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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: May 18, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 101 No.145




Homes threatened

following severe


Tribune Staff Reporter
HUNDREDS of homes were
damaged yesterday when
waters from a freak flood rose
in South Andros, sending fur-
niture floating down the streets.
Due to a severe thunder-
storm, which lasted more than
16 hours, homes of more than
500 residents of High Rock,
Congo Town, Driggs Hill and
Mangrove Cay were threatened.
Eyewitnesses yesterday saw
furniture floating down the
streets and residents scrambling
to secure their homes.
All main roads in the area
were impassable and the
island's day-to-day business was
interrupted as flood waters
forced residents to stay in their
Air traffic also had to be sus-
pended as aircraft could find no
place to land.
South Andros MP Whitney
Bastian told The Tribune that
the heavy rains started at
around 9pm on Monday and
continued into the afternoon
"It flooded right down from
High Rock straight down to
Congo Town and Driggs Hill.
Cars are already sitting in water
and some engines and trans-
missions were probably dam-
aged, the people's homes have
also sustained water damage,"
he said.
Although the rains stopped
after 1pm yesterday, Mr Bastian

said that drainage is now the
biggest problem facing the
"We hope that it will soak
away during the night, but at
the moment this seems unlike-
ly," he.said.
The MP said he had contact-
ed the Ministry of Works in
Nassau, and that teams of engi-
neers would most likely have to
be sent to Andros to address
the problem of water drainage.
Mr Bastian said his con-
stituents had no warning of the
severe rains.
"The rains just came down
without warning, some people
say they suspect a tornado must
have swept through Andros,"
he said.
Meteorology Officer Godfrey
Burnside could not confirm the
report about a tornado, but
explained that the rain and
thunderstorms were the result
of.a weather system over the
southern end of Andros, which
is expected to move east today,
towards the Berry Islands and
Mr Burnside said he expects
the system to remain strong
throughout today. Radar read-
ings are indicating scattered rain
showers and more thunder-
"At the moment the system
has lost some of its intensity,
however that is not to say that it
won't pick up momentum again
when it travels eastward," said
SEE page 10

THE old Paradise Island-New
Providence bridge is currently undergoing
its periodic structural evaluations.
According to the Minister of Works and
Utilities Bradley Roberts, Paul Hanna and
Associates are currently carrying out the
inspections both underwater at the base of
the pillars, and on the carriageway itself.
See page two
(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN now behind bars in Spartan-
burg, South Carolina, on drug related
charges, was yesterday charged with
killing a police officer in a foiled bank
robbery in Grays, Long Island.
According to The Miami Herald,
SEE page 10

Fire prompts

concern over

'illegal villages'
Tribune Staff Reporter
A FOUR-ROOM wooden structure
burned to the ground Sunday evening, inten-
sifying concerns about the emergence of ille-
gal Haitian villages in New Providence and
the threat these structures pose to surround-
ing neighbourhoods.
The one-story shack, located in a bushy
area off Bacardi Road, was in full blaze when
Fire Services officers arrived after 10 o'clock
Sunday evening. Although they managed to
extinguish the fire, despite the limited access,
SEE page 10

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inquiry into

alleged attack

on passengers
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE preliminary inquiry into an
alleged attack on three bus passengers
opened in the Magistrate's Court Tues-
day morning.*
Magistrate Maralyn Meers is hearing
evidence from Sharad Lightfoot,
SEE page 10






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safety of

PI bridge

Survey follows

warning not to

exceed limit

-. Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Paradise Island to New Providence bridge is
currently undergoing one of its periodic structural
o __ evaluations.
The last survey was done in 1998, and it confirmed
that the acceptable load for the bridge to hold at any
one time was 15 tons.
This is the present weight restriction. The capac-
ity of the new bridge is 25 tons.
According to Minister of Works and Utilities
Bradley Roberts, the company Paul Hanna and
Associates is carrying out inspections both at the
base of the pillars and on the carriageway itself.
A notice was issued last month by Bridge Author-
ity chairman Edward Fitzgerald advising motorists
S -. that.any use of the bridges exceeding the lawful
S_ capacity without the consent of the authority would
be considered a breach of the law.
"Routine checks will be made of all vehicles util-
S. ising both bridges to make sure they are in compli-
ance of the rules laid out by the Bridge Authority,
and violators would be prosecuted forthwith," the
release read.
The government has been at pains lately to point
f out that the bridge is within the correct safety para-
I NLast month, Mr Roberts issued a statement to
say that the old bridge is still safe and should not be
a cause for concern. The inspection of the bridge
N comes less than three weeks since this.

Businessman is new

president of BNT



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to love one another. Matthew 22: 37-39, Acts 1:8.

Thursday May 19th Saturday May 21st 2005
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The Schedule of Dynamic Speakers includes:
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Rector, Holy Trinity Church
Saturday May 21st 9:30 am

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will address all men t 7:30 am Saturday May 21st
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Thursday May 19th 7:30 pm
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INAGUA businessman Glen
Bannister has been elected
president of the Bahamas
National Trust (BNT).
He will succeed Colin Light-
bourn, whose two year term
ended at the BNT council meet-
ing on April 16.
Mr Bannister is the chief
executive officer of Morton Salt
Bahamas Limited, the largest
employer on Inagua, where the
BNT'manages the Inagua
National Park; home to a
breeding colony of 50,000 West
Indian flamingos.
This is Mr Bannister's second
term as president. He also
served in 1999.
Prior to joining Morton Salt,
Mr Bannister held several posi-
tions with First National City
Bank in Nassau.
He has an MBA from the
University of Central Florida
and ari undergraduate degree
in business administration from
Oklahoma City University.

He is a long-term supporter
of the trust's work and has been
a member of the BNT govern-
ing council since 1994.
Other trust officers elected
were Macgregor Robertson,
deputy president; Stacey Moul-
trie, honorary secretary; Peter
Stokes, honorary treasurer.
The nine elected members of
the BNT council are Sir
William Allen, Glen Bannister,
Teresa Butler, Pericles Maillis,
Macgregor Robertson, Robin
Symonette, Leandro Vazquez,
Anthony White and Stacey
Wells Moultrie.
Designated Bahamian organ-
isations that serve on Council
are: the office of the governor-
general; the ministries of Agri-
culture and Fisheries, Education,
Culture, Health and Tourism.
The designated international
organisations are: The Ameri-
can Museum of Natural History;
the National Audubon Society;
the University of Miami; Rosen-

steil School of Marine Science;
the Smithsonian Institution; the
US Parks Service; and the
Wildlife Conservation Society.

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n Limousine group vow over

aegel E d 'growing mononolyv'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Caribbean Single Market
and Economy (CSME) could
squeeze a large percentage of
Bahamian pharmacists out of the
industry, it has been claimed.
According to Bahamas Phar-
maceutical Association public
relations officer Philip Gray,
CSME legislation which proposes
the harmonisation of pharmacy
services standards could bring
potentially crippling competition
from larger Caribbean countries.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Gray, who is
also the chief pharmacist at Doc-
tors Hospital, said the association
met with Foreign Affairs and Pub-
lic Service Minister Fred Mitchell
two weeks ago.
He said they discussed the asso-
ciation's concerns about articles
34,45 and 46 of the legislation.
Mr Gray said article 34 address-
es the right of signatories to estab-
lish pharmacies throughout the
The concern was that other
Caribbean pharmacists could set
up manufacturing or open whole-
sale companies in the Bahamas.
"Think of a wholesaler in
Jamaica or Trinidad where the
population is 2 to 6 million people.
"Our wholesalers are supply-
ing 300,000 persons; if you do the
math they must be exponentially
larger than we are, which means
they can swallow up our whole-
salers," he said.
Mr Gray pointed out that.
Bahamian wholesalers who
presently distribute for a Barba-
dian pharmaceutical manufactur-
ing company may also be affected,
as the proposed legislation will
allow that company to set up its
own operation in the Bahamas.

Articles 45 and 46 address the
free movement of pharmacists,
and the proposed legislation sug-
gests that all pharmacists have a
degree in pharmacology, Mr Gray
He said the association is con-
cerned about this, because in the
Bahamas there is no available
infrastructure for tertiary level
education in pharmacology.
"Nowhere else in the Com-
monwealth of nations has there
ever been where persons who are
already in existence needed to go
back to school to practice; they
are usually grandfathered in," said
Mr Gray.
He said Mr Mitchell told the
association that there has to be a
"grandfather clause" in the legis-
lation, but that this has yet to be
He said Mr Mitchell promised
to look into the articles in ques-
The Tribune spoke with Mr
Mitchell yesterday afternoon and
he said the issue has been studied
extensively by his ministry.
The minister said he will recon-
vene a meeting with the associa-
tion within the next day or two.
It was confirmed by the Min-
istry of Health that the Caribbean
Pharmaceutical Association will
hold its mid-term meeting in the
Bahamas on May 21.
At the meeting, Bahamian
stakeholders will have the oppor-
tunity to present their views and
make recommendations on how
Bahamian pharmacists can be
protected if the country joins the
Mr Gray, who will be the offi-
cial representative for the associ-
ation at the conference, said legal
counsel will also be present.
He said that the association will
strongly voice its opinions at the

Tribune Staff Reporter
MEMBERS of the United
Limousine Operators' Associ-
ation (ULOA) have vowed to
do whatever it takes to be to
attract attention as they peti-
tion against an alleged "growing
monopoly" between Atlantis
and Bahamas Experience Lim-
ousines and Tours (BELT).
The group alleges that BELT
has entered an agreement with
Atlantis, under which the hotel
receives a 20 per cent commis-
sion on all receipts for services
rendered to its guests.
ULOA president Kendall
Culmer said the partnership is
in contravention of the govern-
ment's policy which reserves the
transportation business in the
Bahamas exclusively for

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Mr Culmer said the associa-
tion wants Atlantis to "get out
of the limousine service all
together" and are looking for
financial compensation "well
into the millions" for alleged
lost business over the past two

"This agreement between
Atlantis and BELT is creating a
monopoly on limousine services
on Paradise Island, and is result-
ing in independent limousine
operators being discriminated
against from accessing fares at
Atlantis and the Ocean Club.
Mr Culmer said that his offi-
cers addressed the issue in a
three-hour meeting last week
between Transport Minister
Glenys Hanna-Martin. Taxi
Cab Union president Leon
Griffin and ULOA lawyer

Dion Foulkes.
During the meeting, Mr Cul-
mer said, it was agreed that the
minister would arrange a meet-
ing with Paul O'Neil, CEO of
He claims however that since
then, nothing has happened.
A spokesman for Atlantis has
categorically denied the allega-
The company maintains that
it has no interest in BELT.

The spokesman said Atlantis
only charges BELT an admin-
istration fee for several services
it provides to
Atlantis said it has tried sev-
eral times to organise a call up
system for the other limousine
companies, but that this was
hindered other concerned par-

MP describes knife attack

Chief Reporter
ST THOMAS More MP Frank Smith said
that the knife attack on him highlights the neg-
ative aspects of Bahamian society.
However, Mr Smith emphasised that the pro-
fessionalism and the prevailing Christian kind-
ness in the Bahamas point to the good, "which
we perpetually must strive to foster."
"I take this occasion to encourage to accept
the reality of criminals being within the society
and always remain conscious of the prudence of
taking steps to try to reduce the risk of harm to
you and your loved ones," he said.
Mr Smith said the experience of last Thursday
has given him a renewed understanding of the
admonition to give thanks in all things.
Mr Smith yesterday described the attack in his
own words.
The MP said he left his constituency office at
about 8.30pm and drove, to his home.
"Shortly before 9pm as I opened the door
and entered my house, I was attacked from
behind by two masked men.
"One with a knife stabbed me in the back
while the other held be by the neck.
"A struggle ensured which resulted in the

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Thankfully, he said, his wife and child were
not a part of the physical encounter and were
not injured.
"Throughout this ordeal I have been encour-
aged by the outpouring of support from so many
to whom I owe much thanks.

"The doctors and staff of the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and Ambulance Service and the
investigating team of police officers are to be
thanked for their responsive concern and pro-
fessionalism," Mr Smith said.
The MP said he was encouraged and com-
forted by the spontaneous demonstration of
concern by his family, his constituents, his polit-
ical colleagues and friends.
"My wife Sharlyn and I give thanks to God
and we are grateful for the touching response
from so many and ask that you keep us in your
prayers," said Mr Smith.
The MP said that although he is still unclear
about motive of his attackers, he has now dis-
covered that some of his personal items have
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EDITOR, The Tribune

I HAVE been following the
debate concerning the CSME
almost from its inception and
wish to offer my opinion as a
citizen of the Bahamas.
From my perspective, it is
abundantly clear that the dis-
advantages of the Bahamas
becoming a member of the
CSME far outweigh any bene-
fits to be derived from our
becoming a member. Many of
the issues raised, especially as it
pertains to the major compo-
nents of the treaty, are in my
view a serious threat to our
national sovereignty and will in
the near future undoubtedly,
change life in our country.
One issue of concern that

Don't sell

out Guana

Cay Reef

EDITOR, The Tribune

Reef, please do not let your
beautiful islands become a play-
ground for the rich as the Flori-
da Keys have.
As a resident of the Florida
Keys, I can tell you that having
rich people come to vacation
and play golf and walk on top of
our precious coral reefs, it is a
It seems to most that the
Bahamas is the "last frontier"
when it comes to pure and pris-
tine islands within a reasonable
distance to Florida. It would be
a travesty on your country's part
to allow the beautiful and pure
areas of the Abacos to become
a playground for the rich. Leave
it beautiful for your people, let
them be proud of their coun-
try. Do not let them become
slaves to the rich, as the mid-
dle-class people of the Florida
Keys have.
I certainly hope you will not
let the almighty dollar become a
driving force for selling out your
people, and destroying some-
thing you pan never get back.
After all, where will your
grandchildren dive when there"
is no reef left?
Please spread the word to beg
the government to reconsider
the proposal for the golf cours-
es and marina areas.

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intentionally or otherwise, is the
serious social consequences that
will inevitably follow the free
movement of labour. One glar-
ing omission by the proponents
of the Bahamas joining the
CSME is the fact that along
with the free movement of
labour will come the attendant
social ills resident in member
states which we, as perhaps one
of the smallest nations in terms
of population in the Caribbean,
can ill afford.
It is no secret that several
member states that are propo-
nents of CSME have dire social
problems, which they seem ill
equipped to contain. For exam-
ple, one of the states in support
of the CSME has a murder rate
already in excess of 400, and we
are not even half way through
the year.
Another proponent has
major problems with serious
crimes, especially against the
business community, where fre-
quently, prominent business
persons and/or their family
members are kidnapped and
held for ransom and in some
cases are summarily executed.-
These occurrences are for-

eign to The Bahamas, but I fear
that if we foolishly assent to
becoming a member of the
CSME, we could very well
expect that such occurrences
could very well become
ingrained in our society.
Bahamian politicians who are
pushing for the Bahamas to
become a part of the CSME are
in my opinion, only seeking to
further their own selfish politi-
cal ambitions and do not have
the best interest of the Bahami-
an people at heart.
In matters of such national
import, it is imperative that
Bahamians are afforded every
opportunity to express their
views and should be allowed to
do so in no less a forum than a
national referendum. If this is
not done, we as Bahamians,
who are generally apathetic by
nature, will wake up one day
and find that because we were
unwittingly forced to become a
part of CSM&E by self-serving
politicians, and our standard of
living and our way of life that
we presently enjoy will no
longer exist.
I am totally against the
Bahamas joining the CSME,
even if at first we are allowed to
do so with certain reservations.

May 9 2005

Pension concern

EDITOR, The Tribune

MOST of the US TV net-
works this morning headlined
the news that the bankruptcy.
court in the US has approved
United Airlines cancelling its
financial commitment to its
employee pension fund. For-
tunately, at least for the Unit-
ed Airline employees, there
is a federal agency which will
step in and pick up some of
the liability. This agency is
already in the hole to US$450
It is interesting that Unit-
ed's CEO has a "guaranteed"
pension, and if an employ-
er/employee contribution is in
place, then where is the con-
tract aspect of the pension and
the employees' employment
Locally, unless a pension
fund is in a trust managed by
independent trustees, there is
little if any legal satisfaction
if a company simply decided
to cancel the pension, unless
the employees and retired
parties take that employer to
the Supreme Court. How
many have a written contract?
Companies must abide with
unsolicited early retirement
packages they offer to early

retirement employees these
pensions must be in trusts and
the employer and the pension
fund must be bonded. No
employer should be allowed
to use pension funds for their
own benefit unless that use is
clearly established in legal
contractual documents.
The government will be
well advised to immediately
bring appropriate legislation
to parliament to safeguard
pensions and establish a ratio-
nal approach to the matter of
guarding pensions.
Regrettably, this writer
knows of a serious dispute
between early retirees and a
leading financial institution
where the institution has
altered the terms of an unso-
licited early retirement pack-
age and refuses to abide with
the terms of the written con-
tract of the package.
I suspect the United Air-
lines process will give some
employers ideas ideas which
are obviously very unethical
and morally decadent, with-
out considering an employer is
breaching a written contract.

May 11 2005







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Cancellation of cruise

ship costs Bahamas

$100,000 in lost income

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THE Bahamas lost more
than $100,000 in potential
income after the Carnival
Glory was forced to bypass
a stop in Nassau due to
inclement weather at the
Michael Hall, representa-
tive for Carnival in the
Bahamas, said the Glory had
to skip making port in Nassau
because it was lagging far
behind schedule.
He said bad weather in
Puerto Rico delayed the stop
at that port, and that there
was not enough time to stop
in Nassau and still make Mia-
mi, the Glory's home port,
on schedule.
Carnival spokesman Vance
Guilsken told the media that
passengers were given a $50
on-ship voucher as compen-
sation for the missed stop.
"We know our passengers
like certain ports of call, but
strong winds on the previous
cruise kept us from leaving
Port Canaveral on time Sat-

urday," Guliksen told Florida
Today online newspaper.
The Glory has a capacity
of 3,170 passengers.
According to the Ministry
of Tourism's statistics depart-
ment, the average per head
expenditure by cruise ship
passengers in Nassau ranges
from $69 to $80.
This figure would include
port taxes and personal
spending, which means retail-
ers, tour operators and excur-
sion and attraction providers
were all affected.

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A Great faith set a foundation that when he is gone, it still helps
the nation.
A Great Father sets the grounds, that when he is gone you'll still
stand strong.
I am so bless to have had a Great Father, a loving Daddy and a
Great Friend, all the way to the very end.
We still miss you everyday, but in our hearts you
will always stay.
I love you Daddy, Daddy take your rest.
We know that Jesus loves you best.
Thank You Jesus, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Jesus.
Missed and remembered by wife, Ann e; children, Virginia,
Andrea, Kathleen (Kay), Austin III, Robert and Joy; grandchildren,
Malissa, Jamel, Aaron, Ashton, Malic, Megan, Austin IV, Ashia,
Justin and Deniqua; family and friends.

/ /

Tribune Staff Reporter
plant breakdowns may be to
blame for frequent power out-
rages in the Gladstone Road,
Rocky Pine Road and
Carmichael Road areas.
Residents of those areas have
complained that for a long time,
and more frequently in the past
two to three weeks, they have
been plagued with power out-
They told The Tribune the
cuts sometimes happened as fre-
quently as three or fou imes a
day, and cause them lth dis-
comfort and inconvenience.
According to one Rocky Pine
Road woman, most of Whit
Monday was spent in darkness.
She said at that the weekend,
the lights were off "practically
all day".
She added that the outages
affect her phone as well.
Another person reported that
the lights went out on Monday

morning for about an hour, and
BEC said it was having prob-
lems with a generator.
Although the lights have been
going on and off recently, the
resident said she has not made
any complaints, because she
realised, "that's the way it's
going to be."


Craig Lowe, of the Gladstone
Road area, told The Tribune
that on Whit Monday, his pow-
er had gone on and off about
four times, damaging a new
satellite receiver at his house.
A complaint was made to
BEC and Mr Lowe said he was
told that the generator supply-
ing the area was being repaired.
"The lights go out about twice
a week, and mostly in the sum-
mer," Mr Lowe added.
For a Carmichael Road resi-
dent, the outrages which occur
from "Sunday to Sunday" are
very frustrating.
She said that the problem has

caused her TV to break and the
food in her fridge to spoil.
"I have an electric stove and
I can be in the middle of cook-
ing and the lights will just go
out," she said, adding that the
power goes off about every oth-
er day.
The residents say they have
no idea why the area is plagued
with such an unpredictable
power supply.
They added that they have
not seen BEC trucks making
repairs in the area.
Sources close to BEC said
the company may be load-shed-
ding and that there may have
some damage to the plant in
that area.
Kevin Basden, general man-
ager at BEC was not available
for comment yesterday.




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A 38-YEAR-OLD Nassau
Street man appeared in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday to face
drugs and weapons charges.
John Milfrise was accused of
being found on May 13 in pos-
session of 78 pounds of mari-
juana with the intent to supply.
The street value of the drugs
is $150,000.
Milfrise was also charged with
possessing four unlicensed
He was allegedly found with a
Remington model 7 bolt action
rifle, a mini Ruger rifle, a Smith
and Wesson .38 special revolver
and a Mac-11 sub-machine gun.
Milfrise was also charged with
possessing six live rounds of .38
ammunition and 19 live rounds
of .30 caliber ammunition.
He pleaded not guilty to all
charges and was remanded to
Fox Hill Prison by Magistrate
Renee McKay until May 24,
when a bail hearing will take
A 39-year-old Windsor
Lane man appeared before
Magistrate Linda Virgill yester-
day and was charged with hav-
ing unlawful sexual intercourse
with a minor.
According to court dockets,
Christopher Butler is charged
with having unlawful sexual
intercourse with a nine-year-old
girl on May 3.
Butler was granted $10,000
bail with two sureties. The mat-
ter was adjourned to Septem-
ber 22.
A 25-year-old woman was
charged with stealing over
$20,000 from her place of
Court dockets stated that
Kendra Bowe, of Strachans Sub-
division, stole by reason of
employment $21,480 from Roy-
al Bank of Canada's Cable
Beach branch.
Bowe pleaded not guilty to
the charge and opted to have the
case heard in Magistrate's Court.
Magistrate Marilyn Meers
granted her $15,000 with two
sureties and the matter was
adjourned to August 3.





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NEMA has provided Grand
Bahamians with essential build-
ing materials and supplies,
many have still not taken steps
to have their homes repaired
after last year's hurricanes,
according to a Ministry of
Housing official.
Melvin Seymour, co-ordina-
tor of the restoration project
for Grand Bahama and Bimini,
said government only provides
restoration assistance to per-
sons that fall within the guide-
lines set by the National Emer-
gency Management Agency
He-explained that only per-
sons who are owner-occupiers
of their homes, are without
home insurance and have a
household income not exceed-
ing $250 per week qualify.
'Employed persons who do
not fall within the guidelines
are required to pay for the
labour to complete repairs, he
"We have issued building
materials to everyone in need
and we are still issuing materi-
als to persons. It is now up to
those who can help themselves
to do so," he said.
He admitted that there have
been complaints that the mate-
rials have been insufficient, but
said these came from individu-
als who had home insurance at
,.the time of the hurricanes.
. "We are insisting that they
M:.Wuse the materials. We asked

them to get their families to
assist them, but they are not
"Initially when we started
those persons who came for-
ward received assistance.
"As we move through the
programme we tightened the
rope, and persons started to get
uneasy because they were not
able to get all they wanted,
even those who would have
had hurricane insurance on
their homes.
"They were saying they were
under-insured and that the

money received was not suffi-
"But, there are persons who
did not have any insurance and
were really crippled by the
storm. And those are people
we want to be assisting," he
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family members who travelled
from New Providence, as well
as churches on the island that
have assisted persons with the
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FREEPORT The Bermuda Reserve
Police arrived in Grand Bahama on Friday
for a week-long effort assisting NEMA with
rebuilding and restoration at West End.
On Tuesday Eugene Vickers and Jerry
Robinson, who are heading the team of
reservists, paid a courtesy call on Ministry of
Housing undersecretary Melvin Seymour
at the offices of the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) in the
National Insurance Building.
"We are very pleased to always have vol-
unteers coming to assist in the rebuilding
efforts, because there is still a lot of work to
do in West End," Mr Seymour said.
In excess of 60 homes were destroyed in
the West End settlement during last year's
hurricanes, and rebuilding has been.
slow due to labour and technical skills short-
Mr Seymour said that assistance is
presently needed for the painting of homes,
shingle installation, and carpentry.
"NEMA has issued tons of building mate-
rials to persons in need of them and we have
in excess of 30 families that must be attend-
ed to with house repairs," he said.
The ministry is currently awaiting
approval of $4 million to further assist with
the reconstruction.
Mr Vickers said when they visited Grand
Bahama last year, the reservists were deeply
touched by the devastation at West End.
They went back to Bermuda and attract-
ed sponsorship for a return trip to assist the
people of Grand Bahama.
"We are here help you out because we
feel you are part of our family. We have
put together guys with professional skill in
all areas of work in the trade industry," Mr
Vickers said.
The deputy commandant of Bermuda
Reserve Police, Jerry Robinson, said the
team was expected to put in more than eight
hours of work before leaving Sunday.
"We are here to work hard to assist with
the small projects for senior citizens and
reserve police homes that were devastat-
ed," he said.
The reservists are also here to build and
enhance their relationship with the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
Superintendent Alexander Roberts, the
officer in charge of Grand Bahama police
reserves; thanked the: Bermuda- reservists
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THE 7th annual Cat Island
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a master of the musical form.
"Obeah Man" Tony Mckay
will be recognised at the festi-
val in Arthur's Town, Cat
Island from May 29 to June 4.
Winston Saunders, a mem-
ber of the Nassau branch of
the Cat Island Rake 'n' Scrape
Festival committee said: "This
is not a festival for tourist,
although they are welcomed.
However, this festival will be a
chance for both Cat Islanders
and other Bahamians to cele-
brate their heritage."
Previously, the festival has
only focused on the two nights

in which bands from all over
the Bahamas compete for cash
prizes. This year the festival
will be a week-long, island-
wide event consisting of
numerous activities.
There will be a church ser-
vice on Sunday May 29 and a
gospel concert on Friday June
3. In addition there will e a writ-
ing competition for students.
There will also be a bicycle
race, a pool and a domino
tournament, a walkathon and
performances from Bahamian
guest artists such as Ronnie
Butler, Nita, Geno D and Elon
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to the committee said that rake
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JUST last month, a 23-
year-old mechanic from
Peterborough, Canada discov-
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by looking at satellite photos
on the Internet.
Chris Shearer (website
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ricanes shifted ocean sands

south of Andros to expose the
concentric ring canal system of
Atlantis for the first time in
thousands of years.
"I was researching a TV show
on the Bermuda Triangle," he
told Tough Call recently, "using
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Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959


IN THE MATTER OF Mortgage Holdings Limited


ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land containing 3,355 sq. ft.,
situate in the Subdivision known as Westward Villas in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands in
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas comprising Lot number
Three (3) in Block Number (4) of the said Subdivision which
said piece parcel or lot of land is bounded NORTHWARDLY by
Lot Number Four (4) and running thereon One hundred and Five
feet (105.00) WESTWARDLY by an arch of land and running
thereon Ten and Thirty-one hundredths feet (10.31) in an arch
SOUTHWARDLY by land belonging to the Petitioner and running
thereon One Hundred and Five feet (105:00) and WESTWARDLY
by a roundabout and running thereon is an arch Fifty-three and
sixty hundredths feet (53.60) as the same are delineated with the
position shape marks boundaries dimensions and abuttals thereof
on the Plan hereunto annexed and thereon coloured Pink.

Mortgage Holdings Limited claims to be the owner in fee simple
of the said land free from encumbrances and has made application
to the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have its.title
to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by
the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office
hours in the following places:

a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau;

b) The Chambers of Callenders & Co., One Millars Court, Nassau,
Bahamas, Attorneys for the Petitioners.

NOTICE, is hereby given that any person having dower or right
of dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the 27th day of June A.D., 2005 file
in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned
a statement of his claim in the prescribed form, verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file
and serve a statement of his claim on or before the said 27th day
of June A.D;, 2005 will operate as a bar to such claim.

One Millars Court
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner


IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

IN THE MATTER OF all that piece parcel or lot of land
containing 3,355 sq. ft., situate in the Subdivision known as
Westward Villas in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands in the.Commonwealth of The
Bahamas comprising Lot number Three (3) in Block Number (4)
of the said Subdivision which said piece parcel or lot of land is
bounded NORTHWARDLY by Lot Number Four (4) and running
thereon One hundred and Five feet (105.,00) WESTWARDLY by
an arch of land and running thereon Ten and Thirty-one hundredths
feet (10.31) in an arch SOUTHWARDLY by land belonging to*
the Petitioner and running thereon One Hundred and Five feet
(105.00) and WESTWARDLY by a roundabout and running
thereon is an arch Fifty-three and sixty hundredths feet (53.60)
as the same are delineated with the position shape marks boundaries
dimensions and abuttals there thereof on the Plan hereunto annexed
and thereon coloured Pink.


IN THE MATTER of Mortgage Holdings Limited



One Millars Court
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner

Bahamas, I saw what looked
like the rings and canal I
remembered from a show about
Atlantis. It has never been
proven, so who's to say I didn't
find it!"

C hris is the latest of a
phalanx of profession-
al and amateur explorers who
have located the lost city in just
about every corner of the globe
in the 123 years since Minneso-
ta congressman Ignatius Don-
nely published his famous book,
Atlantis: the Antediluvian
World in 1882.
It (http://www.sacred- was an instant best-
seller and has remained in
print ever since, inspiring gen-
erations of enthusiasts. Experts
say it is one of the best con-
structed Atlantis theories ever
Donnelly used similarities
between different cultures
to suggest that human civilisa-
tion had spread out across the
planet from a single origin the
now sunken city of Atlantis. He
also tied the destruction of
Atlantis into global flood myths,
which say that a few survivors of
a worldwide disaster restarted
"We thus find the sons of Ad
at the base of all the most
ancient races of men," Donnel-
ly wrote, "(who) traced their
beginning back to a dimly
remembered Ad-lantis. Who
shall say that one hundred years
from now the great museums
of the world may not be
adorned with gems, statues,
arms and implements from

D onnelly's account
draws on the original
360 BC narrative by the Greek
philosopher, Plato, that most
experts regard as a parable. Pla-
to wrote that when the gods
shared out the earth, "Posei-
don, receiving for his lot the
island of Atlantis, begat chil-
dren by a mortal woman, and
settled them in a part of the

Then, according to Plato, the
legendary island in the Atlantic
with its advanced civilisation
was sunk by an earthquake
about 11,000 years ago. And
that is the origin of the Atlantis

Ever since the publica-
tion of Donnelly's
book, assorted occultists, writ-
ers, travellers and potholers
have assigned immense impor-
tance to the idea of Atlantis.
And the sunken city has been
pinpointed at sites around the
world from Bimini, to Cuba,
to Cyprus, to Malta, to Bolivia,
to Indonesia, to Finland, to
Antarctica, to the Azores, and
even to Ireland.
A Swedish geographer pub-
lished a book last year which
claims that the measurements,
geography and landscape of
Atlantis as described by
Plato match Ireland almost
exactly: "I am amazed no one
has come up with this before,"
he said, arguing that the
idea that Atlantis sank is a
racial memory from the flood-
ing of the Dogger Bank, an
isolated shoal in the North
Sea submerged by rising sea

"Ever since the publication of
Donnelly's book, assorted
occultists, writers, travellers
and potholers have assigned
immense importance to the
idea of Atlantis."

levels thousands of years
But of most interest to us,
for the sake of tourism if noth-
ing else, is any evidence that
Atlantis has been found in the
And even in our small
part of the world, there are a
multitude of options to choose

n 1968 Florida biologist J.
Manson Valentine inves-
tigated the so-called "Bimini
Road," a series of rectangular
stones in two straight paral-
lel rows under 15 feet of
water off the western shore

"Of most interest to us, for
the sake of tourism if nothing
else, is any evidence that
Atlantis has been found in the

of north Bimini. This was quick-
ly linked to a 1930s prediction
by the American psychic Edgar
Cayce that a portion of Atlantis
would rise in Bimini in 1968 or
Although the suggestion that
the "road" was a man-made
feature was disproved in the
early 1970s, the Edgar Cayce
Foundation went on to com-
mission Dr David Zink, a pro-
fessor of English who was also'
an expert diver, to lead an expe-
dition to Bimini in the summer
of 1975.

Zink's team discovered
pieces of fluted marble
near the Bimini Road that he
took to be antediluvian artifacts.
They were old ship ballast, but
he immediately pronounced the
area a "megalithic site", with a
"sacred geometry" like Stone-
henge- claims which initially
attracted wide attentionS .
So much so, in fact, that the
late Dame Doris Johnson got
into the act, forming the short-
lived Bahamas Antiquities Insti-
tute to raise money for treasure
She was president of the
Bahamas senate at the time.
Zink was appointed director of
the Institute and starred at the
opening of its "museum" at the
corner of Kemp Road and
Shirley Street in 1976. Tough
Call was one of those on hand
to interview him at the time.
"By sacred geometry, I mean
that the Bimini Road site pos-
sesses certain crucial terrestrial
'and astronomical orientations
that are inherent in its original
function," he explained earnest-
ly to a fresh-faced yours truly.
"However, the onus is on the
researcher to prove such a
In an effort to do just that,
Zink published a book about
his Bahamas expeditions in
1978 called The Stones of
It was billed as "the first
authoritative report on the
strangest archaeological dis-
covery of our time." But he
spoiled things by bringing in
psychics to claim that the Bimi-
ni site was constructed by

T he site's archaeological
pedigree was most-
famously debunked by Eugene
Shinn, of the US Geological
Shinn confirmed that the so-
called "road", "wall" or "har-
bour" was nothing more than
naturally fractured beach
rock submerged by rising sea
Similar "blocks" can be found
throughout the Bahamas and in
many other countries.
"Rising sea level is well
established," Shinn said in 1978.
"Ten thousand years ago
the Bahama Banks were dry
land. There's no problem
with that. There's a good possi-
bility that archaeological sites
will be found. But so far there's
never been a bona fide artifact
of any kind to suggest a civili-
Conventional archaeologists
agree, viewing the whole thing
as a publicity stunt. But others
argue that Bimini is not the only
place in the Bahamas where evi-
dence of Atlantis has come to

In 1968, private pilots
sighted a rectangular
object in the shallow water off
Explorers pronounced it to
be an "ancient temple", but this
theory collapsed when an elder

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"Why is the Atlantis myth
so compelling? Well, the idea
that somewhere there is a lost
civilisation appeals to our
natural sense of wonder."

ly Androsian came forward
to say he had built a sponge pen
at the site years ago.
In 1970, one Dr Ray Brown
from Arizona claimed to have
discovered a pyramid-like struc-
ture while scuba diving off the
Berry Islands. He supposedly
retrieved a "crystal sphere"
from an interior chamber that
he periodically exhibits at psy-
chic conferences.
In 1978, a boat captain
named Don Henry found evi-
dence of a "colossal submerged
pyramid" between Bimini and
the Cay Sal Bank using side-
scan sonar.
The structure was said to lie
on a flat sea bed in 1200 feet of
water. The sonar tracings
showed it to be 780 feet high -
bigger than terrestrial pyramids
- but nothing has been heard
of this claim since.
In 1989 "zoomorphic
mounds" were reported on
Bimini. These were sand spits
surrounded by mangroves and

other vegetation in the shape
of a 500-foot-long shark and a
Because they could be seen
only from the air, some
researchers called them prehis-
toric archaeological sites. But
no cultural evidence has ever
been found and most scientists
consider them perfectly natural

n the 1990s, William
Donato formed the
Atlantis Organization and
undertook a series of side-
scan soniar surveys in the
Bahamas funded by Cayce
enthusiasts. Donato said he
identified a number of "anom-
alies" and hidden structures on
the sea bed, particularly around
More recently, an underwa-
ter stone platform was discov-
ered off Nicoll's Town, Andros.
According to Dr Greg Little, of

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of Malcolm Allotment East will be
Shield on Thursday, :19th May, 2005*
at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral,
West Street at 1:20p.m. Officiating
will be Fr. Kenny Forbes, assisted
by other ministers of the gospel.
Interment will follow in the
Catholic Cemetery, Tyler Street.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon;
two daughters, Shavincia, Alyssa Thomas; eleven sons,
Able Seaman Romeiko Burrows and Marine Seaman Rosita
Thomas of the Royal Bahamas Defense Forbes, Roberto,
Vincent Jr., Rolando, Sharron, Otis, Adrian, Ricardo, Jeremy
and Cheketo Thomas; five grandchildren, Rolando Jr.,
Adrian, Savannah, Tareek and Slyanda Thomas; three
daughters-in-law, Petronia, Kendra and Sharmaine Thomas;
two sister, Marie Josie, Yannique Thomas; three brothers,
Oliver, Anderson and Rigoberto Thomas; numerous nieces
and nephews, including Marine Mechanic Tavares Styles,
Marine Seaman Doyle Burrows, Marine Seaman Douglas
Edgecombe, and other relatives and friends including,
Tonya Rolle, Kniki Gardiner, Liz and Portia Burrows, Linder
Cooper, Marina Burrows, Tanya Hall, Monique Brown, Tia
and Alyssa Burrows, James, Larry, Brandon, Police Sargent
1106 Doyle Burrows of the Royal Bahamas Police Force,
George and Gerd Burrows, Marcel Flowers Sr., Mark and
Knikita Davis, Garnell Thomas, Claudette Strachan, Marie
P. Audige, Luco Bobo, Corporal 1119 Leslie Ingraham,
Sabrina Ingraham and family, Guirlande Siffort, Candice

Viewing will be held on Wednesday at Pinder's Funeral
Home, Palmdale and Patton Street from 10am to 7pm and
on Thursday at the church from 12pm until service time.

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the Cayce-linked Association
for Research and Enlighten-
ment, this may be the ruins of
an ancient harbour.
The structure is about 150
feet wide and 450 yards long -
similar to ancient harbours in
the Mediterranean, he says.

A nd if you have ever
wondered what the
Americans are doing at their
AUTEC naval base on Andros,
we have news for you. AUTEC
is actually an "underwater Area
51" a reference to the cele-
brated top-secret air base in
Nevada that is supposed to be
investigating alien spacecraft as
we speak.
According to some, "mag-
netic deviations" have been dis-
covered that are caused by
micro-wormholes that could
have helped create Andros'
famous blue holes.
The AUTEC base is said to
be carrying out secret research
on these wormholes theoreti-
cal "transit tunnels" between
different dimensions.
In fact, noted British cave
diver Rob Palmer (who
explored blue holes in the
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fact that the Bahamas sits right
where Plato said Atlantis once
was an island in front of a con-
tinent at the other end of the
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over 'illegal villages'

FROM page one

the structure was completely
Inspector Walter Evans,
Chief Fire Officer, reported that
no lives were lost and an inves-
tigation is being held to deter-
mine the cause of the fire.
The names of the occupants
are unknown even to the
authorities, but nearby Haitian
neighbours told The Tribune
that there were at least four
Haitians living there.
The electricity had been off in
the area at the time the fire
began and neighbours were of
the opinion that an unattended
candle or kerosene lamp might

have caused the fire.
"I called the fire trucks," a
young woman said in Creole,
"and I hope they get here soon
because that house is close."
Other neighbours, in antici-
pation of the fire trucks,
attempted to control the traffic
congestion caused by curious
The trucks, arriving 17 min-
utes after the call, were still
unable to drive to the fire. Fire-
men had to pull the hoses
through yards of bush to get to
the blaze.
"This problem is huge," said
director of Fire Services, Jef-
fery Deleveaux, "and it's grow-
ing. We are not just talking
about one or two shacks, we're

FROM page one

Mr Burnside.
The Mangrove Cay Clinic, was one of the
buildings extensively damaged by the flood.
Mr Bastian said he was contacted early yes-
terday morning with news that the clinic had to
be evacuated and set up at a temporary site
Anthony Taylor, a security guard at the Man-
grove Cay Clinic, who was still helping to
remove the water from the building late yes-
terday afternoon, said that the water level inside
the clinic rose to more than one foot.
Mr Taylor said that because the clinic is locat-
ed at the foot of a hill the flood waters "just
swept down the hill right through the build-
Luckily, he said, no patients were being treat-

talking about whole shanty
towns in the middle of residen-
tial neighbourhoods, and when
one burns it threatens the entire
Mr Deleveaux said his
department regularly fights fires
that engulf these shacks from
overloaded electrical lines, or
unattended candles and
kerosene lamps.
"You have about five to six
Haitians living in these shacks,
and it's only a matter of time,
considering how shoddy the
construction is that the place
goes up in flames," he said.
"The difference between fires
to these places and a legitimate
home in Nassau Village, let's
say, is that it's no longer just

Freak flood
ed at the clinic at the time.
"We had to move all the emergency equip-
ment into the security office, the only room
that remained relatively dry," he said.
Mr Taylor said that barring any medical emer-
gency, the clinic will remain closed to the pub-
lic until further notice.
The Clarence Bain Airport in Mangrove Cay
was also affected by the floods.
"No aircraft could land and Western Air just
circled around the airport and ultimately had to
return to Nassau," he said.
South Andros administrators were scheduled
to meet yesterday afternoon to assess the situ-
ation and Mr Bastian is expected to go to the
island sometime today.

one or two shacks in the bush,
it's a whole village which no one
even knows about, right smack
in the middle of a neighbour-
He said Carmichael Road,
west of Gladstone Road, and
Joe Farrington Road are the
areas about which he is most
concerned. He added that some
people are not even aware of
the shanty towns until the bush
for their newly purchased prop-
erty is cleared, revealing the
illegal communities.
"This is no joke," he said.. "It
is only a matter of time before
we have another Mudd or
Pigeon Pea situation right in
these areas. What is worse is
that houses are still being
approved for these areas, and
people just continue to build,
surrounding these, shanty towns.
The whole process of approv-
ing homes in these areas needs
to be looked at closely."
The latest immigration fig-
ures from Abaco indicate that
there are at least 1500 illegal
structures in The Mudd and
Pigeon Pea communities, each'
occupied on average by at least
eight Haitians.
"It is something we are very
concerned about here in Fire
'Services," he said, "and it
should concern every Bahamian
who has a home. There is only
so much bush, and as it clears,
there is no denying that it's not
just one or two shacks, there
are villages."



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Stephanie Sturrup and
Matthew Brown, who allege
that they were robbed,
attacked and beaten before
being thrown off the bus in
Days later, police took
Ward Wilson to court,
charged with three counts of
causing harm; robbing Mr
Brown of $20; robbing Ms
Sturrup of a $700 Salon
Styling kit; and attempting to
rob Mr Lightfoot of $600.
The three passengers suf-
fered serious injuries. One of
them had to be hospitalised
for almost a week.
The bus driver was also
charged with Wilson, who is
a 36-year-old resident of Fire
Trail Road. Tyrone Scavella,
the 28-year-old driver of the
Pinewood bus, was charged
with three counts of aiding
and abetting the assaults.
Both men opted tp have
their cases heard in the Mag-
istrate's Court rather than the
Supreme court.
The accused are on bail in
the amount of $10,000 with
two sureties.
The incident sparked
national debate about the

safety of public transportation.
Complaints increased about
the recklessness of bus drivers
and calls went out for speedy
reform of the busing system.
Public Transit Association
President Rueben Rahming
offered his group's support to
Government to bring positive
changes to public transporta-
A series of negative reports
concerning jitneys followed
the February attack.
In early April, a 15-year-old
student told police she had to
jump from a bus after a bus
driver groped her then failed
to stop to let her off.
Later that month, panic-
stricken passengers leapt from
a Blue Hill Road bus after a
gunman opened fire. An
armed bandit jumped on the
bus and demanded cash from
the driver. He fired two shots
before making his getaway
with $18.
Just a day later, an 11 route
jitney turned on its side after
swerving on Bernard Road.
Nine students and two adult,
passengers were treated for
injuries after that incident.

244 Market Street P.O. Box EE-16634
Telephone: 322-2070 or 322-2072

of Pinto Close, Regency Park will be held
on Thursday, May 19th, 2005 at 3pm at
Living Faith Seventh Day Adventist
Church, Old Trail Road. Officiating will
be Pastor H. A. Roach. Cremation will
Left to cherish his memories are his wife
of 27'years, Grace Plakaris; mother-in-
law, Weavis Smith; two sons, Stephen
E. Plakaris and Michael Plakaris (deceased); six daughters, Mae-
Doris Thurston, Vicanna Harvey, Minister Constance Plakaris, Judy
Plakaris, Sue-Ann Plakaris, Nicole Moss; two step sons, Larry and
Maury Vanderpool; two step daughters, Audrey Ann Griffin and
Gia Roberts; one brother, George Plakaris; four sisters, Beverley
LaRoda, Betty Newball, Vicky Vasaliki, Constance Dena Taylor
(deceased); nieces and nephews, Dina Day, Louise Burke, Althea
Scantlebury, Valarie Thompson, Avinel Rutherford, Veralisa Taylor,
Andrea Musgrove, Andrew Thompson, Ramon Newball, Ricky
Newball, Velasco Newball, Kendal Plakaris, Anthony Plakaris,
Christopher Plakaris, Robert Taylor, Rajesh Taylor and Myles
LaRoda; grandchildren and great grandchildren, James, Steve,
Jermaine, Dominico, Robert, Angelo, Deon, Mancini, Rena1lo,
John, Johnathan, Dandria, Yoshenna, Tamara, Stacey, La-Minister
Letitia, Shanell, Giananna, Gina (deceased), Westishia, Jane,
Johnette, Ellecia, Eltisha, Eltreka, Ed'Dreka, Britney, Miracle, Justin;
Jason, Dominico-Kiano, Kelvin, Renaldo, Michael, John-Yves and!
Tamika; three sons-in-law, Robert Thurston, Richard Harvey and.;
Van Boyd; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Plakaris; a host'pf relatives
and friends including Peggy and Bentley Hall and family; thia
Alleyne, the Nicholls, Vanderpool, Clarke, Pinder, Ottlay'w,
Bailey, Christie and D'Aguilar families, the church familyof Liiig
Faith Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dr. Conville Brow, -Dr, HerlW'
Orlander and the staff of Doctor's Hospital. i
Viewing will be held at Clarke's Funeral Home #244 Market St40'
on Thursday, May 19th, 2005 from 11:30am to 1:30prm and at
church until service time. ':1

Man in US charged with

killing police officer

FROM page one
Andrew Valentino Williams had been released on bail and
fatally stabbed another man in a bar before fleeing the Bahamas
to Florida.
There under a false name, it is alleged that he was running
drugs from Miami to Maryland on Interstate 95.
Williams was under this false name in jail for the drug relat-
ed charges when Fort Lauderdale Detective Chuck Morrow
used fingerprint analysis to identify him, and connect him to the
February 28, 2000 robbery in Long Island.
Williams was charged with killing Royal Bahamas Police
Force chief inspector William Moss, who had responded to
the robbery at the Royal Bank of Canada in Grays, Long


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Tribune Business Editor
FRANKLYN Templeton Fidu-
ciary Bank & Trust (Bahamas)
chief executive yesterday said this
nation had to be very careful in
how it handled Foundations,
adding: "The introduction of a
civil law animal into a common
law jungle could result in a Juras-
sic Park."
David Sussman, who is also the
institution's president, told a
Bahamas Institute of Financial
Services luncheon that while this
nation had introduced a "quite
impressive" raft of legislation to
support new products since 2002,
"some will be more successful
than others".
He said he was "more opti-
mistic" on the proposed Private

Trust Companies legislation and
recognition of the role Protectors
play in a trust structure helping to
re-brand the Bahamian financial
services industry, as opposed to

Mr Sussman said on Founda-
tions: "I think one should pro-
ceed very cautiously in introduc-
ing a foreign species into an
indigenous ecosystem."
He explained that the enact-
ment of the Foundations Bill last
year, and its subsequent passage
into law, should not be seen in
the same light as amendments
Bermuda and the Cayman Islands
had made to their trust and estate
planning legislation, as the latter

Bahamas CSME

reservations to

be 'whittled away'
Senior Business Reporter
executive director of the Land-
fall Centre and one of the more
vocal private sector critics of
the Caribbean Single Market
and Economy (CSME), said the
Bahamas cannot use reserva-
tions to guarantee its position
and will see them slowly "whit-
tled away" as other nations look
to participate in the Bahamian
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Dr Morris said reserva-
tions are tools negotiators use
when parties want to form an
alliance or agreement. Under
Customary International Law,
however, when a country
accepts a position or allows cer-
tain conduct, despite saying it
would not allow it, the conduct
becomes legally permissible
because it has been allowed to
SEE page three

had been a "logical extension" to
existing common law instruments.
Mr Sussman said: "The intro-
duction of a civil law animal into
a common law jungle could result
in a Jurassic Park. On the other
hand, it could catapult the
Bahamas to the forefront of pri-
vate client wealth management. I
don't know [what will happen];
it will be interesting to watch."
The Foundations Bill was heav-
ily backed by the Association of
International Banks & Trusts
(AIBT), and was seen as a key
piece of product legislation that
could help re-position the
Bahamian financial services
industry, giving it a point of dif-
ferentiation and competitive
advantage as the first common
law jurisdiction with Foundations.

Foundations are essentially the
civil law equivalent of a trust, and
clients in this type of jurisdiction
throughout Europe and Latin
America are far more' comfort-
able with using them as opposed
to a trust. As a result, their con-
ception in the Bahamas was seen
as key to attracting more private
clients from these regions.
In his presentation to the Insti-
tute, Mr Sussman said the 7 per
.cent .per annum growth in-the
global high net worth individuals
market presented the Bahamian
financial services industry with
opportunities to reinvent itself
and grow.
By 2008, this market was esti-
mated to be worth between $40-
$43 trillion, compared to a global
mutual fund market that was
worth $6-$7 trillion in size.
However, while the offshore
market for high net worth indi-
viduals was still growing, it was
doing so at a much slower rate
than the global market's 7 per
cent. Mr Sussman added: "It's still
growing but at a much slower rate
than in the past, and I think we

SEE page four


The banking sector regula-
tor said: "With Basel II, the
Central Bank considers that
2010 is the earliest feasible
date for the introduction of
the Standardised Approach.
"However, to be successful,
even this will require consid-
erable consultation with the
industry and training of super-
visory staff."
The Central Bank added
that it would kick-start this
'process later this year by car-
rying out a study, with the
help of the Bahamian bank
and trust company sector, to
assess the quantative impact
the "scale of changes" that
would be required.
The Basel II capital ade-



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quacy framework prescribes
that financial institutions
should add an additional cap-
ital charge for operational risk
when they calculate the capi-
tal they need to hold.
Banks will have to retain at
least the minimum 8 per cent
risk asset ratio requirement,
something most offshore insti-
tutions should have little trou-
ble achieving due to the lia-
bility-driven nature of inter-
national banking, which forces
them to retain capital "con-.
siderably higher" than this

The Basel II axccord also
includes supervision require-
ments, while onsite examina-
tions will require bank and
trust company supervisors to
assess the process by which
institutions self-assess their
capital adequacy, risk position
and quality of capital held.
The accord also imposes
higher disclosure require-
ments for Bahamian bank and
trust companies.
SEE page four



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Tribune Business Editor
THE Central Bank of the Bahamas is planning to go live with its
Automated Clearing House (ACH), which will electronically pr-
ocess and settle transfer payments of less than $50,000, at some
point this quarter once "the legal, financial and operational struc-
ture" is finalised.
The regulator's 2004 annual report said the ACH, the comple-
ment to the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system launched
last year, would deal with relatively low value payments.
The Central Bank said its arrival would help "accelerate the
development of electronic commerce and non-cash transactions
denominated in domestic currency.
"In addition to cheque clearing and settlements, it is anticipated
these will include small value direct debits and credits originated by
users in both the public and private sectors."

The amount of inter-bank cheques cleared manually and their
value has increased markedly between 1994 and 2004, growing
from 2.8 million valued at a collective $3.3 billion to 4.1 million val-
ued at $7.3 billion.
The Central Bank said the ACH's arrival would "diminish the use
of cheques in the medium term", due to the convenience and effi-
ciency created by electronic payments.
The regulator's 2004 annual report added that all payments
processed through the ACH would "enjoy irrevocable guarantee
settlement status", and the inter-bank settlement of claims arising
from cheque clearing would involve a one-day lag.
On the RTGS system, which allows the Bahamian clearing banks
to electronically transmit and settle large value payments among
each other, the Central Bank said that during its first six months in
SEE page four

* JULIAN FRANCIS, outgoing governor
of the Central Bank of the Bahamas.

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China may help

to 'differentiate'

financial sector
Tribune Business
FRANKLYN Templeton
Fiduciary Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) chief executive
yesterday said the nation's
financial services industry
needed to identify a niche it
could be the market leader
in to differentiate the
'Bahamas brand' from com-
petitors, suggesting that it
look at possible opportuni-
ties provided by the grow-
ing number of high net
worth individuals in China.
David Sussman, who is
also the institution's presi-
dent, said that unlike
Bermuda and the Cayman
Islands, which had estab-
lished a leading reputation
in insurance and fund
administration respectively,
the Bahamas was not a
recognisable leader in any
SEE page three

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8.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.50 8.50 0.00 1.328 0.320 .6.4 3.76%
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0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.187 0.000 4.5 0.00%
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1.05 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.05 1.05 0.00 0.007 0.040 14.2 3.81%
8.32 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.32 8.32 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.1 2.88%
2.20 1.52 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
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Addressing the Bahamas
Institute of Financial Services
yesterday, he said that while
Singapore, in addition to the
Cayman Islands and Bermuda,
was known for its transnational
trusts, he was "not sure" where
the Bahamas was a leader,
adding that it was "kind of a
mish mash" of all its compet-
ing jurisdictions.
"What we all need to do is
identify something we can be
the best at a market that is
currently underserved," Mr
Sussman said. "Differentiation
and market segmentation is the
key for long-term success.
"The models that served us
so well for the last 15-20 years
are going the way of the
He suggested that the
Bahamas seek to explore poten-
tial private client opportunities
that could be generated by Chi-
na's economic expansion, giv-
en that it had the largest popu-
lation on earth and this nation
already had strong links there,
following the Prime Minister's
visit last year and the potential
trade and economic contacts
and treaties entered into. The
presence of Hutchison Wham-
poa in Freeport was a further
The Bahamas, Mr Sussman
said, had' to give clients a com-
pelling reason to choose this
jurisdiction as a place in which
to do business, coming up with a
strategic plan and then focus-
ing its capital and human
resources to areas where a com-
petitive advantage was identi-
Ultimately, Mr Sussman said
it had to "build a recognisable
brand" that distinguished it
from the competition and not
gave that away to rivals once it
was established.
Other areas of opportunity
identified by Mr Sussman were
the fact that 74 per cent of the
world's proven oil reserves lay
between Russia and northern
Iraq, meaning that nations in
that region could eventually
reap enormous prosperity and
making it wise for the Bahami-
an financial services industry to
learn the languages and cultures
from where the future's high
net worth individuals could
come from.
Another area where the
Bahamas financial services
,industry had to think outside

China may help

the box was in serving Muslim
clients. Mr Sussman said the
Muslim population was the
fastest growing in the world, but
questioned whether anyone in
this nation was an expert in
Sharia law or corporate struc-
tures under Sharia.
"If you are creative and
proactive, this presents an enor-
mous and unique window of
future opportunity," Mr Suss-
man said. "There's an enor-
mous amount of hanging fruit
out there waiting to be grabbed.
But who is going to grab the
Other regions likely to pro-
vide fertile ground for high net
worth individuals and private
client operations included East-
ern Europe, and Mr Sussman
said it was imperative that
Bahamian executives know
something about the home
country tax laws of their clients.
Tax compliance was the
future, Mr Sussman added,
questioning whether it was the
Bahamas or the Channel
Islands that really benefited
when two institutions in the lat-
ter territory transferred "unde-
clared" client money to their
affiliates in this nation.
Among the weaknesses the
Bahamas suffered from were
poor telecommunications, a
Bahamas Bar Association that
was closed to foreign attorneys,
rising levels of violent crime and
an "opaque" regulatory struc-
ture, which had all been listed as
turn-offs by potential clients.
Mr Sussman backed the
Financial Services Consultative
Forum's Immigration report by
recommending that foreign
attorneys be allowed to prac-
tice in the Bahamas, "as a rising
tide floats all boats".
He explained that the spin-
off benefits were enormous,
including the marketing these
attorneys would provide for the
Bahamas in being able to guide
clients through the legal and
regulatory regime here. Foreign
attorneys would not be here for
ever, Mr Sussman added, but
more likely for a specified time
The Franklyn Templeton
Fiduciary Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) chief executive said
the Government should also
examine the 'Cayman Islands'
work permit and immigration
regime, describing as "terrific"

the stipulation that banks and
trust companies that brought in
expatriates on work permits
fund scholarships for Caymani-
Mr Sussman suggested that
scholarships given by Bahamian
financial institutions be "steered
in the way of the next genera-
tion" by targeting those aged in
their late teens and early 20s.
He added that the scholar-
ships should not seek to tie
recipients to certain financial
institutions or jobs, but rather
allow a Bahamian to study engi-
neering at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT)
or music at a specialist music
school if they so chose.
As a reminder of the compe-
tition the Bahamas faced, Mr
Sussman said it was "now
almost impossible" to erode
Bermuda's market share in the
reinsurance and captive insur-
ance sectors, with the island
writing more premium business
for the last 10 years than Lloyds
of London.
However, the Franklyn Tem-
pleton Fiduciary Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) chief executive said

Bermuda also provided an
example for the Bahamas in
showing how to reengineer its
economy, having reversed the
40/60 per cent split between
tourism and international busi-
ness that existed in 1994 by
Dubai was planning to invest
$5.8 billion in developing its
financial services industry, while
Singapore's government was
offering to fund 50 per cent of
the costs for businesses wishing
to expand or relocate to that
territory: Mr Sussman said it
would be "very difficult" for the
Bahamas to match either state.
Some companies were even
now outsourcing their recep-
tionists to India, Mr Sussman
said, adding that a ruling by the
US Supreme Court last week
could have special implications
for the Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry.
The ruling implies that any-
one who uses the telecommu-
nications or mail service in the
US to help others avoid paying
their taxes, even if they do not
live in the US, could be prose-


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CSME reservations

to be 'whittled away'

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He said it was likely that such a scenario would occur in
regard to the Bahamas' membership inthe CSME.
Responding to reports from an official in the CARICOM
Secretariat that the Bahamas' reservations would only delay
their implementation and that compliance was inevitable, he said:
"If you don't have people who are diligent and doing research
and examining how the reservations are holding, despite them
you will find yourself in a position you did not agree to.
"If I were from Trinidad or Barbados, I would sue CARICOM
to have them throw the Bahamas out of it. They would say that
it's grossly unfair that we have all the benefits without taxation.
I could see some grounds on which that case would survive."
Dr Morris said that recent reports of worsening Bahamian pro-
ductivity and tourism satisfaction could support an application
for the use of foreign workers, where a company from the
Caribbean was looking to establish itself in the Bahamas. The
investor could argue that they be allowed to bring in their own
people who will service the business because the Bahamas itself
recognses that its workers are not appropriately skilled.
Meanwhile, responding to comments made by Bahamas
Ambassador to CARICOM, Leonard Archer, Dr Morris said the
Ambassador should be willing to be fair to the other side when
they have questions about the jurisdiction's membership in the
He said the reason so many questions continue to persist sur-
rounding the CSME is that those responsible for the dissemi-
nation of information have not done a proper job of informing
the public.


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

Thursday, May 19, 2005:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.

Thursday, May 19, 2005: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael

Thursday, May 19, 2005: 12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.

Thursday, May 19, 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 JUNE 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, May 19, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wulff Road Local
Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them throughout
the month of JUNE 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, May 19 Monday, May 23,2005: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas Public Service
Union Hall, East Street South.

1. Thursday, May 19 -Wednesday, May 25, 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, May 19 Monday, May 23, 2005; and Tuesday, May 29, 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, May 24 Wednesday, May 25, 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 JUNE 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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such as a trust with an underlying
International Business Company
(IBC), no longer met client needs,
and to prosper institutions needed
to focus on solutions that were
home country compliant and spe-
cific to their jurisdiction.
Describing bank secrecy "as a
myth" in the current transparent




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



Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land
comprising Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres
more or less originally granted to John Cash by Crown Grant
B-219 which said John Cash Grant is stuate on the Southern
edges of the Township of Marsh Harbour on the Island of Great
Abaco one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards between the
Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) on the
South and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded
westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole
Line Road" or "Nathan Key Drive"

IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Roy Carlisle Newbold,

The Petition of ROY CARLISLE NEWBOLD Sr. of Stede
Bonnett Road in the Township of Marsh Harbour in the Island
of Great Abaco one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or part of a tract of land comprising
Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres originally
granted to John Cash (Grant B-219) which said John Cash
Grant is situate on the Southern edges of the Township of
Marsh Harbour and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards
between the Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant
K-145) and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded
Westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole
Line Road" or "Nathan Key Drive" and generally having the
position shape boundaries marks and dimensions as shown for
Grant B-219 on Bahamas Registred Plan 436 ABACO and
which said hereditaments is bounded ON THE WEST by the
said Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole Line Road" or
"Nathan Key Drive and running thereon Four hundred and
Thirty-three and Five hundredths (433.05') feet more or less,
ON THE SOUTH by the aforementioned Nathan Key Grant
(Grant K-145 and running thereon One thousand Sevenhundred
and Forty-four and Three hundredths (1744.03) feet more or
less ON THE NORTH by the aformentioned Road Reservation
to the North and running thereon One Thousand Seven hundred
and Fourteen and sixty-one hundredths (1714.61) feet more or
less AND ON THE EAST by the High Water Mark of the Sea
and running thereon by straight transect One hundred and Fifty
and Eighy-three hundredths (150.83) feet but following the
configurations of the coast running thereon one hundred and
Seventy and Ninety two hundredths (170.92) feet more or
less and which said piece parcel or part of a tract of land has
the position shape boundaries and dimensions as are shown on
plan filed in the above Action and thereon coloured Pink.

Roy Carlisle Newbold Sr. claims to be the owner in fee simple
in possession of the said land free from encumbrances and has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
or The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to granted by the Court in accordance with the said
Act. A Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
business hours at the following places:-

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

2. The Office of Administrator, Local Government, Central
Abaco District, Dove Plaza, Don Mackay Boulevard, Marsh
Harbour, Abaco.

3. The Chambers of the Petitioner's attorneys, Messrs. Maillis
and Maillis, Chambers, Fort Nassau House, Marlborough
Street, Nassau, Bahamas
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower
or right of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before the 31st day of July A.D. 2005
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form
verified by an Affidavit and other prescribed papers to be filed
therewith. Failure of any person to file and serve a Statement
of his claim within the prescribed time operate as a bar to such
DATED the 26th day of April, A.D. 2005

Fort Nassau House
Marlborough Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the petitioner

environment, Mr Sussman said
financial institutions should assess
what proportion of their clients
had "undeclared" money for home
country tax purposes 10 years ago,
what that proportion was now, and
what it would be in 10 years' time.
"Undeclared clients are not the
future," he said. "Reliance on
undeclared money for future suc-
cess, in my opinion, is suicide."
Mr Sussman said the high net
worth market was becoming
polarised between large global
institutions and boutique houses,
with few able to provide a "one-

stop solution" for client needs.
Yet he added that it was also
highly fragmented, as the three
largest private banks in the world -
UBS, Citibank and HSBC -
between them held less than a 10
per cent share of the high net
worth market. And the top 10
banks' share was less than 20 per
Through identifying target
clients and meeting their needs,
Mr Sussman said: "This presents
enormous opportunities if
one proceeds in a strategic man-




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





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


The Public is hereby advised that I, VIJAY WICKHAM of
Ida Street, intend to change my to VIJAY McKINNEY. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.




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

FROM page one

have to ask ourselves why."
The Franklyn Templeton Fidu-
ciary Bank & Trust (Bahamas)
chief executive said high net worth
clients were now demanding far
more sophisticated financial plan-
ning solutions that were also com-
pliant with home country tax laws.
He added that simple structures,

FROM page one
trust companies.
In addition, the Central Bank's
2004 annual report said the regu-
lator also planned to adopt spe-
cific policies on consolidated
supervision, particularly with
regard to holding companies and
financial groups. Into the latter
category is likely to fall the likes of
the Colina Financial Group.
On the regulatory front, the
Central Bank experienced a min-
imal decline in requests for assis-
tance that it received from over-
seas regulators compared to 2003,
with these falling from 30 to 28. In
both years, 19 separate overseas
regulators submitted requests.
Both the Costa Rican and
Peruvian banking regulators were
permitted to conduct on-site
inspections of Bahamas-based
licencees owned by institutions in
those nations during 2004, as part
of consolidated supervision.
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas said that during 2004 it
concluded a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) on regu-
latory co-operation with the Pana-
ma Regulatory Authority, adding
to existing agreements with Costa
Rica and Guatemala.
Negotiations are continuing,
the Central Bank added, for sim-
ilar MOUs with the authorities in
Brazil, Mexico and Ecuador.
The Central Bank's 2004 annu-
al report said the number of on-
site inspections it conducted in
2004 was halved, falling to 32 from
64 in 2003, something it attributed
to the fact that examinations were
"considerably more complex"
than in previous years.
The regulator added that

FROM page one Payment

operation, the system had
processed an average of 49 daily include large value and time sen-
transactions, which had an aver- sitive transactions on behalf f f
age value of $30.5 million, bank clients and the public sector,
The Central Bank said: "Vol- are settled through bank balances
umes have increased steadily maintained at the Central Bank,
since the start up of operations. on an individual basis in the ,oder,
Payments submitted, which in which they are transmitted .

The Public is hereby advised that I, JANAY ABIGEAL
RENE'A WICKHAM of Yellow Elder, intend to change my
to JANAY ABIGAIL RENE'A McKINNEY. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may-,
write esuh objections to the Chief Passport Officer, ,.Q.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days afte-r_
the date of publication of this notice.

ROAD, 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 11TH day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




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





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


Central Bank
"resource constraints" experi-
enced during 2004 were expect-
ed to be addressed through the
recruitment of more bank exam-
iners in 2005.
To promote the requirements
that only 'fit and proper' persons
controlled and managed Bahami-
an-based banks and trust compa-
nies, the Central Bank reviewed
and recommended the appoint-
ments of 133 directors and 206
senior officers during 2004.
The total number of bank and
trust company licencees in the
Bahamas fell from 285 at the end
of 2003 to 266 in 2004.
The 266 were broken down into
213 bank and trust companies
operating through a physical pres-
ence, the latter having declined
slightly from 216 at 2003 year-end.
A further 47 institutions were in
business under "restrictive man-
agement arrangements" approved
by the Central Bank, while six
were still in "transition" to a phys-
ical presence.
"This last group included two
branches of US banks in the
process of obtaining approved
management status, two licencees
in liquidation and two still in tran-
sition to physical presence," the
Centra Bank said in its 2004 annu-
al report.
Employment in the banking
sector was said to "remain close"
to the 4,253 workers at year-end
2003. Domestic assets held by 24
licencees totalled $6.4 billion,
while international assets held by
Bahamas-based financial institu-
tions were estimated to be around
$300 billion.





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





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leg of Grand Prix

Junior Sports Reporter
IN HIS first Grand Prix
meet of the year, Bahamian
200m national record holder
Dominic Demeritte finished
up seventh.
Demeritte competed in the
first leg of the Grand Prix
Brazil track duel last Sunday,
and is gearing up to take part
in the second leg this Sunday.

Only the top athletes from
around the world were invited
to compete in the Grand Prix
meets, with Demeritte being
ranked at sixth in the 200m.
On Sunday past, Demerit-
te's time of 21.07 seconds gave
him a seventh place finishing,
with Joshua Johnson of the
United States claiming the top
prize in a time of 20.45 sec-
Rounding off the top three

positions were Brazil's Vin-
cent de Lima in 20.59 seconds,
and Jamaica's Christopher
Williams in 20.70 seconds.
So far Demeritte has posted
times of 20.69 seconds and
20.54 seconds in the yard
dash he ran 10.49 seconds. His
season's best is 20.64 seconds.
Several of the regions top
athletes also took part on Sun-
day in the first leg, with
Jamaica's Michael Frater lead-
ing the way.
Frater, who clocked an
impressive 10.09 seconds in a
meet last weekend, in which
his team-mate Asafa Powell
set a world leading and
Caribbean record of 9.84 sec-
onds, ran 10.14 seconds for a
second place finish.
Winning the century was
Johnson in 10.09 seconds,
coming in third was de Lima, a
semi-finalist at last year's
Olympic games in the event.
In the women's 400m,
Jamaica World Indoor silver

medallist Davian Clarke ran
a time of 46.07 seconds for a
fourth place finishing. Clarke
has a personal best of 44.83
seconds and a season's best of
Cydonie Mothersill of the
Cayman Islands and
Jamaicans Beverly McDonald
and Peta-Gaye Dowdie all
represented the region in the

Mothersill went onto win
the event in 23.06 seconds,
with McDonald and Gaye
Dowdie finishing third and
fifth respectively in times of
23.26 seconds and 23.40 sec-
It was a one-two knock out
punch for the Jamaicans in the
triple jump, with Trecia Smith
and Suzette Lee in 14.62m and
The second leg will take
place in Bel6m, Brazil.

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Quincy Pratt

joins ministry

as coordinator

Senior Sports Reporter
QUINCY 'Thrill-A-
Minute' Pratt is back in the
amateur circle, not as a box-
er, but a coach. Now he's
been added to the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture's payroll as a coordina-
The ministry announced
last week that Pratt will be
the coordinator of the ama-
teur programme for the east-
ern district of New Provi-

He joins Ray Minus Jr.,
who was employed as a coor-
dinator and is, directly
responsible for the develop-
ment of the sport at the
National Gymnasium at the
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
"I had a bright amateur
career and I think I did very
well as a professional," said
Pratt, who was forced to
retire from the sport as a
boxer two years ago because
of an eye injury.
In December, Pratt made
his return to the amateur
scene when he formed the

Eastside Boxing Club, which
is based at the Nassau Stadi-
Since coming on stream,
the club has turned a lot of
heads with its performances
against the other local clubs
on the amateur scene, includ-
ing the Bahamas Youth
Sporting Club, which is head-
ed by Pratt's amateur coach
Leonard 'Boston Blackie'
"It's a great opportunity
and I'm putting all of my
energy into it right now," said
Pratt, after being officially
informed about his respon-
sibilities in his new role with
the ministry.
In a press release by the
Ministry of Sports, it was
stated that Pratt will be
responsible for the develop-
ment of the sport.
"It's a great opportunity
and I will definitely be
putting my best foot for-
ward," Pratt stressed. "I will
definitely not let the ministry
As he's done well against
his former coach, Pratt said
he's looking forward to his
Eastside Boxing Club going
head-to-head with Minus Jr's
Champion Boxing Club.
Pratt and Minus Jr., for-

mer sparring partners, had
three heated clashes on the
professional circuit. Minus
Jr., however, was successful
in all three matches.
So far this year, Pratt's
Eastside has not been able
to compete against Minus
Jr's Champion Boxing
Club. But Pratt said he's anx-
iously awaiting the show-

That could come on June
4th when the Amateur Box-
ing Federation of the
Bahamas is set to host a show
that will feature all of the
amateur boxing clubs.
The event is set for the
Nassau Stadium and will give
the public an opportunity to
view the team that has been
selected to compete at this
year's Carifta Boxing Cham-
The final trials for the team
were held on Saturday at the
Nassau Stadium.
The federation is in the
process of selecting the team,
which will be headed by
national coach Andre Sey-
Pratt is scheduled to travel
as an assistant coach.

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THE wait is over for
Bahamian boxer Sherman
'Tank' Williams, who's been
longing for a shot at the
Commonwealth heavy-
weight title.
The Bahamas Boxing
Commission (BBC) con-
firmed yesterday that the
heavyweight championship
match between Williams and
Shane Cameron will take
place this September, in the
Bahamas for a title that
has been vacant for more
than three years.
On Saturday, chairman of
the BBC Norman Gay
announced that First Class
Promotion company will
work closely with New
Zealand's promoter Don
Mann ensuringthat tt he fight
comes off.
Gay said: "Our point man
commissioner Fred Sturrup
has been busy networking
with both promotional enti-
ties and the Commonwealth
Boxing Council over the last
two months and it looks like
we are very close to being
able to stage the title fight.
In fact I can say that the
only hold-up is to get
Williams' signature on'an

"The sooner this happens,
copies of both fighters' con-
tracts will be forwarded to
the Council and the title
fight will be officially on. We
have been informed by Fred
Sturrup that the New
Zealanders are eager to
work with First Class and all
of the purse details and oth-
er relevant matters have
been agreed upon. We are
waiting now only for
Williams," added Gay.
Williams is currently
training in the United States,
having scheduled several
fights on the European mar-
It is said that Mann is very
interested in making the
fight and has indicated that
the support coming in from
New Zealand will be big.
He confirmed that Cullen
Sports is fully supportive of
the efforts of First Class Pro-
motions and the Bahamas
Boxing Commission.
Mann said: "I have had
discussions with Simon
Block of the CBC to lobby
the vacant title to be con-
tested in the Bahamas
between Williams and
Cameron. I have also
'secured the assistance of the
CBC President Carrick Bel-
ton of New Zealand who has
also helped me lobby the

"I believe lobbying of the
CBC is important due to the
possibility of British promot-
ers seeking to construct a
contest for the vacant title. I
understand that the
Bahamas Boxing commis-
sion is working closely also
with the CBC to bring this
event to The Bahamas."
Cameron is the top heavy-
weight fighter from New
Zealand and has a perfect
12-0 win-loss record. Before
the fight Cameron is expect-
ed to travel to Phoenix, Ari-
zona to join former world
heavyweight champion Mike
Tyson in camp.
Gay added: "This is shap-
ing up to be quite a big occa-
sion for boxing in particular
and sports in general in the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. From all indica-
tions, it appears that
the details will soon be
finalised for the title bout
sometime in September of
this year."
The BBC will continue to
work with Bahamian profes-
sional fighters and is
presently making some pre-
liminary explorations

regarding a possible Com-
monwealth light heavy-
weight title challenge for
Freeman Barr.

Senior Sports Reporter

Smith said he waited three
years for this opportunity to
get back in the ring and he's
going to make good use of it
on Friday night.
Crafty veteran Smith is
scheduled to defend his
Bahamas super middleweight
title against the youthful Jer-
maine 'Chu-Chu' Mackey at
the Wyndham Napsau Resort
& Crystal Palace Casino.
It's a title that the 34-year-
old Smith won five-years ago
against Kenny 'Lightning'
Minus and successfully defend-
ed against him in his only
defence nine months later.

Smith feels this title defence
is just a way for the Minus' clan
to avenge those defeats. The
show is being promoted by
First Class Promotions, headed
by Michelle and Ray Minus Jr.
And, just days before the
fight, Smith said he's confident
he will prevail against Mack-
"He has a lot of mouth and
doing a lot of talking, but the
Aime is done," said Smith, as
e gears up for the much antic-
ipated showdown originally
scheduled to be staged in
Georgetown, Exuma in April.
Smith, who currently sports a
14-5-1 win-loss-draw record
with 12 knockouts, is fighting
his fourth Bahamian, but he
expects that this will just be the
beginning of a series of
rematches with Mackey.
"This is going to be a golden
opportunity for me because I
have a number of opportuni-
ties ahead of me," Smith
revealed. "I just have to get
over this.

"But I don't expect this to
go the distance. He's never
been 12 rounds. He doesn't
know what it is to 'breathe 12
rounds. I will use every year of
my 12 years as a professional
and my 26 years as a boxer to
distract him."
As a competitor, Smith said
he respects Mackey but, after
Friday night, he will treat him
just like he has every other
Bahamian he's fought.
"I'm hungry and I think Jer-
maine has definitely bitten off
more than he could chew,"
Smith proclaimed. "He will be
another victim for me to con-
Smith has only lost once to a
That was Kenny Minus, who
defeated him on May 29,
In their rematch, Smith
knocked out Minus on January
29, 2000 to win the title. He
came back on October 29 the
same year and successfully
defended the crown.
"This is going to develop in
another rivalry like that which
me and Kenny Minus had,"
said Smith.
"If he can fight a quarter of
the way he can talk then it
should be a good match. It will
eventually end up in a possi-
ble two or three fights."
Quincy 'Thrill-A-Minute'
Pratt, who has) had three
thrilling matches against Minus
Jr. for the Balminas ban-
tamweight and ihtweight
titles, said this definitely

ABOVE: Jermaine 'Chu Chu' Mackey (left) and champion
'Marvellous' Marvin Smith stand back-to-back ahead of Friday's
RIGHT: Smith says he's confident ahead of the clash.

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SOME of Russia's top musical
talent is coming to The Bahamas for
what enthusiasts expect to be a series
of sell-out concerts.
The musicians will appear in "A
Festival of Russian Artists", which
will be a key part of Nassau Music
Society's 2005-2006 season.
Society officials are calling it a
coup. And enthusiasts will find it
hard to argue with that assessment
when they see the line-up for this.
year's programme.
The Moscow Soloists, conducted
by Yuri Bashmet, will again appear
after a triumphant series of perfor-
mances in Nassau in 2003.
As part of its 2005-2006 season,
society, with the help of recently
appointed artistic director, Igor
Rakelson, will present "A Festival
of Russian Artists".
The Moscow Soloists will return
for a series of four concerts in Feb-
ruary, 2006.
Society president Patrick Thom-
son said: "We are absolutely thrilled.
As one of the most highly acclaimed
chamber ensembles, these are some
of the most exciting musical artists in
the world today and we are very for-
tunate that they are able to return to
The Bahamas. We're expecting sell-
out concerts once again appealing
as it will to locals and tourists alike."
The Moscow Soloists were found-
ed by Yuri Bashmet in 1992. Actu-
ally the original orchestra was found-
ed in 1986 but, as they all emigrated
from Russia, Bashmet started from

Music society coup brings

top talent back to Nassau

scratch in 1992. The present orches-
tra consists of leading young gradu-
ates from the Moscow Conserva-
toire, all aged under 30.
They have performed in many-
prestigious venues, including
Carnegie Hall in New York and The
Royal Albert Hall in London, and
have toured all over the world. They
have worked with such celebrated
soloists as Sviatoslav Richter,
Mstislav Rostropovich and James
The Bahamas is extremely fortu-
nate, to have them return to Nassau
to be conducted by Yuri Bashmet,
who will certainly include a viola solo
in the programme.
Italia Watkins-Jan, vice-president
public relations and communications,
said: "Of course, Yuri Bashmet and
the Moscow Soloists are very spe-
cial and, in fact, Yuri Bashmet played
for the society at Government House
in February, 2004, and was heard to
say that he had never played better.
"Obviously the Bahamas does
something for him so we most defi-
nitely look forward to another per-
formance. The Soloists loved it here
in 2003 and tell us that they have
been trying to fit Nassau into their
exceptionally busy schedule for over
a year.


COMO, ITALY A group of Bahamian artists will
get the chance to exhibit here in this beautiful lakeside
town in June, 2006, in an area looking for ways to
broaden an already rich history of arts and culture.
The artists identified so far for the exhibition are
Antonius Roberts and John Cox, who are currently
wrapping up a month-long work experience in Pietrasan-
ta, Italy, along with Heino Schmid and Michael Edwards.
Additional Bahamian artists are expected to be select-
ed for the exhibition scheduled for June, 2006.
The exhibition was announced at the weekend at
Villa Olmo, an 18th century neo-classical villa with
stunning views of the lake and surrounding hillsides.
And the announcement marked the second phase of an
arts and cultural exchange between Nassau and Como
that started in New Providence in April when Sergio
Gaddi, Como's Cultural Councillor, visited the Bahamas
to iron out plans for a week-long venture with the Min-
istry of Tourism.
"This will produce a great event in the name of art
and creativity," Michelangela Vismara, the Bahamas
Consul in Italy, told The Arts.

The artists are very encouraged by the move, which
will provide an all-important opportunity for art in the
Bahamas to find its place on the international stage.
The exhibition of art .in the Bahamas will be the
focus of the event which will also feature Bahamian
cuisine, displays and Junkanoo, and will be held at a time
when tens of thousands of tourists pass through this
resort town, known for its affluent second-home market.
Como-based artist Fabrizio Musa, a well-known con-
temporary artist who uses technology as his main medi-
um, is talking with Ministry of Tourism officials about a
project in Nassau, the details of which are expected to be
completed later this year.
Cox, Roberts and Schmid (who is in Italy docu-
menting Cox's and Roberts' work in Pietrasanta) field-
ed questions about their impressions of Italy from local
newspaper and television journalists during a press con-
ference held on Friday morning with Mr Gaddi at Vil-
la Olmo. They got the chance to share their thoughts and
ideas on future projects and get a feel for the artistic envi-
ronment here.
For the councillor, this exhibition of Bahamian art is
the latest project in a series of impressive art events he
has organised and taken a personal interest in. His most
recent art event is a powerful exhibition Picasso: The

"They will come from a concert at
Carnegie Hall in New York straight
to Nassau and perform part of the
same concert here. We are very
lucky in that respect," added Ms
Mr Thomson said the present
schedule calls for Yuri Bashmet and
the Moscow Soloists to- play two
major concerts with the full orchestra
and perhaps The Bahamas National
Youth Choir under the direction of
Cleophas Adderley will at some
point join with them.
The Soloists have also agreed to
play a 45-minute concert for school-
children. "In 2003 we had a very suc-
cessful concert for children at the
Theatre for the Performing Arts.
There were over 600 children in the
theatre and you could have heard a
pin drop.
"It was wonderful, both the music
and how attentively the children lis-
tened to it. We very much hope to be
able to epeat the performance in
2006," said Mr Thomson. The final'
'two concerts will be performed by
quartets, sextets or octets. The dates
are February 23-27,2006.

Yuri Bashmet, on first name terms
with Vladimir Putin, the Russian

Seduction of Classic at the historic villa. The show fea-
tures a wide range of Picasso's work from early paint-
ings, sketches, ceramics, textiles and photographs tak-
en from international museums and private collections,
and is a testimony to Mr Gaddi's dedication to the
The previous year he organised a Miro exhibition
entitled, Miro: Alchemist of Sign. Along with viewing the
Picasso exhibition here and a Jean Michel Basquiat
show in nearby Lugano, Switzerland, Cox, Roberts and
Schmid had the opportunity to view a potential space
where their works may be exhibited.

Known as A SHED, the former silk factory has been
transformed into a 4,000 square foot, open contemporary
gallery capable of accommodating paintings, installations
and sculpture.
Roberts, who says he was inspired by the beautiful
environment of Como, its landscape and its energy,
would welcome the opportunity to work here for two to
three months, to explore the area and see how it might
affect his work.
He sees the exhibition as another step in the right
"This represents an opportunity for artists in the
Bahamas," says Roberts. "We are making efforts to
share our story and our talents."
Cox is excited by the opportunity to take part in this
international exchange art project as he works to expand
the audience of his own work and the works of artists of
his Popop Gallery in Nassau. "I think this has tremen-
dous potential," he says.
For Schmid, the exhibition represents an opportuni-
ty for an interesting juxtaposition of the rich history of
fine art in Italy and the relatively new art history of the
Bahamas, and is an indication that art in the Bahamas
can compete with visual art worldwide.
"Art in the Bahamas now is very fruitful and inter-
esting, and I think we can compete visually with a lot of
contemporary art worldwide," Schmid told The Arts. "I
think we are in an interesting position where the work
is conceptual but is still visually accessible, which I per-
sonally enjoy, and it can be presented on an international
"The exhibition in Como is very interesting because
Italy has such a rich fine art history and the Bahamas has
such a new history of art and a contemporary way of pre-
senting art.
"It creates an interesting juxtaposition, a sort of yin
and yang."

president, was invited by him to play
at a state dinner in London for
Queen Elizabeth along with Ros-
tropovich, immediately after his Nas-
sau debut in 2003. He is regarded as
the greatest living viola player and
the man who saved the viola. This
former rock 'n' roll star says mod-
estly: "I always knew I was going to
be a hero. In fighting for the viola, I
am.a pioneer." .......
Many distinguished composers
have written pieces for the solo vio-
la, including with the greatest suc-
cess, the Russian composer, Alfred
Schnitte. Igor Rakelson, NMS's own
artistic director, has composed pieces
for him, one of which will be played
at Carnegie Hall.
Bashmet plays a 1758 Testore vio-
la, the same make as Mozart's, and
says the viola "creates musical
colours that can be both bright and
expressive but also melancholic and
tragic". He certainly demonstrated
that when he played in Nassau on
February 1, 2004, pieces by Bach,
Schubert, Brahms and Bruch. It was
a captivating performance.
According to Bashmet, who
claims to be "a connoisseur of beau-
ty", the changed attitude? wards the
viola can be gauged from his female
"I realised things had changed
because all the girls who played the
viola were tragic, compensating for
failure in their lives.
"Now nearly all of them are hap-
py and very beautiful.
"Things have changed and I can
be proud of that."

2005 2006 SEASON
The Endellion Quartet from the
UK will start the season in Octo-
ber/November of this year. This pro-
lific and much-loved group is rec-
ommended by Matthew Steynor, the
former director of music at
Christchurch Cathedral, who rates
them as number three in the UK, a
fine achievement for players togeth-
er for 25 years.
Before the enchantments of Yuri
in February, music-lovers will hear
for the first time in the Bahamas one
of the world's greatest living cellists
playing in a quartet. Launching the
New Year of 2006, Natalia Gutman,
Igor Rakelson, piano, Sviatoslav
Moroz, violin and mezzo soprano
Olga Dyachkovskaya will perform
.on January 13 and 14.
Natalia Gutman is considered by
many to be one of the top three most
brilliant living cellists in 'the world.
She has tended to concentrate on
Europe and lives in Germany
although she was born in Russia.
Her husband was the well-known
violinist Oleg Kagan, who died in
1990. Mstislav Rostropovich was her
teacher and Svjatoslav Richter once
said of her "she is the incarnation of
This will be her first visit to Nas-
sau. Her son, Sviatoslav Moroz, who
was born in Moscow, comes from a
very talented musical family in par-
ticular his mother. He plays a rare
Gagliano violin which originally
belonged to his great grandfather,
Anism Berlin.
He has performed as soloist with
many famous orchestras and artists
such as Claudio Abbado, Yuri Bash-
met and Eduard Brunner. His wife,
Olga Dyachkovskaya, includes in her
list of solo engagements appearances
at Carnegie Hall and the Bolshoi
Halls at the Moscow Conservatoire
and Rostropovich is among the musi-
cians with whom she has collaborat-
Of course Igor Rakelson, NMS
artistic director, is well-known here
and is a very accomplished pianist,

although he is better known as a currently hliping tWo students at
composer, having had his Adagio for Berklee College.
Viola and String Orchestra pre- Sponsors are relied upon to help
miered at Carnegie Hall in 2003. turn a profit, so some years are bet-
Oleg Polianski, who began his ter than others. However, after the
career at the age of six, has been Moscow Soloist concert series in
taught by some of the most impor- 2003, the society was able to put
tant and famous teachers in Russia. aside funds to be used for scholar-
He has won a number of prizes in ships.
competition and tours the world The hope is that after the 2005-
playing the piano with an exception- 2006 season more assistance can be
ally busy schedule. Today he lives in given to the local music community,
Cologne, Germany, although born the music schools, the marching

"We are absolutely thrilled. As one of
the most highly acclaimed chamber
ensembles, these are some of the most
exciting musical artists in the world
today and we are very fortunate that
they are able to return to the Bahamas."

Nassau Music Society president Patrick Thomson

in Kiev, Russia. He will perform at
two concerts in Nassau on April 7
and 8,2006.

The society is run by a volunteer
committee who meet once a iinth
during the ceason October today.
"The committee usually has eight to
10 members but we are alwayflook-
ing for new music enthusiasts to join
us. We were recently very pleased
to appoint Igor Rakelson as our artis-
tic director and his job is to find
artists of a high calibre to come and
entertain our members and the pub-
lic. Certainly for the 2005-2006 sea-
son, he has done a remarkable job,"
says Mr Thomson.
The Aim of the Society is0"to pro-
mote and encourage the art of music
by organising concerts and other
musical activities and to provide
financial assistance to students of
Since the 1960s the society has
been organising concerts on an annu-
al basis and over the yearsithere have
been active periods and relatively
inactive periods.
But it is one if not the only society
that has offered a programme of
musical concerts every year, both
classical and jazz, continuously for
that length of time- over 40 years.
Some years the society has offered
seven events and some years less.
Over the years such celebrated per-
formers as Grace Bumby, Isobel
Buchanan, Simon Estes, and more
recently, Yuri Bashmet and Dmitri
Berlinski, have performed for the
society and such illustrious orchestras
as the London Philharmonic, Inter-
preti Venezia, The English Cham-
ber Orchestra, The Moscow Soloists
and then the Boys Choir of
Harlem have performed for the soci-
For two years Al Simmons enter-
tained 2,000 children at Government
House for the day and there have
been jazz evenings at the Humidor.
. When it can, the society provides
scholarship funds for Bahamian stu-
dents wishing to study music and is

bands and individuals wanting to fur-
ther their studies abroad or at the
College of the Bahamas.
Mr Thomson said: "The society
strives to bring the highest calibre
of performers that come within our
budget to Nassau for the entertain-
ment of our loyal members and the
Bahamian public.
"We also feel it is our responsi-
bility to promote the musical talent
of the youth of the Bahamas and to
provide scholarship to outstanding
and talented young Bahamian musi-
"Some of our concerts are very
successful and some we feel let down
by the numbers that attend. But I
suppose we cannot win them all."
The 2004-2005 season finishes on
the May 21 when the NMS presents
Liliane Questel, pianist, and Jean
Ronald La Fond, baritone, who will
entertain the audience to "An
Evening of Haitian Melodies".
The concert will be held in the
ballroom of Government House
starting at 8pm. "We look forward to
this evening which is sponsored by
the Embassy of Haiti," said Italia
Watkins-Jan. "We thank Ambas-
sador Joseph and the Embassy of
Haiti for their sponsorship. Ambas-
sador Joseph is one of our most loy-
al supporters."
During the interval one of the
recent NMS scholarship recipients,
Wendy Lewis, will present a ten-
minute recital.
Before the concert the society's
annual general meeting will be held
on the front porch of Government
House at 7 pm.
"We hope all members will
attend," said the president. "We
thank all those who have supported
us over the years and look forward to
their continued support in the future.
And there have been many support-
ers starting with the voluntary com-
mittee members, every Governor
General, including Dame Ivy
Dumont, many businesses and indi-
For further information on the
society, visit its website www.nas- or call 327-7668.


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Ricardo Knowles' portraits show

'unique islands of the Bahamas

OIL painter Ricardo
Knowles expresses passion
combined with nostalgia ahd
the ecology of The Bahamas
in his upcoming exhibition,
Portrait of the Bahamas.
Leaving behind impression-
ism and his European experi-
ence, Knowles concentrates
on the Family Islands by way
of illustrating Crab Cay, Bird
Cay and Chubb Cay, where
he had spent a great deal of
time in his younger days, pass-
ing many long summers where
he remembers viewing nature
at its best.

See the migration of wild
birds, and the native conchs
at low tide. View sailboats that
came here to moor, which was
spectacular to experience
before it was developed and
made more elaborate for
Ricardo further describes
his exhibition as a discovery
of a new coloration and anoth-
er palette, re-formed shapes
with emotions. This exhibition
fuses the yearning for a period

0 KNOWLES' vision is to
record the 'energy' of the
Bahamas and what makes
these islands unique.

past, united with current set-
tings from today.
The figurative paintings are
more mature, as the art lover
will notice Knowles' ability to

execute the anatomy in these el with his images.
Bahamian portraits. "As Bahamians, it is impor-
Though he embraces what
is Bahamian, Knowles still has
a wish to reach a universal lev-

tant to hold on to this drive
to take this avenue in the
hope that one day the narra-
tive of Bahamian society will
be understood by a wide-
spread audience," he says.
"General scenes of the
islands are built up from a
basic landscape, some parts
are imagination, but the peo-
ple will recall portions from

The painting "Hope Town",
a simple harbour landscape
with sailing boats leaving for
the regatta, shows boys going
about their daily tasks, as
often seen in this busy place.
The key focus in this paint-
ing are the foreground dock
boxes reminding Knowles of
summer holidays when his
father would send him to open
the dock box, to get all the
gear together for fishing. This
kind of box can probably be
found on every Bahamian
island dock today.
On the invitation, one sees

"Crab Cay Channel", which
reflects a similar nostalgia in
the wall that familiar long
wall marking the place where
one would sit watching the
ocean, boats and incoming
About his work, Knowles
says: "I have found a joy in
illustrating and documenting
this story because it's a real
tale to be told in a painting."
Knowles' vision is to record
the "energy" of the Bahamas
and what makes these islands
unique, so that people will be
able to look back at some of
these paintings and see the
Bahamas recorded for safe-
keeping, to be viewed one day
in a museum or gallery as part
of Bahamian history.

Ricardo Knowles' art
show, Portrait of the
Bahamas, which will be
held this Friday evening, at
Ristorante Villaggio. For
information contact Shelle
Kelly @ 422-4846.


SPLIT PERSONALITY, a joint art show
by Nicole Collie and Lemero Wright hopes to
challenge the eyes and the mind of art lovers.
Collie's more exotic, feminine pieces celebrate
woman her curvaceous shape blended in pas-
tel shades.
By contrast, Wright's work uses bright almost
glaring primary colours. Though Wright's paint-
ings suggest a more masculine energy, he has
used the female form in black and hot tones
with smouldering looks and proud stances. In
some of Collie's pieces, she uses brighter tones
to highlight just the body (minus the head).
The exciting show, sponsored by the Credit
Suisse Supports Bahamian artists Programme,
runs from Monday, May 16 till Friday, May
27 at the Central Bank of the Bahamas. An
opening night reception will be-held off Thurs-
day, May 19 from 6pm till 9pm.

NATIONAL Art Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) events for May 2005:
Saturday, May 21: Youth Workshop on
Glassworks. Facilitator: Diane Burrows. Age
group: seven and over. Time: 10am 1pm.
Cost: $5 (members)/$8 (non-members)
Thursday, May 26: Life and Debt (2001), a
documentary by director and producer
Stephanie Black. Rated: PG-13. Time: 7:45pm.
Length: (86 minutes)
Rather than the traditional Issues forum,
NAGB in collaboration with the College of
the Bahamas' School of English Studies exper-
iments with a short program of issue-oriented
cinema. Discussants for the Life and Debt view-
ing are Tamico Gilbert of Amnesty Interna-
tional, and Bernadette Butler, lawyer for the
Bahamas, CSME.
(All events to take place at NAGB, West &

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West Hill Streets. Call 328- 5800, or logon to bs for more information)
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 signature pieces from the nation-
al collection, including recent acquisitions by
Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne
Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-
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 Streets.
The exhibition is part of the NAGB's Col-
lector's Series. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Satur-
day, 11am-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

THE Awakening Landscape: The Nas-
sau Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marchand
Tupper, from the collection of Orjan and
Amanda Lindroth at the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas.
The mid-19th century paintings that make
up the exhibition are part of one of the
earliest suites of paintings of Nassau and its
Tupper was a British military officer sta-
tioned at Fort Charlotte in the 1850s.
The works show a pre-modern Bahamas
through the decidedly British medium of water-
Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-
Call 328-5800 to book tours.



AY 18. 2005. PAGE 3C

Looking on

the bright side

of Nassau life

* SUNNY DAZE, Maddening, impossib
The Humorous beyond the pale, unbelieva
M a nr oa__ __ __ __ inept...they're all epith
Misadventures of a M- we've found ourselves us:
Tropical Island Mom from time to time to descri
by Faith R Foyil resignation that is all part of In Utility Futility she covers the trials of Nassau life.
(Llumina Press) the territory, it's actually quite BEC's outrageous estimates, But, despite everything,
an amusing place to be. its habit of switching off the Foyil obviously loves life
The unreliable mail deliver- lights at frequent intervals, the Paradise.
LIFE in the Bahamas is ies, cockroach infestations, way bills arrive the day after In a sense, this is more
nothing if not funny. Well, killer jitneys, mites in your the payment date (courtesy of entertainingly written cel
that'sif you discount the cornflakes,madmenonmotor- the postal service, of course) bration than a gripe. Wh
ridiculous postal service, bikes, drivers with housebricks and Bahamasair, about which the sun's always shining, i
abysmal driving standards, where their brains should nothing more need be said. hard to be mad for long. JM

ooscenely nign superstore
prices and roads that remind
one of a Middle East war
Anyway, Ms Foyil finds
plenty to be funny about even
after more than 10 years in
Nassau, and it's likely you
might develop a more sanguine
view of life if you follow
her through this amusing col-
lection of essays and anec-
The bookjacket blurb calls
Sunny Daze a Pulitzer Prize
'whiner', but the author whines
in a way to which no-one could
seriously take offence.
She adopts the posture of all
expatriate Nassau-lovers: yes,
the place has its faults (you can
say that again!) but is there
really anywhere else on the
face of the earth quite so fan-
tastic? Probably not.
Ms Foyil moved to the
Bahamas in the early 1990s
and since then has, like the rest
of us, been wrestling with the
mutifarious problems of Nas-
sau life. And she seems to have
concluded that, once you get
past the frustration, exaspera-
tion, indignation and inevitable

be...they all add a certain
something to the all-pervasive
but irresistible insanity of
Bahamian life.
For her, humour lies every-
where. I particularly liked It's
Showtime, about a visit to the
cinema, in which she asks if
any Bahamian has.seen the
first five minutes of any movie
In Extra, Extra! she recalls
the hell of playing one of the
crowd in the movie Into the
Blue, filmed in Nassau, in
which she finally appears as a
crimson dot in the background
waiting for a taxi.
And in Going Postal, she
reflects amusingly on having
her phone cut off, even though
she sent her.payment cheque
through the mail two weeks
before. We've all been there
and done that, haven't we?
Power outages, dodgy
phones, summer bugs, motor-
ing madness...all come in for
close examination -by the
quirky Ms Foyil, whose book
consists of 39 pieces, each of
which is bound to raise at least
one smile.


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An evening of

Haitian melodies

T he Nassau Music Society ends its
2004-2005 season on Saturday night
with a recital by two seasoned per-
formers. The event takes place
promptly at 8pm in the Government House
Ballroom, where Liliane Questel (pianist at
right) and Jean Ronald LaFond (baritone), both
of Haitian origin, will showcase melodies from
their native country.
Questel's career has taken her around the
world with concert appearances that mark an
impressive resume. Among these appearances
are the Pittsburgh Symphony; Hartford Sym-
phony; Mississippi Symphony; Southwest Michi-
gan Orchestra; Brementon Symphony; Balti-
more Orchestra, the Antwerp Philarmonie; Bel-
gian National Orchestra; Brussels Conservatory
Orchestra; the New Vlaams Chamber Orchestra;
the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and recently, the
Cuban National Symphony.
Equally as accomplished is LaFond, who has
more than 30 operatic roles in his repertoire,
with an equal number of oratorio roles. He has
appeared with the Sakai Opera (Japan), Michi-.
gan Opera Theater, Long Leaf Opera, The
Aspen Opera Theater Center, The Comic Opera
Guild, Orquesta Nacional de Cuba, The Kala-
mazoo Symphony, The Bozeman Symphony,

EELS Parties, Nightclubs B
Bow- & Restaurants .

A Jiggy Affair: Reggae, Dancehall & Soca Showdown @
Club Ecliipse, Saturday, May 21. Featuring: Chiplee of
Lees Unlimited & Kickboxa and South Florida's Award
Winning Dancer. Ladies free before 11pm, and men $15
before 12am. Locals will be able to challenge each other for
cash prizes.

Members Only, its a party that money can't get you into.
Saturday, May 21 from 8pm to midnight @ the Coyote
Bar, Club Nsomnia. The after party follows on the main
level. Log on to, or email for more informa-
tion or to apply.

M.A.D. Thursdays, every Thursday night @ Club Nsom-
nia. Hosted by Jamaican artist, Beenie Man. Special per-
formance by Club Nsomnia's International Coyote Girls.
Ladies free before llpm Guys $15 before 11pm. Late
night happy hour from 9pm-llpm: $1 drink specials.
Music by Barry da Pusha, DJ Fines and Mr Excitement.
Doors open at 9pm. Dress Code: smart casual. No hats.
No t-shirts. No singlets. No sportswear.

Exotic Saturdays @ Fridays Soon Come starts with 3 for
$10 drink specials. Admission: $10 before midnight and
$15 after. Ladies free before 11pm.

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the
best in Old Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, downtown, every
Friday night. Admission $10 before midnight. First 50
women get free champagne. First 50 men get a free Grey-
cliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations call

Cool Runnings is back with a Conscious Party @ Hard
Rock Cafe, Charlotte St North every Friday. Classic reg-
gae style music. Admission $10.

Mellow Moods every Sunday @ Fluid Lounge and Night-
club, Bay St, featuring hits from yesterday old school
reggae and rockers downstairs, and golden oldies upstairs.
Admission: Free. Doors open 9pm.

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

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

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

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 Miami Beach's finest
men. Ladies only before 11.30pm with free champagne.
Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover.

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

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

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

Salt Lake City Symphony, Greater Lansing Sym-
phony, The Gainseville Symphony, and Central
Florida Philharmonic, among others.
The concert is being held under the patronage
of the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti. Tickets:
$35 (non-members), $25 (members), $5 (stu-
dents). Make reservations at A D Hanna and
Co, Deveaux Street, telephone- 322-8306; Star
Insurance at 393-5529; or The Nassau Music
Society at 327-7668. For more information on
these performers, log on to www.nassaumusic-

Facilitator: Diane Burrows. Age group: 7 and over. Time:
10am 1pm. Cost: $5 (members)/ $8 (non-members)
* Thursday, May 26: Life and Debt (2001), a documentary
by director and producer Stephanie Black. Rated: PG-13.
Time: 7:45pm. Length: (86 minutes)
Rather than the traditional Issues forum, NAGB in col-
laboration with the College of the Bahamas' School of
English Studies experiments with a short program of
issue-oriented cinema. Discussants for the Life and Debt
viewing are Tamico Gilbert of Amnesty International, and
Bernadette Butler, lawyer for the Bahamas, CSME.
(All events to take place at NAGB, West & West Hill
Streets. Call 328- 5800, or logon to for
more information)

The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on a journey
through the history of fine art in the Bahamas. It features
signature pieces from the national collection, including
recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and
Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Satur-
day, 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 Streets. The exhibition is part of the
NAGB's Collector's Series. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Sat-
urday, llam-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau Watercolours of
Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper, from the collection of
Orjan and Amanda Lihdroth @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century paintings
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, llam-4pm. Call
328-5800 to book tours.


Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series: Distin-
guished Physician, Dr Agreta Eneas Carey will discuss
"Senior Health" on Thursday, May 26 at 6pm in the Doc-
tors Hospital conference room. This lecture will increase
awareness and educate persons about how to stay healthy
in their senior years. The lecture is free to the general
public. Free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose
screenings will be performed between 5pm and 6pm. To
ensure available seating RSVP 302-4603.

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weeks) from 6pm 7:30pm. Cost: $120.
e. Saturdays: May 28 through July 2 (five weeks) from
10am- 11:30 am. Cost: $50. There will be no class June 4.
Sessions will be held at the Trinity Methodist Church
Parking Lot (air'-conditioned). Wear loose comfortable
clothing, bring a yoga or exercise mat, and a towel. Call
394-2121 or 477-3903, for more information.

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 Hospital 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 Amer-
ican Heart Association offers CPR classes certified by the
AHA. The course defines the warning signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the most common serious injuries
anq choking that can occur in adults, infants and chil-
dren. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third
Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-
4732 for more information and learn to save a life today.

REACH-Resources & Education for Autism and relat-
ed Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thurs-
day of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC building,
Blue Hill Road.

Civic Clubs

A Bahamas Historical Society meeting is scheduled for
May 26 @ 6pm. Dr Gail Saunders will speak on the top-
ic: "The Wylly Affair and the Slave Registrationr Coai:--
troversy 1816-1821". Venue: the Society's museum on
Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. For more infor-
mation log on to

Toastmasters Club 1905 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ BEC
Cafe, Tucker Rd, and at Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh
Creek, Andros, at 7.30pm. 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 Thursday, 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 @ Wyncham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club
753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the
Solomon's Building, East-West Highway. All are wel-

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

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.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the sec-
ond and fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St
Augustine's Monestary.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday
of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St
Augustine's Monestary. For more info call 325-1947 after

International Association of Administrative Profession-
als, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of every
month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the
month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in
Room 144 during the academic year. The group pro-
motes the Spanish language and culture in the community.

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

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

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

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Sky-
line Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs
solo with special guests on Thursday from 9pm midnight.

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David
Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform
Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Paradise

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

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

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean
Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every
Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

001 = The Arts

Split Personality, a joint art show by Nicole Collie and
Lemero Wright hopes to challenge the eyes and the mind
of artlovers. Collie's more exotic, feminine pieces cele-
brate woman- her curvaceous shape blended in pastel
shades. By contrast, Wright's work uses bright almost
glaring primary colours. Though Wright's paintings sug-
gest a more masculine energy, he has used the female form
in black and hot tones with smouldering looks and proud
stances. In some of Collie's pieces, she uses brighter tones
to highlight just the body (minus the head). The exciting
show, sponsored by the Credit Suisse Supports Bahami-
an artists Programme, runs from Monday, May 16 till
Friday, May 27 at the Central Bank of the Bahamas. An
opening night reception will be held on Thursday, May 19
from 6pm till 9pm.


Basil 'Rattie' Sweeting: a journey

from farm boy to entertainer

Bahamas Information
LIFE has come full circle for
entertainer Basil "Rattie"
He left Eleuthera at nine to
seek employment on another
Family Island and, after more
than 20 years in the "wilder-
ness", has returned home to
reap the rewards of prosperity
being foreshadowed.
During the grand opening of
The Cove Resort in Gregory
Town, Eleuthera on April 22,
the romantic entertainer
wormed his way into the hearts
of guests as he strummed his
guitar and bellowed out an
array of Bahamian love songs
until the wee hours of the morn-
The 58-year-old was born in
the settlement of Upper Bogue,
but his economic circumstances
forced him to leave home while
still a child to support himself. It
was during the 1950s, and the
only employment then for such
a boy was farming.
He gained work at Reginald
Pinder's farm on nearby Span-
ish Wells. By 1960, the first
resort was built on the cay,
where he subsequently gained
"It was tough," he said as a
grimace took hold of his strong
dark face. "I was an entertainer
by then, playing every night. I
was making very little money.
Still I had to work from sunrise
to sunset."
Having come from a family
of singers, Mr Sweeting said the
only escape from what he called
'racism' was singing. His father,
Herbert Sweeting, was an enter-
tainer and his mother, now 94,
still sings in the church choir.
Circumstances also took Mr
Sweeting to Bimini, where he
lived for about 20 years.

Because residents were unable
to hear local radio then, they
listened to a West Indian sta-
tion that played Bahamian
music. Eventually, cable came
to the island.
In Bimini, he worked at Big
Game Fishing Lodge and lived
in a room but had to move out
following new ownership of the
He and his four-piece band
toured the Family Islands dur-
ing the 1970s in the era of
Smokey 007, Jay Mitchell and
others. Mr Sweeting has also
performed for United States
presidents George Bush and
George W Bush.


Mr Sweeting believes it is
important for Bahamian music
to be played at local resorts
because it tells stories about the
Bahamas, its culture and its
He returned to Eleuthera
three years ago and landed a
job at The Cove Resort, over-
looking the Caribbean.
"It's beautiful here. I am
treated nicely. I get two nights a
week and I play at the Romora
Bay Club on Harbour Island on
Saturdays," he said.
These are happier times for
Mr Sweeting. He thanks God
for what has happening in
Eleuthera, where he has since
built a home, grows pineapples
and other produce on a small
scale and spends time with his
four children and grandchildren.
His wife died five years ago.
But when the sun goes down,
he dons a tropical-coloured shirt
and black pants, picks up his
guitar and sings to his heart's
His repertoire comprises
mainly songs written by leg-
endary Bahamian entertainers

* BASIL Sweeting has earned himself near legendary status after playing Bahamian music foryears

(BIS photo: Derek Smith)

such as Blind Blake, George the singing legends. was Long Island Breeze by Pat Symonette.
Symonette, Freddie Munnings, He said: "The guys these days Rahming. Basil "Rattie" Sweeting per-
Bert Cambridge, Charlie putting out good songs but with He then strummed his guitar forms during the grand open-
Adams. no feelings." and sang, "I'd love to be strand- ing of The Cove Resort in Gre-
Mr Sweeting compared songs According to Mr Sweeting, ed on an Island with you" by gory Town, Eleuthera, on April
written by today's singers and the best love song he ever heard the legendary late George 22, 2005.

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