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Complaint is


Nine per cent drop in serious crime

ITribune Staff Reporter
,BRADLEY Roberts will
not be charged for rape, the
Attorney General's Office
has confirmed.
According to Attorney
General Alfred Sears, the
47-year-old woman who
Jc...;,.. d the ;MinisterV of-
Works and Utilities of rap-
ing her in her home on
December 4 in Nassau with-
drew all allegations against
him yesterday.
A press statement issued
last night by the Attorney
General's Office said the
complainant, accompanied
by her lawyer Anthony
McKinney, presented offi-
cials in the office with a let-
ter withdrawing her com-
plaint "in clear and
unequivocal terms."
In the letter she stated:
"My decision to withdraw
my allegation is not based
or due to any payment
made to me or any offer to
pay me in the future. My
decision is made of my own
free will without any pres-
sure, duress or undue influ-
ence. "
She was interviewed by
the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions and the Deputy
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions who stated in the
release,that they were both
satisfied that the com-
plainant was making a vol-
untary withdrawal of the

allegation of rape against
Minister Roberts.
Mr Sears said last night:
"I have considered the file,
the recommendation of the
Commissioner of Police, the
advice of my senior officials
and the letter of withdrawal
from the virtual com-
plainant and I have decid-
-edy;,in the total ci.rcum-
stances, not to institute
criminal proceedings against
Mr Roberts in respect of
this matter."
Wallace Rolle, the attor-
ney who until yesterday had
been representing the com-
plainant, told The Tribune
that he was unaware of the
withdrawal of the allega-
Mr Rolle said the last
time he spoke to his client
was yesterday morning, and
she did not indicate any-
thing about withdrawing the
allegation at that time.
He said in respect of the
fact that Mr McKinney
accompanied the com-
plainant to the Attorney
General's Office that he was
unaware that his client had
retained new counsel.
Mr Roberts, 61, said that
he was not at all surprised
by the development, saying:
"God is like Tide, he gets
the stains out that others
leave behind. I am grateful
it's all behind me."
Mr Roberts said he would
release a full statement in
the near future.

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SERIOUS crime dropped hby nine per cent throughout
the Bahamas in 200-14, according to the latest police figures
disclosed yesterday.
Preliminary reports indicate a significant fall in serious
offences including murder, armed robbery and rape com-
pared to crime figures for 2003.
The 2004 crime reports were released during the annual
police conference yesterday, as several top members of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) addressed assem-
bled officers and the press.
Other topics included community participation in crime
fighting, the progress of war on drugs and police corruption.
Speakers included Police Commissioner Paul Farquhar-
son and Assistant Commissioner in charge of crime Regi-
nald Ferguson, who said that police are "generally pleased"
with the findings for 2004.
Chief Supt Marvin Dames said the decline in crime is evi-
dence that police initiatives "are actually working."
"We do, in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, have a
plan, and as we continue to implement that plan, we hope
that it will invariably impact on the numbers in a positive
way," he said.
According to Mr Dames, there were in all 2,545 fewer
serious crimes reported last year than the year before, the
number falling from 13,992 to 11,447.
Murders fell by 12 per cent manslaughter by 33 per
cent, rape by 25 per cent, and armed robbery by 14 per cent.
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Electrical worker

dies after explosion

died from his injuries following
an explosion yesterday while he
was working at the East Street
South sub-station.
This was revealed by Kevin
Basden, general manager of the
Bahamas Electrical Corpora-
tion (BEC).
Early yesterday afternoon,
Supt Franklyn Dames, officer-
in-charge of East Street South
Police Station, told The Tribune
that there was an explosion at
the BEC-run sub-station.
Workers Cecil Ingraham and
Ian Pratt were performing

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maintenance work at the time.
"As a result of the explosion
Mr Ingraham received burns
about the body from the groin
to theface. He was taken to the
hospital by ambulance and was
conscious at the time," said Mr
But Mr Ingraham later died
from his injuries at Doctors
Mr Dames also noted that Mr
Pratt, the other worker who was
on the scene, extinguished the
Ian Rolle, a pump attendant
at a gas station opposite the
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Crime statistics

for the past year
ACCORDING to police figures there were
2,545 fewer serious crimes reported in 2004
than 2003, the number falling from 13,992 to
There were 1,223 crimes against persons
reported in 2004, as opposed to 1,410 in 2003; a
13 per cent reduction.
Murders fell by 12 per cent from 50 counts to
44; manslaughter by 33 per cent from three to
two; rape by 25 per cent from 114 to 86; armed
robbery by 14 per cent, from 763 to 659.
The only crime against a person which
increased in 2004 was unlawful sexual inter-
course, which rose by 10 per cent, from 166
counts to 183.
Crimes against property, which, account for
89 per cent of serious crime activity, fell by
eight per cent, from 12,582 in 2003 to 10,221 in
Burglary fell by 36 per cent from 292 to 188
counts; house breaking by 23 per cent, from
2,581 to 1997; attempted breaking by 19 per
cent, from 349 to 284.
The only two areas of increase in property
related crime were in shop breaking and stolen
vehicle cases, both of which rose by seven per
Figures revealed that while the offensive use
of firearms had decreased, the use of knives as
weapons has remained roughly the same.

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Traffic fatalities on

the rise in 2004

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas recorded fif-
teen more traffic fatalities last
year than in 2003 it was
announced -at the annual press
conference given by police yes-



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However, after January 14, 2005, directories -may only
be collected for a limited time from the Administrative

Building, John F. Kennedy Drive or the Mall at

Superintendent Burkie
Wright Jr, who heads the divi-
sion, said that fifty people lost
their lives due to traffic fatali-
ties last year compared to the
thirty five who died in 2003.
There was a slight improve-
ment over 2002 which recorded
54 deaths. He also announced
the police's goal to reduce traf-.
fic fatalities by thirty per cent.
The breakdown of fatalities
for the year were:
New Providence: 26, Grand
Bahama: 8, Andros: 5,
Eleuthera: 3, Abaco: 2, Exu-
ma: 2, Acklins:1, Cat Island:1,
Long Island:1, San Salvador: 1

Mr Wright said: "These fig-
ures are much too high for a
small developing country as
ours. Far too many young peo-
ple are dying on our streets as a
result of speed, reckless driving
and driving under the influence
of alcohol and or dangerous
He added that of the fifty
fatalities: seventeen were pas-
sengers of vehicles: six males,
ten females and one boy, 11
were pedestrians including nine
males one female and one male
juvenile, seventeen persons
were killed while driving a

vehicle: fourteen males and
three females, and five males
were killed on motorcycles.
Of the fifty victims, forty two
were Biahamian, one was
American, one Argentinean,
five Haitian and one Jamaican.
Mr Wright added that the
majority of accidents took
place between Friday and
Monday while Tuesdays,
Wednesday and Thursdays
showed a slight decrease.
Twenty three of the fatalities
occurred between the hours of
9.25pm and 6.30am.
He pointed that there were
several "hot spots" around the.
country which recorded more
than one fatality, they included:
Faith Avenue (3), Baillou
Hill Road South(3), John F
Kennedy Drive(3), Abundant
Life Road (2), Sherlin Bootle
Highway in Abaco (2) and
Queens Highway South
Andros where five fatalities
were recorded.
According to Mr Wright,
2004 proved to be very chal-
lenging as in addition to the
traffic fatalities, the division
had to target road users who
deliberately-set out to commit
various traffic offences.
In 2004 the traffic division
continued its public relations
campaign in addressing a spe-

Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE men died in fire related incidents last year according
to fire officials who also reported that property loss totalled
more than seven million dollars.
Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Deleveaux, the Director
of Fire Services at the Royal Bahamas Police Force, revealed the
figures at the annual police press conference held at police
headquarters yesterday.
According to Mr Deleveaux, estimated property lost totalled
$7,876,51 a 22.4 per cent decrease from the $10,147,850 figure
reported in 2003. In addition to the three fatalities, twelve per-
sons were injured including eight adults: three police officers and
one child. The deaths decreased by 57.14 per cent from the
seven which were reported in 2003 and the injuries decreased by
20 per cent from the fifteen reported in 2003. He reported that
there were 252 structural fires and 238 vehicles set alight.

The overall number of reports of fires whether building,
vehicle, bush, special services, false alarm, boat, bomb threat,
electrical fire, rubbish, or miscellaneous increased by 36 .61
percent from 2003. That year there were 1,175 reports compared
to the 2,343 reported last year.
He said of the fires 83 were acts of arson, while 107 were acci-
Mr Deleveaux added that these figures were represented by
the fact that the Fire Prevention Section of the Fire Services
made its presence felt throughout the country by hosting safe-
ty drills and prevention lectures.
He said that 3,188 adults and 7,271 children benefited from
fire safety lectures while 1,062 adults and 1,198 benefited from
fire evacuation drills. The department however did reach less
children than it did in 2003, 26.2 per cent and 80.5 per cent
respectively. 1
Mr Deleveaux said that 67 hotels were inspected and 45 re-
inspected in 2004.
He concluded that during 2005, the fire branch would like to
computerise the fire control room, increase man-power, acquire
adequate funding for Family Island travel, acquire fire fighting
equipment for Family Islands and the activation of the Fire Ser-
vice Drive Unit.

cific offence each month. He
said that through these initia-
tives, the division was able to
issue 14,237 fixed penalty
notices. 12,353 were sent to
court for prosecution to date
and 1,876 person pleaded
guilty. In addition there were
3,885 traffic accidents with 866
persons receiving injuries and
342 hit and runs
He reported that some 1,359
drivers were ticketed for dri-
ving at excessive speeds and
said officers will be redoubling
their efforts in this regard in
According to Chief Inspec-
tor Edmund Rahming, who is
in charge of the Traffic Divi-
sion on Grand Bahama, the
island was hindered in its
efforts to improve road safety
by the two major hurricanes
which hit that island in Sep-
tember. He said that prior to
the storms, the police were of
the opinion that they could suc-
ceed in decreasing figures by
approximately fifty per cent by
year end.

"This idea soon became a
nightmare as ... the island was
struck by Frances and Jeanne
which left us in darkness with
no street lighting, traffic direc-
tional signs or traffic signal
lights and with minimum com-
He reported that there were
1,211 road accidents resulting
in nine deaths, and 362 injuries
for 2004. He said the primary
concern was that the first fatal-
ity of the year was a US visitor
on January 23. In 2003, there
were 1,204 road accidents
resulting in 356 injuries and ten
In 2002, Grand Bahama saw
1,250 road accidents with 224
injuries and eleven deaths.
In the weeks after the storms
there were six fatalities. This
series of accidents caught the
attention of all the entire coun-
try and prompted the Minister
with responsibility for road
safety Glenys Hanna Martin to
ask a team of engineers and
transport officials to visit the

Certain recommendations
were made with the view of
creating more safety on our
road ways, some temporary
measures have already been
put in place.".
He added that in order to
meet the increasing demands
by the escalating population
more manpower and resources
will be needed.
As this year has already two
traffic fatalities, Mr Wright said
the division's goal will be to:
reduce collision casualties,
ensure maximum and efficient
use of all resources, provide
the highest quality police ser-
vice to citizens and residents
of the Bahamas, to be more
visible on the streets, particu-
larly in areas where fatalities
"We are committed to put
our initiatives in action."


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Haitian drug groups 'have

increased Bahamas activity'

Senior Staff Reporter
HAITIAN drug trafficking
organizations have signifi-
cantly increased their activi-
ties in the Bahamas, Superin-
tendent Raymond Gibson in
charge of the Drug Enforce-
ment Unit said yesterday.
Mr Gibson said that their
organised drug syndicate
groups posed a new challenge
and threat to the country's
interdiction strategy.
"Intelligence suggests that
many of the leaders and mem-
bers are descendants of Haiti
with Bahamian status. Addi-
tionally, many of these indi-
viduals resided in other coun-
tries and because of their past
criminal activities they were
deported to the Bahamas.
Hence, their ties to Haiti,
America and the Bahamas
provide them with greater
opportunities to facilitate their
drug trafficking activities," he
Another trend is the use of
the country's international air-
ports by couriers who are
extremely adventurous in their
methods in concealing and
importing substantial quanti-
ties of cocaine, marijuana and
other illicit drugs into the
The DEU launched several
interdiction initiatives during

"Intelligence suggests that many
of the leaders and members are
descendants of Haiti with
Bahamian status. Additionally,
many of these individuals
resided in other countries and
because of their past criminal
activities they were deported to
the Bahamas."

Superintendent Raymond Gibson

After months of investiga-
tion, June 23 of last year
marked the date of the simul-
taneous blows in dismantling a
number of drug trafficking

The DEU launched its
operating Tidal Wave that
targeted drug trafficking
groups who were responsible
for assisting in transporting
significant quantities of mari-
juana and cocaine into the
Bahamas and its export into
the US.
It netted the arrest of six
persons on local drug charges
and 14 persons were arrested
on extradition arrests, two of
which waved their right to an
extradition trial.

These two persons are
presently incarcerated in the
Additionally, during 2004
the DEU, in conjunction with
the US, launched seven major
drug interdiction operations.
Mr Gibson said that the
results were encouraging as
four cases were connected
with cocaine smuggling. Five
persons were arrested and 807
pounds of cocaine was seized
with a local street value of
Also three cases were con-
nected with marijuana smug-
gling and seven persons were
arrested with 2,341 pound of
marijuana, with a local street
value of $2,341,000.
In 2004 statistics indicate
that cocaine seizures experi-
enced an 81 per cent decrease

while marijuana seizures expe-
rienced a 69 per cent decrease
compared to the correspond-
ing period of 2003.
"We firmly believe that the
reduction in seizures reflect in
part the vigilance and the pre-
cise actions on behalf of law
enforcement agencies work-
ing within the Bahamas. Addi-
tionally, the penetration of
major drug syndicate groups
accounts for many major play-
ers' exclusions from the drug
trade as a result of their incar-
ceration, many of whom wait
trial in our local magistrate's
courts and extradition to the
He said that the police are
making a serious impact in the
fight against illicit drugs in this
territory, "but the fight is cer-
tainly not over".
"The supply and demand of
illicit drugs continue to have
direct implications on the per-
sistence and magnitude of the
drug trade in the Bahamas,"
said Mr Gibson.
Mr Gibson said that drugs
have touched many homes
and families in the Bahamas
and has retarded honest ambi-
tion among the nation's youth.
Police Commissioner Paul
Farquarson called the ongo-
ing interdiction of persons
involved in the illicit use and
trading of dangerous drugs
one of the major success sto-
ries of 2004.
"We have demonstrated a

zero tolerance approach to
this national killer and I am
pleased with the efforts of the
men and women of the Drug
Enforcement Unit.

"I wish to sound a warning
to those who are intent on
using our islands as a haven
for their illicit trade. You will
not be allowed to stifle the
upward mobility of our Fami-
ly Islands by seeking to cor-
rupt persons in these areas
whether public officials or the
ordinary hard working
Bahamians," he said.
Assistant Commissioner in
charge of Crime Reginald Fer-
guson said that the prolifera-
tion of drugs continues to
plague may parts of Bahamian

"While we are determined
to go after every drug baron
and those who patronise these
illicit operations we are also
concerned that there is still a
level of tolerance among too
many of our citizens and resi-
dents alike for this kind of life
style," he said.
He pointed out that there is
no difference between the per-
son who sells his drugs to oth-
ers and the one who turns his
head in the other direction.
"Even worse are those that
are prepared to live off the
handouts of this modem day
"Robin Hood". Wrong is
always wrong even when we
can justify our actions. The
time to stop and think is now.
The time to look at the future
is now. The time to root these
persons out from among us is
now," he said.

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Tampering of witnesses is

a 'real threat to rule of law

Senior Staff Reporter
A REAL threat to the rule of law in
the Bahamas is the tampering of witness-
es in criminal matters that are going or
will go before the courts, said Police Com-
missioner Paul Farquarson yesterday at
the annual police press conference at
police headquarters.
Mr Farquarson said that to battle "this
destructive trend" he has put all of his
commanding officers on notice that when-
ever these criminal actions exist "we will
go after those individuals and will relent-
lessly pursue them to the very end".
"There are those among us who are bent
on not only getting away with their mis-
deeds but at the same time they are pre-
pared to subvert the course of justice by
bullying others into not coming forth and
assisting in the proper disposal of mat-
ters," he said.
He encouraged citizens not to sell their
integrity for "a few dollars".
"If you know of an incident that has
taken place the only thing the police and
the courts require of you is that you give
that information truthfully. When you
decide to sell your silence to others then
you too become a part of their criminal
act," the commissioner said.
Mr Farquarson said Bahamians should
think soberly in these instances and let
criminals know that "neither they nor their

* POLICE Commissioner
Paul Farquarson

ill-gotten gains are welcome in our com-
The Assistant Commissioner for Crime
Reginald Ferguson said that the execu-
tion of justice is threatened in any civi-
lized society when there is the slightest
hint of witness intimidation and threats
of harm against those who attempt to
come forward and assist in the orderly
development of the community.
Mr Ferguson said that this is a symp-

tom of persons becoming too comfortable
with criminal lifestyles in their communi-
"We are still too comfortable with the
drug trafficking, the number racketeers
and all those acts of social decadence in
our midst. We have created a subculture
which lays the foundation for antisocial
activities with wide ranging negative
impact across our society. My analysis of
the situation seems to indicate that the
consensus is to a certain extent, if money
can be made let's make it," he said.

This unfortunate reality, said the Assis-
tant Commissioner, has led to a serious
bloodletting in many parts of the country.
"We continue to see an inordinate
amount of deaths and serious injuries to
the male population of this county.
"There are far too many of our young
men that are opting to avoid the benefits
of a hard day's work for a hard day's pay,"
he said.
However, he said that he is satisfied that
there are a number of people and
institutions that have done and continue to
do a lot to help the young men of the
"With their continued support I feel
that in time we can turn the corner and
move away from the current unsettling
climate," said Mr Ferguson.

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330 complaints reported

against police officers in 2004

Senior Staff Reporter
TWO police officers are in
prison, three have been dis-
missed from the force and
four have been charged before
the Magistrate's Court as a
result of complaints being
brought against them by the
public last year.
During 2004 there was a
total of 330 complaints report-
ed to the Complaints and Cor-
ruption Branch against police
officers by members of the
public which resulted in 73
officers being arraigned
before the police tribunal.
However, there was a
decrease in the reported cor-
ruption matters against mem-
bers of the force in 2004 which
totalled seven in comparison
to 20 in 2003 and 31 in 2002.

These statistics were pre-
sented by Superintendent of
Police and Director of the
Complaints and Corruption
Branch John Ferguson at the
Police Force's annual crime
press briefing held yesterday.
Of the 330 complaints, 165
are under active investigation,
98 have been completed and
67 are subjudice.
"Discipline has always been
and will continue to be the
glue that will keep the Royal
Bahamas Police Force togeth-
"We cannot compromise
neither can we water down
the policies that govern the
good order and regulations
of the force," Mr Ferguson
He pointed out to the offi-
cers present that the citizens
of a country bestow great
power and authority upon

their law enforcement organi-
sations and expect and
deserve accountability from
these agencies and demand
that the organizations display
a high degree of institutional
"Because of this the law
enforcement community
remains particularly sensitive
to acts of corruption. Two
officers were arraigned before
the Police Court of Inquiry
Tribunal for corruption relat-
ed matters," said Mr Fergu-
The police's policy for the
prevention, detection and
treatment of corruption, dis-
honesty and unethical behav-
iour that was launched in 2000
by Commissioner Paul Far-
quarson remains the guideline
for the complaints and cor-
ruption branch "in our pur-
suit of the truth."




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Can we save Iraq? No, but the Iraqis can

IS THERE any way this can still work? Is
there any plausible scenario for how Iraq can
turn into a functioning society?
These are the questions I've been throwing
at government officials, military analysts and
other wise heads over the past few weeks.
Their answers, both uplifting and depress-
ing, suggest that if we are lucky, the near
future in Iraq will come in three phases.
Phase 1: The Bloody Campaign
Nearly everybody agrees that the momen-
tum is with the insurgents these days. Chaos
is spreading. Sunnis are jumping on the ter-
rorists' bandwagon. If anything, the images of
car bombings on our TV screens don't convey
the full horror of the situation.
They don't convey the sheer exhaustion
of the people in the Sunni triangle living
month after month with little heat and spo-
radic electricity, nor the bitterness of living
with crime and mayhem, nor the erosion of
civic trust, nor the pervasive anxiety of not
knowing if your children have been blown
up on a given afternoon.
And yet this is not Vietnam. The terrorists
may be good at chopping off heads, but they
have not won the people's minds. A desire for
democracy runs deep in Iraq, along with an
angry hunger for the rule of law.
Eighty-three slates of candidates have been
formed, despite the terrorists' threats. More
than 7,000 people are running for office. At
least 100 newspapers stir a lively cauldron
of democratic ideas and debate.
The newspaper Sabah recently published a
poll of 4,974 Iraqis living in and around Bagh-
dad. Nearly 88 per cent support military
action against the terrorists. A survey by the
Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Stud-
ies suggests that the insurgents' archfoe, the
prime minister Ayad Allawi, is the most pop-
ular prospective leader in the land.
In this pre-election phase, we see the two
sides of the situation: the unraveling of soci-
ety and, at the same time, the hardening of
resolve to create a normal, lawful nation.
Phase 2: Building Institutions
One of the ideas we have got to purge from.
our heads is the notion that this is a conflict
between secular modernises (the good guys)
and medieval religious zealots.
'In Iraq, the most effective advocates for
democracy are precisely the traditional Mus-
lim leaders. The Shiite clerics in Najaf, led by
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have learned
from the failure of'Ayatollah Khomeini's

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revolution in Iran. As Reuel Marc Gerecht
argues in his monograph, "The Islamic Para-
dox," their commitment to democracy is real,
the product of a genuine intellectual revolu-
tion. The Sistani-backed slate will probably
lead the coming vote.
The people on that slate are not turbaned
Thomas Jeffersons. They are skeptical, to
say the least, about Americans. They. are ret-
rograde when it comes to women's rights.
But they have embraced political freedom
and one person one vote. They have pre-
vented a civil war by calling on Shiite forces
to not seek revenge against Sunni terrorists.
They will bring leading Sunnis into the con-
stitution-writing process, even if Sunnis them-
selves are unable to vote.
They will continue the process that's one of
the few success stories so far, the process of
building political institutions: bargaining,
squabbling and learning to share power.
Phase 3: After the Green Zone
The arrival of a new government will also
mean the end of the American-dominated
authority. The new, Shiite-led government
will begin debating when the Americans
should leave. The new government will
remake the intelligence service. It will trans-
form the military, probably bringing in mem-
bers of the Badr Brigade, trained in Iran,, to
join the former Baathist elements. The army
will grow, and its soldiers will finally have
an authentic Iraqi government to fight for.
The task will be to crush the terrorists while
scaring the Sunni opportunists into believ-
ing that if they don't join the New Iraq, they
will lose everything. The government will
have to do this without fracturing the Shi-
ite-Sunni centrist coalition or touching off
all-out bloodletting.
It will be a long and monumental task.
And the strange thing is that even with our
150,000-odd troops fighting heroically around
the country, the destiny of Iraq is largely out
of our hands. The US tried to hand a new
Iraq back to the Iraqis. We failed.
And yet there is a plausible path to success.
The relative strengths of the two sides mean.
it is too early to despair. When the decent 95
per cent of a society take on the ruthless 5 per
, cent, and when the ruthless 5 per cent have no
positive vision, it just may happen that the
decent people will somehow eventually
- win..
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beware of

some stores'

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IS it just me? Or are there
any others out there who think
that retail stores and the man-
agement/employees. that run
them, should exercise better
judgment when selling mer-
chandise in their stores? I
mean, shouldn't they be held
to some sort of standard as far
as ethics in how they conduct
business when they are dealing
with minor children?
There is a small electronics
store, which, in my opinion, I
feel showed a complete lack
of judgment by irresponsibly
selling a very expensive video
game with questionable vio-
lent content in it, to a minor
nine-year-old child. As if this
was not bad enough they com-
pletely showed no empathy for
the situation or even in accept-
ing any responsibility for any
wrongdoing flat out refus-
ing to refund my nine years
old his allowance (money that
he had been saving for three
months) when confronted by
the child's mother, only min-
utes after the purchase.
Saturday afternoon I had-
taken my son to the mall to
let him buy a video game with
allowance he had been care-
fully saving for over three
months...we rolled his coins
the day before and took them
to the bank to get cashed in
so that we could make his pur-
chase that day. We were going
to make a full day of it have
lunch and shop the mall to
find the right game after all
$40 is a lot of money for any
SAine-year-old child to have to
spend, and we wanted to make
sure he got the right game.
:Proceeding to the food court
to go order lunch, my son
asked if he could look in one
of the electronic stores to get
an idea of what games they
had for sale. He travelled the
few hundred feet away to the
store as I ordered lunch.....ten
minutes later I saw my son
exiting the store with a new
game and receipt in hand. Sur-
prised, I asked him if he had
already decided on a gameland
was that the one he had want-
ed so badly? He said no all he
wanted to do was look at it
but the guy had sold it to him
instead. He was upset and dis-
appointed that he had ended
up with a game that he really
hadn't intended to buy, but
being nine years old and still
not completely-confident in
himself, he had been too shy
to tell the man he had changed
his mind and didn't really want

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to buy it.
Feeling aggravated that a
store had sold my nine-year-
old child a video game in the
first place, that was also not
appropriate for a child his age
(the game had a lot of fighting
and violence in it) on top of
which they had done so with-
out a parent present. (The
store was empty of customers
at the time he went in, except
for an elderly lady who was
very obviously not the child's
guardian so the store clerk
knew the child was alone). But
I figured that once I explained
the situation, the clerk would,
of course, refund the money
as he Ihad simply made an
error in selling something to
a child that was too young.
How wrong was I? Nope,
the clerk's attitude was: "Oh
we sell games to kids all the
time in here" and that no, he
could not give any refund, the
best he could do was give a
store credit. I again explained
that the child in question had
bought this game without
adult supervision and as he
was a nine-year-old minor
surely they could make. an
exception as I further
explained he had only literally
just stepped out of the store
- the package was unopened
and receipt still crisp. But
there was no wavering, it was
store policy and that was the
end of it as far as' he was con-
So I asked to speak with the
manager because surely the
person in charge would have
more sense in their head given
the situation right? Well
wrong again. The manager,
who I had to speak with on
the phone as he was not avail-
able in person, was as unhelp-
ful as his employee and
refused to give any refund as
he claimed his cash register
machines simply 'are incapable
of giving out money.
They are only programmed
for taking in money, was his
comment! Apparently he
believed I only just fell off the
turnip truck yesterday if he
thought for a moment that I
believed that one! I mean does
the money get sucked into an
alternate universe once it-
enters the cash register? I
think not!
My question is this: Don't
retail store have a moral
responsibility and obligation
to make sure that the cus-
tomers in their store, especial-
ly if they are minor children,
have the approval of a parent
or an adult guardian parent
before selling them games that
are of a mature nature? Or

shouldn't the law require a
child to be accompanied by an
adult when making such a sub-
stantial purchase? The movie
theatre won't even let my child
in to see a rated T movie even
with my approval and with me
accompanying him into the
show. Yet the same child, who
is not allowed in to see "Cat
Women", is allowed to buy a
violent video game without his
parent even in the store?
Call me crazy but I think
there is something very wrong
with that. Shouldn't the fact
that a nine-year-old child had
that much money to spend and
that there wasn't .any adult
nearby have set off some sort
of warning bell in that clerk's
head? Shouldn't the responsi-
ble and correct thing for the
clerk to have said was: "You
need to get your mommy or
daddy before you can buy this
But the final insult was that
even when confronted with
their very obvious error in sell-
ing this minor child such a
inappropriate and expensive
item the store still had no
interest in correcting their mis-
take or making any exceptions
- after all they have their
money and that's all they
wanted, how they got it and
who they got it from was irrel-
evant, that much is obvious.
They certainly have lost a
future customer and who
knows how much money fur-
ther down the road, but I
guess they are not in the busi-
ness of being a quality and
reputable institution with a
name they can stand behind,
instead I guesss they .rather
make their money quick a"ld
fast by selling whatever they
can to whomever they can!
So parents, beware, in par-
ticular in this holiday season,
because not only must you be
wary of the criminals on our
streets, you must also be wary
of the criminals you may find
lurking inside some of the
retail stores, serving your
minor children from behind
the counter. Beware, because
these persons are much more
sinister....they pretend to be
reputable as they hide behind
the illusion of being a business
- but in the end they, too, in
my opinion are no different
than the common criminal
who comes into your home.
Their weapons?
Company policy and cash
registers that don't give back
money. Their crime? Duping
little kids and taking their
allowance when parent's backs
are turned.
Outraged and crying out for
justice in Nassau!

November, 2004.


aged 77

1927 2005
It is with deep sadness that the family of Gerry Mulrine
announce the passing of their beloved husband and father
Friday, January 7, 2005 with the family at his bedside, in
Stuart, Florida after a short illness. Gerry arrived in Nassau
in 1969 as Chief Financial Officer of Trust Corporation of
Bahamas and served in this capacity for all the successor
companies and subsidiaries until his retirement in 1990.
He was well known and highly regarded worldwide in the'
International Private Banking industry. He is survived by
his wife, Maureen, his daughter, Patricia Helliwell, his
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,
Daniel, William, Hugh, Maria, and Katie Mulrine and
Steven and Jessica Helliwell.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 10, 2005
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.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations to the
Cancer Society be made in remembrance of Gerry.





Residents claim looting taking place

at abandoned Bahama Star Farm

Tribune Staff Reporter -
LOOTING has reportedly taken
place on the abandoned Bahama Star
Farm as an outbreak of the Citrus
canker disease is sparking an island
wide quarantine of all citrus produce
on Abaco.
The Ministry of Agriculture has con-
firmed that as a result of infection, the
3,000 acre Bahama Star Farm in Trea-
sure Cay was closed by its owners, who
packed up most of their equipment'
and returned to Florida last week.
David Knowles, the agricultural offi-
cer in charge of Abaco, said: "We are
trying to deal with the situation as it is
now. We have advised persons not to
move any citrus off the island but we
can only advise them because we don't

Island wide quarantine of all citrus

produce following Citrus canker outbreak

have the man power to police the
exportation of any produce leaving the
island. We can only ask people to be
According to residents on the island,
looting has already began at the aban-
doned farm. Residents said that the
infected fruits are definitely being
stolen and that sprouting seedlings
were being taken off the farm, possibly
for sale.
"There are numerous entry points
into the farm allowing persons to pick

boxes of fruit and send it to people on
other islands. It's almost impossible to
stop them," said one resident of Trea-
sure Cay.
Government officials on the island
have confirmed the report and are
advising the general public to beware
of any fruit that is coming from the
"Nurseries have been told not to
move any citrus fruit off the island, or
any propagating. material. That's not
an easy task to take because people

have their own boats or they can just
send their stuff on the plane. You can't
ask everyone to open their box to see
what is in-it and the mailboats don't
really check what they are carrying.
Some people might not have heard or
read about this outbreak as yet, or
maybe they just don't care," said Mr
Speculation still looms as to exactly
how the farm contracted the disease,
with some officials siting that the dis-
ease, which is easily transferable, might

have been blown down from Florida,
which has been battling the disease for
decades, during the past recent hurri-
cane season.
Other farmers blame it on the pos-
sibility of the importation of seedlings
and equipment from that state.
"From our understanding the dis-
ease can be spread even if it's on the
work machines so we have to be very
careful. A quarantine on Abaco citrus
produce might not be enough as other
farmers will naturally worry over the
spread of the disease to their farms,"
said a farmer on Long Island.
Mr Knowles advised that before any
official statement is made, the depart-
ment wants to make sure that they
have done all they can to determine
whether the canker has spread, and to
what extent.

Shane Allen Miller to

act as Registrar General

with immediate effect


A TOTAL of 38 Haitian
migrants have been appre-
hended in Bahamian waters
already this year, a statement
issued by the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force said on Tues-
On Monday a unit assigned
to the Harbour Patrol section
of the Defence Force appre-
hended 17 Haitians migrants,
13 men and four women, south
east of Rose Island.
The previous Saturday, the

Defence Force patrol craft
HMBS P-43 boarded 30-ft
wooden sloop east of New
Providence island.

A search of the vessel
uncovered 21 undocumented
Haitian migrants including 14
males and seven females.
There were two children
among the migrants, the
release said.

The migrants were all
turned over to immigration
officials for further processing
and are being held at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre in Nassau.
A spokesman -for the
Defence Force said: "This fig-
ure represents the first group
of illegal immigrants appre-
hended this year by Defence
Force officials who remain vig-
ilant in protecting the coun-
try's borders."

THE Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments has
announced that the Governor
General acting on the advice
of the Judicial and Legal Ser-
vice Commission has appoint-
ed Shane Allen Miller LLB,
CLE (UWI), Chief Counsel,
Office of the Attorney Gen-
- eral to act as Registrar Gen-
eral of the Bahamas with
immediate effect.
Mr Miller was born in 1967
to Tyrone and Carolyn Miller.
He was educated at Claridge
Primary School, and St Anne's
High School in Nassau, the
Bahamas. He then studied for
his GCE A'Levels at the Col-
lege of The Bahamas.

In 1985 he entered the Fac-
ulty of Law, at the Cave Hill
Campus of The University of
the West Indies where he
attained his LLB degree.
Having obtained his Legal
Education Certificate from the
Norman Manley Law SchoOl
he was called to The Bahami-
an Bar in 1990.
In 1991 Mr Miller was
appointed to the position of
the Assistant Registrar Gen-
eral in the Registrar General
Department. He was promot-
ed to Deputy Registrar Gen-
eral within two years, a posi-
tion he held until 1998. As


Assistant and Deputy he was
actively involved as Deputy
Project Manager in The Inter-
American Development
Bank's Computerisation Pro-
He also was actively
involved in the management
of the Freeport office of the
Registrar General having
been sent to manage the office
on numerous occasions. As
section head for the Industrial
Property section Mr Miller
developed a keen interest in
Intellectual Property and took
part in the first Caricom
Heads of Intellectual Proper-
ty Offices meeting which
eventually evolved into the
Caricom Working Group on
Intellectual Property and he
is still actively involved in the
work of this Group.
In 1998 Mr Miller was trans-
ferred to the Office of the
Attorney General where he

served until the present having
attained the position of Chief
Crown Counsel. His current
duties involve vetting and
negotiating Heads of Agree-
ments and other Government
Agreements. land law related
matters and Intellectual Prop-
erty related matters. He also
serves on numerous Govern-
ment advisory committees and
is the lead negotiator for The
Bahamas on the FTAA Nego-
tiating Group on Intellectual
Mr. Miller is an avid lover of
music and in his spare time
actively produces, sings and
writes songs.
He is very "tech savy" and
enjoys computers and modern
He is an active member of
the Highbury Park Church of
Christ where he serves as
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First sitting in

House of 2005

THE HOUSE of Assembly resumes its
business today u ith the first sitting in the ne%%
Communications on the National Youth Ser-
vice and the Junkanoo Parades are expected
to be given.
A report on the Bahamas' efforts to help the
victims of the December 26 tsunami in Asia, in
which more than 150,000 people died, is also
expected to be tabled.
Minister Vincent Peet, leader of government
business in the House, told The Tribune that it
is also hoped that the debate on the Domestic
Insurance Bill will begin today.
"We won't be able to finish it, but we hope to
at least get started," he noted.

Begin the
New Year

Mr Peet said that there will also be opportu-
nities for Members ofParliament to pay tribute
to some of the distinguished Bahamians who
have passed away in recent weeks.

The minister further invited parliamentari-
ans to take part in the renaming ceremony of
Exuma Street, located in the area known as the
Today at 4pm the street will officially be
named after world-renowned painter Amos
Ferguson, who was born in the Bahamas in
1922 and achieved fame in the United States
and Europe in the 1980s.

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United Nations Security Council calls

special session on 'situation' jaiti

Tribune Staff
IN AN EFFORT to once
again focus world attention
on the issue of Haiti and
its deteriorating security
situation, the United
Nations Security Council
has called a special session
in New York today.
Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell
together with the Bahami-
an Ambassador to Haiti Dr
Eugene Newry will attend
the meeting in support of
CARICOM's statement to
the UN, which will be giv-
en by the Chairman of
COFCOR (Council for
Foreign Community Rela-
tions), Barbadian Senior
Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Billy

Addressing members of
the media at his ministry
yesterday afternoon, Mr
Mitchell said that the
security situation in Haiti
"is deteriorating every
"The situation is really
dangerous and needs to be
addressed. There does not
seem to be sufficient focus
on the Haitian problem,"
he noted.
He reiterated that partic-
ular concern was raised
early yesterday morning
when a report surfaced that
indicated that the Haitian
interim government has

paid some $29 million in
the form of back pay to
Haiti's former soldiers who
had been disestablished by
former President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide.
"Throughout the CARI-
COM effort it was said that
there should be no attempt
in placating the people who
sought to overthrow the
government by force," said
Mr Mitchell.
Mr Mitchell said that the
Bahamas feels that it is
important that elections to
establish a democratic
Haitian government are
held this year.

He pointed out, howev-
er, that the security situa-
tion has to first improve to
such a level as to permit
for a "free and fair" elec-
toral process to which all
parties have access to.
The foreign affairs min-
ister also emphasised that
countries around the world
have to be aware of the
fact that the problem of
Haiti is not an easy one to
He explained that
although the international
pledge of assistance to
Haiti is $1.3 billion, only
$200 million has been dis-
persed so far, with most the
recent release from
the World Bank totalling
Mr Mitchell said that the
various help agencies and
organizations should now
increase their efforts of dis-

"The situation is really
dangerous and needs to be
addressed. There does not
seem to be sufficient focus
on the Haitian problem."

Minister of Foreign

tributing the money.
The minister said the
Bahamas will also use the
UN meeting to engage in a
number of bilateral discus-
sions, in particular with the
Brazilian government,
who are responsible for
leading the military effort
in Haiti.
"We will be talking about
the military situation, par-
ticularly how it relates to
the security of our embassy
in Port-au-Prince.
"We are very concerned
about our property and
staff there," he added.

Mr Mitchell further said
that the conference will
give the Bahamas the
opportunity to get briefed
on the newest develop-
ments, support CARI-
COM's position and "lobby
for and on behalf of our
own special interests as
they relate to the security

Affairs Fred Mitchell

of our embassy and ability
to conduct diplomatic
affairs there."
Regarding the potential
influx of illegal Haitian
migrants to the Bahamas,
Mr Mitchell said that
although the resources of
the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force are
"stretched to the limit at
the moment," and the
United States is engaged
primarily in Iraq, the
situation remains
under increased observa-
"To the maximum extent
that we can, particularly
that it is now the view that
these Haitian migrant ves-
sels are also being used to
traffic drugs, we want to be
increasingly watching the
situation and that is what
we are doing," he conclud-
Minister Mitchell and Dr
Newry are expected to
return the Bahamas on Fri-

TUC president claims Peet had

'no authority to deny election

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Labour Vin-
cent Peet had no authority to
deny the Bahamas Taxicab
Union an election, the Presi-
dent of the Trade Union Con-
gress Obie Ferguson claimed
"The internal workings of
the union is not of any concern
to the minister. If he fails to do
his job, which in this case he
did, we will go to court and ask
them to order the minister to
do it," he said.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Ferguson said
that under section 20 of the
Industrial Relations Act, the
labour minister is obliged by
law to attend a union's poll or
have one of his functionaries
"supervise and certify the out-
come of the poll".
In the case of the BTU, in
which four officers face evic-
tion from the executive board,
the minister must be given sev-
en days notice of the .intent to
hold a poll.
"He is then obliged to
attend," Mr Ferguson said.
Mr Ferguson disregarded Mr

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Peet's comments about the lack
of a list of financial members
being reason for the dismissal
of labour officials from the'
BTU polls last Thursday.
"Mr Griffin instructed me
that he submitted to the minis-
ter and the registrar of trade
unions the list of financial.
members prior to the election,"
he said.
The four officers; Cheryl Fer-
guson, Sigmund Bethel, Mark
Sawyer and Daniel Cleare were
provided with a correspon-
dence explaining the charges
against them, Mr Ferguson
"The minister's job is not to
scrutinise, his job is to be
there," Mr Ferguson added.
After labour officials pulled

out of the BTU elections, Pres-
ident Leon Griffin carried on
with the elections under the
supervision of the secretary
general of the TUC, Thomas
Yesterday Cheryl Ferguson
told The Tribune that Mr Bas-
tian's presence at the polls was
purely political.
"Thomas Bastian should be
ashamed of himself.
"He has had his time and he
should not meddle in this," she
SMr Griffin and Mr Peet were
unavailable for comment about
a scheduled meeting between
the parties up to press time,
but Ms Ferguson said she was
never informed about the

Kingsway Academy
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.



New book gives a fascinating

insight into wartime Nassau


A NEW book by a leading
authority on porcelain and her-
aldry offers tantalising glimpses
of wartime Nassau, and rekin-
dles memories of an English
prep school which made the
Bahamas its home during the
early 1940s.
The Unforgiving Minute by
David Sanctuary Howard, pub-
lished by The Memoir Club,
captures the mood and atmos-
phere of colonial Nassau at a
time when the free world was
under siege.
Bahamians of a certain age -
and anyone else with an inter-
est in this country's colonial
past will find it an enlighten-
ing read, especially as it relates
to some of the leading charac-
ters of the day.
This was in some respects a
golden period in Bahamas his-
tory, for the Windsors then
still seen by many as a gilded
pair, in spite of the traumas of
abdication were installed in
Government House, and inter-
nationally renowned figures
like Sir Harry Oakes and Axel
Wenner-Gren were very much
part of the city scene.
Mr Howard, now 77, viewed
the Nassau of the early 1940s
from a schoolboy's perspective,
and offers fascinating vignettes
of wartime life here in a 464-
page book covering his varied
career as academic, merchant,
publisher and avowed lover of
beautiful objects.

Much of the book deals with
his enthusiasm for Chinese
porcelain, his love of heraldry,
and his life as a traveller and
lecturer, but for Bahamians its
appeal lies primarily in its
account of Belmont School and
its wartime evacuation to a
large colonial-style building in
Bay Street.
Only part of the school was
uprooted from war-threatened
England and transplanted in
Nassau, but for those children
involved, the experience was
to prove memorable and char-
acter-forming, especially as
they were torn apart from their
families for three years or
In fact, Sir Harry Oakes was
the inspiration for Belmont's
upheaval, for he was an
acquaintance of the school's
headmaster Max Burr and
offered him spacious accom-
modation 4,000 miles away
from the threat of Hitler's
The building was Clerihew
House on Nassau's waterfront,
and it was granted free to those
brave enough to risk the perils
of an Atlantic crossing in those
uncertain days when U-boats
were the scourge of trans-
ocean convoys.
Some fearful parents opted
out, but enough agreed to the
scheme to make "Belmont
Bahamas" a reality, and the
children and teachers set out
on August 11, 1940, from Liv-
erpool. aboard the merchant
ship Orduna.
From the murky greyness of
the Mersey, the ageing vessel -
used in peacetime on the South

American run headed south-
west towards the sun, the chil-
dren aboard countering their
home-sickness with eager antic-
ipation of a colourful new life
ahead of them.
After initial U-boat difficul-
ties several vessels from
Orduna's convoy were lost in
torpedo attacks the flotilla
enjoyed a relatively easy ride
to Bermuda, then on to Nas-
sau, where Mr Howard recalls
vividly the morning of August
30, as the ship dropped anchor
near the lighthouse at the
mouth of Nassau harbour.
"In those days the larger
cruise liners always anchored
off the Bar because the channel
to the main pier in the harbour
was sometimes too shallow, in
spite of the busy and almost
continuous work of 'the har-
bour dredger the Lucaya -
which for the next three and a
half years we saw almost daily
as she ploughed up and down
the harbour with piles of sand
which I think we were told was
off-loaded at sea among the
Only two weeks before, the

Duke and Duchless of Windsor
had landed to much greater
fanfare as, they began their
wartime "exile" as Governor
and his lady of this remote land
far from the salons of Europe
where they had once held
Mr Howard recalls: "Nassau
was, it seemed to us, a land of
kind-hearted ladies who met us
at the gangway and over-
whelmed us with talk of swim-
ming from their beachside
homes and coming to tea.

"I. remember Mrs Mary
Moseley (owner of the Nassau
Guardian), Mrs Solomon, Mrs
Burnside and Mrs Sands in par-
ticular, and we were later treat-
ed to dream-like tea parties at
their homes so that the autum-
nal world of England tem-
porarily faded almost out of
sight as the evacuees were
spoiled and we adapted quick-
ly to life in Nassau in particu-
lar being made to wear large
straw hats for fear of getting

Like most prep schools of
the day, Belmont retained sev-
eral Victorian touches, and
pupils were forbidden to eat
ice-cream in the streets or walk
more than two abreast on the
Strict bedtimes were kept,
with rigid discipline the firm
foundation on which the estab-
lishment flourished.
"Clerihew House was a tall,
four-storied, 18th century
house with broad verandahs,

the front door on the first-floor
verandah and a wide lawn lead-
ing to the harbour wall, which
looked out on the pier where
we had landed," he recalls.
"The rooms were tall and a
winding staircase led to bed-
rooms on the upper floors and
a basement at garden level
below. This was quickly con-
verted into two top floors of
dormitories, a first floor of din-
ing room and kitchen and all
the lower floors into class-
There were parties on Hog
Island (now Paradise) "as
guests of Mr Maura, who
owned the principal travel
agency in Nassau" and at Cable
Beach where the host was not-
ed traveller Arthur S Vernay, a
golfing partner of the Duke,
In those days, the only big
house on Hog Island was
owned by Wenn.er-Gren,.
though a wooden beach hut
graqed Paradise Beach. Other-
Wise, the island was largely
undeveloped, with no ioad link
to Nassau. In the harbour,
'conchers' and 'spongers' plied
their trade yards from the bus-
tle of Bay Street. .
When Belmont's lessons got
underway in September, 1940,
local teaching talent was
employed, with radio announc-
er Kenneth Brown, Father
Holmes, Baroness Trolle of
Sweden and Mrs Marcelle
Goldsmith (mother of retail
tycoon Sir Jimmy Goldsmith,
for a time a pupil at the school)
all weighing in to help out.
Tommy Sopwith, son of the
famous aircraft designer, was
also among the students.
The Easter term of 1941 was
to start with 36 boys and 16
girls, but the numbers swelled
by the end of the year, with
children of exiled British fam-
ilies joining "locals" like Nor-
man Solomon, later to be a
prominent businessman and
politician, on the roll.
The Cathedral choir soon
enlisted Belmont choristers and
every week "a crocodile of Bel-
mont boys" could be seen on
its way to choir practice

through the quaint streets of
With the Governor calling
regularly at the school, and
reading lessons at Cathedral
services, the exiled students
must have felt privileged
indeed to be enjoying such roy-
al patronage, especially as the
Duke was then one of the most
famous personalities on earth.
To reassure families back in
Britain, a short film was made
of school life, with each pupil

interviewed for the 'purpose.
Parents back home marvelled
at the colourful lives their chil-
dren were leading.
Beach days at Old Fort and
at private homes on Cable
Beach added to the allure of
the Bahamas of the day, and
the annual school play provid-
ed a dramatic interlude for all.
Mr Howard, a boy of 12 at
the time, also has vivid recol-
lections of the devastating fire
which destroyed and damaged
many downtown buildings,
including the old Island Book-
shop, from which he managed
to buy 40 treasured volumes.
And during his sojourn, Nas-
sau was hit by one of the most
dramatic events in its history -
the sefisational murder of Sir
Harry Oakes in July, 1943.

This, and the subsequent trial
of his son-in-law, Count Alfred
de Marigny, knocked even the
war itself off the front pages
of the day.
All in all, however, the
Bahamas provided rich mem-
ories for the Belmont students,
and all those still alive who
knew them will find much to
interest them in these pages.
Mr Howard went on to
attend Stowe, serve in Pales-
tine with the Coldstream
Guards, and spend 25 years in
industry, mostly in textiles and
His work took him to more
than 70 countries.

Later still, he was to own an
antiques gallery in London's
Mayfair and write books about
porcelain, which has remained
one of his abiding passions.
Over the last 30 years he has
lectured widely in the United
States and become a respect-
ed authority on heraldry.
Throughout, he has prided
himself on retaining the com-
mon touch, a man guided by -
Rudyard Kipling's famous
poem 'If', from which the title
of this book is taken.
However, it's clear that those
early days in Nassau, and sub-
sequent visits to the Bahamas, a
gave Mr Howard a very special
affection for this country, and
his writing adds some valuable
,extra touches to recollections ,
of its recent history.

The Unforgiving Minute by -
David Sanctuary Howard -
(ISBN 1-84104-1246) carries a
foreword by Canon John
Andrew, who describes the
author as "the world authority
on the particular historical 9
porcelain he has brought to
international notice."

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Bagpiper hopes to hit the

right note with police band

N By TIFFANY GRANT Mr Johnson's love for the bag- similar to the recorder, from the,

BAHAMIAN bagpiper and
former Royal Bahamas Police
Force Band member Noil
Adderley Johnson has a burn-
ing desire to pass on the art of
playing the Scottish musical
instrument to the police band.
Not only does he want to
introduce the bagpipes into the
music ensemble, but he wants to
form a bagpipe section within
the police band.
"I had spoken with the Com-
missioner of Police and director
of music in the police band and
they were both impressed with
my idea. What I really want to do
is to be a member of the police
reserves, to be attached to the
police as a consultant of the bag-
pipes", said Mr Johnson.

pipes came after an experience at
a South Ocean Golf Club tour-
nament in the 70's.
He said he remembers that
organizers for the tournament
would bring a bagpiper from
Scotland for entertainment.

It was at that point, when he
thought to himself that with all of
the musicians in the Bahamas
someone should be able to play
the bagpipes.
After seeing the man and lis-
tening to the music being pro-
duced, Mr Johnson said that he
was "impressed".
Mr Johnson's delight for the
music drove him to buy a
chanter, an instrument that is

Scottisn snop m iNassau.
He resorted to teaching him-
self the instrument in the late
80's and early 90's.
It was about two to three years
ago when he moved up a
notch and started to play the bag-
Mr Johnson proudly claims
that he believes that he is the
only Bahamian who plays the
Presently, he has not played
the instrument out in public
because he feels that he has not
got a full repertoire to offer an
audience as yet.
The Bahamian bagpiper is
hopeful that in the future he will
be the special and unique per-
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$6,000 to be used to augment his
programmes in 2005.
Mr Bodie, as well as
Optometrist Dr Ebbie Shearer-
Jackson and initiator of the
Bahamas Primary School of the
Year Awards Programme Ricar-
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$6,00) as their financial prize for "
being chosen one of First-
Caribbean International Bank's
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Bahamas by a panel of six per-
The heroes welcomed the
monies as it came just in time
for the New Year when most are
preparing to improve on and do
more for the persons whom they
,serve. Mr Bodie's commitment
to youth development has been

ongoing for the past twelve years
when he has dedicated his after-
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club members, who range in ages
from four to twenty-one.
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from impoverished situations
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Bank's Tyrone Forbes (left) pre-
sents Mr Bodie with his winning
cheque and wishes him well in
his future projects.

(Photo by Wendell Cleare)

Bahamas Primary School
of the Year Awards Pro-
gramme, Ricardo
Deveaux (right) recently
collected a handsome
$6,000 cheque to augment
his programme in 2005.
Mr Deveaux;
Optometrist Dr Ebbie
Shearer-Jackson and Dex-
ter Bodie, founder of
Road Runners Track
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would have already
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Appeal for small islands' preferential

access to international markets

* PORT LOUIS, Mauritius
SMALL island nations need
preferential access to lucrative
markets in rich nations to encour-
age economic growth and combat
rising poverty, an official said.
according to Associated Press.
The countries also need soft
loans to finance efforts to
improve infrastruiiicure. encour-
age trade and diversify their
econoinues. Anthony Sevenn. St.
Lucia's ambassador to the
Caribbean Community, told a
United Nations conference on
the future of sm.ill island deel-
oping latest.
Caribbean nations suffered
hea'N loses when their tradition-
al exports were hit after preler-
ential arrangements were dis-
mantled under agreed rules of
the World Trade Organization.
Export revenues from bananas
in St. Lucia, for example,
dropped to US$21.7 million in
2002 from US$46.5 million in

Small island economies often
depend heavily on exporting
goods and services, Severin said.
But because many small island
nations are located far from
major markets, they must deliver
their goods by sea or air. mak-
ing them economically vulnerable
with high transport costs, he said.
He appealed for preferential
access to international markets
in order to offset the disadvan-
The five-day conference is
expected to press the miterna-
tional community to help island
nations in the Caribbean, Pacific
and Indian Ocean deal with
threats from tsunamis, rising sea
levels, falling development aid.
mounting trade loses and
Traditional donors have cut
annual development aid to small
island nations from US$23 bil-
lion to US$1.7 bdlion over the
last decade, according to U.N.
More than 2,000 participants,
including some 20 heads of state
from traditional donors and oth-
er countries, were expected at
the conference. U.N. Secretary-
General Kofi Annan arrived in
Mauritius late Monday and was
to address the meeting Thursday.
The health and wealth of small
island nations is threatened by
climate change and rising sea lev-
els, the U.N. environmental
agency said in reports released
last week.
Other threats include pollution
and discharge by ships in the


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UNITED Nations Secrelar3 General Kofio Annan, IronI let, is
welcomed by Mauritius Prime Minister Paul Berenger at the airport
on Mauritius island late Monday Jan. 10, 2005. Annan arrived in
Mauritius to attend the United Nations conference on the future of

small island developing states.

Caribbean, overfishing in the
Pacific and the rising tide of
household and other forms of
waste on the Atlantic and Indian
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Some small islands, such as the
Comoros in the Indian Ocean,
were also facing serious freshwa-
ter shortages, partly as a result
of contamination and over-

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duction of invasive species from
other parts of the world.
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Phone No. 302-1158
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fees from private haulers using
the New Providence landfill facil-

ity on Harrold Road, Ron Pin-
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Ministry of Health and Environ-
ment, said recently.
Mr Pinder, who has responsi-
bility for Environmental Services,
provided an update on the sta-
tus of the service charge imple-

mented in April, 2004, and sus-
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August/September to allow for
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Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

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Nassau, Bahamas

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any or all respondees.

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es on both household and com-
mercial waste. Vehicles carrying
less than 299 pounds of debris
are not charged; those carrying
between 300 and 999 pounds are
charged $5 per load; and for those
with 1,000 to 1,999 pounds, $10.
Vehicles carrying loads larger
than 2,000 pounds or one ton and
over, are charged $10 per ton.
"These fees are not being arbi-
trarily placed on the Bahamian
public," said Mr Pinder, "but they
are necessary to maintain a prop-
er solid waste management sys-
tem, to properly dispose of
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properly maintaining the site to
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offsetting the enormous cost that
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basis for the maintenance of
equipment and the overall main-
tenance of the landfill facilities
here at Harrold Road."

Mr Pinder said the equipment
and its maintenance is very cost-
ly. One such piece of equipment
is the weighbridge that is accom-
panied by a computer system that
calculates the weight and the cost.
"The computer system that we
are using is called a TRUX com-
puter system," said Mr Pinder
and that not only assesses the
weight of the vehicle with the
debris but also assesses the weight
of the vehicle after the debris
would have been offloaded. It
accurately quantifies that data
and transmits that data into print
At present, with one weigh-
bridge, there is some congestion,
as an incoming vehicle will have
to wait until an outgoing vehicle
has been processed.
We are reviewing the entire
operation with a view to pur-
chasing a second weighbridge to
alleviate traffic congestion, so-thlat,
there will be an in and an out
weighbridge" Mr Pinder said.
Another costly piece of equip-

* RON Pinder, Parliament Secretary in the Ministry of
Health and Environment (right), looks on as Valarie Mitchell,
weighbridge attendant (foreground), uses the TRUX Com-
puter system to calculate the weight of a vehicle entering
the New Providence landfill facility on Harrold Road. Also
shown is Jason Sands, weighbridge supervisor, Department
of Environmental Health Services.
(BIS photo: Lorenzo Lockhart)

ment is the compactor.
"Just recently we purchased a
compactor to assist us in reducing
the volume or improving the
compaction'of the volume of
debris in the landfill, and that
piece of equipment alone cost the
government some $500,000," said
Mr Pinder.
The compactor is a huge trac-
tor with two huge metal tires with
spikes on them. It compacts or
presses down the garbage to get
more volume in a particular
Mr Pinder said it is not unusu-
al for countries to charge private
haulers a fee, and the Bahamas is
far behind in its solid waste man-
agement system when compared
to the developed world.
"The pricing, for example, in
Freeport, Grand Bahama, the
land fill facilities that is run by
the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity, they assess any where from
$18 to $25 per ton for private
haulers coming anywhere into
their land fill facilities.
"In New York, for example,
they assess anywhere from $75
to $150 per. ton for construction
and demolition material alone.
In Iowa they assess anywhere
from $25 to $35 per ton for

household wastes coining into the:
landfill facility," he said.
Mr Pinder said the government
wanted to gradually implement:
the tipping fee in the Bahamas, to:
bring it up to conventional stan-i
dards. By April, 2005, he said,
the fees will be reviewed with a:
view to gradually increasing the'
"The fees currently charged:
also go toward purchasing cover,
material for the landfill," said Mr'
At the landfill, compacted:
debris and garbage is buried and'
covered by fill purchased by the,
Fees collected cover that cost:
to the government
"Once a recycling system is:
implemented, what could be,
realized immediately is that we'
could possibly reduce the cost of,
fill and thereby reducing the cost:
of construction.
"The government then can'
recycle the concrete, the asphalt,.
and the bricks that are coming:
in, run that through a grinder or
mdahine and use that as daily
co er,*as opposedto using the fill
thai you and I would purchase
to construct a hoie or building,"
he said.

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Serious crime drops by


er cent in 2004

FROM page one

Several speakers pointed to
Commissioner Farquharson's
Urban Renewal Project as a
catalyst for the decline.
Mr Dames pointed out not
only that the murder rate had
fallen from 50 in 2003 to 44
in 2004, but that it has also
been steadily falling from a
high of 74 in 2000.
According to Mr Dames, in
2004, the RBPF initiated and
successfully achieved a num-
ber of goals aimed at dealing
with various crime problems.
One of these, he said, was
to increase the presence of
officers in "trouble spots" of
New Providence, which
played a significant role in the
overall reduction of armed
Another goal, Mr Dames
said, was to work closely in
conjunction with law enforce-
ment agencies in the region,
particularly in the US.
In 2004, he said, a combined
operation between the
Bahamian Central Detective
Unit (CDU) and Central
Intelligence Bureau (CIB)
with US agencies, including
the Department of Homeland
Security, succeeded in captur-
ing a "key suspect" who was
in possession of a number of
automatic weapons, grenades,
handguns and ammunition.
I Other figures for crime in
2004 released yesterday
revealed that the Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU)
succeeded in confiscating

about $15 million in narcotics
or related funds, and that 73
police officers were arraigned
before the police tribunal for
corruption, three of whom
have been dismissed from the
RBPF, and two imprisoned.
Figures show that 55 per
cent of suspects charged with
armed robbery in 2004 were
repeat offenders, and that
although only five people
were charged with making
false complaints to police, the
number of offenders was in
fact much higher.
It was also revealed that
both victims and suspects of
murders in 2004 were most
often males aged 16 to 25 liv-
ing the southern area of New
Commissioner Farquharson
said police remain concerned
about this "group of young
males that seem to just drift
along from day to day with no
apparent connection to the
wider community."
He said he encouraged any
type of programme that would
seek to engender "ambition,
hard work and industry
among our male population."
Senior officers spoke yes-
terday about challenges the
RBPF continues to face going
into 2005, including the intim-
idation or coercion of wit-
nesses in criminal cases.
"When you decide to sell
your silence to others then
you too become a part of their
criminal act," Commissioner
Farquharson warned, saying
that police would "relentless-
ly pursue" such offenders.

Another challenge, high-
lighted by Mr Dames, is the
policing of crime in the Fami-
ly Islands.
He explained that as the
Family Islands develop,
crimes such as armed robbery
are not only becoming more
frequent, but are being per-
petrated by increasingly
skilled and violent criminals.
Another problem, he said,
is that of criminal acts perpe-
trated by undocumented per-
"We have a number of mat-
ters now that are open and
under investigation, and we
can't find a single documen-
tation of the persons any-
where," he explained.
He said that a national
effort to ensure all persons in
the Bahamas are subject to
documentation must be pur-
Mr Dames emphasised that
the positive figures of 2004
could only be the result of
police efficiency and co-oper-
ation between branches of the
"Uniformed police are
doing their jobs. Plain clothes
officers are doing their jobs,
and I think what is making
this work is the coming
together of all to actually
strategise and plan," he said.
Mr Dames added that co-
operation between the force
and the wider community was
also vital to the decrease of
"Whenever we speak on our
successes, I think it's impor-
tant for all of us to note that

those successes can only be
talked about in the context of
community and police part-
nership," he said.
Mr Dames told the gathered
officers that as most violent
crimes happen in residential
rather than commercial areas,
"we bear a serious responsi-
bility, not only as police offi-
cers, but persons living in
those communities, to pay
particular attention, to stand
up and be counted".
Assistant Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson also
addressed the press confer-
ence yesterday.
He said that while police
were pleased with the crime
figures for 2004, "we are still a
far way off from what is

"There are still far too
many crimes that I consider
to be avoidable crimes" he
Mr Ferguson said he was
referring to crimes were
"members of the public adver-
tise themselves to would-be
criminals," adding that police
had pursued "an aggressive
public education programme
that saw officers of both the
uniform and plain clothes sec-
tions seeking to empower you,
the members of the commu-
nity, to safeguard yourselves,
your families and your prop-
According to Mr Ferguson,
crime in the Bahamas is the
result of certain lifestyle

"We are still too comfort-
able with the drug trafficking,
the number racketeers and all
those acts of social decadence
in our midst.
"We have created a sub-cul-
ture, which lays the founda-
tion for anti-social activities,
with a wide-ranging negative
impact across society," he
said, pointing to the prevalent
attitude that "if money can be
made, let's make it."
Mr Ferguson said he
nonetheless remained certain
that the Bahamas can "turn
the corner and move away
from the current unsettling cli-
See pages 2 and 3


worker dies

after explosion

FROM page one already gathered.
A BEC supervisor who wished to remain

sub-station, gave an eye-witness account of
what happened.
"When I looked across the road I saw fire
inside the building and heard a big roar, like
something had exploded. I ran inside and
called the ambulance," said Mr Rolle.
When The Tribune arrived on the scene,
a number of BEC workers had

anonymous said he heard a communication
about someone getting hurt over his radio.
The supervisor said that when he arrived
on the scene, they were bringing the injured
man out of the sub-station and into the ambu '
Mr Basden said: "We at BEC are saddened
by the most unfortunate occurrence and
extend deepest sympathy to the family."







Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Coming tomorrow -
Legal Ease Column

Public sector inefficiencies

damage Out Island tourism

Tribune Business Reporter
atfthe Caribbean Hotel
ASsociation's Marketplace,
in Montego Bay Jamaica
he Government's
failure to upgrade
Family Island
infrastrucmrc and
its inability to act
quickly when investment oppor-
tunities have arisen has stalled
economic development, The
Tribune was told yesterday,
These failings were a primary
factor in the absence of stable
gro 0tl for many Famiil Island

Tribune Business Editor
A US Judge has ruled that
Lines Overseas Management
(LOM), a financial services
institution with a Freeport
office, would not violate
Bahamian law in complying
with four subpoenas issued by
the Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) over its
investigation into "possible
fraud, market manipulation and
reporting violations" that
allegedly used Bahamas-based
brokerage accounts.
. In his January 7 judgement,
Magistrate Judge Alan Kay, sit-
-ting in the US District of

In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Kerry Fountain, director
of the Out Island Promotions
Board, said the development of
Family Island airports so they
could receive international
tourist flights was key to the
sector's development. However,
this had exposed inefficiencies
within the public sector and the
lack of a clear plan for forward
growth and regional develop-
An example of the Board's
concern is the situation with US
Airways, which will shortly
begin non-stop service from
Charlotte to Treasure Cay.

Columbia, rejected the argu-
ments of both LOM and Scott
Lines, the group's managing
director, that the four subpoe-
nas issued by the SEC could not
be enforced because "disclosure
would subject them to liability
in foreign jurisdictions".
The jurisdictions and laws in
question are the confidentiality
laws of the Bahamas, Cayman
Islands and Bermuda, which
LOM and Mr Lines argued pro-
hibited it from revealing finan-
cial information on their cus-
In his judgement, Judge Kay
said: "According to the govern-
See LOM, Page 3B

Signs $3m joint marketing
initiative with Virgin Holidays

Tribune Business Reporter
at the Caribbean Hotel
Association's Marketplace,
in Montego Bay Jamaica
With 7,000 new airline seats
coming from the European and
UK markets to the Bahamas
this year, the Ministry of
Tourism has allocated $3 mil-
lion to a joint marketing cam-
paign with Virgin Holidays that
is expected to help increase the
total number of visitors from
those areas to 10 per cent of all
, Virgin Airways and First
Chiw.,.; are each expected to
begin new services to the
Bahamas this year, with British
Airways expected to increase
'the number ( ilighlis to this des-
tination to six per week.

As a result, the Ministry of
Tourism and Virgin Holidays
have signed a joint agreement
for a multi-million, three-year
campaign that is expected to
help grow the already 45,000-
plus visitors a year from the
UK, said Tommy Thompson,
director of the Ministry of
Tourism's European Tourism
Office. The campaign will
involve radio, billboard, televi-
sion and print advertisements.
Additional campaigns will
involve television advertise-
ments to be broadcast on seven
cable stations in the UK. In a
move to increase marketing effi-
ciency, additional print ads will
direct potential tourists to tour
Other initiatives that are
expected to help drive business
See MARKET, Page 2B

Franklyn Wilson

Wilson company

in joint venture

to form Eleuthera

utilities provider

Tribune Business Editor
pany formed by businessman Franklyn Wilson
and other Bahamians to revitalise the former
Cotton Bay Club with a $300 million resort and
community development, has linked with two
US firms to create a reverse osmosis plant and
utilities company on Eleuthera.
Mr Wilson's group have teamed up in a joint
venture with DevconMatrix Utility Resources,
a subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed Devcon Interna-
tional Corporation, and Matrix Desalination,
to form Eleuthera Utilities Limited. The latter
will be located at the Seashells at Cotton Bay
development, which is the investment by Mr
Wilson's group that was approved by the Gov-

ernment in November last year.
According to a statement issued by Devcon
International, Eleuthera Utilities will "build,
own and operate" a reverse osmosis plant that
will produce more than 500,000 gallons of fresh-
water per day, a waste watei treatment plant
and a stand-by electricity generation facility.
Matrix Desalination will design the reverse
osmosis plant. All three util-ties will initially
serve just the Seashells at Cottoki Bay com-
munity, "but an expandable design" will allow
Eleuthera Utilities to "address further business
opportunities" in the future.
Whitney Irons, Matrix Desalination's presi-
dent, is Eleuthera Utilities' chief operating offi-
cer and will be responsible for its day-to-day

Upgrades to Treasure Cay airport

to accommodate US Airways direct

flight cited as prime example of

failings stalling economic growth

Mr Fountain said the Board
had long been in discussions
with the carrier concerning the
Charlotte/Treasure Cay route.
The airline required the airport
facility to have both an x-ray
machine and a magnetometer.

The machines required, howev-
er, would have taken up much
of the space within the Trea-
sure Cay airport's passenger
The lack of clear direction in
developing Abaco's tourism

industry became evident when
the private sector volunteered
to pay for a new airport termi-
nal that could accommodate the
equipment required by US Air-
The Government, though,

decided not to give the neces-
sary approvals, taking the
approach that before anything
could be done to upgrade the
facility they should get the
advice of their consultants
about the way forward for
tourism, on the island, and
whether there was a need for
two facilities for international
travel in Abaco.
Despite this situation, Mr
Fountain said the Family
Islands were becoming more
accessible by direct routes, as
Bahamasair and major US-
-based carriers look to add
See FLY, Page 2B



to reduce



Tribune Business Reporter
at the Caribbean Hotel
Association's Marketplace,
in Montego Bay Jamaica
dent of the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA), yesterday
warned the industry that ongo-
ing dialogue with the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
was desperately needed due to
that organisation's position that
Caribbean governments should
limit or stop providing incen-
tives to tourism investors in.
Mrs Parle said Association
leaders were looking to meet
with IMF officials to discuss the
role of tourism in the region
and its importance to the devel-
opment and stability of many
The CHA president also said
that discussions were ongoing
with the European Union with
regard to support for the devel-
opment of the industry and
training and educational initia-
Addressing the media during
CHA's $1.5 million Caribbean
Marketplace 2005, held at the
' Half Moon Resort in Montego
Bay, Jamaica, Mrs Parle said
that in 2004, despite the devas-
tation seen by many destina-
tions as a result of the hurri-
canes, proved to be a strong
year. The Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO) estimated
a 6 per cent increase in visitor
arrivals to the Caribbean for the
Despite the increase in visitor
arrivals, Mrs Parle said she
would like to see greater
involvement by CARICOM
officials in the development of
the industry.
The creation of tourism-sup-
portive and investment-friendly
economic policies, including a
reduction in taxes for industry
operators, would go a long way
in assisting the growth of the
sector. Ms Parle said there was
a pressing need to address envi-
ronmental issues, as well as to
encourage the development of
scholarships and training pro-
grammes for middle managers
of Caribbean origin that will
enable them to enter senior
positions, such as general man-
ager and even taking ownership
of the tourism product.
Meanwhile, the highlight for
Marketplace 2005 was the use
of a marquee, or air-condi-
tioned tent facility with hard
floors for the first time to
accommodate the 500-plus
companies that would set up
The event has grown to such
a size that the Association had
See INVEST, Page 3B


Court orders

LOM to give

SEC Bahamas


Case likely to raise questions
on extraterritorial application
of US law and possible conflict
with Bahamas regulations




Market (From page 1B)



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 1.39 of the International Business Companies
Act 2000 that the dissolution of INVESTMENTS
SOLUTIONS FUND LTD. has been rescinded on
the 28th December 2004.



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, Bahamfias.

No Phone Calls Please

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

to the Bahamas include the
revamping of the tourism web-
site in the UK. The new website
will be the prototype for all
European websites, with each
subsidiary office adapting the
material to suit the various mar-
An online training pro-
gramme has also been imple-
mented for travel agents, at a
cost of some $18,000. The new
programme is expected to make
it easier for agents to learn
about and sell the Bahamas,
and is also expected to reduce
the costs of the training pro-
gramme, which was formally
provided in print format.
While many of the new ini-
tiatives are geared primarily,
toward the UK, other markets
within Europe are also being
targeted. Flights have resumed
from France to San Salvador,
with the reopening of Club Med
in December.
In a move expected to
improve visitor arrivals to from
France, Club Med had opened
its flights, which travel once a
week, to other tour operators,
enabling visitors to travel to the
Bahamas on a direct flight from
A number of press trips have
also been planned for French
travel writers to visit this nation.
At present, some 20,000 visitors
a year come to the Bahamas
from the French market.
Driving traffic from Ger-
many, with some 8,000 visitors a
year to the Bahamas, continues
to be a challenge with no direct
flight from that country to the
Bahamas. A sluggish economy
has also'encouraged German
tourists to vacation closer to.
Those that opt for a transat-
lantic holiday tend to prefer
cheaper destinations in the
region, including the Domini-
can Republic and Cuba. A
strengthening Euro against a

Fly (From page 1B)

routes to several destinations
within the Bahamas.
Bahamasair flies from Fort
Lauderdale to Georgetown,
Exuma and then on to Long
Island. Continental also flies



The successful candidate will be required to manage a diverse caseload and to
provide on-call and emergency room coverage as needed. An opportunity exists for
- participation in the treatment and management of hyperbaric chamber patients.

- Interested'applicants should apply in writing before 29th January, 2005 to:

Human Resources
Bahamas Heart Institute, Lyford Cay Hospital
P.O. Box N-7776 Nassau, Bahamas

Applications must include:

a letter of application
a full Curriculum Vitae
Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references (one must be
from the most recent employee)

softening dollar may mean an
increase in travel for Germans
heading into 2005.
Despite the increased airlift
into the Bahamas in 2005, Mr
Thompson said his master plan
for the European market is to
improve the level of room occu-
pancy per night from seven per
cent to 10 per cent.
To achieve this over the next
three years, however, addition-
al airlift will be needed as will
the increased availability of

direct from Fort Lauderdale to
Abaco, and Exuma is accessi-
ble as a direct flight on both
American Eagle and Continen-
Meanwhile, following the
hurricanes and the resulting
damage sustained by a number
of resorts on Abaco, the larger
propertie> the Green Turtle
Club, Treasui e Ca 'Resort and
the Bluff House Were all up
and running by the end of
November mid December, in
time for the Christmas holidays

good quality three-star accom-
modations, such as Viva Fortu-
na Beach in Grand Bahama.
Mr Thompson said further
that the tourism office was
already in discussion with Vir-
gin and other airlines to
increase the frequency of their
flights to the region.
With ten countries joining the
European Union recently, there
is also the potential for new
markets, but the lack of a visa
programme with many of these

and early winter rush.
Like much of the Bahamas
tourism industry, Abaco had
been on track for a very strong
year, with a number of incen-
tives planned prior to the hur-
ricanes. With the storms, how-
ever, the plans had to be
shelved as industry participants
concentrated on renovations
and improvements to property.
Once the industry was back
up and running, one of the first
moves made was to get credible
travel writers into the island to

nations will hinder an immedi-
ate travel programme getting
Meanwhile, Mr Thompson
said following meetings with
senior officials in the Ministry of
Tourism, the ministry is look-
ing at expanding the booking
ability of Bahamas.com. Infor-
mation is currently being gath-
ered through surveys of trav-
el/trade partners to see how
they would react to the new

see the industry's position first
hand. One area the Board is
trying to push is the availability
of information concerning
member properties on the
Bahamas.com website. Mr
Fountain said: "We have the
product, but how do we get
people here?" Another area the
Board is also: tryingito develop
is a database of statistical infor-
mation on member properties
that will allow them to provide
immediate information about
sector performance.

Cotton Bay (From page 1B)

operations. Devcon Matrix is
the major shareholder in
Eleuthera Utilities, and has
made the "initial investment"
in the company's facilities,
which are at the design and
engineering stages.
Mr Irons said: "CBDL and
DevMat are a perfect fit, and
this project has the potential to
become the principal provider
of utility services to Central
Eleuthera. With developments
like Seashells and others
planned by CBDL, the island
is growing and the expanding
population needs fresh water,
waste treatment facilities and
back-up power. DevMat has the
expertise and resources to prof-
itably deliver these utility ser-
vices at competitive prices to
our user customers."

w W T Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of: FA o
11 January 2005
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.042.07 1 CHG 02.32 1%CHG 00.22 I YTD 173 77 1 YTD % 20.01
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ DIv S PIE Yield
1.49 1.10 Abaco Markets 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.197 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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%
0.85 0.69 Benchmark 0.85 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 0.000 17.8 0.00%
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 7.20 0.10 1,250 0.510 0.240 14.1 3.33%
2.20 1.35 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 1,781 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 7,550 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%
9.75 8.00 Finco 9.70 9.75 0.05 1,000 0.649 0.480 15.0 4.92%
7.50 6.20 FirstCaribbean 7.49 7.50 0.01 1,000 0.513 0.330 14.6 4.40%
8.60 8.00 Focol 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.3 6.25%
2.25 1.99 Freeport Concrete 1.99 1.99 0.00 0.025 0.000 79.6 0.00%
10.38 9.90 ICD Utilities 9.89 9.89 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 5.85 ,5.85 0.00 '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-1 he-Counter Securilles
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask S Last Price Weekly Vol EPS S Div $ PIE 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%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
43 00 28 ,j0 0 1BC,,B -1 1 0,i, a 3 ,,,, 41 ,:'u L ,. ,., ,:,:,, ; ,1,,, :
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 Holdinas 0 29 0 54 0 35 -0 103 0000 N/M 0 000%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD'.: Last 12 Months Div S Yield "-
1.1864 1.0787 Colina Money Market Fund 1.186395*
2.0536 1.8154 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1191"**
10.2148 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2648.***
2.1564 2.0012 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.156379*"
1.0631 1.0000 Colina Bond Fund 1.063110""
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
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and FidelitN
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
* AS AT SEP. 24, 2004/ AS AT DEC. 31, 20041 "** AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
TO TRADE CALL. COLINA 242-502-7010 I FIDELITY 242-356-7706

Mr Irons added that "waste-
water will be treated and
reclaimed for irrigation, while
solid waste disposal will involve
recycling and incineration to
eliminate landfill and open pit
burning. The design includes a
special secondary high-temper-
ature burner, which virtually
eliminates stack gas emissions".
He said: "This project pro-
vides the platform for EUL to
expand and to support CBDL's
projects, as well as other devel-
opments on Eleuthera and
nearby islands."

Seashells at Cotton Bay is
intended to include a five-star
resort community, plus a mari-
na at Jack's Bay and one at
Davis Harbour. The first phase
includes a boutique hotel, club-
house, residential subdivision
including about 114 lots and a
The second phase will include
a 250-room hotel at Jacks Bluff,
supported by restaurants, a free
form swimming pool, pool bars
and an 18-hole championship
golf course and adjacent retail

BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 12TH day of JANUARY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Career Opportunity Exists
For Positions In


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
3-5 years clerical/secretarial experience with a minimum
of 2 years as an administrative assistant or executive
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





V V L. IV I .f.I- . .. . -1 .

LOM (From page aB)

ment's [SEC] evidence, there is
a foreign legal mechanism by
which LOM and Lines can law-
fully (within those countries)
comply with the US subpoena.
Thus, LOM has not met its bur-
den of establishing that compli-
ance would violate foreign law,
even assuming such a finding
would preclude an order of
"Because this court is uncon-
vinced that an order of enforce-
ment would subject the respon-
dents to liability in foreign
courts, this court need not reach
a determination whether poten-
tial liability, if it existed, would
necessarily tip the balance
against ordering compliance."
And Judge Kay added: ".....
the court will not decline a
request for enforcement based
solely on the mere prospect of
foreign liability, especially
where, as here, through affir-
mative engagement with the US
securities markets, have them-
selves spawned the very inquiry
they are now seeking protec-
tion from."
The Judge also dismissed
LOM's arguments that the
court could not enforce the SEC
subpoenas because it did not
have jurisdiction over them. He
gave the company until Febru-
ary 14 to produce the docu-
ments requested in the enforce-
ment subpoenas, and within 20
days of all paperwork being
submitted, Mr Lines had to
appear at the SEC's Washing-
ton headquarters to answer all
questions. LOM is likely to
appeal the ruling.
All matters involved in the
subpoenas are at the investiga-
tion stage, and no charges have
been brought against LOM, its
principals or staff, or any of its
But the Judge's ruling is again
likely to cause concern about
the extraterritorial application
of US law, and the possibility
that it could subsume Bahamian
During the court hearings
that preceded the ruling, Reid
Figel, the attorney for LOM,
said: "We believe that the sub-
poena enforcement issue here
raises very serious issues of
jurisdiction and questions about
the extraterritorial application
of US law and the SEC's admin-
istrative powers on foreign liti-
'"We believe the SEC has the
ability, through it formal and
informal relationships with for-

eign regulators, to get essen-
tially all the documents that it is
seeking. Now, there may be
some exceptions to that, but I
think to the extent that there's
exceptions it would be very
clear that those are exceptions
where there's strong arguments
over foreign law."
Mr Figel accused the SEC of
placing the US District Court
in a position where it would
order LOM to violate Bahami-
an law, and said the way to
avoid this would be for the US
regulator to use its relationship
with the Securities Commission
of the Bahamas and other
supervisors to obtain the
required documents.
He added: "LOM's put in
affidavits from three experts, all
of which we believe demon-
strates that complying with the
subpoenas would require LOM
to violate foreign law in a num-
ber of respects. The SEC has
obviously put in their own
expert affidavits, contesting
"But I don't think that's
something the court can really
resolve on the papers unless
you're an expert in the law of
Bermuda, the Bahamas and the
"Rather than create a crisis
of comity and a clash of foreign
law and US law, what we would
propose is that in the first
instance the SEC ought to go
to the foreign regulators. We
will work with the SEC to the
extent we can. We obviously
still have obligations under for-
eign law."
Mr Figel said LOM's Bermu-
da headquarters had no lawful
authority to compel the disclo-
sure of documents held in the
Bahamas that the SEC was
Not surprisingly, SEC attor-
ney Michael Lowman dis-
agreed, and the court hearing
gave an insight into the US reg-
ulator's impatience with regu-
latory and court procedures in
the Bahamas, and its desire to
obtain documents and testimo-
ny as rapidly as possible by
whatever means necessary.
Mr Lowman alleged there
was not conflict between US
and foreign law, alleging that
LOM was creating "the illusion
of a conflict". Claiming LOM
and its attorneys were making
"a very big assumption", Mr
Lowman added: "That assump-
tion is that if they went to the
courts in the Bahamas, if they

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, corner of Petersfield and
Guildford Roads. All members are requested to be present.

Signed:Dorothy Malcolm

Legal Notice



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

Cheryl Rolle

Elvira Lowe

Legal Notice



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

Cheryl Rolle

Elvira Lowe

went to the courts in the Cay-
mans, if they went to the courts
in Bermuda, that those courts -
because they know how the
courts would think those
courts will deny the applica-
Arguing that the subpoenas
on LOM and Mr Lines had
been pending for six months,
Mr Lowman added: "During
that time, they haven't gone to
any of the courts in the
Bahamas, Bermuda and Cay-
mans and said: 'Dear court, may
I under the exemptions comply
with the SEC subpoena'. They
haven't done lick one. And this
was their choice."
If the District Court ordered
LOM and Mr Lines to comply
with the SEC subpoenas, Mr
Lowman said they would then
have to go to the courts in the
Bahamas to see whether they
could comply or be held in con-
tempt of court in the US. Mr
Lowman also said LOM's argu-
ment about not having custody
and control of its subsidiaries
and documents in the Bahamas.
He also disparaged the mech-
anisms that LOM said were in
place to allow regulators in the
Bahamas and other jurisdictions
to co-operate with the SEC,
adding that the company filed a
lawsuit in Bermuda to stop co-
operation in that jurisdiction.
Mr Lowman said: "And let's
look at the other two areas
they're talking about, the Cay-
mans and the Bahamas. First of
all, I want to say under the case
law the SEC has no obligation
to use alternative methods. First
of all, they're just not compati-
ble, in one sense, because
they're not the same. One, they
take a tremendous amount of
tim e...........
"'Two, oftentimes that infor-
mation will have hooks on it,
such as: 'You can't use it in any
other proceedings unless we tell
you you can use it.'" As a result,
the SEC was unable to easily
pass information on for poten-
tial criminal inquiries by the US
Justice Department an issue
that has been an ongoing sore
for regulatory co-operation
involving the Central Bank of



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 7th day of January,
2005. The Liquidators are Cordelia Fernander and Ingrid
Davis of P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

Cordelia Fernander

Ingrid Davis

Legal Notice



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

Ingrid Davis

Stephen McKinney

Legal Notice.



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

Ingrid Davis

Stephen Mckinney

Legal Notice



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

Cheryl Rolle

Elvira Lowe


the Bahamas and Securities
Mr Lowman said: "There are
currently no agreements with
our foreign counterparts in the
Caymans and the Bahamas that
allow us to go that route. At
one point in time, thq window
was open several years ago very
briefly, but it closed.
"And these things are subject
to relationships between differ-
ent countries. There's different
issues, other foreign countries
don't like the fact that we can
give our materials to the crimi-
nal authorities, but let's just put
it very blunt right now.
"Right now, there is no
avenue where we can go into a
formal procedure and say:
'Dear Bahamas, Dear Cayman.
Here's our request, go out and
compel this from them. Or go
get it for us'. It just doesn't
The SEC subpoenas were
issued in relation to trading in
the stocks of three US public
companies: Hienergy Tech-
nologies, Sedona Software Solu-
tions and SHEP Technologies.
The SEC had alleged that
there had been extensive trad-
ing in all three stocks by "cer-
tain individuals" through LOM
brokerage accounts in the
Bahamas, Cayman Islands and
LOM's Bahamas-based bro-
kerage accounts are just
involved in the SHEP Tech-
nologies probe, in which the
SEC is alleging that LOM and
Lines used nominees to "obtain
secret control" of 80 per cent
of SHEP's stock on behalf of
two clients who held accounts at
LOM Cayman and LOM
Bahamas. SHEP was then
allegedly just a shell company.
Lines and the LOM cus-
tomers then reaped profits of
$3 million when they sold their
SHEP shares.
LOM responded through a
July 14 press release, denying
that its principals profited from
selling the SHEP shares and
claiming the SEC's allegations
were "materially inaccurate".
The company "vehemently
denies" the SEC's allegations.

Invest (From page 1B)

found it challenging to find a suitable venue in the Caribbean. To
facilitate the growing number of delegates, some 1,543 this year, a
marquee had been under consideration as an alternative conference
centre in order to keep the event in the Caribbean.
There was some question whether the event would have to be
held outside the region in Miami, but tour operators and other
tourism strategic partners voiced their disapproval over the posso-
bility of moving the Caribbean-based event outside the region. ,
In 2004, Virgin Holidays met with CHA and made a substantial
commitment towards the use of the marquee. The largest facility df
its kind ever used in the Caribbean, it allowed CHA to host its
largest Marketplace ever with 411 supplier booths and a record
number of supplier and buyer companies and delegates.
According to Mrs Parle, Jamaica has expressed interest in put-
chasing the marquee and leasing or renting it out to other countries
in the region that wish to utilise the facility to host large scale
events that might ordinarily have to be held in the United Statej,
Puerto Rico or even Mexico.
Looking ahead to Marketplace 2006 a number of destinations are
being considered to host the event, including Puerto Rico, Cancun,
Mexico, St Kitts and Curacao, Venezuela.

To advertise in
The Tribimune

call 322-1986



International Business Companies Act 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, CORDOVA
INVESTMENTS LTD., is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution was January 11, 2005.

Continental Liquidators Inc of No. 2 Commercial Centre Square,
Aloifi, Niue Islands, is the Liquidator of CORDOVA

John B Foster
For: Continental Liquidators Inc.

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company:
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 10th dayof:
January, 2005. The Liquidators are Cheryl Role and!
Cordelia Fernander of P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.,

Cheryl Rolle

Cordelia Fernander

Legal Notice



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

Cheryl Rolle

Elvira Lowe






JAN. 13, 2005

No. 6692004

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.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JAN.13, 2005


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


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
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
RILEY, the Personal Representatives by the
Hight Court of Justice, the District Probate
Registry at Newcastle Upon.Tyne, on the 4th
day of September, 2003.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


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
THOMAS late of Musgrove Street,
Chippingham, Western District, on the Islands
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,


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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JAN. 12, 2005

No. 674/2004

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,,

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

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 aid Personal'Estate
of LLOYD BETHEL late of Hawksbill in the
City of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of The Commonwealth of The


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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JAN. 13 2005

No. 676/2004

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

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

personal representative, by the Supreme Court
of Victoria, Probate Jurisdiction, on the 4th
day of June, 2004.

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

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TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING BAAA President Desmond Bannister said: 'Tonique and
Christine (Amertil) are ranked number one and five respectively, Debbie (Ferguson) and Savetheda
(Fynes) can run a 400 and both of them are willing to, but we still have a problem finding two alternate

Challenge of creating

4x100 male and

1600m female teams

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas will be able to
field both men and women's
1600 metre and 400m relay
teams for international competi-
tion, however, creating a 4xl00m
male and a 1600m female team is
still a challenge.
This drought, which the coun-
try has been facing for more than
ten years, was brought to reality
in the recent Olympic, Com-
monwealth and Pan American
The last time the Bahamas
fielded a men's 4x100m team was
in the 2003 and the 1989, both
races in the Central American
and Caribbean (CAC) games,
which were held in Grenada and
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 1994 a national record was
set by Tamara Cherbim,
Savetheda Fynes, Christine
Amertil and Tonique Williams-
Darling, in a time of 3:36.53 sec-
onds was sufficient to give the
quartet a silver medal.

According to the president of
the Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations Desmond Ban-
nister, the problem doesn't nec-
essarily lay with fielding a relay
team, it is actually the distance
events where the Bahamas has
it's problems.
The last time the Bahamas was
represented in any of the dis-
tance events in international
competition for seniors was the
in 1998 senior Central American
and Caribbean games, held in
the Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Representing the Bahamas in
the 800m was Chris Brown.
Bannister believes that there
are several junior athletes who
are coming up in the ranks and
will be able to make the differ-
He said: "It has been a long
time since the Bahamas fielded a
d team on the senior level to com-
a pete in the men's 4xl00m, wom-
e en's 4x400m and especially dis-
tance events.

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Daniel Nestor in action in this
file photograph.
The doubles pair were ousted
in the first round of the 2005
Mledibank Prialte Inlernational
in Sydney, Australia.

HISTORY seems to have repeated itself for
Bahamian Mark Knowles and his Canadian dou-
bles partner Daniel Nestor.
Last \ear's number one doubles team in the
%world had a rough time on Tuesday as they were
ousted in the first round of the 2005 Nledibank
Private International in Sydney. Australia.
The duo were eliminated by the team of Tomas
Berdych and Radek Stepanek of the Czech
Republic in three sets, 6-4. 5-7, 7-6 (6).

Last year at this time. it was at the Adidas
Open in Sydney that Knowles and Nestor made
their first round exit.
It \was a disappointing round, not onl\ lor
Know les and Nestor, but for the No.2 seeded
team American twin brothers Bob and Mike
The\ lost in two straight sets. 0-2, 6-3., to Mar-
tin Damm ot the Czech Republic and American
Jared Palmer
Throughout last year, it came down to a battle
between Knowles/Nestor and the Bryans for the
top spot in the ATP standings.
While Knowles and Nestor were the Team of
the Month of Nowember, the Brvans clinched

that spot for the month of December.
And w hilc Knowles and Nestor accumulated
the most points to finish as the top ranked team.
the Brvans wete named the ATP doubles team of
the year because of their consistency.
This was the season opener for both teams and
b\ M ittue ot failing to get past the first round,
they \\on't make the top 50 list.

Last \ear. Knowles and Nestor won five titles
together. including their second Grand Slam at
the US Open. They ended up beating the Brvans
just once in their three meetings.
Know~le.s and Nestor are now heading to Mel-
bourne w here the. will compete in the Australian
Open that starts on Monday.
After taking some extra time off to recuperate
Irom their exhausting year on the circuit, Know Ie,
and Nestoi skipped the Qatar E.vxonMobil Open
in Doha. Qatar last week.
They had previously won the Qatar Open twice.
They were hoping to use the Medibank Inter-
niitonal as ai warm-up for the Australian Open,
which they won in 2002 when they also capped off
the \ear as the top doubles team.
Last year. Knowles and Nestor reached the
quarter-finals of the Australian Open before they
were ousted by the team of Gaston Etlis and
Mat tin Rodriguez.

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"I do believe that we are capa-
ble of fielding such teams, when
you look at it, the Bahamas has
two of the top female 400m run-
ners in the world, it is impossible
to beat us with this combination.
"Tonique and Christine are
ranked number one and five
respectively, Debbie and
Savetheda can run a 400 and
both of them are willing to, but
we still have a problem finding
two alternate runners."
For the CAC games, Debbie
Ferguson, Williams-Darling,
Amertil and Fynes will be joined
by the athletes like Tamara and
Tavara Rigby, hoping to chal-
lenge such countries like Jamaica
and Mexico, but their biggest feat
will be ending the drought.
"We aren't to worried about
the younger athletes, when you
look at the Rigby twins, these
two young athletes are eager to
make this team," said Bannister.
"I believe this is an excellent
time for the junior athletes to
shine. This is their opportunity to
show to the Bahamas that they
too belong on the international
"Many persons just focus on
the relays and if we are able to
field a team, but the main focus is
the distance. We have to be able
to compete in the distance
For the past six years the
Bahamas has had several ath-
letes ranked in the top ten in the
world, however, getting over the
400m has been a hurdle, one that
will not be corrected by the time
as the CAC championships.
The championships are set for
July of this year and will be held
in the Bahamas.
Competing for the first time


on the senior level will be'
Grafton Ifill III, Aymara Albury,,.
Tamara and Tavara Rigby,:
Shamar Sands and Derek-
Atkins, all collegiate athletes.
Both Albury and Atkins are,-
the junior national record-.
holders in the men and women's,
100m and shot putt, respec-tive-.
Albury is also the national
record holder for senior athletes,'
she is a junior at the University of
Alamba, while Atkins attends'
Dickinson College. ,

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bronze medallist in the hurdles,.
Sands is looking to make'
his debut on the senior-i
national team in the men's 110"
He added: "The Bahamas cani
compete with anyone in the,
world in the sprints, I do believe&
that the CAC region has the best,
athletes in the world so it is going
to be a tough field.
"When you look at the wom-',
en's sprints 100 and 200m, we
have the top five or six females.
Debbie, Chandra, Savetheda
Tamika, Shandria and the Rigby:!
"We have the women'$',
Olympic champion in the 400mn;
and a finalist, in the men's sprints
the younger sprinters will have td
come up, because we only have,
Dominic Demeritte." 2
In the field events Leevarin
Sands, Jackie Edwards and,
Osborne Moxey will be repre-,
senting the Bahamas and in thel:
javelin and discus Laverne Eve,
and Albury will take up the chal-2

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THE Temple Christian Suns
managed to bo0Mout the St Anne's
Bluenaves to stay undefeated in the
senior girls division of the Bahamas
Association of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools.
On Tuesday at St Anne's, the
Suns shined 35-7 in one of the slop-
piest games played so far between
two teams who have t e potential to
play much better.
The Suns, however were a little
more coordinated and it showed as
they used a swamping trapping
defence, forcing numerous
turnovers and eventually capitalising
at the other end of the court.
"I guess since they felt they got
over SAC, their momentum wasn't
there anymore," said Temple Chris-
tian's coach Sharelle Cash, in try-
ing to explain her team's lacklustre

"As long as the school puts on
red and white and it's SAC across
their chest, they play much better."
Temple Christian, who improved
to 5-0 with the victory over St
Anne's, had just defeated SAC 31-
28 in a matchup of two undefeated
teams last Thursday.
Staffica Bain, scored game
high 16 points in win over SAC,
was a tower c strength again,
although she on managed to put
up 13 on the scoreboard.
Jadashi Curry, who came off the
bench, contributed nine, while
Deandra Williams had six and
Davonne Barry added four.
The Bluewaves fell to 1-4 and all
of their points came from swimmer
Chanteia Musgrove, who tried
unsuccessfully to carry the team.

Temple Christian Suns
v St Anne's Bluewaves

"Our girls just need to be more
aggressive," was how coach Varel
Davis summed up their loss. "They
were a little intimidated at the
beginning, knowing that they were
playing the number one team and
they were undefeated.
"But as the game went back, they
started to gain some confidence, but
I guess it was just too late."
Except for the first quarter when
neither team could get on the score-
board, St Anne's were never really
in the game.
Musgrove canned a three-point
play to start the second quarter, cut-
ting the deficit to 5-4.
But that was the closest the Blue-
waves came.
Substituting players at will, Tem-
ple Christian went on to snatch a
commanding 21-4 lead at the half
as they picked up their offence.
By the time they got to the third
quarter, they had maintained full
control of the game with a 28-4
advantage and they never looked
In the fourth quarter, after Mus-
grove broke St Anne's scoring
drought, Temple Christian went on
to blow the game open in the rest of
the period.
Even up by a bundle with one
minute left, Cash reinserted her best
five players and they reeled off 10
straight points to polish off St
Anne's in the final minute.

Williams (left) fights to keep possession as she dri-
ves to the basket.
(Photo: Felipe Major)

Pittbulls but the bite on Golden Eagles

Junior Sports Reporter

OLLEN SMITH bobbed and weaved
his way through the lane to lead the DW
Davis Pittbulls to victory.
The Pittbulls took a bite out of the LW
Young Golden Eagles, yesterday, defeat-
ing them 56-49.
Smith, the team's starting point guard,
lead all scores with 15 .points, seven
rebounds, four steals, three blocks and
six assists, his teammate Tareano Stur-
rup chipped in with 10 points, eight
rebounds and three blocks.
In the first quarter the Eagles had set
up an unbreakable defensive wall that
forced the Pittbulls to fire from behind the
three point line.
The limited shot choices for the Pit-
tbulls resulted in an Eagles 8-0 run, how-
ever, the Pittbulls demanding 12 point
lead was too much for them to seep
With the adrenaline flowing, Eagles
head coach Stafford Davis told his team to
attack the 'glass,' hoping to draw the foul
and place the Pittbulls further in foul trou-
The game plan Worked for more than a
minute until Smith slashed through to
find Sturrup.

A sneaky Smith stole the Eagles'
inbound pass from David St Vil, to clinch
nets from behind the arch.
As the time winded down on the time
clock the clever and speedy Smith drib-
bled his way through traffic, hitting a near-
ly impossible shot, to end the half.
He said: "This is our first game for the
year and the lack of practice and game
preparation showed.
"We made some dumb fouls down the
line and it almost cost us the game.

"We played in the Father Marcian
Peters basketball tournament over the
break, but that wasn't enough because
after the tournament we went straight
into the Christmas holiday."
The Eagles appeared on the line more
than 15 times in the first half, however
they were only able to capitalise on eight
of the appearances.
However, their ability to close out quar-
ters give them confidence heading into
the third.
Pittbulls, who were up by nine in the
second quarter allowed the Eagles to take
flight, ending the quarter with a slim two
point lead.

"This team only needs practice, if we
practise we will be a tearh to reckoned
with," said Davis.
"I know exactly what went wrong
today, they missed over 20 free throws, if
we had hit those free throws we would
have destroyed them.
"We are going back to school and we
will hold our first official practice today.
"There is know doubt in my mind that we
won't make the playoffs."
In the third quarter Eagles' trouble
from the free throw line became a night-
mare for them.
By this time they were only down by six
points, the three crucial free throws would
have tied the game, probably changing
the tide. In total, they missed 19 free
The momentum the Eagles found in
the first half quickly diminished as Smith,
Sturrup and Benjamin Moss.
Moss, who slapped Clemson Edge-
combe's ball into the stands ran down the
court to bang one of the glass for the Pit-
Pittbulls were able to outscore the
Eagles in the third quarter 18-10.
All games in the GSSSA league will
continue today at the DW Davis and AF
Adderley gym. There will be no games on
Thursday and Friday in the league.






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* ART and antiques dealer Jay Koment is taking the
works of 14 Bahamian artists to the National Black
Fine Art Show in SoHo, New York next month. Koment
wants to expose Bahamian art, and its development,
to a wider audience.

(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)


Taking Bahamian artists' works

to the 'art capital of the world'

W hen art and
dealer Jay
K moment
moved to
the Bahamas from New York
seven years ago his view of
Bahamian art was very tradi-
tional. Now that's changing
and he's eager for internation-
al audiences to experience how
art is developing in the
And what better place to
start than the art capital of the
world New York City.
Komefit, owner of New
Providence Art and Antiques
on Bank Lane, is taking
approximately 30 works from
14 Bahamian artists to the
.,National Black Fine Art Show
(NBFAS) in SoHo next month
in a move to expose Bahamian
art, and its development, to a
wider audience.
The NBFAS, now in its
ninth year, is the largest single
gathering of the vast spectrum
of Black fine art and artists,
and has become the most
important event of the mar-
keting of such art. It is consid-

ered a mandatory event among
devotees of Black art.
"Over time my eye for what
I like in Bahamian art is chang-
ing," Koment old The Arts in
an interview at his antiques
store in Saffrey Square.

"... It has to
be more than
just looking
good. Works
with ideas
behind them
are much more
powerful ..."
-Jay Koment

"I'm interested today, in
2005...(the artist) has to have
an idea. It has to be more than
just looking good. Works with
ideas behind them are much
more powerful. I am looking
for (works) that either have

that or say something about
the artist. Or the artist is trying
to express something."
He was inspired to try and
secure a booth at the Black
arts show after attending a talk
on Bahamian art, given by Eri-
ca James, chief curator of the
National Art Gallery of the
In fact, Koment credits the
two-year-old NAGB with
helping expand his view of
Bahamian art.
But his journey from
antiques to art has been a grad-
ual one.
When he first opened his
shop with his Bahamian wife
Deborah, he dealt in older
Bahamian paintings, like the
works of Stephen Etnier, an
American who visited the
Bahamas in the early 1960s
documenting its coastal scenes
and changes in Nassau's shore-
line; and little-known itinerant
artist Elmer James Read, who
visited the Bahamas at the turn
of the century.
Koment's entire life has
been spent in antiques and art.

See WORKS, Page 2C

* "JUDGEMENT Day" by Wellington Bridgewater. The folk artist is represented by Jay
Koment of New Providence Art and Antiques, Bank Lane, and is one of 14 Bahamian
artists whose works will be exhibited in SoHo, New York next month.

(Photo: Felipd Major/Tribune Staff)


'Expression of congratulations'
Page 2C


Bahamian authors team up
to write adventure novel
Page 3C


Songwriter to 'drop' three
albums, book about his life
Page 6C

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* "RED Sand" by Toby Lunn one of about 30 Bahamian pieces to be exhibited at the National Black Fine Art Show in SoHo, New York next month.

(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune Staff)

Works (From page 1C)

His parents were antiques
dealers and his older sister is
an artist.
If you visit his shop today,
alongside older, antique paint-
ings, decorative art, furniture,
porcelain, silver and col-
lectibles, you will find paint-
ings by Max Taylor, Welling-
ton Bridgewater, Kendal Han-
na and Amos Ferguson.
He has. also located rare
paintings for local art collec-
tor Dawn Davies. Some of
those gems are now hanging
in the NAGB in the exhibition
Past Present and Personal- The
Dawn Davies Collection.
Koment now represents
Bridgewater, a folk -artist
whose work focuses heavily on
biblical themes; and Hanna,
regarded as the first abstract



expressionist in the Bahamas.
Bridgewater and Hanna are
among the Bahamian artists
that Koment will be repre-
senting at the NBFAS. The
other artists are: Jason Ayer
Bennett, Lillian Blades, Jessica
Colebrooke, John Cox, Ritchie
and Roshann Eyma, Amos
Ferguson, Tyrone Ferguson,
* Toby Lunn, Antonius Roberts,
Max Taylor and Italia
The artists were selected
after Koment contacted the
show's organizers in New York
and enquired about securing a
Koment admits that organ-
isers, concerned about.the
quality of the works, were
sceptical at first.
"They didn't know me from

Adam. I was just this guy from
the Bahamas. But they were
very nice," he recalls.
So Koment sent them copies
of current NAGB catalogues
and the organizers, impressed
by what they saw, got back to
him with a yes, and selected a
few artists whose works they
were interested in. Koment
selected the rest.
Koment is very excited
about the exposure the show
will provide for this diverse
group of artists, and Bahamian
art in general.
"I am interested to see how
Bahamian art will measure
up," he says.
Koment is one of four new
exhibitors at this year's show,
and will be among 40-plus
international art dealers rep-



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* A "SELF Portrait" by Kendal Hanna. The abstract expressionist is among the group of
artists whose works will be on exhibition at the National Black Fine Art Show in New York
City from February 3-6.

resenting a wide range of
Black artists, including early
African-American masters like
Henry Tanner, modern mas-
ters like Romare Bearden,
Harlem renaissance masters
like Aaron Douglas and young
giants like Frank Morrison.
The NBFAS attracts lead-
ing galleries and dealers in
both the primary and sec-

ondary markets, and draws
noted collectors of Black work,
including Spike Lee, Oprah
Winfrey, Angela Bassett and
Warren Beatty. Last year,
about 9,000 people from all
over the US, Europe, Canada
and the Caribbean passed
through the Puck Building dur-
ing the four-day show. And
most of them were buyers.

to: Felip6 Major/Tribune Staff)

The NBFAS, which runs
February 2-6, is the only Black
art show reviewed by the New
York Times, and provides
immense diversity in terms of
age, accomplishments, media,
content, stylistic and cultural
influences, and range from the




The Nassau Music Society
kicks off the New Year with a
concert featuring Russian
American classical pianist,
Regina Shamvili at Govern-
ment House on Friday, Janu-
ary 14, 8pm sharp.
Reservations may be made
at the office of A D Hanna &
Co, Deveaux Street. Phone:
322-8306 or The Nassau Music
Society, Phone: 327-7668. Log
on to www.nassaumusicsoci-
ety.com for more details. (See
story page 3)
The Jel-
Series, an .
of new
and sculp-7 T
ture by
ceramic sculpture by Jessica
Colebrooke, opens Saturday,
January 15, 2pm-5pm at the
residence of Antonius
Roberts, Prospect Ridge. The
work presented is dedicated
to the preservation of the envi-
The Endowment for the
Performing Arts will sponsor a
Gala Concert to raise much
needed funds. The concert, set

* CREATIVE Artist Michael Jervis is pictured presenting
an "expression of congratulations" to Olympic Gold
medallist Tonique Williams-Darling. The miniature sculp-
ture was made from coconut bark, banana peel, sea
weed and limestone. Jervis has been creating sculpture
using local vegetation for the past four years.

for Thursday, January 20,
7.30pm at the Dundas Centre
for the Performing Arts,
Mackey St, will showcase
artists assisted by the endow-
ment over the years.
Featured artists include the
Bahamas National Youth
Choir, poet Marion Bethel,
the male quartet Vision, Joann

and Lee Callender and the
Track Road Theatre group.
The evening will begin with
a cocktail party at 7.30pm. The
concert will begin at 8.30pm
and will last one and a half
hours. Dress: Black tie option-
al. Donation: $100. To make
reservations call 393-3738 or

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World famous pianist and

recording artist in concert

The Nassau Music Soci-
ety will open the New
Year with the world
famous Classical pianist
and recording artist
Regina Shamvili on Friday January
The event, co-sponsored by Amer-
ican Airlines and Sandals, is one not
be missed, and will begin at 8pm
Regina began to play the piano at
the age of six. When she was only 10
years old, she gave her first orchestral
performance. She was graduated from
both the Tbilisi Conservatory and the
Tchaikovski Conservatory in Moscow.
She soon became a household name
in her native Russia. Her perfor-
mances were limited within the for-
mer Soviet Union until 1983, when

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Regina left the'country for the Unit-
ed States. She played with many
major orchestras and appeared in
prestigious concert halls and festivals.
Many of you will remember Ms
Shamvili from her unforgettable
appearance in January 2003 at Gov-
ernment House in a concert under
the patronage of the Embassy of the
United States of America where she
played to a full house. After warm
critics and one patron even qualifying
the event as "Nassau's piano perfor-
mance of the year" (Nassau Guardian
18/01/2003), Ms Shamvili promised
to return to the Bahamas to give her


public another taste of her musical
talents. On Friday, January 14 she
will be keeping this promise, thanks to
the Nassau Music Society, American
Airlines and Sandals Resorts.
During the first half of this year's
concert, Regina will interpret Lud-
wig von Beethoven's Sonata No 28,
Op 101. This will be followed by
Mazurka in A minor, Op 17 No 4 and
Fantasia in F Minor Op 49 by Fred-
eric Chopin. After a brief intermis-
sion, the concert will resume with
Eight Fantasies by Hoffmann's Fairy
Tales or Kreisleriana Op 16 by
Robert Schumann.

Many of you will know Kreislerinna
as Madame Shamvili.opened her con-
cert with this piece when she was last
here in Nassau, much to the enchant-
ment of the audience.
The Nassau Music Society whose
primary role is to promote good qual-
ity music to Bahamians in order.to
maintain its music scholarship fund,
hopes that the public will be receptive
to this concert and such others
planned this season. They are count-
ing on your support. For more details
visit www.nassaumusicsociety.com, or
call them at 327-7668.

Reservations may be made at the
Office of AD Hanna & Co Deveaux
Street, Tel: 322-8306 or The Nassau
Music Society, Tel: 327-7668.

Bahamian authors team up

to write adventure novel

Book takes young readers on journey of

excitement through islands of the Bahamas .

BAHA-MIAN authors Tel-
lis and Teri Bethel have
teamed up to write an exciting
novel that takes young read-
ers on a journey of adventure
and excitement through the
islands of the Bahamas.
Tellis and Teri's awareness
of the need for positive influ-
ence in the lives of today's
youngsters inspired tbg- to
write the book, Trap&e-i'7)a
Kooky Island, \ hic'h"\ as
recently published in the Unit-
ed States.
At the centre of this unfold-
ing drama is Tye Johnson,. a
young adventure-seeking
teenager, who dreams of some-
day sailing the tropical waters
of the Bahamas in search of
lost treasure of the past.
Tye along with his younger
brother and sister often lis-
tened with excitement to the
incredible seafaring tales of
their dad, Dencey Johnson, a
former naval officer with the
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force. As a child, Tye's dad
searched the shores of their
native land for hidden pirate's
treasure. But now his eyes are
on bigger sights. Dencey
believes that the Bahama
Islands whisper a hidden mys-
tery that has changed the
course of world destiny.
Despite his wife's pleading,
Dencey is side tracked from
his flight plan and makes a dar-
ing landing on an uninhabited
island. Legend has it that this
island, known as Kooky Island,
holds the answers to the mys-
terious disappearances of
many in the Bahamas. With-
out forewarning, Tye and his
parents find themselves sur-
rounded by a band of heavily
camouflaged combat-ready

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renegades. What Tye and his
family are about to uncover
will take courage, strength and
enduring faith to overcome.
Tellis and Teri believe that
faith-based adventure novels
are a creative way to convey
time-tested values and life's
lessons, to young people.
-For years. I\.c searched for

rT2 ?"

"For years I've
searched for
positive yet
books for our
kids; books that
would add value
to their lives
'and strengthen
what they were
taught at home."
Teri Bethel

positive yet entertaining books
for our kids; books that would
add value to their lives and
strengthen what they were
taught at home," says Teri.
Written for children ages 10
to 14, Trapped on Kooky
Island shares invaluable
insights about life in a powerful
way. "This novel captures the
attention of young people,

making it difficult tor them to
put it dox\n once the\ start
reading it," she adds.
"I belie e this book will
entertain as well as inspire
faith in the hearts ot man\
young people." sa\s Tell is.
Trapped On Kooky Island
is a follow up from Tellis'
book, .4America A Desuni
'Unveledl (!0'rida: g'I
Press, 2003,1 obok r-I.7i '
N written tor a Mwcder reade"rsisp'
revealing the importance of
the tiny islands of the Bahamas
on the destin. of America and
the modern %world.
"Our book was also w written
to help the next generation
grasp who the\ are as Bahami-
an citizens, and empower them
to fulfill their God-gi\ en des-
tinies. It's something that even
visitors to our shores would be
interested in," Tellis explains.
Trapped On Ko.,k\ Islhind
is now available at local as well
as major bookstores %world-
wide. Tells and Ten are for-
mer youth directors at
Bahamas Faith Ministries. The
authors are also founders of
"Island of Destiny," an online
network that features unique
insights about the Bahamas.
Tellis is a naval officer by pro-
fession and is currently serv-
ing in the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force. Teri is an inte-
rior designer and an artist by
profession. She is also the
author of the US published
book, When My Spirit Sings
(Florida: Xulon Press, 2003)
and the self-published book,
Call Me Good (1987). The
couple fellowship at Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church and live in Nassau with
their two sons, Tellis Jr and



page 2C)

self-taught to the classically trained.
Along with being excited, Koment is also
This is a first for him and the Bahamas.
He and the show's organizers selected the
artists in July, and Koment has been choosing
works for the show ever since, not to mention
the logistics of shipping the pieces, which
include sculptures, like "Predator", a large piece
by Antonius Roberts.
"I have one chance to make a first impres-
sion," says Koment. "I want people to come
by and see this booth and say, 'wow'. And you
only have one chance to make them say 'wow'."
However, Koment acknowledges that for
him it's not just about showing the works, it's
just as much about selling the works.
"It's like taking any product in to another
market. You are trying to broaden the interest
of the product, and in this case it's art," he says.
"There's a large number of people who are
interested Black fine art."
For Koment, the art of dealing requires some
patience. It's more about the piece finding its
owner, than the other way around.
"Sometimes you think you have the right
person (for the piece) but it doesn't work out,"
says Koment. "The piece just has to find its
On the topic of where Bahamian art is head-
ed, Koment believes that over time Bahamians
will broaden their view and definition of art, "so

that some of the artists who don't get atten-
tion and recognition, over time, will get it".
"The irony is that it will probably require
some museum or big collector in New York to
purchase a piece, and then everyone in Nassau
will jump on board," he says.
Or, he asks, "will Bahamians be able to recog-
nise it on their own?"
Most of Koment's buyers are Bahamians and
residents, but he says that some art patrons
and artists are reluctant to accept a "gallery
system", where artists are represented by a
dealer or gallery and a commission generally
around 40-50 per cent is paid for the repre-
"(Some) buyers would rather go straight to
the artist for the piece because they can get it
cheaper, compared to buying it through a deal-
er or gallery," he notes.
But Koment, one of the only known "art
dealers" in the country, is willing to give it a
shot, especially in light of the potential exposure
available through the National Black Fine Art
"I am very excited to see where this show
will take Bahamian art," he says. "I am inter-
ested to see the reaction and how people will
respond to (the work)."

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Damon Wayans Live in Nassau @ Jokers Wild, Atl
antis, Paradise Island. Two shows nightly, 8 o'clock an
d I', cloc k, January 14-16. Limited seating. doors op
en 30 minutes before each show. Admis-
sion;: -15 l" cars ind older.
'Ri e Saturda.s t, The All New Club Eclipse. DJ S
coobza spiingino the best in Old Skool. Admis-
sion $35, .i' i:'cthi.. food and drink.
Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, down-
to' n. Fr.da% s. The hottest party in the Bahamas every
Friday night. Admission $10 before midnight First 50
women get free champagne. First 50 men get a free Gr
eycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reserva-
tions call 356-4612.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Ba
r. Drink specials all night long, including karaoke war
m-up drink to get you started. Party, 8pm-until.
Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Night-,
club. Begins 10pm every Tuesday. Weekly win-
ners selected as Vocalist of the Week $250 cash prize
Winner selected at end of month from finalists cash
prize $1,000. Admission $10 with one free drink.
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge i
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of pri
zes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday 5pm-8pm.
Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.
-. Double Pla @ The Zoo on Thursdiv L ,die. tre:
before llpm Music b\ DJ FHa\a. Clean Cut, along w
thMr Grem and Mr E ckement. F-irs 50 %women get a
free makeover.
Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thursday. The.ulti
mate Ladies Night. Join Nassau's and Miami Beach's f
inest men. Ladies only before 11.30pm with free cham
pagne. Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors
open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $1
0 with flyer.
Twisted Boodah Bar & Lounge every Fri-
day @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St North, featur-
ing world music, chillin' jazz and soulful club beats. Sta
rting at 6pm. Beers $3, longdrinks $4.50.
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s
music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in the Ma
in Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers. Glow stick
s for all in before midnight. Admission: Ladies free bef
ore ll1pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.
College Night @ Bahama Boom every Friday. Ad
mission: $10 with college ID, $15 without.
Hard Rock Cafe Fridays, DJ Joey Jam pre-
sents "Off Da Chain" with beer and shot specials thru
Dream Saturdays @ the Blue Note Lounge this Sat-
urday and every Saturday after that. Admis-
sion: $15 before llpm, $20 after.
Greek Saturdayz @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth Ave.
Every Saturday the Phi Beta Sigma Frat wel-
comes greeks, college grads and smooth opera-
tors. Admission $15 all night, $10 for greeks in let-
ters. Music by DJ Palmer, security strictly enforced.
Chill Out Sundays @ The Beach Hut, West Bay Str
eet with fresh served BBQ and other specials start-
ing from 4pm-10pm, playing deep, funky chill moods
with world beats. Cover $2.
Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sun-
day, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British Colo-
nial Hotel.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crys
tal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies get in free.
Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A night of
Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours for all audi-
ences. Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge; Old School Reg-
gae and Soca in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before

e 11pm. $10 after llpm. Men, $15 cover charge.
Villaggio Ristorante, Caf6 and Piano Bar, Fri-
day-Saturday, live band lOpm-lam. Happy Hour, Fri-
day 5.30pm-7pm, Caves Village, West Bay Street and
Blake Rd.,
Compass Point daily Happy Hour 4pm-7pm, live b
and on weekends, West Bay St.
Rafter Ian and Shelly play live @ The Green Par-
rot, Hurricane Hole, Paradise Island, Saturdays 7pm-1
Opm, featuring a mix of alternative favourites, from A
vril Lavigne to Coldplay and U2.
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, B
ritish Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12a
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restau-
rant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Fea-
turing Frankie Victory at the key board in the After D
ark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine fo
od and drinks.
Paul Hanna performs at Traveller's Rest, West Bay
St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

The Arts

The Nassau Music Society kicks off the New Year
with a concert featuring Russian American classi-
cal pianist, Regina Shamvili at Government House on
Friday, January 14, 8pm sharp.
Reservations may be made at the office of A
D Hanna & Co Deveaux Street. Phone: 322-830
6 or The Nassau Music Society, Phone: 327-76
68. Log on to www.nassaumusicsociety.com fo
r more details. (See story page 3)
The Jellyfish Series, an exhibition of new paint-
ings and sculpture by Antonius Roberts, featuring cer
amic sculpture by Jessica Colebrooke, opens Satur-
day, January 15, 2pm-5pm at the residence of Anto-
nius Roberts, Prospect Ridge. The work present-
ed is dedicated to the preservation of the environ-
The Endowment for the Performing Arts will spon-
sor a Gala Concert to raise much needed funds. The c
concert, set for Thursday, January 20, 7.30pm at the Du
ndas Centre for the Performing Arts, Mackey St, will s
showcase artists assisted by the endowment over the ye

Past Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies Col-
lection '' ith Natuonal Art Gallen oL the Baham.ras. \

illa Doyle, West and West Hill Streets. The exhibi-
S:ion is part of the NAGB's Collector's Series. Gallery
hours Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Call 328-5800 to
book ours.
The Second National Exhibition @ the Nation-
al .Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West and West Hill St
r.,.-ts., featuring contemporary works by Bahami-
an ajrists.
NE 2 runs through December. Gallery hours Tues-
d, -Saturday, llam-4pm. Admission $3. Call 328-580
o. 10 book tours.

Open Mic Nite, every Wednesday 8pm @ The Boo
kmarker, Cable Beach Shopping Centre (above Swiss
P.istry Shop). Poets, rappers, singers, instrumental-
ist.. comics...everyone is invited to entertain and be en
S e r i ined. $3 entrance fee.
Kredeas: Xpression Sessions open mic brought to y
ui bh Thoughtkatcher Enterprises @ King and Nights
Namii e Show and Dance Club, Cable Beach,\every Su
ndj\,. Spm.

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr
Shildred Hall-Watson, will discuss "The Pap Smear Its
Importance and Its Relationship to Cervical Can-
cer r. on Thursday, January 20 at 6pm in the Doc-
Lors Hospital conference room in observance of Cer-
i ncal Cancer Awareness Month.
This lecture will educate women about cervical can-
cc r b\ stressing the importance of prevention and dete
c ion O., the disease in its earliest stages as well as treat-
The lecture is free to the public. Free blood pres-
sure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be per-
formed between:5pm and 6pm. Call 302-4707 to ensur:
e j\allah|e _elfung ' -
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30p
m on the second Tuesday of each month at their Head
quarters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for
more info.
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital con-
ference room.
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every thi
rd Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley S
Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes cer-
tified by the AHA.
The course defines the warning signs of respirato-
ry arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sud-
den death syndrome and the most common seri-
ous injuries and choking that can occur in adults, infan
ts and children.
CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third S
aturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community Training Representa-
tive at 302-4732 for more information and learn to say
e a life today.


Toastmasters Club 1905 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @
BEC Cafe, Tucker Rd. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm
@ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jea
n St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Col
onial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Su
perClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @
The J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club 243
7 meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednes-
day at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chap-
ter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuth
era Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Bea
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every sec-
ond Saturday, 10am @ Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdes
well St.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every sec-
ond Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

Send all your civic and social events to The Tri-
bune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: outthere@tribune-

Don't miss the

Second National


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





Songwriter to

'drop' three

albums, book about his life

Tribune Feature Writer
Renowned musi-
cian and song-
writer, George
Fox, better
known as Chris Fox, will soon
release more than two years'
worth of work, in three albums
and a book about his life.
Though none of these pro-
jects has yet been released to
the public, according to Fox,
those who know about them
are impressed.
And these projects show his
musical versatility.
For years, he has delighted
local and international audi-
ences with his Bahamian musi-
cal sound presented in a
unique format. He continues
this same energy with the
release of Highest Levels of
Praise, A Tribute to Freddie,
(Munnings Sr) and My Whole
Life is Music all songs on the
albums are written, arranged,
composed and produced by
These projects will mark
eight albums that Fox has pro-
duced since he began compos-
ing on a professional scale. He
calls it a "delivery" of years of
work and research.
Many of the songs fuse
Bahamian, Jamaican and spicy
Latin music styles. He also
travelled to Cuba to study the
A promotional CD for My
Whole Life is Music introduces
the listener to short samples
of some of Fox's music. Don't
be a Hypocrite has a
Caribbean flava with a burst
of rap vocals, encouraging par-
ents to practice what they
preach. Turn Your Love
VSjtidi On, and Love is the Key
has a slower pace and preach-
es love.
There is definitely a mes-
sage behind these lyrics.
An interesting Bahamian'
musician who has a confessed
"saturation with music", hav-
ing to hear it every morning
when he wakes up, Fox
realized his passion at a very
young age.
He describes it as a "call-
ing" to music.
The soon-to-be-released
biography, My Whole Life is
Music: Ladies and Gentle-
men..... Chris Fox, chronicles
the winding journey and
accomplishments of this not-
ed musician.
The book will be released
along with the three albums.
When The Tribune visited
his Guitar Institute at Nirvana

on Love Beach, we got a sneak
peak into this book, which is
now at the printers. It is a
vibrant account which tells the
story of an artist coming from
humble beginnings, not origi-
nating from "Funky Nassau",
as described in the hit song of
Ray Munnings, but coming
from quiet and unassuming
Long Island.
Fox heard an inner calling
to music in his youth. From
the tender age of six he used a
discarded tin can and nylon
strings to make his first guitar,
which he hoped would mimic
sounds he heard coming from
his "Uncle Eddison's" guitar.
When his family migrated to
Nassau he began to hone those
rustic skills with private guitar
lessons with W G A Bain. And
when Fox was still in his teens,
he joined a band, The
Enchanters, as a guitarist. The
band consisted of Jim Dun-
combe, lead vocalist, and Basil
Farquharson as drummer and
group leader. They performed
mostly contemporary songs of
the day at the Taxi Union
Building on WulfA Road.
It was at this time when Fox
became the guitarist for anoth-
er band The Mighty Mak-
ers. He recalls that he felt priv-
ileged to be in the company of
well-known artists like Priscil-
la Rollins, Wendall Swain,
Bedie McKenzie, Arthur
"Preacher" Rolle, Timothy
Higgs, Lawrence Russell, Ver-
nal Woods, Isaiah Gordon,
Geneva Oliver, Dolly Griffin,
Barbara Pitt, Rudolph Fowler
and Barbara Garbut.
Together, they performed'
most evenings at the Coyaba
Room at the Britannia Beach
Hotel on Paradise Island.
Next' door to the Coyaba
Room was Le Cabaret The-
atre, a spot that Fox and many
other Bahamians %went to, to
enjoy the "outstanding" per-
formances of the show's
Fox secretly desired to play
with this orchestra and would
soon get the chance when the
show's producer, Tibor Rudas,
gave him a personal invitation
not only to join, but be
responsible for regrouping its
It was a distinguished oppor-
tunity, as most of the mem-
bers in Le Cabaret were for-
eign musicians. Bahamians
occupied three other posts:
Apple Elliot, piano; Ralph
Munnings, saxophone; and
Dennis Donaldson, on bass,
Fox recalls.
But many of the visitors who
came to watch the show came

with an "appetite" to hear the
local sound, so Rudas agreed

to an all-Bahamian orchestra.
It would be called the Chris
Fox Orchestra.
And according to Fox, this
idea came at a time when the
general perception among
locals was that Bahamian
musicians were not as skilled
or talented as foreign musi-
cians. And as ,a result, the idea
was mocked by many in the
But he persisted and contin-
ued to practice with his orches-
tra, the orchestra that he had
carefully selected from tal-
ented Bahamians who were
able to read music fluently.
Speaking on the importance
of music in his life, Fox says:

"Music, I think, is just a God-
given gift. If you love some-
thing, it ain't no work, it's fun.
For me, it's like how they say,
you'll never work a day in your
life if you are doing something
that you love. I always had a
passion for music and I will
die with that passion. That, I
will take to my grave. I just
have a love for it."
Fox conducted the orches-
tra for two years (1972-1974).
But he put everything "on
hold" to attend one of the top
musical institutes in the world,
Berklee College of Music in
Boston, Massachusetts. He
was on a full-scholarship and
was graduated magna cum

laude with a degree in Profes-
sional Music. He would be the
first Bahamian to graduate
from that institution.
Fox says that music should
be inspirational as well as
entertaining, and though his
heart is in gospel music, he is
able to present "clean music"
in different musical styles.
"Every production and con-
cept, written, arranged, com-
posed and produced by Chris
Fox emphasises who he is and
what he stands for. The wis-
dom and knowledge put into
each project broadly covers all
lifestyles, colours, creed and
economic backgrounds,"
according to his biography.

* RENOWNED musician and songwriter, George Christopher Fox teaches his students.

Renowed msicanGerg C hrito0e Fx'il

* RENOWNED musician and songwriter, George Christopher Fox, better known as Chris Fox.


0THE cover of renowned musician George Christopher Fox's book about his life.


Taking the

'house party

concept' to new heights

Tribune Feature Writer
The concept ofthe
house party,
where those who
attend are able to
interact in a per-
sonal way, is almost extinct
when you look at the majority
of promotions which focus on
bringing in international acts.
But a group of young pro-
fessionals, who call themselves
the Limetree boys, is focusing
on bringing that intimate set-
ting back, and returning par-
tying to the days of mixing and
mingling, as opposed to strict-
ly clubbing.
Tyneil Cargill, a doctor;,
Robert Delano Sands, a hote-
lier; Omar Sands, a lawyer;
Keith Albury, a contractor;
Kyle Albury, an accountant;
Steffan Christie of Arawak
Homes; Dacoste Williams, an
electrician; and honorary mem-

L~~a~imetree oys brnging ack "itimatesettin

ber Branford Colebrook, form
the "perfect chemistry of
friends, bringing different com-
munities together", according
to Dr Cargill.
They have been friends from
as far back as primary school
(at Xavier's College), most of
them moving on to attend the
same high school.
The Limetree boys have
become a household name on
the local party scene, and their
events have attracted hundreds
at a time. They target anybody
who wants to experience that
house party feel, and are not
exclusive to the "elite", as
some rumours go.
But the men, who have
emerged as entertainment
magnets in the country, didn't
start off that way. In fact it was
not their initial intention.
Speaking on behalf of the,

"We were just a group of friends
hanging out underneath a lime tree,
just hanging out. And one day we
decided to have a party that we
would invite people to just to enjoy
themselves. It was a free party, and
we were not thinking, hey, we can
make a business out of this. But it
got so big that we thought that we
could do something with it."

Dr Tyneil Cargill

group is Dr Cargill: "We were
just a group of friends hang-
ing out underneath a lime tree,

just hanging out. And one day
we decided to have a party that
we would invite people to just

to enjoy themselves. It was a
free party, and we were not
thinking, hey, we can make a
business out of this. But it got
so big that we thought that we
could do something with it."
That party was held in the
Christmas of 1997 and attract-
ed between 200 and 300 party-
goers, according to Dr Cargill.
A pretty good turnout for a
first try.
The friends got together and
began to plan follow-up events
at various venues. Their goal,
as an organisation now, is to
bring a different partying expe-
rience to the people.
"We really want to create a
social illusion, a venue where
everything is re-designed into a
fantasy and extremely unique,"
says Dr Cargill.
, And this was the atmos-
phere that those who turned

out to Limetree's recent X Ta
Sea party were able to feel.
The party was held at "Pin-
der's Mansion" and kicked off
the party happenings for this
year, on January 1.
The mansion was ."totally
transformed" from a vacant
abode to the place to be on
that Saturday night. And like'
most Limetree events, the pub-
lic responded.
According to Dr Cargill,
1,800 persons from all walks
of life turned out for what was
truly the house party of all
house parties.
With successful events like
X Ta Sea and many others
under their belts, the Limetree
boys are working to uncover
new and innovative ways to
present a true party to the pub.
They hope to.take partying
to another level an unforget-
table experience for anyone
who turns out.


'believes standard of

Bahamian music has dropped'

Tribune Feature Writer
BAHAMIAN musician
George Christopher Fox,
known to many as Chris Fox,
believes the standard of
Bahamian music has dropped
and now appears to follow one
This statement, he admits,
may attract "a lot of flack"
from localartists.
it has dropped from the
Freddie Munnings days,when
music was on a much higher
level Bahamian music in
general, I'm talking about. If
you listen to the music today,
(and the music of) about 20
years ago you'll find a lot is
different. The rhythm is fine,
but if you hear one you have
heard the same thing over and
over again, the same beat.
They are not as versatile. Per-
sonally, I feel that Bahamian
music has taken a dive.",
A bold statement, but it's
coming from a man who has
been engaged in music all of
his life.
Taking his guitar and play-
ing an arrangement of "Glory,
Glory, Hallelujah" by Bahami-
an guitar legend, Joseph
Spence, Fox says: "That's the
type of music we want to bring

Crunk Juice

He describes Spence as a
pioneer in music, and says that
in those days, musicians
attempted to take a song that
was-pretty common and put
their signature on it.
"Spence had that song, and
brought a jazzy thing to it, like
he did in most of his music.
He would make songs with a

"It has dropped
from the Freddie
Munnings days,
when music was
on a much higher
level Bahamian
music in general,
I'm talking about ..."
Chris Fox
different sound, and nobody
really did it like him. That's
why he was the best at what he
did," Fox told Tribune Enter-
And if Bahamian music has
lost its high standard, it is up to
local artists who lived through
the music of Spence and
Munnings to raise the stan-
dard of music in the country,

says Fox. Two years ago, Fox
embarked on a project to do
just that, aptly called, "Rais-
ing the Standards of Music in
the Bahamas".
"I started it because I feel
like the music needs to be
back on the level that it was, or
to a much higher level of
course. I love music so much,
but I don't feel that this gen-
eration really heard the stan-
dard of mxsic of what was
played by people like Joseph
Spence. So \%e are teaching
music to the children because
they are the ones who are
going be the next musicians in
the country," says Fox.
In December of last year,
Fox and students of his pri-
vate music school, the Guitar
Institute, hosted the second
annual student recital perfor-
mance called "Raising the
Standards of Music in the
Bahamas". The performance
was held at Nirvana on Love
Beach, under the patronage of
the Bahamas. Musicians and
Entertainers Union and C M
(Cedric Munnings) Records.
The event spotlighted his
students' yearly training and.
development. Among many
guests in attendance was Min-
ister of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture Neville Wisdom, who was

* RENOWNED musician
and songwriter, George
Christopher Fox, better
known as Chris Fox, plays
the guitar.

so impressed by the students'
talents that he donated $5,000
to the music school.
Students of all ages played
percussion, string and piano,
and exhibited various musical
styles, ranging from jazz, blues
and rock, to folk, classical and
contemporary, to name a few.
The grand finale was a perfor-
mance by Fox himself, accom-
panied by his students.
Fox's manager, and presi-
dent and CEO of CM
Records, Cedric Munnings, is
no stranger to the Bahamian
public. He is fondly known as
the Berry Gordy (Motown

Records) of the Bahamas.
Munnings generously donat-
ed the winning prize, a per-
sonal computer to one lucky
member in the audience, and
further awarded three out-
standing students with musi-
cal instruments two drum
sets and an electric guitar.
On the importance of bring-
ing music to young people in
the community, Fox says:
"Music is good for them
because it keeps them off the
street, keeps them from get-
ting into drugs, and basically
keeps them occupied with
something positive to do."


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Michael Keaton,
Deborah Kara

NEXT to last week's turkey
Darkness, I suppose even The
Sponge Bob Squarepants
Movie would seem scary, so
maybe White Noise has been
released at just the right time.
Because I was scared.
And even the fact that I
knew I wasn't watching any-
thing cutting-edge fantastic,
just wasn't enough to stop a
serious dose of the heebie jeei
White Noise centres on the
topic of Electronic Voice Phe-
nomena or EVP to you and
me. This involves recording
static from the radio and TV -
then playing it back to receive
creepy messages from the
dead. Woooo.
Sound ridiculous? Well it
is, but when recently widowed
IvMchael Keaton is introduced
to this pseudo-scientific
research by a soft-spokel
stranger I was more than a lit-
tle intrigued.
After hearing some crackly
voices from beyond along
with ghostly images on video
- Keaton becomes obsessed
with EVP and convinced thai
his dead wife is trying to send
him important information.
It's all nonsense of course,
but where White Noise suc-
ceeds is in letting the audi-
ence know there's something
sinister going on with EVP
that Keaton is oblivious to.
There are some clever
moments, particularly when
Keaton visits a blind psychic,
and when he first hears the
dark side of EVP recordings.
But, like so many films that
bui, he right atmosphere, it
all u; avels towards the final
third. and the ending under-
mines a lot of the chills we'd
already experienced.
White Noise is definitely
worth a look; however, eveN
though it isn't particularly
great at anything other thas
giving us some good ol' scares
- and keeping us away from
the radio for a day or two.

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