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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: February 2, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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700 prisoners

guarded by

just 15 officers

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE most dangerous prison-
ers in the B'ahamas more than
700 of them,- are being guarded.,.
by only 15 officers, t emerged
yesterday as security problems
at Fox Hill came under the
The prison's boss admitted
that he was glad the inmates
had never attempted an organ-
ised uprising.
"God is with us because, if
not, we would have been tram-
pled a long time ago," said
superintendent Edwin Culmer,
reflecting on a serious staff
shortage in the maximum secu-
rity block.
His astonishing disclosures
came when The Tribune toured
Fox Hill to see first-hand the
conditions at the controversial
Mr Culmer revealed that only
15 officers can be spared at any
one time to guard the 754 max-
imum security inmates at the
prison. These include violent
prisoners who had committed
"heinous" crimes.
In an exclusive interview dur-
ing the, prison tour, Mr Culmer
called the staff shortage
"tremendous" and said he is'
thankful that inmates have nev-
er attempted an organised
He explained that, at present,
only 300 officers are employed
to guard the over 1,400 inmates

housed in the various facilities
at the prison.
An additional 250 guards are
urgently needed, he said, adding
that a-recruitment initiative is
set to be launched this month.
The main cause of the staff
shortage, Mr Culmer said, is the
general lack of funding for the
He said he understands the
devastation caused by Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne
forced government to redirect
money intended for the prison.
But he emphasised that he
could only work with the
resources provided.
According to Mr Culmer,
security at the prison is not the
only issue affected by the short-
age of staff.
He explained that the lack of
officers has also compromised
the government's "No Idleness"
rehabilitation programme,
under which all prisoners would
be employed in constructive
labour on a regular basis.
Mr Culmer said that without
the manpower to supervise
workers properly, the use of
maximum security prisoners in
projects outside the compound
could not be risked.
"We must be aware that a lot
of them are in here for heinous
crimes," he said.
Mr Culmer added, however,
that an increase in staff num-
bers would not be enough to
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PLP chairman calls for end

to 'anti-foreign' stance

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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamian govern-
ment is set to officially deter-
mine the number of illegal
immigrants living in the coun-
try for the first time ever.
Within the next few
months, a team of interna-
tional immigration specialists
is seeking to implement a
method for ascertaining how
many people are in the
Bahamas illegally.
The announcement came
yesterday from Minister of
Immigration Vincent Peet,
speaking at the Rotary Club
of Nassau.
The minister explained that
a United Nations representa-
tive is presently in the

Bahamas, "working to put
machinery in place to count
what we have in the country."
He added that the UN's
effort is being augmented by
the work of the International
Organisation for Migration
"It is very difficult to mea-
sure the number of illegal
immigrants in any country,
but because we are a small
country, we are going to make
every effort to measure what
we have," he said.
Mr Peet said he expects to
present Cabinet with a report
on this matter in the very near
Further addressing the
problem of immigrants to the
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Senior Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS have been
urged to reassess their "anti for-
eign" stance as the world moves
towards globalisation.
The plea came from PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby, who
said it was time for them to
examine their "xenophobic ten-
As individuals, Bahamians
must re-evaluate their fear of
foreigners against the backdrop
of a world moving toward glob-
alisation and in the context of a
country that must be a part of
this movement, he told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
Mr Rigby's comments fol-
lowed Bishop Neil Ellis' sermon
urging Prime Minister Perry
Christie to show "guts" in deal-
ing decisively with the appar-
ent lawlessness of "foreign ele-
ments" in the Bahamas.
The bishop also told the

prime minister to deal with gov-
ernment colleagues who threat-
ened the nation's stability and
reputation. If he didn't, he
warned, "you go down with
Bishop Ellis, pastor of Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church, was responding to last
week's Nassau Village riot in
which a police car was burnt
and three members of the pub-
lic were shot and wounded.
Despite the bishop's attack,
Mr Rigby said he doesn't
believe his party is losing sup-
port because of the immigra-
tion issue.
"With the construction of the
Defence Force base in Inagua, it
will signal the first step to a
comprehensive solution to the
problem and it will be a major
plank in combating the flow of
illegal immigrants into the coun-
try," he said.
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Tribute to a nation builder


IF THE sacred privilege of rec-
ommending those thought wor-
thy of being called saints were
afforded us, our first nominee for
the Good Lord's favourable con-
sideration would be a stranger
who came to us at a time when
the world was at war. Neverthe-
less, his peaceful co-existence
amongst us for more than half
this past century, and the varied
contribution he has made to the
development of our country,
make our chronicling of his life
and times a labour of love. Thus,
our attempt here to perpetuate
the memory of the Rev. Canon
David Harold John Laurence
Mr Ernest Edwin Samuel
Pugh, a member of the Birming-
ham Iron Foundry family and the
brother of the Rev. H. A. A. B.
Pugh, was born in Liverpool,
England, on February 17, 1886.
A seafarer all his life, he mar-
ried Miss Bertha Hope on August
2, 1914. She was born on June 12,
1888, and was the great, great,
great grand daughter of Lord
A purser, Mr Ernest Pugh was
supposed to sail on the RMS
Titanic in April, 1912, but at a
friend's request changed places
with him at the last moment.

His friend, unfortunately, was
among the 1,490 lives that were
lost when the Titanic struck an
iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on
that its ill-fated maiden voyage.
(Canon Pugh vividly recalled
playing with the Titanic's keys as
a child.)
When World War One broke
out on August 4, 1914, Mr Ernest
Pugh sailed on a sister ship, the
RMS Britannic. However, while
returning to England with wound-
ed soldiers from the Dardanelles
Sin 1916, the Britannic was torpe-
doed by a German U-boat. For-
tunately, the crew was miracu-
lously rescued, and the Britan-
nic's wreck still lies sunken at that
spot. Later, in 1917, Mr Ernest
Pugh was also on the SS Arabic, a
hospital ship, when it was torpe-

The Rev. Canon David John Pugh

doed in the English Channel.
After 1918, when the war end-
ed, there was a great economic
slump worldwide. Mr Ernest
Pugh's firm, the White Star Line,
then transferred him to Genoa,
Italy, for cruising in the Mediter-
A merchant marine at the time,
he took his family with him. It
was while in Genoa that his son,
David Harold John Laurence,
was born on May 24, 1920. The
infant, having been born in that
predominantly Roman Catholic
country, had the unique distinc-
tion of having been baptised on
three different occasions. The

having volunteered for overseas-
service, he came to Nassau and
lived in the Montagu Hotel until'
the RAF base was completed at
Oakes Field. He was then
appointed maintenance controller
and placed in charge of the tech-
nical library when the base was
During this period, he became
involved in the local Anglican
diocese by working at St
Matthew's Church where, togeth-
er with its Rector, the late Bishop
Donald Knowles, they founded a
club for boys.
Having served in the RAF for
some 15 years, he next returned

done". Fr. Browne had been his
predecessor at St Anne's, having
done a few stints, as did others,
following Fr Henshaw's.death.
It was difficult succeeding Fr'
Henshaw, 'who was the prot6g6
of the lte miillionaire Miss Mari-
on Carstairs, owner of Whale Cay
in the Berry Islands. Besides a
wealthy benefactor in Miss
Carstairs, Fr Henshaw also had
a lot of rich friends who willingly
supplied fhe church with every-
thing it needed. Thus, the'con-
gregation was neyer encouraged
to financially support their church
arind so assumed that every suc-
ceeding priest would be blessed
with lIts'of rich friends, as was
,r T-Tenshawo

"Although aware that the vast C.
majority of his members were o ega
It was-mainly the lack of co-
basically poor people with operation spawned by this atti-
tude' of the congregation that
limited means, Fr Pugh caused some ten priests to pass
ins1tied in Fe P gh fa t t through St.Anne's Church in the
instilled in them the fact that three-year period immediately
following Father Henshaw's
they, the members, and not death.
This was the same attitude that
the building, together with the yong Fr Pugh inherite with

the priest, constituted the

family returned to Liverpool in
the United Kingdom in 1922.
Young David Pugh was edu-
cated at Liverpool Institute, a
grammar school for boys. He
matriculated at the age of 15 and,
took the competitive examination
for the Royal Air Force, which
he successfully passed.
He then enlisted as an aircraft
apprentice at RAF Halton in Jan-
uary, 1936, and, for the next three
years, he was trained in engines,
airframes and instruments.
On completion in 1939, at the
outbreak of World War Two, he
was 'posted to 49 Bomber
Squadron at Scampton, Lin-
colnshire, where he stayed until
August, 1942. Later that year,


to the Bahamas in 1953, having
completed his formal preparation
for the priesthood at Codrington
College, Barbados, and taught at
St John's College for one year.
At the same time, he. continued to
conduct a boy's club at St
Matthew's Church, which he had
initiated earlier. He was ordained
a priest on May 24, 1954, and
installed as priest-in-charge of the
parish church of St Anne, F6x
Hill, in the same year. He thus
became the eleventh priest to
come to St Anne's Church fol-
lowing the death of the popular
Fr Julian Henshaw on January
At that time, he is,reported to'
have recalled his initial visit to St
Anne's thus: "My fist visit to St
Anne's was when Fr Lyle was
Chaplain of Prisons. I ,was then
a deacon. I came because I was
asked to keep the Church in Fr
Browne's absence. I noticed the
lack of facilities.'..the whole area
was much needed to be

me congregation at aStAn
1954. However, unlike I
predecessors, he decided
and change this negative
Although aware that t
majority of his member
basically poor people with
means, Fr Pugh instilled i
the fact that they, the me
and not the building, to
with the priest, constitui
Church. He so inspired hi
bers with his Christian e:
that within ten years St
became a self-supporihpg
. Ian effort to insurer
promising children of hi
parishioners gained acce
secoiidary'education, he
classed almost immediate
six students. in the ch
garage; This.humble effort
essence, the forerunine
Anne's High Schliol.'
The St Anne's congre
rallied around their new
and his work among them
demand his full attention.
book; Historical Notes
Anne's 'Parish Chirch
Gladys Manuel writes t

inels in
his ten
to stay
he vast
rs were
in them
ted the
s mem-
*e that
.ss:to a -
v :with A

"In fact, on 6th January, 1955,
the school opened its doors with
26 pupils and three teachers: Ms
Audrey White (now Evans) and
Ms Thelma Brennen (now
Demeritte), both of whom had
formerly been taught by the Rector
at St John's College and, of course,
the Rector himself."

The Nassau Daily Tribune
reported on September 1, 1957:
"Reverend David Pugh's dreams
have eventually begun to materi-
"Two years ago he held classes
in an old shop, a dilapidated
garage and an old hall, with the
hope that some day he could
build, an adequate building for
the fast growing enrolment.
Shortly after taking his appoint-
ment at St Anne's Church, Father
Pugh was approached by people
in Fox Hill to open a grade
school. With no proper accom-
.modations but a keen sense of
duty, he plunged in and opened
The newspaper report included
these direct words from Fr Pugh:
"In the near future I would like to
establish a technical school where
the children can be taught
mechanics and other trades. In

academic award in his memory.
Godfrey's dogged determinatioh
against insurmountable odds had
made him an inspiration to us all.
Visit St Anne's High School's
auditorium and you will find on
the two plaques of Godfrey Mid-
nis Award winners the names of
some of our country's leading
professionals. Most of them ar;e
where they are and who they are
today but "by the grace of God',
the motto Fr Pugh gave the
school at its inception. Our coun-
try is today a better place because
of their contribution to its devel-
Fr Pugh's humility was boriae
out in his desire to retire as rector
of St Anne's Church and remain
on as assistant priest to his pro-
t6g6 Fr John Clarke. However,
Fr Clarke, was appointed chap-
lain of Her Majesty's Prison in
Fox Hill before Fr. Pugh's retire-
ment. Nevertheless, both he arid
Fr Clarke have since served for
various periods as associate
priests at St Anne's under Fr
Crosley Walkine, Fr Pugh's ulti-
mate successor.
Fr Pugh's benevolence can be
seen in the large number of young
men he took into his household
during his 41-year stay as rector 4t
St Anne's Church. Many of them
he legally adopted and nurtured
into becoming useful and respo i-
sible citizens. During his incum-
bency, some four priests were

"He will always be remembered
for his great humility. This is so'
because, despite all the good he'
did as rector of the Parish
Church of St Anne and in the
wider community, he never
sought and always discouraged
any public recognition."

urch's this way we can produce a child
was in who is more useful to the com-
r of St .mdinity."
In 1958, the first proper set of
-gation classrooms were completed and
liiiest, dedicated and, overtime, St
was to, Anne's' began to become one of
In her the foremost educational institu-
Son St tions in the country. From Fr
,' Mrs 'Pugh's six original students, one
he fol- went on to become the first priest
to be ordained from St Anne's
Church. Another became a regis-
trar of the College of the
- Bahamas. And, yet another has
D* become a senior magistrate. We
refer to former prison chaplain
R Canon John Clarke, Dr Roger
Brown and Mrs Gladys Manuel,
Sdme 50 years later, St Anne's
High School now ranks among
the leading secoildary institutions
of learning in the Common-
wealth. Its graduates now occupy
positions of responsibility
throughout the professional land-
scape of the Bahamas. Heart spe-
cialist Dr. Duane Sands, former-
Speaker of the House of Assem-
bly, Miss Italia Johnson; and the
principal of Freeport High
School, Mr Sammy Bethel, one
of the young men Fr Pugh raised,
l. are included among them.
Being no respecter of persons,
Fr Pugh nurtured the anaemic lit-
tle Godfrey Minnis and devel-
d.' Qped him into a graceful altar boy
and an excellent singer in the all-
boys choir he formed at St Anne's
Church. When Godfrey died at a
youthful age, Fr Pugh, then the
principal of St Anne's High
School also, named its highest

ordained from St Anne's Chur4h,
three of whom, Fathers John
Clarke, Norbert Cooper and
Ormand Wright, were his stu-
dents at St Anne's High School.
The fourth was Fr John Car-
son, an attorney who, inspired by
Fr Pugh's Christian example, also
became a priest.

In 1964, Fr Pugh was appointed
Archdeacon of the Bahamas and
served in that capacity until 1971
when he resigned after becoming
ill. He was made a canon of the
Cathedral in 1974. A prayerful
visionary, as early as 1958 he
formed the Brotherhood of St
Francis Carraciola, a quasi-
monastic order established to test
the vocation of several young
men in the parish. He worked
with them in renovating an old
building, where they lived in com-
munity until 1963. Fathers Clarke,
Cooper and Wright are also prod-
ucts of that order.
During his incumbency at St
Anne's, Fr Pugh secured much
land for the expansionof St
Anne's School and the creation of
the dual-purpose playing field and
parking lot. He was also instru-
mental in the expansion of the
church building itself, the con-
struction, of a new rectory and
finally the new multi-purpose
Parish Hall.
He will always be remembered
for his great humility. This is so
because, despite all the good he
did as rector of the Parish Church
of St Anne and in the wider com-
munity, he never sought and
always discouraged any public
recognition. However, he was
among the first to receive our
nation's highest honour, the
Order of Merit, which was
bestowed on him at the Indepen-
dence Celebrations during the
bicentennial year 2000.
On August 15, 2002, Canon
Pugh slipped and fell at his Fox
Hill home, breaking his left thigh
in the accident. This injury result-
ed in three successive operations
over a span of a few months, the
first two of which produced unsat-
isfactory results. He never fully
regained his former mobility. On
September 8, 2002, his sister Rita
arrived from her home in Wales
to be with him throughout his
ordeal. On February 6,2003, she,
too, had to be hospitalised. This
followed a similar accident that
occurred while attending to him
at his home. She suffered a bro-
ken hip in that mishap. Following
her quick recovery, she contin-
ued to administer to him.
After having spent almost a
year here assisting in attending
to her brother, it was decided that
Canon Pugh would accompany
his sister on her return to Wales,
where she would continue to care
for him.
It was a painful decision to
make, given the fact that Canon
Pugh had spent more than a half
century in The Bahamas, 41 years
of which he served as priest-in-
charge and rector of the Parish
Church of St Anne, Fox Hill.

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-THE______TRIBUNE __ WEDNESDAY,-----------------FEBRUARY---------2,2005,-*------ -PAGE--- -- -3

FORMER US President
Bill Clinton is to make a pri-
vate visit to the Bahamas on
Yesterday US embassy
spokesman Mike Taylor
confirmed that Mr Clinton
will be in the country from
Thursday, February 3 to
Sunday, February 6. Mr
Taylor did not know
whether Mr Clinton would
be accompanied by his wife,
New York Senator Hillary
Clinton, who fainted on
Monday while giving a
speech in Buffalo, New
York after complaining of
flu-like symptoms.
Mr Clinton is expected to
stay at the exclusive Ocean
Club Resort on Paradise
Island during his stay.
Mr Clinton, served as
president from 1992-2000
and was succeeded by cur-
rent US President George
W Bush.
-According to the Associ-
ated Press, United Nations
Secretary-general Kofi
Annan selected Mr Clinton
to be the UN special envoy
for tsunami reconstruction
in Asia, saying no one could
better ensure that the world
doesn't forget the needs of
the countries devastated by
the disaster of December 26
last year.
Soon after the disaster,
US president George W.
Bush named Mr Clinton and
his father, former US Presi-
dent, George W. Bush to
head a nationwide private
fund-raising effort to help
countries devastated by the
earthquake, off Indonesia
that trigged tsunamis across
the Indian Ocean to
The disaster killed more
than 157,000 people and dis-
placed millions of other in
11 countries.
,,Mr Clinton said in a state-
-,ment that be looked forward
to serving as Annan's spe-
cial envoy.


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toviitth:!risoners wo need t Ade sil

Baaa nre MOt reluctant to gain th.e'

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOX HILL inmates who are
most in need of trade skills are
the most reluctant to gain them,
according to prison workshop
supervisor Corporal Walter
He said that an unwillingness
to gain the knowledge needed
to enter legitimate society is
becoming a trend among young
With the opening of a large
training centre for inmates only
weeks away, Corporal Rolle
told The Tribune that while the
lack of practical skills is one
obstacle for the integration of
released inmates into society,
their attitude towards gaining
these skills is often a bigger bar-
"I find that those who don't
need a trade, because their peo-
ple or themselves have access
to money, seem to progress
here more than those who have
nothing," he said.

Corporal Rolle said reluc-
tance to learn practical trades is
particularly prevalent among
young inmates, and may be the
result of a dangerous shift in
attitudes that will eventually
lead many young offenders
back to the prison.
However, this has not
decreased Corporal Rolle's
pride in the fact that some
inmates have been able to
escape the cycle of crime
through skills learned at the
workshop. He said he knew of
at least two who had gone on to
become successful contractors.
Corporal Rolle explained
that the workshop, though
strapped for funds, teaches pro-
fessional carpentry, furniture
Sbiildiiig and repair skills to any
inmates who'are interested.
"It teaclies them a skill, a
trade, a means of making a liv-

BUSY inmates at the
Fox Hill Prison work shop.
The inmates build every-
thing from furniture to jew-
elry boxes.
(Photo: Fellpi Major/
Tribune Staff)

ing when they leave here," he
As many as 20 inmates can
work in the shop at one 'time,
although any more than this
might pose a security risk, he
explained, as only he and one
other officer can be spared to
oversee the project.
"With the limited resources
we have, we do nice work,"
he said, pointing to a large con-
ference table under construc-
According to Corporal Rolle,
the table is destined for the
offices of the Gaming Board
when it is complete.
He explained that most of the
furniture made in the workshop
adorns government facilities,
but that some is sold commer-
cially: '
* Corporal Rolle said many
inmates ignore the value of

learning a trade in prison
because they believe they will
be supported by their families
when they are released.
This, he said, proves too often
to be a mistake.

"Their people come here to
see them while they are here,
but in the free world they don't
want them around," he
Corporal Rolle said that, as a
result, prisoners enter the world
with "nothing, so they go back
to what they know; stealing,
The prison Training Centre,
set to open by the second week
of February, will feature eight
classrooms, for the teaching of
language and maths skills, a
library and computer lab and

Man charged with

unlawful sexual

A NASSAU Village man was
arraigned in court on Tuesday
on charges of having sex with a
mentally retarded woman.
Shawn Newbold, a 30 year-
old resident of Alexandria Blvd
east, Nassau Village, appeared
before Magistrate Marilyn
He is accused of having
unlawful sexual intercourse last
week with a 21-year-old woman
who suffers from a mental dis-
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge, and was granted bail in
the sum of $10,000 with two
The preliminary inquiry into
the matter will begin on April


five large workshops intended
for the study of trades such as
engineering, carpentry and
Corporal Rolle said he hopes
that, along with the increase in
facilities, there is an increase in
the number of inmates
who wish to take advantage of

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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4) Work with the people of
Exuma to develop a master
. 5) Further develop COB as
a residential regional centre for
further education opportunities.
6) In consultation... establish
a comprehensive plan and set
of conservation guidelines for
the future development of the
Exuma cays.
7) Revitalise the once vibrant
agricultural industry in Exuma.
We realise that aid and grant,
which were available to the
Bahamas in the 1970s and
1980s, are now being earmarked
to countries like those in the
former Soviet Union and the
Middle East, due to changes in
geo-politics. Furthermore, our

ability to access the little avail-
able aid and grant is quickly
diminishing because of our
advanced stage of development,
when compared to countries
like Haiti, Guyana and Somalia.
Therefore, any prudent leader
should advocate a development
plan based on the proper man-
agement and allocation of exist-
ing resources. This should also
mean an end to the wastage of
government resources.
Unless we begin to speak out
against the wastage and mis-
guided development approach
some of our leaders are advo-
cating, it could be years before
Exuma experiences the neces-
sary improvements to our edu-
cation and health systems.

January 16,2005.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

TO THOSE persons who put
God and country above self,
Exuma holds you in high
Unfortunately, we are expe-
riencing the development of a
cadre of individuals, who are
seeking leadership positions for
self-gain and not for the better-
ment of our island. In addition,
we are witnessing how thou-
sands of dollars are being spent
monthly to pay salaries and
expenses of political appointees,
who have no clear defined role.
Furthermore, there are too
many 'government' sponsored
entourages travelling to Exuma
with no clear contribution to
make towards sustainable
These wanton exploits have
the potential to halt our rate of
development, since certain indi-
viduals who claim to love our
island and country are in my
opinion the mean culprits wast-
ing government's limited
What makes the situation
worse is that this wastage is tak-
ing place at the same time some
of our national leaders are
advocating .a developmental
plan, based on the amount of
aid and grant we could access
from donor countries.
Case in point, during the
commissioning of the reverse
osmosis plant at the Navy Base
in November 2004, Mr Bradley
Roberts, Minister of Works and
Utilities, said, "I wish to assure
the good people of Exuma that
the Government is looking for
funding to do this and our
efforts'are now aimed at seek-
ing Europeam Unibip funds. for
this, and similar .xpansions in
the FamilyIslands."
Additionally, after Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne, Mr
Leslie Miller, Minister of Trade
and Industry, echoed similar
sentiments when he went to
Europe and promised to bring
back $35 million in aid/grant for
hurricane relief efforts.
Since there are cabinet min-
isters advocating a development
culture based on the generosity
of other countries, we could ask
how and when Mr Anthony
Moss, Exuma's Member of Par-
liament, will be able to fulfil his
2002 political promises "Seven
Point Plan for Exuma," which
comprise the following:
1) Seek to have the new pri-
mary school built.
2)Make Exuma's Interna-
tional Airport a major transit
3) Promote Exuma as a

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AM a Bahamian citizen, who is disgusted with the hiring and
evaluation process of officers at Her Majesty Prison. Presently
I have been on six interviews beginning in 1990 and concluded
in 2004.
I have been processed on four occasions and each time I
was told by the prison administration that I will be in the next
squad, but nothing has happened to this date.
This is a sheer incompetence; something needs to be done
immediately. It is common knowledge that there is a shortage
of prison officers, it has been continuously reported on the
radio, television and in newspapers that hiring will be com-
menced soon but to my knowledge, nothing has been done
to date. The last recruitment of officers was in 2001. The prison
is overcrowded with inmates and there are not enough prison
officers to mandate them. Also, officers are not coming to
work or are calling in sick because of the shortage at the prison.
The regulation of the prison needs to be taken seriously.
Reform of prisoners is very essential. These are people who will
re-enter our society.
We need more skilled officers to guide, teach, train and
counsel these individuals so that they can deal with the pressure
of living in our community and will be at a satisfactory level to
gain employment and live a normal life.
Necessary action needs to commence immediately to secure
good officers so that when individuals are selected for recruit-
ment the prison won't lose them to other government depart-
ments and employers because of the long drawn-out process.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE the issue of the influx
of illegal Haitian migrants con-
tinues to cause alarm through-
out the country, Defence Force
officials said that they are com-
bining their operations with the
US Coast Guard to maximise the
effort of immigrant interception
throughout the Bahamas.
Speaking at the "Tradewinds"
conference yesterday, US and
local maritime officials said that
the best avenue for protecting
our waters is through exercises
such as Tradewinds, which pro-
mote camaraderie amongst agen-
cies with the same goals.
"The bilateral agreement
between our two countries
enables us to work hand in hand
because we basically have the
same mandate, which is to safe-
guard our boarders. From a mar-
itime perspective the agreement
avails us the opportunity of plac-
ing a Bahamian Defence Force
sea rider on a Coast Guard plat-
form, which gives us that strate-
gic advantage to continuing
boardings," said Lt Darren Hen-
field, press liaison for the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force
"Tradewinds is about exercis-
ing regional forces to create syn-
ergy and inter-operability. And
so that in the event we are called
upon to perform as one force, as
one unit, we are able to do so.
We know the way each other
operates, we know each other's
capabilities, and we know all the
things we need to know to
deploy as one unit," he said.

Commander Albert Ambris-
ter, the squadron commanding
officer at the RBDF said that
more vessels are always needed
in the area of the southern
Bahamas to provide better inter-
"We no longer see very large
numbers of migrants on the boats
nowadays, as it has revamped to
a "trickle migration." This how-
ever heightens the chance of the
vessels not being seen," he cau-
"We set up patrols in the
Windward Passage, and the
southeastern Bahamas, and they
have been quite successful.
Because of the way the Bahamas
is situated, even if migrants are
trying to get to the US, they
would end up here in the
Lt Terry Johns, liaison for the
US Coast Guard, said that
although most immigrants are
heading for the US, a large per-
centage remain in the Bahamas.
"Of course there will be some
that get through. A large part of
the migrants are heading for the
United States, however we're
also seeing a good percentage of
those that remain in the
Bahamas," he said.
Commander Robert Olson,
assistant liaison officer with the
US Coast Guard said that this
particular Tradewinds exercise


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goal of preparedness for the
Cricket World Cup, which is
scheduled to be held in the West
Indies in 2007.
"This 2005 Tradewinds exer-
cise is the beginning of a
three year cycle stationed around
the 2007 World Cup of
"That is our target right now,

but the skills that are going to
be developed out here as a mar-
itime security operation allows
them to be used in any anti-ter-
rorist operations.
"With the world we live in
today, any event of this magni-
tude we have to prepare for from
a security standpoint as terror-
ism is a part of our daily checklist
now," he said.

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Arson is believed to be the cause of a fire
that resulted in $200,000 in damage at the Pinetree Horse Sta-
bles, according to Supt Basil Rahming.
Fire fighters responded to call at 2.13pm on Sunday to a fire
at the stables situated at the rear of the Freeport Anglican
High School on Beachway Drive.
When they arrived at the scene, owners Chris May and Lin-
da Bucannon were rescuing 45 horses from the flames. Both sus-
tained minor burns in the process.
Firemen battled the blaze for more than three hours until the
fire was extinguished. All 32 stables and barns were complete-
ly destroyed.
The facility was not insured.
Mr Rahming said fire officials and detectives are jointly inves-
tigating the matter.
Police are investigating a shooting that damaged a woman's
vehicle on Behring Lane early Saturday morning.
According to reports, Kevika Bastian, 21, of 113 Behring
Lane, Freeport, reported that around 6.40am while at home
along with her boyfriend she was awakened by the sound of gun-
shots being fired outside.
After going outside to check, they discovered that a bullet had
penetrated the back trunk of her 1997 Ford Expedition. It also
entered through the passenger seats and lodged inside the dash-
Mr Rahming said police retrieved a spent casing from the dri-
Investigations are have been launched into the incident.

I ,.

Bishop Michael Eldon

in hospital after

respiratory problems

Tribune Staff Reporter
BISHOP Michael Eldon is
resting comfortably in Doc-
tor's Hospital after being
admitted on Monday for res-
piratory problems.
Yesterday, Bishop Suffra-
gan of New Providence
Gilbert Thompson, told The
Tribune that Bishop Eldon,
74, who is the assistant Bish-
op of the Anglican Diocese
was admitted around midday
on Monday, after he had
trouble breathing.
"It was probably a
result of the recent cold
weather," said Bishop
Bishop Eldon did not have
to undergo surgery but is
attached to respiratory

machines which are moni-
toring his progress.
Bishop Thompson said:
"The doctors have not given
a deadline as to when Bishop
Eldon may be released, but
he is resting comfortable and
the machines are there to
make sure everything is

Although the visitors list is
limited to immediate family
members, Anglicans and the
entire Christian Community
are asked to keep Bishop
Eldon in their prayers.
The Anglican Diocese will
continue to provide updates
on Bishop Eldon's condition.
Bishop Eldon was elected
bishop suffragen of New

Providence in 1971 and was
elected the 11th Bishop of
Nassau and the Bahamas
including the Turks and
Caicos Islands in April 1972.
He is the first Bahamian to
occupy the See.
In 1984, he was created a
Companion of the order of
St Michael and St George
(CMG), by the Queen. In
July 1996, he was honoured
by the government of the
Bahamas with the award of
the Bahamas Order of Merit
After serving the Diocese
for 25 years as bishop he
retired on August 31, 1996
and now serves as assistant


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(The following is a response to com-
ments made by Prime Minister Perry
Christie during his appearance on a
recent radio talk show. This is the third
in a three-part series.)
THE proposed Marine Mammal
Protection Act legislation that his gov-
ernment drafted does not make any
provision for or address in any way:
Conservation of dolphins in the
Human-caused noise (including
active sonar) in the ocean environment;
(the stranding of 16 whales and the
subsequent death of at least six was
caused by a 16-hour mid-frequency
sonar exercise in Abaco on March 10,
Marine mammal habitat protec-
Bycatch (the unintentional capture
injury or death) of marine mammals in
commercial fishing gear or fisheries in
The need for long term research
before and after the capture of any
wild dolphin
Neither does it take into account
the significant body of science that
recognizes that capture is stressful and
can kill, that dolphins are self-aware, a
trait shared to date with only Chim-
panzees and humans, the importance

Sam Duncombe, founder of reEarth, slams proposed

Marine Mammal Protection Act legislation

of key individuals in a pod, and the
disruption to feeding, breeding and
communication among/between pods
that their removal could cause.
Another glaring inadequacy we face
is that the Department of Fisheries is
understaffed and inadequately funded.
There are simply not enough fisheries
officers now to monitor what fish are
being caught by hundreds of fisher-
men, much less to have to dispatch
them to monitor dolphin facilities. It
would be interesting to know how
many times in the last year Dolphin
Encounters or UNEXCO were
inspected, or for that matter the
aquarium at Atlantis.
It is clear that legislation to date
remains cursory, inadequate, incom-
plete and contradictory, and does not
provide The Bahamas with laws that
protect and conserve our marine
mammal resources. It is no longer
acceptable to apply an ignorant, cav-
alier attitude towards conserving our
As Ghandi aptly said: "The great-

ness of a nation can be judged by the
way its animals are treated."
Redevelopment of Bay Street goes
"hand in hand" with the destruction of
40 acres of the Clifton National Park
The redevelopment of Bay Street
was another hot topic for the show.
Mr. Christie mentioned several times
that the port would be moved to the
southwestern part of the island read
Clifton. This is a part of the land which
his government is negotiating for the
Clifton National Heritage park. The
port would take up 40 acres between
Commonwealth Brewery and BEC.
This is a part of the 400 plus acres
that is being negotiated for The
Clifton National Park. Let us also
keep in mind that BEC will eventual-
ly expand requiring at least 20 acres of
our proposed national park.
Why did the government arrange
all of those meetings with "stake-
holders" if the decision had already
been made? It seemed to us at the
time that the southwestern part of the
island was being favoured by the pre-

Ambassador's courtesy

call on Maynard-Gibson

* MINISTER of Financial Services and
Investments Allyson Maynard-Gibson
shaking hands with Ambassador Extra-
ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Peo-
ple's Republic of China to the Common-

wealth of the Bahamas Li Yuanming dur-
ing a courtesy call at her ministry on Jan-
uary 31.
(BIS photo: Eric Rose)

senters but were assured that that was
not the case. It appears that they were
told "that's where we want to put the
container port. Make it fit." If that is
not the case, then what were the rea-
sons for choosing Clifton over the oth-
er sites? The impact to already
stressed coral reefs is a major issue
for that particular site. One only has to
see what has happened to Bimini har-
bour as a result of dredging to get an
idea of what the dredging will do the
corals in the area, but then what's 40
acres of old growth forest among
Frustrating also was the statement
by the Prime Minister that a board
had been selected for Clifton. It would
be interesting to know if Keod Smith
or Rev CB Moss was appointed to
this board. I know, as one of the prin-
cipal architects of the Clifton fight, I
was never asked to participate in the
Park's further development. Two
weeks before the government passed
legislation for the Clifton Authority, I
was asked to review the legislation.


Consultation is not being told what is
going to happen. It is being asked for
meaningful input.
If this is Mr. Christie's governmen-
t's "vision" of inclusion of its citizenry,
we need some of that fairy dust that
was sprinkled on him to see the LNG
terminals as an acceptable industry,
and how destroying our natural her-
itage piece by piece is the sustainable
way to develop our country. Obvi-
ously, this government does not
understand the environment, our air,
land and sea, are the very foundations
of our communities and our econo-
my. Without our beautiful ocean habi-
tats what would draw visitors to our
country? What is the tourism dollar
and its related jobs compared to the
revenue and the 45 jobs LNG would
bring in?
I close as I opened with the ques-
tion: Why is it that when a person
defaces a building it is called vandal-
ism, but when one obliterates nature
it's "progress"?

Sam Duncombe is the founder of
the environmental organisation
reEarth. reEarth is a nonprofit, envi-
ronmental watch group, founded in
1990, dedicated to increasing public
awareness and understanding of envi-
ronmental issues.

Mitchell refutes claims that

Cabinet ministers are being

'snubbed' by US authorities

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN government
officials, "highest of rank and
most likely to travel" are enti-
tled to receive a special escort
when travelling on official trips
through the United States.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell yesterday refuted
claims by a tabloid newspaper
which stated that Bahamian
Cabinet ministers are being
"snubbed" by US authorities
by having privileges to secret
service protection revoked.
The tabloid had alleged that
as a form of retaliation against
the Bahamian government for
two diplomatic incidents, one
involving the security breach
by MP Ron Pinder at Nassau
International Airport two
weeks ago, the US government
had limited secret service pro-
tection to only four of the lead-
ing Cabinet ministers.
Setting the record straight,
Mr Mitchell told The Tribune
that this was "a very twisted
version of the truth."
He explained that the only
person who is entitled to an
secret service escort is the head
of the Bahamian government.
"This has always been the
case and there have been no
changes to the arrangement,"
he said.
He added that the right to
this privilege can always be
waived by the prime minister.
The foreign affairs minister
pointed out, however, that the
US government offers the pro-
tection of US State Depart-
ment officers to the Deputy
Prime Minister, the Minister of
Foreign Affairs and the Gov-
ernor-General of the Bahamas.
He said that individuals hold-
ing these offices can request
the services of the US State
Department for their official
trips. Following the correct pro-
cedure and giving a 72-hour
notice, these officials are able
to access the protection of US
State Department officers
when travelling "through cer-
tain airports," said Mr Mitchell.
Chief Political, Economic
and Public Relations Officer
to the US Embassy Michael
Taylor explained that "the four
highest-ranking and most like-
ly to travel" individuals within
the Bahamian government are
eligible to participate in the
Airport Screenings Courtesy
He explained that following
the criteria of rank and likeli-
hood of travel, the privilege to
access diplomatic security was
given to the prime minister,
deputy prime minister, minister
of foreign affairs and the gov-

"This has always been
the case and there have
been no changes to the

Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell

Mr Taylor added that this
privilege cannot be awarded to
all government members, as
"there simply isn't enough
diplomatic personnel available
at the airports."
He said that all other gov-
ernment members travel on
special diplomatic visas during
official trips, which indicates

their position to Customs and
Immigrations officers.
Mr Taylor pointed out, how-
ever, that even with a diplo-
matic visa, a person is still sub-
ject to security controls. "Even
I had to at times take off my
shoes in airports, security is
very tight and we don't dis-
criminate," he said.



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Surveillance equipment

considered for schools

Bahamas Information
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama
- In a move to reinforce safety,
the Ministry of Education may
install surveillance equipment
at public schools.
Already, all security person-
nel have to undergo training at
the Police College, Education
Minister Alfred M Sears con-
And, following complaints
from school officials, he vowed
to exercise "the greatest care"
in the selection of security per-
Mr Sears was in Freeport last
Thursday to launch his Minis-
ter's Book Club at Jack Hay-
ward High School, and meet
with teachers, administrators
and school board members.
He told them the Ministry of
Education has received Cabi-
net approval to engage security
officers, janitorial personnel and
clerical staff.

Also, the Commissioner of
Police has agreed to, within the
constraints of the Force per-
sonnel, deploy officers at select
schools. An officer has been
permanently stationed at R M
Bailey Secondary in New Prov-
Following a meeting with the
Minister of National Security,
it was agreed that all current
security officers at public
schools be upgraded.
"All of them are now oblig-
ated to attend a three-week
training course at the Pblice
College which has put together
a certificate programme.
"We have just graduated the
third group of security officers
who have been trained in detec-
tion efforts, investigation meth-
ods, and proper policing of the
school premises.

"Those who are not fit -
because some of you have told
me that some of them are not fit
- we will have to see how we
can redeploy them to do some-
thing that they are fit to do. But
you can't have people securing
the schools if they are not fit.
"We intend to exercise the
greatest care in the selection of
our security persons," he told
In expressing the need to
"work smarter" Minister Sears
said "we are looking at bringing
in surveillance equipment
.. sone of these large schools,
where you have multi entrances

and exits, to put up discrete
cameras so that there could be
more remote monitoring, and
we are not solely dependent on
a pair of eyes being 24 hours at
a certain point, but that we can
have it under surveillance nev-
"We are talking with certain
vendors who are putting pro-
posals forward to the Ministry."
Minister Sears alsoappealed
to parents for their "active con-
tinuous partnership.
"The work we do at school
must be complemented by the
work our parents do at home
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ensure that our children do their
homework, are properly
schooled in proper conduct
whether at home, at school, or
within the wider society.

"And we need our parents
not to confront our teachers and
our administrators. We need
our parents to be partners
because we all want the same
objective and that is to produce,
at the end of the day, a Bahami-
an citizen who is responsible.,
who is caring, who is well
equipped, to make the maxif"

mum contribution to the devel-
opment.of this society."
A four-day national educa-
tional conference is scheduled
to begin July 4.
"It will bring together all our
stakeholders in education and
we will critically examine what
we are doing or what we are
failing to do," he said, "draw
on the wisdom of all and see
how we can re-engineer educa-
tion to be more creative and
more effective.
"I want all of our teachers
and administrators to attend.
Let us be real. Let ,us look at
educationb...we are so small, and

with the resources we have we
can do so much more than we
are doing.
"We want to see how we can
take some of the power out of
the hands of the minister, the
director, the permanent secre-
tary and put it in the hands of
principals, superintendents and
school boards.
"I am convinced that
we cannot continue as we
Minister Sears also addressed
teachers' concerns that banks
were not respecting the gov-
ernment's guaranteed emer-
gency loan programme to assist
hurricane victims.

"We have had a lot of com-
plaints from Grand Bahama
and New Providence," he said.
"People even in my constituen-
cy who would have gone to cer-
tain banks and the banks, basi-
cally, treated them as ordinary
perspective borrowers. They
were told that their debt ratio
was too high and so on.
"The whole purpose of the
guaranteed loan is to avoid per-
sons being denied because oth-
erwise there would be no need
for the guaranteed loan, and it is
guaranteed by the govern-
Mr Sears said he discussed
the matter with the Minister of
State in the Ministry of Finance
who in turn spoke with the
"He said the Bank of the
Bahamas is co-operating," said
Mr Sears. "But I know with the
other commercial banks, per-
sons have been having that dif-
"These are private institu-
tions and the Minister of
Finance on behalf of the gov-
ernment has been encouraging
them to facilitate the govern-
ment's guarantee, but I have to
confess that that has and
,remains a problenri":

Public Utilities Commission

Proposal by the Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited to reduce international and
domestic long distance rates

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is pleased to invite comments
from members of the public and interested parties on its consultation
document on an application by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company
Limited (BTC) for permission to provide reduced international and domestic
long distance rates ("Interim Rates").

On the 20 January 2005 BTC submitted to the PUC a rate rebalancing
proposal designed to more closely align its retail rates with the underlying
costs of providing the services. As it will take some time to consider the rate
rebalancing proposal BTC has applied to the PUC for approval for interim
rates which will remain in effect until a determination has been made on the
rate rebalancing proposal. The rate rebalancing proposal contain complex
issues of network engineering, economics and finance, and at this time the
Commission is not in a position to say when its assessment and evaluation
of this document will be concluded.

This means that any proposed changes to the prices for price regulated
services which is time linked to a determination on the rate rebalancing
proposal is likely to be in effect for some time. For this reason the PUC has
decided to. hold a separate consultation on the proposed Interim Rates.

Section 6(4) of the Telecommunications Act, requires the Commission
to act in a timely, transparent, objective and non-discriminatory manner and
consistent with the objectives of the Telecommunications Act.

The Public Consultation Document can be obtained from the PUC's office
located in the Agape House at 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue or downloaded
from the PUC's website at Written comments
should be submitted by 8th February 2004 via post, hand delivery, facsimile or
e-mail to:

Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission
P. 0. Box N4860, Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas
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Disney movies to put Grand

Bahama in the spotlight

Bahamas Information

FREEPORT Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie has confirmed that his gov-
ernment has signed an agreement with
Disney Motion Picture Company, for
the filming of two movies on Grand
Bahama Island.
Mr Christie's comments came as he
addressed the Grand Bahama Cham-
ber of Commerce during their Annual
Installation of Officers Banquet, in the
Convention Centre of the Our Lucaya
The move is being viewed as a fur-
ther attempt to bring more focus on
Grand Bahama Island, and Prime Min-
ister Christie was applauded for his
efforts in that regards.
In addition to the motion picture
endeavour the prime minister
talked about the hundreds of millions
of dollars being invested in Grand
Bahama's tourism, and industrial sec-
The agreement with Disney Motion
Picture Company, according to Prime
Minister Christie, calls for the sub-
stantial portion of two movies, Pirates
of The Caribbean II and Pirates of The
Caribbean III to be filmed on Grand
Bahama Island between May 2005 and
January 2006.
"The Minister of Tourism has
advised me that so far, Disney is com-
mitted to 16,000 room nights as a part
of this production.
"It is anticipated that the room
nights could exceed 30,000 as addi-
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for these production," the Prime Min-
ister stated.
The nation's chief executive further
revealed that from their estimates,
those two motion pictures will cause
some $30 million to be spent on Grand
Bahama Island. *

He said that the government is
grateful to Mr Paul Quigley for his
continuing vision to build sound
stages and a film studio on Grand
"In fact, were it not for his commit-
ment to build a critical water tank in

Grand Bahama for this film and other
productions, we would not be in this
happy situation today.
"I am told that what Mr Quigley and
his Gold Rock Creek partners have
done is likely to lead to a parade of
motion picture productions in Grand

Bahama, especially those that
require use of such a tank since
there are few in existence around the
"So on your behalf, I thank you Mr'
Quigley for not giving up on vision,",
the prime minister said.

Krista in the driving seat after

winning KFC promotion

about whether 'real' people
actually win trivia contests,
Krista Stubbs almost decided
not to enter the KFC 2004
Scratch & Win promotion. For-
tunately, a persistent co-worker
and a gracious KFC Saunders
Beach hostess insisted that she
try her luck; the rest, as they say,
is history. Krista is now the
proud owner of a brand new

2005 Toyota Corolla.
"I was somewhat reluctant to
fill it out because I always say
people never really win these
things," said Krista. "However,
my co-worker and I filled it out
anyhow; the hostess at Saunders
Beach put them in the box and
here I am today."
Krista was made a believer
after her name was announced
at the live, on-air drawing as the

grand-prize winner. "My father
was sitting in a restaurant eating
at the time when he heard my
name on the radio. He ran home
instantly and he told me what
had happened. He was very
happy for me; my six-year-old
daughter was excited, and I am
just in awe ecstatic!"
The three-month-long Scratch
& Win promotion also awarded
many instant prizes, including
100 round-trip airline tickets
provided compliments of
Bahamasair; Miami Heat game
tickets; and Colonel's prizes -
mountain bikes, DVD players,
televisions, and boom boxes.
Already known to be com-

mitted to serving their cus-
tomers quality products, KFC
'is also a strong advocate in
ensuring new reasons for per-
sons to continue to enjoy eat-
ing KFC.
"We were happy to team up
with Bahamasair and Executive
Motors to make sure that the
2004 Scratch & Win promotion
offered our customers a variety
of exciting prizes", said Tracey
Cash, Marketing Director, KFC.
Winning a brand new Toyota
Corolla is a excellent way to
start off the new year, and the
whole KFC team will be looking
forward to seeing Krista drive
up in her new car."

KFC Scratch & Win grand-prize winner, Krista Stubbs
(centre) receives the keys to her new 2005 Toyota Corolla from
Executive Motors Sales Manager, Barry Pinder (right). Look-';
ing on is KFC (Nassau) Vice President and General Manager, ,
Gaby Sastre.

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invites offers for the purchase of:-

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the comer of East Bay Street
and Ernest Street approximately
500 feet east of Church Street
and the New Paradise Island

Crown Life Insurance Company will
sell as mortgagee under power of sale
contained in a Mortgage dated 16th
January 1990 and recorded in the
registry of records in the city of
Nassau in volume 5384 at pages 241
to 268.

Term: Ten percent (10%) of the
purchase price at the time
of contract and the balance
upon completion within
thirty (30) days of contract.

Crown Life Insurance Company
reserves the right to reject any and all

Interested persons may submit written
offers addressed to the office manager,
P.O.Box N 272, Nassau, Bahamas to
be received not later than the close of
business on Friday the 25th February

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Zonta Club makes sure

students are fully booked

Bahamas Information
COLUMBUS Isle, San Sal-
vador The Minister of Educa-
tion's Book Club is to be intro-
duced to students thanks to the
Zonta Club of New Providence.
Zontians on Saturday donated
boxes of books to the school
library during a luncheon for
seniors and community leaders
at Club Med.
Seniors were also given pack-
ages of personal items as resi-
dents continue their recovery fol-
lowing hurricanes Frances and
"Excellent news," said Paul
Tumquest, principal of San Sal-
vador Primary School. "We lost
most of our reading material after
the hurricanes, so we welcome
donations of reading or text mate-
"We are very pleased to have
the Zonta Club come here on San
Salvador to make this donation
to our school. I am sure the mate-
rial will be used to benefit the
students of San Salvador."

Added Administrator Chris-
field Johnson: "This is what the
Bahamian spirit is all about car-
ing for each other. And any gen-
uine act of kindness is an act of
God. This is genuine. It comes
from the heart of the Zonta Club
members. The people are very
appreciative of the spirit that they
have seen in display here."
Seniors were transported from
throughout the island to the
sprawling Club Med resort on
Columbus Isle where they were
feted to all they could eat and
"After the hurricanes we want-
ed to do something very, tangible
for the people of San Salvador,"
said Zonta Club of New Provi-
dence president Nina Maynard.
"Grand Bahama and Abaco
were getting quite a bit of atten-
tion, which they needed, of

GEORGE Lightbourne took the prize for having the most
grandchildren, during the Zonta Club's luncheon for seniors at
Club Med, San Salvador. Zonta president Nina Maynard (right) and
Diane Stewart make the presentation.
(BIS photo: Gladstone Thurston)

course, but we felt tnat San Sal-
vador and the other islands that
got hit needed attention as well.
We chose San Salvador. And
Club Med here has been very co-
While preparing for this event,
they were apprised of the school
library which was destroyed by
the hurricane. Moreover, the stu-
dents were not a part of the Min-
ister of Education's Book Club.
"We decided to take on that
challenge," said Miss Maynard,
"and undertook a book drive to
replenish the library here. We are
also making sure that the Book of
the Month is in the school so the
children would have the oppor-
tunity to improve their reading
skills and participate in the Min-
ister's Book Club.
"Everybody here was excited
about what we were doing and
did everything they could to make
our trip a success."
There are two Zonta Clubs in
New Providence the Zonta
Club of Nassau and we are the.
Zonta Cllubof New Providence.
"We ar looking into branching

into the Family Islands because it
is a club for women in business
and the profession," said Miss
Maynard. "We took a tour of San
Salvador and that was very inter-
"It is a pity more Bahamians
don't do that because there is so
much to appreciate in our Family
Islands. All of us decided that we
need to move here."
Next month Zonta of New
Providence will distribute
sweaters to residents of the Geri-
atric Hospital.

"We found that there was a
need for that and we have no
problem providing whatever is
needed," said Miss Maynard.
Zonta of New Providence has
assisted in the Farm Road and
Englerston urban renewal pro-
grammes, providing school sup-
plies for children in those areas.
"It's always good to touch
these children very personally
.because some of themswould not
have been ready for the first day

THE Zonta Club of New Providence presented the San Salvador schools with boxes of books dur-
ing a luncheon for seniors at Club Med on Saturday. Pictured from left are Zontians Diane Stewart,
Dionne Comery (treasurer), Nina Maynard (president), Yvette Ingraham (past president), Keva
Cartwright (director), and Cynthia Gibbs (vice president).

of school," said Miss Maynard.
"We provided them with the sup-
plies that they need."
Another popular Zonta pro-
ject is honouring the living leg-
ends of Bahamaland.
"That is so we can put books in
schools and communities forev-
er to show younger generations of
Bahamians how people, using
their ordinary lives, make extra-
ordinary differences in every day
life in the Bahamas," she said.
For the students here, they can
join a growing number of schools
throughout the islands partici-
pating in the popular Minister of
Education's Book Club a
national agenda to encourage
analytical reading .....
"We have never been a part of

the Club because getting materi-
al to San Salvador is not easy,"
said Mr Turnquest, also the local
co-ordinator of repairs and recon-
"But thanks to the Zonta Club
the children now have an oppor-
tunity to get involved.
"I am sure they will take
advantage of all the reading mate-
rial and by the end of the month
write reports as to what they
San Salvador use to be a part of
the 'Let's Read Bahamas' pro-
gramme and for the past three
years are the defending national
champions in the essay competi-
The schools were so. damaged
by the, hurricanes, classes are

(BIS photo: Gladstone Thurston)

being held at the Museum, St
Stephen's Baptist Church and the
Seventh Day Adventist Church.
"When you talk about normal-
cy we are not there as yet," said
Mr Turnquest. "We do hope that
the government can work as
quickly as possible to get us a new
school so we can get back to nor-
"Nevertheless, instructional
programmes are going on every
"My teachers are working. We
are not able to take advantage of
displays as we should because we
can't put up anything on these
people's walls. But I have made
some makeshift display boards
and we are doing the best we
can." : ,


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New organisation aims to give

'daily bread' to senior citizens

Tribune Staff Reporter
DAILY Bread is a newly
formed non-profit organisa-
tion lending a hand to
senior citizens and the less
Executive Director Ortland
H.Bodie Jr told The Tribune
that the organisation was
established at the beginning
of the year and is comprised
of six members as an out-
reach ministry of The Church
of God Triumphant.
"Our mission is to provide
food such as canned meat,
grits, flour, cream and sani-
tary items, like soap tooth-
paste and non-prescription
medicines to senior citizens
and the less fortunate
amongst us in New Provi-
dence," said Mr Bodie.

Mr Bodie explained that so
far the group has been able to
distribute 200 baskets of
goods to the needy. He said
Daily Bread is excited about
the project and is committed
to the alleviation of
poverty and hunger wherever
they may exist in the coun-
In addition to food baskets,
the group also assists seniors
with medicine and sanitary
"These things are very cost-
ly so where we can we sub-
sidise the cost by working
with some of the pharma-
He added that in addition
to the food items, the baskets
also contain The Word for
Life booklet.
"As a Christian we are
mandated by Jesus Christ to
provide food for the hungry,
to clothe the naked, to bring
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"The least that we are able
to do for our less fortunate
brothers and sisters, we do
for Jesus Christ."
Mr Bodie is joined in the
project with the Assistant
Director Brent Carter, The
Secretary and Treasurer
Antoinette Edgecombe, and
the projects co-ordinator
John Rolle.

If you know a senior citi-
zen or disabled person who
may benefit from a basket, or
if you are a Bahamian of
goodwill, Daily Bread invites
you to assist them in their
ministry by making a dona-
tion of canned goods, food
items or a financial contribu-
Daily Bread may be con-
tacted at 535-1418 or 325-


STAFF at the St Joseph's*Day Care Centre
occupying what once was the original St
Joseph's Church building on Boyd Road are
offering their services to the elderly.
The building, which has been modified
ifisidde and 6outt6 accommodate its elderly
patrons, opened its doors in October of 2004.
The centre whose mission is- "to provide
affordable day care services for adults" offers
elderly persons who are sixty years or older a
peaceful environment in which to spend the
According to Sister Veronica Baker, one of
the helpers at the centre, "the building was
ready for a long time but we just opened our
doors on October 4."
"We are open to members of all religions,"
stated Sister Cecilia Albury who leads the
small staff at the centre. She said that a small
fee of $60 would be charged to non-parish-
ioners of St Joseph's and a $30 fee for parish-
ioners of the church per week.
While touring the facility Sister Albury
noted that although great steps that had been
taken in order to make the facility possible
they were still reaching out for sponsorship
from the local community to keep the facility's

dream alive. She observed that several mem-
bers of the. community had been generous in
donating some items to the centre, but have
yet to receive financial support from the gov-
Ms Aulbury noted that only eight patrons
presently occupied the centre ranging in age
from 73 to 89:years-bld..The eldest of the
group and one of only ftwimei.iat centre, Mr
Leonard.,Wrightsaid that he was quite happy
with the facilities and thought it was "just

Describing the centre's functions Ms
Aulbury noted that families only had to drop
their elderly relatives or friends off in the
morning hours and were asked to pick them
up again before six o'clock in the evening.
The group's daily routine always begins with
"morning praise", with exercises, games and
meals throughout the day.
She stated her desire for the centre to have
a bus which would allow the senior citizens to
go on field trips. Ms Aulbury also noted that
the students of St Joseph's School were also
allowed to come in and interact with the elder-
ly at the centre.

BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established international
private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, is presently seeking a
Bahamian national for the position of


Applicants for the position of PB Relationship Officer must have banking or financial
degree and at least 7 years private banking experience in the offshore banking sector,
be fluent in Spanish &/or Portuguese, have knowledge of international investment
instruments & money markets, ability to partner with team members, must be confident
regarding customer relations, investments & portfolio management and have thorough
knowledge of local legislation, regulatory & statutory matters as well as international
banking practices.

Personal qualities:-

Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills
Goal-oriented, self-motivated, positive attitude and outlook
Commitment to quality and service excellence
Able to work independently with minimal supervision
Financial and analytical background
Able to lead and supervise
Interest in development of PB products and marketing
Flexibility in office hours and hands-on approach when necessary

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Supervise account relationships in Latin America
Liaise directly with customers or their investment advisors or agents
Monitor, analyze positions and evaluate reports
Foster and maintain communication with internal/external banking professionals
Meet deadlines on timely basis

Deadline for receipt of applications is February 21, 2005.

Resumes should be faxed to #702 1253 or mailed or delivered to the offices of BSI,
addressed to :-
Personnel Officer
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, W. Bay St. & Blake Road
P. 0. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas
Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.

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Geopolitics and the CSME

down to Kingston Market

THE drumbeat is on
for the Bahamas to join
in West Indian unifica-
And although some of
us may be sick of read-
ing about the Caribbean
Single Market and Econ-
omy, the more we. look
at these complex issues
the clearer they become.
There is no doubt that
whatever is decided will
affect our lives and liveli-
hoods for decades to
come. This week's arti-
cle looks at the CSME's
political dimensions. The
next will explore its eco-
nomic implications.

S OME Bahamian politi-
cians argue that unifi-
cation with Caricom is our
manifest destiny...a shared
colonial culture makes those
14 small nations down south
our natural "geopolitical
What do we have to do with
such a high-faluting technical
term coined by a Swedish
political scientist more than a
hundred years ago?
That's a good question.
Geopolitics became popular
in 1904 when an Englishman

suggested that controlling the
"heartland" of Eastern
Europe was the key to world idea enthusi-
astically adopted by the Nazis
in World War Two.
In its simplest form, the
geopolitical concept means
that the size, location and posi-
tion of a territory help deter-
mine its influence and
prospects in the world.
So as an offshore archipel-
ago with the population of a
small American town, you
might think we don't amount
to much.
But in earlier times these
islands were strategically
important, as this example
from a 17th century British

writer named John Oldmixon
The Bahamas, he said, was
"so necessary for the security
of our trade in the West
Indies, that the parliament of
England have not thought it
unworthy of their care, as well
to have it cleared of pirates,
as to defend it against both
Spaniards and French, who
find its situation very conve-
Today, economic power
plays a greater role in geopo-
litical analysis. So much so that
some analysts say the term
should be replaced by geoe-
conomics or perhaps geonar-
.cotics in our case, since the
regional drug trade amounts
to a $500 billion industry.
There's no doubt that glob-
alisation the freeing up of
the world economy coupled
with the development of the
Internet has led to a rapid
increase in cross-border trade
and social, cultural and tech-
nological exchange. And the
demands on small insular
economies like ours are great.
But is Caribbean integration
a part of this process? Well,

yes and no. Our political elites
see it more as a counter-glob-
alisation survival strategy.
They want to unify the
Caribbean Community's eco-
nomic and security policy vis-
A-vis the United States and
other major powers as a bar-
gaining tool.
And recent moves by South
American countries to build
regional economic blocs rep-
resent "a clear rejection of US
aims to dominate a western
hemisphere free trading zone",
according to Michael Lind,
writing in the Financial Times.
Mr Lind, of the New Amer-
ica Foundation a Washing-
ton think tank says the evi-
dence of foreign co-operation

to reduce American primacy
is everywhere ..."from the
increasing importance of
regional trade blocs to inter-
national space projects and
military exercises. A new
world order is indeed emerg-
ing but its architecture is
being drafted in Asia and
And much of the blame for
this can be attributed to the
"truculent unilateralism of the
Bush administration".
So our government wants to
align itself with Caricom as a
protection measure against
And Foreign Minister Fred
Mitchell says Caricom leaders
are prepared to offer us any
terms: "We need to be in," he
says, "and not half in and half
out. It simply makes good
geopolitical sense...I do not
see any downside."

ell, it's good that
Mr Mitchell can-
not see a downside, although
surely there are many pros and
cons to a complex arrange-
ment such as this. But the key
point is that what others want
has little to do with what is in
our own best interest. We are
reminded of the famous Grou-
cho Marx quip about not
wanting to be a member of
any club that would have him
as a member.
Sir Shridath Ramphal, chan-
cellor of the University of the
West Indies, put it this way:
"Small states are weak and
vulnerable,, small boats
pushed out into a turbulent
sea, free in one sense .to tra-
verse it; but, without oars or
provisions, free also to perish.
Or perhaps,, to be rescued and
taken on board a larger ves-
sel. "
There's no doubt that the
Bahamas is a small vessel. But
are we really afloat on the
Caribbean sea? Or should we
seek to be "rescued" by the
United States?
Minister Mitchell says the
Caricom alliance is "our most
important relationship save
and except for that between
the United States and our-
selves." Perhaps that explains
why we are a leading partici-
pant in this week's Chinese
Economic Trade Forum in

Jamaica wants to make its
container port and free zone
the hub for trade and invest-
ment throughout the region.
To a non-trade expert like me,
that sounds like direct compe-
tition with our container port
on Grand Bahama, but the
government obviously sees it
as a strategic move to bolster
regional solidarity against the
Others may see it as an
example of the diversion of

our limited resources and
energies towards a Caricom
initiative that holds few bene-
fits for the Bahamas. As one
analyst told Tough Call:
"The Bahamas is in an odd
position. It thinks it needs the
political support of being in
the CSME, even if that pro-
vides no substantive material
"But at the same time it
does not understand how to
develop a constructive politi-
cal relationship with the Unit-
ed States, its closest and most
powerful neighbour."
The dilemma is that on the
ground, our focus is almost
wholly towards the United
States. Bahamians spend a bil-
lion dollars a year in Florida
and were among its earliest
Americans in turn have
invested billions in the
Bahamas and many promi-
nent US citizens live and vaca-
tion here.
Large numbers of Haitian
and Cuban refugees, not to
mention drug traffickers, pass
through the Bahamas to get
to Florida. And the governor
of that state is the brother of
President George W Bush
Whatever you might think
of Dubya, you couldn't ask for
a better connection than that.
So the question is, why do
we always rub the Americans
the wrong way?
In 1992, for example, the
Bahamas signed a mutual legal

assistance treaty with the US,
and then for the next eight
years failed to respond to
hundreds of treaty requests.
According to some analysts,
this led the US to support the
OECD when it began to
squeeze our offshore sector in
the late 1990s to stem the cap-
ital flight from Europe. And
it was mostly American pres-
sure that produced the disas-
trous financial bills of Christ-
mas 2000, which had a chill-

ing effect on our lucrative off-
shore services sector.
Then, just a few months
after the Progressive Liberal
Party took power in 2002, Per-
ry Christie became the first
Bahamian prime minister to
make a date with Castro.
Although he was part of a
Caricom delegation, this was
clearly a staged political event
guaranteed to upset the Amer-
icans, without producing any
benefits for the Bahamas.

n the case of Haiti, what
substantive policy initia-
tives has our government
made other than talking the
Caricom talk at endless meet-
ings? After drug trafficking,
Haitian instability is our
biggest foreign policy
headache, yet hardly a thought
is given to constructive
engagement. And we continue
to alienate the only partner
who can contribute to a solu-
And why, for example, does
our government actively pro-
mote the establishment of the
putative FTAA headquarters
in Trinidad rather than in Mia-
mi? Foreign Minister Fred
Mitchell would no doubt reply
that we must support our
geopolitical allies. But Port of
Spain is 1,500 miles to the
south, while Miami is right
next door and chock-a-block
with Bahamians.
Former agriculture minister
Earl Deveaux put the issue in

another context when he told
Tough Call: "I have always felt
that the peculiar resources and
location of The Bahamas
would have developed more
holistically from a greater inte-
gration with the University of
Florida rather than the Uni-
versity of the West indies."
The furious reaction to
recent reports of Caricom stu-
dents receiving concessionary
treatment at the Eugene
Dupuch law school under-
scores this perception...a "mis-
guided" policy that could open
the "floodgates" to West Indi-
an lawyers, one student rant-
ed. Hardly a reflection of
Caribbean brotherhood.

M eanwhile, some
commentators have
called for the Bahamas to
become the "Switzerland of
the Western Hemisphere."
That small mountainous
nation in the heart of Europe
has refused to join the Euro-
pean Union, and although it
is a member of the OECD it
has successfully resisted pres-
sures to dismantle its financial
services industry.
"We are, irrevocably and
inevitably, in a trading part-
nership with our great neigh-
bour," wrote publisher Paul
Bower recently. "The USA,
only a few minutes flight away,
is the source of our bread, but-
ter, jam, cake and champagne.
So let's not be seduced by the
blandishments of our
Caribbean rivals. Let's stay
away from the CSME which
cannot benefit us, and might
even damage us, if it adopts
an anti-American stance."
Clearly, Bahamian interests
lie almost exclusively with the
United States. And we have
to ask whether it makes sense
for us to play at hemispheric
power politics.
As an offshore extension of
the. Florida economy, and a
willing protectorate of the
world's most powerful democ-
ratic state, a more effective
strategy might be to cultivate
those ties.
Such a policy could offer a
far better future than the
uncertainties involved in play-
ing the nationalist/ethnic card
with Caricom.
And if the government
would pay more attention to
the country's basic needs, and
rather less on the strategy talk-
ing shops down south, we
could all be better off.
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"Our political elites see it
more as a counter-globalisation
survival strategy. They want
to unify the Caribbean
Community's economic and
security policy vis-A-vis the
United States and other major
powers as a bargaining tool."

"Clearly, Bahamian interests
lie almost exclusively with the
United States. And we have to
ask whether it makes sense for
us to play at hemispheric
power politics." .

Paying tribute

to Rev. David

John Pugh

FROM page two

On the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Sunday, June 15,
2003, Canon Pugh, accompanied by his sister Rita and faithful
aid Ricardo, attended the early 7am Mass at St Anne's Church.
(It was quite ironic that funeral services for Ricardo's father
James, one of Canon Pugh's many adopted sons, were held at
that very church the day before.)
Present at that service were some of his former parishioners
as well as other well-wishers. They were thus afforded a final
opportunity to collectively extend their heartfelt appreciation
and tearful farewells to one who had so positively impacted the
lives of so many during his lengthy sojourn among us.
Prior to his accident, and ever since his retirement, Canon
Pugh was always present at this early mass at St Anne's Church.
During the peace-offering segment of the service, members
would all go up to his pew near the sanctuary to pay their
respects to him. Thus, the same custom was observed on his
June 15 visit.
On that occasion, Canon Pugh thanked everyone for the
love, care, concern, kindness and co-operation rendered him
during his half-century-long ministry among them in The
Bahamas. Before offering the dismissal prayer and blessing of
the Mass, Canon Pugh gave his final admonition, taken from the
words of St John the Divine: "Little children, love one anoth-
On Friday, June 20, 2003, Canon Pugh left The Bahamas to
continue his recuperation at the home of his sister Rita in
Wales. It was there that he died at 1pm (8am in Nassau) on Sun-
day, January 30, 2005. He was 84 years old. Funeral services for
the burial of Canon Pugh are slated for 11am on Monday, Feb-
ruary 7, in Wales.
It has been well said that more souls are won for God by ser-
mons that are lived rather than those that are preached. This
being so, thus the Rev Canon David Harold John Laurence
Pugh's exemplary life and Christian leadership provided us
with his greatest sermon. May his soul rest in peace and rise in




Prison security fears

FROM page one

tackle the many problems at the
,prison, particularly the issue of
He explained that the build-
'ing which presently holds the
,754 maximum, security pris-
:oners was originally con-
structed to house only 200
As a consequence of this,
he said, cells built to hold a
single prisoner hold as many
,as four inmates.
"Maximum security needs
to be demolished," Mr Cul-
mer said, admitting however
that funds do not exist for the
construction of an adequately
sized replacement facility.
The newly-constructed
:remand centre, meant to
,house all persons in custody
-awaiting trial, has also become
Mr Culmer said that, as a
result of this, potentially inno-
*cent persons who were sup-
,posed to have been trans-
ferred to the remand centre
*have had to remain in the
maximum security facility,
,alongside convicted violent
The lack of funds at the
.prison has also meant that
[several re-development pro-
:jects at the prison have had
,to be halted.
Mr Culmer pointed out an
.unfinished corridor, meant to
connect maximum security to
ithe remand centre for better
;ecurity during the trans-
portation of prisoners. The
corridor was begun in 2002,
Rbut remains in the early stages
lof construction.
? Another project started in
.2002, an exercise field intend-

FOX HILL PRISON The corridor intended to link the remand centre to the max-
imum security prison. Less than half the corridor has been completed, despite con-
struction starting in 2002.

ed to afford maximum secu-
rity prisoners a tolerable
amount of daily exercise, also
remains incomplete, Mr Cul-
mer said.

Call for an end to

'anti-foreign' stance

FROM page one

The bishop also referred to the burning down of part of
the Detention Centre on Carmichael Road by Cuban
detainees and the embarrassing fiasco involving the par-
liamentary secretary in the Ministry of Health, Ron Pin-
der, who was involved in a security breach at Nassau
International Airport two weeks ago.
Bishop Ellis said these events are "stains on the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party government and time running
He added: "I believe God has anointed Perry Christie
-to lead this country at this time, but he has to have the
,strength, the guts, and the ability to deal with those
around him or you go down with them."
He added: "When violence breaks out in a town, it's
time for all sensible people in any kind of leadership in
the country to stop and analyse. There is too much
hypocrisy in national leadership. You know what's the
problem, many people in national leadership don't even
have a personal dream, much less a national one. I'm
not just talking politicians national leadership."
Bishop Ellis' attack shocked PLP supporters who had
always considered him firmly behind the government.
It was Bishop Ellis who urged his flock to vote PLP
before the 2002 general election, saying those who didn't
'had no place in his church.
The effects of illegal migration to the Bahamas are
worsened by those who are not naturalised for one reason
or the other, said Mr Rigby.
"I think the question of naturalisation is one that has to
'be given serious discussion," he added.
"The average Bahamian is very xenophobic when it
comes to allowing foreigners into the country, but we
'have to be practical and realistic and we must find a
pragmatic way to bring into the mainstream persons
whose parentage may not be Bahamian but have known
'the Bahamas from birth and all their adult life."
As government looks to expand its urban renewal pro-
gramme into other areas of New Providence and Grand
'Bahama, many think the initiative should include a sys-
'tem to heal the rift in inner city communities between
SBahamians and illegal immigrants or those of immigrant
"I think there is no question that the programme and
the soon-to-be Urban Renewal Authority have done a
, magnificent job in involving corporate and civic stake-
'holders in the process of eliminating poverty and bring-
ing relief to those who feel dislocated economically and
socially from the rest of society.
"But I would imagine that the urban renewal pro-
gramme should find a formula to integrate into their
programme some key component which addresses this
*-vexing problem of illegal immigrants in our communi-
'ties," said Mr Rigby.
He said there must be initiatives which bring together
'Bahamians with the immigrant populations in order to
'seek commonalities and understand the differences.

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FROM page one illegal immigrants

Bahamas, the minister said it is
an issue "which needs to be
addressed on two fronts."
"One, there has to be a bet-
ter understanding between
the Bahamians and the
Haitians that are entitled
under the constitution to
reside in the Bahamas. The
more vexing problem is the
illegal movement of Haitians,
this is a different category,"
he said.
He explained that often the
situation of Haitians, who are
legally entitled under the
Constitution to receive citi-
zenship, is blurred together

with the problem of illegal
Haitian immigrants.
"There has to be a greater
national discourse with all
stakeholders of the commu-
nity on the legal Haitian situ-
ation and the illegal immigra-
tion problem," he noted.
Minister Peet pointed out
that discussions of this nature,
however, will be difficult
"until a sizable number of
those that are here illegally
have been repatriated."
He added that the Depart-
ment of Immigration has
"been repatriating large

"Just recently we repatriat-
ed 200 migrants, 100 of those
were from the Carmichael
Detention Centre," he said.
The minister said the public
relations arm of the depart-
ment will be improved to bet-
ter inform Bahamians about
the regular repatriation exer-
Mr Peet further announced
that government is moving to
handle pending applications
for citizen status by Haitian-
"We have addressed a fair-

ly good number of applica-
tions of pending citizenships
by Haitian-Bahamians, mean-
ing those who are constitu-
tionally entitled to it," he said.
He also said that "because
we cherish our citizenship, we
have been very reluctant to
move those numbers forward,
but we are moving now and
especially those Haitians who
have been born here and who
are attending COB or the oth-
er colleges and are at a
disadvantage, will be
addressed." :I
He added: "They who are
legally entitled are being
processed to ensure that par-
ity exists."




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Expert: Privatisation structure

for Bahamasair will not work

Tribune Business Reporter
,:A leading expert
on airline pri-
vatisations yes-
terday told The
Tribune that
the Government's proposed
structure for the Bahamasair
process, with a foreign partner
owning less than 50 per cent of
the airline, was unlikely to be
Richard Asper, chairman of
the Aviation Professionals
Group and a guest speaker at
the second annual National
Tourism Conference last week,
said no investor would put cap-
ital at risk when it would be
dependent on the political will
of the majority owner, the
Bahamian government.

JetBlue Airways, the expan-
sive low-c6st carrier, yester-
day announced it would be
adding a second daily non-stop
flight to Nassau this July just
three months after starting ser-
vices to this nation.
The airline also disclosed it
would be expanding its service
to.the Caribbean. Beginning on
June 17, JetBlue will add, from
New York's John F. Kennedy
(JFK) International Airport, a
sixth daily non-stop flight to San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
A second daily non-stop flight
to both Aguadilla, on Puerto
Rico's northwest coast, and to
Nassau, Bahamas, will start on
July 1. The new flight will leave
JFK Airport at 12.50pm, arriv-
ing in Nassau at 3.55 pm. The
return flight will leave MNas-
sau at 4.55pm and return to
New York at 7.55pm.
Officials at JetBlue said it will
be ending service to Santo
Domingo in the Dominican
Republic, but will continue serv-
ing the country with a daily non-
stop to Santiago from JFK.
The airline's regular one-way

To ensure that the Bahamian
economy benefited from
Bahamasair's privatisation, he
said the Government should
look to maximise control over
the more valuable routes into
this nation instead of trying to
control "fake equity" in the air-
Bradley Roberts, minister of
public works and utilities, said
the intention behind the
appointment of McKinsey &
Company as consultants was to
attract "a foreign partner" who
would own less than 50 per cent
of the equity in Bahamasair -
exactly the structure Mr Asper
believes is unlikely to work.
Mr Roberts' privatisation
structure, which would see the
Government and Bahamian
retail and institutional investors
own the remaining stake, close-
ly mirrors that of the failed

fares for all Caribbean services
range from $139 to $299.
However, JetBlue is offering
a "Take 5" sale fare between
JFK and the Caribbean which
starts from $75 each way. The
sale fare requires a 5-day
advance purchase, and must be
bought at JetBlue's Internet site
or by calling its 1-800 number
by February 4, 2005. Travel
must be completed by May 25,
"We're excited to add a sec-
ond daily non-stop to Nassau,
Bahamas, a destination we com-
menced service to only three
months ago.
"JetBlue has served Puerto
Rico for three years now and
this summer we will serve the
destination with a total of eight
daily non-stop flights to San
Juan and Aguadilla," said
David Neeleman, JetBlue's
chairman and chief executive.
"While we regret cancelling
service to Santo Domingo,
we're pleased to continue serv-
ing the Dominican Republic
with daily non-stop service to

Moody's: storms

have destroyed

deficit forecast

Tribune Business Editor
A leading Wall Street credit
rating agency has warned that
the damage inflicted by Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne will
"likely lead to a Budget deficit
somewhat larger" than the pre-
dicted 1.8 per cent of GDP for
fiscal 2004-2005, with the storms
also having pushed economic
growth below 3 per cent last
In its latest credit opinion on
the Bahamas, published on Jan-
uary 13, Moody's contradicted
James Smith, minister of state
for finance, who on Monday
told The Tribune that he was
hopeful the rebound in revenue
collections since December
would enable the public
finances to end fiscal 2004-2005
"within projections or a little
Moody's said in its credit
opinion: "This year's unusually
severe hurricane season will-
likely reduce economic growth

slightly below the officially pro-
jected rate of 3 per cent. The
outlook for 2005 will largely
depend on demand factors for
tourism from the United States.
"Hurricane damage will also
likely lead to a budget deficit
somewhat larger than 1.8 per
cent of GDP projected for fiscal
year 2004-2005."
However, the Wall Street
credit rating agency sounded a
more optimistic note by adding:
"Sizeable additions to tourism
capacity in New Providence and
on other islands now underway
should help sustain competi-
tiveness in this all-important
Prime Minister Perry
Christie, in his Budget commu-
nication to the House of Assem-
bly, had projected a fiscal deficit
of $164 million or 2.9 per cent of
GDP for fiscal 2004-2005.
The discrepancy between the
Moody's and the Government's
fiscal projections is not
See BUDGET, Page 3B

Foreign investor unlikely to risk

capital if gaining equity stake

worth less than 50%, and with

government still in control

Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) process.
The minister, though, said
advice from Hogan & Hartson,
the Government's Washington-
based attorneys, was that
Bahamasair needed to be
majority owned and managed
by Bahamians to retain nation-
al flag carrier status, and the
benefits and advantages from
route and gate rights.
Mr Asper added that com-
pleting Bahamasair's privatisa-
tion was unlikely to happen, as
the Government hoped, by the

end of summer 2005.
He said, though, that if a Min-
ister of Aviation was appointed,
free from political pressures, to
oversee the process, then there
was a reasonable possibility, "a
50/50 shot", for a sale to be
completed in the short term. If
the current political set-up con-
tinues, where various Ministries,
including Tourism and Public
Works, have a vested interest
in the process, privatisation was
unlikely to reach a satisfactory
conclusion because of potential

Looking at what the Govern-
ment could potentially realise
from selling a substantial equity
stake in a Bahamasair trans-
formed into a low-cost carrier,
Mr Asper said that if it
remained a guarantor of the air-
line's debt, it could realise
somewhere between $20 to $30
If the Government was suc-
cessful in replacing the debt
through negotiations and set-
tlement with Bahamasair's
lenders as part of the sales
agreement, then the sale price
could be as little as $1.
Mr Asper explained: "If the
Bahamas government could
structure a deal where they
could retire all the debt, then a
$1 sale price would be great
deal. Ultimately, the success of
the process has much more to
do with the political will of the

Allysoin Maynard-Gibson, minister of financial services and investments

pln to igiis

30 yeas orto

Allyson Maynard-Gibson, minister of finan-
cial services and investments, said the Registrar
General's Department is moving to start the
digitising of 30 years' worth of property trans-
actions as part of plans to ensure the Depart-
ment's "complete computerisation".
She said the Agent Internet Module System
(AIM) in the companies department, coupled
with the elimination of the backlog in the deeds
and documents division, meant that efficiency
at the Registrar General's Department would
be enhanced considerably.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson added: "For those who
will be using the AIM system, this means that
they will be able to receive immediately cer-
tificates of good standing as well as being able
to incorporate [companies] within 24 hours.
"For those desiring to record a deed or doc-
ument, this means that they will be able to
receive a recorded deed or document within
one week rather than more than six months,
which is the case too frequently now experi-
She said the Government's aim was to ensure

all Bahamians were able to access the Registrar
General Department's services no matter where
they lived in the Bahamas.
The minister added: "Most importantly, for
all of our citizens it means that anyone, whether
you live in Ragged Island, or Acklins or Abaco,
or Eight Mile Rock will be able to enter the
administrators office in your own community,
and over the Internet obtain a copy of their
important papers registered with [the depart-
ment], be it a birth certificate, a record of a
property transaction or information on a
Bahamian company.
"This is what we mean by transformation.
No longer will you have to come to Nassau to
obtain these services."
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said the Registrar Gen-
eral's Department was also working to install
systems that would allow the public to access
deeds and documents, plus births, death and
marriage certificates over the Internet.
She added that it was likely that the Registrar
General's Department would also soon be able
to receive payments on-line.

Government and their ability
to not blink."
Comparing the Bahamasair
privatisation process to those
that have taken place with oth-
er Caribbean carriers, Mr Asper
said there had been a great
many efforts involving
Caribbean-based airlines and
they all share one thing in com-
mon they have all been unsuc-
cessful if success is measured
by sustainability.
Until recently Air Jamaica's
privatisation process could have
been described as a success, but
the airline was taken back by
the Jamaican Government last
year when the buyer defaulted
on the purchase.
In view of these examples,
the mindset of the Government
and the acquirer needs to be
See AIR, Page 2B




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Tribune Business Reporter
Visitor arrivals to the
Bahamas fell by 3 per cent in
December 2004 to 406,710, as
a strong showing by the Nas-
sau/Paradise Island destination
was overshadowed by contin-
ued problems in Grand Bahama
and in some Family Islands fol-
lowing the September hurri-
Total air arrivals to the
Bahamas in December account-
ed for 116,272 visitors in the
period, compared to 120,234 in
2003 a 3.3 per cent drop.
Cruise arrivals came in at
290,438 for the period.
For the Nassau/Paradise
Island destination, visitor
arrivals totalled 270,138, a 13.6
per cent increase over the same
period in 2003. Air arrivals saw
a steady increase of 9.7 per cent,
going from 78,036 in December
2003 to 85,609 in 2004.
Sea arrivals to Nassau/Par-
adise Island increased by 15.5
per cent, with 184,529 visitors
in 2004, compared to 159,711
during the same period during
the previous year.
Grand Bahama, in the middle
of rebuilding its tourism sector,
saw total arrivals came in at
45,744, some 23 per cent less
that 2003's 59,494.
Air arrivals for December
2004 were 13,779, a 44.8 per
cent drop when compared with
arrivals for the same period the
previous year at 24,958. Cruise
arrivals held relatively steady
at 31,965, just a 7.4 per cent
drop from arrivals in 2003,
which totalled 34,536.
Family Island destinations
saw total arrivals hit 90,828, a
25.6 per cent decrease when
compared to figures in 2003 of
Air arrivals were just 2.1 per
cent down at 16,884 for the peri-
od, compared to 17,240 for
2003. Sea arrivals came in at
73,944 for December 2004, com-
pared to 104,867 or a 29.5 per
cent drop from the 2003 figures.
For Family Island destina-
tions, Abaco proved to be the
strongest, with a total of 6,952
visitors. This was a slight
decrease, at 6.2 per cent, when
compared to 2003 figures of
7,412. Marsh Harbour and
Treasure Cay accounted for the
lion's share of visitor arrivals
with 4,813 and 2,139 respec-
Following Abaco, the top
three Family Island destinations
for December were Eleuthera,

See TOUR, Page 3B


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CHRISTIE-ARCHER late of Hutchinson Street,
Pyfrom Addition, Eastern District, New Providence,
The Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any
claim or demand against the above Estate are required
to send the same duly certified in writing to the
Undersigned on or before the 28th day of February,
2005, after which date the Executrix will proceed to
distribute the assets having regard only to the claims
of which they shall then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full
settlement on or before the date hereinbefore

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
Attorneys for the Executrix
P.O. Box N-3937
Mareva House
No. 4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.


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The following titbits
are taken from the
February 1, 2005,
edition of the
Security Beat
News Magazine. This is a week-
ly e-journal that addresses secu-
rity trends and developments.
Preventative Measures is the
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this journal, and these articles
are printed with permission
from the publisher, Primedia
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ASSE offers workplace homi-
cide prevention measures
According to the US Bureau
of Labour Statistics (BLS), 631
people fell victim to workplace
homicide in 2003 the first time
since 2000 that workplace homi-
cides recorded a rise over the
previous year. The American
Society of Safety Engineers is
urging employers to take action
now to prevent these homicides,
and the organisation offers the

following tips:
Establish a workplace vio-
lence prevention policy; an anti-
violence corporate policy; and
security policies.
Improve hiring practices
with pre-screening and back-
ground checks.
Train all employees in the
warning signs of aggressive and

violent behaviour.
Develop a contingency
plan for crisis management.

According to the BLS survey,
transportation incidents were
the No. 1 cause of on-the-job
deaths, followed by falls and
then homicides. Some 487 of
the homicides involved a
"Employers, under the theo-
ry of respondent superior, are
vicariously liable for any actions
committed by their employees
within the scope of their
employment," says JoAnn Sul-
livan, co-author of ASSE's
recent workplace violence sur-
vey. "
"The employer is liable for
actions of the employee when
the employee is working even
if the employee is not acting policy."
For more, visit

Researchers crack
RFID code for car keys
Researchers have found a
way to crack the code used in
millions of car keys, a develop-
ment they said could allow
thieves to bypass the security
systems on newer car models.
The research team at Johns
Hopkins University said it dis-
covered that the 'immobilizer'
security system developed by
Texas Instruments could be
cracked using a "relatively inex-
pensive electronic device" that
acquires information hidden in
the microchips that make the
system work.
The radio-frequency securi-
ty system being used in more
than 150 million new Fords,
Toyotas and Nissans involves a
transponder chip embedded in
the key and a reader inside the
car. If the reader does not
recognise the transponder, the

car will not start, even if the key
inserted in the ignition is the
correct one.
It is similar to the new gaso-
line purchase system, in which a
reader inside the gas pump is
able to recognise a small key-
chain tag when the tag is waved
in front of it. The transaction is
then charged to the tag owner's
credit card.
Researchers said they were
able to crack that code, too.
"We stole our own car, and we
bought gas stealing from our
own credit card," Avi Rubin, a
professor of computer science
at Johns Hopkins, who led the
research team, told The Associ-
ated Press.
Texas Instruments was
recently given demonstrations
of the team's code cracking
capabilities, but the company
maintains its system is secure.
Tony Sabetti, a business man-
ager with Texas Instruments,
said the hardware used to crack
the codes is cumbersome,
expensive and not practical for
common thieves.

Hardware or Software? That's
the security question
A national US survey of
more than 300 IT professionals
in companies with annual rev-
enues of more than $30 million
indicates they would rather rely
on hardware for IT security
than software.
The survey, conducted by IT
supplier Britestream Networks,
says 54 per cent of respondents
prefer a hardware-basedsolu-
tion, consisting ofeither'a pre-
bundled, standalone hardware
appliance or an embedded fea-
ture in network hardware
Respondents indicated they
are highly or somewhat
involved with their company's
network security. The predom-
inant method for deploying
security in the past has been via
software because it was easier
and faster to develop. Now,
however, the market is demand-
ing the higher security and per-
formance levels achievable in
hardware implementations.

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

Air (From page 1B)

focused on several critical areas, including the successful removal
of the sovereign guarantees of the debt.
In many cases ,these debts have not been retired or satisfied
and the buyer has simply taken over the payments going forward.
At the end of the day, if the buyer defaults, the country is again
faced with the burden of national guarantor, which highlights the
reality that these companies are not buying the airline, but are
renting it.
Because most potential buyers know that governments are des-
perate to rid themselves of continuing airline obligations, countries
are frequently put in the position to make privatisation deals with
sovereign debt remaining. Mr Asper said that while the odds that
the Bahamas would be able to negotiate the total elimination of
sovereign guarantees were remote, it was important that it still try.
The second element involved in a successful privatisation sale are
the promises the Government attaches to Bahamasair relative to
route entitlements, which Mr Asper said is the single greatest asset
relative to airlines.
Bahamasair could be the beneficiary of these routes under pri-
vatisation provided the airline is not granted an exclusivity period,
because it would need to welcome foreign carrier route awards that
better corresponded to the capability of foreign airlines offering ser-
vices the privatised airline could not.
Mr Asper said: "If a new gateway was opened between the US
and the Bahamas that Bahamasair could not service, then the
Government needs to have the right to merchandise the route
with foreign-owned or Bahamian airlines. At the end of the day, the
Government should utilize the airline's assets to bargain for the big
three equipment, fares and frequency."
He added that the Government must recognise the value of its
routes and not give them away to a privatised Bahamasair because
no airline can satisfy every route structure with its equipment.
Citing the example of Air Tran, Mr Asper said the airline values
its minor service between Atlanta and Grand Bahama because it
does not have any competition, and in other routes open skies
prevail. All of Air Tran's domestic routes are open to competition
from bothlegacy carriers and any start-up low cost operator who is
attracted to the market, but it is highly unlikely the Government
would grant the same route to another airline at a lower fare.
"The Government proved it can merchandise a route, now it has
some of the newest equipment coming into the Bahamas. The Gov-
ernment has dozen of routes it can give to airiness and it can use
these routes to guarantee service," Mr Asper said.
Mr Asper said neither Bahamasair, nor the Government, is to be
blamed for the airline's history. The carrier filled a need at a time
in history when it might have been the only "game in town".
But in the marketplace now, where high yield routes are valued
and prized, it is time for airlines with much lower operating cost
structures to come in, and the Bahamas to take advantage e sit-
uation. O

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Pricing Information As Of:Financial Advisors Ltd.
01 February 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.39 1.10 Abaco Markets 1.10 1.10 0.00 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 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 5.55 5.55 0.00 4,500 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 6.30 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 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.17 6.58 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 1.40 -0.10 10,000 0.228 0.000 6.1 0.00%
4.00 3.13 Famguard 3.99 3.99 0.00 0.406 0.170 9.8 4.26%
9.75 8.10 Finco 9.75 9.75 0.00 0.649 0.480 15.0 4.92%
7.50 6.40 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 6.03 6.16 0.13 0.245 0.000 24.5 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.694 0.350 14.4 3.50%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ 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%
n.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0 54 0.00 -0.103 0 000 NM Q.00%
43.00 28. ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41 00 2.220 0.000 19.4 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%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Dlv $ Yield %
1.2060 1.1509 Colina Money Market Fund 1.205953"
2.0536 1.8944 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 ....

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 Fidellti
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fldelitq
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to da) EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ DIvidends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings 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
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Tribune Business Reporter

Family Guardian chairman, Norbert
Boissiere, yesterday celebrated the
insurance company's 40th anniver-
sary celebrations by revealing it had
grown from a small home service
business to one that had more than $110 million
in assets and more than $1 billion in life and
health insurance in force.
Looking forward to the company's golden
jubilee, Mr Boissiere said Family Guardian
would continue to develop new products to bring
the best financial protection to the insuring pub-
lic. He said the firm would continue to look to
improve its technology so staff members could be

of better service to policyholders at a company
where shareholder equity stood at more than
$34 million.
Last night's cocktail reception at the British
Colonial Hilton was attended by Allyson May-
nard-Gibson, minister of financial services and
investments, and other government officials.
Also in attendance were company directors,
industry stakeholders, leaders in the financial
services sector, shareholders and policyholders,
and staff members, both former and present.
Patricia Hermanns, Family Guardian's presi-
dent, said that while it had remained true to its
original objective to provide high quality prod-
ucts and service to its customers at all levels, it
has expanded to include not only large ordinary
life insurance policies, but also health insurance

through the launch of BahamaHealth, annu-
ities and mortgages.
She said that with the launch of the company's
website in 2004, Family Guardian was position-
ing itself to respond to customers through the
"We will continue to expand our product lines
in order to adapt to the changing needs of the
insuring public.
"Our presence in nine of the major Family
Islands, including Freeport, speaks volumes to
our commitment to meet the needs of our mar-
ketplace and the growth and development of
our agency force will allow us to continue to
reach out and touch our ever expanding client
base," Ms Hermanns said.
Taking a tnoment to reminisce over the early

days of Famiiy uardian's operations, Mr
Boissiere said that his partners, Roscow Pyfrom
and Jack Knowles, both now deceased, opened
Family Guardian's first office on Maderia Street,
while he opened an office on High Street, in
Bridgetown, Barbados.
The three confident young men, with some
50 years of experience in the insurance industry
between them, had strong concepts on how a
successful business should be run, he said.
Acknowledging many of the persons that have
played important roles in the development of
Family Guardian, Mr Boissiere said Dawson
Roberts, in particular, was instrumental in help-
ing to form the company by preparing its articles
and memorandum of association and registering
them to do business in the Bahamas in 1964.

Budget (From page 1B)

explained, but Mr Smith said
on Monday that despite the "bit
of a haemorrhage" experienced
in revenue collections during
September and October due to
the hurricanes, revenues were
now "somewhat ahead of last
year" and growing at a faster
pace than expenditure increas-
He said: "We hope this com-
bination of initiatives will sta-
bilise the public finances and
contain the deficit to the extent
that we will complete the year
within projections or a little bet-
ter." Meanwhile, Moody's reit-
erated its oft-stated position
that "reigning in the fiscal

deficit and improving the coun-
try's public sector debt position
are key factors" in producing
any upgrade to the A3 and Al
ratings on this nation's foreign
currency bond and bank deposit
ceilings, and local currency
obligations respectively.
Adding that the tourism
industry, which generated 70
per cent of the Bahamas' for-
eign exchange earnings, had to
prove its "resiliency", Moody's
said a loss of competitiveness
in that industry and further
external shocks could place
downward pressure on the debt
And the Wall Street credit

rating agency said: "This would
lead to fiscal slippage and a sig-
nificant build-up in government
debt. Given the narrow revenue
base, a much greater level of
debt would be hard to sustain.
"The Government faces the
task of containing larger fiscal
deficits at a time of uncertain
tourism prospects and subdued
prospects for economic growth.
The Government's response to
the new international regulato-
ry financial regime, and its abil-
ity to manage economic liberal-
isation as its seeks World Trade
Organisation membership, will
influence Moody's credit assess-
ment of the Bahamas."

James Smith, minister of state for finance

Tour (From page 1B)

with 3,052, out of which 2,136
visited North Eleuthera, and
Exuma with 2,692. Bimini saw
929 visitors.
Total visitor arrivals for the
Bahamas in 2004 just topped
the five million mark, an 8.92
per cent increase upon the pre-
vious year.
That growth rate compared
with the previous year's 4.3 per
Air arrivals for 2004 were up
slightly by 1.47 per cent at 1.45
million, with occupied room
nights 9.4 per cent ahead of
2003 at 1.459 million.
The rate of growth in air

arrivals was slightly less for
2004, coming in below last
year's 1.9 per cent. Sea arrivals,

though, grew by 12.3 per cent in
2004 compared to the previous
year's 5.4 per cent growth rate.

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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, RO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Cititrust (Bahamas) limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, a
leading financial institution with a presence in over 100 countries and
over 100 million customers worldwide,

is seeking candidatesfor the position of



Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore
trust companies servicing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas,
Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Islands, New Jersey and
Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.
The Technology Department supports all locations and local applications
of the business.


Production support of software for key application.
Provide application support technically to the business which
includes the detection and resolution of issues.
Assist application support Project Managers where
Interfacing with the information security management
Management of risk and assist in coordination of audit.


SQL and Oracle programming and/or DBA experience, Visual
Basic, Citrix, Crystal Reports, Net, Win2K, Web technologies,
MS Office applications, DBMS knowledge, programming skills
in a windows environment.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Interfacing with the business, internal and external vendor
management, and bug tracking.
Influencing and leadership skills.
Historic programming experience with languages and web
2-4 years DBA hands-on programming experience.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience.

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:
Technology Unit Head
GWS/Bahamas Technology
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR

Deadline for application is February 6, 2005.




Nassau Conference expects


Organisers of the Nassau
Conference, which aims to pro-
vide Bahamian financial ser-
vices executives with increased
international contacts and expo-
sure to the global industry's lat-
est thinking, yesterday said
more than 100 participants had
registered for next week's inau-
gural event.
Robert Lotmore, chairman
of the Association of Interna-
tional Banks and Trust Com-
panies (AIBT), which is the
conference's founding partner,
said he expected further regis-
trations from financial services
executives to come this week.
"We are delighted that such a
broad cross section of our mem-


ber firms and the financial ser-
vices community will be attend-
ing The Nassau Conference,"
said Mr Lotmore in a state-
"Nonetheless we are hopeful
that others in the industry will
take advantage of this oppor-
tunity to participate in the
event, which brings together a
group of highly recognised and
regarded speakers to discuss
critical issues and trends facing
the industry."
The Nassau Conference will
run over two half-day periods;
Monday afternoon on Febru-
ary 7 and Tuesday morning,
February 8, 2005. Conference
and registration information are

tacting A

100 participants

on-line at: www.nas- Global Advisors, who will dis- Sean McWeeney, Graham Conference chairma or by con- cuss Investment Strategies. Thompson & Co, who will pro- Andrew Law, said the prese
IBT at 356-3898. Michael Foot, Central Bank vide a conference wrap-up. tations will provide COB st

Conference speakers include:
Mark Bridges, Farrer & Co.
addressing Industry Ethics.
Richard Hay, Stikeman
Elliott LLP, addressing Tax
Katie Booth, Rothschild
Trust Corporation, who will dis-
cuss Client Lifecycles.
Philip Marcovici, Baker &
McKenzie, addressing Juris-
diction Models.
Barry Rider, Beachcroft
Wansbroughs, who will address
Risk Management.
Jeffrey Everett, Templeton

of the Bahamas, who will
address Regulation.
Robert Lawrence, Cad-
walader Wickersham & Taft
LLP, who will discuss Client

Several conference speakers
will also make a presentation
to more than 50 students at the
College of the Bahamas (COB)
at the conclusion of the event.


dents with insights into the sec-
ond most important industry in
the Bahamian economy, and
one which will provide increas-
ing employment opportunities
for young Bahamians.

Blacklisting adviser to

speak on tax planning

The adviser to the Bahamian government over
its response to this nation's 2000 'blacklisting' by
the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will
address next week's Nassau Conference on 'best
practices' for international tax planners.
Richard Hay, head of the London Private Cap-
ital Group Stikeman Elliott LLP, will cover
the macroeconomic influences on taxes during
his presentation to Bahamian financial services
executives. Mr Hay is an international tax prin-
cipal and the head of the London Private Capital
Group, which advises governments and financial
institutions on commercial, regulatory and tax
aspects of the design and use of structures based
in international financial centres.
A member of the International committee of

the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the
International Bar Association and the Interna-
tional Tax Planning Association, Mr Hay and his
London Private Capital Group have advised gov-
ernments, financial institutions and private clients
on the supranational initiatives arising from the
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and
Development, FATF, International Monetary
Fund, Financial Stability Forum and European
Mr Hay publishes and lectures frequently in
Europe, North America, Asia and international
centres on the subjects of international planning
structures and the actions of supranational agen-
cies seeking to regulate international financial

Queen's solicitor to

address relationship

of onshore/offshore

Bridges' presentation reflects
back to a speech he made five
years ago when he spoke of the
need for the offshore world to
face up realistically to the inter-
national regulators, and to look
for opportunities in the brave
new world.
He then compared the
response of some jurisdictions
to that of Lord Nelson, who
famously refused to accept an
order from his superior officer
by looking at the signal to with-
draw through a telescope placed




Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 29th day
of December, 2004.

Lynden Maycock




(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.,
and ITK Trust Company Limited merged on 31st December
2004 with UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd. being the surviving
company. The Registrar General Issued a certificate of Merger
dated 31st December 2004.

Cordelia Fernander

against his blind eye.
Mr Bridges is a director of a
number of trust companies,
both in the UK and overseas,
and regularly lectures on a vari-
ety of trust-related topics.
He is a member of the Trust
Law Committee, the STAR
Group, the ITPA, the IBA and
STEP and an editor of Interna-
tional Succession Law for Tol-
leys (2001), as well as a chapter
contributor to a companion vol-
ume on the Planning and
Administration of Offshore and
Onshore Trusts (2001).

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.




Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 29th day
of December, 2004.

Lynden Maycock

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 2ND day of
FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 31st day
of December, 2004.

Lynden Maycock

The private solicitor to
Queen Elizabeth II will kick off
the speaker presentations at
next week's Nassau Conference
with his own personal view on
the present relationship
between offshore and onshore
financial centres, and what the
future has in store.
Mark Bridges, a partner at
Britain's Farrer & Company,
will present an address entitled
Whose Flag is Flying on HMS
Victory Now?
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Junior sports reporter
THE Doris Johnson Mystic
Marlins senior boys got a special
visit yesterday, after pulling of a
big upset over the weekend.
Marlins senior boys, who are
making their mark in the Gov-
ernment Secondary School
Sporting Association (GSSSA),
swam past the CR Walker
Knights to win the Keva Bethel
senior boys tournament.
After the big win, the Mar-
lins were treated to a ceremo-
nial presentation, with special
guest Alex Marchfelt, manager
of National Basketball Associ-
ation (NBA) team the New
York Knicks.
The presentation, which took
place during the school's week-

"Coming to the schools has
always a pleasure of mine,
something I enjoy very much.
I enjoy coming to talk to the
students and some of the
coaches, giving back is what
I am all about."

New York Nicks manager Alex Marchfelt

ly assembly meeting, also drew
members of the Fox Hill Police
station, who congratulated the
students on their "fine behav-
iour". The school is in the Fox
Hill community outreach pro-
Marchfelt said: "My trip

down here is always wonderful,
it is great for my health and the
Bahamas is a lovely island.
"Coming to the schools has
always a pleasure of mine,
something I enjoy very much. I
enjoy coming to talk to the stu-
dents and some of the coaches,

giving back is what I am all
"Visiting this school is great,
this is my first time at this school
and I must say that this is a nice
school, which looks like a
Marchfelt, who likes to be
referred to as a honorary
Bahamian, has been coming
down to the Bahamas for over
40 years and, according to him,
New Providence is his second
"When I first came to the
Bahamas I must admit that the
island wasn't as developed as it
is now," Marchfelt added.
"Their has been major
improvement on the island, not
only in the terms of tourism,
but the Bahamas has taken the
sporting world by storm.

"I am a huge fan of the
Bahamas and the developments
they have made, and I love to
encourage the students to pur-
sue careers that are fitting to
For Harcourt McCoy, the
Marlins head coach, the
visit and weekend win has
boosted the confidence of his
The Marlins, who are cur-
rently ranked fourth in the
GSSSA, have picked up three
losses already one coming
from the Knights.
However, McCoy is placing
partial blame for the loses on
the consecutive games his team
"It has been a rough first half
for the team, having to play the
three top schools back-to-back -
CI Gibson, CV Bethel and, of
course, the Knights, and losing
all three of the games.

"We were able to rebound
against them, but that was all
during those games.
The tournament over the
weekend we didn't have to play
those consecutive games, so the
guys' legs were fresh.
"Playing and defeating them
in the championship game was a
big booster in the guys' play.
Coaching a new school with no
facilities then going up
against big schools who have
facilities and winning gives
all of us something to think
"If we do play the big schools,
they don't factor these things
into the equation, their biggest
concern is winning."
Marlins are hoping to make a
push as the season heads into
its second half.

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MEMBERS of the
Bahamas Hot Rod Associ-
ation have seemingly put
their differences behind
them and are looking for-
ward to moving on with the
election of a new slate of
executive officers.
As the result of a call by
members for the removal of
Gus Outten as president and
Alex Taylor as secretary, a
compromise was made
between the two parties.
It was agreed that Outten
will continue to function in
the position he was elected -
vice president with Taylor
remaining on board as sec-
But the members further
agreed that nominations will
be held on Thursday at a
meeting at the MotorSports
Park at the Queen Elizabeth
Sports Centre.
"We will elect a new pres-
ident, a treasurer, assistant
treasurer, assistant secretary
and a public relations offi-
cer," said a member of the
BHRA, who wished to
remain anonymous.
"Mr Outten will remain in
his elected post as vice pres-
ident and Mr Taylor will
remain in his post as secre-
tary. So basically, the extra-
-ordinary meeting will be
held to nominate persons for
the vacant posts."

Once the nominations are
in, the member disclosed
that the election of officers
will be conducted at another
meeting to be called within
10-14 days after Thursday.
"Everyone is in favour
with it. This is putting us in a
step in the right direction,"
the member further
Members had lodged a
protest over the manner in
which Outten and Taylor
conducted the affairs of the
association, saying that there
were too many things going
on that the membership
were not privy too until it
had happened.
Outten moved up the
ranks to fill in as president
after the elected president
Gurth Knowles resigned.
Last year, Outten assumed
the presidency, but members
Complained that he didn't
have a plan that made the
sport the vibrant one that it
was in recent years.
This is the final year of the
three-year term. While the
members want to put a new
slate in office, they have indi-
cated that elections may
have to be held at the end
;;of the year, in accordance
-with their constitution.
"There were no com-
plaints. Everybody accepted
the decision, including Mr.
Outten and Mr. Taylor," the
member confirmed.
In order to be a part of
the electorial process, mem-
bers must pay their financial
dues of $65.00 during the
meeting on Thursday or
before the date that the elec-
tion is called.
"We expect to see the
association move forward
and move together
as one," the member
"That's all that we are ask-
ing for.
"We had a stall and once
we get past these elections,
we hope that we can get that
up and running so we can
continue to generate the
funds to complete the work
we started at the site."
The member indicated
that, after the elections are
held, they intend to go full
stream ahead with a vibrant
calendar of events with rac-

ing held just about every
Sunday afternoon.

ALMOST two years after he
suffered an injury that could
have ended his career,
Bahamian Jonathan Massie is
back on his bicycle, competing
in the United States.
Based on Denver, Colorado
where he graduated in Decem-
ber with a degree in Environ-
mental Design and Architec-
ture from the University of
Colorado at Boulder, Massie is
currently preparing to make his
debut on the professional cir-
At the end of his recovery
period last year, Massie joined
the Rocky Mountain Cycling
Education Foundation, which
promotes cycling for young-
sters and provides a pro cycling
team for competitors under the
age of 25.
In April, 2003, Massie was
training with his University of
Colorado team-mates when he
was injured in a spill. He broke
both bones in his forearms and
risks, wearing a cast for six

"I tried to come back at the
end of the season, but it was
impossible," said Massie, who
had never experienced such a
crash since he started racing
five years ago.
Coming from a strong
triathlon and swimming back-
ground, Massie said he always
knew he had the potential to
do very well in the sport.
So once he pursued it in col-
lege, he decided to venture

Bahamian cycling

ace goes professional

even further by going pro. His
eventual goal is to, not only
ride on a Pro team, but to rep-
resent the Bahamas at both the
2008 Olympic Games and the
World Championships in
Undaunted by the fact that
he came from the Bahamas,
Massie said he was welcomed
with opened arms in Colorado
and he feels like he's right at
home in the environment
In fact, he noted that when
he went through his rehabili-
tation process, he realised just
how much his team-mates
cared about him.
"I had a set of four surgeries.
I had the last one at the end
of last year (in September), so
I got my arm 100 per cent
through physiotherapy," he
"As far as physical condition,
I'm back to where I was in
2002 with a lot more strength. I
just need to get the fitness back
and I will be right where I was
two years ago."
With his physical strength
coming back, Massie said he

intends to, not only explore
competitive racing with Team
RMCEF this year, but look
forward to competing for Team
Aerospace Engineering and the
Bahamas national team.
But, for now, Massie will
make his debut this season in
Arizona at the Valley of the
Sun Classic, February 18-20.
"I want to upgrade to a pro
license so I can race in all the
pro races in the United States,"
Massie projected. "Then I want
to get ready for the Common-
wealth Games next year."

Before he went down with
his injury, Massie represented
the Bahamas at the 2002 Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Games where he crashed on
the last lap of the 180 kilome-
tre road race. He was also 15th
in the 50 kilometre track race.
And he also carried the
Bahamian flag at the 2002
Commonwealth Games where
he was 28th in the 50 kilometre
track race.
That same year, Massie end-

ed up as runner-up in the
Bahamas Cycling Federation's
80-mile national championships
for the third consecutive
Prior to that, Massie had a
sensational start to his colle-
giate career when in 2001 he
got a Stage win in the Chums
Classic and was third overall
in the Collegiate Men B race.
Massie also competed for
New Providence in the fifth
Bahamas Games.
He was sixth in the 20-mile
criterion, 3rd in a 80-mile road
race, 2nd in 13-mile timed trial,
1st in 10-mile mountain bike
race and 2nd in 18-mile team
timed trial.
At 6-foot and 155-pounds,
23-year-old Massie is expected
to compete just about every
weekend with at least 15 major
races on his agenda.
"I know the federation wants
me to go to the Pan Am
Cycling Championships this
year, so I'm looking forward
to coming home to represent
our country whenever the
event is held," Massie summed

* JONATHAN MASSIE is currently preparing to make his debut on the professional circuit.

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of the Sir Harry Oakes murder..s
mystery in Nassau in 1943. on in the aftermath
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Duke's decision to call in two4
Miami detectives to investigate
one of the most intrigug cases of the Bahamasmost
of the 20th century has been ,
characterised as a blunder. ...
Fire, by John Marquis, offers a famous murder?
different theory. And it is one
that is bound to rekindle
debate, not only about the mur-
der itself, but also the subse-
quent trial of Count Alfred de
Marigny, who was acquitted k
and deported in circumstances
that have iev r-beei ade- ?'...
quately explained.
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tor of The Tribune, became I
interested in the Oakes mur- r
der mystery in 1969 when he..
was given revealing informa-
tion by a contact while work-
ing as a young reporter in Nas-
It sparked a lifelong interest
in the case and extensive read-
ing of the many books written
about the strange death of Sir
Harry and its even more'7
intriguing aftermath.
Most of the theories pursued
by a succession of authors are
nonsense, he believes. He con-
structs a case based entirely on
circumstantial evidence which,
he feels, places the Duke's
involvement in a new light.
"To suggest the hiring of
James Barker and Ed Melchen
as detectives in the case was
merely a blunder simply does
not stand up to close examina-
tion," said Mr Marquis.
"Yet that is the common
view in the Bahamas, even
today. Why is it relevant 60
years on? Because Bahamian
justice was poorly served by the
Oakes case and the new gen-
eration deserves to be given an :/ ':
alternative view of what went
on in 1943. I believe the rever-
berations of that case are still
being felt."
Sir Harry, a former gold ''/'4k4I../, '
prospector who arrived in Nas-
sau in the late 1930s to escape
the demands of the Canadian
taxman, became a key figure in
the local economy at a time
when the Bahamas was a .
depressed backwater.
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huge tracts of land.
Although a rough-and-ready
and outwardly fearsome char-
acter who liked stomping
around in his battered hat and
mining boots, he was magnani-
mous and considerate in his
dealings with poorer folk.
The blacks of Nassau liked
his no-nonsense manner and
also warmed to his Mauritian
son-in-law Freddy de Marigny,
whose compassion was consid-
ered unusual among the colo-
nial whites of the day.

When de Marigny was tried
for Sir Harry's murder at the
Supreme Court in the fall of
1943, feelings ran high in Nas-
sau. The case was all the talk in
every corner shop and barber's
What never became clear at
the time was why the Duke,
then Governor of the Bahamas,
reacted to the case in the way
he did.
Uncomfortably ensconced at
Government House, having
been banished by the British

Establishment because of his
pro-Nazi views, the Duke had
his own problems in those dark
days of war.
Blood and Fire examines his
extraordinary behaviour fol-
lowing Sir Harry's death and'
comes up with some interest-
ing conclusions.
Publisher Michael Henry,
who will be promoting the
book at the London Book Fair
next month, is expecting brisk
sales when it is released in the

He believes the Royal con-
nection with a murder mystery
involving high society figures
will prove an irresistible com-
bination when Blood and Fire
hits the bookstalls.
He has also been encouraged
by reports from freelance con-
sultant editors who have given
the book high marks for sus-
pense and readability.
One, Julia Tan, described-it
as "an exquisitely conceived
book" which displayed a high
calibre of investigative report-
Describing Blood and Fire as
"an irresistible read", Ms Tan
says: "Once you begin reading
you cannot put the book
, In her report to the publish-
er, she adds: "Overall, the text
is cogent and the literary style
superb. Additionally, he very
skilfully spreads a layer of
social commentary over the
nasty business of the Oakes
murder that makes one want
to give him a standing ovation."
John Marquis, a journalist
for 44 years, is a former inter-
national sports writer and
award-winning investigative
reporter who has worked on a
wide variety of newspapers and
He worked in the Bahamas
for three years in the 1960s and
returned in 1999 as The Tri-
bune's managing editor after
holding senior executive posi-
tions in several British media
In her report on his work,
Ms Tan writes: "Blood and Fire
makes the James Bond novels
of Ian Fleming pale by com-

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iano (Knopf)
4. "He's Just Not That
into You". by Greg
Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
(Simon Spotlight Enter-
5. "Witness: For the Pros-
ecution of Scott Peterson"
by Amber Frey (Regan
6. "The South Beach
Diet" by Arthur Agatston,
M.D. (Rodale)
7. "The Purpose-Driven
Life" by Rick Warren
8. "America (The Book):
A Citizen's Guide to
Democracy Inaction" by
the writers of The Daily
Show, Jon Stewart (Warn-'
9. "Start Late, Finish
Rich" by David Bach
10. "Collapse: How Soci-
eties Choose to Fail or Suc-
ceed" by Jared Diamond
11. "God's Politics" by
Jim Wallis (HarperSan-
12. "The Success Princi-
ples: How to Get From
Where You Are to Where
You Want to Be" by J.
Canfield, J. Switzer
13. "The South Beach
Diet Cookbook" by Arthur
Agatston, M.D. (Rodale)
14. "Winning the Future:
A 21st Century Contract

with America" by Newt
Gingrich (Regnery)
15. "The Abs Diet Eat
Right Every Time Guide"
by David Zinczenko with
Ted Spiker (Rodale)

1. "The Last Juror" by
John Grisham (Dell)
2. "Angels & Demons"
by Dan Brown (Pocket)
3. "3rd Degree" by James
Patterson and Andrew
Gross (Warner)
4. "Deception Point" by
Dan Brown (Pocket)
5. "To Die For" by Linda
Howard (Ballantine)
6. "Digital Fortress" by
Dan Brown (St. Martin's
7. "The Calhouns:
Catherine, Amanda and
Lilah" by Nora Roberts
8. "Sahara" by Clive Cus-
sler (Pocket)
9. "My Sunshine" by
Catherine Anderson
10. "The Cat Who Talked
Turkey" by Lilian Jackson
Braun (Jove)
11. "The Second Chair"
by John Lescroart (Signet)
12. "Dance with Me" by'
Luanne Rice (Bantam)
13. "Islands" by Anne
Rivers Siddons (Harper-
14. "Retreat Hell!" by
W.E.B. Griffin (Jove) (F-P)
15. "Paranoia" by Joseph
Finder (St. Martin's Press)

1. "The Kite Runner" by
Khaled Hosseini (River-
2. "The Curious Incident
of the Dog in the Night-
Time" by Mark Haddon
3. "The Time Traveler's
Wife" by Audrey Niffeneg-
ger (Harcourt/Harvest)
. 4. "Dreams from My
Father" by Barack Obama
(Three Rivers Press)
5. "The Birth of Venus"
by Sarah Dunant, (Random
6. "Reading Lolita in
Tehran" by Azar Nafisi
(Random House)
7. "The Secret Life of
Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd
8. "The Devil in the
White City" by Erik Larson
9. "The South Beach Diet
Good Fats/Good Carbs
Guide" by Arthur Agat-
ston, M.D. (Rodale)
10. "Rich Dad, Poor
Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosa-
ki with Sharon L. Lechter
11. "The Ultimate Weight
Solution" by Dr. Phil
McGraw (Free Press)
12. "World Almanac and
Book of Facts 2005" edited
by Ken Park (World
Almanac Education)
13. "What to Expect
When You're Expecting"
by H. Murkoff, A. Eisen-
berg & S. Hathaway
14. "The Abs Diet" by D.
Zinczenko, T. Spiker
(Rodale Press)
15. "The Dark Tower V:
Wolves of the Calla" by
Stephen King (Scribner)



Past, Present and Personal:
The Dawn Davies Collection
@ the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West
and West Hill Streets. The exhi-
bition is part of the NAGB's
Collector's Series. Gallery
hours, Tuesday-Saturday,
11am-4pm. Call 328-5800 to
book tours.
Stepping Stone Quilters
16th Annual Quilt Show @
Trinity Church Hall, 10am -

4pm, Saturday, January 29 to
Saturday, February 5. Free
The performing arts group,
Young Artists United (YAU)
will open its 2005 workshop
and production season on Sat-
urday, February 5. More than
55 new members, all students
between 16 and 18 years of age
from different high schools,
will be inducted into the group.
The seven-month workshop

will cover all aspects of the
performing arts, after which
group members will showcase
their talents in live and record-
ed productions.
The group is made up of
more than 100 young men and
women between 12 and 65
years of age and is supported
by Governor General Dame
Ivy Dumont, actress, Gwen
Forbes Kelly and Celi Moss,
director of the Bahamas Film
Festival, among others.








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Rave Saturdays @ The All New Club Eclipse.
DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old Skool. Admis-
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
free before 11pm. Music by.DJs Flaya, Clean Cut,
,.along:withMr Grem 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 llpm, $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 llpm, $20 after.

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

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

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

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @

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 ll1pm. Men,
$15 cover charge.

Villaggio Ristorante, Caf6 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.

Coldplay and U2.

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

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restau-
rant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Fea-
turing Frankie Victory at the key board in the
After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to mid-
night. Fine food and drinks.

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


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.

Open Mic Nite, every Wednesday 8pm @ The
Bookmarker, Cable Beach Shopping Centre
(above Swiss Pastry Shop). Poets, rappers, singers,
instrumentalists, comics...everyone is invited to
entertain and be entertained. $3 entrance fee.

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 more 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
sentative at, 302473210r more information anid
learn to save a life today. iv;^,

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.

Stepping Stone Quilters 16th Annual Quilt Show Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Rafter Ian and Shelly play live @ The Green @ Trinity Church Hall, 10am 4pm, Saturday, Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
Parrot, Hurricane Hole, Paradise Island, Satur- January 29 to Saturday, February 5. Free admis- 4th floor meeting room.
days 7pm -10pm featuring a m ix of alternative sion. ...........................................................................................
favourites, Send all your civic and social events to The Tri-
from Avril Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies bune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: outthere@tri-
Lavigne to Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the

Greek fe stival

this weekend

The 2005 Greek Festival kicks off this weekend. And that means an in-
depth look into the traditional Greek way of life. From actual cook-
ing demonstrations, to Greek dance lessons, those who turn out
will have a totally Greek experience. You will also have a chance to
shake a leg to traditional Greek music to be presented by a live
Bouzouki band out of the United States. The band will play in the afternoon and
dancing goes on into the night.
Or, you can sit and listen to Greek stories being told ...
"It's a festival that happens all over the world. It's a way for us to open up our-
selves to the rest of the world because people usually say we are closed," says fes-
tival chairperson, Alexandra Maillis-Lynch.
So if you've never tasted spitted lamb, souvalakia, loukoumadis, drank some Ouzo
(greek beer), then it's time to have a taste of Greece. And to find out more about
its culture and customs, the 2005 Greek Festival is the place to be.
The festival takes place on the Greek Orthodox Church grounds, West Street, 11
am until on Saturday. And, on Sunday, from noon until. Admission: $3 (adults), $1
(children). The church will also be open for tours.





'Civil Servants'

was W.

hit song

.ose idea exactly?

f "you workin' for...
the government dem,"
and even if you aren't,
no doubt you are fully
entertained by the
"Civil Servants" hit song by
Sting and KB.
"The idea for the song is
really Sammy Heastie's, a
teacher at St Augustine's Col-
lege. He's a very talented musi-
cian he wrote the lyrics and
the music; every other day he
would come and tell us 'listen
to how this sounds'."
Bernard Hanna, 'the ulti-
mate group leader' of the Sting
Junkanoo group for the past
12 years says that since
Junkanoo keeps evolving the
group thought it was time to
develop a song with a dance,
and take the music and com-
plement that with cowbells on
Bay Street.
For each of the last four

years, Sting has collaborated
with a local Bahamian per-
forming artists to come up with
a new song and a dance "to
boot", each of which was writ-
ten by Samuel Heastie S-T-I-
N-G in 2001, Sting in the
Morning in 2002, Rake Me,
Scrape Me in 2003 and the
biggest hit thus far, Civil Ser-
vants in 2004.
Since it hit the airwaves, the
anthem of the civil servant has
at least moderate to heavy rat-
On stations such as
100JAMZ, the song still plays
about four to five times every
day since its release that's
more than once per DJ shift.
It has become exceedingly
popular, especially among civ-
il servants, because everyone
has some idea of the experi-
ence of dealing with the fabled
"government worker".
One radio station reported
having to hold back a little on

air play, as civil servants kept
"calling the station every
minute" to request the song
whenever "something hap-
pened", causing further con-
cern about productivity, the

a song and dance. Then we
take it to an artist to perform.
Initially, this song was taken
to Ronnie Butler, but it didn't
work out for him to do it.
Then we took it to KB, as we

Samo -ate', a taceratS

Augutin' s Cllge H'saer
taenedmsic0' h wrteth

very issue being addressed in
the chorus.
The chorus, incidentally, is
Mr Hanna's favourite part of
the song. "So, every year we
get a theme and come up with

always did, for him to clean it
up a bit, and said, well, you
know, why don't you give it a
try? And KB keeps it all
And so KB did.

Now Mr Hanna says the
calls are coming in from Eng-
land for us to go over there
and promote the song, and
from -all throughout the
Caribbean. "We really didn't
expect it... right now every-
one is calling and we just
ordered 5,000 more CDs last
The CD, a single with lyrical
and instrumental tracks, is sold
out in popular record stores,
including both locations of the
Jukebox. "We were always a
scrap group, but we came to
popularity with these songs.
While other groups were build-
ing and pasting, we were
putting pen to paper," says Mr
According to Mr Hanna,
having to work outside of the
music industry to make a liv-
ing, other Bahamian artists
know how hard it can be to get
Bahamians to enjoy Bahamian
music. Some of these other

artists, said Mr Hanna, have:
thanked Sting for something,
that hits the mark with
Bahamians. He says Mr Ira.
Storr told him, "nothing
seemed to be catching on, but,
this record is amazing. Every-
body wants a copy and it is
what the industry needed."
Also, Fred Munnings Jr, Mr
Hanna remembers, said he is
"hopeful that Junkanoo groups
would try to emulate it and
ease the sponsors' burden, or
the need for sponsorship, by
being able to raise their own
100JAMZ' DJ Reality, host
of the Showdown at Seven a
face-off of popular new songs
where callers are given the
opportunity to vote for their
favourite songs, said that when
"Civil Servants" was released
just before Christmas, it was
often voted as the favourite,
knocking its contenders out of
the game.

Phat Groove Entertainment gets set for

another Night of Love and Laughter

THE Phat Groove Team with the BET Comic View All-Stars at 2004's Night of Love and Laughter.

AFTER a record-breaking year of laughs in 2004, Phat From the Kings of New York, An Evening with Mo'Nique "We were humbled by the response to the All-Stars show
Groove Entertainment starts off 2005 with its fourth instalment or last year's explosive hit The Phat Groove Comedy All- and it was equally gratifying to give all of our patrons our
of Night of Love and Laughter. Stars Tour few other promoters have consistently brought best show yet," said Wilson. "Now the standard and the stage
Featuring BET Comic View All-stars, the annual Valen- the calibre of performances and value for money shows like are set and a Night of Love and Laughter will be act two, big-
tines show is sure to provide Nassau's lovers and friends with Phat Groove. ger and better!'
night of comedy and romance. President of Phat Groove Entertainment, Levin 'Big Lev' Alongside partners Galleria Cinemas, Bacardi, and Let's
Over the last five years, Phat Groove has continued to be the Wilson, says that last summer's All-Star's Tour was an achieve- Talk Wireless next month's night of love will be a night to
benchmark for comedy entertainment in the Bahamas. meant for the company. remember.


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A BIT of a mixed bag at the
movies this week two hotly- back up on the big screen as
tipped for Oscar glory and one guilt-ridden, grizzly boxing
that should be tipped into the trainer Frankie, who makes
garbage. ends meet by running a small-
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LAR BABY, director Clint When his best prospect
Eastwood's follow-up to the ditches him in favour of a new
fantastic Mystic River. manager, Frankie begrudging-
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under his wing and the pair
slowly bond.
Judging by the incredible
critical reception Million Dol-
lar Baby has received, you
can't help but expect some-
thing special.
But the complex drama, that
Eastwood has excelled in as a
director before, appears to be
absent here with almost
every character a broadly-
drawn caricature.
Old Clint, himself, gives a
rehash of his Heartbreak Ridge
whispery role and can't quite
decide whether he's an intense,
disturbed, elderly man or a
wise-cracking, macho, seven-
Morgan Freeman phones in
another "wise old narrator"
act think Shawshank
Redemption with one eye -
and, again, fails to stretch him-
Only Hilary Swank manages
to come across as a living,
breathing human being, with-
out resorting to cliche.
But her trailer trash family -
an important element in the
story are such in-your-face
cartoons that they can't be tak-
en seriously.
The same can be said for a
misjudged gym-dwelling men-
tally-challenged youngster,
who I could have sworn
strolled in from the set of
And there is some of the
most outrageous product
placement I've seen in a long
time watch out for a scene
involving brand name bleach
that's like a bad commercial.
Million Dollar Baby has its
moments, but there are just
too many contrivances for it
to work on anythingother than
a watchable level.
SIDEWAYS, on the other
hand, more than lives up to its
Miles (Paul Giamatta) and
Jack (Thomas Haden Church)
are two mis-matched middle-
aged buddies a depressed
wannabe writer and a hand-
some former soap actor who
take a trip to California's vine-
yards in the week leading up to
Jack's wedding.
Miles intends to spend a qui-
et few days wine-tasting as
opposed to Jack, who's out to
sow some wild oats on his last
days of freedom, and a series
of low-key misadventures
Sideways hits the spot on so
many levels as a fine drama,
a romantic comedy and a
broad farce without ever
feeling disjointed.
Giamatta and Church are
perfectly cast and the former's
awkward approaches at
romance with beautiful wait-
ress and fellow wine-lover Mia
(Virginia Madsen) make for
touching, believable viewing.
Now the bad. Robert De
Niro's career plummet contin-
ues with the farcical HIDE
AND SEEK, a scary movie in
the loosest possible sense.
Recently bereaved psychol-
ogist David (De Niro) ups
sticks with his young daughter
Emily (Dakota Fanning) to the
country with the hope of start-
ing afresh.
Emily, however, is deeply
troubled by her mother's
recent death and has devel-
oped the annoying habit of
staring into woods at nothing
in particular.
So far, so bad, but soon Emi-
ly begins referring to her
creepy imaginary friend Char-
lie and David suspects she may
be spending time with a sinister
Hide and Seek may not be
the worst horror movie you'll
see this year (it is a mere pre-
tender to the Darkness crown)
but it will be right up there.
Robert De Niro adds yet
another shambles to his rapid-
ly expanding "what was he
thinking?" collection, and is
woefully miscast for his part.
Young Fanning spends most
of the picture staring idly into
space, which is something
you'll find yourself doing as
Hide and Seek staggers
towards its unlikely conclusion.
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