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Publication Date: July 6, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.185





Family mourns

'life and soul

of the party'

A MOTHER of two and
well-respected church leader
has died in a tragic collision with
a jitney bus. Friends and family
were last night mourning a
woman they called "the life and
soul of the party."
Jennifer Tynes, described as. a
God-fearing woman with a
sense of fun, died at the scene
after her car and the bus
crashed at a road junction. A
nurse and off-duty paramedic
tried without success to resusci-
tate her.
Godfrey Arthur, sales and
advertising manager at The Tri-
bune and a fellow church mem-
ber, said Ms Tynes was "a fun-
loving, outgoing person to be
He said: "She was a nice lady
who was very active in the
church and supportive of the
young ladies in the Ladies of
Valour mentoring programme
at St George's Anglican
"She was a woman who
always spoke her mind and
always supported events and
fund-raisers," he said. "It is a
sad day for St George's we
have lost a stalwart in the
Adrian Archer, a cousin of
Ms Tynes, told The Tribune that
"Jennifer was the life of the par-
"I am so devastated because
we just had dinner yesterday,"
.he said. "Her loss is unreal."


Ms Tynes became the coun-
try's 29th traffic fatality around
llpm on Tuesday.
According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans, Ms
Tynes' red 1998 Mitsubishi
Mirage and a 1992 Nissan bus
collided at the intersection
between Prince Charles Drive
and Tower Estates.
Ms Tynes, a resident of Eliz-
abeth Estates, was travelling
south on Tower Estates Drive
when a Bolo transportation jit-
ney, travelling west on Prince
Charles Drive and driven by
Harry Tinker, collided with her.
An eyewitness said both vehi-
SEE page six

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE recently signed PetroCaribe agree-
ment may constitute one of the greatest
achievements for the Bahamas since the PLP
government came to power, a leading attorney
However, while some observers are com-
mending Minister of Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller for his work in making PetroCaribe a
reality, others caution that the alliance with
SEE page six

N CELEBRATING American Independence Monday night at the residence of the US
SAmbassador were: Naval liaison officer Lt Commander Zane Thomas; Arch-deacon
SKeith Cartwright; Reginald Dumont; Governor-General Dame Ivy Dumont; Ambassador
SJohn Rood and wife Jamie Rood; Prime Minister Perry Christie; Minister of Immigration
Sand Labour Vincent Peet; Deputy of the Mission Robert Witajewski; and, singing the
American national anthem, Nastaessia Appleyard.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)


Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE denials from
Labour and Immigration
Minister Vincent Peet that
he owes Western Air mon-
ey, the attorney for the com-
pany yesterday released a
number of invoices to sug-
gest otherwise.
At a press conference on
Monday, Desmond Bannis-
ter said he had been
instructed by his clients
Shandrice and Rex Rolle,
owners of the airline, to col-
lect $95,000 in overdue bills
they claim Mr Peet ran up
while flying back and forth
to his constituency of North
Andros and the Berry
"We are instructed that
for several years now the
honourable minister has
utilised the services of West-
ern Air for himself and for
SEE page six

Speculation over
old Straw Market
Tribune Staff Reporter
MOTORISTS and other
observers were questioning yes-
terday whether activity at the
old Straw Market site signalled
a step toward reconstruction.
More than a dozen workmen
were erecting plywood on the
circumference of the site, as
bystanders talked and speculat-
ed about what they were up to.
However Trade and Industry
Minister Leslie Miller told The
Tribune yesterday that he has
not been brought up to date on
the progress of the project and
could not confirm that the bar-
rier signalled the start of con-
"I take it that the Ministry of
Works has awarded a contract
to someone to enclose the area
temporarily pending some for-
mal contract to begin recon-
SEE page six

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Tourist killed in

boating accident
FREEPORT A tourist from Palm Beach,
Florida, was killed in a boating accident after
a day of fishing in Grand Bahama.
The body of Rene Argyrios Karoussos, 45,
was found floating in the water at the Silver
Point jetty around 1.30am Tuesday.
He was staying at the Westin at Our Lucaya
Chief Superintendent Rahming said Mr
Karoussos arrived Friday at the Port Lucaya
Marina aboard his twin engine Cobra power-
Mark Husak of South Carolina, a man
named Carlos, and Mr Karoussos' maid,
Gudrun Geddes, reportedly arrived with him.
SEE page six






Minister accused of illegally

using money to buy home

TROPICAL storm Den-
nis, the fourth Atlantic
storm of the season, promis-
es to make its presence felt
over the holiday weekend.
Dennis is forecast to begin
producing wind and rain in
the southeast Bahamas as
early as Wednesday, and to
continue travelling north
through the weekend.
Chief Meteorological
Officer Basil Dean said that
while the storm will be
"nothing significant" for the
Bahamas, it will produce
some "much needed rain,
and pleasantly breezy
The bulk of the storm will
pass south of the Bahamas,
however the effects of the
outer rain bands will result
in cloud cover, and winds
can be expected to gradual-
ly work their way up to a 20
or 30 knot maximum speed.
The weather is predicted
to improve late on Sunday
or Monday.
According to the Nation-
al Hurricane Center: "July 5
is the earliest date on record
for the fourth named storm
to have formed in the
Atlantic Basin."

Tribune Staff Reporter
A LOCAL attorney and
human rights activist is accus-
ing Minister of Social Services
Melanie Griffin of planning to
illegally using $650,000 of the
taxpayers' money to buy the
Cheshire Home. .
Attorney Paul Moss claims
Mrs Griffin is attempting to
offer payment to the Rotary
Club of Nassau because of their
sponsorship of the home in the
past, even though the land on
which it sits is owned by gov-
He claims the minister had
previously gone on record as
saying that the property "is
owned by the government and
strictly speaking we are not
bound in law to pay anything."
Mr Moss claims Mrs Griffin is
no longer maintaining that
He added that Mrs Griffin
"has no authority to summarily
pay out funds out of the Trea-
sury because it makes her feel
good or she feels it is equi-
Mr Moss said it is also wrong
for Mrs Griffin to suggest that
because the Rotary Club, a vol-
unteer group, assisted with
some expenditure, that they
should be reimbursed.
"I do not think she realises
what she is saying. This borders
on the illegal and she would be
well advised to explain her state-
ment. We operate on the prin-
ciple of the rule of law and she
must obey it," said Mr Moss.
Mr Moss said: "It is now clear

* MINISTER of Social Service
that Mrs Griffin must have had
a part in the eviction of the dis-
abled men who occupied the
home for many years."


"As minister she is responsi-
ble for the disabled, she admits
that the government owns the
home, and only a government
official can give instructions to
evict, and presumably that gov-
ernment official would have
consulted with her."
In addition, Mr Moss said
when the news broke about
the imminent eviction of the
residents, Mrs Griffin had
expressed sorrow about the
situation, but only a few

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:s Melanie Griffin
weeks later she was dis-
cussing plans to build a chil-

dren's home on the site.
"We conclude that not only
did the minister know about it,
but she could have prevented it.
This is something that we all
need to examine," said Mr Moss.


The Tribune spoke with Mrs
Griffin, who strongly refuted
Mr Moss' claims, stating: "It is
all very, very untrue and cate-
gorically denied."
Mrs Griffin said that if one
were to consider "the workings
of the government and its min-
istries, you would understand
that there is no way to handle
funds illegally because every-
thing has to go through a
tedious process of approval."
Mrs Griffin maintained that
there has been no allocation or
provision made for the acquisi-
tion of Cheshire Home.

Minister distances

from Western Air

Tribune Staff Reporter
Vincent Peet has removed
himself from any involvement
with the Western Air contro-
versy following claims by the
company that they had immi-
gration documents that refuted
his claim that six of their pilots
were in the country illegally.
Shandrice Rolle, vice-presi-
.dent of the airline, held a press
conference on Monday with
her lawyer, Desmond Bannis-
ter, to respond to the recent
decision of the Immigration
Department to deny work per-
mits to six of her pilots.
Mrs Rolle said the decision;
which forced the .company to
immediately downsize, has
crippled her airline and caused
morale among staff to slip.
Before the licences were
denied, Mrs Rolle had
announced her intention to
oppose Mr Peet for the North

Andros parliamentary seat in
the next general election.
Mr Bannister said that the
pilots had previously been
granted work permits in 60-.
day extensions for at least two
years prior to the denial.
At the press conference he
produced documents to sup-
port his statement.
He also said the company
would seek to collect $95,000,
allegedly owed to the airline
by Mr Peet.
The issue of the pilots was
brought up in the House of
Assembly by Opposition
leader Alvin Smith, who spec-
ulated that the work permits
were denied as an act of polit-
icalvictimisation.: ,-
:-At the press conference,
independent MP Whitney Bas-
tian agreed.
Mrs Rolle also indicated that
she intended to take further
action against Mr Peet after
the matter is resolved.
In a statement issued on

She said: "The sale price pr
the building is under negotia-
tion for $650,000 which would
possibly include renovation nif
we were to acquire the place"
Mrs Griffin explained that
while the property that ie
Cheshire Home is built on does
belong to the government, "the
building has been the subject of
a lease for many years." '
"It is for this reason," Mrs
Griffin said, "that we thought it
would be equitable to have some
exchange or some token st4m
offered to the Rotary for the
work that they have done there,"
"The government can be
high-handed, this is our prop-
erty, but in a community of civ-
ilized people we have decided
to use this approach, because
there would be funds allotted
that would benefit the commu-
nity because the Rotary Cl b
has a long history of commuoi-
ty activism."


Monday, Mr Peet said, "I db
not owe Western Air or any-
one connected with Western
Air even one cent.
"If Western Air is claiming
that monies are owed for trips
on which they may have taken
persons into Andros to vo-e
some three years ago; at no
time was there any written dr
verbal agreement to pay West-
ern Air anything, nor was there
ever any request to pay any-
thing to Western Air.
"There was no agreement
then and in the three years
which have passed there has
been no such request.
"However, having been per-
sonally attacked in this outra-
geous fashion I have recused
myself from any further mat-
ters involving my Ministry and
this company, Western Air."
Western Air, which serves
primarily Andros, has more
than 100 employees and is the
largest employer after the gov-
ernment on Andros.

Depending on oil

companies 'will

increase prices'

Gas prices will continue to
increase as long as the Bahamas
has to depend on leading oil
corporations, said Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie
The minister's comments was
in response to that fact that yes-
terday oil prices climbed by
more than $1 to about $60 a

Energy traders cited a topi-
cal storm in the Gulf of Mexico
as the leading factor behind the
raised prices. Even though
Tropical Storm Cindy is not
expected to cause a disruption
in oil supplies, it is still said to be
causing a "bit of pressure in the
As result of the increasing
cost of oil, which contributes to
about half the cost of a gallon of
gasoline, gas prices may

increase over the cost of the
week, said Mr Miller.
However, according to Gar-
ner Dawkins, Chairman of the
Shell Dealers Association, gas
prices may not increase until
the next shipment of oil.
"This is because gas prices
are raised or decreased based
on the prices of the oil upon
loading for shipment," he said.
Mr Miller said: "It is very
possible tha t the cost of every
shipment into the Bahamas dur-
ing both July and August will
be higher than the next, thus
causing an increase in gas
prices. This is why we need to
establish the national energy
plant as soon as possible."
"The plant will enable us to
begin shipping oil from
Venezuela in accordance with
the Petrocaribe agreement," he
The Petrocaribe agreement,
according to the government,
will provide the Bahamas with a
cheaper supply of oil which will
reduce both gas prices and the
cost of electricity.
"As long as we are relying on
the major oil corporations of
the world we will have to deal
with high oil prices," he said.
"However, we now have an
alternative for relieving the bur-
den of high gas and electricity
prices from the shoulders of the
Bahamian people.




. ,-- I ii.UIrE-


THE existing relationship
between the Bahamas and
CARICOM can continue
unchanged, it was agreed by
'the heads of CARICOM
*countries yesterday.
f Late yesterday, the
Bahamas formally commu-
;nicated to the Caribbean
Heads of Government
'Meeting summit in Castries,
*St Lucia its position on the
Revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas; that the
Bahamas is unable to sign
on to the Treaty and its pro-
The treaty makes provi-
sion for the formation of the
*Caribbean Single Market
and Economy (CSME).
Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell communicat-
ed to the Caribbean Heads
of Government that the
national debate in the
Bahamas has been stopped
on the question of the
Revised Treaty and that the
country is unable to go any
Mr Mitchell is represent-
ing Prime Minister Perry
Christie at the summit and is
taking part in talks which
are expected to include ses-
sions on the pending reform
of the United Nations Secu-
rity Council and various
regional issues.

RG files complaints

against two staff

Tribune Staff Reporter
REGISTRAR General Eliz-
abeth Thompson filed charges
against two members of her
staff yesterday.
Emotions ran high and
police had to again be called
to the Registrar General's
office, after Ms Thompson
claimed employees had hin-
dered her in the performance
of her duties.
The incident ended with Ms
Thompson pressing charges
against Michael Fernander and
Sherene Cartwright at the Cen-
tral Police Station.
Ms Thompson claimed that
Mr Fernander, a receptionist,
began following her every-
where she went yesterday, and
obstructing her. She said in one
instance, she went into the
Newborn Section to speak with
the supervisor, but when she
attempted to close the office
door, Mr Fernander put his
foot in the way.
"Michael Fernander was giv-
en the directive to abandon his
post and interrupt my duties,"
she claimed.
When The Tribune arrived
at the department, Mr Fernan-
der was still following Ms
Thompson around.
Ms Thompson went to the
Births and Deaths Section,
where she started to sign doc-
uments because the depart-
ment head, Mavis Miller, was
absent at the time.
Ms Thompson signed and
stamped a few birth certifi-
cates, and was about to give
them a final inspection before

* THE Registrar.General explains to the officer that by law, she has a right to continue to per-
form the functions of the Registrar General, and her subordinates should not be attempting to
stop her

putting them in envelopes
when another employee, iden-
tified as Ms Cartwright, swept
them away. Ms Cartwright
went to the door, and started to
call the names listed on the cer-
Ms Thompson called to her,
and asked her to put the docu-
ments back in the tray until she
had packaged them.
Ms Cartwright sucked her
teeth and continued to hand
out the certificates.
She then left the area, saying
that she was going home
Before she "punched someone
in the mouth".

"No one but the Governor
General can tell me not to sign
these documents in the face of
a court order," Ms Thompson.
told The Tribune.
Ms Thompson claimed she
also faced problems at other
offices in her department.
She said while at 50 Shirley
Street, she. signed documents
there as well, but the supervi-
sor was told to pull them and
have them destroyed.
The documents she signed
in the presence of the press
were also destroyed, she
Twice Supreme Court Jus-

tice Hugh Small upheld deci-
sions in Ms Thompson's
. He ruled that she was
wrongfully terminated, and
should either be allowed back
at her post, or properly com-
The attorney general's office
has entered an application for
an appeal.
However, Justice Small last
week ruled that his judgment
must take effect.
Ms Thompson said last night
that she would only leave her
job if she were offered a pack-
age by the government.

New US drug legislation decreases

chance of meth abuse in Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE chances of methamphetamine
Ibeeroming a drug of choice among users
'inr the Bahamas may have decreased
significantly following an announcement
that US drug companies are reformu-
lating popular cold medicines.
Under pressure from US law
enforcement agencies and state gov-
ernments, drug companies in the US
have begun reformulating popular cold
medicines to prevent criminals from
converting them into methampheta-
Pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient

in a number of over-the-counter drugs
such as Sudafed and Sinutab, can be
extracted by boiling down the cold med-
Toxic chemicals are then used to turn
the substance into meth.
According to US reports, more than
a dozen states already have restricted
access, either by allowing only pharma-
cies to sell drugs with pseudoephedrine
or making retailers sell them from
staffed counters.
But officials and others believe that
reformulating the drugs can reduce the
problem even more, by helping shut
down small labs operating in the US.
Although Bahamian authorities have

not uncovered meth labs or evidence
of significant local use, meth has been a
growing problems in the US in recent
The National Clandestine Labora-
tory Seizure System, which collects data
from US state police agencies, shows
the reported meth lab seizures increased
from 6,777 in 1999 to 10,182 in 2003.
The National Survey on Drug Use
and Health has also confirmed that
about 12.3 million Americans ages 12
and older reported trying methamphet-
amine at least once.
Supt Hulan Hanna told The Tribune
yesterday that the Royal Bahamas
Police Force "applauds the efforts of

the US" to crack down on the produc-
tion of meth.
He said we must be mindful that
although there is no track record of
meth production in the country,
Bahamians will attempt to become
abusers of the stimulant if the opportu-
nity presents itself.
"Through transshipments of the drug
between the US and the Bahamas, nat-
urally we would become victims of our
geography," said Mr Hanna.
He said:"anything the US does to
enhance their control systems would
have a domino affect on us and this
effort in particular can only be a move
in the right direction."


dies in



Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A traffic.acci-
dent claimed the life of a 31-
year-old woman Tuesday morn-
ing when her vehicle collided
with a. flat bed truck in the
Lucaya area.
Charlotte Albury, of South
Bahamia, was driving her 1994
BMW 3201 just after 10am
when the accident occurred at the
intersection of East Sunrise High-
way and Fortune Bay Drive.
She was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital, where she
died around 11.22pm.
Her death is the island's
eighth traffic fatality of the year.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said Ms Albury was
traveling south on Fortune Bay
Drive and proceeded onto the
main highway in the path of a
white company truck registered
to Kelly's Limited that was trav-
eling west.
The left side of Ms Albury's
vehicle was extensively damaged
and there was damage to the
front right section of the truck.
Truck driver Christian
Thompson, 25, of Summerville
Drive and his passenger Carvan
Ferguson, 49, of Pioneer's Way
were not injured in the crash.

Boat crew

admits to



THE captain and crew of a
Haitian vessel pleaded guilty to
attempting to smuggle 17
undocumented Haitians into the
Bahamas yesterday.
The men appeared before
Magistrate Renee Mckay at
Court Six on Parliament Street.
Marc-Luc Fortilien, captain
of the vessel "Alilia Express"
along with crew members
Clouis Innocent and Morales
Dalmond were charged with
knowingly assisting the migrants
to land in the Bahamas on June
The 17 Haitians landed at
Bell-Island having failed to land
at the proper port of entry in
Matthew Town Inagua.
The men were also admitted
breaching Bahamas visa
The captain of the vessel was
fined $5,000 or an 18-month
prison sentence and the crew
was fined $3,000. Deportation
was recommended.

TV programme on free trade I

THE Ministry of Trade and Industry has ture several presenters, including trade TRADECOM is "an ambitious region-wide
collaborated with C-TRADECOM to pro- expert Thomas O'Keefe. project to address the issues of competi-
iduce a TV programme about the implica- Mr O'Keefe is the president of the Mer- tiveness and trade expansion for the coun-
tions of free trade for the Bahamas. cosur Consulting Group, a legal and eco- tries of CARICOM and the Dominican
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I According to the ministry, mthe topics dis-
cussed on the programme, which airs
tonight, will include "issues related to civil
'society outreach and developments with
;the Free Trade Area of the Americas."
The programme, entitled: The Bahamas'
involvement in regional, hemispheric and
multilateral trading arrangements, will fea-

nomic consulting firm basea in washing-
ton DC that specialises in business plan-
ning strategies for South America.
His areas of expertise include: The rules
of trade law, foreign investment regimes
and the North American Free Trade Agree-
ment (NAFTA).
According to the USAID website, C-

Anglicans mourn as

retired priest dies

ANGLICANS are mourning
the passing of Father Anthony
Roberts of St John's Anglican
Church in Harbour Island, who
died on Monday evening at the
-age of 73.
The Diocesan flag is flying at
'half mast after the retired
,Anglican priest, who also served
ias a PLP Cabinet minister in
;the 1970s, died at Doctors Hos-
pital in Nassau.
In a press release yesterday,
the diocese expressed their
regret at the passing of Fr
Roberts, who they said "served
the Diocese of the Bahamas
!and the Turks and Caicos
islands with distinction since
Fr Roberts was ordained a
deacon on June, 29, 1987 after
completing theological studies
at the George Mercer Jr Memo-
rial School of Theology in New

Jersey and the General Theo-
logical Seminary of New York.
He served as assistant priest
at the St Barnabas Anglican
Church and Christ the King
Anglican Church in New Prov-
idence and as priest-in-charge
of St Anglican Church in Har-
bour Island, Eleuthera.
He retired from active duty
in 1998, and thereafter assisted
at the parish of St James in
Fr Roberts also served as
chaplain of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force from 1990-1994.
Before pursuing studies for
the priesthood, Fr Roberts
served as high commissioner for
the Bahamas at the Court of St
James in London.
The funeral service for Fr
Roberts will be held on Satur-
day July 16 at 10am at Christ
Church Cathedral.

The project seeks to ensure that the
Caribbean region "is well positioned to
compete in the global economy," the web-
site said.
The programme is scheduled to air on
Cable Bahamas channel 12 at 7.00pm this


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AS CONCERN grows over the agree-
ment signed in Venezuela by Trade and
Industry Minister Leslie Miller, the latter is
adamant that he signed only an oil agree-
ment. He did not commit the Bahamas to
joining ALBA the Bolivarian Alterna-
tive for the Americas.
He assured Bahamians that there "were
absolutely no discussions" about ALBA.
It was all PetroCaribe.
This statement is scary, especially in view
of the wording of the first paragraph of the
PetroCaribe agreement that Mr Miller
signed in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, on
June 29.
The agreement said that the heads of
states gathered there welcomed "the ini-
tiative of the President of the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela for the creation of
PetroCaribe, the fundamental objective of
which is to contribute to the energy securi-
ty, the social and economic development
and the integration of the countries of the
Caribbean through the sovereign use of
energy resources based entirely on the pro-
posal for integration referred to as the Boli-
varian Alternative for the Americas
And to help "foster the social and eco-
nomic development of the countries of the
Caribbean", PetroCaribe will have at its
disposal monies from the ALBA-Caribe
"In order to activate the ALBA-Caribe
fund, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
shall contribute an initial capital- of US$50-
million", said the document that Mr Miller
Was Mr Miller so anxious to deliver
cheaper oil that the significance of the doc-
ument, which is the instrument through
which ALBA is to operate, floated right
over his head?
Is he even aware that ALBA is President
Hugo Chavez's left-wing alternative to the
'US' free-market FTAA, which -the
Bahamas has been humming and hawing
about joining for some time now?
On an earlier trip to Venezuela this year,
Mr Miller returned a dejected man. The
PetroCaribe deal was not moving as quick-
ly as he would have liked. He found the

people "down there" difficult to deal with.
However, on his return last week with a
signed-history-making pact in his pocket, he
announced that he had "established a good
relationship with the administration down
The first two pages of the agreement are
taken up with the aims of the Chavez Boli-
varian initiative, with the usual third world
mumbo-jumbo condemning colonialism and
imperialism. It isn't until one turns to page
three that the energy agreement is outlined.
The Bolivarian Alternative for the Amer-
icas is named for South America's inde-
pendence hero, Simon Bolivar.
The brainchild of Hugo Chavez, it was
first announced by Chavez on his visit to
Cuba in December.
At that time Chavez and Castro signed
the Joint Declaration of Agreement for the
implementation of ALBA.
At the personal invitation of Castro,
Chavez was back in Cuba in April when
the two tried to woo the rest of Latin
America into ALBA to offset the US'
According to an Associated Press report,
while ALBA,"the alternative tt.4e :4
endorsed by the leftist leaders, wa sut'&,
appeal to anti-FTAA politicaiFgrOuas,-it
seemed unlikely to get broad support ford
the region's governments, which largely
ignored the proposal Chavez and Castro
made last year.
"Central American nations, Mexico and
-Chile-are fitrn-Tipporters of the U. S.-
backed FTAA. While Brazilian President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said the 34-
nation proposed free trade zone is 'off the
agenda', members of his administration dis-
cussed the pact with Secretary of State Con-
doleezza Rice during her visit to Brazil."
It is significant that Trinidad and Toba-
go and Barbados also refused to sign the
Chavez-Castro document. Is time going to
prove that the Bahamas should have taken
more time to study the document before
rushing to sign?
This proud little independent country
certainly does not want to be seen as a part
of the leftist camp even for the price of


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EDITOR, The Tribune
GROWING up as a barefoot
little boy in the dusty settlement
of Spring Point, Acklins, I can
always clearly recall my days at
the one room white-washed with
only one outside toilet and no
electricity All-Aged School
House. Mrs Vera "Symonette"
Hanna, my grandmother was the
headmistress and along with her
daughter Velsheda ran the entire
The Award of Merit for Edu-
cation in 1996 was awarded to
Mrs Hanna-for working-tireless--
ly for almost fifty years in that
capacity as a dedicated teacher.
_IHowever, as a little boy my best
memories of her was her
patience and no nonsense
approach to instill a proper edu-
cation in all of those who fell
under her responsibility. "Learn
your lesson" was often a strong
reminder never to slacken up on
the books.
With The Royal Readers
series being the standard text-
books, we would often read the
story that in order to reach the
top, "first you must climb the
hill!" At night before I went to
bed, Granny Vera made certain
that under the dim light from a
kerosene lantern, my homework
was done and extra time. was
spent on reading. Under Granny
Vera's vigilant eyes; there were
no short cuts or compromising
substitutes to doing your work.
Education-was the thing, even
though at that time I may not
have realised it.
Next, I attended Queen's Col-
lege High School in Nassau.
This is probably the first time
that I started to notice the sepa-
ration of those who were achiev-
!' ,thlf"l-making antextra effort
s-^nn-t0,tewhQoprefer to be the
S.ilass clown and distract the oth-
ers. 'For the first time I notice
that persons were being reward-
ed for their scholastic efforts.
Being the top of your class or
....coming--fir&t--i -a-stubject;-on-
Speech Day, you were awarded
the incredible cash prize of a
three-dollar voucher redeemable
at the Island Book Store on
Bank Lane. It wasn't until I
started applying to college that
the importance of good grades
became crystal clear. To get into
a good school or get a good job
afterwards, one must have
impressive grades.
At a competitive school such
as the University of Rochester
(New York) where I attended
college, there was no guarantee
of acceptance into a profession-
al school afterwards. For suc-
cess, a student had to be a cut
above the rest. In particular,
those trying to get into medical

or dental school were literally
required to be at the top of the
class. A good education with the
requisite discipline was an essen-
tial ingredient for those who
wanted to do well in school. This
is also true of those who aspire
to obtain a comfortable and
rewarding career. To be some-
body in society, you need a good
education. Compare that with
the high rate of illiteracy by
those detained in the Bahamas
prison system.
I discovered the true meaning
of education when I moved to
Boston, Massachusetts. There
engraved in the walls of the
Boston Public Library are the
words "The Commonwealth (of
Massachusetts) requires the edu-
cation of the people as the safe-
guard of order and liberty."
Not only is education impor-
tant in moulding our character
and rewarding us with a decent,
financially rewarding career, but
also it maintains the very exis-
tence of our society. The
Bahamas with its "D" average
on its national exams must strive
to do better if we as a nation are
to improve and better our way of
The Commonwealth of Mass-
achusetts takes education very
seriously. In fact, the number
one industry in the state is edu-
cation as there are more schools,
colleges, technical training cen-
tres, etc, here per capita than
probably anywhere in the world.
From day one the priority of
education was established with
the opening of the Boston Latin:
School (BLS) in 1635. A tradi-
tion of excellence was developed
ab initio that remained in place
for the next 370 years. The joke
at BLS is that Harvard Univer-
sity was constructed a year later
-to-accommodate the fine gradu-
ates of BLS who needed to go to
College after high school.
Over the years, BLS has pro-
duced some of the most out-
standing and influential persons
the world has ever seen. The
endless list of alumni includes
three US Presidents, Ben
Franklin the inventor of elec-
tricity, John Hancock the famous
banker, Leonard Bernstein the
famous conductor, Nobel laure-
ates, scientists, politicians such
as Joseph Kennedy, the father
of President Kennedy, among a
host of others.
The quality of a BLS educa-
tion speaks for itself.
Admission to this school is
strictly by academic perfor-
mance. Potential candidates who
.might qualify are invited to take
a rigorous exam. Out of 4,000
who may sit the exam, only 400
are accepted. From grade seven
to 12, ,the government pays all
expenses. A comparable sec-

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parent $30,000-$40,000 a year.
The BLS often surpasses even
the most elite private schools
when it comes to national exams
or gaining entrance into top uni-
versities such as the Ivy Leagues.
I will never forget the morning
I took my son Ferdinand to take
the qualifying exam. Some of
the other sitting candidates came
with their parents, grandparents,
uncles, aunties, friends, etc, as
moral support. For many, espe-
cially the immigrants, this was
one shot at an opportunity they
may have waited a lifetime for.
Despite the tremendous diver-
sity in the student body with as
many as eighty countries repre-
sented, the only common factor
among these young geniuses was
an affinity to learn. Drugs, anti-
social behaviour, teenage preg-
nancy and other problems asso-
ciated with other schools were
virtually absent from BLS.
At my son's graduation a cou-
ple of weeks ago, the Valedic-
torian gave the shortest speech I
have ever heard at a graduation.
She basically stated that the
fact that you made it through six
years of BLS demonstrates that
you are already inspired, focused
and determined with your goals
in life. Virtually one hundred
percent of these graduates go on
to an institution of higher learn-
The headmistress is a petite
woman who possesses a giant
personality. Every morning
albeit wind, rain or snow, she is
at the pedestrian crossing to
greet every student. She is like E
F Hutton, whenever she speaks,
everyone listens. She reminded
the graduates of two things. The
first is that in whatever you do,
do it with ethics and integrity.
Secondly, "make me proud of
you!" BLS is a part of life's jour-
ney, you sacrifice, persevere and
now triumph!
At the awards ceremony, I felt
like the person in the shower
spending the night-at the Holi-
day Inn Express-smart! This is
definite proof that education
pays as tens of thousands of dol-
lars was given to deserving stu-
dents who had performed par
Four students hit the jackpot
and collected one hundred thou-
sand dollars or more. Others by
winning multiple prizes also
accumulated a decent amount.
My son Ferdinand, who had fin-
ished in the top ten of the grad-
uates, received the IBM Presi-
dent's Award for performance
in Computer Science.
The Bahamas needs to follow
the BLS model and provide the
necessary resources for our
brightest minds to unleash the
vast potential in a positive way.
Education is the thing!
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No conclusions

in San Andros

airport blaze

Tribune Staff Reporter
FIRE investigators are con-
sidering every angle in their
investigations into the fire
which destroyed the San
Andros airport last Friday.
Chief Fire Inspector Wal-
ter Evans told The Tribune
yesterday that investigations
are ongoing.
We can't rule anything
out, until we have something
concrete that we can put our
finger on," he said.
The police station, custom
office, immigration office,
Western Air desk, and airport
snack bar, which were all
housed in the terminal build-
ing, were totally destroyed in
the blaze.
Mr Evans said the lack of

fire-fighting resources was a
factor in the extent of the
Locals are upset about the
incident. They told The Tri-
bune last Friday that they will
earn thousands of dollars less.
than usual in the All Andros
Regatta next week.
Outgoing chief councillor
Alphonso Smith called the sit-
uation a "serious one" for the
Family Islands have limit-
ed sources of income and for
the loss of income just before
the beginning of the school
term could be devastating.
Taxi drivers, food vendors,
straw and souvenir crafts-
men and food store owners
are all expecting to feel the
lack of air transportation to
the area.

Gas dealer claims deal

will benefit Bahamas

THE new PetroCaribe
ment oil agreement can
greatly reduce gas prices
and turn out to be some-
thing very positive for
consumers, said Garner
Dawkins of the Shell
Dealers Association.
The same type of sys-
tem is already in place in
countries like Jamaica,
Trinidad and Barbados,
said Mr Dawkins.
"I think this will have a
good impact on the aver-
age consumer by bypass-
ing the offshore compa-
nies, the 'padding' com-
panies, as we call them,"
he said.
"This will also help to
cut high gas prices,

because the high prices
come from the offshore
companies. Right now
consumers are paying for
the offshore transac-
tions," he explained.
"What people don't
know is that we're
already buying our oil
from Venezuela," Mr
Dawkins said in refer-
ence to local Shell deal-
The Bahamas current-
ly purchases oil from
Petroleos de Venezuela
SA (PDVSA), a state-
owned oil company.
Under the PetroCaribe
agreement, oil will still
be coming from
Venezuela but it will
come directly to the
Bahamas instead of
going through offshore

CAR salesmen claim that the ris-
ing cost of fuel has not stopped sports
utility vehicles (SUVs) remaining "the
top-selling vehicles in the Bahamas".
A recent NBC story claimed that
SUV sales in the US had decreased as
a result of the recent rises in gas prices.
But Quality Auto manager Jeffrey
Albury says sports utility vehicles
(SUVs) continue to be "the top selling
vehicles in the Bahamas".
He said that compared to Ameri-
can-made SUVs, the Japanese and
Korean SUVs, which his company
sells, tend to burn less gas.
"It really does depend on which
type of SUV you purchase and which
type of engine it has," he said. "Japan-
ese Honda and Toyota SUV's usual
use the same amount of gas as a Hon-
da or Toyota car."
However, Ben Albury, acting man-
ager of Bahamas Bus and Truck, said:
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best years in reference to SUV sales.
He said: "This is probably because
Bahamians view SUVs as a status sym-
bol, which is the way it is everywhere.
In the US sales have been high, how"
ever due to the increase of gas prices,
persons have realized that they are not
as practical for some places in states."
Barry Pinder, manager of Execu-
tive Motors, also stated that his com-
pany has not seen a decrease in SUY
"What we have noticed is that per-
sons are beginning to buy more diesel
SUVs, even though they are morp
expensive to buy," he said.
He said that this may be because
with diesel a person can save more
compared to fuel.
Yesterday oil prices rose to $60 per
barrel, which may cause an increase in
the cost of gas over the course of the
next few weeks.
However, Mr Albury stated that
this. may or may not have an effect
on the sales rate of SUVs.

Land of milk and honey... in the Caribbean

IT'S that time of year again -
when Bahamians are reminded
that their country is, in fact, the
promised land.
Yesterday the Bahamas in
Prophecy group (BIP) held
their perennial press conference
,to call on Bahamians "to
,embrace the rich spiritual and
prophetic significance sur-
rounding the Nation's Inde-
pendence Day Celebration.".
BIP president, Macklyn Sey-
mour, belives that indepen-
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gaining political freedom from
"BIP is fully convinced that
once the true story is acknowl-
edged the independence cele-
bration as well as majority rule
will no longer be viewed by
some as a PLP accomplishment,
but something that was divine-
ly orchestrated by God Him-
self," he said.
BIP believes the Bahamas is
the "Promised Land", because
some dates in history coincide
with dates in Bahamian history.
BIP claim that the children
of Israel left Egypt in 1492 BC,
after 400 years of slavery and
arrived in the promised land on
the tenth day of the seventh
month according to Hebrew
These dates are parallel to
the dates that mark our inde-
pendence, says Mr Seymour
"A similar pattern took place

on these islands shortly after
1492 AD when the New World
was discovered. A group of
people was brought into these
Islands from the coast of Africa
shortly after, and for the next
400 years struggled for their
freedom and ultimately became
an independent nation on the
tenth day of the seventh
He continued saying, "For
the last 32 years the nation has
been celebrating our indepen-
dence on the same dates Israel
has gathered, according to the
scriptures, to celebrate their
entry into the promise land.
"God instructed the children
of Israel through Moses to
begin their annual celebration
of entering the. promise land on
the evening of the ninth day of
the seventh month. Even
today," he said, "this practice
is still going on."

BIP believes that it was sig-
nificant that Rev R E Cooper in
his official independence ser-
mon in 1973 read from Peter
2:9, which reads: "Ye are a cho-
sen generation, a royal priest-
hood, a holy nation, a peculiar
people that ye should show
forth the praise of him who
have called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light."
BIP is convinced that God
used Mr Cooper to speak for
Him, and that the Bahamas is
called to be an example to the
entire world to show that inde-
pendence through God will
"While God has used succes-
sive governments to bring about
various aspects of his divine will
for this nation, this present gov-
ernment has a more significant
role to play in establishing his
will for this nation. It was this
present government under

which majority rule and inde-
pendence was accomplished."
BIP's president said. "They
have returned to power to facil-
itate what God wants to do in

this nation."
All Bahamians are invited to
attend a ceremonial gathering
at Clifford Rark, Sunday July
10, at 6pm.

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EVERYONE involved in a
four-car collision on Cable
Beach walked away from the
scene unharmed yesterday.
The accident occurred around
4pm when a white van crashed
into three vehicles which were
stopped at a pedestrian cross-
ing near Hoffer's shopping cen-
Kendrick Armstrong, 39, of
Mount Pleasant Village was the
driver of the white van.
He collided with one of the
vehicles, a Honda, which was
propelled across the median and
onto east-bound traffic.
The Honda, which eventually
slammed into outer wall of the
Sandals Resort, is said to have
suffered extensive damage.
The car was knocked exactly
through the spot where tourists
normally stand to catch a bus.
Armstrong also slammed into
a Ford F150 truck and a Saturn
car, causing minor damage to
these vehicles.
No one involved in the acci-
dent required medical attention.
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Straw Market speculation

FROM page one

structing the straw market, but I cannot confirm
that," said Mr Miller.
He said: "The initial plan of the government was
that my Ministry along with the Ministry of Works
should join hands in spearheading the project."s
However, Mr Miller said the Ministry of Works
has not kept him or his staff abreast of what is
happening with the project or whether a building
schedule has been finalised.
Since Works Minister Bradley Roberts is in St
Lucia at a CARICOM meeting on government
business, Mr Miller said he attempted to confirm

certain things about the project with acting Minis-
ter of Works Shane Gibson yesterday.
He said Mr Gibson, however, "has not been
informed about anything either."
Mr Miller said it is his suspicion that the work-
men are simply building a wall around the lbt to
prevent people parking there, "so that they can
gain an appreciation for the work that is to be
done in the near future."
Derek Ryan, lawyer for the Straw Vendors Asso-
ciation, told The Tribune yesterday that he spoke
with the association's president who said that no
formal word has been given to vendors on whether
a new market is in progress.

* HAS the work begun? Onlookers speculated yesterday that the wooden barrier being
erected around the old straw market may signal the start of reconstruction after nearly four years.
of inactivity.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

FROM page one

the department of immigra-
tion," said Mr Bannister.
"We are instructed that the
honourable minister owes
Western Air approximately
$95,000 and $1,700 is owed by
the department of immigration.
In its current state this company
cannot keep such large receiv-
ables on its books, and accord-

Western Air release alleged invoices

ingly, it will be requesting
prompt payment of those over-
due invoices."
Western Air has recently had
to downsize its operation after
the Department of Immigration
refused last month to grant
work permits for six of its pilots.
Mrs Rolle said the Immigra-

tion decision has "crippled" the
company as there are no
Bahamians qualified to fly the
company's Fairchild Metro
planes. Western Air is the only
airline in the Bahamas using
that type of aircraft.
According to the invoices
sent to The Tribune, Mr Peet
was billed for a number of trips
taken between May 2002 and
February 2003 with amounts
ranging from $350 for a single
charter flight between Nassau
and San Andros to a $8,550 bill
for three charter flights between
Nassau and San Andros, the
day before the May 2,2002 gen-
eral elections. According to Mr
Bannister there are also several
additional bills in existence,
which The Tribune has not yet
All of the alleged invoices are
marked "Bill to Vincent Peet,
Queen's Highway North
Andros, Bahamas."
The terms printed on several
of them are: "Due on receipt."
The dates listed on the
invoices are the dates the travel
took place. Mr Bannister said
yesterday that he was not sure
exactly when the bills would
have been sent out, but it would
have definitely been within a
few weeks after the flights.
All of the bills, he said, were
sent to Mr Peet's agent in
Andros, who collected the bills
on the minister's behalf.
The Rolles, Mr Bannister
claimed, originally tried to
accommodate the minister in
his payments, because he was
the MP for the area. In fact
rather than bill him per flight,
Mr Peet was being billed on a

monthly basis, Mr Bannister
However, the payments
became an issue long before the
recent controversy involving the
dismissal of the pilots.
Mr Bannister denied that the
Rolles have made an issue of
the bills out of spite because of
the denial of the pilot's work
He said the Rolles wanted to
take collection measures sever-
al months ago, but he, as their
counsel, suggested they hold off
to allow the minister a chance to
Following the press confer-
ence on Monday, Mr
Peet issued a statement deny-
ing that he owed "even one
According to Mr Peet, if
Western Air was claiming the
money in question was owed
for trips used to transport peo-
ple to vote in the general elec-
tions, then no agreement either
written or verbal was ever made
that money would be repaid.
Mr Peet has since removed
himself from any further
involvement as relates to his
ministry and the company, stat-
ing that he has been personally
attacked in an outrageous fash-
Mr Bannister refuted the
minister's denial, saying that the
dates of flights were not limited
to the period around the elec-
tion and that by accepting the
bills, Mr Peet and his agent
were fully aware that payment
was expected.'
No agreement was ever made
that Mr Peet would not pay his
account, said Mr Bannister.

Killed in jitney collision

FROM page one
cles went into. a wild tailspin after the crash.
Ms Tynes was pinned in her car by her legs and was said to be
gasping for air.
After being pulled from the wreckage, Ms Tynes was given
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (CPR) by a nurse as well as an off-
duty paramedic who was on the scene.
But she died at the scene about 10 to 12 minutes later.
In an interview with The Tribune, Public Transit Association
president Reuben Rahming said he was very concerned about the
accident and saddened that there had been loss of life.
Mr Tinker, driver of the jitney involved, said: "All I saw was
when she dashed out, and by the time I hit the brakes, we had
already hit."
He said although he suffered only minor bruises to his leg, he
"cannot sleep because I just keep thinking about the fact that she
is dead."
"I would like to talk to the family and give my sympathies," he
Up until press time, Inspector Evans was unable to say if speed
was a factor in the accident. He expressed his concern about the loss
of life on the streets this year due to traffic accidents.

FROM page one Agreement
Ar eement

Venezuela may impact nega-
tively on the Bahamas' rela-
tionship with its neighbouring
Lawyer Paul Moss, chairman
of the group 'Bahamians Agitat-
ing for a Referendum on the
Free Trade Area of the Americ-
as' (BARF), yesterday told The
Tribune that PetroCaribe is "one
of the most significant deals
made for the country."
"In signing the PetroCaribe
agreement, Leslie Miller has
done more for the Bahamas than
any other Cabinet minister since
they came to office in 2002. I give
all the credit and kudos to Mr
-Miller," he said.
Former economic develop-
ment minister Zhi-vargo Laing,
however, pointed out that the
agreement with Venezuela, a
country led by populist president
Hugo Chavez, could lead to
adverse, repercussions regarding
the Bahamas' regional alliances.
Mr Laing said that he finds it
"very curious" that the Bahamas
agreed to sign an agreement to
which two of its CARICOM
allies objected.
Trinidad and Tobago and Bar-
bados were the two countries
that opted not sign the Petro-
Caribe agreement last week.
"Trinidad is now raising con-
cerns about the Venezuela deal
at the (CARICOM Heads of
Government) meeting. I find it
strange indeed that the Bahamas
sent (Minister Miller) to
Venezuela with the express
instructions to sign such an
agreement while the Minister of
Foreign Affairs (Fred Mitchell)
at the same time is promoting

more integrated Caribbean rela-
tions," he said.
Mr Laing also cautioned that
the United States "will take
notice and react" to the fact that
the Bahamas has signed an
arrangement which includes not
only President Chavez but also
Mr Moss on the other hand
said that he does not believe that
PetroCaribe will strain the
US/Bahamian relationship in any
"The Bahamas is flattering
itself unduly in thinking the US
really concerns itself with the
Bahamas like that," he said.
Addressing the concern that
PetroCaribe may be more than
just an agreement to supply the
member nations with cheaper
oil, and may in fact be the first
step towards the establishment
of a free trade arrangement, Mr
Moss said that he does not feel
that this is a danger.
Analysts in the region have
raised the question if Petro-
Caribe will eventually lead to the
creation of the Bolivarian Alter-
native for the Americas
(ALBA), an alternative to the
"I do not think this is the case
at all, PetroCaribe is merely an
agreement for oil, the way I see
it, nothing more," he said.
Mr Laing said that the
Bahamian public now need to
be informed about the exact
terms of the agreement.
"We need to see what kind of
obligations the Bahamas must
fulfil, we must see what kind of
long-term implications and con-
sequences this has," he said.





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Tourist killed in

boating accident

FROM page one

Mr Karoussos' wife, Patricia, their four-year-old twins, and Mr
Husak's wife, Gloria, arrived on the island on Friday by plane.
They left the island on Monday. Their husbands were sched-
uled to leave by boat on Tuesday.
Mr Rahming said Mr Karoussos and Mr Husak went fishing'
Monday around 3pm. While they were heading back to port
around 9pm, the vessel struck an object. He said they were
travelling at about 25 knots and were about one and half miles
Mr Husak told police that Mr Karoussos went overboard. He
said that he circled the area but did not find him, so he report-
ed the matter to a security officer at the hotel.
Police and the Ocean Rescue and Recovery Company con-
ducted a search of the area, but could not locate Mr Karoussos.
The body was discovered floating-at fSilver Point early Tues-
day morning by Robert Stone of Ocean Rescue.
Mr Karoussos was officially pronounced dead around 2.20am.
There was a wound to his forehead.
Mr Rahming said there was damage to the boat's left front
bow and steering wheel.
Police are awaiting reports of an autopsy to determine the.
cause of death.

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An LNG accide

devastate touris

Chief Reporter
IF there was an LNG accident
in the Bahamas, the country
would be unable to replace the
billions of dollars it will lose in
tourism revenue.
This was the statement made
by environmentalist and Re-
Earth president Sam Duncombe,
who spoke last night at a
Bahamian Forum meeting.
The meeting was held at the
British Colonial Hilton and
focused on the issue of LNG in
the Bahamas.
Pointing to the reaction that
potential visitors might have if
an accident were to occur at the
proposed sites for LNG facili-
ties in the Bahamas Ocean Cay
and Freeport Harbour Mrs
Duncombe said:
"Do you think the average
tourist knows where Ocean Cay
or Freeport Harbour are in rela-
tion to New Providence when
hurricanes pass through our
country, they believe the whole
country has been shut down."
Criticising the findings of the

environmental study on LNG
commissioned by governement,
she said:
"We promote Bimini as the
fishing capital of the world just
20 miles away from Ocean Cay -
yet the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) claims there
is no fish life in this area. Are
people then catching phantom
fish in the Biminis?" she asked.
Mrs Duncombe cited the 2003
study: "The Living Marine
Resources of the Western Cen-
tral Atlantic", where 84 scien-
tists found that the Florida
Straits... has the Atlantic's great-
est concentration of endemic
species, or species found
nowhere else in the world.
"Some of them have ranges so
small that even localised human
activities can cause their extinc-
tion. Threats to these marine ani-
mals also include destructive fish-
ing methods, dredging of estu-
aries and harbours, and laying
of natural gas (LNG) pipelines
on the sea floor.
She also quoted from the San-
dia Report on the Guidance on
Risk Analysis and Safety Impli-

cations of a Large Liquefied
Natural Gas Spill Over Water, a
report requested by the US
Department of Energy's office
of fossil energy.
The study, released in Decem-
ber 2004, states: "The potential
for an LNG cargo tank breach,
whether accidental or intention-
al, the dynamics and dispersion
of a large spill, and the hazards
of such a spill, are not fully
"For the record, none of the
scientists at the BEST Commis-
sion are experts on LNG. There
are literally a handful of people
in the world who are experts in
LNG, many of whom work for
the LNG industry and a fish-
erman ain't going to call his own
fish stink," said Mrs Duncombe.
She said that it is not up to
her to prove every thing she
states in opposition to LNG, but
rather the responsibility of gov-
ernment and the BEST Com-
mission to thoroughly investi-
gate what certain studies are say-
ing and come back to the public
with a true and balanced
accounting of the findings.

I Co~iurt bref] I

Tribune Staff Reporter
A HAITIAN and a Bahamian pleaded not
guilty to drug charges in Magistrate's Court
It was alleged that on July 3 Joyal Morris
and Verilon Alcime, of Eight Mile Rock,
Grand Bahama, were found in possession of
a quantity of cocaine with the intent to supply.
The pair also 'faced charges of taking
preparatory steps to export cocaine, conspir-
acy to export the dangerous drugs and con-
spiracy to possession of dangerous drugs with
the intent to supply.
Both were remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison and will return to court on July 8 for
bail hearing and fixture.
0 A juvenile and an 18-year-old male

pleaded guilty to house breaking, stealing,
and stealing from a dwelling house.
According to court records, Tigarna
Lorenzo Martin and a 16-year-old male,
unlawfully broke into. the residence of
Sophia Oliver on January 27, with the inten-
tion of committing an offence.
They faced additional charges of stealing
items and cash altogether valued $866, from
the same address.
It was further alleged that both Martin and
the juvenile broke into the house of Kevin
Butler Ferguson, on December 7 2004.
On the same date they were also charged
with stealing from a house items together
valued at $13,500.
They were remanded in custody and sen-
tencing was deferred to August 25 for a pro-
bation report.

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A MAN shot last week by
police at West End, Grand
Bahama has been charged with
possessing an unlicensed
Michael Gibson, 22, of North
Bahamia appeared in Eight Mile
Rock Magistrate's Court to
answer charges of possessing an
unlicenced .38 pistol and 13 live
rounds of ammunition.
He was also charged with pos-
sessing a firearm with the intent
to endanger life.
It is alleged that on June 27,
the accused was at the Star
Hotel Restaurant and Bar when
several shots were fired into the
air, causing patrons to run for
As officers moved in, the sus-
pect allegedly ran to the rear of
the club brandishing a handgun
in a threatening manner.
This according to police,
resulted in an officer shooting
the suspect.
Gibson was represented by
lawyer Simeon Brown.
He pleaded not guilty to the
charges and was remanded to
Fox Hill Prison until October 5,
when a preliminary inquiry will
be held.

FREEPORT Ezrin Elkin
Green of Hanna Hill has been
charged with the murder of a
36-year Abaco man.
Green, who appeared before
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in
Eight Mile Rock on Monday,
was charged with the June 12
stabbing death of Bobby Penn at
Hanna Hill.
He was not required to enter
a plea and was remanded to Fox
Hill Prison until October 13,
when a preliminary inquiry into
the matter will be held.

Government to boost

security at airports

NORTH Andros The Min-
istry of National Security is
moving to beef up security at
the country's 16 international
airports, following a fire that
completely destroyed the San
Andros Airport on Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of National Security
Cynthia Pratt made the
announcement during after a
tour of the gutted terminal,
which once accommodated a
police station, snack shop,
restaurant and bar, Western Air
ticket counter and Customs and
Immigration facilities.
It is the first move since the
government announced last
week that it was moving the
country's international airports
under the countrol of the Min-
istry of National Security
About 30 people were
employed at the airport.
The fire occurred two weeks
before the Andros Regatta, one
of the engines that drive the
local economy of that island.
The incident also followed a
fire that completely destroyed a
Customs warehouse in Andros
two months ago.
An assessment team from
New Providence, made up of
Fire Branch, Central Detective
Unit, Civil Aviation and
Tourism officials, was dis-
patched to investigate the cause
of the fire.
Preliminary indications sug-
gest arson according to the offi-
cials, who reached the same
conclusion in the case of the
warehouse fire.
"It must concern Us, as
Bahamians, when things like
this happen, because it affects
the economy of this island.
Many families are affected by
this type of behaviour, so we
won't begin to imagine what it
means to those families whose
daily bread comes from working
here at the airport, the taxi dri-
vers, the vendors, those who
work on the inside in the restau-
rant," said Mrs Pratt.
She said the incident marked
a "sad day" in North Andros,
and encouraged the individuals

* DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt

concerned to find other ways to
vent their frustrations.
According to Mrs Pratt, the
government will have to erect a
temporary building to accom-
modate flights to the island.
"So hopefully, once we gath-
er around the table, we would
see what we could do in order
to bring temporary measures to
North Andros," she said.
Mrs Pratt said the govern-
ment is concerned about secu-
rity at the airport.
"I would like to think we are
conscious about what we have

to do at the airport . The
police was here, but I am con-
cerned seeing that we've had
two fires in the space of two
"These are government build-
ings. You are talking about the
taxpayers' money.
don't know if persons
realise what effects this can
have an island like Andros,
where we are desperately seek-
ing investments to come into
the island and this kind of
behaviour cannot help us at all,"
she said.

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WHEN Tough Call was a
W yoot-man, electronic enter-
tainment consisted of scratchy LP
records, clunky 8-track tapes, boring
Zephyr-Nassau-Sunshine radio, and
touch-and-go reception of a few Miami
television stations.
To receive those grainy transmis-
sions (on channels 2, 4, 7, and 10) you
had to install costly rooftop antennas (a
pain in the neck to take down during
hurricane season) along with special
"signal boosters". And even then, bad
weather would produce a blank, snow-
filled screen.
In America, cable television began
cramping the style of over-the-air tele-
vision networks in the 1970s. The first
satellite delivery of programming to
cable occurred in 1976 when Home
Box Office televised Mohammed Ali
and Joe Frazier's "Thrilla in Manil-
That same year a Stanford Univer-
sity professor built the first consumer
direct-to-home satellite system. It was
a large dish-shaped antenna used to
pick up cable TV programmes distrib-
uted by content providers (like HBO)
to their subscribers.
In the early 1980s Bahamians went
crazy over this space-age technology.
Sales of big-dish satellite receivers
soared, and anyone with a passing
interest in electronics could set up shop
and make a fortune supplying local
The signal quality was exceptional,
letting us entertainment-starved
islanders tap into the wealth of new
programming emerging from Ameri-
can media companies. And at first,
you had only to lay out ten grand or so
for a dish that occupied half of your

B ut in 1984 broadcasters began
scrambling their signals, forc-
ing consumers to buy expensive
decoders and pay monthly fees. This
led to satellite theft (the signal, not the
dish). According to one account, of

the two million satellite receivers made
in the US between 1986 and 1995, less
than a quarter were legally receiving
Whole cottage industries sprang up
to "decode" set-top boxes so that sig-
nals could be received in the clear. But
this freewheeling piracy was largely
killed off in the early 1990s by two big
The first was the formation of
DIRECTV in the United States, which
offered as many as 200 channels via a
low-cost, small-dish antenna. The sec-
ond was the Ingraham administration's
legalization of private broadcasting,
which led to a communications revo-

lution that changed our lives.
Broadcasting had been a govern-
ment monopoly ever since ZNS was
set up as a hurricane warning service in
a small room over the Snappy Hat
Shop on Bay Street in the 1930s. A
public corporation was later formed
to operate the station which intro-
duced television service in 1978.
This stifling monopoly was finally
broken in 1992 when the new Free
National Movement government
licensed private radio stations. And
shortly afterward, bids were invited
for a private cable television service -
something the previous Progressive
Liberal Party government had talked
about for more than a decade.
There were 13 bids in all including
such diverse applicants as satellite
dealer Theo Tsavoussis, lawyer Peter
Maynard, agro-consultant Godfrey
Eneas, publisher Etienne Dupuch Jr,
former UBP politician Bobby Symon-
ette, PLP Senator Charles Carter, and
Ronald Wong of Island TV not to
mention Willie and Clarissia Albury of
the General Post Office in Marsh Har-

M eanwhile, the PLP still
smarting from its historic
election defeat in August, 1992- was in
a blind rage. After their rigid 25-year
control of broadcasting (and all the
other levers of authority), the old PLP
power brokers were mortified at what
liberalisation of the air waves might
mean for 'politics as usual'.
Former cabinet minister Paul Adder-
ley wrote off most of the bidders as
"racists greedy for power" and "for-
eigners acting immorally". When chal-
lenged about such intemperate lan-
guage in parliament,-he retorted: "I
don't know what this country is coming
to when a black man can't call a racist
a racist."
Pointing out that cable TV was like-
ly to be a profitable business as well as
a powerful agent of "propaganda", he
said "it ought not to be controlled by
any single political or economic sec-

tor to the exclusion of all others... the
prime minister is between a rock and a
hard place."
It was no secret, though, that the
PLP favoured the group that included
former ZNS chief Charles Carter. Mr
Adderley said the PLP (which hadn't
the slightest interest in opening up
broadcasting when it was in power)
would have insisted on a public/pri-
vate partnership for cable television
"to prevent the private gouging of
This presentation conveniently over-
looked the fact that the government
had been gouging tax payers for


decades to underwrite crude political
propaganda on ZNS. In fact, during
most of the 1970s and 1980s, ZNS was
almost as politically constipated as
Prensa Latina, the Cuban news agency.

The cable TV bids were
opened in public in August
1993, but by the following spring we
learned that the government had
rejected all proposals none of which
were fully Bahamian to begin with.
Eventually it became clear that a small
Canadian outfit called Cable 2000
would win the day.
In October, 1994 the government
gave a 15-year exclusive license to
Cable Bahamas Ltd. The new compa-
ny had a 49 per cent Bahamian stake-
holding with the rest owned by Colum-
bus Communications, a holding com-
pany formed by ex-Cable 2000 chief"
Phil Keeping, who sold his New
Brunswick interests.
Within six months of the license
agreement, New Providence house-
holders were hooking up to cable. And
in June 1995 some 3,000 Bahamian
shareholders bought $30 million worth
of shares in CBL, with the government
retaining a 20 per cent stake through
BEC and Batelco.
The license called for a 40 per cent
build-out throughout the Bahamas
within three years. And the company's
$1 million performance bond was
released in 1997, after it completed 46
per cent of its network.
By that time (in addition to Grand
Bahama and New Providence)
service had been provided to settle-
ments on Bimini, Abaco, and
Eleuthera. This was soon followed by
service to the Berry Islands, Andros
and Exuma.

Today, cable is available to 96
per cent of the 91,000 plus
households throughout the country
(one of the highest ratios in the world).
And broadband internet service was
added to the mix five years ago.
According to one industry analyst,
"CBL's original investment commit-
ment was $30 million; but to date
the investment exceeds $180 million.
And the company has created
much more than a cable television
network it has literally changed
the landscape of telecommunica-
tions as well as the country's ability
to attract and compete on a global
But some politicians are not satis-
fied, and are calling for a review of
CBL's license which still has five
years to go.
During the recent budget debate,
Independent North Long Island MP
Larry Cartwright and Cat Island,
Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Phil
Davis said the government should
take back CBL's performance bond
because cable service was not avail-
able in some of the areas they repre-

xperts say it would be cost-
prohibitive to service the four

squeezes our margins significantly."
And now Cable Bahamas is mov-
ing into the Caribbean. Former CEO
Rick Pardy was dispatched to Jamaica
earlier this year to run Caribbean
Crossings, a wholly owned subsidiary.
His job is to build and operate a$50
million fibre-optic submarine 'ia1le
between Jamaica and the sout iern
Caribbean Crossings has a maj y
stake in FibraLink Jamaica Ltd, vbh
is already authorised to provide o, i
type of telecommunications seri s
within Jamaica, or between Janmica
and other countries.

The Bahamas still lags far behind
even Jamaica in the overall liberalis
tion of its telecoms sector. Since their_
BTC privatisation process collapsed.
in 2003, there has been little move-
ment in this area.

thousand or so households in the few
scattered communities that don't yet
have it: "As a public company, built
upon the investment of Bahamian
shareholders, they are fiscally obligat-
ed to make decisions that generate rev-
enue, and not to unreasonably add
costs," one observer said.

A nd there is another argument
behind the scenes the ques-
tion of a hike in the price of basic cable
service. This was fixed at $30 per
month for 36 channels in 1995 and has
never been revised, although the num-
ber of basic channels has been
increased to 54. But CBL's revenues

During most of
the 1970s and
1980s, ZNS was
almost as
constipated as
Prensa Latina, the
Cuban news

have nonetheless increased exponen-
tially over the years they were almost
$50. million in 2004, producing an $11
million profit.
"The question of an increase is
really a no-brainer," one CBL
employee told Tough Call. "The retail
price has remained the same for a
decade while costs have steadily
increased. Signal fees, utility costs,
salaries, facilities, and services pro-
vided have all increased, which

An application to run the cable f#mn
Jamaica to the southern Bahamas was
made to the Public Utilities Conmirs-
sion last November, but there has been
no reply so far. When built, the cAlle
would provide broadband services to
our southern islands and tie Janhrica
into CBL's undersea link to the Uifled
"This will allow services like distance
education, telemedicine, digital cable
television and GSM wireless services to
be extended to those southern Faifiily
Islands," a CBL-spokesman ar-d,
"which will enhance their developnoint

ince Caribbean Crossings built
its fibre network to the US,
the price of bandwidth to The
Bahamas has been driven down by
75 per cent. As a result, proportion-
ally more Bahamians use high-speed
internet than any country in the hemi-
But the Bahamas still lags far behind
even Jamaica in the overall liberalvsa-
tion of its telecoms sector. Sincethe
BTC privatisation process collapsed in
2003, there has been little moveriiet in
this area.
And as a result, the BTC "monop-
oly" now has less than half of the long
distance voice market... because of
call-back and voice over internet ser-
In fact, BTC is now just a cell phbpe
company with 1100 employees c6inm-
pared to 260 or so at CBL. And experts
predict that BTC's value will rOily
dwindle over time... losing forever, all
the hundreds of millions of tax dollars
we have invested to pay for its 161isy
Perhaps Messrs Cartwright-Afd
Davis should get the government to
nationalise Cable Bahamas. Wd 'ae
certain that services to places like Rtm
Cay and North Long Island would l-
low in short order. i
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After their rigid 25-year control of
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of authority), the old PLP power
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liberalisation of the air waves might
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Junkanoo heroes recognised as

part of Independence celebrations

the 11th, as we give thanks
for our nation in our
own unique way, and
honour those
Junkanoos upon
whose shoulders
we stand," an
said that that
the People's
Rush was cre-
ated to give
the people of
the Bahamas
"an opportuni-
ty to rush in a
street parade in
,any form to show
our national pride
on Independence
A SIR Lynden Pindling morning."
The event will begin. at
4am in Parliament Square with
THE Junkanoo Develop-
ment Association in- conjunc- .....
tion with the Independence
Celebrations Committee yes-
terday announced the 6th
"Independence People's
Love and Unity Rush" for
'Whd upcoming national
All Bahamians are
:inVited to participate
iY the non-competi-
tive parade, which
fcuses on the sym-
b6lism of the
.-..amian flag. A
s cial invitation is
tended to all
SJunkanoo groups.
W we invite all
*J'kanoo groups and
the people of the
B.ahamas, to show your
(trpe colours, wear the
colours of our flag, and
join us on the morning of

a brief opening ceremony. The
rush is scheduled to start at
4.45am from the intersection
of Bay and East Streets and
end at the Western Esplanade.
In celebration of the 32nd
anniversary of Bahamian inde-
pendence, seven legendary
'Junkanoos' will be honoured
with the presentation of the
third annual Independence
Junkanoo Achievement
Award during the open-
m ing programme
OEM .Honorees will each
be awarded a gold
medallion and a

special Junkanoo blazer in
recognition of their dedication
to the development of
Following this, the call for
the people to rush will then be
made by John 'Chippie' Chip-
man, an 2003 honouree.
The parade will then pro-
ceed through the city to the
Western Esplanade.
The 2005 recipients of the
Independence Junkanoo
Achievement Award are:
* Sir Lynden Pindling
(posthumous), first prime
Minister of the Bahamas,

participated in the annu-
al junkanoo parades as
the nation's chief execu-
tive, thereby doing much to
change the perception of
Junkanoo in the public eye;
A B Malcolm (posthu-
mous), prominent Bahamian
businessman, long-standing
participant in the Junkanoo
parades and chairman of the
Citizen's Masquerade Com-
mittee, former organising body
for Junkanoo;
Philip Kemp (posthu-
mous), undertaker and leg-
endary participant in the indi-
vidual category;
Spurgeon Smith, junkanoo
group leader in the 1950s and
1960s, encouraged the partici-
pation of women and children;
Brian Gibson, former
leader of the Vikings
Junkanoo Group, Past
Grand Marshal of the
Junkanoo Parades,
Past National
Junkanoo Commit-
tee Chairman;
Winston Sher-
man, co-founder of
the Vikings
Junkanoo Group;
Fred Longley,,co-


* WINSTON Sherman

direction of group costuming.
The association thank the
Independence Celebrations
Committee and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force for their
cooperation and support.

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POST Boxes Etc has
opened its newest store on
Frederick Street with a
grand celebration to wel-
come, new customers.
j.: *New customers to com-
,plete entry forms to win a
grand prize as they opened
a new post box account,
-with Jamaal Farquaharson
erierging victorious. He
,won a trip for two on
jpirit Airlines to any-
.. weree that Spirit Airlines
Post Boxes Etc's newest
J,ocation on Frederick
Street is in the Norfolk.
House. The company,
which already has offices
in the Cable Beach and the
Village Road Shopping
Centres, now caters to the
needs of down town or
mid town customers.
General Manager Kim
DeGregory said: "With
online shopping becoming
more and more popular
among Bahamians, Post
Boxes Etc makes it easy to
slip on the Internet, as
many US retailers do not
ship to international
addresses. By using Post
Boxes Etc, customers can
have packages sent to their
personal US address in
Florida and the company
in turn ensures that they
arrive safely in Nassau."

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Theatre with Jamaican flavour

JAMAICA'S most beloved comedic figure,
Oliver will give Bahamian audiences a belly full of
laughs next week.
The play will be staged in Freeport on Friday
July 15 at 8pm at the Our Lucaya resort, and in
Nassau on Saturday July 16 at the Rain Forest
Theatre, Cable Beach, with a 7pm and a 10pm
This year's show, entitled Ras Noah and The
Hawk, has again been penned by one of Jamaica's
finest comedic writers, Patrick Brown.
The story begins during Hurricane Ivan. Noah

will be recast as a Rasta-man re-emerging in soci-
ety after five years as a recluse in The Wareika
Hills. His father (Butcha), a local shopkeeper, is
under the illusion that Noah is studying "doc-
Noah's return should mean Butcha's elevation
in status. But he gets the shock of his life when
Noah returns home with dreadlocks rather than a
He is ridiculed by all much to Butcha's disgust
- especially when he starts construction on a
"helleva ark".

Fabrics company opens

new boutique and factory

Distributed by

Lowe's Wholesale

Soldier Road 393-7111

BAHAMA Hand Prints has
opened its new boutique and
factory in the Out Island
Traders Building Annex on
Ernest Street.
The company's unique hand-
printed designs have delighted
tourists and locals alike for
more than 25 years.
Owners Joie Lamare and Lin-
da Brown bought the business
in 2001 with the aim of expand-
ing the company while main-
taining its tradition of high qual-
The new boutique and facto-
ry is a major step in the expan-
"We are extremely pleased
with our new eastern location,"
said Linda Brown. "It's very
convenient and the new space
has allowed us to open a bou-
tique for our wide selection of
products. It also provides a very
large factory area to handprint
our fabrics."
Since 1966, when artists
Helen Astarita and Berta Sands
established the business,
Bahama Hand Prints has hand-
printed fabrics with exclusive
silk-screen designs, yielding
vibrant, one-of-a-kind materi-
The company has an inven-
tory of more than forty print
designs which they can offer in
any custom colour combination.
The classic designs that date
back to its early days are still
in use but the company creates
new ones each season.
"We are able to design and
create new patterns and prod-
ucts that our customers will not
be able to find anywhere else,"
said Joie Lamare. "When some-
one buys a Bahama Hand Print
product, they are quite literally
purchasing a hand-made origi-
nal piece of art made in the
Few companies today employ

the hand-printing process
because it is labour intensive
and requires meticulous prepa-
Many people confuse the art
of screen printing with batiking
which is entirely different.
Silk-screen printing involves
using a screen with a fine mesh
that is stretched around a rigid
To transfer the design onto
the fabric, the screen is posi-
tioned over the fabric which is
pinned onto the printing table.
A dollop of thick ink is applied
to the top of the screen and
manually pressed through the
mesh with a large squeegee.
The design is created because
the screen has areas where the
ink can penetrate and areas
where it cannot. Once printed,
the fabric is "cured" or heated
to ensure that it is colourfast.
"The process is very painstak-
ing, and that's why a lot of
designers don't use it anymore,"
Joie said. "The end result, how-
ever, is so unique, so colourful
and beautiful, that it makes it
all worthwhile and very satisfy-
Bahama Hand Prints contin-
ues its tradition of quality hand
printing with the masterful help
of long-time employees like Les
Williams, the firm's master
printer, who has been with the
company from the very begin-
The business has grown sig-
nificantly since 2001 and now
includes the wholesale market
where Bahama Hand Prints
items are sold in high-end retail
shops such as Blue Rooster in
Harbour Island; the Abaco
Beach Resort; the Linen Shop
and John Bull.
Their fabric and designs are
also sold to clients and boutique
owners in the US, the West
Indies and France.

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

60m paid by

Fortis to Oraclef

Fund liquidators o

Tribune Business Editor

FORTIS Fund Services
(Bahamas) paid $60 million in
damages to the Oracle Fund's
liquidators, with the wound-up
investment fund also receiving
$100,000 from one of its former
directors, Barry Herman.
The size of the damages paid
by Fortis Fund Services
(Bahamas), which had been the
Oracle Fund's administrator,
registrar and transfer agent
from May 1995 until it was
wound up on July 12, 2000, and'
Mr Herman have only been
revealed in the latest court
action relating to the liquidated
Apart from the damages paid
to the $260 million Oracle
Fund's liquidators, Paul Clarke
and Maria Ferrere of Ernst &
Young (Bahamas), Fortis also
reached financial agreements to
settle separate litigation by
investors in the fund, who
included affiliates of the UBS
and. HSBC banking groups.
The liquidators had last year

Tribune Business

RND Holdings yesterday
said it planned to reach a
net income "break even"
point within the next 12-18
months through a combina-
tion of cost cuts, which on
their own would cut fiscal
2005's $588,782 loss in half,
and increased revenue from
the TicketXpress subsidiary.
Ken Donathan, RND
Holdings' chief operating
officer, said the cost cuts
would come from an elimi-
nation of one-time charges
incurred in the year to Feb-
ruary 29, plus the disposal
of the Gold's Gym opera-
He added that the Gold's
Gym business had lost
$117,000 from operations in
the previous fiscal year and,
when the likes of deprecia-
tion was added in, its total
loss for fiscal 2005 exceeded
$196,000. Selling that busi-
ness alone would slash the
total $588,782 loss by
around one third.
"Every 25 cents is a help.

SEE page four

Fund director pays $100,000

to settle action, as Court

of Appeal stops process of

service on New York law firm

recovered some $150-$160 mil-
lion invested in the Oracle
Fund, but were expecting to
reclaim no more than $170 mil-
lion as recouping any more
would involve expensive and
time-consuming litigation.
The details were revealed in a
Court of Appeal judgement
overturning a decision in the
Supreme Court by Justice Hugh
Small, who had previously
allowed Fortis to serve a "third
party notice" outside the
Bahamas on Seward & Kissel, a
New York law firm.
Fortis had alleged that
Seward & Kissel were a "nec-
essary and proper party" to pro-

Minimum wage

rise would cause

'economic chaos'

Senior Business

THE Bahamas Employ-
ers Confederation's
(BECon) president yester-
day suggested the Bahamas
would be thrown into "eco-
nomic chaos" if companies
were forced to double the
minimum wage earnings of
workers, as suggested by the
Trades Union Congress
(TUC) president.
Brian Nutt said many
businesses would not be
able to survive paying
employees double the cur-
rent $150 minimum wage,
as Mr Ferguson had advo-
cated, increasing this to $250
$300 per week.
"That type of alteration
would throw us into eco-
nomic chaos," Mr Nutt said.
Questioned how adults
with children could reason-
ably be expected to sustain
themselves and their fami-
lies on the current wage lim-
its, Mr Nutt said one of the
things that needed to be
examined, if a review of the
Minimum Wage Act was to

SEE page two

ceedings they had brought
against Mr Herman. They also
claimed that the New York law
firm had "committed a tortious
wrong" within the Bahamas
against the Oracle Fund
through "failing to exercise rea-
sonable skill and care" to pro-
tect the fund's investments.
The Court of Appeal judge-
ment added that the Fortis
action against Mr Herman and

SEE page four

SEE page two Eleuthera Properties chairman.

Goverment spendingu1.f'
Sup ___

Tribune Business Editor

RECURRENT government expendi-
ture grew by 10.6 per cent during the first
10 months of the 2004-2005 fiscal year, "a
much faster pace" than revenue increases,
with the fiscal deficit standing at $106 mil-
lion and prompting an economic-think-
tank to warn that the Bahamas "is heading
towards bankruptcy".
The Central Bank of the Bahamas'
analysis of economic and financial devel-
opments for May found that for the first 10
months of fiscal 2004-2005, the fiscal deficit
was "only moderately higher" than for the
previous year, $106 million on
an adjusted basis.
However, its analysis of the Govern-
ment's 2005-2006 fiscal Budget said
"increased infrastructure and recurrent
expenditure needs", including the planned
pay increase for civil servants, was expect-
ed to boost total outlays and keep the fis-
cal deficit at about $163 million.
The Central Bank said this was expect-
ed to be a "marginally reduced" ratio of

Total Direct Contingent
Charge Liab



Direct Charge/ Conting
GDP Liab/





* NOTE: *GDP and DOS are estimates

2.8 per cent of gross domestic product
(GDP) compared to the 2.9 per cent that
was likely to be-incurred in 2004-2005.
James Smith, minister of state for finance,
though, said the final figure could be clos-
er to 2.4 per cent of GDP due to a revenue


However, the recurring fiscal deficits
and increasing national debt are fuelling
fears that the Bahamas may be spending
its way into financial problems that will
fall heavily on future generations of
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Bahamas meets other offshore re


Senior Business

the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, led by Michael
Foot, Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies, were among
the member jurisdictions in
attendance at the 25th annual
meeting of the Offshore
Group of Banking Supervisors
(OGBS), held in the Cayman
Speaking with The Tribune,
Mr Foot said the purpose of
the group is to allow individual
offshore centres to collective-
ly discuss matters of interest,
saying that most issues that
arise in the Bahamas also
occur in Gibraltar, Jersey
and other similarly-sized cen-
The meetings allow interna-
tional groups, such as the
International Organisation of
Securities Commissions
(IOSCO), the Basel Commit-
tee on Banking Supervision,
the Financial Stability Forum,
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and the Financial
Action Task Force (FATF) to
come and talk to the entire
group, instead of individually.
Mr Foot said roughly half
the meeting was spent in dis-

Annual meeting held

in Cayman Islands

cussions between the interna-
tional regulatory bodies and
the jurisdictions, looking at
what the agencies were doing
to set up new standards and
Issues of common interest
are also looked at, and indi-
vidual jurisdictions use the
opportunity to report on inter-
nal changes and upgrades to
legislation, regulations and
how companies operate within
the jurisdiction.

The Bahamas informed oth-
er countries about its recently-
published information-sharing
handbook, a move to assist
overseas authorities and other
regulatory bodies in
seeking information and assis-
tance from Bahamian regula-
Mr Foot explained that, the
OGBS is not a decision mak-
ing body, but rather a forum
for members to make sure off-

shore centres stay on par with
each other.
He added: "The theme is
how to get the highest possible
standards in combating money
laundering and other things in
a business friendly and cost-
effective way."
An official report of the
meetings said the OGBS,
formed in 1980 at the instiga-
tion of the Basel Committee
on Banking Supervision,
focused on a number of inter-
national initiatives to which it
is a party, with the discussions
covering a wide range of issues
including international co-
operation, particularly in the
pursuit of those engaged in
financial crimes; internation-
al recognition of OGBS mem-
bers' compliance with inter-
national standards for finan-
cial regulation and anti-money
laundering and combating the
financing of terrorism
The meeting also looked at
the need for a level playing

field in the application of
international standards and
the need for members to
focus on distinguishing
between compliant and non-
compliant or cooperative juris-
dictions, and not between off-
shore and onshore jurisdic-

Chairman of the OGBS,
Colin Powell, said: "We
impressed upon international
representatives that OGBS
will continue to participate in
and be supportive of the work
of global standard setters, to
contribute fully to interna-
tional cooperation that is
essential for the successful
pursuit of those engaged in
financial crime, and to be com-
mitted to and compliant with
international standards of
financial regulation and
The next meeting of the 19-
member OGBS, which
includes Barbados, Aruba,.
Mauritius, Netherlands
Antilles, Singapore, Hong
Kong, Bahrain, Bermuda,
Cayman Islands, Cyprus,
Guernsey, Isle of Man,
Labuan, Panama and Vanatu,
is scheduled to be held in
Mexico in 2006.

SoFinancian Advisors Ltd. i
Pricing Information As Of: a__ial
05 July 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close .Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.89 Abaco Markets 0,89 0.89 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.70 8.70 0.00 1.452 0.340 6.0 3.91%
6.44 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.35 6.44 0.09 8,400 0.561 0.330 11.5 5.12%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.7p 0.70 0.00 0.187 0.000 3.7 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.122 0.000 11.5 4.29%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.05 1.05 0.00 0.062 0.050 16.9 4.76%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.589 0.240 13.6 3.00%
2.20 1.72 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 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.50 9.12 Finco 10.50 10.50 0.00 0.662 0.500 15.7 4.76%
8.75 6.86 FirstCaribbean 8.75 8.75 0.00 500 0.591 0.380 12.6 4.34%
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 1.15 1.15 0.00 1,000 0.082 0.000 14.0 0.00%
10.20 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 5.78 5.80 0.02 0.184 0.000 31.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.565 5.0 5.65%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol BId $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE 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 %
1.2339 1.1710 Colina Money Market Fund 1.233938*
2.3329 2.0018 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3329*
10.3837 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3837""*
2.2487 2.0985 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.248725"*
1.1200 1.0510 Colina Bond Fund 1.120044""

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 Fidellt)
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
- AS AT MAY. 31, 2005/ ** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005
- AS AT MAY 27, 2005/ ** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005/ ***** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005

FROM page one

occur, was whether an
increase in the minimum wage
would be applicable to all
workers the father of three
and the teenager still living at
home with their parents..
Mr Nutt said that while the
minimum salary a worker can
receive for a 40-hour work
week is legislated, most
Bahamians enter the market-
place earning far more than
the minimum.
Recent findings from the
Occupational Wage Survey,
conducted by the Department
of Statistics had shown this,
with the average hourly wage
at $12 and the average annual
wage at $23,751.
Mr Nutt added that what
has changed over the past few
decades is that both spouses
now generally work.
TUC president Obie Fer-
guson earlier this week urged
the Government to help
Bahamian workers who were
existing below the poverty line
through doubling the current
minimum wage of $4 an hour,
with workers earning a mini-
mum of $250 $300 a week.
Mr Nutt said he could not
support any increase to the
minimum wage without see-
ing some reasoned argument,
which included a study on the
impact of the proposed wage
increase on Bahamian busi-
nesses. Another factor he felt
prohibited any increase in the
wage level at this time was the

fact that it lockedhandicapped
individuals out of the market-
"I don't think minimum
wage laws are effective in
accomplishing any type of
good for society. One of the
things that the minimum wage
has done is locked out of the
employment arena certain
people who are handicapped,
physically and mentally. I do
not want to see any more peo-
ple locked out," Mr Nutt said.
He added that unless mod-
ifications were made to the
Minimum Wage Act that
would allow the Government
to issue licences to handi-
capped persons, enabling
them to work for lesser wages,
he would not support any
The Fair Labour Standards
Act, the precursor to the Min-
imum Wages Act, provided
for the issuing of licences to
handicapped persons so that
employers would be encour-
aged to hire individuals in this
Commenting on the level
of compliance with the cur-
rent Minimum Wage Act, Mr
Nutt said that if the laws of
the Bahamas were not
observed or enforced, then
they were just words on paper
He said order for the
rule of law to mean some-
thing, they must be applied,,
observed and enforced if
Bahamian citizens are to have
the rights and freedoms that
go along with those laws.

Starwood deal

FROM page one

and a 26,000-square foot Clubhouse.
The soft opening is scheduled for December 2006, with 25 beach front
units and a Clubhouse with full amenities and services, and a private
Completion of the 73 guest-room resort is scheduled for December
2007. Future phases will include an 18-hole championship golf course,
wellness centre/spa, additional real estate development and expansion
of the marina.
Stephen Alden, senior vice-president of Starwood's Luxury Col-
lection, said: "We are thrilled to have bur first Luxury Collectidn
property in the Bahamas located on Eleuthera, considered one of the
most exclusive addresses in the world.
"The island's natural scenic beauty and lush vegetation make Cot-
ton Bay Villas an ideal destination for the discerning leisure traveller
looking for the ultimate vacation experience. Cotton Bay Villas will
evoke a casual.elegance, combining simplicity with island style to cre-
ate a distinctively elegant atmosphere, along with the impeccable ser-
vice that is the hallmark of The Luxury Collection."
It is expected that Cotton Bay Villas will eventually feature an
octagonal enclosed pavilion situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic.
The Clubhouse will include a Bahamian-fusion restaurant featuring a
well-renowned island chef.
Guests at the resort will have access to two small, private islands,
which feature a 20-acre bird sanctuary and a seven-acre secluded
beach. Owners and guests at the resort will have preferred access to the
resort's private marina in Davis Harbour, accommodating yachts up to
70 feet. They can enjoy world-class fishing grounds and scuba-diving,
snorkeling and other recreational water sports.
The resort will also be a part of the Audubon International Signature
programme, which acknowledges environmentally-friendly develop-
As a member of the programme, Cotton Bay Villas will be home to
a plant nursery and an on-site horticulturist dedicated to nurturing the
property, saving trees and other foliage from cleared land for replant-
ing throughout the development.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is one of the leading hotel
and leisure companies in the world with approximately 750 properties
in more than 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and man-
aged properties.
It already has substantial interests in the Bahamas, being a 50/50 joint
venture partner with Kerzner International in its Harborside timeshare
complex on Paradise Island, while its Sheraton and Westin brands
adorn Grand Bahama's Our Liucaya resort.

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Tel (42)35-127 Fx: 24) 5102



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 12th day of
May, 2005. The Liquidator is Argoso Corp. Inc., of P. 0.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


Gibson, R igby & Co.
Counsel and Attorney-At-Law
Notaries Public

Please be advised that our

offices will be closed on

Friday, 8th July, 2005

for our annual

Staff Appreciation Day.

Our offices will be open again

for business on

Monday 11th July, 2005.


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
dissolution, commencing on the 27th day of June 2005.
Articles of Dissolution have been duly registered by the
Registrar. The Liquidator is Barry W. Herman, P.O. Box N-
.10818, Nassau, The Bahamas.

All persons having claims against the above-named Company
are required, on or before 27th day of July, 2008 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator of the Company or, in default thereof,
they may be excluded from the benefit or any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

Dated this 4th day of July 2005.



I Minimum wage I1I


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Waterfields bond to be first

BISX corporate debt listing

Tribune Business Editor
THE fully subscribed $10 million
bond offering for Waterfields Com-
pany, the Consolidated Water sub-
sidiary, is set to become the first cor-
porate debt offering listed on the
Bahamas International Securities
Exchange (BISX), it was announced
Fidelity Capital Markets, which act-
ed as Waterfields financial adviser and
placement agent for the Series A
bonds, added thata $10 million Con-
solidated Water Bahamian Deposito-
ry Receipt (BDR) offering was likely
to be brought to market this

BDR issue likely in

September, with debt issue

oversubscribed on first day

The proceeds from both the bond
offering and BDR issue will be used to
finance the design and construction of

the $23 million Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, the remaining $3 million
coming from bank debt.
The Series A bond issue, which will

mature in 10 years and carry a fixed
interest rate of 7.5 per cent, were over-
subscribed on the first day of the offer-
ing. They are unconditionally guaran-
teed by Consolidated Water, and an
application has been made for their
listing with BISX.

Waterfields won the Blue Hills con-
tract in March 2005, and the plant will
produce six million gallons of water
per day for New Providence when it its
completed in July 2006. The water will
be sold to the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration and is expected to replace
the water currently barged from

Michael Anderson, president of
Fidelity Capital Markets, said none of
the securities to be offered by Fidelity
will be registered under the US Secu-
rities Act of 1933 or any state securities
law, or be offered for sale or sold in
the US.
All securities will be offered and
sold outside of the US and only in off-
shore transactions as defined in and
in accordance with Regulation S under
the US Securities Act of 1933.
Fidelity was retained last year by
Kerzner International to structure,
arrange and place $21 million in KZL
BDRs, resulting in the first foreign
issue to be listed on BISX.

Government spending

up by 10.6 per cent

FROM page one
The Nassau Institute said data
provided to it by the Central
Bank (published in Tribune
Business today) "show the coun-
try is headed towards bankrupt-
cy, with the national debt close to
45 per cent of GDP above the
40 per cent threshold set by the
International Monetary Fund
The Nassau Institute said:
"During this time of year, MPs
wax eloquently, and sometimes
not so eloquently, about the val-
ue of the services provided by
the Government and how much
more money is needed to fund
every Bahamian's desire.
"If the sound and fury coming
from Parliament in recent weeks
is an indication, this situation will
be worse, with the National Debt
(government debt plus contin-
gent liabilities) fast approaching
45 percent of GDP.. .a country's
debt danger zone as reported by
the IMF and other agencies that
monitor government debt
throughout the world.
"It is also important to note
that Government's portion of the
national debt is an accumulation
of past deficits, and continuing
to incur large deficits will result in
further growth of the debt, and
increased taxes usually follow."
The Nassau Institute called on
Bahamians "not to be taken in"
by calls for a 'progressive tax sys-
tem', as this could be used to
extract more money for ineffi-
cient government programmes.
"From 1991 through 2004, the
combined debt, and contingent
liabilities have increased at a
staggering average of about $10
million per annum. And the tax-
payer has been forced to bear
the burden of consistent tax
increases," the Nassau Institute
"So to reduce borrowing and
the need for more taxes, govern-
ment must stop spending what
it does not have. On one hand,
officials complain about con-
sumers borrowing above their
means and threaten to pass laws
to set limits to personal borrow-
ing. Yet on the other hand, gov-
ernment debt appears to have
no limits."
To reduce recurrent spending,
the Nassau Institute recom-
mended that MPs and Ministers
perks and salaries be reduced,
and backed plans by Fred
Mitchell, minister with respon-

sibility for the public service, to
reform and downsize it.
The economic think-tank also
called upon the Government to
end subsidies to loss-making cor-
porations such as Bahamasair
and the water & Sewerage Cor-
poration, which lost large sums of
taxpayer monies annually.
"If these services and' busi-
nesses cannot fund themselves
they should go out of business,"
the Nassau Institute said. "To
emphasise this point, if Bahama-
sair was privatised or closed, the
country. would no longer have to
subsidise them to the tune of $18
to $20 million each year. All
things being equal, the debt
should decline between $10 to
$20 million per annum without
this albatross."
And it added: "In addition, cit-
izens should be wary of Parlia-
mentarians who insist businesses
are unfair to the consumer when
prices rise, while they sneak tax
increases through in the dead of

night without the least bit of con-
cern for the pocket books of the
Bahamian taxpayer.
"At least with businesses, if
prices are too high, there are oth-
er alternatives. Consumers can
shop elsewhere, but with taxes,
there is no alternative. According
to numerous laws, you pay the
taxes or face the consequences
of fines, a jail term or both.
"In summary, if the govern-
ment does not stop spending
what it does not have, every
Bahamian, no matter the
rhetoric, will have to pay higher
The Central Bank's report
showed that while total govern-
ment revenues for fiscal 2004-
2005 had risen by 5.25 per cent,
increasing from $777 million to
$817.8 million in the 10 months
ending April 2005, recurrent
spending had grown from $795.4
million to $860.2 million.
As a result, the unadjusted fis-
cal deficit had grown by 32.53

per cent to $125.9 million, com-
pared to $95 million the year-
The Central Bank also noted
the "constrained" tourism per-
formance during the first-four
months of 2005, which it blamed
on the closure of the Royal Oasis
and subsequent loss of room
capacity on Grand Bahama,
"where total arrivals were one
fourth lower".
For the year until the end of
May, air arrivals were down 4.15
per cent at 676,800, while total
arrivals were off 5.32 per cent at
2.243 million.
Occupied room nights were
also 6.09 per cent down at

Lagan Holdings Limited is engaged extensively in major civil engineering
and construction projects worldwide.

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

Job Ref: ACTBAH/1/14
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
accounts department duties as and when necessary.
The above tasks are to be carried out in regard to our Bahamas contract.

Candidates should have experience in a similar role. You should be
highly motivated and be able to work under your own initiative.

Please contact our site office on 377 0094 thru 98 quoting job reference
number ACTBAH/1/14

Only suitably experienced and qualified applicants need apply
Clean police record required.
Honesty and reliability essential


OF 2005

The board of Directors Benchmark
(Bahamas) Ltd, Announced at it Annual
General Meeting the declaration of a
special dividend of one cent per share
based on the results of the company for
the first half 2005.

Payment will be made on 29th July to
shareholders of record 15th July 2005.




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paid by Fortis to

Oracle Func




Expanding Media Company is
seeking an energetic experienced
sales representative. Excellent
Commissions Structure. Must
have own transportation and be
able to work flexible hours.

Fax Resume to 502-2388:
Attn: Sales Manager



Inspiration Road, Imperial Park, Eastern District, New
Providence, Bahamas, in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece or parcel or land containing by
admeasurement 35,162 Square.Feet situate
approximately 200 Feet South of Bernard Road
and West of Foxdale Subdivision, Fox Hill in the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence
aforesaid bounded on the NORTH partly by land
the property of Coke Methodist Church and partly
by land formerly the property of Reve Fox but
now the property of the said Coke Methodist Church
and running thereon jointly Three hundred and
Three and Seventeen One-hundredths (303.17)
Feet on the EAST by land said to be the property
of Paul Davis and running thereon Eighty-four and
Seventy One-hundredths (84.70) Feet on the
SOUTH by land said to be the property of Early
Deveaux and running thereon Two hundred and
Eighty (280) Feet and on the WEST by land now
or formerly the property of David Lafour and
running thereon One hundred and Thirty-three and
Ninety-seven One-hundredths (133.97) Feet which
said piece or parcel of land has such position shape
marks boundaries and dimensions as are shown on
the diagram or plan filed herein and edged in

Reve Rodriguez Fox claims to be the owneirof-the-.
unincumbered fee simple estate in possession of the said
land and has made application to the Supreme court of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined
and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the Provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be
inspected during normal office hours in the following

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street
in the City of Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

2. The Chambers of Mr James M. Thompson,
Terrace House, First Terrace, Centreville, Collins
Avenue, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower
or a right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a Claim not
recognised in the Petition shall on or before the 30th day
of August, A.D., 2005, file in the Supreme Court and serve
on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his
Claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his claim on or before the 30th day of August, A.D., 2005,
will operate as a bar to such claim.


FROM page one
Seward & Kissel held conse-
quences for a separate lawsuit
filed by the Oracle Fund's liq-
This had been initiated
against Fortis and Mr Herman,
plus other defendants. Although
the pair had paid $60 million
and $100,000 in damages to the
Oracle Fund respectively, Fortis
"now claims to be indemnified"
by Mr Herman for his "breach
of duties as a director", and
against Seward & Kissel. The
New York law firm had acted as
an adviser to the fund's man-
ager. .
The Court of Appeal verdict.
recorded the Oracle Fund's his-.
tory, how it had originally been

I liquida

incorporated in the Cayman of the Oracle Fund.
Islands before switching to the Breen Capital Group guar-
Bahamas on May 3, 1995, with anteed its subsidiaries' obliga-
William Rafter as its manager tions, and Seward & Kissel
and promoter. drafted the legal documents and
The Oracle Fund was mar- revised the promissory notes.
keted chiefly to European However, the Oracle Fund -
investors, and promoted as a in both its Cayman and
mutual fund that would invest Bahamian guises was "party
in US Tax Sales Certificates to a very prejudicial agreement"
(TSCs), investments touted as with a company called Congress
low-risk but high yield. Financial Corporation, which
However, to avoid being sub- placed Breen's debt to the fund
jected to US tax, the Oracle behind its obligations to Con-
Fund's investments in the TSCs gress.
had to be done indirectly The Court of Appeal said:
through loans made to two US "In consequence, Breen was in
companies that were part of the a position to borrow from
Breen Capital Group. The loans lenders other than the [Oracle]
were made on the basis that fund who were given priority
they would be invested in TSCs, over the fund, Breen using the
with the two Breen entities issu- TSCs bought with the money
ing promissory notes in favour lent by the fund as security for

RNcosti cuts 0t slash

20'05loss in half

FROM page one
That's how keen we are monitoring our expens-
es going forward," the RND Holdings executive
said. "We're pretty happy with the way we're
trending. I think we're making strides in the
right direction."
Mr Donathan said that finding a buyer for
Gold's Gym had been one of the key tasks he
had been set by RND Holdings' Board of
Directors, and a sale was not a question of 'if'
but 'when'.
Acknowledging that Gold's Gym was start-
ing to become a "drag" on RND Holdings'
business, he added: "We've had several
inquiries. None have panned out to date, but
we're still actively looking for a buyer.
"Gold's is a fantastic opportunity for an
owner-operator, someone who's there hands-
on all the time, but it doesn't fit into a cor-
porate business model."
Mr Donathan said RND Holdings was
working on "several initiatives" to expand its
TicketXpress operation, having recently won
the contract to act as the Out Island Promo-
tions Board's exclusive call centre. It already
acted as an online reservation system for char-
ter operators such as Western Air; for pre-
paid wireless minutes for both GSM and
QuikCell; and in selling tickets to events and
RND's chief operating officer added that
the company had also achieved its goals of
"no more late reporting" of its financials, and
was targeting July 31 as the latest date when

it would release its 2006 first quarter figures.
Mr Donathan pointed out that that date
was just 60 days after the.quarter's end on
May 31, better than the "generally accepted
guideline" of 90 days after the period ends for
Bahamian public companies to file their quar-
terly statements.
RND had originally intended to file its 2006
first quarter figures by June 29, but Mr
Donathan said it had to shelve, those plans
because it coincided with the annual general
meeting (AGM) and work required to pre-
pare for that.
Mr Donathan said RND's annual report
for fiscal 2005 had been filed with the Secu-
rities Commission on May 31, 92 days after
year-end and better than the 120-day deadline
set in the Securities Industry Act 1999. The
AGM, he added, was held some 121 days
after year-end, better than the 180-day limit
set by the capital markets regulations.
Of his five main goals, Mr Donathan said
RND Holdings had achieved two through the
TicketXpress launch and improved report-
ing, the remaining three being the Gold's
Gym sale, reaching 'break even' within the
allotted timeframe and being able to declare
a dividend to shareholders within 24 months.
Mr Donathan said: "Our focus is to sta-
bilise the company, get it to at least a break
even or profitable point.
"I know it's been a long haul, particularly
for our shareholders. They've been patient
with us, and we're working diligently to turn
this company around."


this new indebtedness.
"This arrangement, which
was continued on the incorpo-
ration of the Bahamian fund,
can only have resulted in the
fund losing whatever opportu-
nity it had to obtain a lien or
other form of security on the
TSCs for repayment of the
.loans. Almost inevitably, [the
Breen entities] were unable to
repay their borrowings.
The Oracle Fund's Bahamian
auditors had raised questions
about the unsecured nature of
the Oracle Fund's Breen loans
as far back as January 7, 1997,
some three years before the
fund was placed in voluntary
liquidation, and more than two
years before the directors sus-
pended trading in its shares dur-
ing July 1999.
The auditors pointed out that
Breen was engaged in activities
other than investing in the TSCs
as required under the promis-
sory notes; the redemption
dates for various notes had been
extended; the notes were not
backed by collateral; and that
the Oracle Fund was "not prop-
erly managing the risk" and
would have insufficient liquid
resources to fund cash redemp-
tion requests.
In their lawsuit against Fortis,
the Oracle Fund liquidators
complained that the fund's
directors appointed by the
administrator had failed to act
on the auditor's concerns, caus-
ing the fund to lose out. They
also alleged that Fortis was neg-
ligent and breached its duty of
Meanwhile, in the separate
action directly concerning the
Court of Appeal, Fortis had
alleged that Seward & Kissel
had failed to advise them about
the fund manager's activities
that were "inimical to the inter-
ests of the fund".
Rafter, with the New York
law firm's aid, established an
Isle of Man company to which
the Oracle Fund loaned mon-
ey, and this was used to acquire
52 properties from Breen.
The Court of Appeal verdict
said: "The Oracle Fund claimed
this was a dishonest attempt to
satisfy the auditors that Breen
was able to repay the promis-
sory notes.
"Around the same time the
fund, contrary to its declared
investment policy, advanced
loans to a Bahamian company
called Guarnerius. These loans
were eventually repaid with
monies borrowed from Breen,
itself a borrower from the fund,
thereby reducing the assets of
Breen which were available for
repayments on the promissory
This led to Fortis's action
against Seward & Kissel, alleg-
ing that the New York law firm
failed to ensure the Oracle
Fund had proper security on the
funds loaned to Breen. The
company was also alleged to
have committed a "breach of
fiduciary duty" and had a "con-
flict of interest" through acting
for both the Oracle Fund and
However, Seward & Kissel
was successful in its appeal
against Fortis being permitted
to serve the third party order
on it, arguing that the claim did
not come under the Tortfeasors
Act 1995, and "the procedure
adopted by the judge was defec-
The Court of Appeal ruled
that the damage caused by Mr
Herman's and Seward &
Kissel's "breaches of duty of
care" were fundamentally dif-
ferent, and that committed by
the law firm was not the same as
what was required by section
three of the Tortfeasors Act.
And the court also ruled that
a claim could not be advanced,
under the Act, against Seward
& Kissel on grounds that the
law firm had a "conflict of inter-
est" or had common law liabil-
ity based on "breach of a fidu-
ciary duty of loyalty and good
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Court's order for service of
process on Seward & Kissel in
the US, the Court of Appeal
said the law firm was not a
"necessary and proper party"
to Fortis's claim against Mr
Herman, "as this would not.

involve a single investigation of
breaches of duty and care".
Fortis had also failed to
"make full and frank disclosure
of material facts" on the New
York company's role, and the
procedure adopted by Justice
Small was "contrary to prece-

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Hoyte vows to reclaim his

title after victory by Massie

Senior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH Johnny Hoyte
stood on the sidelines and
watched his Bahamas Cycling
Federation's national title slip
away from him, he has vowed to
take revenge on Johnathon
Massie went to Grand
Bahama and pulled off the fed-
eration's 80-mile Independence
Cycling Classic on Saturday as
Hoyte opted not to defend his
"I'm looking forward to rac-
ing against Johnny. He's a good
guy," said Hoyte, a native of
Grand Bahama, who has domi-
nated the national title, winning
it 11 out of the last 15 years.
"I wanted to defend my title,
but I wasn't quite ready because
I had a lot of work to do. So I
decided not to ride, but I will
wait until next month. I will be
ready to compete against him
Hoyte was referring to the
federation's annual Bertram
"Cowboy" Musgrove Memorial
Race, scneduled for August 21
and 22. The event is being orga-
nized by the son of the late long-
time president of the federation,
Barron "Turbo" Musgrove.
While he was disappointed
that Hoyte failed to show up at
the starting line to race at home,
he welcomed the opportunity
to compete against him in New
"With the nationals being
staged here (in Grand
Bahama), I really thought that
he would compete," said
Massie, who returned from
Colorado where he competed
with the RMCF, an elite team
of under-25 cyclists.
"I'm really disappointed that
he didn't compete, but if he
wants to come to Nassau to.
compete, I'll be ready. I think it
would be good to have us all
competing together. It will real-
ly determine who is the best."
Massie, who celebrated his
24th birthday on Friday, said it
would be good to have Lee
Farmer and Barron "Turbo"
Musgrove, the second and third
place finishers on Saturday,
among the other top cyslists
Although he didn't compete,

* IT was one champion to another as defending champion Johnny Hoyte (right) congratulates new champion Johnathon Massie
(left) at the BCF's National Independence Cycling Championships in Grand Bahama on Saturday
(Photo: Brent Stubbs)

Hoyte had nothing but praise
for Massie and admitted that if
the two meet, they will certain-
ly have their hands full.
"He rode an extremely good
race. If I was there, I don't

know if I would have made a
difference in the outcome,
based on my conditioning,"
Hoyte reflected.
"But I know, once I can get
back in shape, it's going to be a

tough race. I just hope that we
can meet in a race in New Prov-
idence. He has the title now, but
I will take it back next year."
Hoyte said this is not the first
time that he won the title, lost it

and regained it. He said he did
it three times before and each
time he relinquished it, he was
able to recapture it.
"I know I can win the'title
back again," he said.


Junior Sports
Tickets for the Colinaltn-
perial Central American
and Caribbean (CAC)
championships are seliltg
like "hotcakes".
Days before the biggest
regional championships,
track and field enthusiast
are flocking to the Coi-
nalmperial ticketing offices,
hoping to get a front row
seat of the championships.
Keith Major, vice-presi-
dent at Colinalmperial
Insurance limited, encour-
aged the public to come dut
and purchase their tickets
for the historic event.
He said: "We've won in
so many areas. There are lot
of persons who have come
on board, making this host-
ing of the Colinalmperial
CAC championships possi-
"First of all the level and
class of athletes coming to
the Bahamas and the
amount of athletes.
"We've had huge spon-
sors start out and others
come on board, but we still
need you, the Bahafnian
people, to come on stream.
"We would love to
encourage the general paib-
lic to come out and pur-
chase their tickets. Tickets
are going like crazy."
Do to the high demand
for tickets, the Colinalmpe-
rial offices are organizing a
promotional event, set for
this Friday at the J Whithey
Pinder building.
The event will start at
9am, and CAC parapherna-
lia will also be on sale at the
time. t

Rees pledges to

be back for

Olympics after

cancer scare

Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER a dismal showing
at his second Olympic Games
last year, Nicholas Rees went
through a dramatic decision
time after being diagnosed
with tesitcular cancer.
But rather than throwing in
the towel and walking away
from the swimming pool, Rees
abandoned plans of retire-
ment and is going through a
recovery period as he gears
up for his third Olympic
'Games in 2008.
."I really felt that the Lord
was speaking to me, telling me
that I really shouldn't retire
and give up on the sport," said
The 1999 graduate of Ohio
State,, where he left with the
second-fastest time in the
school's history in the 100
metre butterfly at 47.89 sec-
onds, said he realised that he
is not finished yet.
Rees,' who was the youngest
Bahamian to make an
Olympic team at his 2000
debut in Sydney, Australia at
the age of 17, has also repre-
sented the Bahamas at the
Pan American and World
But he is also hoping that he
can make his first Common-
wealth Games' team when he
start his training in August.

In March, Rees had surgery
to remove his right testicle,
and although he has been
advised to do another he
declined, because they had
recommended splitting his
"I decided to just do a fol-
low-up treatment, watching it
every month through CAT
scans and blood tests," he
said. "After taking the first
surgery, I really felt like the
Lord was speaking to me and
telling me I should continue
to push forward.
"It feel like I needed some
new motivation because all
through college, I was kind of
demotivated. But this has giv-
en me new motivation to
move forward, a new outlook
on life in general." .
At age 23, Rees is con-
vinced that he have the ability
to take swimming to the level
where it can be on par with
track and field on the inter-
national scene.
"I just have to put every-
thing into it and go after that
goal," he said.
Rees, who did not make the
top 16 at last year's Olympics,
said he was disappointed with
all of the problems he encoun-
tered getting to Athens.
But after being dignosed
with cancer in February, Rees
said he decided to continue
swimming when he learnt that

America's perennial Tour de
France kingpin Lance Arm-
strong had gone through the.
same thing and was still able
to win five straight titles.
"I was wondering if that
was an indication for me
because I wanted to know
'why this, why now?'" he said
about being bitten by the can-
cer bug.
This weekend was a diffi-
cult one for Rees, because he
did not get a chance to com-
pete in the Bahamas Swim-
ming Federation's Royal
Bank of Canada National
Swimming Championships at
the Betty Kelly Kenning
Aquatic Centre.
"I went on Friday, but I did-
n't go any other things to do,
so I really didn't see too much
of the meet," said Rees. He
added that he is still the hold-
er of the men's 50m butterfly
record, which was claimed to
have been broken by Jeremy
Knowles during the meet.
As he look forward to
returning to training, Rees is
planning on completing his
MBA in the University of
Miami's correspondent course
"Hopefully after that, I will
look at returning to Spain or
returning to Ohio State to
start training for the 2008
Olympics," said Rees about
his future plans.



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Sturrup achieves

the best l00m

time this year

Senior Sports Reporter

IT was just a matter of time
before sprinter Chandra Stur-
rup regained her old form. It
came yesterday at the Athletis-
sima 2005 in Lausanne, Switzer-
As she prepared to return
home from Europe on Thurs-
day for the Colinalmperial
Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships,
Sturrup clocked a world-lead-
ing time of 10.84 seconds to
erase the national mark of 10.86
she set here in 2000.
"I expected to run fast any-
time, anyday, but today was like
an off day. I really didn't think it
would come today," said Stur-
rup from her hotel room in Lau-
"That was probably why it
came, because I wasn't pres-
sured to go out there and run
fast. But I'm very happy about
it. It was a new national record."
In the continuation of her
fabulous comeback after an
injury-prone season last year,
Sturrup got off to a quick start
and she stayed out from
throughout the race.
Sturrup will be coming home
to contend for her first CAC
Championship medal.
"It was a fantastic time. It
showed that she's back," said
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations' public rela-
tions officer, Ralph McKinney.
"She's been at the top before
and she knows what it takes to
get back up there. She's been
working at it steadily. I know
she's happy with the time she
put down. It's just a matter of
working hard at it and as hard
as you can to get it going."
Sturrup beat American Lau-
ryn Williams, who ran 10.91,
and France's Christine Aaron,
who was third with 10.94. Stur-
rup also avenged her defeat by

Aaron on Friday at the Golden
League meet which was held in
Paris Saint-Denis.
While it was a good day for
Sturrup, Olympic quarter-mile
champion Tonique Williams-
Darling suffered her first loss
for the year when she clocked
50.14 for second place in the
women's 400m.
Jamaican-born American
Sanya Richards won the race
with 49.95.
Christine Amertil finished
third in 50.98, coming right
behind Williams-Darling for the
second time in as many meets -
the previous one being in Paris
"Sanya has been running very
good of late, but Tonique
knows that she won't see her
until the World Champi-
onships," McKinney noted. "So
she will make the relevent
adjustments for the World
Amertil's training partner,
Monique Hennagan, was fourth
with 51.20, and Jamaicans
Ronetta Smith and Lorraine
Fenton got fifth (52.72) and
sixth (53.18) respectively.


In the men's 400m, Chris
Brown came second in 45.02 as
he improved on his third place
finish and time at his last meet
in Paris Saint-Denis.
The race was won by the
American Olympic champion
Jeremy Wariner on 44.96.
American Tyree Washington
was third wih 45.37 and Der-
rick Brew was fourth with 45.50.
Jamaican Davian Clarke came
fifth on 45.66.
.McKinney said Brown has
shown tremendous improve-
ment, and that it would be inter-
esting to seehow well he
responded to the challenge this
weekend-as the silver medalist
from the last championships.


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Opening ceremony to celebrate Caribbean

Junior Sports Reporter
A COLOURFUL display to paint a vivid
picture of the culture and stories of the
Caribbean will be depicted during this year's
Colinalmperial Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) Championships.
Wanting to add a different twist to the
opening ceremony which will leave a lasting
impression on not only the Bahamian public
but the entire CAC region, the Colinalmpe-
rial CAC committee has organized a show
which they are calling "a memorial experi-
The ceremony will feature artists from the
region, who will perform various routines
from their native lands.
Each of the 34 countries participating in
the games is expected to be represented at the
opening ceremonies.
This cultural explosion will portray the his-
toric facts of how the Caribbean civilization
was created a civilization by the sea.
Chairhead Bernard Nottage anticipates the
opening ceremony to be a huge spectacular,
and the main event of the Colinalmperial
Most of the athletes will be accustomed to
the regular march past and a few comments
from dignitaries and officials.
"This is not a traditional ceremony," said
Nottage. "This ceremony will have the entire
Caribbean and their culture on display. This
in itself is a celebration of our independence.
"This is the kind of event that unites us as
a people, explaining how we are woven into
The opening ceremony was planned by
Nottage and Alpheus Finlayson two years
ago, with the initial planning coming on

stream last two weeks.
Nottage said that organizing the opening
ceremonies was an easy task, as it was just a
matter of contacting the correct persons and
companies to put it together.
Ensuring that the lighting, audio visual sup-
port and staging was correct, the Colinalm-
perial CAC committee contacted Andrew
Gardiner from Zamar Audiovisual.
The company, founded in 1985, signed on
as a silver partner for the event, and is respon-
sible for the maneuvering of all participants
and their equipments.
Producing the show will be Ian Strachan,
who is excited about his role. He said: "I've
never been involved in an event of this big
magnitude, but I am excited.
"We've got a lot planned. A lot can be
done in a ceremony that will 'expose the
Bahamian public to the culture of the
Caribbean as well as highlight our own artists.
"I am not going to take to much success for
the success that will come on Friday, but I will
like to thank those persons who are involved
in this marvellous show."
Coming to the stage will be Terror Fabu-
lous, Allison Hinds of Square-One, KB, Vis-
age, a steel band from Trinidad and Tobago,
a Salsa and a Marachi band, just to name'a
The opening will also narrate the story of
the many cultures which make up the
Caribbean and where these persons and dif-
ferent cultures migrated from.
Colours junkanoo group will provide all
junkanoo music at the ceremonies.
The theme song for the Colinalmperial
championships is It Ain' Over Til it Over.
This song was originally performed by St
Anne's choir, but will be dramatized by the
National Children's Choir and KB.

* DR Bernard Nottage, chairman of Colinalmperial CAC championship committee, Keith Major, vice-
president of Colinalmperial and Isaiah Taylor, director of Baha Men



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* THIS beautiful photograph by Roland Rose is featured in a one man exhibition, 'Summer Cloudburst and Retrospective', at the Central Bank Art Gallery. The exhibition features a collec-
tion of black and white photographs from the 1950s and a group of colour prints capturing a summer storm. See more photos from the exhibition on page 2.
(All exhibition photos courtesy of Roland Rose)

Roland Rose's retrospective

shows an artist and observer

WHEN photographer
Roland Rose swapped his har-
monica for an Ansto camera
with a schoolmate, he had no
way of knowing that it was
probably one of the most
important decisions he would
ever make.
He took his first photograph
with that camera, at the age of
13, and more than 50 years lat-,
er Rose is still taking pho-
tographs with the same curiosi-
ty of a schoolboy.
Some of those first pho-
tographs are part of a solo exhi-
bition of Rose's work, opening
tomorrow night at the Central
Bank Art Gallery on Market

"Summer Cloudburst and
Retrospective" is an interesting
juxtaposition of vintage and
modern, featuring 40-plus black
and white photos taken in the
1950s and more recent colour
digital prints.
It is divided into two sections,
and not only offers the viewer a
glimpse into Rose's impressive
portfolio of work, but a look at
two distinct sides of the pho-
tographer as observer and an
artist who has mastered his
Retrospective, selections
from Rose's beautiful black and
white photos, represents an
interesting narrative of day-to-
day life in Nassau, when Rose

Vintage and modern

photographs feature

in solo exhibition

was a young photographer at
the Bahamas News Bureau and
the island moved at a much
slower, more modest pace.
Images, like the six-part
"Lizzie Carry Basket on Head",
fishing boats overflowing with
Family Island wares, fruit and
vegetable stands, and strong
smiling faces, show Rose's abil-
ity to turn the mundane into the
beautiful. And the romantic
'"promotional" shot into some-
thing much more.
Although in black and white,
the photos are vibrant and cap-
ture the soul of its subjects in a
way that some colour pho-
tographs are unable to.
In the Summer Cloudburst
series, Rose's technical profi-
ciency is unmistakable. He
frames the beauty of nature that
most of us miss amid the hustle
and bustle of everyday life with
a vibrant narration of a sum-
mer storm.
While the images from this
series are more academic, they
are nonetheless wrapped in the
beauty and original approach
that Rose has become so well-

known for in the Bahamas.
Rose, born in italy to British
parents, moved to the Bahamas
with his family at the age of 10,
when his father, a horticulturist,
was hired to take care of the
estate of a very wealthy man on
what was then known as Hog

It was on Hog Island where
lie took some of his first pho-
tographs, of his family, and
where he was able to earn the
money to purchase his first cam-
It took Rose weeks to pay for
his first roll of film and pro-
cessing. And he recalls that
those first photographs were
"I was fascinated at that point
and I've never looked back,"
Rose told The Arts in an inter-
What hooked Rose was one
of those first photographs, a
shot of his family standing on
the rocks of Hog Island, under a
coconut tree. "If I ever saw it

* ROLAND ROSE at the Central Bank Art Gallery.
(Photo: Tim Aylen)

today I would think I must have
been crazy."
About a year later, at the age
of 14, Rose managed to save
enough money to buy a Kodak
camera from Sammy Toogood.
He religiously gave Mr Too-
good the 10 shillings a week he
earned taking labourers to and
from Nassau and Hog Island.
The camera was 14 and it

took him 28 weeks to pay for it
in full.
"I was probably the most dis-
gusting person the whole time,
because I knew (the camera)
was there, I knew he had it and
I knew I had paid for half of it,
but I couldn't have it," he
Not long after that, following
the trial and error that comes

with learning a new skill on
your own, Rose showed some
of his shots to Fred Maura, a
well-known photographer at the
time who worked on the
Bahamas New Bureau. Maura
was quite impressed.
Rose applied for a post at the

SEE page two

Roland Rose


FROM page one

Bahamas Development Board,
and when he "surprisingly" got
the job, he left Queen's College
and began a career as a profes-
sional photographer, at the age
of 15.
Most of Rose's experience in
the field included what was then
known as "hometown" photos,
used to promote the Bahamas
all over the United States. He
shot any and everything that
made the Bahamas look as
good as it could, and many
newsworthy events during his
30-year career with the BDB.
Along the way he developed
a reputation as a "renegade".
Rose would go where other
photographers wouldn't, allow-
ing him to capture images that
set him apart from others.

While most photographers
chose the safety of the press
boat during the then-popular
sailing regattas, Rose preferred
to board the competing vessels
and take shots from the view of
a sailor. It was from there that
he got some of his most power-
ful photos.
His fascination with and
appreciation for flowers had
much to do growing up with a
father who earned a living tend-
ing the gardens of wealthy men.
Most of the flower shots fea-
tured in the exhibition were tak-
en from, his own. garden,
although Rose admits he would
rather take photographs of
flowers than grow them.
Rose's list of .accomplish-

ments is long. He is one of the, $as well as in many local publi-
few photographers whose work "cations.
was chosen for the juried For a time, between 1980 and
National Exhibitions at the 1982, he went into business for
National Art Gallery of the himself, producing low budget
Bahamas. And his pictures have commercials for ZNS TV, but
appeared in newspapers and he still remained a photograph-
magazines all over the world, er of vision.
Rose, who has spent most of
his life in Nassau and travelling
'around the Bahamas (there are
only two Family Islands that he
has never visited Crooked
Island and Ragged Island), was
never formally trained as a pho-
.tographer, save for a few weeks-
long courses at the University of
Miami, 'which he took later in
his career.
;)He experimented in his dark-
..roomi on Hog Island, afi'd:
/" %learned from older photogra-
S phers on the job.
'"I taught n sel',"aii initfinlly
I did it all wrong, but you had to
live and learn," says Rose.
Rose keeps a darkroom at his
home near Orange Hill. And
while he hasn't used it in seven
-r years, he still recalls his fasci-
nation with "watching the
images appear".


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Rose says that what he likes
most about photography is the
freedom that comes with it.
His desire to stay on the cut-
ting edge has been a financial
challenge, he admits, but Rose
bhas embraced the digital age in
a way that few photographers
of his generation have.
'i,: He remembers, the unsure
"Idays before the single lens
reflex, and appreciates the ease
of storage that the digital age
now provides, given that it took
15 hours to clean up some of
the negatives used for this Cen-
tral Bank show.
Even today, Rose, an active
freelancer, says that he still feels
like he is always on assignment.
'"I am always looking for that
shot and could kick myself
when I see something but I
don't have my camera."

Happy Independence Day!

Wave Your Flag!!

Although times have changed
since Rose first started taking
photographs, even his more
recent images retain that tran-
quility and serenity of the

Rose was invited to stage the Bahamian people and its envi-
Summer Cloudburst and Ret- ronment.
rospective exhibition, his fourth, Summer Cloudburst and,
in commemoration of the 32nd Retrospective opens Thursday,
Anniversary of Independence, a July 7, 6pm at the Central Bank
fitting celebration of the Art Gallery.





Jerome Miller is

more than a mere talent


ADD a spa to the list of
venues banks, galleries, side
of the road, a college audito-
ritim, their homes, church
halls, schools in, which
Bahamian artists have been
showing their work.
: A curious visitor to the
Jerome Miller exhibition at
the Azure Spa in the Hilton
:complex, was told by the artist
that although self taught and
tutored by Joan Bethel, he
had been painting all of ,nine
Mr Miller's work however,
reflects his life-long career as a
designer and one of the better
known and leading Bahami-
an stylists. The level, of mas-
tery and inventiveness show
more than mere talent but a
Dedication to craft and under-
standing born of years of

The fact is whether the
medium is canvas, paper, the
human head, wood, bronze or
digital images, the worker has
to master the intricacies of the
craft and meet the challenges
as best he or she can.
Success and recognition
await those who put in the
time to learn and master their


chosen field. Mr Miller is one
such person.
The exhibition of 47 pieces
is memorable for its variety in
both subject matter and treat-
His first pieces are of tem-
perate zone landscapes clear-
ly an attempt at mastering
brushwork and application of.
pigment to the canvas.
Sunset is one of the more
accomplished pieces in this
early phase. The brushwork is
adept and captures the com-
plex palette of a setting sun's
The subtle brushwork and
the blend of yellows, reds,
blues create a surprisingly
well-rendered setting sky.
And it's here in this early
set of landscape paintings that
Mr Miller's many years of
bringing out a woman's
unique beauty through make-
up and styling is demonstrat-
A sense of colour, ease of
facility with the brush and an
appreciation of both his sub-
ject and materials are all
demonstrated in these early

As Antonious Roberts has
demonstrated, in his carvings
or Sue Katz Lightboum in her
collages, an established sensi-
bility along with a willingness
to discover something new will
pay dividends in the form of
growth and understanding for
the artist and exciting new
work for viewers and collec-
It is a testimony to Mr
Miller's popularity with a
clientele that has been estab-
lished and nurtured over a
long professional career that
43 of the pieces are from pri-
vate collections.
Unlike some artists who
find a grove and remain there-
in, Mr Miller says he is terri-
fied of getting stuck or of pre-
senting his work for public

"I have painted 100 pieces
but none of the more current
work, from 2004 and 2005 is in
this exhibition," excusing him-
self mniomentarly from attend-
ing one of his many clients.
He said the reason for not
showing his work publicly is
the prevalence of imitation.
"People copy your work as
soon as they see it," he said.
His brush work includes the
painterly as seen in pieces
such as the already mentioned
Sunset as well as The Garden
and Chalat as well as the Tor-
so series in which the brush
work in Mr Miller's words
"looks like airbrushing".
"I like these because getting
this effect was a challenge and
I think it worked and I got the'
effe nted," he said.
T ,-F' 'ere is what Mr
Miller calls raffia. He
described the technique, as
similar to but not stippling.
And Webster defines stippling
as painting, engraving or
drawing by means of dots or
small touches.
Mr Miller who has experi-
ence in crafts explains that the
technique he describes as raf-
fia is about colour and how it
is applied to the canvass.
"In trying to get the effect,"
he explains, "it is like cutting
raffia into small pieces and
then mixing them. I didn't
want to use the Junkanoo
technique that is used."
The result is a smooth sur-
face that gives the impression

of being gritty and textured.
The Closest Distance to Par-
adise, Sigh, Anguish, The Orb
and the "World's Cup Regat-
ta I, II and III are the best
examples of this technique.
The Closest Distance To
Paradise is an aerial view of
an island at the tip of the
Tongue of The Ocean. The
arc of the narrow island with
its craggy surface sits as a bar-
rier between the blue-black
depths of a seemingly bot-
tomless ocean a mottled reef
on one side and. the coral
white sand beneath an azure
From any perspective The
Orb is 'right side up'. The
Orb, a dark brooding piece, is
a hand with an orb. The
palette is dark and brooding
with highlights of muted reds,
yellows and greens that under-
score the painting's brooding

* THE ORB by Jerome Miller.

Mr Miller's work is also alle-
gorical. In his Regatta series,
the paintings are ostensibly
about racing and the boats are
Bahamian but there is no sign
of a crew.
The only evidence of a
human presence are the eyes.
Hidden in Regatta II and III
but dominates Regatta I.

Toni Morrison wrote a book
The Bluest Eye. In Turkey
one keeps away the evil eye
by wearing an amulet or neck-
lace with ".the blue eye". In
Regatta I a blue eye stares
banefully at what looks like a
Class C boat under full sail
moving diagonal across the
picture plane from top left to
bottom right.
It is as if the boat were at
once fleeing from and being
driven by the blue eye.

(Photos: C E Huggins)

One of the qualities of Mr
NMiller's raffia technique shows
up in the regatta series. The
application of the paint to the
surface creates an overall
impression of a work created
with crayons.
And interestingly enough a
raffia-like quality.
A spa thrives on subdued
lighting, which may not be the
best light in which to view
paintings, but in this case, giv-
en Mr Miller's palette, which
is dark and dense as opposed
to light and airy, the light
appears to be just right.
The exhibition remains until
July 30.
A visitor may not see all the
paintings for the spa is also a
business and' some paintings
are hanging in treatment
rooms, but a visitor will see
the paintings on the walls in
the reception areas and along
the corridors.

Free Week @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. NAGB is cele-
brating its second birthday by offering
Iree admission to the general public dur-
ing the week of July 5-9. Take this great
opportunity to bring your family and
friends to experience this important and
nique space. Gallery hours: Tue, We,
Ir, Sa 10am-4pm; Th 10am-6pm.

M Summer Cloudburst and Retrospec-
live featuring photographer Roland Rose
Zpens on Thursday, July 7 at 6pm at the
Central Bank of the Bahamas. This exhi-
lition is being held on the occasion of
Ihe 32nd Anniversay of independence of
the Bahamas.

| Wide Angle at the National Art
Gallery features Luimumba this Thurs-
4day, July 7 at 7.45pm. Lumumba is a
gripping political thriller that tells the
story of the legendary African leader
Patrice Emery Lumumba.
i Disscuants following the screening
include Dr Thaddeus McDondal of the
College of the Bahamas. This movie is
rated PG-13 and is brought to you by
the NAGB in. collaboration with the
School of English Studies at COB.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be
On sale.

The Play-Ground Project (pictured)
at the National Art Gallery continues
this Saturday.
1 This project, facilitated by NAGB edu-
4ation officer John Cox, is an opportu-
Oity for small groups of students and or
professional artists to collaborate on site-
specific installations on the NAGB

The first installation will be done fol-
lowing the style of contemporary Korean
artist Do-Ho Suh. The project is for par-
ticipants age 14 and older, and runs on
three consecutive Saturdays June 25,
July 2 and July 9-- from 10am 2pm.
Call 328-5800 for more information.

The National Collection @ the
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas,
an exhibition that takes the viewer on a
journey through the history of fine art in
the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces from ihe
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 Streets.
The exhibition is part of the NAGB's
Collector's Series. Call 328-5800 to book

The Awakening Landscape: The
Nassau Watercolours of Gaspard Le
Marchand Tupper, from the collection
of Orjan and Amanda Lindroth @ the
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.
The mid-nineteenth century paintings
that make up the exhibition are part of
one of the earliest suites of paintings of
Nassau and its environs.
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

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I W Parties, Nightclubs :
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Bahamas' 32nd Independence Celebrations:
Wednesday, July 6: National Arts Festival Dance and N
Drama at COB. Time: 7.30pm
Friday, July 8 (National Pride Day): All-Bahamian Con- e D a I
cert @ Arawak Cay. Featuring top Bahamian artists like FestiV.a .ai
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' IN honour of the Bahasmas' 32
Dancers; and a Youth Band Explosion, featuring the pendence, there are a series of eve
Pathfinders Band, Bain and Grants Town Band and the held which will awaken the spirit of
Church of God of Prophecy Youth Band. Also featuring a dence, through drama, dance and
performance'by Prophet Lawrence Rolle, followed by an Bahamian music..
Ecumenical service, inspection of uniformed officers, flag On Wednesday, July 6, the Col1e
raising ceremony and fireworks. Bahamas will present the National
Sunday, July 10 (Independence Day): Concert in Rawsons tival Dance and Drama,beginning
Square @ 4pm. Featuring: The National Youth Orches- If you Iwant to kick off your s
tra; the Bahamas Boys Band; The National Dance Coin- experience the vibrance of our cutu
pany; The National Children's Choir; C V Bethel High Hepburn and many others. This Al
School's Pop Band; the National Dance School; and Nation- is the perfect event to let loose, ini
al Youth Choir The fun does not end taherei.
Monday, July 11: People's Rush-out, from Paradise Island Come and bring in ependeein
Bridge to Arawak Cay, beginning at 4am. formances, from Liturgical dace by

Oliver in Ras Noah & the Hawk @ Our Lucaya in Freeport you enjoy the charisma ;of Prophet Lawrence Rolle, hi'
on Friday, July 15, 7pm, and @ The Rainforest Theatre, celebration, which will conclude with an Ecumenical as
Cable Beach on Saturday, July 16,7pm and 10pm. Gener- pendence Day will be brought in with the traditional f;
al admission $40 and VIP $50. Buy tickets at the Jukebox, On Independence Day, July 10, The National Youthl
Marathon Mall; The Seventeen Shop, Freeport; Original Company; The National Children's Choir; 'The CV Betl
Patties, Harrold Rd; and online, School and National Youth Choir will perform in a iCt

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club neon lights and Go Go dancers. Glow sticks for all in
Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring before midnight. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15
a female body painting extravaganza. Free body painting @ after; Guys $20 all night.
8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men free before
10 pm. Females free. There will be free food and hors Dicky Mo's @Cable Beach. H-appy Hour every Friday 3
d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.ixed drinks and $1 shots. Bahamian Night (Free
admission) every Saturday with live music from 8 pm to
Exotic Saturdays @ Fridays Soon Come starts with 3 for $10 idnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8 pm to midnight, $1
drink specials. Admission: $10 before midnight and $15 hots ad dinner specialsall night lng.
after. Ladies free before 11lpm.
RaveSaturdays Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinng the Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St
Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the kicks off Fridays at 6pm with deep house to hard house
best in Old Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and music, featuring CraigBOO Unkle Funky and Sworl'wide
drink. on the decks.

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, downtown, every Fri- Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco, Sandyport, from 4pm-
day. night. Admission $10 before midnight. First 50 women until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world beats.
get free champagne. First 50 men get a free Greycliff cigar.
Dress to impress. For VIP reservations call 356-4612. Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday
4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British Colonial Hotel..
Cool Runnings is back with a Conscious Party @ Hard
Rock Cafe, Charlotte St North every Friday. Classic reggae Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay
style music. Admission $10. Beach. Admission $10, ladies free.

Mellow Moods every Sunday @ Fluid Lounge and Night- Carib Scene @ Club Fluid, every Sunday. A night of
club, Bay St, featuring hits from yesterday old school Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours for all audiences.
reggae and rockers downstairs, and golden oldies upstairs. Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge: Old School Reggae and Soca
Admission: Free. Doors open 9pm. in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before 11pm. $10 after
11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink.
specials all night long, including karaoke warm-up drink to TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Sky-
get you started. Party from 8pm-until. line Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo
N with special guests on Thursday from 9pm midnight.
Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub. Begins
10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners selected as Vocalist The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David
of the Week $250 cash prize. Winner selected at end of Graham, Steve Holden. Tim Deal and Friends perform
month from finalists cash prize $1,000. Admission $10 with Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.
one free drink.:
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.
a -ree zumnessann nee -noIo-elos-f riesAnolnilHltn sur-a-husa 8n-1a

a free Guinness and there should be lots of prizes and sur-
prises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

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

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

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

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music
in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in the Main Lounge,

Sunday Night Interlude' @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge,
Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at
the key board in the After Dark Room every Sunday,
8:30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.

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

The Arts 1"

Free Week @ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.
NAGB is celebrating its second birthday by offering free
admission to the general public during the week of July 5-
9. Take this great opportunity to bring your family and

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W H A T 'S ON IN A D .0 N D A S S A U

M A I L 0 U TTI-I E r I

Tl r I B I. F N IV) E D I A N. E T

'ni .'. ,-, 1. i. 'lition arc part of one of the earliest suites
'. i of inlinf;s ti Nassaui anod its environs. Tupper was a
B 1' li ili iia officer stationed at Fort Charlotte in the
*v... :' l'Tic w"k' bsh"w a pr-nmodern Bahamas through the
Pi v li iii mcdiuni v' w'atercolour. Call 328-5800 to
r I : i'i' i A i.ii ix i ibil' iii closes' August 31, 2005.



E A -, Ai-. 7.;::, u.res.& 7ducation for Autism and related
friends to experience this imporlntii' a;; 'i il a iC!res ationfo Autis and related
Gallery hours: Te. We, F, i LOl 'ha',llc'ncs' n," is from 7p' 9pm the second Thursday of
Gallery hours:"Tue,VVe,'Fr.Sii IS a" '1'I lljiir'!;;! i "T
ab 1 i. n ii ;!e .cafletciof thoile BEC building, Blue Hill
Summer Cloudbuihst and t.elriop;it; ,i-i-t .u ii' i li,
tographe'r Roland Rose opens on liiiti.rsa: V. il E ; .. : *'r
at the Central B ank of the Bahiania IThisit''l i ') i ... .. i. ... *. .
being held on the occasion of the 32n1d Aunive;Iiy of inot 0 "1' ; meets Tuesday, 730pm @ C C
pe";dence of the Bahama s. .95 meets Tuesday, 7:30ps @ CC
pentdence of the Bahaimas. !.;,O, Scotit 'y 'ciaools mDinig Room, college Avenue off
Mos R';ond.' ( ,uib 947.7 meets Friday, 7pnm @ Bahamas
Wide Angle at the National A i''l '''' ,. ptisi uityC ego Rm A19, Jean St. Club 3956
Lumumba this Thursday, July 7 at : 'p. u ii c.ts ,utiscd. 730()pni @ British Colonial Hilton. Club
gripping political thriller that tells thi r;tory '1 lit'em .c, 1*(,()i 1 ladsT ida'. 8.30apo i SuperClubs Breezes. Club
endary African leader Patrice E r yct .;:1um ans'. l ,i i:si -idiv. ,pn@ The J W hitney Pinder Build-
cuants following the screening inci.!:'L. .)*adL.' .. .i j I 'i| .t' yve Club 437: meets every second, fourth
McDondal of the College of the Bi3iham;. This niov. i? rat-- i i'sd'y -. ti I J Whitney Pinder Building,
ed PG-13 and is brought to you by i'h. N i'. I m I oi!i .. b ,3. ': '3 .1'25 meets Monday 6pm @
ration with the School of Eniglish SHu dite.-i CC. iia0.1 '. .R Calie Beach. Club 753494 meets
sion is free. Refreshmrents will l i . iii fenlie Solomon's Building,
.. Cousteau 7343 meets every
Da Spot; a weekly comedy hov'. 1F.'- -... i., .i : 7.3it in "e Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh
on Bahamian life, with inpriov by a t,: l :.'-'i : .. iro,. Alare welcome.
The show is.held Tuesdays ,T ie Di,, as '
sion is $10, and tickets are sold at ii .,', ." : -ha '-"u-I'. Eta Psi Omega chapter
.A .A 0 -.i'.fer1,.coL'",csday, 6.3(01m @ the Eleuthera
Bold, an exhibition of paintings by .eRii kIis imi." tlin th W i dhif ani Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
at Azure Spa. British Colonial Hilton, runs thirou h J iilItv
Spa hours Mon'day-Saturday, 9am-6pim *1 Sii ilda ihnF i sa Frate-rnity meets every first Tuesday,
6pm. ... Gayy drs Rest.raint. Dowdeswell St. Please call
'5 42r37 :. *.-9 for i nore info.
The Playground Projetl, q oipportl'llity. fotri- l ',i!i: i
students and/or professiina! ariis il; il,]i iiar!i 0 .1 ',Oo ?. '' ; 'a' e.iiiy meets every second Tuesday,
specific installations o ill.he NAGB M ouris coii iuns '.;'n : A Ic Ho -c !BM Office. 4th floor meeting
Saturday, .July 9 @ the NAGB. The iiiial-ii ill tb .i P!!1. r0om.
done in the style' of contemporary !Korean :arti.t Dio-EHo 1
Suh, best known for lis .ntriiate scui : ih..i tdclf"y ;' i Om:;:. ianms Posn-HeHlenic Council (NPHC)
ventional notions of scale aud sitc-s-ci ci:',. h h ) .ii'i': metis cvti hi rdD Monday of the month in the Board
John Cox: Age group: .14 ye's and older, ('o:"'i (ir Po t Ioii oitf !i ilr itish Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.
bers) / $30 (non-nmembers) PiPrize inc.lde' 3 scssion (.uln
25, Jily 2 and July 9) Tinic: 1.0ai(t -2pmi1i c ,l!Si. d 'i moss;ir Ct1ine8. 5004!5 Kniights of Columbus meets the sec-
'dt ;i'.d foiDin Wednesdav of the month. 8pin @ St
The National Collection @ the I;Jationil Ai t Gal;:ry oi' I i 'i.i'.'nc: 'Aonestarv.

the Bahamas,-an exhibitin that takes th lic ci rv n
journey throu;.l ifhc history of fin e at iu h l -ii t!'ia.'.
features signature pieces from 1 t11 ; l;iA,.1.; ;.J l i '
including recent a acquisitions by tBluc C'ItIr' p.hiii
Roberts aind tDionrc Beinjauini-Smilt. U'al 3 .A:,,i0 lii1
book tomirs. This.uxlibii l closes iF bru!i rv 2: ., C> 'i.

Past, Present .and PIl',i 'w.Up %.:!' o
@ the National Art OGi,', ,i the l.:Da .. Ilta:
W est and W est Hill Stree l ,h :-.lh 'i i i ,
NAGB's Collector's Series. Call i' il l; I t ,
This exhibition closes August 31. 2(1(
The Awakening ,Land :scnpi 'Th T1 c ''n,:,a'.- .:i'. i ,, :
G aspard Le lMarcm n .i".i ,i''p" .. i '.
Orjan and Amanda Li;idrth 't' tli Nl;t ,' ii iiI ri ,
the Bahamas. Thd niid-.inetecnth century pai!(!' ihal

i :. i''y.';...- Koii55,ni, meels every second Friday of
ec' ':'hiii.l. a tpI at Einiwaus Centre at St Augustine's
o: v c i'I 'fo cail 325-1947 after 4pm.

;.'.;!1> ;ij.Sj ,.ociat ion of Adnministrative Profession-
:, i.: Ahaple meets the third Thursday of every
.. 'i i- It.lubs Breezes. Calble Beach. 6pm.

p' '. anish ciuh meets the third Friday of the
ii. 'li .\ 'I! oL'ttlrisi' Training Centre at 7pm in Room
i,4 diii' iv.we acaidemlic year. The group promotes the
S;;i'i ,lull''" ie :;tlnd c-ulture illn the community.

S. anId social events to The Tribune via fax:
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.'..,.' Hqospit.4 Disting'uished Lecture Series: Dr Willard
Tlhumpslon will hilk. aboit sports medicine injury,.pre-
vt in i it, ah t i.t drug use/abuse, and more on Thursday,
.,ly 21 6pi i hcr coit ferece room.

Te Cf w-'.fer S'"'y tofthe Bahamas mneets at 5.30pm on the lI.'ucsl;,v of each month at their Headquarters at
'.1si ,ri-:ave. 'jI'evillJe. Call 323-4482 for more info.

i M.',- itio S ,Imosis) lBahanmas meets the'third Monday
*evc Iiontlh, ':j0 Doctors Hospital conference room.
'i%, l:: ci ., C'i'#,e~ict A ssociathist meets every third Sat-
.uiria'iy. 2p''I,3',li. except A ugust and. December) @ the Nurs-
' "i.,,S l. .ros venor Close, Shirley Street.

O.cI, ui s;3' he official taining centre of the Amer-
icaii HIcarl ,'.;.:ciaition offers CPR classes certified by the
-A ,' ;i .defin~s the warning signs of respiratory
S :; preveslioi strategies to avoid sudden
i tb .; i' ,iind aftd the most common serious injuries
:Jin' hii; :itn can occ i .in adults, infants and children.
SrIl.'l Ai, classes are offered every third Saturday
of [.ie ijonuti f0on 9ainI pin. Contact a Doctors Hospital
unity aiing Representative at 302-4732 for more
t ,iornt iid i leani' io save a life today.




of Da Spot

D a Spot is back,
and you know
what that
means; pre-
pare to hide
your face in shame, 'cause all
your business is up on stage.
Or, you could just settle back
and share the laughs with the
rest of the audience.
After all, you and your
lifestyle are being made fun of,
but the cast is ribbing every-
one else, too including them-
After a six-month break
since its Christmas show, Da
Spot is back with weekly forays
into the so-ridiculous-you-just-
gatta-make-fun-of-it world of
unpredictable jitneys, money-
hungry churches, unreliable
BEC, and other prized treats
from everyday Bahamian life.
The show, a Thoughtkatcher
production, premiered last
week Tuesday at the Dundas,
with a new venue, new cast,
and new characters.
The evening's first joke was
on the organisers; easing the
tension of a late-starting open-
ing night show, Cleveland
'Anku' Eneas III told the audi-
ence, "We just keepin' it
Bahafiian we don't want you
say 'dis ain no Bahamian show'
- we startin late!"
Doubling as emcee and actor
in most of the skits, Anku and
his crew of improv actors

switched character successfully,
moving from church scenes to
rows between a lazy boyfriend
and his none-too-wise girl, then
tuning to talk radio and parad-
ing into the pews of a foot-
shaking, demon-expelling, give-
change-for-Jesus (an actual
song, at least onstage) church.
Crowd pleasers included the
penultimate skit of "Issues In
The Way", which featured a
rather crazed-looking puppet
(designed and played by Jason
Evans), glorying in a lengthy
name that neatly abbreviates
to "Not B, not S, but BS-For-
Other new characters to look
out for this summer include bus
driver Rufus, and Raider-Boy,
whose 'occupation needs no fur-
ther explanation.
New cast members like Can-
daclyn 'Candy' Brown slipped
perfectly into Da Spot's trick
of capturing everyday life and
exaggerating it for laughs.
Amongst the characters she
played were a shoe-wielding
mamma and a slipper-dragging
jungaless who refuses to give
up her watch in a bank robbery
(because, as she told the thief,
"my boyfriend gimmie dis, you
wan' me can' go home?") *
Then there was a visit to
church, complete with the pas-
tor who suggests a sick girl vis-
iting from Acklins return

0 YOU have to laugh with these comedians.
(The Tribune archive photo)

another week if she wanted
healing (that day was cast-out-
demons day, not cure-the-sick
day). Star performances in that
skit included Moya Thompson,
a hat-wearing handkerchief-
fanning, foot-stomping, spirit-
catching church matron who
executed an impressive one-
foot hop to indicate her wor-
shipping fervor.
And let's not forget Leah
Eneas, who captured the spirit,
postures and gesturing of an
old-style churchy deaconess,
replete with references to a
recent fundraising barbecue "in
the courtyard, aka the parking
lot" where "Burn Babylon
Brownies" were served.
While organisers say fans will
get to see Da Spot staples like
the Guinness-swilling pair of
ghettofabulous pals Braquee-
sha, played by Kyra Fraiser,
and Shaquelle, played by Leah
Eneas, the mostly-new cast will
mean new characters, new
themes, and subtle shifts in
Joining Da Spot originals
like Kyra, Jason, Anku, Leah,
and producer Garth "Sekani"
Nash are newcomers like Jodi
Nicholson, Mark Daniels, Seli-
na Roberts, Kendal Nesbitt,
Alia Campbell, Kyeshon
Lafleir, Kerri Lafleir, Keno
Thurston, Moya Thompson,
Renee Caesar and Candaclyn
While some of the new mem-
bers have some experience
with drama clubs, it's mostly a
"fresh group", says Anku.
"They just have a feel for it
and they're pretty much just
going off their instinct," he
explains. "We're not asking for
you to be anybody else, we're
just asking for you to bring out
those elements inside of you
that you couldn't do in the road
'cause people'll think you
crazy. But you could do it
Just .how crazy? Crazy
enough to get together an
improv skit from the first topic
suggested by an audience mem-
ber. The first show featured an
on-the-spot portrayal of A Day
In The House Of Assembly.
For the evening's finale, Anku
invited those in the front row to
call out a theme for the cast to
improvise. When someone
hollered out 'A Day in the
House of Assembly!' the lights
dimmed, the MC vanished, and
a few minutes later, the cur-
tains swished open and the
crew executed a funny por-
trayal of the pompous, the
slackers, and the please-fight-
with-me politicians.
"We want people to actually
appreciate the fact that we do

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(The Tribune archive photo)

have ability to improv. We say
it all the time, and it could be
suggested that 'well, you know,
they practice all the time, so
they have time to really get
things in order, which we do,
which is important. But what
practice is, is more a practice in
chemistry. If I know how one
of my partners is thinking, then
we kind of feed off each other,"
says Anku, who points out that
the improv section also gives
the crowd a chance to partici-
pate in the creative process.
While the cast is adjusting to
a new venue The Dundas, in
place of King and Knights in
previous years organisers are

hoping the young crowd will
accordingly get a younger audi-
ence interested in theatre and
culture. Over the summer,
expect to see: musical perfor-
mances and poetry added to
the lineup, although
Thoughtkatcher's band Spoken
Tonz probably won't be fea-
tured this year.
So to unwind at the end of a
hot summer day, Da Spot is
definitely recommended. After
all, unlike a movie, it provides
homegrown laughs, is more
socially relevant, and, if you're
tempted to shout, out at the
stage or cat-call comments and
clap at key points, you won't
be asked to leave.
In fact, it's actually encour-
aged. And who knows, you

might find yourself up onstage
next season.
"There's a lot of talented
people out there who are just
bored they're literally bored,
they don't have an outlet so
they just let it go to waste,"
says Anku.
"We want to encourage peo-
ple we don't want to own the
process of reviving culture, we
just want to inject some life
into it."
. Da Spot plays every Tues-
day until August 30, 8pm to
11pm at The Dundas. Admis-
sion is $10, and tickets are sold
at the door.

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