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Publication Date: May 25, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.151



Man in custody after

domestic dispute

Tribune Freeport
was stabbed to death Tuesday
afternoon during a domestic
dispute at an apartment com-
plex in Caravel Beach. The
incident brings the homicide
rate on Grand Bahama to sev-
en for the year.
A 29-year-old man is in cus-
tody assisting Grand Bahama
Police with investigations into
the stabbing that occurred
around 1.45pm at Apt 7 at 237
Flyingfish Street.
Although the couple's iden-
tities have not been released,
police reported that both the
man and woman, who is 25,
are employees in the house-

keeping department at Our
Lucaya Resort.
The couple has had ongo-
ing domestic problems, and
reports are that the wife was
seeking a legal separation.
They had just returned home
from a court hearing when the
incident occurred.
Inspector Loretta Mackey,
press liaison officer, reported
that police received a call
about an altercation between
a couple in the Caravel Beach
area. She said police went to
the scene.
The woman had been
stabbed several times about
the body in the neck, chest
and abdomen. She was taken
by ambulance to Rand Memo-
SEE page eight

POLICE investigators are seen at the apartment where a
25-year-old woman was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

THE ring that appeared around
the sun yesterday afternoon did.not
signal the end of the world, nor an
eclipse of the sun. It was a sun halo,
which, although extremely large and
visible yesterday, is a regular occur-
A sun halo is formed when a layer
of cirrus stratus clouds gather and
form ice crystals. As the sun's rays
pass through the ice crystals, the
light is refracted, making the ring
If looked at carefully, the colours
of the rainbow can be seen in the
halo, Jeffrey Simmons, Chief Mete-
orologist at Nassau International
Airport told The Tribune yesterday.
"If people just looked up more".
they would realise this is nothing
new, said Mr Simmons. Sun halos
can be seen during the day around
the sun and on nights when the
moon is full or shining brightly.
Halos are most likely to form during
cold fronts, when high clouds are
moving over the area.
The sun halo is pictured here
above Rawson Square's Queen Vic-
toria statue. Coincidentally, Queen
Victoria was born on May 24th -
yesterday's date.
(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE state of Emergency Medical Services has
been severely criticised by an experienced para-
medic who claims the Bahamas is further behind in
this field than all the other Caribbean countries.
Warren Grant, 39, who has spent more than 15
years in the EMS field, was until recently presi-
dent of the Bahamas Emergency Medical Services
Association (BESMA.)
He announced his resignation, effective immedi-
SEE page eight

United limo Drivers
Association threatens
action over Atlantis
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE United Limousine Dri-
vers Association says it will take
further action unless govern-
ment takes a more forceful role
against Atlantis.
The group has started to cir-
culate Nassau Interna-
tional Airport .(NIA) encour-
aging visitors to move away
from Bahamas Experience Lim-
ousine and Tours (BELT) and
use the United Limousine Dri-
vers Association (ULOA)
. ULOA president Kendal
Calmer said: "Atlantis Hotels
are discriminating against the
local independent limousine dri-
vers by signing an exclusive
agreement with Bahamas Expe-
rience Limousine and Tours
(BELT). They are also collect-
ing 20 per cent of the gross rev-
enue of BELT, and this monop-
olistic arrangement is causing
great hardship for many local
SEE page eight

Bahamas may only

be allowed five

years for CSME

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE BAHAMAS may only
be able to maintain its reserva-
tions to the Caribbean Single
Market Economy for five years
after joining the trading bloc, a
CARICOM official told The
Tribune yesterday.
Steven MacAndrew, a Bar-
bados-based specialist in the
movement of skills/labour
under the CSME, said that
although CARICOM has decid-
ed that the Bahamas has the
right to indicate which aspects
of the treaty it will participate
in, a waiver must be requested
in five years to extend these
economic restrictions.
Mr MacAndrew had said ear-
lier this week, that the restric-
tions refer to two points, the
granting of market access and
that nationals from member
SEE page eight

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Student protest againstI

changes in courses

Tribune Staff Reporter
BEARING banners and
placards. disgruntled students
from the Bahamas Technical
and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) went on a protest
yesterday that ended outside
the Ministry of Education.
Students, on their second
day of protest, are disheart-
ened that their graduation
exercises set for July have
been postponed without their
prior knowledge,
They claimed that students
enrolled at BTVI were given
the "false impression" that
they would sit classes relative
to their majors for one year
and would graduate immedi-
ately afterward.
However, students said
that classes on their sched-
ules were cancelled, and are
now not due to run again
until September.
In addition to this, students

claim they were rushed to
turn in a non-refundable
graduation fee of $100 prior
to hearing about the cancel-
lation of their courses.
Dr Leon Higgs, director of
higher learning and life-long
learning, and representatives
at the Ministry met with
BTVI student government
president Andrew Ferguson,
and both parties agreed to
resolutions on several of the
pressing issues.
Students will now be able to
take outstanding major cours-
es in mid-June to September,
and students unable to take it
at that time would be allowed
to take the course in the fall
semester at no extra cost.
The Ministry of Education
has just completed negotia-
tions for a $20 million dollar
loan from the IDB, $7 mil-
lion of which will be spent to
upgrade BTVI in anticipation
of the institution meeting
international standards.

* STUDENTS of BTVI protest in front of the Ministry of Education yesterday

(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

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Backing for clause

in CSME legislation

Tribune Staff Reporter
COM has expressed support for
a "grandfather" clause being
included in the CSME har-
monisation legislation for phar-
macists, a reliable source
revealed to The Tribune yes-
Last week, the Bahamas
Pharmaceutical Association
(BPA) said that it was con-
cerned that the lack of such a
clause could exclude the
Bahamian practitioners who
have a different kind of qualifi-
cation than other pharmacists
in the region.
According to the souifce, dur-
ing a Caribbean Association of
Pharmacists (CAP) semester

mid-term meeting last weekend
in Nassau, the attending legal
counsel for CARICOM said
the clause must be included
in order to create a situation
of "equity for all" in the indus-


of Jamaican pharmacists".
Proposed legislation relating
to the Caribbean Single Mar-
ket and Economy (CSME) says
that all pharmacists in the,
region should have a degree in
This poses a problem for
practising pharmacists in the
Bahamas, given that 90 per cent
of them possess a Certificate of

The source spoke to The Tri- Competency qualification
bune on condition of anonymi- instead.
ty because the BPA had decid- The clause would create an
ed not to release details of the exemption to the pharmacology
meeting before the clause pro- degree requirement, based on
posal has been reviewed by circumstances previously exist-
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred ing.
On the other hand, the Degree
, source also indicated that the
inclusion of the clause would
be "much to the disturbance Currently in Jamaica, a

degree is needed to be a prac-
ticing pharmacist.
If the clause is included, how-
ever, when the CSME comes
into effect Jamaica will have to
open its doors to pharmacists
from around the Caribbean
who do not have a degree, said
the source.
Pharmacists from around the
Caribbean convened in the
Bahamas last week for three
days of discussions on the
theme: "Strengthening
Caribbean pharmacy."

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MP Alvin Smith

keeping a close

eye on the budget

By CARA BRENNEN require more schools to accommodate the
Tribune Staff Reporter persons who have flocked to that island to

FNM MP Alvin Smith says he will follow
today's 2005/2006 fiscal budget communica-
tion very closely to see if it will bring the
"'help and hope" to Bahamians promised by
the PLP.
Mr Smith, who is leader of the official
opposition in the House of Assembly, said
the FNM wants to see a budget that will
include special provisions that take into
account the rising cost of living and the dam-
age caused by last year's hurricanes.

In an interview with The Tribune, Mr
Smith said the party also wants to see provi-
sions made to increase the salary of civil ser-
vants and funding for professionals such as
teachers and nurses
The FNM also hopes to see funding for
much needed school improvements in Exu-
ma, Grand Bahama and Abaco.
This provision was not made in the
2004/2005 fiscal budget Mr Smith said.
The MP said that Exuma in particular will

work at the Emerald Bay Four Seasons hotel.
"New schools are needed in Farmer's Hill,
Roker's Point, Mount Thompson, Ramsey
and Forest." he said.

Mr Smith, who is the MP for North
Eleuthera, said he will be closely looking at
provisions for that island.
However, he added that money is needed
for infrastructure and repairs all over the
country particularly after the destruction
caused during last year's hurricane season.
Mr Smith added that the FNM hopes the
budget will include a number of tax conces-
"The cost of everything is increasing,
Bahamasair fares, BEC gas prices, yet
salaries remain the same.
"I am looking to see in this budget, the
help and hope that the PLP promised the
country people are hurting all over this

.0 FNM MP Alvin Smith

Pair charged with

falsely impersonatit

a police officer

Tribune Staff Reporter
CHARGES of falsely impersonating a
police officer were brought against two
Haitian men in a Nassau Street Court
Police said Vernalsha Moss and Michael
Emile were stopping motorists and knock-
ing on residential doors in Eastern New
Providence, pretending to be genuine offi-
cers of the law.
Several reports were made about the
two impostors. Complainants included a
Haitiah woman, who told police the pair
tried to extort her.
She said she was driving west past the
Super Value in Winton when a white Nis-
san Sunny heading east turned around and
followed her.

One man, she said, was wearing a police
officer's hat and he ordered her to pull
over. The man wearing the hat, whom
she described as "dark and heavy set",
came out of the car and wrote her licence
plate number in a book.
The man asked her for her name and
address, she told police.

The woman said he then asked for her
immigration papers; she only had a receipt
stating that she had applied for a permit
and was to return in five months.
The man she thought to be an officer
told her that he could assist her in obtain-
ing a permit in a shorter period of time,
and that she should give him money to do
The woman said she told them she had

no money, and became suspicious.
She took down their licence plate num-
ber as they drove away.
A woman living in Winton Meadows
called her neighbour, a police officer,
after the "suspicious" pair knocked on her
The officer followed the white car, and
arrested two men last Friday.
They were brought to court yesterday
and were prosecuted by Sergeant Elaine
The men, both residents of Third Street
in the Grove, pleaded not guilty to charges
of falsely pretending to be a police offi-
cer and unlawful possession of a police
Moss, 33, and Emile, 22, were granted
$3,500 bail and are to return to court
before Magistrate Susan Sylvester on
October 17.



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Heritage sites 'could boost tourism product'

Tribune Staff Reporter
Bahamian tourism product to
include heritage sites could have
a profound effect on the indus-
try, a leading Florida archaeol-
ogist told The Tribune.
Robert Carr, executive direc-
tor of the Florida-based
Archaeological and Historical
Conservancy (AHC), explained
that the Bahamas is missing out
on a large percentage of the
tourism market by concentrat-
ing on the "sea and surf" aspect
"of the country and largely ignor-
ing its heritage.
"The Bahamas has really
reaped the benefit of its place in
the sun, but has not paid its debt
to the cultural and historical
aspects," he said.
Mr Carr said that beyond
preserving such sites as the set-
tlements of the Lucayans, the
Eleutheran Adventurers and
the Loyalists for heritage rea-
sons, the Bahamas could use
them to diversify their tourism
"So many tourists, Canadians
and Europeans in particular, if
they knew that the Bahamas
had such archaeological sites
they would come here and visit
them to learn something, I think
it would have a profound effect
on tourism," he said.
The Florida archaeologist fur-
ther said that although the Min-
istry of Tourism is currently not
targeting this particular market
in its campaign, tourists who are
interested visiting historical sites
"make up a very presentable

percentage of the people out
As an example, Mr Carr
named the historical city of St
Augustine in Florida.
"After Disney World, which
is of course huge, St Augustine
is one of the highest focal points
of tourism in Florida, and the
Bahamas could do something
similar," he said.
Mr Carr said that not only
does the Bahamas have "some
spectacular Lucayan sites, it also
has one of the most important
sites in the world in Preacher's
Cave, the site of the Eleutheran
Adventurers, where the first
European settlers arrived in
"This site is so important,
while I was doing work there
we discovered over 1000 arti-
facts and as well as the graves of
some of the adventurers, and
yet the site is only sitting there
at the end of a dirt trail," he
The archaeologist also named
the Loyalist settlement of Car-
leton, just outside of Treasure


Cay, Abaco, as another obvi-
ous candidate for heritage
"It has all the potential of
being the Bahamian
Jamestown. Bahamians could
maybe reconstruct it and like
so many other countries do, re-
enact the era by having people
wear costumes and let visitors
experience the past," he said.
However to enable such
tourism, the Bahamian govern-
ment has to increase its efforts
in preserving these sites.
"Scores of sites in the
Bahamas have been destroyed
through careless development,
not intentional, but neverthe-
less careless development," he
Mr Carr said that is very
important for government to
require that archaeologist sur-
veys be conducted for all pro-
posed major developments.
"And particularly for pro-
posed developments on the out-
er islands where things are fur-
ther away and its easier to for-
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This Mr Car said, "doesn't
mean that these developments
shouldn't or can't occur, only
that there is a mechanism in
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EDITOR, The Tribune
IN a Tribune article the
Chairman of the Financial Ser-
vices Consultative Forum, Mr.
Brian Moree makes the case
against joining the CSME. His
points are:
1) Joining CSME will
inevitably lead to full integra-
tion with member states.
2) A single market with a
multiplicity of currencies can-
not work without major political
3) Intergovernmental co-
operation as now exists will
change and the dominating
supranational structure will be
making critical economic and
political decisions for Bahami-
4) The economic benefits are
minimal and lost sovereignty is
the likely price.
5) The Bahamas has not
signed the revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas and are thereby
not bound to terms yet to be
6) Once signed to Chaguara-
mas there is no turning back.
Former Minister of Finance
Sir William Allen, in a letter to
The Tribune, sets out his per-
.. spective fof iot joining. High-
lights of his letter are listed
1) The economic case for
joining has not been made.
2) It is not necessary to join
CSME in order to be a part of
the WTO process.
3) Economic integration with
the CSME countries is not a
requirement for co-operative
decisions that may benefit the
4) Existing monetary policy
can be addressed to encourage
expansion of the capital mar-
ket without joining CSME.
5) The development model
for the Bahamas is "significant-
ly" different from most other
CARICOM countries and the
difference requires that the
Bahamas be excluded from
some of the key provisions.
6) Because the Bahamian
economy is so different from
other countries in the region
there is no "intrinsic" value in
joining- until/unless we become
more like them.
Condensing ideas to simple
statements are starting points
for discussion.
Joining the CSME will be a
commitment to making pro-
found changes in ways we can-
not possibly anticipate..
In his talk to the Kiwanis
Club, Mr Mitchell lists seven
bureaucracies that will comprise
the Caribbean Community from

which he anticipates some ben-
efit. Bureaucracies are notori-
ously inefficient and costly. How
the Bahamas would benefit
from more of them is not stated.
Embedded in Mr Mitchell's

EDITOR, The Tribune
THANKS for allowing me
space in your columns.
First, I extend deepest sym-
pathy to the Mortimer family.
I was saddened to learn of
their recent loss.
I have had occasion to cross
the Cable Beach Strip near
that same location of the
mishap. It is so easy for lives
to be lost in that area. My only
regret today is that I have not
written this letter much earli-
Firstly, the pedestrian cross-
ing is on the wrong side of the
Breezes property, it is located
on the eastern end where the
curve is too sharp for a pedes-
trian to see if any vehicle is
approaching from the west. It
does not even allow enough
time for a driver to brake. If
the crossing was replaced to
the western end, near the new
Kafe Kalik restaurant, it will
provide much better visibility
for pedestrians.
Second, speed checks by the
police alone will not do much
to prevent this type of tragedy
in the future. This exercise has
long been viewed by me as
only a money-generating
scheme for the public treasury.
I am not saying that it should
not be done; however, we need
more of a proactive approach
instead of just having the
police waiting in the bushes to
catch someone speeding.
I suggest that areas such as
the Cable Beach Strip by the
resorts be outfitted with speed
bumps. The ministry with the
responsibility should consider
placing bumps that increase in
intensity as vehicles approach
pedestrian crosswalks.
What do I mean? Say 100

response to Sir William there
may be a list of reasons for join-
ing. However the deciphering
required suggests that Mr.
Mitchell is not sure himself
where the CSME train is head-
ed. Therefore we are not climb-
ing aboard.
May 9 2005

yards or more from a desig-
nated cross, a speed bump of a
moderate height could be
placed; this would serve as a
reminder that the driver
should begin to break his
speed because of possible
pedestrian crossings ahead.
.The next few bumps could
increase in height and or even
increase in the actual number
of bumps (say a cluster of two
close together, then three or
four close together to create a
ripple effect when rolled on)
as the vehicle gets closer to
the crossing. Flashing lights
could also be installed.
We have Road Safety
Week or Month every year
with the same old, same old.
But it is time for us to take a
more serious approach. The
Texaco sponsored speed
odometer sign, for example,
always reminds me to slow
Governments also have
some degree of responsibility
to ensure safe road conditions.
When utility holes in the roads
are dug up due to work being
done, better signage needs to
be erected to advise of
obstruction a good distance
before one reaches the dan-
ger zone; instead of the
"MAN AT WORK" sign
being placed just a few inches,
from where the work is actu-
ally being done. This is an
accident waiting to happen for
both the worker and the,
Hopefully, some of these
suggestions will at least be
considered before more lives
are lost.
April 18 2005

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American caught

with firearm at

Nassau airport

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN AMERICAN caught at
Nassau International Airport
with a revolver and twelve live
rounds of ammunition was dis-
charged Tuesday.
Paul Curtis Wilburn, a 39
year-old resident of Decatur,
Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty
to possessing a black Wesson .38
revolver and the ammunition.
He was caught with the
weapon at the airport on Mon-
day while on the way back to
his home town.
He explained to the court
that he is a retired police officer,
but he did not have his gun doc-
uments with him and was only
able to produce his officer's
Mr Wilburn was visiting the
In other court news:
A man who police said
attempted to hit an officer with
his bus pleaded not guilty in the
Nassau Street courts.

Shadwick Taylor of Misty
Gardens was charged with
assault with a deadly instru-
He is accused of attempting
to hit PC 2763 Nixon with his
bus on Thursday, May 19.
Bail was set at $3,500. He is
to return on October 17.
Two men were charged in
the drugs court with conspiracy
to possess and possessing near-
ly $2 million worth of marijuana
with the intent to supply.
Gary Williams, 32, of First
Street in the Grove, and
Chester Johnson, 49, of Derby
Road, pleaded not guilty.
They were remanded to
prison until May 31 for a bail
Police say they stopped a van
driving slowly in the Coral Har-
bour area around 3.30am Sun-
day morning.
Twenty-six crocus bags and a
75 gallon containers of mari-
juana were found in the van.
Arthur Wilson pleaded not
guilty to possession of cocaine

with the intent to supply.
Prosecutor Leamond Dele-
veaux told the court Wilson was
arrested at his Cameron Street
home, after being found with
24 packages of cocaine.
Magistrate Carolita Bethel
set bail in the sum of $7,500.
His preliminary inquiry begins
on December 5.
Twenty-seven year-old
Tavaris Antonio Deveaux
pleaded guilty to possessing a
marijuana cigarette.
Deveaux, a resident of Wal-
nut Street, will have to pay a
$250 fine or spend three months
in jail.
A man was charged in the
Nassau Street courts with
assaulting a police officer, resist-
ing arrest, and disorderly behav-
Anthony Troy Hanna, a 26-
year-old of Gibbs Corner,
pleaded not guilty.
He is alleged to have attacked
detective 610 Lloyd and hin-
dered him from executing his
duty on May 16.

New rules in force for

budget announcement

Coastal competition announced

Tribune Staff Reporter
A NATIONAL competition is bieng organ-
ised for youth across the Bahamas to identify
environmental challenges and propose solu-
tions for the preservation of the coastal envi-
This joint effort by the Ministry of Education
and the Bahamas Reef Environmental Edu-
cation Foundation (BREEF) is open to all
schools and young persons in the country.
This major initiative comes on the heels of
Coastal Awareness Month 2005, held in April.

Schools can take part in the competition
through science-based organisations, including
Bahamas National Trust Discovery clubs, Sand
Watch groups, Key Clubs, the Governor Gen-
eral's Youth Award (GGYA), UNESCO Small
Island Voice groups (SIV), 4-H clubs, envi-
ronmental clubs, and traditional science clubs.
Anyone interested in entering should contact
their district superintendents or the Ministry of
Education's science and technology depart-
ment as soon as possible.
Participants and schools should submit com-
pleted projects by June 6. Prizes and awards will
be granted to winners.

Tribune Staff Reporter.
THIS year's budget will be
the first governed by the new
House rules limiting the
amount of time members have
to make contributions.
The rules allow the Minister
of Finance three hours to pre-
sent the budget.
For the first time in his
administration, Prime Minister
Perry Christie will not make the
communication, as he is recov-
ering at home after his recent
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt, who is acting for Mr
Christie, will read the budget
in his absence.
Every cabinet minister will
then be given two hours to
communicate on specific allo-
cations for their ministries.
Because Health Minister
Marcus Bethel was not elected
to the House, another minister
will address that portfolio.
The leader of the opposition
will also have to two hours to
respond and all other members
one hour.
The time frame for the four
independent members has not
yet been decided.
In past years, the budget has
been passed after marathon ses-
sions of debate lasting several

FNM youth

to focus

on funds

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE FNM Torchbearers
Association will keep a "keen
eye" on how funds are allocat-
ed in this year's budget, espe-
cially in the areas of education
and law enforcement.
Torchbearers Association
President David Jordine told
The Tribune that the youth arm
of the FNM is watching some
key expenditure areas.
"While there is much debate
on LNG, CSME, WTO and
FTAA, I urge the Bahamian
public not to be distracted from
the core issues that will affect
this country, regardless of what
agreements this present gov-
ernment signs on to," he said.
Mr Jordine explained that
the last fiscal period had been
"plagued" with the closure of
many schools for repairs. The
association want to see funds
set aside this year for the con-
struction of at least three new
schools across the country.
Mr Jordine also focused on
the need for adequate funds to
better equip law enforcement
officers to fight crime and carry
out other duties, such as traffic.

Leader of the opposition in
the House Alvin Smith said he
is not sure whether the new
rules will decrease that time.
"If everyone speaks for their
entire amount of time it will
still take a long time to get
"But hopefully what will hap-
pen is that the quality of the
debate will improve, because
persons will know that they
only have an hour so they will
get to the point. Also you will
not have just one person domi-
nating the debate for three to
four hours at a time."
If the rules are strictly
enforced and each member uses
all of their time it will take the
39 members 56 hours to debate
the 2005/2006 budget.
However Mr Smith pointed
out that that time could be
greatly extended if members
are interrupted during their
contributions. He added that
the government tends to be
very thin-skinned when oppo-
sition members are making
their contributions.
Mr Smith said he hopes the
government will use the bud-
get communication to release
details of the Baha Mar Heads
of Agreement.
"The government has not
released everything, this is a
good opportunity for there to
be full disclosure," he said.

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From Russia with Love

Tribune Staff Reporter
AT $11 for a soda and $20
for a beer, not to mention the
$25 admission fee, I was
expecting something special,
and I got eye-popping
Russian beauty to chat with at
Nassau's latest nightclub.
Well, "chat to" is perhaps a
little over the top. Her knowl-
edge of English was only half a
dozen words better than my
knowledge of Russian.
And my knowledge of Russ-
ian extends to Glasnost and
Gorbachev and that's about it.
So what are Russian beau-
ties doing in the Bahamas?

They are working as hostesses
at the Butterfly Club on East
Bay Street, a watering hole
where.a fiye--minute lap dance
costs 40 bucks a time and a
man can get drunk for about
the same price as a top-of-the-
range Pontiac Firebird.
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meeting lovely ladies from the
east, I ventured into the But-
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friends. It proved an interesting
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Butterflies don't

come cheap

Billed as a "cabaret erotic show",
the Butterfly Club certainly has its
attractions. Redheads, brunettes,
blondes...the range of Muscovite
talent was impressive.
In fact, there were girls here to
make Jennifer Aniston look plainer
than a Siberian farmhand.
And they were showing off their
upper assets, if you get my meaning,
with all the aplomb of Playboy cen-
Settling down in a corner with a
coke which cost, I reckon, about a
dollar a sip, I took in the scene. Sexy
mood music, gyrating topless
dancers, exquisite decor. You could-
n't fault the setting. '
Then Anna appeared, a shim-
mering goddess from the steppes
with absolutely nothing on
between the top of her head and
her navel.
No wonder Napoleon Bonaparte
was prepared to risk his entire army
for the chance to get to Moscow.
As my pals and I gawped at her
frog-eyed, Anna twirled and posed
on-stage before coming down to
join us. Within seconds, three of her

equally beguiling friends were also
at our table.
As these butterflies descended,
twittering away in pidgin English,
Bahamian waitresses were on hand
to ask if we would like to buy our
ladies drinks. At $25 a shot, this was
no mean undertaking.
When Anna asked me for a
dance, I thought this might come
gratis. Alas, no...after five minutes
on the dancefloor, I was another 40
bucks lighter.
Wiped out financially, we were
nevertheless persuaded to stay to
watch the midnight show, an entic-
ing dancing spectacle put on by the
four girls in butterfly costumes and
white flowing ribbons.
In a little over an hour, we had
run up a drinks bill of $283.
A palace of love is what the pro-
prietors call the Butterfly Club.
I didn't find much love in there,
but Anna's smile seemed full of
"Come back tomorrow," she said,
licking her lips and fluttering her
Maybe, if I can raise a mortgage.

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AMID distrust, optimism
and total silence by the com-
munist government, Cuba's
diverse dissident groups dis-
agreed Tuesday about the
importance and the possible
consequences of last week's
mass opposition gathering,
according to Associated Press.
The dissidents cannot even
agree on why Fidel Castro's
government didn't break up

the gathering that drew
more than 100 activists on
Friday and Saturday to a vet-
eran opposition leader's back-
For internationally known
activist Oswaldo Paya, lead
organizer of the Varela Pro-
ject signature gathering drive,
the general meeting of the
Assembly for the Promotion
of Civil Society was "a fraud."
The assembly "doesn't rep-
resent the majority of the
opposition, nor the most

important groups," Paya said
last week.
For human rights activist
Elizardo Sanchez, who like
Paya did not attend the gath-
ering, the meeting was
nonetheless "transcendental.'a.
"I thought they were goingI
to crush the meeting," said
Sanchez of the non-govern-,
mental Cuban Commission for
Human Rights and National"
Reconciliation. "Obviously it
was not a priority to apply

Salvation Army visit to Government House

MAJOR Raphael Mason, the
Salvation Army's divisional
commander for the Bahamas,
and his wife Major Winsome
Mason, the Salvation Army's
divisional director of Women's
Ministries in the Bahamas, paid
a courtesy call on Her Excel-
lency Dame Ivy Dumont, Gov-

ernor General at Government
House recently.
The Masons were accompa-
nied by Major Lester Ferguson,
the Salvation Army's divisional
secretary, and his wife Captain
Beverly Ferguson, the Salvation
Army's divisional League of
Mercy secretary.

The Fergusons are to replace
the Masons as divisional leaders
for the Bahamas, beginning
next month.
From left are Major Raphael
Mason, Major Winsome Mason,
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Free trade generates $4 billion

for Bahamas tourism products

FRtE TRADE and invest- Finance James Smith
ment opportunities have speaking at the conference
secured nearly $4 billion in for-
eign direct investments (FDI)
for tourism-related projects.
In an interactive presentation
last week, Minister of State for
Finance James Smith spoke
about the benefits of encourag-
ing foreign investment in the
"Free trade is a good thing
and [any] nation, if they want to
prosper and increase the wealth
of their citizens, should engage
in it no matter their size," said
Mr Smith.
The minister was one of a 1,0
panel of four speakers on the
subject "Enhancing economic ...
advantages between countries" '
at a Ministry of Tourism event
aimed at creating a more
focussed tourism marketing
strategy. .
The ministry hosted a group > .
of more than 300 Charmettes, >"
part of an African-American
sisterhood working to improve
the quality of life in communi- number of African-American ed States, and the Bahamas is for their convention, here," Ms Bartlett said.
ties in the US, for their 50th tourists to the Bahamas has no different," Ms Johnson-Pat- "With the convention tax Edward Jennings, Florida
Annual convention the first been on a "steady increase." ty continued, break aspect of the Tax Infor- Representative; Alma Adams,
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Patty, senior manager of vidually and collectively, and conferences, said she set to come on stream next year, nomic and commercial officer at
African-American markets for "This is being recognised by was pleased the Charmettes even more groups will be the US Embassy in Nassau were
the Ministry of Tourism, the companies throughout the Unit- had chosen the Bahamas enticed to hold conventions also on the presentation panel.

Ellis plans an American mission

SEVEN hundred Baptists
from across the Bahamas are
travelling to the United States
in the next week as part of a
four-day, $500,000 conference.
According to Bishop Neil
Ellis. senior pastor at the Mount
Tab-or Fut -Gospel-B aptis t
Church, over the next few days
persons from New Providence,

Grand Bahama and several oth-
er family islands will head to
Greensboro, North Carolina to
participate in a four-day "spiri-
tual conference".
"I am thoroughly convinced
of the fact that the Bahamian
brand of Christianity is a
powerful testament to the
fact that Bahamians are a great
people, gifted by God to be a
blessing to the world at large,"

Bishop Ellis said yesterday.
He said that the reason that
his ministry was returning to
Greensboro was because the
mayor and city officials said that
last years conference had had
such a significant impact on the
people there. He said that this
years conference will cost just,
under half a million dollars.
The conference entitled
"Walking In Victory", is sched-

uled to begin on May 31 at the
Sheraton Four Seasons Resort
in Greensboro and will focus
on spiritual enrichment and
Christian fellowship. The con-
ference will feature several pas-
tors from within the United
States as well as lecturers and
musical guests. Last year the
Bahamas contingent featured
Rev Kevin Mckenzie and the
Rising Stars however, "The

Singing Prophet", Lawrence
Rolle, will assume a feature role
at this, the second annual con-
"I am not just going to sing
but I am also going to learn and
I truly appreciate this oppor-
tunity," Mr Rolle said.
The event will be broadcasted
live for local viewers in a com-
bined effort between ZNS and
The Word Network.

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State of Emergency Medical

Services slammed by paramedic

FROM page one
ately, in an e-mail sent to sev-
eral medical professionals. He
said that after six short months
as president he was "mentally
drained, physically drained,
emotionally drained, and now
financially drained."
Mr Grant said he has a lot of
passion for EMS and had hoped
to make some positive changes
for the Bahamas, but according
to him, he did not get the sup-
port he had hoped for.

"I took on the position of
President of BEMSA because
I wanted to see a change in
EMS," he said. "I did not do
this to start my own association
or have self praise. I saw a need
for change and thought I could
help with that change."
Mr Grant said there are only
six paramedics in New Provi-
dence, three of whom are in the
public sector. It had been his
goal to encourage more interest
in Emergency Medical Services.
"You all think that this sys-

tem is okay, well let me be the
first to tell you, that it is proba-
bly the least adequate in this
region," he said in his e-mail to
the medical professionals.
"Most of the other countries
in the Caribbean have an EMS
system so far ahead, and more
advanced than the Bahamas,
that is a shame. But, this is what
you people want."
According to Mr Grant,
Bahamians need to "wake up
and get a reality check,"
"Very few people in this
country care about you guys,"
he wrote. "All you guys do is
complain about how bad EMS
is, but none of you want to be
man or woman enough to step
up and try to correct the prob-
lems. The first thing you all
need to do is look in the mirror
and ask yourselves, am I part
of the problem or am I part of
the solution."

Mr Grant said the problems
with EMS in the Bahamas can-
not be resolved unless Bahami-
ans attempt to help themselves.
In his resignation message,
Mr Grant challenged Bahami-
ans in the field to "take EMS to
the next level."
"I will say this," he contin-
ued, "I will support you 100 per
cent, because like I have said
many time, this is not about me.
This was not my association, its
EMS's association, its about us,
and Emergency Medical Ser-
Charnica Knowles is the next
in line to be president of
BESMA, and Mr Grant said
that if she accepts the position,
her challenge will be to change
EMS, and she will also need
Paul Newbold, Field Direc-
tor of the Public Hospital
Authority's EMS department,

said that not everyone shares
Mr Grant's opinion.
"The country has made sig-
nificant strides in the Emer-
gency Medical Services field,"
said Mr Newbold, "and the pub-
lic sector is achieving things for
this country that have never
been done before. We have
come a long way and we are
continuing to strengthen and
enhance the quality of care we
give to Bahamians."
Mr Newbold has been active
in several Emergency Medical.
Technician's training courses
throughout the country, follow-
ing the public sector's goal to
enhance medical services on the
Family Islands.
He said there are 13 EMT's
in the public sector, who are
now training in pharmacology
so that they can give medica-
tion in the public ambulances,
which would be a revolution-
ary event, never before hap-
pening in the Bahamas.
Dr James Iferenta, Clinical
Director of Emergency Services
at Doctor's Hospital, told The
Tribune that the Bahamas is on
its way to training more para-
medics, and hopes that by next
year there will be at least 12
who will be nationally regis-
He noted that the Bahamas
is in its "embryonic stages," and
that more Bahamians need to
be sensitised to EMS.
Last month, Barbados'
Health Minister Jerome Wal-
cott, disclosed that emergency
medical services in Barbados
face several problems which
some medical professionals
agree are similar those faced in
the Bahamas.
Among the problems were
the lack of capacity to meet the
demands of modern emergency
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Accident and Emergency
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limo drivers."
In due course, the group promises to make representation to
the International Labour Organization (ILO), the internation-
al press, and to all the major brokerage firms on Wall Street.
This Mr Culmer said, would bring light to the discriminatory
practices of Kerzner International, the owner of Atlantis Hotels
and Casino.
"I'm sure that the international partners of Kerzner Inter-
national will not want to see that they are embroiled in some
battle with the local people over what could be regarded by
them as a few pennies. But if we have to we will contact some
of the Wall Street brokers and inform them of what is happen-
ing down here with Kerzner International," he said.
According to Mr Culmer, Atlantis has become involved in the
ground transportation business of the Bahamas, which guar-
antees the industry for Bahamians only.
In a letter to the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Mr
Culmer appealed to her to help them in their fight by enforcing
the country's policy as it relates to foreign persons and com-
panies participating in the transportation business in the
Ed Fields, vice president of public affairs at Atlantis, said that
Kerzner International had no further comment on the matter at
this time other than to reiterate that Atlantis is desirous of
establishing a call up system for independent limos and that it
is a written policy for non re-arranged passengers to be direct-
ed to independent limos and taxis at the airport. He also main-
tained that Atlantis received an administrative fee for services
rendered which is documented in the agreement in force.


FROM page one
states must be treated the
same as nationals from the.
Bahamas, for the purpose,
of the treaty's implementa-
"After the five years have,
passed, the Bahamas can
then ask for a waiver, on
which the members (of.
CARICOM) have to agree
on, before the time period
for the restrictions can be
extended," he said.
However, the extended
time period cannot exceed
five years, before yet anoth-
er waiver must be passed to
uphold the Bahamas' stipu-
lations, Mr MacAndrew
In his professional view,
Mr MacAndrew said that he
does not foresee the
Bahamas facing any diffi-
culty with having their
reservations maintained,
"now or in five years."
"The Bahamas is one of
CARICOM's most valued
members, even though we
understand that the
Bahamas does not want to
fully participate in CSME,
at the moment CARICOM
will take the Bahamas on
any terms, in any which
manner the Bahamas choos-
es," he said.
The topic of the Bahamas
seeking to join CSME has
polarised politicians and the
general public alike in the
past months.
On Friday, the Trade
Union Congress is expect-
ed to officially declare its
stance on CSME.

Woman stabbed to death
FROM page one
rial Hospital, where she died around 2.45pm.
Inspector Mackey said the couple lived at the apartment
with their two children. The victim's niece, who also lived
with them was at home at the time of the incident. She ran
to a neighbour's house and telephoned the police.
Ms Mackey said an arrest was made at the scene.
"The investigation is in the initial stages, but reports we are
getting is that there has been ongoing feud between them,
said the woman inspector.
"We don't know the extent, but it appears that there was
some ongoing domestic problems they were having, and it
seems that a court case was coming up."
She said the wife had filed several reports with the police.
She also made several complaints before the court and was
granted a restraining order against her husband.
After learning the tragic news, several of the couple's co-
workers at Our Lucaya assembled at the apartment complex,
where crime scenes officers were still gathering evidence
up until 3pm.
Many family members and relatives of the deceased had
also arrived at the hospital's Accident and Emergency Sec-

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Employee's journey

of eastern promise

SA HOTEL worker has had a
hands-on lesson in Oriental service
after winning a 20-day Asian
Tiffany Knowles, a guest services
representative and Kerzner Inter-
national's 2003 Employee of the
Year, said that she and her guest
were treated like royalty.
"We were VIP passengers," said
Knowles, "everything that we
needed and didn't need was at our
disposal and everyone treated us
like VIPs.
"Wherever we went everyone
knew our names; it felt so good to
be singled out that way.
"Now.I really see what Mr Con-.
way (John Conway, senior vice
president and general manager of
Atlantis Royal Towers) means
when he encourages the impor-
tance of name recognition.
"It makes you feel special and
truly personalises the service that
you receive," she said.
During her travels, Knowles and
her guest, Marvin Bethel, travelled
to Bangkok, Singapore, Da Nang,
Vietnam, Hong Kong, Shanghai,
China; Nagasaki, Japan, Pusan
South, Korea, Xingang and Bei-
Throughout the trip, Knowles
and her guest had the service of a
private butler,; basked in relaxing
Spa treatments, and dined on
gourmet meals.
They visited the Summer Palace
in Hong Kong, enjoyed a boat ride
on Kun Ming Lake,. Beijing,
attended a banquet at th e Bijiij ...
Hotel and visited the Great Wall of
China. .. -
Knowles was named the 2003
Employee of the Year at Kerzner
International's Employee Appre-
ciation Awards on February 18 last
year; just a few days after being
declared Employee of the Year at
the country's Eighth Annual
Cacique Awards.
Kerzner International showered
Knowles with gifts and surprises
including the Orient cruise, $2,000
in cash anda lavish Gucciluggage .............
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Union executive elected

THE Union of Tertiary Edu-
cators has elected its first female
In the union's 2005 April
elections, Jennifer Isaacs-
Dotson is now the president of
the Union of Tertiary Educa-
tors of the Bahamas (UTEB)

for the 2005-2007 term.
Other officers.elected in the
April Ballot were: Janet Don-
nelly, internal vice-president;
Patricia Lightbourne, external
vice-president; Denise Samuels,
secretary; Earle Alfred, trea-
surer; and Wendy Riley, mem-
bership secretary
The returning trustees of the

UTEB are Margo Blackwell
and Kendal Johnson.
Beulah Farquharson was also
appointed as a trustee.
The UTEB annual general
meeting and installation of offi-
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at 1.30pm at Choices Restaurant,
in the School of Hospitality and
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The Small Business Association of the

B ahamas

Invites all members and Small Business

owners to attend it's General Meeting!!!

Place: Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace
(Eleuthera Room)

Date: Wednesday May 25th, 2005

Time: 7p.m.

Speaker: Minister Fred Mitchell

Topic: CSME

Contact Person: Ms. Jordanna Wring

Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce Building
Shirley Street & Collins

Phone: 328-6514/322-
Fax:(242) 322-4649


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The Bahamas Telecommunication Company Ltd. wishes to
inform the public that in an effort to improve service, an
equipment upgrade inthe-Fire Trail Road area will take place
during the period Wednesday, May 25, to Friday, June 10,
2005 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm.

As a result, subscribers in the following areas will experience
some service disruption:

Fire Trail Road South of Frelia Subdivision and all
side corners up to Linkford Close
Fire Trail Road West of Linkford Close and all
side corners up to Hamster Road
Shell Fish Road West up to Stanford Street
Hamster Road West

BTC apologizes for any inconvenience caused and assures
that public that every effort will be made to keep disruption
to a minimum.



ba and Flamingo anniversaries

A PUBLIC gathering of
iL.k200 dissidents took
plOct in Havana on May 20 -
the anniversary of Cuba's inde-
pendence from Spain.
According to Human Rights
Watch, Cuban law criminalises
non-violent dissent, so this
meeting was seen as unprece-
dented because it attracted little
intearence from the govern-
The handful of participants
includedillegal political parties,
hutnnf rights groups and inde-
piendeftibiaries. Several Euro-
pean parliamentarians who
tried to attend were detained
4adi pbOted by the govern-
However, one of Cuba's lead-
ing dissidents was not invited
to thl conference.
He is Oswaldo Paya Sardi-
nas, founder of the Christian
Liberation Movement, a
Catholic-based organisation.
Payaiwas excluded, some say,
because Ihis views are consid-
ered to be too conciliatory
towards a regime that has
rettised to embrace any real
change in 40 years.
,Vaya spearheaded the Varela
a proposal for a refer-
en on peaceful political
change that would guarantee
freed ;mof speech and associa-'
tia a4i4give Cubans the right
loWn businesses.
These rights are
'laws that "grant the
ordinary authority to
individuals who
o enjoy their rights to
ioni, opinion, asso-
cia^tin and assembly, (and) also
und c~it the right to a fair tri-
_ The Varplai nronnt) l would

the government has ignored his
Paya established the Christian
Liberation Movement in 1987
and is not well-liked by the Mia-
mi exile movement. This is
because he has appealed for a
softening of US policy towards
Cuban leader Fidel Castro -
who directs the world's longest
running political sideshow.
Some argue that a reconsid-
eration of US strategy could
help change what former US
president, Jimmy Carter, recent-
ly described as a "destructive
state of belligerence that makes
it difficult to exchange ideas and
Castro is the son of a Creole
plantation owner. His official
biography says he became a
communist as a student leader
in the 1940s. But at the time he
was a member of the reformist
Cuban People's Party.

The original Cuban
Communist party was
formed in 1925 and developed a

only legal political group with
Castro as its all-powerful head.
Batista led a coup d'etat in
1952, cancelling an election that
the People's Party was expected
to win. Four years later Castro
launched a rebellion with a
handful of supporters that soon
had the Cuban military defect-
ing in droves. Batista fled the
country and Castro replaced
him in January, 1959.
Resenting foreign influence,
Castro began confiscating
American property.
This led to US pressure on
Cuba's important sugar indus-
try, so Castro cut a deal with
the Soviet bloc and declared
himself a communist.
The years that followed wit-
nessed some of the greatest
strategic blunders in world his-
tory, creating a pointless stale-
mate that persists to this day.
A standoff that has both stunt-
ed Cuban growth and humili-
ated American leadership. In
the process, hundreds of thou-
sands of Cubans fled the coun-
try to turn Miami into a centre

"The years that followed
witnessed some of the greatest
strategic blunders in world
history, creating a pointless
stalemate that persists to this
day. A standoff that has both
stunted Cuban growth and
humiliated American

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was to be paid $150,000 to do
the job.
This was followed in 1961 by
an invasion of Cuba by CIA-
trained exiles, which failed mis-
erably. And then the Cuban
missile crisis brought the world
to the brink of nuclear war.
Tough Call can clearly
remember listening to our head-
master at a school assembly
explaining in worried tones
what the crisis was all about as
jet contrails criss-crossed the
sky above.

T he US blockaded Cuba
in October, 1962 and
put more than a hundred thou-
sand troops in Florida for an
invasion. Recently declassified
information showed that Cas-
tro was ready to launch nuclear
missiles, but the good sense of
both Nikita Kruschev and John
Kennedy prevailed, and a secret
agreement between the two
Cold War leaders defused the
Castro, however, remained
large and in charge so the
US placed an economic embar-
go on Cuba that remains in
force today.
Cuba was totally dependent
on Soviet support until the fall
of Russian communism in 1989,
when aid was withdrawn. He
now cultivates Chinese support
and is seeking to build an anti-
American alliance with
Venezuelan president, Hugo
Chavez, who provides him with
cheap oil,
At 79, Castro clearly has no
intention of stepping down or
mellowing out. In the event of
his death, it is likely that he
would be replaced by his even
more hardline brother, Raul -
initially at least.
Other than sex and cigars,
Bahamians don't think much
about Cuba, which would be a
formidable tourism competitor
if circumstances were to change.
Our current PLP leadership
seems happy to consort with
Castro he is, after all, a
celebrity. But it was not always
like that, as the following recol-
lection will shoW:
The Flamingo Affair a
Regrettable Confusion

A quarter century ago
this month, four
Defence Force marines were
killed when a Bahamian patrol
boat was sunk by the Cuban air
Today, most Bahamians
know little about the incident,
which traumatised the country
for months. In fact, the anniver-
sary of this event, which the
Castro government described
as "a regrettable confusion",
passed almost unnoticed.
Cuba agreed to pay $10 mil-
lion in reparations for the sink-
ing of HMBS Flamingo and the
murder of the four marines -
Fenrick Sturrup, Austin Smith,
David Tucker and Edward
Williams. And the eight Cuban
fishermen who started it all
were convicted of poaching in
July, 1980.
On Saturday, May 10 1980
the Flamingo was on routine
patrol in the Ragged Island area
when it spotted a pair of Cuban
fishing boats off deserted Cay
Santo Domingo, a Bahamian
atoll just 35 miles from the
Cuban coast.
As the Flamingo approached,
the Cubans fled until warn-
ing shots were fired. Eventually,
marines boarded both boats and
found 3,000 pounds of fish, lob-
ster, conch and stone crab. The
vessels were taken in tow to the
nearest cay for a more thorough
But on the way, two Cuban
MiG jet fighters appeared over-
head and began strafing the
Flamingo, which was soon
rocked by explosions. Accord-
ing to Commander Amos Rolle,
"I went to the radio room but
there was no power. Water was
already ankle deep, so I ordered
my men to abandon ship."
All except four of the 19
crewmen made it to one of the
fishing boats, with the Cuban
jets strafing the area even as the
Flamingo was going down.
Despite a search by Bahamian
and American rescue teams, the
four marines were never found.

ommander Rolle, his
crew, and eight Cuban
fishermen arrived at Duncan

Town on Ragged Island about
five hours later, but were unable
to contact Nassau until
early Sunday morning. But
more Cuban jets appeared, as
well as a military transport and
a helicopter which actually
landed briefly next to the fishing
boats It seemed that an
actual invasion was underway

"The incident sparked
months of political posturing
by Bahamian political parties,
There were calls for a formal
defence treaty with the United
States, offers of new patrol
craft from several countries,
and even some public support
for a military draft. At the
time, the Defence Force
(created in 1976) could muster
only 200 marines."

to retrieve the poachers.
While the jets buzzed Dun-
can Town, sending the inhabi-
tants scurrying for cover, a
hastily chartered DC-3 arrived
from Nassau carrying Defence
Force chief Bill Swinley and
Police Commissioner Salathial
Thompson. Had Cuban troops
landed, they could have cap-
tured the entire Bahamian high
Although the MiG fighters
soon withdrew, the Cuban
transport and helicopter stayed
on the scene for another two
hours, preventing evacuation of
the Flamingo's crew. And on
Monday afternoon, another
Cuban military aircraft was
spotted over Ragged Island by
Defence Force personnel
preparing to bring the Cuban
fishermen to Nassau.
But reaction in Nassau was
less than swift. It took hours for
the news to get out on Sunday,
and until it did an attitude of
shocked disbelief prevailed.
Swinley, a long-serving British
naval officer, said there was "no
military explanation" for what
had happened.
The cabinet went into emer-
gency session and stayed incom-
municado until the early hours
of Monday. A shaken and tired-
looking Deputy Prime Minister
ArthiirHanna then emerged to
-protest the initial Cuban claim
that the Flamingo had been mis-
taken for "a pirate ship".

That Sunday night in
Nassau resembled the
approach of a hurricane.
Rumours flew, and there was
huge excitement about the
prospect of an armed con-
frontation involving the
Early American radio
reports exaggerated the num-
ber of aircraft involved and said
Cuban troops had actually land-
ed in the Bahamas. Late that
evening a fireworks display at
Club Med on Paradise Island
ignited fears that the Cubans
were sailing up Nassau harbour
firing at the Churchill Building.
At the Ministry of Tourism's
news bureau in Centreville
(where Tough Call worked at
the time), calls flooded in from
news organisations around the
world as well as from many
frightened Bahamians who
wanted to know what was hap-
But in the absence of direct
instructions from the govern-
ment, ZNS naturally remained
eerily silent. Their first news
bulletin came at about 10pm on
Sunday more than a day after
the incident. But a full account
had to wait on an official state-
ment issued well after midnight.
On Monday, at the request
of the Bahamian government,
the US Coast Guard dispatched
a rescue helicopter from Puerto
Rico to help the Defence Force
search for the missing marines
around Cay Santo Domingo. A
US Navy destroyer was also on
the scene, and there were also
reports that a British frigate was
in the area. As the Coast Guard
helicopter began its search, it
was buzzed by two Cuban
"They flew across the front
of us, left to right," the Coast
Guard pilot told reporters at
the time. One jet swooped
under the helicopter and then
zoomed directly in front: "I
went right through his wake tur-
bulence. It was a pretty quick
jolt and then he was gone. The
total time was about 15 min-

The Miami Herald
reported that the US
had dispatched two Marine
Corps Phantom jets to the scene
on Monday after the Coast
Guard helicopter was harassed.
But a Pentagon spokesmen said
the MiGs had left the area by
the time the US fighters arrived.
At Prime Minister Lynden

Pindling's press briefing on
Tuesday May 13, this incident
was played down: "No formal
requests had been made for US
or British naval or military pres-
ence in the area of the inci-
dent," the prime minister said.
"Our only request has been to
the Coast Guard to help in our
search for the missing men."
The next three weeks saw
round after round of diplomat-
ic exchanges with the Cubans,
whose vice minister of foreign
affairs flew to Nassau twice to
meet with External Affairs Min-
ister Paul Adderley, The gov-
ernment threatened to take the
case to the United Nations secu-
rity council, but said diplomatic
relations would only be cut off
as a last resort.
The Cubans first said the
attack was a mistake. But that
was soon replaced by a face-
saving formula which accused
the Bahamas of working for the
US Central Intelligence
Agency. Prime Minister Lyn-
den Pindling retorted that the
CIA could not be behind a
Bahamian patrol ship on a rou-
tine patrol of Bahamian waters.

To explain the incident,
a look at the wider con-
text at the time is instructive.
Cuban President Fidel Castro
had suffered his biggest domes-
tic crisis in 20 years when thou-
sands of Cubans occupied the
Peruvian Embassy in Havana
seeking to flee the country. This
led to an exodus of more than
100,000 refugees many
brought to Florida in small
boats. The Cuban economy,
kept afloat by millions of dollars
a day in Russian aid, was also
showing signs of strain.
Miami Herald reporter Don
Bohning wrote that the Flamin-
go affair had unravelled what
castro had taken decades to
achieve "third-world leader-
ship and respectability".
There were theories abopt
CIA-backed guerrillas operat-
ing on remote Bahamian pays
and Soviet submarines and fiih-
ing boats laden with sophisti-
cated electronic listening
devices. But eventually the
Cubans admitted that their
planes had attacked "without
The incident sparked months
of political posturing by
Bahamian political parties.
There were calls for a formal
defence treaty with the United
States, offers of new patrol craft
from several countries, and
even some public support for a
military draft. At the time, the
Defence Force (created in 1976)
could muster only 200 marines.

T he now defunct Van-
guard Nationalist and
Socialist Party was particularly
defensive, lying low throughout
most of the controversy. After a
few weeks they issued a state-
ment calling the Pindling gov-
ernment to task for its "rude,
boorish and undiplomatic
behaviour" during the crisis:
"We should not allow emotion-
alism and political expediency
to cloud an otherwise excellent
record (of friendship). Territor-
ial disputes are a normal part of
international affairs," said Van-
guard Leader John McCartney.
But this was not a territorial
dispute. The Cubans have nev-
er claimed Bahamian territory,
and each country's economic
zone is clearly defined by inter-
national law.
The Cubans eventually
accepted full responsibility for
the the attack and paid more
than $10 million for the loss of
the Flamingo and compensa-
tion to the families of the dead
The eight Cuban poachers
who started it all paid $90,000 in
fines. But probably no one will
ever understand exactly why it


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2005, PAGE 11

Praise for tourism initiative

Tourism staff are
pleased with Minister
Obie Wilchcombe's ... "
innovative approach to
publicising the
Mr Wilchcombe's
vision has combined
with that of other
tourism officials and US
advertising experts to
create a revolutionary
Bahamas advertising
campaign currently in
New York's Grand
Central Station.
"We are very pleased
with Mr Wilchcombe's
aggressive approach
with advertising in New
York and we feel he is
achieving phenomenal
results while still using
very cost effective
methods," said Ministry
of Tourism director of
communications Basil
He said the Grand
Central Station cam-a
paign "has the same
impact of billboards at a
fraction of the cost and
we are satisfied that we
will get better exposure
than we could, because
of weather conditions,
with billboards." i g i
"We intend to rise to
his challenge of think-
ing laterally and to
think outside of the
envelope," Mr Smith

* SOME of the dozens of images which are currently adorning the walls of Grand Central
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in this preserve. An average contribution of $150M million per year into the Bahamian economy, includ-
ing 400 jobs, and a significant allocation to local government for Guana Cay community projects, will
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2. Protection of Marine Life
The natural habitat of sea turtles WILL be safe-
guarded! Joe's Creek, mangroves, and the bone-
fish flats will be maintained in their current natu-
ral state. Drainage water from the golf course will
be circulated through a natural irrigation system
as opposed to running off into the ocean,
thereby preserving the reef and sea grass.

4. High Standards
The highest possible environmental standards
will be met from Day 1! The marina at Baker's
Bay will be the first in The Bahamas to be built
and operated to "Blue Flag" specifications,
based on compliance with 22 criteria regarding
water quality, environmental education and man-
agement, and safety and services. The marina
will exceed the standards set by the United
States EPA and will be monitored by recognized
environmental teams in the US as well as the
BEST Commission.

3.Public Beaches
The entire shoreline will remain open to the
public! Baker's Bay will be adhering to Baha-
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access to beach areas. Furthermore, a 5-acre
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residents. We are committed to being a part of
the Guana Cay community, and welcome
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The objective of Discovery Land Company is
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Economy threatened

by tension between

expats and Bahamians

Senior Business Reporter
THE belief that expatriate
workers are more highly valued
and receive better treatment in
cpomparison to Bahamians is
likely to become a divisive issue
for the economy if steps are not
taken to address the issue,
Brendan Foulkes, managing
director of Hospitality Man-
agement Services, said yester-
Addressng the 8th Annual

Corporate Wellness Forum, Mr
Foulkes suggested that a cul-
tural workshop be made a
mandatory provision for all
work permit recipients in an
effort to address the matter, as
tension between Bahamian and
expatriate workers seemed to
be rising.

Speaking on The Impact of
Expatriates, Mr Foulkes said the
perception of those Bahamian
workers most affected is that

'Less than' 2,000

shares voted to

save Campbell


Tribune Business Editor
OUT of 19.6 million shares represented at Colina Holdings'
Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last week, "less than"
2,000 voted against James Campbell's removal from the presi-
dent's post, with observers believing the arrival of a new man-
agement team is "in the best interests" of policyholders, share-
holders and employees.
Sources close to the situation indicated that Colina had last
week made a fresh financial pay-off offer to Mr Campbell,
which would involve buying out his 30 per cent stake in Colina
Financial Group (CFG), Colina Holdings' majority sharehold-
er, following a previous offer made in April.
One source said that the arrival of the former Imperial Life
Financial (Bahamas) management team to replace Mr Camp-
bell and his executives would be like "a breath of fresh air" for
the newly-renamed Colinalmperial Insurance Company.
The source added: "They need to do a review of everything,
they need to stabilise the company and get it back on track. In
three to six months, you'll begin to see a breath of fresh air."
Apart from Mr Campbell, also departing Colinalmperial
Insurance Company is the management team he put in place.
SEE page four


aims for data

release record

Tribune Business Editor
THE Department of Statis-''1
tics is aiming to release for the
first time a per annum gross
domestic product (GDP) esti-
mate within six rfionths of year-
end, as the second part of a
three-phase initiative to "pro-
duce GDP for the Bahamian
economy in an ongoing and sus-
tainable manner".
Writing in the foreword to
the National Accounts esti-
mates for 1989-2002, which
showed that GDP grew by 76
minister of state for finance

the scale between 'us and them'
is unbalanced.
He added: "They get all the
perks, the top jobs and get invit-
ed to all the parties, but the
local staff must guide them
through the system and, in
effect, train them."
Saying that perception is real-
ity, Mr Foulkes told Forum par-
ticipants that the current envi-
ronment cannot be healthy for
Bahamians to live and work
under, adding that those who
have a negative perception of
how they are treated in com-
parison to expatriates are likely
to become disinterested and
unproductive, even non-caring
and threatening. He said they
may feel pressured, displaced
and ill-treated.
While admitting that tension
seems to be growing between
Bahamiana and expatriates, Mr
Foulkes said the situation has
not reached a pressure point.

However, he suggested that
if it was not addressed it could
develop into a divisive issue. In
many corners, Mr Foulkes said
the perception is that the expa-
triate worker merely tolerates
the Bahamians and sees them
as a means to accomplishing a
desired end.
He added that there was also
growing concern over multina-
tional investor groups failing to
work with local groups.
The question many Bahami-
ans were considering, Mr
Foulkes suggested, is whether
the expatriate worker is here
because they cannot get work
in their home country, whether
they heard Bahamians were
'lazy', or that the Bahamas
offered a better lifestyle.
He added that they may be
in the Bahamas out of a sincere
desire to train others in their
organisation or a desire to be a
part of the sustainable' growth.
SEE page two

Tribune Business Editor
GRAND Bahama Power
Company yesterday said its
year-to-date sales were 11 per
cent down on 2004 compara-
tives, with its president and
chief executive attributing
some 8 percentage points of
this amount to the ongoing
economic recovery following
last year's hurricanes.
In a presentation to the
Caribbean Electric Utility Ser-
vice Corporation (CARILEC)
symposium, Dave Dunbar said
some one third of Grand
Bahama Power Company's
revenues were derived from
large commercial and indus-
trial customers, such as the
Grand Bahama Shipyard and
Polymers International.
These companies, he added,
were themselves down 11-12
per cent on sales revenues fol-
lowing the passage of Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne in
2004. In addition, other major
businesses, such as the Royal
Oasis Crowne Plaza and Golf
resort, have either not re-
opened or are only partially

Attributing Grand Bahama
Power Company's sales
decline for the year to May to
the state of that island's econ-
omy, Mr Dunbar struck a
more optimistic note by say-
ing: "We see signs of it coming
He added that sales during
the first third of 2005 had also
been impacted by "a very cool
Spring in Grand Bahama",
which led to reduced use of
high-electrical consumption
items such as air conditioning
units by residential customers.
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany's financial performance
has implications for Bahami-
an shareholders in ICD Utili-
ties, because the Bahamas

Chief executive says

8 percentage points of decline

attributed to economy, with

commercial customers still

recovering from 2004 storms

International Securities
Exchange (BISX) listed entity
acts as a holding vehicle for a
50 per cent stake in the elec-
tricity firm.
Mr Dunbar yesterday told
the CARILEC conference
that the 4.4 per cent average
sales growth Grand Bahama
Power Company had achieved
over the previous four years
will "hot happen this year".
He reiterated that the Sep-
tember 2004 storms had cost
the firm $4 million in revenue
and $7.9 million in damage
repair costs, combining for an
$11.9 million hit as it strove to
restore power to its 18,300 cus-
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany, Mr Dunbar said, col-
lected "not a nickel from insur-
ance" to cover its hurricane-
related losses.
In an update on the current
electricity .supply situation on
Grand Bahaima, Mr Dunbar
said that as of May 2005, all
residential and commercial
customers who could take
power had it.
All lines and poles had been
restored, and 95 per cent of
street lights had been restored
to working condition.
Mr Dunbar said Grand
Bahama Power Company had
taken "a left jab and then a
right uppercut" from the two
hurricanes, which took out
1500 of its 21,542 poles, requir-
ing 7 per cent of the total to be
However, only 24 poles '

designed, after 1992, when they
were upgraded to withstand
150mph winds following Hur-
ricane Andrew, were blown
down in the two storms.
Mr Dunbar added that the
hurricanes also took out 6,000
wires, 75 transformer break-,
ers, 750 transformers, 250
pieces of other equipment and
2100 street lights and traffic
lights. The main power plant
was also flooded.

The 2004 hurricane season's
impact on Florida had also
forced Grand Bahama Power
Company to source replace-
ment poles from Oregon and
extra linesmen in Canada, sim-
ply because the damage in the
US had consumed all
resources nearest to the
Mr-'Dunbar said that to com-
bat the potential impact of
storms in 2005, Grand Bahama
Power Company was increas-
ing its levels of stock and
inventories on the island in
anticipation of the season's
start next month.
The company was also try-
ing to get "more specially
designed traffic signals out of
the US', but was again having
problems due to the high level
of demand for this product in
Mr Dunbar said Grand
Bahama Power Company's
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Mr Dunbar also suggested
establishing line contracts before
a storm, and said the key to effi-
ciency and maximising time was
to have a 'meal.plan' in place so
that linesmen could be fed
regardless of where they were.
He said: "One of the biggest
logistical problems we had was
finding out where the linesmen
were and getting meals to


Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law, Notaries Public

The Partners of


are pleased to announce that


has become a Partner

of the Firm.

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named Company
are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Sandringham House, 83 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas, as sole
Liquidator on or before the 6th day of June, 2005. In default
thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 23rd day of May, 2005

Lynden Maycock

Legal Notice




dissolution under the provisions of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
23rd May, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
Maycock of Sandringham House, 83 Shirley Street, Nassau,
Bahamas as sole Liquidator.

Dated the 23rd day of May, 2005.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

Colina Mo





for data

2004 experiences showed that
electricity utilities should 'ride
the system down' as a storm
approached due to the likely
difficulties this would cause
when regenerating.
He added that because of the
limestone content of Grand
Bahama's soil, he would have
liked more heavy duty digger
derricks to have been present
to reset poles after Frances and

FROM page one

per cent between 1989 and
2002, from $3.1 billion to $5.4
billion, James Smith, minister
of state for finance, said assis-
tance from the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) and
CARICOM had helped bring,
the Bahamas' methods of cal-
culating annual GDP estimates
into compliance with the United
Nations' guidelines.
Mr Smith said the second part
of the programme involved
compiling provisional GDP esti-
mates for 2003, and preliminary
estimates for 2004.
He added: "Work on these
estimates is well underway and
the results are expected by June
2005. This will mark the first
time the Department has
released a preliminary estimate
of GDP within six months of
the end of a reference period. It
plans to continue this release
schedule into the future."
. The Department of Statistics,
for its part said "a number of
factors have contributed to an
interruption" of its release of
national accounts and GDP
data in a timely manner, indi-
cating that these related to
financial and technical resource

The Department acknowl-
edged than when it came to
conducting business surveys, its
field officers "are unable to
devote the time and effort nec-
essary to assure complete and
unduplicated coverage of the
economy. This severely restricts
their capacity to provide all-
inclusive estimates for the
industries they cover and their
estimates are regularly second-
guessed for completeness".
Meanwhile, the Department
of Statistics also criticised
Bahamian businesses for fail-
ing to take the time to complete
survey forms and answer fol-
low-up questions, claiming these
were non-productive activities.
The Department added that
some companies might not
appreciate the importance that
statistics and data collection
played in the Government's
decision-making process, while
others feared how the adminis-
tration might use information
that was provided and share it
across all government depart-
There were also "widening
gaps" between the terminolo-
gy used by the Bahamian busi-
ness community and what was
contained in the Department of
Statistics' questionnaires.
The Department added:

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
25TH day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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
25th day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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 25TH day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

iCol vi sda
Financial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:
24 May 2005



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7,400 0.007
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"Furthermore, Bahamian busi-
nesses likely have not benefited
from the statistical output from
the department in their own
decision processes. It has been a

* long period since the depart-
ment has been in a position to
publish its establishment indus-
try data for the use of its

Economy threatened by tension

between expats and Bahamians

FROM page one
and development of the people of the Bahamas.
Many Bahamians, he said, feel they are being displaced by for-
eign workers who have little regard for the local environment.
Mr Foulkes reasoned, however, that the disconnect between
Bahamians and expatriate workers is largely the result of cultural
differences, saying it was important for Bahamians to help their
expatriate coworkers understand who Bahamians are and invite
them to participate in the full experience.
He added that among the barriers faced by expatriate work-
ers are language, unfamiliarity with social norms, unfamiliarity
with the work culture, lack of family support and missing famil-
iar routines, food and culture, that together lead to massive
culture shock.
A government-led integration programme that would involve
a mandatory cultural workshop would aid in helping to accli-
matise them to the Bahamian environment and 'help foreign
workers, particularly those in managerial positions, understand
how to relate to their Bahamian staff and how to get the most
out of them, Mr Foulkes said.


The Public is hereby advised that I, KENYUTE JULIEN
ROLLE, of, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

GENERAL DELIVERY 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 25th day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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 25TH day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, VERNETIA YVETTE
PERPALL, of Tusculm Est., P.O.Box GT-2921, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to VERNEKIA
YVETTE PERPALL. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this


International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

The date of commencement of dissolution is 4th day of
May, 2005.

James Love Muir,
of P.O.Box 218,
43 La Motte Street,
St. Helier, Jersey,
Channel Island, JE4 8SD


2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
-0.103 000 N/M n nn00%

Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
oney Market Fund 1.216402*

Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

2.2420 **
1.093141 ***

BIX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change Change In closing price from day to da)
Dailly Vol. Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
- AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/ AS AT FEB. 28, 2005
AS AT MAR. 24, 200W/* AS AT APR. 30, 2005/ 1 AS AT APR. 30. 2005

YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV Net Asset Value
N/M Not Meaningful
FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100

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release recor

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Doctor's Hospital
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate

12.ou 5 sanamas Supermarkets
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Smith: $4bn in foreign direct

investment aimed at Bahamas

* MINISTER of state for finance, James Smith, speaks to over 300
Charmettes at their 50th annual convention, held at the Radisson
Cable Beach and Golf Resort. Also pictured are Florida District
Representative, Edward Jennings, and economic and commercial
officer at the US Embassy in Nassau, Jeff Rotering.

JAMES SMITH, minister of
state for finance, said $4 billion
in foreign direct investment
was targeted at potential
tourism-related projects in the
Bahamas, with the ability to
make profits one factor that
attracted investors to this
Speaking to 300 Charmettes,
a group of African American
women dedicated to solving
social the US, Mr
Smith said: "Investors find the
Bahamas attractive because
you can make a profit. Free
trade is a good thing and [any]
nation, if they want to pros-
per and increase the wealth of
their citizens, should engage
in it no matter their size."
Also addressing the group
in a session on Enhancing eco-
nomic advantages between

countries was Florida repre- lished in 1951, the Charmettes
sentative Edward Jennings, works to improve the quality
who used the almost $1 billion of life in communities all over
in international yearly trade the US.
between the Bahamas and "In recent years, we've seen
Florida as a yardstick to a steady increase in the num-

encourage the Charmettes to ber of African American trav-
exploit economic opportuni- ellers to the Bahamas," senior
ties in this nation. l manager of the African Amer-
Charmettes from 16 chap- ican markets for the Ministry
ters throughout the US were of Tourism, Anita Johnson-
in the Bahamas for their 50th Patty, said.
annual convention. Estab- "This demographic has very

strong buying power both indi-
vidually and collectively. This
is being recognised by compa-
nies throughout the United
States and the Bahamas is no
Ingrid Bartlett, general man-
ager for groups and confer-
ences in the Ministry of
Tourism, said of the
Charmettes choosing the
Bahamas for their first over-
seas convention destination:
"This is a wonderful accom-
plishment for the Islands of
the Bahamas, and as we get
closer to 2006, we will be wel-
coming even more groups.
"With the convention tax
break aspect of the TIEA with
the United States set to come
on stream next year, even
more groups will be enticed to
hold conventions here."


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Client demands spark

Bahamian law firm's

London office opening

INCREASING globalisation
and a need to satisfy interna-
tional clients prompted Bahami-
an law firm Halsbury Chambers
to open an office in London.
Pictured above from L to R at
the firm's headquarters on Vil-
lage Road, Nassau, are Kenred
M.A. Dorsett, partner, who also
serves as chairman of the Hous-
ing Commission of New Provi-
dence and deputy chairman of
the Clifton Heritage Authori-
ty; barrister Lisa Bethel Davis,
who heads the London office,
and Branville McCartney,
founding partner of Halsbury
Halsbury Chambers was
selected as the sole Bahamian
firm to represent the country at
last year's prestigious Interna-
tional Lawyers Network in Lon-
don, where attorneys from 61
countries dealt with issues rang-
ing from evolution changes in
judicial tradition to the per-
plexing problem of prisoner of
war rights.

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I MORE than 400 people
attended the Commonwealth
Bank annual general meeting
last week and heard Chairman
T. B. Donaldson (front row,
centre) report the bank's eighth
consecutive year of record prof-
its and assets topping the $765
million mark. Directors pictured
at the start of the meeting are
back row, L to R: Trevor
'Thompson, Vaughn Higgs, Ear-
la Bethel, J. Barrie Farrington,
R. Craig Symonette.
Front row, L to R: G. Clif-
ford Culmer, Rupert Roberts,
Jr., OBE, TB Donaldson, chair-
man, William B. Sands, Jr.,
president and chief executive,
and Ian Jennings, senior vice-
president and chief financial
officer. Not pictured, director
Michael Barnett.
(Photo by Tim Aylen
for DP&A)

Bank targeting

$ lbn in assets

expects to launch online bank-
ing in the 2005 third quarter,
with its chairman telling the
shareholders' annual general
meeting (AGM) that eight
years of consecutive record
profits can largely be attributed
to "excellence in service deliv-
The bank, which describes
itself as the Bahamas' largest
publicly-held company with
more than 7,000 shareholders,
"continues to grow from
strength to strength" said T. B.
Donaldson, with hopes that it
will become the first Bahamian
institution to exceed the $1 bil-
lion in assets mark.
Franklyn Butler, a director
of the bank, said at the AGM:
"Without much clout, without a
deep parent pocket, this bank
has grown because of the con-
stant commitment of our
employees and our customers,

and we have grown because
our shareholders believe in us.
"We have grown into the
biggest institution in the
Bahamas that is Bahamian
owned and this is no small
"In the very near future, we
shall grow again to be the bil-
lion dollar Bahamian bank."
Some 400 people attended
the Commonwealth Bank
AGM at SuperClubs Breezes,
where Mr Donaldson said:
"We are pleased that this is
another banner year for your
bank as we report an eighth
consecutive year of record
profits, this despite the hurri-
canes that impacted all busi-
nesses, a recovering economy
and restrictive lending policies
that have now been lifted," he
Assets at 2004 year-end
stood at $765 million, up 8.9
per cent from the year before..

Earnings per share were up
12.8 per cent to 64 cents. Com-
mon shares paid off doubly -
in dividends and equity. Four
dividend payments and two
extraordinary dividends were
paid out throughout the year
to common shareholders, a
total of $0.39 per share, up 14.7
per share over 2003 and return
on equity increased to 28.8 per

By the end of the 2005 first
quarter, assets had increased
to more than $770 fhillion and
profits rose 15.5 per cent over
the same period the year
before to $6.9 million.
In other operating results,
Mr Donaldson said the bank's
acquisition of Citibank's loan
portfolio had proved profitable.
Some $6.3 million of the $7.6
million acquired has been
repaid and the remaining bal-
ances "are continuing to per-
form to our satisfaction".

During the last fiscal year,
the bank increased its mort-
gage portfolio while continu-
ing to specialise in consumer
lending and personal banking
Use of ABMs (automated
banking machines), and credit,
cards (MasterCard and Sun-'
Card) were also up, each cre-
ating a profit stream with usage
of SunCard, which can also be.;
used to pay Bahamas Customs
duties, running about double
Continual strength in per-'
formance drove the bank'sj
share price up during 2004,
though a financial analyst in
the audience said at its current
$8.49, Commonwealth's shares
were still undervalued.
The analyst was mystified at
how the market had failed to
adjust the price according to
"the bank's stellar perfor-i
mance"' .




Applications are invited from suitably qualified persofis
to fill the position of Economist in the Transportation
Policy and Planning Unit, Road Traffic Department,
Ministry of Transport and Aviation.

Requirements for the post:

Applicants must possess a first degree in
Economics or related discipline, with three (3)
years post qualification experienceand a
willingness to undertake further training.

The successful candidate should:

Be highly self-motivated
Be able to work as part of a team
Be analytical and able to write reports
Have good communication skills
Be skilled in Microsoft windows, wordprocessing,
electronic spreadsheet, and internet usage (e.g.
Microsoft word, excel internet explorer and
winows 2000/XP)

Specific duties of the post include assisting the Project
Manager with the following:

1. Preparing long-range Transport Development Plans
including the continuous updating of the current New
Providence Transport Development Plan_-
2. Identifying required-transport development projects
3. Carrying out feasibility/ functional planning studies
4. Preparing annual investment programmes related to
transportation projects

The salary of the post is in Scale ES8 $25,800.0 X $700
- $30,700.per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of

Application forms may be obtained from the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation, Gold Circle Building, East Bay
Street or the Department of Public Service, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting Street. They should be returned,
complete with qualifications and documentary proof of
relevant experience, to the Secretary, Public Service
Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street, not
later than 31st May, 2005.


FROM page one

The departees are Michael
Adderley, director of sales and
marketing; Nadine Bain, the
company's personnel trainer;
Ann Smith, head of human
resources; Barbara Cartwright,
corporate secretary and office
manager;- and Dario Lundy-
Mortimer, the financial con-
Coming in to replace them

is a team led by Guy Richard,
Imperial Life's former head,
who will take over from Mr
Campbell as president and
chief executive.
Two other former Imperial
Life executives who had faced
moves to Colina Financial
Advisors following the com-
pany's acquisition, Michael
Cunningham and Keith
Major, are back as vice-presi-
dent of finance and senior
vice-president and general
manager respectively.
Joining them on the Coli-
nalmperial executive team will
be Glen Ritchie as vice-presi-
dent of operations; Dashwell
Flowers as vice-president of

sales; and Linda Jarret, vice-
president of group benefits.
It is understood that the dis-
pute between Mr Campbell
and his former colleagues and
shareholders in the Colina
,Financial Group, Emanuel
Alexiou and Anthony Fergu-
son, revolves around the
company's strategic direction
a n,d compensation
The Tribune has also been
told that the Colina Holdings'
Board of Directors, which is
controlled by the Colina
Financial Group through its
67 per cent stake, has lost con-
fidence in the executive team,
put together by Mr Campbell.

Meanwhile, Colina is under-
stood to have received regu-
latory approval from the Reg-
istrar of Insurance for the
name change to Colinalmper-
ial, and also acquired the
trademark rights to the Impe-
rial name when it purchased
the company for $22-$25 mil-
lion earlier this year.
Sources said Colinalmperi-
al's main focus was to achieve
compliance with the 21 con-
ditions imposed on the com-
pany by regulators 'in return
for approving its Imperial Life

Although the 90-day dead-
line for
comply with various corporate
governance aspects has
expired, the company is
understood to have been in
regular discussions with super-
visors on the issue. The Tri-
bune also knows that some
regulators believe the 90-day
deadline was unrealistic.
Concerns have also been
expressed that Colinalmperi-
al's Minimum Canadian Cap-
ital Solvency Ratio (MCCSR)
fell close to the minimum fol-
lowing the consumation of the
Imperial Life acquisition in
February, something
that insurance industry sources
was an expected develop-
The Tribune has learnt that
the company's ratio fell to
between 160-165 per cent, still
above the minimum 150 pers
Although the name of Ken-
wood Kerr, SG Hambros
Bank & Trust (Bahamas)
senior investments manager;,
was on the documents sent ou.i
to Colina Holdings' share-
holders as someone standing
for election to the Board Of
Directors at the EGM, it is
understood that Mr Kerr had
ruled out standing from an
early date due to a potential
conflict between his job and
the fact that Colina Financial
Advisors was a direct com-

'Less than' 2,000 shares


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Caves Point Management Limited (hereafter "the
Company") invites offers for the purchase of ALL
THAT Unit Number 7F of "Caves Point Phase IV"
Condominium situate on West Bay Street in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence being a three
(3) bedroom/three (3) bath apartment unit together
with ALL THAT 3.125% share in the common property
of the Condominiums.

The Company makes no representations or warranties
with respect to the state of repair of the building situate

The Company will sell under Power of Sale contained
in a Declaration of Condominium dated the 3rd day
of November, A.D., 1999 which is recorded in Volume
77 at pages 299 to 428.

TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at
the time of contract and the balance upon completion
whithin Thirty (30) days of contract.

The sale is subject to a reserve price. The Company
reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers addressed
to the Attorney c/o da 4019 P.O.Box N-3207, Nassau,
Bahamas to be received no later than the close of.
business on the 13th day of June A.D. 2005.





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WHO'S next for Jermaine
'Choo-Choo' Mackey?
The newly crowned
Bahamas super middleweight
champion said he's prepared
to take on any and every chal-
lenger who wants to step in the
ring with him.
"I'm going after the British
Commonwealth title," said
Mackey, moments after he
dethroned 'Marvellous' Mar-
vin Smith with a barrage of
jabs at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort & Crystal Palace Casi-
no on Friday night.
But the holder of the
Bahamas junior middleweight
title, Jerome 'Bahamian
Bronze Bomber' Ellis, said he
doesn't have any plans of mov-
ing up to fight Mackey.
"I wouldn't want to chal-
lenge him because I have noth-
ing to lose," Ellis stated. "Not
that he could beat me, but he's
two pounds heavier than me.
"Plus, I'm a true welter-
weight and he's a true super
middleweight. I only fought for
the junior middleweight crown
because there was no one
fighting and it was vacant at
the time."
Mackey, who holds a reach
advantage over Ellis as he did
against Smith, said he's will-
ing to give Ellis a shot at his
"Whoever comes, whenever '
they come, Jermaine Mackey
will be ready," he predicted.
. "I'm training all year
round. I'm not taking any
Ellis said if Mackey feels he
can drop to the junior mid-
dleweight division, he would
be glad to entertain a title fight
with him.
According to Ellis, the pair
According to Ellis, the pair did in my championship fight," gone with
have some similarities.
"He honestly watched me Ellis said. "After the first rounds.
because he did exactly what I round, which he clearly lost, "He pul
he came back, regrouped and show. It


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my tape in the other Ellis was scheduled to fight day, May 17, in Philadelphia. a pretty good fighter. He's no
again on June 10, but he has "It was a bad decision on bum.
t on a brilliant boxing called it off after coming home. my behalf," said Ellis, about "But we have to regroup and
was nice." He lost his last fight on Tues- the eight-round loss. "I lost to start all over again.":

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CHRIS Brown, in his first 400 metres since
last year's Olympics, secured his spot in the
10th IAAF World Outdoor Championships
in Helsinki, Finland in August with an A qual-
ifying standard in the men's 400 metres.
At the Adidas Track Classic on Sunday at
the Home Depot Centre in Carson, California,
Brown raced to a fourth place finish in the
men's 400 in 45.28.
It was well within the A qualifying standard
of 45.5
Sunday's race, which featured two Bahami-
ans, was won by Olympic champion Jeremy
Wariner from the United States in the world's
leading time of 44.53. Another American,
Andrew Rock, clocked the fourth fastest time
in. 45.75 and Jamaican Brandon Simpson post-
ed the 22nd fastest time of 45.25 for third.
Brown's time was the 24th best in the world.
Also in the race was Bahamian Dennis Dar-
ling who finished eighth from lane nine in
"I felt comfortable with it. I felt I could have
gone faster, but it was the first one out,"
Brown stated. "But I was just trying to get the
bugs out."
Brown, 26, admitted that he wasn't as
aggressive as he could have been going out in
the race, but he was still pleased with the way
he was able to stay in contention.
"I just really need to focus on getting out a
little faster than I did," said Brown, who got
left behind, running out of lane two. "If I can
do that, I know I can be right there at the
Although Wariner ran away from the pack
to easily win the race, Brown said he was
pleased with his performance because it
showed where he could be headed as the sea-
son progresses.

"When Jeremy opened up, he did 45.1 and
he did it again in another race," Brown reflect-
ed. "So it was really encouraging for me to
get started with 45.2.
"It was the first time that I opened up with
45.2 in the United States since 2003, so I was
really pleased with the performance. I know I
can only get better."
On June 11, Brown will be running in his
second quarter for the year and he's hoping
that he can crack the 44-second barrier.
"I just hope to stay consistent at 44," he
stated. "I know that in order to be competitive,
I will have to run that fast. Everybody has ran
fast, so I just want to be able to do the same
At the World Championships, Brown said
only three athletes can represent their country,
so he's not too concerned about how many
are ahead of him.
"I will just wait until after everybody's
nationals to see who goes in," Brown said.
"After that, I will concentrate on who I need to
concentrate on for the World Championships."
At the BAAA's Nationals, Brown acknowl-
edged that he has to be prepared for the field
of quarter-milers who will be chasing him as
the defending champion.
He listed Avard Moncur, Darling and col-
legians Andrae Williams, Nathaniel McKinney
and Michael Mattieu as some of the con-
"I know they will all be ready because we
have the Sr. CAC and the World Champi-
onships," Brown noted. "But I know what I've
been able to do in practice and I'm just ready
to run."
Brown and Darling are training partners in
Virginia, along with Williams-Darling.
And while Darling didn't have a good meet,
Brown said he knows what he's capable of
doing and he expects that he will run faster
when they come home for the nationals.



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SIX Bahamian soccer players
have received scholarships to
attend colleges and universities in
the Upited States.
Kathrina Ellis, Talitha Wood,
Cameron Heple, Happy Hall,
Mackenson Altidor and Kyle
Williams were all confirmed to
attend college this fall semester.
All six athletes have represented
the Bahamas internationally on
both the junior and senior levels.
Four of the six athletes reside in
New Providence, while the other
two are from the Family Islands -
Altidor and Ellis.
The Bahamas Football Associa-
tion (BFA) announced the scholar-
ship offers yesterday, stating that
the student athletes' accomplish-
ments are a result of their hard
work on the field.
Ellis, the first scholarship recipi-
ent, will attend South Carolina
State University. A native of Grand
Bahama, Ellis is a member of the
successful Town and Country
The team has won every national
championship title since the incep-
tion of the tournament.
Ellis' scholarship offer opened
up several doors for other Bahami-
an players. Wood was accepted
days after Ellis to Binghamton
State University, in Binghamton,
New York.
Binghamton State University was
rated in the top 40 in the United
States. The school finished with a
14-5 win-loss record.
Wood was the captain of the
Bahamas women's under 19 nation-
al team, a team she was a part of
since 2002. She is also the captain
of the Bears Football club, the New
Providence Football Champions.

Wood has started playing soccer
at age 13, and has made ten appear-
ances on national teams. Her first
international competition was:
against Trinidad and Tobago dur-
ing the CONCACAF under 19
qualification tournament.
The tournament was a prerequi-
site for the FIFA women's under 19:
championships hosted by Jamaica
in 2001.
Both Hepple and Williams will
attend Bowling Green University,
in Ohio.
The former teammates from St
Andrews School, joined the BFA's
youth programme at age seven and
played on both the all junior teams
they are also members of the
Bears Football Club.
Williams' first international
appearance was in 2002, against
Surinam during the CONCACAF
under 17 qualifying tournament for
the FIFA World Championships,
which were set for Cuba in 2002.
The under 17 qualification tour-
nament was also the first interna-
tional appearance for Hepple, who
has played in 12 international corn-
petitions since then.
Hepple is the youngest member
of the men's national team that
competed in the qualifying games
for the 2006 FIFA World Cup,
against Dominica, last year March.
White said: "The opportunities,
that these players have to obtain an
education as a result of their foot-
balling ability is an area that BFA
officials are looking to explore
more and more in the coming
"I am vigorously pursuing the
colleges and universities, trying to
establish as many contacts as possi-
ble for the benefit of our players."
A former member of the Aba-
corn United Football Club, Altidor
plays in the under 23 division. He
was a member of the team that
played in the Olympic qualification

.rounds in 2003 and the World Cup
qualifications in 2006.
While playing with the Abacom
United Football Club, Altidor was
named most valuable player in the
league, his team went on to win the
Bahamas national championships.
Altidor.will attend Northern Okla-
homa College.
For Hall soccer became his
favQurite sport after his successful
career at St Andrews. He was a
part of the school's championship
team in both divisions. Hall will be
attending Appalachian State Uni-
According to technical director
Gary White, the scholarship offers
to the Bahamian athletes shows the
improvements the athletes have
made and commitment to the youth
development by the BFA.

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Split Personal

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different artist

Lemero Wright, two distinct-
ly different artists, are cur-
rently on view at the Central
Bank. The exhibition, which
closes on May 27, is called
Split Personality.
While Ms Collie's work is
subtle, intricate and muted,
Mr Wright's in comparison is
blunt and elemental. His
palette of reds, yellows, blues
and greens are highlighted
and underscored by thick
black contour lines. And
unlike Ms Collie's his faces,
as in Future, It Hurts # 2 and
Delilah are brooding at best.
Mr Wright shares some-
thing with Marion Hunt
whose recent exhibition was
notable for getting his sub-
jects to say just as much with
their eyes closed as when
Wright's Delilah stares
back at you and you know
she is not to be messed with;
she will shear you of the last
strand. While his Future, with
its stark faces a pained
mother's face and presumably
her son scowls at you and
the traditional Junkanoo fig-
ure carrying a banner pro-
claiming the futility that is
increasingly the beat to which
too many rush.
If one were to attribute a
palette to Junkanoo, Mr
Wright's palette would be
that palette but it is Ms Collie
who strikes a pose with Final-
ly Something Junkanoo. And
with this piece brings into
sharp focus the fact that men
dominate the country's pre-

Works by

Nicole Collie and

Lemero Wright

are on view

mier cultural expression.
The female figure torso,
full figure or portrait is the
leitmotif uniting the 28 pieces
Ms Collie has on display.
Using the figure's inherent
curves and planes, and a mut-
ed palette of subtle pastels
Ms Collie weaves memorable
images Thinking for Two,
Happiness, The Jaws of Life,
Laying Down Just Relax.
Finally, there is Finally
Something Junkanoo. The
contrast between Ms Collie's
portrayal of Junkanoo and
Mr Wright's is like nothing
seen well with the possible
exception of Hunt's
Junkanoo X-ray since
Junkanoo became Bahamian
Art's crucible, creche, its rai-
son d'etre.
And along came Ms Collie
and the question is what
would Junkanoo be like if the
female contribution went
beyond dancing. If the female
sensitivity informed costume
design and palette.
If Ms Collie's Finally Some-
thing Junkanoo is any indica-

tion, it would be a different
kind of Junkanoo. Or maybe
it is enough that Ms Collie
has drawn our attention to
another possibility.
Of course, the title suggests
that maybe it is time to let it

To see Junkanoo as just
one of many influences
informing an evolving
Bahamian art. That it is time
to move on and he free of
Junkanoo's tyranny.
The late Brent Malone inti-
mated this evolution not in
his many popular depictions
of Junkanoo dancers, cowbell
ringers, or his large canvasses
capturing the rush and the
drummers' but in his
Junkanoo Fire, which with its
tongue-like flames evoked
what happened on Pentecost;
a new era, a new way of see-
ing and of being.
Mr Hunt and now Ms Col-
lie are suggesting that
Junkanoo and its devotees
need to be free to see beyond
the obvious, to banish cliche
and be adventurous.




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The Definitive Diaries (pictured right), an
exhibition of recent works by oil painter
Nicole Angelica will be held on Saturday,
May 28 @ Prince of Wales Room, Atlantis,
Paradise Island. Nicole is an accomplished
artist, recently taking the Best in Show award
at the Museum of Americas' (MoA) Women
of the Arts 2005 exhibition.
There were 2,835 initial submissions. The
artist reception runs from 6pm till 10pm (one
night only).
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 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 Pro-
gramme, runs until May 27 at the Central
Bank of the Bahamas.
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) events for May 2005:
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 'collaboration with the College of
the Bahlnas' School of English Studies
experiments with a short program of issue-ori-
ented 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 log
on to for more
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 nation-
al collection, including recent acquisitions by
Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne
Benjamin-Smith. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Sat-
urday, 11am-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book
Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn
Davies Collection @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West and West
Hill Streets. The exhibition is part of the
NAGB's Collector's Series. Gallery hours,
Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Call 328-5800
to book tours.
The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau
Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marchand Tup-
per, from the collection of Orjan and Aman-
da Lindroth @ the National Art Gallery of the
The mid-nineteenth century paintings that
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Nathan Stone's Album Launch: On Friday, May 27
@ Hard Rock Cafe, Charlotte Street. Stone will release
his long-awaited album, The Perfect Gentleman. Doors
open at 8 pm. The show starts @ 9 pm. Admission: $35
(regular); $65 (VIP, includes a copy of the CD, hors
d'oeuvres and a goody bag) See Main Event for ticket

Bounty Killer, the Warlord will be in concert on Friday,
May 27 @ Club Nsomnia. Admission: $30 before mid-

Up All Night Club Nsomnia:
M.A.D. Thursdays. Hosted by Jamaican artist, Bee-
nie Man. Special performance by Club Nsomnia's
International Coyote Girls. Late night happy hour
from 9pm-llpm: $1 drink specials. Music by Barry da
Pusha, DJ Fines and Mr Excitement. Doors open at
9pm. Ladies free before ll1pm Guys $15 before llpm
Latin Fridays. Featuring all your favourite salsa,
merengue and latin music, the world famous Coyote
Bar, and karaoke. Come party on the streets of Cruz
Lane. Admission: Everybody $5 before 9pm. Music
by DJ Flava.
Nsomniac Saturdays, a party for the grown and sexy.
Experience the flavour of South Beach in the Bahamas.
Music by DJ Fynes and DJ Flava. Ladies $10 before
ll1pm. Guys $15 before ll1pm.
Caribbean Sundays, featuring soca, calypso, dance-
hall, and 'reggaeton' music (a fusion of latin, reggae and
hip-hop music). Live performances and guest DJ's.
Music by Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all
night. Ladies: $5 before llpm. Guys $15 before llpm.

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

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

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 Greycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reser-
vations call 356-4612.

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

Mellow Moods every Sunday @ Fluid Lounge and
Nightclub, 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
Vocalist of the Week- $250 cash prize. Winner select-
ed 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 ulti-
mate Ladies Night. Join Nassau's and Miami Beach's
finest men. Ladies only before 11.30pm with free cham-
pagne. Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover.

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

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 ll1pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all night long.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte
St kicks off Fridays at 6pm with deep house to hard
house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and
Sworl'wide on the decks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco, Sandyport, from
4pm-until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world

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 audi-
ences. Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge; Old School Reg-
gae and Soca in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before
llpm. $10 after llpm. Men, $15 cover charge.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and
Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden per-
forms 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 Island.

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

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 performat6 Traveller's Rest, West Bay St,
evety Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

NON IE The Arts : fU"

The Definitive Diaries, an exhibition of recent works
by oil painter, Nicole Angelica, will be held on Satur-
day, May 28 @ Prince of Wales.Room, Atlantis, Par-
adise Island. Nicole is an accomplished artist, recently
taking the Best in Show award at the Museum.of
Americas' (MoA) Women of the Arts 2005 exhibi-
tion. There were 2,835 initial submissions. The artist
reception runs from 6pm till 10pm (one night only).

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
elebrate woman- hr necurvacous shaeh bnlAA dd i

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Happy Hour every Friday pastel shades. By contrast, Wright's work uses bright
Dicky eCd a ch app rvryalmost glaring primary colours. Though Wright's paint-
- 3 for $10 mixed drinks and $1 shots. Bahamian Night almost glaring p ema colours. ThoghWights pant-
(Free admission) every Saturday with live music from ings suggest a more masculine energy, he has used the
(Free8 pm to admissdnight. Karaoke Sunday with live from 8 pm to female form in black and hot tones with smouldering
8 pm to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8 pm to

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
until May 27 at the Central Bank of the Bahamas.

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) events
for May 2005:
* Thursday, May 26: Life and Debt (2001), a docu-
mentary by director and producer Stephanie Black.
Raied;.P.Q-13. Time: 7:45pm. Length: (86 minutes)
Rather thah the traditional Issues forum, NAGB'in..:
collaboration with the College of the Bahamas' 'Sc6ol
of English Studies experiments with a short program of
issue-oriented cinema. Discussants for the Life and
Debt viewing are Tamico Gilbert of Amnesty Inter-
national, 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-Saturday, 11llam-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book

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

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau Watercolours
of Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper, from the collection
of Orjan and Amanda Lindroth @ 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 envi-
rons. : :
Tupper was a Britishmilitary officer stationed at Fort
Charlotte in the 1850s. The works show a pre-modern
Bahamas through the decidely British medium of
watercolour. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, llam-
4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

Health .u

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series: Dis-
tinguished Physician, Dr Agreta Eneas Carey will dis-
cuss "Senior Health" on Thursday, May 26 at 6pm in
the Doctors 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, choles-
terol and glucose screenings will be performed between
5pm and 6pm. To ensure available seating RSVP 302-

Yoga: Stretch, Breathe, Relax, for Body...Mind...Spir-
it, yoga classes for all levels will be conducted by Mar-
garet Evans, registered yoga teacher.
* Tuesdays & Thursdays: May 24 through June 30 (six
weeks) from 6pm 7:30pm. Cost: $120.

The Perfect Gentleman

O n Friday night at the Hard
Rock Cafe, the Bahamian pop
sensation, Nathan Stone, will
officially launch The Perfect
Gentleman his much antici-
pated album.
The artist, who co-wrote most of the tracks,
has a knack for writing songs that attract a broad M
audience. Songs like the first single Shake It
Mama boasts a sizzling reggae remix. featuring
Baha Men singer Rick Carey. Just One Kiss,
Hit Me Up and The Perfect Gentleman are
dance tracks that get the toes tapping.
The album's ballads, among them Fly and
Chance, can be described as the most deeply
personal expressions of the artist at his most
vulnerable. In his album, Stone brilliantly covers
The Bee Gees' How Deep Is Your Love, which
is the only cover on this release.
The doors of the Hard Rock Cafe, Charlotte
Street, will open at 8pm, and the show starts at


* 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 infor-

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

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Mon-
day every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes certi-
fied by the AHA. The course defines the warning signs
of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to
avoid sudden death syndrome and the most common
serious injuries and choking that can occur in adults,
infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from 9am-
1pm. 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
related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.

N E I Civic Clubs ",L

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 Registration Con-
trioversy 1816-1821" Venue: the Society's museum on
Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. For more infor-
mation log on to

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, college
Avenue off Moss Road. 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, Coffllins Ave. Club
2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday
at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm.
Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets every
Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-
West Highway. All are welcome.

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 Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor
meeting room.

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

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

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Fri-
day of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St
Augustine's Monestary. For more info call 325-1947
after 4pm.

International Association of Administrative Profes-
sionals, 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
promotes the Spanish language and culture in the com-


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hen an
album cre-
ates as
much buzz
in the
industry as Nathan Stone's has
done taking into considera-
tion that it has not even been
released as yet it usually has
the makings of a smash hit.
And that is exactly what the
artist and producers are expect-
ing when they launch The Per-
fect Gentleman on Friday night
at the Hard Rock Cafe.
The long-awaited album,
which includes the popular sin-
gle Shake It Mama (which is in
being played regularly on local
radio stations), is finally going
to be available in stores.
At Friday's event, which will
take the form of a major album
release and full throttle show-
case, Nathan will be perform-
ing with some of Nassau's top
musicians names like Jeff '
Chea and Rick Carey (Dreddy
Starr) both of Baha Men;
Christian McCade, musical
director of NPCC; and Kendall
Smith, formerly of the Sweat
Since the last time local per-
formers got a little tease of the
album in a showcase at the
Blue Note at the Hilton Hotel
last year, Stone has been busy
gaining international attention
for his work. He recently
wrapped up a tour of 24 cities
along the West Coast (USA)
which included Los Angeles,
Santa Ana, Las Vegas and
But of all these cities, Stone
says that Las Vegas was the
most responsive to his sound.
The Vegas show was held at
Club Ra at the picturesque
Luxor Hotel.
Since that tour, Stone's
music has also caught the ears
of Eur9peans. The. artist cur-
rently holds "licensing agree-
ments", which means that com-
panies in Europe have consid-
ered the project "worthwhile"

to promote throughout
Europe. While many European
countries have become inter-

ested in his sound, the most
attention, he says, is coming
from Germany, Poland, Aus-

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bourg will be coming along
very soon, he adds.
If the audience response to
his performances is not enough
to go by, fanmail from Europe,
which he says is steadily com-
ing in, may convince you that
the world has all but fallen for
this perfect gentleman.
And this new European fan-
mail which he jokingly says
is incomprehensible, since most
of it is foreign language and
"bits and pieces" of English -.
goes perfectly with letters from
fans in the United States which
have been coming in for "quite
a while".
Said Stone: "I'm really start-
ing to develop a name.
Because, ya know, half of this
thing is just constantly being
in their face. So it's been really,
really good. So the next step
in my mind is clear. We gotta
release the whole album at
Friday night will be the first
official opportunity for
Bahamians to buy the album.
The doors of the Hard Rock
Cafe, Charlotte Street, will
open at 8pm, and the show
starts at 9pm. Admission: $35
(regular), $65 (VIP, which
includes a copy of the album,
hors d'oeuvres, and a special
VIP bag with "goodies"
Ticket locations include
Wood You Furniture Store;
Yellow Strawberry; John Bull

Business Centre; the Lion's
Den; Better Bodies Gym; Nick
Mosko and Sons; Airbrush
Junkies and the Juke Box.
Unlike his Blue Note show-
case, where tracks were used,
Stone will be accompanied by a
live band in Friday's showcase.
"So it's gonna be a full live per-
formance, a live showcase of
the whole album, and then in terms of live per-
formance, it's gonna be crazy,"
Stone promises.
The artist, who co-wrote
most of the tracks on his
album, has a knack for writing
songs that attract a broad audi-
Songs like the first single,
Shake It Mama, boasts a siz-
zling reggae remix featuring
Baha Men singer, Rick Carey.
Just One Kiss, Hit Me Up and
The Perfect Gentleman are
dance tracks that get the toes
The album's ballads, among
them Fly and Chance, can be
described as the most deeply
personal expressions of the
artist at his most vulnerable.
In his album, Stone brilliantly
covers The Bee Gees' How
Deep Is Your Love, which
would be the only cover on this
At 13, Stone got his first big
break in music, as he sang in a
junior high talent competition.
Visage, one of the country's
top soca bands, backed all of
the aspiring singers in that

(The Tribune archivephoto)

Though it was only the first
time that Stone came to the
stage, his performance earned
a standing ovation. The young
artist had to come back to take
another bow. And, needless to
say, he won that contest.
If it is true that an artist is
never honoured in his own
country, Stone seems to. have
received the lucky end of the
stick. And while the artist
admits that the home crowd
can sometimes be "a tough
one", he is "lucky" that his
album is versatile enough to
attract even the toughest
Bahamian crowd.
"So, ya know, in this album,
you are not depending on just
the young people, or just the
old people, or just the middle-
aged. There is like a little
something in here for every-
one. And I think for me, I've
been really blessed in that
regard," Stone tells Tribune
It has been a long time com-
ing the release of his much
anticipated album but this
gentleman, who admits that he
is a bit naughty and nice, has
finally done it. And Bahami-
ans are definitely taking notice.
"Let's put it this way, we are
about three-quarters of the
way sold out (of tickets for the
album launch), so I feel really
good. A lot of persons are very
eager to actually buy the
album," he says.

* NATHAN STONE (pictured) is scheduled to perform with some of Nassau's top musicians during Friday's album launch.

Brittany. Murphy

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As is its tradition
to host a series
of concerts at
the last week-
end in June,
The Allegro Singers, under the
direction of Mr Antoine C
Wallace, are busy preparing to
end this year's season with "An
Evening of Gershwin".
This year's concert will be
held on June 23 through June
25,2005, at The Dundas Centre
for the Performing Arts, Mack-
ey Street, at 8pm each evening.
The concert will also feature
pianist Lee Callander, who will
be performing the Bahamas
premiere of Gershwin's "Rhap-
sody in Blue".
Other featured artists will
include sopranos, Joann
Deveaux-Callander, Strings-N-
Tings, Candace Bostwick,
Sonia Pinder; baritone Allan
Butler; tenor Harrison Lock-
hart; pianist Kendrick Coleby,
pianist and arranger, Geoffrey
Sturrup and WEST and inter-
nationally acclaimed organist
and violist Matthew Steynor
along with other local cham-

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ber groups.
The highlight of the concert
will be a performance of selec-
tions from the opera "Porgy
and Bess" by The Allegro
Singers. This year's concert will
bring together some of the
Bahamas' top national and
international artists. The
evening of Gershwin promises
to be a spectacular musical,
audio and visual experience for
For those who may not
know, the Allegro Singers is
the original brainchild of Mr
Antoine C Wallace. The choir
brings to the cultural scene of
the Bahamas a rich history of
musical experience through its
talented singers, composers and
directors. All members of the
choir have had some formal
musical training.
Under the direction of Mr
Wallace, the choir first per-
formed in December, 2000,

presenting an evening of
Christmas Music at Trinity
Methodist Church.
This concert was produced
by Mr Geoffrey Sturrup and
won rave reviews. Mr Wallace
added an additional 20 voices
to the group. The resulting
combination only helped to
enhance the rich blend of well-
trained voices and brought
added prestige to the group.
The choir was featured in the
"Artists Guild International"
performances of "The Phan-
tom of the Opera" in 2001 and
"Porgy and Bess" in 2002.
The choir also held its first
annual summer concert in 2002
under the theme "A Time to
Sing." In 2003 the second annu-
al concert was entitled "With
Voices Rising" featuring com-
positions by noted Bahamian.
Then, in 2004, the choir was
featured in an "Evening of

Sacred Music" at Christ
Church Cathedral. Later that
year, the singers performed
Gabriel Faure's "Requiem"
and Borodin's "Prince Igor"
with The Bahamas Concert
Under its motto, "Bringing
People Together Through The
Universal Language Of
Music", one of the choir's prin-
cipal goals is to challenge its
members weekly in order to
realise their "full" potential.
This is done through sight-
reading, ear training, vocalis-
ing and sectional rehearsals,
which are run by the designat-
ed leaders in each "section".
Each member is required to
be on one or more of the
choir's committees, thus creat-
ing an environment for the
singers to be intently focused
on the development and artistic
goals of the choir. The Allegro

Singers' weekly operations are
run by its senior advisers and
its executive committee in con-
sultation with its directors.
The assistant director is Mr
Kaylen Jervis and the associ-
ate director is Mrs Sonia Pin-
der. The choir's accompanist is
Mr Kendrick F Colby.
Like any successful choir,
discipline is at the forefront of
an Allegro singer's roster. The
choir stands out with its fresh
approach to choral organisa-
tions. The goal is to evolve as a
group by setting high standards
and maintaining them.

Organisers hope to continue
the high quality of choral music
that has been established over
the years by others in the
Bahamian music industry. It is
their hope that all who are
involved in the music industry
will continue to work together
to promote this rich Bahami-
an culture, not only locally, but
The Allegro Singers believe
that "music is the universal lan-
guage of unity."
Box office and ticket infor-
mation for the concert will be
published at a later date. For
more information on the choir,
please contact Antoine C Wal-
lace at 325-3162, Michael
Thompson at 327-5225, or Noel
Farquharson at 322-7987.



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2 Who Is Mike Jones?
3 The Massacre
4 Disturbing Tha Peace
5 The First Lady
6 Touch
7 Lyfe 268-192
8 Goodies
9 Free Yourself

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Mike Jones WaInter Bros.
50 Cent Interscope

Bobby Valentino
Faith Evans
Lyfe Jennings

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10 You Can't See Me John Cena & Tha Trademarc Sony Music

1 Pull Em Down Lil Iroc & Christian Massive

3 I Understand Smokie Norful
4 1 iCall You Faithful, Donnie McKlurkin
5 Whose Report Bishop Lawrence Rolle
6 All Around Isreal & New Breed
7 Blind Follow The Blind Singleton
8 My Help Sherwin Gardiner
9 Bahama Praises Kingdom Kids
10 Throw Out The Life Line Philip McPhee

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