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Youths in court over
* By A FELICITY
TWO youths were
arraigned in the Magis-
trate's Court yesterday
charged with beating and
stabbing to death 32-year-
old Philip Andrew Moss
David Desland Nicholas
and Francis Touissant,
both 20, were arraigned
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meers and charged with
murder and assault with a
Nicholas, of Florida
Court, off Robinson Road,
and Touissant, of Fox Hill
Road, were not allowed to
plead and were remanded
to Fox Hill Prison until
their preliminary inquiry
begins on April 21.
_Philip Moss, affection-
ately known as "Peas", was
at. Da Bing nightclub on
Fox Hill Road when he was
allegedly attacked by a
group of men who beat him
on the head with a piece of
wood and stabbed him
He suffered from multi-
ple knife wounds to the
back, chest, an.d lower
extremities. Other men
were reportedly attacked
as well, and a rock and bot-
tle fight ensued, witnesses
An ambulance was not
called to the scene and
police found Mr Moss dead
on their arrival.
As Nicholas was escorted
to Court Five on Bank
Lane yesterday afternoon,
he told a gang of young
men under the fig tree that
he would be with them
again "next year this time".
informed the defendants
that they do have the right
to apply to the Supreme
Court for bail.
When The Tribune visit-,
ed the Moss family home
off Bernard Road on Mon-
day, Philip was described
as a "quiet soul". Friends
said he concentrated on his
son Philip Jr and said they
were always seen together.
They were affectionately
known as "Peas n' Rice".
are being made for next
Saturday at Ebenezer
Church on Shirley Street.
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* DAVID DESLAND NICHOLAS, 20, is led from court yes-
terday after being arraigned for the murder of 32-year-old
Philip Moss last weekend.
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)
* By PAUL G.
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS are calling
for the rigorous enforcement
of Bahamian laws to have ille-
gal immigrants removed from
A bilateral agreement
between Haiti and the
Bahamas has established cer-
tain criteria, one being that
those who came into the coun-
try illegally after 1986 should
be deported subject to the dis-
cretion of the Bahamian gov-
This agreement also
required the establishment of
a commission comprised of
outstanding citizens from the
church, civic society, business,
and the government, that
would come together to see
that documented Haitians are
SEE page 11
* FRANCIS TOUISSANT is led away from court yesterday by
police officers after being arraigned for the murder of 32-year-
old Philip Moss last weekend in Fox Hill.
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)
stands by handling
of rape allegation
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
Alfred Sears yesterday stood by
the way he and his office han-
dled the rape allegation against
Minister of Works Bradley
He said that a review was car-
ried out on the police commis-
sioner's recommendations that
SEE page 11
/ THE TRIBUNE
PAGE 2, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005
Ministry of Education to
step up securi
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
IN RESPONSE to the
recent spate of school violence
the Ministry of Education will
be strengthening up its securi-
ty force and introducing sur-
veillance equipment in some
Minister of Education
Alfred Sears, who appeared
on ZNS's talk show Immediate
Response yesterday, pointed
out that what is happening in
the nation's public schools is
similar to what is going on in
"It is not the school but the
Bahamian society which is
bursting in terms of violence
and you have the students
coming into the schools from
the society, but not all of the
schools are exploding with
violence," said the minister.
Mr Sears said that the min-
istry has taken a very system-
atic approach to the incidents
at the various schools and has
brought in former Assistant
Commissioner of Police Garth
Johnson to take control of the
situation as the director of
security for public schools.
"He has introduced a num-
ber of measures. We have a
partnership with the Commis-
sioner of Police and the Police
Training College where we
train and retrain all of our
security personnel. We are
also now talking to vendors in
terms of surveillance equip-
ment to be placed at select
schools where we have had
challenges," the minister said.
Mr Johnson, who appeared
on the show along with Mr
Sears, said that there is a seri-
ous problem at some of the
"It is not the school but the
Bahamian society which is
bursting in terms of violence
and you have the students
coming into the schools from
the society, but not all of the
schools are exploding with
Minister of Education Alfred Sears
schools with "outside inter-
In addition, he admitted
that the schools are plagued
with a shortage of security
"We know the areas that
are short and in a reasonable
period of time we will have
the areas that are short com-
plimented with the amount of
staff and surveillance equip-
ment needed to manage the
schools," Mr Johnson said.
Last month a 15-year-old
R M Bailey High School stu-
dent came to the campus
wielding a machete. He was
In response, teachers at the
government school held a sit-
in to draw attention to what
they said is a crisis of violence
in public education.
The incident followed the
stabbing of another 15-year-
old at the schoolthe week
Mr Johnson said that what
his staff has done is cato-
gorised the schools in terms
of low, medium and high risk
RM Bailey is considered a
high risk school.
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public for its assitance in locat-
ing Jason Marshall who is
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with the murder of
Marshall, 25, is described as
being of slim build and light
brown complexion. His last
known address is Hamster
Avenue off Faith Avenue.
Police believe that he is
armed and extremely dan-
Anyone with any informa-
tion, concerning Marshall is
asked to contact police
at 919,322-333, C.D.U. 502-
9991 or Crime Tipsters at 328-
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005, PAGE 3
Sir Stafford Sands 'had information
on Harry Oakes
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SIR Stafford Sands, the most
powerful man in the Bahamas
during the 1960s, claimed to
have information linking the
Duke of Windsor to a major
cover-up in the Oakes murder
case of 1943.
The former Bahamas finance
minister, who launched the
country's tourism boom, said
he had secret documentation
which would serve as an "insur-
ance policy" if he ever fell on
hard times, it was claimed yes-
The astonishing disclosure
was made shortly after the 1967
general election in which the
Bay Street Boys and their party,
the UBP, were swept from pow-
er by the PLP under Lynden
Sir Stafford, the kingpin of
the UBP at the time, was asked
by British journalist Roy East
where his future lay following
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his party's defeat at the polls.
Sands replied that the British
government would always look
after him because of informa-
tion he possessed about the
- Duke and the Oakes murder
Mr East said the documenta-
tion was described by Sir
Stafford as an "insurance poli-
cy" against any future problems
he might have.
Yesterday, in an exclusive
interview with The Tribune, Mr
East now retired after a long
distingmi ed career as an inves-
tigative journalist in Fleet Street
said: "Sir Stafford told me he
and his colleagues were fearful
for their financial future now
that their party had been
"But he then went on to talk
about his 'insurance policy' and
the fact that the British govern-
ment would always look after
Mr East said from his home
in Cornwall, England: "Of
course, he never showed me this
documentation, nor do I know
for sure that he was telling the
truth, but he certainly said it
and appeared to mean it. He
indicated he had everything
written down on paper."
The revelation ties in with the
theme of a book due out later
this year in which The Tribune's
managing editor, John Marquis,
suggests the Duke then Gov-
ernor of the Bahamas was
involved in a cover-up following
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT FNM Leader Tommy Turnquest criticised
Prime Minister Perry Christie and his government for failing to
bring certainty and relief to the sad economic saga of thousands
of Grand Bahamians, especially the 1,300 displaced workers of
the Royal Oasis Resort.
He noted that Mr Christie in his recent address at the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet provid-
ed no definitive plan for improving their situations over the next
"He announced no new projects and although what he
announced had been'announced before, some before he came
to office, those projects remain in limbo," Mr Turnquest said
Wednesday during a press conference in Freeport at the FNM
i 'Mr Turnquest said The Gin project for Grand Bahama, the
LNG proposals, the Marriot proposal and the Gold Rock Creek
Theatre project are examples of projects that have been in the
pipeline for a long period of time still awaiting actualisation.
He said even if these projects the prime minister continues to
talk about comes to pass, they will take at least 12 to 18 months
to be realised.
In the meantime, Mr Turnquest noted that the 1,300 workers
of Royal Oasis and thousands more unemployed workers in
Grand Bahama cannot expect the projects to change their sit-
uation for the better over the next 12 months.
"They remain uncertain and anxious about their immediate
future. It would have been better for them if the PM could
have put some dates to these projects instead of the verbal
gymnastic that he did to say essentially that these proposals
remain just proposals," he said.
Mr Turnquest claims that the government has let down the
workers at Royal Oasis by taking too long to intervene in the
matter, which has now affected businesses and employees of the
He added that the prime minister failed to address the situ-.
ation at the Bazaar, even though employers and workers there
mounted an impressive demonstration regarding their plight.
The government, he said, continues to demonstrate its inad-
equacy by wasting taxpayer's money to travel to the princi-
pals of the Royal Oasis Resort in New York.
Mr Turnquest believes that government should have com-
pelled the principals to come to the Bahamas, where they have
property, to face the entire government and people of the Roy-
al Oasis Resort.
"Why does the government act as if it is powerless in the sit-
Operators of resorts in this country must be approved by
the government and cannot dispose of their assets without the
permission of the government," he said.
The opposition leader said the Royal Oasis Resort owes the
government money. He noted that the government has legal
rights to do what it needs to recoup its money.
Turning his attention to hurricane relief efforts, Mr Turnquest
said far too many homes, schools and communities remain
unassisted by the government months after the passage of the
He noted that outlying communities have not been cleaned
up, and the conditions of schools outside of Freeport are "dis-
Mr Turnquest accused the Minister of Education of letting
down the children and parents of the nation for such incompe-
tence and inefficiency in the repair and restoration of schools.
"It is inexcusable what has happened. The schools of this
island should have been the main priority of the minister and he
should have seen to it personally that they were restored to
properly house our children," he said.
Mr Turnquest said Prime Minister Christie is out of touch with
the people of Grand Bahama. "He has no clue what the needs
of these people are and what to do to address them. This is trou-
bling indeed," he said.
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the murder of Sir Harry Oakes
in July, 1943.
The book, called Blood and
Fire, is expected to rekindle
debate about the Oakes mys-
tery when it appears in the fall,
especially as it challenges some
of the traditional theories about
Mr East said: "There is no
doubt that Sir Stafford felt the
Duke was directly involved, not
in the murder itself, but in what
The journalist met Sir
Stafford in an office on Bay
Street which, Mr East recalled,
was "covered in company-
s.gns". ..... .-,-
S iStafford-was disturbd-at
the election outcome and was
making plans for a future out-
side the Bahamas.
In fact, Sir Stafford left Nas-
sau soon afterwards to live in
Spain. He died at the Dorch-
ester Hotel in London in 1972.
Mr East was in the Bahamas
not only to cover the election
and what he described as "the
threat of post-election riots" if
the PLP had lost, but also to
investigate links between
Freeport and the Mafia.
He was particularly interested
in the actor George Raft's
alleged Mob connections and
his relationships with Mafia
characters in the Bahamas.
Mr East was also eager to
probe Sir Stafford's legal links
with Freeport, and especially
his involvement in the contro-
versial Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment, which gave Freeport vir-
During his stay iri Nassau, Mr
East joined in Pindling's post-
election celebrations and sub-
sequently had several conver-
sations with the former prime
In one of them, he raised the
subject of Sir Stafford and his
"insurance policy" regarding the
Duke of Windsor.
"Pindling was undoubtedly
aware that Sir Stafford had
information of this kind," said
Mr East. "It was never dis-
cussed in detail, but he knew
what ajaglking abputt.,'
Manhie, the book'Blood
and -Fireis, already attracting
interest from the British press,
with both the Sunday Telegraph
and The Literary Review of
London seeking advance copies.
Telegraph journalist Andrew
Alderson has interviewed Mr
Marquis with the aim of writ-
ing a preview.
Last night, Mr Marquis said:
"What prompted the book is a
conversation I had in 1969 when
I was a young reporter work-
ing in Nassau.
"The source was rock-solid,
as good as they get, but the
information I received was
unpublishable at the time. I
wrote this book for the
Bahamas because a new gener-
ation of Bahamians needs to
know what went on all those
response .the book is getting
already suggests that interest in
the Oakes murder mystery will
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
WHEN Mr Kingsley Black
says that enough is enough, is
this an indication that a plan is
being formulated to deal effec-
tively with the administration
issues that seem to be at the
heart of the ongoing crisis in
the educational system?
,I would be the first to give
my assistance in helping teach-
ers to regain the status they had
in this nation prior to the advent
of what we refer to as "modern
politics". In those days we did
not have an issue as to who was
in charge, and the administra-
tors in those days did not have a
problem in letting you know
what the deal was. There were
many students who did not lis-
ten but this did not deter those
teachers and when we heard
anything that sounded like
"enough is enough", somebody
was going to have trouble sit-
ting for a while. Behaviour was
not allowed to get in the way of
However, in the modern
political era, politicians and
their minions had too much to
say about how schools should
be run. Card-carrying party
members caused the transfer,
humiliation, demotion, public
ridicule and chastisement of
many teachers. MP's went to
school on a regular basis to bat
for their constituents; where do
you think the term "my good
son came from"? Too many of
the public school students of the
1970-80's came out of school
with a warped view of what
respect was because of political
interference in an area that
should have been hallowed
ground. As the,timeline moved
along and you add the influence
of the drug culture that followed
it is not difficult to see why we
are where we are. The students
of my era are now parents and
grandparents and whatever the
problems were that were not
dealt with, are now woven into
the social fabric. Normal is now
a very nasty word.
The issue as I see it has more
to do with those who lead not
seeing the relationship between
what is and what is; what has
led up to where we are. Those
of us who have sense must
acknowledge that many of our
leaders have taken more than
they have given, and a lot of
what they have taken is yet to
be realised, if it is possible to
steal from the future they have
done it. Those who lead now
have a double responsibility,
they have to attempt to resolve
the issues of the past and secure
the foundation for the future of
education and social reform in
A word to my friend, the
Minister of Education. I know
you have a heart for the stu-
dents of this nation, but you
have to make a choice. The
magnitude of the two offices
make it impossible for one per-
son to carry out the duties of
both, responsibly and effective-
ly, a singular focus is required
and I hope you choose educa-
We need to start seeing. Wev-a
are an "independent nation's
and the responsibility is ours
PLP, FNM, CDR, BDM, BUT'
BCPOU, etc; etc; How will we,
remain the best little nation or
the face of the earth if we refuse
to do what we know we have
to do. Another degree or title.
may result in an upgrade, but
what about the job at hand?.
What about the responsibility?
What about those we are called
January 24, 2005.
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I READ the comments that Rupert Gardiner made in
last week's Tribune. He is right when he says that track
coaches need to focus on the athletes and not on them-
selves. I know of a team and three coaches that do just
I am referring to the Star Trackers Track and Field
Club. The Star Trackers are headed by Coach David
Charlton and assisted by coaches Rudolph Ferguson
and Trevor Strachan. All three of these coaches work
tirelessly with the young athletes. None of these coach-
es get paid and all of them spend about 2 1/2 hours, five
days a week coaching, not to mention the extra hours put
into the team in other areas. This team is not just about
track. They also make sure the athletes get good grades,
do their homework, tutor when necessary, learn sports-
manship and learn the importance of the community
and being good citizens. p .
I'm sure all three of these coaches would love to see
one of their athletes get to the Olympics some day.
However, the main reason why these men devote so
much time to this club is to give every child on the team
the chance to get a scholarship to attend college. Coach
Charlton knows the importance of a scholarship because
that is how he attended college. Track is a passion with
these three coaches.
My daughter joined Star Trackers in September of
this year and from the first week I was impressed. Not
only are the coaches dedicated, but the parents and the
athletes are as well. I have never seen a group pull
together like this group. They support each others chil-
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favouritism and everyone is given the same amount of
I congratulate the coaches, the coach's wives, athletes
and parents for making the Star Trackers such a great
club. I urge everyone to continue the great work that
they are doing and I wish all of the athletes much success.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005, PAGE 5
Fishermen 'ready for violent showdown'
FISHERMEN whose traps
are being pillaged by pirates off
Andros are ready for a violent
showdown if the government
doesn't take action.
They feel matters are reach-
ing a head as the pirates
become better-equipped in
plundering their fish and lob-
"They are now using a moth-
er ship and sending out skiffs
to systematically work the
lines," said one frustrated cap-
tain yesterday. "They are even
equipped with radar so that
they can track our own boats.
"I have a multi-million dol-
lar investment out there and I
am ready to do anything to pro-
tect my interests.
"We have tried our best to
achieve results through the
proper channels, but so far
nothing has been done to help
"It's inevitable that, if nothing
is done, we are going to do what
we have to do to ensure our
business is taken care of."
The fishermen, who work out
of Coral Harbour and Freeport,
have been concerned for
months about Andros-based
pirates who rob their traps.
One fishing boat owner
claims to have lost more than
$80,000 in the last few weeks.
Others say they have lost catch-
es worth $20,000 or more.
A delegation of fishermen is
now trying to arrange a meeting
with Mark Wilson, permanent
secretary to the Ministry of
National Security, in an effort to
get the matter resolved.
They would also like to
explain their plight to Prime
Minister Perry Christie.
The group includes Andy,
Michael and Eric Turnquest,
Nathan Cartwright, Leon Car-
roll, Roston Munro, Rayburn
Newbold, Curtis Major and
Timothy Dean. All believe the
piracy problem has now
reached crisis point and that
violence is inevitable if nothing
The men claim to have
informed the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force in an effort to
get action, but so far nothing
useful has been achieved.
One captain who did not
wish to be named told The Tri-
bune: "We are losing every-
"The pirates are sitting out
there in a mother ship, riding
their anchor until the weather
"When it does, they send the
skiffs to work the traps. They
are pillaging and poaching
everything. I think our crews
are in fear of their lives because
of this. The thieves have
become so comfortable because
everyone is turning a deaf ear to
Predicting a violent show-
down, the captain said: "I don't
think it is the best way to deal
with it, but we have gone
through all the procedures.
"We have been to the
Department of Fisheries, who
tell us they have passed it on to
the proper authorities.
"The police tell us it is a
Defence Force matter, but the
Defence Force has been out to
investigate only once.
"Meanwhile, these pirates are
cussing and carrying on.
"Therefore, we have two
options we either carry it to
the next level, or we have a
He added: "I don't think
these guys know who they are
"Do they expect us to roll
over and play dead?
"If it comes to a showdown, I
will ask God for forgiveness
afterwards. I have enough
resources to deal with the situ-
ation expeditiously. If someone
keeps breaking into your
home and the authorities
don't seem to care, what do you
"I have been working hard at
this business for 12 years. I have
$3 million invested out there
and we are now reaching break-
The piracy is taking place
over a 300 square mile area of
sea south of South Riding
Rocks, which lie off the north-
west coast of Andros.
Already, an Andros pastor
has urged islanders to stop rob-
bing other people's traps, but
so far without success.
The pirates, it is claimed,
regard all waters around
Andros as their own, and any-
thing caught in those waters as
M By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE number of Haitian-Bahamians being
incarcerated at Fox Hill is on the rise, Prison
Superintendent Edwin Culmer said.
In an exclusive interview with The Tribune
during a tour of Her Majesty's Prison Fox Hill,
Mr Culmer said that the majority of Haitian-
Bahamians being sent to the facility are there
for violent crimes.
The superintendent did not provide figures
confirming the increase, or identify a specific
time frame over which it has occurred.
He said rather that what he referred to was a
general trend he has observed.
Mr Culmer explained that in his experience,
first generation Haitians who arrive in the
Bahamas tend to behave peacefully and conduct
themselves within the confines of the law.
Second generation Haitian nationals howev-
er, often become "rebellious" he said.
Mr Culmer said that in his view, this is a reac-
tion to a lack of national identity among young
"I might be wrong, but its my honest opinion
that they have a problem with status, and that
makes them angry," he said.
Mr Culmer said that the rise in the tendency
towards crime within this group can only be
tackled if the "shame" that accompanies their
lack of nationality is addressed.
The superintendent said however that he did
not want to paint a completely negative pic-
ture of Haitian-Bahamians as many of them
have contributed positively to Bahamian society.
Mr Culmer said that many of his best officers
at the prison are Bahamians of Haitian descent,
who have learned to put the advantages of their
heritage to use.
SEE page 11
* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
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The house, located on Turn-
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received little damage from the
flames, and officers have a 26-
year-old suspect in their cus-
tody in connection with the dis-
Later that day, a large bush
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Road near Loyola Hall, and
fire services officers worked
until the evening to put out the
In other crime news, two
armed men held up Supervalue
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A UNION leader warned yes-
terday that the lack of action by
the government to help resolve a
prolonged labour dispute will very
shortly result in a strike from two
of the biggest unions in the coun-
President of the Commonwealth
Bahamas Trade Union Congress
(CBTUC) Obie Ferguson told
Rotarians yesterday that unions
will be extremely active this year,
and the first thing on the agenda is
to have disputes about retroactive
pay registered with the Industrial
In order to better serve this pur-
pose, Mr Ferguson and Pat Bain,
president of the National Congress
of Trade Union (NCTU) have
merged together for the first time,
and together represent 45 unions
and thousands of civil servants.
The two presidents have been
speaking out on what they call an
abuse of power from Industrial
Tribunal's president Harrison
Lockhart, who has informed the
unions that he refuses to register
any of their negotiated agreements
dealing with retroactive pay.
Mr Ferguson warned yesterday
that this failure to register negoti-
ated industrial agreements could
lead to unprecedented unrest in
the country because there are a lot
of frustrated employees who want
the matter to be resolved.
The two umbrella unions recent-
ly picketed in front of the Bahamas
Industrial Tribunal and Mr Fergu-
son said he predicts more action
in the very near future, but he
admitted the decision to strike has
not been an easy one, and it is the
employees who are at risk.
'"Persons in authority cannot
continue to abuse their power and
* PRESIDENT of the Commonwealth Bahamas
Trade Union Congress Obie Ferguson
exploit people," he said. "People
must be a part of the development
process, we have to use the sys-
tem we are given. When that sys-
tem fails, the people suffer. The
Minister of Labour is failing to use
He said he agreed and support-
ed comments made by Bishop Neil
Ellis last week, who chastised lead-
ers for being indecisive.
He said the Minister of Labour
and Immigration Vincent Peet
should have already intervened in
the dispute between the unions
and the Tribunal's president, in
order to ensure that matter gets
resolved in the Industrial Tribunal.
"The system is designed to avoid
industrial action," said Mr Fergu-
son. "We can't go on strike once
the matter is referred to the Tri-
bunal. The Minister of Labour
could have already stepped in and
put this matter on fast track. We
are in a critical time in this country,
the one thing we should be able
to rely on is an institution that is
designed to hear our arguments,
and have someone impartial to
make an honest and just decision."
Mr Ferguson said that Mr Peet
Bahamas makes 'positive
* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE United Nations has expressed its pleasure
that the Bahamas has adopted several key pieces of
legislation pertaining to the rights of children, but
noted that efforts to promote adolescent health
services need to be increased.
Minister of Social Services and Community
Development Melanie Griffin represented the
Bahamas at the UN Committee on the Rights of the
Child which was held in Geneva, Switzerland last
She was accompanied by Mellany Zonicle, the
Director of Social Services; Andrea Archer, Deputy
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and
Environment; Carnetta Ferguson, the Assistant
Director of Education and Nicole Archer, Perma-
nent Mission of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
to the United Nations.
During her presentation, which highlighted the
accomplishments the Bahamas has made with
regard to children's rights, Mrs Griffin informed
the committee that since the report was submit-
ted, the Residential Care Facilities Act was agreeed
to in December, 2004. She explained that the Act
called for an authority that would regulate all resi-
dential facilities including children's homes to ensure
that children are safe and exposed to nurturing
She said another major advancement was the
launch of a pilot National Youth Programme on
January 9 this year. The pilot programme targeted
fifty at risk young men, aged 15 to 18-years-old.
The programme will be extended to young women
after its initial phase.
In addition, Mrs Griffin advised the committee,
that there has been inter-ministerial collaboration
since 2003 on issues relating to children, ranging
from early childhood education through after-school
activities, to parenting education.
She also said that discussions are underway with
the office of the Attorney General towards the
preparation of a new Act for the well-being and pro-
tection of children.
According to a press release from the United
Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean
Area, the UN found that the adoption of the Status
of Children Act in 2002, the Inheritance Act in
2000 and Early Childhood Car Act 2004, were all
positive steps for the Bahamas. The committee also
noted that the largest part of the national budget
was allocated to education and that primary and sec-
ondary education was free in public schools for all
However, said the release: "The Committee was
concerned that societal discrimination persisted
against vulnerable groups of children, including
children living in poverty and children with dis-
abilities. There was also concern about the high
rate of teenage pregnancies and drug abuses among
The committee suggested that the country
increase its efforts to establish and promote ade-
quate services on adolescent health.
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tions saying that the report was before Cabinet for
consideration. She said once it had been examined,
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must "be a man and decide what is
right or wrong."
"Do not allow politicians to
make promises or talk foolish-
ness," Mr Ferguson advised the
Rotarians, "praise them when they
do well, but when they mess up,
let them know. No minister owns
our country more than you."
Mr Ferguson noted that Mr
Lockhart was given retroactive pay
and said that all civil servants by
"virtue of the machinery of the
government" should receive
retroactive pay. The union presi-
dent continued to say that Mr
Lockhart's position to not allow
the registration of retroactive pay
in the collective bargaining agree-
ment, and the failure of the gov-
ernment to take action, may result
in a very "big step" to be taken in
the next few days.
"We can not continue to pro-
crastinate because the workers of
this country are under siege and
we must do what is necessary to
preserve every single worker
whether they are in the union or
not," he said.
Minister Peet's response to the
matter was: "The vast majority of
trade union leaders meet with the
minister frequently and have con-
cerns addressed promptly, and this
"Like everything else you can't
"The ministry is functioning at a
high level and we are getting
results, however more can always
be done and we are working
towards that gold."
U By A FELICITY
Tribune Staff Reporter
NICHOLAS was arraigned
in the Magistrate's Court for
assault with a deadly
weapon on Thursday. He
was earlier arraigned for the
stabbing death of Philip
Nicholas is alleged to have
assaulted Donavan Cornell
with a handgun on August
11 last year.
He pleaded not guilty and
elected for the matter to be
heard in the Magistrate's
Court before judge Marilyn
Meers in Court Five.
The preliminary inquiry
is set for April 20.
Sgt Clifford Daxon is
prosecuting the case.
Also in Court Five on
Thursday, Terrie Nairn
pleaded not guilty to rob-
bing a man of more than
$8,000 worth of jewellery.
Nairn, a 31-year-old resi-
dent of 38 Park Ave, Glenis-
ton Gardens, is alleged to
have robbed Rollin Watson
on January 31.
Watson told police he was
robbed of his two Rolex
rings, a white gold chain
with a charm, a Rolex hand
chain, and a gold anklet
chain, together valued at
He was granted bail in the
sum of $5,000 with two
sureties, and will return to
court on April 21.
A man faced charges of
gun and ammunition pos-
session at the Nassau Street
Andre Hercules Rah-
ming, a 25-year-old resident
of 21 Kenworth St pleaded
not guilty to owning an unli-
On February 1, police said
he was found with a black
Spesco 38 revolver, serial
number 606023 and one live
round for the weapon.
He was also charged with
possession of a small quan-
tity of marijuana.
Rahming was remanded
to custody without bail, as
prosecutor Rolle said police
were looking into other
matters concerning the sus-
He will return to court on
Monday for a bail hearing.
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Family Islanders win most
'coveted' Cacique awards
TOURISM'S finest were
honoured Friday past during
the 9th Annual Cacique
Awards with Family Island
nominees garnering most of the
coveted duhos. This marked
the first time this prestigious
event was held outside of New
Providence, with the awards
ceremony being staged at
Freeport's recently renovated
Regency Theatre, which was
extensively damaged during
last year's hurricanes.
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe remarked on the
significance of the evening
when he alluded to the fact that
during Sir Clement Maynard's
16 years as Minister of Tourism
he was privileged to welcome
the country's first one mil-
lionth, and then three millionth
Now he, Minister Wilch-
combe, was honoured to have
continued the tradition, with
the country recording its first
five millionth visitor last year
during his tenure.
Leading the list of the
numerous Family Island recip-
ients was Grand Bahamian Sir
Albert Miller who received the
recently renamed Clement T
Maynard Lifetime Achieve-
ment Award. After a video
tribute, which included com-
ments from close friends such
as Sir Clement himself and Sir
Orville Turnquest, an extreme-
ly grateful Sir Albert accepted
the award in recognition of 40
years of remarkable service in
the tourism sector.
National winners were
awarded in some 14 categories.
Walking away with the coveted
duho awards were: Trans-
portation Michael Glen
Thompson, Sunworld Travel &
Tours, Grand Bahama.
Human Resources Develop-
ment Felice Renee McKin-
Grand Bahama. Nature
Tourism Ben Rose, Grand
Bahama. Sports, Leisure &
Events David & Kathleen
Creative Arts Elyse Wasile,
New Providence. Handicraft -
Joseph Albury, Abaco.
Bahamas Hotel Association
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min Young, Atlantis Resort,
Paradise Island; BHA Employ-.
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zier, Radisson Cable Beach
Resort, New Providence. BHA
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Johnson, Green Turtle Club,
Abaco. BHA Hotelier of the
Year Paul D Thompson,
Lyford Cay Club, New Provi-
dence. BHA Supervisor of the
Year Stephen Moncur,
Radisson Cable Beach Resort,
New Providence. BHA Sales
.Executive of the Year Andre
Newbold, Sandals Royal
Bahamian, New Providence.
Special Award Brian and
Jennifer Hew, Kamalame Cay.
Minister's Award Margarita
-, 59 4
Besides the. presentation of
awards, the star-studded
evening included spirited per-
formances by gospel and secu-
Backed by the house band,
Tingum Dem under the lead-
ership of Fred Ferguson, the
performers showed why they
were all finalists in the 2nd
Annual Peoples Choice
Bahamian Song Competition.
At evening's end, Phil Stubbs
received the Cacique Award in
the secular category for "Mr
Gofa"; whilst Da Fam (com-
prised of Rocky Solomon,
Kenyatta Taylor, Vanessa
Rolle, and Tameka Smith)
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Preceding the event, guests
enjoyed a cocktail reception
featuring the Edwin "Apple"
The festive air continued
with a down-home Bahamian
after-party featuring native
mouthwatering delights such
as conch salad, conch fritters,
peas soup 'n' dumpling, fish fil-
let, peas 'n' rice, fried plantain,
grilled chicken, guava duff, and
assorted fruit tarts.
As Cacique guests dined on
such delicacies under the stars
amidst native decorations like
an overturned dinghy, Grand
Bahama's Matrix band heated
up the affair with renditions of
popular contemporary Bahami-
an music complete with limbo
and island dancers.
The staging of the 9th Annu-
al Cacique Awards successful-
ly climaxed tourism week,
which began on January 26th
with the opening of the 2nd
Annual National Tourism Con-
ference at the Westin & Sher-
aton at Our Lucaya Resort.
The conference along with a
simultaneous Best & Brightest
Tourism Careers Fair and
Authentically Bahamian Craft
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THE Free National
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Gates hosted some 100 chil-
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Michael Foulkes, Gold-'
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and his executive team
organised a fun-filled after-
noon for the children of
Golden Gates at
Carmichael Primary School
on Saturday, January 29.
Mr Foulkes said he was
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ing late '80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top
of the Charts in the Main Lounge, neon
lights and Go Go dancers. Glow stick for all
in before midnight. Admission: Ladies free
before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.
College Night @ Bahama Boom every
Friday. Kicks off this Friday, October 15.
Admission: $10 with college ID, $15 with-
Hard Rock Cafe Friday, DJ Joey Jam
presents "Off Da Chain" with beer and
shot specials thru 2am. Saturday, ZNS
broadcasts live Karaoke from 9pm.
Dream Saturdays moves to the Blue Note
Lounge this Saturday and every Saturday
after that. Admission: $15 before 11pm,
Greek Saturdayz @ Bahama Boom, Eliz-
abeth Ave. Every Saturday the Phi Beta
Sigma Frat welcomes greeks, college grads
and smooth operators. Admission $15 all
night, $10 for greeks in letters. Music by DJ
Palmer, security strictly enforced.
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,
Meet the Greeks
The 2005 Greek Festival kicks off this weekend. And that means an in-depth look
into the traditional Greek way of life.
From actual cooking 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 tra-
ditional Greek music to be presented by a live Bouzouki band out of the US. 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 ourselves
to the rest of the world because people usually say we are closed," says festival
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. Sat-
urday 12th February from 11 am, until Sunday 13th from 12pm. Admission: $3
(adults), $1 (children). The church will also be open for tours.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-mid-
night @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10,
ladies get in free.
Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday.
A night of Caribbean, Latin and Reggae
flavours for all audiences. Latin Flair in
the VIP Lounge; Old School Reggae and
Soca in the Main Lounge.
Ladies in free before 11pm. $10 after
11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.
Villaggio Ristorante, Cafe and Piano
Bar, Friday-Saturday, live band 10pm-lam.
Happy Hour, Friday 5.30pm-7pm, Caves
Village, West Bay St & Blake Rd.
Compass Point daily Happy Hour 4pm-
7pm, live band on weekends, West Bay St.
The Graham Holden Deal live @ The
Green Parrot, Hurricane Hole, Paradise
Island, Saturdays 7pm-10pm and Sundays
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's
Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poin-
ciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at
the key board in the After Dark Room
every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine
food and drinks.
Paul Hanna performs at Traveller's Rest,
West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn
Davies Collection @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West
and West Hill Streets. The exhibition is
part of the NAGB's Collector's Series.
Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-
4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
NE2 runs through December. Gallery
hours Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm.
Admission $3. Call 328-5800 to book
A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the
Henrietta Marie exhibition @ The Pompey
Museum, Bay Street, through December
4. Call 356-0495 for museum hours and
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.
Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture
Series: Dr Judson Eneas will discuss Obe-
sity and Diabetes on Thursday, November
18, 6pm in the Doctors Hospital confer-
ence room in observance of Diabetes
Awareness Month. This lecture will edu-
cate women and men about diabetes by
stressing the importance of prevention and
detection of the disease in its earliest stages,
as well as treatment. The lecture is free to
the public. Free blood pressure, choles-
terol and glucose screenings will be per-
formed between 5pm and 6pm. Call 302-
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets
the third Monday every month, 6pm @
Doctors Hospital conferenceroom. MS
Bahamas will have a t-shirt diayAugust 28.
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 classes certified by the AHA.
The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome
and the most common serious injuries and
choking that can occur in adults, infants
CPR and First Aid classes are offered
every third Saturday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital
Community Training Representative at
302-4732 for more information and learn to
save a life today.
- 'S Civic Clubs
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 second, fourth and
fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder
Building, Collins Ave at 6pm.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant,
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every
second Saturday, 10am @ Gaylord's
Restaurant, Dowdeswell St.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every
second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House,
IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.
every Sunday, 4pm-midnightn r Patio National Art Gallery ot the Bahamas, West ..............................................................................
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FROM page one
no charges be brought against the minister.
Mr Sears said: "In the conduct of the
Bradley Roberts investigation and the deter-
mination of whether to charge or not, there
was no time in which I spoke to Mr Roberts
about this matter because I appreciated the
constitutional responsibility which I have to
The minister, who appeared on ZNS's talk
show Immediate Response, said he allowed
the prosecutors in his office to review the
matter and the law and to prepare their rec-
"The recommendations I received from the
two persons I designated, that is the deputy
director of prosecutions and the director of
public prosecutions, were that I not charge
and they had an opportunity to review the
"They had received the commissioner's rec-
ommendation so they had, as professional
prosecutors, an opportunity to look at the
totality of the circumstance and evidence and
their recommendation to me was that I not
charge," said Mr Sears.
However, before the Attorney General
could make his determination, the allegation
Mr Sears said the complainant had been
warned she could be prosecuted for with-
drawing her allegation.
Two days later the woman's identity was
revealed by a tabloid newspaper.
Director of Public Prosecutions Bernard
Turner criticised the Confidential Source for
revealing the identity of the woman who
accused Mr Roberts of raping her in her home
in Marathon last December.
Attorneys backed Mr Turner's view, but
the paper's editor said the action was taken
with the consent of the individual in ques-
According to Mr Turner, the decision to
publish a document on which the com-
plainant's name appeared was "irresponsi-
ble" as its source was not identified.
He said the decision could discourage vic-
tims from coming forward.
"When the matter was raised to me for my
concern I asked the DPP to ensure that there
was no inducement, that there was no coer-
cion, that this was a voluntary withdrawal,"
said Mr Sears.
He added: "What was admirable is that
notwithstanding the allegation and the public
speculation everyone went about their busi-
ness and it showed tremendous maturity, but
I think it would be dishonest to say that there
was not a heightened level of stress.".
FROM page one
properly integrated into
"Those that have an entitle-
ment to be here should be inte-
grated," Attorney General
Alfred Sears said, "but those
that do not, should be deported
Speaking on the Immediate
Response talk show, Mr Sears
said the issue of undocumented
persons in the Bahamas is one
that the government, almost
from the beginning, had
addressed in a very aggressive
"An inter-ministerial meet-
ing chaired by Minister Peet
involving all of the different
branches of the government, is
developing and trying to per-
fect a national strategy so that
we can deal on a number of lev-
els to address this vexing prob-
lem," he said.
Recently Minister of Labour
and Immigration Vincent Peet
announced that within the next
few months a team of interna-
tional immigration specialists
representing the United Nations
and the International Organi-
sation for Migration (IOM) will
attempt to ascertain how many
people are in the Bahamas ille-
He mentioned that, although
it is very difficult to measure
the number of illegal immi-
grants in any country, as we are
a small country "every effort
will be made to measure what
Louis Joseph, the Haitian
Ambassador to the Bahamas,
said he empathises with the
Bahamian public regarding the
number of illegal Haitians
entering the country, and said
that idealistically it would be
good if the numbers could be
"I understand very well the
position of many Bahamians,
and I understand that it is a
small country. I also understand
all the cost that the Bahamas
"It would be good if we could
reduce the number of people
coming to the Bahamas, and I
think this is something we can
solve in the long term.
"To solve this we need to go
to the root of the problem, and
that is economics. People are
coming here for hope and
opportunity. We need to see
how we can provide them with
that, in Haiti," he said.
"The per-capita income .is
about $250 to $300 a year. If we
could give them a better life a
better income, give them jobs'
in north-western Haiti, they
would be more inclined to stay,"
Speaking on the issue, some
Bahamians said the country
needs to change its attitudes
towards Haitians living in the
Bahamas, stating that "superi-
ority complexes" should not
develop because Haitians come
from a less economically sound
Others said although Bahami-
ans can recognise and sympa-
thise with their situation, it
doesn't take away from the
Bahamas' right to protect the
country by enforcing immigra-
In an effort to distinguish
between this right and discrim-
ination, some Bahamians feel
that a mass review of all illegal
immigrants staying in the coun-
try, be they Jamaican, Haitian,
British or Canadian, should be
carried out, and those without
proper documentation should
Speaking with The Tribune,
one Bahamian said: "We can't
just have a foreigner come here
and 'set up shop'. Just because
you have money doesn't mean
you have the right to come here
and automatically become a
Bahamian and enjoy all the
benefits that we have worked
so hard to obtain. So we can't
just look down on the Haitians
because of their economic situ-
"At the same time we can't
allow people to put a guilt trip
on us for simply enacting our.
laws. This kind of migration
^ would not be allowed anywhere
else. So why isit going on in
the Bahamas?" he asked.
Ambassador Joseph said: "I
always tell my people that I am
grateful for the hospitality of
the government and the people
of the Bahamas. I always tell
them not to abuse that hospi-
tality, and that they have to fol-
low the laws of the land, by not
involving themselves in any ille-
gal behaviour, and to always try
to co-operate with the authori-
ties here. We need to walk
hand-in-hand with the Bahami-
ans here, because in the end we
are brothers and sisters."
On the rise
FROM page five
He urged all Haitian-
Bahamians to consider their
unique assets, particularly
their fluency in two languages
as "an advantage," and not a
source of shame.
Attorney General and
Minister of Education Alfred
Sears echoed Mr Culmer's
words yesterday, saying that
Haitian-Bahamians are some
of the "highest achievers" in
the school system in both aca-
demics and athletics.
Appearing on the ZNS talk
show Immediate Response,
Mr Sears acknowledged the
"disaffected," attitude of
some young Haitian-Bahami-
ans, and noted the link with
criminal and gang activity.
He praised the appoint-
ment of an inter-ministerial
task force to identify Haitian-
Bahamians who are entitled
to be granted residential sta-
tus in the Bahamas.
Mr Sears said that in con-
junction with this, efforts
must continue to deport all
illegal Haitian immigrants.
"The longer we wait, it just
compounds the problem and
makes it more difficult to deal
with," he said.
The comments of both Mr
Sears and Superintendent
Culmer come in the wake of
unofficial reports that the riot
in Nassau Village last month
was caused by, hostility
between Bahamians and
According to residents of
the area, the incident leading
to the riot was sparked when
ethnic slurs were hurled at a
Bahamian police officers.
Minister Vincent Peet said on
Wednesday that he does not
subscribe to the belief that
the riot was a "Haitian out-
According to Superinten-
dent Culmer, crime and gang
activity among Haitian-
Bahamians is not only a prob-
lem in New Providence.
He said that evidence has
emerged of sizable Haitian-
Bahamian gangs operating in
certain Family Islands,
particularly in areas of
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PI resorts set to generate
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
said it expected
tions to generate an 8-10 per
cent increase in operating
income for the 2005 first quarter
compared to last year, after
Atlantis and the One & Only
Ocean Club rounded off 2004
by producing another quarterly
;The two Bahamian resorts
generated a record combined
fourth quarter operating income
of $28 million, a 21 per cent
increase over the same period in
Butch Kerzner, Kerzner
International's president and
chief executive, attributed the
2004 fourth quarter perfor-
mance to the 3per cent revenue
per available room (RevPar)
increase at Atlantis and "good
He added that had it not been
for the impact of Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne during the
third quarter, the two Paradise
Island resorts would have pro-
duced a combined 2004 oper-
ating income "north of $160
million" as opposed to the $156
million they actually generated,
which was itself a record.
Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club
produce fourth quarter record for Kerzner,
with operating income up 21% at $28m,
driven by margin and RevPAR growth
The $156 million represent-
ed an 8.33 per cent increase on
the $144 million in operating
income that Paradise Island
generated in 2003. Paradise
Island set quarterly records for
revenues and operating income
in every quarter for 2004 bar
the hurricane affected third
John Allison, Kerzner Inter-
national's chief financial offi-
cer, said that on an adjusted
basis, Kerzner International
generated $0.26 in earnings per
share (EPS) for the fourth quar-
ter. This compared to $0.16 in
the year-before period and beat
the $0.20 consensus estimate by
Wall Street analysts.
He added that Kerzner Inter-
national was expecting
RevPAR at Atlantis to grow by
7-8 per cent in the 2005 first
quarter, maintaining the 7 per
cent growth rate the resort
enjoyed in December 2004.
If Mr Allison's forecast that
the Paradise Island resorts will
together produce an 8-10 per
cent rise in operating income
comes true, this means they
could generate in excess of $60
million compared to 2004's $55
The Kerzner International
chief financial officer said the
company was "comfortable"
with the Wall Street consensus
that it would earn $2.69 in
adjusted EPS for the 20005 full
year, and expected first quar-
ter EPS to be "slightly higher"
Howard Karawan, Kerzner
of sales and marketing, said
Atlantis achieved 7 per cent
See REPORT, Page 2B
"Michael Symonette (left), BTC's chief executive, and Reno Brown, its chairman, at yesterday's press conference
Lower long distance rates
raise BTC call patterns 50%
Tribune Business Reporter
' The Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company (BTC) yes-
ferday said it experienced a 50
per cent increase in calling pat-
emrns during its four-month long
distance rate promotion, adding
That it had received regulatory
permission to maintain the low-
tr international and inter-island
fixed-line calling rates it
unveiled on October 7 until a
final decision on its tariff rebal-
ancing proposal is made.
SMichael Symonette, BTC's
,president and chief executive
'declined, though, to give spe-
cific information on the com-
pany's rate rebalancing propos-
al that is currently before the
Public Utilities Commission
(PUC), or to comment on
whether, as part of that exer-
cise, BTC will look to start
charging for local calls, either
through increased line rental
flat fees, per minute charges or
a combination of the two.
Mr Symonette, however,
admitted that BTC was under
pressure to create a price struc-
ture that reflected the real cost
of services. He said tthis had
been stipulated by the PUC,
and that BTC was working to
comply with the policy.
With its privatisation exercise
See PHONE, Page 2B
By NEIL HARTNELL
'Tribune Business Editor
Robert Lotmore, head of the
Association of International
Banks and Trusts (AIBT), yes-
terday described next week's
Nassau Conference as a "don't
:miss" event for the Bahamian
financiall services industry, as it
aims to provide current and
future sector employees with a
greater understanding of the
global forces impacting the busi-
Andrew Law, former AIBT
head and the conference chair-
man, told The Tribune that the
event, which organisers hope
will become an annual fixture,
was designed to give the widest
possible cross-section of indus-
try professionals a chance to
learn about the forces shaping
the global and Bahamian finan-
cial services industries through
listening and talking to respect-
ed international experts who
were "leaders in their field".
He explained that by bringing
these experts to the Bahamas, it
would give workers at every lev-
el the chance to attend the con-
ference. One institution had
registered 10 personnel as dele-
gates, something Mr Law said
they would not be able to do if
such a conference was overseas
because it was simply not cost-
So far, 120 delegates from 41
institutions have registered for
the conference, with more
expected today and when it
starts on Monday.
The Nassau Conference,
See EVENT, Page 3B
Ocean Club to
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Kerzner International executives believe the
Paradise Island-based One & Only Ocean Club
will generate revenue, per available room
(RevPAR) increases of 24-25 per cent during
the 2005 first quarter, describing the property as
"just pretty remarkable".
Driven largely by the opening of its three
high-end luxury villas at the end of the 2004
second quarter, the One & Only Ocean Club
generated record fourth quarter RevPAR of
563, an 18 per cent increase upon the previous
The resort also set fourth quarter records for
occupancy and average daily room rate (ADR),
seeing these rise to 80 per cent and $702 respec-
tively, from 75 per cent and $633 the previous
Giving Wall Street analysts an update on the
Paradise Island Phase HI expansion, Butch
Kerzner, Kerzner International's president, yes-
terday said work on the major components at
Atlantis the waster-based attractions and 600-
room all-suite hotel was under way.
The 65,000 square foot Marina Village, with
its retail and restaurant attractions, and the
Harborside timeshare expansion were expected
to be completed a "little earlier than expected"
and come in under budget, with both facilities
set to be finished in the 2005 third quarter.
Mr Kerzner said: "We continue to add more
excitement and more stuff at Atlantis. It just cre-
ates a kind of destination at the marina. It's
something that's coming together and I don't
think any of our peers can replicate it."
Howard Karawan, Kerzner International's
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RevPAR growth for December
despite being up against strong
2003 comparatives, when 14,000
room nights were booked by
the cast and production crew
for the film, After the Sunset.
He added that it had not been
for the movie's impact, the rate
of RevPAR growth for the
entire 2004 fourth quarter
would have been 6 per cent
rather than 3 per cent. Ulti-
mately, the RevPAR average
for the fourth quarter increased
from $158 to $162.
Leisure traveller bookings,
which account for 60 per cent of
Atlantis's business, increased
by 15 per cent during the 2004
fourth quarter, despite a slow
To advertise in
start to October due to the hur-
Mr Karawan described
Atlantis as "performing very
well from a top line and bot-
tom line basis", with price
increases having driven up food
and beverage margins by "300
basis points" year-on-year.
. Casino margins were up by
"400 basis points". Mr Karawan
said slot win and slot volumes at
the casino were 27 per cent and
15 per cent ahead respectively
of their prior year comparatives,
with Atlantis benefiting from
the installation of new games.
Some 90 per cent of the slot
machines in the Atlantis casino
had been replaced in 2004, with
some 300 new machines
installed. The other 10 per cent
were set to be replaced this
However, table drop fell by 7
per cent in the fourth quarter.
Mr Karawan said the casino
should also reap spin-off bene-
fits from the opening of the
RIU Paradise Island next to
Atlantis, as the 400-room prop-
erty had been closed for rede-
velopment following its pur-
chase last year by the Spanish
Mr Karawan added that call
volumes and bookings into the
Atlantis call centre were up 13
per cent and 18 per cent respec-
tively in the 2004 fourth quarter.
On the Harborside timeshare
resort, Mr Karawan said the
first Phase was 98 per cent sold
out, and Phase II, which is cur-
rently under construction, was
13 per cent sold out, sales only
having started towards the end
of the third quarter.
Mr Karawan said Harbor-
side's prices per interval had
increased year-on-year from
$22,000 to $27,000, a level he
described as among the highest
in the industry.
The only negative Mr
Karawan identified was the $4-
$5 million increase in payroll
costs Kerzner International
would incur in the 2005 first
quarter due to the implemen-
tation of the industrial agree-
ment with the hotel union.
The Kerzner International
executive said the arrival of low-
cost carriers JetBlue, Spirit and
Song to service this nation
showed his company's "ability
to not only open new gateways
but change the dynamics com-
ing into the destination.
Kerzner International's Atlantis resort
Phone (From page 1B)
shelved for the foreseeable
future, BTC's president indi-
cated that the company intend-
ed to refocus its energies on
establishing itself as a competi-
tive entity in the telecommuni-
In its fight to remain compet-
itive against illegal callback and
Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) services, BTC expects
to introduce its next line of
V6IP"etquipment, believing it.
will significantly lower its oper-
ating costs, stream line its pric-
ing services to consumers and
positively impact the company's
BTC is also looking at intro-
ducing an online bill paying ser-
vice, and is expected to establish
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If BTC returned to its original
rates then IndiGo would only
need to target 20 per cent of
BTC's business users in order
to place 80 percent of BTC's
revenue at risk."
Ms Johnson said that while
cellular revenue accounts for a
greater percentage of the com-
pany's revenue, her comments
were in regard to revenue, sus-
tained from fixed line services.
It was in this area, she main-
tdined, that IndiGo could
threaten some 80 per cent of
BTC's revenues by targeting
some 20 per cent of its business
Meanwhile, in its response to
BTC's request for the contin-
ued operation of its special
rates, the PUC said it looked
favourably on the proposal for
the interim rates. Since the pub-
lic consultation in regard to
BTC's application for interim
rates would require a significant
period of time, the special rates,
which reduced costs by up to
70 per cent, would be allowed to
continue. The interim rates are
essentially identical to the spe-
cial promotion rates.
"The PUC is minded to con-
sider favourably the proposal
for the interim rates for the rea-
sons set out. As this public con-
sultatidn will not be concluded
by February 3,2005, the original
expiry date of the special pro-
motion, it has determined that it
is in the best interest that the
special promotion commenced
October 7,2004, should contin-
ue until a final determination is
made on the interim rates as a
result of this public consulta-
tion," the regulator said.
Mr Symonette, who was
joined by a number of senior
BTC officials, told members of
the media that the special pro-
motion was initially supposed
to last for 120 days, ending on
February 3, but would now con-
tinue until a decision had been
made on the interim rates.
The PUC is not expected to
make a decision on the matter
before the end of July. In an
effort to allay public concerns
and ensure that it is clearly
understood, he said BTC will
not return to rate levels experi-
enced prior to October 7.
a customer service call centre
by April to assist the company,
long perceived as short on good
customer service and efficien-
cy, introduce a friendly atmos-
With the rebalancing of rates,
BTC is also looking at a number
of new revenue streams to
improve its bottom line and
make up for any losses sus-
tained as a result of the reduced
long distance rates.: '
Mr Symhonette said BTC was
pursuing a number of new ini-
tiatives that were expected to
neutralise losses and possibly
improve revenues going for-
He was hopeful that the elas-
ticity of the new rates would
meant an increase in call vol-
umes, which might soften the
blow felt from reduced rates.
He added that there was a
provision in the Telecommuni-
cations Sector Policy sector that
all service providers contribute
to a service fund that will go
towards an access deficit, and
added that this is an area BTC
is pursuing with the regulator.
Asked whether the introduc-
tion of special rates was in
response to System Resource
Group's (SRG) IndiGo Net-
works arriving in the fixed line
market place, Mr Symonette
said BTC had indicated to the
general public more than a year
ago that it would be applying
for a rate reduction, focusing
on prepaid calls at the time. He
maintained that BTC has been
working on lowering its rates
well before individual competi-
tors entered the market.
Felicity Johnson, BTC's vice-
president of legal and regulato-
ry affairs, used the opportunity
to explain comments made in a
letter to the PUC in regard to
the potential impact of IndiGo
Networks on the telecoms oper-
She had written: "It is also
publicly known that IndiGo is
aggressively targeting BTC's
most lucrative customers
though sympathetic press
reports, advertising and direct
"BTC welcomes competition.
However, the Commission must
act in light of economic reality.
ISoo. :. 1 Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of"
03 Februa 2005
wbolPrevious Close Today's Close Chenge Daily 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 555.55 0.00 546 0.152 0.30 10.8 5.9500%
5 .5ask5 s-55 0.00 4,546 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 9,850 0.007 0.040 11.8 4.60%
7.47 6.30 Cable Bahamas 7.47 7.47 0.00 0.510 0.240 14.8 3.21%
2.20 1.35 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.24 6.58 Commonwealth Bank 7.20 7.24 0.04 2.140 0.632 0.390 11.2 5.39%
1.50 0.35 Doctor's Hospital 1.40 1.40 0.00 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%
9.87 86.410 Finco 9.87 9.87 0.00 0.649 0.480 15.2 4.86%
7.50 6.40 Firstarlbbean 7.50 7.50 0.00 1,200 0.513 0.330 14.6 4.40%
8.60 7.95 Focol 7.95 7.94 -0.01 3.200 0.710 0.500 11.1 6.30%
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%
6.32 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.32 6.30 -0.02 0.201 0.000 31.4 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-Low3 Symbol SBid $Ask $ Last Price Weekl~y Vol. EPS $ DIv $ PIE Yield
13.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 16.00 1.328 0.960 10.5 6.88%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.00328 0.80960 10NM5 67.86%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 10.00 0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43. 08.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 ,Month- Div $ Yield %
1.2060 1.1509 Colana Money Market Fund 1.205953* 2 nt Yl
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 Collna 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 ddends dded by osing pce
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks YIELD last 12 monthBuyi dividends divd by ong price of Coin nd ce
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ally Vol. ChaNumber of total shares traded today EPS $ A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mth |
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/A Nt Meanngfalue
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Sockndex. January 1. 1994 = 100
-AS AT DEC. 31, 20041/ -AS AT DEC. 31, 2004 e Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
-AS AT JAN. 14, 2005/W -AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/****A8 AT DEC.31,2004
rUrA- zIt, 1-MILAY, 1-t l'U/nrlT 4, ZUUO
Stubbs bankruptcy woes delay
inquiry into banking industry
Tribune Business Reporter
Ongoing investigations by the
ing Committee have been
stalled until matters concerning
committee member Sidney
Stubbs are resolved, said Ken-
neth Russell, MP for High Rock
and a member of the commit-
tee. He saidithe committee has
not met since the latter part of
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Russell said the com-
mittee, chaired by Malcolm
Adderley, held its last meeting
"We were trying to have it
done before the end of last year,
but the fact that no meetings
were called puts us really back
from our target," Mr Russell
"We still haven't met with
banks individually and while
lawyers are not a part of the
charge, I believe that lawyers
play an important part in this
as well and we have to visit
lawyers and see what is hap-
pening; if that is also causing
Appointed by Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie, the commit-
tee's mandate was to review the
banking machinery in the
Bahamas in regard to mortgage
lending. It was to discuss with
members of the public and
industry stakeholders any con-
cerns about the practices of
lending institutions and what
policies or legislative changes
needed to be made to ensure
the equitable and ethical treat-
ment of the Bahamian public,
particularly in regards to issues
such as foreclosure and contract
Due in the capital on
Wednesday, Mr Russell said he
expects to hear more informa-
tion about the committee's next
step on his arrival.
He said that at least six more
meetings between the commit-
tee and the sector are needed,
including banking groups, insur-
ance companies, individual
stores that offer mortgages, the
legal profession and one or two
meetings as a committee.
The committee is also expect-
ed to travel to Exuma and
Bimini to meet with members
of the public. Town meetings
have already been held in New
Providence, Grand Bahama and
Abaco, and a second meeting
in New Providence is also
expected to be held.
Despite the committee's
efforts so far, the public's
response has not been good, Mr
Russell said, adding that he was
of the impression that members
of the public see the town meet-
ings as just another meeting
where they can come and air
their grievances and then noth-
ing is done as a result of their
One of the most common
complaints, although it does not
fall within the committee's man-
date, is that banks do not give
Other complaints are in
regard to how bank officials cal-
culate interest rates and when
payments are to be made. One
of the biggest concerns is that
lending officials fail to properly
explain to clients contract issues
and what is required of them.
"From my standpoint a lot of
the problems in regard to mort-
gages is that lawyers take a long
time to draw these contracts
up," Mr Russell said.
"They don't explain what the
responsibilities of the client are
and people can't get amortisa-
tion. We need to put legisla-
tion or a policy in place that
causes lawyers and banks to be
open with their clients in respect
GRAHAM, THOMPSON & Co.
COUNSEL ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW *NOTARIES PUBLIC
is pleased to announce that
Erica Paine (Freeport)
Linda Beidler D'Aguilar (Nassau)
have joined the Firm as Partners.
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue
Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Tel: (242)322-4130, Fax: (242)328-1069
Linda Beidler-D'Aguilar's email address:
The First Commercial Centre
3rd Floor, Suite 9
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Tel: (242)351-7474, Fax: (242)351-7752
Erica Poine's email address:
Event (From page 1B)
which is being held as two half-
day sessions on February 7-8,
will also seek to raise interna-
tional industry awareness of the
Mr Law said the Special Pro-
gramme for Intermediaries
(SPIN) developed by the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB) and other indus-
try organisations, which brought
key intermediaries and indus-
try professionals to the
Bahamas, had already benefited
He said: "A lot of people
have reported that SPIN has
brought. real business to the
Bahamas, changing entire firms'.
outlooks on what we do."
Wendy Warren, the BFSB's,
executive director and chief
executive, said both her organ-
isation and the AIBT shared a
key goal of increasing the num-
ber of times the Bahamas came
into contact with the global
financial services industry.
Apart from bringing a "glob-
al view and global discussion to
the Bahamas", the Nassau Con-
ference aims to enhance the
human capital that plays such
a key role in this nation's finan-
cial services industry, in addi-
tion to educating and attracting
the next generation of industry
Three speakers from the con-,
ference will give presentations
to an expected,.5,0-6,0.strong .
audience of College of the
Bahamas (COB) students.
Mr Law said: "The original
idea behind the conference was
not only trying to make an
investment in people in the
industry today, but inspiring
people to see that side of the
Bahamas at an early age. It
might influence their college
and career decisions."
Mr Lotmore added: "We
have been insular for a long,
long time, looking inward as
opposed to outwards. There are
a lot of things going on in our
world that our people will not
be aware of, so this gives them
greater Kexposure and greater'
understanding" of where-the
20K '(ea 'ifz (Aq'ee ^SentatIm
The Lyford Cay Club remains committed to recognizing its employees who have reached their 20th year milestone of employment
with the Club. Mr Joseph Sands was presented with his 20th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Wednesday, December thl, 2004
for his dedication and commitment to the Club by Mr Reuben T Stuart, Deputy Managing Director.
Mr Sands is employed in the Service Desk Department in the position of Bellman. He has been with the Club since December
SWe congratulate MrJoseph Sands on his accomplishment.
20th YEAR, Long Service Pin Presentation
SMr Lionel Braynen, Superintendent of Service; Mr Reuben T
S ,r typuMana gang i anire Redpient-MrJosehbSan&,
Bellman and Mrs Mary Deleaeux,,Director, Human Resources.
The Lyford Cay Club remains committed to recognizing its employees who have reached their 30th year milestone of employment with the
Club. Mrs Eulamae Larrimore was presented with her "30th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Thursday, December 30th, 2004 for her
dedication and commitment to the C ub by Mr Paul D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director.
Mrs Larrimore is employed in the Kitchen Department in the position of Staff Cook. She has been with the Club since December 26th,
30th YEAR, Long Service Pin Presentation
Picturedlef to right are:
Mr Pascal Hollaender, Executive Chefi Mr Reuben T Stuart,
Deputy Manag DirectorgReq ient-Mr blEamaeLarrimore,
Staff Cook; raul DTompon, CFil, Managing Diror
and Mrs Mary Deleveaux, Director, Human Resources.
Ms Mary Femnander was presented with her "30th Year Long Service Award Pin" on Thursday, December 30th, 2004 for her dedication and
commitment to the Club by Mr Paul D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director.
Ms Femander is employed in the Housekeeping Department in the position of Space Cleaner. She has been with the Club since December
We congratulate Ms MaryFmander on her acoplishmente.
30th YEAR, Long Service Pin Presentation
Pictured ft to righfr
Ms Sherrike Flowers, FExewutiv Hwe a rMr Reuben T
Stuart, Deputy Managing Director; Repient Ms Mary
Fernander, Sp ae Cleaner; Mr Paul D 'Tompson, HA
Managing tireor and Mrs Mary Deleveaux, Director,
The Lyford Cay Club is committed to recognizing its employees who continue to render consistent outstanding service. Recently, Ms
Keva Wilkinson was presented with the coveted Employee Excellence Award based on her performance.
The Employee Excellence Award is given to employees who meet the criteria of a positive attitude and spirit that contributes to a positive
work environment, strong work ethics and consistency of performance standards, a friendly, helpful and respectful attitude towards
Members, Guests, Fellow Co-workers and Managers.
Ms Wilkinson is employed in Food and Beverage Department in the position of Waitress. She has been with the Club since December,
She was presented with her Award on Thursday, December 20th, 2004 by Mr Paul D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director.
We congratulate Ms KevaWilkinson on her achievements.
Mr Nolan Johnson, Catering and Beverage Manager; Mr
.Reuen Stuart, Deputy Managing Directosr;Redtpient- Ms
Keva Wilkinson, Waitress; Mr Paul D Thompson, CH -
Managi Director and Mrs Mary Deleveaux, Director of
Ms Althemeze Farrington was presented with the coveted Employee Excellence Award based on her performance.
The Employee Excellence Award is given to employees who meet the criteria of a positive attitude and spirit that contributes to a positive
work environment, strong work ethics and consistency of performance standards, a friendly, helpful and respectful attitude towards
Members, Guests, Fellow Co-workers and Managers.
Ms Farrington is employed in the Housekeeping Department in the position of Maid. She has been with the Club since October 6th,
She was presented with her Award on Monday, January 17th, 2005 by M Paul D Thompson, CHA, Managing Director.
We congratulate Ms Althemeze Farrington on her
Employee Excellence Award
Pictured left to right are:
MrReuben Stuart, Deputy Managin Director; Ms hrik
Flowers, Executive He- eper; Respit MsAl .m
Farrington, Maid, MrPaaiD Tompson, C -Man g
Director and Mrs Mary Deleveaux, Director of Humane
Bank of The Bahamas
L I M I T 1 D
Charlotte & Shirley Streets
RO. Box N-7118
The Board of Directors of Bank of The
Bahamas Limited is pleased to advise
that a dividend of ten cents (1 0) per
share was declared on 28th January,
2005 to all shareholders of record as
at 9th February, 2005 and payable as
of 14th February, 2005.
LAURA A. WILLIAMS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005, PAGE 3B
PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005
Thinking about your next
KPMG has vacancies for Chartered Accountants or
Certified Public Accountants at the Audit Senior
level. Candidates for the position will hold a CPA
or other professional designation recognized by the
Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants and
will have a minimum of two to four years of
professional public accounting experience in a
public accounting firm. Excellent opportunities
exist at both our Nassau and Freeport offices to
broaden your professional experience in a varied
practice that offers competitive salaries and
Applicants should submit a r6sum6 by February 11 to:
Freeport- KPMG, P.O. Box F40025 or email@example.com
Nassau KPMG, P.O. Box N123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AUDIT TAX ADVISORY
2005. KPMG, a Bahamian partnership, the Bahamian member firm of KPMG International,
a Swiss cooperative.
Outlook (From page 1B)
Two Storey Commercial Building 4025 sq. ft.
Comprising a Motel with eight 1 Bed/ 1 Bath units and Two commercial stores on the ground
Lot No. 151 8,704sq.ft. Bay Street, Lower Bogue, Eleuthera
Interested persons should submit written offers to be received no later than February 28, 2005 to:
Commercial Credit Collection Unit
Nassau, Bahamas or
For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact:
The Manager (242) 335-1464 or (242) 335-1400 North Eleuthera or
The Commercial Credit Colledcti4Unit F y'g 356-1686,356-1685, 356-1608
Financing available for the qualified purchaser
Serious enquiries only
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of
MAIN DUTIES INCLUDE:
> To administer the internal auditing activity of an assigned Location.
> To develop a comprehensive, practical programme of audit coverage for
> To accomplish the programme in accordance with acceptable audit standards
and stipulated schedules.
> To maintain effective working relations with executive and operating
AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY:
Under the general guidance of a Chief Internal Auditor, the Internal Auditor;
> Prepares a comprehensive, long-range programme of audit coverage for
the assigned location.
> Identifies those activities subject to audit coverage, evaluates their significance,
and assesses the degree of risk inherent in the activity in terms of cost,
schedule, and quality.
> Chooses and maintains and audit staff capable of accomplishing the internal
> Develops a system of scheduled audit projects.
> Establishes standards of performance and reviews performance according
to those standards.
> Provides reports to executive management within the assigned location
concerning coverage and the results of the audit activity. Interprets those
results to improve the audit programme and its coverage.
> Establishes and monitors accomplishment of objectives intended to increase
his/her department's ability to serve management.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
> Full professional qualifications recognized and accepted by the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants.
> Minimum of five (5) years experience.
> Excellent working knowledge of the National Insurance Board Operational
Act and Regulations, and the Financial and Accounting Regulations.
Application forms may, be obtained from the Security Booth of the National
Insurance Board's Jumbey Village Complex. Interested persons may submit
a completed application form along with the necessary proof of qualifications,
not later than 4:00p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2005, to:
The Senior Manager Human Resources
THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD
vice-president of sales and mar-
keting, said the company had
sold in pre-sales 44 of the 88
units some 50 per cent that
make up the Ocean Club Resi-
Forty deposits had already
been received for these sales,
which had an average price of
$2.5 million for property about
2,500 square feet in size.
And Mr Karawan added that
the 400-room condo hotel that
Kerzner International will be
constructing as part of its Phase
MI expansion as a joint venture
with Turnberry Associates may
have to be expanded. There
were indications, he said, that
400 rooms "may not be
Group bookings at Atlantis
were 46 per cent up for 2006,
Mr Karawan said, due to the
fact that the Bahamas' Con-
vention Tax Treaty with the US
would come into effect at the
start of that year. For 2005,
group room bookings were
slightly down at 142,000 com-
pared to last year's 149,000,
although this was due to a
strong May performance in
For the full year 2004, the
record $512 million revenues
generated by Kerzner Interna-
tional's Paradise Island resorts
and the $156 million in operat-
ing income generated helped
the company to post an
increased adjusted earnings per
share (EPS) of $2.47 compared
to 2003's $2.36.
The company's total adjusted
net income for 2004 was $84
million, the highest level in its
history. For the fourth quarter,
net income more than doubled
from $3 million to $8.4 million,
with adjusted net income also
having doubled from $4.8 mil-
lion to $9.7 million.
For the fourth quarter,
Atlantis saw its revenues
decline narrowly from $109.2
million the previous year to
$108 million, but operating
income increased by 5 per cent
to $25.1 million from $23.9 mil-
While average fourth quar-
ter occupancy declined from 73
per cent to 72 per cent, the aver-
age daily room rate at Atlantis
increased from $218 to $224.
For the full year, Atlantis's
occupancy was flat at 80 per
cent, but RevPAR was up from
$201 to $207, while ADR
increased from $251 to $257.;:
Average occupancy for the
fudl 2004 was also flat at the One
& Only Ocean Club standing
at 79 per cent, but ADR
increased from $722 to $762,
while RevPAR was up from
$568 to $600.,
Operating income for the full
year at Atlantis increased by 7.8
per cent, from $129.98 million io
$140.175 million, with the One
& Only Ocean Club up 17.8 per
cent at $9.894 million.
Kerzner International exek-
utives expect to start construc-
tion work on the Atlantis, The
Palm resort in Dubai in March
or April, once the final $50 mil-
lion to complete a $700 million
revolving syndicated credit facil-
ity is completed.
Work on the company's
Morocco casino and resort is
set to start in November or
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 candidates for 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.
candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:
Technology Unit Head
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-1576,
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR
Deadline for application is February 6, 2005.
THEBSIES TRBNIRDY ERAY4 05 AE5
BROKE AGEN>i L N B
"At ce Insuran are &
CtONFl-IDENE I _A
Confidence Insurance Bro-
kers and Agents recently held a
ceremony that highlighted the
company's 18 years of opera-
tion and employee achieve-
The company recognised
Robert Gayle as Employee of
the Year 2004 and Customer
Service Representative of the
Year 2004. Jamaal Sherman
was awarded the Most
Improved Employee of the
Year for 2004.
Top: Managing director
Jerome Knowles presenting the
Employee of the Year 2004 and
the Customer Representative
of the Year 2004' to Robert
Gayle along with office manag-
er Melissa Major.
Middle: Office manager
Melissa Major presenting to
Jamaal Sherman the award for
the Most Improved Employee
of the Year 2004, with the man-
aging director Jerome Knowles.
Bottom: Other service
awardees for a variety of ser-
vices to the company and dedi-
cated service for 2004 include
(sitting left to right) Antenella
Bain, Lisa White, Carolyn Moss
and Melissa Major. Standing
Jamaal Sherman, Alcott Rah-
ming, Gordon Mackey,
Matthew Trotman, Aaron
Jones and Dwayne Ingraham.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of PAISLEY CORP., has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.
SAN ANTON VALLEY INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 29th day of November,
2004. The Liquidators are Cordelia Fernander and Ingrid
Davis of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.
15. Propert 31 'x111' with house Lord Street in the settlement of Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera. (Appraised Value $45,000.00)
16. Lot #134 (4,350 sq. ft.) with two story building 4,160 sq. ft. apartment upstairs
and shop downstairs, George Town, Exuma. (Appraised Value $468,000.00)
17. Vacant lot #11636 (10,000 sq. ft.) on the southeastern side of Lobster Cay Rd.,
about 500 ft southwest of Queens Highway, Exuma. (Appraised Value $15,000.00)
18. Lot #43 (40'x100') with house Matthew Town, Inagua, Russell Street.
(Appraised Value $120,000.00)
* CD Mixer Theater Pop 6 Popcorn Machine
* (1) Microwave
* (1) Compaq Persario Computer Monitor & Tower
BEAUTY SALOON EQUIPMENT MACHINERY
* (1) Styling Chairs
* (1) Shampoo Chairs
* (1) Fleet Wood Sewing Machine
* (1) New Home Sewing Mahcine
* (2) Cocktail Tables (Square)
* (3) Green Patio Tables (Round)
* (2) Wood Tables (Round)
* (1) Marble Table (Rectangle)
* (1) Silver Chest Freezer
* (2) chest Freezers
* (1) Reach in Freezer
* (1) Reach in Refrigerator
* (18) Crates of Wine Glasses
* (1) Box of Wine Glasses
* (1) Air Condition No. WG 18000R
* (1) 20 gal Electric Water Heater
* (1) Digital Scale
* (1) Food Mixer
* (1) 1997 Dodge Stratus
* (1) 1992 Toyota Coaster Bus
* (1) 1996 Ford Explorer
* (1) 1999 Ford Explorer/No Engine
* (1) 28' Vessel
* (1) 24' (2002) Chris Craft W/Engine
* (1) 29' (1983) Vessel (Lady Rece)
* (1) 53' (1998) Vessel (Pegasus)
* (1) 18' Vessel w/engine
* (3) Deep Fat Fryers
* (1) 6 Burner Stove
BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK
Cable Beach, West Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3034
Tel: (242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
Fax: (242) 327-5047, 327-1258
1. Lot #39 (2,500 sq. ft.) with house 1,104 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom Englerston
Subdivision (Appraised Value $70,000.00)
2. Lot #65 (7,300 sq. ft.) with house 2,078 sq. ft. Eleuthera Drive and Gibson Ave,
Yamacraw Beach Eastates (Appraised Value $160,000.00)
3. Lot #214 (5,000 sq. ft.) with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms house and upholstery
shop Roosevelt Ave., Pyfrom Subdivision. (Appraised Value $83,780.00)
4. Lot #14, BIk #17 with sports bar along with restaurant equipment Key West St.
& Balfour Ave., Englerston Subdivision. (Appraised Value $187,000.00)
5. Lot #171 (100'x100') with two story building East Street opposite Deveaux
Street. (Appraised Value $320,000.00)
6. Lot #109 (60'x70') with house 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Craven Street, Ridgeland
Park. (Appraised Value $80,000.00)
7. Lot #785 (5,000 sq. ft.) with house 4 bedroomsss, 2 bathrooms and a 1 bedroom
efficiency Bay Geranium Ave. & Cascarilla St., Pinewood Gardens.
(Appraise Value $139,000.00)
8. Lot #210 (7,225 sq. ft.) with house Yamacraw Beach Estate drive pass the Fox
Hill Prison, turn left onto Yamacraw Hill Rd., take first comer on the right Yamacraw
Beach Drive then the fourth corner on th right Current Rd., then third corner on
the left corner property with house #18, pink trim white.
(Appraised Value $215,000.00)
9. Vacant property (18,644 sq. ft.) Situated on the western side of Carmichael Rd.
10. Property (4,344 sq. ft.) with duplex (1,174 sq. ft.) in the settlement of Fresh Creek,
Central Andros. (Appraised Value $73,258.00)
11. Lot #9 with hosue (3) Bedrooms (1) Bathroom and an incomplete split level
extension west Pinedale Road, Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.
(Appraised Value $95,000.00)
12. Lot #54 (6,500 sq. ft.) with triplex foundation in Murphy Town, Abaco.
(Appraised Value $29,916.00)
13. Lot #51 (15,600 sq. ft.) with stone house Crown Allotments, Murphy Town,
Abaco. (Appraised Value $104,960.00)
14. Lot #55 (6,900 sq. ft.) with stone house Crown Allotments, Murphy Town,
Abaco. (Appraised Value $87,350.00)
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PAGE 6B. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005
I COMMONVEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE MATTER OF
MERIDIEN INTERNATIONAL BANK
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT
BEFORE His Lordship the Honourable Mr.
Justice Longley, a Judge of the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in Chambers
UPON THE APPLICATION of the Official
Liquidator of Meridien International Bank Limited
(In Liquidation) hereinafter referred to as "Meridien")
by Summons filed herein on the 22nd day of
December, A.D., 2004
UPON READING the Affidavit of Alison J.
Treco sworn and filed herein on the 22nd day of
December, A.D., 2004
AND UPON HEARING Mr. Brian M. Moree
with Mrs. Genell K. Sands bf Counsel for the Official
Liquidator of Meridien
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. That Juan Lopez, Chartered Accountant and Partner
in KPMG Bahamas be appointed one of the Official
Liquidators of Meridien International Bank Limited
(In Liquidation) without security with power to act
with Alison Treco and be authorised to exercise all
the powers of an Official Liquidator as conferred
by Section 202 of The Companies Act 1992 without
having to apply to the Court for further sanction
and also to exercise and implement all other powers
specifically conferred upon the said Alison Treco
by any other Orders of the Court;
2. That within 14 days Notice of the Order herein be
gazetted and advertised in the Nassau Guardian
and The Tribune on one occasion; and
3. That the costs of and occasioned by this application
be costs in the liquidation.
Dated the 19th day of January A.D., 2005
BY ORDER OF THE COURT
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
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DESJARDINS FINANCIAL SECURITY LIFE
(T/A IMPERIAL LIFE FINANCIAL)
BLUE OCEAN SEAFOODS LIMITED
ROBERT IAN MITCHELL
TO: BLUE OCEAN SEAFOOD LTD
ROBERT IAN MITCHELL
TAKE NOTICE that:
1. A Writ of Summons has been issued against you in the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas being Action No.
2004/CLE/gen/01156 by DESJARDINS FINANCIAL
SECURITY LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY (T/A
IMPERIAL LIFE FINANCIAL) of Collins Avenue, Nassau,
The Bahamas. Details of the claimare set out in the Statement
of Claim indorsed on the said Writ of Summons.
2. On the 31st January A.D., 2005 the Court ordered that the
Write of Summons is deemed to be served on you by this
3. You must within 14 days from the date of the publication
of this advertisement respond to claim by;
(a) Entering an appearance to this action;
(b) Admitting the claim; or
(c) Filing and serving a defence to the claim
Otherwise judgement may be entered against you.
Dated the 31st day of January A.D., 2005
GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
: -",Nassau, Bahamas,:.. :
Attorneys for the Plaintiff (MSSB) ...
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NOTICE is hereby given that ALOUIUS THELAMOUR, P.O. BOX
GT-2775, NASSAU, 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 4TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that CHRISNER CELESTIN OF
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 28TH day of JANUARY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
is now registering for the fourth (4th)
Session of the National Youth Leaders
Certification Programme, schedule to
commence on Tuesday 22nd February,
The Ministry invites all interested Youth
Leaders or Youth Workers to pick up
application forms from the Ministry's
Headquarters on Thompson Boulevard,
Ministry of Education Building 2nd Floor,
West Wing, Monday Friday between the
hours of 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
For further information please contact Mr.
Gregory Butler, Assistant Director of Youth
at telephone numbers 502-0600-5.
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TO: (1) All adjoining owners and or occupiers
(2) All adverse claimants
The Petition of Jordan Ritchie is respect of the following parcel of land:
ALL THAT liece parcel or lot of land totalling (44.172) Acres being part
of Crown Grant No. D-135 to Susannah Hewitt situate North of Junkey
Landing Road in the vicinity of the Big Gate in the Settlement of Deadman's
Cay, Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Copies of the filed Plan may be inspected during normal office hours at:-
(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House, East
Street North, Nassau, Bahamas
(b) The Office of the Island Administrator at Clarence Town,
Long Island, The Bahamas; and
(c) The Chambers of Pyfrom, Wells & Co. No.9 Dunmore Lane,
Nassau, The Bahamas,
NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons having Dower or right
to Dower or any Adverse Claim not recognized in the Petition shall before
the 28th day of March, 2005 file in the Registry of the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of such claim. Failure
of any such person or persons to file and serve a Statement of such claim
and requisite documents on or before the 28th day of March, 2005 will
operate as a bar to such claim.
Pyfrom, Wells & Co.
Attorneys for the Petitioner
IN THE SUPREME COURT
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NOTICE is hereby given that SOPHIA SHANDELL S.
MCFARQUHAR, RO. BOX SS-19719, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the.facts within twenty-
eight days from the 28TH day of JANUARY, 2005 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
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'Golden Oldies' to shine
in basketball showdown
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE New Providence Wom-
en's Basketball Association, one
week away from their All-Star
Classic, will showcase some of
the legends of the game in a
"Golden Oldies" showdown.
The NPWBA's All-Star game
is set for Saturday, February 12
at 8.30pm the DW Davis Gym.
Players who have emerged as
the scorers and rebounders so
far have been selected to par-
But before the regular players
take to the hard court, the
league will bring back some of
the former players to partici-
pate in the "Golden Oldies"
game at 7.30pm.
"I think it's going to be a lot
of fun. I think there will be a
lot of jokes in there," said Cindy
Fox, the league's secretary, who
will also be participating in the
"I don't how much in shape
everybody is, but I think it will
be something good for the
league. That's where we can get
the older people involve and try
to get some new people
involved in the league and
hopefully we can get some more
Don't expect any of these
players selected for the "Gold-
en Oldies" game to continue to
play in the league. In fact, the
league is just hoping that they
will be able to gear themselves
up just to play in this match.
"I think it's going to be really
interesting," Fox stressed. "I
think Charlene (Smith) still has
her shot and Linda (Davis), I
understood, was working out.
"But I don't know too much
about a lot of the other play-
ers. Most of them were before
"I only heard that a lot of
them could play."
Smith, incidentally, coaches
the Esso On the Run Angels,
who lead the league. Dr. Linda
Davis is coaching the first year
College of the Bahamas Caribs,
who are sitting in second place.
The president's team are
expected to be coached by leg-
endary player and swimming
coach, Betty Cole.
Already named to her squad
are the following:
Laverne Symonette, Dr Gail
Saunders, Hattie Moxey, Mari-
lyn Miller, Eenie Miller, Sonya
Tootye, Julie Swaby and Jackie
The vice president's team will
be coached by Randolph 'Old
Man' Swaby, who currently
coaches the third place Lady
War riors in the league.
Named so far to his team are:
Charlene 'Swish' Smith, Lynn
Wright, Leslia Miller, Dr. Linda
Davis, Florence Rolle, Marilyn
Toote, Cindy Fox and Dorethea
"To tell you the truth, I don't
know who my team is," said
Swaby, but he said he's delight-
ed to have been selected as a
"It doesn't matter because
we're only playing six minute
In addition to the legendary
players, the regular All-Star
teams will be coached by two
male legends of the game, one
as a player and another as a
Sharon 'the General' Storr,
one of the country's most pro-
lific playmakers, will coach the
The team will comprise of the
Shantell Rolle (Lady War-
riors), Adina Knowles (COB
Caribs), Suzette McKenzie and
Felicia Cartwright (Esso on the
Run); Janice Williams (Lady
Warriors); Kimberley Rolle
(COB Caribs); Stacey Horton
(Lady Warriors) and Staffica
Bain and Natisha Silver (Junior
Charles 'Chuck' Mackey, a
long-time high school coach at
RM Bailey, who also coached
the ladies' national team in the
past, will be the coach for the
vice president's team.
Named to his team are the
Christine Sinclair (COB
Caribs); Varel Davis and
Sharelle Cash (Esso On the
Run); Glenda Gilcud (Lady
Warriors); Alexis Russell (COB
Caribs); Keisha Richardson
(Esso on the Run); Deandra
Williams and Tadasha Curry
(Junior All-Stars) and
Antoinette Knowles (Lady
Awards will be presented to
the most outstanding player of
During the half-time, the
hard stepping men of Phi Beta
Sigma Fraternity, Inc., will per-
The league is also
expected to give away a lot of
itt Smith brings his
to an end
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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS
show lands win
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE one-two punch of Shan-
dera Brown and Aneissa Light-
bourne in the second half helped
the Jordan Prince William Fal-
cons knock out the St
Augustine's College Big Red
Using a full court trap
defence, the Falcons managed
to pull away from a close 25-21
halftime advantage to rout the
Big Red Machines behind the
18 and 16 points respectively
from Brown and Lightbourne.
After the sudden death victo-
ry yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium, Jordan Prince
William will return to the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools'
junior girls' best-of-three cham-
pionship series on Monday.
Their opponents: defending
champions St Andrew's Hurri-
In beating SAC for the sec-
ond straight game (they won 44-
17 in their last regular season
game on Tuesday), the Falcons
But according to Lightbourne,
who was relentless on the boards
and ran the floor for some easy
lay-ups, they could have per-
formed much better than they
did yesterday against SAC.
"In the first half, we were a
little bit tired and we weren't
admitted. "But in the second
half, we just did what we had to
Lightbourne finished with 24
points, but Brown, who pushed
the ball up the court, managed to
get loose for a game high 30
points to lead the Falcons.
They also got seven apiece
from Brittany Greenslade and
Alexis Maycock, leaving coach
Hattie Moxey breathing a sigh of
"They started off a little flat. I
guess because they figured they
could beat SAC," Moxey reflect-
ed. "But they realised that the
playoffs are different from the
"I enlightened them about
that before the game, telling that
if they don't take it serious, they
could get beat. So in the second
half after they were so close, I
pressured them and they gave
me some points."
The Falcons' defence smoth-
ered the Big Red Machines'
offence from the break of the
third quarter as they went on a 9-
0 run to push their lead to 34-21.
They would go on to hold
SAC to just five points in the
period as they took full control
of the game with a 38-25 lead.
Alicia Musgrove, who tried to
keep SAC in the game, scoring
18 points up to the third quarter,
didn't play in the fourth as Jor-
dan Prince William continued to
run away with the game.
Without much of an offensive
spark to go, SAC's coach
Anastacia Moultrie found her-
self trying to spread the ball
around, but that didn't make
much of a difference.
The Falcons were packing the
ball inside and their defence lim-
ited the amount of shots that the
Big Red Machines were able to
Jordan Prince William would
go on to hold SAC to just three
points in the period as they ran
circles around them to pull off
the lopsided victory.
"I expected a good game in
the championship last year
against St Andrew's, but this
year I think I will take it," coach
Moxey projected. "I think I
have a much more well rounded
"I don't have to depend on
just one girl (Shandera Brown)
like I had to do last year. I have
Shandera, Aneissa (Lgiht-
bourne) and Alexis (Maycock)
to score points for me.
That is why we are still unde-
feated. But if they beat me, that's
because they have a better team.
But I think we are that much
better this year to win the cham-
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