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Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: June 22, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 101 No.173


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expected today

FORMER education minis-
ter Dion Foulkes is to challenge
for the FNM leadership. His
supporters say he is popular "at
every level of the party", and
has what it takes, to beat all-
The 48-year-old attorney,
who has served under four
FNM leaders, is expected to
make an official announcement
A party stalwart told The Tri-
bune last night: "Dion has the
strongest all-round support in
the party. If it comes to a direct
clash with Hubert Ingraham,
Dion will win."
Mr Foulkes, son of political
veteran Sir Arthur Foulkes, is
expected to declare his hand at
a point where it seems likely to
many observers that Mr Ingra-
ham will also enter the fray.
The former prime minister's
aggressive performance in the
House of Assembly this week
coincided with a series of hints
about his possible involvement
in the leadership battle.
Mr Ingraham, who led the
government from 1992 to 2002,
has said he has been
approached repeatedly and
asked to run. But he has not yet.
confirmed his intention to do
The FNM was last night alive
with speculation about who will
be in the leadership line-up.

Once Mr Foulkes' candidacy
becomes known, others are
expected to throw their hats
into the ring.
A leading party member said:
"I expect Brent Symonette to
make an announcement very
soon. And I also see Zhivargo
Laing as a possibility." .
The current party leader,
Tommy Turnquest, was
described as having "the weak-
est chance of success" in a three
or four-way contest.
Mr Foulkes, a father of five,
served in the Cabinet for five
years, initially as Minister of
Labour and Maritime Affairs,
then as Minister of Education,
Youth and Sport.
He has served under four
FNM leaders Sir Kendal
Isaacs, Sir Cecil Wallace-Whit-
field, Mr Ingraham and Mr
Turnquest. He has been secre-
tary-general, national chairman
and deputy leader of the party.
He entered politics at the age
of 25, initially with the Torch-
bearers arm of the FNM. Hav-
ing been chairman of the Hotel
Licensing Board for five years,
he also has knowledge of the
tourism industry.
When today's announcement
is made, the forces behind Mr
Ingraham are expected to
mobilise in earnest.
A party member said:
"Hubert is in a difficult posi-
tion. He can't come out openly
and oppose Tommy Turnquest
because he recommended him
in the first place.
"What he wants is a consen-
sus to call him back. I think he is
SEE page 11

PM gets

back to

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie returned to work yes-
terday, after spending more
than a month recuperating at
his Cable Beach home from a
"slight" stroke.
Mr Christie arrived for a
Cabinet meeting at the
Churchill Building in Rawson
Square on Tuesday morning.
Asked by a freelance pho-
tographer to give a victory sign
to show that he was back, Mr
Christie replied: "Victory is
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
LEGAL arguments over
whether the Extradition
Treaty between the
Bahamas and the United
States governments can be
enforced began in the Court
of Appeal yesterday.
The two governments are
seeking to have the ruling
of Justice Jon Isaacs over-
turned. On May 10, 2005
Justice Isaacs ruled that the
treaty was unenforceable
because its financial impli-
cations were not properly
laid before parliament.
A legal team headed by
Maurice Glinton successful-
ly argued that while article
18 of the treaty obligates the
Bahamas to pay for expens-
es incurred during the cap-
ture, incarceration and
extradition of persons want-
ed fortrial in the US, the
charge on the public purse
was not properly ratified by
Attorney Francis Cum-
berbatch began his submis-
sions on Tuesday, inform-
SEE page 11

* PICTURED from left: Wendal Major, Secretary to the Cabinet; Carmen Gomez, Under Sec-
retary in the Prime Minister's Office; Anita Beneby, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Cab-
inet Office and Prime Minister Perry Christie.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

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Hilton to increase security

after brawl in nightclub

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BRAWL in the Blue Note
nightclub has prompted the
British Colonial Hilton to
increase its security after the
fight spilled over into the hotel's
parking lot.
Police have promised to "rig-
orously" investigate the
extremely violent and "embar-
rassing" incident, but said they
had not received any formal
The R M Bailey High School
prom was also held at the hotel
on Friday night; however, it
could not be confirmed up to
press time yesterday if the fight
was in any way connected to
the prom celebrations.
According to eyewitness
reports, the brawl allegedly
erupted shortly after 2am, and
was reportedly between three
men and the boyfriend of a
young woman.
The brawl started on the
dance floor, forcing the DJ to
shut down. He announced that
the police had been summoned
and were on the way.

Police promise

to investigate

It was at this time that the
security at the Blue Note escort-
ed the men downstairs, where
another skirmish started in the
parking lot of the Hilton.
"You had tourists running for
cover while these guys, about
20 of them I think, scrambling
around for bottles, and one of
them was walking around with a
metal chair. It was embarrass-
ing," a source told The Tribune.
The 20 men involved in the
brawl are thought to be either in
their late teens or early to mid-
20s, and from prominent
Bahamian families, said the
A white Dodge Caravan -
#115952 registered to Rico
Sanchez-Morino was damaged
along with two other vehicles
parked in the hotel's lot.

According to another eye-
witness, a young man was
assaulted and chopped in the
face before losing conscious-
"Another man was laying in a
pool of blood for some five min-
utes. By the time I left no police
or ambulance had arrived," said
another source.
As a result of the incident,
taxi drivers at the hotel have
called for more policing of the
area to protect Bahamians and
"Unless these young men are
educated about the importance
of tourism, we are going to find
ourselves in a situation like
Aruba, which is getting a lot of
negative publicity worldwide
because of (Natalee Holloway).
"The scenes inside and out-
side the hotel were disgraceful.
I saw six tourists running for
cover, terrified of what was hap-
pening," the driver said.
Michael Hooper, general
manager at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, said that as a
result of the fight security will
be increased on Friday nights,
and the management at the
Blue Note has been asked to do
the same.
0 IN A separate incident last
week, a group of women
tourists were reportedly
attacked and nearly raped near
their hotel, the Palm Resort, on
West Bay Street. The men
escaped with the women's purs-
es containing credit cards and
cash. Police investigations into
both incidents continue.

* NEW FNM Senator John Delaney.
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)

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Government MPs to sponsor amendment

to the Prime Minister's Pension Act

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALTHOUGH there has
been continued growth and
development in Exuma, BEC
general manager Kevin Basden
yesterday categorically denied
that the corporation is facing "a
major manpower and equip-
ment crisis" on the island.
"BEC has kept well abreast
of the demand. In the past sev-
en years, we have put in a new
17.6 megawatt power station,
amongst other things.
"We also upgraded our trans-
mission and distribution net-
work, and are well positioned
to accommodate Exuma's stun-
ning growth.
"I can therefore state, cate-
gorically, that BEC does not
have a problem with capacity
in Exuma," said Mr Basden.
He was responding to earlier
reports by residents on the
island, who claimed they are
plagued with "unpredictable
telephone services and frequent
power cuts."
The locals claimed the cuts
are the result of infrastructural
growth related for the most part
to new resort facilities and both
private and government low
cost homes.
One resident claimed that
insufficient equipment at BEC
is definitely a major issue,
although manpower exists in
He said residents on the
island can sometimes wait up
to six months before they
receive a permanent electrical
Additionally, the resident
claimed that the only hole-bor-
ing machine on the island, used
for the installation of utility
poles, has been out of service
for two weeks, through the lack
of a $200 part.
This, the resident said, is the
third time the machine has
crashed in two months.

However, Mr Basden said,
while there have been "some
planned outages to accommo-
date the expansion and the con-
tinued growth that is taking
place in Exuma, we inform the
customers in advance. We can
also say that there have not
been frequent power outages."
he said.
In reference to the length of
time it takes to connect new cus-
tomers in Exuma, Mr Basden
continued, "BEC makes all
attempts to connect new appli-
cants on a timely basis, howev-
er, there are occasions when
other factors arise and conse-
quently a connection is delayed
until all information is forth-
coming, proper approvals are
in place, boundary pins
installed, ownership confirmed,
scheduling confirmed, etcetera."
He added, that "Due to the
actual size of some of the new
customers' projects, it is some-
times a physical impossibility to
complete the installation
overnight due to the mere
nature of the works."
Mr Basden denied that
materials are in short supply at
the Exuma facility.
He said: "We take our role
very seriously in the building of
the Bahamas and we know that
a power plant along with the
distribution system in any part
of our archipelago must at all
times, as far as is practical, be
fully stocked with whatever is
needed to service our customers
professionally and efficiently.
"I have no doubts whatsoev-
er that the BEC facility in Exu-
ma provides quality service to
our customers there," said Mr
In response to the point
raised by the resident about the
hole-borer, Mr Basden said:
"This is a very specialised piece
of equipment that, like any oth-
er piece of equipment in fre-
quent usage, can break down
from time to time. Whenever it
does, we expedite the repair
process as quickly as possible
and to the very best of our abil-
Mr Basden said he "Would
like to reassure Exuma residents
of BEC's commitment to not
only provide quality service, but
to continue to improve service

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Tribune Staff Reporter
Parliament announced yesterday
that they will sponsor an amend-
ment to the Prime Minister's Pen-
sion Act, 1997, following the
debacle during Monday night's
session of parliament.
During the session, government
MPs called in to question whether
North Abaco MP Hubert Ingra-
ham should be receiving a pen-
sion as former prime minister.
In response to remarks made
by Mr Ingraham, MP for Mount
Moriah Keod Smith yesterday
said that he, together with the MP
for Holy Cross Sidney Stubbs and
his "learned friends from the back
bench," will sponsor a Bill to
amend the Act in such a way that
will prevent former prime minis-
ters from collecting a pension
while still serving in parliament.
The announcement came after
Mr Smith questioned Mr Ingra-
ham in parliament as to why.he
was receiving a full former prime
minister's pension while still an
active member of the House.
Mr Ingraham attempted to
explain the situation involving
himself and the former prime
minister Sir Lynden Pindling.
Mr Ingraham alleged that in
the presence of current prime
minister Perry Christie, Sir Lyn-
den agreed to take his pension
after he resigned his seat as MP.
He said that Mr Christie sup-
ported him in this exercise.

Mr Ingraham further claimed
that Mr Christie had intentional-'
ly misled the House on what had
transpired leading to Sir Lynden
being given his pension.
Although he was asked to sub-
stantiate or withdraw his com-
ments numerous times, Mr Ingra-
ham refused to so.
"I spoke the truth,'I'm not
withdrawing," he said.
Speaking at a press conference
held in the majority committee
room in the House of Assembly
yesterday, Mr Smith said that Mr
Ingraham was being dishonest
and impugning Mr Christie's
character in his absence.,- -., ,..
He also described .Mr Ingra-
ham's behavior as. "the most
shameful conduct and display of
Due to the arguments between
the opposition and government
side, which resulted from these
statements, the House was then
suspended for more than an hour.

After returning from the sus-
pension, Attorney General and
MP for Fort Charlotte Alfred
Sears tabled a document bearing
the signature of the then treasur-
er of the Bahamas John Kemp,
which showed that the treasurer,
the deputy treasurer and the Cab-
inet secretary agreed to, and were
preparing to pay Sir.Lynden
all that was owning to him
under the Prime Minister's Pen-
sion Act.
Mr Smith yesterday said it was
discovered "that on the face of
the document signed off on by
these senior civil servants, Mr
Ingraham, in breach of the letter
and spirit of the law, directed the
Cabinet secretary not to pay if
the resignation was not forth-
However, after this document
was presented in the House, Mr
Ingraham rose and pointed out
to the deputy speaker of the
House Anthony Moss, that he did
not have the opportunity to devel-
op a response to the allegations
made against him.
Mr Sears continued and said
that he had contacted prime min-
ister Perry Christie on the issue
during the suspension.
"It is most unfortunate that we
'haidto get to this stage"b'it I
sp~o~'ith the-prime minister and
the prime minister was informed
about the representations made in
here today, he denied that he had
been an accomplice in this," said
Mr Sears.
Yesterday Mr Smith said it is
not right that Mr Ingraham is col-

lecting his prime minister's pen-
sion and drawing a MP's salary,
after he gave instructions to with-
hold a pension from Sir Lynden
while he was serving in parlia-
Despite Mr Ingraham's insis-
tence that he is not collecting the
$28,000 he is due for sitting in the
House, Mr Smith said that there is
no record to prove this.

"We believe that this untrue,
because the only way it stops, is if
he writes to the speaker and says
'don't pay it to me, send it some-
where else,' and there is no record
in this House that he has done
that," he said.
Therefore, said Mr Smith, it is
hoped that an amendment to the
Prime Minister's Pension Act will
achieve at least three major
changes, including a provision in
keeping with the Westminster tra-
dition, which prevents a former
prime minister from collecting a
pension while still sitting in the
A further prospective change
is the addition of a provision that
any person serving as prime min-
ister for a. single, term,, not, less
than four years, is. to receive a
full pension as set out under the
Where a person served as
prime minister for a period of less
than four years, a provision
should be included which adjusts
his pension accordingly, said Mr

Search for missing

plane is suspended

Tribune Staff Reporter

COAST Guard officials in Miami have sus-
pended their search for the three persons who
disappeared in a twin engine Piper Aztec plane
25 miles southeast of the Florida coast on Mon-
day morning.
However, Gretchen Eddy, a petty officer at
the public relations department of the Coast
Guard in Miami said if any new information
comes to light indicating that there might be
survivors, the search will be resumed.
According to Associated Press, the flight was
en route from Treasure Cay, Abaco to Fort
Pierce, Florida when the aircraft disappeared
from radar around 11am.
The pilot had told the air traffic control cen-
ter in Miami that he would be flying below
radar in an attempt to escape the rain and thun-
derstorms that drenched South Florida

that morning.
The Coast Guard confirmed yesterday that
the three persons on board the flight were
Joseph Helseth, Paulette Helseth, and Scott
Sheline, all from Vero Beach, Florida.
A 47-foot Coast Guard boat was dispatched
from Fort Pierce, and the 87-foot cutter Cor-
morant, which was already on patrol, joined
the search along with boats from the Lake
Worth station and a number of commercial sal-
vage vessels.
A HIH465 Dolphin rescue helicopter, a HU-
25 Falcon jet and a HC-130 airplane provided
air support while the boats scoured the area
looking for any sign of the missing plane.
After a day of searching, no debris or signs of
life was found.
According to a Coast Guard spokesman, it
could prove almost impossible to locate the air-
craft as the pilot had not given his last co-ordi-
nates or sent out any distress signals.

KEOD SMITH (left), MP for Mount Moriah yesterday said that
he, together with the MP for Holy Cross Sidney Stubbs (right) and his
'learned friends from the back bench,' will sponsor a Bill to amend the
Act in such a way that will prevent former prime ministers from col-
lecting a pension while still serving in parliament.
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)

Alvin Smith: PLP

will enjoy no more

acts of good will

from opposition

Chief Reporter

AS A result of the fact that
the PLP government has
become "unfriendly towards
democracy", it will enjoy no
further compromises and no
more acts of good will from
the opposition, MP Alvin
Smith told The Tribune yes-
Mr Smith's comment fol-
lowed the decision by opposi-
tion members to walk out of
parliament on Monday after
former Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham left the House floor.
Mr Ingraham retired after
the deputy speaker of the
House "refused to recognise"

This came after Mr Ingra-
ham refused to with draw
comments he made in relation
to what he described as Prime
Minister Perry Christie's
involvement in a decision to
deny the late Sir Lynden Pin-
dling his prime minister's pen-
sion while he was still a sit-
ting member of the House.
,At,piss,,conference in the
majbrity"committee room of
the House of Assembly yes-
',terdAy,'PLEP MP ffofMount,:
Moriah Keod Smith suggested
that Mr Ingraham's departure
and the subsequent decision
by opposition members to fol-
low him was a sign that Mr
Ingraham would be returning
to the helm of the FNM.
"He was not asked to leave,
he just determined to leave,
and it is important to note all
of the other members repre-
senting the FNM government
all stood up and left as a result
of him leaving.
However, Alvin Smith, who
is leader of the opposition in
the House, said that the move
by the FNM was merely a

show of solidarity.
"Our following the MP for
North Abaco was out of
respect for a member of our
team. Had it been anyone of
our team we would have done
the same.
' "We felt that'the ruling was
unfair and biased and bla-
tantly used to be disrespect-
ful," he said.
Thus far, Mr Smith said, the
opposition has been co-oper-
ating with government. He
said that from this point on,
this tactic will change.

"We have co-operated to
the fullest with government in
any number of matters. We
have been in every case civil
and mature because there are
matters that come before par-
liament which are very impor-
tant to the development to the
"However, it seems as if the
PLP wants a one-party sys-
tem. They wish not to be
accountable and they wish to
be unfriendly towards the
democratic process.
"From now on there will be
not much compromising and
not much good will between
opposition and government,"
Mr Smith-said. -
The opposition leader said
that government ministers
have been unable to defend
their budget.
"That has been our experi-
ence from day one, or it's
either that, or they chose not
to defend it because of their
arrogance; because they do
not believe that they are oblig-
ated to answer questions,"
said Mr Smith.
"We noticed earlier that the
government did not want any
close scrutiny of the budget
or did not want Bahamians to
know how their money was
being spent in detail," he said.


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ON JULY 1 the pilot initiative of the
National Youth Service programme will end
with a graduation ceremony at the Andros
This camp is a part of the Youth Ministry's
social programme, designed to rescue young
men from themselves -young men who
because of their academic deficiency, behav-
ioural problems, or unstable homes take to
the streets unprepared for life, but with fists
clenched in anger to snatch what they can
from society. Most of them end in jail or an
early grave.
The Ministry's objective is to work with
young men between the ages of 12 to 24.
These at-risk males are removed from their
poor environments and sent to the Andros
camp where, Youth, Sports and Culture Min-
ister Neville Wisdom told the House during
the Budget debate, they enter special pro-
Mr Wisdom said they are provided with the
"necessary social, psychological and educa-
tional services to help them significantly mod-&
ify their behaviour, become better decision
makers and assume responsibility and account-
ability for their actions" in short to become
better human beings and more responsible
citizens. One of their counsellors is Dr Tiffany
North, a Bahamian, who is a senior pro-
gramme specialist with the Children's Ser-
vices Council of Palm Beach County.
We were told of two young men hard,
loud-mouthed bullies who quietly confessed
that they could not read. Their tough-guy act
was to cover up this embarrassment. By
putting others in fear they squeezed from
them the respect they craved for themselves.
In the House, acting Prime Minister Cynthia
Pratt told of her first encounter with more
than 60 of these young men when the camp
opened in January.
"When I spoke to them that initial day,"
she said, "if you had seen the anger and bit-
terness on the faces of those young men. I
said, 'My God, we're in trouble'."
What she saw before her were many young
Jean Valjeans, the hero in Victor Hugo's "Les
Miserables", who spent 19 harsh years as a
galley slave for stealing a loaf of bread to feed
his starving family.
Valjean, wrote Hugo, "had for his motives
habitual indignation, bitterness of soul, the
profound feeling of iniquities endured, and
reaction even against the good, the innocent,
and the just, if such exist. The starting point,

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like the goal of all his thoughts was hatred of
human law; that hatred, which, if it be not
arrested in its development by some provi-
dential incident, becomes within a given time
a hatred of society, then a hatred of the human
race, next a hatred of creation, and is
expressed by a vague, incessant, and brutal
desire to injure someone, no matter whom."
"Year by year," wrote Hugo, "this soul
had become more and more withered, slowly
but fatally. A dry soul must have a dry eye,
and, on leaving the bagne, 19 years had
elapsed since he had shed a tear."
What Mrs Pratt saw were young men, who,
like Valjean, no longer shed tears.
Mrs Pratt said she was talking to them, but
nothing happened there was no reaction.
"And so," she said, "I decided that I would
wait around and I would hug everyone of
them. And I did that.
"And some people," she said, "might won-
der why 'Mother' Pratt hugs so much. You
know why? Because as a child I was longing for
someone to hug me. That's something I didn't
get. You know why? I grew up in an environ-
ment where dog eats dog and a lot of children,
thousands of them today are in that same hole
- the dog-eat-dog world who cares?
"They are becoming bitter because they
feel the environment I live in is not conducive
for learning and I even don't want them to
know where I live because when I come home
from school I get off the bus at the end of the
corner so my"friends won't see the house I'
live in.
"I've been there." she said, "and the bitter-
ness just continues to grow and when they
realised that somebody loved them enough to
hug them no it might not be money, but a
hug is more than money it goes further
because it is encouragement to that young boy
to say you are somebody you can make it."
The acting prime minister said that when
she went back to the Andros camp in April no
one would believe that these were the same
young men.
Seventeen of a group of 22, she said, were
not ready to return to Nassau. They wanted to
stay in Andros. "Suddenly they felt that they
were somebody; that they were worth some-
thing. They were involved in building lives -
at last somebody recognised them. That's what
it's all about."
For them the Andros camp was the "prov-
idential incident" that had interrupted their
downward spiral into nothingness.

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Dealing with our youth in crisis

EDITOR, The Tribune
ONE of the most spectacular
claims made by the anti-LNG
campaigners in the Bahamas is
that if a tanker of natural gas
explodes it will have the effect
of 55 of the atomic bombs used
.to destroy Nagasaki and
Hiroshima near the end of
World War Two in 1945. It will,
they claim, devastate an area
of 50 square miles. Very serious
claims indeed, and probably
even true.
But those claims are unbal-
anced because the campaign-
ers do not bother to tell us
how many of such atomic
bombs would be represented
by an explosion of a regular
tanker loaded with propane or
a supertanker loaded with
gasoline; supertankers that call
regularly at Freeport Harbour
and even at Clifton Pier, I
The comparison is quite
obviously essential to the
argument in order to allow
Bahamians to properly under-
' stand what the argument is
really about; and the failure of
the anti-LNG campaigners to
include these comparisons in
their discussions indicates a sus-
picious bias; and betrays sus-
picious motives.
Why are they asking us to
reject LNG tankers because
they might explode with dev-
astating effect but are not ask-
ing us to reject propane tankers
or gasoline tankers that might
explode with the same or simi-
lar effect?
I hold no brief for the LNG
people, but I hate dishonesty,
and I hate being treated as a
member of an unthinking herd
that will hear one side of an
argument and not ask ques-
tions about the other side. And
even though they admit that
they are biased, such admission
does not make them any more
All fuels are dangerous; and
more human dwellings and
human lives have been lost by
fires caused by burning grass
and wood than by burning oil
or gas; more lives have been
lost by mishandled collections
of gasoline than collections of
the numerous types of gases
utilised by mankind.
Until mankind learned to
handle and use grass, straw or
wood as fuels, it only knew
them as volatile and destruc-
tive materials. In the early days
the same was true, no doubt,
about oil and gases in their var-
ious forms.

And nothing has changed,
obviously, about the nature of
such materials; it is only that
mankind better knows now
how to handle them.
Allow a little negligence into
the mix, however a single
cigarette butt into bone-dry
underbrush, for example -
and you'll still get a devasta-
tion like the fire near Coral
Harbour two or three weeks
ago. No lives were lost in that
fire but that happy ending is
not always guaranteed, even
though mankind's knowledge
and ability were the factors that
ensured the happy ending in
that case.
There is still the occasional
disaster visited upon mankind
by these substances: I think it
was earlier this year that I
heard of a disaster involving
many human deaths by the
careless handling of a gasoline
delivery truck in Iran.
In a newscast at 9.35am,
Eastern Standard Time on May
29 Fox News reported the sto-
ry of a gasoline delivery truck
explosion somewhere in the US
in which the truck driver was
killed and three people were
sent to hospital.
Colin Callender's house in
Lyford Cay was destroyed
because of the improper han-
dling of propane. And we can
probably all remember disas-
ters caused by exploding gaso-
line tanks in fishing boats,
welding machines or motor-
cars, all invariably as a result
of improper handling of the
fuel involved.
On the other hand, thou-
sands of fuel tankers have, over
the years, visited and loaded
and off loaded fuel at Freeport
Harbour, Clifton Pier, and oth-
er harbours in the Bahamas,
without serious incident. When
handled properly, according to
principles well understood by
mankind, there are no incidents
and these products can be safe-
ly utilised by mankind to its
great benefit.
I am advised that at one
point Borco, in Freeport, was
producing 800,000 to a million
gallons of propane a month;
and was pumping it under-
ground by pipeline just across
the way to Shell which was
shipping it out in tankers.
Borco produced Butane as
well, but burned it on site. Shell
and one or two other compa-
nies are importing propane in
barges again, I'm told. I can
remember no accidents; and
there have been no accidents
because they handled it prop-
On the other hand there was
that disaster at the South Rid-
ing Point facility some years
ago because someone was
negligent. This disaster
involved petroleum.




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I also seem to remember one
or two incidents in Nassau
when people died from natural
gases produced by septic tanks.
I wonder how many Nagasaki
or Hiroshima-type atomic
bombs these incidents repre-
Yes, I know: This is a seri-
ous discussion and levity has
no place in it!
The same principle holds
true for the handling of LNG:
handle it properly and there'll
be no incidents; handle it
improperly and there might be.
But just as we are not prepared
to give up gasoline usage
because of its propensity to
explode if improperly handled,
there is no reason for us to
avoid an LNG industry.
How many Bahamians have
given up the convenience of
cooking with gas (propane)
because Mr Callender's house
got blown up, unfortunately?
How many would give up cars
if there ever is a tanker truck
explosion on Bay Street with
devastating effects? I am pret-
ty certain I've seen gas deliv-
ery trucks and gasoline deliv-
ery trucks happily wending
their way up and down Bay
Why would terrorists prefer
to blow up a tanker loaded
with LNG in the Bahamas
rather than a tanker loaded
with gasoline? Or one full of
Bunker C? Why, in any event,
would terrorists wish to blow
up anything in the Bahamas?
We haven't bombed any Mus-
lim countries or taken away
their lands!
As for objections by BEST
(or someone there) that we
don't have regulations in place
to regulate the LNG industry,
my response is simple: put
them in place! That's not the
investors' job!
And as for. the social and
economic value of a possible
LNG industry, we have a cadre
of trained and trainable, unem-
ployed personnel who need to
feed their families and who, I
am certain, would find benefi-
cial employment in such a field
probably some of the same
operators who pumped that
propane from BORCO across
the way to Shell years ago.
And that is the only consid-
eration that explains my con-
tinuing interest in this subject:
I am convinced that for all
practical purposes a super-
tanker of LNG is no more dan-
gerous than a supertanker of
gasoline; that the one would be
no more attractive to a terror-
ist than the other.
I am also convinced that
according to the best available
wisdom any threat posed by
either of these industries to this
country is tolerable, given the
advanced state of mankind's
knowledge of and ability to
handle these substances.
Freeport, Grand Bahama
June 13 2005

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Government to

buy system to

boost security

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government is in negit-
ations to buy a computer sys-
tem that would improve the
security and quality of Bahami-
an passports and work permits.
Immigration Minister Vin-
cent Peet told The Tribune yes-
terday that the move was part
of the border control system
that the United States is requir-
ing, as well as increased securi-
ty around the world.
"In an effort to cut back on
forgery, as it relates to work
permits and even passports, the
government of the Bahamas is
presently negotiating with a
company to produce more

secure passports and work per-
mits," said the minister.
Mr Peet said that this is part
of the government's duty to not
only upgrade the documents,
but to ensure that the number
of forged documents are
"It (the system) is going to
allow for the type of security
that these documents demand,
and will cut back on all the ille-
gal activities that surrounds
these type of documents. They
will be easily traced so that they
would not be abused, as some
documents are now being
abused," he said.
Mr Peet said that not only are
Haitians using forged docu-
ments to gain access to the

Bahamas, but there are several
other nationals who are also
using this illegal method aided
and abetted by some Bahami-
ans and others.
On May 31, five Haitians
nationals appeared in court to
presenting forged work permits
to an immigration officer. And
earlier this week a Canadian
man pleaded guilty to possess-
ing a false work permit.
"Whenever we find them we
flush them out and the police
is usually called to investigate.
We are always vigilant. We are
looking for those type of indi-
viduals because we know this
can be big business and is some-
thing that has been going on for
a while," said Mr Peet.

Protests at marine

mammal legislation

LOCAL and national animal
rights groups are protesting
about legislation being consid-
ered by the Houe of Assembly
this week.
Sam Duncombe, of the
Alliance for Marine Mammals
and ReEARTH, says the
Marine Mammal Protection Act
(MMPA) is a sham; it does not
protect marine mammals in cap-
tivity or the wild.
Concern over the bill has
been heightened in the past
year after Atlantis applied for. a
swim-with-dolphin facility.
"What we have now is just a
sentence in a bill, not protec-
tion," she said.
In 1995, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said: "The
policy of my Government with
regard to the capture and
export is.clear and will be incor-
porated into a new Marine
Mammal Protection Act."
To back that promise, the
government also rejected two
proposals for swim-with-the-
Tgy,ears later, Prime Minis-
ter. Perry Christie confirmed

that there had been no change
in a policy on capture or export
of the dolphins.
The first reading of the
Marine Mammal Protection Act
in the House of Assembly was
on May 5 and the second is due
to take place today.
"When they read that bill in
the house, I'd like to see them
rip that piece of legislation up
and write something that will
protect the animals. We never
even had a draft of the legisla-
tion that was promised from the
government," said Ms Dun-
Stephen Turnquest, manag-
er and chief inspector at the:
Bahamas Humane Society, said:
"I was there in the early 90s
when concern groups drafted
legislation to promise that there
would be no more swim-with-
the-dolphin facilities. We bent
over backward to allow Dol-
phin Encounters to be here, and
for the first few years we had
to deal with thousands of com-
plaints from tourists about the
dolphins being here.
"Now we're going through it
all over again on a much big-
ger scale. Why is the govern-

ment going back?"
Dolphins are being forced to
beg for food and perform tricks
for tourists, complained Ms
Duncombe. "Dolphins are
being trapped in 100-foot pens
when in the wild they would
have been traveling between 40
and 50 miles per day."
According to Ms Duncombe,
every senator and MP has
received a packet containing let-
ters and scientific information
compiled from marine experts,
requesting legislation for the
protection of marine mammals.
"Minister Miller was shoving
scientific information down my
throat with LNG, so now I'm
shoving this information back
at the government," said Ms
She added that the Bahamas
presents the image of a won-
derful, eco-sensitive, pristine
destination with the ads they
placed in the subways of New
York City, but what they are
doing is false advertising.
"We're telling people how
important the environment is
and how we care about it, when
we're abusing it," said Ms Dun-

Body of diver found

THE body of a diver surfaced
in Orange Cay near Andros late
on Monday afternoon.
According to a report in the
Miami Herald, DJ Pottorf, a 34-
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to "free dive" during one of his
Pottorf reportedly dived
under the water "without scuba
When his body turned up lat-

er that day, bystanders "tried
to revive him with CPR and
other first-aid efforts without
success" the report said.
According to his employer,
Nekton Diving Cruises, Pottorf
died at 5.30pm on Monday.

POLICE have in custody one
of two men wanted in connec-
tion with a series of armed rob-
beries over the weekend.
The men allegedly used a
white Nissan Sentra as a get-
away vehicle in three separate-
ly robberies, in which two vic-
tims were shot and seriously
Police Inspector Walter
Evans told The Tribune yester-
day that shortly after 12am on
Tuesday, officers of the mobile
unit were on patrol when they
observed a white Nissan Sentra
which fit the description of the
vehicle used in the weekend
According to Mr Evans, the
officers pursued the vehicle,
which collided into a tree and a
wall on the corner of Cambridge

Street and Hospital Lane.
The officers captured one
man, but another suspect fled
the scene.
Mr Evans said that a .357
magnum revolver was recov-
ered from the vehicle.
A 20-year-old resident of
Padolia Street is being ques-
tioned by police.
Mr Evans said that prior to
the chase, a 60-year-old Hospi-
tal Lane man was approached
by two men in a white Nissan
Sentra believed to the same
vehicle driven by the suspects.
The passenger allegedly pro-
duced a chrome handgun and
demanded cash from the man.
The bandits sped off after the
man told them that he had no
Police are still searching for
the other man who fled the
scene after the chase.

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FIRE officials say the
Rawson Square branch of
Scotia Bank was not dam-
aged by the fire that broke
out there on Monday morn-
An electrical component
in one of the rest-rooms at
the branch reportedly mal-
functioned and sparked a
small fire which resulted in
the evacuation of bank
Two fire engines respond-
ed to the call shortly before
Smoke which set off the
alarm came from an ejector
fan that had malfunctioned.
Employees were evacuat-
ed as a precautionary mea-

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THE crash of the "919"
emergency line over the week-
end due to heavy storms in
New Providence was not an
isolated incident according to
Chief Superintendent of Police
Hulan Hannah.
"There have been several
instances in the past," he said.
According to Mr Hanna, the
reasons for past outages were
never identified.
He said that the emergency
system is still no.t.functioning
at full capacity and that work
on the lines is continuing.

The Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) reported that
it has had no complaints about
the problem.
The emergency line crashed
on Saturday at about 8pm dur-
ing a heavy rain storm.
The lines were down for
about an hour after lightening
struck the main telephone
towers, an EMS representa-
tive said.
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to the equipment but officials
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TOURISM'S first female
director-general downplayed
gender distinctions in her first
public address since her
Immediately following the
announcement of her appoint-
ment, Vernice Walkine said she
wanted to be known firstly as
an outstanding director-general
who worked effectively for the
Bahamas and the tourism indus-
Only after establishing that
fact would she like to be men-
tioned as the first female in the
leadership position at Ministry
of Tourism, she said.
Ms Walkine, a-26-year min-
istry veteran, credited a great
deal of her success to the
departing director-general, Vin-
cent Vanderpool-Wallace.
Both he and the first direc-
tor-general, Baltron Bethel,
were mentors to her.
"I have learned an awful lot
from the two directors-gener-
al," she said. "So I love them a
great deal.
"They have managed to cre-
ate something out of a shy girl

* VINCENT Vanderpool-Wallace hands the reigns of the ministry to Vernice Walkine

who wanted to be a teacher."
Ms Walkine's career plans
changed when she found her-
self in the Ministry of Tourism,

using her foreign language
"I truly feel that this is where
Lwas meant to be," Ms Walkine
said. "And I can truly say I nev-
er wanted to do anything else. I
never got bored.'.
As tourism industry partners
welcomed Ms Walkine to her
new post, they bid farewell to
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
the newly appointed secretary-
general of the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation (CTO).
The evening's celebration
included performances by the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Marching Band and an all-star
junkanoo rush.

In his farewell to his long-
time colleagues, Mr Vander-
pool-Wallace thanked the many
hoteliers and Ministry of
Tourism staff members from
whom he had learned while
working as director-general.
He said the CTO is keen to
have a Bahamian head the
organisation, in light of the
Bahamas' tourism success.
"They think they are getting
the Ministry of Tourism, but
they are not," he said. "They are
getting me. What has happened
over the years is, you (Ministry
of Tourism workers) have done
so much over the years to make
me look so good."

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30 shelters identified before

hurricanes come to Nassau

THIRTY locations in New
Providence have been identi-
fied to become hurricane shel-
ters facilities in the event of a
hurricane impacting on parts or
all of the island.
A committee set up by the
Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development has
been inspecting and approving
possible facilities for this year's
stormy season.

But a spokesman for the min-
istry said that it was not looking
for any more shelters than last
year despite dire warnings by
meteorologists that there could
be up to five hurricanes hitting
the Bahamas this year.
Each facility, said the
spokesman, will hold between
50 and 400 people a tiny frac-
tion of the island's population.
Facilities have also been iden-

tified, inspected and approved
as shelters in the Family Islands.
The committee, headed by
Alan Strachan, Under Secre-
tary in the ministry, has worked
to ensure to ensure that build-
ings are structurally sound; that
there are adequate indoor bath-
room and water facilities in
place; that the buildings are not
located in flood plains; that they
are not located in proximity to

potential hazards; and that there
is ample water storage capabil-
ities in place to facilitate accom-
modating persons over a period
of between three and seven
The ministry has also been
running a "shelter management
training course".
The course was conducted
over a three-day period by
instructors from the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force, led by
Chief Petty Officer Howard
Bosfield, and covered areas
such as shelter management and
basic first aid, in addition to
basic communications and fire-
fighting techniques.
Minister of Social Services
and Community Development
Melanie Griffin told volunteers
at a shelter management train-
ing workshop that their willing-
ness "to go beyond the call of
duty in a national crisis" by
serving as shelter managers dur-
ing hurricanes, was not only
exemplary, but indicative of
What national service and sacri-
fice is all about.
"As shelter managers, yours
is a most important role once
those shelters have been acti-
vated (because) each person in
that shelter looks to you for
guidance and your response
could mean the difference
between life and death," said
Ms Griffin.
"Your presence here today,
participating in this training, is
indicative of your preparedness
to serve and I wish to thank you
for responding so unselfishly.
You are demonstrating your
willingness to go beyond the call
of duty in a national crisis," the
minister added.
Ms Griffin praised the
* Bahamas Red Cross and the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
: for the "leading role" both
o rganisations hAve played in
Shelter management in the past.
"I want to especially thank
Ms Marina Glinton, along with
her staff and volunteers for the
tremendous job they have done

over the years and continue to
do," said Ms Griffin. "I must
add that the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force also plays a
major role in shelter manage-
ment and their involvement is
invaluable and much appreci-
Minister Griffin told the shel-
ter managers that the Bahamas'
geographical location makes
their job a vital one as that loca-
tion places the country in the
direct paths of hurricanes.
"For six months out of the
year we are under constant
threat of becoming the target
of hurricanes," said Minister
"Indications are that the sea-
sons are changing and forecast-
ers are predicting that we are
in for a period of active, intense
hurricanes which we hope does
not occur."
Minister Griffin also encour-
aged Bahamians to continue to
make preparations for the hur-
ricane season.
"Already it has been predict-
ed that 15 named storms will
develop this season, eight of
which are expected to become
hurricanes and four of which
are anticipated will be of cate-
gory four strength," said Ms
"The watchword for all citi-
zens therefore is preparedness.
Do not wait until the last
minute to begin stocking up on
necessary items, which include
non-perishable canned goods,
hygiene supplies, batteries,
flashlights and battery operated
radios and so on...Start doing
whatever you can now," Mrs
Griffin added.



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FREEPORT The retrial
of a man jailed for killing his
wife has been postponed
until later in the year.
Arlington Alton Curtis
was sentenced to 14 years for
the manslaughter of his 35-
year-old wife Sheila Curtis
in June 2004
His retrial was scheduled
to begin Monday in the
Supreme Court.
Sheila was discovered
dead on June 23, 2002.
Godfrey Pinder is repre-
senting the 41-year-old ex-
fireman in the high profile
case, which was presided
over by Justice Stephen
The Bahamas Court of
Appeal granted Curtis a
retrial late last year.
Gwaine Ward, of the
Attorney General's Office,
explained that the retrial has
been put off until a judge
becomes available to hear
the matter.

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Development and its impact on ou

THE billions of dollars
in development pro-
jects slated for the Bahamas
could devastate our natural
environment if we are not care-
ful, experts say.
Tourism is the world's biggest
industry, and we are just off the
coast of a huge, affluent mar-
ket. Our relative safety, low
population density and out-
standing physical amenities
make the Bahamas a prized
As one Internet message
board posting put it: "Winding
Bay on (Abaco) is sold out.
Emerald Bay (in Exuma) is sold
out. Everybody wants to be in
the Islands of the Bahamas. All
the Sunday travel sections are
regaling these developments.
The Bahamas is HOT, HOT,
Multi-million-dollar projects
like these represent our nation-
al development strategy. In fact,
the policy of siting "anchor"
developments on major islands
dates back to the Pindling era,
(when the Family Island Master
Plan was drafted) and was hot-
ly pursued by the Ingraham
Like a major tenant that
helps carry a retail property, the
idea is for investors to build res-
idential/resort complexes that

will provide infrastructure for
local communities and spur eco-
nomic growth. These projects
are thought tqomake the most
profitable us bf our limited
Meanwhile, the North Amer-
ican demand for vacation
homes in convenient waterfront
areas is rising dramatically, and
most Bahamian islands are still
underdeveloped. Abaco is a
leading example already,
more visitors to that island stay
in second homes than in hotels.

Date Ralph, of The
Abaconian newspa-
per in Marsh Harbour, says the
secondary benefits of residen-
tial tourism are just as lucrative
as traditional hotel tourism.
Rental boats, golf carts, restau-
rants and many other local busi-
nesses rely on servicing second
"Abaco's native population
of 13,000 is served by five com-
mercial banks in Marsh Har-
bour," he points out. "(That
population) cannot support five
banks. It is the relatively high
tourism activity and our sub-
stantial base of second home
owners that upport these
banks. Rentlsi houses have
allowed smailsettlements to
participate in the tourism boom

without the benefit of a hotel."
Like hotel guests, most sec-
ond homers prefer the coast -
the most fragile part of the envi-
ronment in an island nation like
ours. In fact, scientists view the
entire Bahamas as a coastal
zone, with familiar features like
coral reefs, mangrove wetlands,
beaches, and sea grass beds that
are important for local fisheries
as well as foreign tourism.
But it is becoming increas-
ingly clear to policymakers
around the world that national
development goals cannot be
met without good environmen-
tal protection.
The world's natural resources
are under severe pressure from
poorly planned, uncontrolled,
and in some cases, difficult-to-
sustain development.
In the Caribbean,for exam-
ple, tourism expansion has led
to deforestation, beach loss,
lagoon pollution and reef dam-
age from dredging, boat anchor-


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ing and improper waste dispos-
al by hotels, cruise ships and
yachts. These are the very assets
that attract tourists ip the first
place. As a result, experts are
calling for greener, lower-den-
sity tourism styles.

n the Bahamas, decisions
on land development are
made in a vacuum. And the
government often has no real
understanding of the carrying
capacity of either the infra-
structure or the environment.
Outdated land administration
procedures are inefficiently split
between a variety of govern-
ment agencies.
And since the government
controls 70 per cent of our real
estate and must vet all invest-
ment projects this is an impor-
tant issue.
In fact, some $5 million has
recently been allocated to come
up with an integrated land use
policy to help the Bahamas
tackle these problems.
According to the Inter-Amer-
ican Development Bank (which
is providing most of the cash),
such a policy "will ensure a pat-

tern of growth and use of land
that supports development
while addressing sustainability
issues and environmental con-
That's because the existing
framework was not designed to
cope with the level of develop-
ment pressure the country now
faces. And the pressure derives
from a development strategy
pursued by both the present and
former government, despite
Hubert Ingraham's hairsplitting
remarks during the recent Bud-
get debate.

C hief among the plan-
ning deficiencies is the
lack of zoning outside of New
Providence and Grand Bahama.
Planning regulations in Nassau
are hardly enforced anyway,
and Family Island communities
have little say in the decision-
making process. To cap it all
off, there is no computerised
geographic information system
to bring land use planning and
development monitoring into
the modern age.
In addition to the IDB's land
administration upgrade project,
studies are underway on how
to protect coastal zones from

careless and often unneces-
sary destruction. One of these
is a five-year project on coastal
ecology in the Bahamas sup-
ported by the Earthwatch Insti-
tute, which began in 2002.
Earthwatch website -
engages volunteers in field
research and education around
the world "to promote the
understanding and action nec-
essary for a sustainable envi-
ronment." Currently, it supports
more than 140 expeditions in
48 countries.
The Bahamas research is
looking at the effects of coast-
line development on land and
sea environments by compar-
ing satellite data to on-the-
ground information. The objec-
tive is to quantify development
impacts and find ways to protect
and restore coastal eco-systems.
The Earthwatch team has
.already surveyed coasts on
Andros, Eleuthera and Exuma,
and are now moving to Abaco.
The project is led by marine
biologist Dr Kathleen Sullivan
Sealey, who recently became
Dean of the Faculty of Pure and
Applied Sciences at the College
of the Bahamas. Married to a
Bahamian, she is on second-
ment from the University of
"Tropical islands present a
particular challenge in balancing
development needs and envi-
ronmental protection," she told
Tough Call. "We are working
on a ranking system for human
impacts on Bahamian coastlines

that will guide development
planning and national park

A lot of the Abaco
fieldwork is being
conducted at Great Guana Cay,
where a 585-acre development
called Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club has aroused much
controversy lately. In her capac-
ity as a biology professor at the
university of Miami, Dr Sulli-
van Sealey produced the 140-
page environmental impact
assessment of the project for
the BEST Commission.
Although the EIA costs are
underwritten by the developer -
in this case, the Discovery Land
Company of San Francisco -
the report was researched and
written under an arm's length
grant to the university, which is
solely responsible for its con-
tent. University researchers are
also setting up a monitoring
programme for the develop-
ment to see that environmen-
tal guidelines are followed.
This programme will be
implemented through the Great
Guana Cay Foundation a non-
profit partnership between the

developers and both the Uni-
versity of Miami and the .Coir
lege of the Bahamas, The fo.u4n
dation's aim is to research and
recommend sustainable devel-
opment practices. ., ;z
"The research team has
developed guidelines to main-
tain the biodiversity and.enyi-
ronmental integrity of the prqp-
erty and nearshore marine envi-
ronment throughout the devel-
opment process," Dr Sullivan
Sealey said.
"We will observe the devel-
opment progress and submit
regular reports to the BEST
Commission that will compare
field research to pre-develop-
ment data and offer solutions
to any problems that may

T he foundation will also
manage the island's 66-
acre heritage preserve and spe-
cial conservation areas includ-
ing mangrove wetlands, dune
systems and shoreline buffer
zones. Its most important role is
to facilitate a dialogue between
developers and scientists on
ways to promote environmental
sustainability, particularly on
small islands like Guana Cay.
As part of this dialogue the
foundation will create a living
history of Guana Cay, main-
taining a dynamic information
system on the island's ecology
and physical environment
before, during and after devel-
opment of the Baker's Bay
community which occupies
about half of the 1100-acre cay.
According to Dr Livingstone
Marshall, the prime minister's
former science adviser who was
recently put in charge of envi-
ronmental and community
affairs at the Baker's Bay devel-
opment, the project's environ-
mental team is "the largest sin-
gle in-house gathering of
experts ever assembled on a.
long-term basis for any devel-
opment project in the

In a recent talk, he pointed
out that the project design,
would "preserve the island's
natural vistas, retain a shore-
line buffer in its natural state;'
restore damaged coastal areas,
prohibit private docks and
maintain public beach access.
"Houses will not be obvious,
and shaded paths and board-
walks along the coast will pro-
tect wildlife habitat as well as
maintain coastal stability. Nat-
ural coppice and wetlands will
be incorporated intohe devel-
opment and landscsPng will
rely on native plantId seed
stock combined with ieieser-
vation of mature iirees.
Undoubtedly, Baker'say will
serve as a model by which all
future projects can be assessed
and guided."

In addition to development
spending, the Baker's Bay
project is expected to turn over
a billion dollars in real estate
sales during the next several
years. Bahamian realtors will
earn commissions on th~se
transactions and the gov n-
ment will tax them. Arid the
wealthy second homers who
come to buy are expected to
pump huge amounts of cash
into the Abaco economy.
The project includes 450 pri-
vate homes, a 75-room luxury
hotel, a 180-slip marina with a
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The government often has no
real understanding of the
carrying capacity of either the
infrastructure or the
environment. Outdated land
administration procedures are
inefficiently split between a
variety of government






More than half of the land
will remain open space, and the
developers have gone to great
lengths to follow sound envi-
ronmental advice. The Joe's
Creek wetland is being folded
into the public access preserve
and a five-acre public beach
park is being set aside on the
Sea of Abaco.

All of these facilities
are served by a cen-
tral sewerage and solid waste
system that will be open to the
entire island, as well as a water
purification and recycling plant.
The developers will also build a
community centre and provide
fire-fighting facilities for the
island as a whole.
All things considered, it is a
remarkable package.
And we should not overlook
the fact that Guana Cay like
other islands in the Bahamas -
has been undergoing an
unplanned transformation for
many years. The Baker's Bay
property was acquired from
Ludwig Meister a naturalised
Bahamian who also operates
the Treasure Cay Club. Meis-
ter was responsible for the
cruise ship channel and shore
facility built by Premier Cruise
Lines in 1989 under licence
from Disney.
When the 90-acre shore facil-
ity closed in 1993, it was simply
abandoned leaving derelict
buildings, dump sites, and haz-
ardous materials.
Nearby reefs were degraded
by dredging and debris from the
dock and dolphin pen. And
invasive plants were introduced
that out-compete the native
So the Baker's Bay develop-
ers have launched a million-dol-
lar remediation programme.
Contaminated soil and arsenic-
treated lumber, storage tanks
and electrical transformers are
being removed, along with inva-
sive plants and trees. The
nearshore environment will be
cleaned up and corals are being
transplanted on artificial patch
reefs to replace those that were
smothered by the cruise ship

And we must also accept that
there are other developments
on the island that follow no par-
ticular environmental guide-
lines, have no central waste dis-
posal facilities, are unconcerned
about invasive plants, allow
multiple docks along the shore,
and don't observe proper
coastal setbacks.
The Guana Cay controversy
highlights the key development
issues for small island states like
the Bahamas. How do you
decide what level of develop-
ment is appropriate? And how
do you control and minimise
the negative impact on the envi-
ronment while maximising the
economic benefits?
The government has been
edging towards answering these
questions ever since the BEST
Commission was created in
1994. A national environmen-
tal policy has been put forward
for public discussion. And
BEST will soon be upgraded
into a full-fledged Department
of the Environment.
A raft of facilitating legisla-
tion has been circulated recent-
ly (
ronlaw.htm) including EIA
regulations, pollution controls,
and rules to make private, non-
governmental organisations
more accountable.
But however you look at it,
change is inevitable. And pres-
sure from environmentalists and
concerned citizens has led to
significant improvements in the
way we handle such develop-
Sment proposals:
This is a good thing. And our
goal must be to manage devel-
opment intelligently. That
requires a national consensus
on up-front policies that make
all such projects fully account-
*What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-
eLarry Smith is president of
Media Enterprises, which is
developing an informational
web site for the Great Guana
Cay Foundation.



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get underway in Supreme Court

FROM page one

ing Appeal Court President Jus-
tice Joan Sawyer that there
were 10 grounds on which the
governments based the appeal,
which was filed to the court on
May 30.
Mr Cumberbatch told the
court that the Extradition
Treaty is a contract between
sovereign governments and
does not require an Act of par-
liament for it to be binding on
the state. He said the treaty
does not represent a permanent
financial obligation.
There is a procedure, he
added, by which a treaty
becomes part of a country, and
he implied that that procedure
alone should be enough to
make it enforceable.
Mr Cumberbatch also took
the stance that Justice Isaacs
did not have the right to make
the contract between two sov-
ereign governments unenforce-
"The treaty-making power
lies not in the court but in the

crown," he said.
While there is no legal
requirement on the treaty, he
said, it still received the
approval of parliament.
Mr Cumberbatch said it is
common ground between the
two sides that during the debate
of the Extradition bill, parlia-
mentarians considered it "clause
by clause" and were fully aware
of the obligations, including arti-
cle 18.
"The orders were laid before
the House, pursuant to section
31; those orders could have
been annulled but none of them
was annulled," he said.
Mr Cumberbatch also argued
that when parliament passes the
annual Appropriations Act,
financial obligations of the gov-
ernment are covered by parlia-
ment passing those Acts.
The packed Appeals Court
housed the seven men at the
centre of the debate: brothers
Brian and Lynden Deal, Trevor
Roberts, Devroy Moss, Shanto
Curry, Gordon Newbold and
Sheldon Moore.
The Deals are being repre-

FROM page one

at the Office of the Prime Minister on Cable
Beach. Yesterday marked Mr Christie's first
day back to work since suffering a slight stroke
in early May. (See story page 1)
US State Department officials announced in
April that passports will be necessary after
December 31 for anyone, including US citizens,
entering the United States by air or sea.
Passports have never been required for US
citizens returning from Mexico, Canada and
the Caribbean.
The tourism industry in the Bahamas is
deeply concerned that this new requirement
will negatively impact visitor arrivals.
Mr Christie said that he sincerely hoped that
Mr Rood would continue to represent the coun-
try's strongest feelings on this matter.
"Given this very close relationship we have
enjoyed for a very long time, we hope that every
consideration will be exercised in favour of the
Bahamas being given an extension similar to
that of Mexico and Canada," the prime minister
Mr Christie said that it was of critical impor-
tance to the nation's primary industry to have a
"cushion" to properly prepare, anticipate the
impact and to ensure that there is no challenge
to the jobs and success of the tourism industry.
"I know there has been concerned evidence
on our part. I know that the United States has
had representations made by the Caribbean
Tourism Organization with respect to its impact

sented by attorney Godfrey Pin-
der; Roberts is being repre-
sented by Maurice Glinton and
Jerone Roberts; Moss is being
represented by Maurice Glin-
ton and Paul Moss; Curry and
Newbold are being represent-
ed by Jerone Roberts; and
Moore is being represented by
Henry Bostwick, QC.
Also in the courtroom were
several lawyers who are watch-
ing the case as they also have
clients awaiting extradition. The
attorneys present included
Damien Gomez, Stephanie
Wells and Crystal Rolle. Law
students were also present for
the case, which is being
described as "extremely inter-
esting" and "heavyweight".
If the Appeal Court Justices
support the position of Justice
Isaacs, it could have far-reach-
ing effects for others fighting
their own extradition. It could
also bring about cases of wrong-
ful imprisonment and requests
for damages and costs to be
paid to those imprisoned by the
The case continues.

Appeal for extension

over passport rule
on the Caribbean, but specifically I would wish
to ask on behalf of the Bahamas and its indus-
try partners, to ask you to use your best efforts
in ensuring that we have notice to ensure that
our industry benefits in such a way, as in the
case of Mexico and Canada," said Mr Christie.
Mr Rood said that these thoughts have been
expressed to the United States, and "we are
He noted however that the US is not focusing
specifically on the Caribbean.
"The Caribbean has been in a situation where
we have not required passports like we require
for the rest of the world. That freedom to trav-
el is going to change, the only question is how
we are going to implement it," said Mr Rood.
He also said that the US must remember that
sufficient notice needs to be given to travellers
coming into the Bahamas.
"We can't discriminate against the Bahamas
as compared to air travel to Mexico. We don't
want a potential traveller from Atlanta trying to
decide if they want to go to Mexico or the
Bahamas because they need a passport to go t9
the Bahamas," said the US Ambassador.
He promised to pass prime minister Christie's
concerns directly on to the US president, and
said that this issue is a particular concern of

FROM page one
thanking God for bringing (me) thus far".
In early May, Mr Christie suffered what doc-
tors described as a "slight" stroke and was
admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital.
He was released from hospital on May 6.
Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt, who
held the position of Acting Prime Minister while
Mr Christie recovered, told The Tribune that she
was elated with the return of the country's
"We were actually looking forward to this
day, and thank God it has arrived. He is in
good shape. I think he is a lot wiser than he
was and he would do things differently," said

Support requested

over Grand Bahama

container port area

FROM page one

The request was made
yesterday when Mr Rood
paid a courtesy call on Mr
Christie at the Office of the
Prime Minister on Cable
"From my point of view
it is something my govern-
ment could support and
most certainly it would lend
itself to greatly facilitating
the traffic moving through
that port, and I would seek
your support with the
American government to
make that happen," the
prime minister said.
The Bahamas and the
United States are in a
cooperative effort to exam-
ine containers going
through the country for
dangerous material.

PM back to work

Mrs Pratt.
She added: "I am sure the country is happy
that he has returned. We wish him the best and
that his health will continue to improve. We
give thanks that God has touched his body."
Last week, Mr Christie travelled to Balti-
more, Maryland for a final medical check-up
before returning to work. He received a
favourable medical report from doctors at Johns
Hopkins Hospital.
Mr Christie will work "as necessary", accord-
ing to a government spokesperson.


bid from

Dion Foulkes
FROM page one

genuinely interested in becom-
ing leader again, but he is in a
"However, he is unlikely to
get the party's full backing. I
think the people opposed to
him are in the majority. I think
his involvement would be divi-
Mr Ingraham, he said, was
seen by many as an "outsider"
in the party, someone who often
acted apart from the parlia-
mentary group.
Mr Symonette, MP for Mon-
tagu, is seen by some party
insiders as being the strongest
rival for Mr Foulkes, with Mr
Laing also a powerful con-
Mr Algernon Allen, who
appeared to command a large
slice of grassroots support in
2002, has maintained a low pro-
file in recent times.
One party worker said: "We
do not expect him to challenge
for the leadership."

Protocols are being
established to advance this
working relationship.
Mr Rood said that he
would like time to
"explore" the issue with US
border protection.
"The cooperation
between the US and the
Bahamas, as it relates to
potentially dangerous
material, should provide
the basis of cooperation on
items such as pre-clear-
ance," said Mr Rood.
He said that cooperation
on one front could devel-
op cooperation on anoth-
Mr Rood admitted that
trade in Grand Bahama
could be increased by
speeding up the time that
containers are held up at
the port.

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Minister encourages young men to

work to better their communities

E NATESHA Pierre, top student at Martin Town Primary School, presents Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe with an a gift

* Members of the graduaring caiss at the school, who heard an address from the minister

FREEPORT Students of
Martin Town Primary School
were told by Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe that most
Bahamian men are wasting
their time while young ladies
are studying and moving on in
Mr Wilchcombe, the MP for
West End and Bimini, pointed
out that the Governor General,
the acting prime minister, the
governor of the Central Bank
and the new director-general of
tourism are all women.
He said women are assuming
so many leading roles in the
Bahamas because young men
are dropping out of school, giv-
ing up and not pushing on.
Mr Wilchcombe was speak-
ing at the promotion and
awards day at the primary
school, which was held at Bethel
Deliverance Centre last Thrs-
The minister pointed out that
the constituency in which the
school is situated has always had
the lowest crime rate in the
Bahamas, and he decried sev-
eral recent "senseless killings"
which have taken place in West
Grand Bahama.
Said Mr Wilchcombe: "I just
boasted about you some
months ago on the fact that this
is the largest single community
in the entire Bahamas some
20,000 or thereabouts, that live
from Bartlett Hill to West End,
and it has always had the lowest
rate of crime in the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas.
"No matter how big it is, no
matter how economically and
socially depressed it is at times,
the fact of the matter is it's
always been one of the more
peaceful communities because
of the family.
"And just this past week, and

week before last and week
before that, we have these
senseless killings.
"Why can't we agree to dis-
agree and why can't you as
youngsters when you have a dis-
agreement with your friends,
talk to them about it? If you
can't resolve it, go to your par-
ents, go to your teachers; never
pick up an instrument to try to
hurt somebody."
Mr Wilchcombe pointed out
that no one should ever believe
that violence is the way to deal
with a problem, "because you
haven't dealt with the problem,
you have created another prob-
lem, and that's all you have
done in the community. And
those who respond in that way
are making our community a
very unhappy community," he
Mr Wilchcombe warned the
students of serious choices:
"You young fellows are going to
have to decide that being cool
doesn't mean that you are dom-
ineering in the air or have your
pants half-way down? What you
want to do is you want to look
clean, and you want to sound
good and you want to speak the
Queen's English for all who
hear you are going to be
impressed by it. And you want
to stand up proudly and say 'I
am a Martin Town knight!'
Mr Wilchcombe concluded:
"I want to see a community
where we have economic activ-
ity, where you can build your
wonderful house, where the
community is laid out much bet-
ter, where your kids can go to
playgrounds and have gymna-
siums and track and field where
it is of the highest standard;
where we don't have to.rush to
Freeport if we get sick because
there is a hospital here."

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

$2.5bn investment's

Senior Business Reporter
BOBBY Ginn, president and
chief executive of the Ginn Cor-
poration, the developers behind
a proposed $2.5 billion real
estate investment for Grand
Bahama, was yesterday said to
have "taken his marbles and
moved on to Mexico", a move
that could signal the death knell
for a project being counted on
to revive West End and the
island's economy.
"Ginn has walked away.
About two weeks ago they con-
veyed to the Government that:
'We thought we had a deal, we
made certain commitments to
you and you made certain com-
mitments to us over a year
ago'," a Grand Baham source
,"Bobby Ginn has taken his
marbles and moved on to Mex-
ico. They are selling their equip-
ment, packing up, they got rid
of the house they were using
and they are gone. They have
taken the funds that would have
be used on the Bahamas pro-

Ginn Corporation 'takes its marbles

and moves to Mexico', meaning

Cabinet approval now may be too late

ject and are investing in Mexi-
News of Mr Ginn's decision
to invest his capital in a rival
destination came as the Cabi-
net was said to be ready to
make a decision on the $2.5 bil-
lion investment, with a source
close the project saying an
announcement could come as
early as today.
Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
minister of financial services
and investments, when contact-
ed by The Tribune, refused to
be pinned down on whether the
Government's would agree to
the Ginn Corporation's pro-
posed project. She said only that
the Government continues to
be interested in the project and

is pursuing negotiations as
quickly as possible.
A source close to the Ginn
Corporation, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, indi-
cated that the proposal had
been tabled before Cabinet and
a decision was imminent. Ginn
officials, it was said, expect to
hear from the Government as
early as today.
The source also indicated that
reports that the Ginn Corpora-
tion has asked for a 20-year
exemption on real property and
stamp taxes were untrue.
"They never asked for real
property tax exemptions, not
even on the hotel property.
We're hoping for a stamp tax
exemption for seven years and

will be paying real property tax
on everything. It's a billion dol-
lar project and we're asking for
$200 million back, but that's
wealth that [we] created," the
source said.
The future of the project
remains uncertain, however,
regardless of any decision the
Government might make. Mr
Ginn is understood to have
informed the project's Bahami-
an team that they should con-
tact him "when you get some-
Sources close to the project
are unsure whether Mr Ginn
will follow through with the pro-
ject if given a favourable
SEE page three

Retail ownership allegations

-;are refuted by Shell ..Bahamas

Senior Business Reporter
SHELL Bahamas country
chairman yesterday refuted
claims that the oil company was
preventing Bahamian owner-
ship in its retail division, as it
owned less than 15 per cent of
its Bahamian gas stations.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Luis Curti said Shell had
67 sites in the Bahamas, and
only nine of them were compa-
Only in these few cases did
Shell own the land, having

developed the site and built the
entire facility, spending in some
cases as much as $2 million.
Where the independent deal-
er owned the land, Mr Curti
said they did not pay rent. Shell
does, however, provide them
with tanks, pipelines, pumps
and the canopy.
He added: "This is like the
real estate business. You can
rent a house and pay a monthly
fee, or you can invest your own
capital and purchase a house
and not pay rent".
Mr Curti said that ultimately
both the dealer and the oil com-
pany were able to recoup their

investment as a result of the
existing margins. He added that
Shell dealers had the two
options -renting or owning -
available to them when deciding
to go into business. Depending
on their profile and long-term
business plan, they were able
to select a formula that worked
best for them.
Responding to comments
made by Leslie Miller, minister
of trade and industry, during
the Budget debate, Mr Curti
said Shell continued to deliver
fuel to the Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC) as out-
lined in the parties' commer-

cial agreement.
He said Shell Bahamas had
made a heavy investment in
infrastructure, fuel inventory,
logistics and shipping, in order
to ensure a reliable and safe
supply of fuel to BEC in Nas-
sau, as well as the corporation's
almost 30 points of consump-
tion across the Family Islands.
Mr Curti emphasised that it
was an extremely complex oper-
ation, and Shell Bahamas was
working hard to avoid fuel
shortages and any disruption in
electricity supply.
SEE page five

Shopping 'As Good

as New' through

new retail concept

* JUAN Bobby
Senior Business Reporter
A NEW concept in shop-
ping has found its way to the
Bahamas. Developed in New
York and other large metro-
politan areas, retail stores that
buy and sell new and used
items and offer consignment
services fill an important niche
and provide a welcome ser-
vice to the community.
Juan Bobby, president of As
Good As New Ltd, said the
iidea for a retail store that sold
new goods, but also offered
Bahamians the opportunity to
purchase and sell second-hand
products, came to him after
years of dabbling in the trade
as a way to make money.
Mr Bobby said that when
he moved to Abaco several
years ago, the opportunity to
turn his hobby into a full-time
operation presented itself.
He encountered a great deal
of opposition, with onlookers
telling him he was crazy, but
once his doors were open in

Abaco, he soon had a flour-
ishing business.
For three years, the shop
not only bought and sold new
.and used goods, but also
allowed customers to trade for
items when short on cash and
sold goods on consignment -
selling a good for its owner at
the store for a commission.
When that period ended,
Mr Bobby saw the store's
inventory top $250,000 worth
of goods. After the Septem-
ber 11 attacks, however, the
slowdown in tourism meant
that the store began to falter
and Mr Bobby decided to
return to Nassau.
Mr Bobby said he worked
several jobs to save enough
money to open a store. Now
with some $75,000 worth of
goods, a new partner, Rodney
Sands, and a new location,
word of mouth and curious
passers-by have been the
bedrock of a strong start.
Opening in May, As Good
As New, located on East Bay
SEE page five

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Water producer's 2004 net

income strikes $407,000

Tribune Business Editor
solidated Water subsidiary that
will build, own and operate the
$23 million Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, generated net
income of $406,767 from its
existing Bahamian operations
during 2004.
. Waterfields operates and
owns the Windsor reverse
osmosis plant, and a significant
reduction its long-term debt to
$881,370 during 2004 saw share-
holders' equity in the company
grow by 3 per cent to $8.337

million at year-end.
Water sales remained rela-
tively flat compared to 2003,
standing at $4.247 million, though
net income was down upon the
previous year's $724,886.
Waterfields' parent, Consoli-
dated Water, is financing the
$23 million Blue Hills project
through a $10 million Bahamian
Depository Receipt (BDR)
equity offering that is set to take
place later this year after sum-
mer. The remaining $13 million
is being raised through a com-
bination of debt instruments.
SEE page five


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Lighting the way for a back-up plan

Planning for

Plan Failure

W e recently
spoke at the
CPM 2005
West con-
ference. We
arrived at our lecture room a
few minutes before the previ-
ous talk ended. The speaker
was wrapping up, and noted
that when you made plans, it
was prudent to make back-up
plans in case you original plan
This is an important point
and, although we have dis-

cussed it in the past, it is well
worth repeating. In this article,
we will only talk about travel
As an example of what can
go wrong, some time ago we
were in Teheran, and found
ourselves needing to leave with
some urgency. Leaving by
plane, the most obvious choice,
was, for a number of reasons,
not possible, so our back-up
plan was to leave by train.


As it worked out, taking a
train out became unfeasible, so
our back-up plan to that was
to take a bus. In fact, this

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worked for us and we were
able to make it safely out of
Iran. Had the bus not worked
we had several other plans,
ranging from the pedestrian
(walk across an unguarded bor-
der into Turkey) to the exotic
(by camel to Afghanistan,
which would have created a dif-
ferent set of issues).
How many sets of plans you
need to have depends on what
you are doing, and the conse-
quences of plan failure. In a
situation where the conse-
quences are negligible, you
may choose not to have any
back up plans. If the conse-
quences are more serious you
may have a plan. If the conse-
quences are really serious -
someone may end up dead -
you will likely have several sets
of. back-up plans.
How serious is serious? Only
you can judge. When we go out
we habitually carry a small
safety kit with us that includes
a flashlight, gloves, rescue knife
(February 2003 AEGIS),
smoke mask (August 2004
AEGIS), and a whistle (Sep-
tember 2004 AEGIS). This is
enough for normal use.


If we plan to be somewhere
that nobody could hear a whis-
tle (like out hiking), we would
likely throw in a personal loca-
tor beacon (October 2003
AEGIS). When we go abroad
to a place where we do not
anticipate trouble, we usually
plan to return by our return
flight. If it is a place where
there is a probability of a dis-
ruptive natural disaster or polit-
ical problem, we may have a
back-up plan and a back-up
plan to that. If we are running a
protective detail, we are likely
to have several layers of back-
up plans. Bottom line; in
almost anything you do you
should have a back-up plan.
And if it is important, you
should have a plan for what to
do if the first plan fails.
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system has just been tested and your security force and dis-
aster team are brimming with pride.
And then they get tested, and you start to discover things
overlooked. In a building in the Midwest, a typical summer
storm-related blackout occurred. Power went down, but the
computer back up power supplies kept the system running.
Emergency lights came on and the non-essential people left,
as the emergency generator kicked in to power the key areas
of the building including the data centres, executive offices,
hallways and the main lobby.
The main lobby? That's right, the main lobby was lit up like
a Christmas tree, while all around was dark. The unseen
halls were lit, the unseen data centre was running, and the lob-
by stuck out like a sore thumb in the middle of a dark city. The
security and the disaster recovery people were so proud of
their achievement that no one thought of it until a vice-pres-
ident came down and said: "Why are all those people outside
staring at the lobby?"


Well, one more light went on this one metaphorical and
the lights were turned out in the lobby. Now there is a slight-
ly modified protocol. When the emergency system kicks in,
keep safety lights on, darken the lobby except for emergency
lights, and make sure all the shades are drawn on the execu-
tive floor. (The data centre has no external windows, and is
not likely to become an attractive nuisance.)
Why was this change made? Well, in the test there was no
real issue. But this was just a test. What if it were a real situ-
ation. In this case, a well-lit lobby would become an attractive
resting place for those trying to escape rain or snow. While in
a regional crisis it might well be appropriate to shelter as
many people'as possible, in a normal crisis this would not be
appropriate, and would potentially cause a lot of problems.
How had this been overlooked?
In this case, nobody had given thought to the psychological
implications of a brightly lit lobby when all around was dark.
Although the generator was capable of handling the lobby, in
this case it was not a swell idea.


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY given as follows:
(a) THE ABOVE COMPANY is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 17th
day ofJune, 2005 when its Articles ofDissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Ms. Alyson I. Yule of
4 BdS Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O. Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated this 20th day of June, A.D., 2005

Alyson I. Yule

Systems Administrator I

Core Functions:

Maintain, evaluate, and troubleshoot legacy, database, and
other hosted business function systems through audit and
analysis of relevant reports such as problem logs and
performance reports by recording malfunctions or
abnormalities and assisting users.
Education and Knowledge Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/Management
Information Systems or related field from a recognized
tertiary institution.
AS/400 Systems Administrator and MCDA certifications.
SGood oral and written communication skills.

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"In therustncscwtfe

A former Imperial Life work-
er has been given conditional
leave to appeal to the Privy
Council in his bid to overturn a
verdict that ruled he did not
have a claim for wrongful dis-
missal because he was an agent,
not an employee.
John Hanna is seeking to
overturn a Court of Appeal that
quashed a Supreme Court
judgement given in his favour
by Justice Jeanne Thompson.
Justice Thompson had ruled
that Mr Hanna was an
employee, and not an agent,
of Imperial Life Assurance
Company, which is now Coli-

nalmperial Insurance Compa-
As a result, the Supreme
Court said he was entitled to "a
period of notice of termination
of that employment". Justice
Thompson awarded Mr Hanna
six months' salary in lieu of
notice, four weeks' vacation
pay, payments made by him
into a pension plan created by
Imperial Life, plus commissions
claimed for a period of six
However, the Court of
Appeal disagreed and over-
turned the Supreme Court rul-
ing in a judgement handed

down by Justice Ganpatsingh.


The Court of Appeal's
judgement said: "The appeal is
on various grounds. But the
crux of the matter before us is
whether, in fact, the learned
judge erred in coming to the
conclusion, based on the mate-
rial she had before her, that the
respondent was in fact an
employee of the appellant
insurance company."
The Court of Appeal based
its decision on clause 15 of the

Company moving

project to Mexico

FROM page one
response by the Government.
One said of the impact for
Grand Bahama if the Ginn
project falls through: "This is
absolutely devastating to us. In
the last three years Fast Fer-
ries was killed, it took a year,
almost two, to allow the casino
to operate in Port Lucaya, Har-
court pulled out [of buying the
Royal Oasis], Tractebel, which
spent over $20 million in prepa-
ration to come to Freeport, had
an agreement in principle from
the. previous administration and
had been issued a licence by
the Port Authority, was killed.
This is an issue of credibility
for the Government."
The Ginn project has

dragged on for months, with
the Government seemingly
unable to make a decision.
One of the delays has been
over the level of investment
incentives the investors were
seeking, particularly the stamp
tax exemptions.
During her contribution to
the 2005-2006 Budget debate,
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said:
"The negotiations are taking
time because concessions of
the type that have not been
previously granted are being
"While these may be justi-
fied because Grand Bahama
was devastated, when dealing
with concessions, be they dif-
ferent or not, great care must
be taken to ensure that all

Bahamians, not just Bahami-
ans on the island in question -
all Bahamians understand
our rationale for granting the
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
it was anticipated that if nego-
tiations were successful in
regard to Ginn's application
for a real estate development,
which includes the construc-
tion of condo hotels, two 18-
hole golf courses, three mari-
nas, single family lots and sec-
ond home opportunities, plus
the reopening of the West
End Airport as a private non-
commercial airstrip, that there
would be another significant
development at the Eastern
End of the Port Authority
area in Freeport.

agency agreement between Mr
Hanna and Imperial Life, which
stated that his appointment at
an agent could be "terminated
by either party with or without
cause by notice in writing". No
commission was to be paid
under this agreement following
the termination.
The Court of Appeal said:
"We are of the view that based
on this clause, the notice of
October 1, 2001, automatically
terminated the agency agree-
ment as provided for, and we
can see no basis for a claim for
wrongful dismissal.
"It follows therefore that the
learned judge fell into error
when she came to the conclu-
sion that the respondent was,
in fact, an employee, and that
having regard to the fact that
he had worked with this com-
pany for 12 years, and had pre-
viously held a supervisory posi-
tion, that that was sufficient to
conclude that reasonable notice
was required and that period
would be six months.

"In the circumstances, we feel
that this conclusion is wrong."


The judgement said Mr Han-
na had first been employed by
Imperial Life as an agent, but
had then been moved by the
life and health insurer to the
post of a manager in the mar-
keting department, supervising
six employees.
However, that relationship
was "terminated" and Mr Han-
na went back to being an agent,
earning commissions from
insurance policies he sold.
The judgement recorded:
"He was required to produce a
certain amount of premium
income per annum, and it would
appear that at the time of his
termination, on October 1,
2001, he had fallen below the
level of that quota and was
unlikely to meet it by the end of
the year. As a result of that, he
was summarily terminated for

The Court of Appeal said Mr
Hanna's attorney, Obie Fergu-
son, relied heavily for his case
on the fact that his client had
remained a member of the
Imperial Life pension plan.
However, the court found that
this was provided for in the
agency agreement between the
two parties that was signed on
November 7, 1998.


Mr Ferguson did not dispute
that Mr Hanna had reverted to
the post of agent at the time of
his dismissal, and the Court of
Appeal also rejected his argu-
ment that commissions were
deemed as wages and thus indi-
cated an employer-employee
"The preponderance of evi-
dence in our view was that this
was an agency relationship sim-
pliciter," the Court of Appeal




Date: Saturday, July 2, 2005
;,.Time: 6:00a.m.
Route:.Mainetra.-ank's entrance, north on Frederick
Street, East on Bay Street, over the new PI Bridge, over the
old PI Bridge, south on Mackey Street, west on Shirley Street
and back to Central Bank's parking Lot.

Entry Fee: $15.00 (T-shirt and visor included)
Entry Deadline: Friday, June 24th, 2005
For Registration, Please contact:
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Trophies are

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(Please Tick the appropriate box):

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The Ansbacher Group, specialists in private banking, fiduciary services
and wealth management, has an opening in the Bahamas for a


This is a newly created position in which the jobholder will assume
responsibility for all aspects of financial control and banking operational
matters at Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited (ABL).

Reporting to the managing director of ABL and functionally to the group
finance director in London, the jobholder will work within the group
guidelines to prepare, implement and control budgets for the company's
business activities as well as developing financial plans and forecasts.
Operational matters will be supervised to extract maximum efficiency
and minimal risk in support of the'company's business objectives and

The jobholder has responsibility for safe custody and the insurance of
funds, securities and other assets and will control and oversee capital
expenditure, credit and collection activities.

To improve financial and business accounting, it is expected that
business process re engineering and other initiatives designed to
improve cash flow and efficient operations will occur at the jobholder's
instigation. There will be regular contact with group finance in London
and other finance and operations management throughout the ansbacher
group. The jobholder will be a board member of ABL.

Adhering to Financial Services Authority (FSA) standards for Approved
Persons applicants for this position must be professionally qualified
(CPA/ACA/CA) and have ten years or more of relevant experience
gained within the financial sector.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with this senior appointment
and there will be an opportunity to participate in the group's incentive

Written application with current CV should be submitted to:

Human Resource Manager
Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 325-0524




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Form of Public Notice of Nomination.Where the Withdrawal
Results in an Uncontested Electi6n-.......
South Andros Constituency Polling Division 4
The Bluff Town Area
Of the South Andros District


NOTICE is hereby given that the following candidate has withdrawn her
candidature, and no longer stands nominated in the above mentioned
Candidate's Surname Other names in full
N. EE. LY .................. ...................... .Kay l ........

AND the candidates named below, being the only candidates remaining
standing nominated ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as Town
Committee Members for the said Town Area.

Candidates Other names Occupation Place of
Surname in full Residence

FERGUSON Gail Bus Driver The Bluff, Andros
FERGUSON Tasha Simone Unemployed The Bluff, Andros
LEWIS Royniel Bus Driver/Security The Bluff, Andros
MCKINNEY Jacquelyn Waitress The Bluff, Andros
ROLLE Zebedee Road Traffic Supervisor. The Bluff, Andros

Date: 14th June, 2005
Sign: Gary Knowles


Payment of Benefits and Assistances for the month of June 2005, will be made in the following
districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:
Thursday, June 23, 2005: 12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.
Thursday, June 23, 2005: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael
Thursday, June 23, 2005: 12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.
Thursday, June 23, 2005: 9:30a.m. 3:00p.m., at the National Insurance Board's Fox Hill
Sub-Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of July, 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.
Thursday, June 23, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wulff Road
Local Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of July, 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.
Thursday, June 23 Monday, June 27, 2005: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas Public
Service Union Hall, East Street South.
1. Thursday, June 23 Wednesday, June 29,2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A"-- "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.
2. Thursday, June 23 Monday, June 27, 2005: 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.
3. Tuesday, June 28 Wednesday, June 29,2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island United Association Hall #1, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.
Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In case
of emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the
Jumbey Village Complex throughout the month of July 2005 between the hours of 9:30a.m.
and 4:00p.m.
Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to
collect their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own

Kerzner signs deal

for Atlantis video

and Internet service

KERZNER International
has signed a long-term contract
with NXTV, a US company,
that will see the latter supply
HD video-on-demand enter-
tainment and wireless Internet
services to the Atlantis resort.
Howard Pickett, chief mar-
keting officer for Kerzner
International Resorts, said in
a statement: "We believe
NXTV will help us enhance the
overall experience for our
guests. The future for providing
HD Entertainment arid wife- '
:lessgInternet access to the guest

room is via IP-based solutions,
and with NXTV we can pro-
vide guests a true 21st century
in-room experience."
NXTV provides digital IP-
based entertainment and data
services to the global luxury
hotel market, supplying 25,000
rooms in the US and interna-
It is owned by the Pivotal
Group, 'tfihytreBtig pOy
with a realitate-intd-inlt--

technology portfolio valued at
$1.5 billion.
Although Internet Service
Providers (ISPs) in the
Bahamas have to be licensed
by the Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC) before they can
conduct business, it is likely
that NXTV will not need this
because it is only supplying
rooms at Atlantis, acting as a
local delivery mechanism so
that guests can access the Inter-
net from their hotel rooms via
a "pipe" provided by a
-Bahiamas-based ISP.



The Ansbacher Group, specialists in private banking,
fiduciary services and wealth management, has an
opening in The Bahamas for an


The successful applicant will report to the Head of
Investment Services and will be expected to assist
Trust Officers in fulfilling their fiduciary obligations with
regard to monitoring quoted investments and tracking
their performance against agreed benchmarks.

The suitable candidates will have managed, acquired
and advised investment portfolios for at least 5-years.
Core competencies will be the management of a diverse
range of investment portfolios, a strong knowledge of
diverse investment products and the ability to generate
new investment/banking accounts utilizing Ansbacher's
established global distribution network.

The degreed individual will benefit from a background
in economics or finance and a CFA/MBA will be
advantageous. Excellent communication skills,
analytical skills and team commitment are required.

Written application with current CV should be submitted:

Human Resource Manager
Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 325-0524

payments are:
Their National Insurance Registration Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.
Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative
should provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the
Board to pay the representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the
All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested abo-ve,-there may be a delay or denial of payments.




Entrepreneur opens new store

FROM page one
Street, two doors east of Kemp
Road, has again been able to fill an
untapped niche in the retail sector.
Selling a wide range of items from
clectronics, appliances, toys, cloth-
ing, household items, cellular
phones and accessories, computers,
games and more, the store boasts
prices that are comparable to those
found in Miami.
"People like the idea. Everybody

has something they don't use, but
don't want to throw away lying
around the house."
"As Good As New is the closest
thing to a pawn shop in the.
Bahamas; we buy in bulk at auction
and salvage operations. We also buy
much of our stock from closeouts
and liquidation sales in the US,
mainly form Sears K-Mart and Wal-
The store, like other traditional
retail and hardware outlets, also

offers repair services for appliances
and electronics, and provides a war-
ranty with every sale. It is also will-
ing to take damaged or an excess of
goods from other merchants and sell
them in the store for a commission.
Mr Bobby said the store will also
be bringing in big appliance items,
such as washing machines and
stoves. Also, a consignment web site
is in the planning stage, which will
allow customers to sell anything
from a kitchen sink to a yacht.

Waterfield's $407,000 net income

FROM page one
Through the Blue Hills plant's addition
and the expansion of the Windsor plant's
existing 2.7 million gallons per day capac-
ity by a further 1.2 million gallons, Con-
solidated Water believes its Waterfields
subsidiary will supply an additional 8.4
million gallons of water per day to New
Providence by summer 2006. It will thus
supply 11.1 million gallons per day total.
Consolidated Water also has a 10-year
contract to supply water to the Bimini

Sands Resort, which is still expanding and
is about 40 per cent complete.
Between 2000-2004, Consolidated Water
has seen its-revenues grow at a com-
pounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of
24.9 per cent, increasing from $9.577 mil-
lion to $23.281 million over those five years.
Bahamian investors have shown a par-
ticular liking for companies that pay div-
idends, and Consolidated Water has
increased payouts in the past five years,
with $0.46 per share paid out for fiscal
2004 its highest yet.

Shell 'owns less than 15% of stations'

FROM page one
Meanwhile, during his contribution to
the Budget debate, Mr Miller said that with
any changes in the industry, retail distribu-
tors will be afforded the opportunity to own0
their locations outright.
Mr Miller said: "Any changes must allow
these long suffering entrepreneurs the
opportunity to purchase their products
freely on the open market and not be
restricted to the unfair royalty and rental
charges that the major oil companies sad-
dled them with."
He added that the high cost of oil on the
world markets did not auger well for the
price of energy and petroleum fuels in the
Bahamas, noting that the impact is felt not
only by Bahamians in their daily personal
activities, but also negatively affects the
competitiveness of the tourism industry.
"This has the potential to restrict eco-

nomic growth, and lead to increases in the
rate of inflation. If current trends prevail,
the Bahamian public will continue to be
faced with higher fuel and energy costs," Mr
Miller said.
"In addition to their environment benefits,
alternative sources of energy can reduce our
fuel bill and reduce our reliance on fossil
fuels, which we presently do not produce."
He announced that the Government was
continuing with its negotiations with
Venezuela and other oil producing coun-
tries for the implementation of the Petro-
CARIBE Initiative proposed in July 2004.
If implemented, PetroCARIBE is expected
to assist in reducing the debilitating effect
that the spiralling costs of fuel have on
regional economies.
Mr Miller said that in an attempt to move
the process along, the Government had
begun reviewing an initial proposal received
from the Venezuelan state-owned oil com-

pany, PDVSA, which also owned the
Bahamas Oil Refinery Company (BOR-
CO) that would allow BEC to purchase
fuel directly from it.
Based on an initial review, Mr Miller said
the country could benefit from a reduction
in the cost of BEC's fuel in the range of $8
- $10 million annually.
He said further that the Caracas Accord,
with an interest rate of 2 per cent per
annum, has provisions to defer payment of
up to 25 per cent of the cost of the fuel
Preliminary results from a study con-
ducted show that, if this benefit is pursued,
BEC's cash flow could be positively impact-
ed by about $25 million per year, allowing
them additional funds to assist in the pur-
chasing and even upgrades of engines. Such
a move would translate into further sav-
ings for BEC as more fuel efficient engines
are brought on stream, he said.

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Experienced Heavy Equipment
Diesel Mechanic to work in
Central Abaco.

Send resume to:
P.O. Box 385,
Nassau ;


"Please be advised that the following offices
will be closed on Friday June 24, 2005
and will re-open on Monday, June 27,
2005 at the usual business hours.

Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.
Nassau Underwriters Cole Albury Agency Ltd.
Moseley Burnside Insurance Agency Ltd."


Full time position available for someone
proficient in Photoshop.

Candidate must have some experience
and expertise in photographic restoration,
and some knowledge in layout and design
would be helpful


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almost 18 acres hilltop with ...
400-plus ft of oceanfront.
Ideal for
*Financial complex Impressive private estate
High-end real estate development

Ask for: Susan Ferguson .
Tel (242) 323-4135 or (242) 328-4138
PO Box N-7513, Nassau, The Bahamas


RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase of
the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 1090,
Pinewood Gardens Subdivision, situated in the Southern District
of the Island of New Providence one of the islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Single
family residence consisting of (3) Bedrooms, (2) Bathrooms.
Property size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Building size: 1,314 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 1693".
All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 pm,
Wednesday 29th June, 2005.


RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase of
the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot #8, Donalee-Ville Subdivision
situated in the Western District of the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of 2 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms.
Property size: 7,575 sq. ft.
Building size: 1,096 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 1008".
All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 pm,
Wednesday 29th June, 2005.

A young aggressive company with a solid track record
is expanding and requires an

In House Marketing Manager
If you are looking for position with:
1) Structure
2) Lots of supervision
3) A daily routine
Then this position is NOT for you.
Applicants must have a degree in marketing.
When applying remember that we are looking for that
applicant who stands out from the rest.
c/o The Tribune Limited
DA# 03251
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas



Invites applications for the position of.

Litigation Attorney

Applicants must have at least seven (7) years
experience Mustpossess excellent communication
skills, both written and oral.

Applications should be sent to:

Halsbury Chambers
P.O. Box N-979

Finance Corporation of Bahamas Limited invites tenders for the
purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot "12 A 2",
Malcolm Allotment Subdivision situated in the Southern District
of the Island of New Providence one of the islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas situated thereon is a Single
Family Residence consisting of (3) Bedroom, (2) Bathrooms.
Building size: 1,266 sq. ft.
Property size: 5,749 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 1741".
All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 pm,
Wednesday, 29th June, 2005.


RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase of the
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 27, Block 16,
Westward Villas situated in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (3)
Bedrooms, (2) Bathrooms with a Cottage consisting of (1) bedroom,
(1) bathroom.

Property size: 7,800 sq. ft.
House size: 1,248 sq. ft.
Cottage size: 584 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-
7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 0641". All offers must
be received by the close of business 4:00 pm, Wednesday, 29th June,





Dorcy Park Boyz put the

breaks on

TBS Truckers

Senior Sports Reporter
WHEN the best pitcher
meets the best hitting team, you
can expect some fireworks in
the New Providence Softball
Association men's division.
And, in this much anticipated
and long-awaited rematch,
Edney 'the Heat' Bethel and
Demont Charlow helped lift the
Electro Telecom Dorcy Park
Boyz to a 4-1 win over the TBS
Truckers in the New Providence
Softball Association men's divi-
At the end of the twice post-
poned game, the Truckers
remained in first place in the
men's standings at 9-1, the Dor-
cy Park Boyz climbed back into
a two-way tie for second place
with the idled Delson Arawaks
at 7-3.
It wasn't until the bottom of
the fifth inning when Demont
Charlow, who started at third
but was moved to shortstop,
connected a pitch deep to right-

Electro Telecom Dorcy
Park Boyz
v TBS Truckers

centre field as he legged it out
for a two-run in-the-park home
run, scoring first baseman
Edmund 'Binks' Bethel, who
led off the rally with a stand-up

"All I knew was he was going
to bring a high pitch and I love
a high pitch," said Charlow,
whose homer brought Electro
Telecom from a 1-0 deficit for a
2-1 lead. "That was a good hit. I
just wanted them to know that
we were ready for them

Charlow, who came up with
his biggest hit of the season, said
he was surprised that he got the
pitch from losing pitcher Leroy
Thompson. But he was not
going to let it get past him.
An inning later, Edney
Bethel joined Charlow in hit-
ting the first pitch from Thomp-
son, only his shot cleared the
left-field fence as he picked up
Andy 'Smudge' Ford from first
on his lead-off single.
Bethel, who was waiting on
the rematch after he lost his
debut with the Dorcy Park
Boyz in their first meeting
against the Truckers, said it was
a well deserved victory.
"After all the long delay with
the bat problems and the rain
out, it was just their time. Their
time has come," he stressed. "I
have one goal this year and that
is to beat them every time we
play them."
After losing to the Truckers,
Electro Telecom added
Edmund and Windsor Bethel
from Eleuthera and catcher

Ernest McKenzie from Exuma.
Edmund Bethel was working
on a no-hit shutout when Mar-
vin 'Tougie' Wood broke it up
with a sharp line drive down the
third base line up for a double.
Wood then broke up the
shut-out when he scored from
third on a wild pitch.

Bethel, who had his fans dis-
playing the strike outs every
time he recorded one, would
end up giving up a one-out hit
to Winston Seymour in the fifth.
But his heat was too much
for TBS to handle as he struck
out a total of 14 batters, includ-
ing the side in the first and third
and two each in the fourth, fifth
and seventh.
"Right now, when we start-
ed, we didn't have Binks and
some of the other guys. But we
built this team especially for the
Truckers," Bethel noted. "Once
I have a good team behind me,
they will always be in trouble."

The Truckers were in trou-
ble when Charlow hit his in-the-
parker. But it was obvious that
the game was over when Bethel
drilled his shot out the park.
"We faced the best pitcher in
the country, but it was our first
game in three years," said TBS'
manager Perry Seymour as he

tried to 'analyse what went
"We lost our momentum
after a critical call by the
umpire, but we all know that
every time that we meet, the
park will be filled because
everybody wants the two teams

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registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
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2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
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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
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2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
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to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
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The Public is hereby advised that I, ANWAR BULLARD,
of Windwhistle Street, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to
change my name to ANWAR BUTLER SHURLAND. If
there are 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
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IN THE ladies' opener, the Degeo Bommers rebounded
from their big loss to the Electro Telecom Wildcats Saturday
night by stopping the. Whirlpool Eagles 17-7 in five innings
Monday night.
Degeo, who improved to 10-1 to stay in second place, bat-
ted around the clock, scoring 11 runs in the fourth as they
extended their 6-4 lead.
Shonell Symonette had two hits, including an RBI single and
an RBI triple, scoring twice in the inning.
Rosemary Green finished with a 2-for-3 night with two
RBIs and two runs scored; Christine Hanna was 2-for-5 with
four RBIs and a run scored; Denise Sears was 1-for-3 with a
RBI and two runs scored; Gwen Adderley 1-for-3 with three
runs and Marvel Miller 1-for-3 with a run.
Thela Johnson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored
and Teriah Albury 1-for-2 with two RBIs to pace the hapless
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Ryan Sweeting
showed that his shock
win over the world's
top junior player,
Donald young, wasn't
a fluke.
One day after .elim-
inating Young, the
top ranked player
from the United
States in the second
round of the LTA
International Junior
Championships in
Roehampton, Great
Britain, Sweeting
knocked off
Venezuela's David
Navarrete, 6-2 7-6 in
the third round yesI;;
Sweeting, ranked at
No.24 in the world,
has now advanced to
the quarter-final
today where he will
play Canadian Philip
Bester, who defeated
Alexander Sedecky
(SUI) in a nail-biting
final set 4-6 6-2 8-6.

The small Bahami-.
an contingent on
hand to watch the
tournament, which
serves as a warm-up
for the prestigious
Wimbledon Tourna-
ment, are still in awe
of Sweeting's perfor-
"That's a pretty
good win for Ryan,"
said former Bahamas
Lawn Tennis-Associ-
ation's president Kit
Spencer. "He played
a pretty solid match."
Against Navarrete,
who is ranked at
No.17 in the world,
Spencer said Sweet-
ing played near flaw-
less ball.
"He played
extremely well. He
was very focussed.
His attitude is excel-
lent," Spencer noted.

"He's keeping
focussed on his game
and he's serving
solidly and mixing
the pace around. I am
quite impressed with
In the three match-
es Sweeting has
played so far, he has
not lost a set.
"He's looking very
good," Spencer
BLTA's president
Mary Shelley, who is
also in Great Britain
where she's getting
ready for the Wim-
bledon Tournament,
said she was just as
equally impressed
with Sweeting's per-
"He's not even
making any errors.
It's just incredible to
watch him," said
Shelley, who accom-
panied the team in
the first round of the
American Zone II
Davis Cup tie when
the Bahamas lost to
the Netherlands
Antilles in March.
"Everything he
does is perfect. He
has this drop shot
that is just perfect on
grass. He's playing
exceptionally well in
this tournament."

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* MAKING A BIG IMPRESSION: Asafa Powell and Tonique Williams-Darling.

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Caribbean athletes make an

impression ahead of games

Junior Sports Reporter

COMPETITION in the Colinalm-
perial Central American and Caribbean
(CAC) games is expected to be tough,
with more than ten athletes from the
region listed in the IAAF's top ten
Two of the region's best, Tonique'
Williams-Darling and Asafa Powell of
Jamaica, lead the charts this year in
their respective events, the 400m and
Olympic gold medallist Williams-
Darling has accumulated a score of
1,415 for the top seeding in the women's
400m, ahead of Ana Guevara.
However, only 35 points separate
Williams-Darling from Guevara, who
has secured 1,380 points.
Christine Amertil is also making a
run for the top spot.
Amertil is in fourth place with 1,314

Williams-Darling's reign began in
February, 2004, with the Roma Golden
So far, she has competed in three
races, one against arch-rival Guevara, in
Along with her top rankings,
Williams-Darling has posted the world's
leading time of 49.85 seconds.

Powell crushed the world record in
the 100m last week Tuesday the time
of 9.77 seconds erased the old marking
of 9.78 seconds set by Tim Montgomery
in 2002.
The IAAF listing, which was last
updated June 20th, places Powell at the
top with 1,432 points ahead of Portu-
gal's Francis Obikwelu on 1,373 points.
As the excitement builds, Golden
Girl Debbie Ferguson said: "The world
now knows who's the best track and
field athletes. We now have the first

world record holder from this side of
the region.
"No one in the Caribbean has ever
done that, we have so much to be proud
of. We have Tonique, ranked number
one in the world, from little Bahamas.
"These are the things, if we actually
sit down and think about the, that make
us smile.
"We are so blessed, the country, the
athletes and our programmes."
The men's 400m is anticipated to
have some of the "top guns" lined up
for a chance at the podium.
Leading the charge is Alleyne Fran-
cique of Grenada, followed by
Jamaica's Michael Blackwood, Ricar-
do Chambers and Davian Clarke.
For the Bahamas Chris Brown and
Andrae Williams are the only ones slat-
ed in the rankings top 20.
In the women's 100m, five athletes
from the region are slated in the top 12
Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, who.

has the world leading time of 10.96 sec-
onds in the event, is ranked number
one. She is followed by fellow team-
mate Aileen Bailey and Sherone Simp-
son, Chandra Sturrup and Beverly
In the 200m, Campbell is ranked
third, with Cayman Islands Cydonie
Mothersil ranked ninth.
Ferguson added: "I am so proud of all
the athletes from around the region. In
my opinion, the real champs are from
this region, the Caribbean.
"We have excellent sprinters and run-
ners. Chandra is in great form and then
we have Veronica, who is also top of her
game. This is leading up to be an excit-
ing championships.
"The women and men's 400m are
both highlights, all the 100m's are going
to be exciting."
The games will kick-off on July 8th
with the opening ceremonies. Athletes
will begin arriving in the capital on July

Athletes to receive final

details on BAAA travel

Senior Sports Reporter
TONIGHT, more than 160
registered athletes will know
exactly when they will travel
to Grand Bahama to compete
in this weekend's Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciatiolis' National Open Track
and Field Championships.
The BAAA is expected to
have the final details of the trip
to Grand Bahama from the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture today after the Nation-
als were forced to move there
because of the renovations to
the Thomas A Robinson Track
and Field Stadium.
"There have been several
recommendations made to the
Ministry to help assist in the
smooth operation of these
games and we are awaiting
word from the ministry," said

Meeting to be

held tonight

BAAA's president Mike
Monday night, outside of the
TAR Stadium, Sands and his
executives held a meeting with
those athletes who are already
here for the nationals, which
will serve as the final trials for
the Senior Central American
and Caribbean Championships
and the World Outdoor Cham-
The meeting, according to
Sands, was to give the athletes
an update on, the nationals
being moved to Grand

Bahama and the reasons why.
"A lot of the athletes are
coming in and they are con-
cerned about when they will
travel," said Sands, of the trip
that will be funded by the min-

Tonight, another meeting
will be held with the athletes.
At this time, Sands said it's his
intention to inform the athletes
of the exact time that they will

"I've encouraged them to
stay focussed on the task at
hand and that is their competi-
tion and I've given them the
insurance as the ministry has
given to me, that their trip
into Grand Bahama will be
taken care off," Sands
"So there's no need for them
to get distracted in that regard.
I've also told them that when
they come to the meeting, they
should make preparation to
move out."
One of the recommenda-
tions that the BAAA made to
the ministry in regards to the
travel arrangement is for the
athletes to start leaving New
Providence on Thursday at
The meet is not set to start
until Friday at 6pm, but Sands
said the BAAA wants to
ensure that the athletes are

well rested and don't have to
rush off the plane and compete
on the same day.
The meet is scheduled to be
concluded on Saturday night
and Sands said their recom-
mendation to the ministry is
that they should travel back to
New Providence that evening.

BAAA executives, coaches
and athletes are expected to
be in New Providence on Sun-
day for a testimonial luncheon
for Olympian Lavern Eve.
The event is being planned
by her Church, Macedonia
Baptist, Fox Hill. It will be held
at the Sandals Royal Bahamian
Resort & Spa at 2pm.
Interested persons can con-
tact the Church's box office at
324-1583 for ticket informa-




ROOSEVELT Finlayson (third from right) and Michael Diggiss (far right) discuss theFestival in the Workplace concept.
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

Bringing the festival

spirit to

the workplace

MOST people wouldn't put
work and fun in the same sen-
tence. In fact, some might argue
that it's not even necessary.
Not so, says Roosevelt Fin-
layson and Michael Diggiss, the
men behind an arts/business-
based concept that they hope
will change a lacklustre work
culture and transform a com-
The men have come up with
a concept known as Festival in
the Workplace, where the
"transformational essence" of
the festival, for example
Junkanoo or the church choir, is
applied in the workplace,
encouraging a positive, produc-
tive and fulfilling work culture.
They are trying to fill that gap
between the Junkanoo shack
and the office. In other words,
what makes a mediocre worker
who watches the clock and does
just enough to get by work with
dedication and passion for
hours on end in a Junkanoo

"The basic idea (was) born
out of the tension between see-
ing how we are in the workplace
- not showing much passion and
commitment to the organisa-
tion. Many of us are just trying
to get by, but those same people
are leaving work, going to the
Junkanoo shack or the church
choir and they are transformed.
You can see a total difference in
their body language and atti-
tude to life. They are focused,
choose to give their best ideas,
creative passion and know what
quality looks like. They have it
in their eyes and in their heart,"
says Finlayson, who is careful
to point out that obviously this
is not the case with everyone.
The idea for Festival in the
Workplace came to Finlayson, a
business consultant and creative

New concept aiming to

transform a community

collaborator for MDR Global
Leadership, in 1997, during a
routine early morning walk on
the Eastern Road.
"It just floated in off the
warm air and hit me in the
head, and went inside my
head," he recalls.
Not long after that he joined
forces with Diggiss, the manag-
ing director of Jackson Burn-
side Ltd and MDR associate,
and the process of developing a
concept and a plan for the idea
of Festival in the Workplace
That was in January, 1997.
'The first two years proved to
be slow-going and in 1999 Fin-
layson and Diggiss put together
a small concept development
team, which would meet on a
weekly basis.
The initial idea was to launch
the concept in June, 2000, but
that was postponed in an effort
to fine-tune the details of how
the group would get its message
out to potential clients, which
is not limited to large corpora-
Finally, in May, 2001, the idea
was launched using a 30-minute
drama put together by Patrice
Francis, a guidance counsellor
at Uriah McPhee School.
Finlayson believes that in
order to improve productivity
and for Bahamian workers to
become globally competitive,
organisations and businesses
must create a culture that
matches an employee with their
"Our work culture is like our
wider culture," he says. "We are

looking at what people don't
have and using that against
them. What we are asking is
that they look for people's
assets and create an environ-
ment where they can apply their
gifts, live out their purpose and
do good work."
Simply put, Festival in the
Workplace is a transformation
process designed to ignite the
creative spirit and stimulate the
development of a new organi-
sational culture. This culture is
characterised by joy, freedom
of expression and freedom to
be your 'true' self, creativity,
shared purpose and vision, col-
laboration, high performance,
meaningful and fulfilling work,
ongoing learning and a sense of

Its basic purpose is to
increase the level of passion,
creativity and productivity by
developing a work environment
in which all workers are valued
and celebrated for their gifts
and contributions, according to
an article by Finlayson and Ms
Francis, posted on
Although the idea was born
in 1997, it began forming years
before. Between 1995 and 1996,
Finlayson spent a great deal of
time travelling between Nassau
and Trinidad, enjoying the cre-
ativity in the Junkanoo shacks
and the Carnival mas camps.
His response to that creativi-
ty prompted a desire to try and
bridge the gap that he saw

between the workplace and an
.environment like the Junkanoo.
shack, where men and women
worked tirelessly with enthusi-
asm and passion.
But both men are under no
illusions. They are fully aware
that the idea of Festival in the

Workplace is going to be a hard
sell to local business.
"Bringing a festival environ-
ment into the workplace...that's
a major challenge for business-
es," says Diggiss.
The FITW concept, it is
hoped, will also allow for the
cross-fertilisation of ideas, cre-
ating new industries, something
that is already happening in oth-
er parts of the world.
Organisations, under FITW,
are encouraged to use the
lessons from festivals to trans-
form the workplace culture so
that people will have a more
positive experience each day.

They are also asked to consider
setting aside a period of time
each year for their own "festi-
val" an evening, a day, a
weekend or a week.
"Everyone in the organisa-
tion will have an opportunity to
sing, dance, read poetry, tell sto-
ries, perform in drama, prepare
a special meal or mount a dis-
play of craft items, or flowers,"
explains Finlayson and Francis
in the article.
"This list is not exhaustive;
what persons do at their Festival
in the Workplace is limited only
by their interests and imagina-
For now, the target audience

Roosevelt Finlayson

for FITW involves the tourist
and financial services industry,
but it will also encompass many
other areas, including the public
s.ector and smaller organisa-
Philip Simon, executive direc-
tor of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce, believes that this
concept has the possibility to
bring about change for the
greater good in the nation.
"But it will require a change
in thinking," he admits. "(One
of) the biggest challenges local-
ly is the resistance to change."
The chamber is not officially

associated with FITW, but Mr
Simon says that it is open to any
type of methodology or process
that can assist its members and
the wider community to
increase its efficiency, produc-
tivity and remove some of the
barriers that already exist in the
When it comes to pitching the
concept to a potential client, it's
easier for those already in the
art community.
He wants people to look into
their own festival experiences.

Says Diggiss: "A lot of organ-
isations need to transform, need:
to make a change in their struc-
ture that will allow individuals
to express themselves. They
need to ask, what is the ideal
environment and then design-
things around that."
And tap into what makes a
less than productive worker put.
their all into an activity like
pasting or singing or dancing.
The five main objectives of.
FITW are:
Creating a culture where;
people can discover their gifts:
and talents and how they can.
be uniquely expressed in all
aspects of life; and where the:
gifts and contributions of each
employee are valued and cele-
Increase an individual's:
sense of connectedness to their,
purpose and the purpose of
their organisation.
Provide a nourishing envi-:
ronment for the human spirit.
Legitimise "serious" fun in'
the workplace.
Encourage the release of
creative energy that can be.
applied to improving produc-
tivity and dealing with lifes:
According to Finlayson and
Diggiss, the benefits will allow
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"Many of us are just trying to
get by, but those same people
are leaving work, going to the
Junkanoo shack or the church
choir and they are transformed.
You can see a total difference in
their body language and attitude
to life."



World renowned pianist

to perform in Bahamas

the 32nd year of Indepen-
dence of the Bahamas,
Rafael Cacciavillani, the
world renowned concert
pianist will be performing at
Government House Ball-
room on Friday, June 24.
Known as the South.
American Liberace, Rafael
is fresh from a stellar per-
formance in Argentina and
has co-produced radio and
television shows in Florida
and Argentina, as well as

Rafael Cacciavillani set for

Government House Ballroom

playing recitals in theatres
and'auditoriums in many
world capitals.
He has been a special
guest in the Super Extrava-
ganza shows, performed at

the Broward Centre for the
Performing Arts at the
Fountain Bleu Hotel in Mia-
mi Beach, and the Boca
Raton Hotel and Resort in
Boca Raton, Florida.

The concert is being held
under the patronage of Gov-
ernor General Dame Ivy
Dumont and Mr Reginald
It is sponsored by the

Bahamas Turks and Caicos
Islands Conference of the
Methodist Church in the
Caribbean and the Americ-
as. Part proceeds will aid the
new John Wesley Methodist:
College on Crawford St,
Oakes Field.
Tickets are available at
Marron House, Virginia St,
Suite 1, phone 326-1637; the
Conference Office at
Rhodes Methodist Church,
Montrose Ave, phone, 325-
6432; Florarama, .-Cable

Beach; and Methodist Mis-
sion Centre, Quakoo St. The
donation is $40, children,
Rafael first performed in
Nassau in March 2004 at.
Government House.
His performance featured
his own Love renditions and
such classics as Beethoven's
"Fur Elise", Chopin's "The
Minute Waltz" and
"Farewell Waltz" and a
Medley of Cole Porter Clas-

Festival spirit in

the workplace

FROM page one
the power of celebration to stimulate the cre-
ative process; provide an improved sense of
accomplishment; break down the status and
departmental barriers; celebrate'cultural diver-
sity; increase self-esteem; provide all with the
opportunity to become "visible"; provide the
human energy necessary to fuel the process of
the individual and organisational transforma-
tion; and enrich people's lives generally.
FITW was modelled after the Total Quality
Management concept, a management approach
that became popular in the 1980s, and requires
quality in all aspects of the company's opera-
So far, Finlayson and Diggiss have worked, on
different levels, with a number of local organi-
sations and are pleased with the results..
At Uriah McPhee, positive changes were seen
among students and staff preparing the 30-
minute drama that was used to launch the FITW
At the Radisson Cable Beach Resort, the
hotel's annual crafts fair came out of FITW,
and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Doctors
Hospital have also incorporated aspects of the

concept into their organisations. Finlayson
hopes that the Ministry of Education will even-
tually put in place a budget to accommodate the
concept in all public schools.
So far, the festival community, locally and
regionally, has been very receptive to the idea.
And that was evident this past weekend when
the first FITW international dialogue was held
under the theme, "Connecting Purpose, Pas-
sion and Productivity". Junkanoo leaders and
artists from around the Caribbean took part in
last weekend's dialogue, along with similar con-
cepts that have been used internationally.
The long-term plans for FITW involve the
development of a Festival in the Workplace
institution, which was also launched at the week-
The idea is that the institute will give structure
and focus to, the concept, and involve research,
education, application and documentation.
"Studying (something like) Junkanoo and
understanding the lessons are very important,"
says Diggiss. "It will help us develop the coun-
"Right now the focus is on developing the
country, not the people.
"Develop the people and the country will

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M The Agronomist, an inspiring
yet heartbreaking documentary
about a Haitian journalist, will be
screened on Thursday, June 23,
7.45pm at the National Art Gallery
on West and West Hill Sts.
The documentary is directed by
Johnathan Demme and focuses on
the life of Jean Dominique, a hero
trying to uphold democratic values
in his country but who fell victim to
Discussants following the screen-
ing will be Dr Ian Strachan, chair,
School of English Studies, COB; Dr
Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambas-
sador to Haiti; and Antoine Ferrier,
Haitian-Bahamian photographer.
The screening is part of the Wide
Angle series by the NAGB and the
School of English Studies, College of
the Bahamas.
Call 328-5800 for more info.
An Evening of Gershwin by
Antoine Wallace's Allegro Singers
premiers Thursday at the Dundas
Centre for the Performing Arts,

Mackey St. The show runs through
Saturday at 8pm nightly. The con-
cert includes Gershwin classics -
'Summertime', 'I've Got Plenty of
Nothing' and 'I've Got Rhythm' -
with performances by Joann Cal-
lender, Candace Bostwick, Nikita
Thompson-Wells, Lee Callender
and Sonia Pinder, to name a few.
Tickets for Thursday are $50. For
Friday and Saturday performances,
E The Play-Ground Project (pic-
tured) at the National Art Gallery
begins this Saturday. This project,
facilitated by NAGB education offi-
cer John Cox, is an opportunity for
small groups of students and or pro-
fessional artists to collaborate on
site-specific installations on the
NAGB grounds.
The first installation will be done
following the style of contemporary
Korean artist Do-Ho Suh. The pro-
ject is for participants age 14 and
older, and runs on three consecu-
tive Saturdays June 25, July 2 and

July 9- from 10am 2pm. Call 328- Antonius Roberts and Dionne Ben-
5800 for more information. jamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book

M Self Expressions, an exhibition
of mixed media works by artist
Desmond Darville at Segafredo
Cafe, Charlotte St North.
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,

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. Call 328-
5800 to book tours.
The Awakening Landscape:
The Nassau Watercolours of Gas-
pard Le Marchand Tupper, from the

collection of Orjan and Amanda
Lindroth @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas.
The mid-nineteenth century paint-
ings that make up the exhibition are
part of one of the earliest suites
of paintings of Nassau and its envi-
Tupper was a British military offi-
cer stationed at Fort Charlotte in
the 1850s.
The works show a pre-
modern Bahamas through the
decidedly British medium of water-
Call 328-5800 to book tours.

'An Evening of Gershwin'


set to bring the house down

Tribune Feature Writer
MUSIC lovers, brace
yourselves. For 'Summer-
time' and 'I've Got Plenty
of Nothing', for stunning
sopranos like Joann C.allen-
der, Candace Bostwick,
Nikita Thompson-Wells,
Sonia Pinder, for'command-
ing baritones, for the pol-
ished keyworks of concert
pianist Lee Callender,
string-stroking specialists,
for a smooth-toned, well-
honed, refined, defined 24-
member Allegro Singers
choir breathing life into
George Gershwin's music.
Tomorrow night, 'An
Evening of Gershwin' pre-
mieres at the Dundas,
directed by vocal technician
and choir founder/conduc-
tor Antoine Wallace. In an
interview with The Arts, an
obviously excited Wallace
predicted that the concert,
which runs Thursday to Sat-
urday at The Dundas, will
be three rollicking nights of
hum-inspiring, toe-tapping,
along, bring-the-house-down

"Just because they're in
tuxedos doesn't mean that
we'll just be standing up
singing, there will be some
limited movement and reac-
tions to the singers and the
choir's gonna be on stage
having fun, reacting to the
soloists, so it's not going to
be all hooty-tooty . .
George Gershwin is a fun
composer . you can hum
along with the tunes, and I
think the Bahamian people
are in for a treat," said Wal-
That's partially because
the concert's selections are
so recognisable; Gershwin's
music is familiar from
movies like 'When Harry
Met Sally', and 'Mr Hol-
land's Opus', which featured
pieces like 'Someone To
Watch Over Me' and 'Let's
Call the Whole Thing Off'.
Then there's 'I Got
Rhythm', and 'Rhapsody In
Blue', which Lee Callender,
grandson of national anthem
composer Timothy Gibson
will perform. The entire sec-
ond half is devoted to the
composer's famed 1930s
opera 'Porgy and Bess',
which includes classics like
'Bess, You Is My Woman.
Now' and 'Summertime'.
"I'd like to sensitise the
Bahamian public to the kind
of talent we have in this
country.. For me to put on
this concert in the Bahamas
using my own Bahamian
people is quite an honour
for me," says Wallace.
"Imagine not having to jump

Bahamians 'in for a

treat' over three nights

on the plane and go to New
York, or jump on the plane
and go to-London, you can
just jump in your car for 30
minutes, go to the Dundas,
and get a concert of this cal-

The choir, which includes
highly trained singers, sight
readers, and pianists, was
"having fun" in their last
two weeks of auditions, said
Wallace. Forty auditioned
for the group last Septem-
ber; 36 were chosen, but
only 24 will go onstage
tomorrow night. Members
who make the fall auditions
are tested the following Jan-
uary and assessed to make
sure they've improved on
any weaknesses.
"If they don't, they will go
on probation.
"That's how we maintain
the quality of the Allegro
Singers, and yes sometimes
it may be a high turnover,"
said Wallace.
"If you miss two
rehearsals without a legiti-
mate excuse, you won't go
on, you are dismissed . .
It's not about quantity any-
more the 24 voices that
I'm taking on stage can
sound like 50. It's the quali-
ty of the voices."
Tight standards and high
expectations should pay off,
particularly at the first show;
tickets for Thursday sell $50
apiece, when patrons, spon-
sors, and potential sponsors
are expected to turn out.
Friday and Saturday night
concerts are $20, with show-
time at 8pm each night.

Along with the featured
artists mentioned above,
'An Evening of Gershwin'
includes the band World-
wide Ensemble for Soul
Technology (W.E.S.T.), and
selections by Strings N Tings
led by Helene Peloquin.
And audiences can look for-
ward to another treat the
conductor stepping into his
performing shoes, to join
Joann Callender in the duet
'Bess, You Is My Woman
Mr Wallace's tenor voice
earned him recognition in St
Louis, where he won The
Bach Society's "Young
Artist Award" five years in
a row and was featured
soloist with the St Louis
Symphony Orchestra in
1992, and many other operas
and oratorios. At this
week's concert, he not only
returns to singing, but
makes his premiere as a

"I've not really sung for
the Bahamian public for a
very long time maybe for
weddings and special occa-
sions, but I think it's about
time that I get back on the
scene," says Mr Wallace,
who is also planning to
relaunch his singing career
in the US, Asia, and
While he's doing his bari-
tone premiere in the
Bahamas, he does plan to
return to the US as well. But
he plans to continue to take
other Bahamian talents
along with him. After a
stint in the US, Wallace

A LONG WAY DOWN, by Nick Hornby. Hornby's new
novel, about four would-be suicides, confirms his grasp of both
the comic and the tragic (Riverhead, $24.95).
LOVE CREEPS, by Amanda Filipacchi. Three extremely
neurotic characters are brought together by stalking in this
inventive and intelligent anti-romance (St. Martin's, $23.95).
SPECIMEN DAYS, by Michael Cunningham. With Whitman
as their ghostly muse, the novel's three self-contained novellas
form a rich, melancholy whole (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25).
THE OPTIMISTS, by Andrew Miller. A subtle, beautifully
written novel that explores the plight of a caring man in an
uncaring universe (Harcourt, $24).
1776, by David McCullough. America's most momentous
year, captured in trademark you-are-there style by the prize-win-
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returned to the Bahamas -
and he says he did it for rea-
sons .like., the.,.. Allegroq;..

Singers, and other areas he's
involved in, like Artist Guild
International, a group
geared to giving young
Bahamians forums in which
to perform.
"The main reason for me
being here back in the
Bahamas is to give back.
There was a lot of criticism
when I first came back home
-'why are you here? You're
leaving all the glitz, the

glamour' 'you're getting out
of the business'," says Wal-
lace, now Christ Church
Cathedral's youngest-ever
director. "It's okay to be a
big fish in a little pond but
there's a whole world out
there that needs to be con-
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of Gershwin' can be pur-
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WH A T 'S 0 N I N AND A R 0 U N D N A S A U


*Ill Parties, Nightclubs
& Restaurants

Bahamas' 32nd Independence Celebrations:
* Tuesday, July 5: National Arts Festival Gospel Extrav-
aganza, Golden Gates Assembly, Carmichael Road @
* Wednesday, July 6: National Arts Festival Dance and
Drama at COB. Time: 7:30pm
* Friday, July 8 (National Pride Day): All-Bahamian
Concert @ Arawak Cay. Featuring top Bahamian artists
like KB, Ronnie Butler, Gino D, Terez Hepburn and
more. Time: 9:30pm. The concert will be preceded by a 1-
hour Junkanoo parade.
* Saturday, July 9 (Independence Eve): All roads lead to
Clifford Park for the Independence Celebration @ 8pm.
Featuring: performances by the National Liturgical
Dancers; and a Youth Band Explosion, featuring the
Pathfinders Band, Bain and Grants Town Band and
the Church of God of Prophecy Youth Band. Also fea-
turing a performance by Prophet Lawrence Rolle, fol-
lowed by an Ecumenical service, inspection of uni-
formed officers, flag raising ceremony and fireworks.
* Sunday, July 10 (Independence Day): Concert in Raw-
sons Square @ 4pm. Featuring: The National Youth
Orchestra; the Bahamas Boys Band; The National
Dance Company; The National Children's Choir; C V
Bethel High School's Pop Band; the National Dance
School; and National Youth Choir
* Monday, July 11: People's Rush-out, from Paradise
Island Bridge to Arawak Cay, beginning at 4am.

Junkanoo in June, every Saturday @ Arawak Cay. Fea-
turing: performances by local Bahamian artists and a
Junkanoo group comprised of several local groups.
Admission: free. The festival will be held every Saturday
until July 2.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club
Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Fea-
turing a female body painting extravaganza. Free body
painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission:
Men free before 10 pm. Females free. There will be
free food and hors d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm.
Open until 4 am.

Exotic Saturdays @ Fridays Soon Come starts with 3 for
$10 drink specials. Admission: $10 before midnight and
$15 after. Ladies free before11pm. .

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 reservations
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 Vocal-
ist of the Week $250 cash prize. Winner selected at end
of month from finalists cash prize $1,000. Admission
$10 with one free drink.

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

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

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

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

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

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Happy Hour every Friday
-3 for $10 mixed drinks and $1 shots. Bahamian Night
(Free admission) every Saturday with live music from 8
pm to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8 pm to mid-
night, $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 Swor-
l'wide on the decks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

The Arts

The Agronomist (2003) willbe showing at the NAGB on
Thursday, June 23 @7:45pm. The 90-minute PG-13 rat-
ed film is produced by Jonathan Demme. It is an inspir-
ing yet heartbreaking documentary about a Haitian
journalist hero who in trying to uphold democratic val-
ues in his country, fell victim to an assasination. He was
Jean Dominique whose broadcasting station Radio Haiti
Inter has been a controversial beacon earning many
supporters as well as bitte' enemies. The Agronomist was
released in the wake of the recent upheaval in Haiti.
Discussants to follow the screening are: Dr Ian Strachan,
Chair of COB's School of English; Dr Eugene Newry,
Bahamas Ambassador to Haiti; and Antoine Ferrier,
Haitian-Bahamian photographer. The screening is free to
the public.

The Playground Project, an opportunity for small groups
of students and/or professional artists to collaborate on
site-specific installations on the NAGB grounds, begins
on Saturday, June 25 @ the NAGB. The installation
will be done in the style of contemporary Korean artist
Do-Ho Suh, best known for his intricate sculptures that
defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity.
Instructor: John Cox. Age group: 14 years and older.
Cost: $24 (members) 1 $30 (non-members) Prize includes
3 sessions (June 25, July 2 and July 9) Time: 10am -
2pm each day.

Self Expressions, an exhibition of mixed media works by
artist Desmond Darville is open for viewing, 6pm-9pm
at Segafredo Cafe, Charlotte St North.

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 collec-
tion, including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Anto-
nius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-
5800 to book tours.

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

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
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean suites of paintings of Nassau and its environs. Tupper
Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every was a British military officer stationed at Fort Char-
lotte in the 1850s. The works show a pre-modern
Bahamas through the decidely British medium of 'water-
colour. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

mM I Health

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

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 certified
by the AHA. The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to
avoid sudden death syndrome and the most common
serious injuries and choking that can occur in adults,
infants 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.

f Civic Clubs

The Bahamas Historical Society will meet Thursday,
June 30, 6pm at the museum on Elizabeth Ave and Bay
St. Dr John Burton of DePaul University, Chicago will
be the guest speaker. He will deliver a presentation,
with slides, entitled "Monuments in Search of Meaning:
Bahamian Images of Christopher Columbus". The pub-
lic is invited.

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 Coimunity College Rm A19, Jean
St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial
Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets
every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whit-
ney 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. Club
Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in
the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros.
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 Friday 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 pro-
motes the Spanish language and culture in the commu-

I I IRik,


Have a 'Laff with


Tribune Feature Writer
hen it
comes to
W laughing
and having
a good
time, Christians don't have to
be left out of the loop. At the
same time, even the secular
world sometimes wants a break
from boisterous entertainment.
A fun-filled night of family-
friendly comedy might be the
answer for both groups.
"Laff with the Hallelujah
Boys", a religious comedy
show that originated in
Freeport, seeks to do just that -
entertain Christians as well as
non-Christians, and show that
there are some forms of enter-
tainment that can reach a cross-

Hallelujah Boys'

section of individuals.
The Nassau debut of the
show held at the Holy Trinity
Activity Centre on Saturday
night featured the comedy of
David Wallace and Wilbert
Stubbs, with a special guest
appearance by Ms Jessy Pearl
Idamae Boysheblack.
Though the crowd was not
as thick as organisers had
hoped, those who turned out
were no doubt entertained, if
the periodic outbursts were
anything to go by.
David Wallace, a familiar
face from plays like Election
2002: "If You Don't Laugh,
You'll Cry", and "Say '99",
teamed up with fellow come-
dian Wilbert Stubbs to organise

the comedy show. The pair met
at a function they were host-
ing, realised they had comedic
chemistry and decided to put
on a show.
Only this time they wanted
to appeal to a different group, a
more religious-based audience.
First called "Church out
Crab Crawling", the pair set
out to make families laugh. But
they became the Hallelujah
boys after both comedians
found themselves saying "hal-
lelujah" after every sentence.
To accommodate their new
name, the title of the show was
changed to "Laff with the Hal-
lelujah Boys".
Wallace and Stubbs first
shared their stand-up comedy
at Freeport Bible Church,
Grand Bahama. Going on
stage without a rehearsal, and
only a format of how they
wanted the show to come off,
the comedians made it look
The show was a "hit".
After eight other perfor-
mances in Grand Bahama and
a performance in the Turks and
Caicos Islands, "Laff with the
Hallelujah Boys" came to Nas-
sau (last Saturday).
Those who see the show will
find that though Wallace and
Stubbs work well together on'
stage, they each have a distinc-
tive style that gives the show
Stubbs appears to be the
more conservative of the two,
while Wallace appears to have
a more forward style.
In Saturday's show, the
comedians made fun of every-
thing, from gay priests and
Baptist reverends to Christian
hymns and church traditions.
They also directed their
humour outside of the religious
arena on numerous occasions,
making political wisecracks.
But what seemed to be a com-
mon thread in each stand up
routine was references to how
last year's hurricanes ripped
through Grand Bahama, and
the aftermath that followed -
long food and water lines, elec-
trical disturbances, etc.
According to Stubbs, the
objective of the show is to
allow people to see that God

* DAVID Wallace, a familiar face from plays like Election 2002: "If You Don't Laugh,
You'll Cry", and "Say '99", teamed up with fellow comedian Wilbert Stubbs (left) to
organise the comedy show.

(Photos: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

has a sense of humor. He says
that the Christian journey is
one of freedom and joy despite
"The Bible declares that 'the
joy of the Lord is our strength'.
Those who have seen the show
say that following the perfor-
mance they felt as if a load was
lifted from their shoulders.
They forgot their problems and
after looking at it again they
can now laugh at it," says
"After hearing comments
like this, it gives us the sense
that we have accomplished
what we were purposed to do
with the show."
What is interesting about this
show is that even though it is
dubbed a religious comedy
show, some of the jokes

seemed a bit risque, mainly the
ones coming from Wallace.
David Wallace, a former MP,
says that while some people see
his jokes as "raunchy", his per-
formance is all done in
Wallace tells Tribune Enter-
tainment "I say (these jokes) to
allow people to see that it is
the mind of the individual who
receives the joke. If one joke
seems to have been a border-
line joke, please forgive I said, it was all done
in good humour."
But Wallace's style, though
forward, seemed to go over
well with the audience mem-
bers who were laughing hys-

The final "Laff with the Hal-
lelujah Boys" show will be held
on Saturday, June 25 at the
Holy Trinity Activity Center,
Stapledon Gardens. Time:
7pm. Tickets are $ 25 (regular
seating) / $30 (preferred seating
and @ the door). Children are
$10 @ the door. Tickets can be
purchased at the Seventeen
Shop; Collins Avenue, Origi-
nal Swiss Pastry Shop, Cable
Beach; Sun Isles, Montrose
Ave and V & B Travel, East
Street. Groups of 10 individuals
or more: $20 (per person).
Following the Nassau per-
formances, there are plans to
take the show on a Family
Island tour. For next year, the
comedians plan a new format
with all-new material.

Junkanoo in June organisers make

sure local artisans play major role

JUNKANOO in June has always
been one of the most anticipated fes-
tivals of the summer festival season
and this year's event did not disap-
From the elaborate Junkanoo muse-
um to the village themed layout,
Bahamian culture and heritage are
defining themes that can be found
throughout the festival.
Pushing the cultural aspect, of the
festival even further this year, the
Junkanoo in June festival organisers
have made sure that' lpcal artisans
played a major role. As soon as one
enters the gates of the festival site,
the Bahamian Craft Centre is the first
And with artisans like Wendy Rolle,
who specialises in earrings and acces-
sories made from indigenous Bahami-
an products to the Glass Blower, Sid-
ney Pratt, who will carve your name in
glass in less than five minutes, the
Junkanoo in June artisans are a major
hit with both locals and visitors.
Ms Rolle, a nurse by profession,
began making indigenous jewellery
five years ago when she begun expe-
riencing difficulty finding accessories
locally to match her very exotic tastes.
A frequent vendor at Junkanoo in
June, Ms Rolle uses anything from
jujU and sour sop seeds to beach beans

to make earrings, necklaces and
bracelets. And although she does jew-
ellery making strictly as a side pro-
fession, Ms Rolle is confident that
indigenous accessories could develop
into a booming business in the
Straw is another indigenous product
that has the potential for huge eco-
nomic growth.
With the rising demand for straw
products on the local and international
fashion scene, straw vendors abound-
ed in the Craft Centre. There were
creations by Ena at Ena's Straw and
straw purses and accessories by Eloise
Smith among others. Both Ena
Knowles and Eloise Smith are ven-
dors in the Bahama Craft Centre on
Paradise Island.
According to Ms Smith, in recent
years, straw products have begun to
make a comeback, especially on the
local scene.
"Natives are very much into our
products now more than ever," she
Glass Blower, Sidney Pratt was also
a big hit with visitors and locals. Hail-
ing from the International Bazaar in
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Mr Pratt,

* STRAW Artisan, Eloise Smith in the Bahamas Craft Centre at Junkanoo in June.

drew crowds mesmerised by his intri- torch to the delight of curious onlook- the strings of glass into various shapes
cate glass designs. Using a mixture of ers. was a delightful treat to all who
propane and oxygen, the glass artisan The absolute ease with which he stopped by the Bahamian Craft Cen-
created artifacts on site with a blow used the steady blue flame to mold tre at Junkanoo in June.






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With the
release of
"Truth", a
new compi-
album, DJ Counsellor, gospel
artist and head of Kingdom
Dub Entertainment, hopes to
give Bahamian music lovers,
mainly young persons, an alter-
native and more positive type
of music to enjoy.
"My main thing, my mission
statement for life is to make a
difference and to create an
alternative to what is really out
there right now," the promoter
tells Tribune Entertainment.

While the artist says that he
does not believe in "bashing"
musicians who may hold beliefs
different from his, he says that
the music he produces gives
young people an alternative.
"When young people hear
this music, they know they
have an alternative to choose
whatever route they want to in
life," says Counsellor.
The "Truth" compilation is
the label's latest release. It
bridges sounds from Bahamian
contemporary gospel artists as
well as performers from vari-
ous Caribbean islands who sub-
mitted their tracks after hear-
ing that Kingdom Dub was
releasing a compilation.
But not all submissions made
it on the 14-track disc. Most of

the featured artists are "sea-
soned" performers, with 14-
year old Kingdom Empress
being the youngest artist on
board, as well as the "fresh-
man" to recording music.
As the title of the album sug-
gests, DJ Counsellor says that
the artists have come together
to present one message, and
that is the truth.
It comes at a time, he adds,
when many young people are
being fed a lie.
Says DJ Counsellor: "They
are being fed a big lie, and with
the media is a powerful venue.
The record labels and other
artists paint this picture of what
they claim is prosperity and the
good life.
"But years down the road, it
is seen in their lives after
they've finished singing, they're
caught up with different virus-
es, court cases and whatever."
But the truth, says DJ Coun-
sellor, is that there is a wrong
and a right way to go about
obtaining wealth.
"The main thing with the
gospel is to enlighten what is
already there. And the main
thing is, yeah we are supposed
to be prosperous, we are to
have the good things in life but
there is a right way. It seems to
be a harder way or a longer
way, but it's worth it in the
end," he notes.
According to Counsellor, the
album embraces a form of
music that the church in gen-
eral hasn't fully accepted -
gospel reggae. But audiences
who have a broader knowledge


of reggae music, especially
young persons (whether or not
they are in church) can identi-
fy with "Truth".
"A lot of folks are so
shocked at gospel reggae. They
are still startled. But the secular
DJs have it and mix them into
their shows and other events,"
says Counsellor.
"On this album, we have tak-
en different secular tracks from
Tanya Stephens and Gentle-
man. The main reason why I
did that is so that for those out
there who are not really use to
gospel reggae, there is some-

thing familiar that they can
relate to," the promoter shares.
DJ Counsellor says that
those who listen to the album
will find different social issues
addressed in each artist's lyrics.
"The main thing is that (the)
youth, we go through a lot of
things in our lives. But we
don't have proper counsel or
we don't know who to go to.
So we just go through situa-
tions and we use music as a
tool, as a venue, as a platform
to address certain situations
that regularly don't get


Album: Truth

Artist: Compilation

A Kingdom Dub
Entertainment Production,

EVERY compilation album
-has its ups and downs because
there are so many different
artists and so many different
styles jam-packed onto a tiny
disc. So you win some you lose
And in this album, you have
the same scenario. For the
most part, the lyrics have depth
and capture some truth about a
particular life situation, but oth-
er songs seem to not grasp the
listener as much.
Kingdom Dub Entertain-
ment's 14-track gospel reggae
compilation features several
local artists who have been in
the gospel music business for
a while, as well as up and com-
ing Caribbean acts.
For example, St Matthew,
one of the promising voices out
of Jamaica, who sounds a lot
like Baby Sham; Mysta Oracle

from St Martin, another tal-
ented individual; and Solo, who
was featured on Landlord's
"We Need Peace", with
Luciano. The youngest person
on the album is Kingdom
Empress (Bahamas), who also
hosts a TV show, Kingdom
With familiarity to its secular
listeners, who would be famil-
iar with Tanya Stephens' "It's a
Pity" (track used on "Wa Ting
Dis"), and Usher's Yeah Yeah
(track used on "BIBLE"),
Kingdom Dub has tried to
bridge the gap between the
gospel world and secular world,
which is commendable.
One of the things that takes
away from this otherwise,
enlightening album; however, is
that many of the same voices
are heard throughout the
The album features (in order
of appearance): "Jesus Freak"
by DJ Counsellor feat. Mr
Lynx; "Wa Ting Dis" by Sista
K feat. Bonafyde; "Power of
Love" St Matthew; "B I B L
E" Kingdom Empress; "Hail
Him Up Remix 2" by DJ

Counsellor feat. Bonafyde;
"Surviving" Solo; "You Save,
Right" Bonafyde; "Bust a
Prayer" DJ Counsellor;
"Don't Worry" by Bonafyde
feat. Acapella; "UNITY" -
Solo; "One God One Hope"
by manifest feat. Selector & J

83 Blaze; "Tell The World" -
Mysta oracle; "Hail Him Up
Remix 1" by DJ Counsellor
feat. Bonafyde & Selector; and
"Conisequences" by Kingdom
Empress feat. DJ Counsellor.
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