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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: February 9, 2005
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* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
APPROXIMATELY $1 mil-
lion worth of marijuana was dis-
covered after a high-speed boat
chase through Cuban and
Bahamian waters, which also
resulted in the arrest of three
men, police disclosed yesterday.
According to reports by the
US Coast Guard, officers inter-
cepted a vessel carrying three
suspected drug smugglers on
Monday morning off the coast
of Inagua. Following the arrest,
Cuban authorities reported that
they had found around 40 bales
of suspected marijuana, which
had originated from the vessel.
The boat chase began around
-8am on Monday, when Cuban
authorities detected a go-fast
type boat in their territorial
waters and gave chase.
Lieutenant Commander Ter-
ry Johns, press liaison officer of
the US Coast Guard, told The
Tribune yesterday that the boat
was travelling north from the
eastern tip of Cuba.
"The Cuban authorities alert-
ed us and the Coast Guard
immediately diverted a cutter,
which was working in the area.
From the cutter a small boat,
called a 'over-the-horizon boat'
was then launched to intercept
the vessel," he explained.
Lt Commander Johns said
that at the same time the Oper-
ations Bahamas, Turks and
Caicos (OPBAT), a combined
effort by US Coast Guard, US
-Army, US Drug Enforcement
r


Administration (DEA) and
Bahamian authorities against
drug smuggling, also launched a
helicopter from their base in
Great Inagua and joined in the
chase.
Eight miles southeast of
Inagua, officers were finally
able: to intercept the go-fast
boat. ... .
"A Coast Guard boarding
team together with a Bahamian
'ship-rider' officer then went on
board the boat," Lt Comman-
der Johns reported.
The officers discovered three
men on the vessel, two Bahami-
ans and one Jamaican.
Press Liaison officer for the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) Lt Darren Henfield
confirmed that the ship-rider
officer, who according to bilat-
eral agreements between the
US and the Bahamas is allowed
to travel on board US Coast
Guard vessels, arrested the
three men.
"As they were intercepted in
Bahamian waters, a Bahamian
officer was authorised to make
the arrest," said Lt Henfield.
Following the arrest, the ship-
rider then directed the US
Coast Guard cutter into Math-
ew Town, Inagua, where the
men were taken into temporary
custody.
Later that day Cuban author-
ities alerted Bahamian officials
with the information that they
had found up to 40 bales of sus-
pected marijuana in their
SEE page 10


'A Fair with an International Flair'


Child's death prompts


warning on open


sewerage systems


* By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas is the pre-
ferred location for a research
initiative that claims it can
bring the country "immeasur-
able" economic benefits by
making it a leader in the
emerging stem cell research
industry, The Tribune has
learned.
However the Bahamas is
one of six countries being con-
sidered according to Neil
Riordan of ITO Laboratories,
the company behind the ini-
tiative.
Mr Riordan said that at the
moment ITO, an internation-
al company, is not willing to
reveal the other countries
under consideration.
Health Minister Dr Mar-
cus Bethel said that the pro-
posal has not yet been put to
him, but stressed that it would
have to be reviewed before
being granted permission to
operate.


According to ITO's busi-
ness proposal, the market for
stem cell research and treat-
ment "is potentially enor-
mous," and could bring sub-
stantial benefits for the
Bahamas.
"If major advances in health
care treatments result from
the initiative, the overall ben-
efits to the host country would
be immeasurable," it said.
In July of 2004, the Immuno
Augmentative Research
(IAT) facility in Grand
Bahama was ordered by Min-
ister Bethel to cease its stem
cell research programme
because it had not met the
government's requirements by
applying for a relevant per-
mit.
Mr Riordan, who also
works with IAT, stressed that
the new proposal is in no way
affiliated with the first pro-
gramme.
He explained that after the
SEE page 10


* By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOLLOWING the drowning
of a three-year-old in an Abaco
cesspit, Parliamentary Secretary
in the Ministry of Health Ron
Pinder has warned that open
sewerage systems pose a safety
hazard to the public.
"It has been said before, but I
want to re-iterate a general plea
that open sewer systems not
only present a risk to public
health, but also to public safe-
ty," Mr Pinder said yesterday.
He asked the public to recog-
nise this danger, which he said is
particularly serious for young
and vulnerable people.
The toddler who drowned in
a cesspit in the Sandy Banks
community on Treasure Cay
has been identified as Dickson
Franqois.
According to police in Abaco,
the incident occurred on Mon-
day morning when Dickson's
mother Verlande Benjamin left
her house to use an outdoor toi-
let.


Dickson reportedly remained
in the house playing with anoth-
er young boy.
Mrs Benjamin is said to have
returned to the house to find
the second boy playing alone.
She asked the boy where
Dickson had gone, and was told
that he had gone fishing, police
said.
When Mrs Benjamin went
outside to search for her son,
she is reported to ,have found
one of his shoes on the edge of
a water-filled trench about four
feet deep, that had been con-
structed to hold a cesspit.
The other shoe was said to
have been floating in the trench.
Responding to her screams,
a male neighbour is reported to
have jumped into the trench
and dived under the water
twice, finding nothing. Police
say that on his third attempt,
the man surfaced holding Dick-
son's body.
According to Mr Pinder, the
danger posed by open sewer-
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Mitchell

Vice-Chairs

meeting |

in London


MINISTER of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell left for
London yesterday to attend a
meeting of the Common-
wealth Ministerial Action
Group (CMAG). Minister
Mitchell serves as Vice Chair-
man of the group, which is the
watchdog organisation for
democracy within the Com-
monwealth of Nations.
Top on the CMAG meet-
ing agenda is the question of
whether Pakistan should
remain within the councils of
the Commonwealth, notwith-
standing the fact that that
country's head of government
and head of state is also the
chief of staff of the army.
In addition to the Bahamas,
which represents the


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* MINISTER of Foreign
. Affairs Fred Mitchell
Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries, the
Commonwealth Ministerial
action group comprises of
Canada, India, Malta, Nige-
ria, Samoa, Sri Lanka and
Tanzania.
Minister Mitchell returns to
the country on Saturday. In
his absence, Vincent Peet will
act as Minister of Foreign
Affairs.


Repairs prompt




school dismissal


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
STUDENTS and staff at the
A.F Adderley Jr High School
have been dismissed from
classes until Thursday after


workmen deemed it too
unsafe for them to remain
while building repairs were
being carried out.
The school, which was built
in the 1960's and accommo-
dates 1,300 students, has suf-


fered "the effects of age"
according to Vice Principal
Patrica Strachan.
She noted that teachers
expressed their concerns
about the working conditions
and said the decision was
made by the Ministry of Edu-
cation to send everyone home
to allow the contractors a
chance to work. She said once
they are allowed to return,
teachers will redouble their
efforts to ensure that students
make up the time they would
have missed.
Principal Drexwill Miller
said the repairs have been a
long time coming.
Workmen
He explained that in the
front building, there are patch-
es of falling cement which the
workmen are going to
strengthen by fixing belts to
hold the roof in place. He
explained that the. current
structure has reached its
usable life.
However, he said the
newer back section appears to
be structurally unsound
and will have to be demol-
ished.
Public relations officer at
the Ministry of Education
Heloise Newbold said the
Thursday deadline is tenta-
tive.
"They may come in on
Thursday and everything is
finished or they may have to
stay out longer."
She said the Ministry of
Works after conducting a
thorough assessment of the
school has recommended that
the back building be con-
demned and:demolished.
As the report was just sub-.
mitted, Ms Newbold said
there is not a timeline as to
when a possible demolition
would take place. ,,


Water supply

'critically low'
THE water supply in
New Providence is still
at a critically low level
due to mechanical
problems experienced
with the Windsor Field
Reverse Osmosis Plant
and one of the tankers
that transports water
from North Andros.
The Reverse Osmosis
Plant should be
repaired by Wednesday
evening and its produc-
tion capacity should
return to 90 per cent, a
statement issued by the
Water and Sewerage
Corporation said on
Tuesday. Technicians
from the United States
have arrived in Nassau
to assist with the ,
repairs of the tanker. It
is expected that the
tanker repairs should
take three to five days.
Conserve
Consumers are urged
to continue to conserve
water as much as possi-
ble.
Water restrictions
are expected to contin-
ue and intensify as the .
week progresses.
Water restrictions
occur between the
hours of 10am to 3pm,
and 9pm to 5am daily. *
The Water and Sew-
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they again apologise
for the inconveniences
and appreciate the
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their car 40 feet

* By PAUL G. TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN IMMIGRATION officer and the two other people he
was travelling with on the Glass Window Bridge in Eleuthera
almost lost their lives when the car they were in was tossed 40-
feet by pounding waves.
Situated in the area of Whales Point near Gregory Town, the
bridge runs from east to west and is known for the ferocious
waves directly beneath it, which make it sometimes impossible
to traverse.
Police officers on the island report that at about 8.45pm on
February 3, Bryant Hamilton was driving his blue 2004 Mit-
subishi Lancer westbound on the Queen's Highway just passing
the Glass Window Bridge when his vehicle was struck by an
enormous wave, catapulting him some 40-feet off the main
highway onto the southern side of the road.
"As a result of this, the vehicle received extensive damage to
its rear section, its left side, and the undercarriage. He had
two passengers in the vehicle but none reported any injuries to
the police. Sometimes that bridge can be passable, but other
times we recommend people to avoid it, but the matter is still
under investigation," said one officer.
Because of the fluctuations in the tide, and the timing of
them, an officer warned that it is very difficult to notify persons
as to when the bridge should be closed.
"The swells fluctuate, and as patrol men we have to patrol it
and check to see if any rage is on. So it's difficult to say when the
bridge should be closed, allowing us only a limited amount of
time to put up advisories alerting persons not to pass," he said.


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Key figure in Harry Oakes murder mystery





points finger at Count Alfred de Marigny


* By JOHN MARQUIS

ONE of the last surviving key
figures in the Oakes murder
mystery of 1943 spoke out yes-
terday and blamed the killing
on Count Alfred de Marigny.
Levi Gibson, who was real-
tor Sir Harold Christie's driver
at the time, said de Marigny and
a friend murdered Sir Harry
Oalces with the help of a
Bal4amian associate.
De Marigny, who was mar-
ried to Nancy Oakes when her
father was murdered in the bed-
rooop of his home, Westbourne,
was, tried and acquitted at the
Bahamas Supreme Court in the
fall of 1943. But the jury, in an
extraordinary rider, directed
that he should be deported.


M COUNT ALFRED
DE MARIGNY


Protesting his innocence to
the end, de Marigny accused
the Duke of Windsor then


* By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE prosecution in the extradition trial of six men came under
fire from Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs yesterday for attempt-
ing to have conversations from the House of Assembly admitted as
their main piece of evidence.
A team of defence lawyers, headed by senior attorneys Maurice
Glinton and Henry Bostwick, QC, are arguing that the Extradition
Treaty of 1994 is not binding on any Bahamian because it was not
properly brought before and passed in the House of Assembly.
Because it was simply signed by the then Foreign Affairs Minister
Charles Carter, it should be nullified, they submit, and their clients
possibly facing trial in the United States for alleged cocaine smug-
gling should be released on bail.
The men are: Sheldon Moore, Trevor Roberts, Devroy Moss,
Gordon Newbold, Shante Curry and Brian and Lynden Deal.
During the prosecution's submissions this week, attorney Fran-
cis Cumberbatch attempted to have documents from the House, in.
which an MP referred to the..Treaty, entered into evidence. Mr
Ciinberbatch said copies ofdthe treaty must have beenigiven to the
members of the House, as the minister referred to it while speak-
ing to the House Speaker.
"He could not have done that if it had not been presented to the
House," he said.
However, Mr Cumberbatch told the court that he agreed with the
defence that there was no pre-ratification of the treaty. "What
they should have done was bring a draft before the House," he said.

Procedure
The defence maintains that it is because of the lack of proper pro-
cedure that Bahamians should not be bound by law to the tenets of
the treaty. Mr Glinton said the document presented by the prose-
cution should not be presented to the court because "the admissi-
bility of evidence cannot be determined by an affidavit." He also
said the document is "hearsay, unsatisfactory and undoable".
Justice Isaacs spoke sternly to the prosecution team, asking why
the court was just being provided with the statement at this stage.
Mr Cumberbatch submitted that the documents are public and
the defence was "under an obligation to avail themselves of those
documents."
But Justice Isaacs reiterated the defence's stance that the process
was not conducted in the proper manner, and no documents were
provided to show that the defence's case was baseless and "the
court's time would not have been wasted."
From a preliminary overview at short notice, attorney Jerone
Roberts was able to state that the transcript of conversations from
the House "raised red flags" for his team. Despite the fact that the
trial was well underway, the document was stamped by the House
clerk Maurice Tynes and dated February 4, 2005. Also, Mr Roberts
pointed out that there were several handwritten corrections to
the dates of the transcripts.
Mr Tynes was to be sworn in to take the stand and verify the doc-
ument. But in a turn of events in the trial, the prosecution once
again found new documents they wished to have submitted to
strengthen their case. These documents from the House were just
discovered by the prosecution, Mr Cumberbatch explained to the
court.
He therefore requested an adjournment so that both sides could
"see how far (we) agree on questions of procedure and possibly
fact".
The case continues.


Governor of the Bahamas of
trying to frame him with the
help of two Miami detectives.
He always maintained that Sir
Harold Christie, who spent the
night of the murder at West-
bourne, was the true killer.
But in an exclusive interview
yesterday, Mr Gibson stated
categorically that Sir Harold
was not involved, and claimed
with equal certainty that de
Marigny was responsible for Sir
Harry's brutal death. It was the
first time that Mr Gibson had
ever publicly made known his
views on the culprits.
Mr Gibson, who is still an
active realtor even though he is
approaching his 91st birthday,
told me: "There has never been
any doubt in my mind that de
Marigny and his friend were the
killers.
"I believe they were shown
the way to where Sir Harry was
sleeping by a Bahamian who
knew de Marigny well. I don't
want to discuss motives or any-
thing else, but I feel very strong-
ly that this is what happened."

Richest
Mr Gibson offered no evi-
dence for his claims, but said
there was no-one else with a
reason to kill the former gold
prospector, who was the rich-
est man in the British Empire at
the time. During the trial, the
prosecution said de Marigny
killed Sir Harry to settle old
scores and get access to the fam-
ily fortune.
"I believe a Bahamian direct-
ed de Marigny and his friend to
where Sir Harry was sleeping.
Sir Harry's butler, Munro, was
at the other Oakes home in
Maine at the time, but the man
who helped de Marigny knew
his way about the house.

Slept
"All I know is that I took Sir
Harold's car to Westbourne
that night and it was still there
in the morning. Although it had
been raining, it was still dry
underneath, so I feel Sir Harold
had been at the house all night.
However, he slept very hard, I
know that.
"When he called me that
morning to tell me about Sir
Harry's murder he was very
upset. I then went to the air-
port to pick up the family's
lawyer, Walter Foskett."
Mr Gibson was questioned
by Major Pemberton, the lead
investigator, shortly after the
killing and accused of knowing
who was behind it.
"He invited me to the police
station. They were trying to put
it on Sir Harold, but I told them
to go to hell. The whole thing
was a mess-up. The police
department screwed it up."
Mr Gibson also blamed the
Duke for "screwing up" the
investigation by calling in two
Miami detectives who didn't
know what they were doing.
"You must remember," said
Mr Gibson, "that Sir Harold
had no reason to do it. He was
shocked to hell that morning,
There is no doubt in my mind
that de Marigny and his friend
did it, no doubt at all."
De Marigny lived at the time
in a house in Victoria Avenue.
The Marquis Georges de Vis-
delou-Guimbeau, a fellow Mau-


ritian, shared the premises and
gave alibi evidence at de
Marigny's trial.
De Marigny was later to
admit in his book about the
case, A Conspiracy of Crowns,
that fluffed evidence by de Vis-
delou almost sent him to the
gallows.
Despite six decades of
intrigue and suspicion, and an
attempt in the House of Assem-
bly to have the case reopened in
1959, Mr Gibson maintained
that the Oakes and Christie
families remained firm friends.

Terms
He said he, personally, had
remained on very good terms
with "all the Oakes children"
and knew Nancy Oakes right
up to her recent death.
"Whenever I was in London,
we would go to dinner.togeth-
er," he said. "I also knew Syd-
ney and Shirley very well. I used
to take them out when they
were kids. After the murder,
the two families continued to
be friends."
Having been Sir Harold's dri-
ver in the 1940s, Mr Gibson
went on to become a success-
ful businessman in his own
right, building up a flourishing
real estate company.
He said that, in later years,
Sir Harold never dwelt much
on the Oakes murder "because
he knew he was innocent" in
spite of the suspicions flying
around.
"The fact is that Sir Harold
was not the kind of man to hurt
anyone. He wouldn't kill a fly,"
he added.
De Marigny, who returned to
Nassau for the first time in 47
years when he launched his
book in 1990, died in Texas a
few years ago. He and Nancy
had parted soon after the trial
following a spell in Cuba.
De Visdelou-Guimbeau left
the Bahamas for Haiti in
December, 1943, but by the late


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Explanation for airport security delays


IN THIS COLUMN for the past two
days we have written on what unforeseen
hazards can take up almost every minute of
the two hours required for security clear-
ance to board an aircraft at Nassau Inter-
national Airport. Anyone who allows less
than two hours to check-in and clear Amer-
ican Customs and Immigration is risking
missing his flight.
On Sunday, January 30, we arrived at
Nassau International Airport at 2.35pm
for a 4.30pm flight to Miami. It took us
almost all of that time to get to the depar-
ture gate to board the aircraft. After check-
ing-in at the airline's counter, and joining
the long queue it took an hour to get to the
first electronic security check point.
However, on our return trip from Miami
to Nassau we arrived at Miami Interna-
tional at 2.30pm for a 4.20pm flight. It took
us exactly 25 minutes to get from the air-
line's check-in counter, through the security
checks and into the departure lounge to
await the airline's boarding call for Nassau
- enough time to spare to read a book.
In Miami we went through one security
check. In Nassau we had to go through
two identical checks one at an electron-
ic checkpoint downstairs before entering
the US Department of Homeland S6cififty
area, and the second upstairs before enter-
ing the airport departure lounge. There
was then a random check of hand luggage
just before boarding the aircraft.
In our first article on this subject we
quoted the complaint of an airline staff
member that visitors blamed Bahamians
for the inconvenience caused them at the
airport. According to this person the fault
lay with the Americans Homeland Secu-
rity who insisted on the two electronic
checks.
We were inclined to agree with this until
on further investigation and more sober
reflection, we find that the fault because
of lack of space and an inadequate airport
- lies with the Bahamas.
When a passenger goes to an airline
counter at Miami International Airport he
checks in all but his hand luggage. His main
luggage is sent on a conveyor belt to be
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and his hand luggage then go through the
electronic device where both are checked.
If the machine's alarm goes off the pas-
senger is manually screened. There are
also spot checks of certain passengers who
are sent to a special line for this. These
persons are manually frisked and their
hand luggage opened and checked. Once
this is done the passengers and their hand
luggage go to the departure gate. A
smooth, simple operation.
Not so in Nassau. The hitch comes at the
starting gate. When a passenger checks in
at the airline counter, there is no way as
in Miami to send his luggage by a con-
veyor belt for special investigation. He,
therefore, has to join a long line to manu-
ally put it through an electronic machine. It
is this that causes confusion in the airport
terminal, and anger and frustration among
passengers.
And because there is no way of divesting
the passenger of the luggage that goes in
the hold of the plane a second check has to
be made because between the first check a
passenger intent on doing harm can trans-
fer a knife, gun, or other lethal weapon, ,
from his main luggage into his hand lug-
gag&'TTIieuiggage for the plane, whichlhas
already been electronically checked is tak-
en from him downstairs. The second check
of hand luggage upstairs is to make cer-
tain that between the two points he has
not put something in his hand luggage that
was not there on the first check.
It is now up to government the Air-
port Authority to find a way to add at
least four or five more electronic machines
and move the airline counters forward to
make room for a system to clear passen-
gers, taking their main luggage from them
at the check-in counter, and leaving them
with their carry-ons to go through Ameri-
can Customs and Immigration and then
on to the departure lounge.
Major construction might be needed to
do this, but with all the delays in getting a
state-of-the-art airport underway where
such problems would be eliminated, this
must be given top priority. If we wait for
the new airport, we might not have a tourist
industry.


Do I have the





right to expect





aood service?


EDITOR, The Tribune.


WHO decides to spend 1
million on Junkanoo and not
a national service training
programme? Who decides to
build buildings which must
have cost millions to house
government employees who
don't know the first thing
about customer service? Who
decides to build beautiful new
buildings when the ones that
are derelict are falling down?
For a long time I was under
the false impression that we
didn't pay taxes here. No, of
course not income tax and
that's a biggie. But every
damn thing else is taxed roy-
ally and it occurred to me I
do have the right to demand
service. Not even good ser-
vice. Just service. It's my
right. It makes my life easier.
It makes me feel that our
crappy roads and exorbitant
grocery bills are worthwhile.
When I was 15 years old I
began work at Crystal Palace.
They put all of the newbies
through a three-day service
training course that empha-
sised that the tourists we
were serving were indirectly
paying our salaries and the
service we provided deter-
mined the quality of their
experience. That has never
left me. Never. Why isn't this
mandatory? Why aren't rude,
inefficient government work-
ers fired or reprimanded?
WHY was I standing on a 20
minute line for drop off when
all I needed to do was pick
up? WHY doesn't anyone
care? Because there are no
repercussions, that's why, the
system breeds these attitudes.
I have ieceivd very -poor
service in the'palt from vari-
ous government agencies and
always toy with the idea of
writing someone, calling the
newspaper, getting something
started, but you know. We
are all very busy and you just
want to get on with your life.
However, I experienced
something over the last four
days that made me want to
scream and cry in my frustra-
tion.
Here is the letter I have
forwarded to Criminal
Records".
"Dear Sir/Madam,
I was advised on January
27th, that Criminal Records
had a sub office at the Cable
Beach Police Station. I went
there and made my request
and was told to come back
the next day at 11.00am. I did
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closed. Not on break, closed.
No explanation on the door.
Just locked tight. I inquired
at the police station and they
had a few police records but
not mine. I expressed my dis-
gust and left. Two days later,
I came back, that was Tues-
day, February 1, 2005 at
about 10.15am and the office
was closed again. They were
in a meeting the police offi-
cers told me. Ok......this time
I raised my voice. But it was
useless. It wasn't their deal. It
was just criminal records
using the space. In pure and
utter disgust, I drove away
wondering if I would ever get
this record. In desperation, I
decided to apply for a new
one at the Thompson Boule-
vard office in the hopes that
at least, they would remain
open. Feeling like an absolute
ass, I waited on line, for
about 20 minutes along with.
the people waiting to collect
their certificates.
There was only one person
serving at that time yet there
were delightful conversations
going on in the booth and
everyone seemed happy,
except the people standing in
line.
When I was almost at the
end of the line, someone else
came along and helped move
the line.
Although it was a long
shot, I decided to ask for the
record based on the fact that
I had already applied for the.
record elsewhere'and the':
office had been closed. Guess
what, it worked.
I tried to appear desperate
and not bitter about this
whole situation and in about
another 20 minutes I was out
of there with my police
record. Unfortunately, while
I was waiting, another poor
gentleman tried what I had
done with the first woman
who was there. She advised
him that there was in fact
someone there now at the
Cable Beach Police Station.
I piped up that there wasn't
up until an hour ago because
I had come from there. She


tells me loudly "I am not
speaking to you" and made
him go back to the Cable
Beach Police Station. I want-
ed to stand up for him. But I
was truly afraid I would nev-
er get my police record."
So there it is.
I have other stories. Like
the time last year when I
went to get my brother's birth
certificate and they couldn't
find it and made me go down
to the Passport office which I
did. They forgot to send with
me the paper work for them
to give the Passport Office so
I was sent back to Births and
Deaths on Parliament Street.
Then I went back to Passport
Office and when I asked
when I could get this certifi-
cate she told me she didn't
know, they were doing
me/Births and Deaths (I can't
remember what she said) a
favour so I would "just have
to check back". Can you
imagine the logistics if I did-
n't have a car?
You know something? I am
FED up. After hearing about
Mrs Marcelle's story and the
subsequent uproar it has
caused I had to shake my
head.
I never joined the union, I
only paid agency shop dues.
Unions can be poison. A gov-
ernment that doesn't fire or
reprimand employees is poi-
son. Doesn't matter who is in
power, it's not a political
thing, it's a human thing.
Why are we so APATHET-
IC? Why?
For the record, Mrs Mar-
celle, I don't live in South
Beach, I don't even know
which party you support and
frankly it don't care. If you
ever need back up. at a
demonstration, need some-
one to write letters or answer
a "How are we going to turn
the lousy service in our coun-
try around" hotline, I am sure
I can help.
Like Mrs Marcelle, I have
received a resolution but my
God, at what cost?
There, now it's off my
chest.

SAMANTHA
GREEN-MOREE
Nassau,
February 5, 2005.


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LOALEW


Red Cross aiming to


reach


ANTI-BAHAMAS cam-
paigner Harald Fuhrmann has
approached former US Presi-
dent Bill Clinton in his efforts to
undermine the country as a lure
for foreign investment.
Mr Fuhrmann spoke to Mr
Clinton at Paradise Island,
handing him a letter warning
him against buying property in
the Bahamas.
The German campaigner,
who has been smearing the
Bahamian legal system for
years, saw the ex-president
while Mr Clinton was in Nas-
sau promoting his foundation
against HIV/AIDS.
Mr Fuhrmann told The Tri-
bune yesterday: "Mr Clinton
was very pleasant and said he
would read my letter, which
highlighted the corruption in
the legal profession here and
warned him against investing in
property in the Bahamas."

Offensive
Trying to get the ex-presi-
dent on his side is the latest
manoeuvre in Mr Fuhrmann's
2005 offensive against the
Bahamas. Later this year he
intends to tour the United
States in a mobile home fes-
tooned with anti-Bahamas ban-
ners.
Among slogans he will adopt
are "Bahamas Axis of Evil",
"America's Bad Neighbour"
and "Bahamas A Country to
Avoid."
Mr Fuhrmann is also hoping
to see American ambassador
John Rood in an effort to get
his point across.
For ten years, Mr Fuhrmann
has harboured a grudge against
the Bahamas because of a prop-
erty case in which, he claims,
he failed to get justice.
He now claims to have 80
websites up and running blast-
ing the Bahamas for its crime
rate, alleged government cor-
ruption and what he calls "legal
mercenaries" its attorneys and
judges.

.Travel
Mr Fuhrmann will also be in
Berlin next month for a major
travel fair at which he will hold
press conferences to pour scorn
on the Bahamas.
"After that, I will set off on
my American tour," he said. "I
hope to cover the whole coun-
try warning people against
investing in the Bahamas."
Meanwhile, Mr Fuhrmann
claims someone is trying to
block his websites in an effort to
thwart his Internet campaign.
But he says he will not be
deterred.
On his latest website, Mr
Fuhrmann shows Government
House wreathed in flames with
the slogan "Bahamas The
Hell."
The text says: "I have seen
things here that would not be
allowed in the rest of the world.
For a country that prides itself
on being Christian-based, it sad-
dens me that so much does go
on here and is ignored all the
way up to the top."
Mr Fuhrmann also slams
Nassau as "a filthy town" and
claims traders are furious that
rodents plague the downtown
area.




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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH just five months
until the new hurricane sea-
son officially begins, the
Bahamas Red Cross is
appealing to Bahamians to
dig deep into their pockets
so it can meet it goal of rais-
ing $150,000 at its annual
fair.
At a press conference yes-
terday, the organisation's
chairperson Lady Marguri-
ette Pindling announced that
the 63rd annual Red Cross
fair will be held on Saturday,
April 2 at the Queen Eliza-
beth Sports Centre begin-
ning at noon under the
theme, "A Fair with an
International Flair."
Lady Pindling said last
year's hurricane season with
Hurricanes Jeanne and
Frances had depleted funds
creating the need for a high-
er 2005 goal of $150,000.
She urged every sector of
society from corporate
offices, to government insti-
tutes to private citizens to
assist in making the goal a
reality.
"You never know when
you will need the Red
Cross," she said.

Resources
Last year, the organisation
suffered a massive drain on
resources due to the double
whammy of back to back
major hurricanes.
Just last month, the Red
Cross announced the close
of its relief efforts after send-
ing thousands of clothes
items and food packs to
people affected by the
storms.
Yesterday past President
Pauline Allen-Dean said that
this year's. fundraising will
prove to be crucial as the
organisation has been taxed
to its limits.
"As you know the hurri-
cane season begins in June
of this year, and so we only
have about four months
before we've got to put our
funds together to start again
for 2005. Now if we have
another disaster of the type
we have in 2004, we will be
in a lot of trouble, because it
costs hundreds of thousands
of dollars just to send out the
food stuffs we sent out. We
sent out food items to every
island which was affected.
We need to get the money
back in for 2005.".
Mrs Allen-Dean said that
Bahamians rose to the chal-
lenge in the days immediate-


$150,000 goal


Share your news
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from people who are
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neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.
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LADY Marguriette Pin-
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* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
THE trial of Salvador
Cartwright, the man accused of
breaking into the home of for-
mer Attorney General Paul
Adderley, began yesterda. y..
The prosecution called six wit-
nesses, two who identified Mr
Cartwight as the man who was
arrested with a number of items
in his possession, which are
believed to have been taken from
the Adderley home.
The other three witnesses who
took the stand were in the Adder-
ley home at the time of the
alleged burglary.
On Tuesday, December 18,
2001 at 12.15am it is alleged that
the accused broke into the home
of Paul and Lilith Adderley at
number 10 Hillview Court, High-
land Park.
According to the prosecution,
the couple's daughter Paula woke
up and saw a person standing in
her room.

Alerted
When she screamed her moth-
er Lilith rushed into her room,
after which the pair returned to
the room of Paula's parents
where they alerted her father
Paul.
Mr Adderley then phoned the
police who arrived at that their
residence approximately 20 min-
utes later.
A second police car on patrol
in the area of the Adderley home,
observed the accused and stopped
him, the court was told.
After searching Cartwright, the
officers found items which are
believed to have been taken from
the home of the Adderleys, the
prosecution said.
Testifying yesterday, Paula
Adderley, who lives at number
10 Hillview Court, said that on
the day in question, while she was
at home in her bedroom, after
going to sleep between 11.15pm
and 12am, she was awakened by
someone entering her room.
Ms Adderley said that she did
not know the person, but it
appeared to be the "figure of a
small, brown, male."
"The next thing I remember
soon after seeing the small brown
male is my mother coming into
my room. We had a brief conver-
sation and we went to my par-
ents room," she said.
However, Ms Adderley said
that she was not aware of what
happened between seeing the


man in the room and her mother
entering.
Ms Adderley said that she
recalled that the man was halfway
between her bed and the bed-
room door. She further testified
that she could not see the intrud-
er's face, but once again con-
firmed that she knew that the per-
son was "a small brown male."
After she and her mother went
into her parents' room, locked
the door and woke Mr Adderley,
the call to the police was made
by her father, Ms Adderley said.
Attorney for the defence
Richard Bodie suggested to Ms
Adderley that she could not make
out the complexion of the
accused.
However, Ms Adderley said
that what she could not identify,
were the accused's facial features,
and not his complexion.
Mr Bodie said that based on
the statement Ms Adderley gave
police, she-had described the
intruder as a small dark figure of
a male and that she could not
make out his face because her
room was dark.
Reading lines four to nine of
her statement, Ms Adderley said
that her statement to police did
not describe the person in her
room as having a brown com-
plexion.
During her testimony Lilith
Adderley said that after heard
her daughter scream that night,
she headed to her room where
she observed a short man head-
ing in the opposite direction.
After police arrived at the
home she noticed that several of
the family's belongings were miss-
ing from a room in the house,
described as "the play room".
Ms Adderley named a black
bag containing an Anglican
prayer book, a hymnal, a red
Samsonite umbrella, and several
religious leaflets from various
church services, as the missing
items.
In addition, Mrs Adderley said
that she observed a window
screen lying on the floor of the
bathroom.
Mr Adderley, during his testi-
mony, said that before the police
officers arrived on the scene, he
saw that several items were miss-
ing from his room including a
Seiko watch, a Nokia cell phone,
and $151-$152 in cash.
These items were returned to
him by police, along with the
items belonging to his wife the
following day, he said.
Prosecutor Olivia Pratt-Nixon
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on the day in question, to the wit-
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He testified that he was in a
marked police car with 2373
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lin Drive after being dispatched in
response to a break-in at the
Adderley home, where they
observed a male on the eastern
side of the road walking at a fast
pace.
The officer said that he exited
the police car and approached the
suspect on foot. Mr Barr said that
when he approached the accused,
Cartwright he was "nervous and
sweating."
Mr Barr told the accused that
he had suspected him of a break-
ing in at the Adderley residence.

Umbrella
After searching him, the offi-
cers found an umbrella, a man's
black leather watch, a Nokia cell
phone, a small umbrella, a sliver
coloured bracelet, a finger ring,
$16 in his front pocket and $135
in his back pocket.
Mr Barr said that he commu-
nicated with the patrol unit which'
was at the Adderley's home and
they gave an account of what was
missing from the home in the
presence of the accused.
The accused was then arrested
and booked at the Nassau Street
Police Station.
Mr Bodie asked Mr Barr if the
accused gave an explanation of
where the items came from,
Mr Barr said that the accused
told him that he owned the
items.
Mr Bodie suggested to Mr Barr
that the accused told him that the
items were found on the side of
the road, however, Mr Barr said
that the accused never told him
this.
The case was adjourned until
today at 10am.


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Our economy or theirs -





down to Kingston Market


(THE drumbeat is on for the
Bahamas to join in West Indian
unification. And although some
of us may be sick of reading
about the Caribbean Single Mar-
ket and Economy, the more we
look at these complex issues the
clearer they become. There is no
doubt that whatever is decided
will affect our lives and liveli-
hoods for decades to come. Last
week's article looked at the
CSME's political dimensions.
This one examine its economic
implications).

IT SHOULD be fairly
clear by now that govern-
ment's motive to join the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy is more political than
economic. But that does not
mean there will be no econom-
ic consequences.
Ambassador Leonard Archer
says we didn't join Caricom in
1983 to find trading partners.


We allied ourselves to a group
of countries with shared geo-
graphical and political ties in
order to increase our influence
in world organisations.
"It is not likely that intra-
Caricom trade would increase
substantially with the full imple-
mentation of the CSME. Trade
in the Caribbean is mostly
determined by historical pat-
terns, and these will not change
overnight," Mr Archer acknowl-
edged.
In -fact, Caricom has never
been much of a trading bloc.
Experts say regional trade does-
n't amount to even a quarter of


total trade because Caribbean
economies are geared mostly
towards extra-regional exports.
And Bahamian trade with our
southern neighbours is almost
non-existent.
It took 20 years for Caricom
to agree on a common external
tariff (in 1993). The project to
establish a Caribbean Single
Market and Economy was
adopted in 1989, but the
timetable continues to' be
pushed back the latest dead-
line is the end of this year,
although Jamaica, Trinidad and
Barbados have agreed to start
things off this month.


After years of dithering, our
government now says it is
urgent for us to join the CSME,
because of the "interconnect-
edness" of negotiations for the
proposed Free Trade Area of
the Americas and the World
Trade Organisation.
The logic goes something
like this...we should join the
CSME because it will make it
easier to negotiate membership
in WTO (which we applied for
in 2001). And we have to join
WTO because w,e intend to join
the FTAA, which will use WTO
rules when it comes into being.
Got that?
Although the FTAA talks
are currently stalled, Ambas-
sador Archer says it is vital to
complete the CSME project
before the FTAA comes into
being, "so that the CSME
would be recognised as an eco-
nomic group within the
FTAA."
He says we can't afford to
stay out of any of these trading
arrangements. If we do, vaca-
tioning here will become more
costly as tariff barriers are
removed elsewhere. And our
tourist industry is already feel-
ing the pinch of low-cost com-
petition from Cuba, Mexico and
the Dominican Republic.

B ut this overlooks the
fact that the govern-
ment is already on track to
switch from border taxes to a
more robust value added tax
system. Proponents say this
would not only cut the cost of
imports at a stroke but raise
more revenue by widening the
tax base.
Mr Archer's response is that
the abolition of tarffs in the
FTAA would occur sooner than
it would take the Bahamas to
change to a value added tax sys-
tem. So, "for some period of
time", competing destinations
would have an advantage over
us.
However, VAT could be
introduced within as little as
three years, according to State
Finance Minister James Smith.
Once a detailed study is avail-
able this spring, there will be a
period of public consultation
followed by a two-year phase-in
period.
So if we are likely to make
this shift (which many oppose
because taxes will be harder to
collect), there may well be no
need to spend our limited time,
money and energy negotiating
free trade agreements with
countries we don't trade with.
Some say that by joining the
CSME we will be able to bene-
fit from economies of scale and
a larger regional market. But
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are already open to foreign
competition...and they are two
thirds of our economy.
Mr Archer suggests that First
Caribbean International Bank
was influenced by the prospec-
tive CSME to place its head-
quarters in Barbados. But
bankers say that decision was
based on cost, as most opera-
tions were already in
Bridgetown. And let's not for-
get that Royal Bank recently
centralised its regional opera-
tions in Nassau.
Leaving aside tourism and


the US. It is a pipe dream to
think that manufacturers will
set up plants here."
But those who do invest, will
be able to bring their manager-
ial, supervisory and technical
staff, as well as their families.
And they will be able to buy
land (other than for specula-
tion) on a non-discriminatory
basis and move money in and
out of the country at will.
The CSME sets a goal of free
movement of labour and speci-
fies several skilled groups who
will be able to work anywhere


"Leaving aside tourism and
offshore finance, the rest of
our economy consists of the
distributive trades, the media,
medicine and law, telecoms,
energy, fishing and agricul-
ture. Most are reserved for
Bahamians and some are state
monopolies. They would all be
open to Caribbean competitors
if we join the CSME."


offshore finance, the rest of our
economy consists of the distrib-
utive trades, the media, medi-
cine and law, telecoms, energy,
fishing and agriculture. Most
are reserved for Bahamians and
some are state monopolies.
They would all be open to
Caribbean competitors if we
join the CSME.
The government says more
investment from the Caribbean
will be a big benefit of CSME
membership...with regional
firms setting up "factory
branches" here to access the US
market, and West Indians arriv-
ing in droves to shop so as to
avoid US Immigration.
But in the same breath we
are told that "it is not likely that
many Caribbean firms will con-
sider our market large enough
to make risky investments for
small profits...(they) would be
more interested in the interna-
tional sector of the market."
And regional integration
cannot substitute for what is
lacking at the national level.
According to one foreign
investor we spoke to: "The
Bahamas has no raw materials
and labour rates (adjusted for
productivity) are higher than in


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in the region immediately. But
Ambassador Archer says we
can seek exemption from these
requirements for up to 20 years.
The number of eligible
nationals university gradu-
ates, musicians, performers, ath-
letes, coaches, graphic artists;
journalists, editors, cameramen
and others is at least 10 per,
cent of Caricom's six million
inhabitants or 600,000 people,
double our entire population.
And the list of approved cate-
gories is being expanded as we
speak.
Considering the furious'reac-
tion to recent proposals to ease
inefficient bureaucratic
restraints over work permits in
the financial services sector, and
the emotional commitment to.
"Bahamianisation", it would be
political suicide for any govern-
ment to propose CSME entry.
without such reservations.
The other big issue is open-
ing the reserved sectors of our
economy. The consensus is that
were Wal-Mart to set up here
tomorirw, prices would drop
and selection would increase....
and all our inefficient retailers
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PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2005


LOANW


Stem cell research


'could


bring substantial benefits'


FROM page one

suspension, IAT decided not to
pursue stem cell research, but
instead concentrate on
immunology treatment for can-
cer patients, which is its main


focus.
Mr Riordan said that while
ITO is doing "all we can" to
locate its facility in the
Bahamas, the other five coun-
tries have all been receptive to
the initiative.
"Client demand for the com-


Death prompts warning
FROM page one
age systems is not a new problem.
"The government has always been concerned about the prob-
lem of open cesspit tanks and unfinished sewage systems," he said.
Mr Pinder added however that it had recently become a more
commonplace occurrence.
He explained that in most cases, persons begin constructing a
cesspit or open existing systems to carry out repairs, but run out
of money before they are able to complete the job.
"What they have a tendency of doing is just leaving the cesspit
open," he said.
According to Mr Pinder, open cesspits can pose a public health
hazard even if they have yet to be used. He explained that they
tend to fill with water or debris and become a breeding ground for
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pany's services is substantial and
continues to grow at an accel-
erated rate. Receptive political
conditions will help determine
where the clinic is to be situat-
ed," according to ITO's pro-
posal.
The proposal said the initia-
tive would be self-funded at no
cost or financial risk to the host
country.
In addition, the initiative has
proposed to share its royalties,
save the host country "millions
in health care cost" and create
"new, good paying local jobs."
The initiative has also
promised to provide local med-
ical students with a "direct
opportunity" to learn about the
industry.


The aims of the initiative,
according to the proposal, are to
capitalise on "the potential to
improve the health and save the
lives of millions of people who
currently suffer or will even-
tually suffer from diseases and
injuries that could be treated or
cured with new stem cell thera-
pies whose development could
be enabled or accelerated by
this Initiative."
It goes on to say that more
than 130 million people in
North America "suffer need-
lessly every day from diseases
and injuries that could be treat-
ed and cured by stem cell ther-
apies."
"The goal of aggressively pur-
suing all types of stem cell


research is strongly supported
by the overwhelming majority
of medical experts and disease
advocacy groups, as well as by
notable supporters from across
the political spectrum," the pro-
posal said.
Minister Bethel told The Tri-
bune that as he had not yet been
made aware of the proposal, he
could not speak to the poten-
tial economic benefits for the
Bahamas.
He stressed that the proce-
dure for gaining the proper per-


mit in the case of any such pro-
posal would be the same as it
had been for IAT.
"The policy remains the
same, that any proposal to do
any clinical human research
must be submitted to the Min-
istry of Health for proper
review," he said.
Dr Bethel said that any such
proposal would also be subject
to a review as far as "appropri-
ateness, so as to protect the
integrity and sanctity of the
human body."


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Drugs discovered




after boat chase

FROM page one

waters.
They reported that the packages had been thrown overboard
while the go-fast boat was fleeing from Cuban officials.
Inspector Walter Evans, press spokesman for the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, said that as the Cubans remain in pos-
session of the drugs, the weight of the 40 bales, and therefore
their exact street value for the amount of marijuana, could not
be given.
Following preliminary investigations, the three suspects were
transported to New Providence yesterday.
Lt Henfield and Lt Commander Johns both maintained that
drug smuggling is "pretty rare" coming from Cuba into the
Bahamas.
"We see it periodically, but nowhere near as consistently as
instances concerning immigrants," Lt Henfield said.
The RBDF officer added that the Bahamas and Cuban
authorities have "a good working understanding."
"Through our Foreign Affairs arm we have been able to
keep all channels open," he noted.


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pAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2005


SOur economy or theirs


MORTGAGE CAMPAIGN


FROM page eight
and wholesalers would go out of business. But it
is unclear what impact the entry of Caribbean
firms and capital will have on our economy.
Commercial agriculture is mostly foreign-
owned already, but our fishing industry is
another matter entirely. What would foreign
investment in this sector mean for the future of
our marine resources? The government has
yet to address this.
Mr Archer argues that Caricom would
become stronger if we were to join. Goods,
services and capital would flow freely across
national borders just as they do from island to
island within the Bahamas itself, and we would
all have a slice of a bigger pie as a result.
But more importantly, he says membership
would let the Bahamas claim the same inter-
national trading concessions that Caricom
nations have: "As a member of CSME, the
Bahamas would be treated in the same way as
countries with the lowest per capita income.
This is the main reason for the Bahamas to
join."
In this context, the example most often cit-
ed as a warning is Vanuatu's aborted attempt to
join the WTO. That Pacific island chain of
180,000 people has an economy similar to ours
(though poorer), based on tourism and finan-
cial services. It is largely dependent on Aus-
tralia.
But WTO demands to open up Vanuatu's
wholesale/retail sector were too much for it to
handle politically. Another sticking point was
the US insistence on opening up the country's
telecoms sector a private monopoly at the
time.
We suspect our government would love to
open some of the reserved sectors of our econ-
omy just think of the deals that could be
done and the leverage that could be applied.
And we are equally certain that the private
sector would love to see our inefficient tele-
coms and energy sectors opened up to free
market competition.
There is yet another dimension to the
CSME. The so-called Single Economy refers to
the coordination of foreign exchange and inter-
est rate policies, tax regimes, laws and a com-
mon currency, But most experts say this is not
achievable in the near term.
One last factor to consider is cost. We will
pay 13 per cent of the total Caricom budget as
part of the CSME about $1.3 million a year at
present rates. Caricom currently supports over
a dozen regional organizations, including the
Community Secretariat, the Regional Negoti-
ating Machinery, and the University of the
West Indies.
But the CSME calls for several new region-
al bodies, as well as national counterpart agen-
cies. They include the Caribbean Court of Jus-
tice, a standards organization, a competition
commission, a conciliation commission, a
regional securities body, a regional intellectu-
al property rights office, and a regional devel-
opment fund.
In fact, "creeping regionalisation" has been
the impetus for most of the recent regulatory


legislation the government has been propos-
ing...on standards, consumer protection and
contracts, for example. And these laws will
create several new regulatory bodies.
All of these regional agencies as well as
their national counterparts will require fund-
ing. Exactly how much remains to be seen.
What does seem clear, is that both FNM and
PLP governments have been quietly going
along with Caribbean integration for years
without really telling us, and simply postponing
all the hard choices.
But now we are down to the wire, and the
Christie administration has an ideologue in the
form of the present foreign minister who is
keen to drive the process forward.
Barrie Farrington was one of several busi-
nessmen named to a special trade commission
by Prime Minister Christie after the last general
election. The commission has been inactive
for some time, so Mr Farrington felt con-
strained to write to the press recently.
"Let there be no doubt that the decision
with respect to CSME is enormous," he said.
"We cannot afford to misstep, otherwise we
will be tormented with serious consequences."
And it is interesting to note that former
Barbados opposition leader David Thompson
recently said Prime Minister Owen Arthur was
"trying to ram the Single Market and Economy
down the throats of Barbadians without ade-
quate discussion and consultation."
Which makes us think that Prime Minister
Christie should take a page from Hubert Ingra-
ham's book and hold a referendum on CSME
membership. Then the issues and interests can
be clearly defined and discussed.
* *
Last week, the privy council in London
struck down Jamaica's attempt to establish the
Caribbean Court of Justice as its final court
of appeal.
The reason was that a simple political major-
ity in the Jamaican parliament was setting up a
final court over the entrenched judicial system
protected in the constitution. Such a court
would be vulnerable to political pressures. The
Jamaican opposition had called for a referen-
dum on the court's establishment, followed by
an amendment to the constitution.
The CCJ has been a dream of Caricom
politicos since the 1970s, but more recently its
primary role was seen as the arbiter of dis-
putes within the Caribbean Single market &
Economy. Ideologues see the defeat as more
evidence of euro-centrism and a colonial men-
tality. But civil rights groups including the
Jamaican Bar Association see it as a victory
for the people.
The Bahamas said it would seek exemption
from the CCJ as a final court of appeal, while
accepting it as the trade court for the CSME,
although the government has yet to make a
formal policy proposal for public discussion.
Caricom governments had been urged to
establish a trade court for lhe CSME sepa-
rately from the final court Od appeal. But this
advice was rejected. It now seems to be the
only practical way forward.
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$2.622m gain





disposal gives


on cinema





RND profit


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
$2.622 million
gain on the
book value of
the cinema
operations it
sold for $4.7 million to rival
Galleria Cinemas enabled RND
Holdings to generate $1.257 in
million net income for fiscal
2004, although operating earn-
ings remained stuck in the red
amid concerns over timely dis-
closure.
The RND Holdings annual
report for the year that ended
on February 29, 2004, has been
released almost 12 months after
year-end, putting the company
about nine months behind in
disclosing its financial results -
which it is obligated to do as a


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


INVESTORS in a collapsed
Bahamas-registered mutual
fund have been advised by US
attorneys not to pursue litiga-
tion against Ansbacher
(Bahamas) and accounting firm
Pannell Kerr Foster (PKF) in
relation to the affair, after the
Bahamas Supreme Court struck
out three cases brought by sep-
arate investor groups.
Myers & Parker, a Seattle-
based law firm advising one of
the investor groups that brought
an action against Ansbacher
(Bahamas) in relation to the
collapse of IC Mutual, a
Bahamas-domiciled mutual
fund managed by the fraudu-
lently-operated Imperial Con-
solidated Group, said in an e-
mail that it did not believe it
was "advisable" for its clients
to push ahead with litigation
against either the bank or Pan-
nell Kerr Foster.
Michael Myers, an attorney,
said: "Two factors contribute to
our opinion. First, the Court's
opinion provided an excellent
preview of how it will likely
rule.
"Second, the demonstrated
challenges identifying, retain-
ing and managing competent
counsel in the Bahamas add to
our scepticism about proceed-
ing."
Three separate actions were
brought against Ansbacher
(Bahamas) in its capacity as IC
Mutual's custodian, registrar
and transfer agency, with one
also including Pannell Kerr Fos-
ter, which was the fund's audi-
tor. The fund's parent, Imperial
Consolidated, collapsed owing
investors across the globe
around $350 million.
Sidney Collie, of Collie &
Collie, was the attorney acting
on behalf of investors in all
three actions, but Justice Hugh
Small of the Bahamas Supreme
Court was unimpressed by his
work.
In a written judgment, Jus-
tice Small said in relation to one
of the cases brought by Mr Col-
lie, on behalf of 525 alleged
investors in IC Mutual: "This
,entire action has been handled
in an untidy, disorganised and
irregular manner. These pro-


public company to share-
holders and Bahamian
investors.
RND Holdings' lateness in
releasing its annual report and
calling its Annual General
Meeting for fiscal 2004, which is
scheduled for February 28 a
day before its 2005 fiscal year
ends is again likely to raise
concerns about timely disclo-
sures and transparency from
public companies.
As RND Holdings is not list-
ed on the Bahamas Interna-
tional Securities Exchange
(BISX) but instead trades on
the Over-the-Counter Market,
it is understood that primary
responsibility for regulating the
company lies with the Securi-
ties Commission of the
Bahamas. The late disclosure is
again likely to lead for calls for


ceedings are an abuse of this
court's process and I grant
application (made by Ansbach-
er and its attorneys) to strike
out the writ."
Justice Small was exercised
by the fact that in the original
statement of claim filed by Mr
Collie, there were no details of
the damages allegedly suffered
by any investor. An amended
statement of claim specified
damages for only 40 of the 525
investors.
Ansbacher's attorneys, in the
discovery proceedings leading
up to the trial in late October
2004, had asked Collie & Collie
to provide full details on the
subscription and redemption
amounts relating to each of the
plaintiffs, but that it failed to
do so.
A document attached to an
affidavit from Ian Towell, Ans-
bacher (Bahamas) managing
director, also "shows that none
of the (40) persons" named in
the amended statement of claim
were recorded in the bank's
books as having shares in IC
Mutual.
Justice Small added in his
judgment that the plaintiffs'
addresses were also not includ-
ed on the writ, in non-compli-
ance with the Rules of Court.
As a result, Justice Small
ordered Mr Collie to pay Ans-
bacher (Bahamas) costs result-
ing from the action.
A second case brought solely
against Ansbacher (Bahamas)
by Mr Collie on behalf of Jeff
Garrett, a man who claimed to
be acting as agent for some 180
IC Mutual investors as a result
of them assigning their claims
to him, was struck out by Justice
Small because Bahamian law
"prohibits persons prosecuting
claims that they have purchased
from third parties".
He described the action as a
"nullity", as Mr Garrett had cre-
ated a website to advertise his
interest in acquiring IC Mutual
investors' claims and, if suc-
cessful, he would earn 36.67 per
cent of all litigation fruits.
Mr Collie was also the attor-
ney responsible for bringing a
third action against Ansbacher
(Bahamas) and Pannell Kerr
Foster on behalf of three
See RULE, Page 5B


But continuing operations still in
the red by posting S270,872 loss in
fiscal 2004, while concerns remain
over annual report's late release


the regulations governing the
Bahamian capital markets to be
given teeth.
Writing in the company's
annual report, Jerome Fitzger-
ald, RND Holdings' chairman,
said the company "demonstrat-
ed substantive improvement"
in its operations performance,
with the losses having more
than halved from the $634,010
incurred in fiscal 2003 to
$270,872 in 2004.
Mr Fitzgerald said: "We
expect this trend to continue as


the company has been restruc-
tured to improve operating effi-
ciencies, and several manageri-
al positions have become redun-
dant.
"In conjunction with operat-
ing and cost efficiencies, the
company will continue to
improve its revenue stream by
focusing and aggressively build-
ing its ticketing business, which
will be modest initially, but is
expected to have a greater
impact on our net., earnings in
the future."


The $2.622 million gain on
the sale of its cinema operation
assets drove RND Holdings to.
its net income for 2004, as with-
out this one-off intangible', it
would have suffered a $1.43 mil-
lion loss from continuing oper-
ations. However, the latter fig-
ure still represented a 43.3 per
cent reduction on fiscal 2003's
operating loss of $2.52 million.
Mr Fitzgerald acknowledged
that given the boost from selling
the company's cinema opera-
tions to Galleria, it took the
opportunity to write-off the
remaining balance of $414,894
in goodwill and $191,176 in
franchise fees totalling some
$606,070 associated with its
1999 purchase of the Gold's
Gym franchise and rights to sell
associated- apparel in the
Bahamas and seven other


JUlian Francis, governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas, to whom Michael Foot reports


Bank inspector:



regulatory regime



a 'crazy mish-mash'


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Michael Foot, the Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies, yesterday described the
Bahamian financial services industry's regula-
tory framework as a "crazy mish-mash" of dif-
ferent bodies and reporting lines, with obtaining
the confidence and trust of overseas supervisors
the key to protecting this jurisdiction.
Addressing the Nassau Conference, Mr Foot
identified similar weaknesses to those that the


International Monetary Fund's (IMF) review of
the Bahamian financial services industry's reg-
ulatory regime had spotted, the Fund saying it
was "preferable" for all regulators to come
under the Ministry of Finance in a unified super-
visory structure.
Mr Foot yesterday said the five separate reg-
ulators in the Bahamas the Central Bank,
Securities Commission, Compliance Commis-
sion, Registrar of Insurance and Inspector of
See REGULATE, Page 3B


Caribbean territories.
The write-offs, made because
company management "was not
satisfied that this asset had any
continuing value", exacerbated
the expenses RND Holdings
incurred in fiscal 2004, exag-
gerating its operating loss.
RND Holdings' exit from the
cinema business has effective-
ly transformed the company
into a real estate investment
trust, with its income streams
coming from its shopping plaza
commercial property ownership
in Nassau and Freeport, the
Ticket Xpress ticketing and
transaction business, and its
Gold's Gym franchise.
Rental income from its com-
mercial property interests pro-
vides RND Holdings with its
See REPORT, Page 5B

'Intellectual

passivity' of

attorneys

'disheartens'

McWeeney
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Sean McWeeney, the former
attorney general, yesterday
described as "disheartening" the
"intellectual passivity and iner-
tia" shown by many Bahamian
lawyers, as he urged the Gov-
ernment to continually "tap" a
pool of international interme-
diaries for advice to remain
ahead of global financial ser-
vices developments.
Mr McWeeney, who is a key
adviser to Prime Minister Perry
Christie, said it was "critical"
for the Bahamas to use the
small pool of financial services
intermediaries who could prop-
erly advise it on potential finan-
cial services product and regu-
latory changes before they hap-
pened.
He told the Nassau Confer-
ence: "There is no getting away
from the fact that bank secrecy
is a shadow of its former self.
The marketing of the Bahamas
will have to conform with this
reality."



'Bank secrecy
is a shadow
of its former
self,'

-Sean McWeeney,
former attorney general


Mr McWeeney said the
Bahamas had to position itself
so that client confidentiality was
"no longer the supreme virtue",
de-emphasising what had once
been its "crown jewel" selling
point.
Offshore centres such as the
Bahamas had to be proactive,
rather than reactive as they had
been in the past, and Mr
McWeeney said those that
failed to move in this direction
and waited passively for clients
to come to them would be
"roasted slowly on the spit of
their own creation".
The future, he added, lay in
the Bahamas developing exper-
tise and marketing tax neutral
and tax minimisation products
that were compliant wit clients'
home country tax laws "in all
respects".
Mr McWeeney said the
Bahamas would be "living'in a
fool's paradise" if it sought to
get by on its outdated selling
point of bank secrecy and client
confidentiality.


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Managers, not academics, needed




by securi tyand law enforcement


l am amazed by the
recent decision to place
a criminologist in
charge of Fox Hill
Prison, but this amaze-
ment is consistent with decisions
to promote lawyers into lead-
ership positions in law enforce-
ment.
These professionals do have
their place in the criminal justice
system, but it is not as leaders.
The corrections department and
police, like the military, are in
dire need of managers/leaders,
not area specific experts. Addi-
tionally these individuals, in my
opinion, should come from the
rank and file, not brought in
from the outside. Has the


responsible ministry considered
the negative repercussions that
are associated with placing an
outsider into a fraternity such
as the prison department, espe-
cially when this department is
suffering from low morale.
In any event, research has
shown that the successful secu-
rity or law enforcement leader is
not an individual who knows it
all but the person who can bring
all the experts together and
have them work as a cohesive
unit.
In Security Operations Man-
agement, Robert D. McCrie
speaks very little on how to do
security, instead concentrating
on how to manage/lead/ moti-


vate/evaluate and the ever-pre-
sent bottom line. Similarly,
Dennis Dalton, in his book
Security Management: Business
Strategies for Success, demands
that the. modern security man-
ager must learn accounting,
money management and be a
motivator.
Dalton goes on to say that
the security manager must
demonstrate his/her ability to
operate with the budgetary con-
straints of his company. Finally,
in the classic text, Police Organ-
isation and Management, Dr
V.A. Leonard and Dr Harry
More, begin their discussion on
the manager's ability to adapt
and find ways to motivate


employees.
System Failure
These security managers must
be prepared to recognise cir-.'-
cumstances that lead to system,,
failure. The persons responsi- :
ble for these systems will usual-..
ly say they are operating at opti- :.
mal level, holding true to the"'
old adage: 'fisherman never
calls his fish stink'.
These systems, over time, .
should be modified to deal with
the changing environmental,,:'
social and technological climate"'
we live in.
What, then, is a 'system'?'.
See GAMAL, Page 2B


BIS uColina ,, ,
Pricing Information As Of:sors Ltd
08 February 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.39 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 0.197 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.40 7.75 Bahamas Property Fund } 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.0 4.00%
6.25 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 5.55 5.55 0.00 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 0.95 0.95 0.00 0.007 0.040 12.8 4.21%
7.47 6.50 Cable Bahamas 7.47 7.47 0.00 0.510 0.240 14.6 3.21%
2.20 1.35 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 2,520 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.30 13.60 Commonwealth Bank 7.24 7.30 0.06 3,000 0.632 0.390 11.3 5.34%
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 8.18 Finco 9.87 9.87 0.00 0.649 0.480 15.2 4.86%
7.50 6.45 FirstCaribbean 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.513 0.330 14.6 4.40%
8.60 7.95 Focol 7.94 7:95 0.01 1,460 0.710 0.500 11.1 6.29%
2.25 1.99 Freeport Concrete 1.99 1.99 0.00 0.025 0.000 79.6 0.00%
10.38 9.90 ICD Utilities 9.89 9.89 0.00 0.818 0.405 12.1 4.10%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.785 0.550 10.5 6.81%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.69 6.65 -0.04 0.201 0.000 33.3 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.0. 0 0 00 0.694 0.350 14.4 3.50%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 16.00 1.328 0.960 10.5 6.86%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
'0.60 0.40_RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6' 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0 00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2060 1.1509 Colina Money Market Fund 1.205953*
2.1191 1.8944 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1191 ***
10.2648 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2648***"*
2.1746 2.0012 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.174583**
1.0848 1.0823 Colina Bond Fund 1.084821****
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidellty
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelit)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
** AS AT DEC. 31, 20041*/ AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
* -AS AT JAN. 14, 20051 AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/ *** AS AT DEC. 31, 2004


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Newry


VACANCY NOTICE

Internal Auditor

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of
Internal Auditor.

MAIN DUTIES INCLUDE:
> To administer the internal auditing activity of an assigned Location.
> To develop a comprehensive, practical programme of audit coverage for
the location
> To accomplish the programme in accordance with acceptable audit standards
and stipulated schedules.
> To maintain effective working relations with executive and operating
management.

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
audit function.

> 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:
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
Headquarters Building
Nassau, Bahamas


NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF ELODIE
MARGUERITE TOMLINSON
late of 402, Sunnyside Estates
Condominium, Lyford Cay in the
Western District of the Island of
New Providence in the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas
Deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above Estate are required to send the
same duly verified in writing to the Undersigned on or before
the 8th day of March, 2005 after which date the Executors
will proceed to distribute the assets having regard only to
the claims of which they shall then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to
the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the 8th day of March, 2005.

Hubert A. Ingraham PC
Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham Chambers
No. 3 Cable Beach Court
West Bay Street
P.O. Box CB-11233
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Executors


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THE TRIBUNE


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2005, PAGE 3B


Regulate (From page 1B) JPMORGAN TRUST COMPANY
Financial and Corporate Services Providers had to report "through
three different channels". The latter two, rather than reporting to (BAHAMAS) LIMITED
the Ministry of Finance, currently report to the Ministry of Finan-
cial Services and Investments.
Mr Foot said: "That's a crazy mish-mash of things to have in a
tiny jurisdiction like this." He hinted at regulatory consolidation to
come, saying: "There will be more in this country; I certainly hope SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
there will be more."
In a written paper prepared before the conference, Mr Foot
tio n between the regulatory bodies in the Bahamas, and to co-oper- J.P. Morgan Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited seeks to offer a four (4) year scholarship
ation already occurred across industry, boundaries in "specific cas- assistance towards the tuition of a Bahamian student, who has been accepted in a Bachelor's
es". The creation of the Group of Financial Services Regulators was
also a positive development. degree program at an international accredited institution or at The College of The Bahamas.
However, Mr Foot added: "Nevertheless, I also see a consider- por C
ableindustryconcern for much more co-operation in two areas: Studies must be in the related business fields of Accounting, Finance, Corporate Law,
common standards, so that what is approve by one regulator is Management or Business Administration.
accepted by the others without separate examination or inquiry
[and] sharing of data so that what information is provided to one
regulator doesn't have to be reproduced in slightly different form
for another." OBJECTIVE
The creation of financial conglomerates, which provided bank-
ing, insurance and securities services, had also made regulatory con-
solidation more necessary. As a corporate citizen, J.P. Morgan Trust Company's goal is to make a positive impact on the
Mr Foot pointed to the Colina Financial Group as the most
obvious example of a Bahamian financial conglomerate. He added: Bahamian local economy through contributing by means of offering this scholarship award
"You have to bring regulators to work together on a group struc-
ture like that, as they are all seeing only a part ofthe pictre and not o assist in the further development of a young Bahamian pursuing a career path in the financial
the whole framework." Sector
Mr Foot's appointment in its own is an indication of the Gov-
ernment's desire to consolidate financial services regulation, as
services Authrityegration process). hat formed the J.P. Morgan Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited, a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Chase Private
One Bahamian regulator told The Tribune of Mr Foot: "We're Bank, is an offshore financial institution with over 30 years of combined operations in the
expecting great things from Michael Foot. The Bahamas is very
lucky to have him." Bahamas.
The Inspector of Banks and Trust Companies said the Central
Bank wanted to work with the industry on the costs of anti-money
laundering and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance, seeking Criteria & Conditions:
the most cost-effective way of obtaining compliance.
Mr Foot said the "best way" to protect confidentiality and privacy
for the Bahamas' clients was to gain the trust and confidence of
overseas regulators when cross-border co-operation was sought. 1. The candidate must be from a family of combined financial income of $50,000 or less (to
He added that it would be Bahamian examiner and regulators be verified by employment letter).
who would go into financial institutions to investigate matters ini-
tiated by overseas regulators, and not only demonstrate that the job 2. Candidate must have passed at least 5 BGCSEs with grade passing of C and above.
was done competently, but "tell what they found, warts and all".
In his written paper, Mr Foot said it was "vital" for the Bahamas' 3. A high school graduating grade point average of 3.0 or above.
international reputation that it "scores well" with overseas regu- 4. The candidate to obtain a copy of high school transcript from the school, sealed and address
lators, working with them in as "effective and business-friendly a
way as possible". to the Human Resources Manager at J.P. Morgan Trust Company.
In his address to the Nassau Conference, Mr Foot said he would .
also train Bahamian bank inspectors, much as he had done in the 5. Candidate must maintain a college grade point average of 3.0 or above.
UK, "to get a feel of what is going on in an organisation" they 6. A copy of the college transcript must be submitted to Human Resources Manager within
examine. He cited the example of a bank where one dominant
person took all the decisions as a structure prone to problems, three to five weeks at the end of each school year.
especially if that person was a risk taker. .
He added that a jurisdiction's "reputation is set by the weakest 7. The candidate cannot be an immediate family member of J.P. Morgan Trust Company.
inks in the chain, not necessarily the average standard". must be f throughout the entire enrollmentperiod.
The outsourcing by banks and trust companies of data process- 8. The candidate e "drug throughout entire enrollment
ing and back office functions to companies other countries was "an 9. The candidate to be offered summer employment with the bank (June-August) whilst
absolute nightmare" for regulators, Mr Foot said.
"Somehow regulators have to work through that to find some- pursuing full time studies.
thing that is business efficient but also regulatory deliverable," 10. Only Bahamian citizens are eligible to apply.
he added. 10. Only Bahamian citizens are eligible to apply.
11. Application may be obtained from the office of J.P. Morgan Trust Company, 2nd Floor,
To advertise ,iin The Trib me Bahamas Financial Center, Shirley & Charlotte Sts. Deadline is March 31st, 2005.
call 32241986


___Q Cititrust (Bahamas) limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, a
|leading financial institution with a presence in over 100 countries and
over 100 million customers worldwide,
V AO is seeking candidates for the position of


INSPECTORS APPLICATION SUPPORT
Marsh Harbour Local Office, Abaco FUNCTIONAL/DEPARTMENTAL DESCRIPTION
Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore
Cooper's Town Local Office, Abaco trust companies servicing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas,
Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Islands, New Jersey and
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the above Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.
positions with The National Insurance Board. The individual would be The Technology Department supports all locations and local applications
responsible, under the Local Office Manager, for securing compliance of the business.
with the National Insurance Act, in his/her district.
MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:
Production support of software for key application.
1. Ensuring that employers, employed persons, and self-employed Provide application support technically to the business which
persons are registered, includes the detection and resolution of issues.
Assist application support Project Managers where
2. Examining wage records and contribution statements to see if necessary.
contributions are being paid promptly and at the correct rate Interfacing with the information security management
according to the Regulations. structure.
3. Investigating cases of non-compliance with the Act and Management of risk and assist in coordination of audit.
Regulations. KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS REQUIRED
4. Investigating cases of alleged fraud in connection with benefits SQL and Oracle programming and/or DBA experience, Visual
and assistance. Basic, Citrix, Crystal Reports, Net, Win2K, Web technologies,
MS Office applications, DBMS knowledge, programming skills
5. Preparing cases of non-compliance for prosecuting in the courts, in a windows environment.
6. Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time. Strong oral'and written communications skills.
Interfacing with the business, internal and external vendor
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: management, and bug tracking.
Influencing and leadership skills.
Applicants should have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college Historic programming experience with languages and web
or university, preferably in Business Administration. Related work experience applications


would be an advantage. Computer experience is essential. 2-4 years DBAhands-onprogramming experience.
APPLICATION: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience.
Application forms may be obtained from the Security Booth of the National Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:
Insurance Board's Jumbey Village Complex. Interested persons may Technology Unit Head
submit a completed application form along with the necessary proof of GWS/Bahamas Technology
qualifications, not later than 4:00pm on Friday, February 18, 2005, to: Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-1576,
The Senior Manager Human Resources Nassau, Bahamas
THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR
Headquarters Building ax: (242s.amp 302-8732 ORe
Nassau, Bahamas Email: gieselle.campbell@citigroup.com


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Deadline for application is February 6, 2005.








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Gamal (From page 2B)


Telephone 356-2070 P.O. Box N-7508 Nassau, Bahamas

UNCOLLECTED SHORT-TERM BENEFIT CHEQUES
NEW PROVIDENCE LOCAL OFFICE

116 Short-Term Benefit Cheques Await Collection By Eligible Claimants.
All Claims were Processed In New Providence.

The names of persons with outstanding cheques are listed below. These persons are requested to
collect their cheque(s)from the Cashier's Department, located on the Ground Floor of the National
Insurance Board's Building in Jumbey Village, Baillou Hill Road, between 9:15am 4:45pm on
weekdays.
Claimants are asked to collect their cheque(s) in person and to produce photo identification.


Lennox McCartey (Mr.)
Director
NAME N.I. NUMBER


ADDERLEY, Nova
ALAIN, Rene
ANDERSON, Samuel
ARAN HA, LaShan
ASH, Samantha
BAIN, Hilda
BASTIAN, Cynthia
BONABY, Wendy
BOWE, Stephanie
BOWLEG, Christine
BROOKS, Daphne
BURROWS, Catherine
BURROWS, Rose
CARTER, Duranda
CHARLOW, Shianne
CLYDE, Magretta
COAKLEY, Anthony
COOPER, Christene
COOPER, Dwight
COX, Carvette
CULMER, Delphine
CURRY, Sandra
DARLING, Chevez
DARVILLE, Krystynia
DAVIS, Tervender
DAXON, LaToya
DIEUJUSTE, Guyslaine
DOTTIN, Peter
EDWARDS, Antoinette
EDWARDS, Lucille
EVANS, Cathryn
EVANS, Melita
FARRINGTON, Monique
FERNANDER, Bradley
FORBES, Irma
FORBES, Terecita
FRAZER, Sophia
FRAZIER, Fenessa
GIBSON, Carnetta
GREENE, Othello
HANNA, Barbara
HART, Sophia
JOHNSON, Crystal
JOHNSON, Denise
JOHNSON, Franklyn
JOHNSON, Sandy
JOHNSON, Shelly
JOHNSON, Venus
JOHNSON, Wendy
JONES, Carol
JONES, Lloydrina
KING, Philip
KNOWLES, Elvado
KNOWLES, Veronica
LaFLEUR, Ephriam
LaSISTER, Ruth
LEWIS, James
LIGHTBOURN, Ruth
MACKEY, Cynthia
MAJOR, Ann
McKENZIE, Christine
McPHEE, Torraino
MILLER, Cershenna
MILLER, LaGloria
MILLER, Tiffany
MOSS, Pheron
NEELY, Jacinta
OLIVER, Freda
OLIVER, Samuel
PIERRE, Delivoit
POITIER, Roslyn
PRATT, Estell
RAE, Dorothea
REID, Keith
RICHARDSON, Viola
RIVERO-BUSTOS, Oria
ROBERTS, Jacqueline
ROLLE, Charlotte
ROLLE, Christine
ROLLE, Kelda
ROLLE, Nyoka
ROLLINS, Noella
SANDS, Linda
SAUNDERS, Julianna
SEYMOUR, Vastie
SMART, Judy
SMITH, Beatrice
SMITH, Elvin
SMITH, Frances
STURRUP, Harriet
THOMPSON, Dominique
THOMPSON, Joan
THOMPSON, Yvonne
TROTMAN, Vernita
TURNQUEST, Stephen
VARENCE, Matique
WELLS-FOX, Mavis
WILLIAM, Rosalbert


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Again, we encounter a term
that has not yet achieved a uni-
versally agreed upon definition.
However, we have been pro-
vided with 13 essential charac--
teristics
A recognisable whole
Interconnected components
or elements
Organised interconnections
Components' interaction
signifies processes
Processes imply inputs and
outputs
Components form hierar-
chical structures
Adding or removing a com-
ponent changes the system and
its characteristics
A component is affected by
its inclusion in a system
Means for control and com-
munication promote system sur-
vival
Emergent properties, often
unpredictable
System boundary
A system environment out-
side the boundary which affects
the system
System 'ownership'
It is not clear how many of


these elements have to be miss-
ing in order to arrive at a system
failure, but what is clear is that
these factors are dependent on
human insight and understand-
ing.
Management Failure
In order for systems to work
together cohesively, and hope-
fully produce a positive prod-
uct, the system must be man-
aged properly. Thus, the
improper management of sys-
tems results in failure, whether
human or technical. Good man-
agement systems should possess
the following characteristics:
1. A good management sys-
tem has a network that allows
all persons to communicate
effectively regardless of where
they are located in the organi-
sation.
2. The leadership must estab-
lish and ensure that all policies
and guidelines are adequately
communicated to all levels of
the organisation. .
3. Information pertaining to
the organisation should con-
stantly be reviewed and tested
for compliance.


4. The leadership should
ensure that a good cadre of per-
sons are employed, who possess
the technical skills to conform
and intelligently apply the stan-
dards laid out by the company,
the industry or government reg-
ulatory board.
It is the failure of systems,
and more detrimentally, the
management failures, that bring
about effects resulting in com-
pany disasters. Dombrowsky
said: "There is no separate
process that swells the cheeks
to blow. -Wind is air in a specif-
ic motion, not a separate being
that makes the air blow." This
statement does not suggest that
there is no causation, but rather
that the inputs and outputs,
action and reactions, all equate
to the 'effects'.
NB: Gamal Newry is presi-
dent of Preventative Measures,
a security and law enforcement
training and consulting compa-
ny. Comments can be sent to
PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas or e-mail preven-
tit@hotmail.com


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FIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS LIMITED
A MEMBER OF THE FIDELITY GROUP OF COMPANIES

Fidelity is seeking to employ an
ASSISTANT SECURITIES TRADER


Minimum Requirements
3 years experience in the financial service industry
Bachelors Degree, preferably in Finance, Banking or Accounting.
Canadian Securities, Series 7 or International Capital Markets
Qualifications.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent analytical skills
Proficient in the use of spreadsheet and database software

Primary Job functions
Provide market quotes and market information to clients.
Execute security trades
I Manage client relationships
Conduct research on companies
Active monitoring and reporting of capital market-developments

Remuneration & Benefits
Attractive salary and performance bonus
Group medical and pension plan
Interest subsidies on employee loans

Please forward cover letter and resume to;
Fidelity Group of Companies
P.O. Box N-4853, Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Human Resources Manager
Deadline: February 15, 2005.


Pasche Bank & Trust Ltd.
Subsidiary of
Banque Pashe SA
CIC Private Banking
Gen6ve Monaco Nassau

The Pasche Group is a Swiss Banking group specialized in Wealth
Management and is 100% subsidiary of the CIC Credit Mutuel Group,
one of the French Largest Financial Group, with an International presence
in 39 countries worldwide.

is seeking candidates for the position of:

Private Banking Relationship Manager

Candidates should possess the following qualifications/skills:

Degree in Banking (or related Field)
At least 7 years Private Banking experience as relationship
Manager
Fluency in French or Spanish.

Responsibilities:

Client relationship management & development
Portfolio Management.

Remuneration & Benefits:

Attractive conditions related with the candidate's profil
Bonus based on performance
Business profit-sharing scheme

Please send/fax/email your resume to: (no phone call)

Pasche Bank & Trust
P.O.Box AP 59241
Nassau Bahamas
Fax: (242) 327-1514
bzi@pasche.com


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Bahamian International Business Companies (IBCs), Biella SA,
Oceanart Ltd and Business Advice Ltd.
He withdrew the actions against Pannell Kerr Foster after the
accounting firm's attorney, Brian Moree, "highlighted the irrec-
oncilable contradiction" between paragraphs in the statement of
claim and an affidavit from Anthony Howarth, president of all
three IBCs.
The statement of claim alleged that IC Mutual investors relied
upon Pannell Kerr Foster's quarterly review letter to certify there
were proper controls in place at IC Mutual.
However, Mr Howarth's affidavit said this letter was not relevant
to the claims as the documents involved were private internal doc-
uments that investors had not relied upon.
And Justice Small ruled that the three IBCs' case against Ans-
bacher (Bahamas) should also be thrown out because its attorneys,
Barbara Dohmann, QC and Michael Barnett of Graham Thomp-
son & Co, had proved that the statements of claim "disclose no rea-
sonable cause of action and that they are frivolous".

PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, TIFANIA LEXIUS, c/o
RO. Box N 7101, intend to change my name to LOUIPHANIA
LEXIMA. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that EMILUS NOTHELUS, NASSAU
VILLAGE, 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 9TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


EMPL,


ENTRY LEVEL
POSITION
Financial Service Company
Accounting Experience or
Associates Degree Required.

Send resume to:

Human Resources Dept.
P.O. Box SS-19051
Nassau, Bahamas


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largest revenue flows, and operating income from this segment
increased by 34.7 per cent in 2004 to $456,642 compared to, $338,854
the previous year.
Property rental revenues from external sales increased slightly to
$756,554 from $730,542. RND Holdings said all its properties had
committed tenants for the next five to 10 years, with rental pay-
ments in fiscal 2005 set to jump by 22.9 per cent to $930,322.
RND Holdings' decision to sell its cinema business, which was
executed to reduce the company's debt and give it "an opportuni-
ty to turn this business around", was further justified by the down-.
ward trend experienced in its performance to February 29, 2004, the
date the sale to Galleria was completed.
The cinema operations were relatively flat in 2004, with cost
reductions helping to compensate for a 7.9 per cent downturn in rev-
enues from $4.111 to $3.787 million. Gross margin fell by 8 per cent
to $1.803 million from $1.958 million the previous year.
Income from cinema operations remained relatively flat at
$94,185 compared to 2003's $99,270, while net income dropped
slightly from $67,523 to $65,021.
Following the close of RND Holdings' fiscal 2004 year end,
Hurricane Ivan wiped out Cayman Health & Fitness, in which it had
a 30 per cent equity stake.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID GABIELE BARIGELLI,
P.O. BOX 6311, CORAL PLACE, LITTLE BLAIR, 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 2ND day of
FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MR EGLAISE CLESSIDOR
MYRTIL, OF JOE FARRINGTON ROAD, P.O. BOX EE-15631,
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 9th day of FEBRUARY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


* 1973 Bertram 3 1Ft. Flybridge Model
. Tally Reconditioned All Grip Paint
* New Schaffer Outriggers
* New Seat-flybridge
* New Raython Radar And Arch
* New Spotlight, New Stereo
* New Windless And Fortress Anchor 600Ft Rope
* New Pulpit And Railings,New Canvas
* Interior: Sleeps 4 Nice Cushions
* One Head, Microwave & Refrigerator
* 4.5 Panda Generator New Diesel & Cased In
Sound Sheild 12000 Btu Airconditioner
* 50 Gallon Water Holding Tank And Washdown
" Fuel: 230 Gallon Deisel
" New Battery Charger
* Owner Has New Boat On The Way
* Over 95K Invested Asking 95K


All Offers Considered. This Boat Is A Great Boat For
The Weekend Pleasure Or Fishing.
Great For Deep Sea Fishing Business


Bank


Listing ID: CB1854
Listing exclusively with:


Allan Murray
Phone: 357-4561
allan@kingsrealty.com


This complex has six (6) spacious units all of which
are under lease for either retail stores or office use.
Centralized A/C and all utilities are available.Accordian
style hurricane panels are installed providing an
additional hassle free security feature for tenants.The
complex has Ample Parking and a Newly Asphalted
Driveway.The location just off of Collins Avenue puts
this Commercial Complex very close to Downtown
and the Palmdale business hub making it a convenient
location for most businesses and prospective tenants.
Offered at $700,000, this will not last!


REAL ESTATE
www.kingsrealty.com


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Thinking about your next
career move?

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
employee benefits.
Applicants should submit a r6sum6 by February 11 to:
Freeport- KPMG, P.O. Box F40025 or kpmg@batelnet.bs
Nassau KPMG, P.O. Box N123 or plemarrec@kpmg.com.bs
AUDIT a TAX a ADVISORY
2005. KPMG, a Bahamian partnership, the Bahamian member firm of KPMG International,
a Swiss cooperative.


NOTICE OF SALE

Crown Life Insurance Company
invites offers for the purchase of:-

"Plaza on the Pond" situated on
the corner of East Bay Street
and Ernest Street approximately
500 feet east of Church Street
and the New Paradise Island
Bridge.

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

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

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

Interested persons may submit written
offers addressed to the office manager,
P.O.Box N 272, Nassau, Bahamas to
be received not later than the close of
business on Friday the 25th February
2005.


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE

EUR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of
2000, EUR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED has
been dissolved and struck off the Register according to the
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on
the 31st day of January, 2005.


N J M Bell,
Malzard House,
15 Union Street,
St. Helier, Jersey,
Channel Islands
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PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, EDROY ALLEN
LEROY ROKER, of 1st Street Grove, P.O. Box N-8175,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to LEROY
EDROY ROKER. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

REFLEX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
Dissolution of REFLEX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, has
been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was 28th day of
January, 2005.




Alrena Moxey
Liquidator



Legal Notice

NOTICE

ZINDER HOLDINGS INC.


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

Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)


Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

RUDE AWAKENING INVESTMENTS LIMITED

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


Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)



Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice

NOTICE

POTACOM POINTE LTD.

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



Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)


Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice

NOTICE

CORAL ISLAND HOLDINGS LIMITED

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


Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)


Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)


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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

BROADGATE INVESTMENTS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
Dissolution of BROADGATE INVESTMENTS LIMITED,
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was 28th day of
January, 2005.




Alrena Moxey
Liquidator


Legal Notice

NOTICE

AL ANZ CO. LTD.


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


Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)


Cordelia Fernander
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CUBIER VILLAGE INC.

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137(8) of the Internafi'nal Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of CUBIER VILLAGE INC., has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)



Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

BEALTO MOUNTAINS INC.

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


Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)


Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

KAZBEK CORP.


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

Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)


Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice

NOTICE

EAGLE WINGS NEST INC.

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



Cordelia Fernander
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice

NOTICE

PEACHES N'CREAM HOLDING LTD.

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


Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)


Cordelia Fernander
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* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter
THREE local boxers will
take part in the Indepen-
dence Cup championships,
set for February 17th-27th,
in Santiago, Dominican
Republic.
Taureano Johnson, James
McKenzie and Darrell
Dorsette are the three
selected from the five mem-
ber national team.
This is the first interna-
tional competition for the
Bahamas, but according to
Bahamas Boxing Federation
(BBF) president Wellington
Miller, the ten day tourna-
ment is the beginning of big-
ger and better things for the
national team and pro-
gramme.
The Bahamas is expected
to be the only island repre-
senting the English-speak-
ing Caribbean at the tour-
nament.
Majority of the tourna-
ment participants hail from
South America, with a few
teams coming in from North
America.
Miller viewed the tourna-
ment as a grand opportunity
for the Bahamian boxers,
who have been training for
more than eight months now
without any competition.
For him this tournament
came in perfect time
because only Johnson has
seen action.
"We have scheduled a
number of fights and tour-
naments for the boxers, we
realise that the lack of tour-
nament preparation was one
of our downfalls last year,"
said Miller.
"Our goal is to help the
serious boxers gain a lot of
exposure, that is what we
were lacking in terms of per-
formances, we have excel-
lent boxers, so in order for
them to advance we would
have to send them to tour-
naments."

Training
Johnson, who fights in the
welterweight division, is
presently training in Cuba,
at the Edguardo National
Stadium, all the other box-
ers are training locally at the
Carmichael Road boxing
club. Dorsette and McKen-
zie compete in the mid-
dleweight and heavyweight
divisions.
The BBF has organised a
system placing strong
emphasis on their senior
boxers and a nurturing pro-
ject, which they refer to as a
"nursery clinic" for young
upcoming boxers.
Miller said: "This is a
great opportunity for the
boxers and the federation as
we lean into qualifying for
the 2008 Olympic games.
"Our boxers are ready
and they are all looking for-
ward to coming down to the
tournament. The only boxer
that is not here to train
locally is Taureano, all the
other boxers are here. I am
sure Taureano is training
just as hard as the other box-
ers, so we are ready to go
down."
Leading the team into
battle will be Andre Sey-
mour, national head coach;
Leonard 'Boston Blackie'
Miller; George Turner, man-
ager and Alvin Sargeant as
referee judge.
The tournament is just the
beginning of an exciting, fun
filled calendar of events for
the BBF.
BBF has slotted in two
local fights, which will fea-
ture teams from United
States and China on March
26th and during the month
of May, respectively.
The BBF has decided on


title


three-peat


on


a mix team to represent the
Bahamas in the March
fights.
A team of seven will also
travel in May to Nicaragua,
to take part in the XII Cen-
tral America Mens Cham-
pionship.
This team has been
noted as the BBF's 'B'
team.
An 'A' team, comprising
of team of three will be
headed to Moscow, Russia
to participate in the World
Cup.


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Jordan Prince William
Falcons are now one game away
from clinching a three-peat of
the Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary
Schools' senior boys basketball
title.
The Falcons, who swept the
Bahamas Academy in the last
two finals, hold a 1-0 lead over
the St Augustine's College Big
Red Machines in their best-of-
three championship series
that will continue tonight at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymna-
sium.
On Monday, Jordan Prince
William avenged their only loss
in the regular season by knock-
ing off SAC 62-57 in game one
of the series with Devard Mar-
tin scorching the nets for a game
high 24 points and Rashad
Mackey added 16.
For the Big Red Machines,
who suffered their first loss of
the season, Frisco McKay


Senior boys in


action tonight


canned 13 and Jamaal Knowles
contributed 12.
Falcons' coach Dexter Cam-
bridge said game one was just a
taste of what to expect tonight
as they go for their third con-
secutive sweep.

Beating
"I feel good because we know
we were capable of beating
SAC. We played one of our
worse games in the regular sea-
son against them and they still
only beat us by two," Cam-
bridge reflected.
"So we were well prepared
for this game."
The loss at SAC didn't faze


Jordan Prince William. Cam-
bridge said their goal was to get
into the playoffs.
"Once we get to the playoffs,
anything can happen," Cam-
bridge pointed out.
"Once we got past BA in the
first round of the playoffs, we
knew that there was nobody
that could stop us."
Enroute to returning to the
finals for the third time, the Fal-
cons eliminated the Bahamas
Academy Stars in two straight
games.
"I don't think any other game
would have been as good as that
game," said Cambridge of the
sudden death showdown with
the Stars in the playoffs.


"I think BA was real tough.
We had match up problems
with them straight through. I
don't think SAC has the players
to match them. That's my opin-
ion."
Not sounding cocky at all,
Cambridge said their goal is to
come out tonight and complete
the sweep of the .Big Red
Machines.

Plan
"We're going out to play our
game. We're not worried about
what SAC has to do," Cam-
bridge projected. "They have a
game plan, we have a game
plan.
"Once we execute our game
plan, we feel we will come out
on top."
Cambridge said at least as
they can slow down the tempo
of the game and play a halfcourt
offence.
"Devard is like the Jordan of
Prince Will.
"With a guy like that who can


shoot the ball and rebound the
way he does, wherever I put
him, we won't have anything to-
worry about, but just play
our game," Cambridge summed
up.
The entire BAISS basketball;
championship series can come
to a close today.
Jordan Prince Willianm
are also one 'game awayr
from redeeming last year's'
loss to the St Andrew's.
Hurricanes in the junior girls!
series as they go for a perfect-
season.
In the junior boys' series, the&
St John's avenged their only loss"
to the pennant winning and.
defending champions Big Red,'
Machines by taking a 1-0 lead'
on Monday.
And SAC surprised the pen-
nant winning Temple Christians
Suns, handing their first loss for
the season on Monday in game;
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* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
TWELVE female teams are vying foi the final four spots
in the New Providence Primary Sports Association (NPPSA)
softball league.
The league, which started on Monday past, will wind up on
Friday with the championship games for both boys and girls.
The fifth annual Benny Adderley Baseball and Softball
league has expanded over the years: the boys' category has
doubled, with more than 24 schools participating, while the
girls has a seen a slight increase.
NPPSA wanted to get the boys' series on the way on
today, but the girls division tie has forced another day of play.
So far, three schools have qualified for the next round of
play in pool II, but the battle is still on in pool I.
Complicating matters for the NPPSA are Stephen Dil-
lette, Gerald Cash and Oakes Field Primary. Stephen Dillette
and Gerald Cash are currently seeded as the top schools in
pool I, having a 3-1 win-loss record, while Oakes Field pri-
mary has a 2-1 record.

Fight
There is also a fight for the fourth spot in both pools and,
according to the coaches, the final four spots in both divisions
will not be decided until the last ball is knocked across the
field.
Over in pool II Columbus Primary school sits on top with
a 4-0 win-loss record, with Palmdale and Uriah McPhee
schools following.
Public Relation officer, Frank Johnson said: "The interest
in the girls has really improved and it shows in the many
teams we have participating now.
"At one time we were struggling to get more than six
teams out but now we have twelve teams who are capable of
advancing through to the final four play.
"Now competition in the boys will definitely be tough. We
are the first to bring in baseball for the boys, the junior and
high schools aren't playing baseball.
"To my understanding they are going to start, but our
primary school boys will be ready. We are expecting a lot of
teams and an exciting championship game."
Yesterday, Gerald Cash Primary clinched two big games,
defeating Oakes Field Primary in a game that went down to
the wire, and Stephen Dillette.
Gerald Cash's 9-7 win over the Oakes Field, dropped
Oakes Field down into the third position, while their 11-1
victory over Stephen Dillette helped move them up into
second.

Winner
In today's action Stephen Dillette will face Oakes
Field Primary, the winner will move onto play the fifth
place team, with the loser having to face Gerald Cash Pri-
mary.
NPPSA scheduled more than eight games yesterday, with
Garvin Tynes defeating Palmdale Primary and Thelma Gib-
son Primary losing to the hands of Uriah McPhee Primary.
Nikkita Taylor, head coach for Claridge Primary said: "I
doubt that my team will make it into the final four, but I must
say that they played very good, this being their first
time.
"We still have a chance to get there now, because we are
still scheduled to play, what the other schools refer to, as
average teams..
"Although we are looking at the other teams as average we
still can't count anyone out.
"We were right in most of the games, but the girls didn't
field as well as I thought they would. They allowed a lot
ground balls to pass them, catches that were very easy and
simple.
"Overall they played great, I am proud of them, and this
play here today gave me an opportunity to see what I have
to work on for the future games."


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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter
IT TOOK Mark Knowles
and Canadian Daniel
Nestor three tournaments
in a month to finally get
their first taste of victory
in the 2005 calendar year.
Last year's top ranked
ATP doubles team, who
were ousted in the first
round of the first two tour-
naments they played in this
year, broke the ice yester-
day at the Open 13 in Mar-
seille, France.
The top seeded team,
looking to successfully
defend their title, pulled off
a 7-5, 6-4 win over the
French wild card team of
Sebastian de Chaunac and
Jean-Rene Lisnard.
Flu
"We're fired up," said
Knowles, whose voice was
slurred by a case of the flu.
"We had a slow start to the
year, obviously.
"We were 0-for-2, but
this is why we came over to
Europe to play a couple of
matches, trying to get in a
flow. Today we played a
good match, so we are
excited."
Reflecting on their past
two tournaments, including
the Australian Open in
Melbourne where they
were stunned and ousted in
the first round, Knowles
said they have learnt from
their mistakes.
"We had a dangerous
first round. We lost a close
match," said Knowles, of
their 6-3, 7-6 (5) decision
to Jurgen Melzer of Aus-
tria and Alexander Waske
of Germany.
Dangerous
"Those guys went on to
play in the finals. So we
knew they were a danger-
ous team, but if we had got-
ten by them, the draw
would have opened up for
us.
"But we didn't get by the
first round. So it was tough.
It's always tough when you
don't get past the first
round of the first Grand
Slam. It was tough, espe-
cially after you take six
weeks off. We also a close
match in Sydney. So we
were a little short of match-
es going into the Grand
Slam."
Knowles, however,
admitted that they didn't
capitalise on their oppor-
tunities. They were 0-for-4
in break points and their
opponents were 1-for-3.
"We had our chances. I
think if we had won that
second set, we would have
won it in three sets," he
noted. "But it's woulda',
coulda'. We didn't get the
job done.
"It was a big shock to us.
I don't think we've ever
lost a first round (at the


Australian Open). But it
was a combination of
things. It wasn't a good
feeling for us."
Knowles and Nestor will
now take on the team of
Julian Knowle from Aus-
tria and Petr Pala from the'
Czech Republic in the sec-
ond round.
As the defending cham-
pions, is there any pressure
on Knowles and Nestor to
succeed in France?
"There's always pres-
sure," he admitted. "But it


was a horrible start for the
year, these things happen.
That's part of the process.
You can't win every Grand
Slam. But we would have
liked to have done better.
"It may us go back to the
drawing board and looked
at things differently. We
are going to try and work
twice as hard. Maybe it was
a blessing in disguise. But
we are still number one. It
just looked bad on paper.
We just have to get a title
under our belt."


If there's any concern
about their dismal start,
Knowles said they are
. attempting to turn things
around in France.
Eliminated
Against Knowle and Pala,
Knowles and Nestor will be
facing one half of the team
that eliminated them at
Wimbledon last year.
Knowle played with
Nenad Zimonjic to knock
off Knowles and Nestor in


the semifinal of Wimble-
don. Knowle and Zimonjic,
however, lost to champions
Jonas Bjorkman and Todd
Woodbridge in the final.
"He's a good player, but
everybody is dangerous as
we found out last year,"
said Knowles, about
Knowle, whom they've had
a tough encounter with
before.
"We have to keep
focussing on our game and
just go out there and exe-
cute and try to relax and


enjoy the process and play
our best tennis."
Ranking
Despite not winning a
match until yesterday,
Knowles and Nestor are
currently standing at No.1
and 2 respectively in
the ATP Doubles entry
ranking (top 50), as of
Monday.
And as they continue to
play, he said they hope to
stay right there.


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* ONE of four works on paper by
Kendall Hanna featured in the
National Black Fine Art Show in
New York City at the weekend.


Showing off its 'diversit





and depth to the world'


* By ERICA WELLS
SOHO, New York
Bahamian art took an impor-
tant step forward here at the
weekend, showing off its diver-
sity and depth to the world at
the National Black Fine Art
Show, and getting a taste of an
art audience outside the safe
confines of home.
Thousands of collectors of
Black art and enthusiastic
viewers passed through the
elaborate Puck Building on
Broadway to check out the
.stacks of pieces from the 38
galleries and eager art dealers
Hoping to make an impression.
And many of them stopped to
take a close look at the paint-
ings, assemblage pieces and
sculpture presented by the 14
Bahamian artists represented,
on this occasion, by New Prov-
idence Art and Antiques' Jay
Koment.
The group of 30-plus pieces
by Bahamian artists Jason
Ayer Bennett, Lillian Blades,
Wellington Bridgewater, John
Cox, Roshanne and Richie
Emya, Amos Ferguson,
Tyrone Ferguson, Kendall
Hanna, Toby Lunn, Jessica
Maycock, Antonius Roberts,
Max Taylor, Rev Mervin


Thompson and Italia Williams,
held its own, by all accounts,
among the big names and
bright lights of a city that is
considered the art capital of
the world.
Max Taylor's massive and
beautifully crafted woodcuts,
"Love or Responsibility" and a
piece from his migration series,
appeared to attract the most
attention at the all-Bahamian
booth, but all of the artists got
their share of response from
an audience that was some-
times surprised by the quality
of work and where it was from.
The work chosen for the
show provided the viewer with
a fair sample of the overall art
scene in the Bahamas. It
offered the traditional paint-
ings of island life by Roshanne
Eyma (Minnis), to the active
abstracts of Kendall Hanna
and Toby Lunn, and just about
everything in between sculp-
ture from Antonius Roberts
and Tyrone Ferguson, ceram-
ics from Jessica Maycock,


* "LOVE or Responsibility", a large woodcut by Max Tay-
lor, attracted a lot of attention at the National Black Fine Art
Show in SoHo, New York.


assemblage from Lillian Blades
and John Cox, and folk art by
Amos Ferguson and Rev
Mervin Thompson.
The New Providence booth
was one of four new exhibitors
taking part in the show this
year. And it attracted local
television station NY 1 News,
which used it as the backdrop
for their report from the show,
which is considered a manda-
tory event among devotees of
Black art.
The Bahamian presence at
the show represented a move
in the right direction, especial-
ly in terms of the country's
artistic development. It
allowed an international audi-
ence the opportunity to view
Bahamian art alongside world-
class works and museum-certi-
fied stalwarts like Romare
Bearden, Norman Lewis and
Beauford Delaney. And it gave
the Bahamian artists who
attended the show the chance
to see what the competition is
like out there'


"It was reassuring because I
didn't feel like there was a
compromise at all in (Komen-
t's) booth, I felt like the work
was on par with what we saw.
But for the future, Bahamian
artists need to think of a more
clear and specific way to pro-
ject our identity on the inter-
national art scene," said
Bahamian artist John Cox,
who attended the show in New
York, along with Antonius
Roberts and Atlanta-based
Bahamian artist Lillian Blades.
For Roberts, the show pro-
vided a resolution to a nagging
question of how Bahamian art
ranked on the international art
stage.
"I was very, very, proud to
be an artist.working in the
Bahamas," said Roberts when
he saw the Bahamian works
next to the international con-
tributions.
He feels very strongly that
Bahamian artists must figure
out a way to sustain a presence
outside of the Bahamas, but
without the confines of any
specific label.
"If we establish a major
presence on the international

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NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL





Four 'prominent adjudicators'





set to judge this year's event


Professor Rex Nettleford,
Rhodes Scholar, co-direc-
tor and artistic director
of the National Dance
Theatre of Jamaica is one
of four prominent adjudicators for
this year's National Arts Festival.
Professor Nettleford will judge the
dance category; JoAnn Deveaux-
Challender, world renowned sopra-
no and musician extra-ordinaire, will
judge choral music; Winston Saun-
ders, internationally recognised play-
wright, former chairman of the Board,


of the Dundas Centre for the Per-
forming Arts, will judge drama; and
instrumental music will be judged by
Jill Austen of New York City an
internationally-recognised flautist and
former lecturer at the College of the
Bahamas.
The closing dates for entry into the
Festival is February 11 for New Prov-
idence and Grand Bahama. Late
entries will be accepted up to
Wednesday February 16; however, a
late entry fee of $10 per entry will be
charged.


Closing dates for

entry into festival

is February 11 for

Nassau and Grand

Bahama


Adjudication Schedules are as fol-
lows:
Grand Bahama (tentative)
March 2 & 3: Drama High
Schools
March 3 5: Music High
Schools
March 7 9: Music Primary
Schools
March 10 12: Drama Prima-
ry Schools
Dance For Grand Bahama & New
Providence March 29 through April 1.


New Providence (tentative)
March 1 & 2: Music
March 4: Drama
March 7 9: Drama
March 10 & 11: Music
March 14 17: Drama & Music
Members of the community with
an interest in the arts are encouraged
to enter the Community Classes. Fur-
ther information is available from the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, 356-2691-2/502-0645.
Adjudicators decisions are final and
cannot be contested.


* "RED Sand" by Toby Lunn, was purchased by one of the thousands of Black art enthu-
siasts who passed through the Puck Building in SoHo between February 3 and 6.


* "NOT Afraid of the Dark" by John Cox, part of his Black Painting series, was one of 30-
plus pieces taken to New York City by Jay Koment of New Providence Art and Antiques.


* ORGANISERS of the National Black Fine Art Show were excited to have "Bay St" by Amos
Ferguson, the Bahamas' best known intuitive artist at this year's show, now in its ninth year.


Show (From page 1C)


art scene, we can then begin
to change the way others see
and think about Bahamian
art," says Roberts;
A wide range of styles, and
quality, was represented at the
NBFAS, including photo real-
ism, abstract expressionism,
sculpture, junk assemblage,
folk and outsider art, and work
trying to be folk and outsider
art.
Most of the show, however,
was made up of contemporary
art that stayed well within the
traditional confines of aes-
thetic taste and social deco-
rum.
New York Times art critic
Ken Johnson suggested in his
review of the show that the
NBFAS, now in its ninth year,
ought to raise its standards to
appeal to people interested in
what goes on at the Studio
Museum in Harlem, the Whit-
ney Museum of American Art
and the elite galleries of
Chelsea and 57th Street in
Manhattan. "The National
Black Fine Art Show contin-
ues to steer by the lights of a
populist philosophy," said
Johnson in the review that was
a little ambiguous.
But whatever the critics said,
the event drew thousands, as
many as 10,000 by some esti-
mates over February 3-6, so
organisers must be doing
something right, even if the


work runs the full gamut, from
junk to masterpieces.
According to its organisers,
the NBFAS has established
itself as the most important
fine art fair in the world devot-
ed to the work of African-
American, African and
Caribbean artists.
It attracts galleries from
across the United States -
from New York to LA and
as far away as Paris, France,
and Ontario and Montreal,
Canada.
The international exhibitors
featured examples of artwork
by African-American, African
and Caribbean artists. And
this year, the show marked the
first major cultural event of
Black History Month in the
US.
While Koment admits that
sales were not as he had hoped
("Red Sand", a triptych by
Toby Lunn, and a painting by
the little-known folk artist Rev
Mervin Thompson were sold),
he was pleased with the
amount of interest expressed
by the viewers who passed
through the exhibition every
day.
Koment, whose personal
view of Bahamian art has
changed since he moved to the
Bahamas about seven years
ago, was inspired to secure a
booth at the art show after
attending a talk on Bahamian


art, given by Erica James, chief
curator at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. He
is more familiar with antiques
than he is with art, but with
ventures like this one he will
no doubt learn quickly.
When first.contacted, the
show's organisers were con-
cerned about the quality of
what Koment had to offer, but
after seeing several catalogues
from NAGB exhibitions, he
was invited to join.
He attributed the slow sales
to a combination of a largely
American audience not being
familiar with the work, and the
fact that the "mid-range mar-
ket" ($3,000 $9,000) of art is
fiercely competitive, seen in
the dozens of booths packed
with work.
Before leaving for New
York, Koment said that he
was excited to see how
Bahamian art would "measure
up" to its international coun-
terparts, and he was pleased
with what he saw.
The show, said Koment,
added up to good exposure for
the artists to a new audience,
and the opportunity to make
new contacts. But he believes
that if Bahamian artists want
to compete in the internation-
al market they have to come
down on their prices.
"The competition is just so
fierce."


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The National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas has
launched its 2005 pub-
lic programming sched-
ule, promising to extend
the public's interaction with its exhi-
bitions through an extensive series
of public and educational pro-
grammes.
The 2005 programme will begin on
Thursday, February 10 at 6pm at the
gallery on West and West Hill Streets
and will feature a talk and exhibition
walk-through by noted Bahamian art
collector Dawn Davies.
Ms Davies will speak on her his-
tory as a collector and various imper-
atives for collecting art today whether
it comes out of a pure love for the
work, or as an investment. She will
also discuss the history behind her
personal acquisition of the works cur-
rently featured at the National Art
Gallery as a part of the exhibition
Past Present and Personal: The Dawn
Davies Collection, the development
of her curatorial eye and how her
vision of her art collection has
changed over the years.
Dawn Davies has been building her


collection for the past 20 years. Today
it is one of the largest private collec-
tions of Bahamian fine art and visual
culture anywhere. Its distinction how-
ever lies not in its size but in its diver-
sity and historical range. Ms Davies
has demonstrated a keen interest not
only collecting the Bahamian artist's
vision of the Bahamas, but also that
of the expatriate artist. She has not
only been interested in paintings, but
has amassed a strong collection of
ceramics, historical postcards and
sculptural works. Though she has
become known as one of the
staunchest and most consistent sup-
porters of contemporary Bahamian
artists, she also sees value in collect-
ing works from the nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries.
This event will provide a special
opportunity to hear what's on the
mind of this unique individual and
should not be missed by artists, those
interested in becoming serious col-
lectors of Bahamian art, art students
and teachers and members of the gen-
eral public interested in the fine art
and cultural history of the Bahamas.
This event is free and open to the


The 2005
programme
will begin on
February 10 at
6pm at the
gallery on West
and West Hill
Streets and
will feature a talk
and exhibition
walk-through by
noted Bahamian
art collector
Dawn Davies


general public.
On Saturday, February 12, at 10am
the artists Toby Lunn and Taino
Bullard will conduct a youth work-
shop in Mural Making.
The project is designed to give stu-
dents the opportunity to work with
these artists to create a large-scale
mural on the West and West Hill
Street perimeter wall of the Gallery.
Participants will be involved in the
design, conceptual development and
content of the mural. This mural pro-
ject is one of several efforts the
Gallery is making to extend its edu-
cation plan into the public domain in
the spirit of promotion and inclusion.
Budding artists between the ages
of 12-18 years are encouraged to be a
part of this project.
The project will run for two con-
secutive Saturdays between the hours
of 10am and 3pm. The cost is $15 for
student members of the Gallery and
$20 for non members for both Sat-
urdays. Lunch is also included in the
cost for both Saturdays.
On Tuesday, February 15, 6pm at
National Art Gallery the first in a
series of programmes that explores


the ongoing problem of the relative-
ly small number of commercial art
Galleries in the Bahamas will be
addressed.
What are the challenges facing the
Bahamas in this area? Why have so
many establishments tried and failed?
How does one go about selecting
artists to represent? What makes for
success in the Art Business?
On this evening the Gallery will
host several current and former pro-
prietors of Galleries to discuss these
issues: Special guests include Jennifer
and Christian Saunders of
CARIPELAGO, June Knight for-
mer owner and manager of the his-
toric Loft, Matinee, and Temple Gal-
leries and Marlborough Antiques and
Malcolm Rae Artist and facilitator
of an Artist-Run Collective commer-
cial Gallery. It promises to be an
enlightening and exciting evening for
those interested in the business of
art.
This event is free and open to the
public.
Secure parking is available at the
gallery. For more information please
contact the Gallery at 328-5800.


Haitian Embassy to resume




its cultural programme


The Haitian Religion and National Devel- to take place. This conference
Embassy will opment", develops an argu- is open to all and is being held
resume its cultur- ment that Haitian democracy in conjunction with the Col-
al. programme must faithfully reflect prima- lege of the Bahamas at 2pm
"Les Vendredis ry elements of Haitian culture. on Thursday February 10 at
Culturels de l'Ambassade These elements are a part of the College of the Bahamas.
d'HaYti aux Bahamas", or
"Cultural Fridays of the -.
Embassy of Haiti e:
Bahamas" tI.2000 1et proramm0A
Season ge-,bru s e programme 9 .U l
The cultural programme is e pr.
a means of looking beyond means of looking beyond
immigration and social issues.
It is intended to promote the immigration and social issues.
positive aspects of Haiti, its
people and culture. The It is intended to promote the
Embassy works closely with
local non-profit organisations positive aspects Of Haiti, its
to this effect, and has, in the eople and culture. The Embassy
past, promoted concerts of people an culture e m assy
Haitian music with the Nassau works closely with local non-
Music Society.
Another such venture with profit organisations to this effect,
the Dundas Centre for the Per-
forming Arts was unfortu- and has, in the past, promoted
nately postponed due to the
arrival of Hurricane Frances concerts of Haitian music with
in September. the Nassau Music Society.
Dr Patrick Bellegrade the N Music Society.
Smith, Professor in the
Department of Africology at
the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee, author of several
works on national identity and the ideological and philosoph- The second conference, "La
most recently a book entitled: ical "superstructure" that gives francophonie haitienne A tra-
"Haiti: The breached Citadel" Haiti its distinctive cast in the vers la vie et l'oeuvre de
will present a series of confer- world of nation. Nation and Dantes Bellegarde, 1877 -
ences in English and French. state need to be harmonised 1966", this time in French, was
The first, entitled "Spirituality, for progress and development scheduled last March with the


Alliance Franqaise and was
unfortunately postponed. It
has been rescheduled to
Thursday February 10 at 7 pm,
Exuma Room at the British
Colonial Hilton. It is free of
charge and the Embassy
encourages the general public
:who enjoy'French, all memrn
,,ers of theAlliance Frangaise,l
students afiiprofessors'bf
'Languiage, Literature, Socda'
Sciences or French to attend.
Professor Bellegarde-Smith
will be reflecting on the life of


Mural Painting Part 1 @
the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas. This project is
designed to give students an
opportunity to work on a
large-scale mural on the cor-
ner of the boundary wall of
the NAGB. Students will be
involved in the design- and
conceptual development of
the mural.
This Kid's Worshop Series
will be facilitated by Toby
Lunn and Taino Bullard on
Saturday, February 12, 10am


his illustrious ancestor. His
reflections will lend to the
understanding of different
intellectual trends in the first
part of the twentieth century.
The Franco Haitian contribu-
tion of Bellegarde the end of
a long line interposes with
the contribution of Jean Price-,
Mars, theiother leader and,,,
afatier of iernationategfi-
tilde.
The last conference of this
series, "Culture and Democ-
racy: Honour and Respect of


- 3pm. Age group: 12-18
years. Cost: $15 members/$20
non-members (lunch includ-
ed).
Developing Commercial
Gallery Spaces @ the Nation-
al Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, Tuesday, February
15, 6pm. This special series
will explore the idea and
absence of commerical art
galleries in the Bahamas. Suc-
cessful gallery owners will
discuss how they have crafted


Heritages and Haitian Nation-
ality" will be hosted by the
Embassy on Friday, February
11 at 7pm in the Rum Cay
Room at the British Colonial
Hilton. Dr Bellegarde-Smith
proposes to outline the key
elements of Haitian Culture.
All of the events are open
4to0ithe~general public and are
followed by discussions More
information maybe obtained
from Italia Watkins-Jan, Office
of the Ambassador, Tel: 326-
0325, ext. 28.


their business and the prob-
lems they may have faced
specific to the region and
how they have kept it going.
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-Sat-
urday, llam-4pm. Call 328-
5800 to book tours.


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Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St,
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reservations call 356-4612.

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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
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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
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So if you've never tasted spitted lamb, souvalakia, loukoumadis, drank some
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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-
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Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday.
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Ladies in free before 11pm. $10 after
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Compass Point daily Happy Hour 4pm-
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day-Thursday 8pm-12am.

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.

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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, ll1am-
4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.


NE2 runs through December. Gallery
hours Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm.
Admission $3. Call 328-5800 to book
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Henrietta Marie exhibition @ The Pompey
Museum, Bay Street, through December
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admission price.

Open Mic Nite, every Wednesday 8pm @
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as well as treatment. The lecture is free to
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formed between 5pm and 6pm. Call 302-
4707.

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every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except
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'Many people can relate'


U By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

Getting into the
spirit of Valen-
tine's should be
a little bit easier
for Bahamians
this year, with the help of a new
release from Cyril Ferguson,
better known as Dry Bread.
"Don't Leave Me Alone
Tonight" is the newest release
from the Bahamian singer who
bought us such hits as "Don't
Squeeze the Mango" and
"Bahamian Music".
Now the artist has tuned his
writing skills to create a love
song that comes out of his per-
sonal experiences. And he
believes that many persons can
relate.
"You go out and meet some-
one and you talk and you find
that you have so many things
in common, and then they're
just thinking, well after this con-
versation I'll see you later or
call you in a week or maybe if
we meet again. I wrote it
because many people continue
to come in and out of my life
and I am not able to control it.
And I'm on stage with thou-
sands of people and shortly
after that, I'm very much alone
as I am right now," Dry Bread
told Tribune Entertainment.
And the song is right in time
for Valentine's Day.
Dry Bread says that many lis-
teners will be able to relate to
this release, especially during
this time of year because not
everyone has a significant oth-
er in their life. "Valentine's is
coming up and that's the time
when a lot of people feel very
lonely if they aren't with that
special person or someone that
is excited about them. Or even
if you meet someone love is not
what they are able to give to
you in a tangible way," he adds.
The lyrics of his new release,
which is just beginning to be
played on local radio stations,
may seem a bit sombre and fit a
mood of depression, but that is
just to emphasise the subject
matter a need for love and
affection, says the artist.
According to Dry Bread, the
song comes from a male's per-
spective and shows a man's sen-
sitive side, which he says many
women do not see.
"You have the very attrac-
tive women who get someone
who is in love with them bang
-just like that, and they don't
completely understand the
effects they are having on us
guys, ya know. It's like you get
attracted to someone and you
feel almost weak and helpless if
they aren't around," he
explains. ,
"For a man, meeting a
woman that he really adores he
wants her to understand that
this is a very strong emotion


that he has for her, so please
don't leave me alone tonight. I
don't know if I can make it if
you leave me, so stay with me."
The lyrics of "Don't Leave
Me Alone Tonight" reads like
words out of a poem written by
a love-struck individual: "...I'll
take you with me and close the
door. I see the sparkle in your
eyes standing next to you. You
got me hypnotised ....Can't
stand the pain baby. You got
me walking in the rain. Take
me to your door. Cause I can't
wait no more....."
Though it is a love song, the
artist says that it is not raunchy
or does not contain "dirty"
lyrics. He feels that Bahamian
artists have a responsibility to
write lyrics that are both enter-
taining but within the bound-
aries of decency.
This latest single will also be
part of an album to come later,
but it is being released now to
generate some buzz for the
singer who is considered to be a
pioneer in Bahamian music,
with a career that spans 30
years, and counting.
Music seems to have always
been a part of his life. In the
"early times", living in Crooked
Island, he learned how to play
the guitar, and like many artists,
Dry Bread has his roots in
gospel music. He began singing
in the church where his father
and uncle were deacons.
Then it was on to talent
shows and singing at various
venues around Grand Bahama,
where he later moved.
But as he got older, music
would become more than a side
job. It would be a career.
"Every time I tried to do
something else in my life (with
jobs that included carpentry
and working heavy equipment)
I saw that the music would pre-
vent me from moving on and I
would always find myself 'loop-
ing' back to music. So I couldn't
make, any sense of my life but
to do music," said Dry Bread.
After going back to the Col-
lege of the Bahamas to study
music, Dry Bread felt that he
was now able to "channel this
thing inside that couldn't be
controlled".
He received various certifi-
cates in music. In 1989 he
received the Tourism Achieve-
ment Award for his contribu-
tion to music and entertainment
in the recording arts. Dry Bread
says that he has also represent-
ed the Ministry of Tourism in
US states like Detroit, Philadel-
phia, St Louis, Chicago, New
York, with "extensive" perfor-
mances in Nassau and Grand
Bahama.
He recalls performing at Cafe
Johnny Canoe when it first
opened. It was so popular, he
says, that persons would be sit-
ting on the ground waiting for
seats just to get in.


love song


* BAHAMIAN singer Cyril Ferguson, better known as "Dry Bread", plays an electric guitar.
(Source: www.mackeymedia.com)


And about the his unusual
stage name, Dry Bread?
He was initially given the
name 'Cornbread', by an "old
man" in Crooked Island. But
the artist soon cut it to Dry
Bread, which he thought was
easier to remember and made


people laugh.
"Cuz ya know, bread is a big
thing on the island. I always
had a piece of bread moving
around because I always loved
to eat, ya now. That's why I
can't never get skinny," he said
with a laugh.


"A lot of the singer and per-
formers are little scrawny guys,
but I am a heavy guy because I
like to eat a lot, and a lot of
bread," he adds.
This newest release was pro-
duced by Dilan McKenzie, and
marks their first project togeth-


er. Dave Mackey out of
Freeport has been responsible
for the production of most of
his previous songs.
Dry Bread says that working
with Mr McKenzie puts a
"fresh sound and a new twist"
to the music.


An Evening of Love and Laughter


* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

WHILE some couples may go out
for a romantic dinner, take strolls on
the beach and enjoy an evening
together alone, others will spend their
Valentine's Day in a night of come-
dy.
On Monday night, Phat Groove
Entertainment is set to pull off its
fourth edition of An Evening of Love
and Laughter, where it hopes that the
mix of some love and lots of laughter
will make a beautiful combination.
And if attendance at its other com-
edy shows is anything to go by, the
combination works well.
"People always go out to dinner on
the 14th, so we decided to give them a
different experience for Valentine's
Day than normal. We've got every-
thing a couple would need to make
the evening special: libations, choco-
lates and loads of laughs," says Big
Lev, president of Phat Groove Enter-
tainment.
The company who seems to have a
handle on organizing successful com-
edy shows, will bring in big names
from the international comedy circuit
to the Bahamas. Some of its more pop-
ular shows include: An Evening with
Monique; The New York Kings of
Comedy; A night of Love and Laugh-
ter; and its latest brainchild, the Phat
Groove Comedy All-Stars Tour.
Now in its fourth year, An Evening
of Love and Laughter will feature
comedy all stars that have never per-
formed on the ticket. Ronnie Jordan,
Rob Stapleton, Patt Brown and Big
Sean will provide comedy, along with


other special guest performers. Malik
will once again host the show.
From very the start funny man Ron-
nie Jordan has proven that he's a com-
edy force to be reckoned with. After
only a year on the comedy scene, the
kid voted "Most Wittiest" in high
school was crowned "Rookie of the
Year" in 2001 by the famed Uptown
Comedy Corner in Atlanta.
According to Big Lev, the show
doesn't have a headliner, per se. All of
the comedians are accomplished in
their respective areas.
As one of the country's hottest up-
and-coming comedians Ronnie is
quickly making a name for himself as
a comic's comic who has shared con-
cert dates with stand-up heavyweights
Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Earth-
quake, Mike Epps, Arnez J and a host
of others. A crowd favorite, he held it
down as the opening act on the 12-
city tour, became the crowd favorite
on the Miller Lite Kin and Queens of
Comedy Search Tour, served as one of
the opening acts on the Crown Royal
Comedy Soul Fest Tour featuring
R&B music legends Earth, Wind, and
Fire and the Isley Brothers, and head-
lined the RJE Comedy Cabaret Tour
2003, the longest running and highest
grossing comedy tour targeting col-
leges and universities. Currently he
appears regularly at the Punchline
Comedy Club in Atlanta.
No stranger to television, Ronnie
has been featured on ComicView, as
well as host of the successful Atlanta-
based video show, Oomp Camp Live.
Behind-the-scenes, Ronnie is a gifted
gag-writer whose work can be seen on
That Comedy Show, which airs on the


Turner South Network
When not on stage
doing his part for his c
actively participates
Youth Convention, a
mentor to at-risk youth
myself and new to the
industry, I feel I can re
youth because I was n
their shoes," says Jord
phy provided by Phat
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Ronnie is busy .comedy can be defined as meat for
community. He the soul and dessert for the palette,"
in the Atlanta according to a biography provided by
ind serves as a Phat Groove.
h. "Being young Patt is a native of Kansas City, Mis-
entertainment souri and now resides in Atlanta,
lated to today's Georgia where she acts out weekly
not too long in with the Black Top Comedy Improv
lan in a biogra- Group at Uptown Comedy Corner.
Groove. Patt has appeared with comedy
n the ticket, Patt "dynamos" Steve Harvey, Chris Rock,
Reynaldo Rey, D L Hughley, and Don
"DC" Curry. She was featured as one
e got of comedy's brightest new faces, in
Atlanta's annual Urban International
ng a Comedy Arts Festival, Laffapalooza,
rould with a follow up showcase at the
Improv, in Los Angeles.
make As a finalist in the Bacardi by Night
Comedy Tour 2000, Patt was featured
ning in a five-page photo spread in a recent
issue of VIBE magazine. Patt contin-
ations, ues to hone her craft and is a featured
s and writer for BET's Comic View 2000
s aiI season. Patt's creative wit is distinct
ughs." in her stand up and in her written
material.
- Big Lev Rob Stapleton's comedy career has
taken him to many national and inter-
national stages around the world, and
f three failed he will also appear on Monday night.
tion by her par- Well known for his appearances on
s hapless occa- BET's Comic View, It's Showtime at
named 'Damned the Apollo, and Def Comedy Jam, Sta-
s later changed pleton has become a popular standup
nt Helen. comedian. He is currently seen on
ut as a fresh cre- BET's Comic View doing trademark
ry dominated by routines, with bits like your paycheck
hiding in the mailbox, or rappers who
and of thought- will try to scare you into liking their
mixed- with an music.
that will appeal Sean Larkins, aka Big Sean's, style is


inspired by real life experiences, but
don't expect to know the punch line,
because there is always a twist at the
end. His career as an entertainer began
when he saw Jonathan Slocumb per-
form at a comedy club in Atlanta.
Sean's inspiration comes from Richard
Pryor, Robin Harris, and Jonathan
Slocumb. Sean was born and raised in
Detroit, but he represents Atlanta. His
up tempo style brings nothing but
laughter to the stage.
Big Sean Larkin's dream has come
true. His motto: "Able to rip large
crowds in a single joke."
Sean has performed on BET's
Comic View(2000), toured with the
Black Top Circus (Improv Group),
Touring Colleges, and will be per-
forming live on the new Comedy-
ForYa CD.
Phat Groove Entertainment has
branded several events that it hopes
will promote progressive nightlife, and
this comedy will hopefully keep the
momentum going.
"This year we really want people to
feel the love! What puts everyone in a
mood for love better than laughter?
And what makes you laugh more than
a Phat Groove Comedy show? We
have a reputation in the Bahamas for
the best in comedy entertainment, so
you can expect the freshest in new tal-
ent straight off of the BET ComicView
stage, as well a night of fun and
romance," Big Lev told Tribune
Entertainment.
An Evening of Love and Laughter
will be held at the Wyndham Rainfor-
est Theatre on Monday night. (See
Valentines Roundup on Page 7C for
details)


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E LOOKING for a place to take your significant other for a fun night on the town? Well
"lovebirds" (posed by models), New Providence has you covered.


What's happening on February 14


Whether
you have
a signifi-
cant oth-
er or are
flying solo on Valentine's
Day, there is no reason why
you shouldn't enjoy an enter-
taining night on the town.
So if you're looking for a
place to take your lover, or
just have a good time on
your own,. New Providence
has you covered. The fol,
lowing is a round-up of
things to do in the capital on
this 'day of love".

SHARE some Life,
Love and Laughter with
Mega B Comedy Produc-
tions 8 pm Thursday (Feb-
ruary 10) at Da Island Club,
Nassau Beach Hotel./Admis-
sion: $15 per person or $25
per couple.
The event, hosted by
Naughty and Cool Breeze,
features Mega B herself and
Bahamian comedians Viveca
Watkins, Ruckus Mann, Gra-
ham T, Ron Schmalcel, DJ
Soup and Linx. Set to per-
form are Nehemiah Hield,
Spice and the Le Chic
Dancers.


FOREFRONT Enter-
tainment brings you a Pre-
Valentines Affair on Friday,
February 11. Venue: Fridays
Soon Come. Admission: $20
per person or $25 per cou-
ple in advance. Doors open
at 10 pm. Dance to old-
school rap, reggae, R&B and
jazz. Dish out $50 to include
party admission and dinner.
(Dinnertime: 7 to 10 pm.
Tickets for trips on Bahamas
Ferries will be given away,
and a lucky couple will win a
romantic weekend ren-
dezvous.

JOIN members of the
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity
as they bring you Impromp-
tu: An Evening of Jazz, Poet-
ry and Soul on Saturday
night. The evening features
entertainment by the G-Note
All Stars, and guest appear-
ances by Alia Coley, the
Police Pop Band, Tony Sey-
mour Jr, Sean Munnings and
Ian Strachan. Venue: The
Botanical Gardens. Doors
open at 7 pm and showtime
is 8 pm. All proceeds of the
event are to aid the
Guideright Mentoring Pro-
gramme.


Tickets: $25 in advance.
They can be purchased at
'he Juke Box, Mall at
Marathon or Cole Thomp-
son Pharmacy, Bay and
Charlotte Streets. Or visit:
www.caribtickets.com or
pay by phone 324-1714.

On the big Monday, Feb-
ruary 14, enjoy some comedy
during this year's edition of
PhatGrooves' An Evening of'
Love and Laughter withthe
BET' CConiView All-Stars,
hosted by Malik. Hear com-
edy from Ronny Jordan,
Rob Stapleton, Big Shawn
and other surprise guest per-
formances. Venue: Wynd-
ham Rainforest Theatre,
Cable Beach.
Admission: $25 (general)
or $40 (VIP), includes com-
plementary red wine, choco-
lates and preferred seating.
Purchase tickets at The Juke
Box, Mall at Marathon,
Alpha Sounds (East Street
and Ross Comer), Let's Talk
Wireless, Harrold and
Marathon Roads, and Cell
City, Rosetta Street. For fur-
ther information, call 426-
3833 or visit: www.phat-
grooveonline.com


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