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Publication Date: June 29, 2005
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into allegations

of corruption

Tribune Staff Reporter
A POLICE investigation is
underway to determine whether
Immigration officers have been
issuing illegal work permits to
migrants, according to Director
of Immigration Vernon Bur-
Mr Burrows admitted yester-
day that "there may be persons
within the Immigration Depart-
ment who are accepting funds
from foreigners and making
erroneous promises."
Mr Burrows said that "police
are investigating rumours and
alleged incidences of impropri-
ety" at the department follow-
ing anonymous letters written
by employees, implicating cer-
tain officers at the department.
"In recent times there have
been some unscrupulous per-
sons who have written letters
about other employees in the
department and many out there
are looking at the content of
those letters as being factual
before a proper investigation
can be conducted," said Mr
"All of these matters," he
said, "are now for police to
investigate, and we hope that
they get to the bottom of it
because there are far too many
innocent names circulating
among the bad."
Mr Burrows was responding
to claims made by Senate vice-
president Rev C B Moss, who
stated on Tuesday that "the
Immigration Department is in

need of a thorough house clean-
Mr Moss was making his con-
tribution to the 2005/2006 bud-
get debate when he suggested
that something is seriously
wrong at the Department of
Immigration, and "we have to
get to the bottom of it, before it
gets to the bottom of us."
Although he admits there are
rumours circulating about immi-
gration officers, Mr Burrows
said he considers Mr Moss'
comments "very irresponsible,
because of the mere fact that
he has not approached the
department to ask questions
about the allegations."
"You see, in the Bahamas no
one wants to mess up with the
truth, they always seem to make
mistakes by speculating, and I
believe that so-called responsi-
ble people in society should
think to come in to the depart-
ment and find out the real facts
before they make comments
about rumours they have
heard," said Mr Burrows.
Despite police investigations
into the matter, Mr Burrows
contended that most employ-
ees at the department are "com-
mitted civil servants who are
conducting business according
to proper procedure."
He also said that the issuing
of work permits at the Depart-
ment of Immigration is now
done through such "a tedious
system of screening and polic-
ing, which makes it remotely
SEE page ten

Virgin makes inaugural ht
Virgin makes inaugural flight

SIR Richard Branson, chairman of
Virgin Atlantic, clad in a Bahamas flag
shirt accompanied by Miss Bahamas
2005 stood on the wing of Virgin
Atlantic's 747-400 "The Islander" at
Nassau International Airport yesterday,
ushering in the new flight service linking

New Providence and London.
This inaugural flight marks the opening
of a weekly service between Gatwick
(London) and Nassau, starting'on July 4.
William King, Senior Vice President of
the North American operations, who first
started out with the airline as a ticket agent
21 years ago, said that this incorporation of
SEE page ten

NEMA: 'Donation put to good use'

Chief Reporter
THE National Emergency Management
Agency yesterday responded to what Grand
Bahama Port Authority co-chairman Sir Jack
Hayward described as the agency's "stony
silence" when asked to account for $1 million
he and the late Edward St George donated to
the hurricane fund.

Luther Smith, NEMA's senior co-ordinator
for recovery and restoration, told The Tri-
bune that Sir Jack's donation has already
been put to good use.
"The thing about it is we appealed for funds
for national disaster relief. By its nature it
was intended to be applied nationally. Sir
Jack and the late Edward St George did in
SEE page ten

Isaacs 'arranged drug deal'

Tribune Staff Reporter
IT was the late Sean Isaacs and not Dwight
Major who arranged a drug deal by telephone
that was recorded by police, the Supreme Court
heard yesterday in an affidavit by a convicted
drug smuggler.

Dion Minnis, whose affidavit was read by
Major's lawyer Michael Kemp, said both Isaacs
and Major are called "Papa", and that if the
courts were to release the tapes, it would be
clear that it was his boss, Sean Isaacs, to whom
he was speaking.
SEE page ten

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AN activist has urged Bahami-
ans to recognise the extent of vio-
lence in the Bahamas in the wake
of a murder on Monday night.
Carlos Reid, director of
Youth Against Violence,
believes there will be no quick
solution to violence until
Bahamians become realistic in
recognising the social dilemma
facing the country.
"It's time to get proactive on
crime, we have too long been in
denial," Mr Reid told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
SEE page ten

Lightning causes

fire at Exuma

National Park

the rescue when an island in
the Exuma Cays Land and
Sea Park caught fire as the
result of a lightning strike on
Saturday night.
A visiting yachtsman saw
the fire on Shroud Cay and
reported it to the park head-
quarters at Warderick Wells.
According to the Bahamas
National Trust, volunteers
were able to create a fire-
break on the south end of the
cay, which prevented the fire
from continuing southward
through the island.
Around 40 acres of dried
palm fronds and low-lying
vegetation were affected.

Around 40 acres

are affected

"The fire flashed through
the area and it is felt that the
actual trees have not been
killed," said a release from the
An area at the south west-
corner of the fire zone has
been marked to monitor the
recovery of the vegetation.
"Bahamas National Trust
Parks personnel will be visit-
ing the area on a weekly basis

to assess the speed of the
recovery of the fire damaged
area," said the release.
Shroud Cay is actually a
group of cays and rocks
between which lies an exten-
sive marl and mangrove wet-
land which is a nursery
area for a variety of marine
The wetland was not affect-
ed by the fire, the Trust said.

* DAMAGE to some of Exuma National Park after Saturday's fire.

* SMOKE billows from Exuma National Park following the fire.

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Speaking u

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Rodney Knowles speaks with
quiet confidence. His five
year old son, Patrick, was
diagnosed with Autism in
2003. Rodney has noticed
that in many instances
Bahamians tend to withdraw
when confronted with serious
illness in family members.
Rather than take this
approach, Rodney and his
wife, Anna Maria, have
tackled Patrick's situation
head-on. Their proactive
attitude may have made all
the difference.

Austism is a complex
developmental disorder that
affects a person's ability to
communicate and interact
socially. As the U.S. Autism
Society states, "Autism
knows no racial, ethnic, or
social boundaries."

Experts agree that the earlier
treatment is started the better
the chance the child has of
reaching normal functioning

With this knowledge, in hand,
the Knowles' completely re-
arranged their lives. Anna Maria
and Patrick moved to the
States and enrolled Patrick in
a highly structured Autism
Therapy Program. There he
receives professional therapy in
sign language and other
communication skills and in
social interaction.

With extraordinary medical bills
to pay Rodney stays home and
works long hours. He says
simply that people should be
more aware of illnesses like
autism and the fact that there
are programs that can help.
Patrick has improved in a
number of areas and the
Knowles are hopeful that he
will be home later this year -
and with the aid of professional
assistant be able to attend
school. The Father Pat Fund
is pleased to donate $2,000 to
Patrick's expenses. If you
would also like to help, please
contact Rodney Knowles in
the evenings at 393-2103 or at
PO Box N 564, Nassau.

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Government signs contract for 'essential'

$11 million communications system

Tribune Staff Reporter
implement a $11 million com-
munications system for the
country's entire public sector.
Yesterday morning at the
cabinet office, Deputy Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt signed
a contract with officials from
the Motorola Corporation for
the acquisition of communica-
tion equipment and infrastruc-
ture for the new system.
"We are all familiar with the
challenge that the structure of
the Bahamas poses in meeting
the need of communicating
with our far-flung communi-
"This challenge is multiplied
many times over in times of
emergency or disaster. So this
equipment upgrade is not only
timely, but given our recent
experience with hurricanes, it
is essential," said Mrs Pratt.

Motorola vice president
Andy Gray said the system
includes hand held radios and
mobile radios which will be
installed in police and govern-
ment vehicles.
On the island of New Provi-
defnce, communications will be
fully digital and will use
Mr Gray said that the sys-
tem will help police officers
and government workers com-
municate throughout the
islands in times of emergency.
"We have worked very
hard, over approximately
three years, designing the
most modern and up-to-date
technology and innovation
"This is to make it easy for
all of the public safety entities
in the government of the
Bahamas to serve the people
of this country," said Mr Gray.

Tribune Staff Reporter
A LOCAL doctor of natural
medicine has announced that
he will lobby for the Bahamas
to become the world headquar-
ters for alternative medical
Dr Kevin C King, owner of
NHC Nutrition, told The Tri-
bune that next month he will be
attending the Commission on
Academic Standards in the
Healing Arts (CASHA) con-
clave, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He said that all the world's
alternative and natural medi-
cine organisations will be in
Dr King said he will lobby for
the headquarters of CASHA to
be relocated to Nassau, along
with the first international reg-
istry of natural medicine practi-

"Traditionally, Bahamians
are used to using natural medi-
cine. We grew up on using
Bahamian medicinal plants.
"Also, Bahamians are more
receptive to natural medicine
than most countries in the
world," said Dr King.
He said a focus of discussions
at the conclave will be the pro-
posed establishment on Andros
of a university of humanitarian
medicine, as CASHA seeks to
be granted a medical charter.
While in Utah, Dr King will
meet with the world's largest
manufacturer of oils used in nat-
ural medicine, Dr Gary Young.
Dr King said that the possi-
bility of establishing a manu-
facturing plant on Andros using
Bahamian medicinal plants was
raised in previous meetings, and
will be discussed further at the
"This could mean a tremen-
dous boost in employment for
Andros. The first phase of the

DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt thanked Mr. Andy Gray; MCII Vice President of
Motorola, yesterday after signing an $11m communications contract. Pictured centre is Com-
missioner of Police Paul Farquharson.
(Photo: Tanya CartwrighOt

project will provide 100 local
"Once the plant is completed
a total of 200 permanent jobs
will be available," he said.
Dr King added that "oil med-
icine and organic farming,
organic oil chemistry, steel man-
ufacturing and engineering will
be taught at the proposed uni-
He said a spin-off from the
university being on Andros will
be that most of the students at
the university will be foreign.
The students, he pointed out,
will need housing, restaurant
services, transportation, grocery
stores, clothing stores and med-
ical supplies.
Dr King said he as received e-
mails from persons all over the
world, including from Hong
Kong, Russia, and England,
who want to be a part of
natural medicine in the


ship damages

warships in crash
A BAHAMIAN-registered ship crashed into a Bangladesh
navy jetty on Monday evening, damaging three Bangladeshi
According to the news network China View, the captain of
the MV CEC Copenhagen was arriving at the Chittagong
Port Channel in southeastern Bangladesh at around 6pm
when he lost control of the ship due to strong winds and what
he referred to as a failure in steering the vessel.
The cargo ship was reportedly loaded with nearly 600
containers at the time.
The extent of damage to the Bangladeshi ships is yet to be
The local port authority has appropriated the CEC Copen-
hagen, and has formed an inquiry committee to investi-
gate the incident.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Sir Jack and the millionn donation

GRAND Bahama co-chairman, Sir Jack
Hayward, tired of being fobbed off by civil
servants, now wants an accounting of the $1
million that he and his late partner Edward St
George donated to the National Emergency
Management Agency after last year's destruc-
tive hurricanes.
It all started in March when Sir Jack
returned to Freeport from a world cruise.
Meeting with members of the YMCA, of
which he is the founder, he was told of a letter
that the Y had written to NEMA describing
the extensive damage done by the hurricanes
to its facilities and requesting urgent help.
That would be no problem, Sir Jack told them.
"You'll be able to get help from the $1 million
donation Edward and I gave to NEMA for
Grand Bahama."
Much to Sir Jack's surprise, and later cha-
grin, NEMA turned down the Y's request,
pleading lack of funds.
A member of Sir Jack's staff was instructed
to contact Mr Canard Bethel, NEMA's rep-
resentative in Grand Bahama. Mr Bethel
relayed the same message: No funds in
Freeport. Sir Jack then phoned Mr Bethel
himself. "Best of luck, Sir Jack, I cannot get
anything out of Nassau," Sir Jack said a sym-
pathetic Mr Bethel told him.
Sir Jack said that his cancelled million dol-
lar cheque was endorsed on the back as having
been deposited to NEMA, Nassau, and not, as
instructed by him and his partner, to NEMA,
By now Sir Jack was becoming agitated,
especially as he was receiving pleas for help
from schools with leaking roofs, and non-func-
tioning toilets.
And so he called Nassau to speak with Carl
Smith, NEMA's head man in New Providence.
He explained the situation to Mr Smith and
told him that he wanted an accounting of
monies received by NEMA from him and his
late partner, and also the funds collected by Sir
Albert Miller from the Port Authority's asso-
ciated companies over and above the $1
million private donation.
No more was heard from Mr Smith or any-
one from NEMA. Sir Jack's request was being
ignored. And so Sir Jack continued to call Mr
Smith's office, receiving the usual civil ser-
vice brush off -"he's out of office", "he'll be
in by 4.45pm", etc. But no matter how often
Sir Jack called, Mr Smith was never available.
Sir Jack then started to put pressure on Mr
Smith's secretary. He informed her that if he
did not hear from Mr Smith by the end of the
day, he would go to the press. Sir Jack waited

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in his office until 6pm Monday. Still no return
call, and no attempt at an explanation. By
now Sir Jack's "vexation" was really and tru-
ly "yucked up". He picked up the telephone
and called The Tribune.
His story appeared in Tuesday morning's
Yesterday Luther Smith, NEMA's senior
coordinator, dismissed Sir Jack's frustration as
a "misunderstanding." (See story page 1).
He admitted that the Hayward-St George
donation was deposited to the general disaster
relief fund as were all other donations and,
with the others, was applied nationally.
He said the fund's guidelines would not per-
mit government to use these funds to repair
schools or any private institution, such as the
Grand Bahama YMCA.
Contrary to Mr Smith's belief, Sir Jack has
misunderstood nothing. However, Mr Smith,
NEMA and anyone else who thinks that funds
donated for a specific purpose can be applied
generally are very seriously confused and are
flying in the face of almost 200 years of case
law that says otherwise.
On October 13 last year at a public cere-
mony in Freeport a million dollar cheque, dat-
ed October 12, was handed to Prime Minister
Perry Christie.
The Prime Minister was very clear about
the purpose of the donation. Said Mr Christie:
Mr St George and Sir Jack asked that their
donation be earmarked for Grand Bahama
with 50 per cent going to Freeport, and the
other 50 per cent for East.and West Grand
Bahama. They asked that the funds be used
for restoring educational facilities in Grand
"We have to make a very special position on
this because we wanted never to mix funds
we collected in the disaster account with funds
that would be used for public infrastructure,"
said Mr Christie, who clearly understood the
specific terms of the donation.
If the donation could not be used to repair
public schools and places like the YMCA then
the donors should have been informed before
their funds were mixed with the general fund.
In Barclays v Quistclose, 1970, which
involved the payment of dividends, the House
of Lords decided that where money, advanced
for a specific purpose, cannot be used for that
purpose it takes on the character of a fiducia-
ry trust and there is an implied obligation that
the money must be returned to the donor.
The Law Lords said that this principle had
been recognised in a series of cases for more
than 150 years before the 1970 case.


Foulkes is

right about

LNG project

EDITOR, The Tribune
In today's Tribune dated
Tuesday, June 21, 2005, Sir
Arthur Foulkes writes about the
nation's LNG dichotomy. He
quite correctly describes what
the debate is not about:
It is not about the merits of
the clean non- polluting nature
of natural gas. It is not about the
substantial risks of petroleum
and LPG we have lived with for
many years around Clifton Pier.
Sir Arthur points out that the
debate is about: whether
Bahamians should take risks
associated with proposed LNG
projects not for The Bahamas'
benefit but for thebenefit of
the people of Florida who do
not want the projects in their
own back yard.
The sad fact is that few
Bahamians and quite probably
- too few in government appear

to have carefully examined
"what might be in it" for The
Bahamas. I doubt we have
more than scratched the surface
at analyzing the potential bene-
fits. They must be, and possi-
bly can be, far more than the
30 to 40 million dollars per year
in public revenue. They are far
more than a modest number of
jobs. They may indeed include
some things today's children
will thank you for in another
decade or two.
Admittedly, there are proba-
bly some subtle risks Sir Arthur
as a diplomat will be aware of,
but haven't yet been publicly
However Bahamians should

examine the LNG matter fully
and guard against simply recoil-
ing in horror over risks that may
be wholly manageable.
As for the gas companies we
are entitled to cast a very watch-
ful eye on the length of their
nose because they have had
some tall tales in their sales
In August 1991 when LNG
first became a subject of local
discussion I recommended to
the East Nassau Rotary that we
should not take offence at
Floridians' NIMBY complex.
Instead we should jump at the
chance to examine whether it
might simply be an opportunity
for us. Maybe it is and maybe it
isn't, but let's look carefully and
weigh the facts.
June 21 2005

Have some national pride

EDITOR, The Tribune
INCREDIBLE as it might be
almost 32 years after the Union
Jack was hauled down on Clif-
ford Park and the new flag of
the aspiring new Bahamian
nation was broken and the
National Anthem was struck up
we or it seems the Cable
Bahamas Community Channel
- still does not know what is
the only correct national
anthem of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.
No descanting, no harmoniz-
ing, no change of one single
note written by Timothy Gib-
son is allowed, however the
Bahamas National Youth Choir
singing, what is a rendition of
the National Anthem which I

must question why the Choral
Director would even permit
such as he should know better
what are the protocols.
One hopes that this Bahamas
National Youth Choir when
travelling does not sing this unof-
ficial version. It will be as embar-
rassing as when one of our bands
struck up the National Anthem
of Taiwan at the People's
Republic of China official event.
Those in authority at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
surely should not simply sit by
and not correct an obvious
wrong, but that is precisely what
we do.
If we entertain this over and
over again, soon the words will
be'changed as the musicians
seemingly wish to change the

melody and one of these brighter
Bahamian sunrises, we will play
something unrecognizable by
anyone, but the musicians will
say: "That sounds nice!"
It is our thirty-second year of
Independence and we still do
not give the appropriate and
required protocol to the flag or
to the National Anthem. Just
where is our national pride?
Hoping a Bahamian at Cable
Bahamas will advise the foreign
GM of what is correct and only
permitted... just hoping now.
July 10 is just around the comer,
let us hope Cable will remove
the video by then.
June 15 2005

Unions not representative

EDITOR, The Tribune
LAST evening on Cable/Com-
munity Channel News, Pat Bain
was interviewed as to the influ-
ence of trade unions and it sur-
prised me that he was willing
to admit that the total mem-
bership of all trade unions was
estimated to be at 30,000.
If the work force of the
Bahamas is estimated at
120,000, then the percentage of
trade union members to the

total working population does
not merit the unions to have
what clearly is a privileged posi-
tion around the bargaining table
and influence as to the type and
style of labour laws we would
There have been letters
before asking: Who represents
the majority non-union employ-
ees?. Why are they not listened
Surely it is time for those
employers and employees,who
have shown exemplary exam-
ple and have never had any
labour dispute to get some
praise, as clearly the employer
and employee are content and
are being very productive. How
about that, Mr Minister?

I listened to Elizabeth Estates
MP Malcolm Adderley's pre-
sentation in the Budget debate
and honestly thought my TV
had somehow switched to com-
edy hour!
As president of The Labour
Tribunal, if all the allegations
you made last evening were cor-
rect then, sir, why didn't you do
anything about them?
Hoping for all hopes that the
hot mix is on the way it is
sad that MPs measure their
political representation by how
many linear feet of hot-mix is
laid in their constituency!
June 15 2005

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Campaigners condemn new

animal law as 'ineffective'

activists yesterday spoke out
against the new Marine Mam-
mals Protection Act, calling it a
"national disgrace."
Despite assurances from the
Minister of Agriculture and
Fisheries Alfred Gray that the
new legislation will ensure the
highest standards for dolphin
facilities in the Bahamas,
spokesperson for ReEarth Sam
Duncombe described it as inef-
fective in terms of animal pro-
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mrs Duncombe said
that the new legislation "does
nothing to protect the 22 species
of whale and dolphins of the
Bahamas from fishing gear and
human noises such as sonar. It
does nothing to protect natural
Presenting the legislation to
parliament on Monday, Mr
Gray said the Bahamas will
have some of the strictest health
and welfare regulations for cap-
tive dolphins in the world.
The legislation specifically
prohibits the capture of dol-
phins from Bahamian waters
and prohibits the holding and
exporting of the animals with-
out a licence or permit from the
Minister of Fisheries.
Mr Gray said that he has lis-
tened to the suggestions of envi-
ronmentalists and that he
respects the views of Mrs Dun-
combe that there should be no
capturing of dolphins at all, but
pointed out that he must take
the views of the whole country
into consideration.
"(Dolphins) are a very valu-
able contribution to our tourism
product. It's apparently big
business," he said.






THE Engleston Urban
Renewal Project has once again
won praise from police officers
from across the Caribbean.
Yesterday the project
received an honourable men-
tion award from from the Asso-
ciation of the Caribbean Com-
mission of Police (ACCP).
In addition, Inspector Bruce
Arnette and to Dr Lionel Rolle
also received awards for their
participation in the project.
Speaking at the awards cere-
mony, which took place at the
Urban Renewal Project head-
quarters, Inspector Evans said:
"The officers involved in this
project are pleased to be recog-
nised. Engleston is a special
area, where many persons have
grown up.
"We believe that it can be
restored to its glory days. How-
ever, it takes the efforts of every
person in the area."
This award is the third to be
received by the Bahamas from
the ACCP in five years. It was
presented by Andy Gray, vice-
president of Motorola
John Magee, senior systems
sale manager of Caribbean mar-
kets at Motorola, said that
"Motorola has been involved in
the ACCP for about five years."
"In the past we have simply
been involved with communi-
cation in the Caribbean, but we
wanted to recognize police offi-
cers for the good deeds that are
usually left unnoticed," he said.
He added that the Bahamas
is doing good, things that the
world needs to hear about.
"Motorola provides the
Bahamas with technology and
the things you do with it is
amazing," he said. "You should
be commended, and we salute
He added tat the commit-
ment of police in the Bahamas
makes the country a unique
He said: Community polic-
ing has made a big difference
in crime rates, especially in this
area, and Motorola is proud to
support such programs."

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Elaborating on details of the
legislation, Mr Gray said that it
will provide for daily inspec-
tions of dolphin facilities by the
Department of Fisheries and
make the keeping of records of
daily feeding schedules, med-
ical facilities and dolphin han-
dler-to- animal ratios mandato-

He went on to say that most
countries that keep dolphins in'
captivity, such as the United
States, Mexico and the Domini-
can Republic, allow 20 persons
to interact with one animal at
Under the this law, he said,
only 10 persons will be allowed
to interact with one dolphin at a

time in the Bahamas.
Despite these regulations,
Mrs Duncombe said she is sure
that there will be international
objections to the new legisla-
She estimated that the gov-
ernment has received more than
200 letters from persons and
organisations around the world

FNM anger at Bahamasair

response to question

The FNM yesterday
"strongly advised" Bahama-
sair to "stick to the facts" and
not engage in politics after the
company made a dig at party
leader Tommy Turnquest.
The airline was told that it
should not try to score "cheap
political points", after it
responded to allegations that
Cabinet ministers have direct-
ly or indirectly benefited from
doing business with govern-
The controversy began
when the FNM leader asked
for an explanation for a fee
paid by Bahamasair to the for-
mer law firm of Attorney
General Alfred Sears.
The airline responded that
the money was for an finan-
cial exercise which had been
a priority under the former
FNM administration and
added that this was a fact that
Mr Turnquest "seems to have
forgotten or intentionally over-
On June 17 during an
address to a Grand Bahama
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quest called upon the prime
minister to advise the Bahami-
an people on what was being
done about the $25,000 retain-
er paid to Sears and Co.
"For more than one week
the PLP government remained
silent regarding the serious
charade until last weekend,
Bahamasair issued a statement
refuting the opposition's claim
that a retainer had been paid
to Sears and Co," said the


The national carrier's man-
agement responded that
Bahamasair prides itself on its
transparent modus operandi
and stands ready to account
for anyone at any time regard-
ing its corporate conduct.
Bahamasair has since said
that no retainer was paid to
Sears and Co but rather that
Marion Bethel Sears, of Sears
and Co, was engaged by
Bahamasair to regularise the
airline's corporate records,

expressing their concerns.
Mrs Duncombe also object-
ed to the legislation allowing
the use of dolphins which are
caught in foreign waters.
"This is hypocritical, because
you can't say you want to save
our dolphins when you want to
capture other dolphins from
around the world," she said.

Tribune Staff Reporter
DION Foulkes is calling
for the establishment of a
ministry to oversee and man-
age environmental issues and
natural resources.
Mr Foulkes, speaking in
reaction to a variety of envi-
ronmental health concerns
brought to the public's atten-
tion in recent weeks includ-
ing last week's dumping at
Bonefish National Park -
said the new ministry could
incorporate the Bahamas
Environmental Science and
Technology commission and
the Department of Environ-
mental Health.
"Its function would be to
co-ordinate a national devel-
opment plan with the partic-
ipation of the Bahamian
people," he explained in a
statement yesterday.
According to Mr Foulkes,
among other things, the new
ministry would focus on
developing a more compre-
hensive environmental edu-
cation programme in schools
and community service pro-
grames and would create
policies regarding land use,
physical planning and urban
It would also monitor the
management of coastal zones
and preservation of wet-
lands, as well the expansion
of the park system, beach
access and environment pro-
The Bahamas National
Trust has described the situ-
ation at Bonefish National
Park as the "largest dump-
ing violation uncovered in its
Mr Foulkes commended
trust president Glenn Banis-
ter for pointing out the envi-
ronmental problems which
could result from the dispos-
al of human waste and
garbage in the area.
Mr Foulkes now intends
to discuss these issues with
his FNM colleagues, with a
view to having them includ-
ed in the FNM's Manifesto

something which has not
been done in its 32-year his-
"We contracted her services
because of her expertise in
this particular area. Mrs
Bethel-Sears was able to com-
plete this tedious and compli-
cated exercise at a reasonable
cost $25,740. This fee was
paid in three installments as
the work progressed," the air-
line said.
The FNM said it did not dis-
pute the professional qualifi-
cations of Mrs Bethel-Sears.
"What the FNM rigidly dis-
putes and criticises, however, is
the apparent inability of the
PLP government to under-
stand and accept that it is
wrong and improper and per-
haps professionally unfair for a
government to allow family
members of Cabinet ministers
to benefit from the public trea-
sury by allowing family mem-
bers to render service unless
and until the relevant Cabinet
minister has made the neces-
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US foundation to aid West End

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A non-profit
foundation in the United States
has announced plans to help
improve and stimulate the
storm-ravaged community and
economy of West End.
Ellen Kohn, founder of the
Kohn Foundation, has raised
$27,000 so far to assist in pro-
viding educational scholarships
and loans for small business
ventures to Bahamians living in
West End.
The foundation was estab-
lished a year ago in United
States, prior to the hurricanes
which devastated Grand
Bahama last September.

"The original goal was to
help the children of the West
End village and the secondary
goal was to develop business
opportunity and help re-grow
the village to what. it used to
be," she said yesterday at the
offices of Barefoot Marketing.
The West End community
was hardest hit by the storms,
which left many homes and
small businesses along the
waterfront devastated by surges
and flooding.
With the strong support and
backing of the Old Bahama Bay
resort, Ms Kohn said many
American and foreign property
owners with homes in West
End have pledged their assis-
An educational scholarship

programme has been estab-
lished for middle school and col-
lege-bound students from West
End, with the first scholarships
to be issued in (he later this
The second goal is making
low-interest loans to facilitate
small fishing enterprises, a bak-
ery, and local cottage industries.
"We see this as a wonderful
opportunity in creating business
opportunity in West End," said
Mrs Kohn.
Other initiatives include:
The creation of a West End
technical training programme.
The creation of BARC
(Bahamian Animal Rescue
Committee) to address the large
homeless animal population
and oversee the building of a

new animal shelter in Freeport.
The expansion of fundrais-
ing efforts to include business,
banking and cultural sectors of
Grand Bahama.
The development of a West
End Cultural Centre.
Mrs Kohn, a former CIA
analyst, said: "Our foundation
expects to make difference in
the West End community. It
really began from a little idea
and we really have garnered
phenomenal support from
investors and resort manage-
ment at Old Bahama Bay," she
There are also plans for a
public library, youth centre,
straw market, and art-and-craft
stands, as well as for rebuilding
along the waterfront.

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Criticism from Grand Bahama

after$ lm donation revelation

Chief Reporter
THE National Emergency Management
Agency's (NEMA) failure to account for a
$1 million donation is a further example of
central government not appreciating or
respecting the needs of Grand Bahama, a
lawyer said yesterday.
Fred Smith, president of the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Association
(GBHRA), called on the government to
immediately account for the money, which
was donated by Sir Jack Hayward and the
late Edward St George and specifically ear-
marked for hurricane relief efforts in Grand

In an exclusive interview with The Tri-
bune on Monday, Sir Jack revealed that as
co-chairman of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, he and Mr St George personal-
ly donated $1 million between them to
NEMA, with the caveat that the funds be
used for Grand Bahama. However, said Sir
Jack, NEMA has so far not been able to
account for the money.
"The population of Grand Bahama con-
sists of 60,000 to 70,000 Bahamians who
deserve accountability, particularly in the
wake of two devastating hurricanes. Much
of Freeport remains dilapidated and in dis-
repair from the hurricane and the Port
Authority made it clear .when the contri-
bution was made, that the money was to,

be spent for educational purposes in Grand
Bahama," said Mr Smith.
The GBHRA president pointed out that
"this kind of thing is typical of central gov-
ernment, in this instance through NEMA' as
its agency, to fail to appreciate that Grand
Bahama is not a forgotten backwater town."
He also added that although Grand
Bahama continues to pay 150 million in
taxes every year, very little of that money is
used to the benefit of Grand Bahamians.
"This failure to account and properly
spend the (donated) money in Grand
Bahama reflects decades of central gov-
ernment's abuse of Freeport," he said.

BDM's condemnation on Baha Mar

BAHAMAS Democratic
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sius Stuart has criticised the
Cable Beach Baha Mar deal as
the government giving away too
much land to foreigners.
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The BDM expressed discon-
tent with the government for
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acquired the Radisson resort,
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course, the Cable Beach police
station, the Bahamas Develop-
ment bank complex and the
Gaming Board complex.
"I would like to remind Mr
Christie and his government
that Baha Mar's interest in the
Bahamas is not the Bahamian
people, as only profit is their
bottom line," he said.
He questioned Baha Mar's
finances, saying that "they had
problems finding the initial $147
million that Phil Ruffin (the for-.
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deal with them, therefore their
inability to raise the initial cap-
ital should have raised a red flag
for the government".
The BDM leader claimed
that from 1992 to the present,
both the FNM and PLP gov-
ernments have been "selling
and giving away the country to
foreigners" who only see the
Bahamas as "a banana republic
and a play-ground for them to
fatten their pockets".
He said that the FNM "was
bad for our country and the
PLP are worst".
Mr Stuart said the BDM
believes that the Bahamian peo-
ple must own prime land.
He said that instead of giv-
ing away or selling land, policy
should be to lease land in order
to preserve "the little land that
is left".
Government spokesman Al
Dillette responded to Mr Stu-
art's statements, saying: "The
fact is that the rejuvenation of
Cable Beach will transform
tourism in the Bahamas immea-
surably for the better and every-
one understands that".
Mr Dillette said that "the
government has already gone
out of its way in putting many
details of this investment in the
public domain".
Construction of the new Baha
Mar resort is set to begin in
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A Tough Call primer on affairs at

the national education conference

NEXT week scores of
experts from around
the country will sit down in a
hotel ballroom on Cable Beach
to figure out how to "transform"
our failed education system.
From all accounts, it will be
the first major re-evaluation of
Bahamian education since a
national task force set up by the
incoming Free National Move-
ment government in January,
And what happens at this
four-day meeting next week will
not only affect the more than
50,000 students in our public
schools it will have implica-
tions for our entire future as a
modern society.

Universal Education

0Our public education
system traces its roots
back to the turn of the 20th cen-
tury when the total population
of the Bahamas was about equal
to the number of students in our
schools today.
In America, reformers were
pushing for tax-supported
schools "good enough for the
best and cheap enough for the
poorest," although their aims
were complicated by the fact that
African-Americans were denied
full citizenship.
The situation was much the
same in Britain, where secondary
schools became widely available
only in 1902. It was not until
1914 that an organised national
education system was in place.
Not surprisingly, as a colonial
backwater with a tiny popula-
tion, the Bahamas lagged
"Well into the twentieth cen-
tury...Bahamian education was
both backward and socially
skewed," according to Michael
Craton and Gail Saunders writ-
ing in their two-volume history,
Islanders in the Stream. "Many
black Bahamians remained illit-
erate and only an exceptional
few, whose parents could spare
them and afford the fees, aspired
to any form of secondary edu-
In the early days, Bahamian
education was left mostly to the
churches. By the late 1800s
Catholic nuns and priests ran
several schools, and Methodists
and Presbyterians had their elite
Queen's College. Government
High was the first and for a
long time the only state-sup-
ported secondary school. It
opened in 1925 with just a hand-
ful of students.
Government High was a selec-
tive grammar school in the old
British style, with its own semi-
independent board of governors.
Admission was based on abili-
ty, and the school's original pur-
pose was to train Bahamians for
the growing civil service.
Although open to blacks and
whites, it was derided by the late
Sir Lynden Pindling as "absurd-
ly elitist". But the fact is that
many of our top leaders were
produced by this school includ-
ing both Sir Lynden and his old
nemesis, Sir Stafford Sands.

M ajor social changes
followed the Second
World War, but the number of
Bahamians with more than just a
primary education remained one
of the lowest in the region. Our
few secondary schools were
under-funded and overcrowded
- with a single teacher for every
50 students as late as 1956 (the
current ratio is 1:16, according
to the Ministry of Education
Annual spending on educa-
tion in the 1950s represented
only 10 per cent of the total gov-
ernment budget, or a little over
400,000 pounds sterling. This
compares to 18 per cent of the
budget, or $216 million, today.
According to Dr Keva Bethel,
retired president of the College
of the Bahamas, significant edu-
cation reforms did not begin
until the early 1960s, after a
study by British experts. The old
board of education was replaced
by a ministry in 1964 with
responsibility for secondary
schools. And we became a con-
tributing member of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies.

Majority Rule

But it was the 1967 gen-
eral election, won by Sir
Lynden's Progressive Liberal Par-
ty, that led to the greatest
changes in education. The elec-
tion was a watershed event that

brought the disenfranchised
majority into power for the first
time, leading to an unprecedent-
ed expansion of public education.

"Each year, the PLP govern-
ment awarded to education the
lion's share (19.1 per cent by
1970) of the national budget,"
Dr Bethel reported. "It under-
took a massive programme of
construction throughout the
country, building new schools
and extending existing ones, with
the aim of providing access to
improved levels of education for
all Bahamian children."
The rapid expansion multi-
plied the demand for teachers,
which clashed with the govern-
ment's Bahamianisation policy.
Ironically for a government
aiming to improve education -
this led to a dramatic fall in stan-
dards, which was confirmed by
historian Michael Craton, him-
self a former teacher at the Gov-
ernment High School.
As one observer put it: "We
needed more teachers than ever
before, but at the same time the
government was getting rid of
all the expatriates and there was
a shortage of well-qualified
Bahamians. The result was pre-
dictable you can't have good
students without good teachers."

M any argue that we
still favour quantity
over quality: "The status of the
teaching profession is so low
today that the best candidates
avoid it," one former educator
told Tough Call. "This is a fun-
damental problem. And what's
worse, is that the best teachers
go into high schools and the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, as those
are the levels that require the
highest qualifications. The pri-
mary school teachers are usually
the ones with the weakest skills."
As the PLP government grad-
ually lost its reforming zeal and
became more authoritarian, the
bloated education bureaucracy
became increasingly disconnect-
ed from reality. Public schools
were and still are, many say -
run for the benefit of adminis-
trators rather than the classroom
teachers and their pupils.
At the same time, the whole
fabric of Bahamian society was
being threatened by the massive
corruption caused by the illegal
drug trade: "This...had a serious
impact on student motivation
and brought discipline problems
and elements of violence into
the schools -that seriously ham-
pered the achievement of edu-
cational goals," Dr Bethel wrote,
in a triumph of understatement.

Quality vs Quantity

M eanwhile, a
UNESCO report
acknowledging the government's
success in widening access to
education, also pointed out that
the quality and relevance of that
education was not "in sufficient
harmony with the needs of a
rapidly changing society."
Former COB lecturer Nico-
lette Bethel agrees: "We're


employing an outmoded educa-
tional system adapted from colo-
nial times," she told Tough Call.
"It was never designed to edu-
cate everybody, and so we
shouldn't be surprised that it
doesn't. It certainly doesn't pre-
pare young people for the 21st
century. The curriculum in gen-
eral (because specific elements
of the curriculum are actually
quite good) is largely irrelevant,
and is poorly integrated into stu-
dents' lives, with the result that
not much of it sticks."
As the Bahamas moved into
the last decade of the 20th cen-
tury, it was increasingly clear to
many that our society was on the
verge of a nervous breakdown.
The 1993 education task force
was convened as a matter or
urgency to consider literacy lev-
els, employment skills, adminis-
trative decentralisation and oth-
er issues.
Chaired by Dr Bethel it
found that the output of public
schools lagged behind that of pri-
vate ones. And complaints about
functional illiteracy and poor
work attitudes were widespread.
This is still the case today,.
despite the hundreds of millions
of tax dollars invested in public
education since.

Anew national exam -
the Bahamas General
Certificate of Secondary Educa-
tion was introduced in 1993.
Three years in development, it
was based on the British equiva-
lent and measured the abilities of
a much wider range of students
than the GCE, which it replaced.
The output of our school sys-
tem has hardly changed since
then. All those millions of dollars
produced an overall 'D' grade
last year (reflecting public and
private results for 26 subjects)
and an 'F+' for the public high
schools on New Providence.
Results are graded on an eight-
point scale from A to U. And 21
per cent of 22,000 exam takers
earned failing grades of F, G and
Former education minister
Dion Foulkes, told Tough Call
that "Only the best students
were selected to take GCEs.
Consequently, the average score
was higher than the current D
average. The BGCSE is an open
exam and and all students are
required to take a minimum
amount, which lowers the aver-
age grade. However, the big
advantage of doing it this way is
that we get a true and accurate
picture of how ALL our students
are doing."
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nessman we spoke to, "if private
industry standards were applied
to the education system, we
would have to conclude that it
is not just in trouble it is bank-
rupt, and the entire management
team should be fired."
And don't think that more
money will fix the problem.
From 1965 to 2001, the United
States spent billions to improve
poor schools and give extra help
to struggling students. But test
scores showed no significant
improvement for the period 1973
to 2000. In 2001, Education Sec-
retary Roderick Page said:
"After spending $125 billion...we
have virtually nothing to show
for it."
Dr Bethel says the Bahamas
has achieved "phenomenal
progress in the provision of edu-
cational opportunity" over the
last 50 years, but adds: "The
challenge (is) to achieve the sus-
tained qualitative improvement
that will enable (Bahamians) to
function competitively in a
demanding global environment."

Frightening Figures

n the recent budget debate,
State Finance Minister
James Smith said massive new
foreign investments could have a
dramatic impact on employment
over the'next few years. But
there is a growing consensus that
our young people lack the skills
to benefit from economic
This comment from the expa-
triate manager of a medium-
sized business in Nassau makes
the point: "Many high school
graduates can't learn because
they can't read and write effec-
tively. After conducting much

training without much evidence
of learning, we confirmed our
suspicions with professional test-
ing. We have also been
approached by public school
administrators to help provide
grades two and three reading
texts so they can teach grades
eleven and twelve students."
And clearly, if students can't
read and write effectively by
grade six, they will have great
difficulty advancing through
higher grades. This produces
drop-outs or school leavers with
serious educational handicaps.

WXe desperately need
technology skills,
and this need will only grow as
our protected economy is
opened up in the years ahead.
And everyone is worried about
what our unemployable and
unproductive youth will turn to if
we do not do something soon.
The figures are frightening.
Over half of all births are out of
wedlock. More than two thirds of
young Bahamians are from sin-
gle parent homes, and in most
of these cases the single parent is
a teenage woman. More and
more boys are growing up with-
out a male role model. About 40
per cent of boys drop out of the
public school system.
From this brief perspective it
should be clear that the confer-
ence has a lot of work to do. We
would have liked to speak with
education officials for this article,
but our calls went unanswered
- despite the fact that we

received letters soliciting tens of
thousands of dollars to under-
write the event and urging us td
call for more information.
However, we can report that
expensively produced newspa-
per ads say the conferenc',
expects to "thoroughly examine,
our education system and find
"working solutions" to "21st ceif-
tury challenges".
And waiting in the wings is the
Inter-American Development
Bank, with a $50 million credit
facility on offer to address our
vital educational needs.
No doubt the conference will
be taking a good hard look at
how to spend this money. Hope-
fully it will also look at the qual-
ity of our teachers and the envi-
ronment in which they must
work. It's the people in the
trenches who can most influence
the outcome.

What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-

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all family members attending
the reunion,
July 29th 31st at the
Nassau Beach Hotel, that
the deadline for registration
will be June 30th, 2005.
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Concern about children and poverty

CHILD labour is a problem
that could perpetuate a cycle of
poverty in the Bahamas.
During the national meeting
on child labour and hazardous
occupations yesterday, experts
explained that a danger exists
- even though child labour is
not as pronounced in the

Child labour still a problem, say experts

Bahamas as it is in other devel-
oping countries.
Child labour is both a cause
and consequence of poverty, as
children work to sustain poor
families and then are unable to

get education to become skilled
"Child labour is often root-
ed in complex historical and
livelihood practices which them-
selves hinge upon broader


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from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Senior Manager in its
Internal Audit Department.

Reporting to the Director of Internal Audit, the successful candidate will be
responsible for the day to day operation of the Internal Audit Department
and must be a Certified Internal Auditor as well as a member of one of the
recognized accounting bodies from the United States, United Kingdom or
Canada, (CPA, CA or ACCA designation).

1. With the assistance of Unit Managers, ensure that the Company's
organizational units are periodically examined and reviewed to determine
whether planning, accounting and control activities are in accordance with
management's instructions, guidelines policies and procedures. These practices,
guidelines, policies and procedures should be consistent with Generally
Accepted Accounting & Auditing Principles and sound business practices.
2. Effectively oversee, monitor and supervise audits performed by individual
unit audit managers, giving advice and assistance when necessary. Review
and evaluate executive summaries and audit reports based on audit activities
carried out by the individual audit units to ensure that reports are objective,
concise, accurate, timely and appropriately supported by audit evidence.
3. Obtain input from the Director of Internal Audit, President & CEO, other
members of the Executive Management Team, ard the Audit Committee of
the Board of Directors in order to design a rolling three-year driven strategic
audit plan geared towards reaching specific management or Board of Directors'
objectives. This plan should be revised annuitally and should entail defining
audit universe, prioritizing audit activities and resulting in an annual schedule
of audits to be performed.
4. Assist the Director of I al Audit in determining the department's
operating and capital budg stablish departmental goals, objectives and
performance metrics; promos igh professional & ethical standards;,assist
in the selection and training of qualified and Knowledgeable staff, and provide
for continual up to date industry training to ensure a progressive and effective
internal audit function.
5. Lead special projects on behalf of Executive Management and the Board
of Directors
6. Regularly examine all aspects of the company's business risks and ensure
that such risks are effectively managed.


A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or
a related subject; at least ten years post graduate experience in internal
auditing and a thorough understanding of International Accounting & Auditing
Standards, including financial audits, process audits, operational/IT audits,
and fraud investigations.
Extensive knowledge and experience in the implementation and maintenance
of sound systems of internal control and risk management;
Strong management, verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office; flowcharting; and data extraction
& analysis software is required

All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy
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issues of poverty and society,"
said Harcourt Brown, director
of labour relations in the Min-
istry of Labour and Immigra-
There are an estimated 352
million children aged five to 17
around the world involved in
economic activity. Statistics from
the International Labour Orga-
nization (ILO) show that 246
million of these children are
either below the minimum age
for employment, working at haz-
ardous jobs or working as slaves,
prostitutes or bonded labourers.
Information gathered in a
Rapid Assessment Study by the
ILO's Caribbean Office in 2002
showed that children worked
mainly in the service, vending,
trade and family business indus-
tries and many of these are con-
sidered legitimate forms of work,
but working conditions "make
them suggestive of child labour."
In the Bahamas there were
52 reports of children and
young persons, both male and
female involved in the worst
forms of child labour, such as
slavery and bondage, sexual
exploitation through incestuous
relationships, commerical sex-
ual activites and illicit activites,
said Vincent Peet, Minister of

* VINCENT Peet, Minister of Labour and Immigration

Labour and Immigration.
"As a result of the Grand
Bahama tragedy of the five
missing boys, my ministry con-
vened a meeting on November
24 2003 with supermarket own-
ers and representatives to dis-
cuss the concerns of these indi-
viduals in relation to child
labour with a view to addressing
them," said Mr Peet.
"Foodstores are being used
as baby-sitting centres. If the

children are not in foodstores
then they'll more than likely be
involved in gangs and other
antisocial behaviours," said Mr
Legally, the only jobs a child
or young person in or out of
school can do are grocery pack-
er, gift wrapper, peanut vendor
and newspaper vendor.
As of January 1, 2007 chil-
dren will be prohibited from all

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Man dies in shooting

FROM page one
"Men should try to avoid
resorting to violence rather
than feel as though it is their
priority to prove their man-
hood through violent acts,"
said Mr Reid.
On Monday night a 31-year-
old Yellow Elder Gardens
man died of gunshot wounds
when a gunman opened fire
on him and another man. The
men were sitting on a porch.
According to Police Super-
intendent Hulan Hanna it was
around 11.45pm when Eric
Newbold of Major Road, Yel-
low Elder Gardens, was sit-
ting with a friend on a porch of
a house on Melvern Road.
According to Supt Hanna
around that time the men saw
a blue four-door American car
passing the area several times.
It is reported that at some
point the vehicle travelled east
. Soon afterwards a man in a
black trench coat appeared
from the south side of the
house where Newbold and the
other man were sitting and
started to fire shots at them.
Both men tried to flee, but
Newbold collapsed and died
in the front yard as a result of
gunshot wounds in the left side
of his chest and upper back.
iThe other man escaped
unharmed. Newbold became

the nation's twenty-second
murder victim for the year.
Police have also reported
that a 12-year-old boy
drowned off a dock in Cupids
Cay, Eleuthera. According to
Supt Hanna the body of
Fachan Johnson was discov-
ered floating in the sea on the
north side of the government
dock around 6.25 pin on Mon-
day. The boy was reportedly
last seen at 3.30 pm walking
in that area. Police do not sus-
pect foul play at this time.
Police also reported
another shooting incident
which left a man with several
gunshot wounds on Andros
Avenue, shortly before mid-
night on Tuesday.
The victim, 20-year-old
Jamal Poitier, was reported to
be sitting with a female friend
on the porch of a building on
Andros Avenue when a man
passed by on a motorcycle.
Some minutes later an armed
man reportedly appeared and
fired at Poitier who fled the
scene, with the gunman in pur-
suit. It is reported that Poitier
ran to a neighbour's house
where he discovered that he
had received multiple gunshot
wounds to the mid-section and
upper portion of his body.
Poitier is listed in stable con-
dition. Police are investigat-
ing the incidents.

Virgin's Bahamas service

FROM page one
a Bahamas route is a major
expansion in their service in the
"We are very excited to be
here. Everyone has been fan-
tastic and we look forward to
opening more flights through-
out the week in the near
future," he said.
,,.The Islander is expected to
,iAg stiff competition to other
national low airfare carri-
&xgsby offering professional,
a i" affordable travel.
'This is where competition
is great," Mr King said, "we
always taJ about valuegbut it is
Abput haiing great people,
g A at prices, and a great prod-
That is the secret to the
success of Virgin Atlantic."
,.At; a small ceremony at the
airport, Sir Richard noted the
wonderful reception they had
received from the host of
diplomats and tourism officials.
"This was a wonderful wel-
come. I was slightly nervous
when I saw the fire engines

shooting the water over the
plane and realizing just how
high we were up," he laughed.
"I am delighted that Virgin
Atlantic can now add this col-
lection of beautiful islands to
its extensive range in the
Caribbean. Over the years,
demand for the Bahamas has
been strong with Virgin
Atlantic and Virgin Holidays
passengers travelling over from
London via Miami.
"Now that we are able to
offer this direct link, offering
more flexibility and greater
value for money for our
leisure and business travellers,
we are certain popularity for
the Bahamas will grow," he
This new Bahamas route will
bring the airlines' total num-
ber of destinations to 26, and
will form part of a 20 per cent
increase in capacity to the
Caribbean routes.
Virgin Atlantic's "The
Islander" will service London
to Nassau every Monday at a
rate of $699 round-trip.

Major 'not in drug deal'

FROM page one
Isaacs was also known as
"Sitting Bull".
Kemp is seeking the release
of his clients, Dwight and Keva
Major, a married couple with
four children.
Minnis said he went to
Jamaica to Isaacs in July 2002
and left Jamaica a month later
in a boat he bought from Keva
Major for $182,000.
Isaacs, Minnis said, needed
another boat, and he went back
to Keva Major to purchase it.
She agreed to sell another boat
at a cost of $220,000.
That was the extent of the
Majors' involvement in his
affairs, which he did not com-
municate through the affidavit
to be drug-related. In fact, his
statement said both he and
Isaacs were surprised to learn
that the couple had been
arrested for drug smuggling.
Mr Kemp also entered other
affidavits into evidence yester-
day, in which men affirmed
that they were presented with

attractive offers to testify
against the Majors.
Hayward Cooper, for exam-
ple, said DEU officers beat
him until his eardrum burst as
they questioned him, along
with William Turnquest, on
suspicion of drug smuggling.
He said they were both pre-
sented with affidavits which
contained false information to
jail the Majors.
Andrew Adderley's affidavit
stated that Turnquest was also
unfamiliar with the Majors.
He said he spent 57 months
at a Federal Detention Centre,
where he was placed in a cell
next to Turnquest, and that
they were both given deals to
testify against the Majors.
Minnis has been imprisoned
on charges of conspiracy to
import dangerous drugs at Her
Majesty's Prison.
Mr Kemp asked the court
why Mr Minnis was tried and
jailed in Nassau for the same
alleged deal for which his client
is being sought in the US.
The case continues July 4.

NEMA provides answer to Sir Jack

FROM page one
fact make a contribution of $1
million to the Prime Minister
and James Smith and like all
other donations it was deposit-
ed to a national account," said
Mr Smith.
He said that the guidelines
guarding the fund would not
permit the government to use
funds to repair schools or any
private institution like the
YMCA, the current state of
which Sir Jack said he was con-
cerned about.
"The government spent well
over $5 million in terms of pro-
viding relief to persons from

Sweetings Cay to West End and
including Freeport. That dona-
tion and more was used to bring
relief to Grand Bahama," said
Mr Smith.
He said that Sir Jack's frus-
trations are the result of what
can best be described as a mis-
"The fact is that the funds
which he gave have been uti-
lized, supplemented and used
for the benefit of people of
Grand Bahama and much
more. We have finished houses
in East End, given supplies to
those who don't have insurance,
we built trailer parks for those
who lost homes, built triplexes

for the elderly and it is clear
that work is going on. We are
grateful for the contribution and
the contributions from the
many who donated to the
fund," Mr Smith said.
However, Sir Jack said he has
not seen any evidence that the
funds have been used for the
purposes for which they were
Sir Jack said that he and Mr
St George wrote the prime min-
ister on October 12 2004, high-
lighting their decision to make a
personal contribution to
NEMA of $1 million dollars.
They specifically stated that
the funds were to be earmarked

for Grand Bahama, with 50 per
cent to be spent in Freeport and
50 per cent in the communities
of east and west Grand Bahama.
"We would also like tot
express our wish that these"
funds go toward restoring the
educational facilities on Grand
Bahama. We trust that this con-
tribution will accelerate the
recovery efforts undertaken bY"`
the government in Gra.64.
Bahama," the letter read.
NEMA, said Sir Jack, should
feel obligated to produce some
accounts not just for him, "but
for the whole Grand Bahama
community and the whole

Police investigate corruption allegations

FROM page one
impossible for illegal permits
to be passed over as legitimate
unless forgery is involved."
Mr Burrows claimed that no
single person in the department
can issue a valid work permit

without the signatures of addi-
tional persons.
Although Labour and Immi-
gration Minister Vincent Peet
has the final say, Mr Burrows
said "there is still a mandatory
process that requires additional
signatures to be affixed before
the document(s) can be ren-
dered valid."
Once an approval for a per-
mit is given, Mr Burrows said
the minister and other senior
persons in the department must
sign off on it. He said the indi-

vidual seeking the permit must
then pay the cashier on duty,
who has responsibility to ensure
that the proper procedure was
followed before accepting
Once the permit is paid for,
Mr Burrows said, the appropri-
ate legal documents go into the
permit room for processing and
the actual document is drafted
and issued.
"If a permit is illegally issued,
this process alone suggests that
several persons would have had

to be responsible for the impro-
priety, because there is literally
no way that one single person
could have a permit drafted,
unless they were to forge the
signatures of senior officers,"
said Mr Burrows.
Police confirmed yesterday
that they are investigating the
possibility that some immigra-
tion officials may be engaged
in facilitating the entry and fal-
sification of documents, allow-
ing immigrants to work in the
country illegally.

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Nikia Deveaux, a 19-
year-old swimmer from
Nassau, is one of the
many young hopefuls
competing in this
week's RBC Royal Bank
of Canada Swimming
Nationals, hosted by the
Bahamas Swimming
At the meet, which
takes place from June
30 through July 3 at the
Betty Kelly Kenning Na-
tional Swim Complex,
Nikia will compete in
the 50-, 100-, 200- and
400-meter Freestyle, 50-
and 100-meter Butter-
fly, and 50-meter Breast-
stroke events.

Currently a student
at the University of Ken-
tucky in the United
States, Nikia is already
an experienced swim-
mer and competitor. In
addition to holding Na-
tional records in the
senior-girls' 50- and
100-meter Freestyle
events, Nikia has also
represented the Baha-
mas in many national
and international swim-
ming competitions, in-
cluding CARIFTA, CISC,
CCCAN, CAC, the Pan
Am Games, Common-
wealth Games -and the
2004 Olympics.

Nikia also shines as a
leader, which she dem-
onstrated during her
role as the Bahamas Na-
tional Swim Team
captain from 2001 to
2003 and in her current
position as captain of
University of Kentucky's
Women's Swim Team.
Royal Bank wishes
Nikia Deveaux and all
of the other swimming
competitors good luck
as they compete in the
RBC Royal Bank of
Canada 2005 Swimming

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5 Girls 11-12 200 LC Meter IM
6 Boys 11-12200 LC MeterIMN'
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8 Boys 13-14 200 LC Meter IMe
9 Girls 15 & Over 200 LC Meter IMe
15 Boys 15& Over 15200 LC Meter Freestyle IM
11 Girls 9-10 Under 2400 LC Meter Freestyle
12 Boys 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
13 Girls 11 & Over 800 LC Meter Freestyle
14 Boys 11-12 800 LC Meter Freestyle
15 Boys 13 & Over 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
16 GirlBoys 15 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
17 Boys 8 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
18 Girls 9-10 200 IC Meter Freestyle Relay
19 Boys 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
20 Girls 11-12 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
21 Boys 11-12 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
22 Girls 13-14 200 LC MeterFreestyle Relay
23 Boys 13-14 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
24 Girls 15 & Over 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
25 Boys 15 & Over 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay

Meet Program-Session 2 Fri July 1
26 Girls 8 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle'
27 Boys 8 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle
28 Girls 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle
29 Boys 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle
30 Girls 11-12 200 LC Meter'Freestyle
31 Boys 11-12 200 LC Meter Freestyle
32 Girls 13-14 200 tC Meter Freestyle

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36 Girls 8 & Under 50 LC Meter Backstroke
37 Boys 8 & Under 50 LC Meter Backstroke
38 Girls 9-10 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
39 Boys 9-10 50 LC'Meter Breaststroke
40 Girls 11-12 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
41 Boys 11-12 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
42 Girls 13-14 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
43 Boys 13-14 50'LC Meter Breaststroke
44 Girls 15 & Over LC Meter Breaststroke
45 Boys 15 & Over LC Meter Breaststroke
46 Girls 9-10 100 LC Meter Backstroke
47 Boys 9-10 100 LC Meter Backstroke
48 Girls 11-12 100 LC Meter Backstroke
49 Boys 11-12100 LC Meter Backstroke
50 Girls 13-14 100 LC Meter Backstroke
51 Boys 13-14 100 LC Meter Backstroke
52 Girls 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Backstroke
53 Boys 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Backstroke
54 Girls 9-10 100 LC Meter Butterfly
55 Boys 9-10 100 LC Meter Butterfly
56 Girls 11 -12 100 LC Meter Butterfly
57 'Boys 11-12 100 LC Meter Bdtterfly
58 Girls 13-14 100 LC Meter Butterfly
59 Boys 13-14 100 LC Meter Butterfly
60 Girls 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Butterfly
61 Boys 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Butterfly
62 Girls 11-12 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
63 Boys 11-12 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
64 Girls 13-14 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
65 Boys 13-14 400(LC Meter Medley Relay
66 Girls 15 & Over 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
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Starbucks in

talks to come

to Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
STARBUCKS Coffee, the
renowned coffeehouse chain,
yesterday confirmed to The Tri-
bune that it was close to finalis-
ing an agreement that would
see it enter the Bahamas
through a Bahamian licensee.
In response to The Tribune's
inquiries, Buck Hendrix, presi-
dent of the Latin American
region for Starbucks Coffee
International, said the company
was in talks with a Bahamian
firm called Coffee Cay Ltd.
He said: "Starbucks Coffee

International can confirm that
we are close to finalising a deal
with Coffee Cay Ltd, which will
be the official licensee of Star-
bucks Coffee in the Bahamas.
More details will be made avail-
able at a later date."
Coffee Cay Ltd is thought to
have some connection with
John Bull, the well-known
Bahamian retailer of luxury
goods, watches, and jewellery.
Advertisements placed in the
media seeking staff for a Star-
bucks outlet in the Bahamas
have told potential applicants
to contact the John Bull Busi-
ness Centre.

Although both Starbucks
Coffee International and Cof-
fee Cay Ltd are keeping tight-
lipped about their plans for the
Bahamas, there is little doubt
that a market for the chain's
products its coffees, teas and
ice creams exists in this nation.
Apart from Bahamians and
expatriates, it would be a prime
draw for visiting US tourists
already highly familiar with, and
loyal to, Starbucks' offerings
back home. There are no direct
competitors in the Bahamas,
and it brings with it extremely
SEE page two

Tribune Business Editor
TWO aviation companies
are appealing to the Privy
Council after the Bahamian
courts rejected their legal
action claiming damages from
Bahamasair for allegedly
breaching a lease agreement,
something they claimed led to
the collapse of one of the busi-
Massai Aviation Services
and Aerostar Ltd were given
permission to appeal to the
Privy Council this year, after
the Court of Appeal reaf-
firmed the Supreme Court's
decision to reject their writ
which, in addition to seeking
damages, also wanted to
reclaim funds spent on
Bahamasair's behalf and an
accounting and payment of

rents collected by the national
flag carrier from a particular
hangar at Nassau Internation-
al Airport.
According to the Court of
Appeal judgement, the saga
began in late 1995, when Mas-
sai Aviation was called Clear
Air Aviation Services. The
company was then a "single
service provider" of jet fuel
and gas at Nassau Internation-
al Airport, and operated from
part of a hangar it rented from
Clear Air began talks with
the Ministry of Transport to
provide "a full and complete
fixed base service" to airline
companies at the airport, and
on December 18, 1995, the
Ministry offered to lease the
company 11 acres of land for
21 years, from January 1, 1996

The agreement was for-
malised by a lease executed on
December 18, 1997, which did
not alter the initial deal. It gave
Clear Air the exclusive right
to provide the services within
the designated premises, and
the Ministry, as the lessor,
agreed not to allow others to
provide the same services from
that premises without Clear
Air's "prior consent".
The Court of Appeal judge-
ment said that despite the Jan-
uary 1, 1996, start date for the
agreement, "it was quite evi-
dent" to Clear Air that it
would be unable to occupy two
buildings on the designated
land immediately. One was a
stores facility used by Bahama-
sair as its administrative
offices, and the other a hangar
SEE page five

Caribbean considers following

Bahamas on US passport issue

Senior Business Reporter
MIAMI, Florida The
Caribbean Hotel Association
(CHA) yesterday said it was
considering following the
Bahamas' example of handing
out leaflets to incoming and out-
going travellers warning of the
impending US passport rules
change, as the it continues to
lobby for an extension of the

CHA executives said they
were continuing efforts to
encourage US authorities to
push back the Deember 31,
2005, deadline requiring US cit-
izens to have a passport in order
to re-enter the United States
after travelling to the Bahamas
and the Caribbean.
Simon Suarez, immediate
past president and chairman
of CHA, said the organisation
had lobbied the US Homeland
Security department, asking
for an extension .to the

January 2006 deadline.
The CHA was also interested
in following in the footsteps of
the Bahamas, passing out fly-
ers to. both inbound and out-
bound tourists advising them of
the change.
The CHA has sent a position
paper to US congressional del-
egates along the eastern
seaboard to make themni aware
of the requirement and the
Caribbean's position, and to ask
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Atlantis Marina Village

set for August opening

KERZNER International yes-
terday said the Marina Village
section of its Phase III expan-
sion at Atlantis was set to open
this August, adding 19 new retail
outlets and four restaurants to
its Paradise Island offering.
The announcement came as
Kerzner International unveiled
the appointment of veteran
marketing executive Howard
Pickett as chief marketing offi-
cer, Kerzner International
Resorts. ,

He will be responsible for the
overall strategic direction of the
marketing and brand manage-
ment activities for Atlantis.
Mr Pickett was most recently
the managing partner of a pri-
,vate consulting firm, which pro-
vided marketing and brand
development services. Prior to
this, he spent 13 years at the
Walt Disney Company, most
recently as senior-vice president,
SEE page three


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Two firms appeal to Privy

Council on Bahamasair rulin



Cameras are not the complete

answer to security concerns

We Bahamians have the same
interest through the possible
installation of cameras in down-

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and construction projects worldwide.

We now require the following to join our current team based at Nassau
International Airport.

Job Ref: ACTBAH/I/14

The applicant will be responsible for various accounts functions including
preparing and the completing of general journals entries, data input and
other general ledger account reconciliations and also assist in the general
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The above tasks are to be carried out in regard to our Bahamas contract.

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Only suitably experienced and qualified applicants need apply
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Honesty and reliability essential

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The buzz in the security
industry is cameras. That is,
CCTV or surveillance systems.

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town Nassau, in an effort to
monitor crime in this area.
This is not a new concept, but
one that has been tested and
tried in numerous jurisdictions.
One recent attempt was in
Chelsea, Massachusetts, just
north of Boston, which has
invested $250,000 in a 27-cam-
era system in the hope this will
cut the crime rate.
This is the expectation of
most businesses that invest in
cameras; that these devices will
be the complete solution to
their security and loss preven-
tion woes.
However, we are reminded
that crime takes on a multitude
of different faces, and attempts
at reducing or solving crime
must use just as many charac-
teristics. So if one is hoping that
a camera system will solve
numerous security risks, they
are being misled.
In fact, one of the most con-
fusing functions of a system is its
ability to provide pictures of the
potential event.
This factor is pretty control-
lable in buildings or stores, but
very unreliable out in the open,
where smart criminals will sim-
ply move to areas that are not
being monitored or that are out
of the camera's vision. A needs
assessment of the proposed sys-
tem is key to its practicality, so
some simple key questions need
to be asked.
What do I want to watch?
Is the desired subject is a
fixed or a moveable asset, big or
small? Colour and light sensi-
tivity is important, especially
during the night
How long do I want to watch
This really applies to the vul-
nerability of the subject, which
may only be exposed during

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Pricing Information As Of:
28 June 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.89 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.89 -0.06 200,000 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.70 8.70 0.00 1.445 0.340 6.0 3.91%
6.40 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.35 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.3 5.20%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.187 0.000 3.7 0.00%
1.40 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.122 0.000 11.5 4.29%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.06 1.06 0.00 0.062 0.050 17.1 4.72%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.55 8.55 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.5 2.81%
2.20 1.:58 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.08 9.08 0.00 0.673 0.410 13.5 4.52%
2.50 0.58 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.5 0.00%
4.12 3.80 Famguard. 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.406 0.240 10.1 5.83%
10.45 9.12 Finco 10.45 10.45 0.00 0.662 0.500 15.6 4.78%
8.60 6.81 FirstCaribbean 8.60 8.60 0.00 0.591 0.380 12.4 4.42%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.46 8.46 0.00 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.91%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.14 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.20 J.S. Johnson 8.30 8.30 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.8 6.75%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.58 5.61 0.03 0.184 0.000 30.3 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.665 5.0 5.65%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ DIv $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2323 1.1703 Colina Money Market Fund 1.232656*
2.3329 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3329***
10.3837 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3837*****
2.2072 2.0985 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.207174**
1.1080 1.0435 Colina Bond Fund 1.107989****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningE FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
** AS AT MAR. 31, 20051**** AS AT APR. 29, 2005
* AS AT MAY 20, 20051*** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005f ***** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005

particular times of the day. So,
do I need to watch it for two
hours or 24 hours. This should
be taken into consideration with
.question number one, as the
eyes tend to play tricks on you if
you are watching the same type
of activity over a long period of
What is the value of what I
want to watch?
This is the big question,
because it really determines the
amount of money that will be
invested in the
monitoring/recording system. A
basic camera system can be pur-
chased for as little as $99, but
can this system give us the type
of service we would desire?
What do I want to see (record
and monitoring)?
This is important, because it
will determine where the device
is placed and what type of
device is used. For example,
pan-tilt-zoom, infra red etc. The
type of camera selected will
determine the monitoring capa-
bilities and playback quality.
This may also require consid-
eration as to whether we moni-
tor via a review of recorded
video or real-time view man-
The service provider or ven-
dor that you are dealing with is
going to try to sell you the store
and then some. Be very careful
not to get caught up in this haze
of technology as it can be very
I have been in the industry
for several years and I some-
times have to step back and


FROM page one
high brand recognition.
Sources said possible loca-
tions for Starbucks' outlets
in New Providence included
the Marina Village at
Atlantis, which is scheduled
to open this August, down-
town Bay Street and Nassau
International Airport.
Starbucks International
already has 1500 coffeehous-
es in 31 markets outside its
home US base, having begun
its foreign expansion in 1996
with a move to Tokyo.
Starbucks uses three
strategies for international
expansion company-owned
operations, joint ventures
and, as in the case of the
Bahamas, licensees. Compa-
nies that become licensees
are then given the right to
develop and operate Star-
bucks coffeehouses in a
defined region.
Companies that are cho-
sen as partners must have
"strong financial resources",
possess a quality image and,
commitment to customer
service, share the Starbucks
values and corporate culture,
and have "creative ability,
local knowledge and brand-
building skills".

At: 362 6245

Safe and Secure



consider the issues, outside of Florida, the Miami River Port,
the vendor, who will promise is doing.
you the world.
Next week, we will go into NB: Gamal Newry is presi-
more detail on this type of secu- dent of Preventative Measures,
rity initiative and how it can a security and law enforcement
help in preventing crime or training and consulting compa-
can it? We will examine in more ny. Comments can be sent to
detail the Chelsea, Massachu- PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
setts example, and also look at Bahamas or e-mail preven-
what the fourth largest port in

Legal Notice



(a) G ENTERPRISES LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on June 28,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame Consulting S.A.,
Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 29th day of June, A.D. 2005.

Dizame Consulting S.A.

Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above company
commenced on the 27th day of July, 2005 and that Credit
Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley
and Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company.

Credit Suisse Trust Limited


Applicant must have a Bronze Medallion
certification by the Royal Life Savings
Society and possess current first aid and
CPR training. Successful applicants will
be required to offer swim and dive lessons
but cannot do such lessons during regular
working shifts. It is imperative that
applicants be personable, well-groomed,
flexible individuals available to work shifts
as needed.

All interested persons are asked to fax
resumes with copies of certificates and
telephone contacts to the Human
Resources Department


Chamber urged to serve

as investments bridge

ALLYSON Maynard-Gibson, minister of
financial services and investments, has called
upon the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce to
serve as the link between foreign direct invest-
ment and companies in this nation.
During a visit by the Chamber's newly
elected president, Tanya Wright, and its
board of'directors, Mrs Maynard-Gibson said:
"We want you, the Chamber of Commerce,
to lead the way, so that we can count on you
to serve ias the link between the billion dollars
of investment and the opportunities that
investment represents to Bahamian busi-
Citing the example of local entrepreneurs,
entertainers, wedding planners and others
who benefited from the creation of Atlantis,
Mrs Gibson said the ministry had created a
set of initiatives to link local businesses -
existing and potential with new develop-
ments and resorts throughout the islands.
"I am fully confident that as we move for-
ward toward a world of globalisation that the
Bahamas will be in a position to compete and
compete successfully," she said.
"She invited her entire executive team to
meet with us and was very complimentary
to the make-up of our new board of direc-
tors," Mrs Wright said. "We anticipate a
strong working relationship and think this
was an important first step in forging that'
relationship on behalf of Bahamian business."



1995 Defender
55' Long and 17' Wide with 5' Draft
550 Lugger, 20KW Generator Isuzu
18,000 lbs Freezer, 1300 Fuel and 1100 Gas
600 Water & Water Maker

Call 322-4535 or 337-0137

* CHAMBER of Commerce representatives with Allyson Maynard-Gibson (centre)

Kerzner's marketing officer

FROM page one
marketing, for Disneyland
Resorts in Anaheim, California.
In that position, he oversaw a
key brand repositioning strate-
gy for the resort, which targeted
more diverse tourist markets
and led to record attendance
levels in 2003.
"Howard brings invaluable
destination resort and brand
marketing experience to Kerzn-
er International and we are
pleased to have him on the
team," said Paul O'Neil, presi-
dent/managing director, Kerzn-
er International Bahamas.
"In the 10 years since
Atlantis, Paradise Island
opened, we have created a pow-
erful brand redefining tourism
in the Bahamas and attracting
customers from all over the



The National Insurance Board wishes to advise the general public that most of its
departments/offices in New Providence, including the Pay Windows at the two Post
Offices, will be closed on Thursday, June 30, 2005. Only the Cashiers, Claims,
and Registration Departments, located on the Ground Floor of the Board's
Jumbey Village Complex on Baillou Hill Road, will remain open. Claimants
with Short-Term Benefit cheques at any of the other Offices in New Providence,
may collect them from the Cashiers Department between the hours of 9:00am and

The Board's New Providence offices will re-open on Friday at the usual time.

The Board apologizes for any inconveniences caused.

Silverton "40 Aft Cabin" Yacht

ALength ..................................3 40'0"
FBeam ... A.......................................14'0"
D raft ................................................ 43"
DIESEL POWERED 2Approx.Weight40 PERKIN'..................... 24,00Lbs
FFuel Capacity ........................ .G 300Gals
W after Ca paucity .......................... 100G.als
SleepingaFor information pleaseity conta.....ct Dr. .......McCarroll

7T Clearance eight...................... 13'7
Salon .......................10'4"L x li'2"W
/NSundeck ....................... 8'7"L x 10'0"
_'J, Headroom ................................... 6'3
Freeboard Fwd ................................ 6'0
Freeboard Aft ............................... 4'4
Power..............Twin Gas or Diesel
Generator.............. Gas or Diesel
For information please contact Dr. McCarroll
322-2226 324-1072 or 357-4532

world. Howard will be an inte-
gral part in the continued
growth of the brand."


Mr. Paolo Filippini, CEO of
"I .....Gottardo Trust Company Ltd. is
proud to congratulate Ms. Joan
Carroll for her completion of the
STEP DIPLOMA in International
Trust Management. Ms. Carroll,
a hardworking Assistant Trust
Officer has been with our
organisation since 2003. The
Management and Staff of Banca
del Gottardo and Gottardo Trust
Company congratulate Ms.
Carroll for her achievement and
wish her success in her future
Picture from left to right: Paolo Filppirni,
CEO, Gottardo Trust Company Ltd. Joan
Carroll, Assistant Trust Officer.

The Management of Banca del Gottardo is happy to announce the promotion of Mrs.
Ruby Kerr to Associate Director of Human Resources. Mrs. Kerr has been with Banca
del Gottardo for 20 years and has covered various key functions of Gottardo's
operation. Mrs. Kerr likes to go the extra mile and she knows how to deal with the
sensitive issues of Human Resources. She is also a member of Bahamas Human
Resources Development Association (BHRDA), where she is participating in their
regular workshops. Management takes this opportunity to thank Mrs. Kerr for her
longstanding services and wishes her success in her new position.

from left to right: Bruno Pletscher, Director Operations and
Human Resources, Ruby Kerr, Associate Director, Human
Resources, Fabrizio Tuletta, director, Head of the Nassau

Licensing Assistant

An expanding IT company is seeking a self
motivated candidate with strong
communication skills to assist with
Microsoft and other licensing sales.

The successful candidate should have:

*A minimum of 3 years experience in licensing
sales, especially with Microsoft Open Licensing
Program and McAfee
*Technical sales experience in firewalls, a focus
on SonicWALL is an advantage but not required
*Certifications in technical sales and licensing a
*The ability to assist in advising clients, including
preparing quotations, proposals and invoicing
eStrong analytical skills and an attention to detail

Remuneration and Benefits will include a
competitive salary, group health and

Resumes should be submitted to
Fax number 356-4189,
no later than July 4th, 2005.



Bahamians attend tourism workshop

The sessions were facilitated
by Ian Maksik, author of the A
to Z's of Professional Table Ser-
vice, and Jennifer Calhoun, for-
mer director of seminar pro-
grammes for the American
Hotel and Lodging Educational
On completion, the delegates
received the internationally
recognised CHDT certification,
which allows them to administer
the Skills for Success Certifica-
tion programmes to line level
hotel employees.

STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signectstatement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND day of JUNE;
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

COURT, P.O. BOX SB-51712, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND day of JUNE,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Fund Accountant

Internationally recognized Fund Administrator,
requires an experienced Hedge Fund Accountant. The
only acceptable candidates will have at least 3 years of
related fund experience including excellent knowledge
of complex financial instruments including derivatives,
OTC securities and private equities. Candidates must
be able to demonstrate their understanding of financial
statements preparation.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive
benefits plan.

Please fax your CV along with references to the attention
Citco Fund Services (Bahamas) Limited
Vice President
Fax Number: 242-393-4692

Legal Notice


In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act. 2000, VALMAN
CORPORATION LTD., is in dissolution as of June 27th, 2005.

International Liquidator Services Inc., situated at 35A Regent
Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator.





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


* TOURISM hospitality trainers receive international training certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational
[Photo: Derek Smith)

P.O. Box Ae20192

Looking for lady accountant for office position.
Computer literacy and knowledge of microsoft office programs
a must. Must be able to work on own initiative. Minimum of
five years accounting experience required. Wanted Monday
through Friday, working hours negotiable.
All applicants please send resume to:
Fax: (242) 367-3469, Email
P.O. BOX AB-20192

Legal Notice


In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act. 2000, ILB.NET-
INTERNET LINK BUSINESS LTD., is in dissolution as of
June 27th, 2005.

International Liquidator Services Inc., situated at 35A Regent
Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator.





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


NOTICE is hereby given that FILUS DUCASSE OF P.O. BOX
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND
day of JUNE, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


Sales & Marketing Trainee
Candidates should have:
10 years experience in Sales & Marketing high-end Sales in private member club
6 persons needed
Golf Course Superintend Assistance
Degree in green keeping)
1 year experience
1 person needed
Equestrian Manager
5 years experiences with horses
I person needed
Please send resumes to:.
Bernadette Hepburn, Human Resources Manager
Fax #: 242-367-2930



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 250 (2) of The
Companies Act, 1992, Notice is hereby given that
been dissolved and that its name has been struck
from the Register of Companies with effect from
the 1st day of June, A.D. 2005.

Dated this 24th day of June, A.D. 2005.

Liquidator of
Manasco Management Limited




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


THE Ministry of Tourism, in
conjunction with the Organi-
sation of American States and
the United States Agency for
International Development,
has completed another in its
series of certified hospitality
department ttrainer confer-
During the one-week event,
held from June 13 to 18, 28
industry professionals from
resorts across the Bahamas par-
ticipated in the trainer work-

Citco Fund Services .
(Bahamas) Ltd

NOTICE is hereby given that LINDA JOSEPH OF 212 N.W. 12
STREET APT. 2, POMPANO BEACH FL 33060, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND day of JUNE,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




Aviation firms

appeal for Privy

Council ruling

FROM page one
in which Clear Air was a ten-
Lnt of the national flag carrier.
The judgement said Bahama-
air was claiming ownership of
he two buildings and did not
vant to move until alternative
)uildings had been found.
The Court of Appeal verdict
'ound: "The Government
appears to have induced Clear
Air, not without a little pres-
sure, to assume the responsibil-
ity of assisting in providing
alternative accommodation. In
the event, vacant possession was
not obtained until March 1997,
Clear Air having spent $324,639
on the construction of a new
building to house Bahamasair
on other government land."
The $324,639 was not a loan,
the court found, but funds spent
so that in return for its new
offices, Bahamasair would give
up its ownership interests in the
two buildings.
The terms of the original
agreement with the Ministry of
Transport required Clear Air
to submit a development plan
for its 11 acres of land within
30 days of its December 19,
1995, acceptance of the offer.
Construction had to begin not
later than 60 days afterwards.
Clear Air submitted its devel-
opment plan on January 16,
1996, with the construction to
begin on February 5, 1996, and
completion on June 30 that
year, subject to the lease's exe-
cution and it gaining possession
of the Bahamasair building.
The Court of Appeal judge-
ment said: "It would seem that
Clear Air had identified the
stores facility as their proposed
terminal building, Without
vacant possession their plan, it

was claimed, could not be put
into execution.
"For over a year following
failure to deliver possession,
Clear Air had been writing to
the relevant authorities at the
highest level pointing out their
difficulty and what it was cost-
ing them in terms of overheads,
lost investors in the venture and
diminished market share.
"This was, it was claimed,
exacerbated by their being
unable to secure a formal lease
document, all of which impact-
ed adversely on the business,
resulting in its failure as an eco-
nomic venture."


Clear Air subsequently filed
its writ against Bahamasair and
the Attorney General on Feb-
ruary 29, 1998, on the grounds
that the Government had not
delivered to it vacant posses-
sion of the entire 11 acres when
the lease started, that the Gov-
ernment "would not derogate
from its grant", and that Clear
Air did not have "quiet enjoy-
ment of the property".
The defendants denied this,
saying they did not know that
Clear Air wanted to renovate
one building for use as its recep-
tion area and terminal facility,
or that there was "any loss or
damage as pleaded".
After the Supreme Court
action was filed, Aerostar, the
second plaintiff, acquired the
entire share capital of Clear Air
in August 1998. Both compa-
nies had the same beneficial
owners, and for $10 Clear Air
assigned its claims in the legal
action against Bahamasair to
Aerostar on October 14, 1998.

Then, two days later,
Aerostar sold Clear Air to
Executive Flight Services, a
company owned "by one Mr
Bowe", in a $1.2 million deal
after first separating out its
charter services. Clear Air was
subsequently named Maasai
Aviation Services.
The Court of Appeal backed
the ruling of Supreme Court
Justice Hartman Longley, strik-
ing out the .first nine grounds
of the appeal for much the same
reasons he did, namely that the
October 14 assignment of rights
"smacked of trafficking in a
bare cause of action to one who
had no genuine commercial
interest in it".
In rejecting the arguments of
the plaintiffs' attorney, Brian
Moree, senior partner at McK-
inney, Bancroft & Hughes, the
Court of Appeal ruled that
Clear Air could not be given
vacant possession on January 1,
1996, because it Bahamasair still
occupied the buildings when it
was claiming an interest in
In addition, the court found
that Clear Air did not submit
its business plan until January
16, 19976, and the start of con-
struction hinged on vacant pos-
The Court of Appeal ruled:
"In the circumstances, it is impos-
sible to see how there could be
implied into the agreement a
Sterm'for vacant possession of the
demised premises at the com-
mencement of the term."
The court also rejected argu-
ments that the Government had
allowed unauthorised competi-
tion from Nassau Flight Service
and Executive Flight Service,
the latter of which eventually
bought Clear Air.



Chairman's review of the unaudited results
for the six months ended 30th April, 2005

We are pleased to report that Net Income for the six months ending 30th April 2005 increased by
$568,143 or 6.59% over the corresponding period last year to $9,190,636.

The company's return on equity was 22.59% compared to 22.53% for the same period last year.
Earnings per share totalled 340 up from 320 for the comparable period last year.

An interim dividend of 120 per share was declared for the quarter ending 30m April 2005, which
was paid on 3" June 2005 to all shareholders of record as of 9h June 2005. The dividend
.payment of 120 represents an increase of 01 from the same period last year.

The bank continues to experience strong financial results. We are optimistic that this level of
performance would continue for the remainder of fiscal 2005.

Managing Director Dirtor


Balance Sheet

Total Assets
Total Loans net
Total Uabilities
Total Shareholders' Equity

Income Statement
6 months ending:

Total Revenue
Total Expenses
Loan Loss Provision
Net Income
Earnings per share

30APR1L, 2005

$ 564,051,309

31 OCTOBER, 2004

$ 526,309,935

30 APRIL, 2005


30 APRIL, 2004

$ 496,990,774

30 APRIL, 2004




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Tourism industry on track to

beat previous performance

FROM page one
by strong statistics, barring any unforeseen even-
tiualities, such as a repeat of last year's hurricane
Jose Suarez, managing director of the Our
ILucaya Hotels in Grand Bahama, said the prop-
erty had experienced a good year to this point,
with tremendous improvements in average daily
rates and modest increases in occupancy levels
over 2004.
For June, the Sheraton finished with occupan-
cy levels in the 80 per cent range, with the West-
in a little softer. Part of the strong showing was
credited to Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean
movies, which were scheduled to film scenes in
drand Bahama and had the crew and cast staying
at the property.
SMr Suarez said the hotels' performances would
have been even stronger had the movie produc-
tion not closed early, essentially dropping three
quarters of the room block that had initially been
retained. Crew and cast members are expected to
come back in September to conclude filming.
: Early bookings at Our Lucaya show that July
and early August, before school reopens, are
likely to have strong showings, with occupancy
levels of 70+ per cent. Late August and the first
fiw weeks of September are expected to be soft,
but heading- into the final week of the month,
September is projected to receive another boost
with a large group coming in that has booked
Out both the Sheraton and the Westin.

In terms of average daily rates, the Westin and
Sheraton are boasting rates some 15 per cent
higher than 2004, with year-to-date occupancy
levels some five points higher when compared
to the same period.
Newly appointed to the Our Lucaya, Mr
Suarez, who arrived in January, said he was
brought on board to lead the two hotels and take
them to another level in terms of quality cus-
tomer service.
Michael Hooper, general manager of the British
Colonial Hilton, said his property continued to
grow in strength, exceeding initial forecasts of
82 per cent occupancy levels for June by ending
the month at 89 per cent.
Average daily room rates also grew, improving
by some $12 ahead of 2004 levels. The summer
promises to hold steady as July is forecasted to
show occupancy levels of 88 per cent.
For the year ending June 30, the Hilton has
sustained an occupancy level of 87 per cent, with
substantial improvements seen in all segments,
including the leisure traveller, meetings, corporate
bookings and its banquet business.
Mr Hooper said August also looked strong,
with initial bookings showing that occupancy lev-
els are likely to be ahead of last year's pace.
He added that it was essential that investors,
hoteliers and other stakeholders in the tourism
industry used environmentally sensitive materials
and products, and needed to look at how to dis-
pose of bottles and cans, since these were not
managed the same way as in the US.

Caribbean nations join

appeal on US passports

FROM page one
for assistance in pushing back the deadline.
Both Mexico and Canada have deadlines of
January 2008.
The support of Caribbean leaders living in the
US is also being sought, in the hope that their
political, economic and social standing would
allow them to exert some influence over the
CHA board members were quick to explain
that sovereign countries have the right to
impose border requirements on their nationals,
and while the change is understood, the
Bahamas and Caribbean are only asking for a
postponement of the deadline to allow potential
travellers an opportunity to adhere to the nec-
essary requirements.
The economic impact of the US decision is
expected to be immediate for the majority of
countries in the region. Of the 35 countries in-
the Caribbean, only eight currently require US
citizens to have a passport.
Meanwhile, Capital Representatives, a UK
financial consultancy contracted by the
Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), was yes-
terday said to have completed a feasibility study
on the establishment of a Regional Tourism
Investment Fund (RTIF) to help small hotels
and tourism-related businesses access capital.

The proposal would see the development of
a consortium of banks and financial institutions
dedicated to assisting small, tourism-related
Mr Suarez said another hurdle had been sur-
passed in the Association's efforts to establish
the fund with the completion of the study. It is
expected that the study's findings will be
reviewed by the CHA and, once the document
is put in its final form, distributed for public
Released earlier this week, Mr Suarez said,
the study indicated that there is strong
demand for the fund, not just from entrepre-
neurs and business owners looking for addi-
tional financial support, but from both the
Caribbean -and international financial com-
munities, who are interested in participating in
such a venture.
With the completion of the study, CHA is
expected to begin mapping out steps for the
actual launch of the fund, which would centre
on small and medium-sized hotels, attractions
and other tourism-related initiatives.
Believed to be an 18-month to two-year
proposition, as CHA create a perma-
nent institution, the recruitment of a fund man-
ager and the establishment of a legal entity to
operate the fund are the first steps to be under-
taken once a final decision has been made.



Dear Shareholder:


We are pleased to present our financial report for the first
quarter of 2005.

As at. March 31, 2005, we recorded a net income of $1.7 million.
This compares favorably to net income of $1.6 million earned for
the corresponding periodin 2003 and represents an increase of
7% ovei prior"year'toddate. -Earnings per share, increased to
19 cents over the same period.

During the quarter, direct premium income increased by 5%,
to $12.1 million, over prior year to date. Increases in new sales
from both our Ordinary life and Group product lines provided
the impetus for this growth during the quarter.

Strong market liquidity spurred significant increases in annuity
deposits this quarter end. As a result, Annuity deposits increased
by more than 235% over prior year to date.

Investment income recorded gains in all categories this quarter.
Total investment income grew by 16% over prior year to date.
A strong equities market* brought significant increases in
unrealized gains on equities and, in spite of a reduction in the
prime rate at the beginning of this quarter, we were successful
in recording a 5% increase in interest income for the period.

The Board of Directors declared a dividend of 6 cents per share,
which was paid on May 13,2005.

at 31 March 2005
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Bank deposits
Government bonds
Financial assets at fair value
through profit or loss
Preferred shares
Policy loans
Mortgage loans, net




Total investment assets 90,664,677

Cash and bank balances 4,427,094
Receivables and other assets 3,506,368
Premiums in arrears 1,363,156
Fixed assets, net 16.804.670

Reserves for future
policyholder benefits
Other policyholder funds

Policy liabilities

Payables and accruals

Preference shares 1
Ordinary shares
Share premium
Revaluation surplus
Retained earnings 1


Norbert E Boissiere





31 December,









INCOME (Unaudited)
For the three months ended 31 March 2005
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

3 months to 3 months to ,
31-03-05 31-03-04
$ $
Ordinary life 2,162,458 1,991,311
Home Service life 2,870,450 3,061,307
Accident and Health 2,863,255 2,711,412
Group health and life 4,289,557 3,830,269

Total direct premiums 12,185,720 11,594,299
Premiums ceded (732,473) (607,566)
Net premiums 11,453,247 10,986,733
Annuity Deposits 1,982,216 589,837

Net premium income
and deposits

Interest income *
Divided income.
Change in unrealized gain
on financial asssets through
profit or loss
Other operating income

Total income





Policyholder benefits 5,892,715
Reinsurance recoveries (476,759)
Net policyholder benefits 5,415,956
Increase in reserves for
future policyholder benefits 3,217,409


Operating expenses
Depreciation and
amortisation expense
Bad debt expense
Realized (gain) loss on
financial assets through
profit or loss





Total benefits and expenses 13,890,412

Net income

Earnings per share

















For the three months ended 31 March 2005
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)


Share Capital
Preference Shares

Balance as of 1 January 2004
Transfer from revaluation surplus
Net income for the period
tBalance as of 31 March 2004

Balance as of 1 January 2005
Transfer from revaluation surplus
Net income for the period
Dividends declared and paid ordinary shares

Balance as of 31 March 2005





Share Capital
Ordinary Shares


























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Commonwealth torch is set

to light up the Bahamas

Senior Sports

the Bahamas Basket-
ball Federation will be
sending its national
junior boys and girls
teams to compete in
the Caribbean Basket-
ball Confederation
The championships
will be staged at the
University of the West
Indies Sports and
Physical Educationi
Centre in Trinidad &
Tobago from July 2-8.
The teams are sched-
uled to return home on
July 9.
"Looking at the
make up; of both the
junior women and men
teams, I'm expecting
great things from both
of them," said BBF's
first vice president
Larry Wilson.

"We have great play-
ers on both teams and
I'm impressed with the
talent level and the
basketball maturity of
both the young men
and women. Both
teams are better than I
The Bahamas won
this tournament in the
junior boys division
when it was last held
here in 2001 at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymna-
- The junior girls were
At the champi-
onships, the Bahamas
will have to finish in
the top three spots in
both divisions in order
to advance to the Cen-
troBasket Tournament
that will be held in
Santo Domingo in
Wilson, who will be
among the delegation
heading to Trinidad,
said he expects that the
boys will defend their
title and the girls
should stand a chance
of winning it for the
first time.

Lawrence Hepburn
will head the delega-
tion that includes
Cindy Fox, girls' refer-
ee Tanya Ferguson and
boys' referee LaFred
The boys' team will
be managed by Donnie
Culmer. The head
coach is Mario Bowleg,
assisted by Dexter
Cambridge and Ivan
Butler from Grand
Named to the boys'
team are: Kyle Grant,
Anwar Williams,
Codero Seymour,
Tehran Cox, David
McPhee, Jean-Rony
Cadeau, David Fox,
Lavardo Hepburn,
Kevin Armstrong,
Adrian Wilkinson,
Devaughn Jackson and
Scott Farrington.

The girls' team will
be managed by
Natasha Miller.
Sharelle Cash will trav-
el as the head coach
assisted by Mickelle
Albury and Anastacia
Sands. Anthony Swaby

will be the
trainer/technical advi-
The players select-
ed to travel are: Diasti
Delancey, Alyse Dean,
Sasha Ferguson,
Vernisha Ferguson,
Staffica Bain, Phylicia
Kelly, Robyn Swaby,
Delarene Ferguson,
Siobhan Williams,
Taronya Wildgoose,
Myrynia Adderley and
Analisa Ferguson.

Senior Sports Reporter
Melbourne 2006 Common-
wealth Games, the Queen's
Baton Relay will pass through
the Bahamas on Monday,
August 1 as a part of the 71-
nation run throughout the Com-
The Bahamas Olympic Asso-
ciation paid a courtesy call on
Governor General Dame Ivy
Dumont to officially give her
details of the innovative design
of the torch that she will receive
on behalf of the Bahamas on
Sunday, July 31.
Arriving on Saturday, July 30
from Jamaica, the elegant form
of the baton which has 712
lights on the front indicating the
71 nations of the Common-
wealth, will travel through the
streets of New Providence
before it is transported to the
Turks & Caicos Islands.
"It's a new thing developed
by the people of Melbourne,
Australia," said BOA president
Arlington Butler.

While Butler said the BOA
is looking forward to present-
ing the torch to Dame Ivy, she
noted that she will be equally
pleased to receive it.
"It will be a great day and I
will be happy to receive it," she
Dumont, cracking a joke with
other members of the BOA
present, including Sir Durward
Knowles, Larry Davis, Harcourt
'Rip' Rolle, Rev. Enoch Back-
ford, Wellington Miller, Dianne
Miller and Livingstone Bost-
wick, asked if any of them will
be running.
"I will make an effort to
make a few steps," Butler
uttered after he was coached
into running by Davis. "I will
attempt to make a few steps
with Sir Durward."
But the Governor-general
turned to Durward Knowles
and warned Butler: "Now. don't

* THE Bahamas Olympic Association paid a courtesy call on Governor General Dame Ivy Dumont yesterday at Government
House. From left are Wellington Miller, Dianne Miller, Larry Davis, Arlington Butler, Dame Ivy Dumont, Durward Knowles, Rev.
Enoch Backford, Harcourt Rolle and Livingstone Bostwick.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

put yourself in the same steps of
Sir Durward."
Only for Knowles to inter-
rupt: "Once he's behind me."
The torch run is expected to
get underway at 8am on August
1 from Government House and
travel throughout New Provi-
dence and Paradise Island;
It will be returned to Gov-
ernment House for its depar-
ture to the Turks & Cacios
The torch will travel through-
out the 71 countries that will be
a part of the Melbourne 2006
Commonwealth Games that
will be held from March 15-26.
Melbourne will be the fourth
Australian city to host the
games following Sydney in 1938,

Perth in 1962 and Brisbane in
In 1956, Melbourne was the
site of the 1956 Olympic Games
with 3184 athletes competing in
15 sports. Next March, Mel-
bourne will host more than 4500
athletes in 16 sports and 24 dis-

The Bahamas has participat-
ed in the Commonwealth
Games since 1954 in Vancou-
ver, Canada when Leonard
Dames, Irrington Isaacs and
Cyril Johnson participated in
track and field.
It wasn't until 1958 in Cardiff,
Wales that Tommy Robinson

won the Bahamas' first two
medals a silver in the 100 yard
dash and a gold in the 200 yard
Robinson repeated the 100
yard dash performance in 1962
in Perth, Australia.
But it was in 1966 in
Kingston, Jamaica that the
Bahamas sent its biggest team
to the Commonwealth Games.,
It was a 19-member team that
participated in badminton and
track and field.
Robinson once again
emerged with a silver in the 100
yard dash.
In 1970 in Edinburgh, Scot-
land, Lawrence Burnside broke
the barrier for cycling.
After missing the 1974 games,

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the Bahamas made its debut in
boxing in 1978 in Edmonton,
Canada with the team of Junior
Bethel, Alvin Sargent and Sam-
my Whymms.
However, in 1982 in Bris-.
bane, Australia, Stephen 'the
Heat' Larrimore made history
by winning, the first boxing
medal a bronze in the light-
weight division.
Travano McPhee is listed as
the first Bahamian to compete
in swimming at the Common-
wealth Games when he trav-
elled with the team to Man-
chester, England in 2002.
In total, the Bahamas has col-
lected 23 medals, including 11
gold, seven silver and five

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Junior Sports
THE Bahamas' top seed-
ed female advanced to the
second round of the
Bahamas International
Junior Tennis Open.
Third seeded Alana
Rogers joined a number of
athletes in the second round
by easily defeating Alejan-
dra Rasch of Guatemala in
straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
Rogers, who skipped first
round play after being grant-
ed a bye, easily handled the
tournament's tenth ranked
Bahamian Crystal John-
son also competed yester-
day losing in straights sets
to Pamela Duran-Vinueza
of Ecuador, 6-1, 6-0. Duran-
Vinueza was the tourna-
ment's sixth ranked player.
In the 14 and under divi-
sion: Johnathon Taylor
defeated Pablo Nunez of
Costa Rica, 8-5; Elanqua
Griffin lost to Christina Bell
of the USA, 8-4 and Kerrie
Cartwright continued her
dominance by defeating
Rashida Robinson 8-2.
Day two also saw the
commencement of play in
the main doubles draw, with
Bahamian teams suffering a
few setbacks.
William and Jacob Foun-
tain suffered a disappoint-
ing loss to Miguel Cicena of
Venezuela and Albertoni
Richelieu of St. Lucia in
straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
Bahamian Matthew Sands
and Michael Clarke of
Trinidad defeated Archie
Burrows and Desmond
Perigord 6-2, 6-1.
Play continues today with
second round action in sin-
gles and doubles play on
both sides of the draw.





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MARK Knowles has been denied another
opportunity to win a Grand Slam title in the men's
doubles of the prestigious Wimbledon Tourna-
Knowles and his replacement partner, Michael
Llodra of France, were knocked out of the tour-
nament in the quarter-finals yesterday at the All-
English Club.
The unseeded combo of Stephen Huss of the
United States and Wesley Moodie of South Africa
ousted the number three seeded team of Knowles
and Llodra in three identical set scores of 6-4,6-
In an interview with The Tribune, Knowles
said there was nothing they could do about the
"We got outplayed. They played better than we
did," admitted Knowles. "Basically that was what
it came down to. They played a good match and
we didn't play our best match and that was the
This was supposed to be the only tournament
Knowles and Llodra teamed up to play, but he's
hoping that it won't be the last.
"I'm just hoping that Dan gets back at some
point. But this was the first time we played togeth-
er. Obviously we fell a little short of our goal.
We thought we could win the tournament,"
Knowles noted.
"But we ran into a very hot team on a very hot
day. Unfortunately we were unable to raise our
level to their level and stop their run. But it was a
good partnership. Maybe sometime in the future,
we will hook up again."
This marked the third Grand Slam tournament
for the year that Knowles has fallen short of win-
In January, Knowles and his regular partner,
Daniel Nestor of Canada, were eliminated in the
first round of the tournament they won together
in 2002.

At Roland Garros in Paris at the end of May,
Knowles and Nestor couldn't complete their semi-
final match as Nestor was forced to retire with a
wrist injury.
Doctors advised Nestor to take at least six
weeks off to recuperate, which meant that he
would not have been eligible to play in Wimble-
Like Nestor, Llodra's regular partner, Fabrice
Santoro, was also injured.
.Knowles and Llodra had to battle through
some mixed results in the first three rounds
before their run at the title came to a halt yester-
Today, Knowles and American Venus
Williams, the No.8 seeds, will play the No.12 team
of Olkiver Rochus and Kim Clijsters of BelgeIa
in the third round of the mixed doubles.
Also yesterday, Timothy Neilly, a Grand
Bahamian playing under the United States flag,
advanced to the third round of the boys' singles.
The 15th seed defeated Andrea Arnaboldi of
Italy 6-2, 6-4.
However, also in the boys' singles, Ryan Sweet-
ing lost in three sets to American No.10 seed
Samuel Querrey 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
* In the men's doubles, Neilley and Querrey,
playing as the No.2 seeds in the boys doubles,
were ousted 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 by the team of Alexan-
der Dolgopolov of Ukraine and Serguei Tarase-
vitch of Bulgaria.
And Jessica Sweeting, the first Bahamian
female to play in Wimbledon, although she was
knocked out in the first round, teamed with up
Magy Aziz of Egypt. They lost 6-4, 6-1 to the
team of Tamira Paszek and Renee Reinhard in
the girls' doubles first round.
Today, Sweeting, teaming up with Piero Luisi
of Venezuela, will complete in the boys' doubles
first round match against Canadians Philip Bester
and Peter Polansky.
Sweeting and Luisi won the first set 7-5, but
were trailing 0-2 in the second set when the match:
was halted.

Lightning leave their mark on Bahamas

New Orleans side

come to town M a

Senior Sports Reporter
COACH Tanya Ferguson-
Johnson and her New Orleans
Lightning girls basketball team
came to town and left their
impression on the local com-
Ferguson-Johnson took her
18-member team with eight
chaperones into Grand Bahama
on June 21 where they played in
a YBOL Tournament.
In the five days they were
there, they got fourth place in
the under-15 division, and fin-
ished runners-up in the cham-
Two of their players Kee-
helle Figueroe, aged eight, and
Tu4nishia Washington, 13 were
named the co-most valuable
"It was a big tournament for
them and they learned a lot,"
said Ferguson-Johnson, who's
team made their maiden voy-
age on an airplane to come
from the United States.
"It was basically for exposure
and for the Bahamian kids to
see that while they are in ele-
mentary school, they can play
basketball at a high level."
While this was their initial
trip here, Ferguson-Johnson
said it definitely won't be the
last as they intend to make at
least three trips here on an
annual basis.
Additionally, Ferguson-John-
son said the Police Force Urban
League have indicated that they
intend to have an exchange pro-
gramme where they could trav-
el to New Orleans.
The team spent the past two
days in New Providence. Yes-
terday, they wrapped up their
games by playing against a local
Ipam rnarchPl hv Patricia Jnhn-

The Lightning won the game
19-18 that was played at the CI
Gibson Gym. \
Ferguson-Johnson, a former
basketball player turned refer-
ee, said she will definitely be
returning in November with her
Lightning to play in the Mother
Pratt Basketball Classic.
It was an enjoyable trip for
both the chaperones and the
Arnette Lawson, one of the
chaperones, said it was a good
trip for her and she definitely
plans to return in the future.
"We didn't have any prob-
lems with the girls," she noted.
"Coach Tanya does a wonderful
job with those girls and she has
taught them a lot about what
they can do in basketball. They
have taken it to another level."

As for the Bahamas, Lawson
said it's what she expected and
more and she will certainly
spread the word about what she
experienced when she returns
Brittany Wilson, a 13-year-
old player, said she had a fun
time throughout the trip, espe-
cially playing the game.
"I didn't know that the girls
here could play so well," noted
Wilson, who was even more
impressed with the food they
ate. "They really played good."
Ashley Lawson, also 13, said
this was a memorable trip for
"It was good. The games
were good. It was a lot of fun,"
she noted. "I had a lot of fun
out here. All of the people were
really nice. We had some great
Nicola Batey, 13, also enjoyed
thp oYnpriance.

* COACH Tanya Ferguson-Johnson and her New Orleans Lightning girls' team pose above with some of the awards they won
this week in the Bahamas. Pictured along with Johnson-Ferguson are: Keisha Figueroa, Kechelle Figueroa, Nicola Batey, Tishon
Kyles, Lesley Williams, Ashley Lawson and Brittany Wilson.

"I liked how the sunset came
down and the food.
"Everything was great," she
"The competition was great.
My team is great. They are com-
petitive and aggressive."

coach Ferguson-Johnson makes
believers out of all of them
because, whether they win or
lose, she always encourages
Keisha Figueroa, the
youngest member of the team

the people and the food, espe-
cially fried chicken.
PatriciaJohnson, in thanking
Deputy Prime Minister Mother
Pratt, Bradley Roberts and the
Caribbean Bottling Company
Limited for their sponsorships,

(Photo: Erica Fowler)

for the event to be a success.
She also noted that Govern-
ment Secondary Schools Sports
Association president Edna
Forbes was also pleased with
what she saw and is interested
in an exchange programme in
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Brent Malone's contribution continues

through artist-in-residency programme


to benefit

local talent

THE name Brent Malone is
synonymous with Bahamian
art. He lived the life of an artist
long before it was considered
fashionable, and helped give
others the courage to follow
their hearts.
Now, even in his death, Mal-
one's contribution to the arts
will continue through an artist-
in-residency programme that
will play a major role in "solid-
ifying the culture of Bahami---
an art".
For years he lobbied to make
conditions better for the coun-
try's artists. Malone, consid-
ered the "Father of Bahamian
Art", urged government to
reduce or abolish the high cus-
toms duty on art supplies and
pushed for the establishment
of an arts school and a nation-
al art gallery, among many oth-
er issues.
While Malone lived to see
the opening of the National
Art Gallery of the Bahamas,
many of his hopes for the arts
in the Bahamas were never
. "He always felt for the young
and struggling artists. He was
that for a long time," Marissa

"I wish more
artists were
like him not
his style of
painting but
There is no
question he
knew how to
paint, but he
also knew
how to get
things done."

Erica James,
national art
gallery curator.

Malone, his daughter, told The
SArts in an interview.
* The idea for the Brent Mal-
one Artist-in-Residence came
about after the 63-year-old
artist's sudden death in Febru-
ary last year. His family wanted
to ensure that something was
developed in his name that
would carry on his legacy and
honour his contribution and
commitment to the develop-
ment of Bahamian art.
"I would like for this pro-
gramme to be going on 100
years from now," says Ms Mal-
With the help of fellow

"I wish more artists were like
him not necessarily his style
of painting but personally.
There is no question he knew
how to paint, but he also knew
how to get things done. He
knew the business of art, but
he also knew how to share,
encourage and to live. He also
knew the importance of gal-
leries and started several with
his partner June Knight. Brent
loved the Bahamas and per-
haps history will show him to
be one of the greatest support-
ers and drivers of Bahamian
art. His contribution is
immense and will continue
through this residency," says
Ms James.
Ms Malone believes that the
residency programme also
helps address the issue of lim-
ited studio space; and it helps
fill a void that many artists
encounter after returning hqme
from art school.
Says Ms Malone: "A lot of
people can find scholarships
for school, but when they're
done they still have to support
themselves. This is something
that gets left out, so this (artist
in residency) is great for young
The programme was envi-
sioned to meet a very specific
need in the Bahamian art com-
munity, says Ms James. "To
give artists the opportunity to
free themselves from the pres-
sures of making a living
through a 9-5, giving them the
creative space to produce a

AN ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE programme has been set up at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in honour of renowned
Bahamian artist, the late R Brent Malone. This mixed-media piece (right), 'Madonna and Child', was one of his later works and
is on exhibit at the NAGB.
(Tribune file photo)
(Inset photo by Marissa Malone)

body of work and facilitate a
permanent transition from part
time maker of art of full-time

During the year-long resi-
dency, the local artist will have
the opportunity to create a
body of work and exhibit that
work at the NAGB, in hopes
that sales or international exhi-
bition opportunities would
fund another year of full artis-
tic pursuit. Eventually, it is
hoped that the programme
would be financially stable
enough to open up to artists of
different nationalities.
Ms James says that she
hopes the residency pro-
gramme will play a greater role
in solidifying the culture of
Bahamian art, "adding to its
vibrancy, growth and develop-
"I always encourage artists
to apply to residencies abroad
and very few have, but we also
need to have the same oppor-

tunities available here," she
says. "I think it's almost
unhealthy to focus on the glob-
al without minding the local.
The local is where art gets its
In a country rich in artists

programmes are for the future
of this country," Ms James tells
The Arts.
"Of course my focus is on
the visual and experiential arts
but there has to be institution-
al support for creative endeav-

In order for this important
programme to get off the
ground, and sustain itself for
years to come, a fund has been
set up by the Malone family to
raise $600,000, money which
will be managed with complete
transparency, with yearly audits
open to review.
The fund has already been
started with donations made in
lieu of flowers, but it's a long
way off from its goal, says Ms
The idea is to establish the
fund to ensure that a residency
can be awarded every year for
the next 25-50 years. Residen-
cies will be awarded once this
foundation is in place.
The challenges of raising
funds to support the arts is not
unique to this programme.
Last year, when Eleanor
Whitely organised the Interna-
tional Professional Artists Sym-
posium and Exchange, fund-
ing was a major challenge. She

SEE page two

but low on funding for the arts,
a programme like the Brent
Malone Artist-in-Residence
has the potential to play a very
meaningful part in the future of
the development of all areas
of the arts in the Bahamas, not
just painting.
"I cannot even begin to
express how important such

ours in this country in every
discipline. In this field we have
lost so many brilliant artists
with the potential to shake the
world, but they came up in a
time when fpr all intents this
place was a wasteland for art,
with no map, no guide and no
water for them to survive and
many did not make it."

"I cannot even begin to
express how important such
programmes are for the future
of this country."

Erica James


Jonathan London speaks

about his life as a writer

Jonathan London is
the author of The Tri-
bune's latest "Break-
fast Serial" story,
Desolation Canyon.
The illustrated tale will be pub-
lished in The Tribune a chap-
ter a day as part of our sum-
mer reading series. Here the
author speaks about his life as
a writer.
BORN a "Navy brat" in
Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan
London was raised on Naval
stations throughout the US and
Puerto Rico. Today he lives
with his wife, Maureen, and
their two sons, Aaron and
Sean, in Northern California.
Jonathan London started

writing poetry in his late teens.
Although he received a Mas-
ters Degree in Social Sciences
and never formally studied lit-
erature or creative writing, he
began to consider himself a
"writer" about the time he
graduated from college. After
college he became a dancer in a
modern dance company, trav-
eled around the world and
worked at numerous low-pay-
ing jobs as a labourer or coun-
However, during this twenty-
year period, London continued
to write. He wrote poems and
short stories for adults, earn-
ing next to nothing despite
being published in many liter-

ary magazines. "It wasn't until
I had kids of my own that I
became a writer for children,"
he explains. "It all started with
telling them stories when they
were very young. Now I am
making a living as a writer. A
dream come true!"

An Interview with
Jonathan London
You have written many pic-
ture books. Is a serialised nov-
el in any way unique?
I have published around 60
picture books but only one
novel Where's Home? for
ages 10 and up. So writing a
serialised novel was certain a

unique experience for me! It
was a real challenge, though I
think that my background as a
picture book author helped me
write the short chapters
packed with excitement that
make a serialised novel fun to

"Desolation Canyon" has
much to say about the natural
world. Do you prefer a partic-
ular Ecozone and why?
Desolation Canyon takes
place in the high desert
canyons of Utah. I love the
stark beauty of desert land-
scapes, full of sharp edges,
where life itself seems to totter
on the edge. It's a perfect set-


rience you will never forget. Our chair-
man Allworth Rolle, told me he was right
there enjoying himself. A large crowd of
people came out. Yvonne Woods, rep-
resenting the Ministry of Tourism seemed
to have been enjoying the show.
Eris Moncur is a Cat Islander who cer-
tainly enjoys his island's culture. A brief
speech was made by him. It is always a
pleasure to listen to him. The bonfire
built on the beach by Philip Moncur, and
friend, and lit by Diallo Moncur, burned
brightly. In the background it certainly
kept the mosquitoes and sandlfies away.
From the feedback we got, the show was
quite a success; and many thanks to ZNS
for airing the show live, and hopefully
the televised version will be seen soon.
I must tell you that I along with many
others were very, impressed with Paul
Fernander's reporting and commentary.
He certainly did his homework. Well
done, Paul. As a matter of fact, the entire
ZNS team headed by Yvette Stewart
must be congratulated. They worked
from my house and left it as they found it.
Clean. On Thursday, June 2, Rake and
Scrap moved north to the Festival site
in Arthur's Town.

ting for my novel, where the
action and drama seem to mir-
ror the desolate landscape,
with its wild desert river cut-
ting through it. But do I prefer
it to other ecozones? No, I
love the lush green of New
England, the mountains of
Colorado, the rugged coasts of
Northern California and the
Pacific Northwest. I've crossed
the Sahara by camel and sailed
among the islands of Greece
and the Caribbean. All these
places hold their stories, their

Your story is, of course, very
much about fathers. How does
fatherhood, experienced by
you as a father and your as
your father's son, contribute
to the rhythms of your work.
Some of my best memories
of childhood are about the
times my father took my
brother and I camping in the
woods of Wisconsin, or on fish-
ing trips to the lakes of north-
ern Minnesota, or our first
time downhill skiing on the
slopes of the High Sierras in a
California. As a father myself,
I have gone with my two sons
on many hiking and camping
trips, wilderness kayak trips,
and white water rafting trips -
including one to Desolation
Canyon. These experiences, as
a son and as a father, are major
influences on my work.

Many of your picture books
show an obvious love of lan-
guage. Poetry influences your
work as seen in "Like Butter
on Pancakes". Please tell us
how poetry influences your
I was a poet for about twen-
ty years before writing my first
picture book. Some of my
more lyrical books, such as like
butter on pancakes and the
more recent sun dance water
-are certainly influenced by
my background as a poet.

Poets learn to invoke imaged
with as few words as possible;
This is a very useful trait for a
But even books like my pop-
ular Froggy series, starting
with froggy gets dressed, are
influenced by my years as a
In my Frogg books I play,
with sounds and rhythms and
repetition, and I tell a story
with very few words. In a
poem each word counts. Whed
I speak, I tend to ramble, but
when I write, I cut to the chase:

Any advice for people who
would like to write?
If you like to write you
should be doing it all the time;
You should practice, just ag
you would practice if you
wanted to be a good ball play-
er or rap singer or violinist.
There are many kinds of writ-
ing, but for me most of my sto-
ries have a kernel of truth-
based on experience-at their
core. Experience plus imagi-
nation equals a story. Practice
running with a story-beyond
what actually happened. See
where it goes. Let yourself be
surprised. And don't give up
easily. Even if other people
don't like what you're writing,
if you love writing, keep it up.
Do what you love to do.

Do you think young people
read differently than adults?
Some young people are slow
to come to books, just as some
adults are.
But once a young reader is
grabbed by a story, they are
even more captivated by it
than most adults are. Their
imaginations are caught, and
that is a powerful thing. Get
good stories-whether written
for young people or adults--,
into the hands of readers and;
they will become avid readers,!
always looking forward to,
what happens next.

M By Sylvia Laramore-Crawford

WINSTON Saunders chairman of the
National Cultural Development Com-
mission, bless his sensible heart, sug-
gested to the Rake and Scrape Commit-
tee, headed by Allworch Rolle, that I be
allowed to produce a "storytelling" event
on Wednesday, June 1, since it was my
thing. They all agreed, and I suggested
holding the event at Regatta Beach (my
area) opposite my little beach house in
New Bright. It was the same beach where
my late husband Richard Crawford died
seven years ago, June 1, 1998. He was
the man who shared my life for 35 years.
A narrow road separates my house from
the beach.
This particular beach in New Bight,
Cat Island, is such a lovely spot. Fourteen
years ago, I decided to hold cultural
events there. It 'is the perfect spot.
Richard was very much alive then, and if
he is looking down or up, he would be
very pleased to see that along with some
good, honest and trustworthy people,
New Bight, has become the cultural set-
tlement of South Cat Island.
Since coming to CatIsland, I have held

several "book events", as well as mount
exhibitions of photographs there, fea-
turing well known Bahamian writers. To
make Wednesday, June 1 a more inter-
esting day, I mounted a four-hour exhi-
bition, from 3pm to 7pm featuring pho-
tographs of such persons, some of whom
are deceased, such as the late Sir Eti-
enne Dupuch, former editor of The Tri-
bune, former Governor General, Sir
Henry Milton Taylor; Gail and Winston
Saunders, the late Timothy Gibson, com-
poser of the Bahamas National Anthem;
Telcine Turner Rolle; Pastor Myles Mon-
roe, Rev Hervis Bain Jr; Richard Bert
Perrigord, Cheryl Albury; Dorthy Car-
men Johnson; Jehan Hardy and many


The exhibition was followed by the
storytelling. Space would only allow me
to mention the names of just a few per-
formers. They were all excellent. Iva
Thompson, Beverley Thacker; Ena
Campbell; Helen Thurston, Evelyn Dean,
Sidney Isaacs, Julia Pierre, Garth King;
and Mae Johnson. It was a cultural expe-

artsi brief

The Agronomist, an inspiring, yet heart-
breaking documentary about a Haitian journal-
ist, will be screened on Thursday, June 30,
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 assas-
Discussants following the screening will be
Dr Ian Strachan, chair, School of English Stud-
ies, 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.

. Summer Cloudburst and Retrospective fea-
turing photographer Roland Rose opens on
Thursday, July 7 at 6pm at the Central Bank of
the Bahamas. This exhibition is being held on the
occasion of the 32nd Anniversay of indepen-
dence of the Bahamas.

The Play-Ground Project (pictured) at the
National Art Gallery continued this Saturday.
This project, facilitated by NAGB education
officer John Cox, is an opportunity for small
groups of students and or professional 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 project is for participants age 14 and
older, and runs on three consecutive Saturdays -

FROM page one

eventually had to sponsor three
of the five participating artists.
Support financial and other-
wise for artists is no longer just
about buying the occasional
painting, but requires more long-
term efforts.
And when it comes to depend-
ing on a small pool of local col-
lectors, Ms James urges artists to
think beyond this.
"Contemporary art demands
that you think beyond selling a
collector the parlour painting, and
that you support yourself in a
variety of ways," says Ms James.
She admits that it will be diffi-
cult here because the support sys-
tems aren't in place to nurture
this. But that's no excuse not to
proceed with the plan.
Says Ms James: "I think there
is a need for individuals to believe
they are investing in the vision of
the development of Bahamian
art. In trying to raise funds for
educational scholarships, I have
found that the vast majority of

June 25, July 2 and July 9 from 10am 2pm.
Call 328-5800 for more information.

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, Antonius 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
The exhibition is part of the NAGB's Collec-
tor's Series. Call 328-5800 to book tours.

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau
Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marchand Tup-
per, from the collection of Orjan and Amanda
Lindroth @ the National Art Gallery of the
The mid-nineteenth century paintings that
make up the exhibition are part of one of the
earliest suites of paintings of Nassau and its
Tupper was a British military officer stationed
at Fort Charlotte in the 1850s. The works show
a pre-modern Bahamas through the decidedly
British medium of watercolour. Call 328-5800 to
book tours.

Brent Malone

Bahamians simply don't like to
donate money, unless it is tied
into an established culture of giv-
ing like church. And if it is diffi-
cult to raise money for education
then you can imagine how diffi-
cult it must be for the arts. The
general public just isn't convinced
that it is valuable, though they
could not do anything in life with-
out the design expertise of people
who were exposed to the creative
For institutions like the
National Art Gallery, Ms James
says that the establishment of a
private endowment fund is critical
for future growth and sustain-
ability. But, she added, it will be
up to private individuals to leave
or donate money that can be put
in a trust and privately managed
on the gallery's behalf.
"We need more private gal-
leries, but we need more artists to

get creative and show work in less
than ideal settings. Everyone
wants the white cube and the air-
conditioning but this takes mon-
ey, maybe we literally have to
think outside of the box and
develop projects that don't
require as much funds and build
towards it," says Ms James.
"If Bahamians want an estab-
lished cultural tradition they will
have to make sure it happens, and
if it doesn't they will have
absolutely no-one to blame but
To donate to the Brent Mal-
one Artist-in-Residence Fund con-
tact the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas at 328-5800 or write
to The National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, The Brent Malone
Artist-in-Residence Fund, P 0
Box SS-6341, Nassau, NP,

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* CONDUCTOR Antoine Wallace, founder
and director of The Allegro Singers.

* SOPRANO JoAnn Callender

Concert was 'a

'treat for musical



Y um, yum, yum.
If music were
food, the Dun-
das would have
been filled last
weekend with organic cream,
the best ripe mangoes, and vats
of pure chocolate and wine.
Bahamian concert vocalists and
musicians have, once again,
"An Evening of Gershwin"
was promised by concert con-
ductor and Allegro Singers
founder and director Antoine
Wallace as a treat for musical
tiufinisseurs. From the choir's
first rousing notes of "Spring"
to the last lush tunes of "Of
Lord, I'm On My Way", the
evening's star-studded lineup
was a joy to hear, and often, to
< In theory, "An Evening of
Gershwin" was The Allegro
Singers' annual concert. In
practice, however, the evening,
devoted to music by 1920s and
'30s American composer
George Gershwin, heavily fea-
tured the talents of string
instrumentalists, soloist Can-
dace Bostwick, the brass-per-
cussion-piano, all-male WEST
(Worldwide Ensemble for
Soulful Technology), and the
talents of guest performers
pianist Lee and soprano Joann
Callender, an internationally
respected husband-and-wife
On Thursday night's gala,
vocalists and musicians sang
and played their hearts out
through a mid-performance
power outage. In Saturday's
closing night performance, the
concert cast was still as fresh
as just-cut roses, and seemed
to be having such fun that it
was tempting to climb up on
stage and join them.
'' At the point of 'Bess, You
Is My Woman Now', an impas-
sioned duet from Porgy and'
Bess, soprano JoAnn Callen-

der and Mr Wallace, a tenor-
turned-baritone, Lee Callen-
der, spent a few moments hunt-
ing for what looked like his
music. He finally bustled on-
stage, where the soprano calm-
ly handed him a folder. To tit-
ters in the audience, Mr Cal-
lender sat down and comment-
ed, "that's my wife." And at
one point, WEST's percus-
sionist started out one of the
group's rousing numbers with a
wide flashy grin rivalling that of
a Cheshire Cat.
The entire cast could well
have been a family, for their
ease, comfort, and general
sense of having fun. And, as
with any creative form, one
may favour one style over
another, not a single number
served to disappoint.


"An Evening of Gershwin"
proved to be a strong, emo-
tional night. From the old-
American style of 'Someone to
Watch Over Me' and 'Some-
body Loves Me', performed by
Sonja Pinder with a soft, inno-
cent attitude, the auditory
menu glided through the
Bahamian premiere of 'Rhap-
sody In Blue', skillfully exe-
cuted by Mr Callender, who
carried the audience on sever-
al minutes of bluesy, intricate
finger-skipping key motion.
Later, Mrs Callender thrilled -
and amused the audience with
a two-sided painting of a lover's
portrait. First came 'The Man
I Love', in which her power-
ful, rich voice surged up to the
high ceiling and seemed to
momentarily reposition the
rafters. Then, once listeners
had been warmed up to her
vocal skills, the soprano
launched into 'Blah Blah Blah',
a lighthearted satire on emp-
ty, airy, fluffy lover's compli-
ments and clich6s.
In the concert's first half,
which presented music from

'Lady Be Good', 'Oh, Kay!',
'Girl Crazy', and other places,
the Callenders, WEST, and
string instrumentalists from
Strings N Tings took the lime-
light, with the Allegro Singers
performing just once, in the
opening number. Section two,
which featured selections from
Gershwin's African American
opera "Porgy and Bess", com-
bined nearly all performers,
giving the choir a chance to
show off their polish, voices,
and on-stage chemistry.
This segment got off to a
stunning start with 'Summer-
time', performed by soprano
Candace Bostwick, whose crys-
tal-clear vocals were backed by
the Allegro Singers women in
the last few notes of this beau-
tiful and all-too-short number.
Getting the audience laughing,
tenor Harrison Lockhart led
the singers in a gesturing, pos-
turing version of 'It Ain't Nec-
essarily So', acting as a preach-
er of questionable spirituality
who suggests "De t'ings dat yo'
li'ble to read in de Bible, it ain't
necessarily so."
Particularly pleasing was the
duet "Bess, You Is My Woman
Now" between Mrs Callender
and Mr Wallace. Changing his
director's hat for a vocalist's,
and his previous tenor's hat for
that of a baritone, Mr Wallace
sang in lower key for the first
time, making a powerful,
impassioned match for Mrs
Callender's voice.
My only real surprise was
that The Allegro Singers actu-
.ally performed only nine times,
out of 24 numbers. But, as
much as I'd been looking for-
ward to hearing the choir's
voices alone, it's hard to com-
plain about the other two thirds
of the concert. And the only
disappointment is that it'll be
another year until the singers'
next concert, when their voices
travel down home and down
south in a performance of
music from the Caribbean.

* SOPRANO Candace Bostwick (centre) sings Summertime during
The Allegro Singers 2005 Concert, "An Evening Of Gershwin".

(Photos by Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

ON MONDAY July 4 and printing
every week day, Monday to Friday, The
Tribune will publish all 16 chapters of
'Desolation Canyon' This story is one of
two in our summer reading series.
The Tribune is convinced that read-
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worlds beyond their immediate envi-
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next day's installment.
The chapters are short, engaging and
compelling so that the reader keeps
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By Jonathan London
Illustrated by Maile Pickett

WELVE-YEAR-OLD Aaron and his father, along

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his 14-year-old son (Cassidy), set off on a white-
water rafting adventure down the Green River, Utah. They
intend to pass through Desolation Canyon, famous for its
difficult rapids.
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has much to learn. As for young Cassidy, though he has had
some experience with rafting there is much wildness in
him. Worse, his practical jokes and bad attitude are enough
to make a hard trip that much more difficult. This difficulty
comes to a boil in tensions between Aaron's dad and Cas-
sidy. Matters turn critical when a raft is found floating
empty with both he and Cassidy missing. Has Cassidy
turned to violence on the violent river? Even if there has
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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; theBahamas 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 before 11pm.

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.


out anm pu uino groups tu snow ushe crowd a
dance floor boss. Freestyle Fridays is expected to

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
11pm, $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 11pm. 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) will be showing at the NAGB oti
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 bitter 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) / $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.

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--- 1 Health I

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.

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:.
ahaiian Images0of Christ6pher Coluiibus". *The pub-"
'lic is invited. .

Toastmasters Club 1095 mineets Tuesday, 7:30pm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, college Avenue
off Moss Road. Club ,9477 meets Friday, 7pm @
Bahamas Baptist Commiunity College Rm A19, Jean
St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial
Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes. Club 71748 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-


Caribbean Dancers

ance crew for now

The verdict is in
and, at least to
some, the
Dancers is, for
now, the Bahamas' top dance
The 25-member team out-
danced The Acid Crew in a
boxing-ring dance-off rival at
First Down last Friday night.
Set up in a boxing ring-turned-
dance-floor, members of the
two troops battled it out in sev-
en rounds, for a $1,500 prize.
"It's big now, dancing is
back," says Stephen 'Popeye'
Dean, group leader and man-
ager for Caribbean Dancers.
Mr Dean, 28, formed the win-
ning group after he won the
American Dance Award, and
returned home to give young
people a positive alternative to
street life. Founder of Stareye's
Entertainment, Mr Dean
organised the dance-off and
invited The Acid Crew to see if
they could out-move his
dancers and settle a three-
month score. Constantly meet-
ing at various venues, the
groups know each other and
many of each other's moves -
well, and have developed a
healthy rivalry.
Some, including The Acid
Crew's leader Earthlin Miller,
say the win should have been
reversed. According to him,
the Caribbean Dancers may
have got the judges' votes, but
Acid Crew won the heart of
the 300-plus crowd.
"It was about each group
knowing one another's moves.
We knew their moves better
than they know our moves so
we were able to counter their
.moves better and that's why
the crowd liked us because
we were able to take down
everything they threw at us, or
put up a better display," says
Mr Miller. "They underesti-
mated us, and they got a sur-
prise attack on them."
His crew was prepared with
counter-props for everything
the Caribbean Dancers pro-
duced. Caribbean Dancers
formed a pyramid to hoist
themselves up high enough to
."rain" down on Acid; Acid
popped up with an umbrella as

* MEMBERS of The Acid Crew perform during Friday night's showdown.
(Photos by Vanessa Small)

a shield. Caribbean Dancers
hoisted plastic potties onstage
to mimic relieving themselves
in the presence of their oppo-
nents; Acid whipped out cans
of deodorizing spray to freshen
the foul air. Matrix-style moves
by the Caribbean Dancers?
The Acid Crew came out with
an ultra-flexible low-going lim-

bo performer whose back got
closer to horizontal with the
ground than most viewers
thought possible.
Mr Miller admits that, when
his group first formed in Octo-
ber, the Caribbean Dancers
had a distinct advantage over
them. Is the gap narrowing?
It would appear so. He says it
was still locked in a stalemate,
and hopes to challenge the con-
tenders in another match later
"Wherever we meet, when-
ever we see each other, it's a
dog fight. That's why we came
up with this idea to settle it in
the boxing ring," says Mr
Mr Dean maintains that his
group came out on top fairly,
despite stiff competition. The

opposing group, he says, spe-
cially requested a song with a
military beat to match their
routine, even though the even-
t's DJ was supposed to ran-
domly select songs for each
group to dance to.


stunts, the on your head, the
backflips, people never really
saw that before." Forming
human merry-go-rounds and
human bicycles, the Caribbean
Dancers worked their way to
a victory.
Regardless of the formal
winners, both group leaders
regarded the dance-off as a
friendly, cheerful rivalry.
"Even though sometimes
when you go to battle, it's like
'oh I lose' or 'I win' or a fight
or little row, it isn't like that
with us. Mr Miller and I are
senior men and even though
he lost, we come and we shake
each other's hand. I call him, he
call me... it's like we're family
and that's the mentality that I
try to build," he says.
Mr Miller laughingly

describes the contest for
"dance supremacy". "It was
good clean fun," says Mr
Miller. "Everyone's basically
hoping to see the rematch,
because it was very intense."
Both groups, headed by
young men making a differ-
ence, provide a positive outlet
for pent-up energy. Mr Dean,
who works out of Natbro's Per-
sonal Fitness Studio in the Base
Road plaza, auditions from
7pm-9pm Tuesday, Friday, and
Saturday and is planning to
form CD2 the second chapter
of Caribbean Dancers.
Mr Miller hopes to get a
summer group together, and
describes his group as a "broth-
erhood". "We don't allow no
drinking, alcohol, no smoking -
it's just discipline... I grew up in
Barbados with a strict, drill-
sergeant type grandmother,"
he laughs, describing himself
as the group's big brother who
keeps younger members, from
16 up, in line.
Says Mr Dean, "We're two
of the most serious set that are
really interested, that love to
dance, and I felt that would
bring other people involved to
see the show."
He admits that the Acid
Crew is determined although
the Caribbean Dancers haven't
been defeated yet, he main-
"When they came out that
night, the Caribbean Dancers
really wasn't expecting that
type of performance from the
Acid Dance Crew. He actually
surprised us, because they was-
n't that good on that level, until
they proved that nighi that they
had the potential of winning -
they almost beat us," admits
Mr Dean.
As for whether there will be
a rematch, that remains to be
According to Mr Dean,
future dance-offs will probably
feature matches with other up-
and-coming dance groups.

* MEMBERS of Caribbean Dancers strut their dance moves.




Yodephy Modelling and Dance

Academy shows off fashion

* By Italia Watkins-Jan

On Sunday June 12, I
clutched my little
green ticket and
entered the Rainfor-
est Theatre for Yode-
phy Modelling and Dance Academy's
end of year fashion show. I had come
to see my daughter M61lissa who had
worked quite hard for the show and
who had even designed her own outfit
for the kaleidoscope's "red" theme.

I must say that the prospect of
watching a show with so many young
and adolescent children was enough to
put any sane adult who is a parent
and knows exactly what it means to be
in a room with so many youngsters in
a state of agitation. It is usually, as we
say, a corv6e or chore that all parents
have to submit to in order to show
how much they love their offspring.
But the majority of us would prefer to
be elsewhere doing something that
we really want to do on a Sunday
afternoon (like sleeping, Mon Dieu I
had a long week and need some rest!!)
Now, let's take over one hundred
young ladies of all shapes and sizes,
from age three and above, meet with
them from Monday to Saturday dur-
ing the school year, instil in them a
sense of discipline, self respect and
confidence and whip them into shape
with the know-how and expertise of
one talented modelling professor,

Dwayne Lamb and what do you get?
A wonderful afternoon of entertain-
ment presented by Yodephy Model-
ling and Dance Academy!
The show opened with the singing
of the National Anthem by one of
Yodephy's models Miss Anyel Cole-
brooke, whom I am sure that one day,
with proper training, may have some
talent as a singer, but this was a fash-
ion show, so I won't go into that!
The vivacious and bubbly Phyllis
Garraway and her ever present and
adorable side-kick and partner Debbie
Geear strutted on stage clad in iden-
tical Emilio Pucci outfits. Not to be
outdone by her colleague, Phyllis
proudly announced to a laughing audi-
ence, amused by this play on femi-
nine rivalry and cocasseries that "a
woman's outfit was not important, it
was her accessories that mattered"
(one of the show's themes) "and
everyone knew that a woman's best
"accessory" was her man" sorry gen-
tlemen, I am in no way responsible
for the comments or opinions of the

She promptly called out her "acces-
sory", an elegantly clad gentleman of
distinguished origins!
Not to be outdone and to the
delight of the audience (in any event
to the females present), a perfect spec-
imen of the male "accessory" clad in
body building attire (un petit slip) and
oiled from head to toe stepped out


on Debbie's arm. What could Phyllis
say? Her accessory was not quite up to
par! On this humorous note, the show
Many parents were delighted to see
that they were not wasting their mon-
ey as the show was very professional.
The "Kaleidoscope of Colours" theme
was displayed through a variety of
outfits of different hues ranging from
blue to orange to red to name a few.
The little ones charmed the audi-
ence, especially their parents, as they
were quite serious in their perfor-
mance ... innocent little faces intense-
ly concentrating on their steps, turns
and whirls while trying to smile and
remember everything they had
learned all year long and not fall off
the cat-walk. I say bravo to all of these
little ladies for their grace and charm,
and also to the teachers -you did a
wonderful job.

The older models strutted and
strolled along the stage in a whirlwind
of colours and robes de soir6e.
Bahamian designer Cedric Brown,
among others, was featured in the
Designer Showcase. Brown's creations
were lovely et d'une grande quality
and the models chosen to display his
garments did justice to them. His
attention to detail and finition was
immediately observed by this writer.
What I was seeing was worthy of any
defil6 de mode I had ever seen in

The only unfortunate incident of an
almost perfect afternoon occurred
when one young model fell off the
cat-walk into the audience...but that
happens from time to time even to
the best of them! She regained her
dignity by coming back on stage
despite the fact that she had hurt her-
self, thus showing promise of profes-
Students honoured this semester
were: Mikayla Dames, most photo-
genic; Verneisha Burrows, photogenic;
Gabrielle Stubbs, most improved Sat-
urday class; Jennifer d'Albenas, most
improved Tuesday class; Kristen Dun-
combe, most outrageous accessories.
Yodephy short for "You, Deborah
and Phyllis" Dance & Modelling
Academy was founded in 1990 by
Deborah Geear and Phyllis Garraway.
The academy now successfully accom-
modates over 400 students in model-
ling and dance.
Deborah and Phyllis have had suc-
cessful careers as both performers and
instructors in fashion, modelling, eti-
quette and dance, including ballet,
modern and tap. Subsequently they
have gained national and internation-
al awards for excellence. In addition to
offering classes, Yodephy provides
entertainers, models, dancers, talent
for promotions, conventions, bridal
shows, or parties and houses a variety
of costumes for all types of events.
Together with the rest of their team,
Lorrinda and Dwayne, they specialise
in complete productions choreo-
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omitted from his King Kong remake teaser trailer.
On Monday night, nine NBC Universal networks simultane-
ously gave us the first glimpse of the Lord of the Rings director's
latest epic and, save for the aforementioned sequence, I can't help
but feel we've been shown too much already.
With a cast that includes Naomi Watts, in the role that Fay Wray
made famous in 1933, Jack Black, Adrien Brody and, of course,
the big man himself, the film is sure to be a success, but a lengthy
trailer has left little to the imagination.
We've now seen Kong in all his glory, dinosaurs and giant
beasties running about the place, and even Watts being lifted
from her shackles by the giant hairy hand.
Is it just me, or has all the mystique surrounding this one vir-
tually disappeared?
With the growth of the Internet, early buzz is important in the
movie industry and, with King Kong's release almost six months
away, now is the perfect time to whet appetites.
But surely a controlled campaign, similar to Steven Spielberg's
brief War of the Worlds trailers, would be far more effective.

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way the wind

is blowing

EVERY year, meteorologists release
a forecast for the upcoming hurri-
cane season. Every year, scientist
and nature guru Sydney Sinclair-
Sands sends in letters in the 'Hey
Bulla' style to local papers, predicting the
upcoming hurricane season by the yellow blos-
soms of the poui tree.
Who is right?
In an ironic and remarkably beautiful twist of
fate, Mr Sinclair-Sands and his yellow poui trees
are generally not far off the mark.
Take the 2004 season, when the former Depart-
ment of Fisheries aquaculturalist used the flow-
ering patterns of three tall, shady poui trees in his
backyard to foretell three major storms.
The trees, says Mr Sinclair-Sands, send out
their first set of blooms to announce the arrival of
spring; the number of times it blossoms after that
indicates the number of hurricanes the coming
months will bring.
Last year, the tree sent out a sprinkling of yel-
low to announce spring, then got right to talking;
within two weeks, it sent out three intense sets of
warning blossoms.
"I said, 'Good Lord, we mussee gonna have
three hurricanes this year'," remembers the pre-
dictor, who, concluded that, since three strong
sets of blossoms came in close succession, three
powerful storms could be in the Atlantic at the
same time.
Lo and behold, come August and September,
Frances and Jeanne descended, with Ivan threat-
ening to hit the Bahamas soon after.

the storm season, and a smaller variety of yellow
poui many of which were planted along JFK
some years ago appear less accurate in their
blossom production, Mr Sinclair-Sands says.
Some may prefer to rely on meteorological
information for estimates on how many storms
are expected for any given season. But, for what
it's worth, the tree has been known to foretell
storms remarkably well.
Take 2002, when hurricane Michelle burst on
the scene in November, unusually late in the June
1 November 30 season. Others may have been
surprised; Mr Sinclair-Sands had been warned
by his forecasting trees, which had abruptly put
out a burst of surprise blossoms in July, much
later than normal. Even though pouis usually
bloom without leaves, the telltale yellow appeared
even though the tree was covered with leaves.
"I wrote another little letter in to the editor and
told them, 'it's gonna be another late hurricane
and it's gonna be a bad one', but the experts in the
US, they couldn't say that. There are certain
things that the tree would indicate that their
instruments could not detect," says Mr Sinclair-
Sands. "The tree is so sensitive to environmental
change that their instruments wouldn't pick that
up, so they couldn't warn people of a late hurri-
Meteorological predictions certainly can be
confusing at times. In October, local meteorolo-
gists anticipated this year's season would be less
active; in April, it was expected to be "very sim-
ilar". A month later, predictions were that this
season would be more active than the last.
After its predictory blossoms, the poui falls
silent, and generally sets to work putting out

NAtUHR guru Syaney mincimar-Sanas uses me
tall, shady poui trees in his backyard (pictured) to
predict the number of hurricane storms that will
pass through the region.
(Photo: Mario B Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)
1980s, shortly after he began studying the tree's
hurricane-hinting tendencies, he noticed it mak-
ing other changes; instead of blooming in March,
with spring's arrival, it began flowering as early as
"At that time," he points out, "there was a lot
of talk about change in environment, the green-
house effect and carbon dioxide pollution."
Mr Sinclair-Sands makes his living working
with other plants and plant products; he roasts
and sells coffee, and propagates indoor plants.
But he's still got a soft spot for the yellow poui,
which he also propagates, and has been trying
to convince local landscapers to use.
It might be quite pleasant; avenues of tall,
shady trees that faithfully put out a halo of viru-
lent yellow flowers, helpfully tuned into their
own weather channel, watching and waiting to be

BLOOMING WARNING Mr Sinclair-Sands says that the number of times his tree blossoms,
after its first blossoming for Spring,, tells how busy the year's hurricane season will be

Bizarre coincidence?
Mr Sinclair-Sands, who began noticing a rela-
tionship between blossoms and weather unrest in
the mid 1980s, certainly doesn't think so.
On a particularly hot day, 20 years ago, the
tree caught his attention because it seemed par-
ticularly fierce in its blossoming. He stood, staring
at the poui and said, "something must be going to
happen because I've never felt the sun like this
before, and this tree is just going wild," he said.
"We haven't had a hurricane for about 15 years.
. I said, 'I believe this is gonna be our year',
and sure enough it was when that terrible hurri-
cane came up and was actually heading for the
Bahamas," he recalls.
A hurricane did head for the Bahamas, he
recalls, but turned away, menacing Jamaica and
Florida instead.
Since then, he's been studying the yellow poui
The tree, which grows to about 30 feet tall,
with wide, shady branches, has relations in the
Bahamas, that don't appear to have the same
predictive powers.
The pink poui's blooms don't seem to mirror

leaves, providing shade, and living much as one
would expect any quiet tree to live. It doesn't put
out banners declaring 'Put up shutters next week!'
or 'Get canned food now!' Once it's given its
warnings, don't expect anything more than leaves
and birds in its branches, and during a storm, the
trees are as susceptible as any others; two of Mr
Sinclair-Sands' three trees were damaged last
year, while one still flourishes.
Even so, it will be interesting to see who will be
right in 2005. The National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration predicts two to four major
hurricanes, at least category three in strength.
The poui (so far) has put out two small blooms
and one significant one which, Mr Sinclair-Sands
predicts will bring about 100 miles per hour winds.
Past years have shown the born-and-raised
Nassauvian, who grew up with a gardening mum,
that the number of poui blooms clustered togeth-
er indicate how strong a storm will be.
"I've found that anything over eight flowers
on the bunch would indicate the possibility of a
hurricane," he explains. "The higher it goes, the
more intense the hurricane would be. It has gone
up to like 14 flowers on a branch. So that would

give you one of
those strong hur-
ricanes like we
had last year, 155
miles per hour."
How does one
explain the tree's
forecasting flow-
ers? Chance?
Nature's helper?
One of God's
intricate twists to
Mr Sinclair-
Sands, who has
studied hydro-
ponics, explains
the poui as "just a
part of nature",
and believes the
tree simply reacts
to shifts in the
In the late

SYDNEY Sinclair-Sands stands in front of a poui tree in his backyard. Every year he uses
the yellow blossoms of the tall, shady tree to predict the activity of the hurricane season.
(Photo: Mario B Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)

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i HE Bahamas has
the greatest fre-
quency of tropical
storm activity in
the entire
Caribbean Basin, the Depart-
ment of Meteorology has
With four major hurricanes
expected during this Atlantic
Hurricane Season, which runs
June 1 through November 30,
the National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA) and'
its partners are observing the
period until June 30 as Hurri-
cane Awareness Week under
the theme, "Together Emer-
gencies are Managed".
A history of hurricanes in the
Bahamas over the past 150
years or more was presented at
a press conference on Wednes-
day, June 22, at Cabinet Office.
Deputy director of Meteo-'
rology Trevor Basden revealed
that for the entire Caribbean
Basin, which stretches from the
Leeward and Windward Islands
in the east to Hispaniola and
Cuba in the west, "The Bahama
Islands have the greatest fre-
quency of cyclones."
The Caribbean Hurricane
Network has indicated that the
"Hurricane Capital of the
Caribbean" is Abaco, with 18
severe hurricanes since 1851,
which is an average one hurri-
cane per eight to nine years.
Since 1994, Key West and
Nevis have seen the most severe
hurricanes seven or about one
every eight to nine years. Grand
Bahama saw the most hurri-
canes, 40 one every four years.
"So this means that we should
always be on the alert for any
sort of eventuality," said Chief
Climatological Officer at the
Department of Meteorology
Mike Stubbs. "So, there is no

surprise as to what has hap-
pened during last year's Hurri-
cane Season in the Northern
Bahamas. The probability of
islands being hit are usually
those islands in the northwest
sector of The Bahamas."
Mr Stubbs urged residents to
pay particular attention to activ-
ities during Hurricane Pre-
paredness Week 2005.
"We pray that nothing hap-
pens this year as we are still in
recovery stage but if we take
the necessary precautions, we
can mitigate or minimise the
impact of hurricanes or any-
thing that may come this way
during this hurricane season,"
he said.
On the question of hurricane
preparedness, Coordinator of
NEMA Carl Smith noted that
The Bahamas is in the tropical
cyclone area.
"That is why our focus must;
be on mitigation measures. We
have in the past, given focuse
to responding after an event
would have taken place. We
need to look, or give more
attention to risk management.
And that means in our devel-
opment planning, building to
our plans, disaster management
considerations." Mr Smith said.
"It means looking at our build-
ing codes, to see if they are very
effective and if in fact they are,
to ensure enforcement."
He said that the Bahamas is
still in recovery mode from last
year's two major storms, Hurri-
cane Frances and Jeanne.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), has predicted 12 to
15 named storms, six to nine of
which are expected to become
hurricanes; three to nine major
storms, meaning wind speeds of
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However, noted professor Dr
William Gray has foreshadowed
15 named storms, eight of which
are expected to become hurri-
canes, and four major storms.
Furthermore, both predictions
have indicated 39 percent
increase in the landfall hurri-
canes in the southeastern Unit-
ed States.
"This is the first time where
they are actually delving on this
landfall because usually they
just give the general broad view
of cyclones in the Atlantic
Basin," Mr Basden said. "What
that obviously means for us in
The Bahamas is that they are
expecting an increase in hurri-
cane activities through the

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NATIONAL Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA)
co-ordinator Carl Smith has
called on Bahamians to respond
quickly to evacuation calls dur-
ing the 2005 hurricane season.
Mr Smith advised against
waiting until "the last minute"
to do so.
He said persons most likely
to be asked to evacuate in the
event of a hurricane are those
who live in coastal or low-lying
areas that are prone to flood-

"This habit of waiting until
the last minute to follow the
evacuation orders has to stop,"
said Mr Smith. "It has to be
recognised that we cannot place
our first responders be they
Defence Force officers, police
officers and/or medical teams -
in harm's way by asking them to
go out into dangerous situations
to try and rescue individuals."
Mr Smith explained that
there were "a couple of situa-
tions last year that placed the
lives of some of our responders
in jeopardy and that's just not
fair as many of these persons
are parents, brothers, sisters,
aunts and uncles and have fam-
ilies whom they are responsible
"It is an unreasonable thing
to ask of them," Mr Smith said
Mr Smith said emergency
management officials expect
persons to respond to evacua-
tion notices "immediately" once
they have been advised to evac-
uate their areas and notified
about the shelters available to
Family members and neigh-
bours of the elderly and per-
sons who are bedridden or are
living with disabilities, can play

critical roles in ensuring that
these individuals are evacuated
in time.
"They can do this by either
moving those persons to shel-
ters themselves or by alerting

They say three to five of the
storms might become major
Mr Smith said the 2004 hurri-
cane season should be a
reminder for Bahamians of the

'It has to be recognised that
we cannot place our first
responders be they Defence
Force officers, police officers
and/or medical teams in
harm's way by asking them to
go out in dangerous situations
to try and rescue individuals,'
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authorities ahead of time," said
Mr Smith.
"Communities can come
together and determine which
individuals need assistance in
getting to hurricane shelters
ahead of time and let the prop-
er authorities know ahead of
time so that no one has to go
out in adverse conditions."

Meteorologists and climatol-
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above-normal hurricane season
on the heel of last year's
destructive and season.
Local meteorological officials
predict 12 tol5 storms duriing,
with seven to nine becoming

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He said every household in
the Bahamas should develop a
written family plan based on
that family's vulnerability to
hurricane hazards such as storm
surges, flooding and wind, and
which should also include
escape routes from the house.
Families should also choose
a safe room or area in their
homes for each hurricane haz-
ard, with the understanding that
in certain instances, the safest
thing might be to move to a
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are ready for another hurricane
As part of your preparation
for the hurricane season the
Bahamas General Insurance
Association encourages policy-
holders to check their insurance
coverage to ensure that it is up
to date and that the sums
insured are adequate.

"A major problem following
the storms of 2004 was that of
underinsurance, where the sum
insured under a policy is much
less than it should be the
insured ends up being penalised
and getting less than the full
amount claimed;" said a press
release from the association.
As rebuilding values increase,
so should the sum insured on
your home, noted the associa-
The BGIA.also pointed out
that recent press reports sug-
gesting that this penalty only
applies, to total losses are wrong,
as it applies to all losses where
the property is underinsured.
"Those reports also suggested
that flood is not covered by
most insurance policies which
is incorrect.
"Whilst in Florida you have
to buy 'windstorm' and 'flood'
insurance as separate covers,
policies issued by local insurers
in the Bahamas that cover 'Hur-
ricane' include flood caused by
hurricane and usually, although
not always, flooding from other
causes as well. (Please note that
buildings in certain high-risk
areas may not be able to get
hurricane and/or flood insur-
Another critical point to note,
said the association, is that
insurance companies will not
sell hurricane insurance in your
area once an "Alert" has been
issued for that area.
An "Alert" is issued when a
tropical system can produce
storm or hurricane conditions
within 60 hours (2 1/2 days).
"You should, therefore,
check to see that you have cov-
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due to strike," said the associa-

Filing claims as promptly as
possible is another matter that
BGIA members would like the
public to pay attention to. After
a loss, policyholders must report
their loss to the insurers as soon
a possible.
Persons who wait months to
report losses to their insurance
company many find that under
the terms of the policy they
have forfeited their right to
Policyholders are also asked
to be aware of the Catastrophe
Perils deductible of 2.0 per cent
that applies to hurricane claims.
The two per cent applies to the
sum insured on both the build-
ing and its contents and is the
responsibility of the insured.
"This means that if a building
is insured for $100,000 the
insured must pay the first $2,000
of any claim, whilst the insur-
ance company will pay for cov-
ered damages that are above
that amount," the association
One result of the very active
hurricane season last year has
been the increase in the local
cost of catastrophe insurance
by up to 30 per cent. This
increase came about as a result
not only of losses suffered by
local insurers, but also losses
suffered by reinsurers world-
"The four hurricanes which
struck this region (Charley
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne) cost
the international insurance
industry approximately $30 bil-
lion, with hurricanes Charley
and Ivan ranking in the top 10
costliest natural catastrophes in
In addition to this there were
nine typhoons and a major
earthquake in Japan last year.
Include other events, such as
the tsunami in Southeast Asia,
and one can see why many of
the international reinsurers and
insurers need to rebuild their
reserves," said the association.
To assist the public in under-
standing their insurance poli-
cies, the BGIA is preparing a
series of articles which will be
available for download from its
website at If you
have a specific question on your
insurance contact your insur-
ance agent or broker.




Getting the home


for hurricane season

KEEP trees and shrubbery trimmed during
Hurricane Season (June-November). DO NOT
trim trees after a Hurricane Watch or Warning
has been announced as trimmings could become
dangerous missiles.
If you have storm shutters, make sure they are
in working order and fit properly. If you do not
have shutters, have them installed or lay in a sup-
ply of plywood to use as shuttering.
(Taping windows will not protect your home,
although the tape may keep some of the glass
from flying into the house when the window is
Review your INSURANCE. It is advisable to
secure your insurance policy in advance, no appli-
cation for insurance will be accepted, or coverage
increased, once a Hurricane Watch has been
issued for the Bahamas.
Speak to your agent and ask these key ques-
Do I have replacement cost coverage on all
property, including contents?
What are the deductibles? (Usually two per
cent of the Sum Insured).

Are there any exclusions?
Does the policy cover flood, wind and storm
If the dwelling is rendered uninhabitable by a
hurricane, does the policy cover relocation or
temporary housing?
Take photos of your house, inside and out, for
documentation of its condition and contents.
Make a list of all your important belongings.
EMERGENCY equipment and supplies
Purchase and set aside hurricane supplies.
Check the working condition of all emer-
gency equipment such as generators, flash lights,
battery-powered radios, etc.

Protect your BUSINESS
Make backup plans NOW by identifying and
protecting vital records, such as:-
Computer software
Accounts receivable records
Client records
Other important personnel and administrative

INSIDE your home
Establish a "Safe Room". This should be an
interior room, free of windows, or a room with
a small window, such as a bathroom. Make
sure your safe room has a clear pathway to an
Turn your refrigerator and freezer to' the
coldest setting.
Turn off your gas at the bottle.
Freeze water in plastic jugs and use them to
fill empty spaces in your refrigerator and freez-
er to help keep food cool.
Prepare an emergency water supply for
bathing and sanitary purposes by storing water
in clean air-tight containers, including your
water heater and washing machine.
Store valuables and personal papers in water-
tight containers and store these in the highest
possible spot in your home.

OUTSIDE your home
Put up your shutters or install pre-cut ply-
wood over all windows and glass doors.
Close all windows (Remember to open one
on the lee-side during the storm).
DO NOT drain your swimming pool
Add extra chlorine to prevent conta-
Turn off electricity to pool equipment.
Bring inside all objects that can be blown
away, including garbage cans, TV antennas,
satellite dishes, lawn furniture, garden tools
and potted plants. Anchor objects that cannot
be brought inside.
If you don't have a garage or carport, park
your car as close to the house as possible away
from trees.
Fill your car's gas tank early, after a hurricane
gasoline may not be available due to power

Fallen trees were a major hazard to many dwellings when
Hurricane Michelle struck in 2001, including this Fox Hill home

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How to avoid

stormy waters


This Bahamian boat owners (above) left nothing to chance when Hurricane Frances approached last year.
This boat was taken out of the water at the marina on East Bay Street

DEVELOP a plan well in advance.
You can store a small boat with a trailer in a
warehouse or a garage.
If you leave your boat outside, attach the
trailer tongue to a firm spot in the ground, deflate
the tires and lash the boat to the trailers Place.
boards between the axle and the frame to prevent
damage to the trailer springs.
If your boat is in a marina check with the

dockmaster for any special requirements.
Your insurance policy should include ade-
quate coverage for damage that your boat may
cause to other property.
Inventory all vessel equipment and keep a
copy in a safe place off the boat.
Identify safe harbours and take' a test run to
one NOW, checking route conditions and travel

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Prepare for

the worst

This information is provided
to ensure that you make the
necessary plans before an emer-
gency to protect yourself and
to help you respond safely.
Register when you arrive
at the shelter
Sign in and out when leav-
Supervise your children
Respect quiet areas
Keep shelter clean

Change of clothing
Baby clothing and food

Blanket or sleeping bag
Toiletries and personal
items such as soap\face cloth
and bath towel
Tooth brush and toothpaste
Disposable sanitary items
(plates, cups, spoons)
Manual can opener
Canned food (soup and
Canned juice
Medical needs for at least
five days
Games or toys for children
Battery-operated radios
Spare batteries
Flash light
Important documents

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Where to seek shelter

1) Church of God of Prophe-
cy Gambier Village

2) New Providence Commu-
nity Centre Blake Road

3) Golden Gates Assembly
-Carmichael Road

4) Southwest Cathedral
Church of God Carmichael
& Shrimp Roads
5) Calvary Deliverance
Church East Street South

6) Ebenezer Mission Baptist
Church St Charles Vincent
7) New Bethlehem Baptist
Church Independence Drive

8) Hillview Seventh-day
Adventist Church Harrold
9) Lake View Church of
God Bozine Town

10) Worker's House Har-
rold Road

11) Living Faith Seventh-day
Adventist Church -Old Trail

12) Holy Cross Anglican
Community Centre Soldier
13) Agape Full Gospel Bap-
tist Church Golden Palm
14) Church of God Audito-
rium Joe Farrington Road

15) Epiphany Anglican
Church Prince Charles Dri-

16) St Mary's Hall -
Bernard Road-Fox Hill
17) Bede's Catholics Church

SEA MEETS ROAD In this photo by Franklyn Ferguson, an ocean surge leapt over the road at Saunders
Beach during Hurricane Francesand flooded the area. In the background is Saunders Beach shopping centre.

-Sutton Street Wulff & Baillou Hill Roads

18) Kemp Road Union Bap-
tist Church Kemp Road

19) Pilgrim Baptist Church
- St James Road
20) Salvation Army -
Mackey Street

21) Epworth Hall Shirley

22) Church of God of
Prophecy East Street

23) Calvary Bible Church -
Collins Avenue

24) Calvary Baptist Church
(Haitian) West Avenue off
5th St
25) St Barnabas Church -

26) Mt Calvary Baptist
Church Baillou Hill Road

27) Salvation Army -
Meadow Street
28) Bethel Baptist Church
- Meeting Street

29) Church of God Chip-
pingham Chippingham

30) Mt Moriah Baptist
Church Farrington Road

Grand Bahama
City of Freeport

1) First Baptist


2) St George's High School

3) Sir Jack Hayward High

4) Hugh Campbell Primary

5) Maurice Moore Primary

6) Living Waters Assembly
of God

7) Calvary Bible Church Hall
Central Church of God

8) Christ the King Anglican
Church Hall (Special needs

9) The Church of Christ

West Grand

Pinder's Point
1) Upper Zion Baptist

2) Church of the Good Shep-

1) Church of God of Prophe-

Eight Mile Rock
1) Bethel Baptist Church
2) Eight MileRock High
School Gymnasium

3) Martin Town Community

4) Church of God Sea Grape
5) Central Zion Baptist
Church Hall

East Grand


McCleaps Town
1) The Emmanuel Baptist

Pelican Point
1) St Matthew's Church

High Rock
1) Emmanuel Baptist

2) Genius cooper Auditori-




Staying safe

n the eye of

the storm

Know your evacuation route
if you plan on leaving your res-
idence and plan what you
should bring with you. Shelters
have limited supplies. Bring
food, medicine, water, medical
supplies, pillows, blankets and
personal care items. Bring such
items as books, magazines and
games for children.
Make arrangements for
pets: shelters will not admit
them. Keep a list and photo-
copies of prescriptions and med-
Be prepared to take care
of elderly relatives or friends
and their homes. Residents
should remain in their homes
during a hurricane unless there
is a valid reason to leave. Most
new homes have been built to
the high standards of the Build-
ing Code and many older
homes were constructed with
the destructive forces of a hur-
ricane in mind. It's fairly sim-
ple to determine if you should
go to a shelter.

Plan to go to a
shelter if:
You are in an evacuation
zone and have been advised by
authorities to evacuate
Anyone in the household
suffers from health- related
Your residence is in a dete-
riorated condition
You just don't feel safe
If'you plan to evacuate your
residence, LEAVE EARLY.
Don't get stuck in traffic or
flooded areas.

When A Hurricane Watch Is
Raise the.settings on your
refrigerator & freezer to the
coldest temperature; don't open
the doors unless absolutely nec-
essary. Freeze water in plastic
containers and use them to fill
in space and keep food cold.
Clean your bathtub thor-
oughly; wipe with unscented
bleach; rinse tub and let dry; fill
with water, to serve as a sanitary
water reserve.
Cover windows with shut-
ters or plywood
Unplug your TV prior to
disconnecting a satellite dish
Bring loose outdoor
objects, like trash cans, potted
plants, lawn furniture, etc
Fill the gas tanks of all
vehicles and have cash avail-
Store important documents
and valuables in water proof
containers and place in the high-
est possible location.
Carry identification with
you such as a driver's license.
If you have a boat, store it
in a garage or ware house. Oth-
erwise, be sure the boat is well
secured to the trailer and attach
the trailer to something that is
firmly planted in the ground.

Deflate the trailer tires for addi-
tional stability.

During A
Stay indoors. Weather con-
ditions usually deteriorate
quickly just before a hurricane's
worst weather arrives.
As the Eye (centre) of the
hurricane passes over, contin-
ue to stay indoors unless emer-
gency repairs are needed.
It's unpredictable when the
other side of the hurricane will
arrive with potentially worse
weather than before.
Strong winds may cause
structural damage and may cre-
ate deadly projectiles out of
loose objects.

If Winds
Become Strong:
Stay away from windows
and doors even if they are cov-
Take refuge in a small first-
floor interior room, closet or
Keep a battery-operated
radio or TV, flashlight, and a
gallon of water with you.
Identify a clear escape path
in the event of a fire.
Close all interior doors.
Brace exterior doors, especially
double-inward opening doors
and garage doors.

Lie on the floor under stur- cial "all clear" has been
dy objects. announced. Continue to listen
to weather reports from NEMA
A fte-r A and local officials.

Remain indoors until an offi- :

DO NOT use your telephone
except for emergencies.
DO NOT call 911 except for
life-threatening emergencies.

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to prepare, for Hurricane.
Frances by. putting up p oo


Coping with the aftermath

DO remember to open a window or door on
the lee-side of the house to relieve pressure in the

DO keep an ear on your radio in case storm
returns or another threatens
DO stay away from ALL downed power lines.
Even if power is off in your neighborhood, the
lines may still be "live".
DO call the police or utility company immedi-
ately to report downed lines or broken water
DO take a picture of your home, then make
temporary repairs to prevent further damage.
Save receipts for all transactions (This is so you
can present evidence to insurer, all of whom like
to see evidence).
DON'T drink untreated water
DON'T call any emergency number except for
a life-threatening situation.
DON'T walk around without shoes or allow

A SURVIVOR This little potcake survived Hurricane
Frances, which damaged many homes in North Eleuthera

children to play in standing water.
DON'T run a generator indoors, even in the
DON'T connect a generator to your house
wiring, unless the house wiring has been checked
by a competent electrician and the main power
has been isolated.
Other things to keep in mind...
It is best to use stored or bottled water for
cooking, drinking and your pets, store it in a cool
dark place. If you are suspicious of your water
supply please take the following precautions:
I remove particles by straining the water
through a paper towel, cloth or coffee filter;
1 purify the water by doing one of the follow-
ing (both, if possible);
boil at a rolling rate for at least three minutes;
[ add 16 drops of regular household liquid
bleach that contains 5.25 or 6.0 per cent sodium
hypochlorite as the active ingredient, to one gal-
lon of water. Let stand for 30 minutes. If water
smells slightly of bleach, it is safe for use. If not,
repeat the process. If the water still does not
smell of bleach, discard it and find another source
of water.
Source: Bahamas General Insurance Associ-

STORM Watch A cluster of clouds and/or thun- conditions are possible within
derstorms without organised cir- 24-36 hours.

what does it
Hurricane season started
June 1 and continues through
November 30. Hurricanes are
tropical cyclones in which winds
reach a constant speed of at
least 74 mph and may gust to
200 mph. Their heavy bands of
spiral clouds may cover an area
several hundred miles in diam-
eter and generate torrential
rains and tornadoes. The "eye"
or middle of the hurricane is
deceptively cahlm, almost free of
clouds, with light winds and
warm temperatures.
Make sure you are familiar
with these terms...


Tropical depression An
organised, tropical, low-pres-
sure system with sustained
winds less than 39 mph
Tropical storm An organ-
ised system of strong thunder-
storms with defined circulation
and sustained winds 39-73 mph.
Tropical storms can quickly
develop into hurricanes.
Storms are named when they
reach tropical storm strength
Hurricane An intense trop-
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defined circulation and sus-
tained wind speed of 74 mph or

Hurricane warning Hurri-
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ever need it. Most people
already have these items
around the house and it is a
matter of assembling them
now before an evacuation
order is issued.
Start with an easy-to-carry,
water-tight container a large
plastic trash can will do, or line
a sturdy cardboard box with
a couple of trash bags. Next,
gather up the following items
and place them in your kit:
* Water one gallon per
person per day (a week's sup-
ply of water is preferable)
* Water purification kit or
* First- aid kit and first- aid
* Pre-cooked, non-perish-
able foods, such as canned
meats, granola bars, instant
soup & cereals, etc.
* Baby supplies: formula,
bottle, pacifier, soap, baby
powder, clothing, blankets,
baby wipes, disposable dia-
pers, canned food and juices
* Non-electric can opener
* Anti-bacterial hand wipes
or gel

* Blanket or sleeping bag
per person
* Portable radio or portable
TV and extra batteries
* Flashlight and extra bat-.:
* Essential medications
* Extra pair of eyeglasses'
* Extra house and carkeys
* Fire extinguisher ABC-
* Food, water, leash and
carrier for pets
* Cash and change
* Seasonal change of cloth-
ing, including sturdy shoes
Sanitation Supplies
* Large plastic trash bags
for waste, tarpaulins and rain
* Large trash cans
* Bar soap and liquid deter-
* Shampoo
* Toothpaste and tooth-
* Feminine hygiene supplies
* Toilet paper
* Household bleach
* Rubber gloves
Stocking up now on emer-
gency supplies can add to your
family's safety and comfort
during and after a disaster.
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least three days, preferably
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
has spent nearly $3 million on the
rebuilding and repair of homes devas-
tated by Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne here, restoration works esti-
mated in the region of $3.5 million are
still needed on Grand Bahama.
With another hurricane season upon
us, efforts are underway by govern-
ment to complete its restoration pro-
gramme, particularly in West Grand
Bahama where the destruction to
homes and property in coastal outlying
areas was the greatest because of pow-
erful storm surges.
Melvin Seymour, director of housing,
reported that through the National
Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) government has paid out to
date in excess of $2,977,000 to con-
tractors for work done either through
rebuilding or repairs on Grand
He said the figure does not include
money paid for materials from Kelly's,
Albuild, and GB Millwork for vouch-
ers issued to residents following the
Mr Seymour noted that the bulk of
the $3.5 million estimated to complete
the rebuilding and repair programme
would be concentrated on West Grand
The restoration programme has been
moving at a very slow pace in West
Grand Bahama, especially at West End
where about 40 families are still home-
The settlement of West End was left
in shambles by the hurricanes last year
when powerful storm surges sent floods
of sea water that removed homes from
their foundations, washed away walls
of buildings and ruined furniture and
Tons of debris has been removed
from the community and lots once
occupied by homes are now vacant.
In the meantime, until the homes
can be rebuilt 14 families are being

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housed at the temporary government
housing facility at Bootle Bay while
others are staying with relatives.
The category four storms also caused
widespread destruction throughout the
island. In Freeport, there was massive
damage, especially at Queen's Cove,
which was severely flooded.
The areas of Hawksbill and Pinder's
Point and East Grand Bahama were
also significantly affected by the storms.
Mr Seymour said NEMA has been
working feverishly since the storms to
restore and repair homes. He noted

that the repair programmes in several
areas have been completed and are
now closed on Grand Bahama.
In terms of new home construction, he
reported that a total of 38 homes were
constructed on Grand Bahama, includ-
ing 14 in the West End constituency, 11
at Sweeting's Cay, eight at Grand Cay,
and four each in the Eight Mile Rock
and East End constituencies.
Some 38 additional homes are still
under construction 28 in West End,
eight in EMR, and one each in East
Grand Bahama and Sweeting's Cay.

Mr Seymour also reported that 581
contracts for labour and materials on
minor/major repairs have been com-
pleted. There were 206 in West End,
215 in EMR, 36 in Freeport, 73 in East
Grand Bahama, 17 in Grand Cay, and
34 in Bimini.
' Building materials were also distrib-
uted to persons for their own repairs.
Those include 637 residents at West
End, 403 at EMR, 236 at Freeport, 615
at East Grand Bahama, 96 at Grand
Cay, and 29 at Bimini.
"I think we are at the midway point

now and while we are pleased with
What the work achieved so far, there is
still much more work to be done," said
Mr Seymour.
He said NEMA has sufficiently sat-
isfied the requirement for needs in East
Grand Bahama, Freeport, Bimini,
Sweeting's Cay and Grand Cay, and
has closed its office in those areas.
"We are not barring anyone from
reapplying because we are hoping we
have not left anyone out. But, there
might be some cases with compelling
reasons that we would be willing to
review," he said.
"We had to work through some try-
ing times and we recognise that any
further work must be carefully exam-
ined in order for us to be able to offer
quality support."
Mr Seymour said rebuilding in the
areas of Lewis Yard, Pinder's Point,
Mack Town and West Grand Bahama
would take a little longer because of
the challenges to secure construction
workers in those areas.
Due to the flooding at West End, Mr
Seymour said the ministry of housing
has put a policy in place that requires
residents with homes on the front road
to build at four feet, which is above the
national two feet requirement.
West End resident Robert Grant,
owner of Star Restaurant and Bar, is
concerned about the flooding situation
at Fishing Hole Road.
"All emergency services are in
Freeport, and West Grand Bahama is
cut off from any assistance or emer-
gency evacuation during a hurricane,"
he said.
Mr Grant said government should
also consider extending hurricane relief
assistance to small businesses in the
area, which are having difficulty getting
loan assistance from banks.
He said the West End community is
not prepared for another hurricane.
"We are still trying to deal with repairs
from the last hurricanes, but hopefully
the government has learned a lot so
they should be more prepared this time


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High wavescaused by Hurricane Jeanne crash into rocks on the coast of New Providence last year

Lack of preparation

causes much damage

Tribune Feature Writer
BAHAMIANS have always been
warned monh/lbefore the hurricane sea-
son to secure 16rricane shutters, preserve
non-perishabe goods and do as much as
they can to protect their homes.
But how nany of them actually take
these precautions seriously?
According to Luther Smith, the Nation-
al Coordfrator of the Restoration and
Recovery Programme, who was respon-
sible for repairing and re-building homes
after last /ear's hurricanes, there is "no
question ?bout it", the lack of preparation
on the pirt of many homeowners con-
tributed to the high level of damage to
homes tiroughout the Bahamas.
"We eally need people to take hurri-
canes s riously, because we were fortu-
nate thit we had no direct casualties last
year, a least," Mr Smith told The Tribune.

He acknowledges though that hurri-
canes often result in damage that cannot
be avoided, regardless of how "air tight"
the precautionary measures are. But this
should not negate the need for prepara-
tion, he emphasised.
Says the national coordinator: "For
example, in the exposed areas of San Sal-
vador, where the winds were really over
1,120 miles per hour, the shingles just
flew off. But I'm cautioned to say that
for the ones that didn't prepare, many
people did prepare well. There is very
little you can do in the face of that kind of
weather." ,
Mr Smith says that the amount of
damage to homes in the less-developed
Family Islands may not be surprising,
since the "housing stock" in the Family
Islands is not as "sound" as it is in New
Providence. "A lot of the houses in the
Family Islands are build rather flimsily.
I think that is why a lot of the houses

were destroyed," Smith suggests.
But another factor is the location of
"Most of the houses on the Family
Islands are coastal, so they get the brunt
of the winds and the sea. Whereas in New
Providence, most of the houses are inland
and well away from the sea and not on
hilltops," he explains.
But as the country approaches this hur-
ricane season, Mr Smith has a word of
advice: "One thing is critically important
when you are talking about taking hurri-
canes seriously. I think all persons who
own a house should take out insurance
because insurance was a big factor in this
as well.
"Those who had insurance were able to
call upon their insurance and were able to
have their places restored. So I would
encourage just about every home owner
to take out insurance. That's the main

Make sure you have a two-week supply of the following:

* Water (one gallon per person per day)
* Non-perishable foods canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
* Bread in moisture proof packaging, cookies, candy, dried fruit
* Canned soups, juices
* Powdered milk or single serve drinks
* Cereal bars, peanut butter and jelly
* Instant coffee and/or tea
* Flashlight (one per person) and extra batteries
* Portable battery-powered lantern
* Battery operated or wind-up radio or TV
* Portable cooler and ice
* Weatherproof matches
* Butane lighter
* Cooking equipment
* Sterno
* Portable camp stove or grill and extra fuel
* Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid
* Manual can opener
* Disposable eating utensils
* Plates and cups
* Napkins and paper towels
* Aluminium foil
" Oven mitts
" Medical and emergency supplies
SFirst-aid kit, including pain reliever, antibiotic cream, antacids
* Prescriptions (one month's supply)
* Mosquito repellent
* Mosquito net
* Sun screen (45 SPF recommended)
" ABC rated fire extinguisher
* Bleach or water purification tablets

Other necessities
* Tools hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, nails, saw, tree saw
* Trash bags (lots of them)
* Cleaning supplies
* Plastic drop cloth
* Masking or duct tape (for packaging purposes)
* Outdoor extension cord
* Documents
* Water and fireproof container for document storage
* Photocopies of prescriptions
* Photo identification
* Medical history and information
* Backup disks of your home computer files
* Camera and film
* Personal supplies
* Toilet paper
* Entertainment books, magazines, card games, etc
* Soap and detergent
* Toiletries
* Rain ponchos and work gloves
* Extra glasses or contact lenses
* Babies' disposable diapers (one month's supply)
* Formula, food and medication

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Still rebuilding after the last time

Tribune Feature Writer
AT the onset of another hurricane
season, many Bahamians, especially
those on islands like Grand Bahama
who felt the brunt of last year's storms,
are still working to rebuild their com-
It is estimated that $12 million has
been spent so far in an attempt to
repair and restore the homes damaged
and destroyed by Frances and Jeanne
throughout the Bahamas, and there is
still more work to be done.
Residents are also bracing them-
selves for what is predicted will be
another busy hurricane season. And
with good reason, since another hit
would mean revisiting the destruction
inflicted by last year's storms.
But what is the condition of these
islands now, when it comes to the
restoration of dwelling homes?
According to Luther Smith, Nation-
al Coordinator for the Restoration and
Recovery Programme, hurricane
repairs to homes are complete in some
islands, while others are "well on their
way" to full restoration.
While the "reporting" minister for
the restoration of the homes in the
islands is Shane Gibson, Minister of
Housing, Mr Smith says that the
responsibility to do so is really that of
the Prime Minister and his office.
The purpose of the restoration pro-
gramme, which was established in
October, is to "galvanise" the resources
necessary, both financial and physical-
ly (human labour), to rebuild homes.
Mr Smith was "charged" with the
responsibility to restore dwelling places
in New Providence and the Family
Islands (they were not responsible for
repair to infrastructure).
In restoring homes in the Bahamas,
the country was categorised in three
groups, incorporating the major areas
hit by the hurricanes, Mr Smith
Repairs in Grand Bahama were
spearheaded by regional coordinator
Melverne Seymour; Abaco was the
responsibility of Jack Thompson; and
Kirk Lopez led recovery efforts in the
remaining islands.
And while he could not give specific
figures to show exactly how many
homes have been restored to date, Mr
Smith shared an overview of how
repairs in each island is moving along.
"We do know that the most exten-
sive damage was to Grand Bahama

A man surveys the devastation caused by Hurricane Jeanne last year

and to Abaco and to San Salvador.
And we have virtually completed all of
the repairs in Abaco," Mr Smith says in
an interview with The Tribune.
"In fact, we are closing our operation
in Abaco as of next week, the end of
June. And that includes Moores Island,
and the Abaco Cays. So we just have
some 'mopping up' to do, and that's
finished," says the co-ordinator.
Approximately 50 homes that were
destroyed in Abaco have been rebuilt.
And "tremendous amounts" of build-
ing material for repairs and renova-
tions have been'offered to the public at
no cost. When it comes to the renova-
tion of existing structures, Mr Smith
.says that material has been given to
those who simply need supplies and
can afford the labour required. But the
efforts also included those who needed
material, as well as labour.

"Because in some instances, older
persons'are unable to provide the
labour. So we would have paid for
labour in some instances to make the
work go quicker... So now Abaco is
completed," he reported.


Repairs to dwelling places in Grand
Bahama, particularly in the western
settlements (from Eight Mile Rock to
West End) are still ongoing.
"The nature of the problem there
(Grand Bahama)," says Mr Smith, "is
that it was extremely hard-hit. So we
will continue to do work there proba-
bly for the remainder of this year.
"But we certainly don't expect to
finish western Grand Bahama because
the season is beginning and we don't

know what that will hold," he adds.
And while some homes in western
Grand Bahama may not be complete,
the national coordinator says that the
eastern Grand Bahama settlements,
including cays like McQueen's Town
and Sweeting's Cay, have been com-
pleted. At the end of June he is sched-
uled to present keys to owners of the
last homes completed in Grand Cay
(marked as a part of the Grand
Bahama restoration).
According to Mr Smith, repairs on
,San Salvador, another affected island,
have been "100 per cent" completed.
Repairs were completed just weeks
Homes in Mayaguana, in the
southeast Bahamas, were complet-
ed relatively early, at the end of last
year. This included mostly repairs to
existing structures, but also the con-

struction of a few new homes.
Work is still ongoing in Acklins and
Crooked Island.
Speaking to what seems to be a slow
recovery of homes in those islands, Mr
Smith said: "That's because we've
been really hampered there by getting
material and stuff to those islands. It's
difficult with freight and stuff moving
theie. But we still have work going on
in Acklins and Crooked Island."
Btt the restoration in Eleuthera
seems to be moving more steadily.
They are "just about" completed, says
Mr Snith.
Restoration groups have recently
travelled to Eleuthera to confirm con-
tracts tc reconstruct four new houses
on that iland; two in the "north", one
in Rock Sound, and one in the "south".
"I think we are building a total of
six (homes) in Eleuthera, mostly for
elderly people whose houses have been
destroyed, r was at the point where it
was uninhabitablee). All over
Eleuthera tle repairs are virtually com-
pleted," say Mr Smith.
But work h Andros is not yet com-
plete. Teams first tackled North
Andros, wheie Mr Smith says is the
"place that was hardest hit" on that
All homes in'he Berry Islands have
been restored.
All things consdered, Mr Smith says
that there have rot been many "hic-
cups" as the different regional groups
tried, (and contimne to try) to bring
families back to th- level of comfort
they knew before the hurricanes.
The most serious concern was fund-
ing, but individuals ani corporate spon-
sors have "chipped in' to foot at least
some of the restoration expenses.
And cheques are stil coming in. To
date, "slightly over $' million" has
been raised, according b the co-ordi-
nator. These funds art now being
audited by external audiors to show
exactly how the money wzs spent.
And while the support hzscome as a
much-needed assistance, $5 million
could not begin to facilitate all of the
repairs that the ravaged islands
Said Mr Smith: "The magnitude of
the programme meant that vwe needed
almost three times that amount. And
so the government has had tc assume
responsibility for the ongoing fnancing
of it (the restoration programne).
"But we are grateful to the dmors -
individual and corporate whi gave
very willingly at the beginning.',

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How some basic preparation can

keep your pet healthy and safe

The household dog or cat are
just as much a part of the fami-
ly, and need to be considered
in preparations for coming hur-
ricanes. With planning, you can
help your animals remain as
healthy and calm as possible
before, during, and after a hur-
Far in advance, you can get:
Dry, unappealing food; pets
are less likely to overeat in a
Sturdy, waterproof con-
tainers to store the food in
Food and water bowls
A manual can opener, if
using canned food
Sturdy leashes, harnesses,
and carriers will be needed to
restrain pets during and after
the storm
A current snapshot of your
pet; it'll make it easier to find it
if it gets lost
Extra kitty litter
Extra medication
A pet first-aid book
Medical records, and a plas-
tic container to store them in
Fluffy and Fifi need to get
used to being confined in a car-
rier. Train them for this early
by to avoid drama during the
panic and anxiety of a hurri-
cane; feed them in the carrier,
or put favourite toys or blan-
kets inside
When a storm is expected:
Bring pets indoors early.
Animals can sense severe
weather changes, and their
instincts may be telling them to
isolate themselves. Securing
them early avoids a lost or run-
away pet during a hurricane
Separate dogs and cats in
the house; even if they usually
get on well, the fear of the
emergency ,can cause them to
behave irrationally.
Make sure your pets are
wearing identification
Double-check your Options

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if you need to evacuate. Most
shelters do not accept pets; call
hotels to see if they'll make an
exception in an emergency, or
ask family members you're stay-
ing with if you can bring pets
Take pets along if you must
leave your home. Pets left to
fend for themselves can become
injured, lost or killed. If the
house is damaged they can eas-

ily escape and, following their
instincts, try to isolate them-
selves. Being out in the wild
leaves them susceptible to con-
taminated food and water, and
downed power lines.
Bear in mind.that if your
area is evacuated, you may find
yourself unable to get back in as
soon as you think; take pets
with you even if you think you

won't be away from home for
Leave an evacuated area
early, rather than waiting for
mandatory evacuation, when
you may be asked to leave ani-
mals behind
Keep newspapers, hand
towel, garbage bags, and bleach
on hand for cleaning
Have grooming items and

favourite toys or bedding
After a storm:
Don't let pets run free right
after a .disaster; familiar smells
and objects outside may have
been disrupted by the storm.
This can leave animals disori-
ented and more likely to get lost.
Beware of downed power
lines, which can be hazardous

to both people and animals
Keep dogs on leashes, and
cats in carriers
Be patient; animals can find
it hard to get back into a normal
routine after the disruption
Sources: American Humane
...Society, Disaster.Preparedness
,f.or Pets, brochure; F liMA fts
and Disasters page.

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Why shutters are your

first line of defence

A wise investment now can save you

hundreds of dollars in avoided repairs.

ELS: These shutters are
installed into existing tracks
above and below each window
and door. They slide into place
and are secured by clips or
screws at the bottom.
The panels are made of alu-
minum and in some cases steel.
Some large openings may
require two people to place the
panels in track.
These clip-lock panels require
the homeowner to store the
panels and clips in a safe place
until they are needed and instal-
lation can take a long time and
can be very challenging.
These permanently attached
shutters slide across tracks to
open and close and can be
locked with a key.
They can be secured over
windows quickly and easily and
most women can handle this

task alone. The Accordion
Shutters are also a deterrent to
theft and since they glide on
wheels they must be serviced
before each hurricane season
These shutters are very deco-
rative and permanently hang to
the sides of the windows.
They swing close via hinges
and require placing a storm bar
across the closed shutter for
additional support.
These shutters can be made
of wood or aluminum, but only
the aluminum type provides the
hurricane protection you are
These shutters are attached in a
box above the door or window
and are rolled down when need-
These can be lowered very

quickly by using a handle on
the inside of the window or
door. The roll downs are also a
deterrent to theft and provide
shade from the sun and climate
Roll downs must also be ser-
viced before each hurricane sea-
son and are ideal for multi-
storey building and doors. Roll
downs are the easiest to use and
offer the best protection. They
are the most expensive with
options of electrical roll downs
or a manual feature.
It will be up to you to fasten
shutters properly before a
storm, so choose a type you'll
be able to handle with or with-
out help.
Sources: National Weather
Service-Corpus Christi, South
Florida Sun-Sentinel, St
Petersburg Times and Florida



Taking care of your trees before

the hurricane gets there first

ALMOST as if on cue, on
June 1 the winds started to gust,
signaling the start of this year's
hurricane season, which has
been predicted by forecasters
to be more active than last year.
Up until last year's two pow-
erful hurricanes we knew little
or had seemingly forgotten
about the sheer power and
ferocity of Mother Nature.
After having sustained such
massive damage to the ecosys-
tem, infrastructure and person-
al property, one valuable les-
son was taught.
Preparation is vital.
As it pertains to ecological or
environmental preparation, one
important member of these
groups that cannot be neglected
is our trees.
Besides being some of the
oldest living organisms on
Earth, trees are vital to the sus-
tainance and future growth of
not only our environment but
life as we know it.
With this in mind during our
yearly hurricane preparations,
trees should be one of our main
When caring for your trees, it
is best to be proactive in your
approach as opposed to wait-
ing until the damage is done
and in essence doing a clean up.
Here are a few DO's and
DON'TS to keep in mind when
preparing your trees for the hur-
ricane season.
DO have your trees pruned
on an annual basis. Doing so
promotes the overall health of
the tree and in the long run
lessens the cost incurred by the
owner and also, the risk and lia-
bility involved.
If a tree is near your house,
DO have a professional come
in and assess whether or not it
needs to be removed entirely
because of the hazard it poses

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or if it can remain after being
properly pruned.
DO take into consideration
those trees near utilities, such
as power lines, that need to be
trimmed away before a storm
hits. Depending on the proxim-
ity of the tree to the line it is
recommended that you have a
professional come in and advise
you as to whether the relevant
government agency should be

called in.
When dealing with trees that
are exceptionally tall, don't be
concerned with the height of
the tree as much as you would
be with the density or thickness
of its canopy.
In a high wind situation your
tree is more likely to come
down because of wind resis-
tance in the canopy of the tree
as opposed to the common mis-

conception that it's too tall.
DON'T resolve to simply cut
in half or "top" your tree. This
out-dated method of pruning
always proves to be more detri-
mental to the health of the tree
and it defeats your purpose for
having the tree pruned.
For instance, many opt to
have their tree topped to reduce
the height. The initial results

are temporary as well as deceiv-.
ing. When a topped tree starts
to grow new branches, or water
sprouts as they are called, your
risk, hazard and liability factors
are all greatly increased.
DON'T wait until the last
minute to decide to have your
tree pruned. In many instances,
some home owners choose to
wait until a storm is all but upon
us to call in a professional, only

to find out it is too dangerous to
work on due to the weather
conditions caused by the
impending storm, The result,
some of your most valuable
assets are lost oi damaged in
the storm, and quite possibly
further unnecessary damage to
personal property.,
Mr Claridge is the propri-
etor of A-1 Tree Services Ltd.



Jacques Christofilis
Licensed Building Inspector

You don't take unnecessary risks. Seldom
gamble. You try to invest your money wisely.
And now you're buying a home. So, are you
just going to hope for the best, cross your
fingers and hand over your nest egg, not
knowing for sure if the home is structurally
sound or whether there are any problems
you're not aware of?
Protect yourself! If you don't look out for
your own interests and those of your family,

no one will. Your realtor may be a super guy but he is interested
in making the sale; that's what he does for a living. The most
honest of sellers is still primarily concerned with selling his
property at the highest possible price. That is the reality of life.
As an independent home inspector, I work for you with no
other agenda, whether the home is in excellent shape or in dire
need of a litany of repairs. It is my job to tell the truth, the whole,
truth and nothing but the truth (so help me God) and deliver it
in an easy-to-understand report, so that you can make this very,
important decision with confidence.
The inspection fee always pays for itself, often many times
over. When have you ever regretted having insurance? How

often have you wished, alas, that you had?
Can you really afford NOT to plan ahead
and insist on a pre-sale home inspection?
Give Dunright a call today at 424-3368.
You'll breathe a little easier this hurricane
season and for years to come.

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Choosing the

right roof

can improve

your home's


IF you are building a new house, the
chances are close to 98 per cent that the
roof will be asphalt shingles, one of the
most effective roofing materials currently
available. You can pick from a selection
of colours and grades displayed on a sample
board at the local building supply company.
But, if you are like most people, you'll
find it hard to imagine what a few pieces of
asphalt shingles will look like at 15 to 30
feet off the ground and replicated 1,600 to
2,000 times. It's, much easier if you start
with the big picture.
When you pull back for that pan shot, so
to speak, you'll see that the slope of the
roof is a defining characteristic.
As an old Bahamian roofer once told
me, "Low slope or high slope, it a night
an' day diff'rence".
If the slope of the roof on your new home
will be shallow (i.e. 15 degrees or less), the
roof will not be a strong visual element.
Looking at it from the ground, you'll see the
leading edges of the shingles and their over-
all colour more than the shingles them-
selves or their pattern.
Picking a good quality shingle that keeps
out the elements, without going overboard
on looks, is a reasonable strategy. In the
world of asphalt shingles, there are two
types, 3-tab and dimensional.
A 3-tab shingle has two notches cut into
the lower edge so that when it's laid on the
roof, it looks like three smaller shingles.

Viewed from the ground, 3-tab shingles
have a very distinguishable repetitive pat-
tern. This type costs less than the dimen-
sional type asphalt shingle.
A dimensional shingle has extra pieces of
shingle laminated to it that give the appear-
ance of thickness and texture when viewed
from below.
The thickest and most expensive dimen-
sional shingles usually carry a 30-40 year
shingle life warranty. The 3-tab, consid-
ered to be the standard and generally less
expensive shingle, carry a 15-20 year shin-
gle life warranty.
Unfortunately, to my knowledge, no
manufacturer guarantees their product to
hold up to tropical gale force winds in
excess of 75 miles per hour.
Therefore, it is imperative you always
have an asphalt shingle roof installed or
replaced by a qualified roofer, with the cel-
lophane packing strip removed prior to
installation and a sufficient number of roof-
ing nails used to help prevent damage or
loss during hurricane season.
Keep in mind also that in the Bahamas,
with our longer summers and more inten-
sive sun, dark shingles will absorb more
heat and age faster than lighter ones.
Jacques Christofilis is a licensed build-
ing inspector at Dunright Home & Building

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