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Volume: 101 No.71


Schools, businesses

and homes hit by

'ridiculous' situation

Tribune Staff Reporters
THE water shortage in New
Providence is creating havoc for
businesses, schools, and public
utilities, and residents across the
capital are caling the situation
"ridiculous" and criticising the
Water and Sewerage Corpora-
tion for their failure to rectify
the problem.
Two public schools told The
Tribune they were forced to
close early yesterday due to the
lack of running water, and fire
officials said the shortage could
even affect their ability to tack-
le fires in certain areas of the
Works Minister Bradley
Roberts said that both barges
bringing water from Andros to
New Providence were back in
working order, and that a third
was scheduled to begin work
This news could not have
come soon enough for residents,
who said they have had to deal
with the problem for months.
The long standing water
shortage intensified last year
when water reserves had to be
used during Hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne, as barges were
unable to make their daily trips
from Andros.
The problem has been com-
pounded in the last two weeks
by the malfunction of the Titus,
the largest of the water barges.
Water and Sewerage Deputy
General Manager Godfrey

Sherman admitted on Monday
that the corporation has failed
the public in its service.
A resident of Sunset Park off
Carmichael Road said yester-
day that she has to haul water
from across the street every
morning so that her family can
"It's ridiculous now," she
A resident of Elizabeth
Estates pointed out that: "If I
have to go to the club I have to
go out dirty or bathe in cologne.
So you see why I don't want my
name put to this. Sometimes we
have to leave the five gallon jug
in the tub and keep the faucet
on. When you get home from
work you might find it close to
full. Shower? I haven't had a
shower in my house for months.
A resident of Treasure Cove
said that she has had no water
all weekend, and that the little
water that dripped out on Sun-
day was extremely salty and
"It's especially bad when you
have old and sick people in the
house that you need to take
care of and you have no water
to bathe them with or even
flush the toilets," she said.
Oakes Field Primary school,
located on Gregory Street, is
the worst affected of the public
schools by the water crisis.
Principal Beryl Gray told The
Tribune that as of yesterday, all
students will be dismissed at
12.30pm every day until the
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'Significant leads'

in Abaco murder

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN arrested by police
in connection with last Fri-
day's incident aboard a jitney
bus, in which three passengers
were brutally beaten and
thrown out of the moving
vehicle, is expected to be
A 36-year-old resident of
Firetrail Road is expected to
appear before the courts
today to face charges of caus-
ing harm.
,Police also continue to have
the jitney's driver in custody

for questioning as investiga-
tions continue.
Press liaison officer Chief
Supt Hulan Hanna said yes-
terday that "as much as I sym-
pathise with the victims and
as horrific as this incident was
it is an isolated case."
He told The Tribune that at
this time the police see no
need to place undercover offi-
cers on jitney buses.
"We have had some
instances on buses, but noth-
ing that ever escalated into a
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are hopeful that
they will be able to solve Aba-
co's first murder of the year
"very soon," officers said yes-
Superintendent Glenn Miller,
head of the Detective Unit of
Grand Bahama, with jurisdic-
tion for4Abaco, told The Tri-
bune that police are following a
"number of significant leads"
in the death of Eltoro 'Yogi'
Adderley of Dundas Town,
who was found'shot to death
aboard a private boat, floating
between Great Guana Cay and

Scotland Cay in Abaco, on
Monday morning.
Supt Miller said that a team
of detectives from Grand
Bahama, headed by Inspector
Edrick Poitier, travelled to Aba-
co yesterday evening to investi-
gate the matter.
"We are currently following a
number of leads and the way
things look at the moment, we
expect to see closure to this case
very soon," he said. *
Press liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans said that the
body of the deceased was taken
to New Providence where an
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'Timely' workshop for Bahamas Police Force

Tribune Staff Reporter
SENIOR members of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
gathered yesterday with a US
police expert specialising in
public disorder to formulate a
national emergency manage-
ment plan.
Commissioner of Police
Paul Farquharson said the
two-day workshop is very
timely in light of the recent
disturbances in Nassau Vil-
lage and said it was crucial for
the preparation for future
"In recent times we as an
organisation have been chal-
lenged by certain criminal ele-
ments within our society who
are determined to interfere
with, and interrupt the peace
and tranquility of law abiding
citizens," said Mr Farquhar-

The commissioner said that
the level of violence seems to
be escalating with each crimi-
nal occurrence, and it is only a
matter of time before social
unrest results in lawlessness.
"This type of behaviour
cannot be tolerated in any
civilised society, but more so
in developing countries like
the Bahamas," he added.
In order to best ensure the
protection of "every citizen,
resident and visitor" to
Bahamian shores, Mr Far-
quharson said each police
officer must have a clearly
defined role.
"Nothing can erode the
public's confidence in the
police more than a group of
unprofessional, disorganised
officers running around, con-
tributing to the problem
rather than offering a solu-
tion," he said.
In an effort to come to a
solution, Major John Carroll,
Deputy Sheriff Major of the
Broward's Sheriff's Office in
* Fort Lauderdale will present
over two days a plan of emer-
gency and crisis management,
as well as assisting Bahamian
police officers to create their
own plan.
Major Carroll said his pre-
sentation will be mostly in
power point form, and he
would make it interactive,
allowing ample time for the
input of the police officers.
"Its important for us as
police to be pro-active,"
added Chief Superintendent
Quinn McCartney, "and deal
with these issues in our soci-
ety. At the end of the day we
can develop a plan of action,
strategies and a document
that will guide us for the

COMMISSIONER of Police Paul Farquharson speaks to Major John Carrol, deputy Sheriff Major
of the Broward Sheriff's Office, yesterday at the Wyndham Nassau Resort Cable Beach.
(Photo: Felip9 Major/Tribune staff)

Lack of 'economic activity'

leaves Thompson Hill empty

By RUPERT MISSICK Jr roads, electricity, water, between 60 and 70 persons," "There is nothing to do The development.was to
Senior Staff Reporter homes and other buildings, the island's administrator and unless there is some include an extension to the
it lacks one thing essential Allison Deleveaux told The activity that would promote runway on the island, the
THE LACK of economic for a functioning quaint Tribune yesterday. the folks in Nassau to come construction of a marina to
development in Crooked island community...people. The administrator back, it will stay that way," accommodate traffic passing
Island has forced the closure '"To the best of my knowl- explained that since last year, said the administrator, through the nearby Crooked
of a settlement and forced edge the last family moved there was only one family liv- It is the lack of jobs, he Island Passage and a 35-con-
scores of people away from out two moths ago. If they ing in Thompson Hill perma- said,.which keeps native dominium complex.
the area in search of jobs. are coming back? I don't nently, with another one Crooked Islanders from
While the settlement of know. When I was growing staying there on and off. returning home, not a lack of Planned
Thompson Hill in eastern up it was once a pretty Tommie Thompson, a fish- love for the island.
Crooked Island has good vibrant settlement with erman/ farmer on the island Currently the largest set- Allyson Maynard -Gibson,
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pointed out that one person
lives in the settlement of
True Blue, down from a pop-
ulation of 200.
Like many other Family
Island residents, Crooked
Islanders have left the island
in search of jobs, the majori-
ty heading to the capital.
"That was the whole cause
of the deteriorating of the
community, persons left and
never came back and after
their family members here
get old, they send for them
and take them with them to
New Providence," said Mr
All of the settlements, he
said, have over the past years
suffered from this type of sit-

tlemeiint is Landrail roint
where between 35 and 40
families currently live.
The island is awaiting the
recomencement of a devel-
opment in Pitt's Town which
has since failed to come on
stream since it *was
announced two years ago.
In 2002 it was announced
that Crooked Islanders
would be fully employed with
the beginning of a $35 mil-
lion development in Pitt's
Town. However, some resi-
dents have described it as a
"$30-million hole in the
Mr Thompson said that
work on the development
stopped a month before
Christmas but has yet to
restart and the developers
have not given a reason for
the stoppage.

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Minister of Financial Ser-
vices and Investments, at that
time said that the develop-
ers planned to market the
town houses and subdivisions
to both potential Bahamian
and international buyers.
"There would have to be
some economic activity to
cause them to come back but
they are ready to come back.
But to what?" Mr Deleveaux
said, "Our home coming is in
the next five weeks and cer-
tainly a number will be com-
ing back. Last year we had
25 cars coming out of Nas-
sau. So it shows that they will
come home if there is some-
thing to do," Mr Deleveaux





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Residents step up ight to

maintain Great Guana Cay

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE fight to maintain Great
Guana Cay in Abaco in its pre-
sent state is escalating as residents
band together in protest, claiming
that the proposed construction of
a new marina, golf course and
housing development, will cause
severe damage to the local envi-
In a press release issued yester-
day by the Save Guana Cay Reef
Lobby (SGCR), Bahamian and
foreign residents expressed their
fears that the planned 500 acre
Passerine/Bakers Bay develop-
ment will destroy "the environ-
ment, natural beauty and
ambiance of Guana Cay."
"The development threatens to
destroy the land and marine envi-
ronment and the very essence of
the intimate residential nature of
the Family Island," said the state-
After launching a web site to
inform people of the situation in
the northern part of Guana Cay,
as well as a petitioning the central
and local governments to stop the
development from going ahead,
the SGCR have now hired lawyer
Frederick Smith as its legal coun-

Mr Smith, president of the
Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association, is expected to bring
legal proceedings "if necessary
through the government agencies
to try and stop the development."
The lobby is further planning.
to hire environmental specialists
"to critique the Environmental
Impact Assessment prepared by
the developers."
Government officials yesterday
assured The Tribune that the
development would not go ahead
if it did not have the approval from
the Bahamas Environment Sci-
ence and Technology (BEST.)
"Government would not give
approval to a project which will
cause any degradation to the envi-
ronment," said Abaco's senior
island administrator Revis Rolle.
Mr Rolle said that in his opinion
the benefits of the Passerine/Bak-
ers Bay development will "by far
outweigh any negative impact
there might possibly be."

"A development like this wil
mean more jobs on the construc
tion level and more permanent
jobs in all areas, it will be positive
for the whole of Abaco," he said.
Mr Rolle said that he believes
that many of the residents and sec
ond-home owners are drastically
exaggerating when talking about
the damage the development will
cause to the environment.
Members of the SGCR, how-
ever, pointed out that they are not
opposed to "continuing growth
which is in keeping with the inti-
macy of Guana Cay," but rather to
the "size and magnitude" of the
planned development.
The organisation added that the
new development will not help the
local economy.
"Since the hurricane the labour
force is saturated with work anc
the developers would have tc
bring hundreds of foreigners to
construct the development," they
Listing their specific concerns,

* RESIDENTS meet to air their concerns (inset) about Great Guana Cay in Abaco (main picture).

R the SGCR said: "Dredging for a to enjoy," the SGCR members "to respect the rights of local res-
- 241-slip marina will destroy the said. idents to be responsible for their
t reef that is only 25 yards offshore. The lobby, which is supported in own future and to husband their
6 The Hawksbill Creek turtle will its efforts by other settlements in own local resources."
. disappear. The large mega yachts Abaco, is now urging the govern- "Guana Cay is for those who
s will destroy the bonefishing flats. ment of the Bahamas not to let love Guana Cay, not those who
"The chemical run-off from the foreign investors make the deci- just want to dig it up and use it to

golf course will likely poison and
pollute the marine environment
and reef."

The lobby said that for the most
part the small 400-resident island
has managed to escape "the com-
mercialisation and large scale for-
eign investment which through-
out the Bahamas have sacrificed
our Family Island settlements on
the altar of profit."
"We cannot have development
at all costs.
"We must save some of the pris-
tine Bahamas that the government
markets in all of its 'Island-Hop-
ping' campaigns for future gener-
ations of Bahamians and tourists

Eight Mile Rock High staff voice

concerns over repairs and security

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Frustrated teachers and admin-
istrators at Eight Mile Rock High are appealing to
the government to immediately address the major
issues at the school regarding classroom restoration
and lack of security on campus.
Ministry of Education Director Cecil Thompson
and Deputy Director of Security Stephen Plakaris
met on Tuesday with teachers and administrators
to hear their concerns and to bring them up to
date on the status of-plans for repairs and securi-
"We are very concerned about these two things
and we just cannot continue to work and teach
properly under these conditions," said teacher
Keith Russell, who spoke with The Tribune after
the meeting.
"We feel that the ministry has dropped the ball
with regards to responding to these major issues,
especially to security on this campus, where a vice
principal has been injured in the past," said Mr
Russell, who feels that they are being neglected
compared to schools in Freeport.

Because the entire science block, computer
room and a new two-storey classroom building
are in need of major repairs and restoration, teach-
ers and students are utilising certain portions of the
gymnasium for those classes.
There is also a concern over safety for teachers
and students, who have been harassed from out-
siders gaining access to the campus.
"At this point, we are tired of promises and are
demanding to see some immediate action taken to
resolve the problems, said teacher Thaddeus
Lewis, shop steward for 68 teachers on the staff at
Eight Mile Rock High.
Frances Friend, area vice president for the
Bahamas Union of Teachers in Freeport, stressed
that the conditions at Eight Mile Rock High are
unacceptable and must be immediately addressed
by the government.
"We are requesting that something be done
immediately to address these two serious prob-
lems. We feel teachers and students deserve to
have proper classrooms, and security on hand to
prevent outsiders from coming on campus and
accosting them," she said.
Mr Thompson, who has been posted temporar-
ily in Grand Bahama to oversee the restoration
and repairs of schools, told teachers that a con-
tractor has been mobilised to start repair work at
Eight Mile Rock High.
He added that the science block was unsuitable
for teaching because of the infestation of rats,
bats, pigeons and mould. All of the ceilings were
taken down on Saturday, he said.
The contractor Oral Jones, he said was sched-
uled to begin repairs over the weekend but

encountered difficulty securing building supplies.
On the issue of security, Mr Thompson stressed
it is a priority and major challenge for the ministry
at schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama.
He noted that since the 2003 incident at St
Georges' High when a vice-principal was assault-
ed, the ministry made a conscious decision to
attach police officers at the three high schools.
Unfortunately, he said the police officers were
withdrawn at Jack Hayward High and Eight Mile
Rock High schools.
Mr Thompson said he expected to meet with
ACP Ellison Greenslade to discuss the possibility
of having a police officer reassigned to the Eight
Mile Rock and Jack Hayward schools.
He said the ministry has also awarded a contract
for the construction of a perimeter wall at EMR.
"That is so desperately needed not only at Eight
Mile Rock High, but also at Jack Hayward and St
Georges, where we need walls adorned with sharp
wires to keep outsiders out," he said.
Mr Thompson was also concerned about the
cellular phone use by students on school campus.
He said it poses serious implications that could
result in serious injury and even death to students
and teachers.
"What I found out about a month ago was that
several students at Jack Hayward High used their
cell phones to text outsiders who came onto the
"I have said that cell phones should not be used
on campus because it could result in students being
injured or even killed," he said.
The director said parents should be aware of
what is happening on school campuses with
regards to their children using cell phones.
"We can only provide protection for students
while they are at the school, but the parents have
got to do his/her job. And, instead of buying cell
phones for their sons and daughters they should
invest the money in books that will lead them fur-
ther in life," he stressed.
Ms Friend said Mr Thompson and Mr Jones
have promised to have repair work completed
when teachers return from the half term holiday.
"That is very good news. However, Mr Plakaris
has informed us that he cannot give us any guar-
antee with respect to security officers at Eight
Mile Rock High.
"This is a situation that teachers are not pre-
pared to tolerate because there have been several
instances on the campus where if a security officer
here on campus then perhaps certain situations
would not have occurred," she said.
She has urged government to begin the process
of recruiting more security so that schools on
Grand Bahama are adequately secured from out-
siders and intruders.
"I understand that there are 300 potential per-
sons on a list for security and I am appealing to
government to allow the director of security to
recruit them and have them in placed the schools,"
said Ms Friend.

sions for Guana Cay's future and

eign Affairs and The
Public Service Fred
Mitchell left the
Bahamas yesterday for
Suriname and the
Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Heads of
Government inter-ses-
sional meeting there.
Minister Mitchell is to
represent Prime Minis-
ter Perry G Christie as
head of delegation.
The Bahamas
Ambassador to Cari-
com H E Leonard
Archer and Foreign
Affairs Under-secre-
tary Philip Miller, who
are also in the delega-
tion, have already trav-
elled to Suriname.
From Suriname, the
delegation will visit
Guyana for the official
opening of the new
Caricom headquarters
there, stopping after-
ward in Trinidad to
meet with more than
70 Bahamian students
currently studying at
University of the
West Indies in that

make money," the SGCR said.
Government is at the moment
preparing to enter into a Heads
of Agreement with the Passer-
ine/Bakers Bay developers and
the project is scheduled to come
on-stream before June of this year.

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Born Bahamians and 'paper' Bahamians

BAHAMIANS ARE quick to label a deci-
sion unconstitutional if it goes against their
grain. But they seem to have no conscience,
when daily so many of them including
government departments are in breach of
section 26 of the Constitution, which says
"thou shalt not discriminate".
Bahamians have a fundamental problem
with their nationality that is why they have
such an anti-foreign phobia. As far as they are
concerned there are "real" Bahamians and
"paper Bahamians". The Constitution makes
no such distinction.
Once a person is issued with a Bahamian
passport he has all the rights and privileges of
a "born" Bahamian. The only edge that a
"born" Bahamian has over one entitled to
Bahamian nationality under the Constitu-
tion is in his own imagination. Before the
law they are both equal there is no way
that the "born" can pull rank on the unborn.
In fact there is no such thing as a "paper"
Bahamian. The Constitution knows of only
one classification and that is Bahamian.
However, as far as nationality is concerned,
the Constitution itself discriminates against
Bahamian women and although the Ingra-
ham government held a referendum to end
this discrimination, the Christie government
- then in opposition successfully fought to
defeat it.
And so, even today although Bahamian
men, married to a foreigner, and their chil-
dren are fully protected bythe Constitution,
Bahamian women and their children are not.
To ease the pressure on these disposed
spouses, and yet protect the country from
marriages of convenience, the Ingraham gov-
ernment created a spousal permit to allow
the foreign partner on marriage to work in
this country for five years. At the end of that
time, if the marriage were still intact, the for-
eign spouse could apply and was automati-
cally granted full status in the Bahamas.
However, even this gesture has-been
thwarted by the present government. We
understand that because the Immigration
Board does not meet regularly on this matter,
applications for status at the end of five years
are not being dealt with. Instead permits are
being issued until the Board makes a deci-
sion for the foreign spouse to remain in the
country as a "companion" to his or her
Bahamian partner. What an insult. It's as
though the foreign partner has been relegat-
ed to that of a live-in maid, or handyman

butler. No wonder there is so much frustra-
tion and anger in this country.
Former prime minister Hubert Ingraham
said this week that if he had known that this
was the way couples would be treated, his
government would have made Bahamian sta-
tus automatic at the end of five years of mar-
riage. "Never in my wildest dreams," said
he, "did I think that any government would
not have automatically granted a permit."
According to s.26 of the Constitution "no
person shall be treated in a discriminatory
manner by any person acting by virtue of
any written law or in the performance of the
functions of any public office or any public
So says the Constitution. However, when
Haitians go to a public health clinic, they are
charged $30 to the Bahamian's $10. Fees for
Haitian students at the College of the
Bahamas are higher than those of Bahamians.
This two-tier system is another cause for
much suppressed anger an anger that will
eventually boil over and explode.
We understand that there are hundreds of
persons waiting for permits to regularise their
status in this country. But, according to
reports, unlike the UBP government of the
sixties and the FNM government of the
nineties, Immigration Board meetings under
,thepresent government are not wvfj.,y
Again, no wonder there is public frustratfdh!'
"SectiQn 26(3) of the Constitution mdefin '
"discriminatory" as "affording different treat-
ment to different persons, attributable whol-
ly or mainly to their respective descriptions by
race, place of origin, political opinions, colour
or creed whereby persons of one such
description are subjected to disabilities or
restrictions to which persons of another such
description are not made subject or are
accorded privileges or advantages which are
not accorded to persons of another such
There are many Bahamians in this country
starting with the politicians who offend
this section of the Constitution. Until they
come to grips with s.26 they will continue to
postpone Immigration Board meetings to
avoid the issues and the decisions that those
issues demand.
Meanwhile, the problems grow, and, in the
words of Trade and Industry Minister Leslie
Miller, the problems will eventually "'deal
with us" if we don't deal with them and

The downgrading

of our diplomatic

relations with Britain

EDITOR, The Tribune.
FOR those who are old
enough, you should be able to
remember a time when we sang
the national anthem that was
called "God save our gracious
Queen!" For those who are
even older, the pre-1952 anthem
was "God save our gracious
King!" since this was the time
before Queen Elizabeth had
ascended the throne and King
George VI was King. Even as a
youth growing up in Nassau in
the late 1960s and early 1970s,
every Saturday afternoon when
I attended the matinee at the
Shirley Street theatre, I can
recall how we all stood to atten-
tion as the British national
anthem was played before the
movie got started. Make no mis-
take about it, the Bahamas had
a proud British heritage. That
all changed on July 10, 1973
when the Bahamas was granted
independence from Great
But, be that as it may, the
relationship between the
Bahamas and Great Britain has
always been a close one. It was
like a parent/child relationship
where Britain was here to over-
see every step of Bahamian
development. Despite the vast
territories called the British
empire, the Bahamas has
always been one of the brightest
jewel in the British crown. In
1718, we saw the appointment
of Woodes Rodgers as the first
Royal Governor. Since then, a
series of appointments of Gov-
ernors were made to administer
this British colony. However,
just after the start of World War
II we saw the most impressive
appointment as Governor of the
-iBahamas. This was' when. the
former King Edward VI who
had abdicated the.throne in
1936 in order to marry a
divorced American woman,
now called the Duke of Wind-
sor was appointed as Governor.
This writer is not aware of any
time throughout its history
when a former king was
appointed to any colony as Roy-
al Governor. This must have
been a great privilege for the
In addition, the Bahamas is
the only former colony that I
am aware off that the Royal
Family (Mountbatten) actually
maintained a private estate at
Windermere Island in
This estate is often frequent-
ed by members of the Royal
Family and its caretaker, Mr
Henry Sands, along with Prime
Minister Sir Lynden Pindling
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the only Bahamians invited to
the Royal wedding of Prince
Charles and Lady Diana. In
fact, Mr Sands prepared some
special coconut bread, a
favourite of Prince Charles that-
was eaten at the wedding.
Even after Independence, the
cooperative relationship
between the Bahamas and
Britain continued. Bahamians
continued to be educated in
Britain in vast numbers. Tech-
nical, medical, administrative,
educational, the police, etc,
assistance continued uninter-
rupted as it has for so many
decades in the past. A number
of mutually agreed treaties such
as defence, the lighthouses, etc,
were also established. The
Bahamas' highest Constitution-
al Court remained a select
Committee of the British House
of Lords referred to as the Privy
Council to safeguard the provi-
sions of the Bahamas Constitu-
tion in a post-Independent
Bahamas. At the United
Nations, the Bahamas now
being a member, was in a posi-
tion to lobby in unison with
Great Britain in a number of
areas of mutual national inter-
est. Britain was always there for
the Bahamas, especially when
disaster struck. In 1992, it was
the British Navy the HMS
Cardiff and Orangeleaf that led
the recovery in Eleuthera after
hurricane Andrew that made
such a difference. More recent-
ly, with hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne, the British also provid-
ed direct, ssi&tance to the
At a time when it appears
that the relationship between
the Bahamas and Britain was
going from strength to strength
as is evident with an increasing
number of British visitors with
the expansion of British Air-
ways and now Virgin Atlantic
along with private charter
flights, Bahamians were stunned
in December when it was
announced that diplomatic rela-
tions between the Bahamas and
Britain will be downgraded.
The British will no longer
maintain an embassy in the
Bahamas, but will appoint an
Honorary Consul for ceremo-
nial purposes. The British High
Commissioner in Jamaica will
assume responsibility for the
It appears that the direct
umbilical cord between the
Bahamas and Britain has been
severed and the Bahamas must
now go through a third coun-
try hundreds of miles away to
do business.
The only explanation given
to the public was the fact that
the British would save about six
million dollars a year and this
money could be used to fight
But when one looks at the
goodwill established between

the Bahamas and Britain after
almost three hundred years, can
one really put a price on it. Is
this a case of economic necessi-
ty or a political blunder? After
my years in Washington, DC, a
long time ago I had concluded
that the purpose of an embassy
is to gather information for the
country they represent. Never is
an embassy designed to be an
economically viable entity. The
best weapon against terrorism is
intelligence. This will be less
efficient to gather when it will
be done from a third country.
When one considers the billions
of pounds the British are spend-
ing in Iraq, the cost of main-
taining an embassy in Nassau is
simply a drop in the ocean.
Could the Bahamas have
done something to avoid this
unfortunate position that we are
now facing. Most.certainly. It is
not clear how the administra-
tive expense of the British was
dispersed, but in terms of local
expenses such as living accom-
modations, office space, secu-
rity, etc, the Bahamas could
have assisted to defray the cost.
Interestingly, with other
countries the Bahamas has been
expanding its diplomatic rela-
tions. Just yesterday, it .was
announced that the Bahamas
and Pakistan would exchange
ambassadors. The relations with
Cuba has been upgraded to the
embassy and ambassadorial lev-
el. This was in spite of the fact
of Cuba's abominable human
rights record. Because of this
fact some European Union
countries had withdrawn their
ambassadors in protest. The
Bahamas a supposedly Christ-
ian country is promoting its
relations with this devilish
'regime.: In additi'ift 'the
Bahamas is establishing top lev-
el diplomatic relations with'Cli-
na. This is a country where just
twenty years ago, thousands of
students were slaughtered by
the Chinese Army at Tienne-
man Square when attempting
to improve democracy in that
It wasn't until the year 2000
that China finally signed the
Universal Declaration of
Human Rights after refusing to
do so for almost fifty years.
Yet, despite these develop-
ments, nothing indicating a con-
cern for the moral and Christian
principles that are now being
sacrificed on the altar of politi-
cal and economic expediency is
heard from the Bahamas Chris-
tian Council.
The Bahamas is now doing
business with countries whose
reputation for persecuting and
prosecuting Christians are well
established and the only inter-
national agenda of the Bahamas
Christian Council appears to be
to protest gay ships coming to
the Bahamas.

February 13, 2005.

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handbook in fight against AIDS

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas launched the
latest development in its
national AIDS programme
yesterday after joining other
countries in the English speak-
ing Caribbean in the launch of
a unique nutrition handbook
designed for health caregivers
and persons living with HIV
and AIDS.
Health officials claim that
more than 440,000 people in
the Caribbean region are
infected with HIV/AIDS,
equating to the second largest
number in the world behind
sub-Saharan Africa.
The Caribbean Food and
Nutrition Institute (CFNI),
working along with the Pan-
American Health Organisa-
tion (PAHO) and the World
Health Organisation (WHO),
have launched the manual
hoping to assist the large num-
ber of individuals within the
Caribbean region living with
With the new manual, enti-
tled Healthy Eating for Better
Living, health caregivers and
persons living with the deadly
virus are informed about how
to plan a healthy diet; keep-
ing healthy and the special
needs of HIV/AIDS patients;
food safety and hygiene; cop-
ing with problems related to
HIV/AIDS; and how to care
for infants and children with

Latest statistics reveal that
there have been 9,764 report-
ed HIV-positive cases in the
Bahamas, with 4,549 cases of
full-blown AIDS. Out of this
total, health officials estimate
that there are more than 6,000
persons that have survived and
are living with the HIV virus.
Minister of Health Senator
Dr Marcus Bethel explained
yesterday that the role of
.nutrition in the treatment and
care of persons living with
HIV/AIDS is often over-
looked and neglected.
The book states that the
relationship between
HIV/AIDS and poor nutrition
is a cycle. Poor nutrition due
to poor food intake, increased
nutrient usage by the body and
loss of nutrients from the body
all weaken the immune sys-
tem, which in turn decreases
the ability of the body to fight
other infections. The weak-
ened immune system results
in repeated infections which
can lead to poor nutrition and
so the cycle continues.
Dr Bethel revealed statistics
that show malnutrition as
being the leading cause of
death among people with
AIDS, contributing to
between 60 to 80 per cent of
He said the handbook will
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HIV/AIDS, as well as a daily
reference guide for lay care
"It can become a common
thread uniting the region in
the global HIV/AIDS epi-
demic," said Dr Bethel. "It is
an indication of both the
expansion and decentralisa-
tion of our national
Members of the public can
get copies of the handbook at
the HIV/AIDS centre in Vic-
toria Gardens.
CFNI launched the book
more than a year ago, and
have been working with gov-
ernments throughout the

Caribbean in implementing
the literature into the region's
health systems.
In the book's preface,
Fitzroy Henry, Director of
CFNI, writes that HIV/AIDS
cannot be cured but an
aggressive nutritional support
can help extend a person's
life and contribute to itsqual-
Mr Henry added that it is
equally important to prolong
and care for the lives of HIV
positive persons as it is to pre-
vent infection.
Since the book's inception
in November of 2002, the pro-
ject which involves national

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER president of El Salvador Francisco Flores is the
best choice for OAS Secretary-general because of his "proven
leadership skills" said US Ambassador to the Bahamas John
Mr Rood said that if elected, President Flores' experience as
a head of state would be of particular benefit to smaller OAS
member countries like the Bahamas.
President Flores is the US government's preferred candi-
date for the post of Secretary-general of the Organisation of
American States (OAS), an international body established to
promote peace, security and development in the region.
The post was vacated in October of last year, when Miguel
Angel Rodriguez stepped down in the wake of bribery allega-
Mexico's former Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Ernesto Der-
bez and Chile's former Interior Minister Jose Insulza are also
running for the position.
Mr Rood said that the US government believes Mr Flores has
the ability to make the OAS a relevant and effective force in the
"The key here, is that we want the Organisation of American
States to be relevant, to be meaningful, and its going to take
strong leadership for that to happen" said Mr Rood.

Mr Flores met with the Ambassador at his residence on
Monday, where they discussed Mr Flores' vision for the future
of the OAS, and the reasons for US's backing of his candidacy.
Mr Rood said that the US government has confidence in
Mr Flores, because as a former head of state he has proven him-
self as a leader.
"He's got experience in financial issues, he's got experience
in dealing with natural disasters he knows what it like to be a
small country and deal with particular issues that small countries
face," he said.
Mr Rood said that in re-iterating America's position, he was
in no way instructing the Bahamas to vote for Mr Flores.
"All I ask is that they look very closely at this man and look
at what he brings to the table" he said.
President Flores told the Bahamian press that the future
agenda of the OAS must focus on the fight against poverty, the
fostering of economic growth, the increase in security and the
"quality of democracy" experienced by member states.
He gave his views on the role of the OAS in a number of
issues relevant to the Bahamas, including the crisis in Haiti.
He said that in his view, the most important factor in address-
ing the crisis is "to know what Haitians want" and to construct
a system in which "their sovereign will can be processed through
a functional democracy for them to find the peace they need in
order to produce prosperity."
He said that whereas the day-to-day responsibilities of neigh-
bouring heads of state did not allow any one of them to take
such a comprehensive approach, the OAS is potentially well
suited to adopt such a perspective.

launches of the CFNI hand-
book, and training workshops,
has been conducted in more
than 20 Caribbean countries.
CFNI is located in Jamaica
and serves about six million

people, a third of whom live
in Jamaica.
The funding for the initia-
tive comes mainly from the
Canadian International Devel-
opment Agency (CIDA) and

according to Kathryn Dunlop,
Acting Head of Development
for the CIDA, the company
has provided over $1 billion
to combat HIV/AIDS world-

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THE Bahamas Film
Commission has moved to
attract more film produc-
tions to the Bahamas at a
more frequent rate by
retaining an experienced
and well-connected consul-
tant in the entertainment
Morgan O'Sullivan, the
producer of multi-million-
dollar movies such as
"King Arthur," has formed
Bahamas Film and Televi-
sion Consultancy Ltd,
based in Nassau. The
Bahamas Film Commission
quickly retained the con-
sultant service to begin to
grow the Bahamas' film
industry further.
Craig Woods, Bahamas
Film Commissioner, said
the work of Bahamas Film
and Television Consultancy
should result in constant
filming in the Bahamas and
constant work for Bahami-
ans who are interested in
the industry.

"We have had great suc-
cess with productions over
the last two years," Mr
Woods said. "The chal-
lenge now is to secure pro-
ductions continuously
throughout each year.
Once mechanisms are in
place to achieve our goal,
we should not have to
endure breaks of several
months between projects.
Then, we would have
established the bonafide
film industry that is so
One of the mechanisms
that attract productions is a
good film incentive plan,
said Mr O'Sullivan. He and
his firm have been advis-
ing Tourism Minister Obie

Wilchcombe on the tax
exemptions and other cost-
saving measures that
appeal to filmmakers.
Implementing an incentive
plan, which is used by all
leading film locations, is a
critical step in breaking
into the more competitive
realms of film production,
Mr O'Sullivan said.
Mr O'Sullivan saw how
the introduction of incen-
tives transformed the film
industry in Ireland a
decade ago. The country's
film industry was virtually
non-existent before the
incentives came into being.
Mr O'Sullivan was part of

Ireland's film revolution.
"We could not have done
it without the incentives,"
he said.
The government of the
Bahamas would have to
decide which incentives, if
any, would be introduced
and when they would be
Furthermore, Mr O'Sul-
livan said, there are oppor-
tunities for co-productions
with other film destina-
Co-productions would
call for an-agreement with

a film commission in
another country, which
would allow parts of
movies to be filmed in the
Bahamas as well as in oth-
er countries.
In the past two years, the
Bahamas has been used as
the film location for the
Pierce Brosnan heist movie
"After The Sunset," the
Billy Zane thriller "Three,"
and the Paul Walker action
film "Into the Blue." The
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Shane Gibson opens new

doors for residents in Abaco

Tribune Staff
AFTER having their
homes destroyed by the
ravages of Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne last
September, residents of
Abaco are now turning
keys in their newly con-
structed homes.
Braving the cool and
breezy weather of Moore's
Island, Cooper's Town and
Murphy Town last Friday,
persons received the keys
to their new homes from
Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Shane
Mr Gibson presented 11
new three-one bedroom,
five-two bedroom and
three-three bedroom
homes to their new owners.
Also present were
Deputy Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt, Chairman of
the National Emergency
Management Agency
(NEMA) Carl Smith and
NEMA's Regional Co-
ordinator for Abaco and
the Abaco Cays Jack A

Mr Thompson noted that
through hurricane assess-
ments people most in need
were identified by the Min-
istry of Public Works and
Social Services. It was then
determined that because
their houses were either
totally destroyed or not
worth repairing and given
their economic positions,
that assistance would be
rendered with the con-
struction of new homes.
The homes were built
through the efforts of
NEMA and the Ministry of
In the small community
of Moore's Island, a cou-
ple and three individuals
were handed over house
"The four families repre-
sented here are all better
off today because this gov-
ernment has given them a
new lease on life. Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne
meant it for bad, but this
situation has been turned
around for good. As they
now enjoy the experience
of home ownership again
and they have every reason
to celebrate," said Mr Gib-
He mentioned that on
Moore's Island there was a
pressing concern of labour
assistance required in con-
struction. There was also a
set back in the unavailabil-
ity of essential supplies.
He noted that the shortage
of cement caused a set
back in the pouring of the
floors. However, he said
despite challenges, the
homes were completed by
the end of January as pre-

Mrs Pratt said: "We can
all survive on this island,
all of us together, if we
lend a hand to the broth-
er. Why can we not set a
day aside and call it the
day to clean up Moore's
Island. Yes, urban renewal
will come to Moore's
Island to help with the
clean up. We will do some-
thing's here to make this a
better place. It might be
good now, but it could be
better," she said.
In every community vis-
ited there was a strong
sense of gratitude and
thankfulness exhibited by
the new home owners.
Betty Albury, who is
blind, received a one bed-
room home and said : I
am grateful to God and the
government for it, also to
Mr Jackson Thompson and
the minister of housing. I
am grateful for the new
home," she said.
In Cooper's Town, North
Abaco, Mosell and Sophia
Smith can now enjoy the
comfort of a new three

bedroom home.
Mrs Smith was overjoyed

to now have a home of her
own again.
"To know where I was
and where I have come
now,.it's a miracle for me.
God is good. I give God
the thanks and glory for
it," she said.
While in Cooper's Town,
Mr Gibson made known
that with the assistance of
both corporate and indi-
viduals, slightly more than
$5 mil4bon, was raised for
the disaster relief account.
He said that the money
went into the housing
restoration programme.

"These donated funds
would clearly be insuffi-
cient,to carry out a pro-
gramme of the magnitude
of which we are confront-
ed. For this reason, the
government of the
Bahamas from its own
resources, has already
made a subvention to the
programme of around $4.6
million," he said.
The last key presenta-
tion, for that day, was
made in Murphy Town.
Betty and James Burrows'
trailer home, which they
occupied for four years,
was completely destroyed
by the hurricane. The ruins
of their trailer home could
still be seen near to the site
of their new home.
Mrs Burrows admitted
that she could not express
how it felt to receive the
home other than she was
simply delighted with it.




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to relationship with China?

THE recent China-
Caribbean Trade
Forum in Jamaica was attend-
ed by a large Bahamian delega-
tion led by the prime minister. It
is a portent of things to come,
analysts say.
China's rising energy
demands and tourism potential
are big factors in plans to
expand its global influence. And
those plans are also aimed at
isolating Taiwan completely.
Chinese Vice President Zeng
Qinghong and a 120-person del-
egation arrived in Jamaica ear-
lier this month on the last leg
of a Latin America and
Caribbean tour that also took
him to Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
and Trinidad-Tobago.
The tour had both political
and economic goals. Twelve of
Taiwan's 26 remaining diplo-
matic allies are in Central and
Latin America. And China's
huge, booming economy gives
it an edge in the fight with Tai-
wan over diplomatic recogni-
China and Taiwan split in
1949 when the Communist Par-
ty came to power on the main-
land, and the two have been
rivals ever since. Taiwan was
expelled from the UN in 1971
and while the US has recognised
the mainland government since
then, it is also committed to
defend Taiwan.

The Bahamas switched
its support from Taiwan
to China in 1997, when former
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham visited Beijing. Sir Arthur
Foulkes was appointed non-res-
ident ambassador two years lat-
er, and Prime Minister Perry
Christie visited China last fall,
promising to set up an embassy
there soon.
Sir Arthur is now vice presi-
dent of the Bahamas-China
Friendship Association and has
nothing but good words to say
about China. He echoes the
Foreign Ministry's line that
there are "no undue concerns"
about our relations with China

and Cuba. But Tough Call has
indications to the contrary.
China has made a strategic
decision to eliminate Taiwan as
a presence in the region and a
lot of dollar diplomacy is going
on to achieve that.
In this feeding frenzy we
should not overlook the fact that
Taiwan is a functioning democ-
racy, while there are still
serious human rights issues
with the People's Republic of
But the main concern seems
to be our sense of priorities. For
example, is it smart to commit
our limited resources to
embassies in Beijing and
Havana when the one right next
dbor in Haiti is not fully func-
Surely what happens in Haiti
is far more important to the
Bahamas we will be the first
to feel the heat if that country
Our politicos seem "strangely
infatuated" with China, diplo-
matic sources say, perhaps
because it is so exotic and so far
away. And Caricom sees China
as a "third world" ally against
the US in the globalisation
process. But discounting the
usual government rhetoric, do
the gains from such a relation-
ship for the Bahamas at least
- outweigh the cost of alienat-
ing our primary diplomatic and
trading partner, or of diverting
our limited resources and ener-
Of course, no one can deny
that the basis for some kind of
relationship does exist. In addi-
tion to official Chinese aid -
including an offer of $30 million
for a sports stadium here the
Hong Kong multinational,
Hutchison Whampoah, has
made billion-dollar investments

on Grand Bahama in recent
Hutchison is the world's top
port developer and operator,
and is a part of Cheung Kong
(Holdings) Ltd, whose chairman
is Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest
man. Mr Li founded the com-
pany in 1950 and is said to have
close ties with the Chinese lead-
ership. Hutchison also owns
Freeport Harbour Company and
the Grand Bahama Internation-
al Airport.
COSCO, the state-owned
Chinese container company, has

biggest trading partners in the
region because of their mineral
resources. But the Bahamas is
a big export market in the Eng-
lish-speaking Caribbean -
mostly clothing, toys and sou-
China is hlso a member of the
Caribbean Development Bank,
contributing almost 6 per cent
of its total capital, as well as mil-
lions of dollars in concessional
loans and technical assistance.
to regional borrowers.
At the recent Jamaica forum,
the Bahamas and other Caricom
countries were accredited as
official destinations for Chinese
tourists. The Chinese govern-
ment can easily direct tour
groups to approved countries as
a form of aid. At the end of last
year, 61 nations had the desig-
nation, including Cuba.

"How do we balance our

all-important relations with

the United States just 50

miles across the Gulf Stream?

The reality is that the US is by

far the main contributor to
the Bahamian economy and

the key to our prosperity."

registered ships under the
Bahamian flag and wants to
expand Freeport's dry dock
facility to handle bigger vessels.
COSCO is linked to the state-
owned China International
Trust and Investment Corpora-
tion. And Li Ka-shing is also a
board member of CITIC.
China's trade with the
Caribbean in 2003 was almost
$1.5 billion, with a Chinese sur-
plus of more than $1 billion.
Jamaica and Cuba are the

With a population of
1.3 billion, the
prospect of Chinese tourism is
encouraging more nations to
break ties with Taiwan, just as
Grenada did last month and
Dominica did last March. China
is also cooperating with Cuba
on hotel projects. A joint ven-
ture between the two nations
has opened a 5-star hotel in
Havana and is building another
in Shanghai.
Cuba is already negotiating
direct flights from China, but
the main candidates for a
regional air hub are the Domini-
can Republic or Jamaica,
tourism officials say, not the
Bahamas. Currently, Chinese
visitors have to make difficult
transfers in Canada, Europe
or Russia to get to the
Last year some 20 million
Chinese travelled abroad and
the World Tourism Organisa-
tion predicts that by 2020 China
will be the world's leading
tourist destination and the
fourth-largest tourist source
nation. But only about 7,000
Chinese visited the Caribbean

last year, and almost all went to
As one observer told Tough
Call: "What's so special about
a $30 million stadium? Ameri-
can tourists spend $30 million
on Bay Street every few days
and the US government spends
that amount every month to
help secure the southern
Bahamas against Haitian
refugees and drug smugglers.",

S till, the Jamaica forum
was clear evidence of
China's global reach and eco-
nomic power. It's economy has
averaged 9 per cent growth for
26 years and most forecasts are
that by 2020 China's gross
national product will exceed
that of individual Western pow-
ers, other than the United
And China's growing interest
in the Caribbean and Latin
America comes as Washington
has paid relatively little atten-
tion to the region in recent
times, analysts say. Since 9/11,
the US has been preoccupied
with Afghanistan, Iraq and the
Middle East. And regional
alliances like Caricom have
developed more coherence.
"China is just pushing through
an open door across the globe
and in the U.S. backyard,"
said China expert Nick Lardy
of the Institute for Internation-
al Economics in Washington,
Within the region, some see
this as a reflection of political
maturity: "The United States is
not going to be able to provide
the kind of support that some.
of the islands might be looking_
for," according to Ronald
Ramkissoon, a leading Trinidad
China's influence in the
region has expanded because of
a range of new investments in
not only mines and oilfields, but
infrastructure and transport,
And the Chinese have pledged
to invest another $100 billion in
the hemisphere over the next 10
The 400 agreements and busi-
ness deals notched up by China
last year alone "pretty much
amount to a challenge to the
1823 Monroe Doctrine, which,
implies that Central and Latin
America lie within Washington's
sphere of influence," one analyst
And China's energy needs
will triple over the next few
decades, making it a growing
rival for the US in oil and gas
resources. Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez visited Beijing in
December and offered to sell
oil at heavy discounts, according
to the Financial Times.
Chevez sees the US as an
imperialist power bent on dom-

inating the world and over-
throwing him. So he is trying to
sell oil to anyone but the US.
This is reflected in the so-called
PetroCaribe initiative which
aims to provide cut-price oil to
Caribbean nations including
the Bahamas bypassing Amer-
ican companies.
The Financial Times says
Venezuela is enlisting Iran's
help to steer oil exports to Chi-
na and away from traditional
US markets. "Iran is training
Venezuelan traders in how to
best place oil in Asian markets.
Part of a move to strengthen ties
with China at thb expense of
US, which currently buys 60 per
cent of Venezuelan oil."
Meanwhile, Chavez has
allowed the Chinese national
petroleum corporation to devel-
op oil and gas reserves in
Venezuela, and is seeking to
transport oil to the Pacific by
building a pipeline across Pana-
ma. Hutchison operates ports at
both ends of the Panama Canal.
And according to Robert
Lloyd George a great grand-
son of the former British prime
minister who manages Asian
investment funds China is
catching up with the West "far
faster than I ever dreamed," he
told the Financial Times recent-
ly. "This is what we will have to
deal with for the next 50 years."

W ell, it is inevitable
that China will be an
economic powerhouse of the
first rank over time. But as
investment adviser John
Maudlin of Frontline wrote recently:
"China's government will not
willingly let go of power, yet
that is where the markets and
people are going, so there is the
real potential for a crisis in the
future, which can have very
unpredictable results."
But the big issue for us is two-
fold: First, how do we balance
our all-important relations with
the United States just 50 miles
across the Gulf Stream? The
reality is that the US is by far.
the main contributor to the
Bahamian economy and the key
to our prosperity.
Second, how can we convince
our political elites to focus on
the things that really matter and
eschew the glamour of foreign
travel and the excitement of
geopolitical games.
There is a great deal to the
US-Bahamas partnership that
some observers think is being
taken for granted. And we think
*there is a lot more that Bahami-
an diplomacy could, and should,
do to address our real problems
before they overwhelm us.

Press Release

On 14th February 2005 The Central Bank of The Bahamas

reduced its Discount Rate by 50 basis points to 5.25%.

In accordance with this change the banking community

will similarly reduce the Bahamas Prime Rate by 50 basis

points to 5.50% effective 15th February 2005 on all new

credit facilities linked to the Bahamas Prime Rate.

While new credit facilities will be linked to the reduced

Bahamas Prime Rate the process of realigning rates on

existing credit facilities will be completed as expeditiously

as the requisite terms of these arrangements permit.

Bank of The Bahamas Limited
British American Bank

Citibank N.A.

Commonwealth Bank

Finance Corporation of Bahamas Limited

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited

FirstCaribbean International Finance Corporation

(Bahamas) Limited

Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited

Royal Bank of Canada.



A vacancy exists in the Corporation for the post of Network Support Assistant in the
Information Technology Services Department Finance Division.

Duties for this job may include, but are not limited to the following:

* Assisting with the continuous operation and maintenance of the Corporation's Local and
Wide Area Networks (New Providence & Family Islands).
* Troubleshooting and resolving network hardware/software conflicts
* Ensuring that all network devices are properly configured and functioning
* Providing end-user support for hardware, software and network access issues.
* Network performance monitoring and the maintenance of corresponding statistical data.
* Maintaining network architecture documentation.
* Repairing Personal Computers and peripheral equipment.
* Monitoring and maintaining computer equipment inventory/supplies.
* Identifying and recommending Information Technology solutions

Job minimum requirements include:

* An Associate Degree with concentration in Computer Science (B.S. Degree preferable)
* A minimum of 3-5 years experience maintaining LAN/WAN environment.
* Network + and /or A+ Certification (Cisco CCNA a plus).
* Sound technical knowledge of network and computer operating systems.
* Demonstrated knowledge of the operation and function of standard networking equipment.
* Sound knowledge of the office automation software such as the Microsoft Office suite.
* Troubleshooting skills
* Excellent written and verbal communications skills
* Knowledge of effective user support services
* A team player that is performance driven and results oriented

Interested persons may apply by completing and returning the Application form to

The Manager, Human Resources & Training,
Blue Hill and Tucker Roads

Nassau, Bahamas

on or before Tuesday, March 1, 2005
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Sharks in the spotlight for

Project BEACH poster contest

.. ........ .. i : ...... I "I UAHI& ALL ABOUT SHARKS: Janeen Bullard and Ranaldo Smith, Education Assistants at Dolphin
... Encounters prepare to talk about sharks. Project BEACH's free Marine Assembly Programme will
also focus on sharks this month so students can learn more about the incredible species.

BLUE Lagoon Island Dol-
phin Encounters Project
BEACH, the non-profit arm of
the marine park on Blue
Lagoon Island, has teamed up
once again with Treasure Cay
Hotel Resort & Marina to pre-
sent the Fifth Annual Marine
Education Poster Contest.
Posing the question, Sharks
in Danger?, this year's compe-
tition invites students through-
out the Bahamas to express
their thoughts and concerns
about sharks and their environ-
ment through poster art.

There are nearly 400 species
of sharks in the world. They
inhabit virtually all ocean envi-
ronments from freshwater
lakes and rivers and range in
size from just a few inches to
almost 40 feet. While sharks are'
often fei-ed 'as "mfiaeater,'s
the truth is that humans pose 'a
far greater danger to sharks
than they pose to us.
Threats to shark populations
include over-fishing and habi-
tat degradation.
"Sharks are important apex
predators that help to keep the
ocean food chain healthy and
they need our protection," said
Annette Dempsey, Assistant
Director of Marine Mam-
mals/Director of Education at
Dolphin Encounters. "We hope

that kids entering the Poster hensive fact sheets about the
Competition will learn more theme of the competition, call
about the dangers shark face Dolphin Encounters-Project
and in turn share their concerns BEACH at 394-2200, send an
about these incredible' crea- e-mail to education@dolphi-
tures.", or fax your
The poster contest is open to request to .394-2244.
all students residing in the
Bahamas, aged kindergarten Entries
through Grade 12. Entry is free.
A panel of judges recognised Entry forms can also be
for their work in the marine picked up at the Dolphin
environment will be assembled Encounters booth located at the
to view and select the winners. Paradise Island Ferry Terminal.
Winning entries will promi- Deadline for entries to be
nently displayed throughout the received is March 31, 2005.
Bahamas in recognition of the Dolphin Encounters Project
students, efforts to help protect BEACH (Bahamas Education
our oceans. Association for Cetacean
Prizes for the competition Health) conducts numerous
have been generously donated educational and outreach pro-
by: Treasure Cay Resort & grammes which are supported
Marina, Dolphin Encounters, by donations from corporations
* Bahama Divers, Jacharic Hold- and private citizens.
ings Ltd, the Nassau Scuba Cen- To sponsor a programme or
tre, Atlantis. Discovery 'Chan-' to mAkea donation_, please
nel&Oafip,,-Stnaft'Cove's!Aqua call'Annette ;Dempsey at 394- ;
Adventures, Sea Ihlahd'Adven-:' 2200. i .
tures and Island World.
"Sharks are in danger," adds
Ranaldo Smith, Education
Assistant at Dolphin Encoun-
ters, "If nothing changes some
sharks may become endangered
or even extinct in the near
future. We look forward to
receiving entries and providing
students with the opportunity
to have their concerns heard."
To obtain free entry forms
and rules, as well as compre-

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Scrap Material.

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Mall Drive, and in New Providence at the Security Desk of BTC's Administrative
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Department, Grand Bahama, by appointment only, Monday through Friday.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked "TENDER FOR SCRAP
MATERIALS", and delivered on or before 5:00 pm on Friday, February 18, 2005,
to the attention of:

Mr. I. Kirk Griffin
Senior Vice President/Northern Bahamas
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
Government Complex Building
The Mall Drive,
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FROM pageone 'Significant leads'
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autopsy will be performed to
determine the exact cause of
The shooting death of Mr
Adderley is the first mur-
der for the year for Abaco,
and the sixth for the coun-
According to police
reports, the body of Mr
Adderley was found at

9.45am on Monday by
family friend Terrance
His body was lying on the
deck of a small boat with a
gunshot wound to the back
of his head.
Mr Adderley was arrest-
ed last November and

charged with possession of
three grams of cocaine with
intent to supply.
Bail was granted in the
amount of $2,000, and Mr
Adderley was awaiting trial,
which had been set for Jan-
uary 27, but had been
delayed to March 23.

FROM page one
water situation is back to normal.
"There are times when the children have an
emergency, they might get diarrhoea. What are
we supposed to do?" she asked.
According to Colin Johnson, Vice Principal of
DW Davis, the school was forced to close at 2pm
yesterday because of the lack of running water.
"Who knows what will happen tomorrow," he
Businesses across New Providence have also
been severely affected, and questioned how long
they can stay open if the problem persists.
A manager at a Texaco Gas Station said: "It
doesn't make sense for people to be in a business
environment and they can't even wash their hands
to eat. What happens to those people who come
in to work at half day? They can't bathe before
they come in. We run a station and have no run-
ning water, so what happens when my customers
ask to use the rest-room? This is ridiculous."
The owner of Unique Hair and Nails on Blue
Hill Road south, said that the shortage has affect-
ed "everybody" in her business.

Staff at the Classic Beauty Salon on Market
Street and Bahama Avenue told The Tribune
that they have had to put bowls of water in the
microwave in order to serve customers.
They said that many customers were not
impressed, and that some had refused to pay.
Leon Griffin, the president of the Taxi Cab
Union, said that in Winton he has been without
water for so long that he has called in a drilling
service to install a well at his home, instead of
waiting for Water and Sewerage to "get their act
"My brother, when I came home on Friday
evening I didn't have a drip of water. That lasted
until Sunday. I had to bathe in AquaPure. Sup-
pose I did construction, how would I ever have
gotten that dirt off me? We put down plants and
I can't even water them now. We are suffering
and suffering needlessly."
In response to the government's plans to con-
struct a reverse osmosis plant, Mr Griffin said
that the Bahamas "should have been converting
salt water to fresh water years ago."
"This water problem didn't just start. We
allowed it to deteriorate to this point, and people
saying they sorry just ain't going to cut it."

Man set to be charged

in connection with

incident on jitney

FROM page one
situation like this," he said.
On Friday 11, 2004, after
6.15pm, three passengers of a
jitney bus travelling to the
Pinewood/Kennedy Subdivi-
sion, were attacked by two men
and thrown out of the vehicle
while it was moving at a high
speed. All three sustained seri-
ous injuries.
Among the three victims
were Stephanie Sturrup, 34, of
Westchester, England, who is
married to a Bahamian and has
been living in the country for
eight years, and Sharad Light-
foot, 25, of Mahogany Street.
Mrs Sturrup and Mr Light-
foot both said that the two men
were trying to rob them of their
money and that the bus driver
did not assist them in their situ-
ation, despite several appeals
made during the ordeal.
The experience prompted
both victims and their families
to call for an immediate reform
of the public transportation sys-
Mrs Sturrup vowed, "never,
ever again will I ride on a bus in
this country." Mr Lightfoot also
said he would not be using the
public transportation system
Chief Supt Hanna pointed
out that "the incident as hap-
pened last week is rather
"Normally we have some
instances of where young peo-
ple get into fights with one
another, and items get snatched
away. There have also been

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

instances of robberies on buses,
but nothing like what happened
last weekend," he said.
Supt Hanna explained that a
few years ago there was a pro-
liferation of criminal activities
on jitneys and undercover offi-
cers were placed on buses of
the public transportation

system in order to find the cul-
"Police conducted thorough
searches of the buses and routes
and found those responsible,
but after that particular pattern
of incidents was broken we no
longer had officers travelling on
buses," he added.


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

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

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

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

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

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



Top prizes are available at

Silent Auction for Heart Ball

JEWELLERY, paintings,
a birthday party for 25 chil-
dren and a week-long stay
at Echo Valley Ranch.
Resort in Canada will be
up for bid at a Silent Auc-
tion during the Heart Ball,
Saturday, February 19,

2005 in the Crown Ball-
room, Atlantis, Paradise
Guests attending the Ball
can enjoy bidding for any
of the 20 prizes at the
Silent Auction, which will
again be featured at the

Heart Ball.
Among the prizes is a
week-long stay at Echo
Valley Ranch Resort in
Vancouver, Canada.
Donated by owners Norm
and Nan Dove, the resort
is described as "a little

bit of heaven."
Also up for bid is a Ray-
mond Weil ladies stainless
steel 18k gold watch by
Solomon's Mines; a Kosai
vessel and Bark vessel with
Seagrape Top by Jessica's
Tileworks Studio; a framed
printing by Mr Chan Pratt;
a Swarovski crystal neck-
lace, bracelet and earrings
by Augusta Designs of
New Orleans; a,Ronald
McDonald birthday party
at McDonald's for 25 chil-
dren by Dan Brad Ltd; a 2-
carat "S" style diamond
tennis bracelet by Dia-
monds International; a

framed painting by Mr
Clifford Fernander; a
Movado ladies watch by
Jewels by the Sea; and a
framed painting entitled
"Caribbean Escape," which
was anonymously donated.
Guests can also bid for a
reproduction antique
framed print of Old Nas-
sau by Balmain Antiques
Archival Framing Ltd; a
"Peas and Rice" straw bag
by Mrs Wendy Kelly; a
crystal tear drop necklace,
bracelet and earrings

mounted on sterling silver'
by B'Ella's Design; a,
framed painting, "Fish" by.
Miss Shakila Stubbs with-
complimentary framing bis
Nassau Glass Company; a,
rocking chair by Wood:-
You; a framed painting
"Invitation to the Ocean'":
by Mr Michelangelo Bac?,
celli; a Chopard 18k whit-
gold necklace by The6:
Colombian; gift baskets.
donated by Dr Wendy Stu'-
art and Androsia of Cable
Beach, and two gold;
bracelets donated by
The Jeweller's Workshop

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Bidder calls



Hills contract review

Tribune Business Editor

$22 million
Blue Hills
reverse osmosis
plant contract
yesterday called for all bids to
be reviewed by a team of inter-
national auditors, arguing that
the Bahamian people were not
getting the best value for mon-
ey if the Government awarded
the deal to Consolidated Water
and ignored the almost $9 mil-
lion in annual savings it offered
to produce by stopping water
Bradley Roberts, minister of
public works and utilities, is

today expected to announce at a
press conference that Consoli-
dated Water, the Cayman
Islands-headquartered company
that owns and operates Nas-
sau's Waterfields reverse osmo-
sis plant, has been awarded the
Blue Hills contract. That plan is
seen as key to eliminating New
Providence's water shortages,
which have reached crisis point.
But Adrian White, group
chairman for rival bidder Biwa-
ter International, yesterday told
The Tribune that his company
had been awarded the contract
by the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration in September 2004.
He produced documents that
showed both the Corporation
and its US-based consultants

Biwater claims government throwing away

$9m per annum in savings if Consolidated

Water gets contract; supplies letters

showing it was initially awarded deal,

had recommended Biwater's
bid as "representing the best
In a letter written to Prime
Minister Perry Christie on Feb-
ruary 7, 2005, to which Mr
White said he had yet to receive
a reply, the Biwater chairman
said: "We feel that the full and
huge guaranteed financial ben-
efits to your government of our

bid cannot have been put fully
to you and your Cabinet."
Mr White told The Tribune
that if awarded the Blue Hills
contract,13iwater would guar-
antee to the Water & Sewerage
Corporation that by the end of
its first operational year it
would prevent one million gal-
lons per day being lost from the
water system through leaks.

He added that preventing the
leakage of one million gallons,
which would be sold to the
Water & Sewerage Corporation
at $5.5 per gallon, would save
the Government just over $2
million per annum. If Biwater
failed to hit its target, it would
make up the difference through
increased production at Blue
Hills and cash payments to the

Mr White wrote in his letter
to the Prime Minister: "If this
saved water is sold at your cur-
rent tariffs ($19.98 per 1,000 gal-
lons and assuming 95 per cent
collection efficiency), there
would be an additional income,
without additional expense, of
$6.928 million annually. These
two savings above amount to
$8.935.565 million in the full
first year, dramatically reduc-
ing Water & Sewerage Corpo-
ration's annual government sub-
"It can be clearly seen that
with our proposal to guarantee
one million gallons per day leak
See WATER, Page 2B

Tribune Business Editor

Clearing Banks Association's
chairman, yesterday told The
Tribune he would "not be sur-
prised" to see the Bahamas' for-
eign exchange reserves hit $1
billion in the next 12 months,
as he confirmed that the Asso-
ciation's members had dropped
the Bahamian prime rate by 0.5
per cent to 5.5 per cent.
Mr McWeeney, in a move

widely expected, confirmed that
the clearing banks had reacted
to the Central Bank of the
Bahamas' decision to lower the
Discount Rate by 0.5 per cent to
5.25 per cent with a cut in
Bahamian prime by the same
The Association chairman,
who is also Bank of the
Bahamas International's man-
aging director, said there was
likely to be "a full system
adjustment" throughout the
Bahamian commercial banking

infrastructure over the next
three months as the rate cuts
took effect.
While loan rates would be
cut, it is possible that commer-
cial banks' income may experi-
ence a short-term squeeze as a
result of not being able to alter
rates on their fixed and term
deposits immediately. There
may be a time lag of three to
six months before they can
make the change.
Mr McWeeney said all loans
that were tied to the Bahamian

Prime rate would experience
some adjustment, but due to
time lags some reductions in
interest payments on loans may
not take effect immediately. He
added that most consumer loans
were not linked to Bahamian
Prime, and were therefore
unlikely to be impacted, so the
major beneficiaries are likely
to be large commercial clients
carrying a significant debt
repayment burden.
See RATES, Page 4B

Paul McWeeney

Imperial Life


get 'no choice"

Tribune Business Editor
CIAL (BAHAMAS) policy-
holders do not appear to be get-
ting a chance to say whether
they wish to transfer to Colina
Insurance Company, with the
latter sending out notices that it
assumed all liability for meet-
ing their policy benefits on New
Year's Day.
A Notice of Assumption of
Obligations and Certificate of
Assumption, dated January 27
and sent to Imperial Life Finan-
cial policyholders, said Colina
Insurance Company had
"assumed all of the contractual
obligations, responsibilities and
rights" of Imperial Life at
12.01am on January 1, 2005.
The notice said that from that
time, Colina Insurance Compa-
ny's name would replace Impe-
rial Life Financial's "wherever it
appears in your policy".
It added: "Colina Insurance
Company has agreed to fulfil
the obligations and pay all ben-
efits under your policy in the
same manner and to the same
extent as provided therein. The
terms applicable to your policy
will otherwise remain the
The notice is signed by Jimmy
Campbell, Colina Insurance
Company's president, and said

the agreement with Imperial
Life Financial had been
approved by both Perry
Christie, in his capacity as Min-
ister of Finance, and the Regis-
trar of Insurance.
The notice seems to go
against one of the 21 conditions
that Mr Christie said Colina
Insurance Company had to
accept for its Imperial Life pur-
chase to be approved by the
Government and regulators.
Condition 20 said: "The poli-
cyholders of Imperial Life
Financial who do not wish to
transfer to Colina Insurance
Company are to maintain their
Imperial Life policies."
The Colina notice, though,
appears to cut across that con-
dition by presenting the trans-
action as a 'done deal', with the
company now responsible for
meeting all obligations and pol-
icy benefits for Imperial Life's
29,000 policyholders.
Regulatory sources had pre-
viously told The Tribune that
they were under the impression
that Imperial Life policyhold-
ers would be given the oppor-
tunity to consent on whether
they wished to transfer to Coli-
na. The Tribune attempted to
find out from the Registrar of
Insurance whether this was the
case, but two phone messages
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left earlier this month were not
It thus remains to be seen
whether the Colina notice is
treated as breaching Condition
20, and if the regulators and
government will take any
Among the penalties for
-breaching any of the conditions
are the withholding of the Reg-
istrar of Insurance's annual let-
ter of good standing, and pre-
venting Colina Insurance Com-
pany from writing any new busi-
ness until the breach is reme-
The fact that the letter and
notice to Imperial Life Financial
policyholders was dated Janu-
ary 27, even though the trans-
action was formally consum-
mated on January 1, means that
for four weeks, Colina was
effectively responsible for their
policy benefits without them
The January 1 completion
date is significant because it
marks the beginning of Colina
Insurance Company's fiscal
2005 financial year, so the com-
pany was likely anxious to trans-

fer all the assets and liabilities,
plus policyholder reserves, to
its own balance sheet by that
Desjardins, Imperial Life's
Canadian parent, is also likely
to have wanted to complete the
transaction by year-end 2004.
In the accompanying letter,
Mr Campbell said the Imperial
Life merger would leave Colina
Insurance Company with 55,000
policyholders and total assets
of more than $400 million.
He again hinted at Colina's
aim of using the merger to
cross-sell all the financial prod-
ucts offered by its parent, the
Colina Financial .3roup, to the
insurance company's policy-
The letter said: "This merger
will enable you to access a wide
array of financial services such
as insurance, mutual funds,
mortgages, financial planning
and investment advice, pension
and retirement plans and stock

Meanwhile, Family
Guardian today confirms it is
still in talks with Sagicor about


forming a strategic alliance, with
the hoped-for outcome involv-
ing the Barbados financial ser-
vices conglomerate purchasing a
20 per cent equity stake in its
Bahamian counterpart.
The move is likely to surprise
many in the insurance industry,
as Sagicor would not have the
control it normally seeks with
just a 20 per cent stake.
The two companies began
talking late last year about
forming a rival bid for Imperial
Life (Financial) at a time when
there was uncertainty over
whether the Colina deal would
be approved. The move towards
a strategic alliance is likely to
have been prompted, at least in
part, by Family Guardian's
desire to compete with the
"Colina juggernaut", sources
The alliance, which is expect-
ed to be concluded within 90.
days, would allow Family
,Guardian to access Sagicor's
Slider range of products and ser-
vices, in addition to product
development, marketing and
technological support.
Family Guardian's move is
the first in what is expected to
be a continued shake-up in the
Bahamian life and health insur-
ance sector as a result of Coli-
na's series of acquisitions.
British American Insurance
has been seeking a buyer for
the past two years, and several
industry sources said its home
service business would be a
good fit with Family

Prime Minister Perry Christie set 21 conditions for approving Colina's Imperial Life purchase

Water (From page 1B)

reduction after the first year,
plus switching from water cost-
ing an average of $6 per 1,000
gallons to ours at $4.2 that
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion's losses (and subsidy from
the Government) can cease
after 24 months."

jOlillR alFIQLITY,
Colinalor, ,iFinancial Advisors Ltd. ][l
Pricing Information As Of: Financial Advisors Ltd
15 February 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily 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 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.0 4.00%
6.25 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 5.61 5.75 0.14 3,440 0.152 0.330 11.2 5.74%
0.85 0.75 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.95 1.80 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 6.60 Cable Bahamas 7.40 7.40 0.00 0.510 0.240 14.5 3.24%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.64 6.70 Commonwealth Bank 7.60 7.64 0.04 6,910 0.632 0.390 11.8 5.10%
1.50 0.35 Doctor's Hospital 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.228 0.000 6.6 0.00%
4.02 3.13 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.170 9.9 4.23%
10.25 8.18 Finco 9.99 10.25 0.26 3,000 0.649 0.480 15.8 4.68%
7.67 6.45 FirstCaribbean 7.50 7.67 0.17 6,000 0.513 0.330 15.0 4.30%
8.60 7.95 Focol 7.95 7.95 0.00. 0.710 0.500 11.1 6.29%
1.99 1.99 Freeport Concrete 1.99 1.99 0.00 0.025 0.000 79.6 0.00%
10.38 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.6 4.26%
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 6.62 6.58 -0.04 0.201 0.000 32.9 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.694 0.350 14.4 3.50%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol BId $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Dlv $ PIE Yield
13.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 16.00 1.328 0.960 10.5 6.86%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 6.000 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 %/
1.2075 1.1522 Colina Money Market Fund 1.207511*
2.1191 1.8944 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1105 ***
10.2648 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2648 ***.
2.1746 2.0524 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.166020**
1.0894 1.0276 Colina Bond Fund 1.089371****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fldelit)
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for 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
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
* AS AT JAN. 31, 2005/ **** AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
- AS AT JAN. 28, 2005/"" AS AT JAN 31, 2005/1 AS AT DEC. 31, 2004

Mr White yesterday claimed
that although Consolidated
Water was also offering to help
reduce water leakage, it would
do so through funding these
efforts by the Corporation,
rather than doing so itself which
is what Biwater would do.
The Biwater chairman said
53.6 per cent of the 8.4 million
gallons that the Corporation
pumped around its system per
day some 4.5 million gallons
- was lost to leakages, costing
it $9 million per annum.
He added that his company's
plans would save.the Bahamas
102 million over the lifetime
of the 20-year Blue Hills con-
"You would build a five mil-
lion gallon treatment plant
(Blue Hills) and .are throwing
half of it away. That is the most
significant part of it all," Mr
White said.
A 'Letter of Acceptance' sent
to Biwater on September 30,
and signed by Abraham Butler,
the Water & Sewerage Corpo-
ratirin's general manager',
appears' to! support Mr White's
claims that Biwater was initial-
ly handed the Blue Hills con-
The letter is described as con-
stituting a "binding agreement"
between the two parties, said
the Corporation had accepted
Biwater's bid, dated June 17,
2004, to supply desalinated
water from the Blue Hills
reverse osmosis plant, which the
company would construct, own
and operate.
The September 30 letter said
Biwater and the Corporation
had "substantial agreement on
the terms and conditions", and
added: "Therefore it is expected
that both parties will easily
finance the terms and condi-
tions, and as such, a deadline
of one month from the date of
the Letter of Acceptance is
established, after which failure
to achieve both conditions out-
lined will entitle either party to
annul this .Letter of Accep-
However, Mr Butler's letter
said the Biwater contract was
subject to approval from both
the Corporation's Board and
Cabinet. The latter part is cru-
cial, because The Tribune can
reveal that the Cabinet blocked
the Biwater contract due to con-
cerns raised in media articles
over the UK-headquartered
company's operating and busi-
ness practices in other countries.
When questioned about these
allegations, Mr White dismissed
them as coming from an alliance
of trade unions and anti-global-
isation and anti-privatisation
activists, saying: "The bulk of
its is totally untrue."
He said Biwater had never
had one of its performance

bonds called in during its 36-
year history, and none of the
allegations levelled against its
officials had been proven. Mr
White added that the South
African water privatisation,
where criticism had been loud-
est, was "the showpiece" for
that continent.
After rejecting the Biwater
bid, the Cabinet forced the Cor-
poration to revisit the Blue Hills
contract. Eventually, Consoli-
dated Water was selected as the
winning bid.
This appears to go against the
advice of CDM, the Corpora-
tion's Fort Lauderdale consul-
tants, who described the Biwa-
ter offer to guarantee a reduc-
tion in water leakages as
In addition, Biwater was also
proposing to use cooling water
from the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation's (BEC) Blue Hills
station as a raw water supply,
saving pumping of 3.65 billion
gallons per year. Concentrate
from the cooling water would
go back to BEC's discharge
well;",tWhiltl the 'g 6od'-'waAtii
would be sold to the Watetr &
Sewerage Corporation.
CDM said that while Consol-
idated Water's revised bid was
less costly than that of Biwa-
ter's, including the one million
gallons the latter would .save
per day through stopping leak-
ages would produce "produc-
Stion cost savings" that "will
more than offset the difference
between the two bids".
Provided negotiations with
BEC could be concluded suc-
cessfully, details on leakage sav-
ings worked out and "inconsis-
tencies" in Biwater's bid
worked out, CDM said its bid
"offers the lowest cost alterna-
tive" for the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation.
Mr White said yesterday that
Biwater had proposed to
finance its Blue Hills plant with
a 75/25 per cent debt/equity
combination, compared to Con-
solidated Water's 70/30 mix.
The Biwater chairman added
that his company would put $6-
$7 million of its own money into
the construction, with the rest
funded by a locally-financed
bond placed by Bank of the
Bahamas International.
Mr White said Julian Fran-
cis, governor of the Central
Bank of the Bahamas, had pro-
posed this funding method, and
that the National Insurance
Board (NIB) would take a sub-
stantial stake in bond.
The Tribune understands that
if Consolidated Water wins the
Blue Hills contract, a Bahamian
Depository Receipt (BDR)
offering would take place to the
This would be the second
after Kerzner International.


Norbert Boissiere, Chairman of FamGuard Corporation Limited (FamGuard), and Dodridge Miller, President and CEO of Sagicor
Financial Corporation (Sagicor), are pleased to announce that FamGuard and Sagicor are in discussion with a view to entering into
a strategic alliance.

The terms and conditions of the proposed alliance are currently being negotiated and are expected to result in a 20% equity interest
in FamGuard by Sagicor. .-- : '

Negotiations are expected to be concluded within 90 days and are subject to regulatory approval. :

The alliance will make available to Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited (Family Guardian) (the wholly-owned life and
health insurance subsidiary of FamGuard) the wider range products and services currently being offered,intemationally by
Sagicor. In addition, Family Guardian will have access to the product development, marketing and technological capabilities
available within the Sagicor Group.

This recent development is part of a wider strategy of FamGij'rd in positioning itself to respond to the changing local and
international insurance landscape.

FamGuard began the process of restructuring its operations 1i"001 with the merger with Star Insurance Company (Bahamas)
Limited and the acquisition of the remaining 50% portfolio of)BahamaHealth in 2002. This was followed by the conversion to the
Canadian Risk-Based Method of reserving in 2003 which allows Family Guardian's operations to be measured uniformly against
other industry participants, in keeping with recommendations emanating from the Office of The Registrar of Insurance Companies.

These developments along with the strong performance in Family Guardian's operations have enabled FamGuard to report
significantly improved results during 2004. At the end of September 2004, FamGuard reported a profit of $3 million. This produced
earnings per share to September 2004 of 35 cents, the highest earnings per share reported by FamGuard since it went public
in 1998.

Sagicor is a leading provider of financial services in the Caribbean with operations in 22 territories including Panama and the United
States, and with total assets in excess of US$1.4 billion. The Sagicor Group offers a wide range of products and services including
life insurance, annuities and group and individual health and has a policyholder base of approximately 450,000. Sagicor is a
widely-held publicly-traded company with 40,000 shareholders and is listed on the stock exchanges of Barbados and Trinidad and

FamGuard and Sagicor will issue another release upon conclusion of these negotiations.

Legal Notice



NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with the
International Business Companies Act 2000, GEN
dissolution. The date of commencement of dissolution
is 8th February, 2005. Anita Bain of Nassau, Bahamas
is the Liquidator of GEN MARKETING &

Anita Bain



Real estate sector and

construction industry

back interest rate cuts

Tribune Business Reporter
Real estate agents and con-
struction officials expressed
optimism yesterday, following
news that the Central Bank of
the Bahamas has decided to
reduce its interest rate, with
head of one of the largest real
estate development companies
in the Bahamas saying it was a
call for Bahamians to begin
investing in their country.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Franklyn Wilson, chair-
man of Arawak Homes Ltd,
at this point in the economy
there is a convergence of poli-
cies and activities coming
together that are creating sub-
stantial investment opportuni-
ties for Bahamians making this
a wonderful time to invest in
the Bahamas -
"I urge Bahamians to begin
investing. I don't know how the
forces could line up any
stronger to get people to invest.
The interest rate is low and the
Central Bank has lowered its
rate because of the tremendous
amount of money in the system.
They were slow in doing so
because the liquidity was slow in
building. This is another call to
say invest in your country."
Earlier, the Central Bank
reported it would reduce its Dis-
count Rate by 0.5 per cent, with
some in the banking communi-
ty speculating that it could save
Bahamian borrowers a collec-
tive $21.5 million per annum in
interest payments if commer-
cial banks drop the Prime rate
by the same amount.
The reduced discount rate in
effect means that the Central
Bank will reduce the amount it
charges banks to borrow mon-
ey, with the expectation that

banks and other lending insti-
tutions will drop their interest
rates to match. Mr Wilson said
there is a reasonable expecta-
tion however, that there will be
a lag before the banks match
the reduction, with some having
commitments to depositors
where there is a fixed rate on
the deposit.
Mr Wilson said Bahamians
need to take advantage of the
attractive investment climate
and positive lending environ-
ment currently in place and he
pointed to the lack of investor
participation among employees
of Kerzner International, where
of the company's 6000 employ-
ees, only some 300 individuals
exercised their right to purchase
stock options and were the only
ones to benefit from the
improved positioning of the
share, which has seen an
upswing of some 50 per cent in
"In the real estate sector, for
someone buying a home and
going from the 8 per cent
offered by Bank of the
Bahamas and Scotiabank to 7
1/2 per cent, that's a reduction,
on every $100,000, of $40 a
month. What that also means is
people.can qualify for even bet-
ter homes. That $40 may not
sound like much, but it means
some could qualify for a home
loan, where they could not have
before, while others could get a
utility room added on or an
extra bathroom," he said.
Chief financial controller of
Cavalier Construction Steven
D'Alewyn, was more cautious
in looking at the reduction as a
positive for the larger develop-
ers in the construction industry.
He said while the smaller con-
tractors whose bread and butter
consisted of renovations and
home improvements, were like-
ly to feel the trickle down effect,

as home owners look to take"
advantage of reduced interest
rates, he dismissed suggestions
that the rate changes would
have a significant impact on the
entire industry, particularly the
larger construction companies.
He also pointed out that the
downside of the reduced rate is
that customers would get less
on their deposits: "It cuts both
ways, it doesn't necessarily
mean more money to lend.
That's the reverse side to the
coin, it makes savings less
Any positive changes seen in
the industry, will depend on
what impact the rate reduction
has on the consumer, Mr
D'Alewyn said, adding that he
did not expect to see increased
spending by consumers who
came to Cavalier.
Antone Jones-Dixon, project
manager for Jones-Dixon &
Associates, said the Central
Bank's position would have a
positive impact on the con-
struction of single and multi-
family residences with lower
monthly payments, but he cau-
tioned potential borrowers to
not overdo it by taking out
unnecessary consumer loans,
which would in turn have a neg-
ative impact when banks
reviewed their debt service ratio
and also suggested that any
funds saved as a result of the
reduced rate be added onto the
loan principle, which could pos-
sible cut a 25 year mortgage into
a 17 or 19 year mortgage.
"This positive reduction
should be utilized in reference
to construction, property pur-
chases, home improvements.
Because of the Discount Rate
being reduced and the overall
interest rate will be reduced, it
will be even easier to qualify
for a loan based on the debt ser-
vice ratio. Monthly payments

are also likely to be less," he
A broker with C.A. Christie
Realty, George Smith, said
while the Central Bank's rate
reduction is likely to have a pos-
itive effect and he hopes
Bahamians will take advantage
of it and use the occasion to
acquire a piece of real estate,
he said what remains a critical
issue for stakeholders in the real
estate sector is the level of pro-
tection provided by the govern-
ment for Bahamian agents
against unlicenced, foreign
Realtors selling property in the
"The reduced rate means that
some transactions which occur
through foreign buyers will now
be processed through Bahamian
banks, which will benefit the
economy, but on the other side
Bahamian Realtors are unfairly
being competed against by for-
eign real estate agents."
Mr Smith said the real estate
Act needs to be reviewed,
because while the spirit of the
legislation is intended to pro-
tect Bahamians, there remains a
loop hole which allows unli-
cenced foreign agents to con-
tinue to act without impunity.
He noted further that president
of the Bahamas Real Estate
Association Pat Strachan earli-
er made the point that a signif-
icant percentage of large trans-
actions occur in the Bahamas
without the involvement of
Bahamian professionals.

NOTICE is hereby given that MR EGLAISE CLESSIDOR
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,
RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSE-MAE DIEUVEUIL. OF
the Minis' 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 16th day of FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


late of 402, Sunnyside Estates
Condominium, Lyford Cay in the
Western District of the Island of
New Providence in the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above Estate are required to send the
same duly 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. Bbx CB-11233
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Executors


The Airport Authority is recruiting suitably qualified Bahamians
to work in its close circuit television surveillance unit.

MANAGER requisite qualifications Bachelors Degree in
Business Administration or related studies with five (5) to ten
(10) years working experience with the last three (3) managing
or supervising CCTV surveillance room personnel.

Candidate must demonstrate good leadership qualities with
effective communication skills and proficiency in microsoft
office software programme or basic education with ten (10) to
fifteen (15) years working experience; the last five (5) supervising
or managing CCTV personnel. In addition, the candidate must
demonstrate food leadership qualities and effective communication
skills and proficiency in microsoft office programmes.

SUPERVISOR requisite qualifications Bachelors Degree in
Business Administration, Information Technology or a related
subject in addition to five (5) to seven (7) years post qualification
experience, the last three (3) of which should have been in a
supervisory position. Must have good oral & writing skills and
be conversant in microsoft office programmes: While relevant
experience is an asset, candidates without relevant experience
who meet all other criteria will be given consideration.

SURVEILLANCE OPERATOR -requisite qualifications -
Candidates must have tertiary level qualification at the Associate
Degree level, good communication skills and be computer literate.

Salary for the position will be in accordance with the Airport
Authority's salary scales.

Qualified candidates must submit their Resumes and three (3)
letters of reference by Monday, 28th February 2005, to:

Manager, Human Resources
The Airport Authority
Nassau International Airport
P.O.Box AP-59222
Nassau, Bahamas


The following persons or their nearest relatives are kindly asked to visit the
PENSIONS DEPARTMENT of the National Insurance Board located in the
Board's Jumbey Village complex on Baillou Hill Road. For further information,
you may contact the Department at telephone number 502-1500:



BAIN, Alfreda
BASDEN, Shanton
BETHEL, Teresita
BLACK, Gloria
BLAINE, Virginia
BROWN, Flora
DEAN, Melvina
HIGGS, Mertland
HINDS, Anthony
KELLY, Patricia
MILLER, Jeremy
MILLER, Marcus
MORAlS, Garfield
PAUL, Monique
POITIER, Wellington
PRATT, Samuel
ROBERTS, Nicholon
ROBERTS, Rachael
ROKER, Deborah
ROLLE, Virginia
SAUNDERS, Magdalena
STORR, Derrel
TAYLOR, Winnifred
WELLS, Keith
WELLS, Nellie
WHITE, Janetta
WHYMS, Letitia

- 30005523


Airport Camp
Wycliss Place
Step Street, Fox Hill
Blenhelna Road
Boyd Road
Podoleo Street
Anderson Street
Lovely Bay, Acklins
Abrahams Bay
Sea Breeze Lane
Saturn Avenue
William Street
Cordeaux Avenue
Address Unknown
Skyland Drive
Prison Compound
Sea Breeze Estate
Sugar Apple Street
Carmichael Road
7th Street the Grove
Eneas Street South
Bernard Road
Grays, Long Island
3rd Terrace West
Lauder Hill, Florida
Carmichael Road
Fox Dale
Wemyss Bight
Boyle Street
McKinney Avenue
Blanket Sound
Fox Hill
Step Street, Fox Hill
Old Bight, Cat Island
Sandiland Village
Milton Street
Lewis Street
Golden Gates #2
Simms Street
East Street South
Hay Street
Hawkins Hill
Tripp Circle
St. Charles Street
Coral Harbour
Antonio Drive

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The Anglican Schools are now
accepting Applications for
Students registering for Grades
Kg Grade 5 at the Primary level

and Grades 8 10 at the

Doctors Hospital names

chief operating officer

The Public is hereby advised that I, EDWARD MICHAEL
SANDS, of RO. Box N-4655, intend to change my name
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.

Doctors Hospital Health Sys-
tem has promoted Charles
Sealy II (right) to the position of
chief operating officer.
In his new role, Mr Sealy will
assume responsibilities for
directing, administering, and
coordinating the daily opera-
tional activities of the hospital.
He will have the responsibil-
ity of translating the hospitals'
strategies into operational real-
ity that is sustainable and bene-
Mr Sealy previously served
as Vice President of Doctors
Hospital. He has been
employed with Doctors Hospi-
tal Health System for the past
five years.

Rates_ (From page
The Bank of the Bahamas
International managing direc-
tor said each commercial bank
would deal with the rate reduc-
tion "in its own fashion", but
he expected that the rate cuts -
which effectively lower the costs
of money and capital may see
"more people be eligible to
qualify for loans by virtue of
lower debt servicing require-
The cut in the Discount Rate
is the first in the Bahamas since
1999;, and:outliues the limited
monetary policy options open
to the Government and Central

rate that commercial banks base
all their interest rates on.
Mr McWeeney yesterday said
he had recently told a Bank of
the Bahamas International staff
meeting that the excessive liq-
uidity in the commercial bank-
ing sector, estimated at $200
million, had created the condi-
tions for an increase in loans
He added that although the
demand for loans may increase,
the quality of lending would be
"controlled" by the lending cri-
teria imposed by the Central
Bank last year, which requires a
minimum 15 per cent equity
downpayment on all consumer
loans and borrowers' debt ser-

vice ratios to stay below 45 per
cent of monthly income.
Mr McWeeney said compe-
tition in the mortgage market
had intensified recently, with
rates coining down as insurance
companies and credit unions
became more involved, and the
Discount and Prime rate cuts
should further fuel lower inter-
est rates.
The Clearing Banks chairman
added that he expected the
economy to grow by 3-3.5 per
cent this year, compared to last
year's 2.5 per cent, and the
influx of foreign capital through
investment projects being
approved was likely to keep the
foreign reserves growing.

Bank, with monetary policy
concentrating on maintaining
the one-to-one peg with US dol-
lar and ensuring the Bahamas
has enough foreign exchange
reserves to import all its needs.
The Discount Rate is the
equivalent of the US Fed Funds
Rate, being the rate at which
the Central bank lends to the
Bahamian commercial banking
sector, but it has remained stat-
ic unlike its US counterpart,
which was cut consistently since
2001 to stimulate the eUS econ-
omy and stave off recession.
Bahamian Prime is the lending


P.O. Box AP-59222
Nassau International Airport
Nassau, Bahamas

The Airport Authority invites Tenders for the provision of seventy-five
(75) standard size Sanitary Disposal Units on the following premises at
Nassau International Airport: (A) All public ladies restrooms within
Terminal 1 & 2; (B) General Aviation Centre; (C) the Authority's
Executive Offices; (D) Air Traffic Services Centre; (E) the Airport Car
Parking Booths

The Contracts will run for a period of twenty-four months beginning
April 1, 2005. It is required that all units are replaced on a weekly basis
or as necessary, with clean, sterilized units.

Interested Companies will be required to demonstrate their experience
and ability to carry out the contract, including financial capability and

The Authority will arrange for a familiarization tour of areas comprising
the contract immediately following a briefing session from all interested
parties, which will be held at the Board Room of the Executive Offices
of the Authority on Thursday 24th February, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. Companies
wishing to submit tenders should contact the Authority prior to the date
so that arrangements can be made for participation in the briefing.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked "TENDER
the undersigned:

The General Manager,
The Airport Authority,
Nassau, Bahamas

All Tenders must be hand delivered to the Executive Offices of the
Airport Authority not later than 4:00 p.m. on the 4th March, 2005.

Companies who have submitted Tenders will be invited to attend the
Tender Opening process on Tuesday 8th March, 2005 at 10:30 a.m.

The Authority reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.





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International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000), TAVISTOCK HOLDINGS
LIMITED is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 21st day
of January, 2005.
Scarlett Corporate Services Limited,
P.O. Box 277,2nd Floor,
Viking House, Nelson Street,
Douglas, Isle of Man IM99 2LJ


Innovative Offshore Bank is
presently looking for a

back office

The successful applicant must
* have several years of private banking
* be computer literate

We require knowledge and experience
* Securities
* Corporate Actions
* Foreign exchange transactions
* Payments and transfers
* Accounting
* Reconciliations

Team player with pleasant personality.
Must be able to work independently
with minimal supervision. Series 7
certification is an asset.

We offer
* a salary which is commensurate with
the job, a pension plan and medical
Please send your resume and one (1) letter of reference
to SYZ & CO BANK & TRUST Attention Betsy *
Morris ( RP. 0. Box N-1089
Bayside Executive Park West Bay Street& Blakd
Road Nassau Bahamas Fax: 327-6629

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 16TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

,. who arenergetic, Self motivwtemd, amnrdposses .-

i~the BREA. Ex-, erience isnt ,reqi rl d11, La Ut IS PJ-ferql-d
Intelwres't i~ited persos holrd sn eSet
The Agnt Fp, n
1RT.BoxN-7795 I

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.

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

is seeking candidates for the position of



Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore trust
companies servicing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas, Cayman
Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Islands, New Jersey and Singapore.
Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.


Management of document control unit (Imaging, Safe Keeping, Dual
Control, Warehouse, Records Management.)
Ensure that all records are kept within compliance to Citigroup standards.
Implementation of GWS records management strategy.
MIS reporting.
Management of risk and assist in coordination of audit.


Historic imaging and records management experience and familiarity
with Trust and Company documentation.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Interfacing with various business units on a global basis.
Influencing, organizational and leadership skills.
Initiative and the ability to think strategically
People Management.
2-4 years Imaging and/or records management experience.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience.

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

Deadline for application is February 23, 2005.


Payment of Benefits and Assistances for the month of February 2005, will be made in the following
districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:

Thursday, February 17, 2005:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.

Thursday, February 17,2005: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael

Thursday, February 17, 2005: 12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.

Thursday, February 17, 2005: 9:30a.m. 3:00p.m., at the National Insurance Board's Fox Hill
Sub-Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of March 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, February 17, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wuiff Road
Local Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of March 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, February 17, Monday, February 21, 2005: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas
Public Service Union Hall, East Street South.

1. Thursday, February 17 Wednesday, February 21, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A" "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.
2. Thursday, February 17 Monday, February 21, 2005: 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.
3. Tuesday, February 22 Wednesday, February 23, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island United Association Hall #1, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.

Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In cases of
emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the Jumbey
Village Complex throughout the month of March 2005 between the hours of 9:30a.m. and 4:00p.m.
Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to
collect their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own payments
Their National Insurance Registration Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.
Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative should
provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the Board to pay
the representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the representative.
All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested above, there may be a delay or denial of payments.




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Anwar Ferguson

looking to secure

Turkish team place

Senior Sports Reporter
ANWAR 'Slim' Ferguson,
whose dream is to make it to
the NBA, has decided to
leave the Harlem Globetrot-
ters to play professional bas-
ketball in the Turkish Bas-
ketball League.
After relinquishing his con-
tract with the Globetrotters
in January, Ferguson depart-
ed for Turkey yesterday
where he has to undergo a
three-day training session
before he can secure a job
with one of their teams.

"I'm just really trying to
make some money right
now," said Ferguson, who
hopes to beef up his 200-
pound frame in the hope of
getting another shot at the
NBA after his pre-season stint
with the Sacramento Kings
Ferguson, a native from
Exuma, who excelled in the
high jump in high school, said
the month and a half
spent with the Globetrotters
wasn't what be had anticipat-
"I didn't like it that much,"
said Ferguson. "It wasn't what
I expected. I'm just glad that
it's over."
With the NBA getting clos-

er to the second half of the
regular season with the All-,
Star game set for this week-
end, Ferguson said the move
to Turkey may be just what
is needed.
"I'm not sure what to antic-
ipate in Turkey," he stressed.
"I know it will be below the
NBA level, so everybody will
be competing hard for their
"As a new player coming
in, I just want to go over there
and be able to compete with
At 7-foot, Ferguson is
known for his shot blocker
expertise. But he hopes that
he can polish up his shooting
skills as well.
Although the Turkish Bas-
ketball League is in full gear,
Ferguson said he will have to
go through a three-day trial
before a decision is made on
whether or not he will be
selected to play.
"I guess you have to pre-
pare yourself, especially when
you go into an environment
when you don't know the lan-
guage," declared Ferguson,
who starred for the past four
years with the University of
"I guessif can't talk to the
rest of the players as much as
I want, I will just have to be
by myself. But it's not going
to be that much different for
m e .. ..... . 1 .,,I .

"It's just how you look at
it. I really like to be by myself
a lot so it really shouldn't be
that hard for me."
Ferguson, who turns 24 on
October 10, played three
games with Sacramento,
averaging 13 minutes per
He made 6-of-12 field goals
for a .500 average and he
pulled down 1.0 offensive and
1.70 defensive rebounds for
an average of 2.70 per game,
while scoring 4.0 points per

"It was a good experience
playing with Sacramento,"
said Ferguson, who got to
travel with the Kings when
they played an exhibition
game in Beijing during the
"I am really looking for-
ward to getting a chance to
play in the NBA. I just need
to make some money right
now to try and get a lot big-
Once the NBA season is
over, Ferguson said he intends
to go back to the training
camps and hopefully he can
make an impression this time
But for now, he said he will
go to Turkey and hopefully
secure a job there by the

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WITH just days remaining until the biggest show-
down in high school basketball, work is being done,to
the host gym at AF Adderley (above).
Some bleachers at the gym are in need of repair

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Junior Sports
OVER $10,000 will be
spent on repairing the AF
Adderley gymnasium for
the hosting of the 23rd
annual Hugh Campbell
The gym, which has been
closed to the public for a
little over a week now, will
need to undergo a massive
Work will need to be
done to the entire gymna-
sium floor, bleachers, rest
rooms, locker rooms, light-
ing and other little fixtures,
and entrance.
New layers of paint will
also be needed on the
So far, since the gym's
closing, work has only been
done on the outside of
gym. The only visible
repairs are the new gate,
and the lighting, which
Wilton Johnson of J's Elec-
trical was fixing yesterday.
Construction on the new
entrance, giving access to
the gym from the Harold
Road side, started some
three weeks ago, however,
it hasn't been completed as
The construction process
to the new entrance and

AF Adderley gymnasium

undergoing massive clean-up

other repairs were said to
have slowed down after the
school was force to close
its doors to students, last
week Tuesday.
The school administra-
tion stated that the stu-
dents' welfare came first,
and that the gym was not
a number one priority.
With the premier tourna-
ment in the nation for
senior boys just days away,
February 21st-28th, tour-
nament officials and com-
mittee members will have
to work feverishly
this week and over the
weekend, to ensure that
the gym is ready for the
first tip off.
Committee chair Alfred
Forbes assures the entire'
Bahamas that the gym will
be ready and the tip-off
will not be delayed.
He said: "We really
wanted to start with the
tournament's preparation
before this week came
around, but with the situa-
tion with therchool, the

repairs scheduled had to be
"We thought that it was
best for the school to get
settled in first, ensuring
that we were able to utilise
the gym. Since everything
is all good with the school
we have launched our
"Mr Johnson is in charge
of the lighting, and all elec-
trical work. The represen-
tatives from the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture will be in tomorrow
"But, on the bright side,
we still have the end of the
remainder of the week, and
the weekend to make the
final preparations. I assure
you and the public that the
gym will be ready for the
first tip-off."
The Hugh Campbell
tournament, an annual
event since it's inception
some 23 years ago, attracts
thousands of fans from
around the country and
scouts from colleges in the

United States.
However, every year,
work has to be done to the
Forbes said: "First off all
an assumption is made that
the tournament makes lost
of money, but that is not
necessarily true.
"The expenditure for the
tournament is almost as
high as the intake of the
tournament. Monies have
to be spent on fixing the
gym, so I don't think it is
fair for only the tourna-
ment's committee to fix up
this gym."
The AF Adderley gym is
used by more than three
different associations year
The wear and tear on the
gym's facility is evident as
some bleachers have been
mounted with pieces of 2x4
AF Adderley gym has six
sections, with most school
fans trying to sit directly in
the back of their school,
during the game.
Bleachers in these sec-
tions have received the
most damage.

On the north western
side, closest to the game's
time clock, the bleachers
are starting to tear away
from the main structure,
practically shaking when
one tries to walk on them.
"Each year we try to
beautify the place, we are
going to try our best to
upgrade the gym and as far
as the bleachers, the only
I thing we can do is continue
to fix them up," said
"Do you know how many
person use the gym? This
gym always has an activity
in it. The gym is being
utilised by the high school
association, the night
leagues and any other asso-
ciation that wishes to come
in and play.
"These persons should
take a little more care of
the gym. Don't wait until
the' tournament come
around to fix the gym up,
the gym is not only our
responsibility, it is every-
The last time the entire
flooring has been changed
was in 1998, the last waxing
was done days before the
last Hugh Campbell.
New floor boards have
been placed where needed,
now the floor is only wait-
ing to be scrapped,

cleaned, waxed and buff-
It takes two to three days
for the waxing to dry, in
preparation for play.
New breakaway rims will
be fastened to the back
broad. The firm, which
holds the back boards has-
n't been changed from the
tournament's inception.
However, Forbes assures
everyone, especially fans
who are looking to see sev-
eral players rise above the
rims, that work will be
done to the frames as well.
He said: "We are going
to do the best we can, we
know that the gym is due
for an entire face lift, but
we are not in the position
to do it right now.
"The only thing we can
do is try and make the nec-
essary preparations as soon
as possible."
Police officers will be sta-
tioned at each point of the
court to ensure that no fan
is seen walking along the
sidelines during play.
New cushions will also be
mounted on the wall, to
help break the players
speed during fast breaks.
The tournament will
spend six days at the AF
Adderley gym, moving play
to the Sir Kendal Isaacs
gym on Sunday.



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BEULAH Richmond knows a good
story when she hears one and she
knows how to tell them.
The children's author grew up lis-
tening to story tellers, reading anything
she could get her hands on and dream-
ing up tales that she would later tell
to her own children. Now, she is pre-
serving those stories for her grandchil-
dren and children everywhere in the
pages of her first book "Anancy and
The book of eight Caribbean folk-
tales for children, which features as its
main character a mischievous spider,
represents a refreshing break from the
abundance of English and American
children's books that fill the shelves of
local bookstores, but more important-

ly it serves as a meaningful tool for
Bahamian and Caribbean children,
providing them with stories of a culture
and heritage that they can identify
Mrs Richmond, who grew up in
Jamaica but has lived in the Bahamas
for more than 40 years, creatively
adapts the traditional Anatiyy (also
spelled Anance and AAansi) stories
she grew up hearing and uses the
African folklore character to teach
lessons of love, responsibility and kind-
This month, as part of the Minister
of Education's Book Club, "Anancy
and Friends" will be shared with thou-
sands of Bahamian children in schools
across the country.
The joy and importance of reading
that she is spreading is seen on the

* FRONT cover of "Anancy and
Friends" by Beulah Richmond.

faces of the school children who sit on
the edge of their seats, waiting to hear
the fate of her characters.
Mrs Richmond's fondness for Anan-
cy and his friends Brer Rabbit, Sly
Brer Fox and others started as a
young girl, when she and her eight sib-
lings would count down the days until
Saturday, when an older gentleman
from the neighbourhood would sit on
their porch and share the tales that
had been passed down through the
"It all started there," Mrs Richmond
told The Arts. "I found it so fascinating.
Those memories stayed with me
throughout my life."
Her love for reading started to devel-
op when one of her sisters asked her if
she was interested in hearing a story
from the book she had just finished

"Afterwards I was amazed, that you
could get such an interesting story from
a book," she recalls. "From then on I
was hooked."
So she joined the local library and
waited eagerly for each Saturday, when
she could borrow two books.
Wbenshe got older, Mrs Richmond
would use her sister's bicycle and ride
miles to a second library to take out
more books; and when she would finish
her books, she would read her moth-
"And when I didn't have a book to
read, I would sit on my front porch,
put my feet up, close my eyes and
dream up tales," says Mrs Richmond,

See STORY, Page 2C


Art exhibit promises to be
'a colourful feast' for eyes
Page 2C


Dawn's passion 'shows
little sign of letting up'
Page 3C

'Rumours are spreading'
Page 6C




Art exhibit promises to be

'a colourful feast' for eyes
9 {.

* By Nicole Fair Bhatti

This month's art
exhibit at the
Central Bank of
the Bahamas
promises to be a
colourful feast for the eyes. The
works of Sandi George and
Kimberly Roberts will array the
walls in a dance of familiar
shapes rendered in sometimes
mythical and always harmo-
nious compositions.
While both artists paint on
silk, Roberts also specialises in
quilt designs and uses a wide
range of materials: ceramic,
glass, mosaic and wood. Now
the owner of "a working studio
and gallery of fun things" called
Bahama Dawn in Marsh Har-
bour, Roberts says she was first
inspired by her mother, a gifted
seamstress, and teacher Pippa
Cole from St Andrew's School,
who both encouraged her to
From doll's clothing to
adult's clothing, she then grad-
uated to quilt designs which are
filled with motifs of the
Bahamas. While majoring in
Studio Art at Palm Beach
Atlantic University, she was
introduced to other media.
However, it was when she
moved to Abaco 11 years ago
that she solidified her own look
which is quintessentially
Caribbean, revealing obvious
influences of the Bahamas with
an ethereal mixture of the
mythical and the real.
Brown women in bandanas
represent the timeless figure of
the Bahamian woman whilst
mermaids and an unreal mix-
ture of sealife, trees and swirl
patterns depict a more frivo-
lous, imaginative style.
The artist attributes Bahami-
an lifestyle and her experience
as a diver as major influences
upon her work. "The people,
water, colours and beauty of
this country influence me. And
I also love anything to do with
the water. I was a dive instruc-
tor about 10 years ago."
George divides her time
between silk paints and water-
colours also diversifying into
wood and collage. She says she
chose silk because it seemed to
be a very feminine and relaxing
medium, but has since discov-
ered how challenging silk paint-
ing is: This doesn't seem to
have deterred her as the colour-
ful renditions of Bahamian nat-
ural life lining the walls of her
home attest.
On the difficulties of work-

ing in silk, she says: "You have
to work very very quickly with
silk as the silk is so fine and the
dye so strong, and especially
with the temperature of the
Bahamas it dries.quickly. Still,
you learn to work with that and
encompass it within the piece
you're doing should there be a
Perhaps it is the experimental
nature of the medium,, the not
knowing exactly how a piece
may turn out, that the artist
finds so thrilling. Having left
full-time teaching to pursue her
art; George who has taught in
Governor's Harbour, West End
and New Providence, confided
that she has a "check-off list in

life". , .. -- -- ,
"I. think you have to do,
things you feel you. want to do
even if they don't succeed," she
Though she continues to
teach after school classes at St
Andrew's School and private
lessons, she's pleased that she
has dedicated the last two and a
half years to her artwork and
is deeply satisfied that she has
accomplished one of her life-
time goals. While George talks
of leaving her work to rest for
several days before returning
to it, Roberts admits to a nat-
ural fluctuation between the
design stage and the so-called
"work-a-holic stage".

,Both work to. the.tempo of
their own creative rhythm.
"Ah'natual paiftitig takes me
about two to three weeks. I
usually leave my work for a few
days, then come back to it;
when I reach a point when I
can say yes, that's acceptable
to me then I'll go ahead and
iron it. Silk pieces must be heat-
ed in order to set the paint,"
explains George.
Using a sketch book, all of
Roberts' designs start out as
doodles and it is at this point
that she decides if her design
will become a quilt or a silk
painting. "It is hard to say how
long quilts take to finish
because I always have several

Going on at the same time and
will work between them. This
way I don't get bored!"
Roberts confesses to under-
standing the term 'starving
artist', as she says it is difficult if
one is going through an idea or
design phase and then must
switch gears to meet deadlines.
Both of these women artists
combine the tenacity of spirit
and diligence that are the hall-
marks of any successful artist.
These qualities are especially
important in a marketplace
characterised by high competi-
tion and ease of mobility.
Says Roberts: "I guess
remaining competitive is most-
ly down to luck, but I am

always trying to take my work
to another level every year -
my newest thing is' multi-media
quilts." She is currently experi-
menting with clay, ribbon, dec-
orative thread and beads as well
as combining silk painting and
quilting in one composition.
Self-motivation is also key as.,
Roberts says she challenges
herself by setting new goals for,
each show.
Kimberly Roberts' and Sandi'
George's joint exhibit, spon-'
sored by Credit Suisse, will be
on display at the Central Bank
of the Bahamas through Fri-'"
day, February 25 from 9.30am2
to 4.30pm. Opening night is'.
Thursday, February 17 at 6pm.'

Island Girls Sandi George and Kimberly Stur-
rup-Roberts are exhibiting fabric paintings,
quilts and drawings at the Central Bank of the
Bahamas. The show opens Thursday, Febru-
ary 17, 6pm and runs through Friday, February

Mural Painting Part 2 @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. This project started
last week and is designed to give students an
opportunity to work on a large-scale mural on
the corner of the boundary wall of the NAGB.
Students will continue with the design and con-
ceptual development of the mural. This Kid's
Worshop Series by the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas is facilitated by Toby Lunn and
Taino Bullard on Saturday, February 19, 10am
- 3pm. Age group: 12-18 years. Cost: $15 mem-
bers/$20 non-members (lunch included).

Christopher Mortimer, co-draftsman of the
Bahamas' copyright laws will talk to Grand
Bahama artists on "Copyright Law" on Thurs-
day, February 17,7pm @ the Freeport Art Cen-
tre. The talk is being put on by the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas.

Dr Ian Strachan, author, playwright and poet
will share his views on "Junkanoo's Place in
Bahamian Art and Culture" at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas' Issues Forum Series on
Thursday, February 24, 6pm @ the gallery on
West and West Hill Sts.

The National Collection @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that
takes the viewer on a journey through the his-
tory of fine art in the Bahamas. It features sig-
nature pieces from the national collection,
including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry,
Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith.
Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.

Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies
Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West and West Hill

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Streets. This exhibition is made up of key selec-
tions from Ms Davies' extensive collection of
Bahamian art and is part of the NAGB's Col-
lector's Series. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday,
llam-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau
Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper,
from the collection of Orjan and Amanda Lin-
droth @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century paint-
ings that make up the exhibition are part of
one of the earliest suites of paintings of Nassau
and its environs. Tupper was a British military
officer stationed at Fort Charlotte in the 1850s.
The works show a pre-modern Bahamas
through the decidely British medium of water-
colour. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-
4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

Story (From page 1C)

smiling at the memory.
After getting married, she
and her husband Dr Quentin
Richmond, settled in the
Bahamas and started a family.
When they had their three
daughters Allyson, Cathy and
Carla Mrs Richmond would
tell them Anancy stories, but it
was her youngest daughter,
Carla, who encouraged her to
write them down.
One Christmas she even
received a book of blank pages
as a form of motivation, but it
wasn't until her granddaughter
Yasmin was born that she final-
ly got serious about putting her'
stories down on paper.
At first, Mrs Richmond
would show her stories to her
husband, and after a positive
response she passed "her
babies" on to her niece, an
author, who encouraged her to
put them in book form.
Once they were put into
book form Mrs Richmond did-
n't know what to do with them,
so she contacted a local book
seller, Bertram Knowles, who
put her in touch with Mike
Henry, a Jamaican publisher
who visited the Bahamas often.
She invited Mr Henry to her
home, and gave him the best
Jamaican rum that she could
find. And it must have worked
because he agreed to publish
her stories.
Two years later, after much
gentle persuasion, says Mrs
Richmond, the book went to
press and was launched soon
after in 2004.
So far, "Anancy and Friends"
has generated much interest,
here and abroad.
The book has been distrib-
uted in England, Belize and the
Cayman Islands, and is avail-
able in local book stores. It has
also been recorded for use in
government primary schools.

The character Anancy was
said to be brought to the
Caribbean from the west coast
of Africa by the first slaves. His-
torically, he is a quick-witted
and intelligent character, sur-
viving the odds and tricking
those around him.
It is often told as a bedtime
story to children and for
decades has been passed down
as an oral tradition.
With the help of her
youngest daughter, who assists
with the editing, a second book
of stories is on its way and Mrs
Richmond is working on a
third. She says that the moti-
vation behind her sudden burst
of productivity is her grand-
daughter, to whom she dedi-
cated her first book.
Yasmin's birth brought back
memories of the much-trea-
sured story telling sessions on
her front porch, and Mrs Rich-
mond wanted to preserve a part
of the Caribbean culture for her
four-year-old granddaughter
who is growing up in Boston.
"I thought it was important to
expose her to her Caribbean
Mrs Richmond says that she
enjoys writing just as much as
she enjoys reading. In fact, she
says that she is so busy writing
these days that she has little
time for reading.
"The ideas are always run-
ning through my mind," .says
Mrs Richmond, who adds that
she sometimes feels that she is
in a race against time to get all
of her ideas out and down on
It is not unusual for her to
wake up in the middle of night
and tip-toe to the bathroom to
jot them down. All of her sto-
ries have morals and the good
traits are highlighted, even in
the mischievous characters that
she has transformed to capture


the imagination of a child.
As a part of the Book of the'
Month events, Mrs Richmond'
has appeared on a number of
radio talk-shows and has done
school readings in New Provi-,-
dence and Grand Bahama. Her
latest was last Friday when she
read to the entire student body
of Carlton Francis Primary
Although the schedule of'
Book of the Month activities.
has been hectic for this grand-
mother who would not reveal
her age for publication, Mrs
Richmond says that she was
pleasantly surprised when she
got the call that "Anancy and,
Friends" had been chosen for
the children's category of Min-
ister's Book of the Month Club.
She adds modestly that she
never imagined she would one
day be described as a children's.
author, but it's no surprise to
anyone who gets the chance to,
hear Mrs Richmond read to a
group of children.
Before she starts reading her '
story to school children she
emphasises the importance of
reading, something that she
strongly believes in, especially
in this age of television and the
She carefully points out that
when she was growing up there
was no television and that her
children were not allowed to
watch TV during the week. She
recalls that they did not like it
then, but thank her for it today.
One of her hopes is that
"Anancy and Friends" will not
only get children reading, but it
will get the many adults who'
like Mrs Richmond grew up in
a tradition of story telling, writ-
ing. "Even if you don't know,
how to write it in story form,
put the ideas down on paper
and get someone else to do it
for you," she says.

* "CALYPSO Collage", the title of artist Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts' quilt exemplifies the mixture of brilliant
hand-dyed fabrics and Bahamian inspired themes which are the special signature of her works.


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0 NOTED art collector Dawn Davies
shares some of the history, enthusiasm NDDF U1 2 e
and challenges behind her collection
durig aspeialpreenttio atthe
NAGB "The Collector Speaks".
duin s eca p e en ato a t l

Dawn's passion 'shows

little sign of letting uph

NOTED art collector Dawn Davies has
been collecting Bahamian art for more
than 20 years, a passion that started with
an Alton Lowe painting in the 1960s and
shows little sign of letting up.
About 45 pieces from her vast and varied
collection are now on exhibit at the Nation-
al Art Gallery of the Bahamas as part of the
NAGB's Collector's Series, and last week
Mrs Davies shared some of the history,
enthusiasm and challenges behind her
collection during a special presentation
at the NAGB "The Collector Speaks".
Mrs Davies' talk was divided into sub-
headings, based on questions posed to
her by The Tribune during an interview for
an article published in The Arts last year.
And while Mrs Davies was happy to
share many aspects of her personal-his-
tory and her collection, ,she would not,
divulge its size. "Quite large" was as much

as she would reveal. (Her collection also
includes post cards, sculpture and ceram-
Mrs Davies confirmed what is revealed
in the Collector's Series exhibition at the
NAGB, that initially her decisions on what
to purchase were about making her sur-
roundings more attractive, but that it even-
tually grew beyond the pretty to include
impressionism, then to the contemporary
and socially compelling, and more recent-
ly to the works of itinerant artists and his-
torical paintings.
She admits that her interest in the past
is more exciting to her at the moment and
that her main focus is now postcards and
historical paintings, but her significant
contribution to all areas of Bahamian fine
art, and her love for it,~ is clear.,: -
(Photo:.,feino Schmid),,

A movie about
children who
allegedly can
heal and see
the future was
seen by more than 150 people
in Nassau.
The Bahamas joined thou-
sands of people around the
world in viewing the drama
INDIGO, co-written by James
Twyman and Neale Donald
Walsch, and celebrating chil-
dren who have come to earth
to "heal the planet" and "assist
with the earth's ascension".
The movie was seen in 40
countries with over 1,000
screenings over the weekend
of January 29 and 30 January.
Called "Indigos", these chil-
dren "display a new and
unusual set of psychological
attributes," according to Lee
Carroll and Jan Tober, authors
of "The Indigo Children: The
New Kids Have Arrived."
The movie INDIGO inau-
gurated the first "World Indi-
go Day" designed to focus
attention "on the New World
being revealed through the
Indigo and spiritually aware
children". The film was seen
in theatres, churches and cen-
tres in all 50 states in the Unit-
ed States over that weekend,
and at the New Providence
Community Centre here.
The movie had its first
showing at the Santa Fe Film
Festival last year where it won
the "Audience Choice
"INDIGO is a film about
redemption, grace and the
healing powers of a new gen-
eration of psychic and gifted
Indigo Children. INDIGO
tells the story of one family's
three fateful choices that result
in bankruptcy, jail and their
estrangement and total disso-
lution. Through the healing
and psychic powers of the fam-
ily's youngest member, Grace,
a 10-year-old Indigo child, the
family finally has.a chance."


The movie is the creation of
"The Beloved Community,"
formed by author/musician
James F Twyman to promote
spiritual awakening and World
Peace. According to a release
on the Indigo movie, spon-
sored by Twyman's Emissary
Productions, as well as the
spiritual Cinema Circle and
JMonterey Media: "The inten-
sity of interest in INDIGO was
unprecedented. This interest

a film about
grace and the
healing powers
.of anew
generation of
psychic and
gifted Indigo

stems from the growing num-
ber of children born around
the world that exhibit unusual
and special gifts such as deep
compassion, perception, heal-
ing and verbalizing the wish
for World Peace."
INDIGO was the 17th high-
est grossing film in America
that weekend. This is a
remarkable feat for a small
independent film fueled by an
untraditional word of mouth

marketing campaign, and
because of the great positive
response to its worldwide
showing, sponsors are consid-
ering a post-Indigo Day show-
ing in three weeks.
Therapists, teachers and
parents are especially encour-
aged to view the movie, says
Bahamas Indigo organisel
Cheryl Lam.
Lam first saw the movie
when Twyman showed it at
the Sivananda Yoga Retreat
on Paradise Island last year.
Twyman, says Lam, "has a
special relationship with a
group of Indigo Children who
have been using their gifts to
help us achieve World Peace.
Several of these children live
in Nassau and you may
already know of them."
After the showing she
received several calls from per-
sons who identified with the
young character, Grace, the
star of the film, and who
explained that their gifts to see
into the Spirit World was
frowned upon in their com-
munities. She hopes that this
film would now help parents
and teachers and therapists to
understand who these children
are and treat them with the
love and care that they
The movie stars Neale Don-
ald Walsch, author of the
"Conversations with God"
Nicolas, an 8-year old Indigo
who communicates with an
Alphabet board from his
wheelchair, states: "Indigos are
here to heal the planet. Per-
haps there has never been a
time in history when the plan-
et Earth is so in need of heal-
ing, with escalation of events
such as Tsunamis, floods, hur-
ricanes, pollution, elections
between leaders and illusion
of separation. Our arrival here
is in exact timing for Earth's
transition into Light and

A history of the Festival

Movement in Bahamas

The National Arts Festival
is underway across the
Bahamas, representing 46
years of Bahamian culture
through dance, drama, poetry
and arts and craft. It stands
among the few cultural insti-
tutions of its kind and provides
an important forum for young
Bahamians to express their cul-
tural identity. Following is a
brief history of the festival
movement in the Bahamas.

THE Festival Movement
started in the Bahamas in
1959, which makes it 46 years
It was started by Lady
Arthur the wife of the then
Governor, and the first adju-
dications were held at St
John's Cathedral on Meeting
Street in Nassau,. Two years
later in 1961, the Family
Islands, or as they were known
then, the Out Islands, were
included, and the Music Festi-
val evolved into a country-
wide event.

In 1971, The Ministry of
Education and Culture intro-
duced The Bahamas Arts and
Crafts Exhibition which
included painting,
ceramics, shell craft, wood
sculpture and straw craft.
In 1972, the need for a sim-
ilar organisation in the area of
speech and drama was noted
and the Bahamas Drama Fes-
tival was organised along the
same lines as the Bahamas
Music Festival.
In 1976, The Ministry of
Education and Culture
opened The National Dance
School, and following this a
great deal of interest in dance
education was generated in
the schools and throughout
the community at large. At
that time it was decided that
instead of starting a new
"Dance Festival", all of the
Festivals should be combined
for the National Arts Festival,
in 1976.
The National Arts Festival'

has inspired some of the best
Bahamian artists to produce
material specifically for the
Festival, and or material that
would ultimately become a
part of or included in the Fes-
tival, either as set pieces or
choice pieces.

In addition to original music
by the late E Clement Bethel,
the Festival has included
works by such Bahamian
greats as Timothy Gibson,
whose work included patriotic
and national music, works by
the late George Symonette
and Blind Blake as well as
more recent works by Eddie
Minnis, and K B. Poetic works
and dramatic works by per-
sons such as Susan Wallace,
James Catalyn, Winston Saun-
ders, Patrick Rahming, Mari-
on Bethel, and many others.
It has featured the dance
choreography of Paula
Knowles, Lawrence Carol,
Ednol Wright, Robert Bain
and the late Shirley Hall-Bass,
and other proponents of
dance; and has exhibited the
Art and craft of Brent Mal-
one, Antonius Roberts, Stan-
ley and Jackson Burnside and
Eddie Minnis, who are leading
artists today.
In short, the National Arts
Festival provides a very broad
canvas on which we have
exhibited the many hues of
our diverse and vibrant cul-
The Festival helps to keep
our culture alive, and helps us
to know what is our culture, as
well as the local variations of
it. What aspects of the culture
are indigenous to Abaco, Cat
Island, Andros, New Provi-
dence, Long Island, Exuma,
Inagua, etc. Perhaps for this
very reason there has been an
increase in the number of
"Bahamian Classes" as well
as participants entering those
classes. There also "Classical
Styles" offered which helps to
expose and develop apprecia-
tion for other forms of "Cul-

tural Artistic Expression".
And in particular European
and African which dominates
Bahamian ancestry.
The Festival helps young
minds through the many dis-
ciplines that it offers, provid-
ing a learning experience sec-
ond to none. It teaches disci-
pline, character, confidence
and self-esteem. It teaches dis-
cipline through the day-to-day
rehearsing, character by apply-
ing yourself, rehearsing when
you don't feel like it, and self-
The National Arts Festival
is also an education tool, not
only for Bahamian culture but
also for the European Classi-
cal and African Folklore dis-
Many persons have been
responsible for organising the
Festival over the years, includ-
ing the late Meta Cumber-
batch, Horace Wright, E
Clement Bethel, Marion St
George, Vivian Morgridage,
Timothy Gibson, just to name
a few.

Over the years adjudicators
have included Andrew Curry,
James Catalyn, Audrey Dean-
Wright, Valintine Maura,
Philip Burrows, Dr Dennis
Darling, Noel Chutkan and
Jo Ann Deveaux-Callender.
The National Arts Festival
Committee has included such
individuals as, Clement
Bethel, James 0 Rolle, Win-
ston Saunders, Horace Wright,
Pamela Chandler, Dr Keva
Bethel, Muriel Eneas, Hilda
Barrett, Claudette Allens,
Douglas Duncombe, and
James Catalyn.
The newest members
include Fred Sturrup, Charles
Carter, Erica Wells, Erica
James, Hope Ratliffe, Christ-
ian Campbell, Vaughn Albury,
Claudette Allens, Keya
Cartwright, Patrica Bazard, Dr
Nicolette Bethel, Joan Hen-
derson, Eddison Dames,
Michael Pintard and Sonia

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EMA I L : 0 U T T H E R E @ T R B U N E M E D I A N ET

'arties, Nightclubs mu
i Restaurants 'M m

Cool Runnings returns with "Rising Sun" Con-
scious Party @ Hard Rock Cafe, Charlotte St Nort
h on Friday, February 18. Classic reggae style musi
c. Admission $10.

Rave Saturdays @ The All New Club Eclipse. D
J Scoobz spinning the best in Old Skool. Admis-
sion $35, all inclusive food and drink.

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

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports
Bar. Drink specials all night long, including karaok
e warm-up drink to get you started. Party, 8pm-unt

Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Night-
club. Begins 10pm every Tuesday. Weekly win-
ners selected as Vocalist of the Week $250 cash p
rize. Winner selected at end of month from final-
ists cash prize $1,000. Admission $10 with one fre
e drink..

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover char
ge includes a free Guinness and there should be lot
s of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 an
d Men $15.

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

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

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

Twisted Boodah Bar & Lounge every Fri-
day @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St North, fea-
turing world music, chillin' jazz and soulful club be
ats. Starting at 6pm. Beers $3, longdrinks $4.50.

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

College Night @ Bahama Boom every Fri-
day. Admission: $10 with college ID, $15 with-

Hard Rock Cafe Fridays, Rising Sun Rock cha
nges to reggae for one night a week. Party from 9p
m 2am, Charlotte St North.

Dicky Mo's Fridays @ Cable Beach. Happy Hou
r 3 for $10 mixed drinks and $1 shots.

Dream Saturdays @ the Blue Note Lounge this
Saturday and every Saturday after that. Admis-
sion: $15 before llpm, $20 after.

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

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

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

'Love is still

in the air'

THOUGH Valentine's Day has passed, the
Nassau Garden Club says that love is still in the
air. And on Saturday, this love is being dis-
played in an all natural way.
The club, which was formed in 1931, will be
hosting a Flower Show with Design Exhibits
and Horticultural Specimens, all there to
"entice" you to beautify your surroundings.
It will be an afternoon full of natural beauty
where stalls of items from the Bahamas Nation-
al Trust, beautiful jewellery by various arti-
sans, preserves made by local Bahamians, and
exotic Orchids from Flamingo Nurseries will be
up for sale. Soft drinks and snacks by the Dis-
covery Club children will also be available.
It means that for those who love plants, all
roads lead to The Retreat Gardens on Village
Road (opposite Queen's College) this Saturday
from 2.30pm to 6pm. Admission: $3 (adults); $1
(children under 12).

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @
Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies free.

Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A
night of Caribbean, Latin, and Reggae; flavours
for all audiences. Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge;
Old School Reggae and Sdda irthe Mairn Lounge.
Ladies in free before ll1pm. $10 after llpni. Men,
$15 cover charge.

Rafter Ian and Shelly play live @ The Green
Parrot, Hurricane Hole, Paradise Island, Satur-
days 7pm-10pm, featuring a mix of alternative
favourites, from Avril Lavigne to Coldplay and U2.

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-
Thursday 8pm-12am.

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

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

M NE The Arts
Island Girls Sandi George and Kimberly Stur-
rup-Roberts are exhibiting fabric paintings,
quilts and drawings at the Central Bank of the
Bahamas. The show opens Monday, February
14 and runs through Friday, February 25. Open-
ing reception on Thursday, February 17, 6pm.

Developing Commercial Gallery Spaces @
the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Tues-
day, February 15, 6pm. This special series will
explore the idea and absence of commerical art
galleries ,in the Bahamas. Successful gallery
owners will discuss how they have crafted their
business and the problems they may have faced
specific to the region and how they have kept it

Mural Painting Part 2 @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. This project, which
started last Saturday, is designed to give stu-
dents an opportunity to work on a large-scale
mural on the corner of the boundary wall of
the NAGB. Students will continue to work on
the design and conceptual development of the
mural this week. This Kid's Worshop Series by
the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is
facilitated by Toby Lunn and Taino Bullard on
Saturday, February 19, 10am 3pm. Age group:

12-18 years. Cost: $15 members/$20 non-mem-
bers (lunch included).

Christopher Mortimer, co-draftsmaii of the
=Bahamas' copyright laws will talk to Grand
*Bahama artists on "Copyright Law" on Thurs;-
day, February 17, 7pm @ the Freeport Art Cen-
tre. The talk is being put on by the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas.

Dr Ian Strachan, author, playwright and poet
will share his views on "Junkanoo's Place in
Bahamian Art and Culture" at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas' Issues Forum Series on
Thursday, February 24, 6pm @ the gallery on

glucose screenings will be performed between
5pm and 6pm. Call 302-4603 to ensure avail-
able seating.

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

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

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

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

H illim Civic Clubs M S

Public Forum "Free Movement of People in
the Caribbean An Open Door Policy for the
Bahamas. Dion Hanna, director of Legal Aid, will
speak on the topic as part of Legal Education
Week 2005. The lecture will be held on Wednes-
day, February 16,7.30pm @;the Lecture Theatre,
School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, College
of the Bahamas. Refreshments will be served.

The Bahamas Historical Society will meet on
Thursday, February 17, 6pm @ the Museum on
Shirley St and Elizabeth Ave. Peter Barratt will
give a presentation on his historical novel,
"Bahama Saga". A book signing will follow the
meeting. The public is invited to attend.

West and West Hill Sts. The Nassau Garden Club is having a Flower
Show with design exhibits and horticultural spec-
The National Collection @ the National Art imens on Saturday, February 19 from 2.30pm-
Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that takes 6pm @ The Retreat on Village Road (opposite
the viewer on a journey through the history of Queen's College). The show will feature some-
fine art in the Bahamas. It features signature thing for the whole family soft drinks and snacks,
pieces from the national collection, including beautiful jewellery, homemade preserves and exot-
recent acquisitions by Blue Curry,, Antonius ic orchids from Flamingo Nurseries. Admission:
Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Gallery | Adults $3 and'children under 12 $1.
hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Call 3A- w

5800 to book tours.

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

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau
Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper,
from the collection of Orjan and Amanda Lin-
droth @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century paint-
ings that make up the exhibition are part of
one of the earliest suites of paintings of Nassau
and its environs. Tupper was a British military
officer stationed at Fort Charlotte in the 1850s.
The works show a pre-modern Bahamas
through the decidely British medium of water-
colour. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11lam-
4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

MI --i ^f Health : -

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture
Series: Dr Patrick Cargill, cardiologist, will dis-
cuss "Maintaining A Healthy Heart" on Thurs-
February 17, 6pm in the Doctors Hospital
conference room in observance of Heart Month.
This lecture will educate the public about heart
health by stressing the importance of prevention
and detection of the disease in its earliest stages
as well as treatment. The lecture is free to the
public. Free blood pressure, cholesterol and

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

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

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first
Tuesday, 7pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant,
Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589 for
more info.

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

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the month
in the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel, Bay St.

Send all your civic and social events to The Tri-
bune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: outthere@tri-

II 'I I I i'



'Rumours are spreading'

Tribune Feature Writer
Rumours that a
number of
Jamaican artists
are considering
an organised
boycott of the Bahamas, seem
to be unfounded. The rumour
surfaced following allegations
made by artist Richie Spice
that he was attacked by police
officers at the Nassau Interna-
tional Airport last week Mon-
According to Jamaican man-
agers, there is no evidence to
suggest that Jamaican reggae
artists plan never to perform
again in the Bahamas.
Mervis Walsh, manager of
Beres Hammond, an artist who
has been performing in the
Bahamas for many years, and
held a concert at the opening
of Club Insomnia last month,
told Tribune Entertainment
that she has not heard of any
possible boycott in Jamaica.
This information came ear-
lier this week, through a tele-
phone interview with the man-
ager in Jamaica.
While she does not know of
the details of the incident in
question, Ms Walsh says that
her artist will continue to per-
form in the Bahamas because
the Richie Spice incident does
not affect Mr Hammond.
"I haven't heard of this inci-
dent, but we have never had a
problem coming to the
Bahamas. No, we've never had
a problem with immigration.
We've never had a problem
with law enforcement. And I
cannot use this incident with
Richie Spice because it did not
affect us," she said.
Ms Walsh added that she
doesn't know why Richie Spice
was searched at Nassau Inter-
national Airport, but acknowl-
edged that every country
reserves the right to do what
they "see as being fit". And
artists have "no choice" but to
She say there have been sit-
ua ionws hen artists and their
entourage have travelled to
Barbados and persons encoun-
tered similar problems with
officers, however, the group
must abide by the rules and
regulations of authorities in the
"You just have to abide by
the rules," she said. "I have
gone to other countries and
have been searched, many oth-
er Jamaicans have, but we look
at it as protocol. In some cases,
one of two persons from my
party may have been pulled
aside and searched, but that is
the right of that country to do
that," said Hammond's man-
Ms Walsh, a Jamaican who
also holds US citizenship, told

Tribune Entertainment that
once in Canada, she was
detained overnight because of
a discrepancy with the signa-
ture on her US citizenship
card. She was travelling to
Florida, and was not allowed to
leave until after the matter had
been cleared the following day.
Speaking of this incident she
told Tribune Entertainment:
"We can't make the laws.
Sometimes they are uncom-
fortable for us, but we have to
do what they say and abide by
their laws, even though we
may not understand them."
"One day, you could be
going into a country and they
may say that everyone coming
from Jamaica has to be
searched, but we have to abide
by that. It happens," she
According to Richie Spice,
who has shared his account of
the alleged "attack" by offi-
cers on at least two radio sta-

"I haven't heard
of this incident,
but we have
never had a
coming to the
Bahamas. No,
we've never had
a problem with
We've never
had a problem
with law
Mervis Walsh

tions in Jamaica, and in a tele-
phone interview on Mix 102
FM radio in Freeport, Grand
Bahama last Tuesday, said that
the incident was unlike any-
thing he has ever experienced
in any country. He noted that
he has travelled throughout the
According to a report on, while
Spice and his entourage were
leaving for Jamaica, they
checked in at the airport and
passed through the metal
detectors. The alarm went off
while he was going through
and he took off his watch, and
went back through the detector
again on the advice of one of
the immigration officials who
was doing checks. When he
went through for the second
time, he says that the alarm
didn't go off.
Afterwards, a police officer
who was nearby requested a

search one that the artist
said was unprovoked, since he
had already cleared the detec-
"They took me into a room
and I asked why he was search-
ing me, and he started to get
aggressive and hurl abuses at
me. I asked him why was he
being aggressive and he got
more abusive and grabbed me
by the neck. My brother Span-
ner Banner who saw what was
happening intervened and
asked him why he was dealing
with me like that, and some
police officers got involved and
punched us and even took out
their guns," said Spice in that
It was also reported that
some eyewitnesses started to
address the actions taken by
police officers, and some even
started to take pictures of what
was happening. It was alleged
that the police confiscated a
digital camera and told the
people who had congregated,
to move away and "go about
their businesses".
Apparently, no other law
enforcement officers inter-
vened, but it was reported in
The Tribune earlier this week
that an investigation into the
matter has now been launched.
According to Acting Com-
missioner of Police John Rolle,
law enforcement is taking the
allegation that Spice was
attacked by a Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEU) officer very
seriously, and they are very
The Acting Commissioner
said that the officer in charge
of the Police Complaints Unit,
Supt John Ferguson, has been
informed of the allegation and
said that all inquiries that may
reveal any wrong doing on the
part of NIA will be dealt with.
He also reported in The Tri-
bune that the Acting Commis-
sioner has received a report
from the airport police station
about the incident, and is
expected to be in possession
of a copy of the statement of
complaint from Spice's lawyers
in Jamaica very soon.
Though neither the Acting
Commissioner or Supt Fergu-
son could be reached for com-
ments yesterday, it was learnt
that the matter is still "under
very active investigation".
Spice told Mix 102 that he
will return to the Bahamas to
perform as he has been well
received by the Bahamian pub-
lic. But in the euroweb inter-
view dated just two days later,
he was quoted as saying that
he will not return to the
"It was the first I have ever
been through something like
this. I would never go back to
that country. If the people over
there want to hear my music,
and see me perform, they have

* RUMOURS that a number of Jamaican artists (Capleton is pictured) are considering an
organised boycott of the Bahamas surfaced following allegations made by artist Richie Spice
that he was attacked by police officers at the Nassau International Airport...
(The Tribune archive photo)

to come to Jamaica to see me
perform," said Spice in the
Ms Walsh thinks the gener-
al consensus among managers
of Jamaican artists will be to
continue with performances in
the Bahamas. She thinks that
even Spice's management will
continue to perform here.
"The management of Richie
Spice, I'm sure, they are intel-
ligent people, and at the time
of any incident, persons will
say anything in a heated
moment. But I feel like they
will weigh each option and
come to a better decision.
"Everyone has their own

opinion, but music is music and
there will be some disappoint-
ments here and there, but you
have to learn how to deal with
it," she added.
Spice was in the country to
perform at the Fifth Element
concerts in Nassau and
Both concerts drew large
crowds. The Nassau perfor-
mance held at the Wyndham
Hotel, attracted a reported
3,000 persons, with some being
turned away. The Freeport
performance drew a reported
2,000 persons.
The Kingston-based dance
hall singer was born Richell

Bonner, and comes from a reg-
gae family. His brothers
include DJ Snatcher Dogg,
vocalist Spanner Banner, and
producer Pliers of Chakade-
mus and Pliers. Spice began
his career opening his broth-
ers' shows and started record-
ing singles with producers like
Clive Hunt and Dennis "Star"
Hayles in the mid-'90s. His
debut album, Out of the Blue,
arrived soon after, and his sec-
ond, Universal, was released
in 2000.
He is acknowledged by some
in the music business as
Jamaica's top reggae artist for

Are the wrong films being

censored in the Bahamas?


IF you haven't seen the number
one movie in America, you must be
living in the Bahamas.
Boogeyman, Harry Potter, Ameri-
can Pie 2, Devil's Advocate, City of
God and Constantine have all been
subject to major scrutiny before mak-
ing it to the big screen in the
Bahamas. Each of these movies was
.deemed to have "highly questionable
material", some making the grade,
some not.
Which begs the question are the
wrong films being censored in the
Many Bahamians find it hard to
understand why freedom of choice is
challenged when certain movies are
released in the United States but not
brought to Bahamas audiences.
It might interest them to know that
it's not two or three random folks
choosing what they watch nor is it
the decision of the Bahamas Christian
It is, in fact, a cross-section of as
many as 58 Bahamians, identified by
the Cabinet as upstanding persons in
Bahamian society whose reputations
have led them to become chosen
moral guides for the Bahamian
This group is known as the
Bahamas Plays and Films Control
Board (BPFCB), whose members are

given power to protect Bahamian
morality, following the Ministry of
National Security's agenda of safe-
guarding the Bahamian people's
minds, especially those of minors,
from "undue influence".
This year, the group is led by a
female director.
Says Chavasse Turnquest-Liriano,
of the Ministry of National Security:
"It is a statutory board governed by
the Theatre and Cinemas Act. The
board gives Bahamian ratings to pub-
licly viewed movies and plays. These
ratings differ from those given in the
United States, and the board has its
own guidelines, based on the extent of
profanity, sexuality, nudity, blasphe-
my, adult content etc.
The ratings are: 'A' for all audi-
ences; 'B' for parental guidance; 'T'
for 15 and older; and 'C' for adults
About three or four films are
screened every week by the group,
who are unpaid and do it out of civic
duty, Turnquest-Liriano told Tribune
Over the years, the board has come
under the jurisdiction of many gov-
ernment ministries, including tourism,
sports and culture, social services and
eventually public service and immi-
gration now the Ministry of Nation-
al Security.
The process of approval for films
(and plays) starts and ends with the

BPFCB. If a cinema wants to screen a
film, it must submit it to the BPFCB
for approval of the film's content...a
14-day submission, in advance of
showtime, is required.
When the Bahamas International
Film Festival (BIFF) screened films in
Nassau last December, this would

"... These ratings
differ from those
given in the United
States, and the
board has its own
guidelines, based
on the extent of
profanity, sexuality,
nudity, blasphemy,
adult content etc."
Chavasse Turnquest-

have been done for all films brought
to the city for entry into the festival.
Mr Craig Woods, of the Bahamas
Film Commission, said: "As many as
74 films would have been
screened...the control board members
were up until three or four in the
morning reviewing them.
"But our role is to secure produc-

tions...and if we bring in films for the
festival or have special screenings of-
films that were made in the Bahamas,
we must have them screened before
public viewing."
Control board members are priests,
pastors and sisters of the Catholic,
Anglican, Baptist and other faiths;
public officers; educators and busi-
ness and retired persons. This year, 38
members are headed by a female
Some Bahamians believe a more
diverse board is needed...others
believe there is no need at all for this
type of oversight.
In 2005, the idea seems antiquated
to many, but the Ministry of Nation-
al Security sees it as something vital to
the nation's success.
According to Mrs Turnquest-Liri-
ano: "If a proprietor of a movie the-
atre wants to show a certain film, the
board must approve it. If the propri-
etor has a problem with the decision,
they can appeal to the chairman to
request another sector of the board
review it for another rating.
"If the response is the same and
the proprietor is still dissatisfied, the
power lies with the chairman to over-
rule the previous decision."
She recalls "two films, one out of
Colombia which had no positive mes-
sage at all. All it contained was killing,
drugs and money."
She adds: "The board tries to work

with the theatres because they know
they have to pay customs." And edit-
ing is not an option because they say
it interferes with the continuity of the
For now, censorship involves only
cinematic releases and stage plays,
but the future could include cable/net-
work and pay-per-view.
Even in this modern age perhaps
especially the BPFCB continues to
find this protectionist method neces-
sary for the greater good of Bahami-
an society.
The hope is to develop a more
"modern" review committee, the
processes and standards of the cur-
rent board being jointly revised by
the board and the ministry.
Also to be reconsidered is the $2.50
to $500 fine imposed on theatres for
the admission (unintentional or oth-
erwise) of minors into adult-rated
Mrs Turnquest-Liriano says: "The
board does spot checks, but the onus
is on the theatre and on the parents to
ensure minors don't enter to see the
film. It's hard to monitor who gets in
or buys the tickets, especially during
busy seasons like Christmas and East-
er. And parents are also guilty. Some-
times they will buy the adult tickets
while the child waits elsewhere...and
the way some of the young people
dress today you can't tell the differ-

Managers say there is no evidence to

suggest that Jamaican reggae artists plan

to never perform in the Bahamas again


Alleged 'attack'

on Spice sparks

several concerns in music trade

Tribune Feature Writer
The alleged "attack" on a
Jamaican artist at the
Nassau International
Airport has sparked sev-
eral concerns in the
Bahamian music industry.
There is a call for all promotion
companies to be licensed and held
responsible for the artists they bring
into the country, as well as the threat
of a possible rise in fees by Jamaican
Trevor Davis, head of the promo-
tion company, Alpha Sounds, best
known for its soca events, told Tri-
bune Entertainment that if the pro-
motion company responsible for the
concert had been more involved, the
alleged attack may have been avoid-
ed, or might not have gotten so out of
control. (See story page 6)
"I don't know everything, only what
I heard, but if the promoters had done
their job this shouldn't have hap-
pened. The promoters are responsible
for the events and the artists, so they
should have escorted their artist to
the airport," he said.
And what are the responsibilities
of the promotion company?
Davis says that the promotion corn-

Threat of possible rise in fees by Jamaican artists

pany is not only responsible for mak-
ing the event a success, but ensuring
that the artists are comfortable, and
that their visits go without incident.
Manager of Jamaican artist Mr
Easy, known in the industry as Rude-
Gal, told Tribune Entertainment yes-
terday that one of the main responsi-
bilities of the promotion company is
to ensure security.
She says there have been instances
over the years where artists and high-
profile people were robbed of jew-
ellery or money. Part of that, she
adds, can be "streamlined" in the
areas you visit as well as the way you
carry yourself.
"We typically expect and commu-
nicate within our contracts that the
promoters are responsible for all
transportation, from hotel and air-
ports as well as clubs. When it comes
to the club venues, they are responsi-
ble for trained security. We haven't, at
this point, made security a require-
ment for transport to and from the
hotels; we haven't foreseen a need
yet," says the manager. -
But she does not feel that the pro-

moters are responsible for providing
transport back to the airport. "I do
agree that if something occurs within
the time frame that a promoter has
the artist, and the artist is operating
on their time schedule and not out
doing their own thing and something
occurs, yes there is a level of respon-
sibility and liability on that promoter."
Though she does not know the
details of the alleged attack, she feels
that if the promoters were there, there
may have been a different outcome.
"As far as if the promoters were
there, that might have aided to vali-
date whatever questions he was being
asked and answering," she notes.
In order to ensure that all interna-
tional artists are comfortable in this
country, says Davis, all promotion
companies must be required to oper-
ate under a proper business licence,
and be regulated under a set of guide-
According to Davis, Alpha Sounds
does have a business licence, but the
problem is that many persons who
are hosting concerts nationally are
being allowed to do so without a

"Promoters should be forced to
apply for a licence because you see
now, anybody can pop up and say
they're having a concert or an event,"
he says. "If something happens, peo-
ple can easily look in the phonebook
and see Alpha Sounds, and call us up,
and say we have your artist here and
there is a problem. But not everyone
can be easily reached, because they
are not licensed."
In Mr Easy's case, RudeGal says
that her artist is not at the "phase" in
his career, where they can "be so par-
ticular to only work with licensed or
top of the barrel promoters".
"We do our best to investigate pro-
moters, finding out their track record
of shows and communicating amongst
other artists or managers for refer-
ences. But until Easy is at a selling
level of a Sean Paul, we can't discount
people based on that issue," she
explains. "It would be ideal for serious
promoters to be licensed and handle
their business properly, but that has
yet to happen in the Dancehall Reg-
gae industry as a whole."

Davis says that the incident was
And while he feels that the pro-
moters ,did not do their job, law
enforcement is not exempt from their
He also feels that it is the responsi.
bility of officers to identify themselves
before making a search of anybody,
whether that individual is an artist or
the average traveller.
Davis does not believe that the inci-
dent will deter other Jamaican reg-
gae artists from performing in the
Bahamas, but believes that the rela-
tionship between the Bahamas and
artists out of Jamaica may have suf- %
He predicts that Jamaican artists
will begin to charge more money -
as much as double their prices to
perform in the Bahamas. 'I
"Music is their livelihood, so they
won't stop coming," he says. "But -
what will happen is that the news
about this incident in the airport will
spread and it will cost these local pro-
moters more money to bring in the
reggae artists now.
"They will up their fee as a rebuttal
in a sense. So you'll see that if they
charged $2,000 before, it now goes
up to $4,000 because they are upset
about the rumour."

Ray Charles'

'Genius Loves Company'

sweeps Grammys with eight awards

AP Music Writer

Ray Charles, whose legacy
erased boundaries between gen-
res and generations, received a
fitting musical eulogy Sunday
night as his final album, "Genius
Loves Company," won a lead-
ing eight Grammys.
Charles' album of duets,
recorded in the final months of
his life, was the clear sentimen-
tal favorite. It won album of the
year and best pop album; the
song "Here We Go Again,"
with Norah Jones, won record
of the year and best pop collab-
oration with vocals.
"I'm going to cry, actually,"
Jones said as she accepted the
trophy for record of the year.
"I think it just shows how won-
derful music can be."
Other winners included Ali-
cia Keys and Usher, each nom-
inated for eight Grammys. Keys
won four while Usher had three.
They shared one award, for best

R&B performance by a duo or
group with vocals for their
chart-topping duet, "My Boo."
U2 won three awards, includ-
ing best rock performance by a
duo or group. Green Day, the
most nominated rock act with
six for their politically charged
punk opera "American Idiot,"
won best rock album.
"Rock 'n' roll can be danger-
ous and fun at the same time, so
thanks a lot," Green Day lead
singer Billie Joe Armstrong said
as he accepted the award.
Keys had a chance to win
more than any other woman in
one evening. In 2002 Keys won
five Grammys for her debut
album, "Songs in A Minor,"
becoming only the second
woman to win that many in one
night. (Lauryn Hill won five in
1999; Jones matched Hill and
Keys' feat in 2003.)
John Mayer was one of the
artists who prevented a record
night by Keys, as his mellow
tribute "Daughters" won song
of the year.
The most nominated artist of

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9 Goodies




* JAMIE Foxx performs at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards
on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at the Staples Center in Los


the year was perhaps the most
multifaceted Kanye West,
the songwriter-producer who
made his rap debut in 2004 with
the cutting-edge CD "The Col-
lege Dropout." He was nomi-
nated for 10 Grammys, includ-
ing album of the year, but only
took home three, including best
rap album and best rap song for
"Jesus Walks."
He was upset in the best new

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artist category, losing to
Maroon 5 in a race that also
included country singer
Gretchen Wilson, the Los Lone-
ly Boys and soul siren Joss
Maroon 5's Adam Levine
seemed almost apologetic after
"Kanye West, I want to thank
you so much for being wonder-
ful," he said. The camera cut



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away to West, who looked less
than pleased.
Some expected West to have
a meltdown like at the Ameri-
can Music Awards, where he
complained bitterly backstage
after losing the same award to
Wilson. But on Sunday night he
weni on 'to deliver an eye-pop-
ping performance of "Jesus
Walks" and an emotional
acceptance speech for best rap
After referencing the car acci-
dent a few years ago that almost
took his life, West promised to
live life to the fullest: "I plan to
celebrate and scream and pop
champagne every chance I get
because I'M AT THE GRAM-
He also referenced his Amer-
ican Music Awards embarrass-
ment. "Everybody wanted to
know what would I do if I didn't
win. I guess we'll never know,"
he said, holding his trophy up
At least West didn't have to
wait decades to get a trophy, as
did some veterans finally hon-

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Steve Earle's left-leaning
"The Revolution Starts ... Now"
won for contemporary folk
album. And Rod Stewart -
who had complained in recent
years about never winning a
Grammy won for traditional
pop vocal album' for his stan-
dards recording "Stardust ...
The Great American Songbook
Vol. III."
Brian Wilson, who released
his album "Smile" after a more
than three-decade wait, won
best rock instrumental perfor-
mance for "Mrs. O'Leary's
Cow." He had never been hon-
ored before, even as leader of
The Beach Boys. The big irony.
the man who did more for vocal
harmony than anyone in rock
'n' roll won in an instrumental
"I waited 42 years for this
Grammy and it was well worth
the wait," Wilson said back-
stage. "It represents triumph
and achievement in music that I
feel that I deserved, and I'm
really glad I won."
The oft-maligned Britney
Spears also won her first Gram-
my best dance recording for
Spears wasn't present, but
another newlywed was on hand:
Jennifer Lopez performed a
duet in Spanish with new hubby
Marc Anthony, their first public
performance together.
Other performers included
Green Day, whose rollicking
performance was bleeped by
the censors; and U2.
Perhaps the evening's most
exhilarating performance was
from Melissa Etheridge. The
rocker, who is battling breast
cancer, took to the stage for a
Janis Joplin tribute with a
shaved head but strong voice,
and received a standing ovation.
But ultimately, the night
belonged to Ray Charles.
Besides the four awards for best
album and song, "Genius Loves
Company" won for best instru-
mental arrangement accompa-
nying a vocalist, best gospel per-
formance, best engineered
album and best surround sound
Charles was 73 when he died
in June, with a total of 12 Gram-
mys in his 50-plus year career.
The most he ever won in one
night was four in 1960, including
two for the classic "Georgia On
My Mind."
That was the song performed
Sunday by Keys and the actor
Jamie Foxx, considered an
Oscar lock for his portrayal of
Charles in "Ray."
Foxx, a more then decent
musician, sat at a piano opposite
Keys as Quincy Jones conduct-
ed the orchestra.
"For an old friend," Foxx said
as he began to play.

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