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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: July 13, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 101 No.190 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2005 PRICE 500

Murder: arrests made

Investigations Tragic end for horse after colisiOn Witnesses
int ocgi've evidence
into officer's at double

shooting going

'extremely well'

Tribune Staff Reporter
DUE to the "phenomenal"
public response to the murder
of officer Henry Curry III,
police say they are confident
that charges will be brought
against several suspects by the
end of the week.

Tribune Staff Reporter
TROPICAL storm Emi-
ly is threatening to become
the season's second hurri-
cane by the end of the week
as, it approaches the
Local forecasters are
warning that the Bahamas
could experience a direct hit
if there is any change in the
high pressure that is cur-
rently influencing the stor-
m's path.
Emily became the sea-
SEE page 11

Press Liaison officer Chief
Superintendent Hulan Hanna
told The Tribune yesterday
that police have arrested a
number of suspects. Howev-
er, he could not say how many
would face charges.
"Shortly after the incident
one of the suspects turned
himself in to the police, and
further investigations then led
to the arrest of others. We
expect them to be arraigned
by the end of this work week,
the number of those to be
arraigned, however, is still up
in the air," he said.
Praising the public for its
co-operation, Mr Hanna said
that people were "extremely
generous with the information
they were giving to police."
"Because of their help our
investigations are going
extremely well, the police are
very satisfied," he said.
Mr Hanna said it seems the
public has "finally gotten the
message" that police are there
to help and that cases get
solved quicker when all par-
ties cooperate.
On Saturday morning 29-
year-old Henry Curry III
became the country's twenty-
second murder victim of the

SEE page 11

* DR SOLOMON KWAKYE of the Bahamas Humane Society tends to 'Rippit' at
the scene of an accident on Market Street yesterday afternoon. It is believed that the
horse collided head on with a large pick up truck after she was spooked by a loud noise.

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murder trial
A NEW jury in the case of
double murder accused Henry
Hugh Smith heard evidence
from three prosecution wit-
nesses yesterday as the trial
started for the third time in the
Supreme Court.
Smith is accused of the 2000
double shooting deaths of his
estranged wife, Terah Smith,
and her friend, Larr Fernan-
' deFer aderL so*each
The case was adjourned by
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall in
early June when a court bailiff
revealed that there was a prob-
lem with one of the jurors.
Dr Philip Davis, self
employed dentist and a resident
of Love Beach, took the stand
yesterday as a witness for the
SEE page 11

Man dies
after being
hit by truck
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 38-YEAR-OLD father of
three became the country's thir-
ty-second traffic fatality after
he was hit by a truck on Spanish
Wells Monday afternoon.
This fatality, along with two
other traffic deaths that
occurred on Saturday and Mon-
day, marred the otherwise
crime-free Independence holi-
day weekend, police said.
At around noon on Monday,
Michel Jean Baptiste of Russell
Island, Spanish Wells, was rid-
ing a bicycle down a hill on 29th
Street when he collided with a
1998 Chevrolet S10 truck trav-
elling East on South Bay Street.
Martina Pinder, wife of the
truck's owner Gunther Pinder,
was driving the vehicle at the
time of the collision.
Mr Baptiste sustained severe
head injuries and was immedi-
ately transported to the local
clinic where doctors attempted
to save his life.
The attempts failed, however,
SEE page 11

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OVER the past week- tion of a grounded Hait-
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Royal Bahamas ern end of New Provi-
Defence Force detained dence.
a total of 44 Haitian The patrol vessel
nationals suspected of HMBS P-41 was dis-
attempting to land in the patched, and the search
Bahamas illegally. party discovered a 60-
Around 4pm on Sat- foot Haitian sloop just
urday, Defence Force off Athol Island.
marines assigned to the Marines reportedly dis-
Harbour Patrol Unit covered 41 Haitians on
HMBS P-41 discovered the island and trans- .
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on Athol Island. Defence Force facility
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ly brought into the Har- All of the migrants
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Council claims CSME decision 'will hinder CARICOM progress'
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr by COHA research associate have rejected CARICOM's eco- Owen Arthur declared that the
Chief Reporter Anita Joseph and published yes- nomic integration efforts, but rest of the CARICOM nations
terday, claimed that without the Prime Minister Perry Christie's would implement the provisions
THE Bahamas' decision not support from the region's administration had signaled a of the CSME by December.
to join the Caribbean Single wealthiest economy, the CSME change in this policy," Ms Joseph Mr Archer said CARICOM
Market and Economy (CSME) would be "fatally hobbled". said. will progress as it did before and
will hinder the progress of "The effectiveness of the The organisation acknowl- the Bahamas will still be rele-
CARICOM, said the Washing- CSME is dubious, since the edged the efforts made by For- vant to the regional bloc.

ton based Council on Hemi-
spheric Affairs.
The council was commenting
on the Bahamas' rejection of the
Revised Treaty Chaguaramas,
which provides for the creation
of the CSME, at a CARICOM
Heads of Government summit
in St Lucia this month.
However, Bahamian Ambas-
sador to CARICOM Leonard
Archer said the statement makes
the Bahamas appear more
important than it is in relation
to the establishment of the
"It would be smaller than it is
economically, but with out the
Bahamas the CSME can still go
- it just would have been bet-
ter," said Mr Archer. ,
The comment by Council on
Hemispheric Affairs, prepared

Bahamas' abstention, arguably
though it might be beneficial to
the country itself, undermines
the efforts for unified economic
prospects for the rest of the
Caribbean Community," the
comment said. .
The organisation said that the
unanimous ratification of the
CSME without the participation
of the Bahamas will likely pro-
duce a net economic gain for the
"Although the majority of
Bahamian citizens are not con-
vinced it would benefit their
country, some of their leaders
worked to implement the policy
regardless of.public opinion.
"The Bahamas historically

eign Minister Fred Mitchell in
"(Mr Mitchell) barnstormed
a CSME public relations tour as
if he were President Bush talking
up social security," the council
Mr Mitchell communicated to
the Caribbean heads of govern-
ment at their annual meeting in
St Lucia on July 3-7, that the
national debate in the Bahamas
had been stopped on the ques-
tion of the Revised Treaty and
that the country is unable to go
any further.
He then announced to the
Bahamian public that the heads
of CARICOM countries said the
existing relationship between the
Bahamas and CARICOM can
continue unchanged.
Barbadian Prime Minister

He said that thus far, he is not
aware of any hard feelings being
expressed by members of the
community because of the'
Bahamas' decision.
"That does not mean that
there isn't any. Some aspects of
the treaty are being provision-
ally applied which will bring the
single market into being and our
position does not stop them from
doing that," said Mr Archer.



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Minister 'not

responsible for

pitch damage'

Chief Reporter
THE workmen who damaged
the Winton Rugby Association
pitch and sprinkler system while
removing bleachers should not
have done so.
Youth, Sports and Culture
Minister Neville Wisdom yes-
terday distanced himself from
the damage, and pledged to
take "whatever steps are nec-
essary to bring a level of com-
fort back to the association".
As reported by The Tribune,
on Tuesday, members of the
Rugby Association are upset at
the that was damage done to
the Winton field and sprinkler
system when government work-
ers came to remove bleachers
from the area.
The Winton rugby club
recently spent $75,000 preparing
the complex for the Northern
Caribbean World Cup 2007
qualifying round, which was
held in June.
The Bahamas, which hosted
the games, won the round.
According to association
members, a few weeks ago the
gate of the rugby pitch was lift-
ed from its hinges to allow a
large truck, a crane and six men
onto the field to load 10 bleach-
er sections onto a flat bed.

Said Mr Wisdom yesterday:
"The president of the rugby
association and I met last week
and we have always had a cor-
dial relationship with them and
I told him that I certainly did
not give anyone permission to
remove bleachers."


He said that persons who
were collecting bleachers in
order to place them in the Tom-
my Robinson Stadium for the
CAC games went to the rugby
pitch and moved the seating
without proper permission from
the persons who owned the
"I have asked that the per-
manent secretary to prepare a
report and once I have read the
report and seen what the full
facts are, I will take whatever
steps are necessary to bring a
level of comfort back to the
"I am so concerned that
something like this would
have happened that anyone
would go to a facility like
this and remove bleachers in
fact, to apparently break the
lock off and move bleachers,"
he said.
A member of the association

said no one made any arrange-
ments to borrow the bleacher
sections, three of which did not
belong to the pitch.
Club members said that $600
had recently been spent to put
up new gates and $25,000 on
wells and a sprinkler system.
The remainder of the $75,000
had been spent to upgrade the
whole complex to accommodate
international matches, which
included fertilising and grass-
ing the field, putting up new
posts, a new score board and
enlarging the pavilion.
One player said that govern-
ment promised to lend the club
some bleachers for the impor-
tant June qualifying match.
However, the bleachers never
Mr Wisdom said that his min-
istry will continue to support
rugby. "I have found that they
are one of the most organised
and co-operative organisations
and have asked for very, very
minimal government assistance
and that is one reason I feel
really bad.
"We encourage and will con-
tinue to encourage all sports
because a society that is inter-
ested in sports is much less
inclined towards civil disobedi-
ence, and healthier," said Mr

Union agreement signed

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER negotiating for more
than ten years, the Air Traffic
Controllers Union finally signed
an industrial agreement with
government yesterday.
The contract, signed at the
Ministry of Labour, includes a
ipackage worth $1.7 million.
Everyone taking part in yes-
terday's event described it as
Transport and Aviation Min-
ister Glenys Hanna- Martin said
the process was lengthy in part
because it was disrupted by the
change in government in 2002.
She said the agreement was
further complicated by fact that
it has public service and finan-
cial implications, which forced

the government to engage the
input of a number of technical
The five-year contract, which
benefits more than 70 air traffic
controllers, will apply retroac-
tively to 2003, and will be valid
until 2008.
It includes a salary package
which represents a more than 20
per cent increase for most staff.
Mrs Hanna-Martin added
that the contract makes provi-
sions for her ministry to
research and establish a Civil
Aviation Authority, which
would improve working condi-
tions for air traffic controllers.
A recreation room is to be
built for controllers to in relax
during breaks.
"We are moving along, expe-
ditiously to set up the authority,

which is a provision included in
the contract, so this is the begin-
ning of an overhaul in civil avi-
Public Service Minister Fred
Mitchell said yesterday's con-
tract signing was a tribute to the
perseverance of the controllers.
And Labour Minister Vin-
cent Peet described the signing
as "a red letter day", noting that
of all the industrial agreements
he has been a part of, this one
will stand out because of the
patience and commitment of
the union.
The president of the Air Traf-
fic Controllers Union, Roscoe
Perpall said: "Today the Air
Traffic Union has arrived, after
what is perhaps the longest
industrial agreement in history.
Today is a new beginning."

Tribune Staff Reporter
RUSTY water with a very
pungent odor has been "the
order of the day" for a frus-
trated Winton Meadows fami-
ly for more than a year.
Despite several complaints.
to the Water and Sewerage
Corporation, the family of six,
including two young children,
say they continue to struggle to
complete common household
chores and maintain hygiene
on a daily basis.
Saddened that their plight
has "rested on deaf ears at the
Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration," the family came to
The Tribune offices yesterday,
carrying a five-gallon bottle
containing dark brown water,
which they say proves that the
problem does exist.
"We complained before and
they did nothing about it," said
the homeowners.
The family claims they were
informed by the corporation
that filters were installed in the
water lines, but say it appears

Tribune Freeport
financial losses at the Isle of
Capri have forced manage-
ment to lay off 45 front-line
workers and managers at the
Grand Bahama casino.
With reported fiscal losses
of $2.4 million, management
is now seeking a reduction
in government casino tax
rates to help mitigate
It has been reported that
$6 million is owed by the
Capri in casino taxes.
The layoffs come at the
time when thousands of
hotel workers are still unem-
ployed due to the closure of
the Royal Oasis Resort fol-
lowing last year's hurricanes.
Capri general manager
Eddie Llambias could not be
reached for comments up to
press time.
The casino, which opened
in 2003, employed more than
300 workers.
It has been speculated that
further layoffs are on the
horizon and the company
hopes government will con-
sider its proposal for a
reduced tax rate structure.

* THE water sample

that the department over-
looked the line to their home.
The residents said, that
although their water may clear
up for a week or so, it always
returns to the former rusty
"Sometimes the water

would be a dark brown colour
and when it begins to improve
it turns yellow and then finally
an off-white colour," said one
family member.
Last month, the family
noticed that in addition to the
discolouration, the water
became increasingly pungent,
"almost to the point that you
cannot bear to wash your body
with it or brush your teeth. I
mean, the scent is just terri-
ble," said the family member.
The family also contends
that their clothes are being
ruined by the rusty water.
"We have not washed light-
coloured clothes here in quite
a while, because when you do,
it appears as though someone
drew a tea bag in the water.
We don't even attempt to
wash white clothes either,
because everything would be
The residents say the incon-
venience of not having clean
water is even more vexing,
"because we are paying such
high water bills for a very poor
quality service."

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EDITOR, The Tribune
OVER ihe past weeks we
have heard a considerable
amount of anti-development
opinions which seem irrational
.if not worse, uneducated.-
The benchmark for incentives
offered to resort developments
was clearly drafted, executed
by the Government led by the
Hubert Ingraham when they
agreed with Kerzner Interna-
tional and signed off for Phase I
of Atlantis August 18 1993.
The FNM did not give any-
one anything more than the
incentives contained in this
agreement through to 2002 and
since 2002, under the Govern-
ment of Perry Christie not one
single additional concession has
been given.
It is interesting that the FNM
included in the agreements that
if the government ever gave
more concessions, Kerzner,
would also receive those addi-
tional concessions.
I feel it Would be a very posi-
tive educational process if those
- who seemingly oppose every-
thing will be given an exclusive
experience of being present
when a potential major investor
comes along and makes their
presentation to Government.
This first hand experience might
open the narrow focus of these
professional objectors to where
they will finally recognise and
be able to write in a more edu-
cated manner cognisant and
understanding to causing ratio-
nal development rather than
slam-dunking every proposal.
-Letg ffythlii PM?
It has been said before -
with virtually a total reliance on
non-Bahamian investment for
job creation, we had better
accept certain fundamentals
that the Bahamas is just anoth-
er locale where a potential
investor could domicile his
The sensational headlines to
sell newspapers with absolute
no regards to the potential neg-
ative impact such a headline will
have on interests of foreign
investors has to be a considera-
tion however it seems today all
our newspapers are trying to
write the most sensational head-
line, disregarding its accuracy,
to sell more newspapers with
no regard to the consequences.
.. Suggest -they improve their -
content with so few newspa-
pers being sold daily it says one
of two things: we cannot read,
or the content of the newspa-
pers is not interesting.
If we corporately create for
ourselves an international image

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where there is a perceived seri-
ous caution as things in the
Bahamas can go considerably
sour if the objectors decide you
are on their radar then we are
shooting ourselves. The unso-
cial consequences will cause
many Bahamians to leave as
crime will rule.
On the government side there
must be caution as to their
process or lack of as perception
that there is no transparency,
rational consultation and logic
then government has failed.
Coloured pins all over the
islands scare the professional
objectors as their mind-set is to
retain the Bahamas in a vacuum
and a status quo where things
will remain the same. Spouting
off might be the worst approach
as when the projects do not turn
the ground haven't you got egg
all over your face?
A recent letter-writer hit the
nail on the head when chal-
lenging these objectors to roll
up their sleeves and commit to

keep places like Clifton Whylly
Estate clean and presentable,
not like it is overgrown and
unsightly. Will these do-good-
ers, professional objectors step
Time will tell, but certainly
the Clifton fight is over three
years old and they have not as
yet as it seems they like the
sound of their voices and the
high profile and high of being
on television and the radio.
You can fool around with the
unemployed numbers there
are no less than 12 per cent cur-
rently unemployed and by 2007,
election time, even with Atlantis
phase 3 and the other coloured
pins there will be still 20,000
You see, no one has looked
at the consequences of young
people having babies by the
hundreds that when they get to
17 years they must find employ-
ment. We will have at least a
further 15-20 years that 4,000+
will leave our school system
looking for work few retire-
ments aggrieve the whole scene.
June 23 2005

Less honourable

in the House

EDITOR, The Tribune
THERE is no doubt that
over the years the behaviour
in the House of Parliament
of elected MPs has been far
from correct and appropriate
for this once "Honourable
Clearly few of this Hon-
ourable House qualify to be
called or take the title of
"honourable", and unless the
Honourable Speaker takes
hold of the worsening situa-
tion, I suggest things are
going to worsen over the
coming weeks and months in
the lead up to the next elec-
If misbehaviour in Parlia-
ment is going to be the mea-
sure as to whether the Oppo-
sition is doing its business,
then we really are heading
for a long hot period 'til 2007.
It is unacceptable for any MP
to defy the Speaker and chal-
lenge the Speaker well I am
not withdrawing, you know
what you have to do! (Hubert
Ingraham this week in the
Budget Debate).
Then the gesture of the
FNM leader in the House,
Brent Symonette, with the
copy of the Rules of the

House only to offer an apol-
ogy after the fact sorry Mr.
Symonette, this is not parlia-
mentary behaviour and clear-
ly indicates that you do hnot
hliave the stuff to be evei con-o
sidered as a Prime Minister
- you have no respect for the
authority of the House of
Parliament, sir. Mr Symon-
ette, were you not a member
of the Committee that wrote-
the new updated rules, and
weren't the new rules adopt-
ed by the House unanimous-
Between Hubert Ingraham,
Brent Symonette and Allyson
Maynard-Gibson and others
throwing mud around the
once honourable House, I,
wonder whether the speaker
needs an attitude adjuster to
discipline these people?
I am ashamed that our rep-
resentatives think that this is
the kind of behaviour that
should be carried on in par-
Hoping more will get
annoyed enough to speak up
and chastise the offending
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Nassau, Bahamas


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Ministry concern

at rumours of

Bahamas being

'unsafe' to visit

TOURISM chiefs are increasingly wor-
ried about the Bahamas being viewed as
an unsafe travel destination for American
Basil Smith, director of communications
at the Ministry of Tourism, said that the
ministry is anxious about the affect of recent
bad international publicity on the number
of people coming to visit the Bahamas.
Most recently The St Petersburg Times, a
Florida based newspaper, recently pub-
lished: an article comparing the Bahamas'
nightlife to the nightlife surrounding the
Natalee Holloway case in Aruba. It referred
to resort destinations like the Bahamas as
being popular among the under-21 set offer-
ing "gorgeous beaches, crystal-clear water
and no-holds-barred partying".
In addition, a Florida resident has posted
complains about her travel experiences to
the Bahamas on the Travel Troubles por-
tion of
Nancy Miller, the Florida resident, com-
plained of $640, jewellery and a cell phone
being stolen from her hotel room at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino. Ms Miller was not present at
the time of the theft, but the sliding glass
door of her room had been left unlocked.
The US State Department warns visitors
to the Bahamas to always have doors
locked and to "never leave valuables unat-
tended, especially on beaches." Visitors are
also advised to store passports and other
identification, along with airline tickets,
credit cards and extra cash in hotel safes.
Mr Smith said that issues of this sort are
a raising concern for the Bahamas.
"We don't believe that the Bahamas
deserves to be considered as unsafe," he
said. "We are one of the safest places in
the hemisphere and should be noted as
The Ministry of Tourism is encouraging
the public to be more concerned about
issues such as this.
"People all over the world have access to
the Internet, and anyone including the
media can read stories and messages such as
this in a second. We have to remember that
not all publicity is good publicity," Mr Smith
"We ask that anyone who is working in
the industry report suspicious behavior,
and beware of purchasing or selling stolen
goods. We also ask the public to be more
vigilant because public vigilance is a major
assistance for the police force," he said.
"We are extremely concerned about the
image things like this portray, and I do not
think it is fair for international mediums
or persons to say that'the Bahamas is less
than careful, or unsafe."

Minister apologises

after public unable

to watch CAC games --

THE Minister of Youth, Culture
and Sport has apologised to the Bah-
mian people after ZNS was unable to
screen footage of the CAC champi-
onship sat the weekend.
The failure of the CAC organising
committee to reach a compromise with
ZNS meant that Bahamians could not
watch their sporting heroes compete
According to a ZNS representative,
a meeting between CAC and ZNS
officials to discuss terms for live broad-
cast of the championships, which were
held in New Providence over Inde-
pendence weekend, proved to be
ZNS deputy general manager for
news Carlton Smith spoke with The
Tribune after several members of the
public complained about ZNS' fail-
ure to show Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling's gold medal race on Saturday.
Mr Smith said that the organising
committee for CAC had decided that
they did not want live coverage to be
broadcast without a charge as it would
have had a financial impact on the
He said the event organisers felt
that they had a financial obligation to
ensure the games were profitable and
live coverage would infringe upon
"Although the issue could not be
resolved, ZNS was allowed to provide
limited coverage as our representa-
tives were on location" Mr Smith said.
Youth Sports and Culture Minister
Neville Wisdom told The Tribune he
"became particularly concerned when
he heard that ZNS was prohibited
from live broadcast".
"I was also interested because the
taxpayers in Nassau and on the Fam-
ily Islands had invested so much mon-
ey into the championships, but the
organisers expressed concerns that
live coverage may have caused prob-
lems in regards to attendance" he said.
Mr Wisdom pointed that it would
have been inappropriate for govern-
ment to dictate to the organising com-
mittee, with whom a contractual

* YOUTH Sports and Culture Minister Neville Wisdom

agreement had been concluded.
"I apologise to the Bahamian peo-
ple. I did all I could by way of request"
he said.
"Up until the 11th hour I tried to
see if something could be worked out,
if even on a time delay basis".
The minister said he hoped that a
taped package of the CAC.champi-

onship would be made available to
the public in on New Providence and
in the Family Islands.
"In the future, part of the govern-
ment negotiations will take television
into consideration" Mr Wisdom said.
Only 102.9 FM gained the rights to
broadcast the CAC championships

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Inquest into traffic death

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE inquest into the 2002
traffic death of a 60-year-old
man began yesterday with tes-
timony from one of the first
police officers to arrive at the
Heard by a five-woman, two-
hman jury, the inquest into the
death of Basil Benson Darville
-was presided over by Coroner
William Campbell.
, Mr Darville died after an
accident on Solider Road in the
area of Kelly's Warehouse on
'October 20 2002 at around
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of Charles Drive.
Following the accident Mr
Darville was transported to
Doctors Hospital where he lat-
er succumbed to his injuries.
According to Sergeant John-
son, Mr Darville came to rest
59 feet from the scene of the
accident and was almost carried
that distance on the hood of the
station wagon.
The front windshield of the
car was damaged and covered
with red stains (allegedly
blood), the front of the car was
sunk in, and the left bumper
was slightly damaged.
The speed limit on Solider
Road, according to Sergeant
Johnson, is 30 miles per hour.
However, Mr Hall was calcu-
lated to have been driving at
roughly 42.9 miles per hour, or
62 feet per second.

The victim's wife, Cybil
Darville took the stand next, to
get her account of the accident
and where her husband had
been standing at the time it
Sitting in her car, Ms Darville
said she watched her husband
inspecting his two-storey apart-
ment complex under construc-
tion opposite the Kelly's Ware-
house before looking away and
then hearing a loud "bang".
Mrs Darville said her hus-
band was three to four paces
from the building when she
looked away.
Woman Inspector Althea
Porter was prosecuting for the
Crown and Attorney Cheyl
Whyms was representing Mr
The case has been adjourned
to July 25.


Resident's fury

at excavation

by workmen

THE Independence holiday
was ruined for a group of
Bahamians when tractors
descended on their community,
claimed a resident.
According to Rupert Mox-
ey, at around 9am on Monday,
Kim's Crescent was "rudely"
awakened when heavy duty
tractors and bulldozers stormed
into the small neighbourhood
off Balliou Hill road.
He said the construction
workers began kicking up
dust and making excessive
noise as they excavated a
nearby hill.
In April, 1999, Mr Moxey
confronted construction work-
ers as they were tearing down
part of the same hill before
building houses on the site.
"It is happening again,"
Moxey complained. "We could
not even enjoy the Indepen-

dence day holiday.
"It's just a mess, I could not
even enjoy the day because of
the noise and activities that
were taking place outside my
"This is hazardous to the
neighbourhood and the place
just looks dirty," Mr Moxey
He said the tractors "woke
me up in the morning and they
did not leave until five in the
afternoon. Something needs to
be done with this.
A construction worker at the
site told The Tribune yesterday
that they were cutting away at
the hill so that the newly built
home next to it could have
more yard space.
An attempt was made to
contact the Lands and Surveys
Department for more informa-
tion late yesterday afternoon,
but no one was available for
comment up to press time.


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Francis: Freeport

is economic future

of the Bahamas

Tribune Freeport
Bahama Port Authority chair-
man and CEO Julian Francis is
touting Freeport as the eco-
nomic future of the Bahamas.
He said what the visionaries
in the Port Authority have
been able to achieve in
Freeport is "incredible" and
represents a major achieve-
ment for Grand Bahama.
"Over the years I have been
convinced that Freeport eco-
nomically is the future of the
Bahamas. So when the oppor-
tunity for me came to be here
at the Port Authority at the
centre of development of
Freeport, which is in my opin-
ion the centre of the Bahamian
economy in the future, it was
what we called a no brainer,"
said Mr Francis.
The late chairman Edward
St George had introduced Mr
Francis to Freeport several
years ago, and invited the for-
mer governor of the Central
Bank to join the Port Authori-
ty prior to his death last year.
"I think he was a genius,"
Mr Francis told The Tribune
in a recent interview. "He was

Henrietta St George and Mr
St George's partner, Sir Jack
"Freeport is getting too big
for one man to be responsible
for its very existence. I think
that a major economic enter-
prise like the Port needs more
structure once somebody like
him leaves the scene," he
Mr Francis said he believes
that the one of the major
achievements for Freeport is
the container port project at
Lucayan Harbour.
"That is an ingenious project
to have caused to come here.
And I think this is an example
of the kinds of projects which
represent a major achievement
for Grand Bahama."
In addition to the industrial
sector, Mr Francis said there is
potential for further develop-
ment of the commercial sector
of Freeport.
He revealed that efforts are
being made to attract offshore
banks and an international
telecommunications company
to Freeport.
"I am totally convinced that
when some of them see what
Freeport really represents,
some of them will not even go
back on the plane," he said.

passionate about Freeport and
the fact that he is no longer
here represents as major loss
for the Bahamas."
As the new CEO of the
largest private entity in

Freeport, Mr Francis is not at
all concerned with trying to fill
Mr St George's shoes, but
rather with bringing new ideas
to the management team, com-
prised of co-chairman Lady

Man charged

with having

unlawful sex

with girl, 13

Tribune Staff Reporter
A NINETEEN-year-old
man was charged in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday with
unlawful sexual intercourse.
It was alleged that some-
time in February, Reno
Antonio Arnette had unlaw-
ful sexual intercourse with
a 13-year-old girl.
The accused was not
required to enter a plea and
bail was set at $10,000 with
two sureties.
The case was adjourned
to September 15.
In other court news, two
Hawkins Hill men appeared
in court on fraud charges.
Adrian Collie, 43, and
Kent Adderley, 39, faced
charges of forgery, uttering a
forged document and
attempted fraud by false
It was alleged that on July
8, the pair being concerned
together intended to
defraud Lightbourne

Marine by means of a
forged Caribbean Towing
Company Limited cheque
for $2,259.20.
Collie was also charged
with stealing the cheque
from Caribbean Towing,
and both men were charged
with uttering the cheque.
They pleaded not guilty
to all charges and bail was
set at $5,000 with two
sureties for each man.
The case was adjourned
to September 14.
Emmanuel Hepburn, 28,
of Lucky Heart Corner, was
not required to enter a plea
on the charge of armed rob-
It was alleged that on July
9, Hepburn robbed Seuck
Chea of $250, cash with a
He was remanded to Fox
Hill Prison and the case was
adjourned to September 14
for a preliminary inquiry.

A GROUP of public school
students are experiencing the
.. thrill of sailing thanks to the
Bahamas Sailing Association
And other supporters.'
Hosted by the Nassau Yacht
Club, the first National Sailing
School brought together stu-
dents from three public schools
in a fun-filled and educational
.summer programme.
Besides keeping restless
....youngsters busy during the hot
summer months, organisers say
441 ithe programme builds self
__ esteem and discipline that can
contribute to the children's'
growth and maturity.
c"It was awesome. I was in
the boat that won," said 12-
year-old Shequille Dean.
Shequille and seven other
DW Davis Junior High stu-
dents are the first group of stu-
dents to take part in the ongo-
Sing summer programme.
"I like the adventure. I
...learned how to tack and I
learned the different parts of
the boat.
"I learned that when you're
S......... sailing upwind you have to pull
your sail in, you have to zig-
0 SHANE STUBBS (left) and Wesley Poitier take turns at the tiller as they get acquainted with a zag and when you're sailing
sailboat under the National Sailing School programme. downwind you have to let your
(Photos: Alastair Knowles) sail out to catch the breeze,'


Shequille said.
If it weren't for sailing,
Shane Stubbs, 13, said he
would be home watching TV
and playing video games. ;.
Arlington Turnquest, 13,
said he loves sailing around
buoys and learning how to tack
and jibe.
His schoolmates Leroy
Sweeting, Wenzel Knowles,
Edwin Thompson, Wesley
Poitier and Gerzario Ander-
sen are equally enthusiastic.
. The first National Sailing
School was founded by the
Bahamas Sailing Association
(BSA) last November to fur-
ther develop amateur sailing
in the Bahamas.
BSA spokesman Jimmie
Lowe says sailing is the
Bahamas' national sport and
Bahamians from every walk of
life should have a chance to
experience it.
"A youngster from Bain
Town should have the same
opportunity to sail as a young-
ster from Eastern Road,"
Lowe, a world class sailor, said.
The junior sailors all from
diverse backgrounds meet at
the Nassau Yacht Club every
morning to prepare for a day of
instruction and sailing.
The Yacht Club donated its
facilities for the first 12 months
of the programme and the

Royal Nassau Sailing Club has
pledged their support.
The young sailors are using
Optimist dinghies small sin-
gle handed boats which are
sailed in over 110 countries by
150,000 young people.
In September, it's anticipat-
ed that 45 'Optis' will sail in
the first ever Optimist Junior
National Championships in
Montagu Bay.
The programme started 18
months ago and already, there
are Bahamian junior sailors
who have won international
regattas on their very first
Eventually, BSA wants to
see sailing incorporated in the
public school curriculum with
programmes in the Family
BSA's initial capital invest-
ment in the programme, which
consisted of 18 Optimists, gear
and annual operating costs
totalled more than $100,000.
Thanks to the generosity of
sponsors, BSA has already
secured $40,000 in funding:
It's seeking to raise an addi-
tional $70,000.
The International Optimist
Dinghy Association has donat-
ed three 'Optis' and the Minis-
ter of Sports arranged to waive
duty on the craft.

M I LO VE THIS Gerzario Anderson is all smiles as the wind
powers his Optimist across the sea.

* GRAND Bahama Port Authority
chairman and CEO Julian Francis

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AFTER several widely pub-
licised shark attacks off the
Florida coast this summer, a
Bahamas-based shark expert
may have discovered an effec-
tive method of repelling the
According to a report by
NBC South Carolina affiliate
channel WIS10, University of
Miami researcher Dr Sonny
Gruber, who carries out under-
water studies in Bimini, has dis-
covered that sharks detest the
scent of rotting shark carcass-
"And so we, have been
extracting certain moieties and
chemicals out of these dead car-
casses, purifying them and test-
ing them on those Caribbean
Reef sharks ... and it worked, it
worked very well."
The report, which was posted
on the WIS website,
said: "Sharks blasted with the
repellent quickly flee."
The repellent may reportedly
serve a number of uses, from
protecting swimmers from
attacks to guarding navy sub-
marine equipment, which
sharks reportedly enjoy chewing
Dr Gruber said the repellent
may also be used to protect the
sharks themselves.
According to the report,
every year 100 million sharks
are killed; experts say many of
these deaths are due to fisher-
men accidentally catching the
sharks, which are attracted to
the bait used to catch swordfish
or tuna.
To prevent this from occur-
ring, the bait can be saturated in
shark repellent, which could
deter sharks from inadvertently
harming themselves.
"If I can protect those bait
from sharks biting them, but the
fishes bite them, I can save
40,000 to 50,000 sharks a day,"
said Dr Gruber.
The company marketing the
repellent says that it may be
available by as early as next

Priest who devoted life

to the Bahamas dies

Father Silvan Bromen-
shenkel, OSB, died July 8 at
the retirement centre of Saint
John's Abbey. Funeral services
will be held at 3.30 pm tomor-
row in Saint John's Abbey
Church with interment in the
abbey cemetery.
A prayer service and wake
will be held today at 7 pm in
the abbey church.
Alvin Nicholas, the third of
nine children;., was born
November 20, 1915, in Sauk
Centre, Minnesota, to Alex J.
and Theresia (Unger)
Bromenshenkel. In 1933 he
was graduated from high
school in Sauk Centre. He then
worked on the family farm and
in a retail dairy business for six
Alvin recalls clearly his first
face-to-face encounter with
Abbot Alcuin Deutsch, OSB,
in the spring of 1939.
"I had pictured abbots as
being a bit mysterious and
medieval. So there I was, a 24-
year-old farmer from the
hometown of Sinclair Lewis,
asking Abbot Alcuin if Saint
John's would consider accept-
ing me as a priesthood student.
My voice was a little shaky, but
so was the abbot's head.
"I discovered later Abbot
Alcuin's head always began to
shake a little when he was
either amused or annoyed. I
had been in his office only
about five minutes, but I felt
perfectly at home. His reply:
'Well, we'll give you a try. You
have a brother here who will
soon begin his novitiate; but
don't get the idea you're going
to slide in on his credentials.'"
So it was that Alvin enrolled
at Saint John's University,
intending to follow his younger
brother, Fintan, into monastic
life at the abbey. Following his
sophomore year of college he
entered the novitiate, and
Abbot Alcuin gave him the
monastic name of Silvan.
Silvan completed his theo-
logical studies and was

ordained to the priesthood on
June 15, 1947. Despite the fact
that he volunteered to go to
the Abbey's mission in Puerto
Rico, Abbot Alcuin sent Sil-
van to the Bahamas where he
spent forty-seven years among
the people of the islands and
the monks of Saint
Augustine's. He served Saint
Augustine's Monastery and
College and the Diocese of
Nassau as teacher, pastor,
director of oblates, writer,
administrator, editor and
He was happy to spend the
whole time of his active priest-
hood there since he found the
Bahamians he met to be "gra-
cious, gentle, kind and hos-
pitable people." His only time.
away from the islands was used
to continue his studies. He
spent a semester at The
Catholic University of Ameri-
ca in Washington DC, a semes-
ter in Rome and a scholastic
year at Mount St. Benedict in


Father Silvan taught for nine
years at Saint Augustine's Col-
lege and then became rector
of St Francis Xavier Cathedral
parish. He was named Acting
Chancellor of the diocese and
was in office from 1956 to 1960.
From 1960 to 1963 he was
pastor of the Seven Mission
Church at North Andros. In
August 1963, Silvan was
appointed prior of Saint
Augustine's Monastery to suc-
ceed his beloved mentor, Prior
Frederic Frey, OSB.
When Saint Augustine's
Monastery became an inde-
pendent priory in 1967, Father
Silvan returned to pastoral
work in parishes in Nassau and
the Family Islands. His mission
work was diverse and far-flung:
pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in
Nassau from 1967 to 1969; pas-
tor of St. Vincent de Paul
Parish in Grand Bahama from

* FATHER Silvan Bromenshenkel

1969 to 1970; assistant pastor of
St. Joseph's Parish 1970 to
1972; pastor of St. Cecilia
Parish from 1972 to 1975; pas-
tor of Resurrection Church
1975 to 1976; pastor of Holy
Family Church 1976 to 1980;
and pastor of Our Lady's
parish 1980 to 1984.
Silvan returned to St.
Augustine's to teach religion
classes from 1985 to 1987, and
was pastor of San Salvador
Missions, from 1988 to 1989.


From 1990 to 1995 he was
responsible for the upkeep of
the monastery as well as week-
end pastoral work. When Bish-
op Burke acquired an aero-
plane for the diocese, Father
Silvan accompanied a small
group each Saturday when

Brother Barry Gearman, OSB,
piloted the priests, deacons,
and sisters to the various
islands for Sunday services.
Father Silvan was the found-
ing and faithful editor of
Bahama Benedictine, a peri-
odic newsletter that was sent
to friends and benefactors of
the monastery. He also served
the community as archivist and
director of oblates.
After a full life of pastoral
work for the people of the
Bahamas, Father Silvan
returned to Saint John's Abbey
in 1995.
After declining health
Father Silvan died peacefully
at Collegeville on Friday, July
8, 2005. He is survived by his
brothers and sister: Father Fin-
tan, OSB, of Collegeville, Mr.
Vern Bromen of Sauk Centre
and Mrs. Teresa (Patty) Knier
of Clear Lake.

Meeting on immigration

Protect Your PC Week!

CIVIL Society Bahamas will
hold a town meeting this,
evening on the topic of immi-
gration and its effect on a devel-
oping Bahamas.
The meeting will be held at
the Hotel Training College lec-
ture hall and will begin at 8pm.
Speakers for the event
include Christian Council

president Rev William
Thompson, Labour and Immi-
gration Minister Vincent Peet,
Leader of the Opposition
Tommy Turnquest, CDR
leader Bernard Nottage, for-
mer minister in the first PLP
government Lofts Roker, for-
mer MP Dr Elwood Donald-
son and noted constitutional

lawyer Maurice Glinton.
Members of the public from
throughout the Bahamas are
invited to attend and make their
views heard.
At the end of the meeting a
consensus will be formed and a
paper presented government
with the recommendations from
the public.

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pleaded not guilty to posses-
sion of dangerous drugs with
the intent .to supply yester-
It was alleged that
Kendrick Lafleur, 31, was
found in possession of a
quantity of Indian Hemp on
July 8 at Lowe Sound,
He was granted $10,000
bail with two sureties and
told to appear in court on
February 6, 2006.
In the meantime, the
accused was ordered to
report to the Nicholls Town
police station every Friday
before 6pm.
Sean Knowles. 18, of
Samson Street, Nassau Vil-
lage, pleaded guilty to pos-
session of Indian hemp.
He pleaded not guilty to
the additional charge of pos-
sessing the drugs with the
intent to supply them to
He was sentenced to pay a
fine of $500 or spend six
months in prison.
Kevin Tynes, 27, plead-
ed not guilty to possessing
Indian hemp.
He was allegedly found
with the drugs on July 7.
Bail was set at $1,500 with
one surety and the case was
adjourned to February 2,
Dennis Darville, 32, was
charged with being found in
possession of a quantity of
cocaine on July 11.
He pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was remand-
ed to Fox Hill Prison for two
The case was adjourned to
July, 26.
Terrance Bodie, 24, of
Malcolm Allotment pleaded
guilty to possession of indian
He was sentenced to pay a
fine of $250 or spend three
months in prison.
Marvin Davis, 27. of
East Street pleaded guilty to
possession of Indian Hemp.
He was sentenced to pay a
fine of $250 or spend three
months in prison.

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The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for
the provision of repairs and replacements to office and power station buildings
as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office, Blue
Hill & Tucker Roads, by contacting:-

Mrs Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 15 July 2005 by 4:30 p.m. and
addressed as follows:

The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 587/05




Why there are questions we should

be asking about Venezuela oil deal

deal with the
Bahamas and 12 Caribbean
nations, including Cuba, raises
more questions than it answers.
With Venezuelan oil cur-
rently priced at an average of
about $40 a barrel (compared
to about $60 for benchmark
North Sea oil), the deal would
let us finance 30 per cent of our
$100 million-a-year fuel bill over
15 years at only 2 per cent inter-
If the price rises above $50 a
barrel, the interest rate drops
to 1 per cent and the amount
that could be financed goes up
to 40 per cent over 25 years. If
the price hits $100, we would
be able to finance half of our
oil bill.
Barbados and Trinidad
turned this offer down, for polit-
ical and commercial reasons.
Trinidad said its own oil indus-
try could be put at a competitive
disadvantage. Barbados was
concerned about Venezuela's
effort to link the region to a
political and trade pact sepa-
rate from the US-backed Free
Trade Area of the Americas.
But just like Foreign Min-
ister Fred Mitchell on the
CSME Trade Minister Leslie
Miller can see no downside for
the Bahamas to the Petrocaribe
accord, despite the fact that no
impact study has been under-
Once again we are just going
with the flow, ostensibly in the
interest of lower gas prices. But
Venezuelan oil minister Rafael
Ramirez says there are no dis-
counts: "This is the market
price. What we have here are
more flexible financing condi-

T he Petrocaribe deal is
a fiery mix of econom-
ics and politics, and the poten-
tial hazards are even harder to
grasp than our proposed mem-
bership in the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy was.

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What is clear is that the gov-
ernment is not being overly
helpful, which means that it
either hasn't thought the matter
through, or is hiding the issues.
According to President Hugo
Chavez, Venezuela's state oil
company PDVSA will set
up a subsidiary, based in Cuba,
to transport oil around the
region in Venezuelan tankers.
But only state companies will
be able to buy from this Petro-
caribe distributor.
That means the Bahamas
will have to create a new public
bureaucracy to take advantage
of the Petrocaribe agreement -
something for which the gov-

vice? Transportation, refining
and storage add about 50 per
cent to the wholesale cost of
fuel. And then there is the retail
And there is also the ques-

The Petrocaribe deal is a fiery
mix of economics and politics,
and the potential hazards are
even harder to grasp than our
proposed membership in the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy was. What is clear is
that the government is not
being overly helpful, which
means that it either hasn't
thought the matter through, or
is hiding the issues.

ernment has allocated a token
$40,000 in its most recent bud-
"The agreement is vague on
many points and tells only half
the story," one analyst told
Tough Call recently.
"The oil will be bought by a
government agency which will
act as the wholesaler/middle-
man just as Shell, Esso and Tex-
aco act now. How much will
that agency charge for its ser-

tion of whether the multina-
tional oil companies will be
shut out of the market alto-
gether. That is a clear objec-
tive of the Chavez regime,
which wants to reduce Ameri-
can influence in Latin America
and the Caribbean to set up a
new socialist bloc with Cuba.
In fact, the Petrocaribe agree-
ment calls for political curbs
on free enterprise in the

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A ccording to Dr
Michael Weinstein of
Purdue University in the United
States, "with the exception of
Cuban President Fidel Castro,
with whom he cultivates friend-
ly ties, Chavez is the only Latin
American leader who stands for
a model of development that
deviates significantly from the
broad Western consensus on
market democracy."
Oil is the basis of Chavez's
power. His fortunes changed
dramatically as the price of oil
began its recent rise, and gen-
eral economic conditions in
Venezuela improved. Now his
regime is spending oil revenues
on social programmes, a mili-
tary build-up and a variety of
diplomatic initiatives like Petro-
The Venezuelans told
reporters in Caracas last month
that "preliminary studies" show
oil prices might fall by up to $6
a barrel in the region, if third-
party companies like Shell, Esso
and Texaco were cut out by the
Petrocaribe deal. There is even
talk of a regional fuel retail
brand, but it is unclear just how
this will play in the Bahamas.
"All our gas stations are tied
by lease or sales contract to one
of the big three oil companies,"
a local analyst said. "Who will
they be tied to in future? The
government? Will the govern-
ment .buy from the big three
their heavy assets such as ter-
minals at Clifton Pier? And at
what cost? These assets are very
maintenance intensive and car-
ry high operating costs.
"What about the important
fuel sales to the aviation indus-
try? Will the multinational com-
panies be interested in continu-
ing if they are shut out from the
gas station business? Or will
Venezuela take over this aspect
too a prospect that may not
make international airlines hap-
py, since they often have world-
wide fuel contracts."

O thers say the
Bahamas has special
leverage because of the moth-
balled BORCO refinery on
Grand Bahama, which is owned
by PDVSA. This facility is cur-
rently used only as a storage
and transhipment terminal, but
it could be re-commissioned as
part of the Petrocaribe deal.
Refineries must be specially

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configured to process Venezue-
lan heavy crude, and BORCO
was set up to do this before it
closed in 1985 during a world.
oil glut. A barrel of Venezuelan
crude yields about 65 per cent
finished products such as gaso-
line and kerosene (compared
to 95 per cent for Saudi light
crude). But getting that 65 per
cent requires expensive and
complex refining equipment.
Venezuela is OPEC's third-
largest producer. It already had
preferential deals with several
countries in the region under
the 1980 San Josd Accord.
Venezuela and Mexico supplied
11 Caribbean and Central
American nations with subsi-
dized oil under this programme.
And more recently, the Cara-
cas Accord provided oil on con-
cessionary terms to the Domini-
can Republic and Cuba.

For various political and
economic reasons, the
Bahamas was never a part of
these arrangements. In the past,
Venezuela's foreign policy
opposed Cuban communism.
Now, Cuba is a key ally and both
Chavez and Castro are working
to build an anti-American front

Every major
nation is
under increas-
ing pressure
to maximize
its share of
the available
energy supply

within the region something
that has been helped along by
Washington's preoccupation
with Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, in a kind of mini cold
war, the United States is seek-
ing to contain Chavez, who was
described by US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice earlier
this year as a "negative influ-
ence" in the hemisphere. And
Chavez has threatened to cut
off oil exports to the US if
Washington moves against him.
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to the Petrocaribe document we
just signed.
According to the Venezuelan
opposition (,
"Chavez is making Caribbean
states an offer they can't refuse.
The real price will be high, how-
ever. And with the potential
threat of a Venezuelan oil cutoff
which actually 'happened t&o
the Dominican Republic riot
long ago over a different dis-
pute there's some unusual
pressure ahead."

A nd that leads to
another big question
about the Petrocaribe deal -
security of supply. As one ana-
lyst put it: "We will be relying
on deliveries from a single
source. What if physical prob-
lems or political turmoil curtails
production there (as it has in
the past)? The multinational oil
companies produce and refine
in many countries.
"What about reliability and
efficiency of deliveries? The
multinationals have been in this
business a long time. Can we
be certain of the distribution
capabilities of Venezuela, which
is mainly a producer selling to
wholesale refiners and distribu-
tors? In the best of circum-
stances, there are likely to be
temporary shortages and dislo-

To conclude this analy-
sis, we must look at the
wider context of petroleum pol-
itics. Recently, former US sec-
retary of state Henry Kissinger
pointed out that control of glob-
al energy resources was the cen-
tral "geopolitical game" of our
"The amount of energy is
finite, up to now in relation to
demand, and competition for
access to energy can become
the life and death for many soci-
eties," he said. And many other
expertsagree. .I I :
"." thikr that flie B'ishi
administration is seeking to
undermine Chavez, and I'm
sure they're working on that
night and day," says Professor
Michael Klare of Hampshire
College in Massachusetts, who
is sympathetic to Chavez.
Meanwhile, the US wvith
only 5 per cent of the wqrld'S
population consumes 25 pa
cent of global oil output, and is
the biggest oil importer.
Venezuela currently supplies
about 15 per cent of that'*sei
ingly insatiable demaina~>'

ome experts believe that
the "final scramble"' fr
oil has already begun. Accord-
ing to one newspaper account:
"Never has the competitive pur-
suit of untapped oil and gas
reserves been so acute, and nev-
er has so much money as well as
diplomatic and military muscle
been deployed in the contest to
win control over major foreigh
stockpiles of energy."
That's because the global
supply of energy is not growing
fast enough to keep up with
soaring demand, particularly
from China, India and the Unit-
ed States. And the Organisation
of Petroleum Exporting Coun-
tries has already warned that it
will be unable to meet demand
projections in 10-15 years.

With prices rising all
over the world and
serious shortages in the offing,
every major consuming nation is
under increasing pressure to
maximize its share of the avail-
able energy supply. Inevitably,
these pressures will pit one state
against another in the competi-
tive pursuit of oil and natural gas.
So that is the geopolitical
environment we find ourselves
in today. But despite the many
complex and dangerous factors
at play here, we have heard next
to nothing from our govern-
ment other than simplistic dia-
tribes against "profiteering".
In the meantime, we are
waiting to hear from a special
advisory committee the gov-
ernment appointed recently to
review fuel usage and pricing
policies. This body includes for-
mer Shell Bahamas executive
Vincent Coleby, consultant
Gerry Wirth, and independent
MP Pierre Dupuch.
Their report is expected soon.

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the Lesser Antilles. Current Center Location 11.1 N 52.8 W
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"very likely" that Emily will become a hurricane by Thursday. orecast Center Positions
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the computer models, then the storm will pass near the southeast S Sustained wind 39-73 mph
Bahamas on Sunday," he said..Potential Day 1 3 Track Area
Mr Dean explained that as long as the high pressure system Potential Day -5 Track Area
over the Atlantic remains strong, Tropical Storm Emily will follow Hurricane Warning
a track similar to that of Hurricane Dennis, passing the Bahamas Hurricane Watch
and bringing only moderate winds and rain...N-a
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. "mean that we will experience a more direct hit. We now have to iiiical Storm Watch
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Dr Davis said it was shortly
before 4am when he heard what
sounded like seven or eight gun-
shots coming from the direction
of an area known as the Garden
of Eden, just northeast of his
Dr Davis said that following
the gunshots there was a period
of quiet.
At that time, he said, he ven-
tured onto his patio when he
heard a vehicle start. He then
saw a car reverse out of the
Garden of Eden. He said that
the vehicle sped past his home
and continued to accelerate. Dr
Davis told the jury that the
vehicle was a red or burgundy
coloured hatch-back type car.
The newly selected jury of
nine women and three men had
also heard evidence from
Sergeant Eucol Bonaby, a pho-
tographer in the Scenes of
Crime Division, as well as
Detective constable 527 Evans.
Sergeant Bonaby told the
jury that on Friday, July 21,


give evidence
2000 he went to the scene of a
double murder at the Garden
of Eden west, located at Love
Beach. He said he took a total
of 35 photographs, which
included the bodies of a
deceased male and female as
well as missiles and several
spent bullet cartridges. Sergeant
Bonaby said that on Monday,
July 24,2000 he reported to the
morgue at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital where he took
10 photos of the same bodies,
which were identified as Larry
Fernander and Terah Smith.
The photos, which had been put
in an album, were submitted as
evidence by the prosecution and
Sergeant Bonaby following the
instructions of prosecutor
Jacquelyn Foster, who directed
the jury through the photos.
Smith, who is charged with
two counts of murder, is repre-
sented by lawyer Murrio
Ducille. Jacquelyn Foster is

Murder: arrests made

FROM page one

According to police reports, Mr Curry, an officer in the Drug
Enforcement Unit's strike force, was off-duty when he was
shot repeatedly outside the OK Bar on East Street north.

FROM page one Man hit

and at 3.40pm Mr Baptiste
was officially pronounced
According to residents of
Spanish Wells, Mr Baptiste
has three children who live in
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, press liaison offi-
cer Chief Superintendent
Hulan Hanna expressed his
regret over the "tragic loss of
life" of the three people who
became victims of traffic acci-
dents on the long holiday
On Monday, 22-year-old
Eric Chan, a tourist from
Hicksville, New York, and on
Saturday 46-year-old Estelle
Mae Vincent of West End,
Grand Bahama, also died as
the result of traffic accidents.
"We lost one of our fellow
policemen strike force
police officer Henry Curry III
was murdered on Saturday -
and we had the three traffic
fatalities, but nevertheless as it
concerns incidents of crime,
the weekend went very well,"
he said.
Mr Hanna explained that
there were no reported armed

by truck

robberies, or other criminal
"We had the CAC games
at the Thomas A Robinson
stadium, no visitor or athlete
was molested and all had
unfettered access to the
games. Then we had thou-
sands of people at the Peo-
ple's Junkanoo rush-out and
at the Independence Day fes-
tivities, and all was peaceful,
there were no incidents. Police
were very pleased," he said.
Mr Hanna said he ascribes
this crime-free period in the
Bahamas to successful strate-
gies and policies recently put
in place by the police.
"What we now need to do
is to prevent traffic fatalities.
The bottom line is that people
must slow down and be aware
that when you're operating in
traffic, there are others
around, be they other cars,
bicycles or pedestrians," he

Horse collides

with pick-up truck

FROM page one

dler, "to speed up the healing
After two hours of swim-
ming, John Tides, an 18-year-
old horse handler who said
he has been managing the
large animals since the age of
nine, said he led "Rippit" out
of the water and the pair
made their way towards a
Market Street service station,
where he routinely stops to
give the horse.water.
The handler said that just
before the accident he had
tied "Rippit" to a nearby
resting post and was
approached by an onlooker
who warned that the horse
may not have been tied
securely enough. It is
believed that the horse may
have became tangled in the
rope around its neck and as a

result bumped into a steel "I said, even if the horse is
chair. too wounded to live at least I
The handler believes that can be of some assistance and
the screeching and dragging call the Humane Society so
sound of the steel chair on that she could be put to sleep
the pavement frightened if necessary.
"Rippit" and sent her into a "I just couldn't leave like
frenzy, which led to the colli- that. It just would not have
sion. been right," Ms Smith told
The horse's nose and The Tribune.
rn mouthwere' bleeding pro-'- "Ms' Smith said'that after the"
fusely at the scene of the acci- horse and the truck collided, -
dent, and there were surface "Rippit" stood "uncontrol-
wounds to her four legs, lably" in the road for almost
stomach and back. 30 minutes before she
Mr Tides said that the slowly trotted towards a
spooked horse broke away nearby vacant lot and col-
from the resting pdst and ran lapsed.
head first into the oncoming The horse's owner, Dudley
F150 truck. Lewis, arrived minutes later
Naomi Smith, a teacher, and worked feverishly with
was on her way to lunch residents in the area to help
when she came across the the injured horse.
scene and realised that a They filled buckets with
horse had been hit and was water and repeatedly doused
losing a tremendous amount the horse to keep her cool in
of blood, the blistering heat.

One man purchased a
bag of ice, which he used
to stroke the horse's
A team from the Bahamas
Human Society, led by large
animal veterinarian Dr
Solomon Kwakye, arrived on
the scene shortly after the
SDr Kwakye administered
pain relievers to-the horse.
And after a major tussle that
required the assistance of sev-
en men, he was able to place
"Rippit" on a temporary drip
to keep her stable.
Hours later, the severely
brain-damaged horse was put
to sleep at the Bahamas
Humane Society.
One witness told The Tri-
bune that the speed he saw
the horse take off in "was so
strong and fast" that he was
"surprised the horse survived
as long as she did".


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Happy Independence Bahamas!

* DEFENCE Force officers are all "attention".

M GOVERNOR General Dame Ivy Dumont (centre) and Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Commodore Davy Rolle (behind Dame Ivy) inspect the cadets.

* A POLICE band member delights the crowd.

* PRISON officers march in unison in front of Governor General Dame Ivy Dumont (second
from left), Police Commissioner Paul Farquharson (far left) and Defence Force Commodore
Davy Rolle (to the left of Dame Ivy).






Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Insurance fears

over regulations

S'By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX town Nassau to the Government, estimating
S. Senior Tribune Reporter .that the revitalisation project would cost an
I Iestimated $30-$60 million.
to ta^l 1g h NORMAN Solomon, co-chair of the At least some of their ideas are likely to be
National Economic Development Commis- incorporated in the final plan. The interns

Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian insurance
industry is concerned that it
might face a "total nightmare" if
Parliament passes the Domestic
Insurance Bill into law without
the accompanying regulations
to give teeth to it, as the latter
are still being worked on.
Several sector sources, who
yesterday spoke to The Tribune,
expressed concern about the
"uncertainty" that might be cre-
ated if the Bill became law with-
out its regulations, which are
still being assessed by a repre-
sentative working group from
the insurance industry. The reg-
ulations have yet to come
before Parliament.
One source pointed to the
example of Guyana's insurance
industry, which passed a 'mod-
el' Caribbean Insurance Act
without the regulations, and was
stuck at a standstill for two
years until an Insurance Com-
missioner was appointed to
write them.
As a result, no insurance car-
rier or agents and brokers could
be licensed or regulated.

Bahamian insurance industry
sources also pointed out that
companies in this nation needed
to know the amount of fees and
possible fines they might have
to pay.
"The last thing we want, par-
ticularly with the way hurricane
season is shaping up, is uncer-
tainty," one source told The Tri-
bune. "We want a profession-
ally run industry that can cope
with everything thrown at it.
We need to know exactly what
we're working with and exactly
what we're doing."
All insurance claims in the
Bahamas resulting from Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne had
been paid or dealt with, with the
industry still in one piece, unlike
in Florida, where one small car-
rier had been put out of busi-
ness following the 2004 hurri-
cane season. Allstate, one of
America's largest insurers, had
also stopped writing hurricane-
related business the that state.
The Tribune understands that
several meetings of the industry
Working Group dealing with
the Act have been postponed,
but they are due to resume in
about two weeks' time.

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas has left the Caribbean Single
Market and Economy (CSME) "fatally hob-
bled" by deciding not to sign on, a political and
economic think-tank has claimed, although oth-
er CARICOM countries are pressing on under
what is being termed a provisional treaty.
A commentary from the Washington-based
Council on Hemispheric Affairs (CoHA), which
monitors affairs in the Western Hemisphere,
said that even if other nations moved ahead to
adopt the CSME's provisions by this December,
they were "unlikely to significantly boost their

One insurance industry
source familiar with the group's
work said of the regulations:
"We've been working on them,
but there's a lot to finalise."
While the delay in finalising
regulations was unlikely to dam-
age the Bahamian insurance
industry if the. Bill was passed,
the source added: "There's a lot
of things in there that the indus-
try's not going to agree with,
but it'll just have to play it out
and compromise as it did with
the Bill."
The Tribune reported earlier
this year that the Bahamas
Insurance Brokers Association
(BIBA) had expressed concerns
over the regulations' proposed
capital requirements and fee
structure, fearing they could cre-
ate barriers to entry and impact
existing businesses because the
thresholds had been set so high.
Although the Domestic
Insurance Bill has been passed
by the House of Assembly, it
has yet to be approved by the
Senate or go to the Governor-
General for assent. As a result,
with Parliament's summer
break, the Bill will not pass into
law before September.

economies" if the Bahamas was not involved.
According to CoHA research assistant Anita
Joseph, who wrote the report, the benefits oth-
er Caribbean nations would obtain from the
CSME were likely to be much reduced without
the Bahamas, as this nation had the third largest
per capita income in the Western Hemisphere.
"One would conclude that the Bahamian
rejection of the CSME would stymie CARI-
COM's forward motion, since without the sup-
port from the region's wealthiest economy, the
CSME would appear to be fatally hobbled,"
Ms Joseph said.
SEE page four

Attorney seeking 'tough

provisions' on claims

Tribune Business Editor
has told The Tribune he pressed
the Government to include
"much stronger provisions" on
insurance claims negotiation and
interim payments to policyhold-
ers in the Domestic Insurance
Bill, following the experience of
some on Grand Bahama in the
wake of Hurricanes Frances and

Fred Smith said that following
complaints from Grand
Bahama policyholders over the
settlement of their hurricane
claims, he had successfully
applied for a licence from the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
and set up a publicly licensed
claims adjuster.
The company had brought in
trained loss adjusters from the
US, and Mr Smith said that
SEE page. four


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Senior Business Reporter
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF)
Article IV report demonstrated that the
Government's fiscal position "was out of
whack with ,what .the IMF expected", jTB
Donaldson, chairman of Commonwealth
Bank, said yesterday.
Declining to advise the Government on
the possible way forward, Mr Donaldson
repeated the II's suggestion that a widen-
ing budget deficit and the deterioration
of fiscal prudence needed to be replaced by
improved revenue collection and a narrow-
ing of the gap between the level of Govern-
ment income and expenditure.
Mr Donaldson said the Government had
known for sometime that it needed to get the
fiscal deficit under control.
On the monetary side; the former Central
Bank governor said that from the IMF's
point of view, a continuing cause for concern
in the Bahamian economy was that excess
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The way ahead outside CSME

The Government
of the Bahamas
has rightly taken
the position that
joining the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME) is not in
the best interests of the
The Creator may have sent
a signal long ago by locating
the islands of the Bahamas
geographically outside the
Caribbean. That aside, the cir-
cumstances of the Bahamas
are as far removed from the
other members of the
Caribbean Community as the
islands of the Bahamas are
physically removed from the

Please reply to:

region. If not even more so.
The question then arises:
What alliances and economic
model should the nation pur-
As the saying goes: "No
man is an island", even though
we have hundreds of them. In
today's world no nation can
survive and prosper without
the right alliances and social
and economic model.
I respectfully suggest the
Bahamas build for its future
on its core competences,
where it will obviously have a
competitive advantage.
This should be combined
with the nurturing and deep-
ening of the international

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alliances that are sympathetic
to the culture of the Bahamian
people and their aspirations.
Should these two criteria be
accepted, the question then
arises: What are our core com-
petences and who are our
friends and what should be
our relationships?
The three major core com-
petences as I see them are:
1. Financial services
2. Tourism
3. Trading

1. The Bahamas has a solid
foundation and most of the
legislative topography for this.
However, if we find the
answer to the questions as to
why the Cayman Islands does
better as a home for interna-
tional investment funds and
why Bermuda does better as a
base for the international
insurance sector, we could
then take the lead in these sec-
The Bahamas has a cost
advantage and manpower
advantage over these compet-
itive countries. There is no
reason, outside of our control,
that we cannot increase the
growth rate, of the financial
services sector massively. This
would create quality jobs for
our people and revenue for
the public purse.

2. Tourism is strangled by
high costs and restrictive leg-
Ask the question: Why is it
that every time we want to get
major investment going, the
Government has to give spe-
cial concessions? Doesn't that
mean that the economic and
legislative landscape in place
retards investment in the
tourism sector? If the tourism
sector is so important to job
creation and steady revenue
creation (room taxes, import
duties, business licence fees),
why is the economy so organ-

ised that special deals have to
be made to attract invest-
If the people of the
Bahamas are to enjoy the
future they deserve this situa-
tion must be changed.

3. The potential for trans-
shipment and free zone man-
ufacturing and trading has just
scratched the surface in
Freeport. As world trade con-
tinues to grow, the possibilities
are immense. The develop-
ment of an international busi-
ness trading sector would cre-


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NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 13TH day of JULY, 2005 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


DEPARTMENT of the National
Insurance Board, wishes to advise
the public that all Survivors'
Benefit/Assistance payment to
children, ages 16 through 21, will be
suspended effective September 16,
2005, if a letter is not submitted
confirming their full-time enrollment
in an educational institution for the
new school year.

Pricing Information As Of:
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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
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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%
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ate many good jobs.
With respect to relation-
ships, the Bahamas must con-
tinue to nurture and deepen
its relationship with the US.
However, the Government
must never subjugate the
nation's interest to that of oth-
ers. Treaties could be drafted
to give the Bahamas a one
way free trade benefit with the
US. Also, the full cost of the
damage caused by the failure
of the US to stop their drug
gangs from using the Bahamas
as a transshipment port should
be borne by our friends to the
north. These are just a couple
of suggestions.
Because of a common his-
tory and origins there is a nat-
ural cultural bond with the
other former British colonies
of the region, particularly
Jamaica. In fact, many
Bahamian families have
Jamaican connections. These
relationships must be nur-
tured. There are also many
areas of international and
regional common interests.
Despite not participating in
the CSME these should also
be nurtured.
I see a very bright future for
the Bahamas should these
roads be taken.
Anyway, that's the view
from afar.

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Bahamasneeds to reduce

foreign investor reliance

Last week, the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) released
its report on the Bahamas. The
Bahamas is a member of the IMF,
and the IMF sends a team to the
country annually to discuss eco-
nomic developments and policies.
The team holds high-level dis-
cussions with officials, collects
data and other financial informa-
tion, returns home and prepares a
report for the IMF Executive
Board. The board then reviews
the reports and forwards their
views and a summary back to the
member country. The host coun-
try then responds to the rreport.
Not in all cases is there agree-
ment with the assessment, but
where there is agreement (or a
position that both sides can live
W ith) the report is then posted on
the IMF's website (I'm not entire-
ly certain what happens when
there is no agreement between
the IMF and the host country).
This report is becomes the
most definitive and most widely-
regarded analysis of the econo-
my. It is widely coveted by policy-
makers, businesspersons, econo-
mists and the like.
One potential downside is that
it provides fodder for both those
who support the policy direction
of the incumbent administration,
and also for those who oppose it.
On the other hand, the report
is good in that reliable data about
the economy becomes available.
For the purpose of this article,
we briefly will look at:
1. GDP trends is the econo-
my growing or contracting?
2. Fiscal trends are we spend-
ing more than we are taking in?
3. Debt trends how much are
we borrowing to finance our

GDP Trends
Economic growth, as measured
by GDP (the dollar value of all
goods and services produced in
the country) grew by 2 per cent in
2003; 3 per cent in 2004; and 2005
is projected to be 3.5 per cent.
The IMF report says: "The medi-
um-term outlook appears broadly
favourable, but challenges remain.
Low inflation, a sound banking
system, and generally prudent fis-

cal policies have set the stage for
private sector-led growth."
The key observation is that for
our economy to grow it must be.
fuelled by the private sector, as
the structure of our annual Bud-
gets simply does not provide the
government with much flexibility.

Fiscal Trends
In the 2005-2006 Budget, the
government is projecting recur-
rent revenue of $1.145 billion and
recurrent expenditure of $1.214
billion. While the projected expen-
diture represents an increase of
only $39 million or three per cent
from the previous year,' the fact
remains that we are planning to
spend some $69 million more than
we will be taking in.
Economists tend to closely mon-
itor the ratio of the government
deficit to GDP. Although the ratio
of government deficit to GDP
declined to 2.5 per cent of GDP
in 2004-2005, after averaging over
three per cent for the three previ-
ous fiscal years. The improvement
in this ratio was a function of a
growing economy, and not neces-
sarily from any reduction in the
dollar value of the deficit.

Debt Trends
Finally, the IMF tends to close-
ly monitor the ratio of total debt to
GDP. A ratio of 40 per cent or less
is acceptable, while a ratio of 40
per cent or more is a cause for con-
cern. According to the IMF report,
the Bahamas' ratio is currently
around 37 per cent. However,
every time I calculate it, I get 42
per cent the difference could be
adjustments I am not privy to.
A ratio in excess of 40 per cent
suggests that in the event of an

unforeseen economic shock, a
government might incur difficul-
ty with international borrowing.
In an era of escalating terrorism
threats, we would be well advised
to ensure this ratio is on a down-
ward path. The government is
hoping that the economy will
grow sufficiently over the next
few years to allow this ratio to
decline to 30 per cent.
In summary, the economy has
performed relatively well and we
are relying on continued foreign
investment to keep the momen-
tum going. However, simply put,
if the various announced foreign
investment projects do not mate-
rialise as anticipated, the econo-
my could be threatened.
We must find ways of increasing
our ability to domestically stimu-*
late the economy. This must
become a long-term bipartisan
goal, because our future hinges
almost exclusively on foreign
investment and if that source dries
up we have little to fall back on.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a char-
tered financial analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Colo-
nial Group International, which
owns Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security and General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are those
of the author and do not neces-
sarily represent those of Colonial
Group International or any of its
subsidiary and/or affiliated com-
panies. Please direct any ques-
tions or comments to rlgib-



A professional construction development company has an immediate contract position for an experienced
Administrative assistant. You will assist the project team by taking on administrative duties for a mid-rise
residential condominium complex. The work requires the operation of personal computers, communications
systems and other office equipment; requires contacts with the public and officials

The individual will work from the site trailers on a day to day basis. Responsibilities will include the following:
assisting multiple people in a fast-paced environment
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manipulate and format correspondence/data. Advanced level computer skills in Microsoft Office are mandatory;
knowledge of AccPac and shorthand would be an asset.
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We are seeking an organized, detail-oriented professional with strong people, communication,
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Reply by fax to: 242-363-1279
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Only the short listed candidates will be contacted for skill assessment. Thank You


Act Now To Avoid Suspension

of Benefit/Assistance

Persons who are in receipt of monthly Long-Term Benefit of Assistance
from the National Insurance Board, who have not been verified since
June, 2004. are advised that no further pension cheques will be issued
to them either through bank accounts or through pay stations -unitl
they have submitted themselves to the verification process.

Pensioners in New Providence are urgd to present themselves to the
Fox Hill Local Office, the Wulff Road Local Office, or the Jumbey Village
Local Office, immediately for verification. Pensioners in Grand Bahama
and the Family Islands are urged to present themselves to the nearest
Local Office.

Cheque(s) for pensioners who are not verified on or before July 29,
2005, will be held and will only be released to pensioners when they
have been verified.

Pensioners are required to produce their National Insurance ID card,
along with a driver's license, a passport or current voter's card.

For more information you man contact the Verifications Department at
your nearest Local Office.


PricewaterhousCoopen SpA


To the Shareholders of
Sanpaolo IMI SpA
1 We have audited the consolidated financial statements of Sanpaolo IMI
SpA and its subsidiaries (the "Sanliaolo IMI Group") as of 31 December
2004. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of
Sanpaolo IMI's directors. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on
these financial statements based on our audit.

2 We conducted our audit in accordance with the Auditing Standards and
criteria recommended by CONSOB. Those standards and criteria require
that we plan and perform the audit to obtain the necessary assurance about
whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material
misstatement and, taken as a whole, are presented fairly. An audit includes
examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and
disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the directors.
We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

The responsibility for the audit of the financial statement of certain
subsidiaries, representing 18 per cent of consolidated "Total assets", 3 per
cent of consolidated "Net interest income", and 12 per cent of consolidated
"Net interest and other banking income", rests with other auditors.

For the opinion on the consolidated financial statements of the prior period,
which are presented for comparative purposes as required by law,
reference is made to our report dated 8 April 2004.
3 In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements of Sanpaolo IMI Group
as of 31 December 2004 comply with the laws governing the criteria for
their representation; accordingly, they give a true and fair view of the
financial position and of the results of operations of the group.

Turin, 8 April 2005

PricewaterhouseCoopers SpA

Signed by
Sergio Duca
"This report has been translated into the English language solely for the
convenience of international readers. The original report was issued in accordance
with Italian legislation."

Consolidated balance sheet W1
ASSETS 31/12/2004 31/12/2003
10. Cash and deposits with central banks and post offices 1.348 1,474
20. Treasury bills and similar bills eligible
for refinancing with central banks 2,553 3,923
30. Due from banks 23,777 22,278
a) repayable on demand 3,560 7,291
b) other deposits 20,217 14,987
40. Loans to customers 121,907 124,599
of which:
loans using public funds 148 172
50. Bonds and other debt securities 23,716 18,588
a) public entities 13,222 10.366
b) banks 5.978 5,536
of which:
own bonds 2,635 2,783
c) financial institutions 3,789 2,116
of which:
own bonds 97 53
d) other issuers 727 570
60. Shares, quotas and other equities 3,021 2,747
70d Equity investments 3.421 3,442
a) carried at equity, 597 645
b) other 2,824 2,797
80. Investments in Group companies 1,082 1,130
a) carried at equity 1,082 1,130
90. Goodwill arising on consolidation 712 883
100. Goodwill arising on application of the equity method 57 76
110. Intangible fixed assets 289 343
of which:
start-up costs 1 2
goodwill 6
120. Tangible fixed assets 1,804 1,972
140. Own shares or quotas 54 34
(nominal value 4 14 million)
150. Other assets 23,597 17,986
160. Accrued income and prepaid expenses 3,819 3,105
a) accrued income 2,730 2,223
b) prepaid expenses 1,089 882
of which:
discounts on bond issues 245 277
Total assets 211,157 202,580

UABIUTIES 31112/2004 31/12/2003
10. Due to banks 28,198 28,534
a) repayable on demand 2,262 3,875
b) time deposits or with notice period 25,936 24,659
20. Due to customers 88,488 79,993
a) repayable,on demand 66,282 63,074
b) time deposits or with notice period 22,206 16,919
30. Securities issued 46.564 51.553
a) bonds 39,628 39,979
b) certificates of deposit 2,930 7,149
c) other 4,006 4,425
40. Public funds administered 2150 175
50. Other liabilities 22,162 ______18,445
60. Accrued expenses and deferred income 2,647 2.181
a) accrued expenses 2,252 1.708
b) deferred income 395 473
70. Provisions for employee termination indemnities 886 946
80. Provisions for risks and charges 3,046 2,982
a) pensions and similar commitments 198 304
b) taxation 989 732
c) other 1,859 1,946
90. Reserve for probable loan losses 81 91
00. Reserve for general banking risks 6 4
110. Subordinated liabilities 6.955 6.414
130. Negative goodwill arising on application
of the equity method 430 213
140. Minority interest 176 271
150. Capital 5,218 5,144
160. Additional paid-in capital 725 708
170. Reserves 3,963 3,882
a) legal reserve 1.044 1.029
b) reserve for own shares or quotas 51 34
d) other reserves 2,868 2.819
180. Revaluation reserves 69 72

200. Income for the period 1,393 972
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 211,157 202,580



10. Guarantees given
of which:
other guarantees
20. Commitment?

17,299 19,912

7,112 19.767
29,815 25.839

Interested persons mayobtain a complete copy of the AuditedAccountsfrom
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited, P. 0. Box N-7788,West BayStreet,
Nassau Bahamas.




panics to make interim pay-
ments to policyholders until
their full claims were negoti-
ated and settled.
Mr Smith said that some
policyholders were "driven"
to accept lesser claim amounts
than they should through
their immediate financial
plight, and said of the Gov-
ernment and industry regula-
tors: "They should protect the
Bahamian insurance premi-
um.payer, the Bahamian con-
"The playing field should
Sbe levelled. There should be
an opportunity for equal bar-
gaining and not one side tak-
ing advantage of theother
because they have: deeper
pockets, like the insurance


RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #34, Block
#1, Faith Gardens in situated in Western District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Island of New Providence one
of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is Vacant Land.
Property Size: 6,200 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envdope,
addressed to the Manage, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas andmarked "tender 2355".
All offers must be received by the dose of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July, 2005.

Equity Side
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcpl or lot
of land containing an area of 17,634 square feetsituate
on the Northern side of Dorsett Street, Fox Hill in the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence in the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas being bounded.
Northeastwardly by land the property of one Rolle and
running thereon One Hundred and Nine and five
Hundredths (109.05) feet Southeastwardly partly by
land reputed to be the propertyof Eric Davis andpartly
by land reputed to be the property of Jasmine Pratt and
running thereon jointly One Hundred and Sixty-one
and Thirty-seven Hundredths (161.37) Feet.
Southwestwardly by DorsettSt andrunning thereon
One Hundred and Twelve and Fifty-three Hundredths
(112.53) feet andNorthwestwardly by land reputed to
be the property of Melissa Demeritte and running
thereon One Hundred and Fifty-seven and Thirty-four
Hundredths (157.34) eet' :
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Tidles Act,.959 .

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land containing
17,634 Square Feet situate on the Northern Side of Dorsett
Street, Fox Hill in the Eastern Distrit of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands in the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas as described on the Plan at Department of Lands and
claims to be the Owner of the fee simple estate in possession of
the said lot of land hereinbefore described and the Petitioner has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas under Section 3 of the.Quieting.Titles Apt, 1959
'to have its Title to the said land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title
to be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of
the said Act.
Copies of the field plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at:
a. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Arnbacher Building,
Bank Lane, Nassau Bahamas;
b. The Chambers of E. Verona Douglas-Sands & Co.,
East Shirley Streets, P.O. Box N-8566, Nassau, Bahamas
c. The Attorney General's Office, East Hill Street, Nassau,
The Bahamas.
Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to dower or any adverse claim not recognized in the
Petition shall before the expiration of Thirty (30) days of the
receipt of this Notice file in the Registry of the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner of the undersigned statement of such
claim. Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement
of such claim within Thirty (30) days of the receipt of this Notice
will operate as bar to such claim.
2nd Floor, Columbus House,
East and Shirley Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner.

Company brings i loss

adjusters from the US


FROM page one
"most of the time" they had
been able to revise upwards
settlements negotiated with
policyholders by adjusters
working for the main Bahami-
an insurance carriers.
Mr Smith said he had urged
Leslie Miller, the minister
responsible for consumer
affairs, and Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, who was responsible
for the insurance industry, to
include in the Domestic Insur-
ance Bill "punitive punish-
ment" against insurance com-
panies that "fail to settle
quickly and in good faith".
He added that he had also
urged the Government min-.
isters to include in the Bill
provisions for insurance coin-


'knew it had

to control

the deficit'

FROM page one
liquidity in the commercial banking system was growing.
In its report,.the IMF warned that the "high level of excess
.reserves" in the Bahamian commercial banking system "poses
risks" of an over-expanded credit boom, and it signalled to the
Central Bank of the Bahamas it should start "mopping up"
The IMF asserted that there might be a tendency for com-
mercial banks to make too many loans where there is excess liq-
uidity in the system, which may lead to a deterioration in the bal-
ance of payments and the deterioration of foreign reserves.
Excess liquidity in the banking system develops because all
commercial banks are required to keep a set amount of money
with the Central Bank. When the Central Bank holds more
than the required amount, it means there is money that the
banks are not using and that is sitting in the Central Bank, not
earning interest.
Mr Donaldson said he does not think the Central Bank is
overly concerned about the level of liquidity, with reserves at an
estimated $800 million.
There was the "feeling that we are at an inordinately high lev-
el", he said, with the Bahamas believed to be at a comfortable
Mr Donaldson said further that this was not the first time that
the banking sector had been faced with a situation of excess liq-
uidity, and there were various solutions that can be used to
"mop up" the situation.


RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following
"ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot of Land being No. 861,
Pinew~od Gardens situated in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas situated thereon is a Single
Family Residence consisting of (3) Bedrooms (2) Bathrooms.
This property is being sold under Pover of Sale contained in
Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Building Size: 900 sq. ft.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to theManager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 0325".
All offers must be received by the dose of business 4:00 pm,
-Wednesday 22ndJuly, 2005.


RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot Hospital Lane& Dillet Street
situated in the Southern District of the Island of NewProvidence
one of the islands of the Commonvealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (6)
Bedrooms, (3) Bathrooms.
Property Size: 2,215 sq. ft.
Building Size: 2,164 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envdelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 9999".
All offers must be received by the dose of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July, 2005.


RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #187,
Millenium Gardens, situated in the Eastern District on the
Island of New Providence one of the islands of the

refusal was

death blow


FROM page one
"Without its participation, the effectiveness of the CSME itself
is dubious, since the Bahamas' abstention, arguably though it
might be beneficial to the country itself, undermines the efforts for
unified economic prospects for the rest of the Caribbean Com-
However, all other CARICOM nations are moving forward in
implementing the CSME. Unlike COHA's views, other have
argued that the rest of the Caribbean is able to move forward
without the Bahamas under a provisional treaty.
The Bahamas' rejection of the CSME had been "deeply disap-
pointing" for CARICOM's members, Ms Joseph added, as the
single market was seen by regional integration advocates as essen-
tial for bringing the Caribbean closer together.
She said the Bahamas' decision to reject the CSME was not
due to any failure on the Government's part, likening promotion-
al efforts by Fred Mitchell, minister of foreign affairs, to President
George W Bush's efforts to sell social security reform to the Amer-
ican people.
"The unanimous ratification of the CSME less the Bahamas
will likely produce a net economic gain for the Caribbean, but
although the majority of Bahamian citizens are not convinced it
would benefit their country, some of their leaders worked to imple-
ment the policy regardless of public opinion," the CoHA assistant
Ms Joseph said Perry Christie's administration had signalled a
change in the Bahamas' long-standing policy of rejecting the eco-
nomic integration promised by the CSME.
However, "the Government's efforts were for naught", due to
Bahamian concerns over the free movement of people, and a fail-
ure to see any benefits from the CSME.
The Bahamas traded very little with the rest of CARICOM,
and Bahamians felt "closer co-operation with the other, weaker
Caribbean economies would only hinder its own".



S(lit Voluntafty Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 28th
day of June, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
28th day of June, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Single
Family Residencec consisting of (4) Bedroom, (2) Bathrooms.
Property Size: 5,850 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,136 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 2255".
All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July, 2005.

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 8th
day of July, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





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Junior athletes declared champions

Junior Sports Reporter
SUCCESS continues to
mount for the Bahamas on the
regional track and field scene, as
the country's top junior athletes
were declared champions near-
ly a week after competition end-
The Bahamas was awarded
their fourth consecutive title in
the CAC Age Group Champi-
onships after protesting their
second place finish to Mexico.
The meet was held in Santo
Domingo, Dominican Repub-
lic last weekend.
The eight member squad of
Jonquel Jones and Shaune
Miller in the 10-12 girls division;
Laquan Cooper and Giovanni
Culmer in the 10,12 boys divi-

sion; V'Alonee Robinson and
Zinia Miller in the 12-13 girls
division; Devon Creary and
Gieno Jones in the 12-13 boys
division, posted a total of 22,541
Upon further review, the
Mexican point total was just 21,
974 points.

Saturday, July 9, Head coach
Dexter Bodie wvas informed of
the overturned results by Mike
Sands, president of the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations.
At the meet's closing cere-
mony, the results were released,
however they were unofficial
and meet organisers refused to
give official results to the vari-

ous coaches.
Upon receiving the results at
2.30am the following day, Bod-
ie insisted that the Bahamas
should be declared the winners
based on the point tally which
he immediately conducted.
He immediately lodged a ver-
bal protest to meet organisers in
Santo Domingo and followed
with an official written protest
when he returned home to the
His persistence paid off as the
championship was awarded to
the Bahamas, which he calls the
title's "rightful owners."'
He was thankful to meet
organisers and Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean president
Victor Lopez for assisting in
responding to the protest as
quickly as possible.

"I brought it to their atten-
tion that there was no way Mex-
ico should be awarded first
place according to the scores,"
he said, "But they dealt with
the situation quickly and we all
feel great about the decision."
He also said the athletes
should not have had to wait too
long for their accolades.

"The kids worked extremely
hard I was very pleased with
their performances," he said.
"They deserved to get this win."
Team Bahamas posted many
outstanding performances
including an overall title in 10-
12 girls division.
Miller was named the "Most
Outstanding Athlete" in the

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She posted an astounding
2,310 points.
In the same division, Jones
finished sixth with 2,059 points.
Culmer finished ninth in the
boys division with 2,323 points
and Cooper was tenth with
2,301 points.

In the girls' 12-13 division,
Robinson and Miller finished
second and third, with 3231
points and 3,167 points respec-
In the boys' 12-13 division,
Jones and Creary finished sixth
and seventh, with 3,595 and
3,555 points respectively.

Junior Sports Reporter

THE BAHAMAS bounced back to take the Caribbean
Junior championship title, after getting off to a sluggish
start in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Champi-
onship (CBC) tournament.
While the junior men handed the Puerto Rican team their
first loss of the season for the win, the junior girls qualified
for the next round of play with a bronze medal perfor-
The men defeated Puerto Rico 101-98, with the women
edging out Jamaica, who tried to make a run in the later part
of the fourth quarter.
In order to take gold, the Bahamas had to stop Puerto Rico
in overtime. With Puerto Rico,jumping to an early start in the
game, taking a three point lead in the first, Bahamas were
left scrambling, trying to close the gap.
After an inbound steal, Codero Seymour netted a three
pointer to tie the game, with 6:53 seconds remaining.
But this surge didn't stop their opponents from scoring,
Puerto Rico came back to score two quick baskets and
regained the lead.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bahamas were down by
six points.
Facing a 15-13 run by the Puerto Rican team, Bahamas
tried to regroup, but were still down by four points, 47-43, at
the end of the second quarter.
Resorting to their pressure game, the Bahamas rallied
back to tie the game at 80-all with a minute and 31 seconds
From the free throw line, Seymour netted both shots to
keep the team close. The Bahamas tried to give up a foul, so
they could re-apply their defence, but it was too late by this
time the game was now heading into overtime.
Kevin Armstrong went to work in overtime, drawing the
Top scorers in the game for the Bahamas were guard
Kyle Grant, who had a team-high 24 points, Armstrong
chipped in with 20 points, Devaughn Jackson added 18
points, and Jean-Rony Cadeau, 13 points.
Puerto Rico's Melvin Felix scored the game high 26 points
with teammate Guillermo Andino adding 17 points.

Softball event is

sure to be a classic

Senior Sports Reporter
THE New Providence Soft-
ball Association is gearing up
for the' hosting of its 2005
* Ladies and Men's All-Star Clas-
sic on Saturday night at the
Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium.
This year's classic, according
to NPSA president Steve "Gar-
bo" Coakley, is being held in
honour of some of the former
players who excelled in the
The president's team, man-
aged by Anthony Bullard from
the Electro Telecom Wildcats
and coached by Bobby "Bay-
lor" Fernander of the DHL
Brackettes and Paul Demeritte
of the Degeo Bommers, will be
called the Cheryl Turnquest
The vice president's, man-
aged by Stephen "Bishop"
Beneby of Proper Care Pool
and coached by Gary "Super"
Johnson of the Randella's
Swingers and Linda Ford of the
Whirlpool Eagles, will be the
Kay Moxey Stars.
Here's a look at the Cheryl
Turnquest Stars:
First base Shavette Taylor
(DHL) and Alexis Moss
Second base Denise Gor-
don (Degeo) and Kelly Smith
(Proper Care Pool).
Third base Bernie Major

THE women's 4 x 400
relay team of Sasha Rolle,
Christine Amertil, Shaqui-
ta Henfield and Tonique
Williams-Darling captured
a silver and not a bronze in
the round of the Bahamian
medals at the Colinalmper-
ial Senior Central American
and Caribbean Champi-
onships over the weekend.
And Christine Amertil's
silver medal in the women's
200 was missing from the
medal count.
The Tribune apologises
for the errors.

(Degeo) and Zella Symonette
Shortstop Beatrice Riley
(Randella's) and Vanetta Nairn
(Proper Care Pool).
Catches Debbie McClure
(Proper Care Pool) and Avis
Bethel (Degeo).
Outfielders Theresa Miller
(Randella's), Rita Mackey
(Electro Telecom), Neressa
Seymour (Randella's), Chris-
tine Hanna (Degeo), Ingrid
Rose (Degeo) and Jackie Mox-
ey (Electro Telecom).
Pitchers Mary Edgecombe
(Electro Telecom), Sharnell
Symonette (Degeo) and Lena
Symonette (Proper Care Pool).
Utility Thela Johnson
Here's a look at the Kay
Moxey Stars:
First base Keishlyn Moss
(Proper Care Pool) and
Chryshann Percentie (Electro
2nd Base Rebecca Moss
(Randella's) and Hyacinth Far-
rington (Electro Telecom).
3rd Base Jennie Dotson
(Degeo) and Linda Knowles
(Electro Telecom).
Short Stop Denise Sears
(Degeo) and Jeannine Wallace
Catchers Dorothy Marshall
(Randella's) and Dornette
Edwards (Electro Telecom).
Outfielders Dawn Forbes
(Degeo), Shavonne Dames
(Whirlpool), Vernie Curry
(Electro Telecom), Candice
Smith (Proper Care Pool),
Stephanie Goodridge (Proper
Care Pool) and Geniece Barr
Pitchers Marvell Miller
(Degeo), Desiree Taylor (Ran-
della's) and Sherry Beneby
(Proper Care Pool).
Utility Rosemary Green
The men's president team,
managed by Robert Gilbert
(Delsol) and coached by Mario
Ford (Electro Telecom) and
Philip Rolle (TBS), will be
called the Fred 'Papa' Smith
First Base Ramon Johnson

.(Delsol) and Winston Seymour
Second base Andy Ford
(Electro Telecom) and Kerion
Munroe (New Breed).
Third base Dumont Char-
low (Electro Telecom) and Dar-
ren Stevens (New Breed).
Shortstop Julian Collie
(Delsol) and Angelo Dillette
Catchers Cassimo Ellis
(Delsol) and Philip Culmer
Outfielders Ivan Francis
(Delsol), Sigmund Bethel (Elec-
tro Telecom), Ramon Storr
(TBS), Garfield Bethel (New
Breed), Sherman Ferguson
(New Breed) and Richard Bas-
tian (TBS).
Pitchers Leroy Thompson
(TBS), Cardinal Gilbert (Del-
sol) and Creswell Pratt (Nassau
Utility Tommy Ferguson
The vice president's team,
managed by Perry Seymour
(TBS) and coached by Jeffrey
Beckles (Nassau Cruises) and
Godfrey Burnside (Nassau
Cruises), will be called the Son-
ny 'Jiggy' Haven Stars.
First base Darren Bowleg
(Electro Telecom) and Rashad
Seymour (New Breed).
Second base Khalil Curry
(Nassau Cruises) and Adrian
Hutchinson (TBS).
Third base Chavez Thomp-
son (Delsol) and Virgil Bethel
(Nassau Cruises).
Short Stop Marvin Wood
(TBS) and Martin Burrows Jr.
(New Breed).
Catchers Jamal Johnson
(TBS) and Gandhi Williams
(Nassau Cruises).
Outfielders Charles Rolle
(TBS), Clement Whylly (New
Breed), Darren Rodgers (Nas-
sau Cruises), Michael Thomp-
son (Nassau Cruises), Henry
Moss (Delsol) and Windsor
Bethel (Electro Telecom).
Pitchers Edney Bethel
(Electro Telecom), Terrance
Culmer (TBS) and Anton Gib-
son (Delsol).
Utility Maitland Demeritte
(Nassau Cruises).


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Quick change at CAC
A SMOOTH handover during the men's 4 x 100m. The
Bahamas finished with a bronze medal in the event.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

A golden moment
BAHAMIAN competitors in the women's javelin Laverne Eve (left)
and Tracy Morrison in action on Sunday night at the CAC games.
Laverne finished first in the competition to claim the gold.

(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


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Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas will be back
with the same youthful team
for the second round of the
American Zone II Davis Cup
tie against a much more expe-
rienced Colombia this week-
But the task will be a lot
harder for the team in its quest
to remain in the same zone for
next year. The winner of the
relegation match will remain
in Zone II, while the loser will
have to play in the third round
playoffs from September 23-25
to see who will stay and
who will be demoted to Zone
The Bahamas will have to
play on the red clay courts in a
high altitude when the tie is
hosted at the America Tennis

Second round of Zone II tie

Club in Bogota from Friday to
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Asso-
ciation's president Mary Shel-
ley said the team in Colombia
will perform at a high level.
"On paper, Colombia should
win it," Shelley noted, "but I
think our guys have the spirit.
In Colombia, they are play-
ing in front of their crowd so
the pressure is on them, but we
will be more relaxed."
Led by veteran team captain
John Farrington, the Bahamas
will rely on the team of Devin
Mullings, southpaw Marvin

Rolle, H'Cone Thompson and
Ryan Sweeting to get the job
done after falling 3-2 to the
Netherlands Antilles in March.
Ohio State University 19-
year-old standout Mullings is
the top seeded player and has
the most experience of the
quartet, having already played
in three ties. -
Rolle, the 21-year-old pro-
fessional player, is seeded No.2
and has also played in three
ties, but two of his appearances
came when the ties had already
been won.
Thompson, the oldest of the
team at 24 and Sweeting, the
youngest member at 18, have
played in just one tie each, both

coming in when the tie was
Since the first round tie in
the Netherlands Antilles,
Mullings had a good collegian
showing, having led Ohio State
the NCAA Tournament in
Knoxville, Tennessee where
they won their first round over
Brown University and lost in
the second round to Tennessee.
Rolle played in a couple of
tournaments and earned his
first computer points and
Sweeting played well in the
junior circuit, advancing to the
semifinal of the LTA Interna-
tional Junior Championships
in Roehampton, Great Britain
in June before Wimbledon.

He reached the semifinal in
Roehampton before he lost to
No.4 seed Marin Cilic, the
eventual champion of the tour-
Along the way, Sweeting
pulled off a stunning two set
victory over the top seeded
player Donald Young from the
United States.
Sweeting, according to Shel-
ley, was just awarded the No.1
spot in the Central American
and Caribbean region, a major
achievement for the Bahami-
an, who resides in Florida.
While the Bahamas has been
participating in the Davis Cup
for the past 17 years, Colombia
has been involved since 1959.
All four of Colombia play-
ers have played in a number of

Davis Cup ties, which sets them
above the Bahamian team.
Their two best players are
Michael Quintero, who turned
25 on July 11 and has a singles
ranking of 498 and 506 in dou-
bles and Pablo Gonzalez, who
turned 23 on July 2 and is
ranked 338 in singles and 390 in
Southpaw Carlos Salaman-
ca, 23, is ranked 364 in singles
and 431 in doubles, while their
fourth place, another southpaw,
Alejandro Falla, also 23, is
ranked 253.
The team is captained by
Miguel Tobon.
The draw for the tie will be
held on Thursday.
The opening singles are
scheduled for Friday, the piv-
otal doubles for Saturday
and the reverse singles for Sun-








Senior Sports Reporter
BASED on the performances turned in at
the Colinalmperial Senior Central American
and Caribbean Championships, the Bahamas
could have as large as a 20-member team at the
IAAF World Championships.
The championships are scheduled for August
6-14 in Helsinki, Finland, and the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations have the
majority of the squad in place, but there are
still a few knocking on the door.
"It's a good squad," said Ralph McKinney,
who will carry over his duties as manager of
the CAC team to the World Championship
team. "We have some quality competitors.
We're just looking to see if the size of our team
will increase with the inclusion of those we are
still looking at."
McKinney said they have assembled a good
crop of coaches and athletes for the trip to
Helsinki. McKinney is expected to be assisted by
Tyrone Burrows, who will also serve as a coach
on the team. Frank 'Pancho' Rahming will be
the team coordinator with Keith Parker as the
head coach, assisted by Henry Rolle.
The female athletes already qualified are:
Chandra Sturrup (100 metres), Tonique
Williams-Darling and Christine Amertil (400),
Lavern Eve (javelin), Phillippa Arnett-Willie,
Timicka Clarke, Sevatheda Fynes and Shandira
Brown (4 x 100 relay).
The males already qualified are: Derrick
Atkins (100), Dominic Demeritte (200), Chris
Brown and Andrae Williams (400), Leevan
'Superman' Sands (long/triple jumps) and Aaron
Cleare and Nathaniel McKinney (4 x 400 relay).
Additionally, Avard Moncur and Dennis Dar-
ling have to go through a fitness test, while Troy
McIntosh is being considered as a member of
both the 4 x 1 and 4 x 4 relay teams.
Jackie Edwards left immediately after the
championships for Europe where she will com-
pete in a few meets in the hopes of qualifying for
the women's long jump.
Edwards would have surpassed the qualifying
mark at the championships, but her bronze
medal jump was wind-aided.
Osbourne Moxey, the championships' silver
medallist in the long jump behind Sands, was
also shy of the qualifying mark and .he too
intends to travel to Europe in a last bid to qual-
"We're also looking-at the men's 4 x 100.
They were so close," said McKinney, of their
bronze medal performance time of 39.08, which
was short of the qualifying time of 39.00.
"But if Jackie and Osbourne should qualify
when they go to Europe, I think we will have a
fabulous team. At least we should have all of the
elite athletes on the team."
There are some concerns, however, sur-
rounding Moncur and Darling. McKinney said
they both intend to compete in a meet in short
order in the United States to prove their fit-
ness level.
Once they have done that, he said they will be
added to the team and should increase their
chances of going after the gold medal in the 4 x

* QUALIFIED: Tonique Williams-Darling and Leevan Sands
(Photos: Mario B Duncanson & Felipe Major/Tribune staff

McIntosh, if added, should be a double
treat for the team because McKinney said
he will be able to be added to the mix of both
relay teams, if the men's 4 x 1 eventually qual-
However, this year, the BAAA won't be
sending the team to a training camp prior to

the World Championships. Instead, they will
all arrive in Helsinki in August and take advan-
tage of the days leading up to the August 4
McKinney said with an 18-member team at
the IAAF World Youth Championships in Mar-
rakech today through July 17 and another to

follow to the Pan American Junior Champi-
onships in Windsor, Canada from July 29-31, the
BAAA is strapped for cash.
"With us recently hosting the CAC and we
just sent off the team, we are looking for
finances to replenish the kitty before the next
two teams go off."

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* THE National Youth Choir, pictured in this Tribune file photo performing at past independence celebrations, has come under fire for its version of the Bahamian national anthem, which begins
with a chorus 'Bahamaland'; but Lee Callender, grandson of the anthem's author, Timothy Gibson, thinks the NYC's version is 'really cool'.


Bahamas national

anthem: then

d now

WHEN the national
anthem's notes float through
the warm, salt-tinged air as
they often have during the
past week, and over the last
32 years something of the
spirit of Timothy Gibson,
their creator, wafts with
"He's warning us of the
uncertainties of this life,"
says Lee Callender, who likes
to refer to March On,
Bahamaland as 'a letter to a
nation', 'a letter from a par-
ent to a child', 'an epistle for
The concert pianist, is Mr
Gibson's heir by blood,
music, and passion; the com-
poser's grandson, Mr Callen-
der owns the rights to Mr
Gibson's music. Mr Gibson
taught each of his grands to
play the piano, but Mr Cal-
lender, now also a music
teacher, is the one who's
working to fill his granddad's
shoes, and to keep those
shoes well polished.
By next year's indepen-

dence, he hopes to present
the Bahamas with "The
Definitive Timothy Gibson",
an album of his grandfather's
While various artists have
recorded some of Mr Gib-
son's songs, there currently
isn't a recording that show-

Creator 'was

warning us of the

uncertainties of life'

cases all of the composer's
works. The project will reac-
quaint the nation with songs
like "Nassau Moon" and
"Nassau Calling", "Bahama
Babe" and "Sapodilly
A recording of Mr Gib-
son's compositions certainly
would go a 'long way in pre-
serving fand praising the
Eleuthera-born musician, and
long-time teacher's legacy.

Perhaps it's similar ideas -
those of legacy and preser-
vation that lead some

that's garnered negative
attention is by the National
Youth Choir,. which begins
with a chorus of 'Bahama-
"Some people have a prob-
lem with it... The harmonies
are very 21st century classical
and so there's some disso-
nance and some clashing har-
monies but I think it's real-
ly cool," says Mr Callender,
who also enjoys a non-tradi-
tional arrangement by
Audrey Dean-Wright, com-
poser and co-leader for the
Bahamas National Children's
Choir, and a pop-inspired
rendition gospel artist Riche
Sands has performed.
If the anthem's being sung
powerfully, Mr Callender
says, it's being sung properly,
even if it doesn't adhere to.
every note and intonation the
composer penned three and a
half decades ago.
"It is a national anthem,
and so it belongs to the
nation, and all that the nation
is in terms of the individuali-
ty of each and every person,"
he points out. "People should
express, and can express, and
should feel free to express,
the National Anthem based
on who they are. . I think
people get self-righteous
about the national anthem..
. I think you have to have the
freedom to express who you
are as a Bahamian."
Mr Callender plans to take
that expressive approach
when bringing the soft notes
of songs penned decades ago,
up to date, back to life. His
grandfather's songs often fea-
tured words no longer com-
monly used; to make the
music accessible for Bahami-

Bahamians to complain
about contemporary perfor-
mances of the national
anthem, which was composed
in 1969.
Some have voiced concern
that too much artistic licence
is taken with March On,
Bahamaland; one version

ans today, they'll be adapt-
ed and replaced.
"We plan to change his
music up, so I'm sure we'll
be under attack any moment,
when our recording comes
out," he says with a laugh.
What he won't be chang-
ing is the essence of his
grandfather's style.
Love of God, family, and
country all evident in the
anthem are qualities he
believes could stand to be
more evident in contempo-
rary songs.
"There's a raunchiness, in
some cases a vulgarity that
comes up in the music (writ-

ten and performed today). A
man writes partly of who he
is. Timothy Gibson wrote
from the perspective of a
man who loved God, who
loved the Bible, who loved
family, who loved country.
I'm not sure if this genera-
tion is as patriotic as that, if
their focus is on really
extolling the virtues of what
it is to be Bahamian in their
music," says his grandson.
The answer may lie in out-
side influences and know-
ing what to take from them,
and what to leave. Mr Gib-
son's influences born in
1903 were clearly older, and

English, and some of his
songs reflect that, using some
language now foreign to
everyday chitchat. But he
used that language to express
and celebrate the island's
people and atmosphere a
song devoted to a woman
like a smooth, sweet brown
dilly, an ode to the national
"It's a fantastic thing when
you can fuse classical music
with jazz, jazz with pop, pop
with R & B ... but as far as
topics are concerned, and
themes, a lot of .. music is
very erotic," says Mr Callen-
"Music is really not
designed to be that way, I
think it sullies it and makes it
very cheap .. it takes away
the purity of a really great
art form.
~It. would be good if his
approach, the purity of his
Bahamian approach (was
optedd)" says Mr Callen-
ider "where people simply
,Wrote about the virtues, the
6nderful things about the
Bahamas, the skies, the seas,
te people, the food, their
attitudes I think we have a
i4tbon of too many external
sources from a topic point of
iew . I'm not sure how
many 'who put the pepper in
the Vaseline' type themes do
we need... those songs have
had their time... but I prefer
my grandfather's approach
where the music is pure and
you can perform it any-

But in an atmosphere
where sex does sell, where
do the gentle lyrics of a gen-
tle family man and teacher
from Savannah Sound,
Eleuthera born over a cen-
tury ago, fit in?
"I would like to think that
human beings, at the end of
the day, love to sing a pretty
tune. It's the tune that sells,"
says Mr Callender.
He's counting on the
enduring qualities of a well-
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"People should express, and
can express, and should feel
free to express, the National
Anthem based on who they
are... I think people get
self-righteous about the
national anthem ... I think
you have to have the freedom
to express who you are as a

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written ballad, the softness and power found
in music like The Greatest Love of All and
I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again, of
Lionel Ritchie classics. Even if the words
aren't as sultry as contemporary music, the
plan is to draw listeners in with basics;
attractive melody, strong voices, and
"That will be our goal, to make a beauti-

National anthem

ful sound, vocally as well as with the whole
orchestration or the band sound or with the
instrumental sound to make it really very
pleasing to the ear .. he wrote a lot of
rhythmic music as well," he explains. "No
matter what the person is saying, once the
rhythm gets going, the body automatically
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The French National Holiday:

Bastille Day or La Fete de 14Juillet


JULY is a time of national
holidays, and it seems that
many great nations gained
their independence or some
sort of personal freedom dur-
ing this month. Perhaps the
heat of summer brings out the
passion in man, or some have
been known to argue that the
heat makes one irritable and
tempers rise at this time of the
year. Or maybe because of
revolutions and popular
revolts which have occurred
over the centuries during the
month of July, it has become a
month symbolic to change,
freedom and Independence.
Whatever your belief, the
following countries all gained
Independence or revolted in
July: Algeria, 5/7/1962;
Argentina, 9/7/1816; The
Bahamas, 10/7/1973; Belgium,
21/7/1831; Burundi,. 1/7/1962;
Canada, 1/7/1867; Cape Verde,
5/7/1975; Columbia, 20/7/1810;
Comoros, 6/7/1975; Kiribati,
12/7/1979; Laos, 19/7/1949;
Liberia, 26/7/1847; Maldives,
26/7/1965; Mongolia,
11/7/1921; Peru, 28/7/1821;
Philippines, 4/7/1946 (from
U.S.A.); Rwanda, 1/7/1962;
Sao Tome and Pnincipe,
12/7/1975; Soloman Islands,
7/7/1978; Somalia, 1/7/1960;
USA, 4/7/1176; Vanuatu,
30/7/1980 and Venezuela,
In the heat of the summer
of 1789 in France, it all

The storming
of the Bastille
Paris was in a state of high
agitation in the early months
of the French revolution,
according to the Pr6sidence de
la R6publique's official web-
site. In Spring 1789, the
Estates-General refused to dis-
solve, transforming- itself
instead into a constituent
National Assembly. In July,
King Louis XVI called in fresh
troops and dismissed his pop-
ular Minister, Necker. On the
morning of July 14, the peo-
ple of Paris seized weapons
from the armoury at the
Invalides and then marched in
the direction of an ancient
Royal fortress, the Bastille.
After a bloody round of fir-
ing, the crowd broke into the
Bastille and released the hand-
ful of prisoners held there.
The storming of the Bastille
signalled the first' victory of
the people of Paris against a
symbol of the Ancien R6gime
(old regime). Indeed, the edi-
fice was razed to the ground in
the months that followed.
The F8te de la F6ddration
(Feast of the Federations) held
on July 14, 1790, celebrated
with great pomp the first

Anniversary of the insurrec-
tion. In Paris, Talleyrand said
Mass at the Altar of the
Fatherland, on the Champ de

The national
The commemoration of July
14 was abandoned in subse-
quent years. Under the Third
Republic, however, leaders
(Gambetta especially) cast
about for ways to celebrate the
foundations of the regime. A
Deputy for the Seine Depart-
ment, Benjamin Raspail,
moved that July 14 be named
the national holiday of the
Republic, and Parliament
passed an act to that effect on
July 6, 1880.
From the outset, the empha-
sis was on the patriotic and
military character of the event,
expressing France's recovery
from the defeat of 1870. Every
commune or locality in France
holds its own celebration,
starting with a torchlight
parade on the evening of the
13th. The next morning,
church bells or gun salutes
announce the military parade,
which is followed by a lun-
cheon, spectacles and games,
with dancing and fireworks to

end the day.
Coming after the austerity
of the 1914-18 war, the 14th
of July 1919 was the occasion
of a great victory celebration.
Similarly, July 14, 1945 was
preceded by three days of civic
The 14th of July today
Today, the'festivities of July
14 are as popular as ever. In
Paris, the traditional military
parade on the Champs-Elys6es
is a meticulously planned spec-
tacle, and dancing and fire-
works displays or special illu-
minations are organised all
over the country.
Successive Presidents of the
Fifth Republic have modified
the day's events slightly.
Restoring the tradition of rev-
olutionary Paris, President
Giscard d'Estaing re-routed
the military parade, marching
the troops from the Place de la
Bastille to the Place de la
Under President Franqois
Mitterrand, the "La Marseil-
laise" night-time parade
organised by Jean-Paul Goude
on July 14, 1989, watched by
numerous foreign heads of
State, was a high point in the
.celebrations of the bicentenary
of the French revolution.
In 1994, German soldiers
serving in the Eurocorps took

part in the parade on the
Champs-Elys6es, symbolising
the reconciliation between the
two Nations.
Since the election of Presi-
dent Chirac, young people
from all over France, as well as
members of the armed forces,
have been invited to attend
the reception given after the
parade in the grounds of the
Elys6e Palace.

From The French Declara-
tion of the Rights of Man
(August 1786) to the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights
(December 1948)
The French Revolution and
the Declaration of the Rights
of Man and the Citizen
inspired many to dream and
achieve freedom and equali-
ty. The famous Article 1 of
this declaration is known by

all: "Les hommes naissent et
demeurent libres et 9gaux en
droits. Les distinctions sociales
ne peuvent etre fondles que sur
l'utilit6 commune."
This, as well as other arti-
cles of the declaration inspired
the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights adopted by the
General Asseinbly of the
United Nations on December
10, 1948: "Article 1. All human
beings are born free and equal
in dignity and rights. They are
endowed with reason and con-
science and should act towards
one another in a spirit of

The 14th of
July in Nassau,
Under the initiative of the
Honorary French Consul to
the Bahamas, Mr Thierry
Boeuf, the local French com-
munity and friends of France
will be celebrating this impor-
tant day in French history and
western democracy in a man-
ner that that French love and
appreciate: over a fine
gourmet meal. A dinner has
been organised at the well
known French restaurant La
Provence in Sandyport and
will be followed by fireworks
thanks to the generosity of
Fireworks Unlimited, SG
Hambros, Cr6dit Lyonnais
and the United European
Bank and Trust. Persons wish-
ing to participate in the event
may contact the restaurant or
the Honorary French Con-
sulate. Chef Marc Innocenti
has concocted a meal to be
remembered. Places are lim-
ited and must be reserved in

Some of the information
in this article is courtesy of the
website of the Presidence de la
Republique's official website.

Summer Cloudburst and Retrospective
featuring photographer Roland Rose at
the Central Bank of the Bahamas Art
Gallery. This exhibition features stun-
ning black and white photographs shot in
1950s Nassau and vibrant digital colour
shots of nature.

Wide Angle at the National Art
Gallery features Tough Guise on Thurs-
day, July 21 at 7.45pm. Tough Guise ana-
lyzes masculinity as a social contruction,
a performance, or role, in short, a tough
Disscuants following the screening
include Marie Mills and Dr Ian Strachan
of the College of the Bahamas. This doc-
umentary is brought to you by the
NAGB in collaboration with the School
of English Studies at COB. It is not suit-
able for children. Admission is free.
Refreshments will be on sale.

Alternate Photography @ the Nation-
al Art Gallery: a course designed to
engage interested students in the visual
and aesthetic possibilities of photography
as an art, and alternative photography
as an accessible medium.
Students will be introduced to the his-
tory of photography. They will learn how
to build cameras, principles of photo-
graphic composition, correct darkroom
procedures and film development and
alternative photography techniques that
allow images to be developed on all
types of surfaces and objects, and pro-
duces images with very particular
The workshop will be held at NAGB,

West and West Hills Sts, and runs from
July 18-30, 9.30am 2pm (some days are
full work days and will run from 9am-
5pm). Age group: 12 years and older.
Cost: $60 members/$80 non-members.
To register call 328-5800.

The National Collection @ the Nation-
al Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhi-
bition that takes the viewer on a journey
through the history of fine art in the
It features signature pieces from the
national collection, including recent
acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius
Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.

Past, Present and Personal: The Dhwn
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 Nas-
sau Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marc-
hand 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 decid-
edly British medium of watercolour. Call
328-5800 to book tours.


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:.-- --- Parties, Nightclubs
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Airbrush Affair Night Out & Airbrush Junkies Grand
Opening, Wednesday, July 13 @ Club Waterloo.
Admission: $10 w/ any airbrushed attire. Music by Future
Sound DJs & Freeport's own DJ Shortie aka Da Lioness
out of Miami. Featuring: "Hot Female Dance Perfor-
mance" by Lady D. Prizes & Giveaways for the female
with the sexiest airbrushed skirt, tank top, and best air-
brush t-shirt for the guys.

The Reconstruction by Club Nsomnia and World Beat
Music @ Wyndham Crystal Palace Parking Lot, Friday,
July 15. Featuring: Bounty Killer, TOK, Mysta Smyth
and more artists to be announced. VIP Tickets @ $50,
available at the Jukebox, Mall at Marathon and Sexy
Thang, Robinson Road. General Admission tickets at a
lower price can be purchased at the gate. Gates open @
7pm. Music By: DJ Flava, Barry Da Pusher, Mr Xcite-
ment. DJ Fatal, Showtime DJ's (Dion Da Butcha &
Sly Fox).

Oliver in Ras Noah & the Hawk @ Our Lucaya in
Freeport on Friday, July 15, 7pm, and @ The Rainforest
Theatre, Cable Beach on Saturday, July 16, 7pm and
10pm. General admission $40 and VIP $50. Buy tickets
at the Jukebox, Marathon Mall; The Seventeen Shop,
Freeport; Original Patties, Harrold Rd; and online,

Nelson Cooper Peace on da Streets Basketball Classic @
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, Saturdays, July 16 and 23.
at 9am. Featuring: a Three-Point Shootout and the Jimel
Slam Dunk Contest. July 16 admission: $1 (children
,under 12), $2 (adults). July 23 admission: same charge
before 5pm. After-5pm all entrants pay $5. For more
information call 356-6549 or 326-7269.

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

Ladies Night @ Fluid lounge, this and every Thursday
night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam,
$10 after.'Guys: $15 all night. Drink special: 3 @ $10
(Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every week.

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

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

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, downtown, every
Friday night. Admission $10 before midnight. First 50
women get free champagne. First 50 men get a free
Greycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations
call 356-4612.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A night of
Drink specials all night long, including karaoke warm- Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours for all audiences.
up drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-until. Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge; Old School Reggae and
Soca in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before 11pm.
Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub. Begins $10 after 11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.
10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners selected as Vocal-
ist of the Week $250 cash prize. Winner selected at end TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and
of month from finalists cash prize $1,000. Admission Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden per-
$10 with one free drink. forms solo with special guests on Thursday from 9pm -
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David
prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform
$15. Sunday, 7 i"--10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Paradise
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
. every Wednesday Spm-8pm. Free appetizers and numer- Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British
ous drink specials.

Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

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

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

B M *The Arts lil

Summer Cloudburst and Retrospective featuring
photographer Roland Rose at the Central Bank of the
Bahamas. This exhibition is being held on the occasion
of the 32nd Anniversay of independence of the

Da Spot, .a weekly, comedy show, features skits and
spoofs on Bahamian life, with improv by a talented
young cast. The show is held Tuesdays @ The Dundas
at 8pm. Admission is $10, and tickets are sold at the

Bold, an exhibition of paintings lby JeRome Harris
Miller at Azure Spa, British Colonial Hilton, runs
through July 30. Spa hours Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm
and Sunday, 10am-6pm.

The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of
theBahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on a
journey through the history of fine art in the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces from the national collec-
tion, including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Anto-
nius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-

E~~O: Health .

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr
Willard Thompson will talk about sports medicine -
injury, prevention/teatment, drug use/abuse, and more
- on Thursday, July 21, 6pm in the conference room.

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

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

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes certified
by the AHA. The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to
avoid sudden death syndrome and the most common
serious injuries and choking that can occur in adults,
infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from 9am-
1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Training
Representative at 302-4732 for more information and
learn to save a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.

Civic Clubs

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, college Avenue
off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @
Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean
St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial
Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets
every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whit-
ney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable
Beach. Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
in the Solomon's Building, East-West Highway. Club
Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in
the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros.
All are welcome.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter
meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera
Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday,
7pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please
call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor
meeting room.

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

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

J0oUU6 to boor turs. exhiuitionc loUses u uaiy o, Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of
2006.each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's
Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies Collection Monestary. For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.
@ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Villa Doyle, International Association of Administrative Profes-
West and West Hill Streets. The exhibition is part of the sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of
NAGB's Collector's Series. Call 328-5800 to book tours. er C B ,
This exhibition closes August 31, 2005. every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
This exhibition closes August 31, 2005.
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the
The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau Watercolours month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in
of Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper, from the collection of Room 144 during the academic year. The group pro
pa a an o e Ico c e ,Room 144 during the academic year. The group pro-
Orijan and Amanda Lindroth @ the National Art Gallery motes the Spanish language and culture in the commu-
of the Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century paintings motes the Spanish language and culture the comm
that make up the exhibition are part of one of the earliest
suites of paintings of Nassau arid its environs. Tupper
was a British military officer stationed at Fort Char-
lotte .in the 1850s. The works show a pre-modern
Bahamas through the decidely British medium of water- Send all your civic and social events to The Tribune
colour. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:
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Fantasia Barrino is no
longer the reigning
American Idol, but
she's still a champion, and she'll
be coming to Nassau for a one-
night-only concert to prove it.
The show will take place on
Friday, July 29, at the Wynd-
ham, Crystal Palace Ballroom,
Cable Beach. The doors will
open at 7pm with a 9pm show-
time. L A Concerts and Capital
Marlketing are promising con-
certgoers a thrilling experience.
Fantasia will sing not only her
hits but also many other popu-
lar R&B tunes.
Now 21-years-old, Fantasia
went from being an unknown
teenager to worldwide super-
star after winning the third sea-
son of Fox TV's American Idol
in 2004. Fantasia triumphed
week after week with soulful

renditions of songs made pop-
ular by legendary superstars.
In the end, 65 million people
voted for her, leading to her
record deal with Clive Davis' J
Out of 70,000 hopefuls, Fan-
tasia earned her way to the top
by adjusting her style to what-
ever genre was thrown at her.
In fact she continues to show-
case a remarkable ability to
add her own special touch to
an array of diverse material.
The dynamic diva with a
gospel-tinged voice, made his-
tory when she became the first
artist in history to debut at #1
with their first single, "I
Believe" written by Idol alum
Tamyra Gray.
Her story is one of rags to
riches as she excelled from
being a poor teen mother from

High Point North Carolina to a tured the hearts of America.
powerhouse vocalist that cap- Fantasia's soulful delivery

made her an instant favourite
among Bahamians.
On her album "Free Your-
self", the young artist collabo-
rated with super producer Mis-
sy Elliot and a host of other
talented artists. The album has
an electric feel to it. Accord-
ing to reviews, "It is the type of
CD you can play all the way
through without skipping any
songs. The vocals on each track
are so crisp and clean."
Fantasia was quoted in a
recent interview with The
Source magazine saying, "I
wanted to make music that
makes people feel good and
that everyone can relate to on
some kinda' level." Speaking
about the song, "Baby Mama",
Fantasia noted, "It's about time
there was a theme song for all
of the single mothers out there
working hard to make ends
meet, to make sure their fami-
lies are okay. I wanted to do
this song so we could have a
song to jam to in the car on the

way home from work and say,
yeah this song is just for me!"
The album, which includes
"I Believe", went to no. 1 on
Billboard's Hot 100 Chart last
June as Fantasia was celebrat-
ing her 20th birthday. The song
is currently the best selling sin-
gle this year, according to
Neilsen Soundscan charts.
Fantasia, whose earliest vocal
influence was Aretha Franklin,
came from humble beginnings.
She was born into a musical
family. And by the age of five
she and her siblings were
singing at local weddings and
other events.
Her first cousins KC and Jo
Jo Hailey are the original mem-
bers of Jodeci a hot super
group in the 1990s.
Tickets will go on sale on
Saturday, July 23, and can be
purchased at any of the Papa
Johns locations and Church's
Chicken, Harbour Bay. Tick-
ets are priced at $40 general
admission and $50 VIP.

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Tribune Feature Writer
FOLLOWING the, success th .r s
of its inaugural DJ Awards,
the Future Entertainment
promotion company is maximum of three votes, been amended to include a not to forget
geared up to host its 2nd Where possible, efforts are wider audience. classics.
AnnualDJAwardslaterthis being made to ensure that DJ Tan explains: "This For Lady'
summer. But leading up to this is adhered to. For exam- year it's going to be totally Bahamas car
the big night, radio listeners ple, the IP addresses of those different. We added more popularity an
are now being encouraged to who vote via the Internet will categories for the more con- country, espe
make their "voices heard" by be tracked to police repeated servative crowd, that is the younger gene
casting their votes. users. people who listen to the talk the popular
Similar to last year, Future shows and the morning She even goes
Entertainment will award Polling shows. Certain categories that "music is
local DJs solely on the opin- were split up into sexes, has also set a
ions of radio listeners who DJ Tan (Lady Tan), head where this year an award is this year's aw
choose their favourite sound of Future Entertainment told given to best male and
men and women in various Tribune Entertainment that female radio personalities as Unix
categories. Persons can vote although her company did opposed to just best radio
online at www.thenew- receive many votes last year, personality." Says Tan:, and she is expecting even more When it comes to music, where is univ Votes can persons to vote since there some argue that it is nothing ter what typ
also be cast at Airbrush are more polling stations without the DJs and radio listen to.
Junkies, Mall at Marathon, available. Polls were opened personalities who are the "And really
various restaurants at on May 24 and will close at "pulse" of the industry. They most of thes
Arawak Cay and local night- 8pm on August 17. keep the cycle of music going personalitie
clubs, as well as sending votes Not only will voters have in a sense, bringing the wouldn't kno,
to P 0 Box CB -13369. more opportunities, but newest releases to the pub- to or what's g
Each person is allowed a many of the categories have lic as well as helping listeners the music is s-

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the memorable
Tan, DJs in the
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d respect in the
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ration who love
music of today.
s as far as saying
life", which she
s the theme for
"Music every-
versal, no mat-
e of music you
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e DJs or radio
s, some of us
w what to listen
oing on or what
aying, especial-

ly if it's Bahamian music,
soca and reggae, where some
of them do contribute posi-
tive messages. That's the rea-
son why we chose 'music is
life' because life is really
based on music and the play-
ing of the music, the listening
of the music, the dancing of
the music."
Last year's awards cere-
mony was held at Club
Eclipse, but the location has
been changed to accommo-
date those who are not
"interested" in the club
scene. Future Entertainment
hopes to make the award
show a more formal event.
The 2nd Annual DJ
Awards: Music is Life, will
be held at the Rain Forest
Theatre, Wyndham Crystal
Palace Resort. It is slated for
late August, a specific date

will be announced.
In the meantime, voters
will choose their favourites
in the following categories:
Best Morning Show
Best Talk Show
Best Radio DJ
Best Radio Mix Show
Best Soft Show (slow mix
Best Bahamian Mix
Best Male Radio Person-
Best Female Radio Per-
Best Remix DJ
Best Host / Hostess
Best Selector Mix Man
Best Boat Cruise DJ
Best Club DJ
Hypest DJ
Best Dressed DJ
Most Improved DJ
Best Concert System
Best High School DJ
Best Sound System
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Expect lyrical twisting
and turning and con-
scious speech spoken in
confident tones at this
weekend's poetry event
Featuring American artist Larry
Knight, a Louisiana native, hits the
Local spoken word scene Sunday night
with his show A Life Supreme. He
brings an American-South-inspired
sound that, he says, will provide
;Bahamians with something new.
"I want people to feel something
that they've never felt before," says
knight, who is also a teacher, pho-
tographer and avid jazz fan. He is vis-
4iting the Bahamas until early next
Providing emotions and sensations
never experienced before may not be
easy; many poetry fans are familiar
with expressions of hope and oppres-
sion, ancestry and lost ancestry, vio-
lence and a struggle for cultural mean-
ing, themes that are evident in the
spoken word tracks on Knight's latest
album, also entitled A Life Supreme,
,which presents poetry and music from
his longer upcoming album affinity.
What he does bring is the perspec-
tive of a 1970s and 1980s product,
tackling poignant memories of the civ-
il rights movement, making sense of a
past he experienced second-hand but
still struggles to come to terms with.
That's clear on his album, a 12-track
trip from slave ships to current-day
beer-clutching head-bobbing Satur-

day night partying. And while the sen-
timents he expresses may be familiar,
he offsets carefully crafted poetics
with background sounds that range
from mellow music to beats as sultry
and deliberate as a slow-walking
woman, to wailing sirens, rioting
crowds and the haunting bark of
police dogs.
A Life Supreme starts out with
Knight's pure speech, which he uses to
paint a verbal picture of a guitar-play-

"I want people
to feel something
that they've never,
felt before."
Larry Knight

ing griot singing into the Southern air.
Music eases its way into the album
with the evocative motherless child
before the auditory journey contin-
ues with the heady beat that backs a
blue southern night, a spoken perfor-
mance that's humid and divine. Again,
Knight uses tongue as paintbrush, and
paintbrush as pen to spin a narrative.
By the time Knight reaches chaos in
e minor, where he laments "the raspy
vocals of Nina Simone overpowered


by the low-tech drone of some/pre-
manufactured studio siren/ a 21st cen-
tury diva wailing against the back-
ground beats of an old-school sam-
..ple/a form of recycled culture instant-
ly packaged for the masses", the ear
has been lulled, wooed, won over and
entirely hooked.
"It's not only an American thing,"
says Knight, of his work. He tackles
emotional topics with a controlled
tone of voice and deliberate words,
doling out rhymes skillfully but spar-
ingly, pauses poignantly interjected
into the performance.
"I was a product of the '70s and the
'80s, I didn't go through the civil rights
movement... but I've taken my blind-
ness away and (am) seeing what it
would have been like to be in that
position," says Knight. He's hoping
Bahamian audiences will, through his
work, do the same.
"The 17th (of July) is gonna be my
first experience with a Bahamian audi-
ence, and an international audience,"
says Knight. "I'd be lying if I said I
wasn't somewhat nervous about how
it's gonna be received."
The poet, who has performed in
Louisiana, Georgia, New York, Wash-
ington DC and Florida, decided to try
his work out in Nassau after talking
with a friend at Mirrors Beauty Salon,
Soldier Road, where the show will be
held. And, if his album keeps its
promise, that show will be a treat for
those of any background.
A Life Supreme shows at Mirrors
Beauty Salon on Sunday, July 17. For
more information, call 394-4660.

Take two! Bahamas International

Film Festival all set for December

THE Bahamas International
Film Festival (BIFF) has
announced the dates for its sec-
ond annual film festival, which
is set for December 8-11.
Last year, BIFF played host
to a powerful combination of
industry professionals, film-
makers, celebrity guests, film
enthusiasts and the local com-
munity. And by all accounts it
was a resounding success.

BIFF is fast becoming the
most sought after event of the
Bahamas, according to a press
release, and reinforces the
nation's growing reputation as
a cultural destination. Many
local and international film-
makers, festival goers and

industry professionals are talk-
ing about how successful this
ground-breaking event was and
are looking forward to being a
part of BIFF 2005.
BIFF's founder and execu-
tive director, Leslie Vander-
pool, has. travelled the world
to promote BIFF to recruit top-
tier films and talent. The pro-
motional efforts led to some of
the highest-profile events at
film festivals as Tribeca (April
19 May 1) and Cannes (May
"I looked forward to attend-
ing the Cannes Film Festival
once again to bolster the repu-
tation of the festival in the
Bahamas," said Leslie Van-

derpool. "We established a
presence at Cannes last year
with a reception for over 400
people. BIFF is quickly estab-
lishing an identity in the minds
of industry professionals and
the response has been over-
whelmingly positive."
In celebration of Cinema in
Paradise, the second annual
Bahamas International Film
Festival will present approxi-
mately 50 films, encompassing
international features, shorts,
documentaries and animation.
The theme of the Official Com-
petition is the "Spirit of Free-
dom" with a focus on works
that provide insight into the
mosaic of cultures that make

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up our world. Competition
films will be eligible for a
Grand Jury Prize. The other
categories are:
1) "New Visions," a show-
case for emerging artists, pro-
viding the festival audience
with the opportunity to discov-
er the next generation of
visionary filmmakers;
2) "World Cinema," a selec-
tion of international films, and;

3) The "Caribbean Spot-
light," a collection of films by
Caribbean filmmakers.
The Call for Entries for
BIFF is now open and the
deadline for submissions is
August 1. For information vis-
it our website: www.bintlfilm- or www.bahamasin-
In addition, to showcasing
films and celebrating filmmak-
ers, BIFF will continue to focus
on education and the connec-
tion between the film industry
and the Bahamian communi-
ty, an important aspect of the
Festival's mission. "The
Bahamas International Film
Festival would like to convey
the message that the Bahamas
welcomes the international film
community and looks forward
to linking industry and educa-
tion,"' says Ms Vanderpool.
"When we organised the set
visit to Brett Ratner's After the
Sunset for students and local

1 Footprints T.O.K

3 Hail The King Fantan Mojah

5 Candy Shop

50 Cent

6 Good Ride Taya Stevens M
7 My Love Sizzla
8 Lava Ground Wayne
9 How We Do The Game

3 Amazing Grace Aaron Neville

4 1lCall'You Faithful
5 Who's Report
6 Bahama Praise
7 I'm Not Tired Yet
9 EBe o Blesseda
9 Everybody Dancing
10 .Holy Ground

Bishop Lawrence Rolle
Kingdom Kids
Mississippi Mass Choir
'> Yolanda Adamrs
Canton Jones
Sandi iPatty

filmmakers, it gave me great
pleasure to share their excite-
ment and enthusiasm, and to
be able to bring such an expe-
rience to the youth and talent
of our nation. In Grand
Bahama, students and local
filmmakers look forward to
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3
and the opportunity to see film-
making in the Bahamas up

To strengthen this focus, the
Festival will present a series of
interactive, educational semi-
nars. Established industry pro-
fessionals will conduct these
sessions for filmmakers and the
public at the world-renowned
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Con-
servation Centre. Topics will
include filmmaking, acting,
directing, screenwriting, distri-
bution and film financing. "We
look forward to offering more
one-on-one experiences and
opportunities between direc-
tors, producers, actors, festival
guests and the local communi-
ty at the Festival and through-
out the year," added Ms Van-
The Festival will craft a gen-
uine cultural experience for its
guests by showcasing the
nation's many tropical charms.
In addition to Cinema in Par-
adise, Festival highlights will
include beach screenings and
hospitality suites at the presti-
gious Atlantis Paradise Island
Resort as well as educational
forums, a unique filmmaker
retreat, and a wide choice of
local recreational activities.
Airline partners include US
Airways and British Airways.
The Bahamas International
Film Festival is a non-profit'
organisation dedicated to pro-
viding the local community and
International visitors with a
broad selection of films from
around the world. In addition
to offering films that might not
otherwise be released theatri-
cally in the Bahamas, BIFF will
provide educational programs
and forums for exploring the
past, present and future of cin-
Throughout the four days of
BIFF 2005, there will be many
special events including open-
ing and closing night galas, pre-
mieres, retrospectives and a
celebrity tribute, as well as film-
maker cocktail parties and hap-
py hours.


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