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Volume: 101 No.206





Businessman to

take decision on

FNM leadership

within a week

IT emerged last night that
Brent Symonette may still
become the first white chal-
lenger for the FNM leadership.
The multi-millionaire busi-
nessman said the nation will
have his decision within a week.
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Symonette said that
by August 10 he will be
announcing whether or not he
will be running for the position.
If he does decide to contest
for party leadership, Mr Symon-
ette will be running against
Dion Foulkes and present FNM
leader Tommy Turnquest.
The prospect of Mr Symon-
ette leading the FNM into a
general election has sparked
public debate about whether or
not the spectre of race still
haunts politics in the Bahamas.
Dr Leatendore Percentie and
Dr Keith Russell, frequent con-
tributors to this newspaper's
Letters column, both expressed
the "pros and cons" of Mr
Symonette becoming the leader
of the opposition.
Dr Russell had openly con-
demned Mr Symonette based
on the fact that he is white and
because he was born into a
UBP family.
According to Dr Russell, Mr
Symonette benefited from the
"racist policies (of that era),

which inflicted unimaginable
hardships on the majority of this
On the other hand, Dr Per-
centie stated that he doesn't
want to "live in a country run by
blacks or whites."
He explained that he wants
to "live in a country that is
democratically elected."
Dr Percentie went say
that in order to get the best of
all possible governments no
Bahamian of ability should be
sidelined from public service
based on his race, religion or
However, despite public con-
cerns, Mr Symonette has stated
that they are not affecting his
It is also public speculation
that former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham and former
cabinet Minister Algernon
Allen may also be running for
the position, however, neither
report has been confirmed.
Recently on Island FM's talk
show Parliament Street, current
FNM chairman Carl Bethel and
former FNM challenger for the
St Margaret's constituency
Loretta Butler Turner hinted
that they may challenge for
leadership positions in the
FNM's convention in Novem-

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MULTI-MILLION dollar contract
signed yesterday by Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company will provide the
country with the world's "most signifi-
cant" submarine telecommunications sys-
tem and facilitate new investment possi-
bilities in the Family Islands.
BTC executives yesterday entered into
a $49.3 million agreement with United
States-based Tyco Telecommunications
to install the state-of-the-art Bahamas
Domestic Submarine Cable Network
International (BDSNi).
The submarine cable, which is expected
SEE page 11

Man shot

at party

POLICE are investigating a shooting and
an attempted armed robbery that occurred
during the late hours of Monday night and
early Tuesday morning.
Monday night's shooting concluded a
string of criminal incidents during the holi-
day weekend.
According to Assistant Commissioner of
Police Reginald Ferguson police received a
late night call to a house party in Millennium
Gardens after gun shots were fired.
' Mr Ferguson said that Cyril Lockhart, a
party-goer, was the sole victim of gunshot
wounds at the party.
Mr Lockhart was taken to Princess Mar-
garet Hospital where he is recuperating.
SEE page 11

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Majors were

'dealt with

Tribune Staff Reporter
DWIGHT and Keva Majors' lawyer
argued in the Supreme Court yesterday
that Magistrate Linda Virgill had com-
mitted "procedural impropriety" when
dealing with his clients' case in the low-
er court.
Making submissions in a habeas cor-
pus application, lawyer Michael Kemp is
seeking to have his clients released on
several grounds.
Justice Jon Isaacs presided over the
case, in which Mr Kemp said the Majors
were entitled to be informed of their
right to fight the extradition case
brought against them.
However, he said the magistrate
SEE page 11


Emancipation celebration

Grand Bahama

police hunt for

suspect after

gun incident

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT One man was shot and a sec-
ond man is on the run from local authorities
after a shooting at West End.
Floyd Anthony Hamilton is listed in serious
but stable condition at Rand Memorial Hospital
after being shot twice following an argument
with a man.
According to Inspector Loretta Mackey, the
shooting occurred around 12.15pm on Monday.
Hamilton told police that while walking
through Roker Yard he was approached by a
He said that he and the man argued.
The man reportedly went to his vehicle and
retrieved a handgun. While trying to flee, Hamil-
ton was shot twice.
Hamilton was expected to undergo surgery
Tuesday. Meanwhile, police have launched a
search for the gunman.

Two persons were seriously injured Tuesday
morning in a traffic accident at East Sunrise
Highway and Fortune Bay Drive.
The accident occurred just before 9.30am
and involved a Chevy Truck driven by Gor-
don Ritchie, 45, of Linsil Drive, and an Isuzu
truck driven by Craig Nicholls, 25, of Spinney
Mr Ritchie was traveling west on East Sunrise
Highway 'with two female passengers ages 2 and
15. Nicholls was traveling north on Fortune Bay
Drive when the two vehicles collided.
Both vehicles were extensively damaged.
All four persons were taken to hospital.
Ritchie and the 15 year-old sustained serious
injuries and were expected to be airlifted to
Nassau for further medical treatment.
Despite appeals to motorists, traffic accideints
continue to occur on Grand Bahama streets>':
Oslie Delancy, 66, was killed Saturday ir a
traffic accident at East Sunrise Highway and
Waterfall Drive.

* GREASY POLE This group of young men is seen working together to climb Fox Hill's greasy
pole during Emancipation Day celebrations on Monday on the Fox Hill Parade. The young men
stand on each other's shoulders and, through a system of strapping themselves to the pole with
cloth, slowly make it to the top. The 35-foot pole is slathered with heavy grease just before the
annual competition.

* FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell
helps to clean up after a
community lunch staged by
the Fox Hill Festival
Committee on Emancipation
Day. Virtually the entire
village pitches in to host
Bahamians from other areas
of New Providence and
visitors to the country during
Fox Hill Festival week, which
spans Emancipation Day, the
first Monday in August and
Fox Hill Day, the second
Tuesday in the month.

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from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.


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* JUNKANOO ARMY Dr Emmanuel Francis, a dentist
who also happens to 'rush' with the 'Redland Soldiers'
Junkanoo group, greets the Chinese and Haitian ambassadors
to the Bahamas as they are hosted by Fox Hill MP and
Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred
Mitchell. From left are Chinese Ambassador Li Yuan Ming,
Mr Mitchell, Dr Francis and Haitian ambassador Louis
Harold Joseph.

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Texaco closes Collins

Avenue gas station

:Tribune Staff Reporter
TEXACO announced that it has decid-
ed to close a gas station that has ser-
viced the Collins Avenue area for many
The company says the station lacks
"high future growth potential."
For the past ten years, Texaco service
station on Collins Avenue has been oper-
aped by the family of journalist and for-
riper FNM politician Sir Arthur Foulkes.
* District retail manager at Texaco
Bahamas Limited Raymond Samuels said
In accessment of Texaco's retail network '
ho6ws the station's location to be "a low
potential site."

Chief Reporter
POLICE are investigating
more "holistic" methods of com-
bating the most common motives
behind murders in the Bahamas.
However police admit that
these motives arguments and
domestic disputes are "highly
unpredictable and difficult to pre-
With the death of 28-years-old
Philip Minnis, who was shot six
times while talking with friends
outside his home off East Street,
the Bahamas recorded its 26 mur-
der for the year.
The figure is five higher than
the that for the same period last
Assistant Commissioner in
charge of crime Reginald Fergu-
son said that the nature of per-
sonal disputes and domestic vio-
lence places law enforcement at a
disadvantage, because there
are very few preventive measures
police can put in place to prevent
such incidences from escalating
to the point where someone
In 2004, domestic violence and
personal conflicts accounted for
44 per cent of murders.
"These situations are highly
unpredictable... What we need is
a more holistic approach to the
situation to change the attitudes
of people so that they can resolve
conflicts without using violence,"
said Mr Ferguson.
After arguments and domestic
disputes, Mr Ferguson said, rob-
bery accounts for the greatest
number of murders in the
He said that 2004, 23 per cent
of all murders were robbery relat-
In 2004 the Bahamas experi-
enced 44 murders, which was a
12 per cent drop from the year
before. Police investigations
resulted in 82 per cent of these
murders ending in an arrest.
With no way to tell what the
final count for 2005 will be, Mr
Ferguson said the police force will
continue to do its best in pre-
venting serious crime.
."The murder rate is relatively
what it was this time last year I
would wish that it would be non-
existent but there is no way of
telling you can have an upsurge or
by the same token you can have
nothing. We're hoping for noth-
ing," Mr Ferguson said.

"It does not have high future growth
potential and as such, the station forms a
part of our strategy to optimise our retail
network," said Mr Samuels
He said Texaco has satisfied the con-
tractual obligation to the retailer.
Notices have been posted at the station
to make their customers aware of the

"The family is saddened that having
been operating for ten years at this sta-
tion we must close," said Brendan
Foulkes, director of Maisonneuve Lim-'
ited, the company which ran the station.
The company employs 17 persons; nine-

are employees at the service station and
the body and mechanic shop employees
Sir Arthur Foulkes told The Tribune
that while he is not involved in the talks
between his family's company and Tex-
aco's management, it is his understanding
that his family's company has been given
notice to close the service station.
Sir Arthur said that as far as he knows,
the family was not given the reasons for
ending "our business."
Mr Samuels told The Tribune that Tex-
aco has been in dialogue with the retail-
er since 2003, with regards to the future
of the location.
However, he was not at liberty to dis-
close what was discussed.

New service

launched between

Washington DC

and Nassau

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas is set to experi-
ence an increase of visitors from
the United States' east coast fol-
lowing an announcement by Unit-
ed Airlines of its new service
between Washington DC and
The US' second largest airline
has announced that its new sched-
ule will offer increased services
to Mexican and Caribbean beach
destinations, including a brand-
new Washington DC/Nassau ser-
Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, Ministry of Tourism airlift
director Tyrone Sawyer described
the new route a "very positive
development for the Bahamas."
"We give it our full support, it
is very good to have more seats
from such a key market," he said.

The greater Washington DC
metropolitan area includes the
District of Columbia and parts of
Maryland, Virginia, and West
Virginia, with a population sur-
passing 4.7 million.
Currently, US Airways in the
only airline offering travellers in
the area a direct service to the
"This is a very important devel-
opment. It will be very interesting
to see what kind of impact this
will have on the airfares and the
market as a whole," Mr Sawyer
Flights from the US capital's
Dulles International Airport to
Nassau are scheduled to be begin
on December 15, 2005.
"Our new service to Nassau

increases the number of beach
destinations we offer our cus-
tomers in the Washington DC
area, and provides access to
another vacation hot spot for all
our customers to enjoy," said
Greg Taylor, United Airline's
senior vice president for planning.

He added that this expansion
of the airline's schedule is in line
with "United's ongoing effort to
bolster our international service,
and represents a second consecu-
tive year of significant growth to
popular Mexican and Caribbean
leisure destinations."
Mr Sawyer said that with the
addition of more and more air-
lines servicing the Bahamas "it
keeps the focus on efforts that
are being undergone at NIA
(Nassau International Airport)."
"It keeps the pressure on us to
raise the level of our facilities.
Especially now with such high
quality rooms like at Atlantis
coming on stream, we need to be
able to provide people with a
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Sir Stafford's legacy to poor man

TO protect our currency against counter-
feiters the first Counterfeit Resistant Inte-
grated Security Product $10 note will be cir-
culated with the existing $10 bank notes until
the latter are phased out of circulation. So
announced the Central Bank.
It seemed an innocent enough announce-
ment until it was realised that this was gov-
ernment's way of quietly removing from pub-
lic circulation the face of a man they never
wanted on a Bahamian bank note in the first
place. What they don't appreciate is that there
is more to justify Sir Stafford Sands, the archi-
tect of the Bahamas' financial services and
tourism industry, being on a Bahamian bank
note than there is of any of the other Bahami-
ans who are still there -Sir Milo Butler, $20;
Sir Lynden Pindling, $1; Sir Roland Symonette,
$50; Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield, $5.
We suggest that if Sir Stafford does not
qualify despite the tremendous economic lega-
cy he left the Bahamas which we have heard
members of the PLP government grudgingly
acknowledge then none of the others qual-
ify. It would be better to take them all off, put_
our Queen on the -notes aind-end the argu-
ment. It must be admitted that there are still
some Bahamians in high places today who are
too emotionally immature to make objective
decisions on certain issues, race and a man's
true worth among them.
The government probably thought it was
being clever by, choosing this means of
manoeuvringSir.Stafford's image out of exis-
tence. It was confident that no one would
notice Sir Stafford was supposed to qu6-ietly
slip into oblivion. But the "new" PLP forgot
one thing: This is the year 2005 and today's
Bahamians are not as gullible as they were
under the "old" PLP of the sixties.
The public did notice. Alvin Smith, Oppo-
sition leader in the House, was the first to
blow the whistle publicly and judging from a
part of a radio talk show we heard last week,
callers gave government a good roasting for Sir
Stafford's removal.
From some of the comments it would seem
that members of the public are wiser than their
leaders. Many of them believe that a man should
be honoured for what he has achieved, and the
public good he has done. They believe it unfair
to pick his bones to find a skeleton in his closet.
If we did that too carefully, the Bahamas would
have no heroes few could remain on their
pedestals under the full light of day.
The news of the FNM government's intention
to recognise Sir Stafford's financial genius and
what it meant, and still means to the Bahamas,
sparked long and loud debate in 2000.
In a short letter to The Tribune that year a


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money, not about race. He said he did not.
agree with the UBP's racist policies. History
also showed that neither did the public.
However, the writer recognised that the
greatest single act on this country's economy
was "when the Bahamian pound was changed _
to the dollar and Sir Stafford tied the Bahami-
an dollar to the. United States dollar. Thus
giving the Bahamian dollar parity with the big
buck! Wow!
"So if anyone should be on the money," he
wrote, "it should be the boy that negotiated it -
the finance minister of the UBP. He was not a
civil rights activist; he was a money guy. He was
important to the success of our economy..."
And then he added: "Just one thing I dis-
agree with about the money. Sir Stafford Sands
should also be on the one dollar bills so as
Bahamians can see more of him and under-
stand the significance of what he did."
At the other end of the spectrum was an
emotional Fred Mitchell, then a PLP senator.
Speaking to students at Beloit College in Wis-
consin-en-thepolitics-and economisof race,
Mr Mitchell told them: "In fact a boycott of the
notes is to be organised that will ask people to
deface the notes or refuse to accept them from
banks or from merchants."
In this column we reminded Mr Mitchell of
s. 402 of the Penal Code under which a person
could be convicted and fined for mutilating
or defacing currency inot6W.asid AdS lat,,
a breach of the law?.-
A caller to last week's talk show succinctly
described what Sir Stafford meant to Bahami-
ans, especially poor, black Bahamians.
He recalled the days when the Bahamas had
only a three-month tourist season- November
to February. During the day, he said, he drove
a taxi; at night he worked at the Montagu
Beach Hotel. At the end of the winter sea-
son, taxi drivers mothballed their cars for the
next season. The cars were put up on blocks;
the tyres were taken off and secured until the
season opened in November. No one had year-
round work.
And then came the brilliance of Sir Stafford.
He promoted a year-round tourist season. For
the first time taxi drivers and straw vendors
could earn a living-year round.
Sir Stafford's greatest legacy, said the caller,
was to "change things so the poor man could
work year round." Today; he said, it was the
poor man who was still benefiting from the
genius of this one man. If for no other rea-
son, he said, Sir Stafford Sands had earned
his place on the $10 note.
Tomorrow we shall ask the question: Are
white persons the only racists?

Should be

grateful for

.... Junkanoo

EDITOR, The Tribune
JUNKANOO has always
been a controversial topic and
by its very nature will always
continue to be so. However, I
am disappointed when individ-
uals who claim to be educated
and so-called experts on the
topic of Junkanoo utilise the
talk show on a Saturday morn-
ing to outright deceive the
Bahamian public.
It is amazing that the same
people who are criticizing The
C-cube Seating Company for
staging a parade in conjunction
-with the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and the Ministry of
Tourism in Freeport over the
Emancipation holiday weekend,
have a problem because the
principals of C-cube may make
some money and they are not
affiliated with the so-called
Junkanoo Corporation, which
turned out to be a big failure
based on their performance to
date, or rush with any particular
Junkanoo group.
Mind you this is the same
people, who were calling the
Minister of Youth and Culture
inquiring about being part of
this same upcoming parade.
Rather than criticising, they
should acknowledge the entre-

preneurial spirit of these young
Bahamians, who rather than
waiting to have government
give them a handout, have tak-
en the initiative to help them-
They are staging an event
that will help the people of
Grand Bahama who were dev-
astated by two hurricanes.
Additionally, they have provid-
ed significant seed money and
paid the transportation and
housing for the three top
Junkanoo groups from the New
Year's Parade to entertain and
compete for more money than
they get from the annual Bay
Street parades.
Certainly, this is a win-win
situation for all;; don't blame
C-cube Seating Company if
your group came shabby to the
New Year's Parade, and as a
result did not finish in the top
I don't recall anybody crying
over the fact that the proposal
that was submitted to the IAAF
to have Junkanoo performed at
the Edmonton World Games

was submitted by one individual
on behalf of all Junkanoo
groups, but when the approval
was granted it was awarded to a
particular set of individuals,
who made a significant amount
of money and very little ended
up in the hands of the actual
Junkanoo performers.
With respect to C-cube and
the Bleacher contract, they have
provided a first-class product as
agreed, and the Ministry of
Youth has.had the opportunity
to opt out of the arrangement as
agreed in the terms and condi-
tions of the contract. So don't
blame them at least they did
not sit back and wait for the
government to purchase bleach-
ers and try to have the govern-
ment turn them over to them
to manage as some people were
hoping and trying to do.
Perhaps rather than taking a
negative attitude towards what
these young Bahamian entre-
preneurs are doing, it may be
wise to channel that energy to
creating something all Bahanii-
ans can benefit from; after all
you don't have exclusivity on
Junkanoo, it belongs to all of us.

Nassau ;
July 26 2005 -

hanging face on note is

childish political gimickry

M DITOR, The Tribune
TRUER or more damning
words could not be spoken than
those penned by Oswald Brown
re our government's decision to
remove the portrait of Sir
Stafford Sands from the
Bahamian $10 banknote. I
quote his words here as he
states that this action "...rein-
forces.the-often voiced opinion
that racism is inextricably inter-
woven into the fabric of
Bahamian society. This dis-
graceful decision is unadulter-
ated reversed racism of the
rankest kind."
I agree with, underscore and
reiterate his words one hundred
per cent. My Good Lord,, and. I
thought we were finally mov-
ing into a more elevated and
enlightened mindset in our love-
ly little country. After all, this
same man, irrespective of any
dark period in his life, was
knighted by the majestic head
of our state. Indeed so was Sir
Lynden, and certainly there

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Notice is hereby given in accordance with Article 25 of the Company's Articles
of Association that the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Bank Limited
has approved redemption of all 10,076 "C" Class Preference Shares.

The date of redemption will be September 16, 2005.

In order to facilitate this redemption, the official register for "C" Preference
Shareholders will be closed at the close of business on September 9, 2005. No
further transactions will be recorded after that time.

Details of the Class "C" Preference Share redemption will be mailed on August
9, 2005 to the Shareholder's address registered with the Company's Registrar
and Transfer Agent, Colina Finifncia Advisors, Goodman's Bay Corporate
Centre, West Bay St., Nassau, P.O. Box CB 12407.

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July 29,2005

were periods, in his.,earthly
sojourn when he behaved most
Unlike a saint. Nonetheless, and
without hesitation, we saw fit
to honour him on the most com-
mon of our notes, the $1 bill.
This action, then, taken by
our present government, is not
only racist, but it symbolizes the
epitome of political hypocrisy.
Even if our previous adminis-
tration was ill-advised in its
decision, the fact remains that it
was done, and not a single citi-
zen suffered any ill effect.
Now to willy-nilly undo it
simply sets the stage for stupid
and childish political gimmickry,

for it will only prompt the FNM
once it is again inm power to re-
undo what was undone. Where
will we end up before we cease
this type of banana republic
political games with the minds
of our people used simply as
I pray now that Rev CB Moss
unequivocally has his answer as
to why white Bahamians do not
show their faces at public
national functions.

Vice President, GBHRA
July 29 2005

Why I am hesitant

to attend events

EDITOR, The Tribune

I am in Nassau again and
have heard the discussions
about white people not attend-.
ing the Independence Day cel-
ebrations. I wanted to attend
with my Bahamian wife. But
ever since I was threatened by
a black Bahamian with a cut-

lass, who told me I was the
"wrong colour" (he was never
prosecuted or punished) we
are hesitant to participate in
events where we may not be

July 2005

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most common cause of accidents

Gambier man has been
charged with having sex
with a two-year-old
Chet Antonio Hanna
was arraigned in the
Nassau Street Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
He was charged with
engaging in unlawful
intercourse on Wednes-
day July 27.
Hanna pleaded not
guilty to the charge and
was granted bail in the
sum of $4,000.
The matter was
adjourned to November
A 29-year-old man of
Hay Street was charged
with possession of more
than $1,000 worth of
It is alleged that on
Friday July 29, Adrian
Beckles s was found in
possession of one
pound, two and one
quarter ounces of mari-
juana, which he intend-
ed to supply to another.
Lawyer Michael
Kemp told Magistrate
Carolita Bethel that
Beckles, who was still
in police custody up to
the time his matter was
heard, would enter a
not guilty plea to the
Bail for Beckles was
granted in the sum of
$10,000 with one sure-
ty. The matter was
adjourned to February
A 29-year-old John-
son Road man was sen-
tenced to serve prison
time after pleading
guilty to drug charges
Althon Davis was
charged with being
found in possession of a
quantity of marijuana
on Monday, August 1.
He was also charged
with being found with a
quantity of cocaine
which he intended to
supply to another.
According to the
prosecution, Davis was
found with four grams
of marijuana and five
grams of cocaine.
Davis was ordered to
spend six months in
Fox Hill Prison for the
marijuana and one year
for the cocaine.
The sentences are to
run concurrently.

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SPEEDING is the most common
cause of car accidents in the Bahamas
according to Road Traffic Controller
Jack Thompson.
Speaking with The Tribune after a
weekend of in which an accident
killed an 18-year-old girl and another
placed two motorists in intensive care,
Mr Thompson said it is becoming evi-
dent that many Bahamians do not dri-
ve with due care and caution.
"People run into various things;
buildings do not run into cars, and
trees do not walk in the streets," he
"In some instances you have a
motorists who knows that he or she is
in the wrong yet take an attitude with
other drivers," Mr Thompson added.
In an effort to promote road safety,

Committee takes new

approach to safety

the National Road Safety Commit-
tee has taken a new approach to the

"We have taken the approach
where as we want to firstly deal with
education, then deal with enforcing
the law, engineering and finally legis-
lation," said Mr Thompson.
He said that the Department of
Road Traffic is taking a more aggres-

sive approach to educating road users
on the importance of road safety.
Advertisement billboards and televi-
sion commercials addressing road
safety are some of the ways Mr
Thompson said that the committee
hopes to convey its message.
Mr Thompson said that the depart-
ment is also strengthening its rela-
tions with the police and hopes to
soon deploy its own officers on the
According to Mr Thompson, the

Road Traffic Act, which was written
in 1958, is also being reviewed and
several changes are being recom-
Road Traffic engineers along with
engineers form the Ministry of Works
are making assessments about the
most common sites of traffic fatali-
ties to determine why the areas are so
prone to accidents.
Mr Thompson noted that Prince
Charles Drive, John F Kennedy Dri-
ve, the Cable Beach Strip and
Carmichael Road in particular are
the scenes of traffic accidents.
He encouraged drivers and passen-
gers to wear seat belts while driving,
as it has been proven that seat belts
save lives.
Mr Thompson added that motorists
should exercise caution and courtesy
while driving.

Fears over possible hurricane

effects on crawfish season

BAHAMIAN fishermen
are very concerned about
the possible effects of hur-
ricanes on this year's craw-
fish season, said Long Island
Fisheries Inspector Maurice
According to Mr Minnis,
for the past 3 years Long
Island fisherman have aver-
aged only between one and
three good trips during the
first three months of the sea-
son because of storms.
"After a hurricane has
passed though the south-
eastern Bahamas, the water
tends to be muddy for about
two to three weeks," said Mr
Minnis. "As a result, fisher-
men have had to stay home
until the water has cleared."


Mr Minnis said that when
hurricanes pass, fisherman
who use traps made out of
aluminum and wood usually
suffer a great loss.
He explained that hurri-
canes can either move the
traps to a different location,
or completely destroy them.
"There is nothing they can
do, they are at the mercy of
the weather."
Mr Minnis said that many
fishermen have as many
1,000 traps, known as "con-
Together, these can cost

as much as $10,000, he said.
"It's an investment that
many feel like they have to
do. Once they have a good
season the outcome is truly
worth it."
Another problem that

plagues the crawfish industry
is illegal fishing.
This season, the Depart-
ment of Fisheries (DOF) is
urging fishermen to observe
all the relevant rules and
According to DOF direc-
tor Michael Braynen, the
fines for illegal fishing vary.
"If you are a' foreigner
found fishing illegally the
fine is up to $10,000, or one
year in prison or you may
receive both the fine and
prison sentence."
He added that the maxi-
mum penalty for illegal fish-
ing is a fine of up to $50,000,
a one-year term in prison, or

Mr Braynen said that all
crawfish that are caught
must be five-and-a-half inch-
es in tail length and three-
and-one-quarter inches in
jacket length.
"Fisherman are not
allowed to catch female egg-
bearing crawfish nor can
they remove their eggs. They
are also not allowed to use
bleach or any other poiso-
nous substances to catch
According to Mr Braynen,
fishermen who are seeking
to use air compressors and
traps to harvest crawfish
need to obtain a $10 permit
from the DOF.
He added that compres-
sors only to be used between
the depths of 30 and 60 feet
of water. 4
Crawfish Season will run
as scheduled from August 1
to March 31.

A COAST Guard cutter and
its crew saved 122 people dur-
ing a 49 day law enforcement
patrol between the Bahamas
and the straits of Florida.
Crew members of the Coast
Guard cutter Dauntless, based
in Galveston, Texas, helped sev-
eral Haitians climb aboard their
ship near the Bahamas.
During its 7,500 mile voyage,
the Dauntless rescued 104 Hait-
ian migrants traveling in an
overcrowded wooden sailboat.
Additionally, the Dauntless
saved 16 Cuban migrants
stranded on a raft off the coast
of Key West, Florida.

The migrants were cared for
and returned to their home
The Dauntless serves a vari-
ety of functions in the Coast
Guard, including conducting
counter drug missions, pre-
venting illegal immigration, and
continuing search and rescue
missions off the coast of the
United States and in the
Caribbean Sea.
The Dauntless will arrive
back in its home port on
Wednesday morning. The ship
will remain in Galveston as its
crew rests before returning to


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Softly that Tuesday wening ou har a gentle adl,
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122 are saved by

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TWO persons involved in a violent traffic accident on
John F Kennedy Drive on Monday afternoon remain in
stable condition.
Police were forced to use the "jaws of life" to pry the
injured drivers from their wrecked vehicles after they
According to Sergeant Anthony Curtis of the Police
Traffic Division, about 1pm on Monday, a 2003 Ford
Explorer driven by Herby Severe, 19, collided
with a 1997 Chevy Lumina on JFK near Lake
Sergeant Curtis told The Tribune that the driver of the
Ford Explorer was traveling west on JFK when he lost
control and crashed into the Chevy Lumina, which was
travelling east, and was registered and driven by Mar-
guerite Ferguson Adderley.
The officer said that both vehicles were extensively
damaged and both drivers received injuries and were
taken from the scene by ambulances for treatment at the
Princess Marguerite Hospital.
In yesterday's Tribune, it was reported that both dri-
vers were in critical condition.
However, according to Sergeant Curtis, on Tuesday
afternoon "the man was said to be in critical but stable
condition in the intensive care unit and the lady received
some injuries but she is said to be in stable condition and
not as bad as him."
"We don't suspect that alcohol was a factor in the acci-
dent" he said.
The incident was the second violent accident over the
weekend involving teenage drivers.
Early Sunday morning, 18-year-old Crystal Cassar was
killed in a traffic accident when the pick-up truck she
was driving overturned and crashed into a utility pole on
Prince Charles Drive.



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Tribune Staff Reporter
MEMBERS of Phi Beta
Sigma fraternity have come to
the rescue of a young man
who overcame a substance
abuse problem to turn his life
around and is now an 'A' stu-
dent at the Bahamas Voca-
tional and Technical Institute
After hearing that Shadvitle
Henfield was thinking of quit-
ting school because he could
not afford the $3-a-day bus
fare to and from classes, the
brothers decided to lend a
hand and give him a brand-
new bicycle to use.
"Someone at BTVI told us
the story of this young student
who was making remarkable
strides, so we decided to make
him a part of our mentoring
programme. We wanted to
give him a reliable means of

transportation to and from
school and so we all got to
together to get him a bicycle,"
said Aranah Pyform, first vice
president of the Delta Epsilon
Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta
The fraternity presented Mr
Henfield with his new bike
yesterday. He was elated and
extremely grateful. "..-.-
He said the donation will
ease his financial situation and
allow him to focus on school
"When the Delta Epsilon
Sigma chapter was asked to
assist Shadvitle, we saw it as
an opportunity to help a
young man who has shown he
has the drive to overcome his
past and is thriving to build a
solid future, and if we can
assist in that future we are
more than happy to do so,"
said chapter president Kareem

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Grand Bahama resort

is to build 102 units

for extended stay

VIVA is about to start construction of an addi-
tional 102 units and suites at its all inclusive 26-
acre site on Fortune Beach.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is expanding
into the extended vacation stay segment of the
hotel industry.
Director David Chamorro said the growth in
the extended stay market has caught the eye of
the resort's owners and the construction is
planned to begin immediately on one and two-
bedroom units just west of the existing 276-room
"This sector of the hospitality business has
expanded rapidly as travellers are looking for
long-term vacations. Our owners have made a
commitment to extended stay and are moving
forward with development plans for a new gen-
eration of upscale and family oriented visitors.

"These new units will place us in the upscale
range in an effort to attract both larger groups and
family bookings," said Chamorro.
The 1100 to 1400 square-foot units will be one
and two bedrooms complete with living and din-
ing rooms, central air-conditioning, a common
elevator, and a balcony on each of the five floors.
According to Chamorro, as the island prepares
to re-establish itself with new industry and
enhanced developments which involves corpo-
rate relocations and travelers on long-term con-
sulting and training assignments there is a demand
for extended stay facilities.
He said these persons and the extended stay
traveller have expectations for a higher level of
comfort than ever before.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is an all-inclu-
sive beachfront resort on Grand Bahama.

McCartney calls for

more public safety

An FNM candidate has
called for the identification of
all "public danger spots" in the
capital after last week's inci-
dent when an SUV drove off
the dock at Potters Cay.
After a family was rescued
from waters off Potter's Cay
when their Suzuki Jeep
plunged over the bulkhead,
Branville McCartney praised
the heroes who dived in and
pulled the driver and two small
children to safety.
He called for the "immedi-
ate inventory of public danger
spots that can and must be cor-
"This time we were lucky
and three innocent people,
including two children, sur-

vived," said McCartney, who
is running for the FNM candi-
dacy of the St Thomas More
constituency where the acci-
dent occurred.
It was the second time in
three years that vehicles drove
off the unprotected sea wall
and plummeted into the waters
below. Four people drowned
in. the first incident.
This time, tragedy was avert-
ed when two young men saw
the accident Friday just after 6
"Stephen Murphy and
Shayne Knowles were true
heroes," said McCartney. "Had
they hesitated even momen-.
tarily, this situation-could have
,had a far worse outcome.

"As a nation, we spend for-
tunes on consultants, and I am
not saying that consultants and
experts are not needed. In
many cases, you must have an
expert opinion and analysis to
solve a problem, but when it
comes to a roundabout tha
doesn't work or an intersecl|
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confusion, the folks who use 1I
day after day can tell you whai,
the trouble is just as fast and
whole lot plainer than tli |
experts, It's time to put tli
public back into public safe
ty." .
Mr McCartney promised t
set up a website in Septembe4
with a abulletin board dev6tecP
to road review. .

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Applications are invited for suitably qualified and experienced individuals for
the position of Commercial Manager with the Corporation's Eleuthera operations.
This is a Management position.

The duties the Commercial Manager will be expected to perform include but
are not limited to maintaining collection efficiency standards, monitoring new
connections ensuring that charges are billed, fees are paid, orders generated/
carried out forwarded to the Corporation's Head Office for billing within agreed
time frames. Control cashiering activities in so much as cash draws are closed,
balacing reports prepared and approved, monies deposited, and reports forwarded
to the head office. Documents via work-orders all disconnections, reconnections,
and service requests, inclusive of fees payable. Assist in the administration of
local supplier accounts and handling of petty cash and floats.

Required Qualifications and Experience
Successful candidates must possess a minimum of the following qualifications
and experience:
BSc. Degree in Accounting or other relevant field of Business
Management from an accredited College or University and a minimum
of five (5) years post qualifying management level experience in similar
work with a similar organization.
Demonstration of having obtained average marks in one sitting of the
Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exams of 60% for all subjects OR
successful completion of at least two subjects OR equivalent results in
other comparable professional examinations.

Required Skills:
Good analytical skills
Good human relations skills
Ability to work without supervision.
Good computer skills
Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing
Ability to train support staff
Good accounting and business management skills
Good interpersonal skills

Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Interested persons may obtain application forms from the Coropration's Human
Resources Division, #87 Thompson Boulevard, P.O.Box N-3905, Nassau
Bahamas or from any of the Corporation's operational office located on the
respective Island. The application form together with a detailed resume must
be returned to the Corporation;s Human Resources Division not later than
August 12 2005. Only qualified applicants need apply.




Pirates of the Caribbean to bring

publicity boost to Grand Bahama

I GRAND Bahama will bene-
fit from the global publicity of
tpe Pirates of the Caribbean
sequels, a Disney representa-
t ve announced yesterday.
Mike Williams, director of
field marketing for Disney, said
e island will be integrated in
t e promotions for the films
The first Pirates of the
(aribbean movie earned $650
trillion at the box office is one
f the highest grossing live
action films worldwide.
S"We do this for all our big
1ilms, and the first Pirates of the
Caribbean film was the highest
grossing live action film that
Disney has ever produced."
' He was speaking in Grand
Bahama at a partner ship con-
ference hosted by Disney.
During the conference, which
runs from August 1 to 5, Disney
executives hope to form joint
market partnerships with vari-
ous'major potential partners to
promote the movie sequels that

* JULIAN Francis

are being filmed in Grand
Bahama, and Exuma.
Filming in Grand Bahama is
scheduled to begin in Septem-
ber at Gold Rock Creek and is
expected to pump millions into
the Grand Bahama economy.


Major brands such as Coca
Cola, M&Ms and the Mars
groups, Kelloggs, Kodak, Geor-
gia Pacific, Kraft, Volvo, North-
west Airlines, and many others
are viewing presentations on
the films to find any potential
links to promote their products.
Because Pirates in the
Caribbean is set in the past,
most of the partners' products
would not be in the film. As an
example, he noted that Mac-
Donalds might create toys
depicting characters in the
movie for their happy meals,
while other partners can do dif-
ferent things to involve the film
in their marketing efforts.
- "Kelloggs does stuff with
their cereal and we are giv-
ing away trips to the
Caribbean in conjunction
with Bahamas.
"It's a win-win situation
they self their products,
we sell our film and they
are tie into us that way,"
Mr Williams said.
Grand Bahama CEO
and co-chairman Julian
Francis welcomed repre-
sentatives of the corpora-
tions who attended part-
nership conference, held
at the Westin Our Lucaya
While addressing the
conference on Tuesday,
Mr Francis told partici-
pants that the production
of Pirates of the. Caribbean
has generated a lot of
excitement in Grand
"We have been immense-
ly excited about the devel-

opment of the film industry in
Grand Bahama now that we
know that we are in the process
of looking toward Pirates 2 and 3,
and hopefully others," he said.
He told the group of market-
ing executives that Freeport is a
business-friendly city that a

number of major international
corporations have made as a
platform for their business.
"We think is an especially
interesting city. Freeport was
founded 50 years ago private-
ly owned and operated. It is
unique in this part of the world,

and I believe probably unique
almost today in the world
entirely," he added.
Mr Francis said he hopes
Freeport will attract more out-
standing entities such as those
represented at the conference.
"The partnership between

Disney and its associates is a
very important part of our own
vision for the future. We believe
that here in Freeport we are
able to offer you everything you
need. I invite you to explore
this beautiful island," Mr Fran-
cis said.

Get the -




I A YOUNG girl dances before the audience
(Photo: Felipi Major: Tribune staff)

More than 65,000 take

part in summer camp

Baker's Bay Golf & OcA

and Discovery Land Cc

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Learn about their plans for developing the most
environmentally-sensitive project in The Bahamas,

Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE than 65,000 students
have taken part in the Ministry
of Youth Sports and Culture's
summer youth programme,
which is expected to end this
:week after a four-week run.
Speaking with The Tribune
,yesterday, Youth Minister
-Neville Wisdom said that this
,summer's programme has been
remarkable, with no major inci-
dents or problems.
; He credited the success of the
camp to the mannerly conduct
,of the students and the efforts
of more than 2000 paid summer
interns and volunteers.
Mr Wisdom has been mak-
ing the rounds at the various
camps to ensure that things are
going smoothly.
He encouraged students to
use the upcoming school year
to start a savings programme,
saying that the youth of today
have not cultivated the habit of
Mr Wisdom also urged them
to stay away from drugs and to
get good grades.

Yesterday, Mr Wisdom
popped into the Sir Kendall
Issacs gym to visit more than
1,000 students who are taking
part in' the physical education
camp conducted at. the various
venues of the Queen Elizabeth
Sports Centre.


He also forecast two major
sporting events coming up in
the next year the Bahamas
Games, which features com-
petitors from all the Family
Islands, and the Church Games,
which will feature sporting con-
tests with teams from various
Mr Wisdom said the ministry
had been challenged to find
suitable activities for the
nation's youth.
This problem was,tackled
with the help of various reli-
gious and civic organisations,
who sponsored their own pro-
grammes, and by government
entities such as the Royal
Bahamas Police Force which
also runs a summer youth camp.

Mr Wisdom said the ministry
has sought to provide assistance
to as many of the programmes
as possible and to hire as many
summer workers as they can.
"The results have been
incredible, we have more than
65,000 taking part in some type
of programme."
Co-ordinator Gregory Butler
explained that the ministry has
split the camps into different
areas of interests:
"In addition to the commu-
nity camps and the urban
renewal camps, we have had
sports camps, sewing camp,
crafts, boat building, and for the
first time this year, junkanoo
camp. You name it, we had a
camp for it."
Mr Butler said the pro-
gramme keeps expanding more
and more each year as more
students take part and new
interest camps are developed.
At present Mr Butler said, the
summer programme is run at a
cost of almost $500,000.
He said the ministry remains
committed to providing whole-
some activities for the nation's
youth, free of charge.

* TROIKA Hanna, son of pianists Paul and Tanya Hanna will have a concert on August 7 at Graycliffe, East Hill. The concert
will go towards his tuition at Troika's college, Fisk University. The concert will feature jazz, classical as well as soul tunes. Tick-
ets are being sold at Graycliffe or can be reserved at
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Problem of fixing

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of Arthur's Town, Cat Island will
be held on Wednesday August
3rd, 2005 at 5:30pm at All Saints
Anglican Church, All Saints Way,
Joan's Heights, South Beach
officiating will be Rev. Fr. S.
Sebastian Campbell. Cremation
will follow & the Cremains will be
intered in Arthur's Town Cat Island
Fond memories are held by his
wife, Almeda Shelagh Campbell; sons, Oscar Harris, Solomon
Sebastian, Kirkwood Bernard, Roscoe George Edward, Kendal
Alfred, Ernest Julian, Earl Alexander, Bryan Ashley Arthur and
Romani Ranfurley; daughters, Da'rhen Inzley Newbold and
Paulette Deniece Brown; grandchildren, Neil, Kendrick, Sebastian,
Mansa, Roscoe Jr., Kendal Jr., Demetri Zakari, and Kintae
Campbell, Damien Newbold, Denario Kelly, Alexio and Lexian,
Brown, Thalia, Letitia, Andree, Amanda, Kayneisha, Kaydiesha,
Krishanda, Kenya, Ashanti, Bryanne, and Caronique Campbell;
greatgrandchildren, N'Jeeba Campbell; sons-in-law, Bernard
Newbold and Lex Brown; daughters-in-law, Agatha, Zoe, Helen,
Gieselle, Sophia and Angie Campbell; grandaughtrs-in-law, Lisa
and Nadia Campbell; brothers-in-law, Garnville O'Brien, Maurice
McKenzie and Rupert Smith; sisters-in-law, Leah, Rachel and
Sylvia O'Brien, Christiana Thompson, Madrica Mackey, Hadassa
McKenzie, Maryann Smith and Anniemae Campbell; nephews,
Edmund, Ronald, Jonathan and Edward Campbell and Ernest
Willis; nieces, Rose Martina Forbes, Agnes Saunders, Laverne
Duncombe, Frances Butterfield, Phyllis Johnson, Vanrea Rolle,
Althamese Watson, Eureka Coakley, Hazel Cargill, Renora, and
Valderine Cash; adopted children, Balder, Henry, Theador and
Willworth Campbell, Julia Pierre, Edward, Sidney and Margaret
Isaacs; godchildren, Kenton Thurston, Sidney Isaacs, Kemuel
Pratt, Dwayne and Burton Dean and Cozetta Johnson. Host of
relatives & friends, Brend, Patrice and Spence Ramsey, Stanley
and Charles Campbell, and the Campbell clan of Dumfries and
Debbie McCoy, Naomi Pinder, Winnis Bowleg, Mary Bain, Ida
Reilly, Rev. Carl C. Campbell and descendants of Peter Campbell,
Carnette Seymour, Monica Armbrister, Joyce Miller, Avis Armbrister,
Janice Munnings, Iris Finlayson, Louise Gibson, Stafford Storr,
Krista Burrows, the Thompson, Larrimore, Fife families and the
people and parish of St. Saviour, Cat Island.
The body will repose in the Blessed Redeemer Chapel at
Ferguson's Funeral Directors 7th Terrace Collins Avenue on
Wednesday from 12noon to 3:30 and at the Church from 4:00
until service time.
In lieu of floral tributes, donations are to be made to the all Saints
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LAST month, a gaggle
of experts met in a
Cable Beach hotel to talk about
fixing our failing education sys-
The four-day conference was
a prelude to the draw-down of
$20 million from the Inter
American Development Bank.
This money will be used to pay
for more pre-schools and the
expansion of technical educa-
As the IADB says in its lend-
ing plan for the Bahamas: "The
co-existence of acute skills
shortages, notably in trades, and
unemployment rates consis-
tently above 7 per cent raise
questions about the relevance
of education, particularly for
"...the delivery and content
of vocational education remains
outdated. Of particular concern,
male underachievement has
resulted in about 40 per cent of
all boys dropping out of the sys-
tem prior to graduation."
However, in his speech at the
conference, Education Minister
Alfred Sears contradicted this
statement by proclaiming a one
per cent drop-out rate in the
public school system over the
past five years.
A reader who asked to
remain anonymous drew atten-
tion to this disparity: "It seems
exceedingly low, and without
seeing the minister's backup it is
difficult to verify. It is difficult to
understand this number when
one looks at his data on the
underachievement of males.
"The minister says that the
2004 BGCSE exams were taken
by 13,527 females and 8,741
males, and earlier he stated that
males and females enter school
in equal numbers. It should be
noted that his BGCSE numbers
are for both public and private
"This data suggests that there

However, the Coalition arti-
cle noted that the last annual
report to .parliament on the
state of education was in 1995,

later became the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Ingti;
tute. The council has been dor-
mant for some time and BTVI
operates at a very basic level
today, offering a few entry-lev-
el courses in the building and
automotive trades as well as in
According to industry lectur-
er Keith Dean, who contributed
a research paper to the educa-
tion conference, even the ingti-
tute's own graduates complain
about its courses and instruc-

The Ministry of Education
doesn't even bother to produce
a yearly report on how it
spends over $200 million of
the public's money.

is an 'academic drop-out rate'
for both public and private
schools of 17.7 per cent -
derived from the assumption
that if males had the same drop-
out rate as females, then the
number of males taking the
exams would also be 13,527.
"This analysis is faulty because
it compares a public school drop-
out rate with a theoretical public
and private school academic
drop-out rate. Nevertheless, it is
both alarming and confusing.
The drop-out number warrants
further comment by the minister
of education."

In his speech, Minister
Sears raised concerns
about Bahamian education pri-
orities. They ranged from
whether we should be learning
Chinese to how we should
arrive at a definition of what a
specifically 'Bahamian' educa-
tion might be.
What he did not ask is how
we can better teach the basics of
reading, writing and arithmetic.
This is a valid question because
the 2004 national exam results
show that the five subjects with
the lowest grades of 26 subjects
tested were: English, Maths,
Biology, Economics and Book-
The average grade earned in
maths was an E, and 43 per cent
of more than four thousand
math exam takers actually failed
(defined as earning an F, G or U
grade on an eight-point scale).
This startling information is
taken from one of the research,
papers in the education confer-
ence journal called the
Untapped Resource. It was pro-
duced by the Coalition for Edu-
cation Reform, a group of pri-
vate sector employers and
"This data substantiates the
conclusion that Bahamian edu-
cation is unacceptable," the
report said. "This is reality, and
you absolutely cannot make a
series of good decisions without
.first confronting the brutal facts."
In relation to this, one analyst
raised the obvious question:
"Are Bahamian teachers capa-
ble of teaching math? The min-
ister says there are 3,000 teach-
ers in the public system and
With very few exceptions all are
trained. But the data suggest
they are not trained to teach

Improving our English and
math skills should be a
fundamental task for educators,
especially in view of the World
Bank's position that the key
ingredient in economic devel-
opment in the 21st century will
be the quantity and quality of a
people's skills and their inter-
action with technology.
Here's what the United States
has to say on this point: "Math
is a critical skill in the informa-
tion age. We must improve
achievement to maintain our
economic leadership. While
technology advances with light-
ning speed, stagnant math per-
formance in schools short-
changes our students' future
and endangers our prosperity.
The president has called for
increasing the ranks and pay of
teachers of math and science."
And our local analyst notes
that "if one were trying to set an
agenda for the 21st century, it
would appear that the first step
in that process is to candidly
describe the present state of

There is deep concern in the
business community about the
unemployability of many high
school graduates. This has led
to calls for more technical
training in an effort to
remediate the situation by
giving young people basic job

In fact, some observers con-
sider BTVI little more than a
joke: "At one time they had a
$30,000 vehicle sitting idle
because it needed repairs and
they supposedly train mechan-
ics. In addition, the campus is in
a state of disrepair, yet they
teach carpentry and other build-
ing trades."

A ccording to one car
dealer who is a mem-
ber of the Bahamas Motor
Dealers Association, "we usid
to help with technical training in
various ways. But these days we
offer advice only. No-one seems
interested in serving on their
board anymore.
"BTVI is typical of most gov-
ernment-run operations.
Results are not measured and
no-one is held accountable.
Many of our member firms'
have designed their own iii-
house apprenticeships, and with'
manufacturers moving to Inter-
net-based training we see little
need for the services of BTVI."
As Mr Dean confirmed in hisi
conference paper, "Disconnects.
exist between what is expected"
by employers and the actual
skills possessed by BTVI grad-:
uates...the present system
appears to have bureaucratic
impediments that mitigate
against workforce develop-
The Bahamas is certainly not
alone in its educational woes:
A recent report on education
reform in Jamaica said only 20
per cent of secondary graduates;
qualified for meaningful
And the United States has
spent billions over decades with
little to show. To make up foli
this, the federal No Child Leff
Behind Act of 2001 was, -p
unprecedented bipartisan comn-
mitment to greater account-
ability and flexibility in Ameri-;
can education.

arlier American
attempts to fix failing
schools were confused and inef-
fective, experts say, "But thd
No Child Left Behind Act has a
timetable and sanctions that
hold public officials' feet to thd
fire, forcing them to make long-
overdue changes."
According to the US, "States;
school districts and schools are
still doing the hard work'of
implementing No Child Left
Behind, and the early returns
are promising. Recent studies
of state achievement data show
that reading and mathematics
scores are up in most states, and
that achievement gaps among
racial and ethnic groups have
begun to narrow."
This is the kind of reform we
need to see here. But first and
foremost we need to acknowl-
edge what the real problems are
and make an upfront, frank
assessment of the choices. Then
we have to build bipartisan
agreement on the way forward.
But since the Ministry of
Education doesn't even bother
to produce a yearly report on
how it spends over $200 million
of the public's money -as
required by law we don't
hold out much hope for achiev-.
ing such complex and dramatic

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and that report failed to can-
didly describe the situation.
"The overall mean average
in BGCSE 1994 was a D-; but at
that time the minister only not-
ed that some students exhibited
'a lack of knowledge of the rel-
evant subject matter' and more
research was needed to develop
a scheme to assist them.
Minister Sears made an
equally deficient appraisal of
our education system in his
recent speech to the national
"Today, as in 1995, the
Bahamas needs less secrets, and
a real plan with meaningful tar-
gets and firm management."

M eanwhile, there is
deep concern in the
business community about the
unemployability of many high
school graduates. This has led to
calls for more technical train-
ing in an effort to remediate the
situation by giving young people
basic job skills.
But Frederica Faye Brooks, a
senior teacher at AF Adderley
Junior High, argues that more
technical education can't sub-
stitute for the teaching of read-
ing, writing and arithmetic:
"Ditching the present educa-
tional system for a more tech-
nical one sounds good; but it is
too drastic," she told Tough
Call. "I do not know if you are
familiar with the Royal Read-
ers? Those six readers took stu-
dents from the basics all the way
to college level.
"They laid a foundation. One
person who was hired to extend
a house said he would put in
the foundation when the build-
ing was finished. The building is
unfinished still. This is what has
happened to some students in
the Bahamian educational sys-
"Without a sound foundation,
any system is bound to fail, no
matter how much it tries to cater
to students and their needs. Yes,
our educational product needs
to be fixed. We do need more
technical/vocational pro-
grammes. But even if a new
school was established for tech-
nical/vocational training, we still
need to teach basic skills."

Ms Brooks was one of
the first graduates of
the old San Salvador Teacher
Training College, which later
merged with the College of the
Bahamas. She has a degree in
English and secondary educa-
tion from Worcester State Col-
lege in Massachusetts.
Technical education in the
Bahamas used to be .spear-
headed by something called the
Industrial Training Council dat-
ing from the 1980s, which man-
aged the training centres that






Twin success out

of National Youth

-Bahamas Information Services
STWIN brothers Brian and Rian Johnson
saynlisting in the National Youth Service
li~qrally saved their lives.
,The story of these 17-year-olds is filled
with gang violence, drug abuse and a hatred
f.i-ipt after an intense six-month pro-
graipme, the brothers made their parents
po yd by being among the first group of
trpobled young men to graduate from an
e experiment designed to reintegrate them
into society.
Said Brian: "My experience in the pilot
r03gramme was hard because if you have a
brother here, it's hard to keep yourself and
your brother out of problems."
"Everybody wanted to be the baddest in
here, so it was hard looking out for your
brother and yourself at the same time," he
.However as the sessions progressed, it
became.easier to adjust because the young
men learned discipline and self-control,
Brian said.
He admitted that at times, he reverted to
hiazldeiways .and was disciplined according
tq his.actions, whether it was a nine-mile
ruqp pr doing push-ups.
- Instead of being thrown out of school,
Brian's principal Linda Major at Govern- High School noticed that he had
poe1tial anid recommended that he enrol in
.RE. programmee for troubled youths.
..Theni, the principal at that institution felt it
wlapbest that he enlist in the National Youth
Service, which was best suited to his needs.
"Discipline is a hard thing to gain if you
lost it," says Brian. "If you pick up a habit'
o ~fig ,ting, it's, going to" be hard to drop
b'ause ypu,already cret'id a reputation of
fight g on the streets and when you come
peq, to, be taught discipline, you cannot
fight-back. This.hurts."- ------ -
.,,rain already has his future mapped out.
Iq_ wants, to become an entrepreneur in
til ,grocery business.-
Twin brother Rian enlisted in the camp
r-,a totally different reason.
(I came here to hide. I was afraid of
s9imething so. I came here," he said.
1ye acknowledged that the camp taught
hIm how to be realistic about life; had he -
npt embraced the opportunity, he would
l ye been dead.
-131 *

* TWIN brothers Brian and Rian Johnson, 17, graduated from the National Youth
Service Pilot Programme on July 2
(BIS Photo: Tim Aylen)

"Throughout my life I've been shot,
stabbed from gang banging. I smoked
because I felt that that bad boy image was
good," he says, pointing to the many scars
on his forearms and a missing front tooth. "I
liked to fight. I thought it was a hobby. I
took the negative out of everything instead
of the positive."
Rian said the camp taught him "to stop
and think, then ask yourself, is it worth it."
Rian plans to become a certified diver, a
'skill he developed while in campp:

The twins were amongst 29 adolescent
males who graduated on July 2 from the
pilot programme of the National Youth
Service at the former Bahamas Agricultur-
al Research, Training and Development
(BARTAD). site in North Andros.
The aim of the programme is to provide
special developmental skills and training
to enable the youths to function in society.
By the next academic year, some ,200
young men will have pa'sse-d through he

Kiwanis Club

clean up site

A LONG forgotten focal
point of the Dumping
Ground community has been
brought back to life through
the efforts of the Kiwanis
Club of Over the Hill.
On Saturday members of
the club painted the neigh-
bourhood basketball court at
the George Brown Memorial
Park on Dumping Ground
Corner and cleaned up the
surrounding area.
"It was felt that the park
had been forgotten. The
members of the Over the Hill
club went on to assure them
that this is only one step in a
series of community projects
to be held in the Dumping
Ground Community," said.
the club in a release.

As well as providing a face
lift to the community, the club
is also putting on a fun day
for the chidren of the com-
munity park and then by host-
ing a Fun day for the children
of the community on August
6 at the George Brown
Memorial Park from 11am to
Attending were Tom Dean,
Marican Dorsett, Kiwanians
Ramon Gibson and Alonzo
Butler Jr, Berry Sweeting,
Frederick Rodgers, Germaine
Bullard, and Quintin Per-
The Kiwanis Club of Over
the Hill meet every Thursday
at the British Colonial, Hilton
every Thursday at 8pm. E-

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BTC signs contract for construction

of submarine cable by end of 2006

jFROM page one
tJ be fully installed by the end
o 2006, will connect 15
Biahamian islands and provide
tie residents of these islands
ith access to high-tech
t lecommunication systems,
including GSA services, DST
I4ternet and 200 digital televi-
sion channels.
i Although the contractor's
cost is $49.3 million, the pro-
j4ct's total cost is estimated to
bb almost $60 million, Minister
of Works and Utilities Bradley
Roberts said yesterday.
: Addressing members of the
media during yesterday's sign-

ing at BTC headquarters, Tyco
sales and marketing vice-presi-
dent said that the BDSNi "is
the most significant domestic
undersea system being con-
structed anywhere in the world
right now."
Minister Roberts said that the
new submarine cable system
will replace the forward scatter
tropo microwave system which
is currently in place.
He explained that the
microwave system has been
chronically failing, now that its
capacity has been exhausted.
The new BDSNi will allow
BTC to deploy GSM cellular
technology as well as DSL high

speed Internet service and will
provide the capacity for 200 dig-
ital television channels, said Mr
The minister also said that
the new telecommunications
system will facilitate the
development of Family Island
anchor projects and provide a
"platform for my government's
additional initiatives like e-
commerce, e-education, e-trade
and e-government on these
Also speaking at the signing
yesterday, Prime Minister Perry
Christie said that this project
will not only offer Bahamians
with the newest technological

Lawyer alleges Dwight

and Keva Major were

treated 'unfairly

resources, but will also prove
to be "psychological uplifting"
to Family Islanders, who in the
past have struggled with the
sometimes non-existent access
to sophisticated telecommuni-
cation systems.
The submarine cable, which

will be manufactured at
Tyco's New Hampshire plant,
will be constructed through-
out the islands of New Provi-
dence, Andros, Exuma, Long
Island, Acklins, Inagua,
Mayaguana, San Salvador,
Crooked Island, Cat Island,

Eleuthera, Abaco, Rum Cay
and Ragged Island.
Mr Rieger thanked BTC
management for their "hard
work" and especially acknowl-
edged the "support and inter-
est" of the US Embassy in Nas-

Masked gunmen

break into woman's

home seeking cash

FROM page one
Also, early Tuesday morn-
ing a female resident of South
Beach was the victim of a
housebreaking and an attempt-
ed armed robbery.

Reportedly two masked
gunmen broke into her home,
located south of Porky's gas
station, and demanded cash.
Police said that after the vic-
tim told the robbers she had
no money, they fired a single

shot into the air and fled.
Assistant Commissioner
Ferguson said he was unsure
as to whether the gunmen
escaped in a vehicle or on foot.
Investigations are continu-
ing into both matters.

FROM page one
committed the pair without
properly directing them of their
rights on April 23 2003.
B July 3.0 that year, Magis-
trateVirgiUlformally committed
the ?puple, informing them that
she vas satisfied that a' prima
facie case had"bee established,
nd that they should be extra-
dited within 15 days. In the rul-
ing, the magistrate overturned
the defence lawyers' submis-
sions, and the Majors were
committed without mounting a
; "This committal was ordered
through a defective process, and
theie has been procedural
unfairness," said Mr Kemp.
Even if the lawyers did not
properly advise their clients, the
mnagistrate, he said, being gov-
erned by statute law, should
have done so.
, "Though we are a small coun-
try,;we must be valiant in making
sure that our constitutional rights
are not abused," said Mr Kemp.

He also talked about a deal
that was offered to the Majors,
adding that Magistrate Virgill
commented that it now "preju-
dices the entire case".
Two witnesses are being
sought by the applicants to
appear in this case: lawyer
Wilbert Moss and Hubert Cash.
Mr Kemp cited cases in which
the courts have, in the past,
helped an individual by issuing
subpoenas in order to bring wit-
nesses to court to testify on their
Mr Kemp added that that the
prosecution is not assisting him
with certain transcripts.
"I'm a counsel for a cause -
to defend the Majors," he said.
"Mr Gaskin is a minister of jus-
tice. He has the residual duty
to provide relevant excerpts of
the transcript. Although we
have the money to pay for the
transcripts, we still can't get
them. There's a denial of nat-
ural justice here, when fairness
is the order of the day in any
civilized society."

Mr Kemp added that what-
ever transcripts were provided
to him, did not have the proper
authentication. He noted that
one ruling he had, along with
the stenographer's notes, were
not signed or stamped.
He commented: "If your own
Bahamian court doesn't sign the
ruling, and the stenographer
doesn't authenticate the notes,
how do you expect us to believe
they'll get a fair trial over there
(the US)."
Tuesday was the first day pro-
ceedings got underway in
earnest for the Majors, after
numerous adjournments. The
case is expected to extend over
a two-week period, because Jus-
tice Isaacs has other cases.
before him. Mr Kemp, who is
assisted by lawyer Linda Major,
will continue his submissions
today before the case is tem-
porarily adjourned again. ,
Garvin Gaskin of the Attor-
ney General's office is repre-
senting the respondents -- the
Bahamas and US governments.

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Port Lucaya

marketplace is

new 'economic

Grand Bahama

FREEPORT Hailed as a
unique and authentically
Bahamian experience, the Port
Lucaya Marketplace looks set
to become the newest econom-
ic engine on Grand Bahama.
The gaily coloured, island
style clapboard structures and
paved brick pathways have
made the marketplace the hap-
pening place to be on the island.
"This is certainly the impres-
sion to be had from the throng-
ing crowds frequenting the
many shops, restaurants and
craft stalls or just sitting around,
native drink in hand, shooting
the breeze," said a Ministry of
Tourism statement.
And now the Grand Bahama
Port Authority is undertaking
a multi-million dollar upgrade
of the popular attraction.
According to the Jason Pin-
der, the marketplace's retailing
and security deputy manager,
creating an atmosphere that is
new and different was what the
visionaries behind the market-
place had in mind.
"We recognised that we
always want to stay at the fore-
front, offering the best enter-
tainment, shopping, dining, trav-
el and tourist package that we
can," Mr Pinder said. "In order
to do that we always have to be

changing; we can't rest on our
This vision appears to have
been successfully sold to the
tenants of the marketplace.
From Craig Allen's unique
copper jewellery to the funky,
fun hats created by Terry and
Dorothy Goldsmith and sold at
Granny's House, the vendors
at Port Lucaya Marketplace are
sure to elicit comment from the
many visitors milling about.
Surrounded by four major
hotels, the Westin and Shera-
ton at Our Lucaya, the Pelican
Bay Resort and the Port Lucaya
Resort and Yacht Club, the,
marketplace has created an eco-
nomic hub on the tiny peninsu-
la just outside of Freeport.
In addition to 66 retail shops
and 13 restaurants, the market-
place is also home to 94 straw
vendors,' 15 hair braiders and
23 artisansS
The Grand Bahama Port
Authority, which owns the mar-
ketplace, recently embarked on
an aggressive marketing cam-
paign in conjunction with the
Ministry of Tourism and sur-
rounding hotels that was aimed

,at attracting potential visitors
from throughout the US.
While the marketplace has
been successful in drawing in
the large numbers of the visi-
tors frequenting Grand Bahama,
the economic benefits to be had
from the patronage of locals has
not been forgotten.
"In addition to the varied
retail and dining options found
throughout Port Lucaya, the
marketplace has created a
strong entertainment offering
that has become a big hit among
local Grand Bahamians."
"Count Basie's Square is now
home to live band performances
five nights a week, and on spe-
cial nights, residents and visitors
are treated to native shows com-
plete with limbo and fire danc-
ing. As an added treat, there are
the themed nights as well.
"Just recently, the market-
place ended a string of concerts
hohouring the works of great
Bahamian entertainers like
Felix 'Sunny' Johnson, Smokey
007, and Ronnie Butler," said
the ministry's release.
"We don't want something
you can find in Puerto Rico,
Cozumel, Dominican Republic
or anywhere else you go," Mr
Pinder said. "We want Bahami-

* A SCENE outside the recently constructed arts and craft centre located in the Port Lucaya Mar-
ketplace on Grand Bahama.

* THE entrance to the Port Lucaya Marketplace located on Grand Bahama. The marketplace his
become successful in drawing large amounts of locals and visitors with its varied retail offering and
nightly entertainment.

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"Team Member of the 2nd Quarter 2005"

Catherine was chosen by her colleagues for her
outstanding contributions and tireless efforts. We
encourage you to keep up the great work!

L to R Mr. Raymond Gatcliffe, Corporate Bank.
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BTC signs


agreement with


Telecommunic ations

Tribune Staff Reporter
T he Bahamas
tions Company
(BTC) yesterday
signed a $49.3
million agreement for the con-
struction of a state-of-the-art
Bahamas Domestic Submarine
Cable Network International
With the signing of the con-
tract between BTC and Tyco
Telecommunications, the Unit-
ed States' leading undersea
optical networking company,
the Bahamas has taken the first
step to construct a domestic
optical fibre network ring to
answer current demands for
upgraded and advanced tech-
"Ultimately, the network will
be designed to accommodate
future market expansion, giving
us the potential option of build-
ing spurs into other Caribbean
islands," said Leon Williams,
acting president and chief exec-
utive officer of BTC.
The BDSNi, which will form
a network ring extending to the
southern and northern
Bahamas from New Provi-
dence, is expected to meet the
ever-growing requirements of
e-commerce, e-government
and the National Disaster
Recovery Programme.
It is further hoped that this
addition to BTC's network will
provide an incentive for local
and foreign businesses to invest
in the southern islands.
In order to achieve these
goals, an independent man-
agement firm, Global Network
Consultants, was hired to assist
with the bidding process and
the project management of
The contract signed yester-
day by BTC provides for Tyco
Telecommunications to install
a "non-repeatered, self-healing
ring topology network" with
the life span of 25 years.
Although the construction
contract was for $49.3 million,.
BTC estimates that the total
cost of the project will be at
least $60 million.
The submarine cable will be
constructed throughout 14
islands of the Bahamas, name-
ly New Providence, Andros,
Exuma, Long Island, Acklins,

* PICTURED (1-r) are Michael Rieger, vice-president of Sales and Marketing at Tyco Telecommunications, Reno Brown,
executive chairman of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, and Minister of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Inagua, Mayaguana, San Sal-
vador, Crooked Island, Cat
Island, Eleuthera, Abaco, Rum
Cay and Ragged Island.
The implementation of
BDSNi will provide these
islands with the potential to
receive high-speed Internet
access, GSM phone services
and 200 channels of digital tele-
Following the manufactur-
ing of the cable at Tyco
Telecommunications' New
Hampshire plant, Phase I of
the project will commence.
The first phase is scheduled
to be completed by the end of
December, 2005, and will con-
nect Inagua via Andros, Exu-
ma, Long Island, Ragged
Island, and. Crooked Island.
Phase II will then connect
Inagua to Nassau via Mayagua-
na, San Salvador, Rum Cay,
Cat Island, Eleuthera, Abaco
and Grand Bahama.
This phase is expected to be
completed by the end of the
second quarter of 2006.

Speaking at the contract
signing at BTC headquarters
yesterday, Michael Rieger,
Tyco Telecommunications
vice-president of sales and mar-
keting, said the configuration
of the underwater system takes
advantage of the unique geog-
raphy of the Bahamas, "con-

necting major islands in a 'ring'
architecture, which provides
exceptional reliability."
"The system will have
enough capacity to serve cur-
rent needs as well as significant
future bandwidth require-
"When initially lit, the sys-

tem will be able to transmit
lOgbits, or the equivalent of
over 120,000 simultaneous
phone calls using a pair of
optical fibre threads embedded
within a cable less than one
inch indiameter," he said.
Mr Rieger explained that the
BDSNi system will be upgrade-

able, "so that it can have near-
ly 200 times the initial capacity
- almost two terabits- using the
same cable."
"In other words, we will be
,able to meet the Bahamas'
bandwidth into the foreseeable
future with this system," he

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52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.89 Abaco Markets 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0,207 0000 N/M 0.00%
9.00 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 9.00 9.00 000 1.452 0.340 6.2 3.78%
6.44 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.44 6.44 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.5 5.12%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.187 0.100 4.3 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.122 0-000 11.5 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.062 0-040 18.5 3.48%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.50 8.00 -0.50 1.000.000 0.589 0.240 13.6 3.00%
2.20 1.87 Colina Holdings 2.20 1.99 -0.21 2,865 0.004 0.060 NM 0.00%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.79 8.79 0.00 0.673 0.410 12.5 4.66%
2.50 0.62 Doctor's Hospital 2-48 2.48 0.00 0.452 0 000 5.5 0.00%
4.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9:6 5.83%
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9.05 7.00 FirstCaribbean 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.591 0.380 13.0 4.20%
8.98 8.31 Focol 8.98 8.98 0.00 0.675 0-500 13.3 5.57%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
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2.3657 2.0058 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3657 *"
10.4330 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.4330" **
2.2528 2.1164 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.252768**
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operate concrete truck, Bobcat, backhoe etc.

Must be willing to relocate to EXUMA

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please fax your cover letter and resume to
the attention of
"Machine Operator" at 327-1569
Deadline: Wednesday, August 3, 2005


Caves Point Management Limited (hereafter "the Company") invites offers for the
purchase of ALL THAT Unit Number 7F of "Caves Point Phase IV"
Condominium situate on West Bay Street in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence being a three (3) bedroom / three (3) bath apartment unit together
with ALL THAT 1.25234% share in the common property of the Condominiums.
The Company makes no representations or warranties with respect to the state of
repair of the building situate thereon.
The Company will sell under Power of Sale contained in a Declaration of
Condominium dated the 3rd day of November, A.D., 1999 which is recorded in
Volume 77 at pages 299 to 428.
TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at the time of contract and
the balance upon completion within Thirty (30) days ofcontract.
This sale is subject to a reserve price. The Company reserves the right to reject any
or all offers.
Any enquiries can be addressed to the Ca% es Point Property Manager (Tel: 327 4122
or Fax: 327 4125). Interested persons imust submit written offers addressed to The
Directors, (Caves Point Managemient Ld.., 'a\ves Point, West [1ay Street, P.O. Box
N-65, Nassau, Bahamas to be received no later than the close of business on Friday
the 121h day of August A.D., 2005.


New Students: Both Students AND Guarantors should be present and
bring relevant Identification (Valid Passport, National Insurance Card,
Current Job Letter and a copy of Utility Bill)

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NOTICE is hereby given that an
Order for the winding up of Glacis
International Limited, whose registered
office is situated at Mossack Fonseca &
Co. (Bahamas) Ltd., Saffrey Square, Suite
205, Bank Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas
(hereinafter referred to as "the Company"),
was made by the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas on the
15th day of July, A.D., 2005 on the Petition
of New Time Establishment, a creditor of
the Company filed on the 9th day of May,
A.D., 2005.

Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner


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The Education Committee wishes to advise that the 2005 disbursement of checks for new and
existing quaranteed loan holders will be held at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Holy Trinity
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collect their checks from The Bank of The Bahamas, Freeport Branch, Grand Bahama.
All existing and new students and their co-borrowers are required to present themselves on their
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Please be further advised that for returning students NO funds will be distributed unless:
1. A transcript for the most recent semester (SPRING/WINTER 2005) is in
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A $20.00 late processing fee will be charged for late submission of transcripts or for persons
who bring their accounts current after July 29, 2005.

Please contact the Scholarship & Educational Loan Division, Ministry of Education, if
you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice.


Cititrust (Bahamas) limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, a leading financial
institution with a presence in over 100 countries and over 100 million
customers worldwide, is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy
Document Control Manager.


Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore
trust companies servicing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas,
Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Island, New Jersey and
Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary


* Daily management of Imaging Unit
* Deputy Manager, Documentation Mgmt & Control Unit (Imaging,
Safe Keeping, Dual Control, Warehouse, Records Management.)
Assist with training and administrative functions for the respective
document control units.
Assist in systems enhancements and process re-design
Assist with implementation of global initiatives regarding document
management and control.
MIS reporting.


Historic imaging and records management experience and familiarity
with Trust and Company documentation.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Interfacing with various business units on a global basis.
Influencing, organizational and leadership skills.
Initiative and the ability to think strategically
People Management.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience.

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:
Operation Controls Head
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O.Box N-1576
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR


Deadline for application is August 17th, 2005

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Caves Point Management Limited (hereafter "the Company")
invites offers for the purchase of ALL THAT Unit Number 7F
of "Caves Point Phase IV" Condominium situated on West
Bay Street in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence being a three (3) bedroom/ three (3) bath apartment
unit together with ALL THAT 1.25234% share in the common
property of the Condominiums.

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

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

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

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

Any enquiries can be addressed to the Caves Point Property
manager (Tel: 327 4122 or Fax: 327 4125). Interested persons
must submit written offers addressed to The Directors, Caves
Point Management Ltd., Caves Point, West Bay Street, P.O.
Box N-65, Nassau, Bahamas to be received no later than the
close of business on Wednesday the 10th day of August A.D.,


Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot
of land containing an are Of f7,634 square feet situite
on th'N6thehi. side Of aDotstt Street,. Foxk 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 On H.tindied anid Ninefiahdfiv'
Hundredths (109.05) feet Southeastwardly part`i by
land reputed to be the property of Eric Davis and partly
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 Dorsett Street and running thereon
One Hundred and Twelve and Fifty-three Hundredths
(112.53) feet and Northwestwardly by land reputed to
be the property of Melissa Demeritte and running
thereon One Hundred and Fifty-seven and Thirty-four
Hundredths (157.34) Feet.


IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959




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 Act, 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, Ansbacher 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 HillStreet, 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,
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Regatta on holiday weekend

Junior Sports Reporter
DESPITE many high pro-
file events taking place over
the Emancipation Day Holi-
day weekend, one Regatta
held its own against the com-
The 28th Annual Acklins
Regatta took place in Spring
Point, Acklins with an array
of exciting sailing action for
regatta enthusiasts.
The Vitamalt Thunderbird
took top honours in Class C,
winning all three races and
dominating the competition.
Skippered by Josh Green,
the Thunderbird continued its
streak of competitive show-

Vitamalt Thunderbird

takes Class C honours

ings at each regatta.
The Hot Flash finished sec-
ond and the Barbarian came
In the B Class, there was
just one race due to the
inclement weather.
William's Auto got the win,
with the Barbarian coming in
second and the Heathcliff
placing third.
The final two races in the

series were postponed and will
not be raced until the sailing
community takes time out
from competition to recognize
the life of Mack Knowles, a
renowned boat builder who
passed away last week.
Commodore of the
Bahamas Boat Building and
Sailing Association Rev. Philip
McPhee said the Acklins
Regatta was an immense suc-

cess, despite not staging a full
schedule of races.
"It went very well," he said.
"The races were very compet-
itive and a good crowd turned
out to watch these races."
He said the Thunderbird,
one of the newest boats in
competition, was able to per-
form so well due to the first
class craftsmanship used to
build it.
"It's a faster, newer, boat,"
he said. "It was built by Buzzy
Rolle so you'd expect it to
compete as successfully as it
Despite its past successes,
McPhee said it still has much
to do to prove itself amongst
the titans of the C Class.

"The Thunderbird has done
well so far, but it still has to
show it can win against some
of the better boats in the class
like Bulla Reg, Lady Eunice,
Sacrifice and others," he said.
"But we're looking forward
to going to going to Freeport
and competing in upcoming
regatta. -
McPhee said the regatta
provided an immediate finan-
cial boost to the island.
"Economically, it did won-
ders for the community," he
"Thousands of people came
down to Acklins and it was
major progress considering
this is the farthest regatta from
the capital."

The regatta was organised
by the Acklins Trade Devel-
opment Association and
Burn's House was its princi-
ple sponsor.
The Cat Island Regatta also
took place over the weekend
in New Bight.
The Good News took top
honours in Class A, the South-
ern Cross finished second, and
the Who Dat was third.
In Class B, the Ant's Nest
was finished first, the Cobra
was second, and the La'dy
Nathalie finished third.
In Class C, the Queen
Brigette finished in first,
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Chris Brown is

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Flu ish in Helsinki

Junior Sports Reporter
THE 16-member Bahamian
delegation arrived safely in
Helsinki, Finland, for the
World Championships on
Monday, after a 19-hour jour-
The arrival by the Bahamian
squad came hours after the offi-
cial opening of the games vil-
lage, which is expected to
accommodate more than 2900
Several Bahamian athletes
opted to go ahead of the team,
but the entire squad will be
based in the Radisson SAS Vil-
lage hotel and 25 residential
The bi-annual event will start
on Saturday, August 6th, and
continue for nine days.
Opening ceremonies are
scheduled for Friday.

Referring to their flight as
"smooth and relaxing," team
manager Ralph McKinney said
that "all is going well with the
athletes" and that team mem-
bers were busy with the accred-
itation process.
The Bahamas delegation met
Dominic Demeritte, Chandra
Sturrup and Leevan Sands; with
Tonique Williams-Darling,
Jackie Edwards, Avard Mon-
cur and Shandria Brown join-

ing with the team later on in the
Leaving New Providence
were Tamicka Clarke, Phillipa
Arnett-Willie, Derrick Atkins,
Andre Williams, Aaron Cleare,
Troy McIntosh, Nathaniel
McKinney, Lavern Eve,
Savetheda Fynes and Christine
Also on the flight were Deb-
bie Ferguson, Ralph McKinney,
Keith Parker, Frank Rahming,
Henry Rolle and Tyrone Bur-
rows, the team's coaching staff.
Ferguson is representing the
Bahamas at the games as a part
of the athletes commission.
Chris Brown arrived early
yesterday morning.
Despite a rough flight, Brown
said he is using his early arrival
in Finland as an adjustment
With two gold medals on his
mind, Brown defines the four
days of rest and relaxation as a
rejuvenating process.
"The problems I had with my
flight will not play a factor in
my performance," said Brown.
"I am more focussed now, the
couple of days of rest will help a
whole lot. Unlike the CAC
games where I was a little
"I should be well rested and
ready for competition."
At the 2003 games, which
were held in Paris, France,
Brown just missed running in
the finals of the 400m.
Running out of heat two,

both Brown and Daniel Caines
of Great Britain ran times of
45.29 seconds seconds short
of advancing.
He added: "I am going to
take it round by round, hoping
to drop seconds of my time as
the championship goes on.

"This will be the only way I
will be able to survive the
rounds. But I don't want to be
going into each round thinking
about times, top spots is my
main goal."
The Bahamas is expecting
big times from Chandra Stur-
rup and Tonique Williams-Dar-
Sturrup, who won a bronze
medal at the last games with a
time of 11.02 seconds, posted
the fastest time in the world so
far, 10.84 seconds to set a new
Bahamian national record.
Winning the 100m event at
the last World Championships
was Torn Edwards in 10.93 sec-
onds with Zhanna Block of
Ukraine coming in second in
10.99 seconds.
Williams-Darling, opened up
her season with a posted time of
49.69 seconds, the fastest time
run by any female in the 400m
this year.
She will be seeking revenge
on Ana Guevara after a fifth
place finishing at the 2003

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AUGUST 3, 2005

FIVE of the six Bahamian artists who are exhibiting recent works addressing the topic of LOVE at Popopstudios and Gallery, from left: Heino Schmid, Blue Curry, Michael Edwards, Toby
Lunn and John Cox. Jason Bennett, the sixth artist, is not pictured. LOVE opens on Friday, August 5, 6pm-10pm.
(Photo: Janice Mather)


put their


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inviting. Something you bet-
ter look for abroad. Deserving
of being attacked with an
onslaught of eggs.
Everyone's got something
to say or show about the
infamous amore.
Six artists are tackling the
theme in a show entitled
"Love", opening this week.
Prints, 3-D pieces, pho-
tographs, and other media by
Bahamian artists Jason Ben-
nett, John Cox, Blue Curry,
Michael Edwards, Toby Lunn
and Heino Schmid will
explore the weighty topic in
the show, which opens at
Popopstudios Gallery this Fri-
day at 6pm and will remain
on display for two to three
Despite the familiar theme,
the show won't be traditional,
says Cox. Unlike more con-
ventional exhibitions, some of
the artists will have just one
piece on display, and they
won't necessarily be for sale.
They also won't necessarily
fit into audience expectations
of what "Love" should look
"It's very ambiguous, like
the word 'art' itself. There are
a lot of preconceptions that
could easily be shattered for
the viewer," says Schmid, who
is speaking to love through

Artists tackle a subject

everyone can relate to

works that marry photogra-
phy and textured, tactile
Curry, who also stretches
the boundaries of photo-
graphic media, admits he was
initially sceptical about a show
on "Love', but realised that
the subject is one that can eas-
ily reel viewers in.

"For the viewers, for the
audience, it's a subject which
is easy to approach and easy
to initiate a conversation
about it," says Curry.
"The more I thought about
it, the more obvious the con-
nections were for all of us.
Who can't relate to it? Who
doesn't have their two cents
to throw in about love?"
He has arranged for the
audience to do just that at the
opening, which begins at 6pm.
Greeting guests outside will
be an 8-by-ll billboard embla-
zoned with the word in lovely
pink letters. There will also be

a huge stack of eggs filled with
black paint, waiting conve-
niently nearby.
"Everybody will be able to
let loose their frustrations
about love," he says. "I'm
hoping by the end of it, with
all the eggs, people should
have obliterated the word
Love entirely, with black
That idea was inspired by
Curry's other pieces in the
show, which explore the
results of filling eggs with pho-
tosensitive material, and hurl-
ing them at paper doubtless
a satisfying experience.
"The work I produced
comes out of a lot of frustra-
tion with the topic," he says. "I
thought, what would I do with
love at the moment?
"I would throw eggs at it...I
thought, that was a great
release for me it would be
great if everyone could do
Bennett, a Bahamian who
lives in Seattle, Washington,
addresses Love in a more lit-'
eral manner. His interpreta-

tion is more formal, seen in
his four mixed-media pieces
that are filled with movement
and colour.

Cox explores Love through
two large-scale installations.
The first asks the question,
"How much do you love me?"
and is taken from a question
often teasingly asked of him
by his wife.
The answer to the question
is suggested in the scale of the
piece a five by 15 ft canvas
that hangs from the ceiling

rafters of the studio/gallery
and is covered in the words,
"this is how much I love you".
"This kind of love is over-
whelming and eternal, more
unconditional," says Cox.
"Love is funny and serious
and hokey all at the same
time, it is never really one
In his second piece, a five
by 12 ft canvas with smaller
panels attached, Cox address
love as a dedication to some-
thing, as opposed to someone,

and a love that doesn't always
feel voluntary. In this case it's
art, not his art, but a dedica-
tion to art in general, and the
Lunn's wood stains and
paintings on canvas, from his
"Earth Series", explore Love
through a large-scale format,
and in a beautiful but non-
conventional style.

"My approach is actually
much softer and much more
subdued love is actually a
soft thing for me right now,"
he explains. "But that could
all change by the opening of
the show."
For Edwards, who works in
digital/new media, if Love
speaks to relationships, it's
about relationships of artist-
to-artist, and artists to the
wider world.

"When I think of love and
how it ties into the show, it
maybe has nothing to do with
the work itself, it has to do
with a group of guys coming
together having similar inter-
ests in moving the work
beyond the Bahamas, and
instead of each person pushing
that individually, coming
together, supporting one
another, understanding that
there is a common goal, a
common interest," he says.
That common interest
includes a desire to move art
beyond the Dunmore Street
studio and gallery owned and
operated by Cox, past the con-
fines of the edge of the island,
and out into the international
visual community. Not that
the artists haven't each been
SEE page two

"It's very ambiguous, like
the word 'art' itself. There
are a lot of preconceptions
that could easily be
shattered for the viewer."

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FROM page one

doing that together, mem-
bers of the group have shown
their work in New York and
Sweden, Italy and the UK.
"We've all come to realise
how important it is to partici-
pate outside of the Bahamas,
to be a part of the wider dia-
logue of the wider art commu-
nity outside the country, or to
take part in shows outside the
Bahamas," says Edwards,
"progressively going after
gallery representation...That's
what this Love show is about -

getting love outside the
"We're definitely really
focussing on our careers right
now. It's a career and we're
really trying to participate out-
side the Bahamas.
"We're trying to contribute
to the wider discussion of visu-
al culture, the advancement of
visual culture, -and we have a
lot to say to that," says
"We have a contribution to

(Photos by Heino Schmid)

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Artist Lillian
Blades is the
:featured speak-
er at the National Art
Gallery's latest "Artist Talk".
Blades, an alumnus of the
College of the Bahamas, will
talk about her career and art
work on Tuesday, August 9,
7.30pm at the gallery on West
and West Hill Streets.
Blades received the Chris
Blackwell Junkanoo Scholar-
ship enabling her to complete
her BFA at Savannah College
of Art and Design in 1996. In
1999, she attended the presti-
gious Skowhegan School of
Painting and Sculpture and
completed her MFA the fol-
lowing year at Georgia State
University. Blades is fresh off
her recent installation of a
monumental piece for the
East Atlanta Library, Atlanta,

Renowned Bahamian

artist to reflect on her

career and art work

This talk is a part of an
ongoing series of discussions
organised by the National Art
Gallery to provide a platform
for dialogue between the artist
and the audience. This is a
rare opportunity for the public
to interact with artists, learn
about their development and
the concerns expressed in
their art.

This event promises to be
an edifying and stimulating
evening for those interested
in learning about Blades'
unique artistic style. This
event is free and open to the
Secure parking is available
at the gallery.
For more information
please contact the Gallery at


A gift for the National Art Gallery

* THE Lucayan Indian Bust entitled, "Lucayan Indian
Circa 1492", by sculptor Diana Fierin.

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li & Restaurants

Outrageous in Red, Saturday August 6 @
Pirates of Nassau. Entertainment by the Men
of Synergy & Utopia Female Models. Also
featuring a male auction; special John Bull
giveaways to the sexiest lady in red and lady
with the most red. No sportswear allowed.
Bacardi Drink Special: "Red Rain". Admis-
sion: $10 females, $15, males, $20 VIP. Dress
code: red or any combination of red. An addi-
tional $10 for persons not wearing red. Doors
open at 9:30pm.

Gospel Hip Hop Fest 2005, Friday, August 5 @
The Diplomat 'Centre, Carmichael Road.
Time: 7:30pm. Special performances by Mon-
ty G and B B Jay. Admission: $10 (in
advance), $12 (at the door). Tickets available
at The Juke Box; Oasis Music Centre; Faith
Life Book & Music; Logos Bookstore;
Wilshire's Enterpries; and Bucks Gospel,

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night
@ Club Trappers, Nassau's upscalee" gentle-
-man's club. Featuring 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 and drink.

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, down-
town, 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. ..

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

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters
Sports Bar. Drink specials all night long,
including karaoke warm-up drink to get you
started. Party from 8pm-until.

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover
charge includes a free Guinness and there
should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admis-
sion: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

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

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

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday.
Doors open at 9pm, showtime1L30Opm. Cov-
er charge $15. $10 with flyer.

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

$15 after; Guys $20 all night. Caribbean Express perform at Traveller's
Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-

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 mid-
night. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to mid-
night, $1 shots and dinner specials all night

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

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

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

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

Carib Scene @ Club Fluid' every Sunday. A
night of Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours
for all audiences. Latin Flair in the VIP
Lounge; Old School Reggae and Soca in the
Main Lounge. Ladies in free before 11pm.
$10 after 11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay
St and Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven
Holden performs solo with special guests on
Thursday from 9pm midnight.

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

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

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restau-
rant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive.
Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in
the After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pnrto
midnight' Finefood and drinks.

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the


MEW The Arts '

LOVE, an exhibition featuring Bahamian
artists Jason Bennett, John Cox, Blue Curry,
Michael Edwards, Toby Lunn and Heino
Schmid opens Friday, August 5 at Popopstu-
dios and Gallery, starting at 6pm. The
gallery is located on Dunmore Ave in Chip-
pingham, next to Dillet's Guest House.

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

The National Collection @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that
takes the viewer on a journey through the his-
tory of fine art in the Bahamas. It features
signature pieces from the national collection,
including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry,
Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhi-
bition closes February 28, 2006.

Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies
Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West and West Hill
Streets. The exhibition is part of the NAGB's
Collector's Series. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes August 31, 2005.

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau
Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marchand Tup-
per, from the collection of Orjan and Amanda
Lindroth @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century paint-
ings that make up the exhibition are part of
one of the earliest suites of paintings of Nassau
and its environs. Tupper was a British military
officer stationed at Fort Charlotte in the 1850s.
The .works show a pre-modern Bahamas
through the decidely British medium of water-
colour. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhi-
bition closes August 31, 2005.

^ Health Ili.

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

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets, the
third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors
Hospital conference room.

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 class-
es are offered every third Saturday of the
month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hos-
pital 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 "J

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's Din-
ing Room, college Avenue off Moss Road.
Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Bap-
tist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.
Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British
Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday,
8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178
meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pin-
der Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets
every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at
the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at
6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyn-
dham 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 Nas-
sau 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 ihfo.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every sec-
ond Tuesday, 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 Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

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

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

International Association of Administrative
Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third
Friday of the month at COB's Tourism Train-
ing Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the
academic year. The group promotes the Span-
ish language and culture in the community.

Send all your civic and social events to The Tri-
bune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: outthere@tri-





Outrageous in Red


for the


Tribune Feature Writer
A fter a success-
ful Blue Pas-
sion which
catered to
men earlier
this year, K 0 Productions is
giving the ladies a treat with
Outrageous in Red, the sec-
ond installment of their
Colour Fetes.
On Saturday night, the two-
man company, made up of
Kenny Mackey and Ozzie
Pratt (K and 0 respectively),
will host their red-themed
event at Pirates of Nassau, a
follow up to their blue-themed
party that attracted dozens of
excited party-goers to the
Wood-Fire Grill at Sandyport.
"This time we want to focus
on the ladies being enter-
tained, so we have a male auc-
tion where guys from various
gyms will be participating.
And they'll be the women's
slaves for the nights, buying
them drinks and dancing with
them," says Ozzie Pratt.

With female-oriented enter-
tainment that's all in fun, Out-
rageous in Red will also be
taking on a good cause. All
proceeds from the male auc-
tion will be given to a local
While Blue Passion featured
the female dancers of Synergy
(a hip-hop group) and a taste-
ful lingerie show, Outrageous
in Red will give the women a
treat with the auction, and
performances by the men of
Pratt promises that the
event will be "sensual, but not
In keeping with the theme,
party-goers are being asked
to wear red attire. And it
doesn't have to be red from
head to toe, unless she is vying
for the special prize from John
Bull which will be given to the
lady wearing the most red.
The sexiest lady in red will
also receive a prize from John
Bull. The winners will be
determined by two male and
two female judges.
And while this fete is tai-

lored more for women, the
men are not left out of the
loop. The Utopia Female
Models will also be providing
some entertainment that

"This is not the type of par-
ty where you just stand
around and dance, but you are
also entertained, everybody is
entertained," Pratt adds.
The production company

defines its outrageous in red
concept as an adjective which
means that one is "extrava-
gant; extraordinary; uncon-
ventional; being beyond all
reason when confronted with

red". So the event targets an
audience that fits this bill.
"We cater to young people,
but mature people, not the
fighting, crowd...," says Pratt.
"These are sophisticated peo-

ple who want to have a good
time, but are not into a wild
Security for the event is
being provided by the Knights
of the Round Table.
Music will be provided by
DJ X (of More 94 FM) and
Chris the Karaoke King. The
DJs will play a "cross-section
of music to cater to everyone"
- from golden oldies, to old
school reggae, love songs, hip-
hop, to small bits of pieces of
culture music and R&B, says
Blue Passion, the upcoming
Outrageous in Red, and future
color fetes to be organised by
KO Productions, are focussed
on providing the entertain-
ment-hungry public with a
party experience like no other,
giving them an opportunity to
meet and network with like-
minded individuals.
Pratt tells Tribune Enter-
tainment. "Basically, we try to
present the ultimate party
experience good music, a
good cross-section of people
who are into the same thing,

overall good people and an
atmosphere where you have
the total package.
"Excitement will be gener-
ated as persons turn out to see
how creative other party-goers
get with their red ensembles."
Red may be the theme this
time around, but K 0 Pro-
ductions already has plans for
other colour fetes. On Sep-
tember 10 at Pirates of Nas-
sau, the company will host
Yellow Fever. Black Out,
White Night and Purple Haze
will follow at dates to be
And after the company has
exhausted all of the most pop-
ular colours, it has plans to
move on to hosting parties
with various "creative
Until then, party-goers can
enjoy Outrageous in Red.
Admission for the event is
$10 for females; $15, males;
and $20 for VIP. An addition-
al $10 is being charged to per-
sons who do not show up in
red. No sports wear allowed.
Doors open at 9.30pm.,

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An air of excitement circu-
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around 11.15pm, whole heart-
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"Baby Mama", You Were
Always on my Mind", "It's All
good" and her signature song,
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Hands swayed, voices rose
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performance was noted as
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Fantasia was accompanied
by two back up singers, a gui-

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former also managed to wow
the crowd when she amazing-
ly rendered the Prince classic
"Purple Rain".
The down to earth singer
from North Carolina said at
the concert: "I ain't never seen
a crowd like this before."
She brought life to the stage
and dreams to reality in a fan-
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Young crowds turn out to celebrate

culture in fifth Heineken Rituals

Tribune Feature Writer
DESPITE the thousands of
Bahamian party-goers who travelled
to various islands at this holiday week-
end, and the five high-profiled events
that took place right here in Nassau,
the fifth installment of the Heineken
Rituals party series had an impressive
Khari Albury who produces Cable
12's Weekend Moves and co-hosts the
event with Phat Grooves tells Tribune
Entertainment that he was pleased with
the turnout, considering that the
Bahamians had their fair share of
options at the weekend. He. puts the
crowd that night at approximately 700
If Saturday's crowd has anything to
do with it, the minds behind Rituals
are definitely getting the response they
anticipated when they first came up
with the idea.
"When we first started, no one knew

Rituals," Albury shares. "But me and
Levine Wilson (head of Phat Grooves)
thought of this concept where people
deal with rituals everyday like pray-
ing, exercising. So we wanted some-
thing that was outgoing, something that
could be a mindset, and you have to be
And Rituals embodied that.
In the open atmosphere of Fort
Charlotte, the crowd of predominant-
ly young persons in their early and
mid-20s were able to mingle and greet
each other in a relaxed environment.
Bianca, who claims to have attend-
ed every Rituals event, told Tribune
Entertainment that the event is just her
"When you go out to the clubs it's
the same thing with the same type peo-
ple, but Rituals is just my style because
it's my kind of people," she explains.
"Ya' know, people who are into some-
thing, and actually know how to have a
great time without all the negative

According to Bianca, who was
dressed in an aqua blouse, black slacks
and a gold sash around her waist, in
keeping with the independence/ eman-
cipation theme, it's "excellent" when'
young people can come out and cele-
brate their culture, even though the
event is not totally "cultural".
"Because people think that you can
only do the Bahamian thing when it's
independence day, they wouldn't be
hyped to come out and deck out like
this," she says.
"But you can do the culture thing
even though you don't have all kinds of
choirs (national) and the Tattoo," she
To keep even the decor of the
open space reflecting the mood,
organisers set up yellow and aqua
lights that lit up the concrete walls,
which made the atmosphere even
more exciting, and took up the slack
from the many persons who did not
follow the advertised aqua, gold and
black dress code.

"Well a lot of persons didn't show
up in their colours but we can under-
stand why because it was late, short
notice," said Mr Albury.


The event, dubbed "Emancipate
Yourself" was originally set for the
independence holiday but was post-
poned due to the CAC Games and
other national activities going on at
that time.
Albury believes that people should
be "free to do whatever they want",
and what better way to celebrate this
emancipation than to host the event
at Fort Charlotte, an "historic monu-
Albury and Wilson held their first
Rituals party on May 15 2004 at Club
Med, and were already creating excite-
ment when they advertised an all-black
(attire) event at an undisclosed loca-
tion. Those who turned out, approxi-

mately 300 persons, were told to meet
at a Ferry port where they were taken
to Club Med.
Following that successful event,
Heineken jumped on board as the offi-
cial sponsor at Rituals 2, which was
held on August 2 of that year at the
Humidor Restaurant, West Street. By
the time Rituals 3 came around, the
public was already taking notice.
Albury says that Rituals 3, held under
a carnival theme, had the largest
turnout up to that point.
The fourth installment of Rituals
on March 4 of this year was held under
the theme, "A Celebration of Life",
where part proceeds were given to the
Cancer Society of the Bahamas.
Albury attributes Rituals' success
to the fact that Bahamians are now
"gravitating to a party brand".
"Rituals is now more than a party,"
he boasts. "It's now a movement; it's a
place where we reach out to young
people so they can enjoy their party


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Starring: Jamie Foxx, Jessica
Biel, Josh Lucas, Richard Rox-
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Tribune Feature Writer
WELCOME to the future.
Stealth is a movie that revolves
around the development of a
fighter plane with artificial
intelligence. It has the ability to
think on its own and eventu-
ally it develops feelings.
It's weird, but entertaining.
Somewhere in this storyline
viewers get to know three
expert fighter pilots or
'Navyaitors' who express their
disregard for this fourth mem-
ber added to their wing.
Lt Ben Gannon (Lucas), Lt
Kara Wade (Biel) and Lt Hen-
ry Purcell (Foxx) are fearsome
flyers. Their new wingman,
who in the fleet earns the name
'Tinman', is a computerised
aircraft that's learning way
more than avionics on its own.
In fact, its actions are quite
But what's so interesting
about how the plot unfolds is
that by the end of the movie
you end up loving the old guy.
This Extreme Deep Invad-
er, called EDI (pronounced
Eddie) is the pet project of
Captain Cummings (Shepard),
who as a result of his devious
practices remains the villain
throughout the movie. He
becomes obsessed with mak-
ing Eddie "the whole idea" of
the Air Force, and will stop at
nothing to prove it.


Under the surface though,
Stealth really tackles the idea
that one day machines might
take over the Air Force, and
that families will no longer
have to risk the lives of loved
ones in man-to-man battle.
There is much talk about how
such automated weaponry
would remove many of the
dangers and downsides of com-
bat, which Wade (Biel)
observes, might make war eas-
ier and more acceptable.
Staying true to Air Force
combat though, Stealth is
loaded with speed and tons of
loud explosions, making the
viewer feel like he/she is right
in the middle of an Air Force
simulated video game. Despite
the action,
I think the viewer is more
attracted to the dramatic ele-
ments that come across very
poignantly betrayal in some
relationships, loyalty in others,
a disdain for politics, corrup-
tion of authority, a lack of
responsibility, and the accep-
tance of something out of the
norm (Eddie to be exact).
Stealth may be a bit freaky
when it comes to the talking
fighter plane, but it's at the top
of the list, opening at number
four. The movie took in $13.5
million at its opening in the,
US, which is nothing compared
to the money it took to make
the film. But all things consid-
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