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 Section B: Business
 Section B: Sports

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Publication Date: January 28, 2005
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    Section A: Main: Out There
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    Section A: Main continued
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    Section B: Business
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Volume: 101 No.55



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Residents attempt to :

hinder police access

THE atmosphere remained
tense in Nassau Village yester-
day, as some residents of the
area invited a "war" between
the police and the constituen-
Residents constructed for
themsehnes makeshift barricades
of rubble to hinder police access
to their community while police,
as well as two members of par-
liament, attempted to bring the
heated situation under control.
When The Tribune visited the
area yesterday afternoon in the
aftermath of Wednesday night's
melee, which left three civilians
with gun shot wounds not
two dead as reported in Thurs-
day's Tribune numerous
angry residents gathered around
the scene of the shooting and
threatened the police with vio-
Police Commissioner Paul
Farquharson, accompanied by
a large number of senior police
officials, went to Nassau Village
to try to calm down tempers.
He tried to assure residents that
a full police investigation would
take place and asked people
with any information or con-
cerns to come forward.
However, the crowd of resi-
dents once again became agi-
tated, screaming at the police,
accusing them of treating the
residents like criminals, and
using excessive force.
One resident shouted: "The
police dem treat us like dogs,
they just came up and was like:
'Everyone, up against the
wall'." Others shouted their

own version of what happened
and voiced their displeasure
with the police.
The shouting eventually
drowned out Commissioner
Farquharson, who stopped try-
ing to address the crowd at this
He told The Tribune that he
had come to the area, to. talk
with the residents to try and
restore calm, but said obviously
tempers were still raw. He said
that there appeared to be two
or three boisterous people who
were making it impossible to
talk with the otherwise orderly
crowd. Therefore, he said,
police would try to hold indi-
vidual sessions with residents.
Mr Farquharson added that
police would remain a constant
presence in the area until the
situation appeared to be com-
pletely calm. However, he said
police would not be enforcing a
One female resident rushed
to show a bruise on her back
which she said happened after
she was struck by police. Others
begged a reporter not to let the
police cover up the story, but
said, "Y'all report the truth."
At the scene there were more
than 100 police officers alter-
natively dressed in camouflage,
riot gear and police uniform,
guarding the area.
According to eye-witnesses
the initial riot, which had police
and civilians opening fire on
each other, began as a conse-
quence of a traffic accident that
had escalated out of control.
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Accusations levelled at the

police 'will be investigated'

Tribune Staff Reporter
ANY accusations of miscon-
duct levelled at police officers
involved in the Nassau Village
riot on Wednesday night will
be fully investigated, Assistant
Commissioner Reginald Fer-
guson said yesterday.
He denied that police failed
to follow through with inquiries
into a similar incident in
According to 16-year-old
eye-witness Guyanne Simeus,
the disturbance in Nassau Vil-
lage was sparked by police,
who hurled verbal abuse at her
father, gun-butted her twice in
the. head and fired on her
brother as he stepped out of
the crowd holding a two-year-
old child.
The witness said officers also
ordered an ambulance crew
not to transport the injured
man to hospital when it arrived
on the scene.
"If anybody alleges that an
officer misbehaved or con-
ducted himself improperly on
the scene and that matter is
reported as well, that also will
be investigated," Mr Ferguson

The assistant commissioner
refuted the suggestion that
police never concluded inves-
tigations into the conduct of
officers during the riot in the
Kemp Road area in December,
That incident broke out after
a 27-year-old unarmed man
was shot by police.
Mr Ferguson said police
investigated the conduct of the
officers involved in that inci-
dent and had passed the matter
on to the courts.

"The police have nothing to
do with that, it is before the
judiciary," he said, pointing out
that "how fast the courts go or
how slow the courts go is not
contingent on the police."
Mr Ferguson said the fact
that the matter is before the
courts "means the police did
their job, and we put it where it
could be further aired and fur-
ther determination could be
Speaking about the Nassau
Village incident, Mr Ferguson
said he could not comment on
the version of events given by
Ms Simeus.

* POLICE speak to residents in.NassauVillage yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)

"I cannot confirm of deny
'what that person told you at
this stage in the game," he said.
Mr Ferguson urged everyone

with information on the mat-
ter "to come forward quickly,
because we have an investiga-
tion going on as to what tran-

spired up there."
According to MP for the
area Kenyatta Gibson, Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt

has been notified about the
incident, and has pledged to
investigate the matter "thor-

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Tribune Staff Reporter
A STUDENT appeared in juvenile court
yesterday charged with unlawfully carrying
arms. The boy aged 14 was accused of carry-
ing a cutlass in his knapsack at school.
. Police allege he was found with the cut-
lass on Monday as The Tribune's headline
pointed to the heightened level of violence
and the fear of teachers at a Nassau school.
The prosecuting officer in this case is
expected to reveal the results of that matter
Meanwhile, in other court news:
Two men were remanded to Fox Hill
Prison after being arraigned before Magis-
trate Maralyn Meers on armed robbery and
receiving charges.
Anthony Miller, 27, and Edwin Rolle, 43,
both of Step Street, were accused of using a
handgun on Thursday, January 20, to rob
Jeffrey Archer.
Mr Archer told police he was held at gun-
point and robbed of a 1993 blue Toyota Cam-
ry belonging to Deborah Rolle.
They were also charged with receiving, or

being found in possession of the vehicle,
between January 20 and 22.
The men were remanded and a prelimi-
nary inquiry begins on April 14.
From the drugs court:
Two men lost in their bid to have their case-
withdrawn. NMagistrate Carolita Bethel reject-
ed the no-case submission of Sherlin Wood-
side and Edison Higgs and ruled that their tri-
al will begin on Februar) 24.
They are charged with conspiracy to pos-
sess with the intent to supply and conspiracy
to import both cocaine and marijuana into the

Woodside, represented by attorney Willie
Moss, and Higgs, who represented himself,
tried to convince Magistrate Bethel that there
was not enough evidence for the prosecutors
to make a case against them. They will now
have to prepare to defend themselves against
the charges.
The Crown is represented by lawyers from
the Attorney General's office Edmund
Turner and Vernal Woodside.

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Tempers flare in aftermath

of riot in Nassau Village

Tribune Staff Reporter
remained a "heated area" yes-
terday as tempers flared over
police handling of Wednesday
night's riot.
Angry residents gathered at
the scene of Wednesday's
shootings and rolled a garbage
dumpster to block one end of
the street. Many piled rocks, old
car batteries, wooden planks,
and other debris to hinder
access to the area.
While The Tribune was inter-
viewing residents, police offi-
cers travelling in two squad cars
passed by, and obscenities were
hurled at them.
"Let them come back. They
better bring more bullets this
time 'cause I want to kill some
of them. If they want a war then
they could have one," said one
It was apparent that the over-
all tension and anger had not
subsided, with residents hin-
dering traffic and waiting for

what they felt was the
"inevitable return" of the police
According to witnesses, a
squad car which later returned
to the scene had an officer
inside holding a gun who waved
it in a "jeering" manner at peo-
ple lining the streets. "t"
As a result, rocks were hurled
at the vehicle, which sped off.
When The Tribune arrived at
the scene again, all access to the
street was blocked and a
makeshift blockade from
the night before was still smok-
Wednesday's riot occurred
shortly after 7pm and, according
to several witnesses, was the
result of a traffic accident which
escalated out of control.
Police were called when an
elderly Haitian woman was
struck by a vehicle. Two motor-
cycle officers arrived to investi-
According to witnesses, a
Haitian man, identified as a Mr

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MARATHON MP Ron Pinder certainly
gets full marks for standing tall in the House
of Assembly on Wednesday and apologising
to the nation for violating the "rules and reg-
ulations of the airport."
Mr Pinder has taken his humiliation for his
unacceptable behaviour with dignity. He has
made no excuses, added no qualifications to
his breach of the rules, and thought it better
not to hide behind the spineless "miscom-
munication" alibi.
On Thursday, January I S. NM1r Pinder, par-
liamentary secretary in the Ministry of
Health and Environment, was booked to fly
by US Air to Washington, where, with par-
liamentary secretary John Carey (MP-
Carmichael), he was to represent the
Bahamas at the inauguration of President
George Bush.
In his own words, Mr Pinder admits he
"boarded the flight for Washington through
the VIP lounge unaccompanied by protocol
officers instead of through the US Customs
and Immigration boarding area." This, he
rightly said, "was a violation of rules and reg-
ulations of the airport."
In other words he had boarded without
his passport having been stamped by US
Immigration. He 'also avoided all the air-
port's electronic security checks, aiid when
the flight attendant did the head count in the
aircraft and checked her manifest, she found
she had one passenger too many. Had she
been negligent in following security proce-
dure, there could have been very serious con-
sequences for both the airline and the staff. It
would have meant even greater embarrass-
ment for Mr Pinder if US authorities had
had to have escorted him off the plane on its
arrival in Washington.
Instead US Air had to taxi back to the ter-
minal at Nassau International Airport where
Mr Pinder was taken off. He caught a later
flight to Washington.
If the plane had continued its flight with
Mr Pinder on board, US Air could have been
heavily fined, and all staff connected with
clearing passengers for take-off on that par-
ticular flight would have been fired.
A correct traffic count is not only impor-
tant on international flights, but also on local
carriers. Security aside, the manifest must
have the correct number of passengers on
board in case of an accident for the purposes
of insurance. Also, in this age of human smug-
gling, an undocumented passenger would be
considered a stowaway. This would attract
another hefty fine.

Of course, the airport episode, which
would have thrown US Air off its schedule by
at least an hour, would have inconvenienced
all passengers on board -those making con-
nections, and those being met at the airport.
As Washington was not the final destination
of that particular aircraft, passengers yet to
board were also inconvenienced.
So the thoughtlessness of this young man
upset many people, for which in the end he
had the good grace to express his "deep dis-
tress and unreserved apology." The incident,
he acknowledged, "caused inconvenience
and embarrassment which I deeply regret. I
accept full responsibility and I can assure
(you) that it will not occur again."
Then he said something very important:
"In recent times I have reflected on the
general sense of lawlessness and the apparent
disregard for 'the process' prevailing in our
country. Upon reflecting, I wondered how, as
people we would come to remedy this malaise
and turn the tide of things.
"Mr Speaker, when in the course of events
one is in error or when one is up against a
challenge, the principles of leadership man-
date that one does not look to the east nor the
west, butone must meet it squarely and face
to face. And so, today, I say, let the turning of
the tide begin with me because this is what,
principled leadership demands.
"Mr Speaker, as I accept full responsibili-
ties for this incident I wish to say to my con-
temporaries and even the younger genera-
tion of our nation that we must be careful and
guard against knowingly by-passing rules and
regulations because of circumstances, situa-
tions and exigencies. Our challenge, is that we
must guard against concluding in the heat of
the moment that rules and procedures can
simply be set aside because nothing justifies
North Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith con-
gratulated Mr Pinder for acknowledging that
his conduct was much more serious than a
"miscommunication," and for apologising for
the breach.
During Mr Pinder's statement some MPs
laughed as they carried on their private con-
It would have done well if they had lis-
tened. We wonder how many of them would
have had the courage to have done what this
young man did.
We suggest that they all take note, and
get themselves in check. They forget that the
nation is watching. And at present the stock
of many of them is not very high.

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MP Ron Pinder stands tall

EDITOR, The Tribune.
A WHITE Prime Minister!
Now that is a subject that simply
will not escape my mind, no
matter how I try not to think
about it enough to drive me to
have to write about it. Alas, I
cannot block it any more, hence
this letter. If you would be so
kind please.
First off, allow me to make a
broad statement. Anybody in
this Bahamas who still thinks
in the terms of yesteryear, that
is to say that the PLP is the
black man's party and the FNM
is the white man's party, is rob-
bing themselves of a bright and
industrious future. Figure it out
for yourself.
When the PLP that is to
say the "old PLP" came to
power in the late sixties, I dare-
say that if I would have been of
voting age, and of the mindset
that I have always been as an
adult, I would have been one
of the first ones in the polling
station to mark my "X" next to
the PLP candidate in my par-
ticular constituency! Yeah that's
right, me, Billy Roberts, a
conchy joe Bahamian, would
have helped to put the PLP in
In my opinion, when the PLP
came to office, it was a time that
required change in our land. In
other words, it was "time for a
change". And by the same
token, it was time for another
change in 1992, and I was out
bright and early, in my polling
station, making sure that I
would be one of those individ-
uals who was responsible for
bringing changeto 'our land,
once again. ,. ,-, .: ,: ,,:.
One of the greatest Bahami-
an politicians, if not THE great-
est, was Sir Lynden Oscar Pin-
dling. Needless to say, every-
body knows that he was a black
man. When he became Prime
Minister of this country, it was a
great historical moment for us,
the greatest reason being that
he was the first black Prime
Minister of this country, and
secondly majority rule became
the rule. The UBP had failed
to appeal to the hearts and
minds of the black electorate,
and they paid'the price. Change
came, and it was needed badly.
Well, as we know, history dic-
tated that Sir Lynden's death
grip, on power finally came to
an end, and none too soon, if I
might add. He unfortunately, in
spite of all the good reasons that
he came to power on, had lost
sight of the original dream. His
place in history had expired.
Yet, I maintain that his place
in history is a necessary one,

and I am not sorry that he
played his part.
In the years since Sir Lynden,
we now have the third black
Prime Minister in our history.
The second one, Hubert Ingra-
ham, happened to represent the
party that I chose to support,
and the third of course is Perry
Christie. All things considered,
I don't think any level headed
person can say that things have
been any worse than they would
have been under the leadership
of a white Prime Minister.
Now, we have arrived at the
place in our history where we
are faced with a "white man",
Brent Symonette, who is
desirous of being the leader of
his party, and to hopefully be
the Prime Minister of this coun-
try. I have to ask a dumb ques-
tion: So what? Have we learned
absolutely nothing? Are we
really so short-sighted that we
are afraid of a white man being
Prime Minister? Do we really
believe that it is possible for a
white Prime Minister to repre-
sent the needs of only the
whites, to the detriment of the
black folks? Well all I can say is
that if you believe that, then
you need to stay under the rock
that you are presently living
under, thereby ensuring that
you will never have to deal with
such a scary matter.
As far as I am concerned, the
FNM is in grave need of new
-,,and effective leadership. My
choice in the last election was
Algernon Allen, but the flowers
that be obviously disagreed.
Brent Symonette, by all
accounts, is a very intelligent
and open-minded person; capa-
ble of handling a position of
leadership. If he is desirous of
that position, he should be giv-
en every opportunity to pursue
it. I will warn the FNM of one
thing right now. Please do not
make the same mistake in
selecting new leadership as you
did the last time. A word to the
wise is supposed to be sufficient
I am told. We shall see.
If the next Prime Minister of
my country is a white man, I
will respect him the same way
that I did Sir Lynden, Hubert
Ingraham, and now Perry
Christie. I will not expect any
more that what is legal and
expected, and that is fair and
decisive leadership for all
Bahamians. The same goes if
the next Prime Minister is a

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vote for the present adminis-
tration, Perry Christie is still my
Prime Minister. I respect him
insofar as his office is con-
cerned. I will not seek to under-
mine him or his authority,
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see, if we can keep it all simple,
it will be better for all parties
concerned. I have always vot-
ed for the betterment of my
country. I intend to continue to
do so, whither soever my con-
science guides me. To label me
an FNM is to be short-sighted
and uninformed. That is not to
say that I didn't support the
FNM, because I did. But I will
not continue to do so regard-
less of what I perceive to be the
consequences thereof.
Finally, I would like to
encourage the Christie Admin-
istration to continue to strive
for excellence in their repre-
sentation of the Bahamian peo-
ple. Sadly, there are a few areas
where they are falling down, or
at least fumbling. Leadership is
not easy. It is, however, easy to
criticise, and that is why I have
remained silent for the most
part when it comes to criticising
the PLP. There is a code that
all men and women must fol-
low when they enjoy positions
of power. When the lines of that
code are crossed, it.is absolute-
ly imperative that the offend-
ing one be reprimanded. It must
appear that everybody is equal-
ly answerable to the law and to
the people. Otherwise what is
the point?
*God Bless the Bahamas. And
may we truly strive to live
together as a people and not as
whites or blacks. It is so
depressing to see the results of
such thinking transpire across
the globe. We are truly, truly
blessed as a country and a peo-
ple. For God's sake people,
don't waste it!

Marsh Harbour,
January 23, 2005.




Court of Appeal overturns

'Ninety' Knowles ruling
cas e by designating him a

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Supreme Court rul-
ing that Samuel "Ninety"
Knowles is being unlawfully
detained pending extradi-
tion was overturned by the
Court of Appeal yesterday.
The unlawful detention
ruling, issued by Justice
Hugh Small in June, 2004,
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existing applications
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of the US Government, had
been accepted, and that the
ruling by Justice Small had
been overturned.
In his ruling, Justice Small
had stated that "substantial
grounds" existed for the
conclusion that Knowles
might not receive a fair trial
in the US, as President
George Bush prejudiced the

case by designating him a
"foreign narcotics kingpin."
The appeal against this
ruling, known as 'The Gov-
ernment of the United
States of America and The
Superintendent of Prisons
for the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas Vs. Samuel
Knowles,' was denied by the
Supreme Court on July 28,
The case first appeared

Skeletal remains

are discovered

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama police have retrieved
human skeletal remains discovered partly embedded in a
beach in East End.
Supt Basil Rahming told The Tribune that Asnell Roberts,
51, of High Rock, was walking along the beach about seven
miles east of the High Rock police station when he stumbled
on a human skull partly buried in the sand.
Mr Roberts drove to the station and reported his find to an
officer, who alerted the Central Detective Unit.
Police unearthed a complete human skeleton, which
appeared to have been buried for a considerable length of
The remains were taken to Rand Memorial Hospital
where a pathologist confirmed they were human. An autop-
sy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
SIX illegal immigrants were apprehended earlier this
week by a team of police and immigration officials at North
and South Bimini.
Supt Rahming reported that around 10am on Monday
officials travelled to South Bimini, where it was suspected
that illegal immigrants were hiding.
After conducting a thorough search of the island without
finding anyone, an officer was walking back to the dock to
board the patrol boat when he spotted someone in the water
underneath the dock.
It was discovered that four Jamaicans, two men and two
women aged 23 to 49 years, were hiding underwater beneath
the dock. They were taken into custody and, following inves-
tigations by immigration officials, were found to have entered
the Bahamas illegally.
In a separate incident, two Cuban-Americans were
arraigned in magistrate's court after being arrested in North
Bimini on Monday.
Police and immigration officials determined that the two
men had landed by speedboat from Miami, Florida, without
clearing Immigration and Customs.
Edrin Alfonso, 28, and Jose Suarez, 34, pleaded guilty to
illegally landing in the Bahamas before Administrator Bren-
da Bullard. They were sentenced to four months imprison-

before the Court of Appeal
on September 21 last year,
when prosecutor Francis
Cumberbatch and Edward
Fitzgerald QC, who
appeared for Knowles, h,
made submissions on
whether Justice Small had
jurisdiction to issue the writ
of habeas corpus, which
allowed the circumstances P
of Knowles' imprisonment
to be examined. .
Knowles was not in court .
yesterday to hear the rul-
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by an escort of Drug M=
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Demonstration over

inspector's dismissal

Tribune Staff Reporter
protested yesterday outside the
Gaming Board to challenge the
recent dismissal of an inspector.
Twenty members of the
Bahamas Public Services Union
(BPSU) held the hour-long
protest over the firing of Ken-
neth Whyms, who has worked
for the board for 17 years.
The demonstrators claimed
as they marched along West
Bay Street that this type of
action sets a bad example for
19,000 civil servants as well as
workers in the private sector.
Union president John Pinder
met with executives of the Gam-
ing Board on Tuesday afternoon
and claimed that government
had failed to honour terms of
an industrial agreement when
they fired Mr Whyms.
"If the government sets a rule
or has a law and they break it,"
said Mr Pinder, "then what
hope is there for the private sec-

Mr Pinder said the union's
next plan of action would be to
file a trade dispute with the
Industrial Tribunal. He added:
"But we all know that takes for-
ever. We will do what is neces-
sary to get this man back on the
job and try to understand why
this decision was made.
"Morale is very low with the
employees. In every career, per-
sons want to advance and it
appears that every time there is
a vacancy within the Gaming
Board, they just keep bringing
persons in. We need to bring
some clarity to the way these
decisions are being made."
He also citicised Gaming
Board executives for not giving
a reason for the termination.
"Any member who is disci-
plined or terminated," said Mr
Pinder, "must have just cause
which is mandated in the indus-,
trial agreement which takes
precedence over the Industrial

* KENNETH WHYMS speaks to press yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Act. Consultants for the Gam-
ing Board said they did not need
to give a reason, which is an
error on their behalf."
A copy of the termination let-
ter stated that Mr Whyms' posi-
tion with the Gaming Board "is
hereby terminated effective
In accordance with the
Employment Act, Mr Whyms
received two weeks.' salary and
vacation pay. His health insur-
ance coverage with the Gaming
Board expires on January 31,
Mr Whyms suffered from
medical problems last year and
said he had to undergo several
operations, which affected his
job performance.
He said his request for time
off had been denied by the
Gaming Board and, after sev-
eral reprimands, he was placed
on a probationary period.
During a three-month peri-
od, Mr Whyms was evaluated
on his attendance and punctu-
ality. '

A copy of his performance
review, dated October 27, 2004,
revealed that he passed the
appraisal. Two months later, Mr
Whyms was fired, and he said
yesterday the termination, "is
not fair at all."
"People get sick all the time,"
said Mr Whyms, "it's a part of
life. I have bills to pay just like
everyone else and when I asked
for time off to go to the doctor
they wouldn't give me the time.

"On top of all of that they tell
me my insurance will be with-
drawn as of January 31, 2005."
Christine Johnson, an audit
officer for the Gaming Board,
said the dismissal gave her a
"deja vu" feeling.
Ms Johnson claimed she had
been fired from the Board three
years ago for alleged incompe-
tence. Ten months after her dis-
missal, with the assistance of the
union, she got her job back
"It's not politics," said Ms

Johnson, "it is about a system
that is in place that we as
Bahamians need to change. I
had to have the support of the
union in order to bring me back
here and now what happened
to me is happening to Mr
"We have positions here at
the Board that are being filled
before we are even aware that
they exist. It is very hard, there
is no room for improvement,
they don't even give us a

Last week, Mr Pinder sub-
mitted a "proposed industrial
agreement", to the government
for a three-year period to
take effect in July, 2005, to Min-
ister of Public Service Fred
The 25-item agreement calls
for salary increases and a host of
benefits for public service work-
Mr Pinder said the union is
asking that some incentives be
put in place to motivate mem-
bers to increase their perfor-
* The union has also estab-
lished a contract committee
comprising civil servants and
executive officers.
Kenyatta Gibson, chairman
of the Gaming Board, said he
was aware of the union's
requests and that "both
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Royal Oasis Resort closure

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Many store
owners and tenants at the Inter-
hational Bazaar may be forced to
close their businesses after suf-
fering great losses in the past five
months because of the closure of
,the Royal Oasis Resort.
A group of 70 merchants closed
their stores for an hour and gath-
,ered at the courtyard near the
"Tori Gate in solidarity Thursday
afternoon in an effort to draw
attention to their struggle to keep
their stores open and staff
Godfrey Roberts said store-
owners have suffered 80 per cent
'losses in sales a month over the
past five months since the storms
and closure of the resort.
"I have been in the Bazaar for
15 years and this is the worse it's
ever been and we cannot contin-
ue to keep our stores open like
this," said Mr Roberts, who oper-
ates Freeport Freddie's and Pop
Pit Stop in the Hong Kong Sec-
tion of the Bazaar.
He noted that already 40 stores
have closed down and another 70
have given notice to be out of
their premises by the end of Feb-
The Bazaar, a labyrinth of
Retail stores, has depended great-

"I have been in the Bazaar for
15 years and this is the worse
it's ever been and we cannot
continue to keep our stores
open like this."

Godfrey Roberts, Freeport Freddie's
and Pop Pit Stop operator

ly on sales from visitors at the
Royal Oasis Resort and Casino
for many years.
Following the two major
storms in September, the resort
was forced to lay off about 1,300
workers and close for recon-
struction due to extensive damage
at the Crowne Plaza and Sun-
spree hotels and casino. .

There has been growing anxi-
ety and frustration among work-
ers over the uncertainty of the
resort's reopening in April, which
has sparked weeks of demonstra-
tion to pressure government for
answers and assistance.
Della Thomas, owner of Island

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has created a serious "domino
effect" in the Freeport commu-
nity, particularly at the Bazaar.
"I don't think there is one store
in the Bazaar, which hasn't had to
drastically cut down the number
of employees, said Mrs Thomas,
who has had to cut 50 per cent of
her staff.
"Every single business in the
Bazaar is struggling to survive
from day to day and things just
cannot continue.
"This effect goes throughout
the society of Grand Bahama and
something urgently needs to be
done because we can't survive on
promises that things might change
in 2006," she said.
Far East Traders' owner Paul
Lane said retailers are not even
making wage cost. In order to
keep his staff on the job he has
had to cut down on their number
of work hours and days.
"I have kept them employed
because they all have their bills to
be paid and they have been very
appreciative for us keeping them
on knowing that business is so
bad," he said.

School's class of '95 will be
meeting at the school today
at 3pm to organise their
upcoming reunion.

Straw vendors and hair
braiders are also facing eviction at
the Bazaar because they are
unable to meet their monthly
Hairbraiders Tanya Fernander
and Trudy Thurston said the asso-
ciation should show some leriien-
cy with them because there are
no tourists.
"They have to understand the
seriousness of the time and hair-
braiding is all we depend on, we
have no other means of income,"
she said.
Ms Fernander said the associa-
tion should consider reducing the
$50 monthly fee by half.

FNM officials Zhivargo Laing
and MP Kenneth Russell were
present and offered support to
the group of storeowners, who
are calling on government to
assist them. Store owners have
suggested that government con-
sider diverting some of the cruise
ships from New Providence to
"We feel as though something
immediately has to be done
because it is quite obvious that
this hotel cannot be reopened in
six months, and none of us here
can survive for six months like
this," said Mr Roberts.

"We would like the govern-
ment and the Port Authority to
give cruise ships some exemptions
to come into port. They need to
do something, somebody has to
do something because people are
starting to lose all hope," he
Glass blower Sidney Pratt said
government should be forthcom-
ing with information so that store
owners can make a decision to
either remain open, or close their
"We need to know when the
hotel will come on stream and so
we can have some idea what we
should do in terms of stores
because there are so many
'umours," he said.

"I have been here 20 years and
it is the worst I have seen it. We
are still paying rent and employ-
ees and we need some answers
and advice of what we should
Elizabeth Gauthier of Island
Watch Repair and Marguerita
Williams, a souvenir shop own-
er, said business has been dread-
"I have days where I have
made eight dollars and it's just
terrible," said Ms Gauthier.
"I just do not know

how much longer I can keep
my doors open.
"We really need to have
tourists back in the Bazaar in
order to make a living."
Mrs Williams, who is blind, said
taxi drivers have been driving
tourists away, telling them that
the Bazaar is closed and taking
them to Port Lucaya.
"Someone needs to really be
concerned about us," said Ms
"They need to intervene
because we are hurting."

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FOUR intrepid pensioners
are setting off on a 2,500-mile
transatlantic trip to the
Bahamas...on a raft.
It may sound like a madcap
adventure to some, but to 78-
year-old former journalist
Anthony Smith, it's better than
pruning roses.
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serious adventurers.
The voyage will take the
enterprising foursome from the
Canary Islands to the Bahamas

THE funeral service for Nancy Oakes Von Hoyningen-
Huene will be held at Christ Church Cathedral at 4pm today.
Ms Oakes, daughter of the late Sir Harry Oakes and his wife
Eunice, Lady Oakes, had been ailing for some time and died in
London on January 16 at the age of 80.
Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese Michael Eldon
told The Tribune that on one of his trips to England Ms Oakes
told him of her burial wish.
"She said that she always considered the Bahamas her home
and if she should die away she would like to be brought back
and buried here," he said.
Bishop Eldon, who knew Ms Oakes personally for about 32
years, added: "I found her to be a pleasant person who was easy
to talk with and who always desired to see the Bahamas deyel-
op into a very fine country."

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on a raft made of gas pipes.
Mr Smith's 45ft by 25ft float
will set sail later this year.
Yesterday he placed an
advertisement for three crew-
mates in the British Daily Tele-
graph, where he used to be
employed as a journalist. I
He stipulated that only those
rich in years should apply.

Relief arrives

in Guyana
water and hygiene kits
arrived in Guyana on
Wednesday for victims of
floods that have killed six
people and displaced
thousands of residents,
according to Associated
The planeload of 50,000
gallons of water and 10,000
hygiene kits arrived from
Miami and was handed over
to the international Red
Cross and other private
organizations, said Mike
Sarhan, the local mission
director of the U.S. Agency
for International Develop-
At least two more ship-
ments are scheduled to
arrive in the next week, as
well as several shallow-water
boats needed to ferry food,
water and medicine to resi-
dents stranded in villages
along the low-lying coast,
Sarhan said.

They "must be OAP" and
"serious adventurers," the
advertisement reads.
Mr Smith, who has rafted the
length of the Amazon and bal-
looned across the Alps, plans
to grow bamboo shoots to eat
during the 50-day trip.
The senior adventurer said
he was inspired by the story of
two sailors who survived the
same journey across the
Atlantic in a lifeboat after their
ship was sunk in 1940.
"So many of my contempo-
raries who have done things
like run major companies now
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mornings and to the supermar-
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lot of fun," said Mr Smith.
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AS PART of the College of
the Bahamas Libraries and
Instructional Media Services
(LIMS) week, the book "Pot-
cakes -Dog Ownership in New
Providence, the Bahamas"
was launched yesterday.
The book was written by the
President of Advocates for
Animal Rights Jane Mather,
Veterinarian Officer at the
Department of Agriculture
Maurice Isaacs and the Direc-
tor of Planning at COB, and a
member of Advocates For
Animal Rights, William Field-
The launching took place at
the British Colonial Hilton

where individuals were able
to meet and speak with the
Dr Isaacs said that the main
purpose of this literary work is
to provide scientific informa-
tion on dog ownership in the

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was compiled from doing
research in the Bahamas,
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isation (PAHO) and Profes-
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Workshop gives


on marriage'
A "NEW Perspectives on Marriage" workshop will present
views on marriage of the Baha'f Faith, starting tonight.
The views are consistent with many traditional cultural values,
integrated with a spiritual attitude, and the modern view of
equality of the marriage partners.
This workshop, which starts 7.30 at the Baha'f National Cen-
tre, Dunmore Street, will also present the important application
of communication and consultation skills for a healthy rela-
In general, past attendees of this marriage workshop have
found it very interesting particularly the frankness with which
it approaches the topics and the frankness of the discussion,
according to a press release.
The topics of the presentation will include: The Baha'f Mod-
el of Marriage; Preparation for Marriage; Issues Concerning Sex-
uality and Early Marriage; The Baha'f Law on Parental Consent'
The Baha'f Marriage Ceremony; Eternality of the Marital
Union; Principles of Equality; and Consultation in Marriage.
The workshop continues on Saturday, January 29, 9.30am -
4pm at the British Colonial Hiltonial ilton Hotel. The charge is $15,
refreshmeritsmincdhanidoutsinicluded. The Friday evening session
is free of charge.

Dr Daniel B Lord of Anchorage Alaska will be presenting the
New Perspectives on Marriage workshop. He holds a master's
in psychology and education, and a PhD in educational psy-
chology, and is also an attorney.
The general purpose of the workshop is to familiarise its
participants with the Baha'f teachings on marriage.
The first part of the workshop contrasts the Baha'f model of
marriage with others in existence and as involving two equal
partners, and focuses on such topics as the age for marriage and
guidelines on decision making or choosing a partner in marriage,
and courtship and premarital intimacies.
The workshop then concentrates on the Baha'f laws on mar-
riage, specifically consent of the parties, the law on consent of
parents, Baha'f engagement, and the Baha'f marriage ceremo-
ny. The reasons for the laws are explained, and their applications
in different types of situations explored.
Discussions among participants are assisted by short compi-
lations from the Baha'f writings pertaining to these topics.
The third part takes a look at the institution of marriage
itself, and specifically its importance and purpose, the Baha'f
perspective on sex, the law on chastity, the Baha'f view on
inter-racial marriage, eternality of the marital union, and the
challenges of "mixed" or inter-religious marriage. Applying
the law on consultation and the Baha'f principle of equality of
men and women in marriage are also discussed.
The workshop can be described as "participatory in nature, to
help one learn about the Baha'f teachings on the sacred nature
of marriage, and how to strengthen one's own marriage,"
according to the release.

mal ownership and the roam-
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sion $35, all inclusive food and drink.

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, down-
town, Fridays. The hottest party in the Bahamas
every Friday night. Admission $10 before mid-
night. First 50 women get free champagne. First 50
men get a free Greycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For
VIP reservations call 356-4612.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports
Bar. Drink specials all night long, including
karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Party,

Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub.
Begins 10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners
selected as Vocalist of the Week $250 cash prize.
Winner selected at end of month from finalists -
cash prize $1,000. Admission $10 with one free

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover
charge includes a free Guinness and there should
be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies
$10 and Men $15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports
Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm.
Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.

Double Play.@ -The Zoo. on Thursday. Ladies
r.ee before 11pm. Nfusic by DJs Flaa.. Cleajn Cut,
along %ith Mr Greni and Mr Excitement. First 50
women get a free makeover.

Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thursday. The
ultimate Ladies Night. Join Nassau's and Miami
Beach's finest men. Ladies only before 11.30pm
with free champagne. Guys allowed after 11.30pm
with $20 cover.

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday.
Doors open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. Cover
charge $15. $10 with flyer.

Twisted Boodah Bar & Lounge every Friday @
Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St North, featuring
world music, chillin' jazz and soulful club beats.
Starting at 6pm. Beers $3, longdrinks $4.50.

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late
'80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in
the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers.
Glow sticks for all in before midnight. Admission:
Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

College Night @ Bahama Boom every Friday.
Admission: $10 with college ID, $15 without.

Hard Rock Cafe Fridays, DJ Joey Jam presents
"Off Da Chain" with beer and shot specials thru
Dream Saturdays @ the Blue Note Lounge this
Saturday and every Saturday after that. Admission:
$15 before 11pm, $20 after.

Greek Saturdayz @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth
Ave. Every Saturday the Phi Beta Sigma Frat wel-
comes greeks, college grads and smooth opera-
tors. Admission $15 all night, $10 for greeks in
letters. Music by DJ Palmer, security strictly

Chill Out Sundays @ The Beach Hut, West Bay
Street with fresh served BBQ and othet specials
starting from 4pm-10pm, playing deep, funky chill
moods with world beats. Cover $2.

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every
Sunday, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British
Colonial Hotel.

Beres' destination

is Club Insomnia

As part of the opening of Club Insomnia, at the previous location
of the Zoo Nightclub. Bahamian favourite Beres Hammond will
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".
"ie vant people to come and experience a whole new nightclub. And we are set-
ling night life on a new level, starting ith Beres Hammond." he adds.
Doors open at 7pm. and showtime is at 10pm. Tickets can be collected at the
Jukebox at the Mall at Marathon or at Club Insomnia's office at 192 Market
Street opposite the Real Deal). Platinum access, going at $150, includes appetiz-
ers. wine and a special "platinum package". VIP. $60. On opening night, general
admission will be offered at the door, $45.

Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies get in

Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A
night of Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours
for all audiences. Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge;
Old School Reggae and Soca in the Main Lounge.
Ladies in free before 11pm. $10 after 11pm. Men,
$15 cover charge.

Villaggio Ristorante, Cafe and Piano Bar, Fri-
day-Saturday, live band 10pm-lam. Happy Hour,
Friday 5.30pm-7pm, Caves Village, West Bay
Street and Blake Rd.

Compass Point daily Happy Hour 4pm-7pm,
live band on weekends, West Bay St.

Rafter lan and Shelly play live @ The Green
Parrot, Hurricane Hole, Paradise Island, Satur-
days 7pm-10pm, featuring a mix of alternative
favourites, from Avril Lavigne to Coldplay and

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge,
British Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday

tory at the key board in the After Dark Room
every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and

Paul Hanna performs at Traveller's Rest, West
Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Stepping Stone Quilters 16th Annual Quilt Show
@ Trinity Church Hall, 10am 4pm, Saturday,
January 29 to Saturday, February 5. Free admis-

Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies
Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West and West Hill Streets.
The exhibition is part of the NAGB's Collector's
Series. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-
4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

The Second National Exhibition @ the Nation-
al Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West and West Hill
Streets, featuring contemporary works by Bahami-
an artists. NE2 runs through December. Gallery
hours Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Admission $3.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.

instrumentalists, comics...everyone is invited to
entertain and be entertained. $3 entrance fee.

Kredeas: Xpression Sessions open mic brought
to you by Thoughtkatcher Enterprises @ King
and Nights Native Show and Dance Club, Cable
Beach, every Sunday, 8pm.


The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at
their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323-4482 for mote info.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hos-
pital conference room.

The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and
December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of
the American Heart Association offers CPR class-
es certified by the AHA. The course defines the
warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives pre-
vention strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome
and the most common serious injuries and choking
that can occur in adults, infants and children. CPR
and First Aid classes are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a
Doctors Hospital Community Training Repre-
sentative at 302-4732 for more information and
learn to sa\e life today.

The Bahamas Historical Society will meet on
Thursday, January 27, 6pm @ the Museum on
Shirley St and Elizabeth Ave. Chris Curry, a history
lecturer at the College of the Bahamas will speak
on the topic "Christianity and Slave Conver-
sion: A Catalyst for Revolutionary Change or a
Quest for Respectability". The public is invited
to attend.

Council V of the Sunshine Region of Interna-
tional Training in Communication will hold its
second annual quarterly meeting in the Inagua
Room of Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casion on Saturday, January 29. The meet-
ing starts at 9am and will be held under the theme,
"Communication is Key". Dr Miles Munroe in
the guest speaker. For more information contact
Shellyn Ingraham @ 327-3363 after 7pm. All mem-
bers and guests are asked to attend this impor-
tant and worthwhile event.

Toastmasters Club 1905 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm
@ BEC Cafe, Tucker Rd. Club 9477 meets Friday,
7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm
@ British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thurs-
day, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178
meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder
Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every sec-
ond, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney
Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the
Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every second
Saturday, 10am @ Gaylord's Restaurant,
Dowdeswell St.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

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attempt to

hinder police access

FROM page one
Several of the members of the
community claimed that the sit-
uation deteriorated when police
officers made derogatory com-
ments to a Haitian resident. As
a result, it was claimed, vio-
lence was used against a 16-
year-old girl and one of the res-
idents was shot by the police,
according to witnesses.
Government sent out an
appeal to Nassau Village resi-
dents through Deputy Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt, to
refrain from all "acts of law-
lessness" and take "whatever
personal measures necessary to
return calm and order to their
Mrs Pratt pleaded with the
public, stating that "a kind
word turns away wrath" and
that we should be cognizant of
how we as a people speak to
each other.
"Sometimes we tend to speak
to each other in a derogatory
manner. This is something we
need to look at because it stems
from the foundation. And what
is the foundation? The home.
We were a people who knew
one time ago how to speak and

show respect to one another.
Whether you are up there, and
I'm down here, I'm still human.
You don't have a right to talk
to me like I'm an animal. I have
rights just like you. We are all
equal. You might have a better
job than I do, but you are not
better than I am. We are all
God's people," she said.
Shortly after 7pm on
Wednesday police were called
to a traffic accident in Nassau
Village, Kennedy subdivision,
in which an elderly Haitian lady
had reportedly been hit by a
Two motorcycle officers
responded to the call and were
investigating the accident,
when, according to eye-wit-
nesses, a Haitian man, identi-
fied only as Mr Simeus, stepped
forward and inquired about the
whereabouts of the ambulance.
Residents of the area then
claim that Mr Simeus was met
with derogatory comments by
the police and that his daughter
Guyanne Simeus, 16, came to
the defence of her father.
Eye-witnesses alleged that
the two officers first hit
Guyanne in the head with a
gun and then shot her brother,
Wilson Simeus, in the jaw,

when he approached his sister
while holding his two-year-old
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson said that he could nei-
ther confirm nor deny this ver-
sion of events.
The situation then boiled
over and witnesses reported
that the police officers
exchanged gun fire with some
of the constituents, while other
residents resorted to hurling
A terrified resident said that
she was told by police that she
had five seconds to return to
her house.
Kenyatta Gibson, MP for the
Kennedy constituency, and
Ron Pinder, MP for the neigh-
bouring constituency
Marathon, arrived at the scene
and made an attempt to diffuse
the violent situation.
As a result both MPs were
caught in the cross-fire, putting
their lives in danger.
According to accounts of res-
idents, Mr Pinder carried a
young boy who had sustained
gunshot wounds, to safety.
He reported that three civil-
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The two police officers sus-
tained only minor injuries, said

Mr Ferguson.
The assistant commissioner
urged anyone with information
concerning the matter to come
forward as soon as possible to
assist in the ongoing investiga-

Deputy Prime Minister Pratt
said that "we must all move
with deliberate intent to bring
healing to the social wounds
that might have been inflicted
by this incident or those that
might have existed before."

Man, 24, is

fourth murder

victim of 2005

FROM page one
According to Assistant Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson, Mr Joffre was at West
End Court when he was struck by a bullet.
Mr Ferguson said it is believed one per-
son involved in the dispute left the scene
only to return a short time later in a vehi-
cle. The argument resumed and shots were
Mr Joffre was hit in the left shoulder
and, according to witnesses, he ran across
the street into a neighboring yard, where
he collapsed and died.
According to his cousin Valentino
Thompson, Fabian was only a witness to
the fight which involved other people.
He said his cousin was simply in the
wrong place at the wrong time and tragi-
cally got caught in the line of fire.
"Fabian just stayed to himself and never
went partying. He was just funny. Every
time he walked through the door, you
knew that was a joke was coming."
Karen Joffre, Fabian's mother, described
her son as "very loving". She said every
morning he would carry a New Testament
around in his pocket.

Ironically, she said, on Wednesday when
he got up, he could not find it and went out
of the house without it, the first time in a
She said her son had not been in any
trouble with anyone. She said it was just a
tragedy. "He was an innocent bystander,"
she added.
Fabian, who worked on a fishing boat,
was the eldest of a family of three sisters
and three brothers. Ms Joffre said her fam-
ily is coping as best it can with the loss.
Mr Joffre became the fourth murder vic-
tim of the year.
His death follows the shooting of securi-
ty guard Richard Petty, who was killed
while on duty at a Nassau pharmacy on
January 13.
Police found the body of Tevarus Merlin
Johnson, 20, in the driver's seat of a green
Ford Escort with severe gunshot wounds >to
the face on January 8.
The country recorded its first murder
victim for 2005 with the death of 29-year-
old Brian Cephus Sands, who was shot on
Sunshine Park off Baillou Hill shortly after
he and friends were attacked by two men
on January 3.

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Bank 'failed to engage in even
the most cursory due diligence'
on General Pinochet and
Equatorial Guinea president

Tribune Business Editor
iggs Bank was
yesterday hit
with a $16
million fine by
the US Justice
~L eDepartment
for its failure to report suspi-
cious transactions involving
Bahamas-based trusts and
International Business Compa-
nies (IBCs) beneficially owned
by former.Chilean dictator
General Augusto Pinochet, with
the institution having "failed to
engage in even the most curso-
ry due diligence review".
Describing the fine as "the
largest criminal penalty ever
imposed on a bank of Riggs'
size", Kenneth Wanstein, US
attorney for the District of
Columbia, said Riggs had
"courted customers who were
a high risk for money launder-
ing and helped them shield their
financial transactions from

A statement from Mr
Wanstein's office said Riggs
"failed to engage in even the
most cursory due diligence
review of accounts held by two
particular customers". These
were General Pinochet and
accounts associated with 'Polit-
ically Exposed Persons' or PEPs
in Equatorial Guinea's govern-
ment, including its president,
Colonel Teodoro Obiang.
Riggs Bank's "repeated and
systemic failure" to report sus-
picious transactions involving
accounts controlled by General
Pinochet's and President
Obiang's Bahamas-based enti-
ties led to its guilty plea to a
violation of the US Bank Secre-
cy Act.
Riggs Bank's involvement
with General Pinochet, revealed
last summer by a US Senate
subcommittee investigation and
first reported in the Bahamas
by The Tribune, saw the bank
set up two Bahamian-registered

"offshore shell corporations"
for the general in 1996 and
1998, respectively Ashburton
Company and Althorp Invest-
ment Company.
Both companies were nomi-
nally owned by the Ashburton
Trust, which was established in
May 1996 and registered in the
Bahamas by Riggs Bank &
Trust Company (Bahamas).
The latter acted as the trustee
for the Ashburton Trust, with
General Pinochet and his wife
named as the settlers and their
five children the beneficiaries.
As a managed bank, Riggs
Bank & Trust Company
(Bahamas) had no physical
presence or staff in this juris-
diction, with the US Senate
report revealing that Deloitte
& Touche (Bahamas) corporate
services arm acted as its
Bahamian representative, per-
forming tasks that included
managing General Pinochet's
trust from 200 onwards. The
company also supplied officers
and directors for entities formed
on Riggs Bank's behalf.
There is nothing to suggest
that Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas) did anything wrong
in relation to the Pinochet trust
and corporate entities, and no
See RIGGS, Page 3B

Say the


must be

Tribune Business Reporter
The Bahamian private sec-
tor yesterday gave strong.sup-
port to the Government's
plans for privatising Bahama-
sair, but warned that a strate-
gic partner would need full
managerial control, with some
advocating that 100 per cent
of the airline be sold.
In an interview with The
Tribune, Philip Galanis, prin-
cipal of Galanis and Co and a
PLP senator, unsurprisingly
backed his government's
planned privatization plans,
but warned that the exercise
would only be successful if a
strategic partner gained full
managerial control of the air-
"Yes, I think there will be
considerable interest in the pri-
vate sector to partner with the
Government if, and only if, the
partnering shareholders will
have managerial control of the
privatised entity," Mr Galanis
"It makes no sense for the
private sector to invest in
Bahamasair without having
the ability to manage the air-
line, both at the board and
executih e management levels.

Senator Philip Galanis
Privatisation, of necessity,
must mean private sector cap-
ital, but equally important, pri-
vate sector management that is
not handicapped by the inter-
vention of the political direc-
Mr Galanis said a prospec-
tive buyer for Bahamasair
would, in determining a price
at which they would buy in,
take into account the airline's
financial position, reflecting its
$350 million accumulated
deficit, consistent operating
losses and the tremendous
employment burden the air-
line continues to face.
Mr Galanis said that in gen-
eral he was a supporter of pri-
vatisation, chiefly because the
private sector can incorporate
operating efficiencies and best
business practices.
What typically happens in
most government corporations
is that there are built-in oper-
ational inefficiencies and vari-
ances in corporate culture
from what is found in the pri-
vate sector. As a result, the tax

payer and end user often suf-
Earlier this week, Minister
of Works and Utilities Bradley
Roberts announced that McK-
insey and Company had been
contracted for $1 million to
start what is expected to be
the first step in the Bahamasair
privatization process.
Mr Roberts said the Gov-
ernment was looking to the
end of summer 2005 to com-
plete the privatization process.
Mr Galanis, though, said
the initial timetable set for
concluding the process seemed
extremely aggressive, and he
had serious doubts about
whether it could be completed
in-such a short time.
He added, however, that
there are companies that had
the capacity to come to the
table quickly, but it would
remain to be seen whether the
parties could work through the
details by the end of the sum-
Former president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
- merce.,Raymond Winder, said
the timeframe allotted to com-
plete the process would not be
difficult to meet because,
unlike the complications sur-
rounding the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), the Government
should be able to get the nec-
essary information on the air-
line and the industry within a
short period of time.
"We all should wait and see
the results of the assignment
that McKinsey is going to do.
Looking around at Delta and
other US-based carriers, many
of them have cut their fees,
See FLY, Page 2B

Seafarer LNG

project to be

funded from

debt/equity mix

Tribune Business Editor
The $700 million Seafarer
pipeline and liquefied natural
gas (LNG) terminal that
Tractebel, El Paso Corporation
and a Florida Power & Light
(FPL) subsidiary are proposing
to construct between the
Bahamas and US will be funded
from a 70/30 debt/equity mix.
Documents from the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC), the US regulator that
must give the go-ahead for the
project in the US side, has

asked the three-company group
to produce all documents "sup-
porting the proposed capital
structure of 70 per cent debt
and 30 per cent equity, the rate
of return on equity of 14 per
cent and debt cost of 8.5 per
The FERC has also asked for
more information on the "max-
imum dependable pressure"
from the High Rock, Grand
Bahama LNG terminal, plus
details on the "maximum vapor-
isation capability" of the facili-
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Ruling overturned

in financial services

regulatory test case

Tribune Business Editor
The two attorneys fighting to
overturn the Bahamian finan-
cial services regulatory regime
on constitutional grounds have
won a verdict that has seen the
Court of Appeal overturn a
Supreme Court ruling and rein-
state 13 paragraphs in the Writ
of Summons endorsement.
Attorneys Maurice Glinton

and Leandra Esfakis have won
a technical argument on
whether indorsements on the
Writ of Summons, which out-
line what they as plaintiffs are
claiming and seeking redress
from the courts for, can be
struck out. The Court of Appeal
ruled that it was premature for
the 13 paragraphs to be
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The 13 paragraphs had originally been struck out by a ruling from
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall, sitting in the Supreme Court, on the
grounds that none of them were "legal reliefs which a court is
empowered to grant".
His ruling stated that they were not legal issues, upon which
courts could pronounce solutions, but were instead topics for
debate in Parliament, or between academics and journalists. They
were struck out for "disclosing no reasonable course of action".
The 13 paragraphs in question generally relate to declarations that
Mr Glinton and Ms Esfakis are seeking from the courts on the
actions taken by the five defendants, chiefly former Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham and former finance minister Sir William
Allen, in devising and implementing the Bahamas' financial services
regulatory regime.
Among the declarations being sought in the initial Supreme
Court action, and which has now been reinstated in the proceedings,
is that the purpose of many of the 11 Acts passed in December 2000
goes against the Bahamian constitution.
However, the courts have yet to hold any hearings on the sub-
stantive issues raised by Mr Glinton's and Ms Esfakis's case, which
was initially brought in 2001.
In the interim, the Attorney General's Office gave an undertaking
that there would be a stay on Compliance Commission inspec-
tions of attorneys to ensure they were complying with anti-money
laundering procedures until the substantive issues were ruled upon.
Apart from Mr Ingraham and Sir William, the other defendants
in the case are the Compliance Commission, Inspector of Financial
and Corporate Services Providers, and the Attorney General.

Fund (From page 1B)

With the Government opposed to siting an LNG terminal near
Freeport Harbour, due to its proximity to residential communities
and the cruise ship facilities, as proposed by Tractebel, the three
companies have linked up to focus in the South Riding Point site as
the most likeliest to win Bahamian government approval.
Prime Minister Perry Christie previously said that if the group
could find an alternative site outside the port area, the project
was "likely to be approved imminently". The Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project has already been sub-



on foreign franchise and business development.

Applicant must possess:
Graduate degree in Business or Related Field
Ability to speak French and Spaxiish fluently.

no telephone inquiries will be accepted.-' '-:

Please fax resume to 242-328-3094.

Legal Notice



dissolution under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on January 25,
2005, when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Limited,
17 bis rue de Lausanne, 1211, Geneva 70.

Dated this 28th day of January, A.D. 2005.

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

and considering the Bahamas
is about to have another record
year in tourism and airlines see
an opportunity in the Bahamas,
it would be difficult for [the
government] to conclude they
should stay in the business," Mr
Winder said.
"The country has incurred
considerable costs in retaining
Bahamasair, so it's going to be
difficult, considering the other
programmes government would
like to fund or get into, to fund
the kind losses that the airline
has incurred over the years."
Agreeing that it is an excel-
lent idea for government to
finally look at privatising
Bahamasair, Mr Winder said
the airline needs to be 100 per
cent privatised and no partner-
ship should be formed where
the Government maintains an
If the Government had con-
cerns over domestic flight avail-
ability to the Family Islands, or
whether the airline had a certain
amount of seating capacity com-
ing from the US, Mr Winder
said it was better to provide
incentives to other airlines to
ensure the market retains the
various routes it deems impor-
tant to the tourism industry.

Mr Winder added that with
the arrival of the low-cost car-
riers, it was clear the Bahamas
was seen as a suitable and prof-
itable market for a number of
. And considering the price
wars that are likely to explode
over the next six to 12 months,
the Government would find it
increasingly difficult to ensure
Bahamasair improved its prof-
Senior economist for the
Central Bank of the Bahamas,
John Rolle, said the successful
privatization of Bahamasair
would depend on whether
investors considered the price
being asked reasonable and
whether they could restructure
the company and make it prof-
He said buyers would want
to be convinced it can be prof-
itable, and that they have the
flexibility to make it a profitable
While noting that the sum-
mer deadline was an ambitious
one, Mr Rolle said the entire
process was a positive step for
the country and provided an
opportunity to remove a bur-
den that places serious demands
on government finances. -

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UBS (Bahamas) Ltd, a leading international Wealth Manager,
is looking for a

Head Business Management

This senior management position is open to candidates
with the following minimum requirements:


Degree in Banking or Business;
At least ten years experience in Private Banking;
Excellent knowledge of Operations, Controlling and
Extensive experience in Project Management;
Fluency in English, German and French is essential;
Good interpersonal skills;
Computer literacy

Responsibilities: ...

Banking related Project and Process Management;
Support CEO in management activities;,
Marketing, Public Relations, Communications;
Professional Association relationships, Corporate
Coordination with all departments within the location
and with the Head Office in Switzerland.

Written applications by Bahamian nationals only should
be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
RP.O. Box N-7757,
Nassau, Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that SOPHIA SHANDELL S.
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 28TH day of JANUARY, 2005 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
27 January 2005
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,039.99 I CFH -01.23 %CHG -00.12 / YTD 171.69 I YTD % 19.77
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS S Div S PIE Yield
1 39 1 10 Abaco MarKets 1 10 1 10 0 00 0 197 0000 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 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 5.75 5.55 -0.20 3,246 0.152 0.330 10.8 5.95%
0.85 0.75 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.95 1.80 Bahamas Waste 1.80 1.80 0.00 0.101 0.000 17.8 0.00%
1.00 0.87 British American Bank 0.87 0.87 0.00 0.007 0.040 11.8 4.60%
7.25 6.25 Cable Bahamas 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.510 0.240 14.1 3.33%
2.20 1.35 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 9.806 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.17 6.42 Commonwealth Bank 7.15 7.15 0.00 350 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 9.75 9.75 0.00 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 0.00 250 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 5.67 5.72 0.05 0.245 0.000 23.1 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.694 0.350 14.4 3.50%
Fdealty Ouvr-The-Counter Securities ,
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid S Ask S Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 16.00 1.328 0.960 10.5 6.86%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
060 0 40 RND Hoidinas 029 0 54 000 -0 103 0000 NM 0 00S
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
J3 O0 28 00 ABDAB J1.00 43 00 41 00 2 220 0000 194 0 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%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv S Yield %
1 2060 1 1509 Colns rMoney Market Funa 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****
FINDEX CLOSE 420.140 I YTD 12.269% I 2003-0.5948%
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD lost 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellt
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna 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 eamings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningE 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, 20041. -*- AS AT DEC. 31. 2004
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Ray Winder

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 areas 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 candid ate will meet the following minimal
requiremrenis: f ..

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 CHRISNER CELESTIN OF
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 28TH day of JANUARY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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Tourism is industry most

reliant on

quality service

One per cent visitor rise boosts
profitability by about 5 per cent

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Quality cus-
tomer service and satisfaction
are more important for success
in the hospitality industry than
many other sectors a leading
marketing consultant told the
second Annual National
Tourism Conference in Grand
Jeffrey Rayport, chairman
and chief executive of Boston-
based Marketspace LLC, said
it was important that frontline
employees give quality service
to visitors to the Bahamas
because the\ are important cus-
tomers for the Bahamian econ-
He stressed that service qual-
ity was a top priority because it
was frontline employees that
determine the faith of the busi-
"The problem we see is, as
you move down the level of
management in major corpora-
tions, in large scale organisa-.
tions, the conviction of service
quality drops off," Mr Rayport
"It is one thing to sit in an
executive suite or conference
like this and talk about service
quality matters. But there is no

service business in the world,
especially in the hospitality sec-
tor, where you do not experi-
ence the irony that the lowest
paid and ranking people on
your payroll are the people who
are actually touching your cus-
tomers all the time."
Mr Rayport said slogans and
banners do not matter if good
customer service is lacking.
He believes the challenge is
for chief executives and chair-
men to trust their frontline
"The sad part is that most
organizations, especially airlines,
don't trust those people and cre-
ate rules and regulations, poli-
cies and procedures in thick
binders that tells them what you
can do and what you can't do,"
Mr Rayport said.
"A great extraordinary
degree of leverage in revenue
growth and profitability growth
will come if they can take a leap
of faith and trust the people on
the frontline."
Mr Rayport stressed that
employers must recruit employ-
ees that care about the cus-
tomers and satisfy them. He
said that would build loyalty in
the workforce over time and
put them in a position to be pro-
ductive for customers by deliv-

ering a high level of service.
Mr Rayport said a more sat-
isfied customer created loyal
clients that kept coming back
and produced financial results.
According to data from sur-
'veys conducted on the correla-
tion between size and prof-
itability, Mr Rayport said it was
typical of most service busi-
nesses that large hotel groups
were not necessarily more prof-
itable than small ones.
He added that large national
economies in the service sector
were not necessarily more prof-
itable than small ones either.
"What makes a business
more profitable is when you can
achieve a higher level of loyalty
among their customers," Mr
Rayport said.
"Most dramatic data we
found is that very small increas-
es in loyalty give you very big
increases in the bottomline. If
you get 1 per cent better retain-
ing visitors across the base of
five million last year, you are
likely to get a 5 per cent
increase in profitability on the
bottom line." Mr Rayport said
when looking at customers that
are more satisfied verses those
that are not, the biggest impact
is the desire to tell others about
how good their experience was.

Riggs (From page 1B)

charges or fines have been
levied against it in relation to
the affair.
The US District attorney yes-
terday said that Riggs Bank
transferred monies belonging
to the Pinochets, and which
were held in bank accounts,
investments and certificates of
deposit (CDs) controlled by the
Bahamas-based entities, "in a
manner to avoid scrutiny".
This was despite the warrants
issued against Pinochet by
numerous countries in relation
to alleged human rights abus-
es, plus the 1998 order from a
Spanish magistrate to freeze all
the general's assets.
The bank allowed Pinochet
to deposit some $10 million into
the accounts without conducting
sufficient due diligence, and
ignored the asset freeze order to
transfer $3.5 million between

London, Washington and Chile.
Apart from the Pinochet
accounts, Riggs Bank "failed to
undertake sufficient due dili-
gence" relating to the more
than 30 accounts it opened for
the Equatorial Guinea govern-
ment between 1996 and 2004 a
relationship that eventually saw
it holding balances and loans
worth almost $700 'million.'

The US attorney's office
home in on Otong SA, a
Bahamian IBC established for
Equatorial Guinea's president
in September 1999. It said some
$11 million was deposited into
Otong's accounts over a two-
year period involving six trans-
actions, with "no plausible
explanation given for such high-
ly suspicious transactions".

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leading financial institution with a presence in over 100 countries and
over 100 million customers worldwide,
is seeking candidates for the position of


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Carifta games' new locations

Junior Sports Reporter
THE change in venue for the
region's top junior track and
field meet may pose a problem
for the Bahamas.
The Carifta games, which was
originally set for St George's
Grenada, March 26th-29th, has
been moved to Trinidad and
Tobago and, according to
Bahamas Association of Athlet-
ic Association (BAAA) Presi-
dent Desmond Bannister,
Bahamian athletes will have to
peak to match last year's medal
count or to be in the medal
Bannister, who nevertheless
remains optimistic about the sit-
uation, claimed that the shift in
venue favours the other
Caribbean Islands more, which
are in the eastern sections.
The Bahamas, Jamaica, Cay-
man Islands and Bermuda all
have a north western location.

He said: "We are expecting
more athletes to participate in
the games since they are being
hosted in Trinidad and Tobago.
"The Caribbean islands from
that sector will bring down big-
ger teams as opposed to the
games being hosted in Grena-
da. It will be very expensive for
us to take a large contingent, but
cheaper for them since they are
in that area.
"Although there will be an
increase in representation from
the other Caribbean islands I
still believe that the Bahamas
will do extremely well."
The BAAA has selected six

unofficial meets for athletes to
qualify for the games.
The first meet on the BAAA's
calendar is the Star Trackers
Classic, set for next weekend.
These unofficial meets are
designed to take some of the
pressure from the athletes at the
official Carifta trail.
As a result, two trails dates
has been set February 25th-
26th and March 18th-19th at
the Thomas A Robinson stadi-
However, only the March
18th-19th dates will be regarded
as the official meet, which will
host all athletes from around the
Although the two meets are
listed as the Carifta trials, the
March meet will be the only one
that will determine the athletes'
Ralph McKinney, BAAA's
public relations officer, con-
firmed that a head-to-head com-
petition is required before an
athlete is outright named to the
"Before we can name any ath-
lete to the team we must see
them perform in a head-to-head
meet," said McKinney.
"This meet, which the associ-
ation deems necessary, helps to
rectify situations where we have
more than three athletes qualify
for an event. In the past years
we've had three or four persons
qualify but weren't able to make
qualifying standards at the trails.
"Having the trials and the
head-to-head competition alle-
viates and clarify any mix up we
might face."
Last Carifta games the
Bahamas secured 21 medals for
a fifth place finish. Leading the

charge for the Bahamas were
seniors Grafton Ifill III and
Aymara Albury.
This year twin sensations
Tavara and Tamara Rigby will
have to lead a squad that cap-
tured three medals last year.
The Rigby sisters, who are no
strangers to competition on this
level, might be the only two
females from last year returning
to the squad. Bannister is still
positive when it comes to the
under 20 girls division.

He said: "I do believe that we
have a strong under 17 girls and
boys division, we will have to
work with our under 20 boys and
girls, especially the women's
"When you go out by the
sports centre you will find hun-
dreds of athletes training, so I
am still optimistic when it comes
to the numbers of athletes we
will have qualify.
"We will miss athletes like
Aymara and Grafton in the
senior division, but when you
have athletes like the Rigby
twins still competing and peo-
ple like T'Shonda Webb and
Tracy Morrison coming into the
ranks the out look is great."
Collegiate athletes hoping to
make the Carifta team will have
to surpass qualifying marks set
by local athletes to be consid-
"We will take into considera-
tion the collegiate athletes but,
on the other hand, we can't deny
the athletes who actually com-
peted in the trials. We do take all
of these circumstances into con-
sideration," said McKinney.


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THE Bahamas Crick-
et Association (BCA)
is helping tsunami
victims in Asia by host-
ing a local cricket
The Sunday match is
being held in aid of
relief efforts in Sri
Lanka, and will be
played at the Haynes
After the appeal
launched by the local
Sri Lankans, cricket
administrators felt a
game would be ideal to
give support.
Cricket, a major sport
in Asia, has already
played a part in helping
the tsunami victims.
ON January 10th, a
similar match-up was
played in Australia,
with proceeds going to
relief funds.
BCA Chairperson
Ravi Jesubatham said:
"We are really excited
about hosting a match
of this nature.

""'Mosr of the Sri
Lankans and Asians
living in the Bahamas
are excited and we are
hoping to gain the sup-
port of all Bahamians."
The match format.
which was adopted by
the International Crick-
et Council (ICC). will
be played between an
Asian XI and a
Bahamas XI team.
With there being no
gate tp charge fans to
watch the match,
booths will be set up
around the field, where
interested persons can
make their contribu-
The innovative
method will have three
collection centres, a
pledge system entitled
Dollars Per Run, where
people can pledge any
amount to a run scored
by any of the teams and
the final score.

A pledge booklet will
also be passed around
by committee members
and visitors on that
During a normal
game at the Haynes
Oval, the fan base is
any where from 100 to
150, however,
Jesubatham is expect-
ing a large crowd to
participate in a worthy
"Invitations are being
sent to past cricket
players who still follow
the game on the local
and international
scene," said
Jesubatham, a local Sri
"Although we might-
only be looking at 100
or 150 supporter-s, per-
sons who are not inter-
ested in watching the
game can still come out
and make a positive
At the conclusion of
the match, awards will
be presented to the
best batsman, best
bowler and "Man of the

On hand will be
Orville Turnquest and
Fred Mitchell, Minister
of Foreign Affairs.

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the 2004 Orange Bowl
boys 18's champion, is
the only hope left alive
for the Bahamas at the
2005 Australian Open
in Melbourne.
The native of Grand
Bahama, who is playing
under the American
flag, pulled off a 6-4, 6-
2 victory over Jurgens
Strydom in the boys'
singles division on
Neilly, the number
seven seeded player in
the tournament, will
play No.4 seed Robin
Haase in the quarter-
final on Friday.
In the first round,
Neilly knocked off
James Lemke of Aus-
tralia 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5)
and then he sent Amer-
ican Marcus Fuqate
packing 6-2, 6-4.

Going into the tour-
nament, Neilly,.18, was
ranked as the No.10
junior player on the
International Tennis
Federation Boys' 18s
Also on Wednesday,
Davis Cup team mem-
ber Ryan Sweeting was
eliminated in the third
round by No.6 seed
Sergei Bubka of the
Ukraine 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Sweeting won his
first round match, 6-3,
2-6, 6-2 over Luca
Ocvirk of Slovania. He
came back in the sec-
ond round and won 7-5,
4-6, 14-12 over Aussie
Andrew Coelho.
Sweeting also played
in the boys' doubles
with Miquel Reyes-
Varela of Mexico
before they were oust-
ed in the second round
by No.4 seeds Jesse
Levine/Michael Shabaz
of the United States 3-
6, 6-1, 6-4.

In the first round,
Sweeting and Reyes-
Varela won 6-3, 6-3
over Matthew
Ebden/Luke Wewigh-
man of Australia.
Sweeting, 18, is cur-
rently ranked at No 0
on the ITF's Boys 1 ,.
Meanwhile, Bahami-
an Mark Knowles and
Canadian Daniel
Nestor didn't survive
the first round of the
men's doubles for the
second time this
Last year's top
ranked team and the
top seeded team in the
tournament struggled,
losing 6-3, 7-6 (5) Jur-
gen Melzer of Austria
and Alexander Waske
of Germany.
Knowles also teamed
up with Daniela Hantu-
chova of Slovakia, but
they lost 6-3, 7-6 (2) to
the Australian team of
Scott Draper an'
Samantha Stosuj the
first round.
Nestor also te; ied
up with Rennae otubbs
of Australia.
The top seeded team
got past the first round,
but joined Knowles-and
Hantuchova on the
sidelines in the third

Senior Sports Reporter
VERSATILE Je'Vaughn Saunders, playing
well on the inside, stepped up big time to help
lead the St Augustine's College Big Red
Machines to a hard fought 54-45 victory oer
the St John's Giants.
The victory snapped St John's bid for a perfect
regular season in the Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools and forced a
three-way tie for first place between the tvto
schools along with Jordan Prince William Fal-
All three schools are now 11-1 and will have to
go to their head-to-head and points scored to
determine who will win the junior boys pennant.
In addition to the outcome of this game, it's
interesting to note that St John's beat Prince
William and Prince William beat SAC.
"We played a little easy in the first half, but we
picked it up in the second half when we pressured
the ball and we did what we had to do to win,"
said Saunders, who moved from forward to play
Saunders, who executed very well in the mid-
dle, finished with 15. including the final four
points that enabled SAC to hold onto the %icto-
"I thought that the team needed someone to
score at the time, so I stepped it up in the post
and try and get the rebound and put it back up
for us to win," Saunders added.
It wasn't the first time that Saunders came
through big time for SAC Coach John Tood
said the last lime he did was when they played
SAC and Saunders scored 22 points.

"He's all over the court. That's why he played
the middle. He could read," Todd said.
Tavares Nottage, however, led the way with a
game high 13. Laurence Benoit contributed 11
and Andre Wood Jr chipped in with eight.
Southpaw point guard Craig Smith and Denzil
Barr both led the way for St John's with 13, while
Diojenez Thurston had eight, Ehren Hanna set -
en and Shanarj Wallace had four.
"We had all the shots," said SAC's coach John
Todd "This is a young team and they looked
scared. So as long as \we stayed with them in the
first half. I know we till beat them."
St John's coach Cherco\ie Wells was philo-
"Coming down the end, the fatigue started to
set in," said Wells in trying to determine what
went %\ wrong. "I had some of my starting players in
foul trouble, so I couldn't risk losing them.
"And wte couldn't adjust to playing on the
smaller court at SAC. But it was a good game.
We played them well We just ha\e to learn from
Wells. hotweler. left a stern \warning for SAC
"1 just told John Todd that they will meet me
in the championships, but he won't beat me
tw ice." Wells predicted.
In the first half, St John's played a solid defen-
site game and were able to run the fast break
The combination of Diojenez Thurston, Ehren
Hanna. Shanarl Wallace. Denzel Barr and Craig
Smith provided the spark they needed.
But. in the second half, SAC took control of
the game and ne\er eased up. The\ were able to
turn around their offence as they stayed on top.
When the game was on the line, Je'Vaughn
Saunders and Taveres Nottage were able to pro-
vide a 1-2 punch that made the difference in
both the third and fourth quarters.
In another game played at SAC yesterday, the
Temple Christian Suns knocked off the Big Red
Machines' luruor girls 29-24
Wendy Bodie and Tifiany Wildgoose scored 10
and eight points respectively for the Suns. Alicia
Nlusgrose came up with a game high 14 in a los-
ing effort ,

TAVARES NOTTAGE (left) of the Big
Red Machines fights for possession yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Mlajor/Tribune staff)

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