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inquiry into status

of craft vendors


* By ADRIAN GIBSON
and NATARIO McKENZIE
BAHAMIAN straw vendors
claim the straw market has
become so saturated with for-
eign vendors that it is question-
able whether it can still be
called the country's national
crafts venue.
As authorities prepare to
launch an investigation into the
immigration status of market
workers, The Tribune was told
yesterday that the presence of
Haitian and Jamaican craftsmen
has become so large that Creole
and patois voices now over-
power the sounds of the mar-
ket.
"There are more Haitians
working in here than before,"
said Mordretta Bethel, who has
been in the straw work business
for 34 years.
"A pile more came back and
they act as though they have
more rights than us," she said.
"We have to pay for our busi-
ness licences and also have to
pay national insurance, those
who come in and squat make


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An advertisement in last
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was still running.
The Tribune acknowledges


all the money and they can
move around, we can't," she
said.
Mrs Bethel said Bahamian
stall owners are to blame
because they are the ones hiring
foreign workers.
"I blame the Bahamian stall
owners for hiring them, they
don't seem to want to hire
Bahami s and I doubt that
they are paying national insur-
ance for those workers," she
said.
* "I think that there are more
Bahamian stall owners but
there are more Haitians.work-
ing at the stalls," she said.
"The market is run over with
illegals, everywhere you turn
and every day a new one,"
claimed another vendor, who
chose to remain anonymous..
"They move around and even
sell wholesale items from away.
Some of them go and come
back with tons of items," she
said.
According to one.vendor, who
only wanted to be identified as
SEE page eight


that the advertisement was
out-of-date and apologises for
any inconvenience caused.
"We are more than happy
to offer our customers the cur-
rent special, 'The Family
Feast,'" said Ms Leah Davis,
Marketing Manager, Abaco
Markets Limited.


* A VENDOR at the Straw Market yesterday. Minister of Immigration Vincent Peet said many Haitians and Jamaicans are
employed by Bahamians and have work permits. (Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


Collision victims: 'No aid from government'


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO years after the tragedy at sea
claimed the lives of four persons and
injured 25 others, the victims of the colli-
sion say they have not received any of
the assistance government promised them.
It was during the emancipation weekend


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* By ADRIAN GIBSON
THE FNM Action Group has called on Col-
lege of the Bahamas council chairman
Franklyn Wilson to release the report of the
special advisory panel, formed to decide what
action should be taken after former COB
president Dr Rodney Smith admitted to pla-
giarism.
Because Dr Smith resigned from his post on
August 4, Mr Wilson refused to release the
SEE page eight


of 2003 that the Sea Hauler, laden down
with passengers headed to the Cat Island
regatta, collided with the United Star
freight vessel near Highbourn Cay, Exuma,
and Whymss Bight, Eleuthera.
Four persons died as a result, including sis-
ters Brunell Smith Ellis apd Brenda Smith
Leslie, Livingstone Seymour and Lynden
Riley. At least 25 more were injured.


The event is considered to be the worst,
maritime disaster in Bahamian history.
. In an open letter to The Tribune yes-
terday, "concerned victims" of the event
said they are still suffering from this
tragedy.
"Help and. relief were promised by the
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which would allow authorities of the two coun-
tries to search each other's ships for weapons of
mass destruction.
The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Ship
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George W Bush in 2003, is designed to establish
cooperative partnerships worldwide to prevent
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Fox Hill celebrates 171st anniversary


THOUSANDS of Fox Hillians yesterday came
together to celebrate the 171th anniversary of
the day when slaves of the small .village of Fox
Hill learnt that they were free,
Fox Hill Day is always celebrated on the Tues-
day following Emancipation week and is a time
for residents to come together to remember their
unique history.
Yesterday, services were held at all of Fox


Hill's Baptist churches, where the area's children
performed recitations and songs.
Despite a heavy downpour and power outage,
residents packed the tiny church of St Paul's Bap-
tist Church, the site of one of the services.
Prime Minister Perry Christie visited all the
churches and said Fox Hill Day allows the coun-
try to remember its history. He said that while the
Junkanoo parade held in Freeport may have tak-


en some of the celebrants away at the beginning
of the week, he was sure that the event would fin-
ish on a high note.
The event was also attended by several politi-
cians including Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, who
thanked the volunteer committee for all their
hard work.
Rev Danny Clarke of the Seventh Day Adven-
tist Church said that Fox Hill is comprised of many


diverse persons. He told a story of a man who
took the hands of his clock to a jeweler to be fixed,
but was told that in order to fix the clock, he had to
bring in the entire timepiece. He said that Fox
Hill is like a clock in that to make the society bet-
ter, all persons have to come together as a whole.
Residents enjoyed a day of music, food and
games including plaiting the maypole and climb-
ing the greasy pole.


Damage assessment plan needed


to better deal with hurricanes


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Bahamas has done
extremely well in the past year given its
size and the extent of damage caused by
last year's hurricanes, said NEMA under-
secretary Carl Smith.
However, he said that in responding to
the hurricanes, authorities were presented
with several challenges because there was no
national damage assessment plan in place.
"We recognised that agencies tended not
to follow a standardised format and of
course information was not centralised. We
have to be able to pool together and analyse
data to report as a country what the status
of damage is and what our needs are," Mr
Smith said.
In an effort to address this issue, NEMA,
in conjunction with the American relief
organisation USAID, are conducting a
three-day damage assessment and needs
analysis (DANA) workshop in Freeport.
More than 30 participants anre being


trained, according to the training module
developed by USAID, to identify levels of
damage, analyse and interpret needs and
establish priorities in times of disaster.
A series of workshops will be held
throughout the Family Islands.
On completion, participants will be able
to carry out an initial assessment of damage
and provide needs analysis in the fields of
health, life lines, housing, essential buildings
and productive infrastructure.
Grand Bahama sustained millions of dol-
lars in damages in hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne last September.
So far, NEMA has spent $7.8 million on
hurricane restoration in Grand Bahama.
An additional $4 million is needed to com-
plete repairs.
"The housing stock suffered substantial
damage and we are still in the process of
assisting persons in getting back into their
homes, primarily here in Grand Bahama, in
Eleuthera and San Salvador," Mr Smith said.
.He noted that the experiences of the 2004
hurricane season illustrated shortcomings in


the processes in which information was
received from impacted areas.
Mr Smith further explained that although
multiple assessments were carried out by
various agencies, information was not being
channeled to a centralised agency on a time-
ly basis, or in a standardised form.
NEMA has been mandated to ensure
that there is a national system in place to
cope with multi-hazards within the frame-
work of a comprehensive disaster manage-
ment strategy.
Mr Smith said the ability to respond and
quickly recover from a disaster depends on
the extent to which the impact is adequately
assessed and managed, thereby allowing
for better response to the needs of victims.
Mr Smith said the standardised form of
training that has been developed benefits
the country by:
Facilitating inter-country assistance
immediately after impact.
Lowering the risk of duplication' of
data.
Facilitating easy cross-checking of data.


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THE TRBUNE EDNESAY, AUUSTL1,NEWS


Two men shot in


artumed robberies "Copyrighted Material
Syndicated Content
Available from Commercial News Providers"


* By KARAN MINNIS
TWO men are recovering after being
shot during one of three armed robberies on
Monday.
According to police liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans, Rudolph Campbell and
Rowland Estinor were sitting on a wall on
Coleman Lane. off Wilson Track when a
lone gunman approached them from behind
and demanded cash.
After retrieving $20, the gunman report-
edly shot both men in the left leg.
They were taken to hospital were their
condition is listed as stable. The incident
occurred around 10.30pm.
Police also report that the Village Road


branch of KFC was robbed of an undis-
closed amount of cash on Monday.
Around 7.45am two masked gunmen, one
armed with a shotgun and the other with a
handgun, descended from the ceiling and
demanded cash from employees.
The men were taken to a safe where they
retrieved a large sum of money and other
personal items.
Both men fled from the building towards
the area of Blair Estates.
Around 2.40pm on Monday the Corner
Market Place store on Jerome and Mount
Pleasant Avenues was robbed of five T-
shirts and three pairs of socks by a lone
gunman.
According to Inspector Evans, police are


still investigating all three incidents.
POLICE officers shot a suspect's dog
while making a drug bust in the Sunlight
Cottage area on Monday.
Officers report shooting the rotweiler as
they entered a yard in the process of exe-
cuting a search warrant on a home.
When they searched the house, the offi-
cers found two pounds and seven ounces of
marijuana.
The street value of drugs are estimated to
be just under $3,000.
Edward Ferguson, the 40-year-old res-
ident of the. property, is currently in
police custody and is expected to be
arraigned before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel today.


Potter's Cay vendors 'will not



be affected by restrictions'


* By KARAN MINNIS
POTTER'S Cay vendors will not be
affected by the new access restrictions
planned for the dock.
Assistant port controller Brent
Williamson told The Tribune that the pro-
posed changes at Potter's Cay will only,
effect the area behind where the vendors'
conduct their business.
The port department announced this week
that access to the dock would be restricted in
a bid to beef up "security and safety."
"The whole point of this is to make the
dock a more sterile area," Mr Williamson
said.
"By sterile area I mean minimising the
amount of persons coming out on to pier,
organising business relations and generally
all access to the area," he said.
According to Mr Williamson, only per-
sons with cargo to collect or business to
conduct will be allowed beyond the area
where the vendors' stalls are located.
"We are looking at all the infrastructural
issues in that area and have already 'con-
sulted with engineers to undergo such
repairs, but these things take time," he said.
"I can ,not say when the chafiges will be
completed. Money will have to play a major
part as to the completion of work."
Mr Williamson told a local 'newspaper
on Monday that the new emphasis on secu-
rity and safety had been spurred by an acci-
dent at the dock last week, in which an 18-
year-old lost control of her jeep and the
vehicle plunged overboard.
The'driver and her three passengers
,escaped: without serious injury thanks to


* POTTER'S Cay is to be cleaned up and security increased
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/ tribune Staff)


the rescue efforts of bystanders.
Mr Williamson said that along with the
new restrictions, barriers will be erected
around the dock in an effort to avoid a
recurrence ofthe incident.
"We understand that the operations at
Potter's Cay dock play a major role in the
economy," said Mr Williamson. "This is
why it is so important to develop a first-
class seaport."
"If you look at any international seaport,


you will see that the same changes and
restrictions that we plan to enforce are
indeed carried out all over the world.
"Safety is the major issue here and that is
what we are trying to ensure," he said. "You
cannot expect for things to change without
doing something about it, and that's what
we are doing.
"By making these changes, we are ensur-
ing the safety of our people and.the econo-
my at the same time," he said.


Dion Foulkes: More property



incentives are necessary


U FORMER minister Dion Foulk
. By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
THE government must work
towards establishing protocols
?and incentives to encourage
Bahamian investment in the
.tourism industry according to
:"former Minister of Education
Dion Foulkes.
Mr Foulkes made the state-
ment yesterday while speaking
at a meeting of Kiwanas Club of
Over the Hill.


kes

He said that the govern-
ment's role in business is a
vital one but it must be "limit-
ed, effective and accountable".
"In a country as small as ours
and at our stage of development,
government must be not just a
facilitator, but, .I propose, also a
helper in appropriate cases.
"Take our premier national
enterprise, tourism, for exam-
ple. We have been almost total-
ly dependent on the foreign
investor, the big foreign investor


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The person who holds this
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The Tribune apologises for
any inconvenience this may
have caused.


with big money and big mar-
keting muscle. The government
helps him with concessions, tax
exemptions and advertising,"
said Mr Foulkes.
He said that his vision is a
string of many small and medi-
um-sized resorts owned and
operated by Bahamians, with
the help of the government.
"If we are prepared to help
the big fellow, we must also be
prepared to help the small and
medium-sized local entrepre-
neur," said Mr Foulkes.
The current assistance to
small Bahamian resort opera-
tors, the former minister said,
should be increased and greater
efforts and more resources need
to be committed.
"Not just to help Bahamians
get into the hospitality business
but to give them substantial
help with marketing, especially
in the initial stages. The
stronger these Bahamian pio-
neers become, the more of our
national economy we will own,"
said Mr Foulkes.
The government, he said, must
also seek out Bahamians living
abroad who have the means and
talent to contribute to the devel-
opment of the country.
Government assistance, he
said, must be given not only in
the tourism industry but in oth-
er enterprises as well.
"The more we produce inter-


nally, the less the strain on our
balance of payments account.
The more Bahamian.goods and
services we consume, the more
dollars we keep in the local
economy and the healthier our
stock of foreign reserves.
"We used to be told that a
dollar saved is a dollar earned,
and that saving leads to wealth.
The same principle applies
here," said Mr Foulkes.


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WAS SIR Stafford Sands a committed
racist?
It depends upon who you talk with and
whether that person knew Sir Stafford in his
private life, or only his public life. The person
who knew both sides of the man would deny
that he was racist, or had any prejudices. How-
ever, speak with someone who knew him only
in his public life, and the answer would be that
he was a born racist.
It is now being said that it was Sir Stafford
who introduced the colour bar to hotels. and
public places in the Bahamas.
This is not true. That questionable honour
goes to American Henry Flagler who built the
first British Colonial Hotel in 1899, years before
Sir Stafford was born. Flagler, who was from
America's black-lynching south, was convinced
that no white tourists would patronise a hotel
where the races were mixed. All Flagler hotels
in St Augustine, Florida, were for whites only.
He introduced the same rules to his Nassau
hotel. Flagler's prohibitions were so strict that
white Bahamians, some of whose closest friends
were coloured, found that clubs they and their
friends used to frequent were now closed to
their friends.
When Sir Stafford Sands came along many
years later and was determined to make
tourism a year-round business in the Bahamas,
the colour bar was already in place. Unfortu-
nately he bought into Flagler's belief that
tourism in the Bahamas would only succeed if
it were for whites only. And so he would have
no one tear that barrier down.
Sir Etienne Dupuch, publisher of The Tri-
bune, and Sir Stafford were bitter enemies over
this issue for most of their political lives. On the
night in the House of Assembly in 1956 when
Sir Etienne moved a resolution that the House
agree that discrimination in hotels, theatres
and other public places against persons because
of their race or colour "was not in the public
interest", Sir Stafford argued that the restric-
tions had to remain. His argument was based
strictly on the premise that opening the hotels
to all races would do untold damage to tourism.
After that night's session black Bahamians
booed him to his car, all the way down Bay
Street. He needed police protection.
Years later when tourism went from strength
to strength, Sir Stafford was man enough to
admit that he was wrong. He acknowledged
that Sir Etienne was right and that Donald
McKinney, a white UBP member who sided
with Sir Etienne in the House on the resolution,
knew what he was talking about when he told
House members that fears that racial integra-
tion in the hotels would damage the industry
was "greatly exaggerated".
Sir Etienne and Sir Stafford became close
friends. Sir Etienne and his wife were among


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the last to-visit him on his deathbed in London.
Afterwards Sir Etienne was to write of his
friend:
"Sir Stafford could not understand me when
I urged him to.lead reform in the colony. He
did not understand that a people freed from the
bonds of poverty would want something more.
At this point with their stomachs satisfied -
their spirits demanded status in the communi-
ty. And this spiritual desire remained unsatis-
fied.
"The time came when Sir Stafford saw the
light. But it was too late..."
And then there was the private life of
Stafford Lofthouse Sands.
Educated at Government High School in
Nassau- not Queen's College he articled in
the chambers of his uncle, Sir Kenneth
Solomon, KC. Whenever Sir Kenneth went
abroad he left his practice in the care of lawyer
AF Adderley, father of Paul Adderley, the
former PLP Attorney General. He also left
young Stafford's training to Mr Adderley. Up
to the time of his death Mr Adderley was
respectfully called "Mr Adderley" by Sir
Stafford, and the student, now an important.
man in government, remained "Stafford" to
Mr Adderley.
"Sir Stafford's firmn was the only firm that I
knew of that was owned by white people in
those days that hired black people above the
grade of maid or messenger." That statement
would be laughable today, but in the 1950s, it
was significant.
Long Island MP JimmyKnowles, speaking in
the House of Assembly in 2000 When Sir"
Stafford's image on the $10 bank note was
debated, told of his five and a half years as a
law clerk in Sir Stafford's chambers.
"It was the only law firm that was white-
owned in those days that I knew hired black
secretaries," he said. "I was there and they
came from every walk of life Jamaican,
Bahamian, Trinidadian, Cuban, homosexuals,
lesbians, it was the most incredible office I
have ever seen."
. Mr Knowles said that Sir Stafford may have
harboured "racial leanings", but in his experi-
ence with the man he "never sensed any prej-
udice."
Said Mr Knowles: "He would party with his
black staff. He would party with his white staff,
with his Jamaican staff, his lesbian staff, his
homosexual staff. Every quarter or every six
months he had a party at his house for his staff.
I'm not telling you what I hear about, I'm
telling you what I know about."
And his black masseur, Charley Major, Sr,
was more than a masseur, he was a personal
friend.
Tomorrow we shall discuss why Sir Stafford
left the Bahamas.


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"Bahamas Uncensored", a cou-
ple of weeks ago, Sir Jack was
viciously attacked as historical-
ly he had supported the FNM
and Hubert Ingraham.
What on earth does that have
to do with ignoring the man's
reasonable instructions as to
how.HIS money is to be spent?
The PLP publicist also claimed
that Sir Jack was duly informed
that any donation to NEMA
would go into a consolidated
fund and that "no gift could be
accepted with a condition
attached."
Clearly this is contrary to the
position taken by Sir Jack.
As a frequent reader of
Bahamas Uncensored, I have
concluded a long time ago what
they have defined as a "fact"
are statements designed to mis-
lead, misrepresent, deceive or
an outright fabrication that is
promoted as the true state of
affairs. Once it is obvious that
they are at a disadvantage, their
tactic is to aggressively attack
the messenger. If all else fails,
then they would ridiculously
play the race card.
In their "Comment of the
week" on July 3 2005, the daily
Tribune that initially carried this
story was accused of "repre-
senting the business and colo-
nial interest!" The editors of
Bahamas Uncensored are either
daft or were short of articles to
write about that week. Anyone
who has ever read The Tribune
is aware of the policy estab-
lished long ago by Sir. Etienne
Dupuch of "being bound to
swear to the dogmas of no mas-
ter!" The Tribune has the repu-
tation of being an independent
newspaper, fair and just to all
parties concerned.
It has a long history of voic-
ing concerns of justice for all,
no matter which government
was in power. Oftentimes The
Tribune was the lone voice


in the wilderness.
To avoid making such igiino-
rant statements about the poli-
cies of The Tribune, the.current
editors of Bahamas Uncensored
simply had to look at statements
that their founder, F'ied
Mitchell, had made in the 1990s
about The Tribune. While serv-
ing as an Opposition PLP Sen-
ator under an FNM govern-
ment, Fred Mitchell applauded
and congratulated The Tribune
for being fair and objective in its
presentation.
In particular, Fred Mitchell
felt that The Tribune was the
one newspaper that the 'PLP
could depend on and The Tri-
bune was a true friend to the
PLP. Someone recently asked
the question in the House of
Assembly if Fred Mitchell was
still associated with the produc-
tion of Bahamas Uncensored?
Clearly this group that is now
managing Bahamas Uncen-
sored has a limited knowledge
of the PLP public relations.
The final indecent outrage
came when the editors of
Bahamas Uncensored conclud-
ed'that the fact that the current
editor of The Tribune, Mrs
Eileen Carron, had sided with
Sir Jack in this matter was
racially motivated. "Anything
concerned with 'black' people
are suspect and that the PLP
government being black, it fol-
lows that.the PLP are prima
facie crooks!"
What-an idiotic -statement!
This kind of analysis reflects the
level of intelligence of a
cucaracha. The issue simply put
is one of transparency and
accountability.
These, are-two concepts that
the PLP and especially
Bahamas Uncensoreid seem to
have tremendous difficulty
understanding. Why couldn't
the PLP government just simply
explain to Sir Jack how his
money was spent?
DR LEATENDORE
PERCENTIE DDS
Boston, Massachusetts
July 20 2005


EDITOR, The Tribune
THE public is amazed that
Sir Jack Hayward is making
such a fuss about the million
dollar donation to the National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA). But to under-
stand Sir Jack's paranoia, one
must appreciate the old Bahami-
an saying, "once bitten... twice
shy!" You see, Sir Jack has been
down this road before with the
PLP. I remember another large
donation doing, a ."walkabout" ....
in the late 1980s.
When someone makes a con-
tribution with a specified con-
dition for its utilisation, it is
expected that the intentions and
good gesture of the donor
should be honoured and
respected. It is simply an act of
bad faith to take someone's
donation and do with it as you
want. In future, this type of
inconsiderate behaviour will dis-
courage others from donating
as they may feel that their wish-
es will not be observed.
Furthermore, at the end of
the day, an accurate account of
all transactions should be made
to the general public with
acknowledgements of those
who had donated. This will rein-
force the credibility of the
organisation and as it is in this
case, the government of the
Bahamas.
One of the lessons that was
learned after Hurricane
Andrew in 1992, and confirmed
by a number of prominent psy-
chologists, was the fact that in
order for the community to
return to normal after such dis-
asters, was for schools, commu-
nity centres, etc, to function as
,they .npimally did assoon as
was reasonably possible.
This will take the children off
the streets so they are not in the
way of the workers. Also, this
will distract their attention from
the disaster and consequently
will serve to initiate the heal-
ing of the community.
Maybe this was the thinking
of Sir Jack when he donated the
money. His instructions were
that the money was to be spread
all over Grand Bahama, not just
on facilities in Freeport. There-
fore, not to respect Sir Jack's
wishes is a slap in the face and
an insult to this philanthropist.
Amazingly, rather than apol-
ogise to Sir Jack and accept
responsibility for this incredi-
ble mess-up, there are some
members of the PLP adminis-
tration who are trying to paint
Sir Jack as the bad guy by
attacking his credibility. How
ungrateful!
In their propaganda website,


EDITOR, The Tribune
READING and viewing
press reports of the recent
Forum on LNG, one won-
ders whether these highly
intelligent persons really can
think through the true reali-
ty of the concepts of solu-
tions that they put forward?
In all probability it would
be far less costly to build a
new National Electricity plant
on Andros with a short, rela-
tively, pipeline for LNG from
Ocean Cay and then cable
into Grand Bahama-New
Providence and even Exuma
and other southerly islands
than trying to ship LNG on
small uneconomical tankers,
which still have to be devel-
oped, or building a very cost-
ly pipeline from Ocean Cay
to Grand Bahama and then
south to New Providence.
BEC at Clifton under pre-
sent planning is not going to
be moved and if the safety
requirement for LNG in
Freeport is as stated, 1.5
miles away from any resi-
dence, then obviously any
thought of a LNG supply
and storage at Clifton Pier
is off the radaras South
Ocean and the proposed new
500 unit development of
Tavestock Estates is far too
close.


PetroCaribe how quick
are we to reach what we feel
is the educated judgment on
this proposal? Reality is first-
ly this is an offer from
Venezuela, secondly
Trinidad and Tobago Gov-
ernment was caught selling
.their oil/refined fuel to
CARICOM at an inflated
wholesale price and regret-
tably it seems to quell a fur- :
ther fight in CARICOM the,
Heads of Government last'
week in St Lucia gave the
responsibility lack toP6ifie.;
Minister Manning -of-".
Trinidad to negotiat&Thle`.
deal with Veriezuela .I
A columnist in another
publication seems not to
understand that th.
Bahamas has basically ;
always relied on Venezuelan
oil through the route of
Venezuela to Curacao for
refining and then the refined
product shipped to the
Bahamas. Two of our whole-
salers actually ship on the
same tanker. I understand
even when there was a strike
of the oil workers in Cara-
cas our supply continued
flowing through Curacao
unabated.
JIM ROLLE
Nassau
July 13 2005


Where are our paintings?


EDITOR, The Tribune
VERY soon after the elec-
tion of the FNM in 1993
rightly the House of Assem-
bly was renovated and redec-
orated.
The large oil paintings that
used to hang on the walls of
the House were removed and
it was stated at the time that
they would be placed and put
on exhibition in a suitable
alternative place.
It might be academic but...


has anyone seen them? Does
anyone know where they
are? When are they going to
be re-hung in a suitable pub-
lic place?
These are assets of the peo-
ple. I hope someone knows
where they have gone?
Director of Archives? the
chairman of Heritage Cor-
poration, George Mackey?
H. HUMES
Nassau
August 3 2005


Has LNG project been

thought through?


PA.-:, 'LJONESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2005


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* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

TUCKED away on the third
floor of the Bahamas Chest
Centre, the Magnetic Reso-
nance Therapy lab overseen by
Dr Jerry Jacobson is providing
help and hope to patients, who
claim the treatment is nothing
short of "a miracle".
Arthritic patients, diabetics,
and patients suffering from
Parkinson's disease all hail the
magnetic treatment for causing
vast improvements in their
medical conditions.
For more than a year and a
half, Dr Jacobson has been test-
ing and treating patients with a
variety of ailments and says that
finally, after 20 years of
research, it is time for the ther-
apy to have the recognition it
deserves.
The most important stage of
the treatment places a patient
between special metal coils that
are designed to control and aug-
ment various magnetic fields.
These fields, Dr Jacobson
says, are in all human beings
and the therapy triggers them,
allowing the body to in essence
heal itself.
"This magnetic field re-nor-
malises the magnetic field in the


body that is distorted when the
body is hurt," he said.
This treatment he said, hap-
pens on subatomic, atomic, and
molecular levels.
"The signal is .thousands of
trillions times lower than that
of any household appliance, and
that of the Earth's magnetic
field.
"Research has been going on
for years and we expect years
more of research to continue.
But the results so far are
astounding," he said.

Recovery

An elderly patient at the cen-
tre named Howard, who suffers
from diabetic neuropathy and
arthritis, described how the
treatment has changed his life.
"I've had one session last
year for six weeks, and another
one this year about six weeks
ago. I had broken my arm some
years ago and the surgeon told
me I wouldn't be able to lift the
arm any higher than my waist
from then on. But after some
treatments I can do this," he
said, lifting his arm above his
head.
"The beauty of this treatment
is that you feel no pain," he con-


LOCAL E


Schoolgirl's death raises




jet-ski issue once again


GROWING concern in Nas-
sau over the dangers of jet-skis
has been given new focus by
the horrific death of a schoolgirl
at a Mediterranean resort.
Authorities in Cyprus are
now facing similar criticism to
that aimed at the Bahamas gov-
ernment in the past over non-
enforcement of safety laws.
Yesterday, a Nassau hotelier
said: "Cyprus is rightly receiving
some terrible publicity over this.
It is only a matter of time before
the, Bahamas finds itself in the
,same situation."
,A; British schoolboy has
admitted causing the death of
his girlfriend after she was
struck in the water at the resort
of Pissouri.
James Dudley, 16, was riding
the jet-ski when it hit Hannah
Sutton, 16, during a family hol-
iday. Having admitted reckless-
ness, he could face four years
inm prison.
Dudley, from North Wales,
also admitted illegally driving
the jet-ski without a licence and


not completing required forms.
But Hannah's parents have
blamed Cyprus authorities,
claiming they failed to enforce
the law properly. The legal age
for hiring jet-skis is 18. Now the
jet-ski firm's owners will appear
in court in October.

Enforcement
Lack of enforcement has
been the main charge laid
against Bahamian authorities in
the past following a string of
near tragedies.
Last April, local hoteliers cit-
ed jet-skis as the biggest haz-
ard on Bahamian beaches.
And they said any further
tourist deaths a baby killed
by a 'banana boat' on Cabbage
Beach has sparked a barrage of
negative publicity in the UK -
would have a massive impact
on Bahamas tourism.
At the time, a Nassau hote-
lier said: "Enforcement over
the last several years has been
seriously lacking. There are ele-


ments in the port that wish to
carry out their mandate, but
they will tell you they have
manpower and equipment
issues.
"Existing legislation would
allow port officers to suspend
jet-skis from operating for doing
things like entering swimlines,
not having life-vests on, not hav-
ing registration numbers dis-
played etc. But there is simply
no presence."
Cable Beach is one area
where residents frequently
express alarm over reckless jet-
ski riders.
They claim bathers are con-
stantly put at risk by jet-skiers
who skim by close to shore and
"charge" their machines up the
beach.
One resident said: "Jet-ski
owners use their machines to
show off. They think it's macho
to ride their machines on to the
beach.
"And they often 'showboat'
by speeding by without looking
where they are going. Swim-


mers are often afraid to go
more than a few feet from shore
because of this constant dan-
ger."
When the jet-ski menace last
surfaced, timeshare manager
John Chafe of Guanahani Vil-
lage described the problem as
"a national disgrace."
Last year, insurance industry
sources said the government
must "clean up" the water
sports industry before they
would even consider cover for
jet-skis.
In November last year an
American doctor was killed on
a jet-ski off Paradise Island only
an hour into a family holiday.
Anthony Moretti, from New
York, crashed into another jet-
ski being driven by his niece
and received a fatal head
wound..
Among other tragedies was
the loss of an arm by a school-
boy and the drowning of a jet-
ski operator who fell off his
machine and reportedly could
not swim.


Church leaders



meet in Nassau



for summit


MORE than 2000 church
leaders and laymen from over
30 nations are expected to
come together'in Nassau for
the 23rd International King-
dom Believers Summit.
The summit, hosted by local
pastor Dr Myles Munroe, will
address modern-day societal
problems such as crime and
violence, terrorism, corruption


Speakers and workshop ses-
sions will address the summit
theme: 'Kingdom Impact on
Contemporary Culture and
Society', with a view of explor-
ing biblical alternatives and
solutions to today's problems.
The 2005 conference, organ-
ised by an international net-
work of leaders and headed
by Bahamas Faith Ministries,
will feature speakers such as
US pastor Rod Parsley, a best-
selling author and leader of
the 10,000-member World
Harvest Church in Columbus,


* DR Myles Munroe


* BISHOP Eddie Long
and the decay of values and
morality.
"This summit comes at a
crucial time in our region as
we also grapple with the
CARICOM issues and its
implications. The spirits of
racism, strife, suspicion, fear,
distrust and tension cloud our
judgment, and distort our val-
ue of humanity," said Dr
Munroe, chairman of the
International Third World
Leaders Association.


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* PASTOR Rod Parsley

Ohio, and Bishop Eddie. Long,
founder of the 16,000-mem-
ber New Birth Missionary
Church in Atlanta.
Addressing the media at a
press conference yesterday,
Dr Richard Pinder, vice-pres-
ident of Bahamas Faith Min-
istries, said that the confer-
ence would focus on the state
of values and moral decay in


the Bahamas.
"The summit will give peo-
ple answers on how their over-
all life can be impacted by the
Kingdom.
"We will ask questions like
why is there such a disrespect
for the law, why is there such a
break-up in our family struc-
ture and in our marital situa-
tions.
"We will address those and
give answers. We will give
answers to a lot of the diffi-
culties we face in our nation,"
Dr Pinder said.
The summit will be held at
the International Diplomat
Centre on Carmichael Road
from August 14 to 18.
"Over the years this confer-


ence has attracted thousands
to New Providence and this
year we expect it to be the
largest," Dr Munroe said.


* DR Mark Chirrona


$150,000 of



contracts are



signed for



Freeport


* APRIL Crowther-Gow signing contracts together worth
$150,000 with several local contractors for ongoing upkeep
and maintenance of public facilities in Grand Bahama.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT Contracts
totalling $150,000 were award-
ed to several local contractors
by the City of Freeport Coun-
cil on Tuesday for the ongoing
upkeep and maintenance of
public facilities within the
Freeport area.
Deputy chief councillor
April Crowther-Gow signed
contracts with 15 contractors
to provide landscaping, jani-
torial,.plumbing, air-condi-
tioning and electrical services
for a period of one year, start-
ing August 2005.
As part of the community
development programme, Mrs
Gow said the council is
responsible for upkeep and
maintenance of community
recreational parks and play-
grounds, in addition to the
upkeep and maintenance of
public facilities, such as public
bathrooms.
Mrs Gow noted that the
council has also included sev-
eral government institutions,
such as such as the Beacon


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
A 21-YEAR-OLD Wulff
Road man was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday
on the charge of having sex
with a minor.
Douglas Eddy was accused
of .having sexual intercourse
with a 13-year-old girl some-
time during the month of
June.
Eddy, who appeared before
Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Victoria Gardens,
entered a plea of not guilty.
He was granted $5,000 bail
with one surety. The matter
was adjourned to August 22,
when the accused will appear
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meers in Bank Lane.
A 43-year-old man of
Hospital Lane was sentenced
to six months in prison after
pleading guilty to possessing
21 small foil packages con-
taining cocaine with the intent
to supply them to another.
Court dockets state that on


School, the Genesis Acade-
my, PACE, and Columbus
House in its landscaping and
maintenance plans.
"The City of Freeport
remains a responsible com-
munity partner. We hope that
our assistance'will help to alle-
viate many challenges these
institutions may encounter in
providing key educational and
developmental services to our
children," she said.
Ms Gow thanked the vari-
ous companies for participat-
ing in the bid tendering
process. She urged the select-
ed contractors to provide qual-
ity' services to the communi-
ty.
"The council is pleased to
award these contracts to our
local businesses and we are
equally pleased to welcome
our new community partners
as the services they render on
a monthly basis will assist in
keeping the community clean,
safe and beautiful," she said.
Mrs Go couraged the
public to ate and assist
in keepin s and public
facilities cf nd to refrain
from causing amage.


Sunday August 7 Jerome
Coakley was found in posses-
sion of the drugs while at Hos-
pital Lane off Poinciana Drive.
Three other men ap-
peared before Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel on similar drug
charges.
Emeritte!'Rolle, 23, Ray-
mond Smiith, 30, and
Keweemada King, 30, were
allegedly found with a quanti-
ty of marijuana on Friday
August 5.
Police suspected that they
intended to supply the drugs
to another.
According to the prosecu-
tor, the drugs had a weight of
five and a quarter ounces. All
three men entered not guilty
pleas.
King was also charged with
unlawfully carrying a knife, to
which he also entered a plea of
not guilty.
The men were each granted
$7,500 bail with two sureties.
The matter was adjourned to
February 7.


Police honoured at

Louisiana ceremony


THE Friendship Force of
Baton Rouge honoured 24
police officers from the
Bahamas and Turks and
Caicos Islands with a dinner
at the East Side Fire Station in
Louisiana.
According to The Ascension
Citizen, Friendship Force pres-
ident Jeanne George wel-
comed the guests.
The Friendship Force is a
nonprofit cultural exchange
organisation that since 1977
has promoted international
friendship and goodwill.
Barbecue beef and various
dishes prepared by Friend-
ship Force members were
served to the attendees, and a
cake decorated with the flags
of the two countries was


served along with other
desserts, also prepared by
members.
Chairing the event were
Linda and Wil Dudley.
Frances and Charles Bennett
presented the officers with a
lapel pin in the shape of
Louisiana.
A Mardi Gras Parade by
Friendship Force members
was enjoyed by the visitors.
The police officers also
entertained, their hosts with
music and dancing Bahami-
an style.
After the dinner, Kendal
Strachan from the Bahamas
and Franklyn Thomas from
Turks and Caicos gave some
words of thanks to the Friend-
ship Force members.


tinued, "There is no medica-
tion, nothing. But it works."
Francis, whose husband suf-
fers from Parkinson's disease
and arthritis, firmly claims that
without the treatment she
knows her husband would be
bed-ridden today.
"Some mornings he woke up
and he would say: 'Ma gimme a
push' and I would have to lay
cross-ways in the bed and use
my legs and ease him out the
bed. Now you can see him walk-
ing around up right. Now I just
have to get him to exercise,"
she laughed.
"The treatment works, I
know it does. Our 50th anniver-
sary will be on the first of Sep-
tember and I thank God for the
vision of Dr Jerry to make
something like this to help my
husband," she said.
Dr Jacobson says that he is
appreciative of the tremendous
results that he has seen, but
feels that the treatment still has
room for improvement.
"This is not about money
because I spent my whole life
for this. I put my own money
into this.
"This is about following a
dream, having faith against all
odds, and proving that that faith
was warranted," he said.


Patients find magnetic



treatment an attraction


ICURT B IES








PAGE WEDESDAY AUGST 10 2005THE TIBUN


BTC


- privatisation, modernisation


and falling behind the Caribbean


A FEW weeks ago,
Sthe government said
it was in secret talks with an
unidentified buyer to "re-
start" the privatisation of the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company.
Some say the mystery bid-
der is Cingular (formerly
AT&T Wireless), America's
largest cell phone carrier. But
Cingular is selling its regional
licences to focus exclusively
on US business.
Cingular is selling to Digicel,
an Irish company that is the


Taking in the
Bahamian
telcom would
be a huge
management
headache for
the small
number
of new
subscribers it
would bring.
But Digicel
may think it
worth the
effort to
establish a
full regional
network



region's fastest-growing
mobile operator. Digicel's net-
work will soon extend from
Trinidad to Bermuda and
from Haiti to- the Cayman
Islands a total of 15 coun-
tries.
Digicel is also a GSM oper-
ator like BTC and wants to be
a pan-regional mobile player.
With revenues of $477 million
last year, analysts say it is an


agile company that targets
small countries with pent-up
demand to offer new services
at competitive rates.
That is a model that doesn't
seem to fit well with BTC's
senile business approach. And
taking in the Bahamian tel-
com would be a huge man-
agement headache for the
small number of new sub-
scribers it would bring. But
Digicel may think it worth the
effort to establish a full region-
al network. ......
The other possibility is
Cable and Wireless, a British
company that has operated
monopoly telecoms services
in much of the English-speak-
ing Caribbean for decades.
C&W was one of the early
bidders in the BTC privatisa-
tion process that State Finance
Minister James Smith pro-
nounced dead at the end of
2003.
That was shortly after the
government had turned down
an offer by the BahamaTel
consortium to pay $130 mil-
lion for 49 per cent of BTC.
Early in the bidding process,
Digicel had a quick look at
the books but walked away.

However, experts say
C&W is poorly run
and despised by politicians
and unionists alike as a relic of
the'colonial past. It is also a
takeover target ifself-- only
its odd portfolio of 14
Caribbean licences plus Fiji
and the Seychelles has pro-
tected it from acquisition so
far.
"Realistically, the best out-
come might be for Digicel to
take over the cell phone side
of BTC while the government
keeps the land-line service -
with all the excess employees
.and debt. As a well-run com-
pany, Digicel would be foolish
to buy all of BTC's baggage,"
according to one analyst.
BTC's only real hope to
save its land-line business was
the introduction of high-speed
DSL internet service com-
bined with a rebalancing of
tariffs. But the company
botched Batelnet and rebal-
ancing never took place.
Cable Bahamas has since
become the top ISP, with an


One can only imagine what
goes on in the minds of BTC
executives, who are-never
available to the press, never
held accountable to the public
and whose voicemail systems
are specially designed to route
callers into outer space.


almost unassailable lead, while
Indigo continues to roll out its
competing fixed line service.
BahamaTel chief Tom Bain
told Tough Call that "BTC's
value will have dropped
markedly since our bid in mid-
2003. Even then we saw an
alarming rate of decline in
long distance revenue due to
call back and voice over Inter-
net services. We thought BTC
had only about half the mar-
ket at the time."

Just recently, Works &
Utilities Minister
Bradley Roberts said BTC
was facing a 50 per cent drop
in profits because it could not
compete with new technolo-
gies. "This is a serious mat-
ter," he said. But apparently
still not serious enough for the
government to read the writ-
ing on the wall.
The strategic response to
BTC's increasing marginalisa-
tion has been to obstruct com-
petitors like Indigo and Cable
Bahamas by regulatory tac-
tics, while hiking phone rental
rates as much as 80 per cent.
And to cap it off, the company
is running an expensive adver-
tising campaign to tell con-
sumers they haven't raised
prices for 30 years.
One can only imagine what
goes on in the minds of BTC
executives, who are never
available to the press, never
held accountable to the public
and whose voicemail systems
are specially designed to route
callers into outer space. No
doubt they will be well taken
care of no matter what hap-
pens to the company they are
busily frittering away.

ow with BTC's val-
ue dwindling, its rev-
enues slumping but its
employee list rising the gov-
ernment has decided to go
ahead with a $60 million
investment in a submarine
cable to service a few thou-
sand households in our under-
developed southern islands.
This project has been on the
table for years, and was one
of the main sticking points in
the failed privatisation
talks. Analysts told Tough
Call: "It would be great for
those few thousand inhabi-
tants of MICAL, but no busi-
ness plan could ever show a
positive return on that sum in
anyliving person's lifetime.,
- "Furthermore, $50 million
is a huge figure in our small
economy about one per cent
of GDP and the opportuni-
ties for graft will be irre-
sistible. Clearly, the govern-
ment is using BTC's borrow-
ing power to score political
points. And the obvious ques-
tion is: couldn't we spend that
capital more wisely?"
That question has even


'TOUGH CALL


more teeth when we consider
the difficulties that overseas
callers encounter when trying
to communicate with us. "All
circuits are busy" is the typical
response, many say yet long
distance calling is supposed to
be BTC's biggest revenue
earner.

M eanwhile, Cable
Bahamas is build-
ing its own $50 million under-
sea link from Jamaica to the
southeastern Bahamas a
project that was delayed for
months by the Public Utilities
Commission. It will provide
advanced telecoms services to
both Jamaica and the
Bahamas.
In a recent article we point-
ed out that Jamaica had a
more open telecoms sector
than the Bahamas. In fact,
Jamaica which has oscillated
between socialist and capital-
ist policies for decades is
today far more advanced,
according to one indignant
reader:
"Your piece on the. state of
the telecommunications indus-
try in the Bahamas is a wel-
come one. Unfortunately your
reference to Jamaica in typical
Bahamian style ie unfortunate.
According to you: '...the
Bahamas still lags behind
even Jamaica (my emphasis)
in the overall liberalisation of
its telecoms sector.'
"Jamaica liberalised its
telecommunications sector
well before the other
Caribbean islands, including
Cayman. It currently has three
mobile operators, more than
10 locally owned radio sta-
tions, 20 or more cable TV
providers, and two major tele-
vision stations.
In short a far more sophisti-
cated communications sector
when compared with the
Bahamas.
"In fact, the Bahamas infra-
structure is below Barbados,
Trinidad and Tobago and sev-
eral other Caribbean coun-
tries, except for Haiti and
Cuba. Prices in the Bahamas
are up to three times those in
Jamaica. For example, it costs
US$0.22 to make a call from
Jamaica to Florida compared
with US$0.55 from the
Bahamas."

Another reader, with
business experience
in both the Bahamas and
Caribbean, agreed with this,
analysis: "The Jamaican mar-
ket is fully open and very com-


petitive. It is relatively easy to
obtain a licence to become a
telecommunications carrier,
although they have restricted
some markets, such as mobile
operators.
"It is interesting that in the
only segment of the Bahamian
telecommunications space
where there is unfettered com-
petition internet access -
the consumer has been a huge
Winner 40 per cent of homes
have high speed internet (the


highest ratio in the hemi-
sphere) and prices are below
the US and Canada. I would
think there could be a lesson
there."
Most analysts agree that the
government is misguided to'
think that regulatory barriers
will "protect" BTC. This is a
fool's game, they say: "The
only service that technology
cannot currently circumvent
is mobile phones and that
will change within five years
with WI-Fi phones."

T he phased liberalisa-
tion in Jamaica began
in 1999 and ended two years
ago. Since then, about 370
telecom licences have been
issued and the island has
achieved a fairly advanced
telecom infrastructure, includ-
ing a mix of wireless and wired
technologies.
Mobile operators have a
penetration rate of around 59
per cent, the highest in the
region. And internet access is
offered by more than 15 ser-
vice providers. Both the
mobile and Internet markets
have experienced strong
growth in the liberalised mar-
ket, analysts say.
According to Jamaica's
commerce minister, there are
now 1.8 million cellular users
and half a million land lines
on the island, producinga tele-
density rate of 80 per cent.


* ST LUCIA
Castries
CHINA will pay for a new
mental hospital in the
Caribbean country of St
Lucia, officials said Tuesday,
according to Associated
Press.
Work on the US$10 million
project will begin in Novem-
ber and should be completed
within '18 months, said Gu
Huaming, China's ambassador
to St. Lucia.
The hospital will be part of
a new medical complex that


This compares to only 30 per
cent before liberalisation.
Some policy makers believe
that telecom providers must
have "universal service oblig-
ations" to force them to pro-
vide access to marginalised
populations, such as the small
isolated settlements in the
southeastern Bahamas.
This is generally opposed by
free marketers who argue that
universality is achieved once
service is taken up on com-
mercial terms by a good per-
centage of the population.

A ccording to Barba-
dos Utilities Minis-
ter Anthony Wood: "Full lib-
eralisation of the market does
create -tremendous opportu-


nities, and we hope that the
significant slashing of rates
(will give) the economy a new
lease on life."
And businessmen confirm
that even the tiny Eastern
Caribbean states like St Lucia,
St Kitts and St Martin are
more advanced and have bet-
ter systems and better rates
than the supposedly "sophis-
ticated" Bahamas.
In fact, since the govern-
ment cancelled the legitimate
privatization process, BTC has
become just a cell phone com-
pany supporting four times the
number of employees it actu-
ally needs. And experts say
decline is inevitable.
Nevertheless, BTC is
ploughing ahead with its polit-
ical agenda to provide high-
speed DSL internet service,
GSM cellular technology and
the capacity for 200 digital
television channels to our
sparsely populated southern
islands.
And we were recently told
that BTC's front line and tech-
nical staff are going through
"an aggressive training pro-
gramme to improve essential
operations and deliver quality
service."
We can only hope that top
brass are sitting in the front
row.
What do you think?
Send comments to
larry@tribuneiiiedia.net


will replace the century-old
buildings that house the old
mental and general hospitals
in the capital, Castries.
The 104-bed mental hospital
will be built by Chinese and
St. Lucian workers and will
more than double the capacity
of the old one. China will also
help equip the facility, Gu
said.
The new mental hospital is
part of a broader plan to
reform health services in the
former British colony of
166,000 people, said Health
Minister Damien Greaves.


In fact, since the government
cancelled the legitimate
privatisation process, BTC has
become just a cell phone
company supporting four
times the number of
employees it actually needs.
And experts say decline is
inevitable.


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and explained that it had been
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FNM Action Group calls for release



of report into COB president


FROM page one
panel's findings, calling it "unneces-
sary" in view of the resignation.
The Action Group told The Tribune
that it "took strong exception to the
fact the panel's report is not made pub-
lic" and demanded that the Bahamian
people be allowed to review the report,
especially as the money used to pay
the panel could have come from tax-
payers.
"The public needs to know what are
the panel's recommendations for future
acts of plagiarism in the College of the
Bahamas and any other academic insti-
tution in the country for that matter if
any. Further, the cost for the opera-
tion of the panel and any and all other
expenses connected thereto should also
be public knowledge," the group said.
The Action Group said it was curi-
ous as to "whether there were recom-
mendations that charges should be
brought before the courts under the


copyright laws of the Bahamas." They
claimed that in order to "bring closure
to this dark blight on the College of
the Bahamas" and "for the sake of the
Bahamian people, (and) the image and
credibility of the College of the
Bahamas", the report should be made
public, immediately.
Further, a former prominent FNM
politician, has added his voice to the
calls for the release of the panel's
report. "Why is Frankie sitting on the
report, why not let the public see what
was decided?" he asked.
And in a letter to a local tabloid, a
writer also called for the resignation
of Mr Wilson as chairman of the coun-
cil. The writer believed Mr Wilson
played a pivotal role in bringing Dr
Smith to the college.
Last week Thursday, a letter was cir-
culated around the campus informing
the faculty and staff of Dr Smith's res-
ignation.
Dr Smith was accused of plagiarism


in late May after he delivered a speech
at the college's honours convocation
ceremony. During his speech, it was
discovered that Dr Smith had lifted six
paragraphs of a speech presented by
John Sexton, president of New York
University, three years earlier.
The academic community was noti-
fied of Dr Smith's plagiarism by a whis-
tle-blower, who happened to be a col-
lege council member who had attend-
ed Dr Sexton's presentation at his
installation as president of New York
University, When she had confirmed
that Dr Smith had lifted sections of
the speech, she distributed copies of
Dr Sexton's speech to the council and
to Dr Smith.
The outgoing college president
immediately called a press conference
after it was publicized that he had
"breached the protocols of intellectual
property". During the conference, he
admitted that he had indeed plagia-
rized Dr Sexton's speech.


In the wake of Dr Smith's revela-
tion the college council held an emer-
gency meeting on June 6. According to
Mr Wilson the council concluded that
it would address the acknowledged fact
of plagiarism "forthrightly and hon-
estly".
Due to an outcry from the college
community and the public, and calls
for Dr Smith's resignation, the council
convened a special advisory panel in
late June to decide what course of
action to take. Inclusive of interna-
tional experts, the five member advi-
sory panel was made up of Anglican
Archbishop Drexel Gomez; Bahamas
ambassador to the United Nations
Paulette Bethel; Vice-Chancellor
Emeritus of the University of the West
Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford; pres-
ident-elect of John Carroll University
in Cleveland, Ohio, Father Robert
Niehoff; and retired justice Joseph
Strachan, who chaired the panel.
In the months after Dr Smith's


admission of plagiarism many promi-
nent Bahamians, groups and even
COB lecturers expressed their disap-
proval of what many called a sin
against academia.
It was reported that about 100,Qof
COB's 500 staff and faculty and Dr
Earle Mclain Johnson, a member of
COB's council and former president
of the Union of Tertiary Educators,
supported Dr Smith and had asked for
the public and academia to forgive him.
Two weeks ago the advisory panel
was scheduled to release it findings on
the plagiarism case, however although
its findings were submitted, Mr ,il-
son withheld the report because Dr
Smith was taken to hospital. 2 '
During a press conference to offi-
cially announce Dr Smith's resignation
on Friday, Mr Wilson said that COB's
executive vice-president Dr Rhonda
Chipman-Johnson would serve as act-
ing president while the council
searched for a permanent replacement.


Complaints that



Jamaicans and



Haitians have taken



over Straw Market


FROM page one
Mrs Rolle, many of the per-
sons, removed in early Febru-
ary, are back again.
"I don't really understand
what that was all about
because most of those same
Haitians and Jamaicans are
still here."
"There are about 600 stalls
in here and most of them are
run by foreigners," "The
Bahamian stall owners hire
the foreigners because they
say that they can't find
Bahamians to work," she said.
"They are able to pay these
persons because they have a
bigger inventory, they go
away and purchase a load of
other bags and make the prof-
it to pay these people off,"
she said.
Former police officer and
political commentator, Erring-


ton "Bumpy" Watkins, said
he believes the straw market
contains such a strong foreign
element because "Bahamians
allow them to; we are using
these people and don't mind."
"Just look at how we rent
shacks to them that we can't
to Bahamians. They are down
there because they work for
little or nuttin' most
Haitians and Jamaicans there
are working for Bahamians,"
he said. ,
Mr Watkins said that many
foreigners work at the Straw
Market because "the author-
ities are doing nuttin' ... we
are too lackadaisical and just
sit back and let anything hap-
pen. Many of them down
there are illegal, just go down
there and look around you,
man. The same thing is hap-
pening out at Potters Cay!"
In February this year sev-


eral traders were removed
from the straw market, either
for being illegal immigrants
or failing to have proper doc-
umentation. In speaking with
several vendors yesterday The
Tribune was told that since
that exercise the number of
illegal immigrants operating
there seems to have doubled.
Minister for Immigration
Vincent Peet told The Tribune
that he "knows of some of the
previous challenges" regard-
ing immigrants and Bahami-
ans at the local straw market.
He said that while he believes
that Bahamians are first, many
Haitians and Jamaicans were
employed by Bahamians and
have work permits.
However, he said, he had
heard the complaints of the
Bahamian vendors and would
conduct an immediate inves-
tigation.


Victims and families



say government has



not kept promise


FROM page one
government to assist these vic-
tims. To this date, no assistance
in any form or fashion has been
offered to the bereaved fami-
lies who are still suffering men-
tally and physically."
In the letter, the victims asked
why the government has not
rendered any comfort or assis-
tance to their stressful situation
and why no claims were
brought against the person
found to be responsible.:
"It has been two years now,
the families are frustrated and
angry over this overbearing sit-
uation. Can someone tell us
when the families would get
some relief to this horrible
ordeal?" they asked.
A Commission of Inquiry,


made up of Sir Durward
Knowles, Justice Joseph Stra-
chan and Leon Smith, called to
investigate the matter ruled
that the captains of both ves-
sels were to blame for the col-
lision.
After more than a year of
hearings and deliberations, the
report from the inquiry con-
cluded that the Sea Hauler had
taken on eight times more than
the number of passengers it
should have and that the United
Star as many as 31 without
approval of any kind.
In addition, it determined
that both vessels were under-
manned, which impacted the
ability to keep a proper navi-
gational watch and that both
captains failed to ensure that
there was a navigational watch.


The commissioners ruled that
had the crews on both vessels
acted with greater experience,
skill and responsiveness, the col-
lision could have been avoided
altogether or could have "been
rendered substantially less
forceful."
The Port Department also
came under fire as the commis-
sion found that they were par-
tially responsible because of
omissions they made in estab-
lishing a system to ensure safe-
ty atsea. *,
These included allowing the
vessels to depart without
approval of any kind, failure to
adequately consider all factors
affecting a realistic passenger
capacity limit and failure to
maintain an accurate passenger
manifest.


US and Bahamas discuss an


agreement to search ships


FROM page one
the maritime trafficking of
weapons of mass destruction-
related shipments.
Last week Belize became the.
first CARICOM member state
and sixth country to sign the
agreement.
Now the US hopes that the
Bahamas will follow in the foot-
steps of Belize, Liberia, Pana-
ma, the Marshall Islands, Croa-
tia and Cyprus, and sign a simi-
lar agreement.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Michael Taylor, chief
political, economic and public
relations officer in the US
Embassy, explained that that ini-
tiative is intended for countries
with large ship registries a cri-
teria which the Bahamas fulfills.
The Bahamas is the world's
third-largest ship registry.
Mr Taylor said that the pos-
sibility of the Bahamas signing
the ship boarding agreement
has been "discussed." However,
he added, it would be too pre-
mature at this time to say that
negotiations are ongoing.
"This agreement is a very


good thing, and we hope that
the Bahamian government will
give it its full consideration," he
said.
If the agreement is signed
between the Bahamas and the
US, then either party will be
able to request authorisation to
board, search, and possibly
detain the other's vessel and its
cargo providing that the ves-
sel is suspected 'of trafficking
weapons of mass destruction-
related cargo.
The US Department of State
in its press statement said that
the signing of the ship board-
ing agreement demonstrates the
commitment of the signatories
and the US "to ensuring the
highest standards of security for
their flag registries."
"We .believe that ship board-
ing agreements in support of
the PSI simultaneously deter
proliferators and attract legiti-
mate commercial shipping
interests that want to ensure
their goods are transported
under a reputable and respon-
sible flag, which is not 'mis-
used' to transport illicit prolif-
eration-related shipments," the


State Department said.
"The combination of states
with which we have already
signed the bilateral ship board-
ing agreements, in addition to
commitments made by other
PSI partners, translates into
more than 60 per cent of the
global commercial shipping fleet
dead weight tonnage, which is
currently subject to rapid action
consent procedures for board-
ing, search, and seizure." :


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PUBLIC NOTICE

on

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company

Limited Application to increase its Monthly

Rates/Prices For Telephone Lines



The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hold a public
meeting on the Bahamas Telecommunications Company's
application to increase the monthly rates/prices for telephone
lines, at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on Thursday, 11
August, 2005, from 7pm 10pm.


The purpose of the public meeting will be to afford
consumers and interested parties the opportunity to ask
questions or make oral comments on the application.


Copies of the Commission's Public Consultation Document
on BTC's application can be obtained from the PUC's office
located in the Agape House at 4th Terrace East, Collins
Avenue or downloaded from the Commssion's website at
www.PUCBahamas.gov.bs.


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Ambassador's praise


for Chamber of


Commerce activities


US AMBASSADOR John Rood told the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce directors
this week how vital he believes such bodies are
to economic prosperity.
Inviting recently-elected Chamber leaders to
his offices, the ambassador offered his assis-
tance and spoke of the impact the chamber
had on bringing industry to his native Jack-
sonville, where he served on the Chamber's
membership committee.
He urged the decision-makers in the
Bahamas Chamber to maintain their regional
representative role as major business and trade
opportunities with the United States, South
Florida in particular, and other nations around


the world multiply in coming years.
Photographed at the meeting are: (1 to r)
Executive director of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce Philip Simon, senior manager of
Butler and Taylor and Chamber director
Lewis Butler, Attorney-at-law at Gibson and
Company and Chamber director Gail Lock-
hart, American Ambassador John Rood,
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president
and manager of the Bank of the Bahamas
Trust Limited Tanya Wright, Mail Boxes Etc
CEO and Chamber director Gershan Major
and marketing manager of Bahamas Ferries
and Chamber 2nd Vice President Khaalis
Rolle.


Exhibition




celebrates




art from




Trinidad


THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas art gallery, in collab-
oration with Vie D'esprit
Marielle Studios, will be pre-
senting Rhopsody an exhibi-
tion of paintings by Trinidadian
artists Angelica and Mariellle
Barrow.
Angelica Barrow studied art
and design at the University of
the West Indies under the tute-
lage of one of the top abstract
artists in the Caribbean, Ken
Crichlow (who studied under
Isaiah Bhoodoo).
Her mature style is semi-
abstract and features vivid land-
scapes in a rich. Caribbean
palette.
Angelica has been painting
for more than 30 years and has
had several solo exhibitions.
Her works form part of the col-
lection of banks, insurance com-
panies and government institu-
tions in Trinidad and Tobago
and St Lucia.
For Marielle Barrow, art and
dance utilise the same creative
energy.
She began her professional
painting career only two years
ago. Since then, both her com-
pany and her style have devel-
oped dramatically.
She paints the story of the
development of the Caribbean
female identity, narrated


through a choreography on can-
vas.
The forms are dancers in var-
ious modes and moods of dance
within semi-abstract landscape
settings.
Marielle has shown her work
in top galleries and hotels in
Trinidad and Tobago.

Presentation

Together, the mother-daugh-
ter team will present for the
Bahamian viewer a collection
of works produced between
2000 and 2005.
The exhibition is a "rhap-
sody": a composition of light,
colour and energy descriptive
of the spirit of the Caribbean
people, their landscapes and
lifescapes.
Marielle Studios says it hopes
the exhibition is just the begin-
ning of what will be a series of
continuous exchanges between
the islands.
For a preview, visit their
website www.mariellestu-
dios.com.
The public is invited to view
the exhibition at the Central
Bank of the Bahamas art
gallery between August 15 and
August 29 within bank open-
ing hours.


N WORKS exhibited at the Central Bank of the Bahamas include this vivid seascape


* THIS piece by Marielle Barrow shows carefully choreographed dancers


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Minister

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at Bimini

BIMINI BAY Minister
of Foreign Affairs and the
Public Service Fred Mitchell
toured the multi-million dol-
lar Bimini Bay ,Resort and
Casino project at Bimini last
Friday.
The project continues to
progress, with a number of
units already sold and occu-
pied.
Top: Mr Mitchell is pic-
tured outside one of the
buildings. Left to right are:
Basil Rolle, site manager;
Sherrick Ellis, Local Gov-
ernment for Bimini; Minis-
ter Mitchell; Antoinette
Rolle, housekeeping super-
visor; Xavier Corne, general
manager, Bimini Bay; and
Terry Archer, senior proto-
col officer, Ministry of For-
eign Affairs.
Below: Mr Mitchell dis-
cusses work to the Marina
area.


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* SENATOR CB Moss helps to make cotton candy


THE Kiwanis Club of Over
the Hill returned to the George
Brown Memorial Park on Sat-
urday to host a fun day and bas-
ketball tournament for the chil-
dren of the Dumping Ground
Community.
Smiles could be seen all
around as the children and their
guardians were treated to hot-
dogs, drinks, cotton candy and
popcorn.
While some children came
with money in order to pay, they
found out that everything was
free as long as they did their
part and helped to clean the
park once the fun day was over.
Throughout the day, a num-
ber of community members
stopped by and extended their
thanks to the members of the
Kiwanis Club for the work it
has done in the area.
Senator CB Moss, one of the
local pastors in the communi-
ty, stopped by and expressed


his appreciation to the Kiwanis
Club of over the Hill.
He also assisted in making
cotton candy for the children.
Police officer Sean Mortimer
came out to lend a hand, and
said that he too was impressed
with the work of Kiwanis.
The excitement of the day cli-
maxed when the "Tupac
Achievers" and "And One"
competed in the finals of the
three-on-three basketball tour-
nament. The "Tupac Achiev-
ers" won the tournament.
Project co-ordinator Ramon
Gibson said he was pleased to
see the number of children that
turned out and happy that the
event was such a success.
He added that he was pleased
to.see that all is not lost with
the youth of our country as all
of the children were on their
best behaviour.
Recently, club members
helped restore the dilapidated


George Brown Memorial Park,
giving it a fresh coat of paint.
Quintin Percentie, president
of the Kiwanis Club of Over the
Hill, said that the club is now
considering adopting the park
and assisting in its continued
restoration.
Kiwinians in attendance were
past president Tom Dean,
Kiwanians Ramon Gibson,
Alonozo Bulter Jr, Leonardo
Paul, president-elect Frederick
Rodgers, distinguished presi-
dent Isaiah Hepburn, past pres-
ident Berry Sweeting, past lieu-
tenant governor Nesbitt Hig-
gins, prospective member Ger-
maine Bullard, and president
Quintin Percentie.
Members of the public who
wish t6 join the Kiwanis Club of
Over the Hill are invited to
attend the weekly meetings at
the British Colonial, Hilton on
Thursdays at 8pm, or email:
vqpl975@yahoo.com.


M YOUNGSTERS enjoy food and drink at the fun day


* TEAM RMS owner Derek Johnson, head installer Shayne Campbell and installer Delano
Ferguson. Not pictured is team captain Dr Byron Johnson

RMS tops car audio competition


RMS Audio and Security blasted away the
competition at the first annual Island Tunerz car
show on Saturday at the Sports Center Complex.
Using 17-inch Digital Designs subwoofers pow-
ered by US Amps, team RMS took top honours
at the car show with a decibel score of 160.5.
The decibel score was determined by the
sound pressure level (SPL) from the shop's cus-
tom-built box housed in a Chevy Astro van.
Saturday's event earned RMS bragging rights
on the local car audio detailing scene with com-


peting vehicles trailing the winning team by
more than 10 decibels.
"The competition was all about showing our
range in achieving top sound pressure level and
the quality of the equipment that we use," says
RMS owner Derek Johnson. "We are taking
audio sound to a new level on the local scene.
We have the loudest vehicle on the island."
The win for team RMS comes just weeks after
they took top honours at the Sunshine Auto
car show in July.


* THE Tupac Achievers celebrate their win


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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Record


earnings


put


Kerzner


ahead


in


tourism game


0EByVYOLANDA
DELEVEAUX'
Senior Business
.Reporter
Merzner Interna-
IRA tional's Paradise
Island properties
'K achieved a record
second quarter EBITDA
(earnings) of $51.2 million, and
continued its road toward dom-
ination of the Bahamas tourism
industry with the introduction
of two additions to its Atlantis
product, the retail and enter-
tainment zone of the Marina
Village,. and the $23 million
acquisition of the Hurricane
Hole Marina, along with seven
acres of land for future poten-
tial development.
.The second quarter report
outlined, however, a. decrease
in occupancy levels by two per
cent for the Atlantis resort,
when compared to the same
period last year.
Kerzner International also
reported a net income of $10.5
million, compared to net
income of $30.1 million in the
same period last yeat. There
was a diluting of the net
income per share of $0.28, com-
pared to diluted net income per
share of $0.94 in the same peri-
od in 2004.
Butch Kerzner, Kerzner
International's chief executive
officer, said yesterday that he
N THE Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. was pleased to report that
EBITDA in the quarter was
(The Tribune archive photo) $56.0 million, a 10 per cent


increase over the same period
in 2004.
He credited the strong show-
ing largely to the performance
of Atlantis, Paradise Island and
the company's One and Only
operations.
"Collectively, the Paradise
Island properties achieved
record second quarter EBIT-
DA of $51.2 million in the
quarter. One and Only Resorts
achieved EBITDA of $4.4 mil-
lion in the quarter compared
to $1.6 million during the same
period last year, with the
increase driven largely by the
outstanding performance of the
One and Only Palmilla."
Positive
Mr Kerzner further com-
mented that the introduction
to Atlantis of the Marina Vil-.
lage, a 75,000 square foot
restaurant, retail and enter-,
tainmelit zone surrounding the
marina, and the next phase of
Harbourside at Atlantis, the
timeshare product, were
already receiving positive
responses from their guests.
He said also that with the
acquisition of the Hurricane
Hole Marina, which includes
frontage on the Nassau Har-
bour, Kerzner expects to
upgrade the marina signifi-
cantly and bring it into the
product offering in a move to
meet the demands of their
guests.
' He noted that formerly, dur-


ing many times of the year,
they face capacity constraints
at their current marina facili-
ty. The acquisition will also give
them a further seven acres of
land for new development.
Mr Kerzner expressed confi-
dence that with all that is being
done at Atlantis, the undevel-
oped land will continue to
appreciate in value and will'
provide the company with
many years of:future develop-
ment potential.
Releasing its second quarter
results for 2005 yesterday,
Kerzner International reported
that its adjusted net income in
the quarter was $37 million
compared to $29.7 million in
the same period in 2004. While
adjusted net income per share
in the quarter was $0.98 com-
pared to $0.92 in the same peri-
od last year.
The adjusted net income
reported excluded $1.4 million
of pre-opening expenses, most
of which is associated with the
opening of Marina Village at
Atlantis. The adjusted net
income includes a $4.8 million,
or $0.13 per share, provision
that Kerzner has taken to
reflect a new claim from a sup-
plier with respect to a period
covering the last five. years.
Looking at the Atlantis
Resort, Kerzner reported a net
revenue and EBITDA in the
quarter of $145 million and

SEE page 4B


New Co-op rules


set course for


future growth


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
.THE introduction of a new
regulatory regime for Bahami-
an, co-operative societies is
expected to not only create an
environment that encourages
a greater level of investment
flexibility, but will also look to
incorporate a culture of strong
corporate governance and
oversight within the sector,
Nathaniel Adderley, director
of co-operatives for the Min-
istry of Agriculture, said yes-
terday.
'With a total asset base of
some $170 million, 98 per cent
9f that total held by the
Aviation's credit.unions, the
.*ended legislation is expected
So give co-operative societies
ih the Bahamas better guid-
ance and increased flexibility
ibr investing client funds.
Trends
Recent trends over the last
iw years, Mr Adderley said.
have shown growth of about
tO per cent per year for indus-
try stakeholders, and expecta-
tions are that the new legisla-
tion will facilitate an even
greater level of forward move-
mnent.
,In an interview with The Tri-


bune, Mr Adderley said recent
amendments to the Co-opera-
tive Societies.Act; and the
accompanying regulations, seek
to modernise the regulatory
framework within which credit
unions and the wider co-oper-
ative societies operate. Along
with strengthening the sector's
supervisory and inspection
regime, the legislation also
speaks to the expectations of
a director.
Outlines
It outlines how they are to
behave and the level of
accountability and transparen-
cy that is to exist within an
organisation. Mr Adderley said
the question of the safety and
soundness of an organization
and what is required in terms
of reporting, have also been
outlined.
He said further that the new
legislation also puts forward a
number of penalties and
offences that can be levied if
directors are found to have act-
ed contrary to the law.
The development of the leg-
islation has been on going for
some lime. The act was initial-
ly passed in 2004, with a slew of
amendments introduced some
four to five months ago. A


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of terrorism


The ugly face of
terrorism contin-
ues to show itself
and questions the
concepts of
peace, safety and privacy.
The events in London are a
constant reminder that the ter-
rorist is here to stay. As in
Spain last year and the US in
2001, the random unprovoked
phenomenon of terrorism in its
own way is forcing action and
laws of the global community.
Thus governments of the
world in their efforts to pro-
vide a safe and secure society
have demanded that they be
allowed more access into our
private lives, for the sake of
protecting us.
Take, for example, within
days of the September 11
attacks, the US Patriot Act,
which was passed by Congress.
A law that gives the govern-
ment the 'right' to access to
your medical records,tax
records, information about the
books you buy or borrow, the
power to break into your
home, conduct secret searches
without telling you for weeks,
months, or indefinitely.
The ability to gain wealth is
not the point here but the abil-
ity to protect assets acquired.
We do not recognise the value
of freedom until it is taken
away from us or threatened.
Guarantee
Most governments of the
world guarantee their citizens
the right to life, privacy, speech,
movement, thought and host
of other things. But in this pre-
sent state of affairs are we able
to continue with such a free lib-
eral society to have such rights?


Are we slowly but surely mov-
ing to a police state, where the
powers that be ensure we have
the fundamental rights and
freedoms no matter what the
cost?
Response
The August 8, 2005, edition
of The Washington Post high-
lights the first ever guarding
against and response to a threat
by the United States Armed
Services.
This announcement by the
Pentagon demonstrates how
the world is changing. Many of
you may be aware the US
armed services are prohibited
by law, from participating in
law enforcement actions on US
soil.
The Posse Comitatus Act of
1878 restricts the use of troops
in domestic law enforcement,
but it's a law which many
experts say may need to be
amended to allow for such
action as the article states.'
We have seen in recent
months much focus on port
security be it sea or air, all in an


obvious effort to ensure we
meet international standards.
This is apparently an attempt
not to have international (US)
regulatory bodies deem our
gateways unsafe.
Really, it is only a matter of
when we will experience a ter-
rorist event in our country, an
event which this writer feels we
are not prepared for. Boats
from Haiti pull front and centre
in our main harbour, and they
are evidence enough that we
are extremely susceptible to an
attack or an invasion.
Much effort is placed on
security efforts at our harbour
and airports, but this single lay-
er approach suggests that 1)
our screening methods are effi-
cient, 2) the only target is the
airports and sea ports.
Legitimate
Really, the terrorist is going
to come into this country via
the front doors, which are legal
points of entry, and if they do
are they going to use legitimate
documents? Remember the
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number of regulations are also
expected to be added to the
act. Industry players were also
said to have been actively
involved in discussions with the
government to update the leg-
islation.
The act, which is expected to


take effect in early 2006, will
also require that companies
rotate their auditors after sev-
eral years on the job. And a
section of the act speaks direct-
ly to credit unions and
addressed the issue of the level
of reserves and the question of


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10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.3 4.20%
8.30 8.20 J. S. Johnson 8.30 8.27 -0.03 6,850 0.561 0.550 14.7 6,77%
6,69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.03 5.97 -0.06 0.184 0.000 32.8 0:00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.760 5.0 7.60%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid:$ Ask $ LastPrice Weekly Vol.EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 NIM 0.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $Yield %
1.2454 1.1798 Colina Money Market Fund 1.245429'
2.3657 2.0058 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3657 ***
10.4855 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.4855*"*..
2.2636 2.1330 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.263627**
1.1246 1.0544 Colina Bond Fund 1.124578-"*
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
62wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and FidelltN
62wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 10C
* AS AT JUL. 31, 20051 "" AS AT JUN 30, 2005
- AS AT JULY 2e, 2 081 AS AT JUNE. 30, 2005f *** AS AT JUNE. 30, 2005


cash flow. It also stipulates that
the annual audits must be com-
pleted in first three months of
the year. "Generally speaking
it will really govern the whole
behaviour within sector, includ-
ing the board of directors.
There is the question of
accountability, of reserves and
capitalisation, the necessary
reporting and transparency, so
that members are aware of


what is going on a little more,,
"I think the act gives thern
greater latitude of how.they
can invest some of their funds,
The way the law is set up nowyr
they can only lend to members,.
but with the new law they can,
invest in another credit union,]
or they can sell a loan to anptht
er credit union. I believe it wiplj
have to grow the movement1
faster as well."
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you are raising funds for a
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for improvements in the .
area or have won an
award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



A LEADING SECURITY FIRM
IS SEEKING



ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

5 Be between the ages or 18-45 years.
Must be well-groomed and a good perf0frtier
5 Must have the legal right to work i.,the
Bahamas
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equivalent.
5 Positive attitude, great people skills, and
career-oriented. Ability to perform as a team
player and act indepenpendently.
5 Be able to pass a background investigation
and drug screening.
5 Must be willing to work nights, weekends,
holiday and overtime.

Interested persons can contact 325-6170/4
between the hours of 9a.m. 5p.m., Mon. -
Fri.


only nationality coming of
those vessels are Haitian. -1
Some would argue that with
the fall of the Soviet Union,
powerful communist stated,
brought with it a free-for-all.
On the other hand democracy
and capitalism have brought
with them a type of freedom
to the masses that maybe thi
have not been able to deal
with.
Maybe, just maybe, we need
to be controlled by just a few
who know just what is best for
us. Never, you say, but aie~&
not controlled by just a'fe*iA1
our choices controll4bd b'By iatf
the media, inclusise>'-'f t'f
movies, the press, wanti tb"
see?
Newspaper
Is not our picture ofthe
world shown;te us by th c-
ture on the TV o' in th -
paper?_., ', A
It is my opinion that the pre-
sent President of the United
States and future leaders6fiheo
world will lead based oi th6ir
ability to present a safe and
secure society, not on how
many jobs that can be created
In the last 500 years we haveP
seen where pirates of variou0V
kinds used our shores for
mobility. The blockade riinersg
of the American Civil War, thO'
bootleggers of the prihibl'iiby
era, the drug smugglers, why
not now the terrorists in th'?
21st century? .
*Gamal Newry is presidSifi
of Preventative Measures, W
law enforcement and security
consulting company. Coml.
ments can be sent to PO Box
N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas o60
e-mail preventit@hotmail.coin


DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF
EDUCATION NEEDED

The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Bahamians for the
position of Deputy Director of Education,
beginning September 2005.

The applicant must have a Masters Degree in
Education from a recognized university, with at
least ten (10) years accumulative administrative
experience. The applicant must also be computer
literate.

Only qualified applicants need apply.

For further details please contact the Anglican
Central Education Authority on Sands Road
at Telephone 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application, submitted with copies of
degree certificates, curriculum vitae, three
references, and three passport sized photographs,
must be addressed to:

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
-ANGLICAN CENTRAL EDUCATION
AUTHORITY
P.O. BOX N-656
NASSAU, BAHAMAS

The deadline for Application is Wednesday 17th
August 2005.


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* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
A SENIOR official with Suez Energy
North America, formerly Tractebel, yes-
terday reaffirmed the company's commit-
ment to constructing a liquefied natural
. gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline in Grand
Bahama.
, She said that while the energy giant will
remain in the race for the long term, it is
only interested in placing the project in
Freeport Harbour, and not the govern-
ment recommended South Riding Point
location.
Determine
. Paula Rockstraugh, vice-president of
communications for Suez Energy North
Amnerica, told The Tribune that the com-
pany needed to have further discussion
With the Bahamas government to deter-
mine the site selection.
She said: "We will be planning to meet


with them over the coming weeks, mostly
to convey our intent that we are serious in
our commitment to the project."
Satisfaction
Convinced that they can develop a pro-
ject and operate it safely to the satisfaction
of government officials, Ms Rockstraugh
said the growing demand for gas use in
Florida compels the company to continue
in its discussion with the Bahamas gov-
ernment.
"It's our job to convince the government
that the benefits to the community are as
much as the benefits to Florida. We have a
job to and we want to put together all of
the pieces that will make this work."
Despite Florida Power and Light's (FPL)
decision to halt requests for LNG propos-
als, Ms Rockstraugh said that Suez has not
made any long-term arrangement with oth-
er potential clients in Florida.
She noted, however, that the company
was going to consider other options, which


might include a facility similar to its Nep-
tune project, which is a water-based ter-
minal located off the coast of Massachu-
setts.
While they have not ruled out estab-
lishing a similar facility near Florida, there
are no plans to go that route at this time,
however.
Meanwhile, Ms Rockstraugh confirmed
that Suez Energy was no longer consider-
ing South Riding Point as a suitable loca-
tion for an LNG terminal, and that they
always thought Freeport Harbour was an
option. She said further that the only,
potential developer of the South Riding
Point location at this point is the El Paso
Corporation.
Consortium
Suez Energy is part of a three-strong
consortium, including El Paso Corp and
a Florida Power and Light subsidiary, hop-
ing to construct a $700 million terminal
and pipeline in Grand Bahama.


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IMPORTANT NOTICE

GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS
GUARANTEED LOAN FUND PROGRAMME

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
Anglican Church, Stapleton Gardens from August 8th 17th 2005. Please be advised that
disbursement for persons in the Northern Bahamas (Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, etc.) can
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
assigned date and bring a valid Passport and National Insurance Card. In addition to the original
documents, new students can speed the process by bringing two (2) copied sets of:
1. Passport (first four pages borrower and co-borrower) and
2. National Insurance Card (both sides borrower and co-borrower)
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
our possession
2. All student loan accounts at The Bank of The Bahamas are current
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY MAKE YOU
INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A FURTHER DISBURSEMENT DURING THIS EXERCISE.
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.


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$53.2 million, respectively, as
compared to $140.7 million and
$49.6 million for the same quar-
ter in 2004. The results repre-


sent three pericent- andseven
per cent increases in net rev-
enue and EBITDA, respec-
tively.


Please be advised that the Law Firms of Lewis
& Longley and Cambridge Law Chambers
along with the Attorneys Annette Longley and
Andrew Forbes are no longer instructed to act
on behalf of Balfour Estates Holdings Limited.

Any inquiries that you may have may be
directed to the Law Firm of


FAYNE A. THOMPSON & CO.

at Telephone numbers:
322-5196 or 328-2719


The Atlantis, Paradise
Island, results include a provi-
sion of $4.8 million, or $0.13
per share, related to a new
claim from a supplier with
respect to a period covering the
last five years. Kerzner Inter-
national is currently negotiating
the claim with the supplier.
Atlantis's revenue per avail-
able room, (RevPAR), for the
quarter was $256 as compared
to $243, representing a five per
cent increase over the same
period last year.
In the quarter, Atlantis
achieved an average occupancy
of 87 per cent and a $294 aver-
age daily room rate
(ADR), which, compares to
an average occupancy of 89 per
cent and an ADR of $273 in
the same quarter in 2004.
Atlantis was reported to
have benefited from strong
booking patterns and leisure
travel demand, resulting in an
eight per cent increase in
ADR.
The improved room pricing
environment on Paradise
Island yielded an increase in
profitability, as the EBITDA
'm'rargir.for the prbperfies,


citigroupi

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.

FUNCTIONAL/ DEPARTMENTAL DESCRIPTION

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
structure. "

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES;

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.

KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS REQUIRED

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

Email: gieselle.campbell@citigroup.com

Deadline for application is August 17th, 2005


including the One and Only
Ocean Club and excluding the
$4.8 million provision,
increased to 38.2 per cent from
35.5 per cent in the same peri-
od last year.
It was also noted in the quar-
terly report that, despite the
timing of Easter, which fell in
the first quarter of 2005, and a
major group booking that did
not repeat in 2005, occupancy
decreased by only two per cent
in the quarter.
Increased
At the Atlantis Casino, slot
wins for the second quarter
increased by 33 per cent, with
the property benefiting from
improved levels of play as. a
result of the positive reception
of the new slot games and the
ticket-in-ticket-out system,
both of which were introduced
last year.
In the quarter, table win
decreased by, 11 per cent over
the same period last year due
primarily to a decrease in rated
play and a lower table hold.
Howard Karawan, president
of the Kerzner's Destinationu!
Resorts segment, said: "These


second quarter results demon-
strate the combined effect on
profitability that strong leisure
demand, constrained room sup-
ply and an increase in flight
options to the destination have
on our business. Hotel and casi-
no margins were up over the
same period last year, which
reflects the improved pricing
dynamic for the business and
continued operating improve-
ments."
The report also indicated
that the completion of the
Marina Village and the second
phase of the timeshare devel-
opment at Harbourside at
Atlantis were two significant
milestones achieved in regard
to Kerzner's Phase III expan-
sion.
At the Marina Village, all
restaurants except one are cur-
rently in operation, with the
remaining location expected to
open in mid-September.
The second phase of Har-
bourside at Atlantis, a joint
venture between Kerzner and a
subsidiary of Starwood Hotels
and Resorts Worldwide Inc,
includes 116 two and three-:
bedroom units that -wiil--
increase the number of keys at


NOTICE!

NOTICE is hereby given that VANIDA SEVELETA ROBINSON OF
SEQUIDA STREET PO BOX EE 16541, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
,of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 10TH day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that NADEGE JEAN, HANNA HILL, EIGHT
MILE ROCK, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 10TH day of AUGUST 2005
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VWILLY THOMAS PETIT HOMME OF
LUNCOLN BLVD., RO, BOX 8162, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 10TH day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, MICHAEL MclNTOSH,
of P.O. Box N-1384, Abaco, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to MICHAEL DOMONICK MclNTOSH. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.




NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SUZLTIE CYRIL OF BLUE HILL
ROAD SOUIH, NASSAU, BAI IAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 101 H day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


the development to 392.
. Sales trends for the second
phase have remained strong,
with the development now 27
per cent sold. The joint ven-
ture was said to have recorded
net timeshare sales of $22.5
million during the quarter.
"Our timeshare development:
has been performing extreme-
ly well. Average sales price per
key is up approximately 4.0 per
cent over the first phase of.
Harbourside.
"Based on current trends, we
expect to start the prelinii-
nary designs for the next phase
of timeshare development by,
the end of this year," Mr1
Karawan said.
Mr Kerzner said-further tha
planning for Atlantis Phase IIIj
was recently finalised and theC
resort's budget increased to.
$730 million, exclusive of the
Harbourside at Atlantis time-
share projects, the condo-hotel,
a proposed golf course on near-*
by Athol Island and Ocean
Club Residences and Marina.
He said that construction is|
.now. uderway and most
aspects of the project, including
'the 600-room all-suite hoteli
are anticipated to open in
April,,.2007.
Kerzner International has
also recently commenced
development of the Ocean
Club Residences and Marinad
project, which is an 88-unit,
joint venture condominium'
project at Ocean Club Estates.'
The project cost of around
$130 million is being financedI
primarily from pre-sales oil
units, with Kerzner already
executing purchase contracts
and deposits for 34 of the 44
units currently available fori
sale.
Based on the strong demand!
for these residences, Kerzner
expects to begin sales of ani
additional 22 units during thel
third quarter.
Despite some controversy
involving local realtors and..
whether Starwood Hotels cant
legally sell the units without,
utilising a licensed Bahamian,
realtor, Kerzner International.
also began pre-sales of the con-,'
do-hotel units in the second:
quarter.
The development, in which
Kerzner is joint venturing with
Turnberry Associates, will
include about 500 units at a
total development cost of
around $250 million.
According to Mr Karawan,
although Kerzner Internation7
al has not begun a comprehen-
sive marketing effort, they have
already received deposits on
about 20 per cent of the units,
representing almost $90 mil-
lion in sales.
I "This is very encouraging,
and if we secure sufficient pre-
sales, we expect to commence
construction of this develop-
ment in the next few months.
The condo-hotel would add yet
another product offering to
Atlantis."
It was reported that the One
and Only Ocean Club achieved;
record second quarter!
RevPAR of $811, a 28 per cent
increase over the same period'
last year, mainly driven by their
continued success of the prop-'
erty's three luxury villas and
strong demand for the proper-
ty. The resort achieved second
quarter average occupancy and
record ADR of 86 per cent and
$942, respectively, compared,
to average occupancy and'
ADR of 81 per cent and $782,
respectively, for the same quar-
ter in 2004. EBITDA at the
property was $4.2 million dur-
ing the quarter, an increase of
45 per cent over the same peri-
od last year.


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TRIBUNE SPORTS


WEATHER

PROMPTS

CHANGE IN

SCHEDULE

BECAUSE of the
torrential rain, the
IAAF Technical Dele-
gates decided to re-
schedule some of the
competition on Tues-
day to today at the
Olympic Stadium.
Heavy showers, cou-
pled with thunder and
lightning, resulted in
the men's 200 .metres
quarter-final and the
men's triple jump pre-
liminaries being
scrapped from last
night's session and
pushed onto today's
morning session.
Meet officials
announced that the
men's 200 second
round will begin at
6.45am ET with the
men's triple jump
being staged, starting
at 4.15am ET.



INCENTIVES

FOR OUR

ATHLETES

WHILE they will
received cash prizes
ranging from $60,000
to $4,000 for making
the finals in an individ-
ual event and from
$20,000 to $6,000 to
share for the relays,
Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture
Neville Wisdom said
the Bahamas Govern-
ment will continue to
provide its regular
incentives for the
medal winners.


ANDRAE WILLIAMS in
action during yesterday's race.
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* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
IT WAS a grand slam day for Mark Knowles, who won the
World Team Tennis (WTT) Most Valuable Male Player award
yesterday, just before returning to the tennis courts with doubles
partner Daniel Nestor.
Knowles had teamed-up with Elena Likhovtseva, the WTT
most valuable women's honouree, to help win the Sacramento
Capitals Western Conference title.
This is Knowles' second time in winning the award, the first
came during his rookie year in 2001.
The MVP announcement came just minutes before
Knowles hit the hard court with doubles partner Nestor of
Canada.
Knowles has played in two tournaments without Nestor, who
had suffered a wrist injury at this year's French Opener.
:In the two tournaments, Knowles was able to advance to
the quarter finals.
With Nestor's return, the duo are playing in the US Rogers
Masters Cup, in Montreal Canada, a tournament which started
August 8th and will run until the 14th.
The third ranked doubles team received a bye in the first
round, with the second scheduling them to face the winners of
David Nalbandian and Mariano Puerta and Gaston Gaudio
and Feliciano.


Chris Brown into semis with late


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
HELSINKI, Finland: Chris
Brown knew that if he wanted to
be a contender at the 19th IAAF
World Championships, he would
have to step it up in every round in
the men's 400 metres.
In the first round on Tuesday at
the Olympic Stadium, Brown had


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

HELSINKI, Finland: Could this be
the day that the Bahamas gets its first
medal at the 10th IAAF World Cham-
pionships?
Weather-permitting, quarter-miler
Tonique Williams-Darling is hoping
that she will be the one to get the
Bahamas flag raised when she com-
petes in the final of the women's 400
metres at the Olympic Stadium at 1pm
ET.
Heavy thunderstorms and lightning
on Tuesday forced officials to call off
the quarter-final round of the men's
200, featuring Dominic Demeritte and
the qualifying round of the men's triple
jump, showcasing flag bearer Leevan
'Superman' Sands.
Both events will be contested today
as the 19-member Bahamian team pre-
pares for another busy day of compe-
tition.

Favourite

The Bahamas' charge today will be
led by 29-year-old Williams-Darling,
considered the favourite to win the
world title that has eluded her in the
past. Her top qualifying time of 49.69
seconds on Monday sets her up as the
potential gold medalist.
It will probably take a perfect race, a
low 49-second time, possibly a high 48,
to declare the winner.
That's just how stacked and talented
this field of eight competitors are.
The formidable race will include
world leader Sanya Richards (49.28)


to surge back on the home stretch
to secure an automatic qualifying
spot with his second place finish
in the fourth of seven heats.

Winner
Running out of lane seven,
Brown realised that he was behind
and he picked it up, clocking 45.20


seconds behind American Andrew
Rock, the winner of the heat in
44.98, to earn his berth in the semi-
final today.
"Coming from lane seven in my
first race in a while, I said I just
had to go out there and give it at
least 100 per cent because you real-
ly can't take anything for granted
nowadays," Brown quipped.
"Everybody else is stepping up


* TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING


in lane three, defending champion Ana
Guevara from Mexico in four and for-
mer European champion Svetlana
Pospelova from Russia in five.
Williams-Darling, the Colinalmpe-
rial Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships' champion,
will need to put together the same type
of performance she did in Athens,
Greece last year at the Olympics to
add the world title to her resume.
Can she do it?
Some predict it will be a battle
between Williams-Darling and
Richards. And that's the way you
would want it from the world's two
best quarter-milers this year.
In addition to the women's 400 final,


at the big showdown, so I have to
bring my own too."
The 26-year-old national run-
ner-up and ColinalImperial Senior
Central American and Caribbean
Championships' champion got off
to a pretty good start and was lead-
ing the race going onto the back
stretch.
But 23-year-old Rock, who ran
on the US 4 x 4 relay team at the


Jackie Edwards will be competing in
the women's long jump final at 1.35pm
ET.
The CAC bronze medalist qualified
with the 11th spot ahead of CAC silver
medalist Elva Goldbourne from
Jamaica. But they have a tough field as
well, although a couple big names are
absent.
Spain's Concepcion Montaner and
American US collegiate champion
Tianna Madison were the only two
automatic qualifiers. But former three-
time world champion Fiona May from
Italy failed to advance.
Also in is Cuba's Yrgelis Savigne,
the CAC champion who has already
clinched this year's World Champi-
onship silver medal in the women's
triple jump.

Finishers

Chris Brown is the only one of the
two Bahamians to have survived the
cut for the men's 400 semifinal. He will
run out of lane three in the last of three
heats at 3.31pm. The first two finishers
in each heat and the fastest two finish-
ers will advance to the final on Friday.
And after failing to reach the final of
the women's 400, Christine Amertil
will get an opportunity to redeem her-
self when she competes in the first
round heats of the women's 200. She's
entered in third of four heats at 5.16am.
The top three in each heat plus the
four fastest times will advance to the
semis that will run on Thursday.
Amertil, 25, has been running very
well at the shorter distance, having
clocked a season's best of 22.58 as she


Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
last year, made up the stagger and
took control of the race coming
off the final curve and into the
straight away.
Realising that he was slipping
behind, Brown shot into another
gear and he surged back into sec-
ond. Unfortunately Rock had
already built up an insurmount-
able lead.


worked on her speed for the quarter.
But with her chances dashed in the
quarter, she now have the 200 to rely
on for her share of glory before these
championships conclude.
She will be the only Bahamian flag
bearer in the event, with Debbie Fer-
guson a spectator here having under-
gone surgery to remove her appendix a
couple months ago.
Only American Rachelle Boone-
Smith, who is in lane five, has ran faster
in 22.22.
The final is on for Friday at 12.30pm
ET.
Demeritte, the 27-year-old national
record holder, advanced out of the first
round of the men's preliminaries of the
200 on Tuesday as one of the eight
fastest finishers after the top three qual-
ifiers in each heat automatically moved
on.
The CAC bronze medalist ran 20.90
for a fourth place finish in the last of
eight heats.
His heat was won by American
world leader Wallace Spearmon in
20.51, followed by Mexican Juan Pedro
Toledo in 20.78 and Joseph Batang-
don of Cameroon in 20.84.
At present, Leevan Sands stands as
the Bahamas' only male flag carrier in
a field event.
He is the second Bahamian to win an
individual medal on the field, having
secured the bronze in 2003 in Paris,
France.
The 23-year-old CAC long jump
champion and triple jump bronze
medalist, will be the 11th of 15 com-
petitors on the run-way in Group A
today at 4.15am ET.


surge
"I was wondering if I had taken
it out too hard or too slow," Brown
reflected. "Being out front, I could-
n't really tell what pace I was out
there.
"I just told myself that if they
want me, they will have to come
and get me."
Brown's ability to go into anoth-
er gear enabled him to secure lane
three in the last of three heats in
the.semis today at 1.31pm ET. He
will have his work cut out for him
if he wants to advance to the final
on Friday at 2.35pm ET.
The first two finishers in each
of the three heats and the next two
fastest times will occupy a spot.
Brown will run next to the two-
time Japanese champion Mitsuhi-
ro Sato in lane two and Michael
Blackwood, the Jamaican world
champion in 2002, in lane three.
American Olympic champion
Jeremy Wariner is in lane four.

Race
"I know I will have to step it up.
Guys ran 44 in their first round,"
Brown reflected. "They did that
without me in the race. They will
have to do it with me in the race.
It's going to be a dog fight out
there."
Looking back at Andrae
Williams' performance in the heat
before him, Brown said he looked
like him when he first came on the
international scene.
"He just has to get the experi-
ence," Brown insisted. "Maybe
next year he will be right there
because he's very talented. I look
at him as me and that's like me
stepping up for the first time."
Once the 400 is complete,
Brown said he will turn his atten-
tion on the men's 4 x 400 relay
with Andrae Williams, Avard
Moncur, Troy Mclntosh, Nathaniel
McKinney and Aaron Cleare as
they try to claim a medal this year
after placing sixth in the Olympics.
"We look strong. Everybody's
healthy and hungry. That's one
thing I always have the guys
focussed on, that hunger," Brown
quipped. "Once you have some-
body out there with their stomach
full, we will be in trouble.
"All four of us have to be hun-
gry. We know we missed a medal
last year, so I think these guys are
just as hungry as I am."


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* By RENALDO DORSETT
Junior Sports Reporter
DESPITE being overshad-
owed by the other popular
sports locally, Bahamian
bodybuilders continue to
make strides in the right direc-
tion and achieve international
success .
Members of Bodyonix
Bahamas and other top
Bahamian competitors in the
sport competed in the Nation-
al Physique Committee's 26th
annual Southern States Body-
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showing in US


August 5-6.
The championships, held at
the War Memorial Auditori-
um in Ft. Lauderdale, Flori-
da, featured some of the most
prominent names in body-
building throughout the south-
ern United States and the
Caribbean.


Nardo Dean once again
delivered an outstanding per-
formance, becoming the first
person to ever win Overall
Titles in both the Fitness &
Bodybuilding Divisions of the
Championships.
It was his second Men's Fit-
ness title, and his performance


also made him eligible to
compete at the U.S. Nation-
als.
In 2003, Dean became the
first Bahamain to win an
International Title in Fitness
and the first person in the his-
tory of the Southern States
Championships to win titles
in both Fitness & Bodybuild-
ing.
Day two of the
contest featured the body-
building.
Paul Wilson won first place
in the men's lightweight divi-
sion, while national champi-
on Jay Darling finished 8th in


the Men's Light Heavyweight
division.
Arthur Eldon was second in
the Men's Masters Over 60
division, and Vernon Rodgers
was 6th in the Men's Welter-
weight division.
Dean also captured a num-
ber of titles in the bodybuild-
ing sector of the champi-
onships.
He was first in the Over 35
Middleweight class, overall
winner in over 35 division, and
winner of the overall
Master's division (35-70 years
old).
This year's championships


also featured a number of spe-
cial guest posers, including
International Federation of
Bodybuilders Masters
Olympia champion Claude
Groulx, and IFBB superstar
and latest Mr. Austria, Roland
Kickinger.
These championships gave
Bahamian bodybuilders an
opportunity to gauge their
competitive level against inter-
national competition as they
continue to prepare them-
selves for the upcoming Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Games and World Champi-
onships.


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Dancer, model and poet Andrew Stephenson -
professional name Jahman believes he has
achieved the "big break" that could send his
career soaring.
The 31-year-old Nassau economics teacher has been chosen
to be cover model in the Dance USA magazine. And he feels this
;will give him much-needed international exposure.
Jahman, raised in Jamaica, though his father was Bahamian,
said he was the only black, non-American participant in the
Finals at the Wyndham Resort last month.
But judges felt he was a "natural" and predicted a bright
Future for the multi-faceted performer.
"I have been doing modern dance for about five years," Jah-
,man told The Arts, "and I have been doing modelling, with
leading agencies for some time.
"However, I feel this breakthrough could help me become
widely known."
On August 28, Jahman will stage a modelling, dance and
poetry show at the Botanical Gardens, with half the proceeds


going to Ranfurly Homes and the Elizabeth Estates Children's
Home.
He will also spend Sunday afternoons at the Elizabeth Estates
home to give motivational speeches to youngsters.
"I want to encourage children not to give up on their dreams,"
he said, "I also want them to know that people recognise the
best, whatever people's colour.
"I am not racist against my own kind, but caucasians are
more objective in these matters. They know if something is
good, and if someone is better than their own, they admit it.
"My own people suffer very low self-esteem and often show
an island mentality, always wanting to become doctors or
lawyers instead of pursuing creative careers.
"More young people should be looking to become dancers
and the like. Too many people are practising law and are often
not good lawyers. They are just in it for the money.
"People should be utilising their own God-given gifts and
talents. The sky is not even the limit it is not the tip of the ice-
berg." The magazine bearing Jahman's photograph is due out
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Wide Angle at the
National Art Gallery features
Dirty Pretty Things on Thurs-
day, August 11 at 7.45pm. This
riveting thriller provides an
unsettling portriat of life
among the British underclass
of immigrant service workers.
Disscuants following the
screening include John Cox of
the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas and Matthew
Kelly of Track Road Theatre.
This film is brought to you
by the NAGB in collabora-
tion with the School of English
Studies at COB. It is not suit-
able for children. Admission is
free. Refreshments will be on
sale.

LOVE, an exhibition fea-
turing Bahamian artists Jason
Bennett, John Cox, Blue Cur-
ry, Michael Edwards, Toby
Lunn and Heino Schmid at
Popopstudios and Gallery on
Dunmore Ave in Chipping-
ham, next to Dillet's Guest
House.
Call 323-5220 for more
information.

The National Collection
@ the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, an exhibition
that takes the viewer on a
journey through the history of
fine art in the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces
from the national collection,


including recent acquisitions
by Blue Curry, Antonius
Roberts and Dionne Ben-
jamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to
book tours.

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

The Awakening Land-
scape: the Nassau Water-


colours of Gaspard Le Marc-
hand Tupper, from the collec-
tion of Orjan and Amanda
Lindroth @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas.
The mid-nineteenth century
paintings that make up the
exhibition are part of one of
the earliest suites of paintings
of Nassau and its environs.
Tupper was a British mili-
tary officer stationed at Fort
Charlotte in the 1850s. The
works show a pre-mddern
Bahamas through the decid-
edly British medium of water-
colour. Call 328-5800 to book
tours.


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Summer Soca Splash @ the Cable Beach
Grounds, Saturday August 13. The show,
organized by Alpha Sounds Promotions &
Guinness, features Rupee, Allison Hinds,
and Visage Band. Admission $25, $30 at
the door.

Lifeline: Truth, Music, Life, featuring the
music of Aydee Rolle @ The Buzz on
Wednesday, 17 August. Showtime at the
Buzz, located East Bay Street opposite the
marina, upstairs over the old Yahmaha
store, is 10pm; $7 before 9pm, $10 after.
Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday
night @ Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale"
gentleman's club. Featuring a female body
painting extravaganza. Free body painting
@ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admis-
sion: 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 (Bac-
ardi) Giveaways and door prizes every
week.

Exotic Saturdays @ Fridays Soon Come
starts with 3 for $10 drink specials. Admis-.
sion: $10 before midnight and $15 after.
Ladies free before llpm.
Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz
spinning the best in Old Skool. Admission
$35, all inclusive food and drink.

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

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

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

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover
charge includes a free Guinness and there
should bhe lots of nrizes and sunrnrises.


Bahama Nights


JUNKANOO, fire dancing, craft, and artwork stalls, it pro-
limbo, visual artists and musi- vides hourly entertainment
cal performnners are all on the from 4.30 to 9pm.
agenda for Bahama Nights, "The basic idea surround-
the newest downtown week- ing Bahama Nights is that
end bash. there's been a cry around the
As of last week, Woodesev, island and within the country
Rodgers Wharf turns into a that there's nothing to do dur-
food, craft, and entertainment I ing the night," says Angelique
hub each Friday and Saturday McKay, president of Bahama
between 2 and 10pm. The Sports and Culture, is to fill Boy Productions.
event, sponsored by Bahama the need for night life down- Bahama Nights runs this
Boy Productions and the Min- town, entertaining both locals and every weekend for the
istries of Tourism and Youth, and visitors. Along vith food, next 10 weeks.


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

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


Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15. The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green
Parrot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm -
Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. 10pm @ Hurricane Hole oi Paradise Island.
Free appetizers and numerous drink spe-
cials. Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thursday. day-Thursday 8pm-12am.
The ultimate Ladies Night. Join Nassau's
and Miami Beach's finest men. Ladies only Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's
before 11.30pm with free champagne. Guys Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poin-
allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover. ciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at
the key board in the After Dark Room
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine
Doors open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. food and drinks.
Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featur- Caribbean Express perform at Traveller's
ing late '80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-
of the Charts in the Main Lounge, neon 9.30pm.
lights and Go Go dancers. Glow sticks for
all in before midnight. Admission: Ladies The Arts
free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all
night. LOVE, an exhibition featuring Bahamian
artists Jason Bennett, John Cox, Blue


Curry, Michael Edwards, Toby Lunn and
Heino Schmid opens Friday, August 5 at
Popopstudios and Gallery, starting at
6pm. The gallery is located on Dunmore
Ave in Chippingham, 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 Tuesdays @ 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 history of fine art in the Bahamas. It
features signature pieces from the national
collection, including recent acquisitions by
Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne
Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book
tours. This exhibition 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
Tupper, from the collection of Orjan and
Amanda Lindroth @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. The mid-nine-
teenth century paintings that make up the
exhibition are part of one of the earliest
suites of paintings of. Nassau and its envi-
rons. 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
watercolour. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes August 31, 2005.


offers CPR classes certified by the AHA.
The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome
and the most common serious injuries and
choking that can occur in adults, infants
and children. CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Saturday of the
month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Represen-
tative 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.
Migg Civic Clubs N

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's
Dining Room, college Avenue off Moss
Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @
Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday,
7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton. Club
1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs
Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @
The J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins
Ave. Club 2437 meets every second, fourth
and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pin-
der Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club
612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham
Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494
meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the
Solomon's Building, East-West Highway.
Club Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday
night at 7.30 in the Chickcharney Hotel,
Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are wel-
come.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

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

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

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

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

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


agN Health 1 International Association of Administra-
tive Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets the third Thursday of every month @ Super-
at 5.30pm on the second Tuesday of each clubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
month at their Headquarters at East Ter-
race, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third
info. Friday of the month at COB's Tourism
Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the academic year. The group promotes the
the third Monday every month, 6pm @ Spanish language and culture in the com-
Doctors Hospital conference room. munity.

The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets
every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except
August and December) @ the Nursing
School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street. Send all your civic and social events to The
Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: out-
Doctors Hospital, the official training cen- there@tribunemedia.net
tre of the American Heart Association


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For The Road

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* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
B ahamian gospel
music artist,
Orlando Francis,
better known as
Landlord, has
been a staple on the local scene
for a number of years. But the
artist has now broken into the
international market with his
newest release, We Need Peace.
The single, which features
fellow Bahamian artist, Solo,
and Jamaican reggae artist,
Luciano, is heating up the
European secular charts, climb-
ing from No 18 to number 5,
and beating out popular artists
like Capleton, Morgan Her-
itage, Bounty Killer, Beres
Hammond, John Legend and
Buju Banton.
"The European market is
bigger than the US when it
comes to reggae and they real-
ly love Luciano. So when they
hear Luciano on the track they
really listen. Some people nev-
er hit the charts so just hitting
the charts is a blessing. And I
hit the charts at 18, then gone
straight from 12 to 15 to 11 to
nine to seven to five," the artist
explains.
Ranking
Even more exciting than his
impressive chart ranking, and
the debut of the music video
in the Top Ten on www.muzik-
media.com, is the fact that the


positive lyrics are reaching a
mass audience of believers and
non-believers, says Landlord.
It's a message 'of peace that
all colours and creeds can
relate to; a message that some
persons may never hear if they
do not go to a church or be wit-
nessed to, the artist noted.
Listening
"We need to get into the
highways and byways because
the people who we are trying to
reach are not listening to our
stations. They are not coming
to our churches, so we need to
go to their churches and go to
their stations and that's places
like the Internet. This song is
even beirig played in the dance
in Nassau," he adds.
Landlord's international
reach seems to be extended in
a way that he says could only
be ordered by God.
He recently returned from a
conference in Canada where
he performed, We Need Peace,
to a "great response" from the
crowd. And before that, he per-
formed at an international con-
ference in Madison Square
Gardens, New York City, also
to a "lovely" crowd reception.
Never mind the overwhelm-
ing praise and notoriety that
he is receiving, the humble
artist still maintains the it's the
message not the messenger
mentality.
"I just love to see people liv-
ing in love and I just hate to


see people warring against each
other ya know. And that's what
really fuels this song. It's the
message that is carried in the
song," he tells Tribune Enter-
tainment.
And while the artist is excit-
ed about this new advancement
in his musical career, it seems
to be quite difficult accepting
that his goal of one day becom-
ing an international artist is
finally setting in.
He tells Tribune Entertian-
ment: "This is like the big song
that is really getting me out out
there and like I said you know
when you always wanted some-
thing to happen and then barnr'
you are seeing it happen, you
still can't believe it's really hap-
pening. I'm looking on the
Internet and see 'Landlord',
and I'm still trying to figure out
if this is really me. My name is
down the Japanese sites and
it's such a blessing."
Compilation
Landlord's fans will also
have an opportunity to hear his
music in the very near future,
with the release of two compi-
lation albums by his producer,
Tevor 'Skatta' Bonnick, who is
also a member of Beenie Man's
band.
The albums will feature
songs by Jamaica's popular acts
like Morgan Heritage, Tanya
Stephens and Fantan Mojah
who will provide different lyrics
on the same rhythm.


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outrageous to the Nassau night


* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
THE courtyard of Pirates of
Nassau was teeming with excite-
ment last Saturday night as KO
Promotions (led by Kenny
Mackey and Ozzie Pratt)
brought the second instalment
of its Color Fetes to that venue.
Outrageous in Red is the fol-
low-up to Blue Passion, which
was held earlier this year at a
restaurant at Sandyport.
But this time around, the
company held a party geared
towards the extravagant, the
extraordinary and the uncon-
ventional partygoer.
One would not guess by
appearances if the crowd actu-
ally did fit the bill, but the ladies
seemed to be attracted to the


invitation of a night totally ded-
icated to them.
They came in pairs, in groups
of friends, some dressed in red,
some in combinations of red,
others in no red at all, but all to
enjoy entertainment by the Men
of Synergy (a dance group of
males and females) and a male
auction which seemed to be the
highlight of the night.
Doors were opened at
9.30pm with music blasting from
the DJs for the night. But it was
expected that Nassau partygo-
ers, who usually turn up in the
later hours of the night, would-
n't start coming in until later.
A few early birds trickled in
a little after gates opened, some
sitting.around some practising
dance moves in their cliques.
But by 10.30pm the crowd was


thickening and the real party
began, though the momentum
was still a bit slow.
A fog machine that emitted
smoke-like mist, paired with an
open-air atmosphere, plenty of
music that covered the gamut
of musical tastes, plus drinks
and lot of dancing, Outrageous
in Red seemed to be a hit
among those who attended.
Rembrandt Taylor, who was
manager of the Next Level
nightclub in its day, had never
heard about KO Productions or
their Color Fetes. But he was
pleased at how well organised
and entertaining the event was.
Following a 100 JAMZ
remote from the party, and
admittedly not.prepared seeing
that he was wearing black (and
not red), he decided to stop by.


"The music was slammin'.
The sound system was really
slammin'. The male to female
ratio (which he put at 1:1) was
good and they were all friendly.
The event was secure. Quick
service at the bar. These guys
did an excellent job pulling off
this positive event and I can't
wait for the next event by
them," he said.

Difference

Paul Davis, who came to the
event with a group of his friends
told Tribune Entertainment that
the party was different from
what he was used to. And being
an "avid partyer", he has
attended many events.
"I really liked it. The auction


part was hilarious, because one
of the six guys went up for
something like $6 and the high-
est bid was something like $50,"
he says with a laugh. "I'm pret-
ty sure that guy who went for
$50, that was his girlfriend or
something who he set up to do
that."
Though Paul believes that the
organisation of the party was
impressive, it was the atmos-
phere of the venue that really
gave the event its appeal.
"For a small environment, I
must say that the party was not
overbearing. It was a good
change of scenery with the stat-
ues and the place that took you
back to days of piracy. And I
think that it's possible that if
they (KO Productions) hold
more events like this, they'll


soon have a following. Because
with Nassau nightlife, anything
that has any resemblance of
newness is much appreciated,"
Paul said.
Ozzie Pratt and Kenny
Mackey, the leaders of KO Pro-
ductions, says that their com-
pany is all about providing
Bahamians with the "ultimate
party experience" and giving
them the "total package".
For those who missed Out-
rageous in Red, or those who
want more of this party experi-
ence, the company is already
planning Yellow Fever, part
three of its Color Fetes to be
held on September 10 at the
same venue. Listen out for
Black Out, White Night and
Purple Haze (other fetes) to fol-
low at dates to be announced.


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* By JANICE MATHER
ASK anyone and they'll
admit that, once night falls,
downtown Nassau is dead. Even
if a few stores chance to be
open, entertainment is close to
nil, and the buzz of nightlife is
so quiet it could be drowned
out by the buzz of a lone fly.
That could be changing.
According to the organisers of
Bahama Nights, downtown is
getting a shot at lively evening
entertainment on Fridays and
Saturdays, between 2pm and
10pm.
The 10-week event, held at
Woodes Rodgers Wharf, will,
organisers say, offer local per-
formers and artisans a venue to
perform and display their work,
while meeting the ever-present
need for something to do.
`'it's a good tiing to brin i f;
Bahamas and the world togeth-
er," said vendor and artisan
evangelist Diana Gaitor last Fri-
day, as she wrapped up her first
Bahama Nights sale, a painted
rock accented with silk flowers.
Her creations, which she says
include "miracle rocks", are
amongst the sometimes-famil-
iar, sometimes-uncommon
products to be found at Bahama
Nights.
"The basic idea surrounding
Bahama Nights is that there's
been a cry around the island
and within the country that
there's nothing to do during the
night," says Angelique McKay,
president of Bahama Boy Pro-
ductions, which is co-sponsor-
ing the event with the Ministry
of Tourism and Ministry of


Youth, Sports and Culture.
The event combines tradi-
tional crafts and entertainment
with promotion of new, upcom-
ing young artists, temporarily
bringing festivities to downtown
after dark. Featuring constant
all-Bahamian tunes and hourly
performances from 4.30 to 9pm,
it got off to a slow start this
weekend.
On Friday, a few locals
strolled past a handful of ven-
dors; some tourists stumbled
into the area. But Ms McKay
says she expects the event to
grow as the weeks pass.

Cruises

In part, Bahama Nights tar-
gets cruise ship passengers, who
have complained that when
their ships dockein'assi after
dark, there's nothing to do on
shore; now, the event provides
welcoming music, foody aro-
mas, and a steady flow of bands,
Junkanoo, and vocalists.
Increased awareness about
Bahama Nights among Bahami-
ans should, she says, boost the
number of locals found wan-
dering along the stretch, enjoy-
ing simple, clean entertainment.
"It's good clean fun, and the
atmosphere back there takes
you to another time you don't
even feel like you're in the hus-
tle and bustle of Nassau, with
the backdrop of the ocean, espe-
cially when the sun goes down.
It's like a whole different atmos-
phere," says Ms McKay.
Although some well-known
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Bahama Nights in the coming
weeks, the venue is also a
ground for rising talents and rel-
ative unknowns to strut, sing,
and play their stuff.
"We want to bring as much
native talent to the street as pos-
sible," said Quinton "Barrabas"
Woodside, co-partner for
Bahama Boy Productions. "This
is a good opportunity for
[upcoming artists] to showcase
their talent, and put themselves
on the map."
It is also a chance to put tra-
ditional, but not necessarily com-
monly seen activities onstage for
a large local audience.
"A lot of our local persons,
believe it or not, have never
seen the limbo shows, have nev-
er seen the fire dancers. It's a
nice opportunity for them to
come out and enjoy these things
'i nicec, safe' environment,"
said Ms McKay.
"One of the most common
myths is that Junkanoo is the
only form of culture... one of
the reasons that people say
that's the only form of culture
that we have is that so many
people in the Bahamas are
involved in it. Very few people
are involved in the fire dance.
Usually, you have. to go to
places that entertain tourists to
see the limbo, the fire dance."
That does not mean
Junkanoo won't be part of the
event. Organisers plan to make
sample-sized portions of the fes-
tival not surprisingly, since Mr
Woodside leads the Junkanoo
group Barrabas and the Tribe.
Bahama Nights Junkanoo will
be more interactive, than nor-
mal; visitors can learn dance
steps from group choreogra-
phers, buy Junkanoo hats, and
join in the parade.
"At most events when
Junkanoo is going on, it's not
encouraged that you be a part
of the parade. With our event,
we're trying to get persons to
come and be a part of the
parade up and down the street,"
says Ms McKay. "How many
places do you go and they're
like 'come come'? They usually
try to keep you out of the line of
the parade."
Sherelene Blackwell, a jew-
ellery-designer and one of the
vendors at this week's opening,
says Bahama Nights is a good
concept that will improve with
more marketing to lure
Bahamians back downtown in
the evening hours, and coax vis-
itors out of the nearby Festival
Place and off cruise ships.
"Bahamians will probably
come out for the Junkanoo -
they love Junkanoo. And it's a
fun event, there's no traffic, you
can just let your kids run wild,"
says Ms Blackwell, who antici-
pates that the event could grow
to be a major draw for visitors,
since it is more conveniently
located than other popular
mainstays like Junkanoo in
June.
It's closer to where ships
dock, and features a comfort-
able atmosphere; a blocked-off
road, the smell of fresh-frying
fritters in the air, competing
with a warm breeze floating in
off the water nearby.
With plans to feature local
rake and scrape bands, wood
carvers, visual artists, and per-
formers of every sort, Mr
Woodside agrees that, with
time, the event will grow. "We
hope it will bring some energy
to the market," he said.


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