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Volume: 101 No.52 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005

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,one missing at sea

Hopes fading

after boat capsizes

Haitians apprehended off Exuma

* By PAUL G.
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN INTENSIVE air and sea
search was launched yesterday
for two people,.a man and
woman, who went missing after
their boat capsized. The woman
was later found dead while
hopes faded for the man, who
was last seen struggling for his
life in rough seas.
The idanama. .ic Scoi and
Rescue Association (BASRA)
launched the search after the
pair hit trouble while trying to
rescue another boater.
Last night, BASRA con-
firmed that one person had
been found dead while the oth-
er was still missing.
This latest attempted rescue
by BASRA came after two
Bahamian fishermen, Captain
Wade Riley and crew member
Ricardo Hinsey, were found in
Cuba after being missing for
weeks at sea.
Both men were presumed
dead by rescue crews but mirac-
ulously ended up floating over
200 miles from Exuma to
Havana, where they are being
held by immigration officials.
The latest incident happened
off Acklins, where seas are
notoriously rough in bad weath-
er conditions.
According to Leslie Knowles,
proprietor of the Acklins Island
Lodge, Leonard Roker was
travelling in his own boat and
trying to enter Attwood Har-
bour, on the north-east tip of
Acklins, when he capsized in
rough waters common to that
Following not far behind him
were Ethlyn Hanna and Mitch

Rolle. said to be in their 50s. in
Mr Rolle's 21-toot vessel.
Numerous reports confirm that
in their attempt to rescue iMr
Roker, they also capsized.
Chris Lloyd, operations man-
ager for BASRA. said that Mr
Rolle and IMs Hanna %\ere
returning from Planners Ca\.
which is about 411 miles north-
east of Attl'ood Harbour.
where theN \%ere collecting ci.-
carilla bark
*\paldeitly this i'.appened
around 3pm on Monday after-
noon. Local officials and US
Coast Guard hate offered their
assistance in the search, but it is
doubtful that theN surmi'ed.
From our reports, after the\
capsized Mr Role and NMs Han-
na %ere clinging to a cooler.
After that the\ '%ere seen going
undei the afterr and not re-sur-
facing." Mr Lloyd said.
According to Mr Know les.
Mr Roker floated ashore cling-
ing to a fuel tank and an old
life-lacket. NIMs Hanna. 52. of
Delectable Ba\. %as confirmed
dead bt officers on the island
when her bodc \%as found on
the ocean floor b\ divers les-
terday morning.
"God knows, it doesn't look
good for Mr Rolle," Mr
Knowles said. "It's very cold
and rough out there. Yesterday
we had swells of 10 to 12 feet
and today the waves are still
about eight feet high. Man, I
don't know why these people
take these chances every day in
these old pieces of junk. If he's
alive, as far as Fm concerned, it
would be a miracle and I've
been on the water all my life."
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter

TWENTY Haitians were appre-
hended off Exuma yesterday, bring-
ing the number of undocumented
Haitians to arrive in the Bahamas to
214 for the year.
Yesterday Defence Force
spokesman Lt Darren Henfield con-
firmed that the group of 14 males and
six females were apprehended by the
crew of the HMBS P-43 about nine
miles off the coast of Long Cay in the
Exumas. They were brought to the
Coral Harbour base shortly after 5pm
for processing by immigration officers
and taken to Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre.
Mr Henfield said there is nothing
unusual about the number of Haitians
already apprehended for the year. He
said this- latest effort was one of six
carried out by the Defence Force and
the US Coast Guard. He said in the
past few months, the force had seen
fewer of the larger, heavily-loaded
"I think they realise that that makes
them stand out, so they are travelling in
smaller boats with fewer passengers,
but they are still arriving in a steady
He said that Haitian immigrants
affect every aspect of Bahamian society
SEE page two

Airport management

firm selection

is in 'final stages
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE selection process for the new man-
agement firm to operate Nassau Interna-
tional Airport (NIA) is in the "final
stages," according to airport chiefs.
Idris Reid, general manager of the Air-
port Authority, told The Tribune yester-
day that one of the four short-listed firms,
which is expected to transform the NIA
into the "Jewel of the Caribbean," will
be chosen in a few weeks.
"We are now in the final stages of nego-
tiations, we expect to announce the select-
ed firm very soon now," he said.
The selection has now passed its dead-
line by three months. The process of
selecting a firm began on September 17,
2004, and was to be completed on Sep-
tember 27.
Companies with expertise and exten-
sive experience in the field of airport oper-
ations and management were called upon
to submit their proposals.
SEE page 11

WITH the outbreak of the bacterial
citrus canker disease, an emergency order
has been issued declaring that no citrus
plants or parts of the plants are to be
removed from Abaco.
This order will be in effect until further
notice, announced Minister of Agricul-
ture Fisheries and Local Government V
Alfred Gray.
"I want to advise the people of Abaco
in particular and those who would visit
Abaco to strictly adhere to the order,
and not to bring any parts of citrus trees
or fruits out of Abaco until this disease
has been eradicated," he said.
Mr Gray said the government is seri-
ous in not having the disease spread
throughout the Bahamas and sent a stern
warning that those found violating the
order will be dealt with by the law.
The order can extend for two years
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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE security situation in
Haiti would seem to have taken
a turn for the better over the last
few weeks, Foreign Affairs Min-
ister Fred Mitchell said yester-
Mr Mitchell told The Tribune
that the improvement was com-
municated to him by Bahamian
Ambassador to Haiti Eugene
Newry, who returned from a one
week trip there on Sunday.
"He says that while he was
there, the security situation
seemed to have improved," the
minister said.

According to Mr Mitchell, the
situation may have stabilised
enough for Haiti to be in a posi-
tion to send a business delega-
tion to the Bahamas by March.
The assessment indicates a
sharp turn around from what
was considered a volatile and
swiftly deteriorating situation in
the country over the past few
In November 2004, an
upsurge in clashes between

Man charged

with armed

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT resident
Marcus Bailey was charged
with armed robbery and
firearm possession in
Freeport Magistrate's Court,
this week.
Bailey, a 27-year-old resi-
dent of 15B Pine Ridge
Estates. appeared in Court
Two before Magistrate Subu
Swain. It is alleged that on
January 18 armed with an
offensive weapon, namely
an assault rifle, robbed
Grand Bahama Food
Company of $5,050 in
cash and traveller's cheques.
It is also alleged that on
January 19, Bailey was
found in possession of a 7.86
semi-automatic rifle and
three rounds of 7.62 ammu-
nition without being the
holder of a valid firearm cer-
He was not required to
plead to the charges, but
selected summary trial.
Magistrate Swain remand-
ed Bailey to Fox Hill Prison
until February 14, 2005 for a
preliminary inquiry into the-

police and supporters of ousted
President Jean-Bertrand Aris-
tide threatened to further desta-
bilise an already fragile security
This was followed in Decem-,
ber by more violence, and
reports in the international press
of the mass slaughter of inmates
at a Port-au-Prince jail during a
visit by US Secretary of State
Colin Powell.
Armed clashes continued into
the New Year despite the pres-
ence of a 7,000 member strong
UN peacekeeping force led by
On January 12, the United
Nations Seeiirit' Council con-
vened a special session in New
York to focus world attention
on the deteriorating security sit-
uation in Haiti.
In his address to the Security
Council, Mr Mitchell said that
the "traditional clamour" for a
change of government was once

again being raised.
He pointed out the adverse
effect of instability in Haiti on
neighbour nations, including the
Bahamas, in terms of illegal
immigration and drug and small
arms trafficking.

"The situation is really dan-
gerous and needs to be
addressed," he said at a press
conference on January 11.
Mr Mitchell said yesterday
that while in Haiti last week,
Ambassador Newry met with
members of the interim govern-
ment including interim Prime
Minister Gerard Latortue, inter-
im President Boniface Alexan-
der and the interim minister of
foreign affairs.
In his UN Security Council
address, Mr Mitchell levelled
strong words at the interim gov-
ernment, urging them to con-

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE $150,000 that the government is trying to seize from
Dwight Major is a part of the more than $800,000 it is trying to
seize from his wife in another court, and therefore the pro-
ceedings should be dropped, argued attorney Godfrey 'Pro'
Pinder in court this week.
He added that the funds were seized from Major more than
seven years ago and should be immediately released.
Major told his attorney while in court that police, in 1997,
seized funds which they alleged were the proceeds of drugs.
Attorney Pinder said the funds do not belong to his client.
"Keva Major (his wife) is being tried for the same money and
therefore the court should not seek to confiscate money that
does not belong to them," he said.
It must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, he contin-
ued, that the origin of the funds is drug-related.
He pointed to a case on November 25, 2004 between the
Crown (Regina) versus Montila and others, in which the defen-
dants were appealing the confiscation of $5 million.
The appeal was won on the basis that the origin of the funds
was not proven to be drug-related, according to Mr Pinder.

He also made an application for Mrs Major's funds before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel during proceedings on Monday.
He stated that under Section 46 Subsection 3(b) of the criminal
proceedings code, the funds should be returned to her because
they were confiscated for an excessive period of time.
There are two sets of funds which the courts are trying to con-
fiscate. One sum totals $401,650 and the other totals $468,998.
Monday's proceedings follows Major's conviction on charges
of conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to
supply and conspiracy to import the drugs.
Mr Pinder argued that on that conviction, the $1.1 million was
seized. He said since that attempt was foiled, those involved
could not have reaped the benefits of the proceeds.
The money and assets presently in question is separate and
apart from that $1.1 million and additionally does not belong to
his client, he said.
Looking at sections nine and 11 of the Criminal Proceedings
Code, Mr Pinder said the court must first determine if the
defendant benefited from the crime for which he was convict-
"There can be suspicion and the court can make an assump-
tion, but it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt (that the
assets are the proceeds of criminal activity)," Mr Pinder said.
He told the court that as recently as December last year,
the police were still rounding up his client's possessions.

T 0S1

form to international
standards of civil and political
He also called for a full inves-
tigation of alleged cases of police
abuse and political detention
without trial under the interim

Mr Mitchell said Ambassador
Newry also met with members
of both the diplomatic and busi-
ness communities during his vis-
it last week.
He said that during these
meetings, the possibility of a
Haitian business delegation trav-

selling to the Bahamas in March
was discussed.
He said however that he could
not confirm whether this would
in fact take place until his min-
istry completed its review
of Ambassador Newry's find-

EDISON EDMOUND talks among the group of
Haitians apprehend off Exuma yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)

Haitians apprehended

FROM page one

from education to health
He said the Defence
Force will continue to
employ all available
assets to safeguard
Bahamian waters.
According to Mr Hen-
field, the Haitians were
travelling in the tradi-
tional Haitian-style sloop.
The boat was secured in
the cay as it could not be
towed by the P-43.;
He said the group
appeared to be clean and
in good health and spoke
no English. Based on
their condition, he said
he would guess that they

had not been at sea long.
Edison Edmound, who
appeared to be the most
vocal of the group, spoke
through Defence Force
intrepreter Jocelyn
He said the group had
been at sea for the last 12
days since, leaving their
home town of Port-du-
Paix and had faced terri-
ble sea conditions. He
claimed they almost died
several times throughout
the journey and said it
was just by "a chance of
God" that the Defence
Force found their boat
before it sank.
Mr Edmound said their
water and food supplies
had gone. He said every-

one was fine, except for
being "broke up" by the
journey. Mr Henfield
assured them they would
receive medical attention
once they arrived at the
detention centre.
Mr Edmound explained
that he was a father of
four and said he had tried
everything he could to
make a living in Haiti but
failed. HIe said his father,
who lived in the United
States, paid the owner of
the boat US$3,000 for
him and his sister to
make the journey to the
However, he said that
once he has returned to
Haiti, he does not think
he will try his luck again.


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US to spend $15(

$30m on OBPAT

)m in Haiti,

drug fight

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE UNITED States expects
to spend more than $150 million
in Haiti this year, as well as $30
million on the continued drug-
battling efforts of the Operations
Bahamas, Turks and Caicos
(OPBAT) mission.
The announcement was made
yesterday by US Ambassador to
the Bahamas John D Rood at the
Rotary Nassau Club's weekly
Outlining some of the US" for-
eign policies, Ambassador Rood
said that historical elections will
take place this year in Iraq and in
He reiterated that "few coun-
tries are more impacted by Haiti's
successes and failures than the
United States and the Bahamas,"
and that the US therefore con-
tinues to be committed to "help-
ing the Haitian people attain
good government."
In that regard the US "is deliv-
ering on its financial commitment
to Haiti," said the ambassador.

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BEAKED whale was
found stranded on a beach
in Andros yesterday accord-
ing to officials from
AUTEC, the US Naval
facility based on the island.
Details about the beach-
ing remained sketch\ \es-
terdaY'itarernoon.-but offi-

-'uh'ion Centre (.AU-TEO')
said the\ could confirm that
'a female beaked whale has
been discovered stranded on
a beach south of the break
wall surrounding AUTEC's
main facility.
: Initial information indi-
cates that there is evidence
of a number of scratches on
the whale, possibly from
contact with a reef, an offi-
cial said.
A navy contracted biolo-
gist visited the scene, along
with a representative from
the Bahamas government
and personnel from
According to 'Whales on
the Net' an online informa-
tion source, beaked whales
"are the least known of all

"Some have never been
seen alive and have only
been studied after dead ani-
mals were washed ashore.
They may be rare or simply
elusive but generally, they
live in deep water far from
land and have escaped live
studies" it said.
The incident is not the
first beaching of a beaked
whale in the Bahamas.
A number of the
species were reported
stranded in a mass beaching
in 2000.
According to a communi-
cation made by the
Bahamas Marine Mammal
Survey in Abaco to the
Director of Fisheries on
March 23, 2000, 17 marine
mammals, most of them
beaked whales, were found
beached along the shores of
the Northeast and North-
west New Providence Chan-
According to the commu-
nication, a 48 foot Rorqual
whale was stranded on
March 4, followed by 11
beaked whales, one dolphin
and one Minke whale and
three unidentified whales on
March 15.
The Tribune was unable
to contact the Bahamas
Environmental Science and
Technology (BEST) com-
mission for comment on the
matter yesterday.
Ambassador to the envi-
ronment Koed Smith, who

oversees BEST, did not
return the call placed to his

"In 2004 we spent over $113
million on economic develop-
ment, health care, job creation
and disaster relief.
"We expect to spend well over
$150 million in Haiti during the
course of 2005, over $10 million of &.fA
which will support the election .
process with initiatives for voter
education, infrastructure
improvements, and security," he
said. :
Ambassador Rood further said
that the US calls upon the inter-
national community and Haiti's
interim government to work "in
concert on a comprehensive pro- '
gramme to disarm, demobilise i.
and reintegrate, into productive .
society, all irregular armed e

"We encourage all of Haiti's
friends, including the Bahamas, .. ..
to do everything they can to sup-
port stability and humanitarian .
improvements in that country," .
he added.
Addressing the future issues
concerning the US/Bahamian i
relationship, the ambassador said
that the foreign policy towards.' "
the Bahamas "will be driven .
along two tracks."
"Bilaterally we will continue to '.
co-operate as partners on our
common interests. We expect to
spend over $30 million this year
through OPBAT to fund our joint
counter-narcotics efforts," he said.
OBPAT is a combined US
Coast Guard, US Army, US Drug
Enforcement Administration .
(DEA) and Bahamian Operation.
Last year the operation seized --
more than $178 million worth of US AMBASSADOR to
cocaine; approximately $58.2 mil- speaks at the Rotary Nas
lion worth of marijuana and made
107 drug arrests.
Ambassador Rood said that
both countries will continue to
work closely together to ensure interdicted at sea and repatriated
that US Congress allocates the to their home countries last year,"
necessary funding for the mission, he said.
He said that he and Minister Ambassador Rood yesterday
of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell also announced that the US
will be going to Washington in expects to deepen their co-oper-
March "to meet with the Florida ation with the Bahamas this year
aon upd pi on on the ecuritv of commercial
succ,^^ ,:q 'PBAT, ais ell as ..stl ? p
the importance' OBPAT. .,,, 1
The US ambassador further '"' Cl
pointed out, that the US Coast
Guard-and the Ro.al Bahamas He reLterated that Freeport is
Defence Force (RBDF) will con- set to become one of the handful
tinue to patrol the waters in and of ports in the world to be part of
around the Bahamas on the look- the "Megaports initiative," a pro-
out for illegal migrants., gramme created by US Depart-
"Over 5,000 migrants were ment of Energy's National

Man charged with murder
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 27-year-old man was charged on Tuesday in
Magistrate's Court with the murder of 32-year-old Sean McIn-
tosh, who was shot and killed outside his home last year.
Marcus Bailey, a resident of 15E Pine Ridge Estates, appeared
in Court Three before Magistrate Helen Jones, where he was
not required to enter a plea to McIntosh's murder.
McIntosh, a resident of 4 East Indianman Road, was shot to
death shortly after pulling into his driveway on November 4. He
was found lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds to
the head and upper body.
Police retrieved several spent bullet casings from the scene.
Relatives of the deceased gathered at the back of the court-
house around 2.30pm to get a glimpse of the accused man.
As Bailey exited the vehicle, escorted by several police offi-
cers, he hung his head down from the photographers and cam-
A woman, believed to be McIntosh's mother, said she knew
the accused and quickly lost her composure, and had to be
comforted by relatives and friends.
Bailey, who was represented by Carlson Shurland, was
remanded to Fox Hill Prison until March 15, 2005 for a pre-
liminary inquiry.

o the Bahamas John D Rood
sau Club's weekly meeting.

Nuclear Security Administration
(NNSA) aimed at stopping illicit
shipments of nuclear and other
radioactive material.
"This programme provides
equipment and expertise to .scan
shipping containers for signs of
dangerous radioactive materials,"
he explained.
The US is further committed,
to maintaining an open boarder
for legitimate Bahamian visitors
to America, he said.
"It is a priority of the presi-
dent. We will continue to work
to improve the visa process, as
well as the efficiencies of our pre-
clearance operation," he said.

He explained that although
there have been cutbacks in pre-
clearance personnel, "we have
restructured the workload and
are confident we will be able to
serve the travellers departing both
Nassau and Freeport."
Speaking on the subject of mul-
tilateral issues, he said that the
"hemispheric agenda will be a
busy one this year."
"The United States will host a
regional meeting of foreign min-
isters in June, the first time we've
hosted this meeting in 30 years.
The hemisphere's heads of gov-
ernment will meet in Argentina in
November for the fourth Summit
of the Americas," he announced.
Ambassador Rood said that
both events will help "drive a
hemisphere agenda featuring ini-
tiatives on job creation, security,
poverty reduction, education,
trade, and good governance."
"We expect to work closely
with the Bahamian government
across this entire range of issues,"-
he said.

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welfare reform.
But his tactics were so partisan and his
promises so extreme that his popularity plum-
meted. He was blamed for shutting down the
federal government out of personal pique.
His endorsement of family values was
exposed as hypocritical in light of his own
Gingrich still has some conservative fans
who supported his pledges of smaller gov-
ernment and a cleaner legislative process.
These fans are disgusted with Bush's mount-
ing deficits and failure to trim federal spend-
ing. Gingrich, whose policy was to stomp on
Democrats at every opportunity, is revers-
ing field now by advising the GOP to build a
bipartisan majority somehow. Bush won't
listen, but maybe somebody will.
Talk is cheap even for a chatterbox like
Gingrich. It is the sitting GOP senators -
Frist, McCain and Hagel who have the
burden of defending their records in a bitterly
divided Senate. Kerry's inability to ade-
quately explain his complicated legislative
agenda contributed to his downfall and could
prove a bummer for the Republicans as well.
Frist has released an ambitious plan that may
prove impossible to deliver, particularly when
it comes to overhauling Social Security.
Frist's priorities do not include Bush's
immigration reforms nor a constitutional
amendment to bar single-sex marriage that
Bush supports. Hagel recently said he didn't
think Social Security was in a crisis, which
forms the basis for the Bush administration's
argument for drastic changes. McCain has
frequently differed with Bush on Iraq and
other issues.
Meanwhile, New York's Republican gov-
ernor, George Pataki, tossed a big Washing-
ton party for Inauguration guests; including
all 350 members of a delegation from guess
where? Iowa.
But enough about the old faces. Who are
the new ones out there? I'll explore that in a
future column.

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Means of Hearst Newspapers)

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
December 2004, my sister and I
arrived in Nassau by Air
Jamaica. Our experience at
Nassau International Airport,
first by Immigration followed
by Customs, is best described
as a bizarre, schizophrenic
encounter. I was returning
home from Jamaica. She was
accepting my invitation to spend
Christmas holidays with me and
my family in Nassau. This was
her second visit to the Bahamas
in 25 years.
On seeing the length of the
lines in the Immigration Hall, I
had my sister join me in the
queue for Returning Residents
so that together we could be
quickly processed. Stepping up
to the Immigration booth, I
explained my sister's presence
in that line to the officer who
thanked me for telling her this
and, in a manner of unbeliev-
able graciousness, informed me
that she would process me as I
was in the correct line, however,
my sister would have to wait
until she processed the other
returning residents because it
would be discourteous to have
them wait. She reassured us that
she would not keep us waiting
long. Indeed, she didn't. She
made an entry for two weeks in
my sister's passport and in
response to my expressed hope
for a permit of three weeks, she
politely advised that policy
allows two weeks and we may
seek an extension at the
Department of Immigration.
I regret not making note of
the name of the Immigration
Officer because I should like to
commend her publicly in this
letter for what was truly quality
service. Even had she refused
my sister entry and determined
her immediate return to
Jamaica, which Immigration
Officers have the power to do, I
doubt we would have felt it any-
thing more than a disappoint-
ment and a loss of money. As a
human relations experience we
would consider it a warm, con-
genial encounter.
The Immigration Department
deserves to be congratulated for
demonstrating through this offi-
cer that it is possible to effi-
ciently execute policy and pro-
mote good service practices at
the same time. After all, Immi-
gration is where first impres-
sion of the Bahamas is made.
Bahamas Customs would be
well advised to grasp this.
Baggage claiming is not the
most organised activity at Nas-
sau International Airport at the

best of times. The best of times
being when one arrives by any
airline but Air Jamaica from
. anywhere else but Jamaica!
God forbid that even if the
monitors are working, the infor-
mation they transmit is credi-
ble. Far better that one makes a
guessing game of just which
baggage conveyor will deliver
one's luggage and move back
and forth between conveyors if
only to get the blood circulating
in ones legs after hours of sitting
on an aircraft.
Our arrival by Air Jamaica
on December 22nd ensured that
claiming our baggage would be
riddled with inefficiency and
doubt. A young man, without
uniform or obvious identifica-
tion, but wearing a plaid shirt
that was incorrectly buttoned
so giving him a sloppy,
disheveled appearance kept
coming out from the rear each
time the baggage conveyor
stopped so as to remove some
four pieces of luggage from the
stationery track to the floor.
This went on for a very long
time so much so that some of us
started to doubt that our lug-
gage had arrived. Eventually I
asked the man if there was a
problem with the belt .why it
kept stopping. Apparently
embarrassed, he replied no, this
is how they administer security
checks on baggage arriving by
Air Jamaica four pieces at a
It took about two hours to
get our luggage. We joined one
of the shorter-Customs lines and
by this .time the Customs area
was again'full with arriving pas-
sengers and the lines were
My sister and I stood in the
line behind some four to six oth-
ers from the Air Jamaica flight,
watching as the Customs Offi-
cer painstakingly checked a pas-
senger's bulky pieces of luggage
and who for some reason was
still standing there with luggage
open as the officer engaged a
man, probably a porter in con-
versation. Our line was not
moving. The passenger with
bulky luggage was not moving.
Like the baggage conveyor we
were stalled.
Eventually, the same dubious
porter there was no way of
telling for certain who he was
because he wore no uniform or
identification badge loudly
announced signaling as he

advanced towards us from the
eastern side of the Customs
area: "All visitors come this
way!" Interestingly, he was not
looking at any of us in the front
of him in either of the lines as
he advanced, but beyond us to a
growing crowd of passengers of
a lighter hue. He went right past
us into the thick of the very
newly arrived passengers shep-
herding them past us into a line
leading to "our" Customs Offi-
cer who came forward from her
rectangle to facilitate the speedy
movement of these visitors out
from the Customs area.
Taking the announcer at his
word, I suggested to my sister,
now tired with waiting, that she
join the line of visitors getting
through Customs very quickly.
Knowing that her niece would
meet her outside she could
await me in the car. When she
reached to the officer, however,
she was sent back to join anoth-
er longer line south of where I
stood. She was the only visitor
so directed from the 'all visi-
tors' line. I called her back
beside me and asked her just
what happened to which she
replied that the Customs Officer
asked her on which flight did
she arrive and on hearing Air
Jamaica she was told she had
to return to a line to be
checked. I was flabbergasted by
the stupidity and livid about the
rude, racist policy displayed by
Bahamas Customs.
As if to add insult to injury,
the officer administering the
line in which we stood, having
returned to her rectangle to
conclude her check of the pas-
senger still with luggage opened
on the rack, then abandoned
the line with not so much as a
word of explanation to those of
us awaiting her attention. It fil-
tered through the grapevine
that she was overheard by the
passenger at the yellow line to
have said to her colleague that
she'd been on duty from 7am
and it was past her time to be
relieved. We were now reduced
to getting information by gossip.
She left! I could not believe the
discourtesy, the rudeness, the
inefficiency and the schizo-
phrenia my sister and I had
experienced. The quality ser-
vice we received from the Immi-
gration Officer, by then some
hours ago, was starting to look
like a mirage. We hardly
thought we were in the same
While we waited, I openly
voiced my disgust. I used the
opportunity to engage others
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lambasted by justices at
the Court of Appeal for
leaving his client "in the
middle of the water with-
out a paddle" and for fil-
ing "scandalous" grounds
of appeal for manslaugh-
Attorney Godfrey
"Pro" Pinder faced strong
criticism from Justices
Joan Sawyer, Emmanuel
Osadebay, and Lorris
Ganpatsingh in the Court
of Appeal yesterday for
withdrawing from the
case "at the last minute".
He was due to have
represented Arlington
Alton Curtis who was
convicted of manslaugh-
ter following the death of
his wife.
Justice Sawyer said Mr
Pinder had decided to
abandon the case without
having filed an affidavit
beforehand asking to
withdraw from the case,
neither was any commu-
nication made to the
court office.

She said the grounds on
which he was filing for an
appeal were "scandalous"
as they were foreign to
the case as it relates to
the Appeals Act.
Curtis, a former police-
man and firefighter, was
originally charged with
the murder of his wife,
Sheila Curtis.
He had reported her
missing from their Grand
Bahama home on Janu-
ary 23, 2002. Later that
day, she wgs found stran-
gled to death in her vehi-
He was eventually con-
victed of her manslaugh-
ter last year.
The justices expressed
their concern at the coun-
sel's actions towards "the
dignity of the court".
Justice Sawyer said she
would no longer oblige
someone who was not
aware of the workings of
the Court of Appeal.
Therefore, she obliged
Mr Curtis to speak on his
own behalf.
Mr Curtis informed the
court that he no longer
wanted the services of Mr
Pinder, and that he had
hired attorney Wayne
Munroe to represent him.
The appeal case was
adjourned and will be
heard on March 15.

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Hurricane relief for

fishermen and farmers


THE government is begin-
ning to provide relief for
Bahamian fisherman and
farmers whose livelihoods
were left seriously affected by
last year's hurricanes, Minister
of Agriculture, Fislheries and
Local Government V Alfred
Gray said yesterday.
Present at his announce-
ment at Potter's Cay dock yes-
terday morning were the
Bahamas' Ambassador for the
United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organisation
(FAO) Godfrey Eneas and
the representative for the
Inter-American Institute for
Co-operation on Agriculture
(IICA) Errol Berkeley.
In order to help people in
the agricultural and fisheries
sector, Mr Gray said that they
will be distributing agricultur-
al supplies such as fertilizers,
fruit trees, vegetable seeds,
and money.

The financial aid will
include donations of $250 to
very small farmers, $500 to
medium size farmers, and
$1,000 to large farmers. Fish-
ermen affected by the hurri-
cane will also receive $1,000.
Mr Gray brought to the
forefront that the exigency
order which was signed by the
Prime Minister Christie and
offers duty free access to fish-
ing and agricultural items
which are not normally includ-
ed among duty free items.
"I ask that all fisherman
and farmers to get a copy of
the order so that you may be
apprised as to what is being
offered duty free. The offer
does expire on March 31, so I

I .

* MINISTER of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Gorvernment V Alfred Gray inspects the plants at the
Fish and Farm Store at Potter's Cay along with Godfrey Eneas on his right and Errol Berkeley.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)

advise farmers and fisherman
to move quickly to access
those items which are includ-
ed," said Mr Gray.
Another avenue through
which farmers can receive
assistance is through access-
ing supplies at the Fish and
Farm Store on Potter's Cay
through the credit pro-
"They can access up to $600
worth of seedlings and other
materials available on credit

and it is hoped that they will
take advantage of that as
well," he said.
The United Nations Food
and Agriculture Organisation
(FAO) and the Inter-Ameri-
can Institute for Co-operation
on Agriculture (IICA) con-
tributed to the Bahamas fol-
lowing Hurricanes Jeanne and
Frances that tore through the
country last year.
The FAO contributed
seeds, fertilizers, and plants

Definition of 'spouse'

sparks row in House

DEBATE on the Domestic Insurance Bill, which nition of "spouse". "Right now," he said, "we refer to
continues in the House of Assembly today, got off to a married people as spouses, now we say that single per-
bumpy start last week when an Opposition member sons who shack up for seven years are also ... In the
objected to the Bill's definition of "spouse". National Insurance Act it does not refer to common law
In the definition section of the Bill "spouse" will relationships as spouses it's a big difference. Two
include the cohabiting of a single man and woman as if persons living altogether single persons have the
they were legally husband and wife for "a period of not same status, the same title as two persons who are
less than seven years." married."
Kenneth Russell (FNM-High Rock) said that dur- He called it "hypocrisy" and wanted to know if
ing his perusal of the Bill he "noticed several interest- government now "supports this action that they called
ing inclusions that will change our society as we know unchristian back in 2001."
it forever." "If it was unchristian in 2001 if this is what they
The Bill for an Act to revise the law of regulating the truly want to do they have the majority. They are
insurance business in the Bahamas was, he said, giving always telling us that they will give us our say, but
legal status to "shacking up." they will do what they want to do anyway.
When the Constitution was drafted, said Mr Russell, "What do we expect, what do we expect from per-
the religious community of that day believed it was sons who remain silent, remain totally silent when
important to formulate "our laws based on Biblical their colleagues..."
principles and Christian values." The rest of this statement was expunged from the
He recalled that several years ago when the PLP records of the House.
government was in Opposition "it said that we (the
FNM government) was ungodly so much so that they Clarif
blamed the 1992 and 1996 hurricanes on us and our so- y
called wicked and heathenistic ways. We in Grand House Leader Vincent Peet (PLP-North Andros
Bahama have never seen such devastation before hur- and Berry Islands) asked Mr Russell to clarify who
ricanes Frances and Jeanne, but I will not blame any- he was talking about.
one for that because God,,not them, not us, not any "Is he talking about members of this House?" Mr
human being controls everything." Peet asked. "He is making allegations about 'these
people' say who they are, or withdraw. The mem-
Rights ber can't hide behind any general statement here mak-
ing accusations of that nature."
Mr Russell said that when the FNM was the gov- Deputy Speaker Anthony Moss ordered Mr Russell
eminent the PLP in opposition said "we were unchris- to "either substantiate or withdraw" his remarks.
tian for sections of the Inheritance Bill; they even had "He's being disgusting, he's being unparliamentary,
the Christian community and the Christian Council and he's making accusations against all members on this
up in arms about the rights of children to be unstained side, which is totally out of order," said Mr Peet.
by the sins of the parents. They believed at that time Mr Russell denied making any allegations.
that the common law union in parts of the Inheritance The two members then argued as to what words
Bill was wicked, it was mean, it was nasty and they were to be withdrawn.
nicknamed the Bill the 'sweetheart Bill'." "I request those comments to be expunged from the
However, he said in the insurance bill now being records of this House and not to be repeated by the
debated the same provision that the present govern- media because clearly his intention is to make criminal
ment fought against when in opposition is "found in the accusations against all members," said Mr Peet.
interpretation section of this Bill. I believe that this will "He has indicated that he has withdrawn the com-
be the only Act of parliament to have any definition ment," said the deputy speaker, "and it will definitely
other than the normal accepted meaning of the word be expunged from the records of the House."
'spouse'." Although the Deputy Speaker said nothing about
Financial Services and Investments Minister Allyson expunging the comments from the press, The Tribune
Maynard Gibson, mover of the Bill, pointed out that will not print the remarks.
the National insurance Act refers to "common law "For a government of consultation," continued Mr
union". She said that if Mr Russell were "speaking Russell, "I can't believe that the government on this
about the provision that revokes certain provisions of Bill consulted with their Christian advisers. I can't
the Married Women's Property Act, what this Bill believe they consulted with the Christian Council and
does is simply acknowledge a situation that exists and I can't believe they consulted with the general public.
people's rights, including the rights of the children, I don't believe government would have penned these
must be provided for and I would simply point out words in this way if they had consulted with these peo-
that this administration, contrary to what he has said, is ple. I can't believe that the Christian Council, past or
not creating a new situation and point to a National present, or that the Christian community generally,
Insurance Act as evidence of that statement." has changed its mind about this condition.
Countered Mr Russell: "The National Insurance Act Mrs Gibson said that government would look at the
says 'common law unions'. This Bill is saying that definition to clarify it.
added to the definition, the normal definition of spouse, It was "not the intention of this administration,"
we are adding now two single persons living together she said, "to change the definition of spouse as it means
for seven years will now be referred to as a 'spouse'. two persons, a man and a woman involved in a union
This does not say that the rights of two persons living called marriage."
together in a common law relationship would be also She said it had been drawn to government's atten-
included in this." tion and "we will absolutely look at it. That's the pur-
He was adamant that the Bill is changing the defi- pose of debate. We represent our people."

for this initiative.
Mr Eneas noted that FAO
is very conscious tha after
such catastrophes farmers do
need assistance.
"One of the important roles
the Food and Agriculture
Organisation plays in the
World is in disaster relief. FAO
is very conscious of the fact
that after countries are hit by
hurricanes and the recent
tsunami in Southeast Asia and
East Africa that farmers need
assistance. Their task is to help
farmers get back to pre-hurri-
cane levels to continue in this
all important area of food
security," he said.
Mr Berkeley from IICA
noted that due to climate
change natural disasters are
getting worse, but IICA is pre-
pared to give support wher-
ever they can.
He also said the organisa-
tion is working on a regional
level to develop some mod-
ules for preparing to manage
disasters before they occur.

"We have prepared a paper
and presented it to the minis-
ters of agriculture in the
region earlier this month. The
paper is going to be presented
to the heads of government
next month. We hope to be
able to develop these systems
so that when natural disasters
strike that we would be better
prepared and have less to do
in terms of reconstruction,"
said Mr Berkeley.
IICA supplied farmers with
mango plants for approxi-
mately 50 to 75 acres.
Mr Gray thanks the organi-
sation for their generous
"I am sure that they know
that the Bahamas government

appreciates their organisa-
tion's contribution to the
Bahamian people. I can assure
them that whatever they have
given, whether in finance or
relief supplies, will be used by
the farmers and fisherman in
the Family Islands in particu-
lar," he said.

Search for

armed men

POLICE are searching
for the two armed men who
robbed the Shell Service
Station on East Bay Street
on Monday night.
According to police
reports, the two men
entered the store shortly
after 11pm. While one stood
guard at the door, the sec-
ond approached the
counter, appearing to want
to buy some items. Instead
he walked behind the
counter, and armed with a
knife held a cashier at bay
and demanded cash.
The pair were able to take
an undisclosed amount of
cash before fleeing the scene
on foot.
Police are investigating.

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* By KILAH ROLLE "Working in the States has
Tribune Staff Reporter exposed me to a lot, but even
with all of my experience I was
THE TRIBUNE spent the shocked to see how different it is
day on the western side of the on some of the islands. We
island with the crew of Air would get some patients who
Ambulance Services (AAS), the were close to death being trans-
only licensed air ambulance ported to us on the back of a
company in the country. The six- truck or catching a ride, it is
year-old company provides air scary. At the same time, I have
medical transport to emergency, never been so impressed with
critical and specialised care with- the level of training and exper-
in the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos tise that is found in our staff here
Islands, and Florida, 24 hours a as well as the quality of equip-
day and seven days a week. ment and service that we pro-
vide. It's the best I have seen."

9 am- While monitoring calls
on their daily 12-hour shift, the
crew took time out to introduce
themselves and explain what they
did in their own words:
Warren Grant, 39, is a
Bahamian citizen who was born
and raised in the United States.
He recently moved back to the
Bahamas and has spent 15 years
in the Emergency Medical field.
He spends his spare time as a
Emergency Medical Technician
instructor and is also a certified
pilot. Warren joined AAS last
year as a flight paramedic and
said last year he was on 83 emer-
gency flights.

Thirty-three year-old Lucy
Bishop is a flight nurse and care
co-ordinator. Before joining the
AAS staff in 1999 she was in
charge of the ICU department of
Doctor's Hospital.
"Air Ambulance Services
allow everyone to have access
to tertiary care. It's physically
impossible and unnecessary to
have hospitals on every island
but people should still be able
to live happily on every island
knowing that they have access
to the best medical care.
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here, it is very important to all of
us. Each month we have educa- -;.
tional meetings that are manda- q E'i
tory for medical staff to attend.
Every six months we have a
plane safety meeting, where we
practice different emergency sce-
narios which we may not usual-
ly encounter, but we prepare
ourselves for"
Senior Pilot Kevan Knowles,
35, started flying in 1988 and
joined AAS in 2000. Over the .
past five years he has learned
skills ranging from driving the
ambulance to assisting with med-
ical techniques.

"It's such a rewarding job. We
are responsible for saving lives
and every day I learn more and
more medical information. You
see so much on this job and
accomplish things that I never
imagined I would ever be a part
of. The most touching to me was
to help save a small baby that
could fit in the palm of my hand.
The baby was just trying to sur-
vive, and we helped save his
Along with the full-time med-
ical team, the staff is also com-
prised of part time nurses who
divide their time working for
AAS and taking charge of both
the ICU and ER units at
Princess Margaret Hospital.
There are four full time pilots,
several co-pilots who are all
trained to drive the ground
ambulance. Pilots must know
each runway they use for the Air
Ambulance service very well
since they are often required to
fly at night.
"We have the best pilots in
the country," boasted Lucy and
Warren. "We may joke around a
lot but in all seriousness, these
guys can handle anything."
Dr Caroline Brunette is the
Medical Director and board cer-
tified in Emergency medicine.
She is on call 24 hours a day'
and if necessary accompanies
the medical staff on flights.
10.30 am- There was a sur-
prise visit from two Federal Avi-
ation Administration (FAA)
inspectors. Since all three of
AAS' aircraft's of AAS are main-
tained and serviced in the United

t with


* FLIGHT paramedic Warren Grant (left) with senior pilot Kevan Knowles.
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

The main aircraft, the
Beechcraft King-Air B200 used
to be an executive charter for
Million Air but has been con-
verted to an ambulance. It is
capable of transporting two
patients, two pilots, three med-
ical professionals, and an addi-
tional family member. Although
most small aircraft are not pres-
surised, the King-Air, referred
to as "Alpha Alpha," is pres-
surised. It can cruise at altitudes
up to 35,OQO feet and is equipped
with a loading system that most
US air ambulances do not even

have. Also on board is oxygen,
compressed air, suction, AC/DC
power as well as storage bays,
and drawers.
"It's our mini-hospital," said
Warren, "and since it used to be
an executive charter, its also
"The King-Lear is the best
choice for the Bahamas," added
Kevan, "because it doesn't have
the limitations a jet may have in
terms of speed and fuel. It can,
land on any iunway over here,.
night or day, and it can hold two
patients, its a win-win situation."


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3. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Excell and Word
4. Must possess strong Analytical skills
5. Excellent written and oral presentation skills required.

All applications should be recieved at BTC's Head Office, 21 John
F. Kennedy Drive, no later than Wednesday, January 26th, 2005, and
addressed as follows:

Human Resources & Administration
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.

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Director of Guest/VIP Services
Nomination. 2004 Manager of the Year

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tenance facility, they are subject to
the strict guidelines of all Federal
Aviation Regulations. Random
inspections of the facility and air-
craft's records are carried out by
both the Federal Aviation
Administration and Civil Avia-
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The back up aircraft, a Piper
Navajo or "Papa Bravo," can
hold one patient, two medical
personnel and an additional
family member. Without the
loading system however, the
crew admitted it is more diffi-
cult to get the patient on board
and they joked yesterday of
back pain from having to phys-
ically life the patients.
"It gets the job done
though," said Kevan, "it's old
"It is our goal to get another
aircraft in the future," said War-
ren, "hopefully it will be a jet."
Before the existence of Air
Ambulance Services, patients
who needed to be airlifted had
to resort to hiring private char-
ters or even commercial flights.
"That is still done occasion-
ally even today," said Lucy,
"mostly because people are not
aware that we offer these ser-
vices. The problem is that most
charters are not pressurised, not
are they equipped to handle
medical emergencies. Some
patients are not able to handle
the physiological effects that air-
lift may pose. We have both the
staff and the equipment that
may be necessary to save lives
before they reach a hospital."
12pm a call came in from
dispatch at Doctor's Hospital
about a 62-year-old male US
national who suffered from
coronary ftinh c and wanted to
be airlifted to the South Miami
Martin Lundstrom was on his
private boat in Nassau yester-
day morning when he first start-
ed experiencing chest pains, and
at 12 pm, Warren answered the
call from dispatch at Doctor's
Warren reviewed the case
with Kevan, Lucy and Dr Bur-
nette and chose the flight team
according to the needs of Mr
Lundstrom. Once payment has
been confirmed and authorisa-
tion was. given, he and the team
prepared for the airlift. They all
ha'e crew"visas Which allow;

them to work and travel into
the United States. Mr Lund-
strom, shaken but stable, and a
relative were picked up by the
AAS ground ambulance and
placed in Alpha Alpha with the
crew for his emergency flight
back home.
Lucy explained that AAS
aims for a 90 minute response
time after they get a call.
"We very rarely fall below
that," she said. If I had to guess
I would say that 96 per cent of
the time we are successful. But
in the case of an emergency,
especially on the islands, they
get pretty anxious about any
wait. Five minutes can feel like
an eternity, but what they usu-
ally don't think of is the flight
time. It takes us an hour to get
to Crooked Island."
The average flight time
between, the Bahamian islands
is about 20 minutes, the
longest flight their base in to
Inagua, which is more than an
The furthest AAS has flown
is three hours to North Caroli-
na, and they have also flown to
Haiti, Turks and Caicos, South
Florida and Jamaica.
The average cost of an air
ambulance flight ranges from
$3,000 to $6,000.
"Currently, the government
guarantees the payment for
Level 1 flights which are life
threatening," explained War-
Lucy added: "We try to insist
upon a down-payment because
the family who uses our services
are expected to pay the gov-
ernment back, and it helps if up
front payments are made. The
government may change or
there may be a budget cut, and
although we are extremely
grateful for their assistance,
realistically we know that it may
not last forever."
Lucy also explained that in
November 2002, they estab-
lished a membership pro-
gramme that makes the service
more affordable and enables
members to receive the services
Sof -the company with no' addi-.

* LUCY BISHOP is a flight nurse and care co-ordinator.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

tional upfront costs.
"The best medical care in the
Bahamas or the United States is
useless if you can't get there,"
Lucy said. "Most people don't
realise that even the best insur-
ance coverage may not pay for
the flight cost."
The membership programme,
costing either $40 a month or
$480 a year per family, provides
the service of two emergency
medical flights a year.
Along with the membership
programme, AAS aims to
increase public knowledge and
awareness throughout the coun-
try in the emergency medical
field. They send out a monthly
newsletter to most physicians
and clinics and post signs that
advertise their services in the
most populated islands. They
rely heavily on physician refer-
rals and are now working along
with the police to help keep
Bahamians abreast of emer-
gency techniques.
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of Dean's Lane off Nassau
Street and formerly of
Arthur's Town, Cat Island
will be held on Thursday
4pm at St. Anne's Anglican
Church, Fox Hill. Fr.
Crosley Walkine will
officiate. Interment will be
in the Church's Cemetery.

She is survived by six sons, Elijah, Jerome, Michael,
Dereck, Kete and Haran; two daughters, Agatha
and Linda; one adopted daughter, Judy; one brother,
Wellington; three sisters, Louise, Edna and Sylvia;
grandchildren, Kingsley, Mark, Sean, Belinda, Cleon,
Renaldo, Shantera, Matthew, Kemon, Trevor, Aaron,
Chinua, Keisha and Andrea; great grandchildren,
Kaden, Jaleel, Alexander, Cleonda, Shantell, Kristen,
Tache and Christopher; daughters-in-law,
Evangeline, Kathy, Nora and Willamae; sisters-in-
law, Daisy, Venus, Vernita, Alice, Doreen, Betty and
Patricia; brothers-in-law, Howard, Hayden and
Leonard; numerous nieces, including Leonora,
Shelia, Donna, Olga, Brenda, Eva, Rosemary, Martha,
Margaret, Annie, Theresa, Sheena, Linda, Judy,
Edith, Eleanor, Rose, Joan, Sybilene, Adell, Patricia,
Ernestine, Carmile, Angela, Stephanie, Judy,
Elizabeth, Barbara, Yvonne, Daisy, Gail, Janae,
Ronie, Elizabeth, Christine and Katherine; numerous
nephews, including Shayne, Don, Warner, Teddy,
Anthony, Lorenzo, Eugene, Autrey, Garneth, Alvin,
Glen, Byron, Prince, Troy, Vincent, Willis Jr., lan,
Kenneth, Michael, Bruce, Ronnie, George, Andrew,
Phillip, Eric, Anthony, Trevor, Peter, Stephen, Michael,
David, Carl, Scott and George; numerous relatives
and friends, including Enid Dean, Laura Miller, Cecilia
Dean, Edna Russell, Gloria Russell, Zona Moncur,
Rebecca Williams, Mabel Rodgers and their families,
the Arthur's Town Community, Olivia Bowles, Ann
Burrows, the Stuart and Newbold families, the
Orange Creek Community, all of her family and
friends in the Dumfries Community.

Friends may pay their last respect at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10am
to 6pm and on Thursday from 10am to 1:30pm and
from 2:30pm at the church 'until service time.

'C linary feast' for delegates

attending tourism conference,

DELEGATES attending the
2nd Annual National Tourism
Conference scheduled for Janu-
ary 26 to 28 on Grand Bahama
Island are being promised a culi-
nary feast.
Delegates will get to learn and
input into how to make tourism
better in the Bahamas and they
get to enjoy a variety of the
tastiest and unique Bahamian
dishes, prepared by three teams
of A-1 Bahamian culinary
The National Culinary
Olympic Team, the Junior Culi-
nary Team and the

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Bahama cooking up their win-
ning fare to the delight of the
delegates of the tourism confer-
The National Culinary
Olympic Team consists of Tracy
Sweeting, Wayne Moncur,
Alpheus Ramsey, Jason
McBride Jasmine Young and
Emmanuel Gibson, who will
prepare the much-anticipated
menu for Wednesday, January
The appetiser, a seafood tril-
ogy of crawfish salad, grilled
shrimp and creamy Nassau
grouper with pan seared island
snapper, will whet your appetite
and leave you wanting for the
entr6e of Inagua spiced pork
loin, pork and mango ragout,
pork sausage served with warm
cabbage slaw dressed up with a
variety of Bahamian favourites.
And to top it all off, confer-
ence delegates will enjoy a sweet
taste of The Bahamas in the
team's liquid centre chocolate
cake with banana cream filling,
laced with banana rum pina

colada ice cream and thyme-
infused pineapple tart, served
with vanilla crisp and tropical
fruit sauces.
On Thursday January 27, the
second day of the conference,
the Junior Team will give the
audience a "Native Seafood
Sampler" of pan grilled lobster,
accompanied by Long Island
stewed corn and coconut
spinach, and banana crusted
shrimp complemented by island
boiled plantain and Eleuthera
pineapple salsa.
This array of seafood only
preps the taste buds for the
ever-so-tempting "Long Island
Duet" which consists of roast
lamb, red wine mint reduction
with spicy grouper sausage
served with potato and vegeta-
Androsian guava bread pud-
ding with coconut rum sauce
accompanied by mango straw-
berry Bavarian is the perfect
ending to a scrumptious lunch
prepared in true Bahamian-style
by: Antonio Huyler, Osbourne
Pintard, Delecia Smith, Paulette
Higgs, and Richmond Fowler.
This group of young talented
Bahamian chefs will be chaper-
oned by chef instructors: Eldred

Saunders, Mario Adderley, and
Addiemae Farrington. :-
Taking it a step further, the
National/Regional Culinary
Team has a "Taste of the
Caribbean" for conference dei-
Delectable '
Consisting of Neil Rolle, Sal-
ly Gaskins, George Williams',
and Dwain Clare, and supported
by the Banquet team at the
Westin Our Lucaya on Grand
Bahama Island, this team's tal-
ents will be tested on Friday
January 28, which is the last d
of the conference.
The menu starts with an appl-
tiser of codfish cake served with
crust less ackee quiche a3q
callaloo fritter in a thyme-scent-
ed seafood broth. The entree
comes in the form of jerk chicke-
en confit coupled with curriel
lamb and stewed lamb rouladc
accompanied by backyard slaw
and citrus glazed plantain.
Dessert will be a delectaba
and sinful island spiced cal,
stuffed with coconut; guaya
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Grand Bahama prepares

for tourism conference

AFTER months of prepa-
iation, final planning for the
nd Annual National Tourism
Conference nears completion.
Slated to be held January 26th
- 28th at the Our Lucaya
Resort, this year's forum takes
as its theme, "Making It Bet-
.er in the Bahamas Again!"
I Speakers and delegates are
expected from throughout the
Bahamas, as well as from
abroad, with the conference's
objective being to identify a
series of steps that will lead
to the significant growth,
improvement, and sustain-
ability of the tourism product.
\ With the first day's focus on
growth, after opening remarks
by the Minister of Tourism
Qbie Wilchcombe, world-
renowned featured speaker
Jeffrey Rayport will deliver
the Keynote Address, "Man-
aging in a Service-Dominated

Other first day sessions will
concentrate on meeting the
growing demand for labour;
enhancing accessibility; and
increasing visitor expenditure.
Speakers include Director
General of Tourism Vincent
Yanderpool-Wallace; Dr
Doswell Coakley, President,
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce; Ellison
Greenslade, Assistant Com-
missioner of Police; and
numerous other tourism relat-
ed professionals.
-Day two's concentration on
improvement will showcase
learning from disaster: Min-
imising the effects of a maxi-
mum strength hurricane;
development planning; and
service improvement which
focusess on productivity and
quality service. Leading the
roster of speakers for this
day's session are several Min-


istry of Tourism executives,
Agatha Marcelle, Parliamen-
tary Secretary; Angela Cleare,
Sr Director-Family Islands;
and Samuel Gardiner, Sr
Director-Grand Bahama
The conference's final day
will highlight sustainability,
featuring Bahamianisation of
the product; planned devel-
opments; and the value of
public-private partnerships.
Delivering the closing charge
is the Prime Minister Perry G
Specifically designed for stu-
dents, educators, counsellors,
and parents, is a special con-
ference feature The Best &
The Brightest Tourism
Careers Fair. This exhibit dis-
play seeks to increase an
awareness of lucrative and
rewarding careers in tourism,
whilst inspiring a desire to
work in the industry. The
Careers Fair takes place daily
at the conference site, 12noon-
Another anticipated daily

event is the Authentically
Bahamian Craft Show featur-
ing exquisite indigenous works
of artisans from throughout
the country.
Events surrounding this
year's tourism conference will
culminate on Friday January
28th, with the staging of the
9th Annual Cacique Awards,
8pm, Regency Theatre.

Winners from over nine cat-
egories will walk away with
coveted duho awards. Excit-
ing performances from
Bahamian entertainers in the
secular and gospel fields will
provide for an evening of ele-
gance and entertainment, with
final winners of The People's
Choice Bahamian Song Com-
petition being announced at
the show's climax.
Several hotels on Grand
Bahama are offering dis-
counted accommodations for
conference delegates and
Bahamasair will also offer dis-
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Sponsors of the 2nd Annual
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ton at Our Lucaya; Bahamas

Hotel Catering & Allied
Workers Union; Nassau Par-
adise Island Promotion Board;
Out Islands Promotion Board;
Bahamas Diving Association;
Bank of The Bahamas; Bristol

Persons wishing to register
for the 2nd Annual National
Tourism Conference can do
so by contacting Ministry of
Tourism offices in Nassau and
Freeport, or registering online
at www.tourismbahamas.org.


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is pleased to
invite applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of
Information Systems Business Analyst in its Financial Division.


The Company is implementing a new Financial/ Human Resources
Application System, which will require the creation of a team of Business
Analysts. Candidates for this team should currently be employed in a
finance role and should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of
the procedures, policies, and internal controls in a Financial Department.
Additionally, these candidates should be able to demonstrate an aptitude
for software applications. This team will be at the centre of a dedicated
cross functional implementation effort and is expected to form the core
post implementation application support. Applicants will be expected to
demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation to see this project through the
successful implementation by creating or assisting others in developing
processes, user acceptance testing (UAT), reporting, documentation, and


* Become intimately familiar with all the,modular features, functionality,
workflows, related internal controls and interfaces for system modules
* Research and document user requirements and specifications, conduct
business and technical studies, design, develop and implement information
systems business solutions, and provide imput on service delivery.
* Working with the vendor implementation teams, BTC Consultants, and
super users to develop system test plans and associated test data and
execute User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for system modules assigned.
Ensure results of the conducted tests are well documented and failed
items are tracked for follow-up to completion.
* Become familiar with all available standard reports for the system modules
* Develop proficiencies with report writing tools to perform specified data
analysis and studies as requested on system modules assigned; develop
and present as hoc reports in support of various initiatives.
* Assist with the creation of training materials and the user training itself
for the system rhodules assigned. Training materials includes business
processes, system features, functionality, technology capabilities and
limitations, ect.
* Develop post implementation documentation to assist with the support
of users and the daily maintenance and management of the system.
Documentation includes but is not limited to screen shots, process
diagrams, system enhancement requests, standard operating procedures,
* Provide on-going post implementation systems support for end users as
* Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by Management.


* Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in a finance role specifically
relating to control of the general ledger, and financial reporting and
* Demonstrate aptitude in the use of Microsoft office suite plus database
driven application software.
* Ability to create, compose and edit written materials; proven analytical
communication, research, and writing skills.

All applications should be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F.
Kennedy Drive, no later than Wednesday, January 26th, 2005, and addressed
as follows:

Human Resources & Administration
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
Nassau, The Bahamas

RE: Information Systems Business Analyst Human Resources








Government provides 'temporary

housing' for displaced families

Grand Bahama on Tuesday
moved into the temporary hous-
ing units provided by the gov-
ernment at Bootle Bay.
Melvin Seymour, director of
the Ministry of Housing in


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Freeport, said the facility pro-
vides up to 15 families with two
bedroom units, and shared rest
rooms, kitchen and dining facil-
In the meantime, he said the
government is moving with
haste to assist residents in the
rebuilding and reconstruction of
their homes, which were dam-
aged by Hurricanes Frances and
West End resident Marvelle
Lightbourne, who lost her home
on the waterfront, was grateful
to the government for provid-
ing temporary units to families
like her until their homes can
be rebuilt.
"I lost everything during the
storm and I am truly thankful
for the little that we have," she
said of the unit she now shares
with her husband and four chil-
Mr Seymour said that fami-
lies on rental assistance are
selected by Social Services to
occupy the units until their
homes are repaired or rebuilt.
He said because there are no
toilet facilities in the individual
units, toilet and bath facilities


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is pleased to
invite applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the position
of Information Systems Business Analyst in its Human Resources


The Company is implementing a new Financial/ Human Resources
Application System, which will require the creation of a team of Business
Analysts. Candidates for this team should currently be employed in a
"Human Resources role and should be able to demonstrate a sound...
understanding of the procedures, policies, and internal controls in a Human
Resources Department. Additionally, these candidates should be able to
demonstrate an aptitude for software applications. This team will be at the
centre of a dedicated cross functional implementation effort and is expected
to form the core post implementation application support. Applicants will
be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation to see this project
through the successful implementation by creating or assisting others in
developing processes, user acceptance testing (UAT), reporting,
documentation, and training.


* Become intimately familiar with all the modular features, functionality,
workflows, related internal controls and interfaces for system modules
* Research and document usr requirements and specifications, conduct
business and technical studies, design, develop and implement information
systems business solutions, and provide imput on service delivery.
* Working with the vendor implementation teams, BTC Consultants, and
super users to develop system test plans and associated test. data and
execute User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for system modules assigned.
Ensure results of the conducted tests are well documented and failed
items are tracked for follow-up to completion.
* Become familiar with all available standard reports for the system modules
* Develop proficiencies with report writing tools to perform specified data
analysis and studies as requested on system modules assigned; develop
and present as hoc reports in support of various initiatives.
* Assist with the creation of training materials and the user training itself
for the system modules assigned. Training materials includes business
processes, system features, functionality, technology capabilities and
limitations, ect.
* Develop post implementation documentation to assist with the support
of users and the daily maintenance and management of the system.
Documentation includes but is not limited to screen shots, process
diagrams, system enhancement requests, standard operating procedures,
* Provide on-going post implementation systems support for end users as
* Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by Management.


* Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in a Human Resources
* Demonstrate aptitude in the use of Microsoft office suite plus database
driven application software.
* Ability to create, compose and edit written materials; proven analytical
communication, research, and writing skills.

All applications should be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F.
Kennedy Drive, no later than Wednesday, January 26th, 2005, and addressed
as follows:

Human Resources & Administration
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
Nassau, The Bahamas

RE: Information Systems Business Analyst Human Resources

would be separate for men and
Mr Seymour noted that gov-
ernment is pressing forward with
haste to assist those persons
whose houses were affected by
the hurricanes.
He reported that so far
throughout Grand Bahama
some 450 persons have been
impacted directly through the
programme by receiving labour
and building materials. He
added that up to 1,500 others
would have received some other
form assistance through shin-
gles, plywood, felt, sheet rock
and other supplies they needed
to restore their homes.

Mr Seymour pointed that
efforts are underway to provide
further housing and accommo-
dations for persons in West
Grand Bahama.

He revealed that the ministry
is constructing a triplex unit each
consisting of two bedrooms and
one bath for three families, par-
ticularly for low-income persons
such as families and single moth-
ers with children who will take
Mr Seymour said there are
plans to also construct two one-
bedroom units at West End for

mour said the three bedroom,
one bath homes are affordable
and would cost potential home-
owners about $42,000.
"The Mortgage Corporation
has advised that we are fully
subscribed in that we have over
50 persons who came forward
and expressed interest in the
"And it would be the most
economical project that the Min-
istry of Housing through the
Bahamas Mortgage Corporation
has ever taken on," Mr Seymour
There are plans of duplicat-
ing the project at other sites in
Grand Bahama, he said.

from Kingston to Montego Bay make the con-
nection and fly to Nassau, yet this senior officer
could only see fit to offer me still further abuse
of my time. Clearly he wanted to exacerbate the
problem so I turned down his suggestion and
continued my protestations until a replacement
arrived and perhaps quicker than had we silent-
ly borne the indignities being meted out to us.
After all, more "sacred cows" of the north
were again arriving in the area and I was not
getting quiet, on the contrary, I was just heating
up. After my sister and I were cleared I went to
find the officer, asked his name and told him
The man (name withheld by editor) who was
in charge on Wednesday, December 22nd,
needs to brush up on his managerial skills and
learn to execute policies efficiently and without
discrimination. Vigilance should extend to all
passengers. He and his officers need to know
that policy schizophrenia can neither enhance
the Bahamas' image as a tourist destination nor
its regional relations and will not stem the tide
of illegal weapons and drugs entering the
Bahamas, much of which is manutactured in
the north, not the south. Visitors coming trom
the north, passing unchecked through Customs
are being sent a message that it is OK and pos-
sible to traffic drugs, weapons and even humans
in the Bahamas. Stupidity and stereotyping are
at the core of racism. An intelligent blend of
courtesy, efficiency and transparent, even-
handed policy is required to promote tourism,
regional relations and integration.

Nassau, '
.Januarn 5 2005. Y'" . ...... .. "'

FROM page four

who waited in line observing, but more reti-
cent than I to express openly their thoughts. I
drew them out. I heard from them that this was
not unusual treatment of Air Jamaica passen-
gers or of Jamaicans in particular and when I
asked if they were visitors or returning resi-
dents, the visitors said that they knew that "all
visitors" did not apply to them. I loudly declared
my condemnation of this obvious racism and
determined that if Bahamas Customs was so
inefficient, rude, and stupid as to leave us stand-
ing there, I was going to make good my time by
ensuring that as many persons, especially incom-
ing visitors, who could, would hear what I had to
say about this so called Mecca of tourism and
the shabby policies directed at Caribbean visi-
When one of the senior officers came in my
direction, I asked him just what did the
Bahamas Customs think they were doing allow-
ing someone to make that 'all visitors'
announcement then discriminating as they did
with my sister?
Why were we who arrived on Air Jamaica
and only we subjected to such rude dismissive
behaviour by the officer who has now aban-
doned her post? Did she perhaps not think that
this display marked her as ill-mannered and
reflected poorly on Bahamas Customs? To
these he replied he didn't know because he was
not there when it occurred. And perhaps, on
realising the uselessness of his response, to my
utter dismay, he suggested I "come to the back"
(meaning his office) with him so he could
explain the policy. .
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Emergency order issued

over citrus plants in Abaco

FROM page one
because eradication of the dis-
ease can take that length of
The' only successful eradi-
cation of the disease is the
destruction of the trees,
plantlets and seedlets. The
eradication operation is to
occur soon by up-rooting all

of the trees and burning them.
"This process is going to be
expensive," said Mr Gray. He
noted that they have received
a quote for about $1 million,
but they are trying to find a
firm who will do it for less.
It was noted that it is diffi-
cult to police all borders of an
island the size of Abaco. Mr
Gray said he does not know


if they can police all the boats
leaving the island and planes
coming in.
However, police are secur-
ing the entrance and exit to
the Bahama Star Farm where
the disease was found.
Mr Gray said it is his under-
standing that some govern-
ment agencies have spoken to
the owners of the farm and
that they are willing to co-
Mr Gray said his ministry
always knew that the canker
disease was in Florida. There-
fore, some two years ago an
order was issued to the farm

operator not to bring in any
citrus plants or fruits from
Florida to the Bahamas. An
investigation is now under-
Mr Gray said the canker
will have some immediate
economic impact.
"We had more than 100-
plus people employed and
they are no longer employed.
Therefore the government
would have to offer some
immediate relief to them. It
would obviously have some
impact on our country's Gross
Domestic Product (GDP).
"I am told that some $60

FROM page one

Captain Tom Hanna, who operates three
mailboats that frequent the island, described
the waters surrounding the channel where both
boats capsized.
"This channel is very, very dangerous.
According to the weather they told me was
down there yesterday, no boat should have real-
ly been entering that channel.
"The water is in the neighbourhood of 200
feet deep and very rough. You have north-
western winds, west, north-west, and north-east
winds often in there.' In my experience when it's

million worth of citrus is
exported annually from the
Bahamas. If that is no longer
possible then you are looking
at least at a deficit in the citrus
production of about $60 mil-
lion," he said.
"I am encouraged by the
fact that America, Florida in
particular, has given us the
lease that they will continue
to accept fruits from Andros
and Eleuthera where the dis-
ease is not found. I hope that
will be the case in the long
term so that we may be able
to ease some of the economic

that kind of weather I try to by-pass it, but I
guess they had nowhere to run," he said.
According to Mr Hanna, neighboring the
channel is an area called "Hell's Gate" which he
says is aptly named for the ferocity of the waves.
and the hidden reefs that have claimed numer-
ous vessels over the years.
"From what I understand they couldn't see
the channel to get in, and they tried every option
before entering Attwood Harbour," he
The US Coast Guard said they have a heli-
copter on stand-by and are still assisting in the
search for Mr Rolle, but the possibility of him
being alive is minimal at best.

FROM page one
Initially, around 40 com-
panies expressed interest.
Nine went on to hand in
their proposals by the April
5, 2004, closing date and
four were short-listed for
closer consideration.
Minister of Transport and
Aviation Glenys Hanna-
Martin announced on Sep-
tember 22, 2004, that the
four selected firms were the
Bahamas Airports Manage-
ment Group (BAMG), a
consortium led by Ottawa
International Airport and
Sypher Mueller Airport con-
sultants; Frapport World-
wide Services of Frankfurt,
Germany; Vancouver Air-
port Services (YVRAS) and
Bahamas Aviation Services.
Mr Reid announced yes-
terday that a Bahamian del-
egation, made up of trans-
port ministry and Airport
Authority officials, visited
the airports in Frankfurt,
Germany; Vancouver and
Ottawa, Canada; the
Dominican Republic,
Atlanta and Washington
DC in the United States to
gain insight into how other
international airports are
All the visited airports are
facilities which are managed
by the four short-listed
Once the selection is
made, the firm is expected
to take on operations and
management of NIA with-
in a month.
Minister Hanna-Martin
said in September that "at
the end of the redevelop-
ment process, NIA is
expected to be a first-class
facility, unrivalled anywhere
in the Caribbean."


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One missing,

one dead after

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Gang leader's call for peace

prevents clash in Haitian slum

Haiti --- -....
MARCHERS loyal to
ousted President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide crossed
paths with armed oppo- .,
nents in a Haitian slum
Tuesday, but a gang leader -.
prevented a clash by call- '
ing for peace, according to :
Associated Press.. '
Dozens of Aristide sup-
porters played makeshift -
drums and waved signs "
reading "Long live Aris-
tide" as they marched
through Cite Soleil, a vast
seaside slum on the edge .
of the capital of Port-au- W
They stopped when they
saw Aristide opponents
armed with guns and
grenades across a trash-
filled drainage canal. ""
Some demonstrators fled,.....
while others started mak-
ing crude gestures at their
rivals. ' -

Rifles V
A pro-Aristide gang........ -.
leader, Emmanuel
"Dread" Wilme, arrived at
the scene with several sup-
porters dressed in camou-
flage and carrying rifles. V1
Toting a rifle aid wearing
a bulletproof vest, Wilme D..
urged his opponents to lay A
down their weapons. U...
"We all have the same
problems. We're all hun- V'-
gry. We all need money!"
he shouted across the
"Let's recognize that
we're all brothers."
The men across the
canal raised their arms
and knocked wrists, a sign
of brotherhood, as
Wilme's crowd cheered.,.
Both sides dispersed.
It was a rare moment of
hope in the slum, where
clashes between pro-Aris-
tide marchers and oppo-
nents erupted Sept. 30,
setting off a wave of vio-'
lence throughout the capi-
tal that has killed more
than 200 people.


Aristide was ousted Feb.
29 after a three-week
revolt led by street gangs
and former soldiers. The
U.S.-backed interim gov-
ernment has pledged to
hold general elections this
year, but Aristide support-
ers vow not to participate
unless he is returned from
exile in South Africa.
Violence has declined
slightly in Cite Soleil and,
other slums since U.N.
peacekeepers started regu-
lar patrols in December.
Schools and the only pub-
lic hospital in Cite Soleil,
closed for months, because
of the violence, have
recently reopened.
Wilme controls several
Cite Soleil neighborhoods,
deciding who comes and
goes, despite the presence
of U.N. peacekeepers, -w o
rarely leave their armor I
vehicles during patrols.
Peacekeepers drove by
while the rival groups
taunted each other
Tuesday but did not

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EIA regulations

Tribune Business Editor
The Government is
planning to revive
draft legislation
that would create
a Department of
Environmental Planning an
Protection, sources have told
The, Tribune, with accompany-
ingregulations designed to
bring more transparency and
better define the environmental
approval process for investment
Although moves to resusci-
tate the legislation are in their
early stages, The Tribune has
been told that the clarity
brought by the proposed Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) Regulations could
encourage investment in
tourism and other projects in
the Bahamas, as both investor
and regulator .will understand

* the approval process. Such reg-
ulations are considered to be
much-needed, with some $3 bil-
lion in proposed investment
projects said to be awaiting gov-
ernment approval.
The draft EIA regulations
were drawn up by ICF Con-
sulting, the Washington-based
consultants that assisted the
Government is assessing the
EIAs submitted by AES Cor-
poration, Tractebel and El
Paso/Florida Power & Light for
their proposed liquefied natur-
al gas (LNG) terminals and
They were produced in May
2000, but have never been seen
before, and were not acted
upon by the former FNM
If the EIA Regulations and
Bill to create a Department of
Environmental Planning and
Protection became law, the min-
ister responsible will be able to

"issue guidelines and may make
regulations setting standards
and establishing procedures for
the preparation and review of
environmental impact assess-
ments for all actions reasonably
expected to have a significant
impact on the environment of
the Bahamas, whether on pri-
vate land or Crown land".
The regulations require that
investment projects submit
enough information to allow the
Department to determine
whether an EIA is necessary,
and detail the situations in
which a Basic Environmental
Assessment (BEA) or EIA is
The EIA regulations also cre-
ate offences and associated
penalties, and state that no sit-
ing permits are to be issued
until the relevant assessment
has been approved.
The rights and responsibili-
ties of investors are detailed in

the regulations, along with the
role of the Government and the
rights of the public. Investors,
for instance, will be responsi-
ble for carrying out all public
consultation exercises, "cover-
ing all costs" themselves and
arranging meetings, collecting
public comments and respond-
ing to these.
"These regulations apply to
all new proposed projects in the
Bahamas thht have the poten-
tial for significant impact on the
environment," the regulations
said. This includes all physical
projects, plus programmes and
policies, either underway or
proposed by both the private
sector and the Government.
Investment projects will be
divided into two categories
depending on their size and
scope, with those that are larger
and expected to have "wide
ranging" environmental impact
being required to submit a full

EIA. Smaller projects that are
expected to have a limited envi-
ronmental impact will only need
to produce a Basic EIA under
the proposed regulations.
The regulations also detail
the nine steps that the EIA will
And if the Government
decides a proposed investment
is not "environmentally accept-
able" in its proposed state, it
will .have to give the reasons for
rejection in writing. While an
investor has the right to submit
a revised project in an attempt
to win approval, "generally,
very substantial revisions to the
proposed project will be
required in order to make it
environmentally acceptable".
In addition, the Government
can charge the investor "service
fees" to cover the cost of certain
EIA activities,; such as the
issuance of Environmental
Clearance and the Environ-

mental Permit to operate. The
draft regulations said: "Fee
rates will be based on proposed
project size and complexity."
All EIAs and BEAs that are
submitted would have to be
made available to the public
under the draft regulation,
although the final say on their
availability will rest with the
Government. Any failure to
provide "free and timely access"
to documents by an investor
could result in permits or clear-
ances being withheld.
However, investors will be,
allowed to withhold informa-
tion they deem to be Confiden-
tial Business Information.
Again, under the draft regula-
tions, the Government has the
ability to review whether the
information should not be dis-
closed, as some details may be
"critical to the public's full
understanding of the environ-
mental implications".

Bahamasair selects

McKinsey to devise

new business model

Tribune Business Reporter
-The decision by two leading
real estate companies to incor-
porate in-house mortgage bro-
kers into their operations has
been given a lukewarm recep-
tion by the industry, with a
number of rival firms preferring
to leave the financing aspect to
mortgage lending institutions.
Earlier this week, Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty
became the first full-service real
estate company to appoint an
in-house mortgage broker.,
"With 30 years of experience in
,'2?the banking field, Richard
C 'Cartwright said he would be
able to facilitate the mortgage
process without the client expe-
riencing any inconveniences.
He said: "I'll take them
through the entire process.
They won't see the banker until
they get the approval. This will
take away a lot of stress and
.-save time". In 2004, Arawak
Homes also announced the
introduction of an in-house,
mortgage broker facility.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mike Lightbourn, head
of Coldwell Banker Lightbiurn
Realty, said Bahamian realtors
generally ended up sending
.clients to the banks for mort-
gage financing.
Problem often arose, though,
after the mortgage interview
process, with clients walking
away feeling they were not
going to get a quick response
.to their application or, in some
cases, they encountered indefi-
nite delays for no apparent rea-
With Mr Cartwright in place,
.-,he will be able to collect the
,required information from
,potential borrowers and then
shop around and find the mort-
gage product that suits a par-
ticular client's needs, Mr Light-
bourn said.
He added: "A lot of times we
make a sale, but it is subject to
financing. Sometimes when the
time period is up, though, you
still have no answer because the
borrower doesn't always pre-
sent all the necessary informa-
tion that is required at the
beginning of the process. When
Richard presents the financial

picture he will have all of the
information needed."
Mr Lightbourn said that
when people wanted to buy a
house, Coldwell will now be
able to pre-qualify them. Mr
Cartwright will be able to-look
at their level of income, expen-
diture, assets and liabilities to
determine what amount of
financing they are likely to qual-
ify for.
With this information in
hand, the client will then be able
to identify the price range they
should select their house from.
While some potential buyers
tended to "shoot in the dark"
and were not aware of whether
they will be approved for
financing, the pre-qualifying
process will identify the price
range they should be looking
at, making the entire procedure
run more smoothly.
George Damianos, a realtor
with Damianos Realty, saw the
situation differently. He did not
think it was important for real
estate firms to offer such a ser-
vice because clients that needed
a mortgage typically were
already aware of the avenues
available to them and, if not,
the firm suggested a number of
options open to them, whether
it was a bank or mortgage com-
Mr Damianos said: "Our feel-
ings are that you have your
source and you pursue the insti-
tution you have a relationship
with. Obviously if one would
want to shop around to see if
they can get a better deal, then
they would do that. I think it
would be quite boring if I was
only seeing one or two clients a
day and working five days a
week. No company in the
* Bahamas is big enough to war-
rant an in-house broker for
In his experience, Bahamian
real estate clients are reluctant
to disclose their financial infor-
mation to real estate agents. Mr
Damianos said clients normally
did not like to reveal what lia-
bilities they had, and the feeling
was that the agents are only
supposed to find property for
While it may not be immedi-
ately apparent, family members,
See ESTATE, Page 5B

Tribune Business Reporter
Paul Major, Bahamasair's
managing director, yesterday
confirmed the Government
had selected McKinsey &
Company, the world's largest
management consultancy, to
design a business plan that will
seek to transform the national
flag carrier into a sustainable
business with long-term viabil-
Bradley Roberts, minister of
works and public utilities with
responsibility for Bahamasair,
is expected to make an official
announcement today concern-
ing the contract with McKin-
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Major said McKin-
sey consultants had begun
work on Monday and were in
the process of interviewing
travel industry stakeholders,
including hoteliers and the Air-
port Authority.
The entire process, leading
up to the development of a
new business plhn, is expected
to take some four months. A
preliminary outline of the
changes needed to improve
Bahamasair was likely to be
available following the first two
weeks of the discussion and
review process.
"For Bahamasair to be mar-
ketable from an investor stand-
point, it has to realise its oper-
ating cost and that is what's
being addressed. We have to
come up with a plausible mar-
keting plan so revenue will be
there so people can get a
return on their investment,"
Mr Major said.
Asked whether there was
likely to be a right-sizing exer-
cise in preparation for any pri-
vatisation process, Mr Major
declined to comment, saying
he could not preempt the
McKinsey research or the
methodology they would use
in transforming Bahamasair
into a low cost carrier that
could compete with the likes
of JetBlue, Spirit and Song.
Mr Major said no further
discussions had taken place
with officials from the Airport,
Airline and Allied Workers
Union (AAAWU), who have
refused to accept a reduction in

salaries and benefits as part of
the airline's plan to reduce the
$22 million loss it faces incur-
ring in fiscal 2005.
Meanwhile, Mr Major said
he was in the middle of discus-
sions with the airline's cus-
tomer service managers in an
effort to build up service qual-
ity, in so that when a potential
investor presented itself they
would see the airline was func-
tioning properly. Also ongo-
ing is a refurbishment exercise
involving the domestic terminal
and upgrades to the mainte-
nance staff.

Dedicating his full-time and
attention to getting the airline
ready to adopt a low cost mod-
el, Mr Major said he was glad
to be past some of the chal-
lenges Bahamasair was con-
fronted with over past few
Among the initiatives being
taken to attract a larger cus-
tomer base, Bahamasair has
altered its pricing, particular-
ly into the Florida market, to
better compete. The airline is
also looking to revise its excess
baggage policy to make it more
conducive to their regular tray-

McKinsey is likely to have
its work cut out in devising a
new business plan and imple-
menting it at Bahamasair,
despite beating off competition
from German national flag car-
rier, Lufthansa, and the con-
sortium of S,H & E and
KPMG (Bahamas) to win the
consultancy contract.
One source said of McKin-
sey: "They did avery impres-
sive presentation." Another
added: "They were far more
thorough and offered a better
insight into how the problems
at Bahamsiir could be dealt
However, it was suggested
that the McKinsey consultancy
might not end with Bahama-
sair being privatised, especial-
ly since the airline industry
globally was racking up multi-
million dollar losses, making it
unattractive for investors.
Instead, a 'new' Bahamasair
might emerge as a low-cost car-
rier, with the old version dosed
Bahamasair's total liabilities
of $120 million exceed its assets
by almost $90 million, mean-
ing that the Government has
much work to do in cleaning
up the balance sheet.
Some $56 million of the $67
million Bahamasair owes in
accounts payable and accrued
expenses is to other public cor-
porations, government agen-
cies and ministries. It is likely
that this amount will be written
off, effectively meaning that
the Bahamian taxpayer will
take a $56 million "bath", in
addition to the more than $260
million that the Government
has pumped in over the past
31 years to keep the airline
Bahamasair's $45.5 million
long-term debt includes loans
from Citibank (two), a syndi-
cated loan; Scotiabank, Royal
Bank of Canada and Bank of
the Bahamas International. All
these will have to be paid off
before privatization can be
contemplated, with sources
telling The Tribune that the
Government's July 2005 dead-
line for achieving this is unre-
A more realistic deadline
would be the beginning of

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of security

over arming


The topic of arming
security officers
has again come to
the forefront, and
nothing seems to
have changed since the last time
this issue arose. But, before we
dive in, it should be understood
that the recent shooting of an
on-duty security officer should
not be totally attributed to the
officer's lack of training or per-
Nevertheless, security com-
pany owners and the police
alike use such opportunities to
imply that, firstly, it is not as
bad as it appears, and secondly,
hypocritically suggest arming
security guards will increase
their ability to fight crime. This
could not be further from the
truth, especially since security

is not about crime fighting but
crime prevention.
It also proposes, as some
schools of thought imply, a lack
of control and the inability to
maintain control without killing
- not seriously maiming but
ending a life. I feel that the
obvious arming of our so-galled
unarmed police force is a clear
indication that of either of the
two statements above are in
affect. We cannot go to a public
event without seeing police offi-
cers armed with handguns and
the latest automatic weapons.
This sends several strong mes-
I will kill you if I have to -
forget that community policing
It is so bad out here (fish
fry, Junkanoo the Mall etc.) that
I need a big gun.

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You (bad guy) better get a
bigger gun.
Additionally, if we are rec-
ommending that more armed
persons (security personnel) will
reduce crime, have we lost con-
trol of the environment in which
we live? The answer to this I
will leave until next week.
This has been the over-
whelming question put to me:
should security, officers be'
allowed to carry firearms? At
face value, in my opinion the
answer is 'yes', based on the
existence of the following con-
The existence of legislation


and regulations outlining train-
ing requirements and standards
for the use of these weapons.
There is a greater danger
to life and public safety with-
out the weapon than with it.
The security officer may
reasonably be expected to have
to use lethal force.
If security officers are to be
armed, the management of the
facility or company assumes a
responsibility for:
Proper training of the offi-
cers to be armed.
* Selection of the appropri-
ate type and size of firearms
and ammunition.
Proper maintenance of the

firearms by a qualified gun-
Maintenance of records of
the foregoing actions.
An adequate level of liabil-
ity insurance.
Security officers must be
thoroughly proficient in the use
of arms before they are allowed
to carry them. Training includes
proper handling of firearms and
live range firing for qualifica-
The live firing should be con-
ducted using the weapon car-
ried by the officer, and the
records should include the seri-
al number of the weapon fired
by him. Each weapon has its
own firing characteristics and
the security officer should be
able to testify to complete famil-
iarity with the weapon in a fir-
ing situation.
While training in safety and
the mechanical aspects of the
firearm are important, it is
equally important that security
officers are trained to use the
firearm in situations potentially
encountered at their assigned
Refresher training must be
provided periodically, and
detailed records of all training
must be maintained.
However, in an effort to be
as objective as possible, let us
look at reasons why security
officers should not be armed.
For the following reasons, there
is fairly wide consensus that offi-
cers should not as a general
rule be armed:
* There are. no, current
national security standards in
the industry. This is a basic rea-
son for not arming officers
because the industry is not reg-
It is impractical to consider
arming security officers when
there is no agreed upon guide-
lines as to how they should
The absence of this funda-
mental element hurts the indus-
try and negates positive efforts
"to improve performance and
the quality of the product made
available to the public.
Research has shown that
the presence of firearms has
increased the level of violence.-
These studies were conducted
in Jamaica and the United
Kingdom, where the arming of
police and security personnel
has caused criminals to resort
to more violent methods. This
has directly affected the amount
of injury and death to civilians.
Private security should not
normally be regarded as equiv-
alent to, or a substitute for, law
enforcement. Security by nature
is a proactive science, whereas
law enforcement is reactive.
The introduction of firearms
implies a greater reliance on
reaction to violence as opposed


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BISk5 ALIBOHA tNgIDlXz CLOSE 1,041-.2a I CHO 00.00 /1%CHOG 0000 I YTD 172.92 YTD % 19.91 .
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS S Div S PIE Yield
1 3Q 1 10 Abaco Markets 1 10 ,1 10 000 0.197 0.000 N'M 0.00%
7.50 7.30 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 0.00 700 0.152 0.330 11.2 5.74%
0.85 0.75 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.95 1.80 BahamasWaste 1.80 1.80 0.00 0.101 0.000 17.8 0.00%
1.00 0.87 British American Bank 0.95 0.87 -0.08 2,000 0.007 0.040 11.8 4.60%
7.25 6.25 Cable Bahamas 7.20 7.20 0.00 200 0.510 0.240 14.1 3.33%
2.20 1.35 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.17 6.15 Commonwealth Bank 7.15 7.15 0.00 0.632 0.390 11.3 5.45%
1.50 0.35 Doctor's Hospital 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.228 0.000 6.6 0.00%
4.00 3.13 Famguard 3.99 3.99 0.00 0.406 0.170 9.8 4.26%
9.75 8.05 Finco 9.70 9.75 0.05 1,400 0.649 0.480 15.0 4.92%
7.50 6.20 FirstCaribbean 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.513 0.330 14.6 4.40%
8.60 7.95 Focol 7.95 7.95 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.2 6.29%
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 5.69 5.60 -0.09 0.245 0.000 23.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.694 0.350 14.4 350%
Pt41rlity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid 5 Ask S Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS S DIv S PIE Yield
13 ''0 13 00 Bahamas Supermarkets 1300 14I00 16 00 1 328 0 960 10 5 6 86%R
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 000%
30.0 C61~eli1 OverThe-Cotnter Securities .
13 00 28 00 ABDAB d 100 43 00 41 00 2220 0000 19 4 00%
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 Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
S, BISX LIMd MUtual Funids '
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv S Yield %
1 .2060 1 1509 Colina Money Markel Fund 1 205953"
2.0536 1.8154 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1191"*
10.2148 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2648"***
2.1746 2.0012 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.174583*
1.0848 1.0823 Colina Bond Fund 1.084821**
P "-- Pti6 X .140.a /I ~YT 12. 2 t 2003 .5B949%.
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 Fidelit
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 dally 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 NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
" AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/** AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
* AS AT JAN. 14. 20051 AS AT DEC. 31. 2004/ AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
''TO iriii,. -RA ".T Al4Ni 1O I FIDELITY 242-356-7764

Notice To Shareholders
m e u mal i- m em mm e mm. mm. mem m ll m

The Board of Directors of

ICD Utilities Limited is

pleased to advise that a

dividend of 13.5 cents per

share has been declared to all

Shareholders of record as at

3rd February, 2005 and

payable on 17th February,


Financial Controller
in Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Responsibilities to include

* Financial management of several accounts
* Preparation of financial statements and other
reports as required
* Focus on Internal Audit
* Monitoring of control procedures (with the ability
to recommend and implement new systems)
* Annual budget preparation
* Reconciliation of all General Ledger Accounts
* Inventory Reconciliation
* Management of accounting team.

Qualification to include:

* CPA or CA qualifications
* Minimum of three years working experience in
same or similar position.

Interested persons should send r6sum6 to

P.O. Box SS-6322
Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Human Resources
Re: Financial Controller
or Fax: 242-356-7855



to preventative strategies.
The typical industrial or
government facility is not nor-
mally a place at which violent
crime would be expected. Com-
parative studies will show that
incidents involving firearms for
criminal activity are few and far
apart. It is the media coverage
and publicity that creates a false
perception of on-going violence.
The exposure to the risk
of accidental death, injury and
major civil liability, with the
related possibility of an adverse
public image when firearms are
It will only take one ques-
tionable shooting for the public
to negatively criticise security
officers being armed. The police
experience this almost every
time they shoot a suspect, and
several such cases are before
the courts. If the incident is
found to be unjustified then the
security officers and his/her
-employer could face thousands
of dollars in claims, not to men-
tion jail time.
The cost of such training and
the time required to meet the
training criteria are factors in a
decision by many companies
not to arm their officers. Train-
ing is expensive, and this is with-
out equipment and supplies.
When the added cost of train-
ing, guns, ammunition and ade-
quate facilities is added, we are
looking at probably tripling the
cost of training one security
(officer. This is only a start-up
projection. When the cost of,
recertification at least once a,*
,year.is included, then we see
costs skyrocket as standards
must be kept or the liability
issues mentioned earlier could
Any moves to arm security
personnel should involve a well-
thought out plan, and not be a
reaction to an increase in crime.
It is unreasonable to think that
a person will effectively per-
form the task of protection if
they feel their life is at risk.
The process of arming guards
must begin with a clear under-
standing of the criminal and civ-
il ramifications, plus the moral
and ethical responsibilities
involved. Recent events are an
opportunity for proactive polic-
ing by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force, not a panicked
grasping at straws or a band aid
approach. In other words, we
should not act based on fear

NB: Gamal Newry is presi-
dent of Preventative Measures,
a security and law enforcement
training and consulting compa-
ny. Comments are welcomed
and can be sent to PO Box N-
3154 Nassau, Bahamas or e-
mail: preventit@hotmail.com




BISX-listed fund sees


growth in managed assets

Safiya Burton (pictured left), regional marketing manager for
GK Funds Management (Cayman) Ltd, gives an update on the
performance of the Grace Caribbean Fixed Income Fund. The
fund is listed on BISX and produced an 8.48% return for
investors in the year to December 15, 2004

The Grace Caribbean Fixed
Income Fund, a mutual fund
listed on the Bahamas Interna-
tional Securities Exchange
(BISX), produced an 8.48 per
cent yield for investors in the
12 months to December 15,
2004, as its generated a 300 per
cent increase in assets under
management to $25 million dur-
ing that period.
Don Wehby, chief operating
officer of Jamaica-based Grace
Kennedy's financial services
division, said that the fund's
assets under management had
increased year-on-year from $8
million to $25 million.
The Grace Caribbean Fixed
Income Fund is the first mutual
fund formed to invest in the
US-dollar denominated debt of

English-speaking Caribbean
As of December 2004, the
Fund's portfolio holdings
included debt instruments from
the Republic of Trinidad &
Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica,
Belize, Aruba, Grenada, St
Lucia and the Cayman Islands.
Raymond Chang, who also
serves as chairman of CI Funds
Management, one of Canada's
largest investment fund compa-
nies, chairs GK Caribbean
Fixed Income Fund.
Gary Peart, Grace Kennedy's
portfolio manager, said of the
fund's performance: "During
the period April to June 2004,
the portfolio experienced a
number of challenges.The yield
on the Fund decreased to,

approximately 6 per cent due
to the sharp increase in the
interest rate expectations of
investors in the United States.
The 10-year treasury yield
increased from sub-4 per cent
to as high as 4.8 per cent within
a month. The movement in
interest rates precipitated a
decrease in the prices of the
higher rated securities in the
Mr Peart pointed out that
several external factors -includ-
ing the improvement in
Jamaica's macroeconomic indi-
cators; Belize's ability to access
US$100 million in funding; and
the improvement of Trinidad &
"Tobago, Barbados afid SfLuci-i
.,a's bornd-prices as a result of-
'lower interest rate e\pectations

in the US bond market con-
tributed to the increase in the
Fund price to US$11.62, from
July to December 2004.
"Our intense focus on client
needs, along with the drive
towards optimal diversification
of the portfolio in high-quality
instruments, were the main fac-
tors that pushed the fund's stel-
lar performance," said Safiya
Burton, Regional Marketing
Manager of GK Funds Man-
agement (Cayman) Limited.
Regarding the fund's outlook
for 2005, Mr Peart said: "We
expect that interest rates in the
United States will gradually
increase over the next two to
three years, and have started to
position the- portfolio to.take
advantage of this trend.'

Colina FinaTh

Colina Fina

wishes to advise the public
that all
Colina offices
will be closed at
3:00pm on Wednesday
January 26th, 2005 for a
company-wide meeting.

Normal business hours will
resume on Thursday
January 27th, 2005

Early closure tomorrow applies only to the
Nassau offices of Colina. Family Island
offices will remain open for regular hours.

www.colina.com .
o1" ":' '":'



College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre

Building Contractors are invited to PRE-QUALIFY for the
Modification of The College of The Bahamas Auditorium, and
its conversion to The Performing Arts Centre, to be situated
at Thompson Boulevard, New Providence, Bahamas.

The Project will comprise part demolition and modification
of the Existing 2 storey Auditorium approximately six
thousand two hundred square feet in area (6,200 sq. ft.), and
the construction of some twelve thousand square feet (12,000
sq. ft) on new space incorporating a fifty-six feet (56 ft.) high
Stage House, Dressing Rooms, Workshops, Foyer and
Entrance Walkways, Toilets and Administration space.

Interested contractors may collect pre-qualification documents

Office of the Vice President, Research, Planning &
The College of The Bahamas
Thompson Boulevard
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 302-4308

There will be a non-refundable Fee of $100 for each document,
(cash or certified cheque made payable to The College of
The Bahamas.)

Sealed pre-qualification submissions will be received until
4:00 p.m., Thursday 27th January 2005 at the office of the
Estates Manager, 2nd Floor Portia M. Smith Student Services
Centre, The College of the Bahamas, Poinciana Drive.

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A manufacturing entity located on the
presently seeking the following:


western tip of New Providence, is


Duties Include:

Manage the brewing process from start to finish:
Identify deviations from standard;
Beer filtration.
Perform quality control analysis as required.
Clean and sanitize all equipment.
Work with various types of chemicals;

Minimum Requirements:
Associates Degree: Biology, Chemistry or Technical area;
Three years experience in a technical environment;
Strong communication, administrative, time management skills and
reporting skills;
Excel spreadsheet usage at an intermediate level a must;
Proficiency in Word applications required;
Must be a team player with a professional attitude, strong commitment
to detail and good analytical skills.

The Ideal Candidate:
Must be a team player that is willing to support the efforts of the
team or any team member.
The successful applicant should be able to act on his or her own
initiative with little supervision.
Must have good communication skills.
Must be able to function in a shift system.
A competitive salary, performance related compensation, career related
training and a competitive employee benefits package are all available to the
successful candidate.
Interested persons should submit a current resume and cover letter to the
address below no later than January 31st, 2005.
Human Resources Manager
Commonwealth Brewery Limited
P.O. Box N-4936
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 1-242-362-4793
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(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b) and (c) of
the International Business Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby
given that:
PHOENIX HEDGE FUND, LTD., is in liquidation
The date of commencement of the liquidation is the
10th day of January, A.D. 2005.
The Liquidator is Anthony Appleyard, Cumberland
Street, Nassau, N.P. Bahamas.



(a) THAMES TRADING LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on the January 25,
2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered
by the Registrar General.
(c) The Uquidator of the said company is Mrs. Kayla Morley of Shirley
Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 24th day of February, 2005 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are
January 25, 2005



Is seeking candidates for the position of

The successful candidate should have:-

* A high school diploma or equivalent, with
a focus on business and three (3) years
related work experience.
* Effective communication skills, and the
ability to work comfortably and successfully
with the public
* Proficiency in using Microsoft Office.

Please forward resumes to:

Fund Administrator
P.O.Box N-4050
Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to: providentfund(a)coralwave.com

NU lMf i I e 1 V. I


in Marsh Harbour, Abaco
This position requires individual with general
accounting experience whose main responsibilities
will be the auditing of cash in retail locations.

Qualification to include:

Associate Degree in accounting
Previous experience in same or similar position.

Skills to include:

Microsoft Word and Excel
Excellent communication (both written and

US strategist to

speak at second

tourism summit

A US-based strategic adviso-
ry expert will be the keynote
speaker for today's opening of
the second annual National
Tourism Conference.
Jeffrey Rayport, an expert in
strategy, execution, customer
service, and brand loyalty, who
is chairman and chief executive
of Massachusetts-based con-
sulting firm, Marketspace LLC,
will give a presentation on Man-
aging in a Services-Dominated
Mr Rayport, whose firm con-
sultants on strategic advisory,
executive development and
software development services,
will address the conference after

To advertise hi
The Trilunle
call 322-1986

opening remarks from Obie
Wilchcombe, the minister of
tourism, and Willie Moss, the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty's president.
"It is Mr Rayport's reputa-
tion for moving from vision, to
strategy, to strong execution
that drew him to our attention,"
says the director-general of
tourism, Vincent Vanderpool-
"In the past, many destina-
tions could afford to drift along
with platitudes and slogans.
Now it is clear that we need
effective strategies and effec-
tive execution of those strate-
gies to thrive among this mod-
ern day competition.
"Even with the growing level
of investment in the tourism
plant and human resources in
the Bahamas, we know that we
have to apply a great deal of
thought and effort before we
make it better in the Bahamas.
Our vision is to become the
regional example of outstand-
ing tourism management."

Manager Corporate Secretary Function
Alternative Investment Management

An established Bahamian company, licensed as security
investment advisor by the Securities Commission of The
Bahamas, with home office in Europe is seeking applicants
for the role of Manager heading the Corporate Secretary
Major aleas of responsibility:
to build and enlarge a corporate secretary function for
fund companies in various jurisdictions
establish corporate governance framework for various
hedge fund companies
control, document and report on operational secretary
oversight on day-to-day activities of management
The successful candidate will meet the following minimal
Advanced theoretical and practical experience of
Alternative Investment Strategies and Financing
Oral and written German language to communicate to
the home office
Advanced legal and compliance knowledge of European
on-shore regulation for Alternative as well as Traditional
Investment Products
Several years of sophisticated project management
University degree in banking or finance, CFA or
Must have a wide knowledge of traditional securities
and product structuring

Personal attributes
Self-motivated and process driven project management
approach, requires little to no supervision, advanced
communication and presentation skills in German and
English. Position will require flexible and non-standard
working hours (Eupopean home office).
Compensation package includes fix salary and performance
oriented bonus package. Only individuals who at least meet
the minimum requirements are invited to forward their
resume to the attention of:
The HR Manager
PO Box EE-17758

NOTICE is hereby given that LUCKNER SAINTANGE, #79
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 19th day of JANUARY, 2005 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Sta -. -.-

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'got ;,: td


Jeffrey Rayport


to identify

growth steps

for tourism

The second annual National
Tourism Conference, which
begins today and lasts until Fri-
day, aims to identify a series of
steps that will generate growth
and sustainability in the
Bahamian tourism industry.
Following opening remarks
from Obie Wilchcombe, the
minister of tourism, and the
keynote address from featured
speaker Jeffrey Rayport, other
first day sessions will concen-
trate on meeting the industry's
growing demand for labour;
enhancing accessibility; and
increasing visitor expenditure.
Speakers include Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, the
tourism director-general, and
Dr Doswell Coakley, the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce's president.

Day twvo will focus on learn-
ing from previous natural dis-
asters and minimising the
impact from a maximum
strength hurricane; develop-
ment planning and service
improvement, which will con-
centrate on productivity and
quality service.
Among the speakers will be
Agatha Marcelle, parliamentary
secretary in the Ministry of
Tourism; Angela Cleare, senior
director for the Family Islands;
and Samuel Gardiner, senior
director for Grand Bahama.
The conference's final day
will highlight Bahamianisation
of the product, planned devel-
opments and the Value of Pub-
lic-Private Partnerships. Deliv-
ering the closing address is
Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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 26TH day of JANUARY, 2005 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, JESSIE RAYMONE of
Andros Avenue, intend to change my to JESSIE REMONE.
If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-792, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that NATASHA MAREUS OF
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 26TH day of JANUARY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

verbal) skills
* Strong organizational skills.

Please send r6sum6
Attention: Human Resources
Accounts Clerk
P.O. Box SS-6322
Nassau, Bahamas

Or Fax; 242-356-7855





; ;

tive proposal for a similar resort
concept to be situated on the
Singapore waterfront.
If either plan is accepted by
the Singapore government,
CapitaLand will take a 40 per
cent stake in the project, with
the remaining 60 per cent held
by Kerzner International or

To advertise in
The Tribune
call 322-1986

Butch Kerzner

Estate (From page 1B)
father, brothers and other loves ones, are often very supportive when it comes to real estate transac-
tions and will, if not co-sign a loan, give buyers the financial support they need so they are able to pur-
chase the selected property.
Managing director of H.G. Christie Real Estate, John Christie, said he was not sure whether the move
to introduce an in-house mortgage broker would catch on in a big way.
He said this measure was not something his firm was considering at the moment, because most of
his clients were able to finance the purchase on their own.
Agreeing with Coldwell Banker's position, Mario Carey, a director with Bahamas Realty, said the
use of in-house mortgage brokers was a positive.
He said that while Bahamas Realty did not have in-house brokers, they do refer clients to mortgage
brokers they have formed a relationship with.
"It's good trend, represents a great spin-off business and it helps banks pre-qualify clients, mean-
ing they can get their transactions done qpicker. Plus, the broker gets paid by the bank and it's no
expense to the borrower, so its a good % in win situation," Mr Carey said.
From the client's perspective, Mi C. re% said the broker's job is to know what theb'est mortgage deals
available at any time are, so the client can be directed to the right product.
He added that it was good for banks to work with mortgage brokers, because as the borrower under-
stands that someone is working to find the best deal for them, it raises their comfort level in the process.


Committed to Growth, Committed to Quality



The Water and Sewerage Corporation

advises customers throughout New

Providence that reduced water supply


Customers are asked to continue to store

water during peak periods 5am to lOam

and 4pm to 10pm daily.

The Corporation apologizes for the

inconvenience caused and thanks

customers for their patience.





Questions or complaints, please call 325-0505 (days)
and 325-4504 (nights). '


SA well established Media Company is looking for a hard working I
p male to work as a Pressroom Assistant. Qualified applicants should |
O be able o work nighI's between the hours of 7pm to 4am, be pre-
pared to submit job references and a clean police record.
Interested persons should sent resume to: j
c/o DA 13465
| P.O. Box N-3207
I Fax: 328-2398 i
L m NN m I ti.. .. m a, * W


The following persons or their nearest relatives are kindly asked to visit the
MEDICAL DEPARTMENT of the National Insurance Board located in the Board's
Jumbey Village complexion Baillou Hill Road. For further information, you may
contact the Department at telephone number 502-1745:

Anya T. Davis
George Frazier
Kareem A. Johnson
Kenneth Kemp
Austin Turnquest
Derek T. Walkine
Dorothy Wilson

Dorsette Street, Fox Hill
-Miami Street, North
Coral Lakes
Rosebud Street
Apple Street
Twynam Heights
Fox Hill

is seeking to employ a
to work within our organization. The candidate should be young,
energetic and successful at achieving corporate goals with little supervision.
Understanding of Spanish or Portuguese will be favoured.

The candidate should be an advanced student OR have solid
accounting knowledge supported by formal education/examination
passes. Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, with
particular aptitude in Excel and Outlook.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and education.

All CVs should be addressed to the Assistant
Vice President Banking & Finance and should be sent to:
or fax #242 356 9432.


Kerzner International has fol-
lowed its long-established prac-
tice of minimising its entry risk
to new markets by teaming up
with a state-controlled property
and real estate development
company in submitting a pro-
posal for a luxury resort and
casino complex in Singapore.
The Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club owner has linked
up with CapitaLand, in which
the Singapore government
holds a 47 per cent stake, to
plan a joint proposal for devel-
oping an integrated resort and
entertainment complex on Sin-
gapore's Sentosa Island.
The Singapore Tourism
Board had asked for project
ideas to be submitted by Feb-
ruary 28, as it seeks to fend off
regional tourism competitors
and make inroads into the $900
million spent abroad by Singa-
poreans on gambling.
Butch Kerzner, Kerzner
International's chief executive,
said in a statement: "This part-
nership combines our success
in developing innovative desti-

nation resorts with Capita-
Land's extensive experience
and development expertise in
the region.
"We believe that our resort
model can be successfully
applied at Sentosa Island and
look forward to submitting our
joint concept for this destina-
Kerzner International has
long been keen to break into
the Asian tourist market, having
looked at both Macau and Sin-
.gapore as possible sites for a
further- roll-out of its Atlantis
brand. The Bahamas resort
caters to the US market, while
Atlantis, The Palm will appeal
_to a European audience.
Another resort in Asia would
enable the company to go after
the Asian and Australian mar-
However, Kerzner Interna-
tional faces competition in Sin-
gapore from MGM Mirage,
operator of the Bellagio and
MGM Grand casinos in Las
Vegas. MGM is also working
with CapitaLand on an alterna-

Kerzner plans

joint venture

for Singapore

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JAN. 27, 2005

No. 10/2005

Whereas DORIS KNOWLES of Rupert Dean Lane,
on the Island of New Providence, one of the Island
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 MELVERN STURRUP late of Rupert Dean
Lane, on the Island of New Providence, 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 hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

PO. BOX N-167
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 11/2005

In the estate of HORST BAUER, late of the City of
Toronto, Province of Canada, deceased. ,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by HARTIS EUGENE PINDER of
Mareva House, No. 4 George Street, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Certificate
of Appointment of Estate Trustee with the Will in the
above estate granted to WAYNE G. TRAINER, sole
Executor, by The Superior Court of Justice in the
City of Toronto in the Province of Ontario, Canada,
on the 7th day of April, A.D., 2003.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 12/2005

BOUCHARD, late of Bridgepoint Medical Centre,
14th Street, Matthew's Road in the City of Toronto
in the Province of Ontario, Canada, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by STEPHEN J. MELVIN of No. 1
Ashford Villas, Chaplin Road, Cable Beach in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attomey-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Probate
in the above estate granted to MICHELINE
LEFEBVRE, Estate Trustee by The Superior Court
of Justice in the City of Toronto in the Province of
Ontario, Canada, on the 9th day of February, A.D.,

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

PO. BOX N-167
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 13/2005

In the estate of JACKIE AIKEN, late of the County
of K~ershaw in the State of South Carolina, USA,

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 C. YVETTE McCARTNEY of
Skyline Drive in the Western District of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of
Probate in the above estate granted to FLOSSIE
Representatives, by The Circuit Court for Kershaw
Coun ty, South Carolina Probate Division, on the 17th
day of October, A.D., 2001.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JAN. 27, 2005

No. 14/2005

LINDEN both respectively of Parker Street on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration the Real and Personal
Parker Street, on the Island of New Providence, 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 hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 15/2005

In the estate of DERRICK ERNEST GLADWIN, late
of 22 White Walk, Kirkella East Yorkshire, England in
the United Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Probate in the
above estate granted to BABARA BECK, Executrix,
by The High Court of Justice, The District Probate
Registry at New Castle Upon Tyne and Administration
on the 12th day of May, A.D., 2002.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 16A/2005

late of 1920 Ebenezer Road, York County in the City
of Rock Hill, in the State of South Carolina, USA,

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 HAL OSCAR TYNES of The City
of Freeport on the Island of Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Certificate of
Appointment of Personal Appointment in the above
estate granted to WILLIAM SAMUEL KENDRICK,
Executor, by The York County Probate at South
Carolina, USA on the 28th day of February, A.D.,


Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 16B/2005

In the estate of JAMES MUIRHEAD, late of Palm
Beach County in the State of Florida, one of the
States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by ARLEAN P. HORTON-
STRACHAN of Cateret Street in the Southern District
on the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for Resealing of a Grant of an Order of Summary
Administration in the above estate granted to ELAINE
R. COLE, by The Circuit Court for Palm Beach County,
Florida, Probate Division, on the 4th day of March,
A.D., 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JAN. 27, 2005

No. 17/2005

Carmichael Road, New Providence, The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of LAURA AGNES ALBURY
late of Carmichael Road, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RP.O. BOX N-167
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 18/2004

In the estate of STASIA HARRIS, late of Norfolk
County in the State of Massachusetts one of the
State of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by PERICLES ALEXANDER
MAILLIS of Fort Nassau House, Marlborough Street
in the City of Nassau, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law,
is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
Resealed Grant of Probate of Will/Without Sureties
in the above estate granted to MIRIAM HARRIS, the
Executrix by The Trail Court, Probate and Family
Court Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
Norfolk Division on the 25th day of June, 2002.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JAN. 27, 2005

No. 19/2005

Whereas JOHN CASH of Spice Street, Pinewood
Gardens, New Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of GEORGIANA CASH late of Pinewood
Gardens, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be

heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

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BAHAMAS Boat Owners and Sailors Association's (BBOSA) president, Phillip. McPhee shows of his new boat expected to hit the water on April 24th.

Call for youth involvement

in building of regattas

Junior Sports Reporter
THE art of regatta boat build-
ing in the Bahamas might be a
lost talent in the next two years
if the youth don't start getting
involved quickly.
A call is being made by sev-
eral sailors, regatta boat own-
ers and builders in the Bahamas
to the nation's youth to get more
involved in the art.
According to the Bahamas
Boat Owners and Sailors Asso-
ciation's (BBOSA) president,
Phillip McPhee, the involvement
of youth plays a critical role in
the future success of the sport.
McPhee confirmed that there
has been a tremendous growth
in sailing, but the building has
taken a drastic cut.
This week, the Tribune visited
the shop of Aulic Thompson, a
local boat builder who has been
in the business since his teenage
Thompson had five boats in
his yard: the Thunderbird,
Cobra, Tidal Wave and two
smaller boats needing minimal
The Thunderbird and the
Tidal Wave are two of the oldest
boats in the sport, having been
around since 1955.
"I don't build the boats full
time, this is just a part time thing
for me, but it is something I
enjoy doing," said Thompson.
"I really can't tell you how
many boats I can build .in a

"The important thing about
sports is that we need to
develop the youth of our
nation in order for such
traditions to carry on."

Bahamas Boat Owners and
Sailors Association's
president, Phillip McPhee

year's time since I don't build
on a full time basis.
"Building on a part time basis,
it takes me like three to four
months to build these type boats
from scratch.
"When I build, I build so the
boat can last, it is a signature a
reflection of myself. Every boat
has to have a principle, you just
can't build a boat and not know
the end results"
Thompson didn't want to
reveal all of his building meth-
ods and secrets, but is teaching
the art to two younger men
Regatta boats were once used
to transport letters, human car-
go and other miscellaneous
items before the mailboat came
A brand new Thunderbird,
Thompson's latest masterpiece,
will make its debut in the
George Town Regatta, set for
April 24th in Exuma.
The boat, which is. only a
frame right now, will cost the
owner some $20,000 to com-

plete, not including the paint
McPhee, owner of the Thun-
derbird said: "The important
thing about sports is that we
need to develop the youth of
our nation in order for such tra-
ditions to carry on.
"Without youth participation
the sport will not last. In order
for Bahamian sports to last we
must build a rich programme
that will attract the youth to be
"We in the BBOSA have
always been interested in trans-
forming the art where the youth
is interested, in not only sailing
but boat building as well.
"Building a boat is not an easy
task, it is difficult at times and
most young men aren't into
much hard work. But we are
hoping that we can take it to the
level of the schools."
An effort is being made by
the BBSOA to bring the sport
into the schools by early next

Tsunami charity

match ends 2-2

.pledged US$260,000 in aid.
The match began with a minute of silence
* GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany for the victims.
Bernd Schneider and Gerald Asamoah
IN A charity match for the tsunami victims scored for Germany in a leisurely paced first
in south Asia, Germany and an All-Star team half, while Roy Makaay beat Bayern Munich
of foreign players in the Bundesliga played to teammate Oliver Kahn for the All-Stars.
a 2-2 draw Tuesday. eups
Although the 60,000-seat Schalke arena was L.
not full, with about 48,000 fans in attendance, Both teams reshuffled their lineups in the
the German soccer federation (DFB) said the second half and in the 50th, Bundesliga lead-
match would raise about US$5.2 million. co Nuremberg leveled
The money will be used to reconstruct a ing scorer Marek Mintal of Nuremberg leveled
hospital in Bande Aceh, the provincial Indone- the score at 2-2.
sian capital hardest hit in December's disaster, that halfwayinto the second there were scat-
and for other aid projects. that halfway into the s econd there were scat-
Separately, Juergen Klinsmann's team also termed boos.

Local athletes head to

North Andros event

Dr. Keva Bethel Basketball Classic
Sponsored by COB's Student Activities Department

Friday, January 28th

4:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

a9 Saturday, January 29th 9:00 a.m. until
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium

Open Male $100.00
High School Male & Female $70.00

Registration deadline is Thursday, January 27th, 2004

Fo gor nfraion, plasecal;30-491orI0 425

Senior Sports Reporter
LOCAL high school ath-
letes will have another oppor-
tunity to travel to a Family
Island for a track and field
Plans are in the works for
the 18th annual North Andros
High School Invitational Track
and Field event.
It's scheduled for February
11-12 at the Carl Oliver Com-
munity Track and Field Stadi-
um in Nicholl's Town.

At least four schools from
New Providence have
confirmed their participation
along with a school from
the Turks and Cacaos
"The meet is growing and
it's getting better," said Olvin
Rees, the meet director.
"We hope to make this the
marquee event in the Family
"This is, in fact, the biggest
event to be held in Andros,
apart from the regatta, so we

expect that a lot of people will
be attending."
The meet, which follows on
the heels of the LN Coakley
High Invitational in Exuma
the weekend before, is being
sanctioned by the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
It will give the BAAA an
opportunity to take a look at
some of the athletes who will
be eligible to make this year's
Carifta Games team going to
Trinidad & Tobago from
March 24-28.
"We had a lot of athletes
who participated last year.
"We have about eight
schools who participated last
year and we are expecting at
least 12 schools this year,"
Rees projected.
In addition the schools from
Andros, North Andros, Cen-
tral Andros and South Andros,
the schools who have already
confirmed their participation
are RM Bailey, St John's Col-
lege and RN Gomez.
"We're talking to a couple
others this week," Rees
Athletes will get to compete

in the under-15, under-17 and
under-20 boys and girls divi-
sions in events that include the
100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and
3,000 metres, 4 x 100 and 4 x
400 relays, long, high and triple
jumps, discus, javelin and shot
Athletes, however, will not
have the opportunity to com-
pete for points for an overall
team trophy.

Instead, they will compete
for individual medals
(first three finishers) and tro-
phies for being the most out-
standing athletes in each divi-
Certificates and prizes will
also be awarded to any athlete
who breaks an existing meet
"We know that the compe-
tition will be in the under-20
boys division because that
always seems to be the high-
light for all competitions,"
Rees stressed.
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THE dates are set for the most pres-
tigious basketball tournament in the
country for high school boys.
The Hugh Campbell Invitational,
the country's premier basketball tour-
nament has pencilled in February 21st-
28th as the dates for the battle of the
best high school basketball title.
Only 32 teams from throughout the
Bahamas are invited to this notable
tournament, however, only 31 teams to
date have confirmed their participa-
Committee chairperson Alfred
Forbes is still awaiting the confirmation
of North Andros High school Faith
Temple verified their participation ear-
ly yesterday.
He said: "We always try to have at
least 32 teams participate. The late
confirmation from Andros came has
a result of them making prior arrange-
ments to participate in another tour-
nament, so we should have confirma-
tion from them today.
"After watching last year's champi-
onship and the intensity and battle
both teams put forth, I am sure that this
year's games will be great. I mean all
the teams are coming in the tourna-
ment to win, but schools from Freeport
will have more greed in their eyes, as
they try to take the title back to
Since it's inception, the 23rd annual
invitational tournament has sent the
country's young men, coaches and bas-
ketball enthusiasts in a frenzy.
In 2003, Grand Bahama had three
teams in the final four, the only team in
the final four representing a school
from New Providence was CI Gibson
Rattlers were eventually thrown out
by the Catholic High Crusaders, mak-
ing it an all Freeport championship -in
the end the Crusaders went on to win.
However, last year's championships
needed an overtime period to decide
the winners.
The Rattlers, winners of the 2002,
clamped down on the Sir Jack Hay-
ward Jaguars to recapture the title.

This was the sixth title won by a New
Providence team, with the Rattlers
matching the host school, AF Adder-
ley, in taking two titles.
"I am looking for some stiff compe-
' tition from the Family Island teams
and the. private school teams," said
"The competition is going to be
intense from the beginning. We will
have six games on Monday, with the
opening cereTxony on Tuesday.
"As organiser of the tournament,
and the person who actually sets the
teams in the pools, I can tell you that
the games on Monday will be between
-the New Providence base schools and
, we are expecting these games to be
, exciting."
The fancies teams are the Rattlers
from New Providence and Taberna-
cle Falcons from Freeport.
But, there has been a reshuffling in
'the Rattlers' pack, losing big man Giji
Bain and the thrifty point guards Kevin
Wright and Steven Jacques.
SFalcons, although they didn't play
-in the championship round, are bring-
Jing back almost the same squad, with
just a few additions. As are the Jaguars,
who have the top rated point guard in
'the country, Rashad Nesbitt although
they have lost Trevor Williams and-
Barrington Carter.
Forbes added: "Well you kn / this
is the biggest stage for senior bi s and
the championship title will be based
on the coaching staff as well, but you
really can't count out any of the other
teams that didn't make it into the final
four or top eight in last year's champi-
"Remember, government schools
recently started their regular season
play, so most of the teams will have
that cohesiveness, because they won't
have that break.
"But you have to also add the pri-
vate schools, teams like SAC who are
undefeated in their conference. This
is a vast improvement, because when
you look at it, the Big Red Machines
haven't played in this tournament in a
few years, and the last time they did
they were in the mix."
There are some "new kids on the
.block" for New Providence with teams
Like CV Bethel Stingrays, Doris John-
: son Mystic Marlins and St John's Col-
lege in the chase.
The Slingrays are the su se pack-
.age in the Government ondary
School Sporting Associatic GSSSA)
with their recent brilliant I y against
Several of the top seeded teams and
are expected to rise to the
Occasion. St Augustine's College are
this year's pennant winners in the
The venue for the tournament will
be the AF Adderley Junior high gym-
nasium, with the semi-final match-up's
being played at the national gymnasi-
um, Sir Kendal Isaacs.

SAC go up for the basket in yesterday's match against
Queen's College Comets.
(Photo: Felipi MajorTribune staff)

F, m uQSAP

IT WAS a 67-point massacre as
the St Augustine's College Big Red
Machines crushed the Queen's Col-
lege Comets 86-19 yesterday at
Queen's college.
The Big Red Machines, still in
the hunt for Bahamas Association
of Independent Secondary Schools'
junior boys pennant, improved
their third place record to 10-1,
while the Comets are at the bot-
tom of the pile with just one victo-
SAC had this game wrapped up
from the opening minutes of the
first quarter when Laurence
Benoit hit two three-pointers and
scored eight of their first 10
At the end of the period, Benoit
had wracked up a total of 11 points
and Kemmie Hinzey added 10 as
they raced out to an impressive 33-
5 advantage.
It was off to the races, but the
Big Red Machines slowed down a
bit in the second quarter, despite
out-scoring the Comets 22-4 to
snatch a 55-9 halftime lead. Je'-
Vaughn Saunders came up big with
six points, while Tavares Nottage

and Ken Wood Jr. had four apiece
in the period.
With Queen's College barely
able to get the ball over the half-
time court due to some efrant pass-
ing, St. Augustine's College surged
ahead 67-15 at the break.

And, although they scored less
than they did in the first three peri-
ods, the Big Red Machines were
still able to roll away with a 17-4
spurt that sealed the lopsided affair.
"This was an easy game for us, so
I tried to use everybody in the
game," said SAC's coach John
Todd, who ran different line-ups
throughout the game. "I try to
make sure that everybody plays

because I have some kids coming
back next year.
"We could have scored 100
points, but I didn't want to do that.
I wanted to get all of the players
While next year is still far away,
the Big Red Machines will have an
opportunity on Thursday to win
the pennant when they play the
front-running St John's Giants,
who were undefeated going into
their game yesterday.
If St John's stay undefeated
going into Thursday's game and
win, they will claim the pennant.
But if SAC are victorious, they will
have to do so by more than 10
points to win the pennant over Jor-
dan Prince William Falcons.
The Falcons handed SAC their
only loss and they suffered their
only defeat from the Giants.
"When I went to Prince William,
it was just our second game. We
had an easy game before that,"
Todd stressed. "This was an easy
"But we hope to use this to get
ready for St. John's. I haven't seen
them yet, so I don't know what
they look like. But we are going to
walk through our plays and be
ready for them."

Benoit, however, managed to get
a number of second chance oppor-
tunities after his team-mates missed
shots, to finish with a game high
25 points.
Je'Vaughn Saunders, who was a
terror on the board, had 14, along
with Andre Wood Jr., who helped
to start their offensive attack by
striping balls from the Comets.
Tavares Nottage added 12, Kem-
mie Hinzey had 10 and Ken Wood
Jr. chipped in with eight.
Queen's high scorer Billy Allen
scored all seven of his points in the
first two quarters. Adam Miller
contributed his four in the second







'A portrait of the artist'


Before there was
Jason Ayer Ben-
nett, John Cox,
M i c ha e 1
Edwards and
Toby Lunn, there was Kendall
The 68-year-old abstract
expressionist, referred to by
some as the grandfather of
abstraction in the Bahamas,
started creating his non-repre-
sentational paintings at a time
when Jackson Pollock and
Willem de Kooning were just
gaining acceptance in the US,
and in the Bahamas, the idea of
an artist expressing himself
purely through the use of form
and colour was virtually
unheard of.
Hanna has been painting
since he was a schoolboy and is
still painting today almost
;every day.
The stacks of paintings on
paper, sketch pads packed with
drawings and more paintings,
large canvases covering entire
walls, floor to ceiling, and some
smaller ones propped against
make-shift easels are a testa-
*iient to this.
I And his small studio/apart-
.ient in Oakes Field, filled with
'erything art, from blown up
local and international news-
Opaper articles on art, art books,
tpund objects set aside for
_-6me future creation, to a large

photograph of his early days
as an art student and a muffin
pan used as a palette, is a tes-
tament to his dedication to an
art form that is still largely mis-
understood by the Bahamian
art audience and some local
Like many abstractionists,
Hanna started out painting tra-
ditional scenes landscapes,
sloops, etc but working in the
abstract style came natural to
him, he told The Arts in a series
of interviews that started last
"I could always see it, even
when I was preparing a canvas
for a watercolour I would get
to a point and think, this is
complete, when most people
would keep on going," he says.
His frantic lines, bold strokes
and broad marks are unre-
hearsed, aggressive, con-
frontational, but at the same
time peaceful and serene.
They run the gamut in marks
and strokes on a canvas and,
if studied closely, may give the
viewer an insight into Hanna's
personality and life.
He seems obsessed with the
self-portrait, and has created
hundreds of them. Some are
recognisable and others are
coming from a place that only
he knows of. For Hanna, the
self portrait is not about cap-
turing the physical likeness. It
is a study of himself, of his
mind, his experiences.

* 'A PORTRAIT of The Artist' a
"self portrait" by Kendall Hanna

Together, the self-portraits
create a narrative a pro-
longed stream of consciousness
- that reflects a troubled and
tormented condition, one
which seems can only be cured
by the act of painting.
The juxtaposition of his bold
strokes and delicate lines
express joy and pain at the
same time, creating a yin and
yang effect that speaks to the
human condition in all of us.
Hanna, the son of Leonard
Johnson (deceased), a drum-
mer for the Freddy Munnings
band, first became interested
in becoming an artist as a
young boy.
He would often see Hilder-
garde Hamilton an easel
painter who regularly visited
the Bahamas capturing Old
Nassau's quaint streets on can-
vas as he walked to and from
Sunnyridge, where his mother
worked as a housekeeper.
Today, one of Hamilton's pret-
ty paintings, surrounded by an
ornate frame, sits neatly on an
easel in Hanna's studio as a
pleasant reminder of his youth
- a strong contrast to the work
it is surrounded by. Hanna
traded one of his pieces with a
local art dealer to acquire the
piece by Hamilton, who he
refers to as an influence and
He was working at Customs
when a young muralist from
Florida caught him doo-

dling...they got talking, and it
was at this point that his inter-
est in working on a large scale
was born.
At the age of 20, he was one
of the first Bahamians recruit-
ed by David Rawnsley who
came to Nassau to set up a
branch of London's Chelsea
Pottery, where Max Taylor,
Brent Malone and Eddie Min-
nis all got their start. Each
apprentice had his own job -
some were throwers, some did
firing. Malone and Hanna were
the first to do painting and
Hanna had always dreamed
of enrolling in art school. When
Chelsea Pottery was closed, he
went to New York City with
the intention of attending the
Artists League, but things did
not work out as planned.
After weeks of soaking up
the art scene in New York City,
Hanna returned home and
after a difficult period that left
him virtually incapacitated, he
started to paint again.
"It was like I had to learn
how to paint all over again,"
he recalls.
Not long after, with the
encouragement of concerned
friends, he exhibited some of
his paintings in the National
Arts and Crafts Festival, where
he met a woman he describes



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as his "one true love". Once
she returned home abroad he
would never hear from her
again, but it's an experience
that Hanna puts into his work,
like many others that have
found their way onto his can-
vases, paper, sketch books and
In the early 1990s he lost a
lot of his work in a fire. And in
1992 Hanna had a one-man
show at the Central Bank Art
He has not held a solo exhi-
bition since, but continues to
work, almost as if making up
for lost time.
The conditions that he
works under may not be ideal,
but Hanna appears unfazed.
He must find time to fit in
painting around his caretaking
duties for the property on
which he lives, among other
challenges. And recalls the
days when it was not unusual
for him to work through the
night, from 6pm t, 6am.
He says that he is guided by
the painting, and not the other
way around. "I work when I
am called to work. I wait for
the feeling, and then I work."
Hanna has been working on
one of the large canvases now
pinned up on his wall for more

than 14 years, a "meditative
process" that started in 1990.
His plan was to work on the
piece once a month until the
year 2000, and then exhibit it.
He finally finished the untitled
piece last year.
Most of his paintings don't
take quite as long to complete,
but all express something from
within, he says. "Because
what's on the inside is defi-
nitely different from what's on
the outside."
You won't find Kendall
Hannas hanging in many local
homes among the more well-
known Bahamian artists, but
in recent years his paintings
have been selected for both
National Exhibitions at the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, and serious collec-
tors of abstract art have started
to take notice.
Chief Curator of the Nation-
al Art Gallery of the Bahamas,
Erica James, had this to say
about Hanna in her essay for
last year's NE2 exhibition:
"Cultural icon Kendall Hanna
continues to astound with
works such as 'Inner Light'
and 'D'Aguilar 2' (selected for
the NE2). Hanna's ability to
simultaneously transport a raw
feral energy to his paintings

while at the same time mak-
ing his lines sing in a scintillat-
ing tenor should be studied by
Bahamian artists working in
all medias and genres in search
of soul."
When criticised for his work
not being Bahamian, Hanna
had this to. say several years
ago: "Being creative doesn't
lend itself to being Bahamian,
it has to do with being an artist,
being a human being."
If you ask him today, he Will
tell you the same thing. He
makes no apologies, and if you
challenge him, he can defend
his work with well-informed
references and an obvious
knowledge of his craft. His
humble manner should not be
mistaken for a lack of under-
One day soon, Hanna says
that he hopes to have another
one-man show, this time fea-
turing only self-portraits.
Hanna's journey as an artist
has not been a smooth nor
easy one, but one thing is clear
from taking a close look at his
work, it comes from a place
that is real. He is not painting
to get ready for a show or to
see how much he can get for
the next piece. He is painting
because he has to.

* KENDALL Hanna, an abstract expressionist, makes
strong use of colour in this untitled piece.


When Your Cough

Medicine Is All

Choked Up

M ONE of many self portraits by Kendall Hanna. Hanna's portraits are not about the
representation of a physical likeness, but more about expressing what is within.


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The Dawn Davies Collection @
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Teacher's 'freespirits' wins

National Poetry Competition

1st place entry

By Francine McKenzie
Freespirits ...

Write, those soulful lines of
your past
Till your fingers buckle
Like your forefathers'
In scorching Caribbean sun

Write, till your knuckles
grow ragged
Weathered like theirs
Reaching, searching under
coral reefs'
For another man's feast
Diving for conch and craw-
Spears pointed at their

Squeeze the pen tight
Like they squeezed
machetes, heavy
Swinging across miles of
plantain and cane fields
Beaten w ips tearing
bronzed flesh
Afri-can Kings, princes
Uttered not a sound
But saved their strength
To teach their sons to be
learned men
And salute true freedom
'Cause freedom of mind, a
hard lesson
Was learned deep in the
dank belly of cargo ships
Groaning in misery at
every lurch
Spewing weak limbs
For unrelenting waters to
No watery graves of Negro
spirituals there

Pound your fists into the
Make the page cry out

For mothers who dug their
fists into dull earth
Hearts of stone, eyes of
Minds flung'free from
Captives who scarred their
Afri-can Ama-zons, ama-
: Uttered not a sound
But saved their strength
To teach their daughters
To rise forward in grace
'Cause grace, true grace
Rises up, slowly in %whis-
pered spirits

Write, till sweat pours from
your fingertips
Like s" eat from the tem-
ples of young boys
Scrambling to escape that
cursed li ing

Don't lose your grip on the
Testify for those who lost
their grip on life
When masters Irampled on
them, their dignity crushed
Their pleas for freedom
scorned, and mocked

Claim your freedom, write
of freedom
Write to free them
Let your lines sing with
A formidable chorus line
Like tribal lines,
Unbroken spirits
Keeping time
Write to honour history
Write to shape a new story.

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By Pamela Moultrie
Sweet Emancipation

The aqua sea in its untamed
beauty rolls o'er he sand
And golden sun pours liquid
light o'er the free land

On the green slopes.our
mansions rest in lush greenery
While the gleaming sea
below sleeps peacefully.
In our suburban and low-
cost homes alike
The automated security
lights blink off.
Inside, we yawn and rise,
Proud owners.
Then, doors locked and
hired immigrants in place,
We're free to leave.
All this 'we've gained
because of
Sweet emancipation.

Why must I get up from this
shack that I call 'home'.
First empty slops, then clean
the Mistress' room?
Mind all her children, leaving'
mine alone
To toil in bakin' sun, wit'
nothing' to call their own?
Oh, I long for sweet emanci-

At this hour the only pedes-
trians are those fast in pursuit
Of freedom from obesity.
Costly footwear slaps the
Behind a jogger bounds a
A walker, expensive pug
clutched to her protective
chest, flinches away.
Passing a park, we glimpse
two nubile girls practising
Propelled by dreams of our
Golden Girls
Securely seat-belted in our
vehicles, cell-phones pressed to
We snail-drive in traffic to
schools throughout the land,
Kiss our off-spring, put
breakfast and lunch money in
their hands,
Then inch on to work, to
labour in
Sweet emancipation.

Freedom calls me, but
answer it I can't.
Where could I run, with sea
all 'round me in this little land?
Against dogs trained to rip
my flesh, what could I do?

How could I leave? Where
would I live? Where could I
Yet I long for sweet emanci-'

We join long car lines that
snake around fast food restau-
Liberated from the kitchen,
We wait patiently in the cool
expanse of air-conditioned
'Later we toil, some willingly
enslaved to gruelling work..
The price of freedom is high,
And the credit card is a
demanding boss!.
On our lunch-break we snail-
pace back to schools,
Collect our children, then
slow journey home,
Trailing jitneys crammed
with carefree, clamorous youth
Celebrating their temporary
freedom from the classroom's
We pray for patience,
And back to work we drive,
to fulfil the duties of
Sweet emancipation.

Why mus' I live this life of
How long mus' I endure this
When will I write my own
dark history?
When will my God end this
brute slavery?
Dear Jesus, how I long for
sweet emancipation.

At evening-time, strapped in
our cars, homeward we turn.
Outside a mail a Rastafarian
Voice lifted in praise to Jah.
Ten feet away, a small band
of Jehovah's people pass out
Witnessing to the wary.
The voice of a street-corner
evangelist reverberates,
Jubilant in night-time praise
and worship,
Singing of sanctity in a sin-
sick land.
Safe in our homes, we sit,
sated by heavy meals.
Large-screened televisions
Through sleep alone comes
Sweet emancipation.

The aqua sea in its night
beauty laps at the sand
And golden moon pours liq-
uid light o'er the free land.

Francine McKenzie
knows what firsts
are all about. She
won first place in
the first National
Poetry Competition to offer a
cash prize, the first time she
McKenzie, 33, a teacher at
the Centre for the Deaf, has
been writing since she was 13
years old, but never consid-
ered entering a poetry compe-
tition until the details of the
contest were announced late
last year.
"My friends would always
ask me why I was hiding my
work from everyone," she
But what prompted McKen-
zie to enter this year's contest
was one of the suggested
themes 166 years of emanci-
pation from slavery.

By Valerie Knowles

African Nemesis

Cunning, marauding oceans
ferry' Abused Human Rights
Cruise' wailing, flailing along.
Guarding below deck and standard,
precious, gold, black cream of crop.
shackled, yet free, entrenched in stench
of proud African manhood-fatherhood
congealed in waste to the waist,
.surviving the Middle Passage
To Nowhere.

Castrating nightmares soil my bed.
My 'Can't-marry' wife embraced,
swollen, legitimately placed
in Massa's lewd waist and zipper.
Legal lynching pens strip and whip
my children's mind of family;
Thousands born, torn, inspected,
S e, untii ld. to bleed and breed
' 'as,1hte throw his Middle Passage

1848-Deceit screamed 'Freed'
to roam tor my-children.
Fear! Hold Still Fear!
Must position my face
in Time and Space
So my children could see me,
Recognise me
For their legacy survives in me
A carefully guarded Title to
a path out of Nowhere

-Freed feet touch land: 1900's a quick
Her Majesty's bonds arrive to greet me.
Quick! I and I drop, roll, disguising I
Hiding I soul, hoping my people

Her winning poem (see this
page), a homage to her
African ancestors, was inspired
by last year's slaveship exhibi-
tion at the Pompey Museum,
she says.
"Freespirits...", she explains,
speaks specifically to writers
and aspiring writers who are
interested in their ancestral
McKenzie advises writers to
draw from their ancestors'
pain, when writing.
Her influences include
African-American author and
poet Maya Angelou and local
poets Obediah Smith and
Michael Pintard.
"I am just in awe," she told
The Arts. "I owe it all to God.
Without God I would have
never gotten to this point."
Her future writing plans
include working to publish her

poems, now that she's received
some encouragement and is
ready to branch out.
She is also encouraging oth-
er writers to enter the poetry
Although this year's compe-
tition offered a cash prize for
the first time, $1,000, entries
were down from last year.
Competition organizers were
hoping that by offering a cash
prize, more, and better, writers
would be encouraged to come
The second and third place
winners Pamela Moultrie
and Valerie Knowles, respec-
tively did not receive cash
awards. The winners received
their awards, in the form of a
plaque, during a special cere-
mony at Government House.
The judges, writer, poet and
director Michael Pintard;

still recognize me.
Signalling my children,
I flee
Union Jack's wedding to UBP
Cause, no seat for me
at That Table.

Awe! Whash-ga lash! Brigga-Dum-
Mace-fling lickin' Burma Road Drum.
Title Erupt-Us! Democracy rushin'
Quiet-bloodless- revolution shaking sil-
ver bells
and Spoons from Mouths, biting, ban-
Her Majesty's food-hand that painfully.
rises from The Table in futile haste
to hold gold, black crop
in place in the Middle Passage
to Nowhere.

Cool, crystal-clear oceans watch
My Titled Boys with full decks, at The.,
Table.- 3 '- ."
playing and paying debts to a people
long owed three Aces and a King.
Slam! Medicine MAN with artist MAN
Pulling lawyer MAN and vendor MAN
with fender
up in dozens from grassroots floor
and families cheer, share, prayer
without care
for their Title.

Loaded Deck and Dice
put Ingraham in game with Flame for
Till Perry-Ping scorch FlAmin' Torch
with church Tongue an ting.
Prison sirens screaming,'Greed'
yuck political sheep from sleep.
God Almighty this, can't be real,
four bus loads black, gold cream of

author Vera Chase; and Min-
istry of Culture finance officer
Jewel Dean, ranked the poems
in five areas for a maximum
of 100 points 25 points for
use of language and appropri-
ate word choice in conveying
their intent; 25 points for clar-
ity, concept and cohesiveness;
25 points for figurative lan-
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take to the stage, along with KB, Blessed and a surprise artist, to
be revealed at the concert. But it's not really "a night of love type
thing", club manager, Gregory Major is clear to point out. The
concert, however, will be incorporated into the grand opening of the club, which he
believes is a "destination".
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Naughty crac.

'his unique

brand of comedy' worldwide

Tribune Feature Writer

B ahamian come-
dian and all-
around funny-
man, Naughty,
as he prefers to
be called, is carrying his unique
brand of comedy around the
world, representing his mixed
heritage, and putting the
Bahamas on the comedy map.
Fresh off a 2004 US tour
which made stops at Kentucky,
West Virginia, Alabama,
Georgia, Florida, North Car-
olina and Las Vegas, among
other states, Naughty is now
preparing to go on another
comedy tour this year. This
time he will be out of town for
20 weeks.
Though we've heard his
voice on More 94, then
100JAMZ in the past and seen
him give hilarious stand-up at
Jokers Wild Comedy Club at
Atlantis, where he is the house
comic, Naughty is still one of
those Bahamian personalities
that seem to elude the getting-
to-know. Bahamians have
some clue of who he is, but few
actually take comedy seriously.
'Naughty' was born Inigo
Zenicazelaya but later took on
Naughty Niggs when he
became a radio personality at
More FM. When he moved to
JAMZ, he dropped the Niggs,
and stuck with Naughty.
As a young child growing up,
he knew that he had a love for
comedy or better yet, was
"hooked" on it when he
would listen to his grandfa-
ther's forbidden party records
by comedians Red Fox,
Richard Prior and George Car-
lin, then boldly confesses that
he had done it.
Honing those skills, he went
on to learn from Bahamian
Sfunn\men like Ed Fields. Greg
Lampkin on the commercials:
and Dr Keith Wisdom, %ho he
views as one of Nassau's most
versatile local comedians as
far stretched as it seems, from
the straight-laced Cablel2 per-
sonality that we have come to
"Keith Wisdom happens to
have, I think, one of the most
brilliant comedy minds there
is as far as putting jokes togeth-
er and writing comedy. And if
ya'll know Keith, sometimes
he comes across all cool and
composed and all laid back,
but trust me, he has some good
material," Naughty adds.
It was mostly international
comedians that helped
Naughty to polish up his skills
on stage though. And while
some of his mentors are
famous faces seen in sitcoms,
Naughty believes that the fun-

* YOU just have to laugh at Bahamian comedian "Naughty" (clockwise from bottom
left), who is fresh off a tour across the United States which made stops at Kentucky, West
Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Las Vegas, among other states.

niest comics are the ones doing
traditional stand-up, since
these jokes are often scaled
down and made-for-TV.
"The more of you that you

sell, the better your jokes will
be because in your comedy
you have like stock jokes,
which are everyday jokes, but
the way I decorate it and pre-
sent it may be different from
the way another comic pre-
sents it. Basically, it's the same
jokes, same punch line, but
with a different set up," says
Every good comic needs to
keep some stock jokes in his
presentation to use as fillers,
says Naughty, but he tries to
eliminate them from his reper-
toire, as far as possible. There
is the occasional filler that is
needed to recover from a
bombed joke.
He explains: "Sometimes
when it don't go off, I just keep
going man. You missed it.
There's a little tag I use that
breaks the ice with that too.
I'll tell 'em: Ya' know, these
jokes are time released. You
may not catch 'em now, but
tomorrow at breakfast, they'll
kick you right in the butt. And
it gets them over the hump...a
little something to put in there
to get you to the next topic."
Getting over a bombed joke
can be embarrassing, if not
devastating, especially in front
of a tough crowd that is not
shy about letting you know
that the joke didn't go too well.
The trick, says Naughty, is not
to make it, so obvious.
"Just have a plan B. That's
how I try to do. I know that
these three bits work. I try to
open strong, and I try to close
strong. Now, the key to it (is
,that) if you gat a great opening
and a great close, you can
make a living in the middle.
So in the middle is where you
try to work different bits, or
you put bits that you are work-
ing on that may not get a
Next to filler jokes, comedy

is basically all about venting,
says Naughty. One part of his
routine is expressing his frus-
tration over being strip-
searched at US airports. "If
something bothers you as a
comic, you take it on stage.
You get it out there. You work
it out. And before you know it,
it's a joke. So when you are in
the airport and you are getting
strip searched, you're just
laughing at it because it's more
material for your joke."

This year, Naughty will con-
tinue to do what he does best,
that is make people laugh.
Being from the Bahamas,
where he is arguably the only
comic performing on such an
international scale, Naughty
says that foreign crowds see
him as a novelty. "It's good
because people know about
the Bahamas. Every town I
go in, I turn on any cable chan-
nel, they got the commercial
for Atlantis. They gat the com-
mercial for the Bahamas...So
when I get on stage people say,.
'he's from the Bahamas', so
I'm a novelty. They want to
listen, and I have their ear.
And it works for me. It's a
great hook. It's a great way to
push where I'm from, to pro-
mote the Bahamas, and ya
know, you have to be proud
of who you are," says Naughty.
And what's his winning
"My strategy is that I get on
my horse and I ride. I hit you
early with a joke, and if I get
you laughing at that, I keep it
coming. And I don't give you a
chance to recover. So that's the
way I like to do it.
"Other comics, they work

"Keith Wisdom happens to
have, I think, one of the most
brilliant comedy minds there is as.
far as putting jokes together and
writing comedy. And if ya'll know
Keith, sometimes he comes across
all cool and composed and all laid
back, but trust me, he has some
good material."
Bahamian comedian Naughty

The first gig Naughty ever
did was in the Stardome of
Birmingham, Alabama, one of
the largest comedy clubs in the
United States and he admits
that he was "lucky". With its
700 seats full that night,
Naughty has something to brag
about, seeing that he is a com-
ic who has recently (as of three
years ago) gone international.
He also did Jacksonville, Flori-
da with international funny-
man Tony Rock, at a 400-seat

the stage they sit down they
do this. Me? I got a limited
amount of time, and I've got a
lot of things to say. I'm trying
to say as much as I can in that
time," the comedian explains.
According to Naughty, the
mistake that many comedians
make is not to continuously
work on their material. The
"big problem" and the "mis-
conception" that people have,
he says, is that when someone
gives them a compliment on
how funny their presentation

was, they don't "'expand" on
that. "Meaning that, they don't
ask why I'm funny, or how I
got to be funny, or what made
what I said funny. Sometimes
you gatta examine what makes
you funny," he adds.
Originality is also a major
issue when it comes to comedy,
says Naughty. He feels that
many up-and-coming comedi-
ans watch a lot of BET's Com-
ic View, take jokes from these
and other television shows, and
mimic the performances they
"I think it's about the more
original you could be, and the
more originality that there is,"
he adds. "That's why with Vivi-
ca (Watkins), I applaud her
because she's doing the 'Mega
B' thing. And it's a good bit.
It's a good catch, and nobody
on this island could do that
because there's only one Vivi-
ca... So that's kind of how I
feel as far as when it comes to
being a comic, you gatta want
to do it. You can't just wake up
one day and say they thought I
was funny last night you know,
you gatta pay your dues."
This is the drive, says
Naughty, that allows a come-
dian to have some not-so-fun-
ny nights, and still consider
himself to be a comedian.
"...You gatta know that there
are nights when you go out
there, and nobody in the room
may like you at all. You got to
be able to tell yourself, it's not
you, you are still funny. It's
them," he notes.
With all of these notes to
commit to memory, it seems
that comedy is so scientific, but
Naughty says that it's not as
difficult once a comedian com-
mits to being himself on stage.
It may even be the secret to
comedic success.,
Most importantly, however,
he is willing to work along with
any young person who feels
that comedy is a career that
they would like to pursue.
"As far as the young people
here, I think that we have
potential because if you were
to ask me six years ago if I
would've been doing comedy
for six years, and travelling I
would've told you no. I'd say
no man I'm a radio man, or
I'm a TV dude. But this is what
it is.
"So if people believe in
themselves they should get a
notebook, and every time
somebody says 'hey you're fun-
ny, that was funny', write it
down, and try to incorporate
it into a joke, into their life,"
Naughty suggests.

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Jamaican reggae artist I-Wayne

to drop tunes in 'grand style'

Tribune Feature Writer

Fans of conscious
reggae music were
disappointed last
weekend when
scheduled artist, I-
Wayne out of Jamaica didn't
show up at Club Eclipse for
the well-publicised concert.
But according to promoters,
when the artist does come to
town, the concert will be held
in a much grander style.
Nassuvians should clear their
calendars for the night of Feb-
ruary 18, and Grand Bahama
residents, for February 19,
since that is'when I- Wayne
will come to the Bahamas,
according to Cyclone Enter-
tainment of Freeport and Mia-
mi Link out of Florida, the
promotion companies who
joined forces to secure the
artist for Nassau last Friday.
According to head of
Cyclone, Preston Kyle Stuart,
I-Wayne could not make it on
Friday night because of an ill-
"He performed at Rebel
Salute (Jamaica's biggest reg-
gae event) a week before the
show was going to be. He start-




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ed getting migraines. What
happened was, he was dehy-
drated and he passed out (on)
the Thursday night before he
was supposed to come Friday
morning," Stuart told Tribune
. Being a rastafarian, I-Wayne
opted to get back to strength
"slowly but naturally", as
opposed to taking an IV or
pills, Stuart claims.
As far as current plans go,
the concert will still be held at
Club Amnesia in Freeport. But
promoters are considering
moving to a larger venue in
Nassau, to accommodate the
large crowd that is expected.
Also, this time around, tick-
ets will be pre-sold. It will be
much better, says Stuart,
because they will add one or
two more artist to the ticket.
Stuart says that he did not
initially expect so many peo-
ple were interested in seeing
I-Wayne perform. But after
Friday's concert did not go off
as planned, he realized that the
interest was there.
But Stuart says that he can
understand why the artist is so
popular. Thanks to the hit sin-
gles, 'Can't Satisfy Her', and
'Living in Love', which are
both in heavy rotation on local
radio stations now.
"The things he talks about
are things that happen every-
day things that people over-
look because they don't want
to accept reality. 'Can't Satisfy
Her' is about a young girl
forced into prostitution. That's
all she knows, that's how to
make money. By the time she
was 13 she was in a strip club
dancing. 'Living in Love'-
that's another song he did just
watching different things that
happen in the world. Why
don't people just go and farm
the land, rather than just going
and fighting over land and oil
and this and that? It could be."
simple as to just live,in love, "
he says.
Born Clifford Taylor in Port-
more, Jamaica, I-Wayne start-
ed to develop his talent at the
age of five. Now a 24-year-old
singer, the artist has come into
the spotlight, and joins the line-
up of conscious singers who
have hit the international stage
with their Jamaican sound.
As a student at Greater
Portmore High School, I-
Wayne became serious about
his craft and joined a group
called Vibes Machine, which
consisted of singers and DJs.
The group was successful,
receiving great reviews from
patrons and the local Jamaican
New kid on the block to the
world, I-Wayne has already

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made himself known in his
hometown Jamaica as a popu-
lar addition to Jamaica's Cac-
tus and Asylum nightclubs.
After appearing at these shows
as a member of the Vibes
Machine, he fell into being a
soloist by chance when the rest
of his band mates arrived late
one night.
Forced to perform alone, his
solo presentation was well
received, sparking his solo
He began working with
sound systems Diamond
Cruise and The Legend, and
later co-produced and per-

formed at an annual Gar-
veymeade community show,
held on December 24 in
Having grown up in the
community of Garveymeade,
I-Wayne watched as the annu-
al event achieved its tenth year
featuring performances by
Frisco Kid and Baby Wayne
as part of the line up, only to
later share the stage with per-
formers such as Sizzla, Antho-
ny B and Cobra at these con-
Even though I-Wayne has
yet to release an album, he is
already creating a buzz in the

industry. In 2004, I-Wayne's
hard work on the low key
scene paid off with the suc-
cessful solo release of 'Can't
Satisfy Her', released on the
Loyal Soldier label. His fol-
low-up, 'Living In Love', is also
enjoying popularity.
I-Wayne landed a record
deal with VP Records, and his
album is expected to drop lat-
er this year.
But before that, Bahamian
audiences will get an opportu-
nity to see for themselves the'
new Jamaican that every ody
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MOVIE remakes are npth-
ing new literally. Since the
golden age of Hollywood,
many directors have fancied
their chances of "re-imagin-
ing" someone else's work and
giving it a modem spin.
And, to be honest, I really
don't have an issue with an
obscure little number getting
a big budget makeover.
A whole host of foreign
language films such as Ringu
,The Ring), Open Your Eyes
(Vanilla Sky) and La.Jet&e (12
Monkeys) have had the H1ol-
lywood treatment with rea-
sonable success in recent
years, and given mainstream
audiences a taste of some-
thing unusual.
But, as those who suffered
Tim Burton's Planet of the
Apes will testify, there's a
downside to the remake con-
cept, and the coming year is a
prime example of exactly that.
The year 2005 sees Assault
on Precinct 13, King Kong,
War of the Worlds, The
Longest Yard, Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, The Pro-
ducers and Guess Who's
Coming to Dinner hit our
screens again with new direc-
tors, stars and, no doubt,
some silly computer graphics.
plastered all over the place.
The problem is th.t, while
most of these movies were of
reasonable quality the first
time around, some of them
(King Kong, The Producers)
are bona fide classics leave
them alone!
Theses types of remakes
represent the very worst ele-
ments of movie-making today
- lack of originality for the
sake of a quick buck.
With a remake, producers
have a premise that's already
in the public psyche there-
fore bypassing the need for a,
sense of intrigue and the hope
that the potential movie-goer
will bite.
They also know that the
story is solid enough to have
worked the first time so, by
flinging in a couple of Adam
Sandlers, it will work with a
new audience right?
Of course it will.
But what kind of cinematic
legacy is this generation of
movie makers leaving
Think of the seventies, with
great auteurs such as
Scorcese, Coppola and Alt-
man at the peak of their pow-
ers; the eighties with early
Spielberg and low-budget
Carpenter doing their thing;
and the nineties, with Taran-
tino heading the rise in inde-
pendent cinema. All great
periods in motion picture his-
3o we really want to
r.aember filmmakers in the
early 21st century as the
remake generation?
I don't andI don't believe
for a second that the ideas
aren't out there for new and
original movies t'o be made.
People will always go to the
cinema so let's give them
something new.

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