEE

POSITIONS

Bahamas Supermarkets Limited, operators of City
Markets, Nassau has openings for the position of
Management Trainee.

The successful applicant will have at least 2 years experience
in retail management and 2 years experience in
merchandising, buying or marketing. The applicant will
have strong inter-personal skills, is a self-motivator and has
effective supervisory skills. The completion of secondary
school with a minimum of 3 BGCSE and some computer
literacy is required. The position requires the ability to work
a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience
and qualifications.

Please send a covering letter and resume together with
references from past employers, a picture and police
background check to the Human Resources Manager, P.O..
Box N-3738, Nassau, Bahamas.

No Phone Calls Please

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Financial Ser-
vices Consultative
Forum's Immigra-
tion report has
received strong
backing from the Urban
Renewal Commission's head,
who said the Bahamas now
faces a choice between remain-
ing "a second class financial
domicile or going for the gold"
by bringing in foreign expertise
to supplement the Bahamian
workforce.
Dr David Allen, a psychia-
trist, said the report's critics had
"mischaracterised" the
'Bahamianisation' issue.
Describing 'Bahamianisation'
as "not an end in itself but a
means of developing the
Bahamas", Dr Allen argued
that the Bahamas needed help
and input from outside exper-
tise "to effect the most positive.
change" and prevent this nation
stagnating. .
Already, the Bahamas was
losing significant business to
rival jurisdictions because its
regulatory processes and other
financial services infrastructure
was perceived as' slow and inef-
ficient.
Dr Allen said: "After Hurri-
cane Ivan hit Cayman, one
morning walking to my office
at Sandyport I met a lady from
a leading mutual fund and I
asked her: 'How are things
going?' And she said: 'Well, our
offices in Cayman were
destroyed by Hurricane Ivan'..
"So I said: "I am sorry to hear
that, but why not bring your
business to the Bahamas?" She
said: 'I tried to do that. But they
said that things happen so slow
here they felt more secure tak-
ing the business in New Jersey
until they rebuild the Cayman
offices'."
In a statement issued to The,
Tribune. Dr Allen added:, "The
reality isif wye are .going to
attract more financial products
to our shoreswe' will have to
improve our infrastructure.
"What do we do? We can
accept our slowness and con-
tinue on in our mediocre way,
losing businesses to other juris-
dictions or, on the other hand,
we can become proactive and
decide to do something about
it.
"This is my country, my birth
right and I love it. I believe that
whatever happens anywhere in
the world could happen best in
the Bahamas. And if somebody
else outside the Bahamas can
- help us get there, I want them
here as soon as possible so that
my brothers or sisters could
'share the pie."
Dr'Allen added that the
Bahamas had the ability to
develop a financial services
infrastructure and immigration
process that benefited the entire
country without destroying the
opportunity for Bahamians to
develop. However, there had to
be an understanding that
'Bahamianisation' was a multi-
facted concept.
The Immigration report's
opponents, led by Dominion
Management Services manag-
ing director, Paul Moss, have
accused if of advocating the
wholesale abandonment of
'Bahamianisation' as it relates
to the financial services indus-
try.
This, though, has been denied
by the Forum's chairman, Brian
Moree, who has repeatedly said
the Immigration sub-commit-
tee was not advocating an
"Open Sesame" when it came
to foreign expertise coming into
the financial services industry.
Dr Allen backed Mr Moree,
saying that the report did not
press for the abolition of
'Bahamianisation' as its critics
claimed.
He said: "Bahamianisation is
about creating and increasing
the opportunities for Bahami-
ans. This is not in dispute. The
controversy arises in the con-
cern that foreigners will be
allowed to come to Nassau and
usurp the positions that
Bahamians should hold. This is
a legitimate concern because it
could be interpreted to defeat
the ideal of 'Bahamianisation'.
However, this is not the case.
"The recommended action
would be a vehicle to further
the other critical component of
Bahamianisation; the overall
professional environment in
which these jobs are being cre-
ated. To increase the heights to


which Bahamian professionals
can rise, innovation and instruc-
tion are necessary. Growth


necessitates change. To effect
the most positive change for the
Bahamas we need input from
others who have expertise and
experience, and who can pro-
vide another perspective.
"Without new insight and
perspective we will sink into
stagnation. Bahamianisation is
not .an end but a means of
developing our country. If we
limit the meaning of 'Bahami-
anisation' we can literally
destroy our country by dancing
in an illusion of .self-sufficient
mediocrity.
"Our challenge is to make the
Bahamas the best possible
country we can be. Accom-
plishing this.requires not only
seeking our best local talent btit
creating space for persons who
have distinguished themseNles
with international financial
expertise for excellence to help
us build our country. This is true
in medicine, law enforcement,
technology and, of course, busi-
ness and finance."
Dr Allen backed the Forum's
insistence that outside exper-
tise was necessary to protect
and enhance the Bahamas'
competitiveness.
"And as iron sharpens iron,
the dialogue between such
experts and our local talent will
project the country to greater'
heights. We only need to look at
such countries as India, Ireland
and the Isle of Man, where they
have undertaken massive edu-
cational and technological pro-
jects both national and inter-
national to develop excel-
lence."
' Describing Immigration and
the associated 'Bahamianisa-,
tion' concept as "a sacred cow"
that many politicians were too
afraid to address Dr Allen
added, that he admired Mr
Moree for facing the issue.
Dr Allen said: "The fact is
that to develop the financial
service industry as a first-class
destination requires the top
brass. The immigration sub-
committee is simple% advocating
a review of our aBahanuanisa-
tion' and immigration policy as
it relates to our financial ser-
vices industry to see if there is a
more effective approach to get-
ting our goals to make our
country a first-class financial
services destination.
"I find it very sad that the
detractors of the report feel that
the chairman was calling for the
abandonment of the 'Bahami-
anisation' policy. In my view,
Mr Moree was advocating the
supplementing of Bahamian
professionals in highly techni-
cal, skilled areas where cutting
edge, highly complex products


are concerned, by attracting top
international attorneys and
financial professionals who con-
trol these types of businesses.
"In doing so they in turn
could bring their business to the
Bahamas, creating a growth
edge for us at the same time as
expanding' our financial devel-
opment. This would be a mutu-
ally beneficial process because


in this kind of business wealthy
individuals put their trust in cer-
tain types of persons, and usu-
ally their business follows wher-
ever the professional goes.
"In growing our financial cen-
tre we should not create a glass
ceiling but, rather, work to
expand our financial products
creating more opportunity for
financial experts."


LEGALNOTICE

NOTICE

FOCUS HOLDINGS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of Focus Holdings Limited has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Elvira Lowe
(Liquidator)



SCheryl Rolle
(Liquidator)




SAINT AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE
O'l^ P.0 BOX N-3940
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
TELEPHONE:.(242) 324-1511 .
FAX: (242) 364-1265








The Entrance Examination for students wishing
to enter Grade Seven at St'Augustine'soGollege
for September, 2005 will be given on Friday,
January 28th, 2005.

Deadline for registration for this examination
is Friday, January 21st.

Eligible students may register at their Primary
Schools or at St. Augustine's College. Only
students in Grade Six will be allowed to sit the
Entrance Exam.


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION


TENDER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STORAGE
FACILITY AT THE SOUTH ANDROS POWER STATION,
ANDROS ISLAND, BAHAMAS

TENDER NO. 577/05


The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders
for the construction of 31' x 15' wooden structure with concrete floor and
shed roof storage facility at,the South Andros Power Station compound on
the Corporation's premises on the island of Andros.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads, by contacting:-

Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852


Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 27 January,
and addressed as follows:


2005 by 4:00 pm


The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 577/05

"CONSTRUCTION OF SOUTH ANDROS STORAGE FACILITY"

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject
any or all respondees.


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big step


forward


for region
By YOLANDA plan for forward growth con-
DELEVEAUX tinue to be relevant to the
Tribune Business Reporter regional industry, and will
require a concerted effort if
Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. strong growth is to be main-
Patterson yesterday said the tained.
signing of the initial phase of He added that understanding
the Caribbean Single Market growth markets for the
and Economy (CSME) in Feb- Caribbean region was impera-
ruary. would be a big step for- tive if the sector was to see an
ward for the region, moving it increase in tourist arrivals in
towards achieving sustained 2005 and beyond, with statistics
economic development and showing an improvement in
empowering Caribbean people. arrivals by some 8 per cent from
Addressing the opening ses- January to August 2004, accord-
sion of the Caribbean Hotel ing to the World Travel and
Association (CHA) Market- Tourism Council (WTTC). The
place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, WTTC also projected the
Mr Patterson said five Bills had region would see revenues of
passed through the Jamaican some $40.3 billion in economic
Parliament covering the free activity directly generated by
movement of goods, capital and the travel and tourism industry.
people, as well as the movement Mr Patterson said: "Clearly
of certain categories of profes- our cultural and geographic
signals and workers within the diversity, our accessibility and
single market area. our, unique character as one
Mr Patterson said: "The' extraordinary group of islands
CSIAE will create a market of together make us a powerful
some six million nationals of the force among the leading travel
region, with outreach to 15 mil- destinations for tourists world-
lion consumers spread over wide."
2000 'miles. It will also be the The Jamaican prime minister
platform to launch a major also noted that China, a mar-
advance of the tourism indus- ket being sought after by the
try throughout the Caribbean. Bahamas, has granted his coun-
Jamaica intends to capitalise on try "Approved Destination Sta-
this. We aim to make Montego tus." The development is a
Bay a main gateway to the major milestone in opening up
Caribbean for the rest of the the entire Caribbean region to a
world." potentially huge market and
Touching on the importance valuable new source for tourism
of the tourism industry, Mr Pat- revenue, he said, adding that
terson said an ongoing sustain- China is now the world's sev-
able tourism exercise, commu- enth-largest nation of interna-
nity initiatives and a mandated tional tourism spenders.
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BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS

NOTICE,
www.bahamasengineers.org
THE BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS
Cordially invites you to attend
The Monthly Luncheon
on
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
topic:
"OPPORTUNITIES FOR
ENGINEERS IN 2005"
Guest Speakers: .
Hon. Allison Maynard Gibson, M.P.
Minister of Financial Service & Investments
Place:.
Graycliff Restaurant (West Hill Street)
Time: 1:00pm
If possible pleap confirm your attendance by e-mail
maria.lamaha@hotmail.com or wccgibson@wsc.com.bs
or by TEL/FAX: (328-1858) orjamiehnas@batelnet.bs


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that 1, MRS JULIAMAE
FORBES, intend to change my name to JULIAMAE
JOHNSON. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box F-43536, Grand
Bahama, no later than thirty (30) days after the.date of
publication of this notice.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MR TAMAR KAREEM STUART, #11
VICTORIA GARDEN, BRUCE AVE., P.O. BOX F-40655, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applyingto t he Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 6TH day of JANUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,
Bahamas.


GN-150



SUPREME

COURT





THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
JAN. 13, 2005

No. 6692004

Whereas ANITA PRATT SMITH, of
Sunset Park, Southern District, on the Island.
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of IRVIN STEPHEN
SMITH late of Sunset Park, Southern District,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas.
deceased.

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


Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
322-4348
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN.13, 2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 671/2004

In the Estate of MARJORIE GLADYS
BOUNDS late of 550 of Wellingborough,
Northampton in England and Wales, United,
Kingdom,

deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate Side by.
WILLIAM FREDRICK POMEROY
FOUNTAIN of 25 Retirement Road, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant of
Probate of Will and Testament with a Codicil
in the above estate granted to TREVOR
GEORGE and MARGARET CATHERINE
RILEY, the Personal Representatives by the
Hight Court of Justice, the District Probate
Registry atNewcastle Upon Tyne, on the 4th
day of September, 2003.


Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE

No. 672/2004

Whereas MONIQUE V. A. GOMEZ of
Sea View Drive, Western District, on the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by
Deed of Power of Attorney for CARLTON
B. CAMPBELL, the Executor has made


application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with
the Will Annexed of the Real and Personal
Estate of MARGARET CAMPBELL
THOMAS late of Musgrove Street,
Chippingham, Western District, on the Islands
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,


deceased.

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

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
JAN. 12, 2005

No. 674/2004

Whereas ROLAND LAMBERT
ALBURY of Hurricane House Road, Black
Sound, Green Turtle Cay, on the Island of
Abaco, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of RICHARDSON
ALBURY late of Carmichael Road, Western
District, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

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

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
JAN. 13, 2005


No. 675/2004

Whereas MARIE BETHEL of Hawksbill
in the City of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands 'of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of LLOYD BETHEL late of Hawksbill in the
City of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas,

deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.


Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
JAN. 13 2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 676/2004

In the Estate of ETHEL WINIFRED
MEERLOO, late of 46 Highway, Mount
Waverley, Victoria, Australia,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY, of the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in the Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Letters of Administration with the
Will Annexed in the above estate granted to
JEFFREY EDWARD FAURE, the legal
personal representative, by the Supreme Court
of Victoria, Probate Jurisdiction, on the 4th
day of June, 2004.


Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar
JAN. 10, 11, 12.


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SPORT


THE Masters Softball
League has announced
that the following play-
ers will make up the two
teams that will partici-
pate in the All-Star Clas-
sic.
The game is scheduled
to be played on Sunday
at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium, starting at
3pm.
Named to the Presi-
dent's team, managed by
Anthony 'Poker' Huyler
(Joshua Knights) and
coached by Audley
Williams (Doghouse
Rangers) and Rory
Newbold (Doughboys)
are the following:
First base Anthony
'Boots' Weech* (Jets);
Joe McPhee (Miller
Lite).
Second base Walter
Stuart* (Miller Lite);
Clifford Jones (Jets).
Third base Randy
Flowers* (Miller Lite);
Sonny 'Jiggy' Haven
(Jets).
Shortstop Alfred
Johnson* (Doghouse);
Dennis Davis (Accent).
Leftfield Dick
Brown* (Tyreflex); Joe
Jones (Miller Lite).
Centrefield Jeff
Cooper* (Jets); Philip
Huyler (Miller Lite).
Rightfield Lenny
White* (Joshua); Will
Basden (Accent).
Catchers -Michael
Major* (Jets); Lester
Bowleg (Doughboys).
Pitchers Rudy Gar-
diner* (Joshua); John
Woodside (Doughboys);
Harold Fritzgerald
(Miller Lite).
Utility players Mike
Moss* (Tyreflex); Ken
O'Brien (Tyreflex);
Dudley Moxey (Dog-
house).

Named to the Vice
President's team, man-
aged by Akel Clarke
(Williams Construction)
and coached by George
Addeley (Tyreflex Stars)
and Lawrence 'Buddy'
Smith (Miller Lite), are
the following:
First base Larry
Forbes* (Tyreflex); Fred
'Papa' Smith (Miller
Lite).
Second base Darryl
Bartlette* (Tyreflex);
Donnie Lockhart
(Joshua).
Third base Tony
Robinson* (Tyreflex);
Johnnie Adderley
(Joshua).
Shortstop Gary
'Super' Johnson* (Jets);
Max Moncur (Joshua).
Leftfield Abe John-
son* (Joshua); Anthony
Pearce (Jets).
Centrefield Anthony
Roberts* (Tyreflex);
Lionel Neely (Joshua).
Rightfield Lee Rah-
ming* (Jets); Walter
Rand (Joshua).
Catchers Edward


Culmer* (Miller Lite);
Barry Carroll (Tyreflex).
Pitchers Mike Dil-
lett* (Jets); Mike Isaacs
(Tyreflex); Glenroy 'Flo'
Saunders (Doghouse).
Utility players Eric
'No Go' Albury*
(Doughboys); Hillery
Deveaux (Miller Lite);
Kendal Ferguson (Dog-
house).


The Falcons and Machines go





head-to-head in marquee gamn


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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
ONE of the biggest senior
boys basketball games in the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools will
be played on Wednesday.
That's when the defending
champions Jordan Prince
William Falcons will head to St.
Augustine's College to play the
undefeated Big Red Machines
in the first meeting between the
two power houses.
The marquee game of the'
second half of the season will
get underway at 3.45pm.
"I think you're gonna see two
teams that are well coached,
two teams that are very com-
petitive and both sides will have
athletes hungry to continue to
have success in their season,"
said SAC's coach Reggie
Forbes.
"I think both teams want to
culminate their basketball
careers, as far as the seniors are


Defending champions


take on undefeated SAC


concerned, with a good record
and I think it will be an oppor-
tunity for both high school bod-
ies to see high school basket-
ball at its finest."

Forward
Falcons' coach Dexter Cam-
bridge, whose team have lost
only one game so far, was
unavailable for comments. But
Forbes said his Big Red
Machines are looking forward
to the matchup.
"I'm sure that the anticipa-
tion is there for both teams,"
he stated. "At this point, I guess
both teams will be monitoring
each other's season, so it should
be an excellent played game.
"Dexter is a fine coach. He


has proven that in the past two
seasons. And so we do expect
that he will come with his team
fully prepared."
But don't expect the Falcons
to fly into SAC and just roll
over the Big Red Machines.
"We, here at St. Augustine's,
will be up to the challenge,"
Forbes predicted. "They are the
defending champions and,
despite the one loss they've had
so far, they're still a fine team.
"So we are not going into this
game underestimating his abili-
ty or the athleticism of his
team."
While Jordan Prince William
took a break during the Christ-
mas holiday, SAC entered in
the CI Gibson Yuletide Invita-
tional Tournament where they


made it to the semifinal, finish-
ing fourth overall.
Forbes said that was just to
keep his players sharp for the
second half of the season and
the much anticipated showdown
with the Falcons.
"The game is going to be on
the line. The ability of the play-
ers to convert the free throws
and play defence will be the key
to the success of either team,"
he lamented.

Difficult
"It's very difficult at times
when you go into a game with a
game plan and dealing with
human personalities, young
men in particular, sometimes
they have their own idea of
what the game plan should be.
"I'm sure .if both teams and
players stick to the game plan
practised, I'm sure that you will
see a well played game. Again,
it will be left up to the student-
athletes who will determine on
that day, which team will suc-
ceed."
So far this season, Forbes has


1i


been using his entire team andj
he anticipates that the trend wilt
continue as they look ahead tq
the post-season.
But he expects for point
guard Leon Rahining to conj
trol the tempo of their game;
He expect the remainder of th4
backcourt and small forward
positions to be carried by
Jamaal Knowles, Frisco McKay
and Javari Southard.
In the front-court, Forbes said
he's looking forward to centre
Davon Munnings having anoth;
er big game and Stuart Bowq
to come in and provide the
depth that they will need.
If there's one thing that
Forbes doesn't intend to worry
about is whether or not his
players can handle the ball. He
revealed that one of the thing$
that he made sure is that all of
the players have a knack foi
dribbling the ball.
Forbes said he honesty feels
that because there will be "but'-
terflies" on both sides of thW
court, it will come down to the
team whose players want to win
the most that will end up on top.


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CRICKETERS from all
over the world who reside
,in the Bahamas, will pay
=their respects to the late
Andre Rodgers in a cricket
:match named: the Andre
'Rodgers Memorial Cricket
,Classic.
It's set for 10am on Sun-
day, January 16 at Haynes
SOval, West Bay Street.
The match will be played
between a Jamaican Invita-
tional and the Bahamas
Invitational team, consist-
ing of the best local and
foreign players of the
Bahamas Cricket Associa-
tion.
The late Rodgers was an
outstanding all-rounder in
cricket. He played with the
St. Albans Cricket Club
locally and toured overseas
with the great Common-
wealth Wanderers Cricket
Club even during his base-
ball career.

Players
He was a frequent visitor
to Haynes Oval where he
spent time with old players
and friends.
The Jamaican team is
being led by Venris Ben-
nett and managed by Dr
Mark Butler. It includes
Bahamas National team
players Dwight Wheatley,
Garcha Blair, Howard Roy
and Oneil Levy.
The Bahamas will be led
by national team player
Whitcliffe Atkinson, and
managed by Paul Thomp-
son. The team will include
Bahamas national team
players Gary Campbell,
Andy Ford, Johnathan'
Barry, Narendra
Ekanayake, Gary Arm-
strong, Gary Brathwaite
and Rod Coakley.
The Bahamas team also
include Don Butler and a
number of the Asian and
Guyanese players from the
recent CARICOM Tour-
nament.
# The umpires will be Bri-
an Tappin and Chris
Brown.


The outlook is Fyne or


sprinter


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
NOT since running the lead off leg
for the Golden Girls' victorious 4 x 100
metre relay at the 2000 Summer
Olympic Games has sprinter Sevatheda
Fynes completed a full track and field
season.
Hampered by a series of injuries over
the past four years, Fynes had to abort
one season after the other.
But now she's back, healthy and
strong again.
Coupled with the fact that she's work-
ing with a new coach, Fynes is hoping
that this will be her year to regain her
supremacy as.one of the fastest women
in the world.

Quest
Her quest to return to the glory days
will begin on Saturday, January. 29.
when she opens her indoor season at
the Sparkassen Cup in Stuttgart, Ger-
many, an IAAF Permit meeting.
"I don't know what to expect," said
Fynes from her residence in Austin,
Texas on.Monday. "You will have to
wait and see."
Last year, Fynes ran up until May
when she withdrew from the rest of the
season because of inflammation in her
muscles.
Since September, she has been work-
ing under the guidance of Beverly Kear-
ney, the women's head coach of the
University of Texas Lornhorns.
Kearney is in her 13th season. During
that time, she coached the Lornhorns to
four NCAA National Championships
and 16 league titles. .
She has coached a number of elite
athletes, including nine Olympic medal-
ists dating back to the 1992 Games.
Among the list were Sanya and Sandie
Richards and Deon Hemming, from
Jamaica and Americans Nanceen Perry
and Carlette Guidry.

Compete
F aes, a native of Abaco, really made
a ime for herself when she came to
to /n to compete for Coopers Town
Secondary High, under coach Conza-
lez Caine.
She later moved to the capital and
competed for HO Nash Junior High and
CR Walker Secondary High. She even-
tually earned an. athletic scholarship to
attend Stouthern University in New
Orleans, Louisiana.
But she didn't stay there as she trans-
ferred to Eastern Michigan University
and then Michigan State University
where she graduated in 1997 with a
bachelor's degree.
In 1997, Fynes made history when she
became the first Bahamian to win two
events in the same National Collegiate
.Athletics Association (NCAA) Divi-
sion One Championship.
A year later, Fynes sped to the silver
in the World's Fastest Women's Race
held in Beijing, China and was later
awarded a Silver Jubilee Award by
Orville Turnquest, the then Governor
General of the Bahamas, for her
achievement.
Two years later, Fynes finished sev-
enth in the 'final of the women's 100 at
the Olympic Games in Sydney, Aus-
tralia, but she didn't leave "Down


Under" empty handed
as she popped off for the
women's 4 x 100 relay,
featuring Chandra Sturrup.
Pauline Davis-Thompson.
Debbie Ferguson and alter-
nate Eldece Clarke-Lewis and
came away with the gold.
However, Fynes, who has won a
medal at every level of competition
from junior to the senior ranks, went
through the agony of having to deal
with injury after injury ever since.
."So far, it's been going okay. My
training has been going well," said
Fynes, of her comeback. "I'm expecting
great things if the injury doesn't incur."
After four months of intense train-
ing under Kearney. Fynes said she's
feeling fine and looking good.
"Every single practice. I feel like I
used to feel before I had the injuries,"
said Fynes, who noted, if that's an indi-
cation, she should be ready to run fast
this year.
At age 30, Fynes feels that if she's
going to get back on track, it would
have to be now. She said she's had to
endure a mental agony over the past
four years.

Pain
"I've just been taking medication to
try and help me deal \ith the pain."
she declared. "But right now. I'm not
really feeling it that much."
After Germany, Fynes' agent and
former coach, Mark Block, has her
set to travel to Saskatoon. Canada
to compete in another meet over
the weekend of February 5-6.
Depending on how well she
does in those two meets will
determine whether or not she
will move on to compete in
the other indoor meets in
February and March, start-
ing with the Tyson Foods
Invitational in Fax et-
teville, Arkansas on
February 12.
With the Bahamas
getting set to host the
Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships,
Fynes indicated that she would def-
initely like to come home and display
her skills before the home crowd.
And then in August. she wants to go
to Helsinki, Finland to compete in
another IAAF World Championships.
"For those people., who are wonder-
ing about me, I just have to say that
you will have to wait and see." said
Fynes, about any projection for her
comeback.
"I could say that everything is okay
and I'm back out there, but it doesn't
go that way. If I can go through the
indoor season without any injury,
then I would say everything would be
okay."
Her main goal is to just finish indoors
and then she and Kearney, along with
Block, will look further at the bigger
picture and the long haul towards the
outdoor season, which is expected to
include both the 100 and 200.

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the Women's 100 metres final at the
Commonwealth Games in Manchester,
England 2002.
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